Great Skua

24th April 2018 – overcast/rain later SW3/4
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0700-0800) again produced variety rather than quantity, sightings included: 45 Sandwich Tern, 31 Common Scoter, 19 Gannet, 15 Manx Shearwater, 15 Kittiwake, 10 Guillemot, 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar and single Arctic Tern and Great Skua.

Little Gull, Little Tern and Arctic Tern

22nd April 2018 – overcast/showers SW3
Offshore
Several checks of the sea through the morning provided variety with 1000 Common Scoter, 140 Sandwich Tern, 54 Arctic Tern, 29 Manx Shearwater, 24 Red-breasted Merganser, 19 Red-throated Diver, 15 Gannet, 11 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot, 3 Shag, 2 Little Tern and an adult Little Gull logged .
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff and a White Wagtail.
Diurnal Migration
A further 100 Pink-footed Geese flew north along with a single Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
Single Whimbrel and Goosander were recorded.
Miscellaneous
The female Great Spotted Woodpecker remains and Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Whitetroat are now widespread, in low numbers, across the island’s breeding haunts.
Miscellaneous
The female Ring-necked Parakeet continues its island residence.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

21st April 2018 – bright and sunny SE2
Offshore
A few Sandwich Terns were again logged offshore.
Grounded Migrants
Another small fall produced 10 Willow Warbler, 5 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Sedge Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Pink-footed Geese continue to head north with 110 birds logged. Also seen were 5 Lesser Redpoll amongst a further trickle of Swallow and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Whimbrel were logged.
Miscellaneous
Unusually due to no wintering birds, a migrant female Great Spotted Woodpecker was the first of the year.

Redstart, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler

20th April 2018 – mist/fog clearing later V1
Offshore
Sandwich Terns and Red-throated Divers were logged offshore as the fog cleared.
Grounded Migrants
The conditions produced a small fall with 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 4 White Wagtail and single Redstart and Wheatear recorded.
Diurnal Migration
Two Lesser Redpoll were amongst a light trickle of Swallow and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Whimbrel was logged and the Brent Goose flock held 100 pale-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
The first Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler have now returned to breeding localities.
Moths
A Twin-spotted Quaker would appear to be the first island record.

Spring still to happen!

19th April 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
A few Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
The conditions were not conducive for a fall of migrants, although 20 Wheatear and 8 White Wagtail were logged warblers were non-existent.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 730 Pink-footed Geese headed north early morning.
Wildfowl and Waders
Five Whimbrel were again logged and the Brent Goose flock held 125 pale-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
Up to four Grasshopper Warbler and several Lesser Whitethroat are now back in breeding habitat. The female Ring-necked Parakeet continues to tour the island.

Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat now on territory

18th April 2018 – early drizzle then sunny spells SSE2/3
Offshore
A quick check of the sea on the falling tide produced 26 Sandwich Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet and 2 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Blackcap continue to trickle through and 9 White Wagtail were logged, otherwise little evidence of newly grounded migrants.
Wildfowl and Waders
Five Whimbrel were logged.
Miscellaneous
Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat are now back in breeding habitat.

First Arctic Terns

17th April 2018 – overcast/murky/rain at times SSE5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (1520-1620) produced 16 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 9 Razorbill, 6 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern, 6 Guillemot and 3 Arctic Tern.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow trickled through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 230 Turnstone was logged.

First House Martin of the year

15th April 2018 – overcast/mist/murk SE2
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0800-0900) revealed 46 Sandwich Tern, 36 Common Scoter, 6 Guillemot, 6 Gannet and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Again just a smattering of sightings with 5 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 170 Pink-footed Geese headed north early morning. Also seen was the first House Martin of the year amongst 4 Swallow and a Sand Martin and a Lesser Redpoll amongst 50 Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 170 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied bird while waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and a Purple Sandpiper amongst 290 Turnstone.
Miscellaneous
The Ring-necked Parakeet put in another appearance and 9 Twite remain.
Mothss
A Mottled Grey was just the fourth species of the year.

First Whimbrel arrives

14th April 2018 – sunny spells SE1/2
Offshore
The sea provided for 70 Common Scoter, 55 Sandwich Tern, 5 Red-throated Diver and single Kittiwake and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
A mix of winter and summer migrants produced 12 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Wheatear, 5 Redwing and 2 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Again a mix of winter and summer migrants with 65 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin and a Lesser Redpoll logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 215 pale-bellied birds while waders included 88 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and the first Whimbrel of the year.

