Visible migration dominates

24th September 2018 – sun and showers N1 then WNW3
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
The skies remained active with 912 Pink-footed Goose, 560 Meadow Pipit, 120 Skylark, 55 Chaffinch, 35 Pied Wagtail, 5 Siskin, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Swallow and a Sand Martin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 27 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit amongst 1200 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
Raptors involved 5 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine.

Little Ringed Plover headlines

23rd September 2018 – overcast start, sunny soon N1 then NW3
Offshore
A calm sea early morning revealed 9 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds included 6 Goldcrest, 5 White Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff and single Wheatear and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Light winds early morning induced birds to move with 1070 Pink-footed Geese, 600 Meadow Pipit, 170 Skylark, 120 Swallow, 55 Chaffinch, 47 Pied Wagtail, 45 Tree Sparrow, 34 Linnet, 11 Jackdaw, 10 Grey Wagtail, 6 House Martin, 5 Reed Bunting and 4 Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Seven light-bellied Brent Geese were seen and waders included 18 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Little Ringed Plover.
Moths
Feathered Rannunculus was new for the year.

First Whooper Swans arrive

22nd September 2018 – overcast W3/4
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0715-0915) produced 116 Common Scoter, 53 Red-throated Diver, 16 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot and single Gannet, Manx Shearwater and Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 8 Chiffchaff were logged along with single White Wagtail, Wheatear and Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
With some respite in the wind a few birds were on the move with 400 Meadow Pipit, 40 Pied Wagtail, 20 Skylark, 12 Grey Wagtail, 10 Pink-footed Goose, 3 House Martin, 2 Whooper Swan and a Swallow recorded through the morning.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three light-bellied Brent Geese were seen and waders included 17 Greenshank and 10 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Birds of prey were again much in evidence with 7 Sparrowhawk and single Kestrel, Peregrine and Merlin logged.

Mediocre seawatching

21st September 2018 – sunshine and showers W5/6 gusting to 8
Offshore
Little respite in the weather with strong winds continuing to batter the island. Despite the conditions observations over the sea (0730-0930 & 1300-1500) were somewhat disappointing with just 330 Common Scoter, 66 Razorbill, 13 Guillemot, 11 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater and 2 Arctic Tern logged.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 4 Wheatear were the only birds mustered.
Diurnal Migration
A few Meadow Pipit headed out over the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 30 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Another Leach’s Petrel

18th September 2018 – early drizzle then sunny spells SSW4/5/6
Offshore
The sea saw a lot of effort on the rising tide (1430-1830) with scant reward. Although the second Leach’s Petrel of the autumn was logged additional sightings were limited to 8 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet and single Red-throated Diver, Sandwich Tern, Razorbill, Guillemot and Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
A Wheatear was the only other bird logged.

Standard autumn fare

17th September 2018 – sunny spells SE3
Offshore
A quiet day over the sea which provided 40 Common Scoter, 25 Gannet, 2 Shag and a Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Totals included: 11 Robin, 5 White Wagtail, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
The skies again provided most of the action with 900 Meadow Pipit, 200 Pink-footed Goose, 60 Swallow, 40 Skylark, 36 alba Wagtail, 27 Linnet, 10 Chaffinch, 4 Tree Sparrow, 3 Grey Wagtail and a Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 18 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Moths
A Black Rustic was new for the year.

Leach’s Petrel and Great Northern Diver

16th September 2018 – early rain then sunny spells SW4/5
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (0900-1200) as the rain cleared produced variety and a little bit of quality with single Leach’s Petrel and Great Northern Diver amongst 71 Gannet, 53 Razorbill, 46 Common Scoter, 28 Red-throated Diver, 7 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot and single Fulmar and Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Wheatear was the only bird logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Pink-footed Geese move through

15th September 2018 – overcast/showers S1/2
Grounded Migrants
With some respite in the weather overnight a few grounded migrants were in evidence with 17 Wheatear, 10 Robin, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 White Wagtail, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Whitethroat and single Willow Warbler and Blackcap logged.
Diurnal Migration
Dawn broke to lightest winds for a while and consequently a few birds were on the move with 1000 Meadow Pipit, 90 Pink-footed Goose, 85 Skylark, 50 Linnet, 40 Swallow, 35 Swallow, 12 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting and a Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A single Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 11 Greenshank were amongst 1000 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
Birds of prey were much in evidence with 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine and a Merlin all competing for the same air space.

Ruff remains in residence

14th September 2018 – overcast/showers SW4/5
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide produced 200 Common Scoter, 14 Gannet, 8 Sandwich Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 6 Shelduck, 4 Pintail and a Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A few more grounded birds than of late with 12 White Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear and single Spotted Flycatcher and Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A single Grey Wagtail was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Ruff remains in residence.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.
Moths
Square-spot Rustic dominated the overnight moth attraction which included the first Lunar Underwing of the year.