Visible migration dominates

24th September 2018 – sun and showers N1 then WNW3
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
The skies remained active with 912 Pink-footed Goose, 560 Meadow Pipit, 120 Skylark, 55 Chaffinch, 35 Pied Wagtail, 5 Siskin, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 Swallow and a Sand Martin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 27 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit amongst 1200 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
Raptors involved 5 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine.

Little Ringed Plover headlines

23rd September 2018 – overcast start, sunny soon N1 then NW3
Offshore
A calm sea early morning revealed 9 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds included 6 Goldcrest, 5 White Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff and single Wheatear and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Light winds early morning induced birds to move with 1070 Pink-footed Geese, 600 Meadow Pipit, 170 Skylark, 120 Swallow, 55 Chaffinch, 47 Pied Wagtail, 45 Tree Sparrow, 34 Linnet, 11 Jackdaw, 10 Grey Wagtail, 6 House Martin, 5 Reed Bunting and 4 Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Seven light-bellied Brent Geese were seen and waders included 18 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Little Ringed Plover.
Moths
Feathered Rannunculus was new for the year.

First Whooper Swans arrive

22nd September 2018 – overcast W3/4
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0715-0915) produced 116 Common Scoter, 53 Red-throated Diver, 16 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot and single Gannet, Manx Shearwater and Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 8 Chiffchaff were logged along with single White Wagtail, Wheatear and Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
With some respite in the wind a few birds were on the move with 400 Meadow Pipit, 40 Pied Wagtail, 20 Skylark, 12 Grey Wagtail, 10 Pink-footed Goose, 3 House Martin, 2 Whooper Swan and a Swallow recorded through the morning.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three light-bellied Brent Geese were seen and waders included 17 Greenshank and 10 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Birds of prey were again much in evidence with 7 Sparrowhawk and single Kestrel, Peregrine and Merlin logged.

Mediocre seawatching

21st September 2018 – sunshine and showers W5/6 gusting to 8
Offshore
Little respite in the weather with strong winds continuing to batter the island. Despite the conditions observations over the sea (0730-0930 & 1300-1500) were somewhat disappointing with just 330 Common Scoter, 66 Razorbill, 13 Guillemot, 11 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater and 2 Arctic Tern logged.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 4 Wheatear were the only birds mustered.
Diurnal Migration
A few Meadow Pipit headed out over the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 30 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Another Leach’s Petrel

18th September 2018 – early drizzle then sunny spells SSW4/5/6
Offshore
The sea saw a lot of effort on the rising tide (1430-1830) with scant reward. Although the second Leach’s Petrel of the autumn was logged additional sightings were limited to 8 Common Scoter, 2 Gannet and single Red-throated Diver, Sandwich Tern, Razorbill, Guillemot and Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
A Wheatear was the only other bird logged.

Standard autumn fare

17th September 2018 – sunny spells SE3
Offshore
A quiet day over the sea which provided 40 Common Scoter, 25 Gannet, 2 Shag and a Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Totals included: 11 Robin, 5 White Wagtail, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
The skies again provided most of the action with 900 Meadow Pipit, 200 Pink-footed Goose, 60 Swallow, 40 Skylark, 36 alba Wagtail, 27 Linnet, 10 Chaffinch, 4 Tree Sparrow, 3 Grey Wagtail and a Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 18 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Moths
A Black Rustic was new for the year.

Leach’s Petrel and Great Northern Diver

16th September 2018 – early rain then sunny spells SW4/5
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (0900-1200) as the rain cleared produced variety and a little bit of quality with single Leach’s Petrel and Great Northern Diver amongst 71 Gannet, 53 Razorbill, 46 Common Scoter, 28 Red-throated Diver, 7 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot and single Fulmar and Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Wheatear was the only bird logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Pink-footed Geese move through

15th September 2018 – overcast/showers S1/2
Grounded Migrants
With some respite in the weather overnight a few grounded migrants were in evidence with 17 Wheatear, 10 Robin, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 White Wagtail, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Whitethroat and single Willow Warbler and Blackcap logged.
Diurnal Migration
Dawn broke to lightest winds for a while and consequently a few birds were on the move with 1000 Meadow Pipit, 90 Pink-footed Goose, 85 Skylark, 50 Linnet, 40 Swallow, 35 Swallow, 12 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting and a Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A single Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 11 Greenshank were amongst 1000 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
Birds of prey were much in evidence with 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine and a Merlin all competing for the same air space.

