Diurnal migration begins to build

12th August 2022 – hot and sunny V1
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea revealed 12 Gannet, 10 Sandwich Tern, 6 Shag, and 5 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 100 Swallow, 32 Tree Sparrow, 22 Sand Martin, 5 Tree Pipit, 2 House Martin and single Yellow Wagtail and Grey Wagtail were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 10 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Mediterranean Gull roosted amongst Black-headed Gulls.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 166 moths of 43 species with While-lined Dart still the dominant species whilst Swallow Prominent was new for the year.

Light migration noted

11th August 2022 – warm and sunny V1
Offshore
A flock of 143 Sandwich Tern were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 7 Sand Martin and 3 Tree Pipit were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel amongst good numbers of Redshank.
Butterflies and Moths
A couple of Painted Lady were seen.
Mammals
The Otter was seen again.

Tree Pipit abound

10th August 2022 – warm and sunny V1
Offshore
The juvenile Mediterranean Gull was again offshore, chasing Sandwich Terns.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 39 Tree Pipit, 14 Sand Martin, 2 Tree Sparrow and a Yellow Wagtail were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Greenshank and a single Whimbrel.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Cormorant seen yesterday had been ringed as a chick at Hale Duck Decoy, Cheshire on 2nd June 2022.

Mediterranean Gull

9th August 2022 – warm and sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea (0630-0730) revealed 50 Sandwich Tern, 28 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet, 2 Shag, 2 Common Scoter and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull.
Grounded Migrants
Garden Warblers have become increasingly scarce in recent years so 2 birds amongst 16 Willow Warbler, 10 Whitethroat and 4 Sedge Warbler were welcome sightings.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 2 Tree Pipit and 10 Tree Sparrow were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 210 Turnstone and single Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Sandwich Tern seen on 23rd July 2022 had been ringed as a chick at Cemlyn Bay, North Wales on 20th June 2022.

Tree Pipit passage begins to build

8th August 2022 – misty start then sunny spells V1
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler and 2 Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 5 Tree Pipit and 4 Tree Sparrow were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Shoveler was seen and waders included 22 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow put in an appearance and 2 Merlin were seen.

Hooded Crow still here

7th August 2022 – sunny spells W3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0700-0800) produced slightly more variety than of late with 30 Common Scoter, 26 Sandwich Tern, 9 Gannet, 3 Shag, 3 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and a Guillemot logged.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 2 Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included a single Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow put in an appearance and a Water Rail was logged.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap attracted 193 moths of 37 species, immigrants involved Silver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl whilst Marbled Beauty was new for the year.
Dragonflies
The first Migrant Hawker are now on the wing.

Wood Sandpiper

6th August 2022 – sunny spells/light showers W2/3
Offshore
Morning observations (0700-0800) produced little of note other than 72 Common Scoter, 26 Sandwich Tern and 8 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 6 Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 12 Tree Sparrow were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 30 Golden Plover, 18 Greenshank, 13 Whimbrel and a Wood Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
Two Peregrine and a Merlin were the best of the rest.
Mammals
The long-staying Otter is still in residence.

First Tree Pipit of the autumn

5th August 2022 – sunny spells WNW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) produced little of note other than 30 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 2 Whitethroat and single Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A Tree Pipit flew through.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 265 moths of 44 species. Immigrants involved Silver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl while Svenson’s Copper Underwing and Hedge Rustic were new for the year.

First Merlin of the autumn

3rd August 2022 – sunny spells W4/5
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat and single Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Common Sandpiper and single Black-tailed Godwit and Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin chased the local Swallows.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held just 90 moths of 29 species with Canary-shouldered Thorn new for the year.

A quiet start to the month

1st August 2022 – sunny spells, rain by evening V2
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 6 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler and 2 Lesser Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 20 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 200 moths of 44 species. Immigrants involved Silver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl while Small Wainscot and Mouse Moth were new for the year.

Common Scoter continue to dominate seawatch

31st July 2022 – early rain then bright and sunny NW4/5
Offshore
Morning observations (0700-0900) provided 760 Common Scoter, 69 Manx Shearwater, 29 Sandwich Tern, 28 Gannet and 2 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Willow Warbler.