Osprey flies through

8th April 2018 – fog/mist V1
Grounded Migrants
The best day of the spring so far saw the changing of the seasons in evidence winter produced two Brambling and a Fieldfare whilst summer produced 10 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler and 3 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey drifted north over the observatory garden at 1215hrs. It is a sign of the times that the bird was escorted away from Walney airspace by a flock of Shelduck rather than a horde of gulls! Also seen were 80 Meadow Pipit and 5 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A pair and Goldeneye and a single Jack Snipe continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
A small group of 7 Twite was logged.
Ringing
The busiest morning of the year so far saw 58 birds trapped including an exceptional four controls (birds previously ringed elsewhere).

Little Gulls

7th April 2018 – overcast/misty/rain soon SE2
Offshore
A check of the sea early morning (0715-0745) produced 1000 Eider, 31 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 9 Red-throated Diver, 7 Shag, 5 Razorbill and 2 adult Little Gull .
Grounded Migrants
A few birds at last with 9 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler logged.
Diurnal Migration
Three skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 350 birds headed north at dawn.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Gadwall was amongst 6 Shoveler and a Greenshank was the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin in off the sea was the best of the rest.
Moths
The Satellite and Common Quaker are the first moths of the spring.

Quiet

6th April 2018 – overcast SE4
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide (1230-1330) produced 29 Sandwich Tern, 15 Razorbill, 8 Gannet, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and a Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 83 pale and 30 dark-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Ring Ouzel

5th April 2018 – bright and sunny WSW1/2
Grounded Migrants
A Ring Ouzel was the pick of the grounded migrants that were otherwise limited to 2 Wheatear, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.

Black Brant lingers

1st April 2018 – overcast NE1
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was on Tummerhill Marsh at high tide amongst 174 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied Brent Goose.
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea produced 1000 Eider, 40 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Scoter, 5 Shag and 3 Gannet.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Ring-necked Parakeet headed high north early morning. A Merlin was the best of the rest.
Mammals
Three Harbour Porpoise were offshore.

Sandwich Tern move in

31st March 2018 – overcast/showers NE3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-1000) produced 174 Sandwich Tern, 150 Razorbill, 37 Common Scoter, 25 Kittiwake, 24 Gannet, 15 Guillemot, 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Still slow going with just 2 Wheatear and a Goldcrest recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 243 pale-bellied and a dark-bellied bird. Waders included a Jack Snipe amongst 42 Snipe.
Miscellaneous
The Ring-necked Parakeet remains.

Turnstone and Purple Sandpiper influx

30th March 2018 – overcast/showers NE1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-0900) produced 39 Common Scoter, 37 Sandwich Tern, 25 Razorbill, 10 Red-throated Diver, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Guillemot and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A Tree Sparrow was the only evidence of newly grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to 2 Whooper Swan amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 222 pale-bellied and 44 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 26 Purple Sandpiper amongst 510 Turnstone, a Greenshank amongst 800 Redshank, 500 Golden Plover and 350 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
The Ring-necked Parakeet remains and 4 Twite were logged.

Black Brant continues in residence

28th March 2018 – sunny spells/showers WNW2/3
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel at low tide just south of Jubilee Bridge with 41 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied Brent Goose.
Miscellaneous
The female Ring-necked Parakeet of unknown origin remains.

Ring-necked Parakeet!

25th March 2018 – bright and sunny/early frost V1
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel at low tide just south of Jubilee Bridge with 11 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied Brent Goose.
Offshore
A check of the sea early morning provided 6 Shag amongst 4500 Eider.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Goldcrest and single Wheatear and Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
Whooper Swans were again on the move with 230 birds logged. Also seen were 70 Pink-footed Geese and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 10 Shoveler were seen while a single Greenshank was the best of the waders.
Miscellaneous
A group of 60 Twite remain while a female Ring-necked Parakeet of unknown origin toured the southern end of the island.

Spring unsprung!

24th March 2018 – overcast/light rain/fog/sunny later V1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea early morning provided 12 Shag, 7 Red-throated Diver, 6 Common Scoter and 3 Razorbill amongst 4000 Eider.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Goldcrest and a Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
A Siskin was amongst 30 Greenfinch and the second Rook of the spring was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Only 5 pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen.

First Manx Shearwater and Fulmar of the year

23rd March 2018 – overcast SW4
Rarities
The Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just downstream of Jubilee Bridge amongst 32 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied Brent Goose.
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide (1230-1430) saw a steady stream of Kittiwake heading into Morecambe Bay with 512 birds logged. Also associated with this movement were 17 Razorbill, 8 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 3 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.
Ringing
A Greenfinch was the first control of the year that was not a colour-ringed bird.

