Waders already begin to return

25th June 2017 – overcast WNW3/4
Offshore
Quieter over the sea with only 150 Sandwich Tern, 43 Common Scoter, 6 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern and 2 Little Tern logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders continue to build with 1000 Oystercatcher, 915 Curlew, 165 Redshank, 60 Lapwing, 20 Grey Plover, 11 Golden Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel and a Greenshank recorded.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine and 2 Little Egret were the best of the rest.
Moths
An early Southern Wainscot was on the wing.

More seabirds

24th June 2017 – overcast SW4
Offshore
Observations over the tide produced 840 Sandwich Tern, 400 Manx Shearwater, 200 Gannet, 19 Guillemot, 16 Common Scoter, 9 Kittiwake, 8 Little Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 3 Razorbill and single Great Skua and Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders are already beginning to return with 650 Curlew, 140 Redshank, 40 Grey Plover and 9 Bar-tailed Godwit logged.

Seabirds

23rd June 2017 – early rain then overcast SW5/6
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide revealed 315 Sandwich Tern, 90 Manx Shearwater, 70 Gannet, 30 Guillemot, 6 Common Scoter and 2 Fulmar.

Hummingbird

22nd June 2017 – overcast WNW3/4
Offshore
An evening scan over the sea produced 50 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 2 Little Tern and a Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
There are now 2 Greenshank back in residence.
Moths
A Hummingbird Hawkmoth graced the moth trap along with the first Broad-barred White for over 30 years. Newly emerged residents included Archer’s Dart.

Satin Wave

18th June 2017 – warm and sunny SE1
Offshore
Morning observations on the falling tide (0730-0830) provided 180 Sandwich Tern, 87 Common Scoter, 7 Gannet and 6 Manx Shearwater.
Wildfowl and Waders
The single Greenshank remains.
Moths
A Satin Wave was the first island record while recently emerged residents included Riband Wave, Barred Straw, Knot Grass, Burnished Brass and Thistle Ermine.

Day flying owls and moths

17th June 2017 – misty start then warm and sunny SW2/3
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (0730-0830) produced 125 Sandwich Tern, 105 Common Scoter, 51 Gannet, 8 Manx Shearwater and 5 Kittiwake.
Miscellaneous
A day flying Barn Owl was mobbed by a Jay.
Moths
Day flying moths included Six-spot Burnet, Narrow-bordered five-spot Burnet and Burnet Companion.

Sallow Kitten

16th June 2017 – overcast SW2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea (1215-1315) produced 210 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet and 8 Manx Shearwater.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 500 Knot continue to linger.
Moths
A Sallow Kitten was the first record for 20 years.

Spoonbill

14th June 2017 – overcast/humid/SE1
Rarities
A Spoonbill put in a brief appearance.
Offshore
A single scan of the sea revealed 100 Common Scoter and 10 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A female Willow Warbler complete with brood patch suggested early southbound movement of a failed breeder.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first returning Greenshank was amongst 10 Redshank.
Moths
Pearly Underwing, Solver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl are immigrants attracted to the moth trap in recent days.

More seabirds

12th June 2017 – overcast WSW V5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (1520-1720) produced 410 Sandwich Tern, 102 Gannet, 54 Common Scoter, 30 Guillemot, 23 Manx Shearwater, 16 Kittiwake, 2 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and a Fulmar .
Miscellaneous
Two Raven were the best of the rest.

Arctic Skuas

11th June 2017 – overcast SSW5/6/7
Offshore
A morning check of the sea (0730-0930) produced 235 Manx Shearwater, 170 Sandwich Tern, 75 Gannet, 35 Common Scoter, 23 Guillemot, 9 Kittiwake and 2 Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least one Whimbrel remained amongst 8 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Canada Goose influx

10th June 2017 – rain SSE3/4
Grounded Migrants
A Chiffchaff provided further evidence of some late movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl were few but included a Canada Goose influx with 83 birds logged. Waders included 5 Whimbrel amongst 2938 Oystercatcher, 755 Knot, 330 Sanderling, 288 Curlew along with 92 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 16 Grey Plover, 16 Turnstone and 10 Bar-tailed Godwit
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Little Egret remain in residence.

