A winter menu

4th December 2022 – overcast NE3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 43 Common Scoter, 26 Razorbill, 24 Shag, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and a Kittiwake. The Shag remains along the eastern shore.
Diurnal Migration
Three Fieldfare and 7 Pink-footed Geese flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Whooper Swan was grounded early morning.
Miscellaneous
Two Peregrine and single Merlin and Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Cetti’s Warbler remains

3rd December 2022 – bright and sunny NE1/2
Rarities
The Cetti’s Warbler remains on the coastal path along the eastern side of the airfield, calling regularly and showing occasionally from the scrub and reeds near the gate in the fence line.
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 150 Common Scoter and single Razorbill, Red-throated Diver and redhead Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 8 Redwing while 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds are still on the move with 65 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Whooper Swan and 6 Siskin seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 3 Scaup remain while 6 Woodcock and 3 Greenshank were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
Single Peregrine and Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Great Northern Diver and Black Guillemot

2nd December 2022 – overcast/fog clearing later NE1/2
Offshore
A low tide check over the sea revealed 8 Shag, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Red-throated Diver and single Great Northern Diver and Black Guillemot amongst 5000 Eider.
Diurnal Migration
As the fog cleared 33 Pink-footed Geese, 13 Whooper Swan and 2 Siskin moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The male Goosander reappeared and 4 Greenshank were seen.
Miscellaneous
Single Barn Owl, Peregrine, Merlin and 2 Water Rail were the best of the rest.

More fog!

1st December 2022 – overcast/mizzle/murk E1/2
Diurnal Migration
Just 7 Pink-footed Geese and 4 Fieldfare appeared through the gloom.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 89 Greylag Geese were grounded briefly.
Miscellaneous
Single Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Jay were the best of the rest.

A quiet end to the month

30th November 2022 – overcast/mist/murk SE2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea (0830-0930) produced 43 Common Scoter, 10 Razorbill and 5 Red-throated Diver. The Shag remains in residence along the sheltered eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
Four Redwing and a Fieldfare were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Several skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 135 birds flew through along with 7 Whooper Swan.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Shoveler were seen and waders included 8 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and single Merlin, Peregrine and Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Fogbound

29th November 2022 – foggy ESE1/2
Grounded Migrants
Single Redwing and Fieldfare were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Several skeins of Pink-footed Geese flew through and 6 Siskin were seen.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin and 2 Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Brent Goose flock finally increases

28th November 2022 – sunny spells/showers ESE2/3
Offshore
A quiet morning over the sea with just 34 Common Scoter and single Gannet and Red-breasted Merganser recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held a total of 385 birds involving 312 pale and 73 dark-bellied birds.
Diurnal Migration
Three Siskin and 3 Tree Sparrow were seen.
Miscellaneous
Single Water Rail and Raven were the best of the rest.
Ringing
The pair of light-bellied Brent Geese ringed at Axel Heiberg Island, Canada on 2nd August 2014 have returned for another winter.

Third Cetti’s Warbler of the autumn

27th November 2022 – overcast/showers S2/3
Rarities
The third Cetti’s Warbler of the autumn was located in the scrub on the coastal path that runs along the eastern side of the airfield.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three female Scaup were seen and the Brent Goose flock held both dark and light-bellied birds. Waders included 101 Snipe, 10 Greenshank, 2 Purple Sandpiper and single Black-tailed Godwit, Woodcock and Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains in residence and 6 Water Rail; 3 Peregrine and single Short-eared Owl and Merlin were the best of the rest.
Mammals
Single Otter and Roe Deer were logged.

Little on offer!

26th November 2022 – overcast/showers SSE4/5
Offshore
The sea provided 20 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver and single Kittiwake and Gannet. A Shag continues to reside on the sheltered eastern shore.

