Thursday, 28th March 2019

A decent migration day with the first Osprey of the year flying through mid morning and the first Willow Warbler recorded. Other highlights include a hyperactive Nuthatch that was first seen flying over the car park at the point, then singing briefly in the cemetery before being seen again flying east along the promenade and then finally in the Mount before heading off high to the SE! 

Nuthatch

Offshore 
6 Shelducks east, 2 Pintails east, 42 Common Scoters east, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 11 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Gannet west, 2 Sandwich Terns east and 11 Little Gulls west.

Visible Migration:
76 Whooper Swans north, 15 Pink-footed Geese north, 1 Sparrowhawk east, 8 Buzzards east/north-east, 1 Osprey north across the bay at 10:26, 103 Wood Pigeons east, 6 Magpies east, 11 Jackdaws north-east, 10 Carrion Crows north-east, 1 Skylark north-east, 7 Sand Martins north, 1 Swallow north, 1 Nuthatch (see above), 1 Tree Sparrow east, 2 Grey Wagtails north-east, 21 Alba Wagtails north, 248 Meadow Pipits north, 4 Chaffinch east, 4 Greenfinch east, 11 Linnets east, 3 Redpolls east, 18 Goldfinch east, 4 Siskins east and 2 Reed Buntings east.
 
 Whooper Swans

Buzzard

Grounded Migrants 
8 Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 5 Wheatears and 2 Siskins.

Others
1 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneyes, 3 Little Egrets, 21 Ringed Plovers, 11 Golden Plovers, 42 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Turnstones, 75 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted Redshank and 215 Redshanks.

Ringing:
1 Goldcrest, 1 Lesser Redpoll and 1 Goldfinch.

Wednesday, 27th March 2019

The first Little Ringed Plover and White Wagtail of the year were recorded today.

Little Ringed Plover

Offshore
3 Wigeons east, 7 Common Scoters east, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers east, plus one bird picked up coming very high from the SE over the golf course & heading NE out over the bay, 1 Guillemot east and 2 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration:
11 Alba Wagtails north, 154 Meadow Pipits north, 6 Chaffinch east, 9 Greenfinch east, 12 Linnets east, 18 Goldfinch east and 1 Siskin east.

Grounded Migrants
4 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Wheatears and 1 White Wagtail.

Others 
14 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Ringed Plovers, 5 Golden Plovers, 22 Black-tailed Godwits, 155 Turnstones, 63 Sanderlings, 2 Snipe and 3 Stock Doves.

Tuesday, 26th March 2019

Offshore
6 Common Scoters east, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Auk sp. east.

Visible Migration:
4 Whooper Swans north, 7 Jackdaws north-east, 8 Carrion Crows north-east, 8 Tree Sparrows east, 1 Grey Wagtail north-east, 23 Alba Wagtails north, 379 Meadow Pipits north, 3 Chaffinch east, 23 Linnets east, 26 Goldfinch east and 3 Siskins east.
 
 Meadow Pipit

Grounded Migrants:
10 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Chiffchaffs and 1 Wheatear.

Others 
11 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 27 Ringed Plovers, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 115 Sanderlings, 2 Ravens, 3 Sand Martins and 1 Rock Pipit.

Ringing
1 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch and 1 Goldfinch.

Monday, 25th March 2019

Offshore 
2 Teal east, 13 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers east, 2 Gannets west, 3 Auk sp. west and 8 Kittiwakes east.

Visible Migration:
1 Merlin east, 3 Wood Pigeons east, 13 Jackdaws north-east, 2 Tree Sparrows east, 9 Alba Wagtails north, 54 Meadow Pipits north, 1 Chaffinch east, 10 Goldfinch east and 1 Siskin east.

Grounded Migrants
6 Goldcrests, 6 Coal Tits and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Others 
1 Gadwall, 4 Goldeneyes, 2 Little Egrets, 19 Ringed Plovers, 39 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 70 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted Redshank, 280 Redshanks, 2 Sand Martins and 1 Rock Pipit.
 
 Black-tailed Godwits

Sunday, 24th March 2019

Offshore
3 Shelducks east, 37 Common Scoters west, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 16 Red-throated Divers east, 6 Gannets west, 2 Great Crested Grebes east, 3 Razorbills east, 1 Guillemot east, 7 Auk sp. east and 21 Kittiwakes east.

Visible Migration
26 Wood Pigeons east, 8 Jackdaws east, 25 Alba Wagtails north/north-east, 406 Meadow Pipits north/north-east, 1 Brambling east, 5 Chaffinch east, 14 Linnets east, 43 Goldfinch east, 1 Siskin east and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants 
2 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 4 Wheatears.

