Ring Ouzel brace

20th October 2017 –rain/drizzle clearing to showers WNW2/3
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 195 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Ring Ouzel and a Mistle Thrush. Otherwise grounded birds were limited to Goldcrest with 30 birds logged and several Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A trickle provided 10 Chaffinch, 5 Siskin, 3 Rock Pipit and single Grey Wagtail and Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
A few Greenshank were logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin targeted the Goldfinch flock.
Moths
A flurry of immigrants were attracted overnight involving 3 Silver Y, 3 Dark Swordgrass and single Rush Veneer, Rusty Dot Pearl, Vestal and Pearly Underwing.

A quieter day

19th October 2017 – overcast/rain later ESE3/4
Offshore
A check of the sheltered eastern shore on the high tide revealed 27 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Guillemot and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 77 Redwing 7 Song Thrush and a Blackbird. Otherwise limited to 10 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Much quieter than yesterday with 122 Meadow Pipit, 120 Linnet, 110 Skylark, 25 Pink-footed Goose, 16 alba Wagtail, 16 Jackdaw and 10 Brambling.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 20 Greenshank and a Ruff.
Miscellaneous
At least 63 Little Egret remain.

Visible migration kicks in at last!

18th October 2017 – bright start/overcast later, E1 then ESE2 later
Offshore
A short scan over the sea revealed a solitary Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 12 Redwing 5 Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush while a single Chiffchaff was amongst 15 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Although reduced on recent autumns today provided the best movement of the year so far with: 1400 Jackdaw, 1320 Pink-footed Goose, 560 Skylark, 380 Meadow Pipit, 280 Linnet, 165 Starling, 58 Tree Sparrow, 50 Chaffinch, 44 alba Wagtail, 43 Whooper Swan, 40 Greenfinch, 30 Reed Bunting, 16 Carrion Crow, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Swallow, 7 Grey Wagtail, 4 Brambling, 3 Rook, 3 Siskin and 2 Rock Pipit logged.
Miscellaneous
Both Barn Owl and Little Owl were out hunting at dawn while 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven and a Jay were the best of the rest.
Moths
Immigrants involved Silver Y and Vestal while Satellite was new for the year.

Leach’s Petrels

17th October 2017 – overcast/early showers clearing SW6/7 then WSW5/6 later
Offshore
With Ophelia producing winds of up to 67 mph on the island overnight all eyes turned to the stormy sea early morning (0830-1030hrs). However, despite much effort 3 Gannet, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Razorbill and single Manx Shearwater and Kittiwake were all that could be mustered. A second watch as the wind subsided and the sea abated (1430-1730hrs) was more successful with 5 Leach’s Petrel logged (1505-1615hrs), however additional sightings remained sparse with just 6 Kittiwake, 6 Common Scoter, 6 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot, 2 Gannet and a Red-throated Diver logged.
Grounded Migrants
Two Goldcrest appeared to be newly arrived.
Wildfowl and Waders
The ECHA Light-bellied Brent Goose census located 161 pale-bellied amongst 800 Wigeon and 82 Shelduck.

Ophelia gloom arrives

16th October 2017 – overcast/rain soon/clearing later ENE4 becoming S5/6/7 later
Offshore
A check of the sea once the crepuscular gloom created by the Saharan sand and Iberian smoke gathered up by Ophelia had cleared (1015-1115) produced 50 Common Scoter, 17 Razorbill, 6 Shag, 5 Gannet, 3 Guillemot and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 2 Redwing while single Blackcap and Goldcrest were newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 215 Pink-footed Geese moved through ahead of the gloom and a Rock Pipit was amongst small numbers of Meadow Pipit and alba Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Gadwall remain and 11 Shoveler are now present.
Moths
A Dark Chestnut was new for the year.

First Brambling of the autumn

15th October 2017 – overcast SSE2 then SSW3
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed 5 Shag and small numbers of Common Scoter and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 4 Redwing while 3 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff were also newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
There was evidence of small-scale movement with 65 Meadow Pipit, 50 Skylark, 50 Chaffinch, 35 Jackdaw, 22 alba Wagtail, 10 Greenfinch, 3 Swallow, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Lesser Redpoll and a Grey Wagtail recorded, along with the first Brambling of the autumn.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Gadwall and 10 Shoveler remain and waders included 23 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Three Merlin were seen.
Moths
A Pearly Underwing was new for the year.