Wildfowl and Waders dominate sightings

25th November 2022 – sunny spellsWSW4/5/6
Offshore
The sea provided 52 Common Scoter, 30 Shag, 10 Guillemot, 7 Red-throated Diver and 5 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The male Goosander remains amongst 25 Red-breasted Merganser and additional wildfowl included 1905 Wigeon, 740 Teal, 226 Brent Geese, 125 Mallard and 115 Pintail. Waders included 4080 Oystercatcher, 2715 Dunlin, 1820 Lapwing, 1105 Redshank, 570 Curlew, 340 Golden Plover, 205 Snipe, 193 Turnstone and 109 Grey Plover.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail and 30 Little Egret were the best of the rest.

Hooded Crow and Goosander again

24th November 2022 – overcast/showers then rain SSE4/5/6
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a solitary Fieldfare.
Wildfowl and Waders
The male Goosander remains.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow continues in residence and 18 Twite were seen. Raptors were well represented with Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrine all seen.
Mammals
A Fox was unwelcome.

Hooded Crow and Goosander

23rd November 2022 – overcast/rain clearing to sun and showers SE5/6 then SW4/5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (1100-1200) produced 150 Kittiwake, 43 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet and a Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
A male Goosander remains.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow continues in residence and 14 Rock Pipit were amongst 80 Skylark.

Black Guillemot and Woodcock

22nd November 2022 –sunny spells/calm
Offshore
A check of the sea at dawn revealed a congregation of 38 Shag, also seen were 34 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 8 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill and 2 Red-breasted Merganser. A second check on the falling tide added 5500 Eider, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Razorbill, 7 Guillemot, 3 Red-throated Diver and a Black Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
A Fieldfare and 8 Redwing were amongst 37 Blackbirds.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Goosander was seen and waders included 15 Greenshank, 2 Purple Sandpiper and a Woodcock.
Miscellaneous
A group of 15 Twite were seen and two Water Rail and single Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Badger again revealed its nocturnal meanderings.
Butterflies and Moths
Two Red Admiral were on the wing in the warm sunshine.

Jack Snipe and Purple Sandpiper

21st November 2022 – overcast/rain later E/4/5/6
Grounded Migrants
A Fieldfare was amongst a handful of Blackbirds.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 230 light-bellied birds while additional sightings included 3 Shoveler. Waders included 9 Greenshank, 2 Purple Sandpiper and a Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
Just 6 Twite were seen and single Water Rail, Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Weasel was logged.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held a single Silver Y.

An excellent seawatch – for mid-November

20th November 2022 – sunny spells/rain later W3/4/5
Offshore
An extended morning check of the sea (0800-1100) revealed 805 Kittiwake, 332 Common Scoter, 45 Razorbill, 22 Red-throated Diver, 15 Guillemot, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Gannet, 2 Great Crested Grebe and single Shag, Little Gull, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Great Northern Diver and Manx Shearwater – the observatory has only recorded a handful of November records for the latter species in the last 50 years.
Mammals
A Common Dolphin was also offshore.

Second Cetti’s Warbler and first autumnal Woodcock arrive

19th November 2022 – bright and sunny/calm
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0730-0800) revealed 43 Common Scoter, 28 Shag, 23 Razorbill, 7 Red-throated Diver, 6 Kittiwake, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
The second Cetti’s Warbler of the autumn was located and early morning thrushes involved 44 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush and 7 Redwing. A single Chiffchaff was amongst 3 Goldcrest and a Treecreeper was seen.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move in the, for this autumn, unusually calm conditions with 11 Whooper Swan and single Tree Sparrow, Siskin and Lesser Redpoll amongst the species recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Woodcock of the autumn arrived.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock increased to 55 birds and single Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Mammals
Single Badger, Weasel and Harbour Porpoise were logged.

A few more seabirds but little else

18th November 2022 – sunny spells and heavy showers WNW4/5/6
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0830-0930) revealed 67 Common Scoter, 38 Kittiwake, 30 Pintail, 9 Red-throated Diver, 5 Guillemot and 4 Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 14 Blackbird and 2 Fieldfare.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow was the best of the rest.

