Walney Birds 2


All our other days on the island saw temperatures into the mid to high twenties with no weather systems to help us. Nonetheless we enjoyed slowly clocking up the numbers and getting some fine views of the regulars. High tide brought in some of the Atlantic Grey Seals and on occasions they can number up to 500. Last year, however, they were disturbed by dogs off their leads, which resulted in some of the seals abandoning the site. Their is no access onto the beach at anytime of the year.

Atlantic Grey Seals

We were also chatting to one of the assistant wardens who was returning from litter picking with a trailer full of bags. Litter is a huge problem but the hides have also been vandalised and much of the their time is spent patrolling the reserve rather than working on conservation and wildlife related issues. Being so close to urban conurbations can have massive drawbacks!

But back to the birds!

Juvenile Willow Warbler passing through
Herons were regular throughout the week

A flock of over 70 Linnets were constantly busy feeding on the reserve
Linnets in an evening light
Greenshank showing primary moult

Meadow Pipit
Juvenile Wheatear heading south
Swallows were constantly moving through the reserve in large numbers
The reserve boasts a good number of hides and screens
Groyne hide overlooking the southern tip of the reserve, note the Swallows passing through




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