Common Scoter dominate damp seawatch

30th July 2022 – overcast/rain/drizzle/murk SW2/3
Offshore
Morning observations (0830-0930) during a slightly drier interlude produced 470 Common Scoter, 70 Manx Shearwater, 11 Sandwich Tern and 7 Gannet.

Four species of tern

29th July 2022 – sunny spells SE2/3
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) produced more variety than of late with 49 Common Scoter, 24 Sandwich Tern, 12 Arctic Tern, 11 Gannet, 4 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Common Tern logged.
Grounded Migrants
An adult White Wagtail was amongst 52 Pied Wagtail while warblers involved 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler and 3 Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
A Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 22 Greenshank and single Common Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains although several hybrids are now causing some identification issues.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 442 of 69 species with an influx of immigrants noted involving 12 Silver Y, 2 Diamond-backed Moth and single Rush Veneer, Rusty Dot Pearl and Bordered Straw. In addition, Scotch Smudge, Flounced Rustic, Grass Emerald, Tawny Shears, Phoenix and Pale Mottled Willow were new for the year.

Reed Warbler moves through

28th July 2022 – overcast/showers ESE2/3
Grounded Migrants
The trickle continues with 4 Willow Warbler and single Reed Warbler and Tree Sparrow.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
Targeted ringing of the local Sedge Warbler population suggests low breeding productivity with adults outnumbering juveniles.

Treecreeper and Yellow Wagtail

27th July 2022 – sunny spells V1
Offshore
Although 300 Sandwich Tern were fishing offshore there was little evidence of movement other than single Shag, Gannet and Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
The trickle continues with 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler and single Lesser Whitethroat and Treecreeper logged.
Diurnal Migration
Some evidence of early movement with 5 Tree Sparrow and a Yellow Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 300 Sanderling.
Butterflies and Moths
A Painted Lady was amongst a handful of Red Admiral and the moth trap held 163 moths of 43 species with Six-striped Rustic new for the year.

Waders continue to build

26th July 2022 – sunny spells NW2/3
Grounded Migrants
Warblers were limited to 5 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler and a Sedge Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Unusually, a male Common Scoter was on the lagoons and waders included 21 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Snipe amongst 550 Redshank and 200 Turnstone.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance and 2 Raven and a Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Weasel was seen.

Scoters, shearwaters and skuas

24th July 2022 – overcast then sunny spells SW4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea (0700-0800) produced 785 Common Scoter, 520 Manx Shearwater, 63 Sandwich Tern, 72 Gannet, 44 Razorbill, 7 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Guillemot, 2 Gadwall and single Kittiwake and Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded migrants were limited to a single Robin, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 15 Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Butterflies and Moths
The overnight wind and rain reduced the moth catch with just 213 of 43 species recorded, however, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Fan-foot were new for the year.

Colour-ringed Sandwich Tern

23rd July 2022 – overcast/rain soon SSE2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea (0700-0800) produced 428 Common Scoter, 240 Manx Shearwater, 60 Sandwich Tern, 35 Gannet, 8 Guillemot and 4 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers were limited to a single Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Four Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 200 Dunlin, 55 Sanderling, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Whimbrel.
Ringing
A colour-ringed Sandwich Tern was seen – initial investigations suggest it had been ringed in North Wales rather than from the nearest local colony.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance and 8 Raven were the best of the rest.
Mammals
Three Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore early morning.

Marsh Harrier and Green Sandpiper

22nd July 2022 – overcast/rain at times SE2/3
Offshore
A quick check of the sea produced 33 Sandwich Tern, 4 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Skua and a Common Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Warblers involved 10 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat, at least some of which were grounded migrants.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 540 Dunlin, 350 Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and single Green Sandpiper and Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Marsh Harrier hunted the salt marshes along the eastern side of the island and the long-staying Hooded Crow and a Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 426 moths of 81 species with White-lined Dart remaining the dominant species and Small Dusty Wave, Barred Yellow, Small Rufous and Willow Beauty all new for the year.

