Little Egret numbers start to build

18th June 2019 – bright and sunny SW2
Wildfowl and Waders
Teal have doubled to 4 (all males) and waders included 1000 Knot and 20 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Little Egret influx was apparent with 10 birds seen.
Breeding Birds
The first Eider and Shelduck broods have now emerged.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Meadow Brown was on the wing while White Satin was new for the year.

Waders already begin to reappear

17th June 2019 – sunny spells SSW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0815-0915) included 36 Manx Shearwater, 24 Sandwich Tern, 23 Guillemot, 10 Gannet and single Arctic Tern, Common Scoter and Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 Teal remain and waders included 256 Curlew.
Butterflies and Moths
Another Painted Lady was logged and the moth trap catch was dominated by Large Yellow Underwing with 187 logged amongst which were Shark and Green Carpet – both new for the year.

Scaup still here

16th June 2019 – sun and showers S2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 10 Sandwich Tern, 10 Arctic Tern and 2 Little Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Scaup continues to loiter amongst the Eider moult flock and waders included 150 Knot, 50 Dunlin, 17 Grey Plover and 9 Sanderling.

First Teal return

15th June 2019 – overcast/rain at times SE2/3
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Teal of the autumn have returned.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Painted Lady of the year was logged.

Breeding Teal

12th June 2019 – early rain clearing NE3/4
Offshore
It was a slow morning over the sea (0630-0730), although the now seemingly obligatory Puffin sighting saw 2 birds logged additional records were limited to 100 Sandwich Tern, 53 Common Scoter, 34 Gannet, 11 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot, 4 Kittiwake and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
A Chiffchaff was newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 21 Swift flew north over the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
The male Shoveler continues in residence and waders included 70 Dunlin and 20 Sanderling.
Breeding Birds
A pair of Teal have bred on the island for the second successive year.
Butterflies and Moths
Although the moth trap held 204 moths of 27 species the catch was dominated by 109 Large Yellow Underwing while Buff Ermine was new for the year.

Puffin run still continues

11th June 2019 – sunny spells NE3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) produced just 110 Sandwich Tern, 34 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 7 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot and 2 Puffin.
Miscellaneous
A Raven was the only other bird logged.

Marsh Harrier and Yellowhammer

10th June 2019 – bright start, cloud building NNE1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) included: 150 Sandwich Tern, 130 Manx Shearwater, 34 Common Scoter, 14 Gannet, 2 Puffin and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
A male Yellowhammer was a surprise and presumably a migrant – the species has not bred on the island for many years.
Diurnal Migration
A rather ragged looking female Marsh Harrier headed north over the island.
Wildfowl and Waders
The male Shoveler put in another appearance and a Whimbrel was logged.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Large Skipper are now on the wing.

Velvet Scoter

9th June 2019 – bright and sunny SW3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0800) were led by a male Velvet Scoter amongst 28 Common Scoter with a supporting cast of 565 Manx Shearwater, 170 Guillemot, 165 Sandwich Tern, 140 Gannet, 80 Kittiwake, 32 Razorbill and 5 Puffin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The male Shoveler put in another appearance.
Breeding Birds
Both Wren and Great Tit have bred successfully in the observatory garden for the first time.
Butterflies and Moths
Immigrants in the moth trap involved singles of Rusty Dot Pearl, Dark Swordgrass and Silver Y.

Rain stopped play

8th June 2019 – rain, NNW3 then WNW4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations (0730-0830) in atrocious conditions produced only 50 Sandwich Tern, 20 Gannet, 15 Common Scoter, 3 Manx Shearwater and a Fulmar.>
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were out over the sea.

The sea continues to dominate sightings

7th June 2019 – bright start rain later E2/3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) provided 260 Sandwich Tern, 60 Canada Goose, 55 Gannet, 51 Manx Shearwater, 30 Common Scoter, 28 Guillemot, 7 Puffin, 4 Razorbill, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and single Little Tern and Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A couple of Swift flew through ahead of the rain front.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 21 Knot and 14 Sanderling.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Sand Dart of the year was amongst 230 moths of 35 species attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Little Gull

6th June 2019 – bright and sunny SSW2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) produced a first-summer Little Gull and 3 Puffin amongst 210 Sandwich Tern, 56 Guillemot, 42 Gannet, 41 Manx Shearwater, 11 Common Scoter, 6 Shoveler, 4 Kittiwake and a Fulmar.

Seabirds again

5th June 2019 – overcast/rain at times SSW2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) produced 300 Sandwich Tern, 56 Gannet, 20 Guillemot, 10 Puffin, 6 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Kittiwake and a Fulmar.

