Mediterranean Gull and Arctic Terns

17th April 2021 – bright and sunny/calm
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is open though the hides and visitor centre remain closed to comply with social distancing measures, please remember the rule of six.
Offshore
Interrupted observations over the sea (0630-0830) produced 377 Common Scoter, 141 Razorbill, 108 Sandwich Tern, 40 Gannet, 39 Arctic Tern, 18 Red-throated Diver, 12 Manx Shearwater, 8 Guillemot and a Mediterranean Gull.
Grounded Migrants
Just 7 Wheatear and 3 Willow Warbler were considered newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to 3 Swallow and 2 Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included a single Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
Song Thrushes are already feeding young.
Butterflies and Moths
Peacock and Speckled Wood are now on the wing.

Lesser Whitethroat new in

16th April 2021 – bright and sunny ESE1/2
Notice
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Offshore
Observations over the sea (0630-0730) produced 220 Common Scoter, 130 Razorbill, 87 Sandwich Tern, 24 Gannet, 20 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and single Arctic Skua and Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
A few more birds than of late with 6 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a Lesser Whitethroat recorded.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 660 Pink-footed Goose flew north in 3 skeins.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Butterflies and Moths
A Small White was on the wing and the moth trap held Mottled Grey, Early Thorn, Powdered Quaker and Common Quaker.

First Arctic Tern arrives

15th April 2021 – bright and sunny ESE1/2
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is open though the hides and visitor centre remain closed to comply with social distancing measures, please remember the rule of six.
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) produced 111 Razorbill, 60 Sandwich Tern, 46 Common Scoter, 19 Gannet, 14 Shelduck, 11 Red-throated Diver, 6 Guillemot, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Brent Goose and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 3 Wheatear and single Redstart and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow trickled through along with a skein of 55 Pink-footed Goose.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Dunlin, 110 Golden Plover and 3 Whimbrel.

Redstart and Sedge Warbler

14th April 2021 – sunny spells/calm
Notice
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Offshore
Observations over the sea (0715-0815) produced 188 Common Scoter, 140 Razorbill, 117 Sandwich Tern, 22 Gannet, 10 Red-throated Diver, 10 Guillemot and single Arctic Skua and Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
The first Redstart and Sedge Warbler arrived.
Diurnal Migration
A few more Swallow and Sand Martin trickled through along with 4 Rook and a Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Greenshank remain.
Breeding Birds
At least 2 pairs of Jay are present on the island and 44 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap were recorded in breeding habitat.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.

Hooded Crow and Puffin

13th April 2021 – overcast E2
Notice
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Offshore
Observations over the sea (0715-0815) produced 245 Common Scoter, 60 Sandwich Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Gannet and a Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
Only two Willow Warbler were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow and Sand Martin trickled through amongst 50 Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 100 pale-bellied birds and waders included 8000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.

Purple Sandpiper and Puffin

12th April 2021 – bright and frosty/calm
Notice
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Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) produced 120 Common Scoter, 54 Sandwich Tern, 20 Red-throated Diver, 12 Razorbill, 9 Gannet and a Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
Only a solitary Wheatear was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Purple Sandpiper were amongst 140 Turnstone.
Breeding Birds
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap are now all staking out territories.

First Whimbrel arrives

10th April 2021 – bright and frosty/calm
Notice
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Offshore
A check of the sea produced 40 Sandwich Tern, 11 Common Scoter, 8 Shag, 7 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and a pale phase Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Slightly better than of late with 14 Wheatear, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow and Sand Martin moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 310 pale-bellied birds and waders included 90 Bar-tailed Godwit and single Greenshank and Whimbrel – the latter the first of the year.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow continues to be recorded and additional sightings included 71 Twite, 2 Merlin and 2 Peregrine.

Hooded Crow still in residence

9th April 2021 – bright and sunny N2
Notice
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Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) produced 130 Sandwich Tern, 87 Common Scoter, 24 Manx Shearwater, 20 Razorbill, 12 Gannet and 8 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Two Goldcrest and single Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were all that could be mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 140 pale-bellied birds and waders included 2000 Knot, 1500 Dunlin and 1200 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow continues to be recorded.

Long-tailed Duck, Puffin and Great Skua

8th April 2021 – overcast/showers WSW3/4/5
Notice
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is open though the hides and visitor centre remain closed to comply with social distancing measures, please remember the rule of six.
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0930) produced 270 Sandwich Tern, 147 Common Scoter, 80 Kittiwake, 71 Manx Shearwater, 60 Razorbill, 15 Red-throated Diver, 15 Guillemot, 3 Fulmar, 2 Puffin and single Great Skua and Long-tailed Duck.
Grounded Migrants
A single Wheatear were all that could be mustered.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 204 pale-bellied birds and waders included 4000 Knot and 80 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow continues to be recorded.