Wader numbers already begin to build

17th July 2024 – bright and sunny SW1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed a handful of Sandwich Tern and Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings involved 5 Willow Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
Four Tree Sparrow and a Lesser Redpoll flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1050 Oystercatcher, 100 Redshank, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains in residence.

Low key migration continues

16th July 2024 – overcast/showers/calm then WNW4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea (0745-0815) revealed 100 Common Scoter, 23 Gannet, 10 Sandwich Tern, 6 Arctic Tern and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 11 Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler and single Lesser Whitethroat and Grasshopper Warbler. The Cuckoo remains in residence.
Diurnal Migration
Two Grey Wagtail and 2 Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 45 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains. A post breeding flock of 160 Linnet were logged and Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Badger provided evidence of overnight activity.

Sand Martins on the move

15th July 2024 – bright and sunny V1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea (0700-0800) revealed 150 Common Scoter, 68 Manx Shearwater, 15 Gannet, 12 Sandwich Tern and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Birds on the move involved 4 Willow Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 210 Sand Martin was logged and 3 Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Four Whimbrel were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Mammals
Two Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore.
Butterflies and Moths
Immigrants in the moth trap were again limited to Dark Swordgrass and Diamond-back, however the highlight was the first record for Bulrush Comet Limnaecia phragmitella. The first Grayling and Gatekeeper are now on the wing.

Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler!

14th July 2024 – overcast/showers V1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea (0730-0800) revealed 165 Common Scoter, 11 Gannet, 10 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
The Cuckoo remains and other birds on the move involved 3 Willow Warbler and single Grasshopper Warbler, Blackcap and Robin.
Diurnal Migration
Five Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 40 Knot, 8 Turnstone, 6 Greenshank, 2 Snipe and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
Immigrants in the moth trap were limited to Dark Swordgrass and Diamond-back, however the highlight was the first record for Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella.

Kingfisher and Great White Egret headline!

13th July 2024 – overcast/showers V1/2
Offshore
The sea provided small numbers of Common Scoter, Sandwich Tern, Gannet and Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Further hints of autumn were provided by 6 Willow Warbler and single Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo and Redstart.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swift and a Grey Wagtail flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 2 Teal and a Shoveler while 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe and 3 Greenshank were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains while a Great White Egret and Kingfisher were both unusual.
Butterflies and Moths
Immigrants in the moth trap were limited to Silver Y and Diamond-back.

Wood Sandpipers!

12th July 2024 – overcast/showers V1/2
Grounded Migrants
Further hints of autumn were provided by 5 Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 3 Teal and a Shoveler while 2 Wood Sandpiper were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
Immigrants in the moth trap were limited to Dark Swordgrass.

So it begins!

6th July 2024 – overcast/calm then W3/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) involved 650 Eider, 150 Common Scoter, 10 Sandwich Tern, 4 Shag and single Gannet and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Hints of autumn were provided by 3 Blackcap, 2 Stonechat and single Chiffchaff, Song Thrush and Robin.
Diurnal Migration
Single Swift and Grey Wagtail flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The leucistic Curlew remains.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
Several Red Admiral were seen.

Little Ringed Plover

2nd July 2024 – overcast/showers NW3/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) involved 117 Common Scoter, 36 Sandwich Tern, 6 Gannet, 2 Guillemot and single Mediterranean Gull and Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Little Ringed Plover was the first of the year.
Miscellaneous
The “Walney Geranium” is now in bloom.
Butterflies and Moths
Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Common Wainscot and Burnished Brass were the pick of the overnight attractions to the moth trap.

Early returning Scaup

29th June 2024 – overcast/drizzle/rain at times W1/2
Offshore
Observations over the sea were again dominated by Common Scoter with 2125 birds logged, also seen were 20 Sandwich Tern, 5 Gannet and a Guillemot. A drake Scaup was off the eastern shore at high tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
Four Wigeon were seen and the leucistic Curlew has returned for another year.
Breeding Birds
Swallow, Sand Martin and Meadow Pipit continue to feed young and both Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler remain well distributed across the island.
Butterflies and Moths
Double square-spot was the pick of the overnight attractions to the moth trap.