More seabirds

4th June 2019 – overcast/showers then rain SSE1/2
Offshore
A quieter day than yesterday although early morning observations (0630-0730) did produce 330 Sandwich Tern, 50 Manx Shearwater, 35 Guillemot, 22 Gannet, 11 Common Scoter, 11 Kittiwake, 7 Razorbill, 3 Puffin and a Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 10 Bar-tailed Godwit were logged.
Butterflies and Moths
Migrants in the moth trap involved 2 Rusty Dot Pearl and a Silver Y.

A day for seawatching!

3rd June 2019 – bright and sunny SW5/6/7
Offshore
The blustery conditions saw an extended seawatch on the rising tide (0630-1030) which produced: 525 Manx Shearwater, 445 Guillemot, 150 Gannet, 70 Kittiwake, 65 Sandwich Tern, 60 Razorbill, 36 Common Scoter, 16 Fulmar, 5 Puffin, 4 Little Tern, and single Arctic Skua and Arctic Tern.

A quiet day

2nd June 2019 – overcast/showers SSE2/3
Offshore
Observations (0700-0800) proved slow with only 55 Sandwich Tern, 41 Gannet, 31 Common Scoter, 8 Manx Shearwater, 6 Arctic Tern, 3 Puffin and 2 Common Tern logged.
Diurnal Migration
A loose flock of 8 Swift moved through.

Another Velvet Scoter

1st June 2019 – overcast/misty/rain later V1
Offshore
Observations (0630-0730) were led by a single Velvet Scoter amongst 180 Common Scoter. Also seen were 60 Sandwich Tern, 13 Gannet, 10 Guillemot, 2 Arctic Tern and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A Wheatear was the only migrant logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The two Wigeon remain.
Breeding Birds
A pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker have fledged two juveniles – only the second ever breeding record for the island.

Puffin status review!

31st May 2019 – overcast/rain at times SW3/4
Offshore
Observations (1200-1300) produced 110 Sandwich Tern, 90 Common Scoter, 26 Guillemot, 17 Kittiwake, 14 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet, 6 Arctic Tern and a Puffin. The status of Puffin in the waters off Walney Island has changed dramatically in recent years, although just a single bird was seen today it has been a record year for sightings with 115 birds logged surpassing the then record 49 birds seen in 2018 when birds continued to be seen into June.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was the only migrant logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Pink-footed Geese and the two Wigeon remain.
Butterflies and Moths
Middle-barred Minor was new for the year.

Velvet Scoters

30th May 2019 – overcast/rain at times SW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0630-0730) produced 305 Manx Shearwater, 170 Sandwich Tern, 105 Guillemot, 80 Gannet, 75 Kittiwake, 16 Puffin, 11 Razorbill, 10 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skua. Later observations over the mouth of Morecambe Bay added 730 Common Scoter, 45 Manx Shearwater, 40 Gannet, 35 Guillemot, 15 Kittiwake, 10 Puffin, 10 Arctic Tern, 3 Little Tern, 2 Velvet Scoter and an Arctic Skua
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Scaup continues to associate with the Eider flock, 4 Pink-footed Geese were seen and 2 Wigeon and a Shoveler were suggestive of the first returning wildfowl.
Miscrellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Scaup continues to linger

29th May 2019 – overcast/showers, rain later SSE3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0630-0730) produced variety but little quantity. Sightings included: 38 Common Scoter, 30 Sandwich Tern, 24 Guillemot, 23 Arctic Tern, 13 Little Tern, 12 Razorbill, 12 Gannet, 9 Puffin and single Common Tern and Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Two Wheatear were the only migrant passerines noted.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Scaup continues to associate with the Eider flock.
Butterflies and Moths
Buff-tip and Dark Arches were new for the year.

Seabirds continue to dominate sightings

28th May 2019 – sunny spells NNW2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) were quieter than of late with 150 Guillemot, 105 Sandwich Tern, 68 Common Scoter, 14 Gannet, 12 Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffin and 2 Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin continue to arrive.
Wildfowl and Waders
A late Pink-footed Goose was seen.
Butterflies and Moths
Nutmeg was new for the year.

More seabirds

27th May 2019 – overcast/showers W3/4
Offshore
Extended observations through the morning on the falling tide (0630-1030) produced 460 Manx Shearwater, 325 Guillemot, 260 Sandwich Tern, 135 Gannet, 45 Kittiwake, 22 Common Scoter, 14 Puffin, 10 Fulmar, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Little Tern and a Red-throated Diver.
Miscellaneous
A family party of Raven ransacked the islands litter bins.