Whooper Swans on the move

20th March 2018 – bright and sunny WNW3/2
Rarities
The Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just downstream of Jubilee Bridge.
Grounded Migrants
A single Chiffchaff was logged.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 40 Whooper Swan headed north early evening.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 237 pale-bellied and 40 dark-bellied birds and a female Scaup remains. Waders included 3000 Knot and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.

Water Pipit begins to attain summer dress

18th March 2018 – overcast/cold/snow showers ENE5/6/7
Rarities
The Water Pipit – now beginning to attain summer dress – was again in the horse paddocks near Biggar over the tide.
Grounded Migrants
A single Wheatear was seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 5 adult Whooper Swan were grounded by the weather. The Brent Goose flock held 59 pale-bellied and 65 dark-bellied birds.
Ringing
Five colour-ringed Knot were located amongst a flock of 800 birds.

First Wheatears

17th March 2018 – overcast/cold/snow showers E5/6/7
Offshore
A check of the sea early morning revealed little other than 2 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
The arrival of the first Wheatears coincided with the return of “the beast” .
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 254 pale-bellied and 65 dark-bellied birds. Single female Scaup and Goosander were also logged. Waders included 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank.

Iceland Gull new in

16h March 2018 – overcast/rain at times E5/6
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge at low tide with 70 pale-bellied and 1 dark-bellied Brent Geese. The Water Pipit was in the horse paddocks near Biggar over the high tide and a second-winter Iceland Gull flew up Walney Channel.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Scaup continues to linger.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 10 Twite and a Merlin were the best of the rest.

Black Brant puts in another appearance

15th March 2018 – sunny spells
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge at low tide with 100 pale-bellied and 1 dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Woodcock and Goldcrests

13th March 2018 – overcast then sunny spells W2 then SW1
Grounded Migrants
The first 2 passage Goldcrest were amongst 51 Redwing, 25 Blackbird and 7 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
A Rook proved to be the rarest bird of the day!.
Wildfowl and Waders
The group of 3 Scaup (male + 2 females) remain and a Woodcock was the first of the year. Four Black-tailed Godwit continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
Only a single Twite was logged.

Diurnal movement

11th March 2018 – sunny spells ENE1/2
Offshore
The sea revealed 10 Shag, 3 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Small numbers of Redwing were grounded early morning.
Diurnal Migration
While not spectacular migration was certainly underway with 105 Pink-footed Geese, 30 Meadow Pipit, 14 Jackdaw, 12 Whooper Swan, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Grey Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The group of 3 Scaup remained.
Miscellaneous
A few Little Egret still remain.

Hooded Crow

10th March 2018 – overcast/rain NE4
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared late morning produced 6 Common Scoter and single Brent Goose, Gannet and Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A trickle of Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail and Skylark were noted coming in off the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
The group of 3 Scaup remained. Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Single Hooded Crow and Raven were the best of the rest.

First Chiffchaff of the year

9th March 2018 – overcast SE2
Grounded Migrants
A Chiffchaff was the first of the year. Several Stonechat were also seen.
Diurnal Migration
A trickle of Meadow Pipit were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 60 dark-bellied birds. The group of Scaup increased to 3 individuals (male + 2 females). Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Single Peregrine and Little Owl were the best of the rest.

Yellowhammer surprise

6th March 2018 – overcast SSW1
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again in the horse paddocks at Biggar.
Grounded Migrants
Significantly milder today and only a few Song Thrush and Redwing remain while 3 Stonechat and a Yellowhammer were newly arrived.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Scaup remain.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl and 3 Twite were the best of the rest.

Further cold weather movement

4th March 2018 – overcast/cold/snow/sleet/rainE5
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again amongst 2 Rock Pipit and 6 Meadow Pipit in the horse paddocks at Biggar at high tide.
Grounded Migrants
A further influx of thrushes fleeing the cold weather was apparent with 130 Fieldfare, 152 Redwing, 53 Song Thrush and 7 Mistle Thrush logged.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 47 Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The two Scaup remain.
Miscellaneous
A total of 65 Twite were logged.

