Wednesday, 17 October 2018

17th October 2018

Weather : W  1-2  vis 10 mls decreasing slightly later.
Although the wind was ‘wrong’ today the passerine migration was an improvement on yesterday with 2 Starling found in the Old Obs first thing, then 116 flying west over the island later. Skylarks were regularly passing overhead with a total of 39 recorded, 2 Reed Bunting also flew over with one resting briefly in the Obs garden.
 Meadow Pipits numbered about 100 with 2 Rock Pipit at the North End and 1 on Middle Eye, in addition to the usual Dunnock, Robin and Wren were 14 Linnet,  9 Goldfinch and 2 flocks of Greenfinch totalling 27 which came down on the main island.

The Kestrel was again noted and a Grey Heron was west of Middle Eye, also 5 Little Egret in the Gutter.
Fifty five Brent Geese were on the Whaleback and 16 Shelduck flew north out of the estuary
Only 6 Common Scoter were seen off the North End but 12 Pintail flew west and 7 Teal were in the Gutter below the Obs, unfortunately in poor light.
Oystercatcher around the islands were estimated at 3,000, there were 237 Curlew and 190 Redshank but other waders were in small numbers.
 photos AS

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

16th October 2018

Weather: SSE force 3, cloudy, mist around the coast.
Hopes were high with seemingly ideal conditions for a good arrival of birds this morning but a brief visit proved otherwise. A small passage of Meadow Pipits (60) in a couple of hours were the best to be seen, with just single Goldfinch, Linnet and Skylark and 4 Pied Wagtails to be found. The Brent numbered 51 and Little Egrets 4, while 91 Redshank were the pick of the waders. Fourteen Carrion Crows were about.

Monday, 15 October 2018

15th October 2018

Weather: NE  1-2  vis 20 mls
The Carnedd range in Snowdonia was in sunshine this morning unlike the rest of Wirral and North Wales until the front cleared.

Two Redwing were heard flying over before dawn, but no thrushes were down on the island. Skylarks passed over singly and in small groups totalling 19 and a single Magpie headed west very high overhead, a Reed Bunting was seen to come down in the Old Obs garden but only stayed briefly, a second passed over the Obs garden later in the morning.

At least 10 wren were about the main island with 75 Meadow Pipit and 12 Linnet passing through. Bird of the day was our second Yellow-browed Warbler of Autumn which was unexpectedly caught in the ' Heli', it had been keeping very quiet but was more vocal when feeding later.
 Also down on the island were 2 Goldcrest, 3 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch and 3 Pied Wagtail.

Forty five Brent Geese were recorded and again included the colour ringed bird HDRB.
Redshank have increased to at least 100 birds. A Heron and 2 Little Egret were present, also the ‘tame’ Kestrel.
Ringed:  1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Wren, 1 Goldcrest.       [ 533-34 ]

photos JE, CJ, AS

Sunday, 14 October 2018

14th October 2018

Weather: NNW  3 vis 35 mls +
A better day all around than yesterday with the promising start of 6 Skylark going over followed by a flock of 250 Starling flying west over the island, later in the morning a charm of 70 Goldfinch livened the island with their colour and jingling calls. 
   Spot the Goldfinches
After dark 5 Redwing were heard calling as they passed over the islands.
Today’s sea watch started well when a lovely male Long-tailed Duck was spotted in with some of the 3,000 Common Scoter off the North End (right hand bird),
a few Guillemot, 2 Red-throated Diver and 12 Great-crested Grebe were also in amongst them. A Great Skua drifted by the North End with something in the water that it was eating and was watched for about half an hour, it was possibly the bird from Friday.

Three Gannet flew by whilst the Bonxie was being observed.
A good count of 330 Curlew was made, 200 Dunlin roosted on Middle and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit were on the North Shore . Brent Geese numbered 45 with HDRB again present.
The quite tame Kestrel was again around the island and a second bird flew over going towards wales.
Photos AS

Saturday, 13 October 2018

13th October 2018

A difficult day for observations as there was heavy rain throughout the day until about 1600.
Forty three Brent Geese were on the Whaleback at first light and included HDRB.
Pre tide 165 Shelduck gathered on the sands in front of the marsh and 315 Cormorant roosted over tide on Little Eye and Red Rocks, with 2 Grey Herons roosting on Middle along with 6,000 Oystercatcher. Three Little Egret were present and there was much aggression between two of them.
A brief sea watch in very poor visibility found just 620 Common Scoter and 9 Great Crested Grebe close enough to count!
Very few waders were around the islands today but 172 Curlew, 90 Sanderling, a Bar-tailed Godwit and just 4 Knot were noted along with 38 Turnstone and 45 Redshank.
Passerine movement was almost non existent with just 2 Pied Wagtail and a few Meadow Pipits noted, but 4 Rock Pipit were at the North End.
A Peregrine again flew north down the east side after tide and was later disturbed from the steps on the west side of the island.
 photos AS