Little Tern

27th April 2015 – bright and sunny SW4/5
Offshore
An early evening check of the sea on the rising tide (1600-1700) produced 200 Sandwich Tern and 7 Little Tern, along with 4 Guillemot, 3 Gannet, 2 Shag, 2 Razorbill and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 14 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and Sand Martin continue to just trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Dunlin and 8 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was logged.

Hooded Crow hat-trick

26th April 2015 – bright and sunny NW3/4
Offshore
Sandwich Tern continue to dominate sightings early morning with 600 birds logged along with small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Common Scoter, Razorbill and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Despite a cold start and a stiff northwest breeze there were a few grounded birds in evidence. At least 6 Grasshopper Warbler were in breeding habitat where the number of Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler continue to increase slowly. Obvious migrants included 24 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Redstart and a White Wagtail.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and Sand Martin continue to just trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 23 Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow was joined by 2 additional birds and a Merlin was recorded.

Seabirds dominate

25th April 2015 – overcast then rain SW4
Offshore
Weather conditions were conducive to a prolonged seawatch with observations (0715-0915) producing totals of 530 Sandwich Tern, 169 Common Scoter, 105 Guillemot, 82 Gannet, 30 Razorbill, 25 Manx Shearwater, 20 Red-throated Diver, 10 Kittiwake, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Fulmar and single Arctic Skua and a Goldeneye.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow trickled in off the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Déjà Vu

24th April 2015 – early mist then overcast/calm
Offshore
Sandwich Tern continue to dominate sightings over the sea early afternoon with 500 birds logged..
Grounded Migrants
More of the same with 18 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 6 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff and a Whinchat logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Knot, 180 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Whinchat new for the year

23rd April 2015 – bright and sunny NW1/2
Offshore
Good numbers of Sandwich Tern remain offshore.
Grounded Migrants
Several Lesser Whitethroat have now arrived in breeding habitat, a Whinchat was amongst 19 Wheatear and 2 Blackcap amongst 12 Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Raptors were prominent with Merlin, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all logged.

More Blackcaps and Willow Warblers

22nd April 2015 – bright and sunny NW2
Offshore
Sandwich Tern continue to remain prominent offshore.
Grounded Migrants
Again Willow Warbler and Blackcap dominated sightings with 20 and 11 birds logged respectively, the only other evidence of grounded birds involved 2 Chiffchaff.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank.
Moths
Hebrew Character was new for the year.

Spring continues to drag its heels

21st April 2015 – bright and sunny WNW2/3
Offshore
Sandwich Tern remain prominent offshore.
Grounded Migrants
A bit better than of late with 25 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Ruff and Greenshank.
Moths
Early Grey and Double-striped Pug were new for the year.

Whimbrel, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler

18th April 2015 – bright and sunny NE3
Offshore
Sandwich Tern continue to dominate sightings over the sea early morning with 390 birds logged. Also seen were 10 Common Scoter, 6 Shag, 3 Gannet and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Although Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler had returned to breeding habitats the clear conditions at dawn failed to ground many migrants with just 12 Willow Warbler and 10 Wheatear logged.
Diurnal Migration
Iceland bound migrants involved 25 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Whooper Swan whilst a single Lesser Redpoll was amongst a further trickle of Swallow and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first-winter drake Long-tailed Duck remains in residence and waders included 440 Golden Plover, 21 Whimbrel, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least two Little Egret continue to linger and the long-staying Hooded Crow was logged.
Moths
Red Sword-grass was the only attraction to the moth trap.

Reeling Grasshopper Warbler

17th April 2015 – sunny spells NE1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0645-0745) produced 141 Common Scoter, 14 Sandwich Tern, 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
The first Grasshopper Warbler was reeling and additional sightings included 28 Wheatear, 15 White Wagtail, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and a Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 125 Pink-footed Geese headed north while Swallow, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail trickled through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first-winter drake Long-tailed Duck remains in residence and waders included 4 Ruff and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least two Little Egret continue to linger.
Moths
Powdered Quaker was the only attraction to the moth trap.