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.