Good gull news

21st July 2022 – sunny spells NW2/3
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Robin and a single Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 12 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Breeding Birds
The island’s gulls have had the most successful breeding season for many years with no evidence of avian influenza and good productivity noted – for example a sample count of five Great Black-backed Gull nests have produced 10 young.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance and a Peregrine was the best of the rest.

A moth day!

20th July 2022 – sunny spells WNW4/5/6
Offshore
Early morning observations on the falling tide (0600-0700) produced 223 Common Scoter, 68 Manx Shearwater, 24 Guillemot, 15 Gannet, 13 Sandwich Tern, 4 Razorbill and 2 Common Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Willow Warbler.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 479 moths of 70 species with White-line Dart again the dominant species with 300 logged while Dun-bar, Yellow-tail and July Highflyer were new for the year.

Probably the island’s hottest day ever!

19th July 2022 – very hot and sunny V1/2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0515-0730) before the conditions completely deteriorated with temperatures reaching 33C, produced 78 Manx Shearwater, 66 Common Scoter, 17 Sandwich Tern and 16 Gannet.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swift were seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 219 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel.

First Tree Sparrows of the autumn

18th July 2022 –hot and hazy sun V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) produced 60 Sandwich Tern, 2 Gannet, 2 Common Scoter and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Four Willow Warbler and 2 Lesser Whitethroat were evidence of migration.
Diurnal Migration
Three Tree Sparrow were recorded – the first of the autumn.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 21 Sanderling, 3 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Breeding Birds
Sand Martin numbers continue to build with 130 birds logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in an appearance and a Water Rail was logged.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 318 moths of 69 species with White-line Dart the dominant species and V Pug new for the year.

First juvenile Willow Warbler begin to head south

17th July 2022 – overcast with light rain then hot and sunny V1/2
Grounded Migrants
Five Willow Warbler included the first southbound juveniles.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 14 Swift were recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Breeding Birds
Sand Martin and Shelduck have had some success, though no House Martins are breeding on the island for the second successive year.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 312 moths of 70 species with White-line Dart the dominant species and Fen Wainscot and Crescent both new for the year.
Dragonflies
At least the dragonflies, including Emperor and Common Darter liked the hot conditions.

Colour-ringed Greenshank

16th July 2022 – overcast then sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0700-0800) revealed 160 Common Scoter, 43 Manx Shearwater, 35 Gannet, 31 Sandwich Tern and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A few Willow Warbler continue to move through.
Diurnal Migration
A solitary Swift was recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders involved 5 Greenshank – including a colour-ringed bird, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel.

First Wheatear of the autumn

14th July 2022 – sun and early showers NW3/4
Offshore
A look over the sea at high tide revealed 28 Manx Shearwater, 23 Sandwich Tern, 17 Gannet, 3 Common Scoter and 2 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
The first Wheatear of the autumn was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders numbers continue to build with 1044 Oystercatcher, 665 Curlew, 424 Redshank, 70 Dunlin, 57 Ringed Plover,18 Grey Plover, 15 Whimbrel, 7 Sanderling, 5 Greenshank, 2 Turnstone, 2 Knot and a Snipe logged.
Miscellaneous
Grey Heron were outnumbered by Little Egret 2:1 with 18 and 37 birds logged respectively.

Common Scoter remain on the move

13th July 2022 – sunny spells NW3/4
Offshore
The sea provided (0630-0730) 675 Common Scoter, 42 Sandwich Tern, 32 Gannet, 11 Guillemot, 5 Manx Shearwater and a Mediterranean Gull logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Greenshank and a Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
Another brood of Shelducklings have emerged.

Common Scoter on the move

12th July 2022 – overcast/light rain SW2/3
Offshore
The switch in the wind direction provided for a more productive early morning seawatch (0615-0815) with 750 Common Scoter, 96 Manx Shearwater, 80 Sandwich Tern, 67 Gannet, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Guillemot, 3 Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5 Greenshank and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 363 moths of 75 species with White-line Dart and Dark Arches the dominant species while Antler Moth, Bordered Beauty, Scalloped Oak, Swallow-tailed Moth and Double Square-spot new for the year.