Puffin

4th June 2017 – sunny spells S2/3
Offshore
Morning observations over the sea over the high tide (0800-0900) were highlighted by a single Puffin. Also seen were 250 Sandwich Tern, 100 Manx Shearwater, 55 Gannet, 34 Guillemot, 11 Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar, 2 Razorbill and an Arctic Tern.
Moths
The only immigrant attracted overnight was a Silver Y, however, local specialities included White Colon and Sand Dart.

Still some evidence of movement

3rd June 2017 – bright and sunny S1/2/3
Grounded Migrants
A Chiffchaff provided evidence of some late movement.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin and a late Lesser Redpoll continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Sanderling and 700 Knot.
Breeding Birds
At least 3 territorial Reed Warbler are now on the island.

Serin Surprise

1st June 2017 – sunny spells S1/2
Rarities
A female Serin was in the observatory garden early evening, calling and showing well at times.
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed 15 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet and 5 Little Tern.
Moths
Immigrants involved 3 Silver Y and a Dark Swordgrass.

Disappointing month draws to a close

31st May 2017 – sunny spells E1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea over high tide (1800-1830) provided 130 Common Scoter, 62 Sandwich Tern, 18 Gannet and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 45 Sanderling.
Moths
Buff Ermine and Ingrailed Clay were new for the year.
Ringing
A generally disappointing month with just 89 birds of 19 species handled. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets) Willow Warbler 28, Starling 21, (1), Goldfinch 8, (2), Chiffchaff 4, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Garden Warbler 2, Blackbird 2, (1), Greenfinch 1, (3), Linnet 1, (1), Song Thrush 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Whitethroat 1, Robin 1, Redstart 1, Dunnock 1, (1), House Sparrow (2), Woodpigeon (1), Wren (1).

Long-tailed Duck still here

30th May 2017 – overcast/showers SW2/3
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was newly arrived.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck continues to consort with the Eiders. Waders included 18 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Several Little Egret continue to linger.

Mediterranean Gull

29th May 2017 – overcast/heavy rain drier later E3/4
Offshore
A check over the sea (0730-0830) produced 224 Common Scoter, 77 Sandwich Tern, 19 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 2 Arctic Skua and single Little Tern and Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Whitethroat was newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin continue to arrive.
Wildfowl and Waders
The dark-bellied Brent Goose continues in residence and waders included 40 Grey Plover and 3 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A first-summer Mediterranean Gull amongst 10 Black-headed Gulls was a surprise.
Moths
Immigrants included 9 Diamond-back and single Dark Swordgrass and Silver Y while newly emerged residents included Dusky Brocade, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Knot Grass and Small Clouded Brindle.

Arctic Skuas

28th May 2017 – sunny spells NW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0730-0830) revealed 79 Common Scoter, 43 Gannet, 39 Guillemot, 33 Sandwich Tern, 22 Manx Shearwater, 16 Kittiwake, 4 Razorbill, 2 Fulmar and 2 Arctic Skua.
Butterflies and Moths
A Painted Lady was amongst another small influx of Red Admiral. Amongst the immigrants attracted to the moth trap overnight was Palpita vitrealis a migrant from southern Europe and the first island record. Also seen were 4 Diamond-back, 3 Silver Y, 2 Rusty Dot Pearl and a Dark Sword Grass

Hooded Crow

27th May 2017 – sun and showers ESE2/3
Offshore
A morning check of the sea (0700-0800) produced 110 Sandwich Tern, 47 Manx Shearwater, 43 Common Scoter, 8 Gannet, 4 Arctic Tern and single Little Tern and Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
Single House Martin and Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 250 Sanderling, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded Crow fed on the tideline and a Barn Owl hunted the island.
Butterflies and Moths
A small influx of Red Admiral was apparent and a Brimstone would appear to be the first island record. An Eyed Hawkmoth was new for the year.

