First Little Tern of the year

19th April 2024 – overcast/showers then sunny spells NW4/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0800-0900) provided 83 Sandwich Tern, 18 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet, 12 Kittiwake, 10 Guillemot, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Fulmar, 2 Goosander and a Little Tern – the latter the first of the year.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 42 light-bellied Brent Goose.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.

Pink-footed Geese flood through

18th April 2024 – bright start/rain later SE1/2 then WSW3/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0630-0730) produced 71 Sandwich Tern, 23 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 8 Guillemot, 4 Gannet and an Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 11 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 White Wagtail
Diurnal Migration
Early morning Pink-footed Goose passage was spectacular with a total of 10095 birds recorded as they took advantage of the break in the weather and headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 19 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains and two additional birds were seen.
Breeding Birds
Skylark and Lapwing were displaying in the early morning sunshine.

Tree Pipit, Redstart, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat new in

17th April 2024 – bright and sunny NW3/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced 24 Sandwich Tern, 12 Red-throated Diver, 12 Guillemot, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Shag, 4 Gannet and a Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Light movement provided 10 Blackcap, 8 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 White Wagtail and single Grasshopper Warbler, Goldcrest and Redstart – the latter the first of the year
Diurnal Migration
Single Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Tree Pipit flew through – the latter the first of the year
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 55 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains and a second bird was seen.
Breeding Birds
Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat have returned to breeding habitat.

Limited evidence of movement

16th April 2024 – bright and sunny/showers NW3/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced 75 Sandwich Tern, 34 Common Scoter, 21 Red-throated Diver, 6 Kittiwake, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Gannet and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Breeding Birds
The first ground-nesting birds are now sitting on eggs.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Orange Tip and Large White was on the wing.

Arctic Skuas

15th April 2024 – sun and heavy showers WNW5/8
Offshore
Observations over a wild sea (0700-0900) produced 76 Common Scoter, 26 Kittiwake, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Gannet, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Arctic Skua – the latter the first of the year.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and after 40 consecutive days of rain even the House Sparrows have resorted to wearing ponchos!

Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler

14th April 2024 – sun and showers W3/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0630-0830) produced 357 Common Scoter, 152 Kittiwake, 52 Sandwich Tern, 17 Gannet, 9 Red-throated Diver and single Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Shag and Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Slightly more birds were in evidence with 26 Wheatear, 4 White Wagtail, 5 Willow Warbler and 4 Blackcap seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Whimbrel was logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Breeding Birds
Warblers are now beginning to return to breeding habitat in reasonable numbers with 32 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler recorded – the latter two the first of the year.
Mammals
A Roe Deer was seen.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Speckled Wood was on the wing.

Common Scoter on the move

12th April 2024 – overcast/mizzle clearing SW3/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) were dominated by 1050 Common Scoter while 5 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet and a Sandwich Tern were also logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a Chiffchaff.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.

Waders and Wheatear

11th April 2024 – hazy sun/rain later SW3
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced 750 Common Scoter, 150 Kittiwake, 62 Gannet, 17 Red-throated Diver, 11 Shag, 3 Sandwich Tern and a Manx Sheareater.
Grounded Migrants
Although 23 Wheatear were logged passage remained slow with additional sightings limited to 4 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallows continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 545 light-bellied birds and waders included 1845 Oystercatcher, 960 Redshank, 680 Golden Plover, 542 Dunlin, 339 Curlew, 256 Turnstone, 165 Knot, 130 Sanderling, 102 Grey Plover, 90 Ringed Plover, 72 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank and a Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and two Water Pipit appeared on the rising tide.

Wildfowl on the move

10th April 2024 – overcast/rain soon SSE3/4
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced 530 Common Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver, 9 Kittiwake, 8 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot and 3 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Remaining slow with sightings limited to 5 Wheatear and single Fieldfare and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 1190 Pink-footed Geese and 9 Whooper Swan headed north.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.

Common Scoter on the move

8th April 2024 – showers SE1/2
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) revealed 820 Common Scoter along with 10 Kittiwake, 9 Red-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Remaining slow with sightings limited to 3 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 320 Pink-footed Geese headed north and a few Swallows continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 531 light-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Small White and Red Admiral were on the wing and the moth trap attracted a Clouded Drab.

