Whinchat on the move

16th August 2017 – bright start rain by evening SSE 3/4
Offshore
A check over the sea as the rain arrived produced 200 Sandwich Tern and 12 Gannet.
Grounded
Two Whinchat were amongst small numbers of Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Rhomboid Tortrix was new for the year.

First Merlin of the autumn

14th August 2017 – overcast/rain early and late SSE3/4
Grounded Migrants
Only single Wheatear, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Goldcrest were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 7 Greenshank and 8 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 35 Little Egret are present across the island and the first Merlin of the autumn was recorded.

Small fall and light passage

13th August 2017 – bright and sunny V1
Grounded Migrants
The first evidence of a fall this autumn produced 22 Willow Warbler, 13 Whitethroat, 9 Sedge Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear and single Whinchat, Garden Warbler and Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Light passage involved 30 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin, 18 Tree Sparrow, 3 Tree Pipit and 2 Swift.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Dragonflies
At least 3 Migrant Hawker are now on the wing.

First Goldcrest of the autumn

12th August 2017 – overcast/rain at times W3/4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 47 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Although the first Goldcrest of the autumn was logged passage was otherwise limited to a few Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
A Yellow-barred Brindle was new for the year.

Greenshank numbers begin to build

11th August 2017 – overcast/rain at times SW5/6
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (1220-1320) produced 76 Common Scoter, 70 Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet and 3 Little Tern. A flock of 440 Sandwich Tern roosted over the tide.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a handful of Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 27 Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel were amongst 550 Redshank.

First Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn

9th August 2017 – sunny spells N2/3
Grounded Migrants
The first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn was amongst small numbers of Willow Warbler and Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Dragonflies
The first Migrant Hawker was on the wing.

Low key migration

6th August 2017 – overcast/rain later SW3/4/5
Offshore
A couple of checks over the sea either side of high tide produced 90 Sandwich Tern, 44 Manx Shearwater, 21 Gannet, 21 Common Scoter, 18 Little Tern and 2 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and single Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 520 Dunlin, 310 Redshank, 40 Grey Plover, 30 Sanderling, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Two Kestrels target a mixed flock of finches comprising 330 Linnet, 34 Goldfinch and 18 Greenfinch.
Moths
Immigrants involved 7 Rusty Dot Pearl and 2 Silver Y while newly emerged residents involved Hedge Rustic and Yellow-tail.

Osprey and Tree Pipit

5th August 2017 – sunny spells NW4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 90 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 2 Little Tern and a Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a handful of Willow Warbler and Whitethroat and a single Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A southbound Tree Pipit was the first of the year while an Osprey also headed south at 1700hrs.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 80 Grey Plover, 6 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 22 Little Egret and a total of 7 Raven were the best of the rest.
Butterflies
Migrants involved a Painted Lady amongst small numbers of Red Admiral. Resident species were led by good numbers of Gatekeeper while lesser numbers of Wall Brown, Meadow Brown, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell were also logged.

Little Ringed Plover

4th August 2017 – sun and showers W4
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (1220-1320) produced 50 Sandwich Tern, 20 Gannet and 17 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 4 Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was newly arrived and additional waders included 7 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank amongst good numbers of Dunlin.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded x Carrion Crow was logged.

Harbour Porpoise

30th July 2017 – sunny spells SW4
Offshore
An evening check of the sea on the rising tide (1630-1730) produced just 38 Common Scoter, 14 Gannet and 4 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Reed Warbler was amongst the continued trickle of Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper.
Breeding Birds
It would appear a poor year for Shelduck with no ducklings recorded for perhaps the first time in the observatory’s history.
Mammals
Two Harbour Porpoise were offshore.
Ringing
Post-breeding dispersal and early southbound movement saw a total of 107 birds of 17 species handled during the month. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets). House Sparrow 39, (1), Goldfinch 12, Dunnock 8, (1), Greenfinch 7, (3), Starling 6, Willow Warbler 6, Sedge Warbler 5, (1), Chaffinch 4, Robin 3, Song Thrush 2, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 2, Treecreeper 1, Blackbird 1, Reed Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1, Swallow 1

Little Owls breed successfully

29th July 2017 – sunny spells SW4
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (0730-0930) produced 174 Common Scoter, 57 Gannet, 57 Manx Shearwater, 16 Sandwich Tern and an Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Willow Warbler continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Breeding Birds
The last known pair of Little Owl on the island have fledged at least one youngster.
Moths
Small Wainscot and Twin-spot Carpet were new for the year.