First Gannet of the year

3rd March 2018 – overcast/cold/snow flurries E5/6
Rarities
A Water Pipit was amongst 4 Rock Pipit and 4 Meadow Pipit in the horse paddocks at Biggar.
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0800-0900) produced the first Gannet of the year along with 10 Razorbill, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver and 2 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
The “beast from the east” failed to significantly effect the island and the green fields attracted an influx of thrushes fleeing the cold weather with 155 Fieldfare, 32 Redwing, 19 Song Thrush and 5 Mistle Thrush logged.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 20 Whooper Swan headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 274 pale-bellied and 53 dark-bellied birds. Also seen were 2 Barnacle Geese.
Miscellaneous
Peregrine and Merlin were the best of the rest.

Water Pipit

2nd March 2018 – overcast/cold E6/7/8
Rarities
The latest round of high tides again flushed a Water Pipit from the saltmarsh and into the horse paddocks near Biggar.
Grounded Migrants
A group of 8 Fieldfare were indicators of cold weather movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Barnacle Geese were logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Black Brant remains

1st March 2018 – overcast/cold ENE4/5/6
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge amongst 74 pale-bellied and a single dark-belled Brent Goose.

Early Sandwich Terns

25th February 2018 – bright and sunny/cold ESE3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0800-0900) were led by 2 Sandwich Tern amongst 30 Common Scoter, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a solitary Redwing.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 85 pale and a single dark-bellied bird while the drake Scaup remains. Waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Ringing
Birds colour-ringed in Iceland included Brent Goose, Oystercatcher and Sanderling.

Black Brant reappears

24th February 2018 – bright and sunny/cold SE3/4
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was in Walney Channel, just south of Jubilee Bridge at low tide, with 74 pale and a single dark-bellied Brent Goose.
Offshore
Early morning observations (0800-0900) provided just 21 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Miscellaneous
Less frequently recorded species included 6 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Jay while an overwintering Goldcrest was also logged.

Hints of spring!

23rd February 2018 – bright and sunny SE3/4
Diurnal Migration
Hints of spring passage were provided by single Siskin and Pied Wagtail.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Redwing.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 60 dark-bellied birds and the drake Scaup remains. Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.

Water Pipit remains

19th February 2018 – overcast/mist/murk WNW3
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar after the high tide.

A second Water Pipit?

18th February 2018 – sunny spells SSE1/2
Rarities
A Water Pipit was in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar Bank over the high tide, perhaps a different individual from that seen yesterday.
Offshore
Just 2 Red-throated Diver were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings 2 Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 360 Pink-footed Geese flew through while 7 Raven and single Grey Wagtail and Pied Wagtail were also recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 290 pale-bellied birds. Also seen were 2 Scaup and single female Gadwall and Goosander.
Miscellaneous
A total of 140 Twite were logged.

Water Pipit reappears

17th February 2018 – early drizzle then sunny spells S2/1
Rarities
A Water Pipit was in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar over the high tide .
Offshore
Just 10 Common Scoter and 7 Red-throated Diver were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings included 3 Mistle Thrush and 2 Fieldfare.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 294 pale-bellied and 5 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 1200 Golden Plover, 335 Turnstone and 19 Purple Sandpiper.
Ringing
Colour ringed birds involved an Oystercatcher from Iceland and Knot from Iceland (1) and England (2).

Elusive Gadwall still present

16th February – overcast S2/3
Offshore
Five Shag were the only record of note.
Grounded Migrants
Thrushes included 10 Redwing and 6 Mistle Thrush while a Grey Wagtail was also logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 297 pale-bellied and 4 dark-bellied birds. The pair of Scaup remain and the female Gadwall was amongst 10 Shoveler. Waders included 8 Greenshank and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A total of 120 Twite were logged along with a Peregrine. The 2 Tree Sparrow continue to attend a feeding station.

Water Pipit

4th February 2018 – bright and sunny/early frost NE1
Rarities
A Water Pipit was amongst 30 Rock Pipit congregated in the flooded fields along Biggar Bank at high tide.
Offshore
A dawn check of the sea revealed 3800 Eider, 40 Shag, 11 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver in a low tide gathering.
Grounded Migrants
Single Redwing and Mistle Thrush were amongst 11 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 475 Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 313 pale-bellied and 72 dark-bellied birds. The pair of Scaup remain.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail called and 2 Raven were logged. The flock of 60 Twite remain.

Barnacle Geese and Scaup

3rd February 2018 – overcast with light rain NW1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 9 Red-throated Diver and 5 Common Scoter amongst 35 Shag.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 40 Barnacle Geese remain and the 2 Scaup continue to linger. Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A total of 40 Rock Pipit were flushed from the saltmarsh by the high tide.
Mammals
Two Otters were showing well early morning.

