4th November 2014 – bright and sunny E1/2
The morning started well with a Yellow-browed Warbler – the 8th of the autumn at Snab Point. However, this was quickly eclipsed when a Red-eyed Vireo was found in the observatory garden where it remained until 1600hrs – Walney Island strikes with yet another first for Cumbria.
Grounded Migrants
At least one Black Redstart continues to linger and small numbers of grounded Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbird were logged along with 5 Goldcrest and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Birds were again on the move with totals including: 460 Starling, 400 Jackdaw, 40 Redwing, 50 Whooper Swan, 24 Pink-footed Geese, 24 Skylark, 10 Tree Sparrow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Siskin, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Twite, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stock Dove and single Brambling, Mistle Thrush and Lesser Redpoll, although understandably diurnal migration went under recorded through the morning.
Additional sighting included 20 Twite, 3 Water Rail, Merlin and Peregrine.
A selection of images of the Red-eyed Vireo.