Tuesday, 17th October 2017

Storm Ophelia rattled through today producing some good seawatching, the highlights being thee species of Skua and 3 Leach`s Petrels. Frustratingly a small Storm/Wilson's type Petrel was seen first thing in poor light, but was too far out to identify.

Leach's Petrel

Offshore
1 Wigeon east, 14 Pintails west, 13 Shovelers west, 12 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 3 Leach`s Petrels west, 2 LM Pomarine Skuas west, 2 Arctic Skuas west, 3 Great Skuas west, 1 Guillemot west, 8 Auk sp. west, 1 Sandwich Tern west, 16 Kittiwakes west and 4 Little Gulls west.
 
 Pintails
 
 Pomarine Skuas (above & below)



Visible Migration 
5 Whooper Swans south and 4 Meadow Pipits south.

Others 
300 Wigeons, 225 Teals, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 500 Lapwings, 47 Ringed Plovers, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 110 Turnstones, 125 Sanderlings, 100 Dunlins, 1 Greenshank, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.

Monday, 16th October 2017

Offshore
9 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Guillemot west.

Visible Migration 
3 Redwings south-east, 3 Alba Wagtails south, 19 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Rock Pipit west, 24 Chaffinch south/south-east and 9 Reed Buntings south/south-east.

Grounded Migrants
9 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Song Thrushes, 6 Redwings and 2 Bramblings.

Others
1800 Pink-footed Geese, 380 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 215 Teal, 2 Little Egrets, 550 Lapwings, 68 Golden Plovers, 74 Ringed Plovers, 130 Turnstones, 220 Sanderlings, 100 Dunlins, 8 Snipe, 2 Stonechats and 1 Rock Pipits.
 
 Sanderling
 
 Little Grebe

Gadwall

Sunday, 15th October 2017

Offshore
5 Shelducks east, 1 Scaup west, 4 Common Scoters west & 3 east and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Visible Migration
2158 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Buzzard south, 1 Wood Pigeon south, 3 Magpies south, 2 Jays south, 54 Jackdaws south, 6 Rooks south, 59 Carrion Crows south, 61 Skylarks south, 8 Swallows south, 42 Starlings south, 2 Song Thrushes south-east, 7 Mistle Thrushes south, 33 Alba Wagtails south, 92 Meadow Pipits south, 3 Rock Pipits west, 1 Brambling south, 57 Chaffinch south, 64 Greenfinch south, 33 Linnets south, 31 Goldfinch south, 4 Siskins south and 11 Reed Buntings south.
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Grounded Migrants
10 Goldcrests, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackbirds, 7 Song Thrushes, 20 Redwings, 1 Robin and 2 Wheatears.

Others
3500 Pink-footed Geese, 330 Wigeons, 200 Teal, 4 Shovelers, 4 Little Egrets, 480 Lapwings, 55 Ringed Plovers, 34 Black-tailed Godwits, 120 Turnstones, 80 Sanderlings, 1 Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechats and 1 Rock Pipit.
 
 Wren

Ringing
2 Goldcrests, 3 Blue Tits, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Starling, 2 Blackbirds, 5 Redwings, 1 Robin, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Goldfinch.
 
 Redwing

Saturday, 14th October 2017

Offshore:
3 Wigeons west, 1 Teal west, 56 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 1 Red-throated Diver west and 2 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
1 Song Thrush south-east, 4 Alba Wagtails south, 14 Meadow Pipits south, 24 Chaffinch south, 9 Greenfinch south, 13 Linnets south and 4 Goldfinch south.

Grounded Migrants
6 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrushes, 23 Redwings and 1 Wheatear.
 
 Chiffchaff

Others 
1500 Pink-footed Geese, 360 Wigeons, 250 Teal, 5 Shovelers, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 475 Lapwings, 54 Ringed Plovers, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 22 Knots, 205 Turnstones, 83 Sanderlings, 52 Dunlins, 8 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cettis Warblers, 2 Stonechats and 2 Rock Pipits.
 
 Knot

Ringing 
7 Pied Wagtails.
 
