Ruff double

1st October 2020 – sunny spells 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.
Early morning observations over the sea (0730-0830) produced 460 Common Scoter, 36 Gannet, 12 Red-throated Diver, 8 Kittiwake, 6 Razorbill and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
The Coal Tit influx continued with 5 birds logged, otherwise sightings were limited to 2 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Only small numbers were on the move with 210 Meadow Pipit, 30 Skylark, 30 Chaffinch, 10 Pied Wagtail, 5 Swallow, 4 Grey Wagtail and single Siskin and Lesser Redpoll logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 100 pale-bellied birds and waders included 5000 Oystercatcher, 2000 Knot and 2 Ruff.
Two Merlin and single Peregrine and Hooded Crow were the best of the rest.
Butterflies and Moths
A few Red Admiral and Small White are still on the wing and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen.