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.

Black Guillemot

28th May 2018 – bright and sunny NE4/3
Offshore
A Black Guillemot was the pick of the morning sightings (0715-08445) which also included 320 Common Scoter, 300 Sandwich Tern, 25 Gannet, 10 Arctic Tern, 7 Guillemot, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Little Tern, 2 Fulmar and 2 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Again a few birds were in evidence with 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Lesser Redpoll was amongst a further trickle of Swift, Swallow and House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Gadwall was seen and waders included 400 Sanderling, 300 Knot, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Grey Plover and 2 Whimbrel.
Moths
Immigrants involved the first Diamond-back Moth of the year.

More of the same!

27th May 2018 – sunny spells NE4/5
Offshore
Another early morning check of the sea (0645-0845)despite the apparently unsuitable conditions revealed 465 Sandwich Tern, 68 Gannet, 23 Arctic Tern, 17 Little Tern, 16 Guillemot, 11 Common Scoter, 9 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua and single Red-throated Diver and Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
A few tardy migrants were again logged including Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift, Swallow and House Martin continue to arrive.
Wildfowl and Waders
A dark-bellied Brent Goose was logged and passage waders included 600 Sanderling, 100 Dunlin and 27 Turnstone.
Moths
Common Swift, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Large Yellow Underwing were new for the year.

More Puffins!

26th May 2018 – sunny spells NE4/5
Offshore
The remarkable recent run of Puffin sightings continues with 4 birds seen in early morning observations (0630-0800). Additional sightings included 385 Sandwich Tern, 78 Gannet, 74 Guillemot, 11 Arctic Tern, 9 Razorbill, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Tern and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
A few tardy migrants were logged including 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift, Swallow and House Martin continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Passage waders included 500 Sanderling, 35 Turnstone and 24 Ringed Plover.
Butterflies and Moths
A Holly Blue consolidated the recent colonization of the island. Day-flying moths included Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion.

Arctic Skuas and Puffin

25th May 2018 – overcast/rain later NE4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea (1230-1430) prior to the rain setting in produced 370 Sandwich Tern, 38 Manx Shearwater, 27 Gannet, 26 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 2 Arctic Tern and a Puffin.
Diurnal Migration
The trickle of Swallow, House Martin and Swift continues.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 800 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
The A few Little Egret continue to linger.

End of season feel to sightings continues

21st May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed that at least 1000 Common Scoter remain in the mouth of the Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 280 Sandwich Tern, 21 Gannet, 9 Manx Shearwater and 5 Guillemot
Grounded Migrants
Just 2 Willow Warbler were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Four House Martin were amongst a further trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel.
Mammals
The Bottle-nosed Dolphin was again offshore.

Another Puffin!

20th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
Early morning sightings (0630-0830) were led by another Puffin. Also seen were 500 Sandwich Tern, 55 Guillemot, 29 Gannet, 24 Manx Shearwater, 9 Kittiwake, 6 Razorbill, 2 Fulmar and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A single Spotted Flycatcher dropped in.
Diurnal Migration
Swallows continue to just trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel.
Mammals
A Bottle-nosed Dolphin was offshore.
Moths
At last the moth trap has sprung into action with 110 moths of 20 species logged. Brown Silver-line dominated although Silver Y and Dark Swordgrass became the first immigrants recorded.

Puffins galore!

19th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
Early morning observations over calm seas (0600-0800) before the heat haze were led by an exceptional group of 7 Puffin. Additional sightings included: 660 Sandwich Tern, 68 Guillemot, 31 Gannet, 28 Razorbill, 21 Manx Shearwater, 10 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 5 Arctic Tern, 3 Kittiwake and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Ringing
A flock of 110 Knot held a colour-ringed bird.

Hooded Crow

18th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide revealed the continued presence of the large flock of Common Scoter was still in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 18 Sandwich Tern and 2 Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swift flew through..
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3036 Dunlin, 2040 Sanderling, 566 Ringed Plover, 14 Whimbrel and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow reappeared and several Little Egret remain.
Ringing
The colour-ringed Sanderlings seen recently had previously been recorded in Ghana, Gambia, Portugal, France, England and Iceland.

Curlew Sandpiper

14th May 2018 – cloudy start then sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea provided 500 Sandwich Tern, 39 Manx Shearwater, 36 Guillemot, 33 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Little Tern and single Fulmar and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Only evidenced by 16 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Two Lesser Redpoll were among a further trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Sanderling, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel and 2 Curlew Sandpiper.
Ringing
Today’s colour-ringed birds involved 4 Sanderling and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Common Tern new for year

13th May 2018 – bright and sunny SW2
Offshore
The huge flock of Common Scoter continues to reside in the mouth of Morecambe Bay while observations (0645-0815) added 300 Sandwich Tern, 136 Manx Shearwater, 68 Guillemot, 60 Gannet, 15 Razorbill, 7 Little Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Common Tern and single Arctic Tern, Arctic Skua and Great Skua.
Grounded Migrants
The early morning conditions again were not conducive to a fall and just 25 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler and a Whinchat logged.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 30 Swallow was the largest movement recorded so far this spring while 3 Tree Sparrow and a Lesser Redpoll were also recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Sanderling and 19 Whimbrel.
Ringing
The Sanderling flock held several colour-ringed individuals.

