Thursday, 27th April 2017

Offshore
265 Common Scoters east, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Red-throated Divers east, 44 Manx Shearwaters west, 140 Gannets west, 2 Great Skuas east, 1 Arctic Skua east, 1 Guillemot east, 20 Auk sp. west, 159 Kittiwakes east, 24 Sandwich Terns east and 49 Arctic Terns east.

Further observation during the evening produced 125 Common Scoters east, 2 Red-throated Divers east, 21 Manx Shearwaters west, 12 Gannets west, 2 Arctic Skuas east, 6 Kittiwakes east, 27 Sandwich Terns east and 38 Arctic Terns east.

 Gannet

Visible Migration
2 Whimbrels east and 3 Swallows north-east.

Grounded Migrants
2 Wheatears and 1 White Wagtail.

Others
86 Ringed Plovers, 2 Whimbrels, 73 Black-tailed Godwits, 70 Sanderlings, 500 Dunlins, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank.

 Dunlins

Wednesday, 26th April 2017

Offshore 
29 Common Scoters east, 1 Red-breasted Merganser east, 10 Red-throated Divers east, 6 Gannets east, 1 Great Crested Grebe east, 1 Guillemot east, 8 Auk sp. east, 27 Sandwich Terns east and 5 Arctic Terns east.

 Gannet

Visible Migration
115 Pink-footed Geese north, 1 Merlin north-east, 6 Swallows north-east, 1 Yellow Wagtail east, 2 Alba Wagtails north-east, 17 Meadow Pipits north-east, 2 Chaffinch east, 12 Linnets east, 46 Goldfinches east and 2 Siskins east.

Grounded Migrants 
2 Wheatears and 3 White Wagtails.

Others
2 Little-ringed Plovers, 57 Ringed Plovers, 3 Whimbrels, 63 Black-tailed Godwits, 65 Sanderlings and 250 Dunlins.

 Little Ringed Plover

Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Offshore
3 Shelducks east, 16 Common Scoters east, 11 Red-throated Divers east, 7 Manx Shearwaters west, 15 Gannets east, 2000 Knots west, 2 Razorbills east, 1 Guillemot east, 40 Auk sp. east, 9 Sandwich Terns east and 7 Arctic Terns east.

Visible Migration 
3 Whimbrels east, 3 Wood Pigeons east, 21 Swallows north-east, 1 Grey Wagtail east, 3 Alba Wagtails north-east, 3 Tree Pipits north-east, 84 Meadow Pipits north-east, 14 Linnets east, 2 Redpolls east, 53 Goldfinch east and 1 Siskin east.

Grounded Migrants 
20 Sand Martins, 100 Swallows, 15 House Martins - all the Hirundines dropped in during a couple of heavy downpours late afternoon, 2 Wheatears and 4 White Wagtails.
 Sand Martin

Swallows

House Martin

Others
1 Little Egret, 60 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 121 Black-tailed Godwits, 130 Turnstones, 54 Sanderlings, 140 Dunlins and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Monday, 24th April 2017

There was a decent sea passage first thing but otherwise it was another quiet day.

Offshore
260 Common Scoters east, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 63 Red-throated Divers east, 7 Manx Shearwaters west, 45 Gannets east, 6000 Knots west, 1 Great Skua east, 6 Razorbills east, 3 Guillemots east, 27 Auk sp. east, 3 Kittiwakes east & 1 west and 7 Sandwich Terns east.

Visible Migration 
4 Whimbrels east, 2 Sand Martins north-east, 27 Swallows north-east and 12 Goldfinch east.

Grounded Migrants
10 Wheatears and 9 White Wagtails.
 
 White Wagtail

Others
1 Little Egret, 57 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 133 Black-tailed Godwits, 120 Turnstones, 42 Sanderlings, 130 Dunlins and 2 Common Sandpipers.
 
Little Grebe

Sunday, 23rd April 2017

Offshore 
3 Shelducks east, 56 Common Scoters east, 18 Red-throated Divers east, 7 Manx Shearwaters east, 8 Gannets west, 1 light morph Pomarine Skua east, 4 Razorbills east, 1 Guillemot, 102 Auk sp. east, 10 Sandwich Terns east and 16 Arctic Terns east.

Visible Migration 
323 Pink-footed Geese north, 29 Whimbrels east, 1 Greenshank east, 6 Wood Pigeons east, 3 Collared Doves east, 1 Merlin east, 1 2CY Peregrine east, 6 Carrion Crows north-east, 1 Blue Tit - high north-east!, 5 Sand Martins north-east, 70 Swallows north-east, 7 Alba Wagtails north-east, 7 Tree Pipits north-east, 514 Meadow Pipits north-east, 1 Chaffinch east, 20 Linnets east, 14 Redpolls east, 44 Goldfinch east and 4 Siskins east.
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Grounded Migrants
3 Whitethroats, 8 Wheatears and 4 White Wagtails.

