Hoopoe, Rosy Starling and Puffins

17th June 2020 – overcast/mist/murk SE1/2
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is now open though the hides, visitor centre and toilets remain closed to comply with social distancing measures.
The Rose-coloured Starling was again present feeding with a c30 Starling in the dunes between the lighthouse and ruined gun emplacement at South Walney Nature Reserve. Although elusive, the Hoopoe was also seen again mid- morning at Rape Haw in the adjacent gorse patch.
A check of the sea (0600-0800) revealed 10 Puffin (groups of 4 & 6) heading towards the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 200 Common Scoter, 15 Sandwich Tern, 10 Manx Shearwater, 5 Teal, 4 Guillemot and 2 Gannet.
Diurnal Migration
Five Swift and a Lesser Redpoll flew through..
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included the summering male Wigeon while waders included 1550 Knot, 3 Dunlin and 2 Turnstone.
The long staying Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Day flying moths included 150 Narrow-bordered five-spot Burnet and 30 Cinnabar.