Brent Goose continues to linger

26th May 2017 – hot and sunny SE1/2
Offshore
Just 2 Arctic Tern were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The lone dark-bellied Brent Goose continues to linger. Waders included 300 Sanderling, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Several immigrant Rusty Dot Pearl graced the moth trap.

Late summer migrants and winter lingerers

21st May 2017 – overcast/showers SE3
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0700-0800) were disappointing compared to yesterday with just 60 Sandwich Tern, 35 Common Scoter, 15 Manx Shearwater, 12 Arctic Tern, 10 Guillemot and 6 Little Tern logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Chiffchaff and a late Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Wigeon and single dark-bellied Brent Goose remain and waders included 80 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A family party of Raven were logged.

Seabirds dominate sightings

20th May 2017 - overcast/showers S3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea proved productive with variety rather than quality producing 265 Manx Shearwater, 101 Sandwich Tern, 83 Guillemot, 78 Arctic Tern, 56 Gannet, 22 Razorbill, 21 Common Scoter, 7 Kittiwake, 4 Red-throated Diver and 3 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Wheatear, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The lone dark-bellied Brent Goose continues to linger and waders included 1055 Sanderling, 60 Grey Plover and 30 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Spring draws to a close?

19th May 2017 – overcast W1/2
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide produced just 8 Sandwich Tern and a Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Just a single Whimbrel was logged.
Miscellaneous
Both Jay and Long-tailed Tit show evidence of breeding on the island.

Déjà vu!

17th May 2017 – sunny spells WSW1/2
Offshore
Evening observations on the falling tide produced 15 Arctic Tern, 10 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet and 3 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Chiffchaff and single Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
The single dark-bellied Brent Goose remains and waders included 1000 Dunlin and 500 Sanderling.
Butterflies and Moths
Poplar Hawk-moth, White Ermine and Cinnibar were all new for the year.

Arctic Terns and Spotted Flycatchers

16th May 2017 – overcast/brighter later SSW3/4
Offshore
Early evening observations (1615-1715) produced 55 Arctic Tern, 51 Common Scoter, 10 Sandwich Tern, 7 Gannet and 2 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Three Spotted Flycatcher and a Wheatear were all that was mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains and waders included 2000 Dunlin.
Moths
Migrants included Diamond-back Moth and Dark Sword-grass while Brimstone, was new for the year.

Seabird numbers begin to build

14th May 2017 – overcast/brighter later SSW4/3
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) produced 140 Gannet, 110 Guillemot, 110 Kittiwake, 78 Common Scoter, 38 Manx Shearwater, 18 Sandwich Tern, 5 Fulmar, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Tern and an Arctic Tern. In addition the huge flock of 4000 Common Scoter were still massed in the mouth of Morecambe Bay.
Grounded Migrants
Slim pickings with just 2 Redstart, 2 Wheatear and single Willow Warbler and Fieldfare – the latter appears to be the latest ever recorded on the island.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck and single dark-bellied Brent Goose remain and waders included 3 Whimbrel.
Butterflies and Moths
Bright-line Brown-eye was new for the year.

Passage waders

13th May 2017 – overcast/rain at times S4/5
Offshore
A large flock of 4000 Common Scoter have now assembled in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 112 Sandwich Tern, 80 Arctic Tern, 49 Gannet, 5 Little Tern and a single Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A further 7 Spotted Flycatcher arrived along with 7 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and a female Redstart.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 5 House Martin flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck and single dark-bellied Brent Goose remain and waders included 5750 Dunlin, 1260 Sanderling, 925 Ringed Plover and 27 Whimbrel..
Butterflies and Moths
The first Wall Brown are now on the wing and Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Heart and Dart were new in the moth trap.

