Buzzard finally added to year list

10th December 2016 – overcast/cold ENE3
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0830-0930) produced 24 Red-throated Diver, 19 Razorbill and 17 Common Scoter.
Diurnal Migration
Wildfowl were on the move with 1240 Pink-footed Geese and 8 Whooper Swan recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 115 pale-bellied and 75 dark-bellied birds. The redhead Goosander remains and 5 Scaup were seen. Waders included 6000 Knot and a Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
A Buzzard was finally added to the year list. A total of 5 Water Rail were logged while oddities included 2 Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Ringing
A further 4 colour-ringed Knot were identified.

Hooded Crow

9th December 2016 – overcast/rain/sleet/snow NW5
Offshore
Highlights of a check of the sea at dawn involved 3700 Eider, 35 Common Scoter and 30 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Another Fieldfare hinted at further cold weather movement while 2 Tree Sparrow were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
Some movement was logged with 3 Chaffinch and a Lesser Redpoll seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 195 pale-bellied and 71 dark-bellied birds while the female Scaup continues to linger.
Miscellaneous
Two Water Rail squealed and 55 Little Egret were seen, however a Hooded Crow proved to be the highlight of the day.
Ringing
The Brent Goose flock held at least 10 colour-ringed birds and one colour-ringed Little Egret was noted.

Knot origins revealed

8th December 2017 – overcast/hail showers/cold NNW6/7/8
Grounded Migrants
A Fieldfare hinted at some cold weather movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains and the Brent Goose flock held 186 pale-bellied and 31 dark-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 12 Twite and single Peregrine, Little Owl and Raven were the best of the rest.
Ringing
The seven colour-ringed Knot seen last weekend involved birds ringed during 2017 on the Alt Estuary, Merseyside (3), Iceland (3) and Netherlands (1).

Wildfowl and waders galore

3rd December 2017 – sunny spells N2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0800-0900) produced 12 Red-throated Diver, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Common Scoter and 6 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes included 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush and a Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
Four Whooper Swan headed south and a few Tree Sparrow are still on the move.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup and female Goosander remain and the Brent Goose flock held 302 pale-bellied and 34 dark-bellied birds. Additional wildfowl included 2150 Wigeon, 585 Teal and 46 Pintail. Waders included 1400 Golden Plover, 4 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Purple Sandpiper while 7 Jack Snipe were amongst 117 Snipe.
Miscellaneous
Another Water Rail was logged while 10 Twite and single Peregrine and Merlin were the best of the rest.
Ringing
A flock of 2000 Knot contained at least 3 additional colour-ringed birds, making 7 different individuals over the weekend.

Little Auk surprise

2nd December 2017 – sun and showers/calm
Offshore
Early morning observations (0830-0900) were led by a Little Auk moving out of Morecambe Bay on the rising tide. Also seen were 61 Common Scoter, 28 Shag, 16 Red-throated Diver, 7 Razorbill and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes included 2 Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
A few Tree Sparrow are still on the move with 2 birds logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 35 Barnacle Geese, female Scaup and female Goosander remain. Waders included 10 Greenshank, 5 Jack Snipe and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The 2 Water Rail lingered while 60 Twite and a Merlin were the best of the rest.
Ringing
A flock of 1200 Knot contained at least 4 colour-ringed birds.

Barnacle Geese increase

1st December 2017 – bright and sunny/cold N2
Offshore
Two Shag were the only birds of note in a quick of the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of Barnacle Geese has increased to 35 birds and the female Scaup remains. Waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Two Water Rail squealed but only 6 Twite were logged.

Water Pipit still in residence

30th November 2017 – bright and sunny/early frost N3
Rarities
The Water Pipit continues to reside in the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar Village. View only from the road and do not enter the private fields.
Ringing
The end of migration saw thrushes and finches to the fore amongst the 144 birds of 19 species handled during the month. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets): Goldfinch 31, (10), Tree Sparrow 27, Blackbird 14, Chaffinch 11, Song Thrush 9, (1), House Sparrow 7, (7), Dunnock 3, (4), Greenfinch 3, (1), Wren 3, Robin (3), Lesser Redpoll 2, Starling 1, Brambling 1, Redwing 1, Reed Bunting 1, Collared Dove 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Blue Tit (1) and Goldcrest (1).