Arctic Skuas

26th May 2019 – early rain clearing WSW4
Offshore
Morning observations as the rain cleared (0930-1130) produced 330 Manx Shearwater, 180 Sandwich Tern, 175 Guillemot, 16 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 8 Kittiwake, 3 Puffin, 3 Fulmar, 3 Arctic Tern and 3 Arctic Skua.

Yellow Wagtails

25th May 2019 – sunny spells NW2
Offshore
Early morning sightings (0630-0730) were disappointing with just 56 Guillemot, 29 Sandwich Tern, 17 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter, 7 Manx Shearwater and 2 Red-throated Diver logged.
Grounded Migrants
Two Yellow Wagtail and a Willow Warbler were the only migrant passerines logged.
Butterflies and Moths
Garden Carpet and Shears were new for the year.

Black Guillemot

24th May 2019 – bright and sunny NW3
Offshore
Early morning (0630-0730) produced variety with 240 Guillemot, 46 Sandwich Tern, 25 Razorbill, 8 Manx Shearwater, 7 Gannet, 6 Puffin, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Common Scoter and single Black Guillemot and Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Two Spotted Flycatcher were the only migrant passerines logged.
Diurnal Migration
Early morning saw 17 Swallow, 17 House Martin and a Lesser Redpoll arrive in off the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 210 Sanderling.

Breeding Great Spotted Woodpecker

23rd May 2019 – overcast SW1/2
Offshore
Early morning (0630-0730) was quiet over the sea producing just 104 Sandwich Tern, 50 Guillemot, 19 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter and 3 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Willow Warbler was the only migrant passerine logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Five Black-tailed Godwit were logged.
Breeding Birds
A pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker are breeding on the island – only the second record.
Butterflies and Moths
A total of 166 moths of 26 species was the best return from the moth trap so far this year with Small Elephant Hawkmoth new for the year. Common Blue are now on the wing.

Hooded Crow reappears

22nd May 2019 – bright and sunny NW1/2
Offshore
Early morning (0620-0720) produced 145 Guillemot, 90 Sandwich Tern, 23 Common Scoter, 7 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Two Wheatear were the only migrant passerines logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Tree Pipit flew over.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.

Good numbers of breeding warblers

21st May 2019 – bright and sunny NW3/4
Offshore
Early morning (0630-0730) produced 640 Guillemot, 85 Sandwich Tern, 48 Manx Shearwater, 20 Gannet, 16 Common Scoter, 13 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Red-throated Diver and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Two Spotted Flycatcher were the only migrant passerines logged.
Diurnal Migration
Four House Martin flew in off the sea.
Breeding Birds
Good numbers of warblers are breeding on the island with the following population estimates 105-115 pairs Sedge Warbler, 105-115 pairs Whitethroat, 55-60 pairs Willow Warbler, 30-35 pairs Blackcap, 25-30 pairs Lesser Whitethroat, 7-8 pairs Chiffchaff, 6-7 pairs Grasshopper Warbler and 5-6 pairs Reed Warbler.

Roof-top gull census

20th May 2019 – bright and sunny NW2/3
Offshore
Early morning (0630-0730) produced 150 Guillemot, 90 Sandwich Tern, 24 Gannet, 12 Common Scoter, 11 Manx Shearwater, 7 Puffin, 6 Razorbill and single Red-throated Diver and Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Wheatear were the only migrant passerines logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
A census of the roof-top nesting gulls on urban Walney Island has revealed Herring Gull (76 pairs), Lesser Black-backed Gull (25 pairs) and Great Black-backed Gull (1 pair).
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held Lime-speck Pug while the first Dingy Skipper are now on the wing.
Breeding Birds
Roof top nesting Great Black-backed Gull, despite the deterrent measures in place!

Scaup and Short-eared Owl

19th May 2019 – overcast then sunny NW1/2
Offshore
Early morning (0630-0730) produced 145 Sandwich Tern, 47 Arctic Tern, 40 Guillemot, 28 Razorbill, 25 Gannet, 23 Kittiwake and single Common Tern and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Three Spotted Flycatcher were the only migrant passerine logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 4 Gadwall (2 males + 2 females) and a drake Scaup while 2 Whimbrel were the best of the rest.
Miscellaneous
A Short-eared Owl was hunting mid-morning and a Buzzard flew southeast over the island.
Moths
At last the moth trap has come to life in the last few nights with Common Swift, Brimstone, Common Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Heart and Dart, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Ruby Tiger, Bright-line Brown-eye, Marbled Coronet, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Spectacle, Gold-spot, Large Yellow Underwing and Poplar Hawk-moth all new for the year.

Hooded Crow again

18th May 2019 – overcast then sunny/calm
Offshore
Very quiet over the sea early morning (0615-0715) with just 110 Sandwich Tern, 12 Gannet and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Two Wheatear were the only migrant passerines logged.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swift and a Lesser Redpoll were amongst a continued trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Sanderling and 12 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.

