Brent Goose numbers begin to build

23rd September 2021 – overcast WNW3/4
The early morning checks over the sea (0730-0930) produced 770 Common Scoter, 54 Gannet, 42 Red-throated Diver, 15 Razorbill, 6 Shag, 5 Guillemot, 3 Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Again very little on offer in the conditions with just 2 Chiffchaff logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock continues to build with 111 pale-bellied birds recorded. Additional sightings included 500 Sanderling and 34 Pintail.
The Kingfisher is still in residence along with the adult Mediterranean Gull.
A colour-ringed Great Black-backed Gull marked as a pullus at South Walney earlier in the year was seen at Sandside on the Kent Estuary on 22nd September 2021.