Founded in 1964, the work of Walney Bird Observatory is funded entirely by membership subscription. Since 1965 it has been an accredited member of the British Trust for Ornithology’s bird observatories network which operates across Britain and Ireland. Bird Observatories are at the forefront of conservation, monitoring bird populations through the medium of census work, daily recording of migrants and ringing.
A hint of passage at last
22nd August 2013 – overcast misty start then sunny/calm
The sea provided 3 Arctic Skua amongst 400 Sandwich Tern
A hint of migration was provided by 5 Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Robin and single Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail and Stonechat .
There was a gathering of 300 Swallow and small numbers of House Martin and Sand Martin early morning before they melted away as the mist cleared. Also logged were 5 Tree Sparrow, 4 Swift and a Tree Pipit.