Little Egret begin to build

28th July 2017 – sunny spells SW4
Offshore
A Little Tern was amongst small numbers of Common Scoter and Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
The southbound trickle of Willow Warbler continues and the first Wheatear of the autumn was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 550 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 27 Little Egret are now in residence.

Treecreeper

24th July 2017 – sunny spells WNW3
Grounded Migrants
A Treecreeper was unusual and provided evidence of further post-breeding dispersal.
Wildfowl and Waders
Whimbrel continue to be logged.
Miscellaneous
At least 24 Little Egret are already in residence.
Butterflies and Moths
Immigrant moths involved Rush Veneer, 8 Silver Y and 8 Dark Swordgrass. A few Red Admiral were also on the wing.

Breeding Great Spotted Woodpecker?

23rd July 2017 – sunny spells/rain later E1 then W3
Offshore
Little evidence of offshore movement with just 20 Sandwich Tern and 10 Common Scoter logged.
Grounded Migrants
A Mistle Thrush was unseasonable while small numbers of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler were again logged.
Diurnal Migration
Swift continue to trickle through while 40 Swallow provided that the first evidence that birds are starting to gather.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2005 Curlew, 300 Rdshank, 110 Dunlin, 90 Grey Plover, 29 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was perhaps the result of post-breeding dispersal although a Jay provided evidence of breeding on the island for the second successive year.
Moths
Small Phoenix and Small Rufous were new for the year amongst small numbers of immigrant Silver Y, Dark Sword Grass and Diamond-back Moths.

Wader numbers continue to build

22nd July 2017 – overcast/light showers SE1
Offshore
Terns from local colonies feeding offshore involved 14 Little Tern, 14 Sandwich Tern and 4 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
An increase in Whitethroat and decrease in Sedge Warbler provided more evidence that migration is already underway. At least 4 Willow Warbler were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift trickled south.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Teal and Snipe have returned while wader numbers begin to build with 2075 Curlew, 600 Redshank, 352 Dunlin, 46 Whimbrel, 40 Sanderling, 12 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit amongst the species logged.
Butterflies and Moths
A Painted Lady was only the second recorded this year while Rosy Rustic and Six-stripe Rustic were new for the year.

Willow Warblers continue to head south

16th July 2017 – sunny spells W3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0830) provided 410 Sandwich Tern, 122 Common Scoter, 36 Gannet and a single Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A further 6 Willow Warbler headed south.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 12 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel.
Moths
White Colon, Antler Moth and Straw Underwing were new for the year.

Waders continue to return

15th July 2017 – overcast/rain/drizzle
Offshore
A check over the sea as the rain cleared (1215-1415) produced 300 Sandwich Tern, 170 Manx Shearwater, 90 Common Scoter, 50 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua and a single Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
A Willow Warbler provided further evidence of southbound movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 140 Dunlin, 45 Grey Plover, 30 Knot and 5 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Four Little Egret and 2 Raven were the best of the rest.
Moths
The micro Anania crocealis was only the second island record.

Arctic Skuas

9th July 2017 – overcast/sunny later SW2/3
Offshore
Two checks of the sea either side of high tide produced totals of 230 Sandwich Tern, 167 Common Scoter, 72 Gannet, 6 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Tern and an Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A couple of Willow Warbler provided further evidence of southbound movement.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 43 Dunlin, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel.

Another Puffin

2nd July 2017 – sunny spells W3
Offshore
A check over the sea on the falling tide (0730-0930) produced 505 Common Scoter, 420 Sandwich Tern, 78 Gannet, 14 Guillemot, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater and single Arctic Skua and Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
Three Willow Warbler provided further evidence of southbound movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Puffin and Common Tern

1st July 2017 – sunny spells NW3
Offshore
A check over the sea on the falling tide (0800-0900) produced 220 Sandwich Tern, 155 Common Scoter, 16 Gannet, 5 Guillemot, 2 Arctic Tern and single Puffin and Common Tern – the latter the first of the year.
Grounded Migrants
A Garden Warbler provided early evidence of autumn migration.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Black-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.
Moths
A total of 460 moths were trapped overnight, amongst which was Hoary Plume – an island first. Immigrants included 4 Dark Swordgrass and 2 Silver Y. Residents were led by a Crescent Striped while Plain Golden Y, Single-dotted Wave and Smoky Wainscot made the first appearance of the year.