A few more seabirds

14th October 2017 – drizzle/mist/fog SW4/5
Offshore
Dawn broke to a reveal another windswept and rain soaked day on the island, however, observations as the mist and murk began to clear (1100-1200) produced 63 Razorbill, 52 Kittiwake, 26 Common Scoter, 11 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater and a Red-throated Diver
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Gadwall remain.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 11 Long-tailed Tit were the best of the rest.

A few seabirds

13th October 2017 – overcast/rain at times SSW4/5/6
Offshore
Early morning observations prior to the rain (0830-0900) produced 42 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Gadwall remain.
Miscellaneous
Two Merlin were logged.

Passerines remain scarce

12th October 2017 – overcast WSW6/5/4/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0900) produced 135 Razorbill, 80 Gannet, 52 Common Scoter, 7 Kittiwake and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Once again limited to a few Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Few birds were on the move with just 20 Jackdaw and 5 alba Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Gadwall remain amongst 10 Shoveler and waders included 21 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A total of 63 Little Egret were seen.
Dragonflies
A Migrant Hawker and 2 Common Darter are still on the wing.

Great and Arctic Skuas

10th October 2017 – overcast/brighter later WSW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0900) produced a varied selection including: 136 Common Scoter, 110 Razorbill, 54 Gannet, 8 Kittiwake, 7 Red-throated Diver and single Shag, Great Skua and Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Only evidenced by a few Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Four Pink-footed Geese were amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The redhead Goosander remained and a pair of Gadwall were newly arrived amongst 10 Shoveler. Waders included 3000 Oystercatcher, 400 Turnstone and 12 Greenshank .
Miscellaneous
Raptors involved Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine and Merlin and 80 Little Egret are now present along the eastern shore.

Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper

9th October 2017 – overcast/drizzle at times W1/SW2 later
Offshore
A short evening watch (1700-1730) produced low numbers of Common Scoter, Gannet, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
The first 4 Redwing of the autumn were grounded early morning. Also seen were 17 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff and 4 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Again just small-scale movement was evident with 100 Meadow Pipit, 26 Chaffinch, 20 alba Wagtail, 10 Tree Sparrow, 10 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A redhead Goosander was recorded while waders included 1400 Redshank, 440 Turnstone, 23 Greenshank and single Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Two Merlin was again the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Dragonflies
Several Red Admiral and Migrant Hawker are still on the wing.

Robins predominate

8th October 2017 – overcast NW1/2
Offshore
A quick check of the sea produced just 4 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Robins were prominent with 34 birds logged. Also seen were 9 Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat and 4 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Disappointingly quiet despite the benign conditions with just 200 Meadow Pipit, 55 Pink-footed Goose, 32 Chaffinch, 20 Skylark, 10 Reed Bunting, 10 alba Wagtail, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin and single Rock Pipit and Tree Sparrow recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 34 pale-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was again the best of the rest.

Arctic Skua and Whooper Swans

7th October 2017 – overcast/showers W3/4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea (0730-0900) produced 100 Razorbill, 72 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 7 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Shag and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a few Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 4 Whooper Swan headed south between the showers.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 95 pale-bellied birds and one dark bellied bird. Additional sightings included 10 Shoveler, 2450 Redshank, 815 Curlew, 570 Turnstone, 250 Golden Plover, 190 Grey Plover, 21 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was again the best of the rest.

Finches and Sparrows

6th October 2017 – bright start/cloudy later NW1 then WSW2
Grounded Migrants
Again just a smattering of newly arrived birds with 15 Robin, 15 Dunnock, 10 Song Thrush, 10 Goldcrest, 5 Stonechat and 2 Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were certainly busier in the benign conditions at the start of the day with 240 Meadow Pipit, 125 Jackdaw, 120 Skylark, 100 Chaffinch, 100 Tree Sparrow, 80 Linnet, 50 Pink-footed Goose, 20 alba Wagtail, 20 Greenfinch, 10 Siskin, 6 Swallow, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whooper Swan and a Rock Pipit moving through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Black-tailed Godwit continues to linger.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin and 2 Raven were the best of the rest.
Moths
Immigrants involved 2 Silver Y.

