20th August 2020 – bright and sunny SSE3/4/5
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.
Extended observations over the sea (0700-1000) were dominated by a strong passage of Gannet with 410 birds logged. Also seen were 52 Sandwich Tern, 23 Manx Shearwater, 17 Common Scoter, 4 Razorbill and single Puffin, Medterranean Gull, Red-throated Diver and Guillemot.
The conditions were not conducive to grounded birds with just 2 Whitethroat and single Cuckoo, Wheatear and Willow Warbler recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 90 Grey Plover, 64 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel and single Black-tailed Godwit and Green Sandpiper.