Stone Curlew and Long-eared Owl

26th April 2021 – hazy sun V1/2
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.
A male Stone Curlew was located late morning in the field adjacent the old South Walney Refuse Tip and was still present early afternoon at least. View only from the road and do not enter the private fields.
Morning observations (0600-0700) revealed 360 Common Scoter, 114 Sandwich Tern, 51 Gannet, 38 Guillemot, 14 Red-throated Diver, 10 Kittiwake, 7 Razorbill, 4 Arctic Tern and 3 Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 21 Wheatear and single Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Several skeins of Pink-footed Geese totalling 330 birds headed north early morning and a second-year Hooded Crow flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Additional waders included: 2000 Knot, 1400 Dunlin, 68 Whimbrel, 23 Golden Plover, 3 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
The long-staying adult Hooded Crow continues in residence and a Long-eared Owl was found.
A Weasel was logged.