Others 
1 Little Ringed Plover, 75 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 175 Turnstones, 1 Ruff, 55 Sanderlings, 200 Dunlins and 4 House Martins.
 
 Little Ringed Plover

Saturday, 22nd April 2017

The wandering Chough was seen over the point by IG & HG this morning. It came in from the west calling, spent a few minutes flying around the tower before drifting off SE. Not a bad find on IG's first morning back from Panama!

Chough

Offshore:
35 Common Scoters east, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 9 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Manx Shearwater east, 18 Gannets east, 1 Guillemot east, 24 Auk sp. east, 19 Sandwich Terns east and 1 Common Tern east.

Visible Migration
15 Whimbrels east, 2 Wood Pigeons east, 7 Jackdaws east, 4 Rooks east, 15 Carrion Crows north-east, 6 Sand Martins north, 28 Swallows north, 1 Yellow Wagtail east, 9 Alba Wagtails north, 4 Tree Pipits north, 224 Meadow Pipits north, 38 Linnets east, 4 Redpolls east, 84 Goldfinch east and 2 Siskins east.

Grounded Migrants
6 Wheatears and 25 White Wagtails.
 
 Wheatear
 
 White Wagtail

Others
33 Ringed Plovers, 120 Black-tailed Godwits, 135 Turnstones, 70 Sanderlings, 100 Dunlins, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Chough - came in from the west then circled around the tower before drifting off inland to the SE.

Friday, 21st April 2017

Offshore
96 Common Scoters east, 3 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Great Northern Diver east, 12 Gannets east, 60 Knot west, 1 Kittiwake east, 4 Sandwich Terns west and 1 Guillemot. 1 Atlantic Grey Seal.  

Visible Migration
1 Kestrel north, 9 Swallows northeast, 1 Meadow Pipit east, 19 Goldfinches northeast, 6 Linnets northeast  and 1 Redpoll northeast.

Grounded Migrants
1 Hooded Crow.

Others
76 Sanderlings and 53 Turnstones.    

Saturday, 15th April 2017

Offshore
2 Whooper Swans east, 10 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-throated Divers east, 10 Gannets east, 3 Whimbrels east, 1 Auk sp. east and 1 Sandwich Tern west.  

Visible Migration
5 Swallows east, 5 Carrion Crows east, 14 Meadow Pipits northeast & 59 east, 1 Alba Wagtail east, 14 Linnets northeast & 59 east, 21 Goldfinches east & 30 north and 1 Redpoll northeast.

Grounded Migrants
3 White Wagtails.  

Friday, 14th April 2017

Birding in appalling wet conditions resulted in a few frustrating hours with little reward for the effort!

Visible Migration
2 Swallows west and 43 Meadow Pipits northwest.

Grounded Migrants
1 male Wheatear.   

Monday, 10th April 2017

Others
126 Redshanks and 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

Sunday, 9th April 2017

Offshore
5 Shelducks east, 2 Velvet Scoters west, 6 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-throated Diver east, 460 Knots west and 2 Sandwich Terns east.

Visible Migration
1 Sand Martin east, 2 Swallows east, 24 Carrion Crows east, 1 Wheatear east, 4 Tree Pipits east, 91 Meadow Pipits east, 1 Grey Wagtail east, 5 Alba Wagtails east, 1 Tree Sparrow east, 1 Chaffinch east, 46 Lesser Redpolls northeast, 49 Linnets northeast, 7 Goldfinches east,  1 Siskin northeast and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants
6 Wheatears and 4 White Wagtails. 

Others
79 Ringed Plovers, 42 Sanderlings and 31 Dunlins.

   Sanderling 

Saturday, 8th April 2017

Visible Migration
2 Woodpigeons north, 2 Swallows north, 2 Carrion Crows north, 29 Meadow Pipits north, 5 Alba Wagtails north, 100 Redpolls north, 7 Goldfinches north, 8 Linnets north, 1 Greenfinch north and 3 Siskins north.

Others
2 Red-legged Partridges.

Ringing
4 Blue Tits, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Meadow Pipit and 19 Lesser Redpolls.   