Pied Wagtail

Friday, 13th October 2017

Offshore:
2 Teal west, 31 Eiders, 38 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Great Crested Grebes west and 1 Guillemot west.

Visible Migration
1 Yellow Wagtail south, 6 Alba Wagtails south, 17 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Rock Pipit west and 9 Chaffinch south.

Grounded Migrants 
3 Goldcrests, 2 Song Thrushes and 3 Redwings.

Others 
700 Pink-footed Geese, 275 Wigeons, 80 Teal, 5 Little Egrets, 500 Lapwings, 58 Ringed Plovers, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 28 Knots, 180 Turnstones, 107 Sanderlings, 36 Dunlins, 7 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Wigeon
 
 Little Grebe

Thursday, 12th October 2017

Offshore 
27 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Guillemot west, 5 Auk sp. west and 3 Kittiwakes west.

Visible Migration:
4 Skylarks south, 3 Alba Wagtails south, 19 Meadow Pipits south, 12 Chaffinch south, 4 Greenfinch south, 2 Linnets south and 7 Goldfinch south.

Grounded Migrants
4 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff and 3 Redwings.

Others
425 Pink-footed Geese, 330 Wigeons, 90 Teal, 6 Little Egrets, 420 Lapwings, 18 Grey Plovers, 61 Ringed Plovers, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 95 Sanderlings, 45 Dunlins, 2 Med. Gulls, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Goldfinch

Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Offshore
17 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Guillemot and 2 Kittiwakes west.

Others:
480 Pink-footed Geese, 220 Wigeons, 75 Teal, 2 Pintails, 1 Shoveler, 4 Little Egrets, 475 Lapwings, 63 Ringed Plovers, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 170 Turnstones, 86 Sanderlings, 33 Dunlins and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Dunlin

Tuesday, 10th October 2017

The highlight of the day was a single Great Egret that flew through this afternoon.

Great Egret

Offshore
7 Wigeons west, 6 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 5 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Guillemot west and 3 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
18 Jackdaws south-east, 2 Skylarks south, 2 Alba Wagtails south, 17 Meadow Pipits south, 11 Chaffinch south-east, 4 Greenfinch south, 1 Linnet south and 7 Goldfinch south.

Grounded Migrants
5 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Song Thrushes, 7 Redwings and 2 Wheatears.

Others
600 Pink-footed Geese, 315 Wigeons, 90 Teal, 2 Pintails, 7 Shovelers, 6 Little Egrets, 1 Great Egret - flew east along the promenade at 15:40, 500 Lapwings, 12 Golden Plovers, 67 Ringed Plovers, 130 Turnstones, 92 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlins, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Med. Gull and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Stonechat

Monday, 9th October 2017

Offshore 
24 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Guillemot west, 9 Auk sp. west and 1 Kittiwake west.
 
 Red-throated Diver

Visible Migration 
10 Skylarks south, 4 Redwings south-east, 1 Tree Sparrow east, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 5 Alba Wagtails south, 11 Meadow Pipits south, 8 Chaffinch south-east, 4 Goldfinch south and 2 Reed Buntings south-east.

Grounded Migrants
9 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackbirds, 3 Song Thrushes, 8 Redwings and 3 Wheatears.

Others 
2000 Pink-footed Geese, 160 Wigeons, 45 Teal, 5 Little Egrets, 400 Lapwings, 61 Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 185 Turnstones, 115 Sanderlings, 37 Dunlins, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.

Ringing 
2 Goldcrests, 1 Long-tailed Tit and 1 Redwing.

Sunday, 8th October 2017

Offshore
3 Teals west, 32 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers east & 1 on the sea, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Great Skua east.

Visible Migration 
14 Pink-footed Geese south, 1 Merlin in off, 2 Rooks east, 6 Carrion Crows south, 11 Skylarks south, 3 Swallows south, 1 Grey Wagtail south, 17 Alba Wagtails south, 54 Meadow Pipits south, 1 Rock Pipit east, 17 Chaffinch south-east and 4 Reed Buntings south-east.