Velvet Scoter

17th May 2019 – early rain clearing NE1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations in persistent rain (0630-0830) revealed 300 Sandwich Tern, 148 Common Scoter, 13 Gannet, 7 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Tern and single Common Tern and Red-throated Diver. Later observations revealed that the huge flock of Common Scoter remains in the mouth of Morecambe Bay which held at least one Velvet Scoter. Also seen were 42 Arctic Tern and 24 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was the only migrant passerine logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 650 Sanderling, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel.

Puffin back on menu

16th May 2019 – bright and sunny SE3/4
Offshore
After a blank day yesterday Puffin was back on the menu (0620-0720) with 5 birds logged. Also seen were 125 Guillemot, 120 Sandwich Tern, 26 Gannet, 12 Razorbill, 9 Kittiwake, 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was logged.

Arctic Skua

15th May 2019 – bright and sunny SE2
Offshore
An Arctic Skua was the highlight of early morning observations (0600-0700). Also seen were 190 Guillemot, 160 Sandwich Tern, 38 Gannet, 22 Manx Shearwater, 22 Razorbill, 15 Kittiwake, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Common Tern and a Red-throated Diver.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 680 Knot and 500 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
A day flying Barn Owl was the best of the rest.

Velvet Scoters and Puffins

14th May 2019 – bright and sunny SE2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0600-0700) were highlighted by 7 Puffin and 2 Velvet Scoter. Also seen were 305 Guillemot, 51 Sandwich Tern, 32 Manx Shearwater, 32 Manx Shearwater, 23 Common Scoter, 22 Razorbill, 20 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Tern and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Another Whinchat was logged.
Butterflies
The first Holly Blue is now on the wing.

Puffin run continues

13th May 2019 – bright and sunny SE2 later
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) again provided variety rather than quantity with 300 Guillemot, 63 Manx Shearwater, 45 Sandwich Tern, 29 Kittiwake, 24 Gannet, 15 Common Scoter, 10 Razorbill, 5 Red-throated Diver and continuing the recent excellent run of sightings 9 Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
Three Whinchat were amongst 8 Wheatear and a single Spotted Flycatcher was also logged.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow continue to trickle through, amongst which were single Tree Pipit, House Martin and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two late Wigeon and 4 Common Sandpiper were seen.
Breeding Birds
There are now 5 Reed Warbler holding territory on the island.
Butterflies
Wall Brown and Small Heath have now emerged.

Hooded Crow and Velvet Scoters

12th May 2019 – bright and sunny/NE1, WNW3/4 later
Offshore
Early morning observations (0620-0720) provided variety rather than quantity with 100 Guillemot, 82 Common Scoter, 19 Sandwich Tern, 17 Kittiwake, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Manx Shearwater, 13 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Tern, 2 Puffin and single Arctic Skua and Fulmar. A second check on the evening tide revealed a huge flock of 12000 Common Scoter in the mouth of Morecambe Bay, amongst which were at least 12 Velvet Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Single Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, White Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail were amongst 20 Wheatear and 10 Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Just 21 Whimbrel were logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Butterflies and Moth
Migrants involved single Red Admiral, Silver Y and Dark Swordgrass.

More Puffins

11th May 2019 – bright and sunny/calm WNW3/4 later
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0630-0800) on calm seas produced just 80 Sandwich Tern, 36 Guillemot, 22 Gannet, 14 Common Scoter, 9 Kittiwake, 7 Puffin, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver and 3 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Whinchat was amongst 10 Wheatear, otherwise limited to a single Spotted Flycatcher.
Diurnal Migration
Two Tree Pipit and 6 House Martin were amongst 50 Swallow.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was again offshore.

Puffins reappear

10th May 2019 – early rain clearing SE2
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0730-0830) produced 240 Sandwich Tern, 42 Gannet, 30 Guillemot, 26 Common Scoter, 10 Razorbill, 9 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Kittiwake and 2 Little Tern. Although 2 Puffin proved to be the highlight.
Grounded Migrants
A Whinchat was amongst 26 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Sightings involved 3 Tree Pipit, 3 Lesser Redpoll and single Swift and House Martin amongst a trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 41 Whimbrel.

Velvet Scoters

9th May 2019 – overcast/rain NE3/4
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea at low tide (0630-0730) produced 480 Sandwich Tern, 55 Gannet, 14 Common Scoter, 10 Manx Shearwater, 9 Arctic Tern, 3 Guillemot and 3 Red-breasted Merganser. Later observations on the flooding tide produced at least 10 Velvet Scoter and a drake Scaup amongst a huge flock of 6000 Common Scoter congregated in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 40 Sandwich Tern, 7 Little Tern and 3 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
The male Firecrest continues to hold territory in the observatory garden while grounded birds included 5 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 White Wagtail and single Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat and Tree Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 20 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.
Mammals
The early morning seawatch was firstly interrupted by a Harbour Porpoise and later by a pod of 8 Bottle-nosed Dolphin.

