Cetti’s Warbler headlines

7th October 2014 – overcast SE2 then rain SW3
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cettis’ Warbler was calling and showing occasionally mid-afternoon in the central marsh at South Walney. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions.
An early morning check over the sea revealed a feeding flock of 20 Gannet, 18 Common Scoter and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Although there was a influx of Robin and Dunnock the only other warbler logged was a solitary Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A migration spectacular was underway throughout the morning, totals included: 5400 Meadow Pipit, 2085 Linnet, 1265 Skylark, 495 Pied Wagtail, 345 Pink-footed Goose, 105 Chaffinch, 68 Jackdaw, 50 Reed Bunting, 33 Carrion Crow, 32 Swallow, 30 Goldfinch, 30 Tree Sparrow, 23 Starling, 14 Greenfinch, 9 Grey Wagtail, 4 Siskin, 2 Little Egret, 2 Collared Dove and single Whooper Swan, Rock Pipit and Brambling.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 24 pale-bellied birds and waders included 3 Greenshank.
At least 2 Water Rail remain and raptors involved 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Merlin and a Kestrel.
Feathered Rannunculus was new for the year.