Ruff remains in residence

14th September 2018 – overcast/showers SW4/5
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide produced 200 Common Scoter, 14 Gannet, 8 Sandwich Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 6 Shelduck, 4 Pintail and a Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A few more grounded birds than of late with 12 White Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear and single Spotted Flycatcher and Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A single Grey Wagtail was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Ruff remains in residence.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.
Moths
Square-spot Rustic dominated the overnight moth attraction which included the first Lunar Underwing of the year.

First Brent Geese arrive back from Canada

13th September 2018 – overcast SW4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (1530-1730) produced 35 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 4 Gannet, 3 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Single Grey Wagtail and Wheatear were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese have now returned.

Ruff arrives

10th September 2018 – overcast/rain by evening SW4
Offshore
The sea provided 61 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 4 Razorbill, 3 Red-throated Diver and single Manx Shearwater and Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 100 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and single Ruff, Greenshank and Whimbrel.
Grounded Migrants
A single Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were the only birds to trouble the log.
Miscellaneous
Merlin and Peregrine were seen.

Skuas

9th September 2018 – early rain then heavy showers SW4/5
Offshore
Conditions dictated that the sea dominated the days sightings with 200 Common Scoter, 111 Gannet, 22 Razorbill, 13 Fulmar, 9 Kittiwake, 7 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skua and an Arctic Skua logged between showers (0800-1100hrs).
Grounded Migrants
A single Whinchat was amongst 8 Stonechat.

Wildfowl begin to increase

8th September 2018 – overcast/rain SW2
Offshore
Observations yielded 172 Common Scoter, 11 Sandwich Tern and 7 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A single Whinchat was all that could be mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl numbers begin to build with 231 Wigeon, 191 Teal and 3 Shoveler recorded. Waders included 2215 Redshank, 305 Turnstone, 16 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel
Miscellaneous
An adult Mediterranean Gull was amongst 145 Black-headed Gull and a least 30 Little Egret were present.
Moths
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing was new for the year.

Quiet day

7th September 2018 – heavy showers NW4/5
Offshore
The sea revealed 45 Sandwich Tern, 41 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Tern and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Wheatear and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Just a single Grey Wagtail was logged.

Yellow Wagtail

2nd September 2018 – overcast SSE3
Offshore
Morning observations produced 48 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 19 Manx Shearwater, 14 Sandwich Tern, 11 Wigeon, 6 Teal and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Still at a premium with just 3 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and single Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler logged.
Diurnal Migration
Single Yellow Wagtail and House Martin wre amongst 50 Meadow Pipit and 50 Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Black-tailed Godwit were logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Marsh Harrier

1st September 2018 – overcast/light showers ENE3
Offshore
Little change over the sea with 320 Sandwich Tern, 3 Gannet and a Shag logged.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds remained at a premium with only 3 Wheatear, 3 Robin, 2 Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler logged.
Diurnal Migration
Noticeably quieter than yesterday with 190 Meadow Pipit, 64 Swallow, 27 Pied Wagtail, 14 Linnet, 5 Grey Wagtail and 4 House Martin seen.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Marsh Harrier emerged from its overnight roost to hunt over the island. Additional raptors included 2 Merlin while 3 Rook were unusual.

Where were all the migrant warblers?

31st August 2018 – bright and sunny SE2 then S3/4
Offshore
The sea provided 320 Sandwich Tern, 30 Common Scoter and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings were sparse with just 5 Wheatear and single Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
In contrast the skies were far more productive with observations (0700-1100) producing totals of 1250 Meadow Pipit, 1000 Swallow, 100 Tree Sparrow, 100 Pied Wagtail, 62 Sand Martin, 41 Goldfinch, 32 Linnet, 11 House Martin, 6 Grey Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6000 Oystercatcher, 1300 Redshank, 350 Turnstone, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Greenshank.
Ringing
Perhaps the worst August total ever recorded by the observatory was typified with the lack of warblers trapped with just two Willow Warbler ringed. Only 69 birds of seven species were handled during the month, individual species totals were as follows (retaps in brackets) House Sparrow 49, (1), Goldfinch 8, (1), Greenfinch 5, Willow Warbler 2, Blackbird 1, Blue Tit 1 and Coal Tit (1). 637/30, 156/15, 7/5.
Moths
A Pinion-streaked Snout was the highlight of the overnight attraction.

Osprey flies through

30th August 2018 – sunny spells V1
Grounded Migrants
A sprinkling of sightings included: 12 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and single Whinchat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey flew through and 70 Swallow and single Sand Martin and House Martin.
Wildfowl Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.

