First Whooper Swans of the autumn

26th September 2021 – overcast/murky/rain clearing S2
Offshore
A couple of Shag were the only interest in the the early morning checks over the sea.
Diurnal Migration
A flurry of activity which produced 410 Meadow Pipit, 73 Pied Wagtail, 11 Grey Wagtail, 11 Chaffinch, 7 Reed Bunting and 5 Pink-footed Geese was quickly subdued by the rain moving in.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Whooper Swan of the autumn were recorded.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Brent Goose numbers continue to build

25th September 2021 – overcast/murky/drizzle at times/calm
Offshore
The early morning checks over the sea (0700-0800) produced just 19 Common Scoter, 8 Shag, 5 Gannet and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A few birds on offer with 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and single Goldcrest, Blackcap and Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Passage continues to stall with only 270 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, 45 Pink-footed Goose, 40 Swallow, 23 Grey Wagtail, 21 Pied Wagtail, 8 Reed Bunting, 8 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin and a Sand Martin moving in the calm conditions.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock continues to build with 142 pale-bellied birds recorded.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.
Mammals
Two Otter and 2 Harbour Porpoise were seen.
Butterflies and Moths
A few Red Admiral are still on the wing and the moth trap provided 23 moths of 14 species with Ashy Button new for the year.

Just a few seabirds

24th September 2021 – overcast/drizzle at times SW 3/4
Offshore
The early morning checks over the sea (0730-0930) produced 260 Common Scoter, 65 Gannet, 36 Red-throated Diver, 6 Razorbill, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Guillemot and a Great Crested Grebe.

Brent Goose numbers begin to build

23rd September 2021 – overcast WNW3/4
Offshore
The early morning checks over the sea (0730-0930) produced 770 Common Scoter, 54 Gannet, 42 Red-throated Diver, 15 Razorbill, 6 Shag, 5 Guillemot, 3 Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Again very little on offer in the conditions with just 2 Chiffchaff logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock continues to build with 111 pale-bellied birds recorded. Additional sightings included 500 Sanderling and 34 Pintail.
Miscellaneous
The Kingfisher is still in residence along with the adult Mediterranean Gull.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Great Black-backed Gull marked as a pullus at South Walney earlier in the year was seen at Sandside on the Kent Estuary on 22nd September 2021.

Kingfisher and Hooded Crow

22nd September 2021 – sunny spells W3
Offshore
The early morning checks over the sea (0730-0930) produced 460 Common Scoter, 88 Gannet, 26 Kittiwake, 18 Red-throated Diver, 9 Razorbill, 4 Manx Shearwater and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Again very little on offer with just 2 Blue Tit logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 10 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit
Miscellaneous
The Kingfisher is still in residence along with the long-staying Hooded Crow.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Cormorant had been marked at Hale Duck Decoy, Cheshire on 26th May 2021.

Kingfisher still in residence

21st September 2021 – overcast WNW2
Offshore
An early morning check over the sea (0715-0815) produced 340 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 5 Shag and a Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Again very little on offer with just 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Wheatear logged.
Diurnal Migration
Generally quiet with just 550 Meadow Pipit, 37 Pied Wagtail, 12 Skylark, 11 Grey Wagtail, 6 Swallow and 3 Reed Bunting recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Brent Geese continue to arrive with 68 pale-bellied birds seen. Additional wildfowl included 1160 Wigeon, 25 Pintail and 5 Shoveler while 5 Black-tailed Godwit were the best of the waders
Miscellaneous
The Kingfisher is still in residence and an adult Mediterranean Gull was recorded.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted 22 moths of 13 species with Red-line Quaker new for the year.

Hooded Crow still in residence

20th September 2021 – bright and sunny ESE1
Grounded Migrants
Again little on offer with just 2 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
A bit of variety today with 500 Meadow Pipit, 120 Pink-footed Geese, 60 Swallow, 34 Skylark, 32 Chaffinch, 24 Grey Wagtail, 20 Linnet, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Pied Wagtail, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin and single Siskin and Lesser Redpoll logged .
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 9 pale-bellied Brent Geese were logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow was the best of the rest.
Mammals
Two Otter were seen.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted 51 moths of 23 species with the Vapourer new for the year.

The first Brent Geese have returned

19th September 2021 – overcast/rain at times/SW2
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0715-0815) produced 575 Common Scoter, 26 Red-throated Diver, 23 Gannet, 11 Razorbill, 9 Guillemot, 9 Kittiwake, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and single Arctic Skua and Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Little on offer with just 4 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and a Grey Wagtail logged.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey flew southwest at 1730hrs.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 18 pale-bellied Brent Geese have returned and 12 Pintail were amongst a Wigeon influx which saw 1050 birds logged.
Miscellaneous
Two Raven were the best of the rest.

Slightly better!

18th September 2021 – overcast/drizzle at times/calm
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0715-0815) produced 835 Common Scoter, 38 Gannet, 17 Red-throated Diver, 7 Shag, 6 Sandwich Tern and 2 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Slightly better with 12 Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff and single Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat and Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
Remaining slow with just 160 Meadow Pipit, 110 Swallow, 16 Grey Wagtail, 9 House Martin, 2 Siskin and a Sand Martin recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 16 Black-tailed Godwit were seen.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Mammals
An Otter put in a brief appearance.