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LATEST NEWS – Autumn 2022

First Barnacle Geese of the autumn (David Steel)

Wednesday 21st September

Reasonable wildfowl passage off north end of island

Noticeable highlights:

BARN OWL: seen again at Top Trap and later leaving roost at the Tank bushes

Seawatching: Pink-footed Goose 378N, Barnacle Goose 31W (first of autumn), Sooty Shearwater 5N, Manx Shearwater 22N 8W, Red-throated Diver 17W (including flock of 6), Common Scoter 2W, Wigeon 64 west + 1 on Loch, Teal 18 + 1 on Loch,, Arctic Skua 1, Little Gull first-winter dip feeding, Sandwicvh Tern 6W late record.

Migrants: Grey Heron 3,Grey Wagtail 1, Skylark 2, Willow Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 1, Tree Sparrow 14, Brambling 3, Linnet 3, Swallow 36S, Goldcrest 3, Lesser Redpoll1.

Kestrel (Alan Lauder)

Tuesday 20th September

Noticeable highlights:

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER: 1 present for second day around the Bain trap.

TREECREEPER: Second of the year discovered in Top trap garden

Migrants: Golden Plover 3, Grey Plover 1 west (second of the year), Whitethroat 1 , Robin 25  influx, Brambling 2, Skylark 3S.

Yellow-browed Warbler

Monday 19th September

Seawatching tailed off whilst a small arrival of birds occurred late afternoon

Noticeable highlights:

*BARN OWL*: 1 at the Arnott Trap, presumed same bird as seen on 14th September

*YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER*: 1 found in the Bain trap and later trapped and ringed in the Low trap. First of the autumn.

Seawatching: Sooty Shearwater 22N, manx Shearwater 63N, Red-throated Diver 1N 3S, Common Scoter 4N 1S, Wigeon 5N, Teal 1N, Arctic Skua 4N

Migrants: Dunlin 5, Redshank 8, Stonechat 1 immature at top trap, Redwing 1 by beacon late evening first of the autumn, Song Thrush 2, Garden Warbler 1, Willow Warbler 5, Goldcrest 2, Brambling one male in-off, Grey Wagtail 1.

Manx Shearwater heading north

Sunday 18th September

Once again the big event occurred on the seawatch whilst the island was quiet

Seawatching:

**GREAT SHEARWATER**:      1 north off east side, half-way out at 07:43 heading north.

1 north off east side, close in at 09:56 heading north.

This follows on from yesterday sightings, which brings the total of big shearwaters Cory’s Shearwater x1, Great Shearwater x3 seen off the island in 24 hour period. Incredible stuff.  

Others: Sooty Shearwater 27N, Manx Shearwater 226N, Arctic Skua 5S, Great Skua 2N, Common Scoter 2N, Wigeon 1 on loch, Red-throated Diver 1N 1S, Arctic tern 6N.

Seawatching team from the low light seeing both large Shearwaters

Saturday 17th September

Seawatching provided the major excitement as two large Shearwaters were seen.

Seawatching:

**CORY’S SHEARWATER**: 1 north off the east side, seen just inside the Yellow Wave buoy, at 09:06 heading north. Watched for four minutes in total. 5th island record following individuals in 1976, 2000, 2002 and 2020.

**GREAT SHEARWATER**: 1 north off east side, close in at 09:36 heading north. Watched for five minutes in total. 5th island record following individuals in 1935, 1953, 1976 and 2007.

Others: Sooty Shearwater 67N, Manx Shearwater 152N, Arctic Skua 3N 1S, Great Skua 2N, Velvet Scoter 1N, Common Scoter 5N 1S, Wigeon 1N, Red-throated Diver 6N 2S, Brent goose 1S, pink-footed Goose 511 west. Island generally quiet with very little of note.

Thursday 15th September

Quiet day (quietest day in two weeks)

Passage: Pink-footed Goose 110 west, Common Sandpiper 1, Common Gull 6. 

Seawatching: Wigeon 7S, Common Scoter 1S, Red-throated Diver 1S, Sooty Shearwater 5N, Manx Shearwater 49N, Arctic Skua 2, Great Skua 3, Razorbill 360N per hour (noteworthy passage)

Migrants: Kestrel 1, Peregrine 3, Merlin 1, Skylark 1, Swallow 17, Willow Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 1, Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 1, Song Thrush 1 and Redstart 2.   

