A late Marsh Harrier

15th October 2014 – early rain then sunny spells NE4
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler remains in the central marsh at South Walney although it is now more elusive. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions.
Early morning observations produced 41 Common Scoter, 15 Gannet, 9 Razorbill and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 25 Redwing, and 27 Blackbird. Otherwise there was a Wheatear amongst 14 Stonechat and 2 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff were amongst a further smattering of Robin.
Diurnal Migration
Passage totals through the morning involved 400 Jackdaw, 315 Pink-footed Goose, 140 Linnet, 105 Starling, 100 Meadow Pipit, 14 Pied/White Wagtail, 6 Carrion Crow, 5 Reed Bunting and 4 Rock Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Greenshank.
A juvenile Marsh Harrier hunted the island throughout the morning, a record 64 Little Egret were logged and additional sightings included 2 Water Rail, 2 Merlin and Little Owl.
Migrants involved 2 Silver Y.