Barnacle Geese reappear

2nd February 2018 – bright and sunny NW2
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of 44 Barnacle Geese reappeared and the Brent Goose flock held 271 pale-bellied birds. The two Scaup remain and waders included 7 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit amongst 1400 Dunlin and 500 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 65 birds and 25 Rock Pipit were flushed from the island’s saltmarsh.

Quiet!

28th January 2018 – overcast SW5/6
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0845-0945) revealed just 12 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver and 4 Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Scaup remain in residence and 12 Shoveler were logged.
Miscellaneous
Merlin, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were all logged.

Tufted Duck reveals origins

27th January 2018 – rain clearing later SSW5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (1100-1200) revealed just 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Common Scoter.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Scaup remain in residence.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock continues to hold 60 birds.
Ringing
A colour-marked Tufted Duck had been ringed at São Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve, Portugal on 9th November 2016.

Great Northern Diver and Gadwall

26th January 2018 – bright and sunny/calm
Offshore
Flat calm seas revealed a Great Northern Diver amongst 10 Shag and 5400 Eider.
Grounded Migrants
Two Mistle Thrush were amongst an apparent increase in Blackbird and Song Thrush.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Gadwall amongst 11 Shoveler was newly arrived, the pair of Scaup remain and 7 Barnacle Geese were logged. Waders included 10 Greenshank and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 60 birds and was stalked by a Merlin.

Winter fare

20th January 2018 – overcast/light rain/calm
Offshore
The sea continues to be quiet with early morning (0815-0915) producing just 11 Red-throated Diver and 3 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
A group of 11 Redwing was amongst an increase in Blackbird and Song Thrush.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 287 pale-bellied and 21 dark-bellied birds and the pair of Scaup remain. Waders included 8 Greenshank and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 100 birds while both Merlin and Peregrine were seen.

Black Brant reappears

19th January 2018 – hail showers W4/5
Rarities
The Black Brant was again amongst 80 dark-bellied Brent Geese.
Grounded Migrants
A Redwing was amongst a few Song Thrush.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Scaup continue in residence. Waders included a Greenshank and 4 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 80 birds while a Hooded x Carrion Crow was seen.

Early winter blues!

14th January 2018 –early drizzle/misty SE4
Offshore
The sea remained quiet early morning observations (0830-0930) with just 55 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held just 38 pale-bellied and 62 dark-bellied birds.

Colour-ringed birds

13th January 2018 – overcast/misty SE4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0845-0945) provided just 15 Common Scoter and 8 Red-throated Diver.
Ringing
The first check of the year for colour-ringed waders revealed an Oystercatcher from Iceland and Knot from Iceland (1) and England (3).

Scaup remain

12th January 2018 – overcast/misty SE2
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Scaup remain in residence and waders included 3 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 25 birds while a single Little Owl was logged.

Black Brant again

8th January 2018 – bright and cold E4/5
Wildfowl and Waders
The Black Brant was again logged over the high tide in the company of 60 dark-bellied Brent Geese. The pair of Scaup remain.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 20 birds.

Pink-footed Geese on the move

7th January 2018 – sunny spells/calm
Offshore
Generally quiet early morning, although 30 Shag and 4 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 10 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush and 3 Fieldfare. At least 2 Tree Sparrow continue to winter.
Diurnal Migration
A large movement of Pink-footed Geese was evident from first light with 2,200 birds logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three Whooper Swan were logged and the pair of Scaup continue in residence. Waders included Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe and Purple Sandpiper
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 60 birds while a Hooded x Carrion Crow was seen.

Black Brant

6th January 2018 – bright and sunny NE3/4
Diurnal Migration
A group of 6 Pink-footed Geese flew north.
Wildfowl and Waders
An adult Black Brant was amongst 304 pale-bellied and 60 dark-bellied Brent Geese. In addition, a flock of 40 Barnacle Geese were logged.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock again held 40 birds.

Winter residents

5th January 2018 – sunny spells/calm
Grounded Migrants
A single Redwing was logged.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 105 Pink-footed Geese flew south.
Wildfowl and Waders
The pair of Scaup continue in residence and waders included 4000 Knot while 11 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit amongst 1000 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 40 birds.

Blackcap sees in New Year

1st January 2018 – sun and showers SW4
Offshore
A few Red-throated Diver and Kittiwake were offshore.
Grounded Migrants
A Blackcap saw in the New Year and 4 Redwing were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 Scaup continue in residence and waders included 6 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Single Little Owl, Peregrine and Merlin were all logged.