Waders continue to return

30th June 2017 – overcast NW3
Offshore
A scan over the sea revealed a feeding flock of 220 Sandwich Tern and 11 Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders continue to return with the latest sightings involving 37 Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper.
Moths
A total of 330 moths were trapped overnight. Immigrants involved 10 Silver Y and 7 Dark Swordgrass while residents included Crescent Striped and Archer’s Dart.
Ringing
The usual quiet mid-year month with 91 birds of 15 species handled, generally involving local breeding birds. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets): Starling 24, House Sparrow 13 (1), Goldfinch 9 (2), Blackbird 9 (1), Greenfinch 6 (4), Sedge Warbler 5, Dunnock 5 (1), Chiffchaff 3, Willow Warbler 1, Blue Tit 1, Whitethroat 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Woodpigeon (2), Meadow Pipit (1), and Reed Bunting (1).

Waders already begin to return

25th June 2017 – overcast WNW3/4
Offshore
Quieter over the sea with only 150 Sandwich Tern, 43 Common Scoter, 6 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern and 2 Little Tern logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders continue to build with 1000 Oystercatcher, 915 Curlew, 165 Redshank, 60 Lapwing, 20 Grey Plover, 11 Golden Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel and a Greenshank recorded.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine and 2 Little Egret were the best of the rest.
Moths
An early Southern Wainscot was on the wing.

More seabirds

24th June 2017 – overcast SW4
Offshore
Observations over the tide produced 840 Sandwich Tern, 400 Manx Shearwater, 200 Gannet, 19 Guillemot, 16 Common Scoter, 9 Kittiwake, 8 Little Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 3 Razorbill and single Great Skua and Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders are already beginning to return with 650 Curlew, 140 Redshank, 40 Grey Plover and 9 Bar-tailed Godwit logged.

Seabirds

23rd June 2017 – early rain then overcast SW5/6
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide revealed 315 Sandwich Tern, 90 Manx Shearwater, 70 Gannet, 30 Guillemot, 6 Common Scoter and 2 Fulmar.

Hummingbird

22nd June 2017 – overcast WNW3/4
Offshore
An evening scan over the sea produced 50 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 2 Little Tern and a Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
There are now 2 Greenshank back in residence.
Moths
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth graced the moth trap along with the first Broad-barred White for over 30 years. Newly emerged residents included Archer’s Dart.

Satin Wave

18th June 2017 – warm and sunny SE1
Offshore
Morning observations on the falling tide (0730-0830) provided 180 Sandwich Tern, 87 Common Scoter, 7 Gannet and 6 Manx Shearwater.
Wildfowl and Waders
The single Greenshank remains.
Moths
A Satin Wave was the first island record while recently emerged residents included Riband Wave, Barred Straw, Knot Grass, Burnished Brass and Thistle Ermine.

Day flying owls and moths

17th June 2017 – misty start then warm and sunny SW2/3
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (0730-0830) produced 125 Sandwich Tern, 105 Common Scoter, 51 Gannet, 8 Manx Shearwater and 5 Kittiwake.
Miscellaneous
A day flying Barn Owl was mobbed by a Jay.
Moths
Day flying moths included Six-spot Burnet, Narrow-bordered five-spot Burnet and Burnet Companion.

Sallow Kitten

16th June 2017 – overcast SW2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea (1215-1315) produced 210 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet and 8 Manx Shearwater.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 500 Knot continue to linger.
Moths
A Sallow Kitten was the first record for 20 years.

Spoonbill

14th June 2017 – overcast/humid/SE1
Rarities
A Spoonbill put in a brief appearance.
Offshore
A single scan of the sea revealed 100 Common Scoter and 10 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A female Willow Warbler complete with brood patch suggested early southbound movement of a failed breeder.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first returning Greenshank was amongst 10 Redshank.
Moths
Pearly Underwing, Solver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl are immigrants attracted to the moth trap in recent days.

More seabirds

12th June 2017 – overcast WSW V5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (1520-1720) produced 410 Sandwich Tern, 102 Gannet, 54 Common Scoter, 30 Guillemot, 23 Manx Shearwater, 16 Kittiwake, 2 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and a Fulmar .
Miscellaneous
Two Raven were the best of the rest.

Arctic Skuas

11th June 2017 – overcast SSW5/6/7
Offshore
A morning check of the sea (0730-0930) produced 235 Manx Shearwater, 170 Sandwich Tern, 75 Gannet, 35 Common Scoter, 23 Guillemot, 9 Kittiwake and 2 Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least one Whimbrel remained amongst 8 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Canada Goose influx

10th June 2017 – rain SSE3/4
Grounded Migrants
A Chiffchaff provided further evidence of some late movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl were few but included a Canada Goose influx with 83 birds logged. Waders included 5 Whimbrel amongst 2938 Oystercatcher, 755 Knot, 330 Sanderling, 288 Curlew along with 92 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 16 Grey Plover, 16 Turnstone and 10 Bar-tailed Godwit
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Little Egret remain in residence.