Garden Warbler (Viv Hastie)

Wednesday 14th September

Noticeable highlights:

*MARSH HARRIER*:  1 south, the 21st for the island but 6th in the last 7 years

*BARN OWL*: at Low Light bushes, third consecutive year for records (still rare on here)

Passage: Pink-footed Goose 170 west, Brent Goose 5 (including 4 dark-bellied birds west), Canada Goose 36 south,

Seawatching: Sooty Shearwater 3N, Manx Shearwater 21N, Arctic Skua 2, Pomarine Skua 1S, Bonxie 1S, Red-throated Diver 3N 8S,  

Migrants: Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1, Peregrine 2, Merlin 2 including male, Skylark 1, House Martin 2N, Willow Warbler 12, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 1, Garden Warbler 1, Goldcrest 1, Robin 25, Redstart 3.   

Tree Sparrow (David Steel)
Wheatear (Viv Hastie)
Pied Flycatcher (Viv Hastie)

Tuesday 13th September

Noticeable highlights:

**HONEY BUZZARD**: 1 south (found by same observer who found the spring individual) 12 th island record

*CURLEW SANDPIPER* – 2 circled Kirhaven then south – first record since 1998 (!)

*TREE SPARROW* – 12 around the island – first of the year

Passage: Brent Geese 11 south, Pink-footed Geese 51 west, Golden Plover 21 (inc flock of 16 west), Ringed Plover 1 south, Curlew 82, Black-tailed Godwit 1 south – first of the year, Grey heron 1

Seawatching: Great Skua 1, Arctic Skua 4, Red-throated Diver 3, Sooty Shearwater 9, Manx Shearwater 23.Migrants: Kestrel 2, Merlin 1, Sparrowhawk 2, Willow Warbler 20, Blackcap 5, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Robin 20, Pied Flycatcher 1, Redstart 6, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 15, Grey Wagtail 1, Tree Pipit 1, Siskin 100.

Monday 12thSeptember

Canada Geese 44 south, Teal 3N, Golden Plover 3, Whimbrel 2, Dunlin 5, Snipe 1, Little Gull 1, Common Gull 2, Sooty Shearwater 1 north, Manx Shearwater 3 north, Sparrowhawk 1 female, Kestrel 4, Peregrine 4,       

Migrants: Willow Warbler 26, Chiffchaff 3, Blackcap 14, Garden Warbler 5, Lesser Whitethroat 7, Song Thrush 1, Robin 25, Pied Flycatcher 2, Redstart 15, Whinchat 4, Wheatear 27, Grey Wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 4 and Siskin 146.    

Sunday 11th September

Noticeable highlights:

*PINTAIL*  5 north – only recorded in 17 years

*BLUETHROAT*  1 caught and ringed, first autumn record since 2013 and 3rd of the year

Wigeon 1, Pintail 5 north –noticeable record for the island, Teal 11, Golden Plover 3, Grey Plover 1 west (first of the year), Whimbrel 1, Curlew 31, Dunlin 17, Snipe 5, Manx Shearwater 5 north, Kestrel 4, Peregrine 2

Migrants: Willow Warbler 39, Chiffchaff 5, Blackcap 9, Garden Warbler 4, Lesser Whitethroat 9, Whitethroat 1, Goldcrest 2, Song Thrush 3, Robin 25, Pied Flycatcher 3, Redstart 26, Whinchat 8, Stonechat 3, Wheatear 55, Tree Sparrow 4 (first of the year), Grey Wagtail 5, Tree Pipit 11 and Siskin 127             

Saturday 10th September

Noticeable Highlights:

*COMMON ROSEFINCH* 1 in Low Light bushes at dusk (4th this autumn)  

Kestrel 3, Peregrine 1, Willow Warbler 25, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 2, Garden Warbler 4, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Whitethroat 1, Goldcrest 2, Song Thrush 2, Robin 9, Pied Flycatcher 5, Redstart 15, Whinchat 2, Wheatear 8, Tree Pipit 3 and Siskin 125.      