Skuas

27th August 2018 – overcast/showers W4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea (0715-1015) revealed 127 Manx Shearwater, 119 Sandwich Tern, 114 Gannet, 104 Common Scoter, 58 Kittiwake, 20 Razorbill, 7 Fulmar, 3 Little Tern, 2 Great Skua and an Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Shoveler have now returned and waders included Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A total of 58 Little Egret were logged.
Moths
Feathered Gothic was new for the year.

Black Tern

26th August 2018 – overcast/rain soon SSE4
Offshore
A check of the sea before the weather closed in (0630-0830) revealed a Black Tern along with 47 Gannet, 20 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and a Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 25 Black-tailed Godwit were logged.

Passage recommences

25th August 2018 – sunny spells NW3/4
Offshore
An early morning check over the sea (0700-0800) revealed just 31 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet, 4 Razorbill, 2 Little Tern and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A few birds were in evidence with 13 Wheatear, 10 White Wagtail, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler logged.
Diurnal Migration
The best movement of the autumn so far saw 46 alba Wagtail, 22 Tree Pipit, 21 Tree Sparrow and 12 Grey Wagtail moving through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Wigeon were amongst 40 Teal and waders included 5 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 33 Little Egret are now on the island, birds of prey included 4 Sparrowhawk and a Little Owl.

Arctic Skua

24th August 2018 – overcast/showers NW4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea (1530-1630) produced 130 Manx Shearwater, 19 Gannet, 18 Common Scoter, 4 Fulmar, 3 Razorbill, 2 Sandwich Tern and an Arctic Skua.

Yellow Wagtails

21st August 2018 – sunny spells V1
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds included: 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and single Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtail.
Diurnal Migration
Two Yellow Wagtail flew through.

Little Ringed Plover and Garganey

20th August 2018 – overcast/drizzle at times/calm
Offshore
The calm seas revealed 7,045 Eider and 69 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
A small fall was evident with 51 Willow Warbler, 19 Stonechat, 13 Whitethroat, 9 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a Cuckoo logged.
Diurnal Migration
Five Tree Pipit were recorded along with 79 Swallow, 22 House Martin and 3 Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Garganey was amongst 33 Teal and waders included 22 Greenshank, 8 Whimbrel, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover.
Miscellaneous
A total of 4 Sparrowhawk were seen.
Butterflies and Moths
A Painted Lady was seen and moths attracted overnight included Portland Moth.

More Seabirds

19th August 2018 – overcast/drizzle at times SW4/5
Offshore
Morning observations on the falling tide (0745-0945) produced 206 Common Scoter, 39 Manx Shearwater, 24 Gannet, 13 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kittiwake and an Arctic Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Single Merlin and 2 Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Seawatch

18th August 2018 – overcast/drizzle at times SW4
Offshore
Morning observations on the falling tide (0745-0945 & 1100-1200) produced 108 Common Scoter, 45 Gannet, 25 Sandwich Tern, 24 Manx Shearwater, 6 Kittiwake and 3 Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Black Tern

17th August 2018 – overcast/rain later SW4/5/6
Offshore
Early morning observations (0715-0915) produced a Black Tern along with 431 Common Scoter, 36 Sandwich Tern, 10 Gannet, 9 Manx Shearwater, 7 Kittiwake and 2 Fulmar. Later observations (1230-1330) added 50 Sandwich Tern, 7 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shag and a Little Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 600 Knot, 50 Ringed Plover, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Seabirds

14th August 2018 – overcast WDW2/3
Offshore
Just time for a check of the sea on the falling tide (1540-1730) which produced 325 Manx Shearwater, 106 Sandwich Tern, 45 Gannet, 15 Common Scoter, 15 Kittiwake and 4 Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 14 Golden Plover and a Whimbrel were the only waders logged.

Black Guillemot and Mediterranean Gulls

13th August 2018 – overcast/mist/murk WNW2/3/4
Offshore
Sightings over the sea were led by a juvenile Black Guillemot and Mediterranean Gull along with 40 Common Scoter, 34 Sandwich Tern and 28 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Little evidence of movement was noted with just 4 Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 300 Sanderling, 7 Whimbrel and 6 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
An adult Mediterranean Gull amongst 100 Black-headed Gull and 2 Merlin were the best of the rest.
Dragonflies
Migrant Hawkers are now on the wing.

Quiet day!

