First Manx Shearwater and Fulmar of the year

23rd March 2018 – overcast SW4
The Black Brant was again in Walney Channel just downstream of Jubilee Bridge amongst 32 pale-bellied and a single dark-bellied Brent Goose.
A check of the sea on the rising tide (1230-1430) saw a steady stream of Kittiwake heading into Morecambe Bay with 512 birds logged. Also associated with this movement were 17 Razorbill, 8 Red-throated Diver, 6 Gannet, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 3 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.
A Greenfinch was the first control of the year that was not a colour-ringed bird.