More Curlew Sandpipers

25th August 2016 – overcast E1/2
Offshore
A Shag was amongst small numbers of Gannet, Sandwich Tern and Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Slim pickings again with just 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat and 4 Wheatear logged.
Diurnal Migration
Two Sand Martin were amongst 50 Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders include 330 Turnstone, 19 Greenshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Curlew Sandpiper.
Moths
Frosted Orange was new for the year.

Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff

24th August 2016 – bright and sunnt WNW2/3
Grounded Migrants
From feast to famine with just 3 Willow Warbler and a Redstart logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders include 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Ruff and a Curlew Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
At least 27 Little Egret continue to stalk the island and a Little Owl basked in the evening sunshine.

Fall conditions

23rd August 2016 – early drizzle then sunny spells V2
Offshore
A few Sandwich Tern were again present on the falling tide.
Grounded Migrants
A bit of a fall was evident with single Redstart and Pied Flycatcher amongst 75 Willow Warbler, 18 Robin, 14 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders include 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
At least 23 Little Egret continue to stalk the island.

Curlew Sandpiper arrive

22nd August 2016 – heavy rain SW3/2
Offshore
A few Sandwich Tern were present on the falling tide.
Grounded Migrants
Limited fare with just 2 Willow Warbler and single Blackcap and Wheatear logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Curlew Sandpiper of the autumn were logged while additional waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit, and 5 Greenshank.

Waders continue to build

21st August 2016 – sunshine and showers W4
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0800-0900 & 1430-1530) produced totals of 163 Common Scoter, 79 Manx Shearwater, 71 Gannet, 57 Sandwich Tern, 3 Shag, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar and single Arctic Skua and Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Again sparse with just 3 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler and a Sedge Warbler logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2250 Curlew, 80 Golden Plover, 35 Grey Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
At least 31 Little Egret remain.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted only small numbers overnight but included Acleris sparsana, which would appear to be the first island record, along with Old Lady and Yellow-barred Brindle.
Images
Acleris sparsana.

Little Stint remains

20th August 2016 – heavy rain SSE5/6/7
Offshore
The sea provided 25 Common Scoter, 3 Sandwich Tern and single Common Tern and Shag when the rain briefly relented.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a solitary Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3350 Oystercatcher, 2600 Knot, 2130 Curlew, 20 Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel and a Little Stint.
Miscellaneous
The Hen Harrier continues to linger.

Little Stint arrives

19th August 2016 – rain SE4
Offshore
A few Sandwich Tern were in evidence.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Wheatear and a Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow trickled through despite the conditions.
Wildfowl and Waders
A juvenile Little Stint was newly arrived.
Miscellaneous
An adult Mediterranean Gull was logged while raptors included the lingering Hen Harrier and a Merlin.

Hen Harrier still in residence

18th August 2016 – bright and sunny E3
Grounded Migrants
Again only a smattering of Migrants in the bright and clear conditions with just 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and single Redstart and Whitethroat logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow trickled through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hen Harrier continues to roam the island.
Moths
A total of 160 moths of 31 species were attracted overnight. Totals continued to be dominated by While-lined Dart while Svennson’s Copper Underwing and Square-spot Rustic were new for the year.

Wood Sandpiper

16th August 2016 – Bright and sunny ESE2/3
Grounded Migrants
There was little evidence of any grounded passerines with just 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and a Whitethroat logged.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 34 Swift hurtled through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Wood Sandpiper was newly arrived amongst the Greenshank, Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hen Harrier continues to roam the island.
Moths
A total of 240 moths of 41 species were attracted overnight with totals again dominated by 67 While-lined Dart. Immigrants were represented by a single Dark Swordgrass and Silver Y whilst Feathered Rannunculus was new for the year.