A few seabirds despite the weather

17th November 2022 – overcast/rain NW2/3/4
Offshore
Sightings in an early morning check of the sea (0830-1030) included 465 Common Scoter, 35 Razorbill, 22 Red-throated Diver, 9 Guillemot, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Gannet, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Goldeneye. A Shag remains in residence along the eastern shore
Miscellaneous
Single Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Short-eared Owl and Twite

16th November 2022 – overcast/murky then sunny spells SE3/4
Offshore
A morning check of the sea saw just 25 Common Scoter, 17 Shag, 8 Razorbill, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 15 Redwing and a Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were also quiet with just 21 Pink-footed Goose logged.
Miscellaneous
A Short-eared Owl hunted the island and 30 Twite were logged while 2 Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Second wave of Fieldfare

13th November 2022 – overcast/murky then sunny spells ESE3/4
Offshore
A morning check of the sea saw just 5 Common Scoter, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and a Red-throated Diver appearing through the gloom.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 16 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush and a Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
The skies provided the most activity with evidence of movement provided by 2000 Starling, 630 Fieldfare, 240 Jackdaw, 200 Pink-footed Geese, 32 Meadow Pipit, 29 Carrion Crow, 21 Skylark, 13 Siskin, 13 Whooper Swan, 8 Reed Bunting, 7 Rook, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Mistle Thrush.
Miscellaneous
Raptors involved Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel while a Water Rail was the best of the rest.

An away day!

12th November 2022 – bright and sunny spells SE3/4
Diurnal Migration
Evidence of movement was provided by 25 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Siskin and a Brambling.
Miscellaneous
Highlights from a check of some of the less frequently visited parts of the island were 38 Little Egret, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Bullfinch, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine and single Merlin, Redwing, Grey Wagtail and Water Rail.
Butterflies and Moths
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen and butterflies still on the wing in the warm sunshine involved 3 Red Admiral and a Painted Lady.

Deja vu

11th November 2022 – overcast/drizzle then sunny spells S4/5/6
Offshore
A check of the open shore again revealed little of note with just 10 Common Scoter, however, birds sheltering on the leeward side of the island on the rising tide included 30 Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red-throated Diver and single Great Northern Diver, Black Guillemot and Shag.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Shoveler was the pick of the wildfowl while waders included 2100 Oystercatcher, 1200 Dunlin, 500 Redshank, 78 Grey Plover and 25 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Raven was the best of the rest.

Great Northern Diver and Black Guillemot

10th November 2022 – overcast/rain/drizzle/mist SSW4/5/6
Offshore
An early morning check of the open shore revealed just 8 Common Scoter and 2 Kittiwake, however, birds sheltering on the leeward side of the island on the rising tide included 24 Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Great Crested Grebe, and single Great Northern Diver, Black Guillemot, Goosander and Shag.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 120 Snipe and 11 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Yet another Little Gull

9th November 2022 – overcast/showers then sunny spells W4/5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0800-0900) were led by an adult Little Gull amongst 730 Kittiwake. Also seen were 180 Common Scoter, 30 Razorbill, 7 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Shag.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Another Little Gull

6th November 2022 – sun and showers SSE3/4/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0830-0930) were led by a first-winter Little Gull amongst 115 Common Scoter, 22 Razorbill, 8 Kittiwake, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 11 Whooper Swan flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 253 pale-bellied birds while 100 Pintail were also logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains while 2 Merlin and 2 Peregrine were the best of the rest.

More Water Rails

4th November 2022 – sun and showers/calm thenWNW3/4/5
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 20 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare and a Redwing. A Chiffchaff was amongst 3 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
The skies added variety with 650 Jackdaw, 55 Carrion Crow, 55 Woodpigeon, 24 Tree Sparrow, 11 Chaffinch, 6 Stock Dove, 5 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Brambling and single Rock Pipit, Twite and Whooper Swan amongst the species logged.
Miscellaneous
Three Water Rail were recorded.

