Rustic Bunting is new addition to the county list

27th September 2008 - hazy sun SW2/3/4
A change in wind direction with the persistent northeasterlies of the last few days giving way to southwestelies and the result, Cumbria's first Rustic Bunting was found at South Walney Nature Reserve! Although frustratingly elusive at times, with patience the bird showed well on occasions for all comers.
A quick check over the sea produced 15 Gannet, 7 Shag and a Razorbill.
Diurnal Migration
Although somewhat interrupted by the days events, a light passage through the morning produced 200 Meadow Pipit, 30 alba Wagtail, 20 Swallow, 15 Skylark, 5 Grey Wagtail and 4 Siskin.
Grounded Migrants
Despite the presence of the Rustic Bunting grounded birds were yet again thin on the ground with just 17 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff and a sprinkling of Robin logged.
At least 10 Little Egret and a Water Rail remain.