 Lesser Redpoll

Thursday, 6th April 2017

Offshore
2 Whooper Swans northeast, 20 Common Scoters west and 4 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Visible Migration
1 Sparrowhawk east, 8 Carrion Crows northeast, 4 Alba Wagtails northeast,  173 Meadow Pipits northeast, 1 Siskin northeast, 1 Goldfinch east and 5 Linnets northeast.

Grounded Migrants
1 Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail.

 Wheatear

  Redshank

Wednesday, 5th April 2017

A smart summer plumaged Black Guillemot flew east close inshore this morning and the first House Martin of the year was recorded this afternoon.

Offshore
47 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 26 Red-throated Divers east, 7 Gannets west, 1 Great Crested Grebe east, 1 Black Guillemot east, 3 Auk sp. west, 3 Sandwich Terns east and 1 Little Gull east.

Visible Migration
1 Alba Wagtail north-east, 12 Meadow Pipits north-east, 2 Linnets east and 26 Goldfinch east.

Grounded Migrants 
1 Goldcrest, 1 House Martin - over the pools this afternoon, 2 Wheatears and 4 White Wagtails.
 
 White Wagtail

Others 
1 Whooper Swan, 2 Goldeneyes, 36 Ringed Plovers, 240 Black-tailed Godwits, 130 Turnstones, 500 Knots, 120 Sanderlings, 45 Dunlins, 3 Snipe, 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Merlin.
 
 Black-tailed Godwits

Tuesday, 4th April 2017

Offshore 
41 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 16 Red-throated Divers east, 11 Gannets west, 7 Kittiwakes east, 1 Med. Gull east and 3 Auk sp. west.

Gannets

Visible Migration
2 Sand Martins east, 1 Swallow east and 7 Meadow Pipits north-east.

Grounded Migrants
2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Wheatears and 6 White Wagtails.
 
 White Wagtail

Others 
1 Whooper Swan, 3 Goldeneyes, 8 Grey Plovers, 38 Ringed Plovers, 270 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 800 Knots, 130 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlins, 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Sand Martins.
 
 Black-tailed Godwit

Monday, 3rd April 2017

Offshore
29 Common Scoters east, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Great Crested Grebe east and 1 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration 
3 Whooper Swans north, 570 Pink-footed Geese north, 1 Stock Dove east, 74 Wood Pigeons east, 4 Collared Doves east, 2 Magpies east, 3 Jackdaws east, 28 Carrion Crows north-east, 10 Alba Wagtails north, 1 Tree Pipit north-east, 110 Meadow Pipits north, 2 Chaffinch east, 13 Linnets east, 9 Redpolls east, 36 Goldfinch east, 2 Siskins east and 1 Reed Bunting.
 
 Whooper Swan

Grounded Migrants
1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Wheatears and 4 White Wagtails.

Others:
3 Goldeneyes, 42 Ringed Plovers, 155 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 500 Knots, 160 Sanderlings, 45 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Iceland Gull and 1 Glaucous Gull.
 
 Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone

Ringing
1 Chiffchaff and 5 Lesser Redpolls.
 
 Chiffchaff

Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Offshore 
2 Shelducks east, 19 Common Scoters west, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Gannet west and 1 Razorbill east.

Visible Migration
1 Buzzard east, 1 Sparrowhawk east, 5 Jackdaws east, 18 Carrion Crows north-east, 1 Skylark north, 9 Sand Martins north-east, 4 Swallows north, 29 Alba Wagtails north, 1219 Meadow Pipits north, 2 Chaffinch east, 165 Linnets north, 2 Redpolls east, 161 Goldfinch north, 25 Siskins east and 1 Reed Bunting east.
 
 Sparrowhawk
 
 Buzzard

Grounded Migrants
9 Goldcrests, 13 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 5 Wheatears and 2 White Wagtails.

Others 
1 Whooper Swan, 3 Gadwalls, 4 Goldeneyes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 120 Black-tailed Godwits, 130 Turnstones, 38 Dunlins, 1 Jack Snipe, 11 Snipe, 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Stock Doves.
 
 Gadwalls

Saturday, 1st April 2017

The highlight`s today were two Velvet scoters offshore and a new 2CY Iceland Gull.

Offshore
52 Wigeons east, 19 Teal east, 30 Common Scoters west, 2 Velvet Scoters - flew into the bay & landed on the sea with the Eider flock, 2 Goldeneyes east, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Auk sp. west and 6 Little Gulls.

Visible Migration
126 Pink-footed Geese north, 2 Golden Plovers east, 9 Wood Pigeons east, 5 Sand Martins north, 3 Swallows north, 2 Grey Wagtails east, 8 Alba Wagtails north, 360 Meadow Pipits north, 3 Chaffinch east, 1 Brambling east, 13 Linnets east, 3 Redpolls east, 14 Goldfinch east, 4 Siskins east and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants
3 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackbirds, 2 Robins and 3 Wheatears.
 