Velvet Scoter, Goosander and Water Rail

3rd November 2022 – sun and showers S2/3
Offshore
Two Velvet Scoter were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes were limited to 6 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush and a Redwing. Two Goldcrest were the only other records of note.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move including 410 Starling, 100 Jackdaw, 26 Skylark, 25 Chaffinch, 21 Carrion Crow, 9 Siskin, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Tree Sparrow.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Goosander was amongst 20 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Greenshank were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and a Water Rail was the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
A Red Admiral was still on the wing and the moth trap held a Juniper Carpet - the first island record.

Rain and then more rain!

2nd November 2022 – overcast/rain SSE5/6/7
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0900-1000) during a drier interlude in the horrendous conditions revealed just 65 Common Scoter. The Shag continues to shelter along the easter shore.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Black-headed Gull seen on the island earlier in the autumn had been ringed at Castle Espie, County Down, Northern Ireland on 19th June 2014. <

Scaup and Little Gull

1st November 2022 –showers/sunny spells W4/5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0800-1000) were led by an adult Little Gull and drake Scaup amongst 440 Kittiwake, 430 Common Scoter, 277 Razorbill, 11 Gannet, 5 Guillemot, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Brent Goose and a late Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 19 Fieldfare.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Little Gull

31st October 2022 – overcast/showers SE3/4/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0900) were led by an adult Little Gull amongst 127 Common Scoter, 67 Razorbill and 3 Kittiwake. A Shag sheltered along the eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
A check of a less visited part of the island revealed 5 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff amongst 40 Blackbirds.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Black Guillemot and Short-eared Owl

30th October 2022 – sun and showers SE4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed just 11 Common Scoter and a Razorbill, however, a Black Guillemot sheltered along the eastern shore at high tide.
Grounded Migrants
Newly grounded birds involved 6 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush and a Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move including 80 Jackdaw, 18 Chaffinch, 9 Siskin and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Goosander was logged.
Miscellaneous
A Short-eared Owl hunted the island.
Butterflies and Moths
Migrants in the moth trap involved Rush Veneer, Rusty Dot Pearl and Silver Y.

First Twite reappear

25th October 2022 – overcast/showers S2/3
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 3 Redwing, 3 Blackbird and a Song Thrush, otherwise sightings of grounded birds were limited to 5 Goldcrest and 2 Stonechat.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move including 185 Jackdaw, 16 Chaffinch, 7 Tree Sparrow, 4 Siskin and single Lesser Redpoll and Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of 19 Barnacle Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow continues in residence and 12 Twite were logged.
Butterflies and Moths
Migrants in the moth trap involved Rush Veneer, Dark Swordgrass and Silver Y.

Spotted Redshank and Jack Snipe

23rd October 2022 – overcast/showers ENE3/4
Offshore
A group of 10 Shag were offshore.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 26 Redwing, 17 Blackbird and 11 Fieldfare, otherwise sightings of newly grounded birds were limited to 2 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 6 Whooper Swan flew through and additional sightings included 7 Siskin, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail and single Brambling and Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of 19 Barnacle Geese remain and 3 Goldeneye were seen. Waders included Spotted Redshank and Jack Snipe
Miscellaneous
Two Water Rail were logged.

Great Northern Diver

22nd October 2022 – early showers then sunny spells SW4/5/6
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0800-1000) produced 220 Common Scoter, 25 Razorbill, 11 Kittiwake, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet and a Great Northern Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Goldcrest and Chiffchaff.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of 19 Barnacle Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
A total of 103 Little Egret were along the eastern shore.