Whinchat (left) Song Thrush (right) (David Steel)
Tree Pipit (David Steel)

Friday 9th September

Yet more good numbers of migrants but in difficult conditions (rain and strong wind)

Teal 1, Golden Plover 1, Dunlin 3, Snipe 1, Greenshank 1, Kestrel 6, Sparrowhawk 3, Swallow 8. Willow Warbler 30, Blackcap 2, Garden Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Song Thrush 2, Robin 3, Pied Flycatcher 8, Redstart 25, Whinchat 3, Wheatear 20, Dunnock 1, Siskin 80.

Siskins still present in large numbers (David Steel)

Thursday 8th September

Still good numbers of birds present and arriving.

Migrants: Golden Plover 2, Dunlin 2, Grey heron 1, Sparrowhawk 2, Kestrel 6, Willow Warbler 20, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Garden Warbler 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Whitethroat 1, Goldcrest 1, Song Thrush 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Pied Flycatcher 8, Redstart 20, Whinchat 3, Wheatear 25, Yellow Wagtail 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Tree Pipit 5, Lesser redpoll 1, Siskin 220.    

Island birding…a male Redstart out on the rocks (David Steel)
One of three Sparrowhawks on the island and 5 Kestrels! (David Steel)
Purple Sandpiper; plenty of waders counted across the island today (David Steel)

Wednesday 7th September

Vast majority of yesterdays migrants had departed but during the day plenty new arrivals including good number of Redstarts

WeBS: Wigeon 2, Teal 10, Oystercatcher 48, Golden Plover 1, Ringed Plover 1, Whimbrel 2, Curlew 43, Turnstone 122, Dunlin 23, Purple Sandpiper 56, Snipe 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Redshank 11.    

Seawatch (generally quiet): Sooty Shearwater 1 south, Manx Shearwater 9N, Common Scoter 1N

Others: Grey heron 1, Sparrowhawk 3, Kestrel 5, Willow Warbler 20, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Garden Warbler 2, Whitethroat 1, Song Thrush 3, Pied Flycatcher 15, Redstart 25 (noticeable arrival), Whinchat 4, Wheatear 20, Grey Wagtail 1, Tree Pipit 10 (influx), Lesser redpoll 1, Siskin 250. No sign of the Wryneck     

Wryneck present for its 4th day (David Steel)
Good numbers of Dunlin lingering on the island (David Steel)

Tuesday 6th September

General clear out of common migrants

WRYNECK 1 still present for its 4th day around Beacon area Others: Canada Goose 31 south, Teal 3, Whimbrel 1, Knot 1, Dunlin 11, Snipe 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 5, Willow Warbler 10, Garden Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Whitethroat 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Pied Flycatcher 15, Redstart 1, Whinchat 4, Wheatear 8, Grey Wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 1, Siskin 90.

Monday 5th September

Noticeable Highlights:

WRYNECK 1 still present for 3rd day around Beacon area

COMMON ROSEFINCH 1 still present

Seawatching: Great Skua 2, Pomarine Skua 2, Sooty Shearwater 3N, Manx Shearwater 13N,

Others: Wigeon 1, teal 9, Golden Plover 1, Whimbrel 2, Turnstone 60, Dunlin 8, Snipe 1, Common Sandpiper 4, Redshank 12, Sparrowhawk 3, Kestrel 5, Willow Warbler 10, Blackcap 1, Garden Warbler 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Whitethroat 2, Pied Flycatcher 40 (still a lot present), Redstart 2, Whinchat 4, Wheatear 15, Yellow Wagtail 1, Tree Pipit 2, Lesser Redpoll 1 and Siskin 96.

Siskin on the move; one of 135 recorded (David Steel)
One of three Common Rosenfinch on the island (David Steel)
Dunlin; lots of waders on the move (David Steel)

Sunday 4th September

Noticeable Highlights:

WRYNECK present for 2nd day but relocated near main lighthouse

ICTERINE WARBLER caught and ringed in Low Light bushes (2nd this year)

COMMON ROSEFINCH 3 – long staying ringed bird, another caught and ringed, and a third bird unringed – highest day count since four in September 2001

Others; Golden Plover 4, Whimbrel 2, Dunlin 15, Snipe 2, Common Sandpiper 10, Greenshank 1, Grey heron 3, Sparrowhawk 2, Kestrel 5, Reed Warbler 1, Willow Warbler 10, Blackcap 2, Garden Warbler 4, Lesser Whitethroat 4, Whitethroat 6, Song thrush 3, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Pied Flycatcher 48, Redstart 4, Whinchat 8, Wheatear 16, Yellow Wagtail 1 juv, Tree Pipit 2, Siskin 135 including two large flocks. Also of note Hummingbird Hawkmoth near Sheepwell. No sign of yesterdays Greenish Warbler