Cuckoo added to year list

10th July 2022 – bright and sunny NW1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea revealed just 55 Common Scoter, 45 Sandwich Tern, 8 Little Tern, 7 Gannet and 2 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
A juvenile Cuckoo was the first of the year, also seen were 4 Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swift and the first Grey Wagtail of the autumn were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit were amongst 260 Redshank.
Breeding Birds
Post-breeding flocks are already beginning to form with 210 Linnet and 100 Sand Martin logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 227 moths of 54 species with a Hummingbird Hawkmoth the highlight and Small Fan-footed Wave and Triple-spotted Clay new for the year.
Mammals
Two Harbour Porpoise were offshore.

Treecreeper added to year list

9th July 2022 – sunny spells NW3/4/5
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea (0630-0730) in more unfavourable winds produced just 110 Sandwich Tern, 45 Common Scoter, 16 Gannet, 8 Guillemot, 8 Manx Shearwater, 5 Little Tern and 3 Razorbill.
Miscellaneous
A tour of the north end of the island produced a total of 65 species which was highlighted by the first Treecreeper of the year.
Breeding Birds
Intriguingly, following the presence of a Goldcrest holding territory earlier in the year, a juvenile was seen amongst a roving tit flock.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Gatekeeper are now on the wing and Grayling numbers begin to increase while moths included the first Narrow-bordered five-spot Burnets of the year.
Dragonflies
The first Brown Hawker are on the wing.

The sea continues to disappoint

8th July 2022 – overcast WNW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea (0630-0730) in unsuitable winds produced just 120 Common Scoter, 22 Gannet, 11 Manx Shearwater, 4 Sandwich Tern and 3 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Early Willow Warblers – presumably failed breeders – continue to head back south with 7 birds logged.
Diurnal Migration
Five Swift moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.

The sea disappoints

7th July 2022 – overcast then sunny spells WNW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea (0715-0815) produced 210 Common Scoter, 68 Sandwich Tern, 45 Gannet, 24 Manx Shearwater and 4 Red-breasted Merganser.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 156 moths of 43 species with White-line Dart the dominant species and Common Emerald and Southern Wainscot new for the year.
Miscellaneous
After months of delays, the new ringing facility is finally starting to take shape.

Another quiet day

5th July 2022 – sunny spells WNW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced just 48 Common Scoter, 29 Gannet, 14 Sandwich Tern, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot and 2 Puffin.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 124 moths of 30 species with Dark Arches the dominant species and Rusty Dot Pearl new for the year.

A quiet day

4th July 2022 – early showers then sunny spells W4/5
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced just 48 Common Scoter, 43 Gannet, 43 Sandwich Tern, 25 Manx Shearwater, 2 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake and single Fulmar and Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 20 Curlew, amongst which was the returning white bird.
Mammals
A Weasel was logged.

First warblers begin to head south

3rd July 2022 – early showers then sunny spells WNW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced just 34 Sandwich Tern, 26 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 9 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
A few birds are already heading south with single Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper and a Black-tailed Godwit amongst 30 Redshank.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 143 moths of 46 species with Blackneck, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Rosy Minor, Drinker and Garden Tiger all new for the year.

Breeding first!

2nd July 2022 – early showers then sunny spells WSW3/4
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced 270 Common Scoter, 140 Sandwich Tern, 102 Manx Shearwater, 30 Gannet, 5 Shelduck, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Breeding Birds
An adult feeding a juvenile Tree Sparrow provided the island’s first breeding record.
Butterflies and Moths
Butterflies included 3 Ringlet and 3 Comma, day-flying moths included Burnet Companion and Clouded Border.

Another seawatch

1st July 2022 – overcast/sunny spells/rain in evening V1/2
Offshore
Morning observations (0715-0815) produced 470 Common Scoter, 102 Sandwich Tern, 12 Gannet and single Puffin and Common Tern.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 329 moths of 76 species – the largest catch of the year so far, White Satin was the dominant species and Mother of Pearl, Yarrow Plume, Narrow-winged Pug, Light Emerald, Eyed Hawkmoth and Dark Spectacle all new for the year.

Just a pre-rain seawatch

28th June 2022 – overcast/rain later SSE4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea ahead of the approaching rain front (0645-0845) provided relatively little with just 325 Common Scoter, 62 Sandwich Tern, 30 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater and an Arctic Tern recorded.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.