First Whooper Swans of the autumn

5th October 2017 – sun and showers WNW6/7
Offshore
Three Shag were logged amongst small numbers of Gannet, Red-throated Diver, Common Scoter, Kittiwake and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
A few more birds were in evidence with 15 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Wheatear recorded.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move despite the strength of the wind with 30 Meadow Pipit, 22 Skylark, 10 Pink-footed Geese and a Swallow logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The autumn’s first 7 Whooper Swan and dark-bellied Brent Goose appeared. Waders included a Black-tailed Godwit amongst 22 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.
Butterflies
A Comma was on the wing amongst a handful of Red Admiral.

Little Gull

4th October 2017 – overcast/showers/rain soon, heavy later W5/6/7/8 becoming WSW6/7/8 later
Offshore
The weather conditions dictated that most activity was concentrated on the sea with an extended seawatch through the morning (0800-1200) over the tide producing a first-winter Little Gull. Additional sightings included 100 Razorbill, 93 Common Scoter, 22 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake, 12 Guillemot, 7 Red-throated Diver and single Arctic Skua, Sandwich Tern and Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 4 Goldcrest and a Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock again held 94 pale-bellied birds but only 2 first-year birds were noted suggesting a poor breeding season.
Miscellaneous
A pair of Raven were the best of the rest.

Brent Goose influx

3rd October 2017 – early rain/showers WNW5/6/7
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0930) were hampered by rain and a WNW wind. Sightings were limited to 37 Common Scoter, 35 Razorbill, 25 Gannet, 9 Red-throated Diver and 6 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 8 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 210 Pink-footed Geese headed south.
Wildfowl and Waders
An influx in Brent Geese was apparent withb 94 pale-bellied birds recorded. A Black-tailed Godwit was amongst 5 Greenshank and 800 Redshank.

Goosander and Arctic Skua

2nd October 2017 – early rain/brighter later WSW 6/7/8
Offshore
A wild and stormy day saw most of the attention focused on the sea. Early morning observations on the rising tide (0800-1000) produced 155 Gannet, 73 Common Scoter, 44 Razorbill, 17 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern and single Goosander and Arctic Skua. Further observations on the falling tide (1100-1200) added 27 Razorbill, 12 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Shag, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 4 Goldcrest were perhaps leftovers from yesterday’s influx.
Wildfowl and Waders
Another or the same Goosander was off the more sheltered eastern shore and waders included 4 Greenshank.

Ring Ouzel and Goldcrests

1st October 2017 – rain/drizzle SSE2/3 then SW4/5 later
Offshore
A quick check of the sea (0900-0930) between the showers produced 35 Gannet, 26 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A female Ring Ouzel and 2 Mistle Thrush were grounded early morning. Also logged were 50 Goldcrest, 50 Robin, 7 Chiffchaff and 3 Stonechat.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers were on the move despite the conditions with 205 Meadow Pipit, 75 Skylark, 15 House Martin, 14 alba Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll moving through between the pulses of rain.
Miscellaneous
Raptors were prominent with Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel all hunting flocks of 440 Goldfinch and 150 Linnet.

Dismal monthly ringing total

30th September 2017 – early rain/brighter later SSE4/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0830) produced 62 Common Scoter, 18 Gannet and 5 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 12 Goldcrest, 9 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff and single Wheatear and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Still low key with just 250 Meadow Pipit, 20 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail and single Siskin and Lesser Redpoll logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 24 Greenshank and a Ruff.
Miscellaneous
At least 52 Little Egret were present along the eastern shore.
Ringing
Another poor month with just 141 birds of 18 species handled. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets): Goldfinch 40, (7), Goldcrest 20, Robin 16, Chiffchaff 8, House Sparrow 7, (6), Tree Sparrow 7, Blue Tit 6, Chaffinch 5, Dunnock 5, Willow Warbler 3, Great Tit 3, Wren 2, Song Thrush 1, Greenfinch 1, Linnet 1, Blackcap 1, Sedge Warbler 1 and Sparrowhawk 1