Others 
39 Whooper Swans, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, 3 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 31 Ringed Plovers, 26 Grey Plovers, 47 Black-tailed Godwits, 215 Turnstones, 160 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted Redshank, 360 Redshanks, 9 Snipe, 3 Rock Pipits, 35 Linnets and 3 Twite.
 
 Black-tailed Godwits

Ringing 
1 Blackcap and 3 Goldfinch.
 
 Blackcap

Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Offshore 
3 Wigeons east, 7 Common Scoters west, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Red-throated Diver east and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Visible Migration 
8 Wood Pigeons east, 6 Jackdaws east, 11 Alba Wagtails north, 115 Meadow Pipits north and 9 Goldfinch east.
 
 Meadow Pipit

Grounded Migrants 
2 Wheatears.

Others
28 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, 3 Goldeneyes, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 28 Ringed Plovers, 58 Black-tailed Godwits, 170 Turnstones, 145 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted Redshank, 330 Redshanks, 1 Jack Snipe, 16 Snipe, 2 Sand Martins, 4 Rock Pipits and 25 Linnets.
 
 Gadwall
 
 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Friday, 22nd March 2019

Offshore
2 Shelducks east, 75 Wigeons east, 15 Common Scoters west, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers east and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Visible Migration 
55 Whooper swans north, 504 Pink-footed Geese north, 7 Curlews east, 12 Wood Pigeons east, 7 Jackdaws north-east, 1 Grey Wagtail east, 18 Alba Wagtails north, 129 Meadow Pipits north, 5 Chaffinch east, 7 Goldfinch east, 9 Siskins east and 1 Reed Bunting east.
 
 Whooper Swans

Grounded Migrants
3 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears and 1 Brambling.
 
 Brambling

Others 
46 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 4 Goldeneyes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Little Egrets, 33 Ringed Plovers, 53 Black-tailed Godwits, 170 Turnstones, 160 Sanderlings, 1 Jack Snipe, 26 Snipe, 1 3CY Glaucous Gull and 4 Rock Pipits.
 
 Glaucous Gull

Thursday, 21st March 2019

It felt a bit more like spring today with the first Sandwich Terns and Swallow recorded, two flocks of  Whooper Swans and a 3CY Glaucous Gull new in.

Glaucous Gull

Offshore
38 Whooper Swans on the sea in the early afternoon, 4 Shelducks east, 215 Eiders, 34 common Scoters west, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers east, 1 Auk sp. east and 2 Sandwich Terns east.
 
 Eider

Visible Migration 
52 Whooper Swans north, 14 Wood Pigeons east, 2 Jackdaws north-east, 1 Swallow north, 21 Alba Wagtails north, 291 Meadow Pipits north, 1 Chaffinch east, 4 Linnets east, 5 Goldfinch east, 1 Siskin east and 1 Reed Bunting east.

Grounded Migrants
8 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Redwings, 4 Robins and 5 Wheatears.
 
 Wheatear

Others
42 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 3 Shovelers, 5 Goldeneyes, 6 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 14 Ringed Plovers, 23 Grey Plovers, 65 Black-tailed Godwits, 180 Knots, 63 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted Redshank, 550 Redshanks and 1 3CY Glaucous Gull.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019

Offshore:
2 Shelducks east, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Goosander west and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Visible Migration 
3 Buzzards north-east, 6 Wood Pigeons north, 2 Carrion Crows north, 3 Sand Martins north-east, 1 Grey Wagtail east, 17 Alba Wagtails north, 397 Meadow Pipits north, 4 Chaffinch east, 3 Linnets east, 4 Goldfinch east, 7 Siskins east and 1 Reed Bunting east.
 
 Buzzards

Grounded Migrants 
10 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackbirds, 1 Fieldfare, 7 Robins, 3 Wheatears, 21 Pied Wagtails, 250 Meadow Pipits and 4 Siskins.
 
 Wheatear
 
 Robin

Others:
62 Wigeons, 3 Shovelers, 5 Goldeneyes, 2 Little Egrets, 18 Ringed Plovers, 27 Grey Plovers, 180 Curlews, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, 75 Sanderlings and 2 Stock

Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Offshore
17 Common Scoters west, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers east and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Visible Migration:
6 Curlews east, 2 Grey Wagtails north-east, 42 Alba Wagtails north, 409 Meadow Pipits north, 3 Chaffinch east, 3 Goldfinch east, 2 Siskins east and 2 Reed Buntings east.

Grounded Migrants
3 Goldcrests and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Others
88 Wigeons, 2 Shovelers, 4 Goldeneyes, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Little Egrets, 21 Ringed Plovers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 125 Turnstones, 70 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted Redshank, 480 Redshanks and 1 Merlin.
 
