Just enough time for a seawatch

22nd September 2022 – overcast/rain soon SSW5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0715-0845) prior to the rain setting in for the day produced 375 Common Scoter, 38 Gannet, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Razorbill and 2 Kittiwake.

Further low-key migration

21st September 2022 – overcast ESE1/2 then S2/3
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Again only small numbers of birds were on the move with 60 Meadow Pipit, 40 Skylark, 18 Linnet, 16 Swallow, 8 Grey Wagtail, 2 Tree Sparrow and a House Martin logged.
Butterflies and Moths
Single Painted Lady and Red Admiral were seen.

Low key migration, apart from Pink-feet

20th September 2022 – overcast/calm
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 10 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 White Wagtail and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Apart from 3010 northbound Pink-footed Geese only small numbers of birds were on the move with 110 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, 30 Swallow and 12 Grey Wagtail logged.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap attracted 89 moths of 23 species, Square-spot Rustic was the dominant species with Brick and Black Rustic new for the year.

Buzzard headlines!

19th September 2022 – overcast/early showers NNE1
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 141 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet and 4 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
A Buzzard circled over the island at 1100hrs and a few birds were on the move including 100 Meadow Pipit, 92 Pink-footed Goose, 70 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 19 Grey Wagtail and 6 Sand Martin.
Mammals
Two Otter and a Harbour Porpoise were seen.

Black Guillemot

18th September 2022 – overcast/showers NW4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations on the falling tide (0700-0900) produced 500 Common Scoter, 35 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 12 Red-throated Diver, 4 Sandwich Tern, 3 Guillemot, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Black Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Only a single Sand Martin was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three light-bellied and two dark-bellied Brent Geese were seen.

Pink-feet continue to dominate sightings

17th September 2022 – bright and sunny/calm then NNW3/4
Offshore
A scan of the sea at dawn revealed 6 Shag but nothing else of note.
Grounded Migrants
The clear skies were not inducive to providing much in the way of grounded bird with just 9 White Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff and a Wheatear logged.
Diurnal Migration
A further 800 Pink-footed Geese flew through, however the skies were also generally quiet with additional sightings limited to 200 Meadow Pipit, 35 Skylark, 21 Grey Wagtail, 18 Swallow and single Sand Martin, Tree Sparrow and Siskin recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 8 Whimbrel were logged.
Miscellaneous
An adult Mediterranean Gull was seen while single Peregrine and Merlin were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Wood Mouse was seen.
Butterflies and Moths
A number of Small Copper were on the wing in the sunshine and the light trap held just 14 moths of seven species with Lunar Underwing new for the year.

Pink-feet continue to pile through

16th September 2022 – bright and sunny/calm then NNW3/4
Offshore
A scan of the sea at dawn revealed 6 Common Scoter, 5 Shag and 2 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers on the move involved 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and single Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A further 3075 Pink-footed Geese flew through, however otherwise the skies were quiet with additional sightings limited to 3 Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 20 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was again the best of the rest.
Dragonflies
A total of 6 Migrant Hawker were seen.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held just 21 moths of nine species with immigrants limited to Dark Swordgrass.

Pink-footed Goose passage continues

15th September 2022 – overcast/calm then sunny spells NW3/4
Offshore
A scan of the sea at dawn revealed 10 Shag and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A further smattering of grounded birds included 15 Robin, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A further 3235 Pink-footed Geese flew through and additional sightings included 70 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 5 Tree Sparrow, 2 Lesser Redpoll and a Yellow Wagtail.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and a Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
Butterflies included several Red Admiral.

A few more Pink-feet

14th September 2022 – sunny spells NNW2/3
Offshore
A scan of the sea at dawn revealed just 3 Common Scoter and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
A smattering of grounded birds included 20 Robin, 7 White Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
A further 535 Pink-footed Geese flew through and additional sightings included 60 Meadow Pipit, 33 Grey Wagtail, 23 Skylark, 2 Tree Pipit and a Yellow Wagtail.
Butterflies and Moths
Another Painted Lady was seen.