 Willow Warbler

Others 
6 Goldeneyes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 44 Ringed Plovers, 230 Black-tailed Godwits,170 Turnstones, 165 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlins, 8 Snipe, 1 Iceland Gull and 1 Glaucous Gull.
 
 Ringed Plover

Ringing 
1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin and 2 Lesser Redpolls.
 
 Lesser Redpoll

Friday, 31st March 2017

Offshore:
32 Common Scoters west, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Red-throated Divers east, 3 Gannets west, 2 Great Crested Grebes east, 2 Razorbills west, 7 Auk sp. west, 17 Little Gulls and 2 Sandwich Terns east.

Visible Migration 
546 Pink-footed Geese north, 4 Wood Pigeons east, 1 Swallow north, 13 Alba Wagtails north, 141 Meadow Pipits north, 3 Linnets east, 1 Redpoll east, 9 Goldfinch east and 1 Siskin east.
 
 Linnet
 
 Pink-footed Geese

Grounded Migrants
4 Goldcrests, 15 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and 5 Wheatears.

Others 
6 Goldeneyes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 41 Ringed Plovers, 300 Black-tailed Godwits, 130 Turnstones, 400 Knots, 140 Sanderlings, 75 Dunlins, 4 Snipe and 1 Glaucous Gull.
 
 Red-breasted Merganser

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Offshore
44 Common Scoters west, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers east and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Visible Migration
7 Wood Pigeons east, 8 Alba Wagtails north, 75 Meadow Pipits north, 3 Goldfinch east and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants
1 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler and 12 Wheatears.
 
 Wheatear
 
 Chiffchaff

Others 
4 Goldeneyes, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 17 Grey Plovers, 32 Ringed Plovers, 160 Black-tailed Godwits, 175 Turnstones, 300 Knots, 125 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Rock Pipit.
 
 Goldeneye

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Offshore 
11 Common Scoters west, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Visible Migration
4 Alba Wagtails north and 33 Meadow Pipits north.

Grounded Migrants
6 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs, 1 Wheatear and 5 Siskins.

Others
3 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 14 Grey Plovers, 24 Ringed Plovers, 355 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Turnstones, 600 Knots, 70 Sanderlings, 80 Dunlins, 14 Snipe and 1 Glaucous Gull.
 
 Black-tailed Godwits

Glaucous Gull

Tuesday, 28th March 2017

The highlight today was a brief Ring Ouzel this am.

Ring Ouzel

Offshore:
1 Shelduck east, 2 Teals east, 17 Common Scoters west, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers and 4 Red-throated Divers east.

Visible Migration 
29 Wood Pigeons east, 10 Alba Wagtails north, 102 Meadow Pipits north, 1 Chaffinch east, 4 Linnets east, 1 Redpoll east, 10 Goldfinch east and 4 Siskins east.

Grounded Migrants
5 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 2 Stonechats and 5 Wheatears.

Others
3 Goldeneyes, 22 Grey Plovers, 27 Ringed Plovers, 420 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 700 Knots, 57 Sanderlings, 100 Dunlins, 480 Redshanks, 12 Snipe and 1 Glaucous Gull.

Ringing:
1 Blue Tit, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap.
 
 Blackcap

Monday, 27th March 2017

The first Sandwich Tern and Swallow of the year flew through today.

Offshore 
2 Shelducks east, 33 Common Scoters east, 2 Goosanders east, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Auk sp. west and 1 Sandwich Tern east.

Visible Migration 
12 Whooper Swans north, 1 Buzzard north-east, 11 Wood Pigeons east, 6 Jackdaws east, 4 Carrion Crows north-east, 11 Sand Martins north, 1 Swallow north, 2 Tree Sparrows east, 12 Alba Wagtails north, 89 Meadow Pipits north, 10 Linnets east, 6 Redpolls east, 11 Goldfinch east and 5 Siskins east.

Grounded Migrants 
4 Goldcrests, 11 Chiffchaffs, 5 Wheatears and 3 Lesser Redpolls.

Others
6 Goldeneyes, 33 Grey Plovers, 21 Ringed Plovers, 350 Black-tailed Godwits, 135 Turnstones, 500 Knots, 55 Sanderlings, 120 Dunlins and 1 Glaucous Gull.

 Black-tailed Godwits

Ringing 
2 Chiffchaffs and 1 House Sparrow.

 Chiffchaff