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.
1st August 2013 – overcast then bright and sunny SE3 Offshore
Two Arctic Skua chased 80 Sandwich Tern and early morning observations (0630-0930) also produced 136 Manx Shearwater, 131 Common Scoter, 74 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Common Tern and a Fulmar.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders were prevalent on the falling tide with 1200 Dunlin, 200 Knot, 50 Turnstone, 20 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling and 5 Black-tailed Godwit logged.
The overnight rain put a dampener on the moth trap with just 220 moths of 56 species logged, however, the highlight was a Grey Chi – the first to be recorded for seven years.