24th April 2021 – cloudy start then bright and sunny E2
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is open though the hides and visitor centre remain closed to comply with social distancing measures, please remember the rule of six.
Remaining quiet over the sea with observations (0730-0830) producing 275 Common Scoter, 66 Sandwich Tern, 33 Gannet, 14 Red-throated Diver, 7 Guillemot, 3 Arctic Tern and single Little Tern and Manx Shearwater.
Limited to 13 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and single Grasshopper Warbler and Goldcrest.
The first House Martin of the year was amongst a further trickle of Swallow, also seen were 50 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held just 19 light-bellied and 14 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 120 Bar-tailed Godwit – many in summer plumage, 88 Whimbrel and 43 Golden Plover.
The long-staying Hooded Crow and a Merlin were logged.
Warblers continue to arrive in low numbers with territorial Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler all now thinly distributed in suitable breeding habitat across the island.
A Bottle-nosed Dolphin was offshore.
Butterflies and Moths
Dark Sword-grass and Red Sword-grass were recorded.