12th August 2018 – early rain clearing SSE2
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide as the rain cleared (0750-0950) produced 223 Manx Shearwater, 128 Gannet, 32 Sandwich Tern, 9 Common Scoter and 6 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler and single Cuckoo and Whinchat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Whimbrel.
Moths
A Dark Sword-grass provided evidence of immigration.

Little Egret begin to build

11th August 2018 – sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
The sea provided 510 Sandwich Tern, 59 Manx Shearwater, 35 Common Scoter, 24 Common Scoter and 4 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
The Cuckoo continues to linger and a Whinchat was amongst 15 Stonechat. Additional sightings included 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat and 3 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
A hint of movement was provided by 5 Tree Pipit and single Grey Wagtail and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Although 100 Swallow and 24 Sand Martin were logged there was little evidence that hirundines were on the move.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1260 Curlew, 400 Sanderling, 240 Turnstone, 12 Greenshank, 11 Whimbrel and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret numbers continue to increase with 30 birds logged. Also seen were 2 Peregrine.

Waders continue to build

10th August 2018 – heavy showers clearing WNW3
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 120 Sandwich Tern, 104 Common Scoter, 60 Manx Shearwater and 24 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders were well represented with 1962 Curlew, 800 Knot, 540 Redshank, 270 Sanderling, 88 Grey Plover, 36 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Peregrine and Little Owl were logged.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Bar-tailed Godwit was seen, the first control for this species on the island.

Garganey remains

9th August 2018 – sunny spells SW2
Offshore
A flock of 22 Little Tern were noted at high tide.
Grounded Migrants
A Whinchat was amongst 8 Stonechat and additional sightings involved 10 Willow Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 6 Wheatear and 2 Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Garganey remains amongst 11 Teal and waders included 14 Greenshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.
Butterflies and Moths
Three Painted Lady were logged.

Autumn trickle continues

6th August 2018 – overcast SW2
Offshore
An evening check of the sea revealed 84 Manx Shearwater, 69 Common Scoter, 7 Gannet and 7 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A light scattering produced 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat and single Wheatear and Cuckoo.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 14 House Martin and a total of three Swift were amongst a few Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin targeted a flock of 300 Linnet.
Butterflies and Moths
A total of 80 Wall Brown were logged and a Frosted Orange was the first of the year.

Marsh Harrier

5th August 2018 – early cloud/mist then bright and sunny V1
Offshore
Morning observations over calm seas (0700-0745) provided the first 2 Shag of the autumn along with 88 Common Scoter, 20 Sandwich Tern, 10 Little Tern, 10 Gannet and 2 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Again a flurry of activity was noted with 12 Sedge Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Cuckoo.
Diurnal Migration
A juvenile Marsh Harrier circled over the island at 1345hrs. Additional sightings were limited to 3 Tree Pipit and a single House Martin amongst a few Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Garganey remains amongst 6 Teal, waders included 6 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Single Water Rail and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Moths
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was the highlight amongst a small overnight attraction.

Pied Flycatchers

4th August 2018 – sunny spells NW1/3
Offshore
Morning observations included 221 Common Scoter, 63 Sandwich Tern, 23 Manx Shearwater, 12 Gannet and 6 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A real hint that autumn is upon us with sightings led by 2 Pied Flycatchers. Also seen were 22 Willow Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat and single Cuckoo, Whinchat, Wheatear and Lesser Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
Single Grey Wagtail and Tree Pipit were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Garganey remains amongst 14 Teal, waders included 17 Golden Plover, 10 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
Woodland species less frequently seen on the island included 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Jay and single Great Spotted Woodpecker and Treecreeper.
Moths
There was an autumnal feel to the moths with Hedge Rustic, Rosy Rustic and Square-spot Rustic attracted overnight.

Garganey arrives

1st August 2018 – sunny start then showers SSW2/1
Grounded Migrants
A few Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler were the only evidence of migration.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Garganey amongst 8 Teal was newly arrived and 2 Whimbrel were logged.
Miscellaneous
A white bird is amongst the large post-breeding flock of Starlings touring the island.

Reasonable monthly ringing total

31st July 2018 – overcast SSW3/4
Ringing
A reasonable month with post-breeding dispersal producing 121 birds of 13 species. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets): House Sparrow 63 (2), Goldfinch 14, Starling 8 (4), Blackbird 6 (3), Chaffinch 5, Dunnock 4, Greenfinch 4, Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 1, Whitethroat 1, Coal Tit 1 (1), Meadow Pipit 1, Reed Bunting 1. 571/ 29, 153/15, 7/5

First Merlin returns

30th July 2018 – heavy showers SSE3/2
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed just 188 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 13 Manx Shearwater and 13 Sandwich Tern .
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders 500 Knot, 8 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
A Scarce Silver Y would appear to be the first island record.