Wryneck – first on the island since 2016! (David Steel)
new Common Rosefinch unringed with ringed individual still present (David Steel)
Pied Flycatcher… 1 of 55 on the island today (David Steel)

3rd September

Noticeable Highlights

GREENISH WARBLER 1 in top trap (recorded for third consecutive year)

WRYNECK 1on Rona on Artificial tree (first since 2016)

COMMON ROSEFINCH 2 – lingering ringed bird and new unringed individual

Significant counts:

Pied Flycatcher 55 – systematic count across the island with 15 ringed

Common Sandpiper 19 including 11 together on Rona

Others: 1 Golden Plover, Ruff one male, 2 Whimbrel, 47 Curlew, 70 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 11 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 10 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit, 4 Lesser Redpoll and 38 SiskinN.

Bird Obs team seawatching during a productive day

31st August

Seawatching: Great Skua 5, Pomarine Skua 1 adult south, Arctic Skua 22, Red-throated Diver 2S, Sooty Shearwater 11N, Manx Shearwater 233N, Common Scoter 5N

Migrants: Greenshank, Common Sandpiper 2, Common Rosefinch still present, Pied Flycatcher

30th August

Seawatching: Great Skua 2, Arctic Skua 6, Sooty Shearwater 5N, Manx Shearwater 34N

Migrants: Common Rosefinch still present

29th August

Common Rosefinch 1 still present for second day, Wood Warbler 1 in the Low trap< Reed Warbler still present.

Common Rosefinch (David Steel)

28th August

Greenshank 3, Reed Warbler 1 (first of the year), Common Rosefinch 1 female/immature near Low trap (first of the year)

27th August

Sooty Shearwater 3N, Manx Shearwater 12N, Golden Plover 4, Dunlin 1, Ringed Plover 1 over Rona, Greenshank 1 on rona, Common Sandpiper 2, Tree Pipit 3, Pied Flycatcher 4, Goldcrest 2, Whitethroat 1, Garden Warbler 1, Grey Wagtail 1,

Tree Pipit (David Steel)

26th August

Manx Shearwater 40 on the sea off the north end, Teal 6, Common Sandpiper 1, Tree Pipit 5 (influx), Swift 1 south – late individual

Scarce visitor to the island: Treecreeper (David Steel)

25th August

Manx Shearwater 12N, Red-throated Diver 1W, Ringed Plover 1 over Rona, Grey Wagtail 1, Tree Pipit 1, Treecreeper 1 on side of Fluke street building catching insects then moved down towards Low trap

23rd August

Manx Shearwater 34N, Sooty Shearwater 2N, Bonxie 1S, Greenshank 1, Whimbrel 3, Cuckoo 1 juv still present, Yellow Wagtail 1, Tree Pipit 1, Pied Flycatcher 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Garden Warbler 1, Willow Warbler 15

22nd August

Small fall of mixed migrants today with easterly breeze and some drizzle. 

Cuckoo 1, wood Pigeon 3, Ringed Plover 1, Knot 4, Redshank 51, Common Tern 4, Carrion crow 2, Goldcrest 2, Willow Warbler 15, Wren 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Robin 1, Pied Wagtail 200, Wheatear 7.

21 August

Cuckoo 1, Woodpigeon 3, Ringed Plover 1, Common Tern 4, Carrion Crow 2, Swallow 10, Willow Warbler 2, Wren 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Robin 1

20 August

Teal 2, Common Scoter 5W, Cuckoo 1, Woodpigeon 3, Whimbrel 1, Redshank 1, Common Tern 4 last of the breeders, Manx Shearwater 2N, Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler 10, Starling 50, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Robin 1, Pied Flycatcher 1, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 1, Pied Wagtail 200, Tree Pipit 3, Meadow Pipit 1, Rock pipit 30.

