Walney Birds 1


The first morning dawned bright before a heavy fog engulfed the Island. Greenshanks appeared to be everywhere along side the edges of the gravel pits – 20 counted on one pit alone. Other waders making use of the pools were good numbers of Dunlin, Redshank and small numbers of Curlew and Turnstone. 3,000 Oystercatchers with a few Bar-tailed Godwit were out on the sands of the estuary. A few migrants were a passing through but most notable was a large movement of Swallows, 5,000+

Before the fog descended a rich early morning light turned this Little Egret gold
Mixed flock of Redshank and Dunlin with the odd Turnstone
Yellow Wagtail in the gloom of the early morning fog
Juvenile Wheatear – again early morning fog
Meadow Pipit
Wheatears were showing well across the reserve
White Wagtails were more numerous than the Pieds
Oystercatchers, Herring Gulls and the odd Bar-tailed Godwit frequented to shore on the high tide
Little Egret
Good numbers of swallows passed south through the reserve all day
Gravel pits of the reserve with the gas terminal Rampside and the south lakes beyond
Walney wind farm with the Isle of Man in the distance
The still waters of the gravel pits gave a lovely backdrop to this evening Greenshank




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