Grounded Migrants
1 Jay, 20 Goldcrests, 4 Coal Tits, 4 Chiffchaffs, 7 Wrens, 20 Blackbirds, 9 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings and 5 Wheatears.
 
 Wheatear

Others:
2000 Pink-footed Geese, 180 Wigeons, 100 Teals, 2 Pintails, 6 Little Egrets, 500 Lapwings, 17 Golden Plovers, 58 Ringed Plovers, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 220 Turnstones, 130 Sanderlings, 1 Greenshank, 4 Snipes, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Ringing 
4 Goldcrests and 1 Long-tailed Tits.
 
 Goldcrest

Saturday, 7th October 2017

Offshore
24 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 3 Razorbills west, 1 Guillemot west, 15 Auk sp. west, 21 Kittiwakes west and 4 Little Gulls west.

Visible Migration 
1 Grey Wagtail south, 3 Alba Wagtails south and 17 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants:
5 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatears and 3 Grey Wagtails.
 
 Stonechat

Others:
500 Pink-footed Geese, 180 Wigeons, 38 Teal, 4 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 480 Lapwings, 41 Grey Plovers, 57 Ringed Plovers, 170 Turnstones, 11 Knots, 125 Sanderlings, 6 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrines, 2 Stonechats and 35 Linnets.
 
 Little Egret

Friday, 6th October 2017

Offshore 
64 Common Scoters west, 5 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Great Crested Grebe east, 1 Guillemot, 24 Auk sp. west and 3 Kittiwakes west.

Visible Migration
7 Whooper Swans south, 205 Pink-footed Geese south, 9 Rooks south-east, 3 Carrion Crows south, 21 Skylarks south, 2 Swallows south, 46 Starlings south, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Alba Wagtails south, 163 Meadow Pipits south, 38 Chaffinch south-east, 28 Greenfinch south/south-east, 5 Linnets south, 2 Redpolls east, 23 Goldfinch south, 2 Siskins east and 2 Reed Buntings south-east.
 
 Starlings
 
 Whooper Swans

Grounded Migrants
20 Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Robins and 3 Wheatears.
 
 Willow Warbler

Others 
90 Wigeons, 38 Teal, 2 Pintails, 6 Little Egrets, 400 Lapwings, 77 Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 170 Turnstones, 190 Sanderlings, 42 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull and 1 Kingfisher.
 
 Goldfinch

Ringing
3 Goldcrests, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Goldfinch.

Thursday, 5th October 2017

Offshore
4 Wigeons west, 36 Common Scoters west, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 4 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Leach`s Petrel west, 4 Gannets west, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 1 Great Skua west, 3 Guillemots west, 21 Auksp. west, 1 Sandwich Tern west, 48 Kittiwakes west and 1 Little Gull west.
 
 Leach's Petrel

Visible Migration:
11 Whooper Swans south, 3 Skylarks south and 19 Meadow Pipits south.
 
 Whooper Swans

Others
180 Pink-footed Geese, 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 125 Wigeons, 56 Teal, 1 Pintail, 5 Shovelers, 6 Little Egrets, 400 Lapwings, 18 Grey Plovers, 65 Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 220 Turnstones, 300
Knots, 220 Sanderlings, 33 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine and 2 Stonechats.

Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Offshore
11 Wigeons west, 3 Pintails west, 23 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Leach`s Petrels west, 7 Gannets west, 1 Razorbill west, 4 Guillemots west, 19
Auk sp. west and 27 Kittiwakes west.

Visible Migration
135 Pink-footed Geese south.

Grounded Migrants
1 Goldcrest.

Others 
115 Wigeons, 45 Teal, 5 Little Egrets, 350 Lapwings, 7 Golden Plovers, 75 Ringed Plovers, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 300 Turnstones, 155 Sanderlings, 36 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Med. Gulls, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Stonechat

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

Offshore 
1 Pintail west, 27 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 9 Gannets west, 2 Great Crested Grebes west, 4 Guillemots west, 12 Auk sp. west, 1 Sandwich Tern west and 12 Kittiwakes west.

Visible Migration 
14 Pink-footed Geese south, 3 pale-bellied Brent Geese west, 1 Skylark south, 4 Swallows south and 33 Meadow Pipits south.

