Tuesday, 27th September 2016

Offshore
2 Shelducks east, 38 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west and 2 Sandwich Terns west.

Visible Migration
1 Merlin in off, 11 Swallows south, 3 Alba Wagtails south and 11 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants
3 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap and 2 Wheatears.
 
 Goldcrest

Others
64 Wigeons, 60 Teals, 3 Little Egrets, 6 Grey Plovers, 550 Lapwings, 58 Ringed Plovers, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 53 Sanderlings, 42 Dunlins, 480 Redshanks, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 40 Goldfinch.
 
 Skylark
 
 

Monday, 26th September 2016

The wind veered SE overnight and with some heavy rain showers this dumped some migrants in, the best of the bunch being a single Pied Flycatcher.

Offshore
3 Wigeons west, 30 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west, 1 Great Crested Grebe west, 4 Sandwich Terns west and 2 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration 
1 Golden Plovers south, 4 Swallows south, 1 Mistle Thrush south, 5 Grey Wagtails south, 8 Alba Wagtails south, 31 Meadow Pipits south, 9 Goldfinch south and 5 Linnets south.

Grounded Migrants 
12 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Song Thrushes, 22 Robins, 1 Pied Flycatcher,
1 Stonechat and 9 Wheatears.
 
 Wheatear
 
 Stonechat
 
 Robin

Others 
75 Wigeons, 55 Teal, 4 Little Egrets, 14 Golden Plovers, 600 Lapwings, 62 Ringed Plovers, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 155 Turnstones, 89 Sanderlings, 65 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull and 1 Kingfisher.

Sunday, 25th September 2016

A decent mornings seawatching with a Great northern Diver and a Black Tern being the highlights.

Offshore 
6 Shelducks east, 1 Wigeon west, 76 Common Scoters west, 6 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Great Northern Diver west, 1 Manx Shearwater west, 10 Gannets west, 96 Cormorants west, 8 Kittiwakes west, 1 Little Gull west, 3 Sandwich Terns west, 1 Black Tern west, 2 Guillemots west and 7 Auk sp. west. Also 2 Harbour Porpoises.

Visible Migration 
2 Swallows south, 2 Alba Wagtails south and 8 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants
1 Wheatear.

Others 
157 Wigeons, 57 Teals, 2 Pintails, 3 Shovelers, 4 Little Egrets, 750 Lapwings, 67 Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 185 Turnstones, 42 Sanderlings, 600 Redshanks, 1 Jack Snipe, 85 Snipe, 2 Med. Gulls, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 40 Goldfinch.
 
 Sanderlings
 
 Snipe

Saturday, 24th September 2016

Offshore
1 Shelduck east, 3 Teals west, 24 Common Scoters west, 1 Gannet west, 1 Sandwich Tern west, 1 Arctic Tern east and 2 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
1 Grey Heron in off, 7 Swallows south, 2 Grey Wagtails south, 6 Alba Wagtails south and 16 Meadow Pipits south.
 
 Grey Heron

Grounded Migrants 
1 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap and 1 Wheatear.

Others 
63 Wigeons, 40 Teal, 4 Shovelers, 4 Little Egrets, 1 juv. Marsh Harrier, 21 Golden Plovers, 525 Lapwings, 62 Ringed Plovers, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, 170 Turnstones, 47 Sanderlings, 55 Dunlins, 650 Redshanks, 23 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull, 3 Stock Doves, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 80 Linnets.
 
 Teal
 
 Marsh Harrier

Friday, 23rd September 2016

Offshore
14 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 1 Guillemot west and 3 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
11 Skylarks south, 28 Swallows south, 3 Grey Wagtails south, 16 Alba Wagtails south, 138 Meadow Pipits south, 3 Chaffinch south, 6 Goldfinch south, 10 Linnets south and 1 Reed Bunting south.

Grounded Migrants 
5 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 Robins and 2 Wheatears.

Others
56 Wigeons, 37 Teal, 3 Gadwalls, 4 Shovelers, 5 Little Egrets, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 500 Lapwings, 67 Ringed Plovers, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 165 Turnstones, 52 Sanderlings, 520 Redshanks, 1 Med. Gull and 2 Cetti's Warblers.
 
 Small Copper

Ringing 
2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Robins and 2 Reed Buntings.
 
 Chiffchaff

Thursday, 22nd September 2016

Offshore 
22 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 3 Gannets west, 2 Sandwich Terns west, 2 Guillemots west and 6 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
3 Swallows south, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 12 Alba Wagtails south and 28 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants 
7 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler and 5 Wheatears.

