Another Bonxie

5th July 2020 – sunny spells WSW5/6/7
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
It was slow going over the sea (0630-0930) but persistence eventually provided some movement involving 121 Gannet, 55 Manx Shearwater, 53 Common Scoter, 14 Sandwich Tern, 8 Guillemot, 5 Fulmar, 4 Kittiwake and a Great Skua.

Great Skua

4th July 2020 – overcast/drizzle/mist/murk SW2/3
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
A check of the sea as visibility briefly improved (1115-1215) produced 103 Common Scoter, 11 Gannet, 11 Sandwich Tern, 8 Manx Shearwater, 2 Guillemot and a Great Skua.

Arctic Skua

3rd July 2020 – overcast/rain SW6/7/8
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
A check of the sea in poor viewing conditions provided just single Arctic Skua, Manx Shearwater and Gannet.

Little Ringed Plover

2nd July 2020 – overcast/rain/drizzle/clearing later E2
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
A check of the sea (0815-0915) proved quiet with little variety and just 194 Common Scoter, 122 Sandwich Tern and 14 Gannet logged.
Grounded Migrants
Two Whinchat were seen and 2 Stock Doves were unusual.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders are beginning to move through with single Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank amongst 27 Dunlin and 30 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
While a few Little Egret have remained on the island throughout the summer a recent influx was noted with 18 birds logged.

Hints of autumn

1st July 2020 – overcast/light drizzle then sunny spells/calm
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
A check of the sea (0640-0740) proved quiet with just 152 Common Scoter, 27 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet and 3 Little Tern recorded.
Grounded Migrants
A Willow Warbler was logged.
Diurnal Migration
Single Lesser Redpoll and Grey Wagtail were hints that autumn is not far away.
Wildfowl and Waders
The summering drake Wigeon remains in residence and returning waders included 150 Curlew and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Three Raven were the best of the rest.

Fewer seabirds

30th June 2020 – overcast WSW3
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
A check of the sea (1200-1300) produced just 36 Common Scoter, 21 Sandwich Tern, 9 Gannet, 2 Little Tern and 2 Razorbill.
Breeding Birds
Productivity amongst the Eider colony continues to provide concern with just 17 young counted.
Miscellaneous
A group of 8 Raven were logged.

A few more seabirds

29th June 2020 – overcast/rain then showers WSW8/7/6 gusting to 50mph
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (1300-1400) produced 165 Manx Shearwater, 21 Gannet, 22 Common Scoter, 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Fulmar and 2 Guillemot.

A few seabirds

28th June 2020 – overcast/frequent showers/rain SW6/7 gusting to 50mph
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
A check of the sea in deteriorating conditions (1000-1200) produced 110 Manx Shearwater, 42 Gannet, 16 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern, 3 Fulmar and single Little Tern and Arctic Tern.

More Puffins

27th June 2020 – overcast/rain at times SSE3
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0700-0800) was highlighted by 3 Puffins heading into Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 26 Common Scoter, 18 Sandwich Tern, 16 Gannet, 6 Manx Shearwater and a Red-breasted Merganser.