Black Terns

8th May 2019 – overcast/rain soon ENE3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations saw five species of tern recorded (0630-0730) with 226 Sandwich Tern, 12 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Tern and 2 Black Tern logged. Also seen were 25 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet and 2 Red-breasted Merganser before the rain set in.
Grounded Migrants
The male Firecrest was still singing in the observatory garden.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swift flew in off the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
Only 6 Whimbrel were of note.

Territorial Firecrest

7th May 2019 – sunny spells V1
Offshore
Early morning sightings (0645-0745) included 220 Sandwich Tern, 185 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 6 Little Tern, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Tern and 2 Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
A male Firecrest was singing in the observatory garden and the supporting cast involved 17 Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler and single Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 65 Pink-footed Geese headed north along with a solitary Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2310 Dunlin, 620 Knot, 75 Grey Plover, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit and 17 Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
The first juvenile Stonechats have now fledged with three broods seen.

Hooded Crow lingers

6th May 2019 – sunny spells N2 then WNW3
Offshore
Slightly more activity over the sea today with early morning sightings (0630-0730) yielding 220 Guillemot, 87 Common Scoter, 60 Sandwich Tern, 43 Razorbill, 40 Kittiwake, 31 Gannet, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A few Wheatear were seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 600 Knot, 200 Sanderling and 22 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Though mobile the Hooded Crow remained.

Short-eared Owl and Hooded Crow

5th May 2019 – overcast/calm, bright and sunny later NW3/4
Offshore
A look over the sea (0630-0730) produced 100 Sandwich Tern, 48 Common Scoter, 26 Kittiwake, 9 Gannet, 8 Red-throated Diver, 6 Guillemot and a Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Little of note with just 18 Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail and single Willow Warbler and Blackcap logged.
Diurnal Migration
Two Lesser Redpoll and a Siskin were amongst a trickle of Swallow and a skein of 186 Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl involved 3 Pink-footed Geese and a dark-bellied Brent Goose. Waders included a record breaking 212 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The day’s highlights were provided by single Short-eared Owl and Hooded Crow. Two Raven were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Red Admiral of the year was logged and the moth trap held a Pebble Prominent.

Wheatears reappear in force

4th May 2019 – bright and sunny N1/2/3/4
Offshore
Very quiet over the sea (0630-0700) with just 25 Sandwich Tern, 22 Guillemot, 12 Kittiwake and single Shoveler and Red-throated Diver recorded.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear reappeared in force with 41 birds logged, also seen were 4 White Wagtail and single Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Only represented by a single Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 400 Sanderling, 52 Whimbrel and 6 Golden Plover.

Wood Warbler

3rd May 2019 – showers NE2/1
Offshore
Generally quiet over the sea (0630-0730) with just 126 Sandwich Tern, 60 Common Scoter, 13 Guillemot, 6 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver and single Fulmar and Little Tern logged.
Grounded Migrants
A Wood Warbler was amongst 10 Willow Warbler while additional sightings included 10 Wheatear and 4 White Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Knot, 220 Sanderling, 30 Grey Plover and 18 Whimbrel.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Great Black-backed Gull appears to have Isle of Man origins.

More Puffins!

2nd May 2019 – early rain clearing to sunny spells WNW2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations on the rising tide (0630-0730) produced 176 Sandwich Tern, 133 Guillemot, 113 Common Scoter, 40 Gannet, 19 Kittiwake, 14 Red-throated Diver, 10 Arctic Tern, 5 Razorbill, 3 Puffin and single Little Tern and Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A very light sprinkling of newly arrived migrants included 6 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and 2 Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Dunlin, 600 Knot, 300 Sanderling, 28 Whimbrel and 8 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
Single Peregrine and Raven were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
Flame Shoulder and Lychnis were new for the year.

First Swifts and Garden Warbler

1st May 2019 – overcast/light rain clearing later V1
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 3 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A light sprinkling of newly arrived migrants included 10 Willow Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and single Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff and Garden Warbler – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swift were new for the year and 2 Lesser Redpoll were the best of the rest.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Two Reed Warbler are now on territory. Blackcap is a relatively recent colonist of the island and remarkably around 20 territorial males are now present on the island.
Butterflies and Moths
A field record of Pale Tussock outshone the moth trap which continues to provide little reward.