Barnacle Geese remain

21st October 2022 – sun and showers E3/4
Grounded Migrants
Grounded thrushes involved 116 Redwing, 44 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare and single Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush. Additional sightings were limited to 6 Goldcrest and 5 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Birds on the move included 760 Jackdaw, 165 Starling, 75 Pink-footed Goose, 22 Skylark, 14 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chaffinch, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Siskin, 2 Brambling and single Rock Pipit and Tree Sparrow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The flock of 19 Barnacle Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
The resident Hooded Crow and a Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Cetti’s Warbler and Velvet Scoters

20th October 2022 – overcast/rain then drizzle at times E2/3/4
Rarities
A Cetti’s Warbler was located mid-morning.
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared to showers (0900-1000) produced 315 Common Scoter, 260 Wigeon, 222 Razorbill, 17 Teal, 2 Velvet Scoter and single Red-breasted Merganser and Goldeneye.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded thrushes involved 172 Redwing and 4 Fieldfare. Additional sightings were limited to 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff
Diurnal Migration
After the excesses of yesterday the only bird of note was a single Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 19 Barnacle Geese were grounded in the conditions.
Miscellaneous
Two Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Spectacular winter thrush movement

19th October 2022 – overcast E4/5/6
Offshore
A Shag sheltered along the eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded thrushes early morning involved 15 Redwing and single Fieldfare and Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
The skies provided a spectacular thrush passage which took place between 0900 and 1300 with 7,724 Fieldfare and 7,132 Redwing logged, variety was provided by 1,500 Jackdaw, 421 Skylark, 285 Pink-footed Goose, 150 Meadow Pipit, 60 Starling, 15 Whooper Swan, 12 Pied Wagtail, 12 Siskin, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Grey Wagtail, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Stock Dove and 2 Brambling.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance and a Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Another Yellow-browed Warbler

18th October 2022 – bright and sunny NNE1
Rarities
A Yellow-browed Warbler was seen early morning.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 14 Redwing and 5 Song Thrush, also logged were 29 Robin, 21 Goldcrest, 20 Wren and 2 Stonechat.
Diurnal Migration
The skies provided variety with 1050 Jackdaw, 210 Starling, 100 Skylark, 95 Tree Sparrow, 81 Meadow Pipit, 70 Pink-footed Goose, 64 Linnet, 44 Pied Wagtail, 26 Chaffinch, 17 Siskin, 12 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Brambling, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Rook and single Bullfinch and Lesser Redpoll.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was amongst 3 Sparrowhawk and a Water Rail was seen.
Butterflies and Moths
At least 10 Red Admiral were seen.

Great White reappears

14th October 2022 – sun and showers W2/5
Rarities
The Great White Egret was again on Haws Bed early morning.
Grounded Migrants
A few birds were newly arrived with 5 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush and 2 Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
Movement prior to the showers setting in included 220 Jackdaw, 20 Meadow Pipit, 20 Pied Wagtail, 20 Linnet, 11 Siskin, 10 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch and single Tree Sparrow and Grey Wagtail.
Miscellaneous
A Raven was the best of the rest.

Migration at last!

13th October 2022 – bright and sunny V1/2
Grounded Migrants
After seemingly endless unsuitable conditions the first obvious movement of the month produced 33 Wren, 33 Robin, 15 Dunnock, 14 Goldcrest, 13 Chiffchaff, 8 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush and a Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
Birds moving through the morning included 206 Pink-footed Goose, 180 Linnet, 160 Jackdaw, 160 Starling, 120 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, 22 Swallow, 20 Chaffinch, 18 Pied Wagtail, 5 Siskin, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Rook and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Miscellaneous
Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Mammals
Two Otter were seen.
Dragonflies
Migrant Hawker and Common Darter are still on the wing.
Butterflies and Moths
A few butterflies were still on the wing with 5 Red Admiral and a Small Copper seen.

Tawny Owl headlines

11th October 2022 – overcast/showers W2/3
Rarities
A Tawny Owl was on the centre of the island at dawn.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 135 light-bellied birds and a Common Scoter sheltered along the eastern shore. A handful of Greenshank were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.