First House Martin arrives

7th April 2024 –showers S4/8
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) revealed 315 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Sandwich Tern and 2 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear and single White Wagtail and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Three Swallow and 2 House Martin flew through – the latter the first of the year.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 500 light-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.

First Whimbrel and Swallow

6th April 2024 – sun and showers SE5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) revealed 206 Common Scoter, 33 Teal, 13 Sandwich Tern, 10 Wigeon, 7 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Gannet, 3 Guillemot and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 10 White Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 3 Redwing, 2 Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Four Swallow flew through – the first of the year.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 508 light-bellied birds and waders included 4 Jack Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and single Whimbrel and Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
At least 8 Water Pipit reappeared on the latest round of high tides, all of which are now attaining summer plumage. The Hooded Crow and Cetti’s Warbler both remain.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Peacock of the year was on the wing.

Merlin and Twite

5th April 2024 – overcast/mizzle/murk S3/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0715-0815) produced 78 Common Scoter, 48 Sandwich Tern, 22 Gannet, 7 Guillemot, 5 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Shoveler and a Shag.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 16 Twite and a Merlin were logged and the Hooded Crow remains.
Breeding Birds
Blackcap and Willow Warbler are now on territory in breeding areas.

First Manx Shearwater appear offshore

4th April 2024 – overcast NE1/2
Offshore
A check of the relatively calm sea (0700-0800) produced 82 Common Scoter, 70 Sandwich Tern, 17 Razorbill, 17 Red-throated Diver, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Guillemot, 7 Gannet, 3 Shag and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Redwing, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 60 Twite was logged and the Hooded Crow remains.

First wave of Willow Warbler arrives

2nd April 2024 – early rain clearing/calm
Offshore
A check of the calm sea (0715-0815) produced 115 Common Scoter, 32 Sandwich Tern, 30 Red-throated Diver, 12 Shag, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Guillemot and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Totals involved 11 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Wheatear and single Redwing and Fieldfare.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 45 Twite was logged and the Hooded Crow remains.
Mammals
Two Harbour Porpoise were offshore.

Little Gull

1st April 2024 – overcast/rain ENE3/5
Offshore
A check of the sea (0730-0830) produced 184 Common Scoter, 13 Sandwich Tern, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Little Gull.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Siskin.

Great Skua and Blackcap newly arrived

31st March 2024 –sunny spells E3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea (0730-0830) produced 220 Common Scoter, 120 Sandwich Tern, 10 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and single Shag and Great Skua – the latter the first of the year.
Grounded Migrants
Sightings included 5 Wheatear, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 White Wagtail and a Willow Warbler with Blackcap new for the year.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 170 Meadow Pipit, 14 Whooper Swan, 3 Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll flew through – again the latter was the first of the year.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Single Stock Dove, Raven and Peregrine were the best of the rest.

A quieter day

30th March 2024 – bright and sunny SSE3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 142 Common Scoter, 17 Sandwich Tern, 7 Red-breasted Merganser 6 Kittiwake, 5 Red-throated Diver and 3 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Three Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 120 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Whooper Swan and a Siskin flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.

Cattle Egrets, Water Pipits and Cetti’s Warbler

29th March 2024 – sunny spells SSE3/4
Rarities
The surprise of the day involved 2 Cattle Egret heading into Morecambe Bay early morning. This is the first island record for 60 years when a single was seen on 26th July 1964.
Offshore
A check of the sea (0700-0800) revealed 170 Common Scoter, 13 Kittiwake, 8 Sandwich Tern, 3 Gannet and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear and single Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 22 Whooper Swan headed north and 3 Siskin were amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit.
Breeding Birds
The first Sand Martin are now back at nest sites and 12 Chiffchaff and 4 Jay were in breeding habitat.
Miscellaneous
The group of 12 Water Pipit were again present and the Hooded Crow and Cetti’s Warbler both remain.

Water Pipits show again

28th March 2024 – early rain then showers ESE4/5
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed just 12 Common Scoter, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Red-throated Diver and single Red-breasted Merganser and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Two Wheatear and 3 White Wagtail were logged.
Miscellaneous
A group of 12 Water Pipit were seen over the tide and single Hooded Crow and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap produced Early Thorn and Common Quaker.