Puffin

4th June 2017 – sunny spells S2/3
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea over the high tide (0800-0900) were highlighted by a single Puffin. Also seen were 250 Sandwich Tern, 100 Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 34 Guillemot, 11 Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar, 2 Razorbill and an Arctic Tern.
Moths
The only immigrant attracted overnight was a Silver Y, however, local specialities included White Colon and Sand Dart.

Still some evidence of movement

3rd June 2017 – bright and sunny S1/2/3
Grounded Migrants
A Chiffchaff provided evidence of some late movement.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin and a late Lesser Redpoll continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Sanderling and 700 Knot.
Breeding Birds
At least 3 territorial Reed Warbler are now on the island.

Serin Surprise

1st June 2017 – sunny spells S1/2
Rarities
A female Serin was in the observatory garden early evening, calling and showing well at times.
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed 15 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet and 5 Little Tern.
Moths
Immigrants involved 3 Silver Y and a Dark Swordgrass.

Disappointing month draws to a close

31st May 2017 – sunny spells E1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea over high tide (1800-1830) provided 130 Common Scoter, 62 Sandwich Tern, 18 Gannet and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 45 Sanderling.
Moths
Buff Ermine and Ingrailed Clay were new for the year.
Ringing
A generally disappointing month with just 89 birds of 19 species handled. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets) Willow Warbler 28, Starling 21, (1), Goldfinch 8, (2), Chiffchaff 4, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Garden Warbler 2, Blackbird 2, (1), Greenfinch 1, (3), Linnet 1, (1), Song Thrush 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Whitethroat 1, Robin 1, Redstart 1, Dunnock 1, (1), House Sparrow (2), Woodpigeon (1), Wren (1).

Long-tailed Duck still here

30th May 2017 – overcast/showers SW2/3
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was newly arrived.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck continues to consort with the Eiders. Waders included 18 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Several Little Egret continue to linger.

Mediterranean Gull

29th May 2017 – overcast/heavy rain drier later E3/4
Offshore
A check over the sea (0730-0830) produced 224 Common Scoter, 77 Sandwich Tern, 19 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 2 Arctic Skua and single Little Tern and Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Whitethroat was newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin continue to arrive.
Wildfowl and Waders
The dark-bellied Brent Goose continues in residence and waders included 40 Grey Plover and 3 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A first-summer Mediterranean Gull amongst 10 Black-headed Gulls was a surprise.
Moths
Immigrants included 9 Diamond-back and single Dark Swordgrass and Silver Y while newly emerged residents included Dusky Brocade, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Knot Grass and Small Clouded Brindle.

Arctic Skuas

28th May 2017 – sunny spells NW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0730-0830) revealed 79 Common Scoter, 43 Gannet, 39 Guillemot, 33 Sandwich Tern, 22 Manx Shearwater, 16 Kittiwake, 4 Razorbill, 2 Fulmar and 2 Arctic Skua.
Butterflies and Moths
A Painted Lady was amongst another small influx of Red Admiral. Amongst the immigrants attracted to the moth trap overnight was Palpita vitrealis a migrant from southern Europe and the first island record. Also seen were 4 Diamond-back, 3 Silver Y, 2 Rusty Dot Pearl and a Dark Sword Grass

Hooded Crow

27th May 2017 – sun and showers ESE2/3
Offshore
A morning check of the sea (0700-0800) produced 110 Sandwich Tern, 47 Manx Shearwater, 43 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet, 4 Arctic Tern and single Little Tern and Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
Single House Martin and Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 250 Sanderling, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded Crow fed on the tideline and a Barn Owl hunted the island.
Butterflies and Moths
A small influx of Red Admiral was apparent and a Brimstone would appear to be the first island record. An Eyed Hawkmoth was new for the year.

Brent Goose continues to linger

26th May 2017 – hot and sunny SE1/2
Offshore
Just 2 Arctic Tern were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The lone dark-bellied Brent Goose continues to linger. Waders included 300 Sanderling, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Several immigrant Rusty Dot Pearl graced the moth trap.

