Exceptional diurnal passage

18th September 2020 – bright and sunny ENE2/3
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.
An early morning check of the sea (0700-0800) produced little in the way of variety with just 490 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet, 3 Razorbill and a Red-throated Diver logged.
Grounded Migrants
Again the clear skies were not conducive to grounded birds with just 5 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff and single Whinchat and Whitethroat recorded.
Diurnal Migration
An exceptional heavy passage through the morning produced 12800 Meadow Pipit, 2175 Pink-footed Goose, 1050 Swallow, 264 Siskin, 102 Skylark, 41 House Martin, 37 Grey Wagtail, 27 Linnet, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Goldfinch, 12 Pied Wagtail, 9 Chaffinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Greenfinch, 4 Snipe and single Sand Martin and Golden Plover.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Greenshank.
Birds of prey involved 4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and a Peregrine.