Balearic Shearwater

28th July 2018 – overcast/rain at times S4/5
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide were led by a Balearic Shearwater amongst 71 Manx Shearwater. Also seen were 249 Common Scoter, 126 Sandwich Tern, 25 Gannet, 2 Guillemot and single Fulmar, Arctic Skua and Scaup.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 18 Swift flew through ahead on a rain front.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 320 Knot, 71 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Hobby annoyed the local Swallows, the tide flushed a Short-eared Owl from the saltmarsh and at least 10 Little Egret were logged.
Ringing
The Knot flock held 6 colour-ringed birds.

Early wader build up

23rd July 2018 – overcast/drizzle at times SW1/2
Offshore
The sea provided 425 Manx Shearwater, 137 Common Scoter, 128 Sandwich Tern, 57 Gannet, 11 Little Tern and 7 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Cuckoo remains and 3 Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler were seen.
Diurnal Migration
The best so far this autumn with 50 Swallow, 2 Swift and single House Martin and Sand Martin al suggestive of southbound movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 400 Redshank, 125 Dunlin, 100 Knot, 61 Bar-tailed Godwit, 34 Sanderling, 25 Greenshank, 4 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Breeding Birds
The gull colony is now deserted following the total breeding failure.
Moths
Moths included Yellow-barred Brindle, Small Dusty Wave and Hoary Plume.

Black Guillemot

22nd July 2018 – overcast SW1/2
Offshore
Morning observations were led by a Black Guillemot along with 133 Common Scoter, 118 Sandwich Tern, 30 Gannet, 18 Manx Shearwater, 16 Little Trn, 4 Arctic Tern and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers are beginning to trickle south with 4 Willow Warbler and 2 Whitethroat logged. An early Tree Sparrow was logged.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift were again seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Treecreeper was most likely the result of post-breeding dispersal.
Butterflies
A Painted Lady was amongst 10 Red Admiral.

Cuckoo brace

21st July 2018 – overcast/drizzle at times V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0715-0815) produced 242 Common Scoter, 16 Sandwich Tern, 15 Manx Shearwater, 12 Manx Shearwater and an Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A few Willow Warbler are beginning to head south and 2 Cuckoo were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift were again seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 9 Greenshank and 5 Whimbrel.
Butterflies and Moths
Dingy Footman proved to be the largest attraction to the moth trap overnight which also included a Gold Spot.

Returning Common Scoters head south

16th July 2018 – overcast/showers WNW1/2
Offshore
The sea provided 560 Common Scoter, 265 Manx Shearwater, 70 Sandwich Tern, 31 Gannet, 7 Black-headed Gull and a Mediterranean Gull.
Grounded Migrants
A Blackcap provided the first obvious evidence of return migration.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 85 Knot, 62 Dunlin, 52 Golden Plover, 41 Grey Plover, 12 Turnstone, 5 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel and single a single Snipe.
Ringing
The Knot flock included at least 3 colour-ringed birds previously ringed at Altcar on the Dee Estuary.
Moths
A further influx of Silver Y was evident while The Olive was new for the year.

Another Mediterranean Gull

15th July 2018 – hot and sunny S1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) were led by another Mediterranean Gull amongst 6 Black-headed Gulls along with 27 Common Scoter, 22 Manx Shearwater, 18 Sandwich Tern, 16 Gannet and 3 Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift, Swallow and House Martin were on the move.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 33 Golden Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 19 Whimbrel and 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Coal Tit was further evidence of post-breeding dispersal.
Butterflies and Moths
A Painted Lady was logged along with a small influx of SilverY.

Mediterranean Gulls

14th July 2018 – hot and sunny V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) were led by 2 Mediterranean Gulls amongst 12 Black-headed Gulls along with 88 Manx Shearwater, 54 Common Scoter, 35 Sandwich Tern, 27 Gannet and a Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were again logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2264 Curlew, 800 Knot, 88 Dunlin, 46 Grey Plover, 32 Golden Plover, 18 Turnstone and 11 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was evidence of post-breeding dispersal and 10 Little Egret were seen.

