5th October 2020 – bright and sunny/calm then NW2/3
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.
At least one Yellow-browed Warbler remained in the Sycamores and Willows at Biggar and a new bird was in the Observatory Garden. The Cetti's Warbler continued to call and showed in flight occasionally.
The sea produced just 7 Shag in a single scan.
Additional grounded birds remain scarce with only 3 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Blackcap logged.
The skies were again relatively quiet with records including 250 Pink-footed Goose, 52 Chaffinch, 40 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, 36 Linnet, 11 Swallow, 5 Tree Sparrow, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 Siskin and 3 Grey Wagtail
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 2000 Knot were seen.
The long-staying Hooded Crow, 2 Merlin and a Water Rail were the best of the rest.