Red Kite and Hooded Crow

3rd April 2021 –bright and sunny ENE2
Please note that South Walney Nature Reserve is open though the hides and visitor centre remain closed, please remember the rule of six.
An early morning check of the sea revealed 1000 Eider, 70 Sandwich Tern, 10 Red-throated Diver, 9 Gannet, 7 Common Scoter, 4 Shag and 2 Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
The clear skies were again unconducive to providing many grounded birds with just 2 White Wagtail and single Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Redwing and Long-tailed Tit logged.
Diurnal Migration
A Red Kite was over the island at 1400hrs and additional sightings involved 3 Swallow and single Siskin and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 5000 Knot and a Ruff.
The long-staying Hooded Crow put in an appearance and a Water Rail was the best of the rest.
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.
Single Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were recorded.