Water Pipit continues in residence

26th November 2017 – overcast, rain/hail showers NW5
Rarities
The Water Pipit continues to reside in the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar Village. View only from the road and do not enter the private fields.
Offshore
Early morning sightings (0800-0900) provided 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Razorbill, 10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Kittiwake and 2 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
A single Redwing was logged.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 6 Whooper Swan headed south between the showers.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup continue in residence.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Water Pipit remains

25th November 2017 – overcast, rain/hail/sleet showers NW5/6
Rarities
The Water Pipit remains in the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar Village. View only from the road and do not enter the private fields.
Offshore
Perhaps predictably, early morning sightings (0800-0900) were subdued by the northwest wind with just 10 Common Scoter, 5 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 2 Shag, 2 Kittiwake and a Red-throated Diver logged.
Grounded Migrants
A male Blackcap was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup continue in residence. The Brent Goose flock contained 200 pale-bellied and 42 dark-bellied birds.

Jack Snipe finally appear

24th November 2017 – sun and early showers, rain/sleet later W3
Rarities
A single Water Pipit has returned to the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar Village. View only from the road and do not enter the private fields.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes included 3 Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 2600 Starling flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup continue in residence. The Brent Goose flock contained 213 pale-bellied and 20 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 10 Greenshank and 3 Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 60 birds and a Water Rail called. At least 61 Little Egret remain.

Water Pipit returns

23rd November 2017 – sun and showers WSW5/6/7
Rarities
A single Water Pipit has returned to the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar Village.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 105 pale-bellied Brent Geese were logged.
Miscellaneous
It appeared that almost every rain sodden field on the island hosted a Little Egret.

Great Northern Diver remains

20th November 2017 – overcast/rain at times W3/4/5
Offshore
The Great Northern Diver was again off the eastern shore at high tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup continues in residence.
Miscellaneous
The flock of 80 Twite remain and a Little was the best of the rest.

Snow Bunting

19th November 2017 – bright and sunny/calm
Offshore
Calm seas early morning produced a post-roost gathering of 46 Shag. Also seen were 80 Common Scoter, 4 Guillemot, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes were limited to 4 Redwing and a Fieldfare amongst small numbers of Blackbird. Single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Snow Bunting flew over early morning. Additional sightings included 1135 Pink-footed Goose, 32 Tree Sparrow and single Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Rock Pipit and Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup continue in residence. Also seen were a redhead Goosander, 8 Shoveler, 12 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock continues to increase with 80 birds logged. Single Merlin and Little Owl were the best of the rest.

Great Northern Diver

18th November 2017 – overcast/showers NW4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0800-0900) produced 156 Common Scoter, 130 Kittiwake, 19 Razorbill, 6 Red-throated Diver and 2 Gannet. The eastern shore added single Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver at high tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose held 297 pale-bellied birds and the 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup remain. Waders included 1000 Golden Plover, 10 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Barn Owl was seen and the Twite flock increased to 60 birds.

Barnacle Geese and Scaup

17th November 2017 – overcast NW4
Offshore
A single Shag was the only bird of note mid-afternoon.
Grounded Migrants
A single Mistle Thrush was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup remain along with 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 15 Twite and a Merlin were the best of the rest.
Ringing
Recent colour-ring sightings involve 3 Icelandic ringed Oystercatcher and a Black-tailed Godwit from the Tagus Estuary, Portugal.

Barnacle Geese remain

12th November 2017 – bright and sunny NNW4/5/6/7
Offshore
Early morning observations over rough seas provided 13 Common Scoter, 12 Shag, 9 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 5 Redwing and a Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
Single Tree Sparrow and Rock Pipit were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup remain. Waders included 14 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Merlin and Peregrine continue to be logged.

Great Northern Diver and Scaup

11th November 2017 – sunny spells/calm
Offshore
Dawn saw a congregation of 30 Shag along with single Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 18 Fieldfare, 15 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush. A total of 7 Goldcrest were the only other grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
A late flurry saw 45 Meadow Pipit logged. Also seen were 12 Chaffinch, 11 Whooper Swan, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Brambling, 2 Twite and 2 Rock Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 6 Scaup were recorded.
Miscellaneous
A total of 6 Water Rail were logged. Birds of prey involved Little Owl, Merlin, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
Butterflies
A Red Admiral remained on the wing.

Barnacle Geese arrive

10th November 2017 – sunshine and heavy showers NW4/5
Offshore
A Red-throated Diver was the only bird of note.
Grounded Migrants
Single Redwing and Goldcrest were all that could be mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 7 Barnacle Geese were newly arrived, the Brent Goose flock held 248 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 13 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Merlin and single Peregrine and Little Owl were logged.

Great Northern Diver

5th November 2017 – bright and sunny N4/3
Offshore
Morning observations produced 32 Common Scoter, 11 Guillemot and 7 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes consisted of 2 Redwing and a Fieldfare. Additional sightings involved a Chiffchaff amongst 3 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Small-scale migration continued with 400 Jackdaw, 11 Meadow Pipit, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Skylark, 3 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Stock Dove logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The eerie call of a Great Northern Diver resonated across the island and the female Scaup remains. Waders included 16 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 2 Merlin remain and 28 Twite were seen. A Water Rail called.
Butterflies
Several Red Admiral remain on the wing.