Chiffchaff continue to move through

27th March 2024 – early rain then showers ESE3/5
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed just 7 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Three Chiffchaff were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Single Hooded Crow, Water Rail and Raven were the best of the rest.

Water Pipit reappear

26th March 2024 – overcast E2/3
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 16 Shag, 4 Red-throated Diver and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 12 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Wheatear and a Redwing were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Totals through the morning included 350 Meadow Pipit, 200 Pink-footed Goose, 117 Whooper Swan and 4 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 445 light-bellied birds and waders included 11 Jack Snipe, 6 Greenshank and a Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
A total of 13 Water Pipit were seen and 30 Twite, Hooded Crow and Merlin were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap produced Early Grey and Common Quaker.

Sandwich Tern numbers begin to build

22nd March 2024 – sunny spells W3/5
Offshore
Observations over the sea on the rising tide (0700-0900) produced 116 Kittiwake, 62 Common Scoter, 35 Sandwich Tern, 16 Red-throated Diver, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Gannet, 7 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot and 2 Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A Siskin was amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 425 light-bellied birds and 800 Golden Plover were logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and 30 Twite were logged.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap produced Early Grey and Early Thorn.

Chiffchaff and Goldcrest continue to arrive

20th March 2024 – early rain WNW2/3
Grounded Migrants
A total of 18 Chiffchaff and 9 Goldcrest were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 50 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Siskin flew through.
Miscellaneous
Single Hooded Crow and Raven were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted a Hebrew Character.

Decent seawatch

19th March 2024 – sunny spells WSW3/4
Offshore
Observations over the sea on the falling tide (0700-0900) revealed an increase in activity than of late with 127 Common Scoter, 100 Kittiwake, 39 Gannet, 36 Red-throated Diver, 23 Razorbill, 21 Guillemot, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Little Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 5 Shelduck and 2 Scaup recorded.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 6 Wheatear and a single Redwing were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Meadow Pipit continue to trickle through.
Miscellaneous
Single Hooded Crow and Merlin were again the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Comma was on the wing.

Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests

18th March 2024 – overcast/murk/mizzle at times S2/3
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 21 Common Scoter, 6 Little Gull, 6 Shag and 6 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Two Chiffchaff were amongst 20 Goldcrest and early morning thrushes involved single Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail and a Siskin were logged.
Miscellaneous
Single Hooded Crow and Merlin were again the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held Dotted Border and Common Quaker. The first Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing.

Redwing and Fieldfare on the move

17th March 2024 – overcast/murk/mizzle at times SSE2
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 70 Common Scoter, 10 Shag and 5 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 185 Redwing and 49 Fieldfare. Additional sightings included 8 Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Woodcock was new in.
Miscellaneous
Single Hooded Crow and Merlin were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held Early Grey and Dark Swordgrass.

First Wheatear arrives

16th March 2024 – fog clearing then rain later SE1/3
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 16 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare and single Song Thrush and Redwing. Additional sightings included 11 Goldcrest, 8 Stonechat, 5 Chiffchaff and a Wheatear – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
Totals included 60 Meadow Pipit, 19 Whooper Swan, 12 Pied Wagtail, 8 Pink-footed Goose and a Sand Martin.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and Water Rail and Merlin were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held a Dotted Border.

Mediterranean Gull and first Sandwich Tern

15th March 2024 – overcast/rain at times WSW3/6
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-0900) revealed 147 Common Scoter, 18 Kittiwake, 17 Red-throated Diver, 7 Shag, 3 Gannet, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and single Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull and Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 7 Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 50 Pink-footed Goose and 14 Meadow Pipit flew through.
Miscellaneous
The resident Hooded Crow was seen while Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held three Dark Swordgrass.

Water Pipits remain

12th March 2024 – overcast/rain, clearing later V1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 21 Common Scoter, 16 Shag, 10 Red-throated Diver and 2 Goosander.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 17 Redwing and 8 Fieldfare and additional sightings included 5 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 592 light-bellied birds – a new record high and 536 Wigeon, 466 Teal, 130 Shelduck and 62 Red-breasted Merganser were seen. Waders included 2238 Oystercatcher, 2061 Dunlin, 1290 Redshank, 988 Golden Plover, 452 Knot, 189 Turnstone, 176 Gey Plover, 148 Sanderling and 8 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 8 Water Pipit were amongst 8 Rock Pipit and the resident Hooded Crow was seen, while a Water Rail was the best of the rest.

