Wednesday, 20 July 2016

20th July 2016

Weather: N force 3, thunderstrom early then sunny and warm
A very brief visit before the tide found the first warbler of the return passage in the form of a Chiffchaff in the 'heli' trap. Another good find was a juvenile Wheatear, following on from the 2 on Middle at the weekend, this time towards the north end of the main island. In the same area was a more unexpected visitor at this time of year, a Skylark which was down on the short turf of the island for a while. As the tide flooded over 300 Sandwich and 100 Common Terns were very vocal and the recent rapid build up of Black-headed Gulls was noticeable. A Whimbrel, 2 Little Egrets, 12 Redshank and 2 Ringed Plovers were noted before the tide totally claimed the shore.
Ringed: 1 Chiffchaff       [ 298-26 ]

Sunday, 17 July 2016

17th July 2016

Weather: NW force 3/4 cloudy at first then sunny and warm
Two juvenile Wheatears were about the rocks at the north east corner of Middle (above,CJ), indeed they were still there after the tide. Three Swifts and a couple of swallows flew north west through the island during the morning. On the sea 20 Gannets fed and 14 Little Terns flew north out of the estuary as the tide ebbed. On the shore 3 Little Egrets and 5 Whimbrel were noted. Both Kestrel (scarcely seen so far this year) and Peregrine made an appearance, the Peregrine scattering the terns and waders. As the sun warmed things up later in the morning many butterflies started to show including 20 Small Whites, 6 Meadow Browns, 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Red Admirals, a Garden Tiger and 2 Cinnebar moths.
Dunlin (AEH)

Gannet (AEH)
Small Tortoiseshell (AEH)
Meadow Pipit (AEH)

Garden Tiger moth (AEH)

Red Admiral (AEH)

Hilbre speciality Rock Sea Lavender

Thursday, 14 July 2016

14th July 2016

Weather: NW force 2
Thirty five Gannets were on the sea and 450 Sandwich Terns in the post breeding roost around the island. Three Whimbrel and a Little Egret were also noted today.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

12th July 2016

Weather: NW force 2

Best records today were an early autumn Greenshank and 3 returned Whimbrel. Other waders today were 12 Redshank, 12 Curlew and 32 Dunlin. Three Rock Pipits seen including one displaying at the north end of Middle.
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Sandwich Tern with sand eel
Grey Seals hauled out
All photos AEH

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

6th July 2016

Weather: SW force 1
Recorded today were 320 Sandwich Terns and 30 Common Terns and 18 Curlew. Just outside the obs door were 4 Wrens including 3 juveniles, looking like they have just fledged. Two adults and a juvenile Pied Wagtail were also seen today. A count of the Hilbre Grey Seals revealed 320 individuals and 3 possible Common Seals.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

30th June 2016

Weather:  W2, 7/8 cloud, good vis

A brief visit produced a nice tern roost involving 68 Sandwich and 4 Common Terns and there were increasing numbers of Black-headed Gulls arriving as the tide receded.

A single Little Egret was noted in the gutter along with the colour-ringed Herring Gull.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

28th June 2016

There were three Little Egrets to the south of Middle Eye and 6 returning Curlew flew up the estuary with 8 more seen feeding in the gutter.

A Wren was singing on Middle Eye and a single Common Scoter was on the rocks to the east of the island, three male Mallard flew up from the bracken when disturbed. 

Four Shelduck were on the beach at the South End of Hilbre and two Grey Heron in the rocks on the West Side.  A Woodpigeon flew low over the observatory and four of the local Swallows were noted, also the two adult Pied Wagtails feeding a juvenile (hopefully there are more) but birds of the day were two Gadwall seen briefly at the North End of the gutter before flying up the estuary.

A Garden Tiger Moth was found on the slipway onto the main island.