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.