Late summer migrants and winter lingerers

21st May 2017 – overcast/showers SE3
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0700-0800) were disappointing compared to yesterday with just 60 Sandwich Tern, 35 Common Scoter, 15 Manx Shearwater, 12 Arctic Tern, 10 Guillemot and 6 Little Tern logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Chiffchaff and a late Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Wigeon and single dark-bellied Brent Goose remain and waders included 80 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A family party of Raven were logged.

Seabirds dominate sightings

20th May 2017 - overcast/showers S3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea proved productive with variety rather than quality producing 265 Manx Shearwater, 101 Sandwich Tern, 83 Guillemot, 78 Arctic Tern, 56 Gannet, 22 Razorbill, 21 Common Scoter, 7 Kittiwake, 4 Red-throated Diver and 3 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Wheatear, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The lone dark-bellied Brent Goose continues to linger and waders included 1055 Sanderling, 60 Grey Plover and 30 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Spring draws to a close?

19th May 2017 – overcast W1/2
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide produced just 8 Sandwich Tern and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Just a single Whimbrel was logged.
Miscellaneous
Both Jay and Long-tailed Tit show evidence of breeding on the island.

Déjà vu!

17th May 2017 – sunny spells WSW1/2
Offshore
Evening observations on the falling tide produced 15 Arctic Tern, 10 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet and 3 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Chiffchaff and single Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
The single dark-bellied Brent Goose remains and waders included 1000 Dunlin and 500 Sanderling.
Butterflies and Moths
Poplar Hawk-moth, White Ermine and Cinnibar were all new for the year.

Arctic Terns and Spotted Flycatchers

16th May 2017 – overcast/brighter later SSW3/4
Offshore
Early evening observations (1615-1715) produced 55 Arctic Tern, 51 Common Scoter, 10 Sandwich Tern, 7 Gannet and 2 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Three Spotted Flycatcher and a Wheatear were all that was mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains and waders included 2000 Dunlin.
Moths
Migrants included Diamond-back Moth and Dark Sword-grass while Brimstone, was new for the year.

Seabird numbers begin to build

14th May 2017 – overcast/brighter later SSW4/3
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) produced 140 Gannet, 110 Guillemot, 110 Kittiwake, 78 Common Scoter, 38 Manx Shearwater, 18 Sandwich Tern, 5 Fulmar, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Tern and an Arctic Tern. In addition the huge flock of 4000 Common Scoter were still massed in the mouth of Morecambe Bay.
Grounded Migrants
Slim pickings with just 2 Redstart, 2 Wheatear and single Willow Warbler and Fieldfare – the latter appears to be the latest ever recorded on the island.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck and single dark-bellied Brent Goose remain and waders included 3 Whimbrel.
Butterflies and Moths
Bright-line Brown-eye was new for the year.

Passage waders

13th May 2017 – overcast/rain at times S4/5
Offshore
A large flock of 4000 Common Scoter have now assembled in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 112 Sandwich Tern, 80 Arctic Tern, 49 Gannet, 5 Little Tern and a single Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A further 7 Spotted Flycatcher arrived along with 7 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and a female Redstart.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 5 House Martin flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck and single dark-bellied Brent Goose remain and waders included 5750 Dunlin, 1260 Sanderling, 925 Ringed Plover and 27 Whimbrel..
Butterflies and Moths
The first Wall Brown are now on the wing and Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Heart and Dart were new in the moth trap.

Spotted Flycatchers arrive with the rain

12th May 2017 – bright and sunny/rain later SE1/2
Grounded Migrants
The first 4 Spotted Flycatchers of the year arrived with the rain. Also seen were 5 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and a Garden Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A Yellow Wagtail flew through ahead on the rain band.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck and drake Wigeon continue to linger and waders included 8 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A few Little Egret remain in residence.

Redstart and Whinchat

11th May 2017 – bright and sunny E2/3
Grounded Migrants
It has been a good spring for Whinchat – at least compared to recent years - with a further 2 birds logged. Also seen were 3 Wheatear and single Garden Warbler, Redstart and Goldcrest – the latter quite late for here.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and House Martin continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Mallard chicks have now emerged and a few Whimbrel remain.
Moths
Small Square-spot and Clouded-bordered Brindle were new for the year.

More Whinchats

10th May 2017 – bright and sunny NE2, WSW2 later
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed a flock of 1000 Common Scoter in the mouth of Morecambe Bay.
Grounded Migrants
A few birds were in evidence including 10 Willow Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat and single Chiffchaff and Garden Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The dark-bellied Brent Goose continues to linger and waders included 9 Whimbrel and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Marbled Coronet was new for the year.

