Tree Sparrow invasion

13th October 2014 – sunny spells NE4/5/6
Walney’s and Cumbria’s third Cetti’s Warbler continues to reside in the central marsh at South Walney although more elusive than of late. South Walney Nature Reserve opens at 1000hrs, follow all on site instructions.
A check over the sea on the rising tide (1130-1230) revealed 30 Razorbill, 6 Gannet, 2 Shag and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
The only obvious new arrivals were 3 Wheatear, 2 Goldcrest and a Blackcap amongst a smattering of Robin.
Diurnal Migration
An exceptional passage of Tree Sparrow saw 230 birds logged, additional sightings included 800 Jackdaw, 360 Chaffinch, 240 Pink-footed Goose, 120 Meadow Pipit, 110 Linnet, 34 Greenfinch, 31 Starling, 30 Carrion Crow, 30 Skylark, 10 Pied/White Wagtail, 9 Barnacle Goose, 2 Rook, 2 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 9 Greenshank remain.
A post-roost gathering of 51 Little Egret was recorded, also seen were 2 Water Rail and a Merlin.
A November Moth would appear to be the first island record.