Black Brant again

15th January 2019 – overcast WSW3
Rarities
The adult was again in Walney Channel off Long Rein Point feeding amongst 69 pale-bellied Brent Geese on the rising tide.
Miscellaneous
A pair of Raven were the best of the rest.

Buzzard new for year

14th January 2019 – sun and showers NW4/5
Rarities
The adult was again in Walney Channel off Long Rein Point feeding amongst 118 pale-bellied Brent Geese on the rising tide.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup remain amongst 12 Goldeneye and waders included 2 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Single Buzzard and Merlin were the best of the rest.

Black Brant continues to linger

13th January 2019 – overcast/heavy showers W4/5/6
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel off Long Rein Point on the rising tide amongst 80 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 7 Pink-footed Geese flew south.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup (2 males & 3 females) remain amongst 14 Goldeneye. Waders included 3 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl remains the best of the rest.

First Gannet of the year

12th January 2019 – overcast/drizzle at times W4/5
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel off Long Rein Point on the rising tide amongst 59 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (0845-0945) produced the first Gannet of the year along with 25 Common Scoter, 19 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Kittiwake and 10 Red-throated Diver.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 10 Pink-footed Geese flew south.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 5 Scaup (2 males & 3 females) remain amongst 15 Goldeneye. Also seen were 13 Shoveler and 5 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.

Scaup increase

11th January 2019 – overcast N1
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel off Long Rein Point on the rising tide amongst 68 pale-bellied Brent Geese.
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide revealed 20 Common Scoter, 17 Shag and 7 Red-throated Diver.
Wildfowl and Waders
There are now 5 Scaup present (2 males & 3 females). Also seen were 14 Goldeneye, 13 Shoveler and 5 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.

Black Brant still in residence

8th January 2019 – sunny spells NW6/5/4/3
Rarities
The adult Black Brant was again in Walney Channel off Long Rein Point on the falling tide feeding amongst 98 pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Scaup increase

7th January 2019 – overcast SW4/5/6
Offshore
A glance at the sea provided 12 Common Scoter, 6 Red-throated Diver and 2 Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The small group of Scaup has increased to four birds and waders included 3500 Oystercatcher, 1550 Knot and 5 Greenshank.

Bird Racing

6th January 2019 – overcast/mist/murk/drizzle/calm
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed 20 Shag, 10 Red-throated Diver, 6 Razorbill, 3 Kittiwake and 2 Common Scoter.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least one Scaup remains and 4 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and a Jack Snipe were seen.
Miscellaneous
Birds of prey included single Peregrine, Merlin and Little Owl.
Bird Racing
Walney Bird Observatory again assembled a team to enter the Cumbria Bird Club Winter Bird Race and calm conditions combined with overcast skies greeted “Walney Wanderers” as they set out into the darkest depths of Cumbria. Eventually, 10 hours later in steadily deteriorating conditions, a list of exactly 100 species had been amassed after covering around 100 miles and visiting 35 locations.

Scaup remain

5th January 2019 – overcast/calm
Offshore
The sea revealed 35 Common Scoter, 35 Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Razorbill, 20 Shag, 9 Red-throated Diver and 3 Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 3 Scaup remain amongst 12 Goldeneye and waders included a single Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl and 2 Raven were the best of the rest.
Mammals
Three Harbour Porpoise were offshore.