Early morning Puffins

30th April 2019 – Hazy sun E2/1
Offshore
Early morning observations on the rising tide (0630-0730) produced 4 Puffins along with 96 Sandwich Tern, 61 Common Scoter, 18 Gannet, 15 Red-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot, 4 Little Tern and 4 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 7 Wheatear and 3 Blackcap.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Butterflies and Moth
The first Small Copper was on the wing.

Spotted Flycatcher

29th April 2019 – Bright and sunny E2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) were disappointing with just 75 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet, 6 Guillemot and a Red-throated Diver logged.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was new for the year.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Dunlin, 710 Sanderling and 420 Turnstone.
Ringing
Two colour-ringed Sanderling appear to have origins in Spain.

Early morning skuas

28th April 2019 – sunny spells NW2
Offshore
Early morning observations saw skuas to the fore with 6 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skua and 3 Great Skua logged moving out of Morecambe Bay. Also seen (0630-0830) were 106 Sandwich Tern, 104 Kittiwake, 90 Common Scoter, 64 Gannet, 25 Guillemot, 22 Red-throated Diver, 9 Arctic Tern, 5 Fulmar, 3 Wigeon and 2 Razorbill
Grounded Migrants
Obvious grounded birds were limited to 21 Wheatear and single Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A Yellow Wagtail flew over.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 31 Whimbrel.
Mammals
Two Hares were seen.

Seabirds dominate

27th April 2019 – sun and showers NE1 increasing WNW 5/6
Offshore
Morning observations (0620-0820) revealed 630 Common Scoter, 81 Sandwich Tern, 52 Gannet, 37 Red-throated Diver, 30 Guillemot, 9 Kittiwake, 7 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Arctic Skua and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Obvious new arrivals were limited to 5 Wheatear and a Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A Siskin flew over.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 150 Sanderling and 16 Whimbrel.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore early morning.
Moths
V Pug, Puss Moth, Powdered Quaker and Shuttle-shaped Dart were all new for the year.

Manx Shearwater

25th April 2019 – sunny spells SE2/3
Offshore
Early evening observations (1530-1630) revealed the first Manx Shearwater of the year along with 38 Common Scoter, 37 Sandwich Tern, 14 Gannet and 5 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A couple of Wheatear and a White Wagtail were all that could be mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese remain and waders included 50 Golden Plover.

Osprey and Yellow Wagtail

23rd April 2019 – bright and sunny/warm E4
Offshore
Morning observations (0700-0800) revealed just 26 Common Scoter, 26 Sandwich Tern, 13 Gannet and 3 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
New arrivals were limited to a paltry 4 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and single Grasshopper Warbler and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey headed SE at 0735hrs while the first Yellow Wagtail of the year and 2 Lesser Redpoll were the best of the rest.
Moths
The moth trap held a Silver Y.

Puffins

22nd April 2019 – bright and sunny/warm ENE2
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) produced the first 2 Puffins of the year along with 100 Sandwich Tern, 34 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 3 Razorbill and a Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Two Lesser Redpoll and 2 Rook were amongst a trickle of Swallow and Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
Territorial warblers included 3 Lesser Whitethroat and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Little Terns

21st April 2019 – bright and sunny/warm V1
Offshore
Morning observations (0700-0800) revealed the first 2 Little Tern of the year along with 120 Common Scoter, 37 Sandwich Tern, 14 Gannet and 3 Red-throated Diver
Grounded Migrants
New arrivals were limited to 10 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and a Goldcrest. A Reed Warbler in breeding habitat was the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
A Lesser Redpoll flew in off the sea.
Butterflies
Orange Tip and Speckled Wood remain easily the two most prominent species.

Early morning Pomarine Skua

20th April 2019 – bright and sunny/warm V1
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) were led by an adult light morph Pomarine Skua heading low into Morecambe Bay at 0810hrs. Also logged were 182 Common Scoter, 104 Sandwich Tern, 16 Gannet and 8 Red-throated Diver
Grounded Migrants
A mass clear out of Wheatear occurred overnight with just 6 birds logged. Also seen were 5 Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 61 Pink-footed Geese headed north while 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Swallow and single Rook and Lesser Redpoll flew in off the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 13 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 1050 Sanderling, 320 Golden Plover, 86 Grey Plover and 44 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The first 2 Lesser Whitethroat were on territory.

