Whinchat on the move

16th August 2017 – bright start rain by evening SSE 3/4
Offshore
A check over the sea as the rain arrived produced 200 Sandwich Tern and 12 Gannet.
Grounded
Two Whinchat were amongst small numbers of Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Rhomboid Tortrix was new for the year.

First Merlin of the autumn

14th August 2017 – overcast/rain early and late SSE3/4
Grounded Migrants
Only single Wheatear, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Goldcrest were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 7 Greenshank and 8 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 35 Little Egret are present across the island and the first Merlin of the autumn was recorded.

Small fall and light passage

13th August 2017 – bright and sunny V1
Grounded Migrants
The first evidence of a fall this autumn produced 22 Willow Warbler, 13 Whitethroat, 9 Sedge Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear and single Whinchat, Garden Warbler and Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
Light passage involved 30 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin, 18 Tree Sparrow, 3 Tree Pipit and 2 Swift.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Dragonflies
At least 3 Migrant Hawker are now on the wing.

First Goldcrest of the autumn

12th August 2017 – overcast/rain at times W3/4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 47 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Although the first Goldcrest of the autumn was logged passage was otherwise limited to a few Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
A Yellow-barred Brindle was new for the year.

Greenshank numbers begin to build

11th August 2017 – overcast/rain at times SW5/6
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (1220-1320) produced 76 Common Scoter, 70 Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet and 3 Little Tern. A flock of 440 Sandwich Tern roosted over the tide.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a handful of Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
A total of 27 Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel were amongst 550 Redshank.

First Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn

9th August 2017 – sunny spells N2/3
Grounded Migrants
The first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn was amongst small numbers of Willow Warbler and Whitethroat.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Dragonflies
The first Migrant Hawker was on the wing.

Low key migration

6th August 2017 – overcast/rain later SW3/4/5
Offshore
A couple of checks over the sea either side of high tide produced 90 Sandwich Tern, 44 Manx Shearwater, 21 Gannet, 21 Common Scoter, 18 Little Tern and 2 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and single Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 520 Dunlin, 310 Redshank, 40 Grey Plover, 30 Sanderling, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Two Kestrels target a mixed flock of finches comprising 330 Linnet, 34 Goldfinch and 18 Greenfinch.
Moths
Immigrants involved 7 Rusty Dot Pearl and 2 Silver Y while newly emerged residents involved Hedge Rustic and Yellow-tail.

Osprey and Tree Pipit

5th August 2017 – sunny spells NW4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 90 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 2 Little Tern and a Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a handful of Willow Warbler and Whitethroat and a single Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A southbound Tree Pipit was the first of the year while an Osprey also headed south at 1700hrs.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 80 Grey Plover, 6 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 22 Little Egret and a total of 7 Raven were the best of the rest.
Butterflies
Migrants involved a Painted Lady amongst small numbers of Red Admiral. Resident species were led by good numbers of Gatekeeper while lesser numbers of Wall Brown, Meadow Brown, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell were also logged.

Little Ringed Plover

4th August 2017 – sun and showers W4
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (1220-1320) produced 50 Sandwich Tern, 20 Gannet and 17 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 4 Willow Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was newly arrived and additional waders included 7 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank amongst good numbers of Dunlin.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded x Carrion Crow was logged.