Early autumn waders continue to build

13th July 2018 – early rain then sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide revealed just 22 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern and 4 Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Evidence of passage was provided by 6 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 120 Dunlin, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank and single Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.
Moths
The moth trap attracted a Common Roller which would appear to be the first island record.

Little Ringed Plover

9th July 2018 – sunny spells WNW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide (0700-0830) revealed 370 Sandwich Tern, 146 Common Scoter, 79 Manx Shearwater and 28 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A Cuckoo was logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was newly arrived.
Breeding birds
A significant sign of the times is that the productivity of the roof-top nesting gulls on the island again out performed the colony at the south end of the island.
Mammals
A Bottle-nosed Dolphin was offshore.
Butterflies and Moths
A small influx of Red Admiral was noted while local specialities attracted to the moth trap overnight involved Crescent Striped and Shore Wainscot.

Long-eared Owl

8th July 2018 – hot and sunny V2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0645-0745) produced 145 Common Scoter, 57 Sandwich Tern, 20 Manx Shearwater, 3 Puffin and a Black Guillemot.
Diurnal Migration
Lesser Redpoll and Swift were again logged.
Miscellaneous
A Long-eared Owl provided the highlight of the day.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Waders begin to increase

7th July 2018 – hot and sunny V2
Offshore
The sea provided 27 Common Scoter, 12 Sandwich Tern, 12 Little Tern, 5 Gannet and 2 Arctic Tern.
Diurnal Migration
The first Lesser Redpoll of the autumn was overhead and a few Swift were seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 150 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.
Breeding birds
Unusually 2 pairs of Teal have bred on the island.
Dragonflies
Black-tailed Skimmers are still showing well along with Four-spotted Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Hawker and Brown Hawker.
Butterflies and Moths
A Bordered Beauty was attracted to the moth trap where recent sightings include Orange-spotted Shoot – the first island record.

Insect day

2nd July 2018 – hot and sunny NE2/3
Offshore
The sea provided 50 Common Scoter, 33 Manx Shearwater, 6 Gannet and a Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were overhead.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders continue to return with a single Whimbrel logged.
Dragonflies
Black-tailed Skimmers are currently showing well.
Butterflies and Moths
A Ringlet consolidates evidence of recent colonisation and moths included Oak Eggar, Small Dusty Wave, Small Blood-vein and Pretty Chalk Carpet – the latter would appear to be the first island record.

Waders continue to return

1st July 2018 – hot and sunny V2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 125 Sandwich Tern, 88 Common Scoter, 48 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet and a Goosander.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 50 Sand Martin collected on overhead wires was suggestive that southbound movement is imminent.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders continue to return with 3 Ruff and single Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and Snipe logged
Miscellaneous
A group of 6 Raven (4 adults and 2 juveniles) was recorded.

Post-breeding dispersal swells ringing total

30th June 2018 – hot and sunny NE3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0545-0645) produced 160 Sandwich Tern, 39 Common Scoter, 32 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 5 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
An out of season Tree Sparrow was a surprise.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were logged.
Ringing
A total of 116 birds of 12 species were handled during the month, mainly due to post-breeding dispersal. Individual species totals were as follow (retraps in brackets) Starling 43, (1), House Sparrow 19, Dunnock 9, (4), Chaffinch 9, Greenfinch 8, (5), Goldfinch 7, (3), Blackbird 2, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Linnet 1, Sparrowhawk (2), Reed Bunting (1). 460/27, 143/14

Returning waders

25th June 2018 – warm and sunny V1/2
Offshore
The sea provided 40 Sandwich Tern, 21 Manx Shearwater, 9 Common Scoter, 3 Arctic Tern and a Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 680 Knot, 60 Dunlin, 12 Sanderling and single Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and Turnstone.
Miscellaneous
A male Peregrine was logged.
Ringing
The Knot flock included a colour-ringed bird that had previously been seen in Iceland during the spring.
Moths
A Crescent striped was attracted to the moth trap.

Whimbrel begin to return

24th June 2018 – bright and sunny V1/2
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (0630-0700) produced 60 Sandwich Tern, 56 Common Scoter and 11 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Willow Warbler was presumably the first southbound bird.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 460 Knot and 6 Whimbrel.
Ringing
The summering flock of Knot held a further five colour-ringed birds.
Dragonflies
At least 7 Black-tailed Skimmer were noted as the species consolidates its recent colonisation of the island.