Spotted Flycatchers arrive with the rain

12th May 2017 – bright and sunny/rain later SE1/2
Grounded Migrants
The first 4 Spotted Flycatchers of the year arrived with the rain. Also seen were 5 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and a Garden Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A Yellow Wagtail flew through ahead on the rain band.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck and drake Wigeon continue to linger and waders included 8 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A few Little Egret remain in residence.

Redstart and Whinchat

11th May 2017 – bright and sunny E2/3
Grounded Migrants
It has been a good spring for Whinchat – at least compared to recent years - with a further 2 birds logged. Also seen were 3 Wheatear and single Garden Warbler, Redstart and Goldcrest – the latter quite late for here.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow and House Martin continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Mallard chicks have now emerged and a few Whimbrel remain.
Moths
Small Square-spot and Clouded-bordered Brindle were new for the year.

More Whinchats

10th May 2017 – bright and sunny NE2, WSW2 later
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed a flock of 1000 Common Scoter in the mouth of Morecambe Bay.
Grounded Migrants
A few birds were in evidence including 10 Willow Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat and single Chiffchaff and Garden Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
The dark-bellied Brent Goose continues to linger and waders included 9 Whimbrel and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Marbled Coronet was new for the year.

Osprey and Yellow Wagtail

8th May 2017 – bright and sunny NE2, WSW2 later
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed 4 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Newly grounded birds involved 20 Willow Warbler, 10 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat and a Yellow Wagtail – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey drifted north over the island at 1520hrs. Single Swift and Lesser Redpoll were amongst another light Swallow passage.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Wigeon continues to linger and waders included 30 Whimbrel, 13 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Moths
Dog’s Tooth and Spectacle were new for the year amongst another plague of Brown Silver-line.

Long-tailed Duck and summer plumaged Ruff

7th May 2017 – bright and sunny ESE1, WNW2 later
Offshore
A group of 8 Arctic Tern flew out of the bay.
Grounded Migrants
A few more birds than of late with 28 Willow Warbler, 20 Wheatear and single Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Restart and Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
The first House Martin of the year were amongst a steady passage of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Long-tailed Duck consorted with the Eiders and a dark bellied Brent Goose and 4 Shoveler continue to linger. Waders included 3 summer plumaged Ruff (2 male & female) along with 61 Whimbrel, 13 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Moths
Puss Moth and Rustic Shoulder Knot were new for the year amongst a plague of Brown Silver-line.

Swifts begin to arrive

6th May 2017 – sunny spells ENE 5/4/3
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (0745-0845) produced just 18 Sandwich Tern, 14 Gannet, 14 Guillemot, 4 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Again just Wheatear and Willow Warbler were in evidence with 12 and 2 birds respectively.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 6 Swift were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3000 Dunlin, 2000 Knot, 67 Whimbrel and 4 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
Six Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Grasshopper Warbler were on territory and territorial Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler continue to increase.

Marsh Harrier

5th May 2017 – bright and sunny ENE 4/5/6
Grounded Migrants
Only 8 Wheatear and 2 Willow Warbler were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A female/immature Marsh Harrier flew through mid-afternoon.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 59 Whimbrel and 4 Golden Plover.

Belgium Sandwich Tern

4th May 2017 – bright and sunny ENE5/6/7
Offshore
A handful of Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 78 Whimbrel.
Moths
Holly Blue – a recent addition to the island list are now on the wing.
Ringing
A Sandwich Tern – a recent Peregrine kill was found to be wearing a Belgium ring.

Migration stalls again!

3rd May 2017 – bright and sunny NE2/3/4/5
Offshore
A handful of Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 19 Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included flocks of 8000 Dunlin and 5000 Knot along with 70 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
At least one Little Egret remains.
Moths
Brown Silver-line dominated in the moth trap.

More Whinchats

2nd May 2017 – sunny spells ENE2/3
Offshore
Late afternoon observations on the rising tide produced just 30 Sandwich Tern, 6 Little Tern and 2 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Wheatears remain to the fore with 41 birds logged along with 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Whinchat and 2 Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
Swallows continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 59 Whimbrel and 6 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
Territorial Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat numbers continue to increase daily.
Moths
Dog’s Tooth was new for the year.

