Cetti’s Warbler continues in residence

11th October 2014 – sunny spells S4/3
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler remained in the central marsh at South Walney and was calling frequently and showing very well throughout morning. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions, please note entrance road is currently liable to flooding and may become impassable over the high tide period.
Observations over the sea (0800-0900) produced 30 Razorbill, 11 Common Scoter, 5 Gannet and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
An influx of Stonechat was evident with 12 birds logged. Also seen were 7 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear and a single Chiffchaff
Diurnal Migration
Passage was again evident, morning totals included: 660 Meadow Pipit, 400 Linnet, 170 Skylark, 70 Chaffinch, 60 Starling, 52 Pied/White Wagtail, 51 Jackdaw, 22 Tree Sparrow, 20 Reed Bunting, 8 Carrion Crow, 5 Whooper Swan, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 18 Greenshank and single Ruff and Spotted Redshank.
A total of 17 Little Egret were recorded, at least 3 Sparrowhawk and 2 Merlin were seen, 2 Water Rail were heard and single Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl were recorded early morning.
Checking Cormorants for colour rings again proved productive a further two individuals identified.