Black Brant remains

16th February 2019 – sunny spells SW2/3
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge at low tide amongst 82 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0730-0830) produced 35 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Red-throated Diver, 9 Common Scoter and 2 Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup (2 males & 3 females) remain amongst 16 Goldeneye. Waders included 2 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Merlin and Barn Owl were the best of the rest.

Black Brant reappears

15th February 2019 – bright and sunny SE2
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just south of Jubilee Bridge at low tide amongst 91 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup (2 males & 3 females) remain amongst 15 Goldeneye. Waders included 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow x Carrion Crow hybrid remains.

Purple Sandpiper

11th February 2019 – bright and sunny/calm
Offshore
A scan of the sea revealed 24 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver and 7 Razorbill.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 315 Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 125 pale-bellied and 34dark-bellied birds, the 5 Scaup remain and waders included 2 Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
A group of 4 Stonechat were seen.

Pnk-footed Geese on the move

10th February 2019 – sun and showers NW2/3
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-0900) produced 27 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 8 Shag, 8 Pintail and a Kittiwake.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 880 Pink-footed Geese headed north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 140 pale-bellied and 50 dark-bellied birds, the 5 Scaup remain and waders included 4 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Both Little Owl and Barn Owl were out and about at dawn.

Disappointing seawatch

9th February 2019 – early rain clearing W5/6
Offshore
The sea provided just 55 Kittiwake, 5 Common Scoter and a Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 162 pale-bellied and 69 dark-bellied birds, waders included 3200 Knot.
Miscellaneous
Two Raven and a Little Owl were the best of the rest.

Treecreeper double

3rd February 2019 – overcast SWW3
Offshore
The sea provided 440 Common Scoter, 34 Razorbill, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver, 2 Kittiwake and a female Scaup.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 108 Pintail and the 5 lingering Scaup while 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Greenshank were the best of the waders.
Miscellaneous
Two Treecreeper were seen.

Woodcock

2nd February 2019 – bright and frosty N1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea (0800-09000 produced 82 Razorbill, 31 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and a Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
A Redwing provided a hint of cold weather movement.
Diurnal Migration
A skein of 80 Pink-footed Geese headed south.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2000 Knot, 135 Turnstone and single Woodcock and Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A check of some of the less frequently visited scrub on the island revealed 14 Bullfinch, 3 Jay, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Treecreeper. At least 2 Tree Sparrow continue to attend a feeding station on the island.

Scaup but little else

1st February 2019 – bright and frosty NE2
Wildfowl and Waders
Many of the islands shallow pools are frozen but wildfowl included 13 Shoveler and 5 Scaup amongst 12 Goldeneye. A Greenshank was the pick of the waders.