Ring Ouzel

1st May 2017 – early showers then sunny spells E3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0800) revealed 200 Common Scoter, 44 Gannet, 43 Sandwich Tern, 6 Guillemot, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Tern and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A male Ring Ouzel headlined, also seen were 65 Wheatear, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Whinchat and 2 Redstart.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow passage again stalled to a trickle.
Wildfowl and Waders
Four Shoveler continue to lnger and waders included an impressive 10000 Knot along with 1200 Dunlin, 120 Sanderling, 65 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
There are now 2 Reed Warbler on territory and both Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat numbers continue to increase slowly.

Redstart, Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher along with fly through Osprey

30th April 2017 – sunny spells SE5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea over high tide (1415-1515) provided 29 Common Scoter, 14 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
At last spring arrives with 100 Wheatear, 30 Willow Warbler, 5 Whinchat, 2 Redstart and single Pied Flycatcher and Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
An Osprey headed north and Swallow passage finally kicked in with 200 birds logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 144 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Flame Shoulder and Shuttle-shaped Dart were new for the year.
Ringing
A total of 222 birds of 22 species were handled during the month. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets): Goldfinch 60, (13), Willow Warbler 25, Goldcrest 14, Linnet 14, (7), Chaffinch 13, (2), Blackbird 10, (2), Blackcap 8, Chiffchaff 7, (1), Dunnock 5, (1), Redwing 3, Wren 3, House Sparrow 3, (1), Robin 2, Lesser Redpoll 2, Meadow Pipit 2, Greenfinch 2, (12), Song Thrush 1, (1), Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 1, Redstart 1, Yellowhammer 1, Reed Bunting 1, (3).

First Reed Warbler and Arctic Tern

29th April 2017 – overcast SE2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0715-0815) produced 520 Common Scoter, 56 Kittiwake, 55 Gannet, 40 Sandwich Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 4 Scaup, 2 Shag and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Despite the change in wind deirection still quiet with just 33 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Siskin was amongst a light trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5000 Knot, 157 Whimbrel, 14 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The first Reed Warbler has returned to breeding localities and at least 4 Grasshopper Warbler continue to reel.

Cuckoo arrives

28th April 2017 – sunny spells W2/3
Offshore
Only a few Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited fare still with just 15 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler and single Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Cuckoo recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 60 pale-bellied Brent Geese remain and waders included 1000 Knot, 130 Golden Plover, 52 Whimbrel and 6 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded x Carrion Crow remains.

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.

Manx Shearwaters appear offshore

13th April 2017 – sunny spells WSW3/4
Offshore
An evening seawatch on the falling tide (1715-1815) produced the first Manx Shearwaters of the year with 24 birds logged. Also seen were 53 Sandwich Tern, 22 Common Scoter, 17 Gannet, 7 Red-throated Diver and 4 Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 400 Golden Plover and a Greenshank while the drake Gadwall remains.

Early Grasshopper Warbler

9th April 2017 – hazy sunshine SE1, SW2/3 later
Offshore
The sea provided 30 Sandwich Tern and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A Grasshopper Warbler was the earliest ever recorded on the island, however Wheatear dominated with 100 birds logged. Also seen were 12 White Wagtail, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and a Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 80 Pink-footed Geese headed north while 25 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Siskin were also seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 200 pale-bellied and 24 dark-bellied birds and the drake Gadwall remains amongst 8 Shoveler. Waders included 450 Golden Plover, 170 Sanderling and 9 Black-tailed Godwit
Miscellaneous
A few Little Egret remain and the Great Spotted Woodpecker continues to drum expectedly.
Moths
Tawny Pinion was new for the year.