First Chiffchaff arrive

11th March 2024 – overcast/calm
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 4800 Eider, 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 5 Redwing and additional sightings included 5 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
The skies were quiet with just 12 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail and 2 Whooper Swan logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 513 light-bellied birds and 8 Barnacle Geese and a Goosander were seen. Waders included 21 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank and 3 Woodcock.
Miscellaneous
At least 10 Water Pipit were amongst 10 Rock Pipit and raptors included Buzzard and Merlin. The resident Hooded Crow was seen while 50 Twite and a Water Rail were the best of the rest.

Goosanders

10th March 2024 – overcast/rain at times ENE4/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0845-0945) revealed 65 Common Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 4 Goosander, 3 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot and a Shag.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 23 Whooper Swan flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and a Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Whooper Swans still on the move

9th March 2024 – overcast/murky/showers ENE4/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0715-0815) revealed 43 Common Scoter, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Red-throated Diver and a Pintail.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 167 Whooper Swan flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 10 Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and single Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Whooper Swans continue to move

8th March 2024 – hazy sun E4/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) revealed 134 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 13 Red-breasted Merganser and a Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Four Goldcrest and a Stonechat were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 20 Whooper Swan flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 300 Dunlin, 50 Grey Plover and 4 Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail remains.

Early Sand Martins move through

7th March 2024 – hazy sun E3/5
Offshore
Just 6 Common Scoter were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Two early Sand Martin flew through along with 50 Pink-footed Goose.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three Greenshank were seen.
Miscellaneous
A total of 39 Little Egret were seen. The long-staying Hooded Crow and single Barn Owl, Water Rail and Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Goldcrest begin to move

6th March 2024 – hazy sun E2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 20 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A Long-tailed Tit was amongst 7 Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 11 Whooper Swan were grounded.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow and single Water Rail and Peregrine were again the best of the rest.
Breeding Birds
Little Grebe are now back on territory.
Butterflies and Moths
The light trap held single Dark Swordgrass and Common Quaker.

Whooper Swan passage builds

4th March 2024 – sunny spells SE2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 58 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Single Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest and Redwing were seen while two new male Stonechat were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 42 Whooper Swan headed north.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow and a Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Breeding Birds
Displaying Skylark and Lapwing are now back on territory.

Great Northern Diver remains

3rd March 2024 – sunny spells SSE2/3
Offshore
The Great Northern Diver remains and additional sightings included 10 Shag and 6 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A group of 9 Stonechats were likely to involve at least some migrants and a Redwing was seen.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 72 Woodpigeon were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 15 Pink-footed Geese and 2 Barnacle Geese and waders included 6 Woodcock and a Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow and single Water Rail, Merlin and Peregrine were the best of the rest.

North End visit

2nd March 2024 – early rain then sun and showers NE2
Diurnal Migration
Three Pied Wagtail flew north.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 150 light-bellied Brent Geese and 3 Greenshank were the best of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The ‘woodland’ habitat – a scarce feature on Walney – produced 30 Siskin, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Jay, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Whooper Swans begin to head back north

1st March 2024 – overcast/rain soon E4/6
Offshore
A check of the sea (0715-0815) produced 45 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 16 Pink-footed Goose and 4 Whooper Swan flew north.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 300 Dunlin, 200 Knot and 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Raven was the best of the rest.

Jack Snipe

29th February 2024 – overcast/showers WSW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea (0715-0815) produced 28 Common Scoter, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Red-throated Diver and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A group of 3 male Stonechat were potential migrants.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 13 Jack Snipe were located.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and a Water Rail was logged.
Butterflies and Moths
A Mottled Grey and Dotted Border were attracted to the light trap.

Spoonbill surprise

25th February 2024 – bright and sunny E3/4
Offshore
A scan of the sea produced 6 Shag, 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Common Scoter.
Diurnal Migration
A Spoonbill was reported heading north and a Stock Dove was amongst 44 Woodpigeon.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Goosander was the pick of the wildfowl.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
A Mottled Grey was attracted to the light trap.