Another late Swallow

4th November 2017 – sunny spells WNW 3/4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations (0745-0845) provided 85 Common Scoter, 54 Razorbill, 25 Kittiwake, 7 Shag, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Great Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes consisted of 32 Redwing and 3 Fieldfare. Additional sightings were limited to 7 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Another late Swallow flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup continues to linger and 117 pale-bellied Brent Geese were amongst 1534 Wigeon. Waders included 13 Greenshank and 6 Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 34 birds, 21 Rock Pipit were flushed from the salt marshes and raptors included 2 Merlin and a Peregrine. In addition 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Jay were the best of the rest.

Late Swallows

3rd November 2017 – overcast SW3/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0745-0845) revealed 53 Common Scoter, 39 Kittiwake, 16 Shag, 15 Razorbill, 12 Guillemot and single Gannet and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes consisted of single Fieldfare and Redwing amongst a light sprinkling of Blackbird. Additional sightings were limited to 2 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Three late Swallow were logged along with 6 Whooper Swan and 3 Brambling.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains and 13 Greenshank were logged.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 44 birds and raptors included Merlin and Peregrine.
Moths
A Mottled Umber would appear to be only the second island record.

Last rites for autumn passage?

2nd November 2017 – sunny spells NE2/3
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 17 Common Scoter and 6 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes included 14 Redwing and 4 Fieldfare amongst a few Blackbird. Otherwise sightings were limited to 5 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Passage included 190 Woodpigeon, 49 Whooper Swan, 30 Meadow Pipit, 12 Tree Sparrow, 9 alba Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting and single Brambling and Lesser Redpoll.
Miscellaneous
Two Great Spotted Woodpecker were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.
Butterflies
Several Red Admiral were still on the wing.

Scaup remains and Twite increase

1st November 2017 – overcast WSW3
Offshore
Morning observations (0800-0900) provided 26 Common Scoter, 22 Razorbill, 21 Pintail, 12 Shag, 10 Guillemot and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A Chiffchaff was amongst 2 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Passage continues to dwindle with just 60 Jackdaw, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Lesser Redpoll and single Bullfinch, Siskin and Rock Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains and at least 11 Greenshank continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock has increased to 24 birds. A Treecreeper and Jay continue to haunt less frequently visited areas of the island while garden feeders hosted at least 2 Tree Sparrow.

Greenland White-fronted Geese drop in

31st October 2017 – overcast SW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0830) produced 182 Common Scoter, 17 Razorbill, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 2 Guillemot and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Little evidence of movement with just 4 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare and a solitary Twite noted.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of four adult Greenland White-fronted Geese were newly arrived and the female Scaup remains. An increase in numbers in the Brent Goose flock was evident with 281 pale-bellied and 43 dark-bellied birds recorded.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail and 3 Merlin were the best of the rest.
Ringing
Despite the adverse conditions for much of the month a respectable total of 775 birds of 27 species were handled with 705 new birds ringed. Finches and sparrows were to the fore along with a reasonable number of Goldcrest and Song Thrush. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets, which include two Goldfinch controls): Goldfinch 254 (30), Goldcrest 80 (1), Chaffinch 71, Tree Sparrow 64, Greenfinch 39 (1), Song Thrush 32, Wren 25 (1), Lesser Redpoll 21, Long-tailed Tit 20, Redwing 18, Dunnock 14 (5), House Sparrow 14 (4), Robin 13 (8), Blackbird 12 (8), Blue Tit 6, (5), Chiffchaff 6, Sparrowhawk 3 (1), Blackcap 3, Great Tit 2 (1), Magpie 2, Common Redpoll 1, Bullfinch 1, Siskin 1, Brambling 1, Stonechat 1, Coal Tit 1 and Reed Bunting (5).

Long-tailed Duck and Common Redpoll

30th October 2017 – sunny spells/early light frost ESE1/2
Offshore
A check over the sea at dawn revealed a congregation of 22 Shag, along with an adult male Long-tailed Duck and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 10 Redwing and 3 Song Thrush amongst a sprinkling of Blackbirds. Otherwise sightings were limited to 4 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Again variety rather than quantity with 665 Pink-footed Goose, 350 Jackdaw, 85 Starling, 15 Whooper Swan, 14 Meadow Pipit, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 10 alba Wagtail, 9 Carrion Crow, 6 Tree Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Swallow, 2 Linnet and single Siskin, Brambling and Common Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup remains and 6 Greenshank were logged.
Miscellaneous
Single Twite, Water Rail and Merlin were the best of the rest.
Images
Common Redpoll.