Others:
82 Wigeons, 45 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 7 Little Egrets, 76 Ringed Plovers, 24 Grey Plovers, 400 Lapwings, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Turnstones, 55 Knots, 130 Sanderlings, 33 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Purple Sandpiper

Sanderling

Monday, 2nd October 2017

Offshore 
21 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 30 Gannets west, 3 Guillemots west, 18 Auk sp. west, 3 Sandwich Terns west, 2 Arctic Terns west, 16 Kittiwakes
west and 4 Little Gulls west.

Visible Migration:
1 Pink-footed Goose west and 8 Meadow Pipits south.

Others 
78 Wigeons, 17 Teal, 1 Pintail, 7 Little Egrets, 58 Ringed Plovers, 7 Golden Plovers, 280 Lapwings, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 130 Turnstones, 95 Sanderlings, 32 Dunlins, 1 Med. Gull and 2 Stonechats.
 
 Ringed Plover

Sunday, 1st October 2017

There was an arrival of migrants today with birds arriving throughout the morning. The increasingly strong SSE wind and rain showers made viewing difficult, but with persistence migrants were found.

Offshore
16 Shelducks east and 11 west, 37 Wigeons west, 35 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 5 Red-throated Divers west & 1 on the sea, 7 Gannets west, 2 Guillemots west & 1 on the sea and 4 Sandwich Terns.

Visible Migration:
19 Skylarks south, 4 Swallows south, 2 Grey Wagtails south, 16 Alba Wagtails south, 147 Meadow Pipits south and 2 Chaffinch south-east.

Grounded Migrants 
25 Goldcrests, 12 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 6 Song Thrushes, 1 Redwing, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Robins, 2 Whinchats, 7 Stonechats, 18 Wheatears, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Rock Pipit.
 
 Wheatear
 
 Spotted Flycatcher

Whinchat

Others
300 Pink-footed Geese, 160 Wigeons, 65 Teal, 1 Pintail, 1 Garganey, 7 Shovelers, 8 Little Egrets, 72 Ringed Plovers, 470 Lapwings, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, 160 Turnstones, 2 Ruffs, 170 Sanderlings, 42 Dunlins, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Med. Gulls, 4 Stock Doves, 1 Kingfisher and 75 Goldfinch.

Ringing
3 Goldcrests and 1 Blue Tit.
 
 Goldcrest

Saturday, 30th September 2017



Offshore 
11 Shelducks east, 72 Common Scoters west, 5 Red-throated Divers west & 1 east, 1 Gannet east, 2 Guillemots east, 3 Auk sp. west and 1170 Black-headed Gulls west.

Visible Migration:
27 Swallows south, 6 House Martins south, 6 Alba Wagtails south, 119 Meadow Pipits south, 4 Chaffinch south and 3 Goldfinch south.

Grounded Migrants
10 Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Song Thrushes, 5 Robins, 1 Stonechat and 2 Wheatears.

Others 
140 Wigeons, 38 Teal, 5 Shovelers, 2 Pochards, 12 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 52 Ringed Plovers, 400 Lapwings, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 120 Turnstones, 77 Sanderlings, 40 Dunlins, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Snipe, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 30 Linnets.

 Little Egrets

Ringing
5 Goldcrests, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 2 Meadow Pipits, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch and 1 Reed Bunting.

 Goldfinch

 Meadow Pipit

Friday, 29th September 2017

Offshore 
1 Teal west, 109 Common Scoters west, 6 Red-throated Divers west & 1 east, 2 Gannets west, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Arctic Skua west, 2 Auk sp. west and 2 Sandwich Terns.

Visible Migration
1 Grey Wagtail south, 8 Alba Wagtails south and 37 Meadow Pipits south.

Grounded Migrants 
5 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatears and 100 Meadow Pipits.

Others
200 Pink-footed Geese, 53 Wigeons, 26 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 9 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 1 Whimbrel, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 160 Turnstones, 52 Dunlins, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Med. Gulls and 1 Kingfisher.
 
 Whimbrel
 
 Little Egrets