Skuas and scoters

27th April 2021 – overcast/showers WNW2
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.
Early morning observations (0600-0800) provided 511 Common Scoter, 140 Kittiwake, 112 Gannet, 30 Red-throated Diver, 28 Guillemot, 4 Arctic Skua – all dark morph, 4 Velvet Scoter – all males, 4 Little Tern and single Great Skua, Puffin and Gadwall.
Grounded Migrants
Just 6 Wheatear were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A House Martin was amongst a continued trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 37 pale-bellied birds and a drake Gadwall was new in. Waders included: 10,000 Knot, 2,000 Dunlin, 163 Whimbrel, 46 Golden Plover, 23 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
A single Twite remains as does the long-staying adult Hooded Crow.