Hooded Crow

12th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea (0730-0830) was dominated by 4000 Common Scoter, also seen were 70 Sandwich Tern, 48 Manx Shearwater, 27 Guillemot, 24 Gannet, 11 Little Tern, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Shag and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
The early morning conditions were not conducive to a fall and just 17 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and single Whinchat and Blackcap were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Two House Martin were amongst a further trickle of Swallow and 4 Lesser Redpoll moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 250 Sanderling, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded Crow was perhaps the bird seen previously.

Another Yellow Wagtail

8th May 2018 – sunny spells/rain later SW1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 2000 Common Scoter along with 200 Sandwich Tern, 170 Manx Shearwater, 70 Guillemot, 21 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 8 Razorbill, 4 Little Tern and 5 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Although the third Yellow Wagtail of the spring was logged additional sightings were limited to 19 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff and single Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Swallows continue to just trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Dunlin, 110 Sanderling and 36 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The 2 Ring-necked Parakeets remain.

First Swift of the year

7th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea on the falling tide (0645-0745) produced 190 Sandwich Tern, 32 Manx Shearwater, 14 Common Scoter, 6 Guillemot, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 40 Wheatear were logged along with 3 Blackcap and single Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A Swift amongst a trickle of Swallow was the first of the year. Also logged were 15 Jackdaw, 2 Lesser Redpoll and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 53 Whimbrel and 6 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
There are now 2 Ring-necked Parakeets touring the island.

Corn Bunting provides early morning shock

6th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Rarities
Thought to be long extinct as a breeding bird in Cumbria an early morning Corn Bunting was a complete surprise.
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea produced 173 Sandwich Tern, 8 Guillemot, 4 Little Tern, 4 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Cuckoo was the first of the year, also seen were 32 Wheatear, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A Tree Sparrow flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 56 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

Spring is finally sprung

5th May 2018 – early fog/mist then sunny spells V1
Grounded Migrants
The best fall of the spring so far with 103 Wheatear, 24 Willow Warbler, 19 Whinchat, 8 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Wood Warbler, 2 Redstart, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and single Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler and Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
The skies added 31 Lesser Redpoll, 6 House Martin, 2 Buzzard and single Tree Pipit and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 66 Whimbrel and 6 Golden Plover.
Breeding Birds
Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler are now widely distributed in breeding habitat across the island.

Whinchat and Yellow Wagtail

4th May 2018 – early drizzle then sunny V1
Offshore
The sea provided 111 Sandwich Tern and 2 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
The early morning conditions saw a few more birds in evidence with 56 Wheatear, 20 Willow Warbler, 5 Whinchat, 4 Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Yellow Wagtail flew over.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 46 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Ring-necked Parakeet continues to tour the island.
Ringing
It has been a good spring for controls (birds ringed elsewhere) with Redstart and Linnet added today.
Breeding Birds
An increase in Sedge Warblers was evident at breeding localities.

Seabirds

3rd May 2018 – sunny start/showers later SSW2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (1525-1625) continued to produce variety rather than quantity with 58 Common Scoter, 36 Sandwich Tern, 16 Guillemot, 13 Gannet, 12 Red-throated Diver, 11 Manx Shearwater, 4 Little Tern, 4 Kittiwake and single Great Skua and Fulmar amongst the species logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear
Miscellaneous
A Raven was the best of the rest.

When the north wind blows!

30th April 2018 – sunny spells N2/3
Grounded Migrants
Little on offer in the nagging northerly breeze with just 35 Wheatear and 2 Willow Warbler logged.
Ringing
Although the best month of the year so far still only low numbers to show for a lot of effort with a total of 184 birds of 18 species handled. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets), Goldfinch 66 (14), Willow Warbler 15, Linnet 11 (3), Chaffinch 10 (2), Blackcap 10, Goldcrest 9, Reed Bunting 5 (1), Starling 4 (1), Lesser Redpoll 4, Chiffchaff 3, Greenfinch 2 (7), House Sparrow 2 (3), Wren 2, Blackbird 1 (1), Woodpigeon 1, Redstart 1, Siskin 1 and Dunnock (5). [252/22], [112/12]

Hooded Crow

29th April 2018 – sun and showers E2/3
Offshore
The large flock of Common Scoter remain and additional sightings included 5 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A slight improvement again with 32 Wheatear. 11 Willow Warbler, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Hooded Crow was amongst a small corvid passage.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 9 pale-bellied Brent Geese remain and waders included 151 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Velvet Scoter

28th April 2018 – sunny spells V1
Offshore
At least 2 Velvet Scoter were amongst the large flock of Common Scoter present in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 60 Sandwich Tern, 7 Red-throated Diver, 4 Guillemot, 2 Little Tern and a Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Perhaps the best day of the spring so far produced 27 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Pink-footed Geese continue to head north with 100 birds logged, along with 8 Lesser Redpoll and a single House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 103 Whimbrel, 15 Golden Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Ring-necked Parakeet continues to roam the island.

Common Scoter Build

27th April 2018 – overcast/showers V1
Offshore
A flock of 4400 Common Scoter were in the mouth of Morecambe Bay at low tide. Also seen were 65 Sandwich Tern, 14 Red-throated Diver, 8 Arctic Tern, 4 Guillemot and single Shag and Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Meagre pickings were again the order of the day with just single Tree Sparrow, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff logged.
Miscellaneous
The first Reed Warbler are now back in breeding habitat.

Arctic Skua

25th April 2018 – sunny spells WSW4/5
Offshore
An early evening check of the sea (1530-1630) yet again produced variety rather than quantity, sightings included: 34 Sandwich Tern, 15 Manx Shearwater, 13 Gannet, 9 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Razorbill and single Fulmar and Arctic Skua .

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.