Sandwich Tern influx

8th April 2017 – bright and sunny ENE1/2
Offshore
An influx of Sandwich Tern was apparent with 50 birds logged. Also seen were 14 Common Scoter and 4 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A few Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap are now on territory while newly arrived birds were limited to 4 White Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A single Brambling and 4 Lesser Redpoll were amongst a light trickle of Meadow Pipit, Swallow and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 280 pale-bellied birds, a group of 14 Whooper Swan floated serenely on the sea and the drake Gadwall remains amongst at least 9 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
Both Merlin and Peregrine were logged and the Great Spotted Woodpecker continues to drum expectedly.
Butterflies and Moths
A Comma was on the wing and recently emerged moths involve Early Thorn, Early Grey, Red Swordgrass, Hebrew Character and Angle Shades.

First Swallow and Willow Warbler arrive

2nd April 2017 – bright and sunny NNW2/3
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0800) produced 30 Common Scoter, 10 Sandwich Tern, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver and 5 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Although, unlike yesterday, conditions were unconducive to produce many grounded birds the first 3 Willow Warbler arrived. Also seen were 12 Wheatear, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 White Wagtail and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
The first Swallow of the year flew through along with 100 Meadow Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 5 Sand Martin and single Whooper Swan and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 227 pale-bellied and 22 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 550 Golden Plover and 1500 Knot .
Miscellaneous
A drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker raised speculation of the island’s first breeding attempt.
Moths
Common Quaker and Early Thorn were again attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Yellowhammer double

1st April 2017 – mist/murk/rain/calm, sunny spells SW1 later
Grounded Migrants
Thrushes dominated at dawn with the conditions grounding 400 Redwing, 54 Fieldfare and 32 Blackbird. However, 2 Yellowhammer were the highlight amongst 54 Goldcrest, 5 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff and the first Blackcap of the year.
Diurnal Migration
The weather conditions meant that few birds were on the move with northbound passage limited to 9 Whooper Swan, 3 Sand Martin and a Siskin amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Moths
Common Quaker and Early Thorn were the first of the year.

Velvet Scoter

31st March 2017 – sunny spells S4/3/2
Offshore
Observations over the sea on the rising tide (1230-1330) produced a female Velvet Scoter amongst 20 Gannet, 16 Common Scoter, 10 Kittiwake, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Guillemot and 2 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A smattering of birds were logged including 28 Redwing, 10 Blackbird, 6 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
The first 6 Sand Martin of the year flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 270 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 650 Golden Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and a Jack Snipe amongst 25 Snipe.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was the best of the rest.
Ringing
A good start to the year saw 187 birds of 19 species handled. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets). Blackbird 36, (2), Goldfinch 28, (16), House Sparrow 13, (3), Chaffinch 10, Goldcrest 9, Greenfinch 8, (13), Redwing 6, Robin 6, (1), Reed Bunting 4, (7), Siskin 3, Dunnock 2, (7), Song Thrush 2, (2), Great Tit 2, Woodcock 1, Chiffchaff 1, Lesser Redpoll 1, Linnet 1, (1), Blue Tit (1), Wren (1)

First Sandwich Terns arrive

26th March 2017 – bright and sunny ENE1
Offshore
The sea provided the first 6 Sandwich Tern of the year along with 8 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter, 6 Shag and 2 Pintail.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 11 Goldcrest and 2 Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
Northbound passage included 165 Pink-footed Geese, 40 Meadow Pipit, 8 Whooper Swan and 2 Tree Sparrow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 340 pale-bellied and 60 dark-bellied birds. Four Barnacle Geese remain and the redhead Goosander put in another appearance. The drake Gadwall remains amongst 14 Shoveler. Waders included 14 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was the best of the rest.
Butterflies
Both Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were again on the wing.

Some movement evident

25th March 2017 – bright and sunny NE1
Offshore
A check of the sea provided 37 Common Scoter, 7 Red-throated Diver and 2 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 5 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Northbound passage included 240 Pink-footed Geese, 80 Meadow Pipit, 36 Whooper Swan and 3 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 250 pale-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
Water Rail, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Long-tailed Tit were the best of the rest.
Butterflies
Both Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock have now emerged.

