Little Gull and Long-tailed Duck

11th March 2019 – bright and sunny W4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea produced a first-winter Little Gull amongst 19 Kittiwake and a female Long-tailed Duck amongst 7 Eider. Additional sightings were limited to a single Red-throated Diver.

A few seabirds

9th March 2019 – heavy rain/hail clearing to showers W4/5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (0900-1000) produced 69 Kittiwake, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 3 Razorbill and 2 Red-throated Diver.

Brant still here

5th March 2019 – sun and showers SW3/4
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge feeding at low tide amongst 85 pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Early Wheatear

4th March 2019 – sun and showers SW3/4
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge feeding at low tide amongst 100 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Offshore
The sea produced 40 Kittiwake, 35 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet, 12 Red-throated Diver and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
An early Wheatear was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 4 Scaup remain and waders included 5 Greenshank and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 50 Twite was the best of the rest.

Black Brant remains

3rd March 2019 – overcast S3
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge feeding at low tide amongst 70 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Offshore
Early morning sightings on the rising tide (0730-0830) produced just 14 Common Scoter, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver and 3 Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1100 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 50 Twite was the best of the rest.

Just a hint of movement

2nd March 2019 – overcast/rain later S2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide (0730-0830) revealed 50 Kittiwake, 21 Common Scoter, 9 Red-throated Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A single Goldcrest provided evidence of some movement.

Black Brant continues to show well

1st March 2019 – overcast/mist/fog SE1
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge feeding at low tide amongst 65 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Wildfowl and Waders
Four Scaup (2 males) remain and a pair of Goosander were logged. Waders included 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 50 Twite and a Peregrine were the best of the rest.

Black Brant still

28th February 2019 – early fog/ rain later ESE1
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge at low tide amongst 75 pale-bellied Brent Geese.

First Goldcrest of the spring

24th February 2019 – early fog clearing later SE2
Grounded Migrants
The early morning fog produced the first Goldcrest of the spring along with single Fieldfare and Redwing.
Diurnal Migration
Three Pink-footed Geese flew through and 2 Raven were escorted off site by the resident pair.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup remain and a Jack Snipe was the best of the waders.
Butterflies and Moths
The first moths of the year appeared in the moth trap overnight with 3 Dark Sword-grass recorded. A Small Tortoiseshell was also on the wing.