Swift passage

31st July 2020 – hot and sunny SE3/4
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 sea proved very quiet (0630-0730) with just 28 Common Scoter, 23 Gannet, 17 Sandwich Tern and 12 Manx Shearwater logged.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds were at a premium with only 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Whinchat, 3 Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat recorded.
Diurnal Migration
Swifts were on the move with 70 birds logged along with 3 Tree Sparrow and 2 Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 450 Dunlin, 220 Sanderling, 9 Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel and 3 Common Sandpiper.
Breeding Birds
Barn Owls are busy feeding young.
Two Peregrine were the best of the rest.