Rosy Starling and Great Skua

20th June 2020 – overcast/sunny later S2/3
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 today feeding with a c60 Starling in the dunes between the lighthouse and ruined gun emplacement at South Walney Nature Reserve.
A check of the sea (0700-0900) revealed 215 Manx Shearwater, 200 Common Scoter, 61 Sandwich Tern, 35 Gannet, 18 Kittiwake, 18 Guillemot and single Great Skua, Goosander and Arctic Tern.
Wildfowl and Waders
The summering drake Wigeon remains in residence and Teal numbers are beginning to slowly build with 7 birds logged.
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.
Breeding Birds
The first Shelduck and Tufted Duck broods have now emerged.
The first Emperor Dragonflies are now on the wing.