Mediterranean Gull and Wood Warbler

7th August 2020 – sunny spells V1
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 was very quiet early morning (0645-0745), excepting for the first Mediterranean Gull of the year. Also seen were 26 Common Scoter, 17 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet and 6 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Wood Warbler was amongst 8 Sedge Warbler, 7 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
A trickle included 10 alba Wagtail, 7 Swift, 7 Tree Sparrow and a Tree Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Greenshank and 2 Whimbrel.
Breeding Birds
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was perhaps indicative of successful breeding on the island.
The Otter put in another appearance.