Osprey and Yellow Wagtail

8th May 2017 – bright and sunny NE2, WSW2 later
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed 4 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Newly grounded birds involved 20 Willow Warbler, 10 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat and a Yellow Wagtail – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey drifted north over the island at 1520hrs. Single Swift and Lesser Redpoll were amongst another light Swallow passage.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Wigeon continues to linger and waders included 30 Whimbrel, 13 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Moths
Dog’s Tooth and Spectacle were new for the year amongst another plague of Brown Silver-line.

Long-tailed Duck and summer plumaged Ruff

7th May 2017 – bright and sunny ESE1, WNW2 later
Offshore
A group of 8 Arctic Tern flew out of the bay.
Grounded Migrants
A few more birds than of late with 28 Willow Warbler, 20 Wheatear and single Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Restart and Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
The first House Martin of the year were amongst a steady passage of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Long-tailed Duck consorted with the Eiders and a dark bellied Brent Goose and 4 Shoveler continue to linger. Waders included 3 summer plumaged Ruff (2 male & female) along with 61 Whimbrel, 13 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Moths
Puss Moth and Rustic Shoulder Knot were new for the year amongst a plague of Brown Silver-line.

Swifts begin to arrive

6th May 2017 – sunny spells ENE 5/4/3
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (0745-0845) produced just 18 Sandwich Tern, 14 Gannet, 14 Guillemot, 4 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Again just Wheatear and Willow Warbler were in evidence with 12 and 2 birds respectively.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 6 Swift were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3000 Dunlin, 2000 Knot, 67 Whimbrel and 4 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
Six Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Grasshopper Warbler were on territory and territorial Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler continue to increase.

Marsh Harrier

5th May 2017 – bright and sunny ENE 4/5/6
Grounded Migrants
Only 8 Wheatear and 2 Willow Warbler were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A female/immature Marsh Harrier flew through mid-afternoon.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 59 Whimbrel and 4 Golden Plover.

Belgium Sandwich Tern

4th May 2017 – bright and sunny ENE5/6/7
Offshore
A handful of Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 78 Whimbrel.
Moths
Holly Blue – a recent addition to the island list are now on the wing.
Ringing
A Sandwich Tern – a recent Peregrine kill was found to be wearing a Belgium ring.

Migration stalls again!

3rd May 2017 – bright and sunny NE2/3/4/5
Offshore
A handful of Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 19 Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included flocks of 8000 Dunlin and 5000 Knot along with 70 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
At least one Little Egret remains.
Moths
Brown Silver-line dominated in the moth trap.

More Whinchats

2nd May 2017 – sunny spells ENE2/3
Offshore
Late afternoon observations on the rising tide produced just 30 Sandwich Tern, 6 Little Tern and 2 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatears remain to the fore with 41 birds logged along with 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Whinchat and 2 Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
Swallows continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 59 Whimbrel and 6 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
Territorial Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat numbers continue to increase daily.
Moths
Dog’s Tooth was new for the year.

Ring Ouzel

1st May 2017 – early showers then sunny spells E3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0800) revealed 200 Common Scoter, 44 Gannet, 43 Sandwich Tern, 6 Guillemot, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Tern and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A male Ring Ouzel headlined, also seen were 65 Wheatear, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Whinchat and 2 Redstart.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow passage again stalled to a trickle.
Wildfowl and Waders
Four Shoveler continue to lnger and waders included an impressive 10000 Knot along with 1200 Dunlin, 120 Sanderling, 65 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
There are now 2 Reed Warbler on territory and both Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat numbers continue to increase slowly.

Redstart, Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher along with fly through Osprey

30th April 2017 – sunny spells SE5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea over high tide (1415-1515) provided 29 Common Scoter, 14 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
At last spring arrives with 100 Wheatear, 30 Willow Warbler, 5 Whinchat, 2 Redstart and single Pied Flycatcher and Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey headed north and Swallow passage finally kicked in with 200 birds logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 144 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Flame Shoulder and Shuttle-shaped Dart were new for the year.
Ringing
A total of 222 birds of 22 species were handled during the month. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets): Goldfinch 60, (13), Willow Warbler 25, Goldcrest 14, Linnet 14, (7), Chaffinch 13, (2), Blackbird 10, (2), Blackcap 8, Chiffchaff 7, (1), Dunnock 5, (1), Redwing 3, Wren 3, House Sparrow 3, (1), Robin 2, Lesser Redpoll 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Greenfinch 2, (12), Song Thrush 1, (1), Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1, Redstart 1, Yellowhammer 1, Reed Bunting 1, (3).

