Cetti’s Warbler still in residence

10th October 2014 – sunny spells S4/5
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler remained in the central marsh at South Walney and was calling frequently and showing 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 becomes impassable over the high tide period.
Observations over the sea (0800-0900) produced 50 Razorbill, 9 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Shag and 3 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Limited fare with just 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat and a Wheatear logged.
Diurnal Migration
Passage was evident throughout the morning, totals included: 770 Meadow Pipit, 400 Linnet, 210 Starling, 130 Skylark, 118 Pied/White Wagtail, 60 Jackdaw, 43 Greenfinch, 30 Chaffinch, 23 Tree Sparrow, 8 Whooper Swan, 7 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 2 Rock Pipit..
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock has increased to 33 pale-bellied birds and waders included 21 Greenshank and single Ruff and Spotted Redshank amongst 1100 Redshank.
At least 3 Sparrowhawk and 2 Merlin were seen and 2 Water Rail were heard.
Checking Cormorants for colour rings again proved productive with individuals sporting white, green, red and yellow darvic rings all seen – reading the individual codes however proved less easy!.