Arctic Skuas and Little Gulls

19th April 2019 – bright and sunny E2/1
Offshore
Morning observations (0715-0815) produced 3 Little Gull (2 adult and a first-summer) and 2 Arctic Skua along with 135 Common Scoter, 26 Sandwich Tern, 17 Red-throated Diver, 6 Kittiwake and 5 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear remain the dominant species with 80 birds logged, also seen were 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 White Wagtail and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Three skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 210 birds headed north early morning. Additional sightings through the morning were 100 Meadow Pipit, 12 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 3 Siskin, 2 House Martin and a Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
Lingering winter wildfowl involved 12 pale-bellied Brent Goose and 3 Wigeon. A Common Sandpiper was new for the year and additional waders included 1000 Knot, 150 Golden Plover, 18 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit
Miscellaneous
The first Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats have now returned to breeding habitats on the island where 10 Blackcap and 3 Grasshopper Warbler were also present. A Buzzard drifted high south east and a Water Rail was in suitable breeding habitat.
Butterflies and Moths
Speckled Wood and Orange Tip have now emerged in good numbers.

Wheatear still dominate

18th April 2019 – sunny spells ESE2/3
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear still dominate with 78 birds logged, otherwise sightings were limited to 12 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 White Wagtail and single Fieldfare and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Hirundines involved 8 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow and a House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Coot remains and 9 Shoveler were recorded.

Grasshopper Warbler and Gadwall

17th April 2019 – sunny spells E2
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear again dominated with 94 birds logged otherwise sightings were limited to the first 4 White Wagtail of the year along with 3 Fieldfare, 3 Willow Warbler and single Redwing and Blackcap .
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Gadwall was amongst 36 Teal and 7 Shoveler. Testament to the decline of the species on the island a Coot was a rare sight.
Miscellaneous
The first 2 Grasshopper Warbler of the year were back on territory and a few more Swallow were in evidence across the island. Several Little Egret continue to linger.

Migrant trickle

14th April 2019 – bright and sunny but cold ESE4
Offshore
Morning observations (0715-0830) produced 83 Gannet, 72 Sandwich Tern, 13 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 5 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Only a single Swallow was recorded.

Arctic Tern

13th April 2019 – bright and sunny but cold E3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0745-0845) revealed the first Arctic Tern of the year along with 44 Common Scoter, 41 Sandwich Tern, 11 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
Although there was an obvious increase in territorial Willow Warbler and Blackcap in suitable breeding habitat obvious migrants were limited to 5 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Sparse pickings with just 10 Meadow Pipit and single Siskin and Swallow logged.
Miscellaneous
At least one Treecreeper remains in suitable breeding habitat raising speculation of the island’s first breeding record. Two pairs of Long-tailed Tit and 7 pairs of Bullfinch were also logged.

Long-eared Owl

12th April 2019 – bright and sunny SE3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea yielded 101 Sandwich Tern, 12 Gannet, 3 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Again little on offer with just 2 Chiffchaff and a Wheatear logged.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swallow flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
A Long-eared Owl roosted through the day.

Twite remain

11th April 2019 – bright and sunny NE1
Grounded Migrants
Few birds were evident with just 10 Wheatear, and 2 Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A single Swallow was again recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 150 pale-bellied Brent Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
The flock of 16 Twite continues to linger.

Wheatear continue to dominate

10th April 2019 – bright and sunny E1/2
Offshore
A flock of 30 Sandwich Tern fed offshore.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear remain to the fore with 25 birds logged. Also seen were 5 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A single Swallow was recorded.

House Martin

9th April 2019 – bright and sunny E3/4
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear dominated with 15 birds logged.
Diurnal Migration
A House Martin was the first of the year.

Long-tailed Duck

8th April 2019 – hazy sun NE4
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0715-0845) were led by a first-winter drake Long-tailed Duck amongst 400 Common Scoter, 102 Sandwich Tern, 25 Gannet, 5 Razorbill, 2 Kittiwake and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
Meadow Pipit were on the move with 260 birds logged, also seen were 5 Whooper Swan, 5 Sand Martin and a Siskin.
Moths
Recent sightings involve Early Grey, Early Thorn, Dark Swordgrass and Common Quaker.

First Willow Warblers

7th April 2019 – sunny spells NE1/2
Offshore
A glance over the calm sea revealed 5000 Eider, 12 Sandwich Tern, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear continue to arrive with 46 birds logged. Also seen were the first 3 Willow Warbler of the year along with 12 Pied Wagtail, 9 Redwing, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Single Great Spotted Woodpecker and Siskin were amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 272 pale-bellied birds and 1110 Golden Plover were recorded.
Miscellaneous
Six Twite amongst a small group of Linnet were the best of the rest.

A few Twite continue to linger

6th April 2019 – bright and sunny SE1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea yielded 25 Kittiwake, 9 Sandwich Tern and single Gannet and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear numbers begin to build with 18 birds logged.
Diurnal Migration
Three Sand Martin were logged along with single Siskin and Tree Sparrow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 900 Golden Plover and 3 Greenshank. At least 207 pale-bellied Brent Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
Single Buzzard and a small group of 16 Twite were the best of the rest.