Colour-ringed Knot

23rd June 2018 – sunny spells WNW4/5
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (0710-0810) produced 167 Common Scoter, 125 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet, 7 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot, 2 Puffin and 2 Kittiwake.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 5 Grey Heron out south out over the sea and a Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 280 Knot, 19 Grey Plover and 17 Dunlin.
Breeding Birds
A family party of Jay confirmed breeding on the island for the third successive year while the colonisation of the island by Long-tailed Tits continues with 30 birds logged.
Ringing
The summering flock of Knot held at least six colour-ringed birds.
Moths
An Anania perlucidalis would appear to be the first island record.

Manx Shearwaters

19th June 2018 – sunny start then overcast S2/1
Offshore
Evening observations on the tide and over calm seas (1530-1730) produced 427 Manx Shearwater, 245 Sandwich Tern, 31 Gannet, 18 Guillemot, 13 Common Scoter and 4 Little Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 300 Knot, 100 Dunlin and 6 Turnstone.

Littering Ravens

18th June 2018 – sunny spells WSW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea produced 270 Sandwich Tern, 103 Gannet, 86 Manx Shearwater, 65 Guillemot, 28 Kittiwake, 15 Razorbill, 14 Common Scoter and 4 Fulmar.
Miscellaneous
The family party of Raven continue to ransack the refuse bins.

Out of season Great Northern Diver

17th June 2018 – overcast/rain by evening SW3/4
Offshore
A first-summer Great Northern Diver fed offshore and additional sightings (0715-0915) included 155 Sandwich Tern, 57 Gannet, 28 Manx Shearwater, 26 Common Scoter, 25 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot and a Fulmar.

Rain finally clears

16th June 2018 – rain clearing later SSE3 the SW3
Offshore
A check of the sea (1500-1600) as the rain finally cleared revealed 190 Sandwich Tern, 44 Guillemot, 18 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 104 Curlew, 27 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.

Great Spotted Woodpecker added to breeding list

15th June 2018 – sunny spells SW3
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide revealed 50 Sandwich Tern, 26 Little Tern, 6 Arctic Tern and 2 Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 600 Knot, 224 Dunlin, 88 Sanderling, 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Breeding Birds
A male Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding two juveniles is the first conclusive evidence of the species breeding on the island.
Miscellaneous
Five Little Egret were seen.

Another seawatch

14th June 2018 – sunny spells WSW6/5/4/3 gusting to 8 at first
Offshore
A couple checks of the sea (0820-1010 & 1530-1730) after Storm Hector had passed through produced totals of 405 Manx Shearwater, 114 Gannet, 100 Sandwich Tern, 8 Kittiwake, 8 Guillemot, 7 Fulmar, 6 Common Scoter and 5 Razorbill.
Waders
The flock of 800 Knot remain on the island.

Evening seawatch

13th June 2018 – overcast W1, rain by evening SSW2/3
Offshore
A Black Guillemot was seen on the rising tide before an early evening seawatch (1530-1730) ahead of the approaching weather front produced 605 Sandwich Tern, 73 Manx Shearwater, 39 Guillemot, 14 Gannet, 12 Common Scoter, 11 Razorbill, 2 Kittiwake and 2 Puffin. It has been a record breaking spring/summer for the latter species with a total of 44 birds logged over 11 days.
Waders
A flock of 800 Knot remain on the island – presumably containing mainly non-breeding first-summer birds failing to make the journey back north.

More seabirds

11th June 2018 – bright and sunny NW3/4
Offshore
The sea continues to provide the best rewards with 3 Puffin and 3 Goosander the highlights. Additional records included 190 Sandwich Tern, 72 Guillemot, 38 Gannet, 36 Manx Shearwater, 17 Common Scoter, 13 Razorbill and a Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and House Martin continue to trickle through.

Seabirds and waders

10th June 2018 – Hazy sun V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0715-0845) again provided further Puffins with 8 birds logged. Additional sightings included 90 Sandwich Tern, 73 Common Scoter, 28 Manx Shearwater, 17 Gannet, 12 Kittiwake, 5 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
A Blackcap provided evidence that a few birds are still on the move.
Diurnal Migration
A Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 110 Knot, 45 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, 22 Grey Plover and a Whimbrel.
Ringing
The Knot again proved to be good value with four colour-ringed birds noted.