Hooded Crow continues its residency

10th October 2022 – sun and showers WNW4/5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) continued to produce just minimal returns with 156 Common Scoter, 19 Shag, 6 Gannet, 4 Red-throated Diver and 2 Razorbill logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock increased again to hold 250 light-bellied birds, also seen were 7344 Oystercatcher, 1420 Wigeon, 1278 Redshank, 1180 Curlew, 615 Golden Plover, 474 Turnstone, 443 Teal, 153 Grey Plover, 126 Pintail and 22 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains while 65 Little Egret and a Merlin were the best of the rest.

Arctic Skua

9th October 2022 – overcast SSE3/4/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0930) produced just 160 Common Scoter, 5 Razorbill, 3 Gannet and single Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were again on the move with 50 Meadow Pipit, 10 Skylark, 3 Siskin and single Whooper Swan and Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock has increased to hold 232 light-bellied birds and a redhead Goosander was seen.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and 2 Peregrine and a Merlin were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held 50 moths of 10 species, Lunar Underwing remains the dominant species while Red-line Quaker and Dark Chestnut were new for the year.

Whooper Swan and Spotted Redshank

8th October 2022 – sunny spells WNW3/4
Offshore
Observations over the sea over the last few days have failed to produce anything of note and this morning (0730-0930) continued the theme with just 210 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 7 Razorbill and single Kittiwake, Guillemot and Gannet.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move despite the conditions with 190 Meadow Pipit, 155 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtail and 2 Whooper Swan logged – the latter the first of the autumn.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Spotted Redshank was amongst at least 12 Greenshank seen.
Miscellaneous
Two Merlin were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held 50 moths of 10 species, Lunar Underwing remains the dominant species while Red-line Quaker and Dark Chestnut were new for the year.

Back to the sea

4th October 2022 – overcast/rain soon SSW4/5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea on the falling tide and prior to the arrival of the rain (0730-0930) produced 295 Common Scoter, 33 Gannet, 12 Red-throated Diver, 6 Razorbill and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.

A quiet day

3rd October 2022 – overcast SSE3/4
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 18 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Redwing and 2 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Three Lesser Redpoll and 2 Grey Wagtail were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 10 Greenshank were seen.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine and a Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Grey Phalarope

2nd October 2022 – sunny spells WNW3/4
Rarities
It has been said previously that at Walney the day after the storm produces the bird and so it transpired today when a Grey Phalarope was seen offshore.
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0930) also produced totals of 416 Common Scoter, 25 Razorbill, 12 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A Jay was a surprise but unfortunately managed to elude the Heligoland trap while 3 Goldcrest were also seen.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow managed to trickle through.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was the best of the rest.

Still seawatching!

1st October 2022 – sunny spells W5/6/7
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0930) produced totals of 245 Common Scoter, 35 Gannet, 32 Kittiwake, 6 Razorbill, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Guillemot and 2 Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
A single Wheatear was seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Little Stint remains.

Seawatching conditions

30th September 2022 – overcast/rain soon SSE3/4 then WSW5/6/7
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0930 & 1615-1715) produced totals of 650 Common Scoter, 55 Wigeon, 52 Gannet, 9 Red-throated Diver, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Pintail and single Scaup and Mediterranean Gull.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

First Yellow-browed Warbler of autumn

29th September 2022 – sunny spells N2
Rarities
The first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was logged.
Offshore
A quick scan of the sea revealed 5 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
A further 33 Redwing were logged – an early date for this quantity; however, additional newly grounded birds were limited to 3 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Another day of light passage with 390 Pink-footed Goose, 55 Meadow Pipit, 50 Linnet, 30 Skylark, 12 Tree Sparrow, 11 Siskin, 6 Grey Wagtail and 3 Swallow logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held 42 moths of 15 species, Lunar Underwing remains the dominant species while Grey Pine Carpet was new for the year.