Wheatear

Others
103 Wigeons, 75 Teal, 3 Gadwalls, 2 Shovelers, 4 Little Egrets, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 4 Golden Plovers, 400 Lapwings, 180 Turnstones, 475 Redshanks, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 75 Goldfinch.
 
 Gadwall

Ringing
4 Reed Buntings.

Wednesday, 21st September 2016

Offshore
2 Shelducks east, 4 Wigeons west, 22 Common Scoters west and 2 Sandwich Terns.

Visible Migration 
1 Grey Heron west, 1 Snipe east, 1 Skylark south, 3 Swallows south, 4 Mistle Thrushes south-east, 8 Grey
Wagtails south, 18 Alba Wagtails south, 61 Meadow Pipits south-east, 3 Goldfinch south, 1 Linnet south and 1 Reed Bunting south-east.
 Meadow Pipit

Grounded Migrants 
7 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Robins and 2 Wheatears.

Others
48 Wigeons, 42 Teal, 2 Pintails, 2 Shovelers, 5 Little Egrets, 260 Lapwings, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 235 Turnstones, 250 Knots, 480 Redshanks and 1 Med. Gull.
 Pintails

Ringing
1 Wren and 6 Reed Buntings.
 Reed Bunting

Tuesday, 20th September 2016

Offshore 
16 Wigeons west, 17 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 3 Sandwich Terns west and 1 Guillemot east.

Visible Migration:
342 Pink-footed Geese south, 23 Swallows south, 8 Grey Wagtails south, 12 Alba Wagtails south, 41 Meadow Pipits south and 4 Linnets south.

Grounded Migrants 
6 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Robins and 1 Wheatear.

Others 
41 Wigeons, 37 Teal, 7 Little Egrets, 17 Golden Plovers, 625 Lapwings, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 300 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 550 Redshanks, 1 Med. Gull and 1 Cetti's Warbler.
 Kestrel
 Migrant Hawker

Ringing
2 Blue Tits, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch and 3 Reed Buntings.

Monday, 19th September 2016

Offshore
18 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-throated Diver west and 2 Sandwich Terns west.

Visible Migration
1 Snipe east, 6 Swallows south, 2 Grey Wagtails south, 6 Alba Wagtails south and 28 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants
2 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Others
8 Teal, 7 Little Egrets, 9 Golden Plovers, 700 Lapwings, 112 Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 220 Turnstones, 87 Sanderlings, 63 Dunlins, 1 Greenshank, 500 Redshanks and 1 Med. Gull.
 Dunlin
 Ringed Plover

Greenshank

Sunday, 18th September 2016

Offshore
7 Wigeons west, 16 Common Scoters west, 5 Sandwich Terns west, 1 Guillemot east and 2 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration
1 Rook south, 6 Carrion Crows south, 1 Raven south, 4 Skylarks south, 1 Sand Martin east, 41 Swallows east, 6 House Martins east, 11 Grey Wagtails south, 15 Alba Wagtails south, 92 Meadow Pipits south, 5 Chaffinch south, 23 Greenficnhes south and 2 Reed Buntings south.

Grounded Migrants:
3 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Dunnocks and 1 Wheatear.

Others 
7 Wigeons, 48 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 21 Little Egrets -a single flock over at dawn, a new record count!, 130 Lapwings, 183 Ringed Plovers, 230 Turnstones, 300 Knots, 155 Sanderlings, 77 Dunlins, 1 Greenshank, 500 Redshanks, 40 Snipe, 3 Stock Doves and 45 Linnets.

Snipe

Teal

Ringing
2 Great Tits, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Blackcap, 3 Wrens, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch and 4 Greenfinches.
 Meadow Pipit

Saturday, 17th September 2016

The first Pink-footed Geese, Jack Snipe and Stonechat of the Autumn were recorded today.

Stonechat

Offshore
4 Shelducks east, 24 Common Scoters west, 1 Great Crested Grebe north, 2 Gannets east, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Guillemots east and 6 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration
53 Pink-footed Geese south, 2 Little Egrets east, 1 Grey Heron east, 1 Sparrowhawk south, 2 Buzzards south, 2 Snipe east, 15 Jackdaws south-east, 3 Carrion Crows south, 6 Skylarks south, 29 Swallows south, 12 Grey Wagtails south, 42 Alba Wagtails south, 371 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Siskin south, 14 Linnets south and 3 Reed Bunting south.
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Grounded Migrants
11 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robins, 1 Stonechat and 6 Wheatears.

