Long-tailed Duck new in

22nd October 2014 – overcast then rain WSW4
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (0930-1030) produced 225 Razorbill, 117 Kittiwake, 40 Guillemot, 8 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter, 5 Shag, 4 Red-throated Diver and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes 4 Song Thrush and single Redwing and Mistle Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Small groups of Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Pied/White Wagtail were noted heading out over the sea with a Merlin in attendance.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Long-tailed Duck was newly arrived, the Brent Goose flock held 10 dark-bellied and 2 pale-bellied birds and waders included 7 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret numbers continue to build with a record 88 birds now present along the eastern side of the island. A Water Rail was the best of the rest.

Black Guillemot

20th October 2014 – rain then showers SW4/5
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (1030-1200) produced little reward with just 29 Common Scoter, 16 Razorbill, 6 Kittiwake, 5 Guillemot, 4 Gannet and 3 Shag recorded. However, a later check added a Black Guillemot.
Diurnal Migration
A hint of movement between the showers with 20 Linnet and a Grey Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Greenshank.
Mammals
At least 4 Harbour Porpoise were offshore.

Seawatching to the fore

19th October 2014 – bright and sunny SW6/7
Offshore
Observations through the morning (0745-1045) were led by a juvenile Pomarine Skua amongst 205 Razorbill, 131 Gannet, 49 Common Scoter, 30 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot and single Arctic Tern and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A Fieldfare was the sole record.
Miscellaneous
A total of 58 Little Egret and a Water Rail were the best of the rest.

First Woodcock of the autumn

18th October 2014 – overcast/showers S4
Rarities
The male Bearded Tit continues to tour the island’s reed beds.
Offshore
A check over the sea on the rising tide (0800-0900) revealed 71 Gannet, 44 Kittiwake, 29 Common Scoter, 20 Razorbill and 6 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Newly grounded birds were few but included 6 Redwing and 3 Goldcrest.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 19 Greenshank and single Ruff and Woodcock.
Miscellaneous
Additional sighting included 27 Twite, 2 Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Water Rail.
Moths
A Silver Y was all the moth trap could muster.

Cetti's Warbler and Bearded Tit

17th October 2014 – sunny spells SSE3/4
Rarities
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler remains in the central marsh at South Walney although it remains elusive. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions. The male Bearded Tit also continues to linger, though mobile.
Offshore
Observations (0745-0845) produced 41 Common Scoter, 37 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 4 Shag and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 25 Redwing, 10 Blackbird and 4 Song Thrush. Otherwise there were 3 Goldcrest and a Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to 35 Linnet, 11 Meadow Pipit, 10 Chaffinch, 5 Pied/White Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Mistle Thrush.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 51 pale-bellied and 47 dark-bellied birds.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included 3 Water Rail, Merlin and 50 Little Egret.

More Yellow-browed Warblers!

16th October 2014 – early drizzle then sunny spells E1/2
Rarities
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler remains in the central marsh at South Walney although it remains elusive. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions. Also on the island today 2 Yellow-browed Warbler – making seven for the autumn so far, along with a male Bearded Tit and Ring Ouzel.
Offshore
A few Gannet were all that was logged.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 50 Redwing, 30 Blackbird and 3 Song Thrush. Otherwise there were 17 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
The early morning drizzle dampened diurnal passage, although single Osprey and Marsh Harrier were logged the supporting cast involved just 145 Pink-footed Goose, 102 Starling, 21 Pied/White Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Greenfinch, 3 Rock Pipit and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Goldeneye of the autumn arrived and waders included 10 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included 4 Water Rail, Merlin and 9 Little Egret.
Ringing
The Bearded Tit sported a fine set of colour rings suggesting its origin was from across the border at Leighton Moss.

A late Marsh Harrier

15th October 2014 – early rain then sunny spells NE4
Rarities
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler remains in the central marsh at South Walney although it is now more elusive. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions.
Offshore
Early morning observations produced 41 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet, 9 Razorbill and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 25 Redwing, and 27 Blackbird. Otherwise there was a Wheatear amongst 14 Stonechat and 2 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff were amongst a further smattering of Robin.
Diurnal Migration
Passage totals through the morning involved 400 Jackdaw, 315 Pink-footed Goose, 140 Linnet, 105 Starling, 100 Meadow Pipit, 14 Pied/White Wagtail, 6 Carrion Crow, 5 Reed Bunting and 4 Rock Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Marsh Harrier hunted the island throughout the morning, a record 64 Little Egret were logged and additional sightings included 2 Water Rail, 2 Merlin and Little Owl.
Moths
Migrants involved 2 Silver Y.

A rarity day!!

14th October 2014 – early rain then sunny spells NE4
Rarities
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler remains in the central marsh at South Walney although it is now more elusive. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions. Also on the island today 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Ring Ouzel and a Bearded Tit.
Offshore
A quick check over the tide revealed a handful of Gannet and Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 215 Redwing, 70 Blackbird and 20 Song Thrush. Otherwise there were 2 Goldcrest and single Treecreeper and Chiffchaff amongst a further smattering of Robin.
Diurnal Migration
Passage totals through the morning involved 1850 Jackdaw, 450 Pink-footed Goose, 140 Tree Sparrow, 40 Meadow Pipit, 20 Linnet, 18 Carrion Crow, 15 Whooper Swan, 10 Pied/White Wagtail, 10 Chaffinch, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Twite, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Rock Pipit and a single Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 10 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A record 58 Little Egret were logged and additional sightings included 3 Water Rail, Peregrine, Merlin and Little Owl.
Moths
Pearly Underwing was new for the year.

Tree Sparrow invasion

13th October 2014 – sunny spells NE4/5/6
Rarities
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler continues to reside in the central marsh at South Walney although more elusive than of late. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions.
Offshore
A check over the sea on the rising tide (1130-1230) revealed 30 Razorbill, 6 Gannet, 2 Shag and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
The only obvious new arrivals were 3 Wheatear, 2 Goldcrest and a Blackcap amongst a smattering of Robin.
Diurnal Migration
An exceptional passage of Tree Sparrow saw 230 birds logged, additional sightings included 800 Jackdaw, 360 Chaffinch, 240 Pink-footed Goose, 120 Meadow Pipit, 110 Linnet, 34 Greenfinch, 31 Starling, 30 Carrion Crow, 30 Skylark, 10 Pied/White Wagtail, 9 Barnacle Goose, 2 Rook, 2 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 9 Greenshank remain.
Miscellaneous
A post-roost gathering of 51 Little Egret was recorded, also seen were 2 Water Rail and a Merlin.
Moths
A November Moth would appear to be the first island record.