 Kestrel

Ringing:
2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock and 2 Goldfinches.
 
 Chiffchaff

Monday, 18th March 2019

Offshore 
7 Shelducks east, 9 Common Scoters west, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers east, 2 Auk sp. east and 2 Little Gulls west.
 
 Little Gull

Visible Migration 
5 Wood Pigeons east, 9 Jackdaws east, 1 Raven east, 2 Starlings north-east, 3 Grey Wagtails north-east, 25 Alba Wagtails north, 332 Meadow Pipits north, 2 Chaffinch east, 8 Goldfinch east and 4 Reed Buntings east.

Grounded Migrants 
1 Goldcrest and 1 Wheatear.

Others:
78 Wigeons, 37 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 6 Goldeneyes, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Goosander, 2 Little Egrets, 19 Ringed Plovers, 107 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 300 Knots, 56 Sanderlings, 1 Spotted Redshank, 525 Redshanks and 2 Sand Martins.
 
 Ringed Plover

Sunday, 17th March 2019

Offshore:
14 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 9 Gannets west, 5 Auk sp. west, 35 Kittiwakes east & 16 west and 17 Little Gulls west.
 
 Little Gull

Gannets

Visible Migration 
16 Alba Wagtails north and 68 Meadow Pipits north.

Others 
135 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, 4 Goldeneyes, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 24 Ringed Plovers, 4 Golden Plovers, 67 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Turnstones, 140 Sanderlings, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 13 Snipe, 3 Stock Doves, 2 Chiffchaffs and 1 Water Pipit.

Saturday, 16th March 2019

Offshore
3 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers east, 1 Gannet west, 8 Kittiwakes west and 27 Little Gulls west.
 
 Little Gull

Others
83 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, 5 Goldeneyes, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Little Egret, 24 Ringed Plovers, 22 Black-tailed Godwits, 185 Turnstones, 300 Knots and 140 Sanderlings.

Friday, 15th March 2019

Offshore:
14 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Gannets west, 1 Guillemot, 2 Auk sp. west, 9 Kittiwakes west and 8 Little Gulls west.
 
 Little Gull

Visible Migration
1 Grey Wagtail east, 3 Alba Wagtails north and 14 Meadow Pipits north.

Others 
300 Pink-footed Geese, 75 Wigeons, 2 Shovelers, 8 Goldeneyes, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Little Egrets, 27 Ringed Plovers, 180 Grey Plovers, 54 Black-tailed Godwits, 75 Bar-tailed Godwits, 170 Turnstones, 2500 Knots, 160 Sanderlings, 300 Dunlins, 1 4CY Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Merlin, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Chiffchaffs and 7 Twite.
 
 Pink-footed Goose

Yellow-legged Gull

Thursday, 14th March 2019

A Leach`s Petrel was an unseasonal visitor to the Obs this morning, a single flew west past the scar at 10 am.

Leach's Petrel

Offshore 
3 Wigeons west, 4 Scaup west, 11 Common Scoters west, 1 Red-breasted Merganser west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Fulmar west, 1 Leach`s Petrel - west past the scar at 10am, 10 Gannets west, 1 Guillemot west, 6 Aul sp. west, 220 Kittiwakes west and 51 Little Gulls west.
 
 Little Gull

Others 
300 Pink-footed Geese, 80 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 14 Shovelers, 5 Goldeneyes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 28 Ringed Plovers, 175 Grey Plovers, 135 Black-tailed Godwits, 160 Bar-tailed Godwits, 160 Turnstones, 2000 Knots, 160 Sanderlings, 300 Dunlins, 1 4CY Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Stock Doves and 9 Twite.

Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Offshore 
1 Teal east, 7 Common Scoters west, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 1 Red-throated Diver west, 11 Gannets west, 1 Razorbill west, 1 Guillemot west, 7 Auk sp, west, 39 Kittiwakes west and 43 Little Gulls west.
 
Little Gull
 
 Gannets
 
Others
115 Wigeons, 45 Teal, 4 Shovelers, 6 Goldeneyes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Little Egrets, 30 Ringed Plovers, 140 Grey Plovers, 165 Black-tailed Godwits, 42 Bar-tailed Godwits, 165 Turnstones, 2000 Knots, 155 Sanderlings and 200 Dunlins.

Tuesday, 12th March 2019

Offshore:
17 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Gannets west, 2 Auk sp. west, 7 Kittiwakes west and 12 Little Gulls west.

Grounded Migrants
1 Goldcrest.

Others
135 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 7 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 29 Ringed Plovers, 180 Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Turnstones, 140 Sanderlings, 17 Snipe, 1 Med Gull, 2 Stock Doves, 1 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail and 3 Rock Pipits.