Water Pipits reappear

24th February 2024 – overcast/rain then showers V1
Offshore
A check of the sea produced 20 Common Scoter, 17 Shag, 11 Red-breasted Merganser and single Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 445 Pink-footed Geese moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Goosander was the pick of the wildfowl while waders included 1,000 Golden Plover and 12 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A total of 73 species were logged with at least 12 Water Pipit amongst 20 Rock Pipit the highlights while the long-staying Hooded Crow and 60 Twite were also seen. Raptors involved Buzzard, Merlin, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Barn Owl.

More hints of spring

19th February 2024 – sunny spells W4
Offshore
A check of the sea produced 28 Common Scoter, 14 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Several male Stonechat moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 7 Greenshank and a Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and 40 Twite were logged.
Butterflies and Moths
A Rush Veneer and Dotted Border were attracted to the light trap.
Ringing
A colour ringed Knot seen recently had been marked at Terrington, Norfolk on 4th September 2023.

Hints of spring

18th February 2024 – overcast/sunny spells WNW1/3
Offshore
A check of the sea produced 20 Shag, 4 Red-throated Diver and 2 Common Scoter.
Diurnal Migration
A Grey Wagtail was amongst 5 Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Knot and 5 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and a Water Rail squealed. One of the first signs of spring, Lesser Black-backed Gull numbers reached double-figures for the first time since November.

Water Rail and Hooded Crow

16th February 2024 – overcast/rain/mizzle/murk SW2
Offshore
Conditions limited visibility over the sea although 4 Shag were off the eastern shore.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains and a Water Rail squealed.
Butterflies and Moths
A Dark Swordgrass was the fourth species of moth attracted to the light trap in 2024.

Another Mediterranean Gull

13th February 2024 – overcast SW2
Offshore
Sightings over the sea (0800-0900) involved 21 Shag, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Common Scoter and single Red-breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe and Mediterranean Gull.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow remains.
Butterflies and Moths
A Red Swordgrass was the third species of moth attracted to the light trap in 2024.

Great Northern Diver still here!

12th February 2024 – early rain then sunny WSW3/5
Offshore
Sightings over the sea (0745-0845) involved 61 Common Scoter, 24 Shag, 14 Red-throated Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Kittiwake and single Great Northern Diver and Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included: 880 Teal, 500 light-bellied Brent Geese 326 Wigeon and 124 Shelduck while waders were represented by 5,380 Oystercatcher, 2,510 Knot, 2,160 Dunlin, 1,440 Redshank, 772 Curlew, 213 Turnstone, 120 Sanderling, 118 Grey Plover, 9 Greenshank and 5 Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The flock of 60 Twite remain and a Peregrine was logged.

Just the one!

11th February 2024 – bright start then mist/fog N1
Offshore
Sightings over the sea involved 20 Shag, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Red-throated Diver and 9 Common Scoter.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 105 Pink-footed Geese and 4 Siskin flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 241 light-bellied Brent Geese were logged and waders included 9 Woodcock and 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Water Pipit was amongst 26 Rock Pipit and additional sightings included Barn Owl, Peregrine and Merlin.
Mammals
An Otter was seen.
Butterflies and Moths
Dotted Border and Beautiful Plume were the first attractions to the moth trap this year.

Mediterranean Gull new for year

10th February 2024 – sunny spells ESE1/2
Offshore
Sightings over the sea involved: 57 Common Scoter, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Red-throated Diver, 3 Shag and a Mediterranean Gull.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 155 Pink-footed Geese flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Woodcock and 2 Jack Snipe.
Miscellaneous
A total of 10 Water Pipit were amongst 33 Rock Pipit, two Cetti’s Warbler were logged and additional sightings included Hooded Crow, Barn Owl and Water Rail.

Great Northern Diver remains

7th February 2024 – overcast the hazy sun V1
Offshore
Sightings over the sea involved: 6,282 Eider, 56 Red-throated Diver, 41 Red-breasted Merganser, 34 Common Scoter, 17 Shag, 3 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot and a Great Northern Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 2 Song Thrush and a Redwing while 14 Woodpigeon and 6 Stonechat suggested some additional movement.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 810 Pink-footed Geese flew through in six skeins and 2 Siskin were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Shoveler was the pick of the wildfowl while waders included 105 Sanderling and 3 Woodcock.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings, amongst the 66 species logged, were 60 Twite and single Merlin and Hooded Crow.