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.
Meagre rations again
21st August 2007 - bright and sunny N1/2/3/4 Offshore Observations (0615-0715) were again limited to the usual suspects with 200 Common Scoter, 50 Gannet, 30 Sandwich Tern and 3 Manx Shearwater logged.
Totals were again low with just 11 Willow Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 4 Robin, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Stonechat and a single Garden Warbler seen.
A Swift flew through and Swallow numbers continue to build with 100 birds logged.
Wildfowl and waders
Wildfowl numbers continue to build slowly and waders included 10 Greenshank and single Whimbrel and Spotted Redshank.
A flock of 7 Stock Dove were a good island record.
Highlights from the MV trap were Svennson's Copper Underwing and Red Underwing - the latter only the second record for the island.