Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Offshore 
2 Wigeons east, 2 Teal east, 63 Common Scoters east, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Fulmar east, 4 Gannets east, 1 Razorbill east, 14 Sandwich Terns and 9 Arctic Terns east.


Visible Migration 
6 Whimbrels east, 1 Snipe east, 2 Wood Pigeons east, 11 Swallows north, 3 Alba Wagtails north, 2 Tree Pipits north, 37 Meadow Pipits north, 16 Linnets east, 2 Redpolls east and 84 Goldfinch west.

Grounded Migrants 
1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers, 8 Wheatears and 9 White Wagtails.
 
 Wheatear

Others 
2 Gadwalls, 1 Little Egret, 59 Ringed Plovers, 57 Black-tailed Godwits, 110 Turnstones, 90 Sanderlings and 55 Dunlins.

Tuesday, 17th April 2018

Offshore 
36 Common Scoters east, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Manx Shearwater east, 6 Gannets west, 5 Razorbills east, 7 Auk sp. east, 7 Sandwich Terns and 11 Kittiwakes west.


Visible Migration
2 Alba Wagtails north, 1 Tree Pipit north-east, 18 Meadow Pipits north/north-east and 16 Goldfinch west.

Grounded Migrants 
1 Goldcrest, 12 Wheatears and 4 White Wagtails.

Others
11 Wigeons, 2 Gadwalls, 68 Ringed Plovers, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 82 Turnstones, 115 Sanderlings, 75 Dunlins and 1 Common Sandpiper.
 
 Common Sandpiper
 
 Dunlin

Monday, 16th April 2018

There was a large easterly movement of Common Scoters into the Bay this morning, and the majority of these birds were 'high' and climbing as they headed east, indicating a very probable over-land crossing to the east coast! This corresponds with similar observations made on the Solway today as well. 

Offshore
2 Teal west, 2 Shovelers west, 1067 Common Scoters east, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers east, 2 Fulmars west, 8 Manx Shearwaters west, 31 Gannets west, 2 Razorbills west, 1 Guillemot, 8 Auk sp. west, 15 Sandwich Terns east, 5 Arctic Terns east, 4 Kittiwakes west and 4 Little Gulls.


Visible Migration:
9 Alba Wagtails north, 48 Meadow Pipits north, 23 Linnets east, 4 Redpolls east, 69 Goldfinch west and 1 Siskin east.

Grounded Migrants
1 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Wheatears, 11 White Wagtails and 1 Lesser Redpoll.
 
 Willow Warbler
 
 Lesser Whitethroat

Others:
2 Gadwalls, 1 Shoveler, 58 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 138 Turnstones, 600 Knots, 37 Sanderlings, 45 Dunlins and 1 Purple Sandpiper.

Sunday, 15th April 2018

Offshore
1 Shelduck east, 31 Common Scoters east, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Divers east & 1 on the sea, 3 Manx Shearwaters west, 6 Gannets west, 2 Auk sp. west, 36 Sandwich Terns east and 3 Kittiwakes east.
 
 Gannet

Visible Migration:
2 Whimbrels east, 83 Wood Pigeons east, 5 Jackdaws east, 1 Rook east, 1 Sand Martin north, 4 Swallows north, 3 Tree Sparrows east, 2 Yellow Wagtails east, 25 Alba Wagtails north, 3 Tree Pipits north, 266 Meadow Pipits north, 1 Chaffinch east, 73 Linnets east, 12 Redpolls east, 92 Goldfinch east and 4 Siskins east.

Grounded Migrants
1 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Redstart, 12 Wheatears, 75 White Wagtails, 5 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Siskins.

Willow Warbler

Ringing
2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Lesser Redpolls.
 
 Lesser Redpoll

Saturday, 14th April 2018

With the return of IG to the country daily coverage at the Obs will now resume. 

Offshore:
2 Shelducks east, 6 Wigeons east, 2 Teals west, 347 Common Scoters east, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Red-throated Divers east & 2 on the sea, 6 Gannets east, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 6000 Knots west, 1 Razorbill, 32 Sandwich Terns east, 1 Common Tern east, 1 Little Gull east and 2 Med. Gulls east.

Visible Migration
123 Pink-footed Geese north, 7 Wood Pigeons east, 8 Jackdaws north-east, 6 Carrion Crows north-east, 2 Sand Martins north, 9 Swallows north, 1 Grey Wagtail east, 7 Alba Wagtails north, 74 Meadow Pipits north, 1 Brambling east, 14 Linnets east, 1 Redpoll east, 35 Goldfinch east and 3 Reed Buntings east.
 
 Meadow Pipit

Grounded Migrants:
2 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Redwing, 7 Wheatears and 5 White Wagtails.
 
 Wheatear

Others 
17 Wigeons, 2 Gadwalls, 1 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 67 Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 115 Turnstones, 43 Sanderlings and 80 Dunlins.
 
 Shoveler

Sunday, 8th April 2018

At first light visibility across the Bay was poor, and within half an hour it was completely engulfed in murk and drizzle, consequently the movement offshore and that of visible migration was restricted. 

Offshore
8 Common Scoters, 5 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Gulls west and 28 Sandwich Terns south.

Visible Migration
4 Swallows northeast, 2 Alba Wagtails east, 151 Meadow Pipits east/northeast, 1 Goldfinch northeast, 30 Siskins east/northeast (one flock of 27!), 6 Linnets northeast and 4 Redpolls east/southeast.

Grounded Migrants
2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler and 5 Goldcrests.

Friday, 30th March 2018

Offshore
17 Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Little Egret west, 37 Little Gulls east and 1 Razorbill. 

 Little Egret

Visible Migration
9 Woodpigeons, east, 6 Alba Wagtails east, 254 Meadow Pipits east/northeast, 1 Goldfinch east and 5 Linnets east/northeast

Others
48 Grey Plovers and 145 Turnstones.