Brent Goose numbers continue to build

19th October 2020 – overcast 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.
Observations over the sea (0800-0900) revealed 163 Common Scoter, 80 Gannet, 13 Razorbill, 4 Red-throated Diver and 4 Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to a solitary Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Only evidenced by 7 Whooper Swan
Wildfowl and Waders
Brent Goose numbers continue to build with 47 dark-bellied and 347 pale-bellied birds logged. Sample counts suggested around 12.5% of the pale-bellied birds are juveniles.
Single Hooded Crow and Merlin were the best of the rest.
The Brent Goose flock contained at least six colour-ringed individuals including three birds previously ringed on the breeding grounds in the Canadian High Arctic.