Puffin influx

25th May 2015 – overcast W3
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0900) produced a total of 4 Puffin amongst 300 Guillemot and 20 Razorbill. Also logged were 83 Manx Shearwater, 24 Common Scoter, 24 Gannet, 22 Sandwich Tern, 14 Kittiwake and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A singing Lesser Whitethroat was recorded.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swallow and House Martin continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The group of 4 Black-tailed Godwit remain.
Moths
The number of moths attraxcted to the light trap overnight continue to increase and included an immigrant Silver Y amongst 100 Brown Silver-line whilst Garden Carpet, Small Square Spot and Clouded Bordered Brindle were all new for the year.

The sea provides the main interest

24th May 2015 – early drizzle W4
Offshore
Morning observations as the drizzle cleared (0800-0900) revealed 170 Guillemot, 93 Common Scoter, 20 Manx Shearwater, 17 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake and single Fulmar, Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 4 Black-tailed Godwit were logged.

Great Northern Diver

21st May 2015 – bright and sunny SW4
Offshore
An evening check of the sea revealed 300 Common Scoter and a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver along with 19 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 3 Gannet and a Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings were limited to singles of Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 50 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
At last a decent haul from the moth trap with 74 moths of 10 species – easily the biggest attraction of the year so far. Tawny Shears, Lychnis, Turnip and Least Black Arches were all new for the year.

Bonxie new for the year

17th May 2015 – overcast W4/5
Offshore
Morning observations (0745-0915) again provided variety with a single Great Skua new for the year. Also seen were 114 Sandwich Tern, 105 Guillemot, 100 Gannet, 73 Kittiwake, 51 Manx Shearwater, 6 Razorbill, 5 Red-throated Diver, 4 Fulmar and 2 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Wheatear and a Lesser Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 21 Whimbrel.
Moths
Small Elephant Hawkmoth and Rustic Shoulder Knot were new for the year.

Seabirds dominate sightings

16th May 2015 – bright and sunny W4/5
Offshore
Again observations on the rising tide (0730-0900) provided variety rather than quantity with 170 Guillemot, 100 Sandwich Tern, 50 Gannet, 18 Kittiwake, 17 Manx Shearwater, 13 Common Scoter, 12 Razorbill, 6 Little Tern, 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Puffin, 2 Red-throated Diver and single Arctic Skua and Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included: 3630 Dunlin, 1000 Knot, 400 Ringed Plover, 300 Turnstone, 290 Sanderling, 31 Whimbrel and single Greenshank and Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow made another appearance in the log and at least one Little Egret continues to linger.

Garganey newly arrived

12th May 2015 – bright and sunny SW6/7
Offshore
A short evening check of the sea revealed 30 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kittiwake and single Arctic and Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear continue to dominate with 40 birds logged, also seen were single Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff and Blackcap along with 2 White Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
A pair of Garganey arrived to provide the highlight of the day, waders included 3000 Dunlin and 12 Whimbrel..
Moths
Dog’s Tooth and Angle Shades have now emerged.
Ringing
A Chiffchaff bearing ring sequence HXL*** was controlled – details are awaited with interest.

Spotted Flycatcher new for the year

11th May 2015 – early rain then sunny spells S5/6/7
Offshore
An evening check on the tide (1730-1800) produced 38 Manx Shearwater, 28 Sandwich Tern, 10 Guillemot, 6 Gannet and single Red-throated Diver and Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was newly arrived and additional sightings included 50 Wheatear along with single Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A single Swift was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall remains and waders included 1000 Knot and 24 Whimbrel.
Butterflies & Moths
A Painted Lady was recorded and immigrant moths were limited to a Dark Sword Grass.

Late Merlin flies through

10th May 2015 – overcast/early showers NE3/4 then S4/5
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) produced 127 Guillemot, 48 Sandwich Tern, 13 Common Scoter, 11 Gannet, 9 Manx Shearwate, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Skua and a Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings included 24 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and single Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 30 Swallow, 2 House Martin and 2 Swift flew through during the morning.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 38 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A late Merlin was logged.
Moths
Immigrants were limited to a Silver Y while The Herald and V Pug were new for the year.

Yellow Wagtail

9th May 2015 – rain clearing W3/4
Offshore
Observations (0930-1030 & 1300-1400) produced 103 Sandwich Tern, 25 Gannet, 6 Red-throated Diver, 5 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot and single Fulmar and Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Whinchat was amongst 16 Wheatear while other sightings included the first Yellow Wagtail of the year.
Diurnal Migration
A Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall remained and waders included 22 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Three Raven were the best of the rest.
Moths
Shuttle-shaped Dart was new for the year.