SPRING 2022

Sat 11th June- 3 Starlings 

Fri 10th June – 1 Wheatear, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Black Headed Gull,1 Red Backed Shrike,1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Thu 9th June – 1 Sedge Warble ( Ringed ),1 Whitethroat , 1 Bluethroat , 1 Garden Warbler, 1 female Red Backed Shrike ,1 Spotted Flycatcher,1 Swift, ,1 Starling ( Ringed ).

Wed 8th June – 1 Blackcap ( Ringed ) ,4 Spotted Flycatchers,1 Redwing,1 Wheatear 1 Willow Warbler ( Ringed ) 1 Icterine Warbler ( Ringed ).

Tues 7th June -1 Spotted Flycatcher , 1 Wheatear.

Mon 6th June– 1 Blackcap,1 Spotted Flycatcher,1 Robin and 1 Wheatear.

Sun 5th June -1 Wheatear.

Saturday 21st May

All very quiet until a Ring-necked Parakeet flew in from the north and landed near the Low Light. The first record for the island

Monday 16th May

A female Bluethroat was the highlight while two Cuckoo included a hepatic (brown) female. Good numbers of common migrants when the rain cleared with 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 2 chiffchaff, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Rook, 2 Redstart, 1 Whinchat.

Sunday 15th May

Two Spotted Flycatcher were the year’s first. Also 1 Pied Flycatcher.

Saturday 14th May

A Honey Buzzard low over the south of the isle was very welcome. At least 6 Whitethroat were noted.

Friday 13th May:

Swallow 6, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler 4 inc 2 ringed, Wheatear 12, Siskin 2

Thursday 12th May:

Swift 1, Sandwich Tern 1, Swallow 20, House Martin 6, Willow Warbler 6, Sedge Warbler 2, Willow Warbler 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Pied Wagtail 1

11th May

Two Bar-tailed Godwit over were a notable record. 5 swift, 6 House Martin but less passerines with only two Willow Warbler and single Blackcap & Sedge Warbler.

10th May

First Pied Flycatcher of the year. Also 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Skylark.

9th May

Single Collared Dove and Lesser Whitethroat were the first of the year. Also Tree Pipit.

7th May

Hooded Crow 1, Short-eared Owl 1, Whimbrel 1, Blackcap 1, Whitethroat 3, Redstart 3, Robin 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Skylark 1,

6th May

Cuckoo 1, Whinchat 2,

2nd May 2022

Dunlin 1, Curlew 1, Whimbrel 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 1.

April 2022

Generally quiet month with the highlights a Hawfinch and the earliest record of Whitethroat on 13th. Two records of Black Redstart and a single Redstart amongst very small numbers of common migrants.

10th February 2022

Woodpigeon 3, Curlew 35, Whimbrel 1, Kittiwake 1, Grey Heron 1, Kestrel 1, Carrion Crow 2, Blackbird 1, Robin 1, Rock Pipit 12.

9th February 2022

Teal 2, Woodpigeon 3, Curlew 30, Whimbrel 1, Turnstone 20, Purple Sandpiper 10, Redshank 1, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, Short-eared Owl 3, Carrion Crow 2, Skylark 2, Blackbird 1, Robin 1, Rock Pipit 20.

8th February 2022

Teal 1, Woodpigeon 2, Whimbrel 1, Purple Sandpiper 2, Redshank 1, Kittiwake 1, GBB Gull 190, Lesser Black-backed Gull 1, Common Gull 2, Razorbill 8, Cormorant 50, Red-throated Diver 1, Grey Heron 1, Kestrel 1, Peregrine 1, Short-eared Owl 2, Carrion Crow 3, Wren 1, Robin 1, Meadow Pipit 2.

7th February 2022

Teal 1, Wigeon 2, Woodpigeon 4, Whimbrel 1, Turnstone 8, Purple Sandpiper 14, Redshank 2, Kittiwake 3, GBB Gull 113, Herring Gull 2000, Grey Heron 1, Buzzard 1, Peregrine 2, Carrion Crow 2, Raven 2, Skylark 1, Wren 1, Blackbird 1, Robin 2, Rock Pipit 20.

8-9th January 2022

Passerines were scarce with only a handful of Blackbird, Robin, Wren and Rock Pipit. However raptors well represented with 2 Merlin and single Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. At least 4 Short-eared Owls wintering as was a Whimbrel for the third consecutive winter. Offshore were unseasonal Puffin and Black Guillemot.