First Water Pipit reappears

18th October 2020 – overcast ENE1
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.
The high tides pushed a total of 24 Rock Pipit from the island's salt-marshes, amongst which was the first Water Pipit of the autumn.
A dawn check of the sea revealed that the Shag population has increased to 36 birds.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved just 9 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare and 4 Song Thrush. Additional sightings were limited to 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest
Diurnal Migration
Another paltry showing involving 130 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Siskin and a Barnacle Goose.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 67 Pintail and a Jack Snipe was the pick of the waders.
The long-staying Hooded Crow continues to linger and single Water Rail, Peregrine and Merlin were the best of the rest.