The sea continues to dominate

27th June 2022 – early rain then sunny spells SW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (0730-0930) produced more variety than of late with 250 Common Scoter, 130 Gannet, 85 Sandwich Tern, 65 Manx Shearwater, 26 Guillemot, 7 Kittiwake, 7 Arctic Tern, 3 Puffin, 3 Razorbill, 2 Little Tern and an Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 40 Grey Plover, 30 Dunlin and 6 Knot.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.

Goosanders

26th June 2022 – overcast/showers SSE5/6/7
Offshore
A quiet morning over the sea (0630-0730 & 1030-1130) with only 245 Common Scoter, 38 Sandwich Tern, 17 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shoveler and 2 Goosander logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 112 moths of 38 species with Dark Arches the dominant species and Light Arches new for the year. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen in the field.

Scoters and shearwaters

24th June 2022 – overcast WSW2/3
Offshore
It was slightly more productive over the sea early morning (0630-0830) with 640 Common Scoter, 234 Manx Shearwater, 64 Sandwich Tern, 55 Gannet, 21 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 2 Kittiwake and single Puffin and dark morph Arctic Skua logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 171 moths of 49 species with Clay new for the year.

Waders continue to return

23rd June 2022 – warm and sunny ESE1/2
Offshore
It was exceptionally quiet over the sea early morning (0545-0645) with just 130 Common Scoter, 16 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 6 Sandwich Tern, 4 Manx Shearwater and 4 Gannet logged.
Grounded Migrants
Three juvenile Stonechat and a juvenile Great Tit provided further evidence of post-breeding dispersal.
Diurnal Migration
Five Swift flew over.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 40 summering Grey Plover were seen and returning waders included five Snipe and single Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Dragonflies
The first Black-tailed Skimmers are now on the wing.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Grayling have emerged and migrant butterflies involved 3 Painted Lady and a Red Admiral while the moth trap held 267 moths of 67 species with White Plume Moth, Bee Moth, Satin Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Green Pug and the nationally scarce Sand Dart - all new for the year.

The sea once again dominates sightings

22nd June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells NW1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0530-0730) saw 320 Common Scoter, 105 Sandwich Tern, 43 Gannet, 34 Manx Shearwater, 16 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 3 Heron, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Puffin.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
Migrant butterflies involved single Red Admiral and Painted Lady.

Early returning Wood Sandpiper

21st June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0600-0700) saw Puffins return to form with 18 birds logged. Also seen were 100 Common Scoter, 73 Manx Shearwater, 44 Sandwich Tern, 41 Gannet, 19 Guillemot and 9 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included an early returning Wood Sandpiper – the first of the year.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 146 moths of 46 species with Burnished Brass, White-line Dart, Sallow Kitten and Dot Moth all new for the year.

Long-eared Owl!

20th June 2022 – bright and sunny V1/2
Offshore
Another quiet morning over the sea (0630-0730) with just 49 Common Scoter, 30 Gannet, 19 Guillemot, 14 Sandwich Tern, 2 Razorbill and single Puffin and Manx Shearwater logged.
Grounded Migrants
A Long-eared Owl was an early morning surprise.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included the first returning Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Dragonflies
The first Common Darter are now on the wing.

First Puffin for ages!

19th June 2022 – overcast/murky start then sunny spells WNW4/5
Offshore
Another relatively quiet morning over the sea (0630-0830), although a further 330 Common Scoter were logged additional variety was limited to 100 Gannet, 45 Guillemot, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Razorbill and single Kittiwake, Fulmar and Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
A Robin provided further evidence of post-breeding dispersal.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 173 moths of 45 species with Dark Arches the dominant species and Grey Dagger, Obscure Wainscot and Clouded Brindle new for the year, indeed the latter would appear to be the first island record.

Common Scoter still on the move

18th June 2022 – sunny spells WNW3
Offshore
Another quiet morning over the sea (0630-0830), although a further 435 Common Scoter were logged additional sightings were limited to 71 Gannet, 30 Sandwich Tern, 19 Manx Shearwater, 14 Guillemot and 2 Kittiwake.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.

