Long-tailed Duck

31st October 2020 – overcast/rain at times SE6/7/8 then SW7/8
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 before the showers set in (0730-0830) revealed 50 Common Scoter, 14 Razorbill, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Kittiwake and a Red-throated Diver. A Long-tailed Duck sheltered along the eastern shore at high tide.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 5 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4000 Knot, 4000 Oystercatcher and 41 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Merlin and Hooded Crow were the best of the rest.