End of spring feel

9th June 2018 – bright and sunny V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) continued the trend of recent Puffin sightings with a further 11 birds logged. Also seen were 90 Sandwich Tern, 14 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Manx Shearwater and 2 Common Scoter.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 800 Knot and 2 Whimbrel.
Dragonflies
Dragonflies are certainly prospering in the settled conditions with 410 Common Blue Damselfly, 68 Four Spotted Chaser, 10 Large Red Damselfly, 10 Emperor Dragonfly, 6 Emerald Damselfly, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly and a Common Darter logged.
Butterflies
Butterflies included Small Heath and Dingy Skipper.

Passage at an end

4th June 2018 – overcast/ murky V1/2
Offshore
The large flock of Common Scoter continues to reside in the mouth of Morecambe Bay with 1400 birds logged. Additional sightings included 1000 Eider, 140 Sandwich Tern, 40 Gannet and a Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Only evidenced by a solitary Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and Swift continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Wigeon remains and waders included 60 Knot, 19 Sanderling and 5 Turnstone.
Miscellaneous
A recent addition to the breeding list a pair of Jay would again appear to be breeding on the island.
Moths
The numbers attracted to the moth trap overnight continue to grow with Dark Swordgrass and Diamond-back the only immigrant recorded. Resident species included Poplar Hawkmoth and Ingrailed Clay, along with Brown China Mark, Beautiful China Mark and Small China Mark and an early White-line Dart.

Puffin sightings continue

3rd June 2018 – bright and sunny W1/2/3
Offshore
The remarkable run of Puffin sightings this spring continues with 3 birds logged. Also seen (0645-0815) were 200 Sandwich Tern, 64 Guillemot, 38 Common Scoter, 36 Gannet, 25 Manx Shearwater, 6 Razorbill, 2 Arctic Skua and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Three Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were considered new arrivals.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and Swift continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Wigeon remains.
Miscellaneous
Grey Heron has bred on the island for the third successive year and a family party of Raven was seen.
Moths
The numbers attracted to the moth trap overnight continue to grow although Silver Y was the only immigrant recorded.

Quail tops the bill

2nd June 2018 – overcast W1
Rarities
A Quail was disturbed at close range from amongst the vegetated sand dunes
Offshore
Early morning observations (0645-0815) produced 200 Sandwich Tern, 25 Guillemot, 24 Common Scoter, 23 Gannet, 9 Razorbill, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Puffin and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
The Cuckoo remains and a late flurry of Spotted Flycatchers saw 7 birds logged. Also seen were 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and Swift continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Wigeon and drake Teal were the first signs of returning wildfowl. Waders included 800 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 12 Grey Plover and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was presumably the result of post-breeding dispersal
Moths
Nationally scarce species attracted to the moth trap overnight involved Sand Dart and White Colon.

A late Cuckoo

31st May 2018 – early mist/drizzle, brighter later V1
Offshore
A quick check of the sea in the evening revealed 120 Sandwich Tern, 100 Manx Shearwater, 19 Gannet, 13 Kittiwake and 3 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
A late Cuckoo and 2 Spotted Flycatcher were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 2 Shoveler.
Ringing
Spring basically fizzled out after the first few days of the month which saw 130 birds of 19 species handled. Individual totals were as follows (retraps/controls in brackets) Goldfinch 17 (4), Willow Warbler 17, Linnet 14 (3), Lesser Redpoll 13, House Sparrow 8 (4), Blackcap 7 (2), Chiffchaff 5, Whitethroat 5, Starling 5, Spotted Flycatcher 3, Sedge Warbler 3, Chaffinch 2, Dunnock 2 (2), Greenfinch 1 (5), Redstart 1 (1), Blackbird 1 (1), Garden Warbler 1, Swallow 1, Woodpigeon 1. [360/27], [132/13]
Moths
Immigrants were limited to a single Silver Y.

Black Tern

29th May 2018 – bright and sunny NE4/5
Rarities
A Black Tern was over the pools at the north end of the island.
Offshore
After several days absence Puffins were back on the menu with 2 birds logged (0600-0800). Also seen were 405 Sandwich Tern, 35 Common Scoter, 27 Guillemot, 23 Arctic Tern, 21 Gannet, 10 Manx Shearwater, 4 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Little Tern and a Fulmar
Grounded Migrants
Again a few birds were in evidence with 2 Spotted Flycatcher the best sightings.
Diurnal Migration
A further trickle of Swift, Swallow and House Martin was noted.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 300 Sanderling, 100 Knot and 4 Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
The first crèche of Eiderlings have now emerged.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Red Admiral of the spring was seen and the best overnight attraction of the year so far saw 129 moths of 28 species logged. Scalloped Hazel and Green Carpet were the pick of the batch.