Offshore diversity

23rd September 2011 – overcast then sunny spells SW4/3
Morning observations (0845-0945) produced small numbers of a wide selection of species with 27 Common Scoter, 9 Kittiwake, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Razorbill and single Gannet, Fulmar, Shag, Arctic Skua, Black Guillemot, Manx Shearwater and Leach’s Petrel – the latter heading into Morecambe Bay at 0915hrs.
Grounded Migrants
Again little evidence of any grounded birds with just 2 Chiffchaff and a single Blackcap logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Grey Wagtail was amongst a trickle of Swallow, Skylark and Meadow Pipit.
A Merlin was recorded.
Attractions to the moth trap overnight included 18 Lunar Underwing, 2 Square-spot Rustic and single Rush Veneer, Frosted Orange, Angle Shades and White-line Dart.