Med. Gull

Ringing 
1 Goldcrest, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Goldfinch.

Monday, 11th March 2019

Offshore:
2 Shelducks east, 3 Wigeons east, 25 Common Scoters west, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Guillemot west, 11 Auk sp. west, 11 Kittiwakes west and 18 Little Gulls west.

Others
80 Wigeons, 37 Teal, 2 Shovelers, 6 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 23 Ringed Plovers, 122 Black-tailed Godwits, 170 Turnstones, 125 Sanderlings, 70 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Raven, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Rock Pipits.
 
 Great Crested Grebe

Linnet

Sunday, 10th March 2019

Offshore:
9 Wigeons west, 2 Teal west, 12 Common Scoters west, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 2 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Shag west, 7 Gannets west, 1 Guillemot west, 4 Auk sp. west, 64 Kittiwakes west, 32 Little Gulls west and 1 Med. Gull west.
 
 Shag

Grounded Migrants:
1 Stonechat and 1 Wheatear.
 
 Wheatears

Others
120 Wigeons, 35 Teal, 13 Shovelers, 6 Goldeneyes, 2 Little Egrets, 28 Ringed Plovers, 270 Black-tailed Godwits, 185 Turnstones, 140 Sanderlings, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 315 Redshanks, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Saturday, 9th March 2019

Offshore 
30 Wigeons west, 2 Pintails west, 11 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Fulmar west, 6 Gannets west, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Guillemot west, 6 Auk sp. west, 215 Kittiwakes west and 141 Little Gulls west.
 
 Kittiwake

Others
85 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, 4 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 29 Ringed Plovers, 24 Grey Plovers, 70 Lapwings, 140 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Turnstones, 120 Knots, 140 Sanderlings, 53 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechats, 2 Rock Pipits and 6 Twite.
 
 Chiffchaff

Friday, 8th March 2019

Offshore 
3 Shelducks east, 27 Common Scoters west, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Auk sp west.

Visible Migration
8 Curlews east, 2 Rooks north-east, 7 Grey Wagtails north-east, 16 Alba Wagtails north, 69 Meadow Pipits north, 3 Chaffinch east, 2 Siskins east, 1 Snow Bunting east and 2 Reed Buntings east.

Grounded Migrants
2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Stonechats.
 
 Stonechat

Others 
3 adult Bewick's Swans, 125 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 4 Shovelers, 2 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 95 Lapwings, 46 Black-tailed Godwits, 75 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 300 Redshanks, 1 Raven and 2 Rock Pipits.
 
 Gadwall

Thursday, 7th March 2019

Offshore:
2 Pintails west, 24 Common Scoters west, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Gannets west, 1 Guillemot west, 6 Auk sp. west, 29 Kittiwakes west and 2 Little Gulls west.

Others 
85 Wigeons, 1 Gadwall, 4 Shovelers, 8 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 27 Ringed Plovers, 18 Golden Plovers, 75 Lapwings, 57 Black-tailed Godwits, 145 Turnstones, 140 Sanderlings, 60 Dunlins, 1 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Merlin.

Purple Sandpiper
 
 Skylark

Wednesday, 6th March 2019

A southerly airflow produced the years first Wheatear on the golf course.

Offshore 
2 Shelducks east, 21 Common Scoters west, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Red-throated Divers west, 1 Gannet west and 2 Auk sp. west.

Visible Migration
2 Grey Wagtails east, 6 Alba Wagtails north and 14 Meadow Pipits north.

Grounded Migrants 
5 Stonechats and 1 Wheatear.
 
 Wheatear

Others 
115 Wigeons, 40 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 6 Goldeneyes, 2 Little Egrets, 19 Ringed Plovers, 13 Golden Plovers, 90 Lapwings, 147 Black-tailed Godwits, 135 Turnstones, 1 Ruff, 74 Sanderlings, 75 Dunlins, 8 Snipe, 2 Sand Martins and 3 Rock Pipits.

Tuesday, 5th March 2019

Offshore
18 Common Scoters west, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Red-throated Divers west, 2 Gannets west, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Auk sp. west and 2 Little Gulls west.

Others
4 Whooper Swans, 170 Pink-footed Geese, 135 Wigeons, 37 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 5 Goldeneyes, 1 Little Egret, 22 Ringed Plovers, 85 Golden Plovers, 140 Lapwings, 242 Black-tailed Godwits, 145 Turnstones, 1 Ruff, 135 Sanderlings, 130 Dunlins, 1 Spotted Redshank, 425 Redshanks, 1 merlin, 2 Chiffchaffs and 21 Linnets.

Shoveler