First Reed Warbler and Arctic Tern

29th April 2017 – overcast SE2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0715-0815) produced 520 Common Scoter, 56 Kittiwake, 55 Gannet, 40 Sandwich Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 4 Scaup, 2 Shag and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Despite the change in wind deirection still quiet with just 33 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Siskin was amongst a light trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5000 Knot, 157 Whimbrel, 14 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The first Reed Warbler has returned to breeding localities and at least 4 Grasshopper Warbler continue to reel.

Cuckoo arrives

28th April 2017 – sunny spells W2/3
Offshore
Only a few Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited fare still with just 15 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler and single Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Cuckoo recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 60 pale-bellied Brent Geese remain and waders included 1000 Knot, 130 Golden Plover, 52 Whimbrel and 6 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded x Carrion Crow remains.

Hooded Crow headlines

23rd April 2017 – bright and sunny N3/4
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea produced a flock of 600 Common Scoter settled in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 30 Red-throated Diver, 25 Guillemot, 10 Sandwich Tern and the first 2 Little Tern of the year.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear again dominated with 40 birds logged along with 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a Grasshopper Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Three Lesser Redpoll were amongst a light trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 60 Golden Plover, 47 Whimbrel and 42 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded Crow was perhaps the highlight of the day while at least 4 Grasshopper Warbler were on breeding territory.
Mammals
A least one Roe Deer remained.
Moths
The first Silver Y of the year was attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Lesser Whitethroat now in

22nd April 2017 – bright and sunny N3/4
Offshore
A few Gannet and Sandwich Tern were recorded.
Grounded Migrants
The second fall of Wheatear this spring produced 70 birds. However, otherwise pickings were slim with just 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A trickle of Siskin and Lesser Redpoll moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Gadwall continues to linger amongst 9 Shoveler and waders included 140 Golden Plover, 63 Whimbrel, 11 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Three Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Grasshopper Warbler were on breeding territories along with 5 Whitethroat and 2 Sedge Warbler.
Mammals
Two Roe Deer were unusual.

First Common Sandpipers arrive

21st April 2017 – overcast WNW3/4
Grounded Migrants
A slight increase in grounded birds was noted with 12 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and single Grasshopper Warbler and Fieldfare logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Common Sandpiper of the year were logged and additional waders included 30 Whimbrel and 10 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A pair of Jay raised speculation of the island’s second breeding attempt.
Butterflies
Speckled Wood and Orange Tip are now on the wing.

First Whitethroat now in

20th April 2017 – overcast WNW2
Grounded Migrants
Hot on the heels of the first Sedge Warbler the first Whitethroat has now arrived along with 3 Wheatear and a Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall remains amongst 7 Shoveler.

First Sedge Warbler arrives

19th April 2017 – overcast S1/2
Grounded Migrants
Despite the seemingly favourable conditions there remains little evidence of movement, however, the first Sedge Warbler of the spring was recorded along with 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and a Blackcap.
Miscellaneous
Two Grasshopper Warbler were on breeding territories.

Arctic Skua new for the year

17th April 2017 – sunny spells NE3/2/1
Offshore
The sea (0800-0900) provided the first Arctic Skua of the year along with 230 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 14 Sandwich Tern, 12 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Again little evidence of migration with just 8 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and single Blackcap and Chiffchaff recorded.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Black-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.
Butterflies
The first Red Admiral was on the wing.
Mammals
Two Harbour Porpoise were offshore.

Manx Shearwaters and Whimbrel increase

16th April 2017 – overcast/rain soon WSW2/3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide (1400-1500) produced 90 Manx Shearwater, 24 Sandwich Tern, 15 Gannet, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar and a Kittiwake
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall continues to consort with 9 Shoveler and waders included 6 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Great Spotted Woodpecker continues to hold territory.

Migration go slow continues

15th April 2017 – sunny spells and showers WNW5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0745-0845) revealed 33 Gannet, 25 Sandwich Tern, 21 Common Scoter, 16 Guillemot, 14 Red-throated Diver and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Wheatear and 4 Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Single Lesser Redpoll and Siskin were amongst a trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall continues to consort with 9 Shoveler and waders included 7 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was again the best of the rest.

