Arctic Skuas and Puffins

26th May 2022 – overcast, showers/rain clearing WSW5
Offshore
Morning observations either side of the rain band moving through (0600-0700 & 1015-1115) provided totals of 320 Manx Shearwater, 165 Gannet, 120 Sandwich Tern, 105 Guillemot, 42 Common Scoter, 24 Kittiwake, 21 Razorbill, 4 Fulmar, 2 Puffin, 2 Arctic Skua and single Little Tern, Red-throated Diver and Little Egret.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wader numbers are much depleted but included 120 Dunlin, 26 Ringed Plover, 13 Grey Plover, 4 Knot and 2 Turnstone.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.

Great Skua and Puffins

25th May 2022 – early rain, brighter later SW4/5
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea as the rain cleared (0945-1045) produced 300 Manx Shearwater, 175 Guillemot, 106 Gannet, 33 Razorbill, 22 Sandwich Tern, 9 Kittiwake, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Puffin, 3 Fulmar and a Great Skua.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.

Seabirds continue to dominate

23rd May 2022 – overcast WSW3
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0600-0900) produced 900 Manx Shearwater, 440 Guillemot, 250 Sandwich Tern, 175 Gannet, 91 Common Scoter, 74 Kittiwake, 63 Razorbill, 6 Puffin, 3 Shag, 3 Fulmar, 3 Red-throated Diver and single Arctic Tern, Common Tern and Red-breasted Merganser.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 200 Sanderling and 4 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.
Breeding Birds
The first 2 Swift have finally arrived at breeding sites on the centre of the island.

Arctic Skuas and Puffins

22nd May 2022 – overcast/showers SSW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0630-0830) revealed 620 Manx Shearwater, 350 Guillemot, 175 Common Scoter, 76 Sandwich Tern, 21 Razorbill, 20 Kittiwake, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Puffin, 2 Arctic Skua (dark morph) and single Fulmar and Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A few more birds than of late with 4 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Wheatear logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 600 Dunlin, 120 Ringed Plover and 24 Knot.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted 112 moths of 19 species with Pale-shouldered Brocade new for the year.

Pomarine Skua, Velvet Scoter and Puffins

21st May 2022 – bright start then overcast WSW3
Offshore
Extended observations over the sea (0600-1000) on the falling tide were led by a pale morph Pomarine Skua heading low into the bay at 0745hrs along with a female Velvet Scoter and 6 Puffin. Also seen were 505 Sandwich Tern, 445 Manx Shearwater, 275 Guillemot, 102 Kittiwake, 100 Common Scoter, 51 Razorbill, 3 Arctic Skua (2 dark, 1 pale), 2 Arctic Tern and single Red-throated Diver and Red-breasted Merganser.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swallow continue to trickle in off the sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 95 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.

First Common Terns appear

20th May 2022 – sunny spells WSW3
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0600-0800) were led by the first 2 Common Tern of the year. Also seen were 195 Manx Shearwater, 190 Guillemot, 150 Sandwich Tern, 60 Gannet, 35 Common Scoter, 28 Kittiwake, 21 Razorbill, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swallow are still moving through, amongst which was a single House Martin and Yellow Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 250 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted 87 moths of 21 species with London Dowd, Large Yellow Underwing, Dusky Brocade and the nationally scarce Shore Wainscot new for the year.

Diminishing returns

19th May 2022 – sunny spells WSW3
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0600-0800) continued to provide diminishing returns in regard to variety although 360 Guillemot, 210 Manx Shearwater, 140 Sandwich Tern, 115 Gannet, 54 Kittiwake, 31 Razorbill, 22 Common Scoter and single Red-throated Diver and Fulmar were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swallow are still moving through, amongst which was a single House Martin.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains and 6 Raven were logged.
Dragonflies
Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly are now on the wing.
Butterflies and Moths
A Dingy Skipper wase the pick of the butterfly sightings and the moth trap attracted Dark Sword-grass and Silver Y - both new for the year along with a field record of Burnet Companion.

Even the seabirds failed to perform

18th May 2022 – hazy with sunny spells SSW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0600-0800) continued to provide though the variety of species was reduced with 180 Guillemot, 150 Gannet, 65 Sandwich Tern, 46 Razorbill, 41 Manx Shearwater, 37 Kittiwake, 8 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver and 4 Red-breasted Merganser logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swallow continue to move through.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted 92 moths of 25 species with the nationally scarce White Colon along with Heart and Dart, Purple-bar and Setaceous Hebrew Character - all new for the year.

Seabirds continue to provide main interest

17th May 2022 – sunny spells SE3
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0630-0830) continued to provide interest with 275 Guillemot, 210 Sandwich Tern, 135 Gannet, 34 Razorbill, 30 Common Scoter, 16 Kittiwake, 12 Manx Shearwater, 4 Little Tern, 4 Puffin, 3 Shag, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Tufted Duck and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swallow continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first few Teal have already begun to return and waders included 1100 Oystercatcher, 600 Dunlin, 200 Sanderling, 150 Turnstone and 7 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.
Breeding Birds
A family party of Raven was logged.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted 95 moths of 23 species with Diamond-backed Moth, Lychnis, Common Swift, Clouded-bordered Brindle and White Ermine all new for the year.