Bottle-nosed Dolphins

17th June 2022 – sunny spells V2
Offshore
Quieter over the sea this morning (0630-0800) with just 116 Common Scoter, 62 Sandwich Tern, 12 Gannet, 8 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot, 3 Great Crested Grebe and single Little Tern and Red-breasted Merganser logged.
Grounded Migrants
Single Stonechat, Chaffinch and Blue Tit were newly arrived and presumably evidence of post-breeding dispersal.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and 3 Raven were the best of the rest whilst both Bee Orchid and “Walney” Geranium are now in bloom.
Mammals
At least four Bottle-nosed Dolphins were offshore early morning.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 221 moths of 51 species with Small China Mark, Mottled Beauty, White Satin, Wormwood Pug and Buff Arches new for the year.

Common Scoters continue to move through

16th June 2022 – sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0600-0800) were dominated by a movement of Common Scoter which produced 1200 birds. Also seen were 210 Sandwich Tern, 17 Manx Shearwater, 13 Gannet, 4 Little Tern, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua (dark morph).
Miscellaneous
A walk around the north end of the island revealed 68 species including seven species of warbler whilst breeding was confirmed for Mallard, Tufted Duck, Eider, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Ringed Plover, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl, Sand Martin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Reed Bunting. The Hooded Crow is still in residence.
Dragonflies
The first Emperor Dragonfly are now on the wing.
Butterflies and Moths
Small Skipper, Large Skipper and Meadow Brown were new for the year.

Common Scoters and Goosanders

15th June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells/calm then WNW2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0600-0800) produced 610 Common Scoter, 355 Sandwich Tern, 20 Gannet, 11 Manx Shearwater and 4 Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
The obligatory mid-June Chiffchaff arrived.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 330 Curlew, 47 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow put in another appearance while 22 Little Egret and 5 Raven were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore in the calm condition’s early morning.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 221 moths of 44 species with Cinnabar the dominant species and Riband Wave, Rustic, Nutmeg, Small Magpie and Bramble-shoot Moth all new for the year.

Mediterranean Gull

14th June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells W1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0800) produced 325 Common Scoter, 150 Sandwich Tern, 44 Gannet, 13 Guillemot, 4 Puffin, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Skua and single Little Tern and Mediterranean Gull.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included a single Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow put in another appearance and 3 Raven were the best of the rest.

Same suspects, lesser numbers

13th June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells W3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0600-0800) produced 110 Common Scoter, 85 Sandwich Tern, 46 Gannet, 27 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill, 4 Little Tern, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Kittiwake and single Arctic Tern and Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 21 summering first-summer Grey Plover while single Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit hinted that return passage has already begun.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow put in another appearance and a Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Arctic Skua brace

12th June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells W4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations (0600-0700) produced 169 Kittiwake, 111 Common Scoter, 74 Gannet, 73 Guillemot, 23 Razorbill, 23 Sandwich Tern, 8 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua 1 (dark, 1 pale), 2 Mute Swan and an Arctic Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Grey Plover, 3 Knot and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow put in an appearance.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held just 83 moths of 24 species although Middle-barred Minor and Snout were new for the year.

Surprise Gadwall flock

11th June 2022 – overcast/murk then sunny spells SW5/6
Offshore
Early morning observations (0545-0745) produced 360 Manx Shearwater, 143 Gannet, 83 Razorbill, 66 Guillemot, 55 Sandwich Tern, 38 Kittiwake, 8 Fulmar and single Arctic Tern and Little Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 5 Gadwall.

Seabirds dominate

10th June 2022 – misty start then hazy sun SW4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations (0615-0815) in poor visibility revealed 210 Manx Shearwater, 135 Sandwich Tern, 100 Guillemot, 98 Kittiwake, 80 Gannet, 52 Razorbill, 31 Common Scoter, 6 Fulmar, 2 Great Crested Grebe and a Little Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included small numbers of Sanderling and Knot.
Breeding Birds
After years of decline the gull shows a welcome small increase suggesting protection measures are beginning to have a positive effect.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 118 moths of 38 species, Large Yellow Underwing were dominant while additional sighting included 9 immigrant Silver Y along with a Timothy Tortrix – the latter the first of the year.