Puffin and Whimbrel new for the year

14th April 2017 – early mist/drizzle then showers WSW3/4
Offshore
High tide observations produced 60 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater and single Puffin and Shag. In addition 120 Sandwich Tern roosted over the tide.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear and a Blackcap.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 165 pale-bellied birds and the drake Gadwall continues to linger amongst 9 Shoveler. Waders included 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Purple Sandpiper and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.

Manx Shearwaters appear offshore

13th April 2017 – sunny spells WSW3/4
Offshore
An evening seawatch on the falling tide (1715-1815) produced the first Manx Shearwaters of the year with 24 birds logged. Also seen were 53 Sandwich Tern, 22 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 7 Red-throated Diver and 4 Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 400 Golden Plover and a Greenshank while the drake Gadwall remains.

Early Grasshopper Warbler

9th April 2017 – hazy sunshine SE1, SW2/3 later
Offshore
The sea provided 30 Sandwich Tern and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A Grasshopper Warbler was the earliest ever recorded on the island, however Wheatear dominated with 100 birds logged. Also seen were 12 White Wagtail, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and a Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 80 Pink-footed Geese headed north while 25 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Siskin were also seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 200 pale-bellied and 24 dark-bellied birds and the drake Gadwall remains amongst 8 Shoveler. Waders included 450 Golden Plover, 170 Sanderling and 9 Black-tailed Godwit
Miscellaneous
A few Little Egret remain and the Great Spotted Woodpecker continues to drum expectedly.
Moths
Tawny Pinion was new for the year.

Sandwich Tern influx

8th April 2017 – bright and sunny ENE1/2
Offshore
An influx of Sandwich Tern was apparent with 50 birds logged. Also seen were 14 Common Scoter and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A few Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap are now on territory while newly arrived birds were limited to 4 White Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A single Brambling and 4 Lesser Redpoll were amongst a light trickle of Meadow Pipit, Swallow and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 280 pale-bellied birds, a group of 14 Whooper Swan floated serenely on the sea and the drake Gadwall remains amongst at least 9 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
Both Merlin and Peregrine were logged and the Great Spotted Woodpecker continues to drum expectedly.
Butterflies and Moths
A Comma was on the wing and recently emerged moths involve Early Thorn, Early Grey, Red Swordgrass, Hebrew Character and Angle Shades.

First Swallow and Willow Warbler arrive

2nd April 2017 – bright and sunny NNW2/3
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0800) produced 30 Common Scoter, 10 Sandwich Tern, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver and 5 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Although, unlike yesterday, conditions were unconducive to produce many grounded birds the first 3 Willow Warbler arrived. Also seen were 12 Wheatear, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 White Wagtail and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
The first Swallow of the year flew through along with 100 Meadow Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 5 Sand Martin and single Whooper Swan and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 227 pale-bellied and 22 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 550 Golden Plover and 1500 Knot .
Miscellaneous
A drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker raised speculation of the island’s first breeding attempt.
Moths
Common Quaker and Early Thorn were again attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Yellowhammer double

1st April 2017 – mist/murk/rain/calm, sunny spells SW1 later
Grounded Migrants
Thrushes dominated at dawn with the conditions grounding 400 Redwing, 54 Fieldfare and 32 Blackbird. However, 2 Yellowhammer were the highlight amongst 54 Goldcrest, 5 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff and the first Blackcap of the year.
Diurnal Migration
The weather conditions meant that few birds were on the move with northbound passage limited to 9 Whooper Swan, 3 Sand Martin and a Siskin amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Moths
Common Quaker and Early Thorn were the first of the year.

Velvet Scoter

31st March 2017 – sunny spells S4/3/2
Offshore
Observations over the sea on the rising tide (1230-1330) produced a female Velvet Scoter amongst 20 Gannet, 16 Common Scoter, 10 Kittiwake, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and 2 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A smattering of birds were logged including 28 Redwing, 10 Blackbird, 6 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
The first 6 Sand Martin of the year flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 270 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 650 Golden Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and a Jack Snipe amongst 25 Snipe.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was the best of the rest.
Ringing
A good start to the year saw 187 birds of 19 species handled. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets). Blackbird 36, (2), Goldfinch 28, (16), House Sparrow 13, (3), Chaffinch 10, Goldcrest 9, Greenfinch 8, (13), Redwing 6, Robin 6, (1), Reed Bunting 4, (7), Siskin 3, Dunnock 2, (7), Song Thrush 2, (2), Great Tit 2, Woodcock 1, Chiffchaff 1, Lesser Redpoll 1, Linnet 1, (1), Blue Tit (1), Wren (1)