A horrible day with snow turning to rain

22nd March 2017 – overcast with snow turning to rain ENE3
Offshore
The sea provided small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Guillemot and Razorbill .
Diurnal Migration
A herd of 32 Whooper Swan headed north and small numbers of Meadow Pipit struggled in off the sea .
Miscellaneous
A group of 20 Little Egret congregated towards dusk.

Gadwall added to year list

18th March 2017 – overcast/drizzle/rain WSW3
Offshore
A check of the sea (0830-0930) produced 150 Kittiwake, 16 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet and 4 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a single Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Gadwall was amongst 16 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
Several Little Egret were logged.
Moths
Another Dark Sword-grass graced the moth trap.

A few migrants - though moths outnumber the birds!

15th March 2017 – sunny spells S2/1
Grounded Migrants
A few Goldcrest and Stonechat were in evidence.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to small numbers of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 200 pale-bellied birds and the 4 Barnacle Geese remain. Waders included 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.
Moths
After 74 nights of continuous operation the moth trap finally burst into life with 5 Dark Sword-grass attracted overnight.

First fall of the spring

12th March 2017 – overcast/mist/murk/calm
Grounded Migrants
The first fall of the spring provided 84 Redwing, 60 Blackbird, 37 Fieldfare, 22 Goldcrest, 6 Stonechat, 6 Robin, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
In comparison the skies were quiet with just single Grey Wagtail and Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A Woodcock was part of the day’s fall.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was again the best of the rest.

First Wheatear arrives

11th March 2017 – overcast/mist/murk/calm
Grounded Migrants
The first Wheatear of the spring was logged amongst 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing and single Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
The busiest day of spring so far in the skies with 35 Siskin, 8 Grey Wagtail and 3 Fieldfare recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 350 pale-bellied and 74 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 6000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

First Goldcrest of the spring

8th March 2017 – sunny spells S2
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar late afternoon.
Grounded Migrants
The first Goldcrest of the spring was logged and a Stonechat was perhaps newly arrived .
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Raven were seen.

Water Pipit continues to perform

7th March 2017 – sunny spells S2
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at Biggar.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 4 Barnacle Geese remain.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included a flock of 20 Twite and 4 Raven.

Further hints of spring migration

5th March 2017 – overcast/rain soon SE3/4
Offshore
The sea provided 35 Common Scoter, 10 Shag, 6 Red-throated Diver and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
A small Greenfinch influx was apparent.
Diurnal Migration
A Grey Wagtail flew through.
Miscellaneous
Little Egrets remain prominent.

Water Pipit brace

4th March 2017 – sunny spells SE2
Rarities
Single Water Pipits were showing well in the flooded horse paddocks at both Biggar Bank and Biggar.
Offshore
A quick check over the sea revealed just 10 Shag, 4 Common Scoter and 3 Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 5 Siskin flew through amongst a trickle of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock contained 316 pale-bellied and 81 dark-bellied birds. Waders included single Woodcock and Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail, 2 Barn Owl and 3 Raven were the best of the rest.

Goosander

3rd March 2017 overcast/rain later SE3/4
Grounded Migrants
The first small Meadow Pipit influx of the year was apparent.
Wildfowl and Waders
A redhead Goosander was logged and the Brent Goose flock held 300 pale-bellied and 46 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 800 Golden Plover and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Two Raven were the best of the rest.

Water Pipit still present

1st March 2017 sun and showers WSW2/3
Rarities
The latest round of high tides again pushed a single Water Pipit from the salt marsh. The bird was feeding late afternoon in the flooded horse paddocks along Biggar Bank with 10 Meadow Pipit and 2 Rock Pipit.
Offshore
An afternoon check of the sea revealed 12 Shag and a Red-throated Diver.
Miscellaneous
A small group of 8 Twite were the best of the rest.