Others
26 Wigeons, 40 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 9 Little Egrets, 450 Lapwings, 175 Ringed Plovers, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 160Sanderlings, 75 Dunlins, 1 Green Sandpiper, 500 Redshanks, 1 Jack Snipe, 45 Snipe, 4 Stock Doves and 80 Goldfinch.

Ringing
2 Goldcrests and 3 Meadow Pipits.
 
 Meadow Pipit

Friday, 16th September 2016

After calm, settled conditions over the last few days this morning broke with a force seven northerly! Northerly winds generally are not very productive here but from dawn there was a steady movement of birds flying west out of the bay. A cracking juvenile pale morph Long-tailed Skua was without doubt the highlight of the mornings seawatching. The bird was picked up coming in from the NW, hitting the point, then veering east to Kings Scar and then slowly flying back west into the Irish Sea.

Offshore
24 Wigeons west, 7 Teal west, 5 Pintails west, 231 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 12 Gannets west, 1 Great Crested Grebe west, 3 Arctic Skuas west, 1 juv. pale morph Long-tailed Skua (see above), 3 Kittiwakes west, 42 Sandwich Terns west, 1 Black Tern west, 6 Guillemots west, 1 Razorbill west and 16 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
2 Grey Wagtails south, 5 Alba Wagtails south and 40 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants
1 Wheatear.

Others 
2 Little Egrets, 8 Golden Plovers, 420 Lapwings, 125 Ringed Plovers, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 240 Turnstones, 150 Knots, 90 Sanderlings,1 Purple Sandpiper, 475 Redshanks and 2 Med. Gulls.
 
 Small Tortoiseshell

Grey Plover

Song Thrush

Thursday, 15th September 2016

Offshore
7 Shelducks east, 3 Teals west, 9 Common Scoters west, 1 Great Crested Grebe west and 16 Sandwich Terns.

Visible Migration
20 Snipe east, 7 Skylarks south, 63 Swallows south, 21 Grey Wagtails south, 30 Alba Wagtails south, 432 Meadow Pipits south, 10 Linnets south and 1 Reed Bunting south.

Grounded Migrants
3 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers and 2 Wheatears.

Others 
2 Shovelers, 4 Little Egrets, 475 Lapwings, 18 Black- tailed Godwits, 250 Knots, 1 Greenshank, 500 Redshanks, 3 Med. Gulls and 2 Cetti's Warblers.
 
 Redshank

Ringing 
1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Meadow Pipit.
 
 Goldcrest

Wednesday, 14th September 2016

The highlight of the day were two Ospreys which flew through in perfect raptor conditions during the afternoon. Both birds came in high from the north with the first bird veering off to the SE and the second twenty minutes later going straight south.

Offshore
20 Shelducks east, 4 Wigeons west, 9 Common Scoters west, 10 Gannets east, 3 Kittiwakes east, 23 Sandwich Terns and 1 Guillemot east.
 
 Sandwich Terns

Visible Migration
2 Ospreys south - see above, 1 Merlin 'in off', 85 Swallows south, 7 House Martins east, 16 Grey Wagtails south, 21 Alba Wagtails south, 184 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Chaffinch south-east and 2 Linnets south.

Grounded Migrants
4 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler and 5
Wheatears.

Others 
1 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 1 Garganey, 3 Shovelers, 6 Little Egrets, 520 Lapwings, 84 Ringed Plovers, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 250 Knots, 90 Sanderlings, 2 Greenshanks, 500 Redshanks, 18 Snipe, 3 Med. Gulls and 2 Cetti's Warblers.
 
 Little Egret

Tuesday, 13th September 2016

Offshore
22 Shelducks east, 1 Wigeon west, 4 Teals west, 13 Common Scoters west, 2 Gannets east, 11 Sandwich Terns and 1 Guillemot west. Also 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphins and 4 Atlantic Grey Seals.

Visible Migration 
46 Swallows south, 7 House Martins south-east, 1 Yellow Wagtail south, 17 Grey Wagtails south, 29 Alba Wagtails south, 224 Meadow Pipits south and 2 Reed Buntings south.

Grounded Migrants 
3 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 6 Wheatears.

Others
1 Gadwall, 22 Teals, 1 Garganey, 2 Shovelers, 6 Little Egrets, 83 Ringed Plovers, 17 Golden Plovers, 360 Lapwings, 18 Black-tailed Godwits, 215 Turnstones, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 200 Sanderlings, 42 Dunlins, 1 Green Sandpiper, 400 Redshanks, 27 Snipes and 3 Med. Gulls.
 
