Hooded Crow headlines

23rd April 2017 – bright and sunny N3/4
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea produced a flock of 600 Common Scoter settled in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 30 Red-throated Diver, 25 Guillemot, 10 Sandwich Tern and the first 2 Little Tern of the year.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatear again dominated with 40 birds logged along with 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a Grasshopper Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Three Lesser Redpoll were amongst a light trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 60 Golden Plover, 47 Whimbrel and 42 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded Crow was perhaps the highlight of the day while at least 4 Grasshopper Warbler were on breeding territory.
Mammals
A least one Roe Deer remained.
Moths
The first Silver Y of the year was attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Lesser Whitethroat now in

22nd April 2017 – bright and sunny N3/4
Offshore
A few Gannet and Sandwich Tern were recorded.
Grounded Migrants
The second fall of Wheatear this spring produced 70 birds. However, otherwise pickings were slim with just 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A trickle of Siskin and Lesser Redpoll moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Gadwall continues to linger amongst 9 Shoveler and waders included 140 Golden Plover, 63 Whimbrel, 11 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Three Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Grasshopper Warbler were on breeding territories along with 5 Whitethroat and 2 Sedge Warbler.
Mammals
Two Roe Deer were unusual.

First Common Sandpipers arrive

21st April 2017 – overcast WNW3/4
Grounded Migrants
A slight increase in grounded birds was noted with 12 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and single Grasshopper Warbler and Fieldfare logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Common Sandpiper of the year were logged and additional waders included 30 Whimbrel and 10 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A pair of Jay raised speculation of the island’s second breeding attempt.
Butterflies
Speckled Wood and Orange Tip are now on the wing.

First Whitethroat now in

20th April 2017 – overcast WNW2
Grounded Migrants
Hot on the heels of the first Sedge Warbler the first Whitethroat has now arrived along with 3 Wheatear and a Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall remains amongst 7 Shoveler.

First Sedge Warbler arrives

19th April 2017 – overcast S1/2
Grounded Migrants
Despite the seemingly favourable conditions there remains little evidence of movement, however, the first Sedge Warbler of the spring was recorded along with 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and a Blackcap.
Miscellaneous
Two Grasshopper Warbler were on breeding territories.

Arctic Skua new for the year

17th April 2017 – sunny spells NE3/2/1
Offshore
The sea (0800-0900) provided the first Arctic Skua of the year along with 230 Common Scoter, 20 Red-throated Diver, 14 Sandwich Tern, 12 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Again little evidence of migration with just 8 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and single Blackcap and Chiffchaff recorded.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Black-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.
Butterflies
The first Red Admiral was on the wing.
Mammals
Two Harbour Porpoise were offshore.

Manx Shearwaters and Whimbrel increase

16th April 2017 – overcast/rain soon WSW2/3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide (1400-1500) produced 90 Manx Shearwater, 24 Sandwich Tern, 15 Gannet, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar and a Kittiwake
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall continues to consort with 9 Shoveler and waders included 6 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Great Spotted Woodpecker continues to hold territory.

Migration go slow continues

15th April 2017 – sunny spells and showers WNW5
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0745-0845) revealed 33 Gannet, 25 Sandwich Tern, 21 Common Scoter, 16 Guillemot, 14 Red-throated Diver and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Wheatear and 4 Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Single Lesser Redpoll and Siskin were amongst a trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Gadwall continues to consort with 9 Shoveler and waders included 7 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was again the best of the rest.

Puffin and Whimbrel new for the year

14th April 2017 – early mist/drizzle then showers WSW3/4
Offshore
High tide observations produced 60 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 5 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater and single Puffin and Shag. In addition 120 Sandwich Tern roosted over the tide.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear and a Blackcap.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 165 pale-bellied birds and the drake Gadwall continues to linger amongst 9 Shoveler. Waders included 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Purple Sandpiper and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.