First Brambling of autumn

14th October 2020 – sunny spells NE2/3
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.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 18 Redwing, 17 Blackbird and 12 Fieldfare.
Diurnal Migration
Variety rather than quantity was again the order of the day with totals through the morning including 460 Pink-footed Goose, 230 Jackdaw, 50 Skylark, 35 Meadow Pipit, 33 Chaffinch, 21 Linnet, 20 Tree Sparrow, 18 Swallow, 17 Reed Bunting, 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Siskin and single Grey Wagtail, Lesser Redpoll and Brambling – the latter the first of the autumn.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock contained 100 pale-bellied birds and waders included 1000 Knot and 12 Greenshank.
Three Merlin and single Peregrine and Water Rail were the best of the rest.
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore early morning.