Water Pipit again

27th February 2017 – bright and sunny SW3
Rarities
The latest round of high tides again pushed a single Water Pipit from the salt marsh. The bird was feeding late afternoon in the flooded horse paddocks along Biggar Bank with 12 Meadow Pipit.

Great Northern Diver reappears

26th February 2017 – overcast/rain at times S5/6
Offshore
Early morning observations over the sea (0730-0830) produced 16 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Gannet. A Great Northern Diver and Shag were off the sheltered eastern shore on the rising tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock contained 349 pale-bellied and 37 dark-bellied birds. The 3 female Scaup remain and waders included 11000 Knot, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 25 Twite remain.

A few more Twite

25th February 2017 – overcast/rain at times SW6
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed little other than 7 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 345 pale-bellied and 30 dark-bellied birds while waders included 5000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 25 Twite were logged.

Scaup remain

24th February 2017 – bright and sunny SW3
Grounded Migrants
A Redwing was the first of the year.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 3 female Scaup remain and a Woodcock was logged.
Miscellaneous
At least 22 Little Egret remain, a Water Rail squealed and 10 Twite were recorded.

First Gannet of the year

19th February 2017 – overcast/drizzle/mist SW2
Offshore
Early morning observations before the weather closed in (0730-0830) produced 46 Common Scoter, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 6 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake and the first Gannet of the year.
Grounded Migrants
Further hints of spring were provided by 3 Great Tit and single Chaffinch and Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 10 Shoveler were logged.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Further signs of spring

18th February 2017 – overcast SW2/3
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea produced just 6 Shag, 3 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Three Fieldfare were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 61 Pink-footed Geese headed north as did 2 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 300 pale-bellied and 89 dark-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail and 25 Twite were the best of the rest.
Ringing
At least nine colour-ringed birds were amongst the Brent Goose flock including birds ringed in Canada, Iceland, Northern Ireland and The Netherlands.

First Harbingers of spring!

17th February 2017 – overcast SE1
Offshore
A pre-roost gathering of 16 Shag were seen and a total of 5040 Eider were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Four Barnacle Geese and the three long-staying female Scaup are still in residence. Waders included 4 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
After being noticeably absent through the winter the first wave of Lesser Black-backed Gulls have returned.

Bottle-nosed Dolphins

12th February 2017 – overcast/cold NE5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea (0900-1000) produced A Goosander amongst 47 Red-breasted Merganser along with 41 Razorbill, 12 Red-throated Diver and 7 Common Scoter.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 70 Pintail and 12 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
At least 43 Little Egret remain and a Merlin was logged.
Mammals
A pod of 24 Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore.

Wildfowl and Waders

11th February 2017 – overcast/cold N3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea (0820-0920) produced 32 Common Scoter, 13 Razorbill, 10 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Red-throated Diver. Later the ebbing tide added 12 Shag and a Great Northern Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A Mistle Thrush provided a hint of cold weather movement.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 334 pale-bellied and 28 dark-bellied birds, also seen were 4 Barnacle Geese, 3 Scaup and a redhead Goosander. Waders were well represented with 5200 Knot, 1365 Redshank, 250 Grey Plover, 220 Turnstone, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit amongst the species logged.
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail and Peregrine were the best of the rest.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Water Pipit remains

5th February 2017 – sun and showers S1
Rarities
The Water Pipit was again in the flooded horse field at Biggar.
Offshore
A group of 8 Shag were logged along with small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Common Scoter and Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 14 Shoveler.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin was the best of the rest.

Another Water Pipit

4th February 2017 – early heavy showers SE3
Rarities
A Water Pipit was with 2 Pied Wagtail and single Grey Wagtail and Meadow Pipit in the flooded horse field at Biggar .
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-0900) provided 71 Common Scoter, 22 Red-throated Diver, 5 Kittiwake and 5 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Barnacle Goose flock held 38 birds and the 3 female Scaup remain. Waders included 6 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 43 Little Egret remain and a Tree Sparrow was the best of the rest.