American Wigeon reappears

27th September 2017 – overcast ESE4
Rarities
The drake American Wigeon was again on the pools at South Walney early afternoon before again flying off with the Eurasian Wigeon as they dispersed on the flooding tide. There was no further sign by dusk.
Offshore
The sea provided small numbers of Gannet, Red-throated Diver and Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
A quiet day on the land with just 6 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff recorded.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 12 Pink-footed Geese headed south.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 17 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Two Raven were the best of the rest.
Moths
Large Wainscot was new for the year.

American Wigeon and Yellow-browed Warbler

26th September 2017 – overcast SE1/2
Rarities
An eclipse drake American Wigeon was found roosting on the pools at South Walney before flying off prior to the afternoon tide. A long overdue addition to the island list, unfortunately there was no further sign at 1800hrs.
Grounded Migrants
More predictably the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn appeared amongst 18 Goldcrest and 10 Chiffchaff. Also seen were 23 Robin, 6 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and single Whitethroat and Lesser Redpoll.
Diurnal Migration
A bit more movement than of late with 420 Meadow Pipit, 145 Skylark, 60 Swallow, 30 alba Wagtail, 13 Grey Wagtail and 9 Chaffinch logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 21 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded Crow was the best of the rest.
Moths
Both Beaded Chestnut and Red-line Quaker were new for the year.

Goldcrest and Chiffchaff

25th September 2017 – overcast/misty V1
Grounded Migrants
A few more grounded birds than of late though generally limited to two species. Goldcrest and Chiffchaff were to the fore with 35 and 21 birds respectively, also seen was a single Whinchat.
Diurnal Migration
A few Meadow Pipit were on the move.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Black-tailed Godwit were the best of the waders.
Miscellaneous
A huge charm of 400 Goldfinches was recorded feeding on the seed heads of ragwort.

Scaup and Scoters

24th September 2017 – overcast SSE4/3/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0900) produced a drake Scaup amongst 510 Common Scoter. Also seen were 62 Gannet, 28 Wigeon, 19 Razorbill, 11 Teal, 6 Red-throated Diver, 5 Kittiwake and 2 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Goldcrest and single Wheatear and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Still low key with just 60 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow and 3 Grey Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 210 Knot and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Goldfinch were prominent with 280 birds recorded.

Low key migration

23rd September 2017 – overcast SSE4/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0715-0815) produced 74 Gannet, 67 Common Scoter, 40 Razorbill, 8 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot and 3 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Remaining disappointingly quiet with just 3 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were also quiet with just 2 Grey Wagtail and 3 Swallow amongst 100 Meadow Pipit
Wildfowl and Waders
The 12 pale-bellied Brent Geese (10 adults + 2 juveniles) were again present.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret remain prominent along the eastern shore.

Brent Geese arrive

22nd September 2017 – overcast/rain at times SSE4/5
Grounded Migrants
Remaining disappointingly quiet with just 7 Goldcrest providing evidence of newly grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
A House Martin was the only to trouble the scorers.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Brent Geese have now returned with 12 pale bellied birds amongst 175 Wigeon and 120 Teal.
Moths
Feathered Rannunculus, Pink-barred Sallow and Canary Shouldered Thorn were all new for the year.

Pink-feet still on the move

17th September 2017 – Bright start then sunny spells NNE1
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed just small numbers of Red-throated Diver and Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Disappointingly quiet with just 18 Robin, 6 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff and single Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat, Wheatear and Whitethroat recorded.
Diurnal Migration
Pink-footed Geese again dominated sightings with 530 birds logged along with 120 Swallow, 100 Meadow Pipit, 40 House Martin, 30 Skylark, 12 Chaffinch, 10 alba Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail and a Siskin logged
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff and 8 Greenshank.
Moths
Black Rustic and Lunar Underwing were new for the year.