Scaup and Hooded Crow

29th October 2017 – bright and sunny NE1/2
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 65 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, 12 Blackbird and a Mistle Thrush. Otherwise sightings were limited to 6 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move in clear skies and light winds with 580 Pink-footed Goose, 450 Jackdaw, 104 Whooper Swan, 25 Chaffinch, 17 Tree Sparrow, 14 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 12 Carrion Crow, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Greenfinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Stock Dove and single Rook, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit and Swallow logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Scaup was newly arrived amongst 4 Goldeneye and 12 Greenshank were seen.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock has increased to 13 birds and additional sightings included 2 Merlin and a Hooded Crow.
Butterflies
A few Red Admiral are still on the wing.

Shag influx

28th October 2017 – overcast/drizzle at times WSW4/5
Offshore
Conditions meant that the sea again received the most attention with observations (0830-0930) producing 24 Shag, 17 Common Scoter, 9 Kittiwake, 6 Razorbill, 3 Red-throated Diver and single Goosander and Gannet. In addition 2 Shag sheltered along the eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and a Goldcrest.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Black Redstart arrive

27th October 2017 – bright and sunny/calm WNW 2/3 later
Offshore
Sightings involved 20 Common Scoter and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Two Black Redstarts were the pick of the few grounded birds which also included 8 Song Thrush and 2 Redwing along with a Blackcap amongst 4 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
The clear skies again provided variety with 720 Jackdaw, 140 Starling, 100 Meadow Pipit, 60 Tree Sparrow, 30 Skylark, 25 Pink-footed Goose, 20 Whooper Swan, 20 Linnet, 20 Chaffinch, 19 Carrion Crow, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Redwing, 11 Mistle Thrush, 10 alba Wagtail,10 Brambling, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Swallow, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Woodpigeon and single Twite, Bullfinch and Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 12 Greenshank while 11 Shoveler were amongst 240 Teal and 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were also logged.
Miscellaneous
Four Raven were the best of the rest.

Migration trickle

26th October 2017 – overcast/light rain W1/2
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 13 Song Thrush and 5 Redwing. Also seen were 14 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A varied selection included 150 Jackdaw, 55 Pink-footed Goose, 30 Chaffinch, 20 Meadow Pipit, 14 Tree Sparrow, 10 Skylark, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Mistle Thrush, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Brambling and single Bullfinch, Twite, Siskin and Swallow.
Miscellaneous
Single Water Rail and Merlin were the best of the rest.

Water Rail new in

25th October 2017 – sunny spells WSW3/4/5
Offshore
Morning observations (0800-0900) produced 58 Razorbill, 58 Kittiwake, 42 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded thrushes were limited to 9 Redwing and 4 Song Thrush. A Chiffchaff was amongst 7 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Passage consisted of 20 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, 10 Chaffinch and single Brambling and Lesser Redpoll.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was newly arrived while less frequently visited parts of the island added 12 Long-tailed Tit and single Treecreeper and Jay.

First Twite arrive

24th October 2017 – overcast/rain SW4/5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide revealed 6 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver. The sheltered eastern shore hosted 2 Shag and a Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes were limited to 30 Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
A Siskin flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 150 pale-bellied birds and waders included 15 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The first 11 Twite have arrived back on the island and 2 Merlin were seen.

Fieldfares drop in

23rd October 2017 – overcast/drizzle at times SE2/3
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 152 Redwing, 24 Fieldfare, 10 Mistle Thrush and 6 Song Thrush while 5 Goldcrest were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
Light passage between the spells of drizzle produced 32 Chaffinch, 25 Meadow Pipit, 17 Skylark, 8 alba Wagtail, 4 Siskin, 3 Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Rock Pipit.
Miscellaneous
At least 80 Little Egret were along the eastern shore.
Moths
A Vestal was attracted overnight.

Great Northern Diver

22nd October 2017 – overcast/showers clearing W6/7/8
Offshore
With the wind gusting to 55 mph the sea again received the most attention with 64 Kittiwake, 20 Common Scoter, 6 Razorbill and a Brent Goose logged. At high tide the sheltered eastern shore harboured a Great Northern Diver.

Arctic Skua

21st October 2017 – overcast/showers/rain later SE4/5/6
Offshore
Morning observations (0800-0900) produced little other than 13 Common Scoter and single Goldeneye and Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes were limited to a Redwing while a Wheatear was also logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 158 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 8 Shoveler were seen.
Miscellaneous
At least 7 Rock Pipit were flushed from the saltmarsh and a Peregrine was recorded.

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.