 Gadwall

Ringing 
4 Blue Tits, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Chaffinch.
 
 Sedge Warbler

Monday, 12th September 2016

Offshore
26 Shelducks east, 1 Teal west, 14 Common Scoters west, 6 Gannets west, 12 Sandwich Terns west, 2 Guillemots west and 1 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration 
27 Swallows south, 5 Grey Wagtails south, 14 Alba Wagtails south, 1 Tree Pipit south and 48 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants 
3 Wheatears.

Others 
1 Gadwall, 4 Shovelers, 5 Little Egrets, 88 Ringed Plovers, 32 Golden Plovers, 3 Grey Plovers, 600 Lapwings, 114 Sanderlings, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 460 Redshanks, 206 Turnstones, 2 Med. Gulls and 2 Cettis Warblers.
 
 Bar-tailed Godwit

Turnstones

Shovelers

Sunday, 11th September 2016

Offshore 
31 Shelducks east, 68 Common Scoters west, 1 Manx Shearwater east, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Sandwich Terns west, 2 Guillemots west & 1 on sea and 4 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
3 Little Egrets east, 53 Swallows south, 9 House Martins south-east, 8 Grey Wagtails south, 16 Alba Wagtails south and 17 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants
1 Wheatear.

Others
7 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 3 Shovelers, 8 Little Egrets, 87 Ringed Plovers, 47 Golden Plovers, 9 Grey Plovers, 600  Lapwings, 94 Sanderlings, 16 Snipe, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, 580 Redshanks, 185 Turnstones, 2 Med. Gulls and 3 Stock Doves.
 
 Cormorants
 
 Snipe

Saturday, 10th September 2016

Offshore
85 Shelducks east, 66 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 4 Gannets west, 77 Cormorants west, 7 Sandwich Terns west, 1 Razorbill west and 1 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration 
117 Swallows south, 3 House Martins south, 4 Grey Wagtails south, 7 Alba Wagtails south and 11 Meadow
Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants 
3 Goldcrests, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whinchats and 27 Wheatears.
 
 Whinchat
 
 Wheatear

Others:
13 Teal, 14 Little Egrets, 63 Golden Plovers, 700 Lapwings, 500 Knots, 74 Sanderlings, 1 Little Stint, 42 Dunlins, 23 Snipe, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 600 Redshanks and 2 Med. Gulls.

Ringing 
1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Blackbird.
 
 Blackcap

Friday, 9th September 2016

Offshore
11 Shelducks east, 109 Common Scoters west, 1 Fulmar west, 1 Manx Shearwater west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 1 Arctic Skua west, 16 Sandwich Terns west and 2 Guillemots west.

Visible Migration
13 Swallows south, 2 Grey Wagtails south, 2 Alba Wagtails south and 5 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants:
3 Wheatears.

Others 
11 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 5 Pochards, 7 Little Egrets, 41 Golden Plovers, 700 Lapwings, 1500 Knots, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 560 Redshanks, 120 Turnstones and 1 Med. Gull.
 
 Pochard
 
 Little Grebe

Thursday, 8th September 2016

Offshore 
23 Common Scoters west, 2 Gannets west, 1 Great Crested Grebe west, 1 Common Tern west and 11 Sandwich Terns west.

Visible Migration 
27 Swallows south.

Grounded Migrants 
2 Wheatears.

Others 
4 Pochards, 11 Little Egrets, 103 Ringed Plovers, 11 Golden Plovers, 650 Lapwings, 800 Knots, 68 Sanderlings, 52 Dunlins, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 440 Redshanks, 107 Turnstones and 2 Med. Gulls.
 
 Pochard
 
 Little Egrets

Wednesday, 7th September 2016

A cracking adult light morph Pomarine Skua flew west out of the bay this morning.

Offshore
2 Shelducks east, 5 Teal west, 26 Common Scoters west, 2 Gannets west, 1 adult LM Pomarine Skua west, 30 Sandwich Terns west and 1 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
1 Spotted Redshank west, 87 Swallows south, 7 Grey Wagtails south, 11 Alba Wagtails south and 78 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants 
2 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robins and 5 Wheatears.

Others
4 Pochards, 6 Little Egrets, 125 Ringed Plovers, 57 Golden Plovers, 500 Lapwings, 900 Knots, 115 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlins, 5 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks, 600 Redshanks, 145 Turnstones, 2 Med. Gulls and 30 Linnets.
 
 Knot

Ringing
1 Blue Tit, 1 Cettis Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warblers and 1 Blackbird.