Variety rather than quantity

16th September 2017 – early rain then sunny spells N2 then NW3
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0715-0815) produced 60 Kittiwake, 20 Razorbill, 17 Gannet, 10 Sandwich Tern, 3 Guillemot and a Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Variety rather than quantity was the order of the day with sightings including: 15 Robin, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Wheatear, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and single Lesser Whitethroat, Whinchat, Whitethroat and Spotted Flycatcher.
Diurnal Migration
Pink-footed Geese dominated sightings with 900 birds logged along with 120 Meadow Pipit, 40 Skylark, 31 Swallow, 14 alba Wagtail, 7 Chaffinch, 6 Tree Sparrow, 6 Grey Wagtail, 4 Sand Martin and 2 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 62 Little Egret are now along the eastern shore and raptors included 2 Peregrine and Merlin.

Pink-feet on the move

15th September 2017 – sunny spells NNW2/3
Grounded Migrants
A bits and pieces sort of day with 10 Robin, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Whinchat and single Wheatear, Blackcap and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 650 Pink-footed Geese headed south along with 40 Swallow and 5 Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Grey Phalarope remained for a third day and other sightings included 5 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.
Moths
Immigrants involved 5 Silver Y and a Dark Swordgrass.

Grey Phalarope remains

14th September 2017 – sunshine and showers NW2 then WNW4/5/6
Offshore
Only small numbers of Gannet, Kittiwake and Common Scoter were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Again grounded birds were limited to 2 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Three small skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 130 birds headed south early evening.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Grey Phalarope remains in residence.
Moths
Immigrants involved a Dark Swordgrass and 3 Silver Y.

Grey Phalarope new in

13th September 2017 – sunshine and showers WNW5/6 then W 5/4
Offshore
Although at least one storm-driven Gannet was grounded on the island early morning the wind was in the WNW and inevitably there was little activity noted over the sea. Despite much effort 2 Leach's Petrel and a single Arctic Skua were the best amongst meagre numbers of Gannet, Kittiwake and Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds were limited to 2 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Grey Phalarope was easily the pick of the days sightings which also included 4 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin stalked a flock of 100 Linnet.

More Leach’s Petrels

12th September 2017 – overcast/rain later SW4/3/2
Offshore
The wind again switched to the SW by evening and although lighter than the last few days observations over the tide (1530-1830) produced 10 Leach’s Petrel along with 23 Common Scoter, 17 Sandwich Tern, 11 Gannet, 8 Red-throated Diver, 3 Kittiwake and a Manx Shearwater.

Wrong winds!

11th September 2017 – sunshine and heavy showers WNW5/6 gusting to 8
Offshore
The wind switched back to WNW reducing activity with observations over the tide (1530-1730) producing just 16 Razorbill, 11 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet. 5 Red-throated Diver, 5 Kittiwake, 4 Fulmar, 2 Guillemot and single Arctic Skua and Manx Shearwater.

Wilson’s and Leach’s Petrels

10th September 2017 – overcast with heavy showers SSW3/4/5 gusting to 8
Offshore
The switch of the wind from the NW brought the sea to life. Early observations in light winds (0800-0900) produced a juvenile Pomarine Skua along with 100 Common Scoter, 52 Gannet, 18 Kittiwake, 13 Sandwich Tern, 10 Razorbill, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Manx Shearwater. A second watch over the tide (1400-1700) as the wind strengthened and the showers intensified proved even more productive with a Wilson’s Petrel (1510hrs) amongst 6 Leach’s Petrel (1450-1645hrs) and 2 adult intermediate phase Pomarine Skua. Also seen were 315 Kittiwake, 100 Gannet, 26 Common Scoter, 23 Manx Shearwater, 8 Fulmar, 7 Red-throated Diver and 3 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds involved 14 Goldcrest and single Wheatear and White Wagtail.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move prior to the weather deteriorating including 130 Meadow Pipit, 20 Swallow and 17 Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Finches included a flock of 210 Goldfinch while 2 Raven and a Merlin were the best of the rest.

