Great Northern Diver remains

20th November 2017 – overcast/rain at times W3/4/5
Offshore
The Great Northern Diver was again off the eastern shore at high tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup continues in residence.
Miscellaneous
The flock of 80 Twite remain and a Little was the best of the rest.

Snow Bunting

19th November 2017 – bright and sunny/calm
Offshore
Calm seas early morning produced a post-roost gathering of 46 Shag. Also seen were 80 Common Scoter, 4 Guillemot, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes were limited to 4 Redwing and a Fieldfare amongst small numbers of Blackbird. Single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Snow Bunting flew over early morning. Additional sightings included 1135 Pink-footed Goose, 32 Tree Sparrow and single Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Rock Pipit and Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup continue in residence. Also seen were a redhead Goosander, 8 Shoveler, 12 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock continues to increase with 80 birds logged. Single Merlin and Little Owl were the best of the rest.

Great Northern Diver

18th November 2017 – overcast/showers NW4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0800-0900) produced 156 Common Scoter, 130 Kittiwake, 19 Razorbill, 6 Red-throated Diver and 2 Gannet. The eastern shore added single Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver at high tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose held 297 pale-bellied birds and the 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup remain. Waders included 1000 Golden Plover, 10 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Barn Owl was seen and the Twite flock increased to 60 birds.

Barnacle Geese and Scaup

17th November 2017 – overcast NW4
Offshore
A single Shag was the only bird of note mid-afternoon.
Grounded Migrants
A single Mistle Thrush was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup remain along with 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 15 Twite and a Merlin were the best of the rest.
Ringing
Recent colour-ring sightings involve 3 Icelandic ringed Oystercatcher and a Black-tailed Godwit from the Tagus Estuary, Portugal.

Barnacle Geese remain

12th November 2017 – bright and sunny NNW4/5/6/7
Offshore
Early morning observations over rough seas provided 13 Common Scoter, 12 Shag, 9 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 5 Redwing and a Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
Single Tree Sparrow and Rock Pipit were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 7 Barnacle Geese and female Scaup remain. Waders included 14 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Merlin and Peregrine continue to be logged.

Great Northern Diver and Scaup

11th November 2017 – sunny spells/calm
Offshore
Dawn saw a congregation of 30 Shag along with single Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 18 Fieldfare, 15 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush. A total of 7 Goldcrest were the only other grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
A late flurry saw 45 Meadow Pipit logged. Also seen were 12 Chaffinch, 11 Whooper Swan, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Brambling, 2 Twite and 2 Rock Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 6 Scaup were recorded.
Miscellaneous
A total of 6 Water Rail were logged. Birds of prey involved Little Owl, Merlin, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
Butterflies
A Red Admiral remained on the wing.

Barnacle Geese arrive

10th November 2017 – sunshine and heavy showers NW4/5
Offshore
A Red-throated Diver was the only bird of note.
Grounded Migrants
Single Redwing and Goldcrest were all that could be mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 7 Barnacle Geese were newly arrived, the Brent Goose flock held 248 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 13 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Merlin and single Peregrine and Little Owl were logged.

Great Northern Diver

5th November 2017 – bright and sunny N4/3
Offshore
Morning observations produced 32 Common Scoter, 11 Guillemot and 7 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes consisted of 2 Redwing and a Fieldfare. Additional sightings involved a Chiffchaff amongst 3 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Small-scale migration continued with 400 Jackdaw, 11 Meadow Pipit, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Skylark, 3 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Stock Dove logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The eerie call of a Great Northern Diver resonated across the island and the female Scaup remains. Waders included 16 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 2 Merlin remain and 28 Twite were seen. A Water Rail called.
Butterflies
Several Red Admiral remain on the wing.

Another late Swallow

4th November 2017 – sunny spells WNW 3/4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations (0745-0845) provided 85 Common Scoter, 54 Razorbill, 25 Kittiwake, 7 Shag, 4 Red-throated Diver and a Great Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes consisted of 32 Redwing and 3 Fieldfare. Additional sightings were limited to 7 Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Another late Swallow flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Scaup continues to linger and 117 pale-bellied Brent Geese were amongst 1534 Wigeon. Waders included 13 Greenshank and 6 Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The Twite flock held 34 birds, 21 Rock Pipit were flushed from the salt marshes and raptors included 2 Merlin and a Peregrine. In addition 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Jay were the best of the rest.