First Redwing of autumn

28th September 2022 – sunny spells/calm then NW3/4
Offshore
A dawn check of the sea revealed a post-roost congregation of 23 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
The first 2 Redwing of the autumn were logged; however, otherwise newly grounded birds were limited to 5 White Wagtail and 3 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A Marsh Harrier drifted over the island at 1000hrs, otherwise only a light passage was generally in evidence with 745 Pink-footed Goose, 200 Meadow Pipit, 70 Skylark, 30 Jackdaw, 30 Linnet, 26 Chaffinch, 18 Swallow, 6 Tree Sparrow, 6 Grey Wagtail and 2 Collared Dove.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
Late flying butterflies involved Small White, Red Admiral and Painted Lady.

Little Stint remains

27th September 2022 – sun and showers NNW4/5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) produced 76 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 4 Shag and a Mediterranean Gull.
Grounded Migrants
Few grounded birds were in evidence with just 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
The blustery conditions limited sightings to 500 Pink-footed Goose, 20 Meadow Pipit, 8 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least one Little Stint remains. The Brent Goose flock has increased to 101 light-bellied birds while additional wildfowl included 300 Teal and 87 Pintail.
Miscellaneous
Two Peregrine and 2 Merlin were the best of the rest.

Little Stint double up

26th September 2022 – sun and showers NNW4/5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) produced 103 Common Scoter, 14 Gannet, 8 Red-throated Diver, 5 Razorbill and 3 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Few grounded birds were in evidence with just 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
The blustery conditions limited sightings to 23 Pink-footed Goose and 2 Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held steady at 87 light-bellied birds. Waders included 12 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Little Stint.
Miscellaneous
Two Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Brent Goose influx

25th September 2022 – overcast/calm then showers WNW2/3
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 25 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
A few grounded birds were again in evidence with 31 Robin, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush and a Blackcap logged.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were much quieter today with totals through the morning including 240 Pink-footed Goose, 80 Skylark, 70 Meadow Pipit, 22 Swallow, 19 Chaffinch and 12 Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
An overnight influx saw the Brent Goose flock hold 87 light-bellied birds amongst 2050 Wigeon and 77 Pintail. Waders included 130 Grey Plover.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap attracted 49 moths of 12 species with Lunar Underwing the dominant species. Large Wainscot and Feathered Rannunculus were new for the year.

Little and Large

24th September 2022 – sunny spells N1
Rarities
A Great White Egret fished the saltmarsh at Haws Bed on the tide.
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 8 Shag, 5 Pintail and 3 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A few grounded birds were in evidence with 31 Robin, 6 Goldcrest, 3 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
The skies again produced the majority of sightings, birds were passing through in waves with totals through the morning including 1910 Swallow, 1813 Pink-footed Goose, 1700 Meadow Pipit, 380 Skylark, 350 Linnet, 110 Starling, 31 Pied Wagtail, 22 Chaffinch, 16 Grey Wagtail, 4 Rook, 2 Lesser Redpoll and single Yellow Wagtail, Sand Martin and Tree Sparrow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 19 light-bellied birds and 50 Pintail were amongst large numbers of Wigeon. Three Goosander were recorded and a Little Stint – the first of the year, was the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
A ringtail Hen Harrier was also reported while two Merlin were the best of the rest and the leucistic Curlew remains in residence.

The skies have it, the skies have it

23rd September 2022 – sunny spells/calm then NW2/3
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 15 Common Scoter and 11 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A few more grounded birds than of late with 26 Robin, 10 Wren, 3 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and single Blackcap, Willow Warbler, White Wagtail and Stonechat logged.
Diurnal Migration
The skies again produced the majority of sightings with 560 Meadow Pipit, 180 Skylark, 130 Swallow, 100 Starling, 18 Linnet, 16 Pied Wagtail, 15 Grey Wagtail, 14 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and a Yellow Wagtail logged.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest and the leucistic Curlew remains in residence.