Snow Bunting

4th November 2020 – sun and showers 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.
An early morning check of the sea (0730-0830) revealed 116 Common Scoter, 29 Kittiwake, 8 Razorbill and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 7 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush. Additional sightings were limited to a single Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A few birds were on the move between the showers with 440 Starling, 50 Meadow Pipit, 50 Jackdaw, 29 Chaffinch, 10 Tree Sparrow and single Snow Bunting, Lesser Redpoll and Grey Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 3 Goosander remain and waders included 11 Greenshank.
Around 40 Twite are now present while 15 Stonechat and 3 Merlin were the best of the rest.