Black Terns headline

9th June 2022 – sunny spells ENE3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0615-0815) were led by 3 Black Terns heading out of the bay at 0735hrs. Also seen were 360 Sandwich Tern, 161 Guillemot, 126 Gannet, 76 Manx Shearwater, 63 Razorbill, 42 Common Scoter, 39 Kittiwake, 17 Puffin, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Fulmar, 3 Arctic Tern and 3 Little Tern.
Breeding Birds
Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler now have young and the recently established heronry has had another successful season.
Butterflies and Moths
Two Painted Lady and a Red Admiral were seen and the moth trap held 5 Silver Y while Gold Spot, Archer’s Dart and Smoky Wainscot were all new for the year.

The sea begins to return form

8th June 2022 – overcast/drizzle clearing SSW2/3
Offshore
Morning observations produced 85 Manx Shearwater, 84 Gannet, 64 Sandwich Tern, 29 Common Scoter, 28 Guillemot, 12 Kittiwake, 10 Razorbill, 2 Puffin and a Shag.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 110 Dunlin.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 124 moths of 43 species with Small Square-spot the dominant species and Shears and Straw Dot new for the year.

Even the sea disappoints

4th June 2022 – sunny spells ENE3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0530-0630) produced just 40 Sandwich Tern, 20 Gannet, 15 Guillemot, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
Five Swift moved through and naturalised geese were on the move with 32 Canada Goose and 6 Barnacle Geese logged.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains and 4 Raven were seen.
Butterflies and Moths
Two Red Admiral were seen and the moth trap held 116 moths of 27 species with Sandy Carpet, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Flame all new for the year.

Puffin numbers build

2nd June 2022 – hazy sun/calm then sunny spells ESE1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0830) were led by a total of 18 Puffin heading into the bay. Also seen were 430 Sandwich Tern, 34 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 29 Common Scoter, 7 Kittiwake and 6 Razorbill.
Diurnal Migration
A House Martin moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Whimbrel was logged.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.
Dragonflies
Four-spotted Chasers were on the wing in the sunshine.

Bonxies, Velvet Scoter and Goosander

31st May 2022 – sun and showers/calm then NW2/3
Offshore
Rain interrupted early morning observations on the rising tide (0600-0830) were led by 2 Great Skua and single Velvet Scoter and Goosander. Also seen were 505 Sandwich Tern, 87 Manx Shearwater, 82 Common Scoter, 38 Gannet, 17 Kittiwake, 4 Little Tern, 4 Guillemot, 2 Common Tern and single Arctic Tern and Red-throated Diver
Grounded Migrants
A Wheatear was logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallows continue to trickle through.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains along with 4 hybrid young and a Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Breeding Birds
The first Shelducklings and Eiderlings have now emerged.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 106 moths of 26 species including Poplar Hawkmoth, Small Elephant Hawkmoth and the nationally scarce White Colon. Both Swan-feathered Dwarf and Bramble-shoot Moth were new for the year.

Common Scoter and Sandwich Tern dominate seawatch

30th May 2022 – overcast/showers NNW2
Offshore
Early morning observations on the rising tide (0630-0930) were dominated by Common Scoter and Sandwich Tern with 1285 and 700 birds respectively. The supporting cast included 78 Guillemot, 35 Gannet, 17 Razorbill, 15 Manx Shearwater, 6 Kittiwake, 5 Red-throated Diver, 4 Puffin, 3 Little Tern, 3 Fulmar and 2 Arctic Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swift flew through.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.

Another quiet day

29th May 2022 – bright and sunny N2 then WNW2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations on the rising tide (0630-0930) were again quieter than of late but still revealed 330 Common Scoter, 215 Sandwich Tern, 5 Gannet and single Arctic Tern, Shag, Puffin and Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher showed that spring migration is not yet complete.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 250 Sanderling, 34 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Grey Plover and a Whimbrel while the first Curlew have already begun to return with 60 birds logged.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 114 moths of 24 species with Thistle Ermine, Pebble Prominent, Common Marbled Carpet and Ingrailed Clay all new for the year.