Pomarine Skua

9th September 2017 – early heavy showers then sunny spells NW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0800-0900) as the showers began to clear were led by an adult pale phase Pomarine Skua moving out of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 56 Kittiwake, 39 Common Scoter, 19 Gannet, 8 Sandwich Tern, 4 Razorbill and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds were limited to 6 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Goldcrest, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff and a Garden Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move as the showers relented with 60 Tree Sparrow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 10 Swallow and 4 Grey Wagtail recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1470 Curlew, 330 Golden Plover, 200 Grey Plover and 4 Ruff.

Sandwich Tern influx

8th September 2017 – sunshine and showers W4/5
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (1230-1330) produced 100 Sandwich Tern, 90 Kittiwake, 36 Gannet, 16 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater and a Fulmar. A further 600 Sandwich Tern were present on the falling tide.
Grounded Migrants
There was only slight evidence of newly grounded birds with just 6 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear and single Willow Warbler and Goldcrest logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
There were 23 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff amongst 1640 Redshank.

Long-tailed Skua

7th September 2017 – overcast/rain at times SW4/5
Offshore
Observations between the showers on the falling tide (1530-1730) were led by a juvenile Long-tailed Skua which headed towards Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 69 Kittiwake, 66 Gannet, 59 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Scoter, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and single Great Skua and Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Only a solitary Wheatear was logged.

First returning Red-throated Divers appear offshore

3rd September 2017 – overcast/rain soon SSE4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations on the rising tide (0715-0745) provided 20 Gannet, 20 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver and single Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake and Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Only evidenced by a single Chiffchaff and Whitethroat in the deteriorating conditions.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 23 Greenshank and single Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit amongst 1350 Redshank.

Pink-footed Geese begin to head south

2nd September 2017 – bright and sunny SE2
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea revealed 16 Gannet and 8 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Another smattering involved 6 Whitethroat, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Tree Sparrow, 3 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were busier than the land with 130 Meadow Pipit, 100 Swallow, 60 Sand Martin, 29 Grey Wagtail, 22 alba Wagtail, 7 Tree Pipit, 6 Pink-footed Geese, 3 House Martin and 3 Reed Bunting.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and single Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Four Raven and 3 Jay were the best of the rest.

First Wigeon return

1st September 2017 – bright and sunny WNW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed a few Gannet fishing offshore .
Grounded Migrants
Sightings included 16 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Goldcrest and a Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 3 Wigeon were amongst 7 Shoveler and 42 Teal, waders included Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Finches included 200 Linnet and 110 Goldfinch.
Butterflies and Moths
A small influx of Painted Ladies was noted and immigrant moths involved Rusty Dot Pearl and Dark Swordgrass.

Disappointing month draws to a close

31st August 2017 – early rain and thunder clearing to sunny spells
Offshore
A few Sandwich Tern were again offshore.
Grounded Migrants
A male Redstart was the pick of the newly grounded birds which also included 12 Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Pintail of the autumn was amongst 37 Teal and waders included 4 Greenshank and a Ruff.
Moths
Immigrants included several Rusty Dot Pearl.
Ringing
A disappointing month saw just 45 birds ringed of 15 species – the worst August total in the Observatory’s history. Individual species totals were as follows : House Sparrow 23, Greenfinch 4, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Dunnock 2, Goldfinch 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Woodpigeon 1, Wren 1, Robin 1, Blackbird 1, Song Thrush 1, Garden Warbler 1, Goldcrest 1 and Blue Tit 1

Slow going

30th August 2017 – sunny spells W1/2
Offshore
A scan over the sea revealed a feeding flock of 30 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds involved 3 Chiffchaff, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler and single Whinchat and Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel.
Moths
Immigrants included a Scarce Bordered Straw.

Passage recommences

29th August 2017 – sunny spells WNW2/3
Offshore
A quick check of the sea on the evening tide revealed 140 Sandwich Tern and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings included 22 Pied Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Whinchat, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest and single Sedge Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Stonechat.
Diurnal Migration
Another light passage produced 60 Meadow Pipit, 27 Tree Sparrow, 25 Swallow, 9 Grey Wagtail, 8 Sand Martin, 5 alba Wagtail and 3 Tree Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 240 Goldfinch was logged while 5 Raven, 2 Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were the best of the rest.
Moths
Immigrants involved 16 Rusty Dot Pearl, 2 Silver Y and 2 Rush Veneer.

