A quiet day

17th October 2020 – overcast NE1
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.
A check of the sea at dawn revealed 23 Shag and 21 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes were limited to 23 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 7 Mistle Thrush and 4 Redwing. Additional sightings involved 7 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Although 50 Barnacle Geese were seen passage continues to decline with just 18 Tree Sparrow, 3 Siskin and single Brambling, Lesser Redpoll and Whooper Swan logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 2250 Wigeon and 7750 Oystercatcher and 13 Greenshank were the pick of the waders.
At least 3 Merlin hunted the island and 3 Twite and the Hooded Crow were the best of the rest.