Osprey

5th April 2019 – sunny spells SE4/5
Diurnal Migration
The first Osprey of the year flew through at 1600hrs.

First Swallow

4th April 2019 – overcast SE4/5
Diurnal Migration
The first Swallow of the year flew through.

Black Brant

31st March 2019 – sunny spells E2/3
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again on Tummerhill Marsh amongst 100 pale-bellied Brent Goose.
Grounded Migrants
Nine Wheatear and 2 Goldcrest provided evidence of some movement.

Ring Ouzel

30th March 2019 – overcast SW1
Offshore
A check of the sea (0745-0845) revealed the first 4 Sandwich Tern of the year along with 100 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver and 6 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A male Ring Ouzel was amongst a smattering of birds including 13 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Wheatear and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Three Sand Martin were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1100 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and a Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
Single Buzzard and Little Owl were the best of the rest.

Just a hint of movement

29th March 2019 – overcast SW2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea produced just 43 Common Scoter and 2 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Four Goldcrest provided evidence of some movement.

Avocet

25th March 2019 – bright and sunny W4/5
Rarities
An Avocet was photographed roosting on the island at high tide.

Sand Martin

24th March 2019 – bright and sunny W4/5
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again amongst the Brent Goose flock at Tummerhill Marsh over the high tide.
Offshore
A check of the sea (0745-0845) produced 57 Common Scoter, 13 Razorbill, 11 Kittiwake, 10 Red-throated Diver and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Another smattering of birds involved 8 Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
The first Sand Martin of the year flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A herd of 30 Whooper Swan rested off the eastern shore and waders included 8 Greenshank.
Moths
Two Hebrew Characters were attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Hooded Crow

23rd March 2019 – hazy sun WNW 2/3
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again amongst 286 pale-bellied Brent Geese, favouring Tummerhill Marsh at high tide.
Offshore
A check of the sea (0745-0845) produced 37 Common Scoter, 11 Red-throated Diver, 5 Razorbill, 3 Gannet and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
A smattering of birds involved 7 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear and a Mistle Thrush
Diurnal Migration
Single Hooded Crow and Siskin were amongst 30 Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1200 Golden Plover and 6 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 38 Twite and single Water Rail and Buzzard the best of the rest.

Black Brant reappears

22nd March 2019 – overcast/rain by evening SW3/4
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again on Tummerhill Marsh at high tide amongst 202 pale-bellied Brent Goose.
Grounded Migrants
The first Blackcap of the year, a female, was a fat laden individual suggesting that it had overwintered nearby. Also seen was a solitary Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Greenshank were amongst 420 Redshank.
Moths
Several Mottled Grey were attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Great Northern Diver

18th March 2019 – overcast/showers
Offshore
The sea produced a Great Northern Diver amongst 6 Red-throated Diver along with 35 Common Scoter, 10 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Kittiwake.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 200 Meadow Pipit and 8 Pied Wagtail wre evidence of movement.

Quiet day

17th March 2019 – sun and showers W5/6
Offshore
Another quiet day over the sea with just 12 Common Scoter, 8 Kittiwake, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and a Red-throated Diver.
Miscellaneous
Six Twite were logged.

Scaup still here

15th March 2019 – Sun and showers W4/5
Offshore
Quiet over the sea with just 2 Gannet and 2 Kittiwake logged, however, a Shag sheltered along the eastern shore.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least one female Scaup remains and waders included 3 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Little Gull and Long-tailed Duck

11th March 2019 – bright and sunny W4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea produced a first-winter Little Gull amongst 19 Kittiwake and a female Long-tailed Duck amongst 7 Eider. Additional sightings were limited to a single Red-throated Diver.

A few seabirds

9th March 2019 – heavy rain/hail clearing to showers W4/5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (0900-1000) produced 69 Kittiwake, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 3 Razorbill and 2 Red-throated Diver.

Brant still here

5th March 2019 – sun and showers SW3/4
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge feeding at low tide amongst 85 pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Early Wheatear

4th March 2019 – sun and showers SW3/4
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge feeding at low tide amongst 100 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Offshore
The sea produced 40 Kittiwake, 35 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet, 12 Red-throated Diver and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
An early Wheatear was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 4 Scaup remain and waders included 5 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 50 Twite was the best of the rest.

Black Brant remains

3rd March 2019 – overcast S3
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge feeding at low tide amongst 70 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Offshore
Early morning sightings on the rising tide (0730-0830) produced just 14 Common Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver and 3 Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1100 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 50 Twite was the best of the rest.