Spring still to happen!

19th April 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
A few Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
The conditions were not conducive for a fall of migrants, although 20 Wheatear and 8 White Wagtail were logged warblers were non-existent.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 730 Pink-footed Geese headed north early morning.
Wildfowl and Waders
Five Whimbrel were again logged and the Brent Goose flock held 125 pale-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
Up to four Grasshopper Warbler and several Lesser Whitethroat are now back in breeding habitat. The female Ring-necked Parakeet continues to tour the island.

Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat now on territory

18th April 2018 – early drizzle then sunny spells SSE2/3
Offshore
A quick check of the sea on the falling tide produced 26 Sandwich Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet and 2 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Blackcap continue to trickle through and 9 White Wagtail were logged, otherwise little evidence of newly grounded migrants.
Wildfowl and Waders
Five Whimbrel were logged.
Miscellaneous
Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat are now back in breeding habitat.

First Arctic Terns

17th April 2018 – overcast/murky/rain at times SSE5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (1520-1620) produced 16 Red-throated Diver, 13 Gannet, 9 Razorbill, 6 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern, 6 Guillemot and 3 Arctic Tern.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow trickled through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 230 Turnstone was logged.

First House Martin of the year

15th April 2018 – overcast/mist/murk SE2
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0800-0900) revealed 46 Sandwich Tern, 36 Common Scoter, 6 Guillemot, 6 Gannet and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Again just a smattering of sightings with 5 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest and 3 Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 170 Pink-footed Geese headed north early morning. Also seen was the first House Martin of the year amongst 4 Swallow and a Sand Martin and a Lesser Redpoll amongst 50 Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 170 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied bird while waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and a Purple Sandpiper amongst 290 Turnstone.
Miscellaneous
The Ring-necked Parakeet put in another appearance and 9 Twite remain.
Mothss
A Mottled Grey was just the fourth species of the year.

First Whimbrel arrives

14th April 2018 – sunny spells SE1/2
Offshore
The sea provided for 70 Common Scoter, 55 Sandwich Tern, 5 Red-throated Diver and single Kittiwake and Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
A mix of winter and summer migrants produced 12 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Wheatear, 5 Redwing and 2 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Again a mix of winter and summer migrants with 65 Pink-footed Geese, 10 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin and a Lesser Redpoll logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 215 pale-bellied birds while waders included 88 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and the first Whimbrel of the year.

Osprey flies through

8th April 2018 – fog/mist V1
Grounded Migrants
The best day of the spring so far saw the changing of the seasons in evidence winter produced two Brambling and a Fieldfare whilst summer produced 10 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler and 3 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey drifted north over the observatory garden at 1215hrs. It is a sign of the times that the bird was escorted away from Walney airspace by a flock of Shelduck rather than a horde of gulls! Also seen were 80 Meadow Pipit and 5 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
A pair and Goldeneye and a single Jack Snipe continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
A small group of 7 Twite was logged.
Ringing
The busiest morning of the year so far saw 58 birds trapped including an exceptional four controls (birds previously ringed elsewhere).

Little Gulls

7th April 2018 – overcast/misty/rain soon SE2
Offshore
A check of the sea early morning (0715-0745) produced 1000 Eider, 31 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, 9 Red-throated Diver, 7 Shag, 5 Razorbill and 2 adult Little Gull .
Grounded Migrants
A few birds at last with 9 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler logged.
Diurnal Migration
Three skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 350 birds headed north at dawn.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Gadwall was amongst 6 Shoveler and a Greenshank was the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin in off the sea was the best of the rest.
Moths
The Satellite and Common Quaker are the first moths of the spring.

Quiet

6th April 2018 – overcast SE4
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide (1230-1330) produced 29 Sandwich Tern, 15 Razorbill, 8 Gannet, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and a Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 83 pale and 30 dark-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Ring Ouzel

5th April 2018 – bright and sunny WSW1/2
Grounded Migrants
A Ring Ouzel was the pick of the grounded migrants that were otherwise limited to 2 Wheatear, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.