Migration stalls!

28th August 2017 – overcast/drizzle at times SSW3/4
Offshore
A quick check of the sea on the evening tide revealed just 210 Sandwich Tern, 4 Gannet and a Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Only single Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Immigrants involved Rush Veneer and Rusty Dot Pearl while Feathered Gothic was new for the year.

Migration begins?

27th August 2017 – early drizzle then sunny spells SSE2/3
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed 30 Sandwich Tern and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Another smattering included 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 White Wagtail and single Spotted Flycatcher and Sedge Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A light passage involved 50 Swallow, 30 Meadow Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 10 Sand Martin, 7 Tree Pipit, 6 Grey Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Shoveler increased with 7 birds present and waders included 2 Greenshank and single Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Green Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was logged.
Moths
Immigrants continue to involved 6 Rusty Dot Pearl, while Frosted Orange was new for the year.

Ruff newly arrived

26th August 2017 – overcast then sunny SW3
Grounded Migrants
A smattering of newly arrived birds involved 11 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear and 2 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 42 House Martin were perhaps a post-breeding gathering; however, more obvious migration was provided by 115 Swallow, 29 Tree Sparrow, 20 Grey Wagtail, 15 alba Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Ruff was new in while additional waders included 4 Greenshank and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Treecreeper amongst 17 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Jay were the best of the rest.

Green Sandpiper remains

25th August 2017 – overcast/showers SW3/2
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed little more than 18 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet and a Manx Shearwater. A flock of 200 Sandwich Tern roosted over the tide.
Grounded Migrants
Limited fare with just 6 Willow Warbler and single Goldcrest and Chiffchaff logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Green Sandpiper remained and other waders included 5 Greenshank, and single Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit amongst 1020 Redshank.

Green Sandpiper new in

24th August 2017 – overcast then sunny spells WSW3
Offshore
A flock of 100 Sandwich Tern were offshore.
Grounded
A few more birds than of late with 22 White Wagtail, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin, 2 Chiffchaff and single Winchat and Wheatear logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Green Sandpiper was new in and additional sightings included 4 Whimbrel, 3 Shoveler and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 300 Linnet was the best of the rest.
Moths
Immigrants continue to involve Rusty Dot Pearl, Silver Y and Dark Swordgrass while Willow Beauty was new for the year.

Early White Wagtail passage

22nd August 2017 – early mist with sunny spells later/humid ESE2/3
Offshore
A flock of 120 Sandwich Tern roosted over the tide.
Grounded Migrants
Despite the conditions appearing ideal early morning, apart from a flock of 30 White Wagtail, sightings were limited to 5 Willow Warbler and a Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 17 Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A charm of 100 Goldfinch was the best of the rest.

Light passage again

20th August 2017 – sunny spells SW3/2/1
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0730-0830) provided little other than 20 Common Scoter and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A few more grounded migrants were in evidence with 9 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest recorded.
Diurnal Migration
Light passage was in evidence with 20 Swallow, 12 Tree Sparrow, 10 Pied Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit and 2 Grey Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Five Whimbrel were amongst 850 Curlew.
Miscellaneous
At least 27 Little Egret were scattered along the eastern shore.
Moths
Immigrants involved 6 Rusty Dot Pearl and a Silver Y. Newly emerged residents involved Svennson’s Copper Underwing – unusually three were trapped overnight, all previous records would appear to involve singles.

Migration remains slow

19th August 2017 – overcast/showers WSW5
Offshore
A check over the sea on the falling tide (1000-1100) produced 336 Sandwich Tern, 85 Common Scoter, 67 Manx Shearwater and 2 Arctic Tern..
Grounded
Still little evidence of many grounded birds with just 2 Wheatear and a Willow Warbler logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 26 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit amongst 950 Redshank and 1100 Dunlin, 220 Ringed Plover, 5 Golden Plover and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
At least 22 Little Egret were the best of the rest.

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.