Sunday, 19 May 2019

19th May 2019

Weather: W force 0/1     intermittent drizzle early in the morning giving poor visibility.
The first time around the island was very dissappointing with nothing of note to record, and the second time was little better until a female Blackcap appeared in the 'heli' trap, it certainly seemed not to have been there earlier.
 Visible migration this morning was restricted to a few extra Swallows and a House Martin, although 2 Mute Swans flew west across Middle and landed in the Dee.

The late season Purple Sandpiper was still at the north end and was reluctant to leave its rock as the incoming tide flooded over it..
Also logged today on this short pre-tide visit were 2 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, a Whimbrel, a Grey Plover, 6 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern and a Common Scoter.
Ringed: 1 Blackcap     [ 538-30 ]
photos AEH

Thursday, 16 May 2019

16th May 2019

Weather: ESE force 2, later 3
A very quiet morning with migration at a minimum. A single Wheatear was found early on Lion rock off the east side but no others followed.
Hours of looking and listening overhead only produced a couple of Siskins, and for the first time for many months the appearance sheet saw no additional 'write-ons', even the ever reliable Eiders were not showing today. Later in the morning a Whitethroat miraculously materialised in the 'heli' trap and became the only bird ringed today.
Ten Turnstones roosted out the tide, some in fine summer plumage, 3 Whimbrel and 13 Curlew were logged with 56 Dunlin and a single Ringed Plover.
A Guillemot, a Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and a Gannet kept the 140 Common and 20 Sandwich Terns company on the sea while on the shore were 4 Mallard and 22 Shelduck.
Ringed: 1 Whitethroat       [ 537-30 ]
photo CJ,AS

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

15th May 2019

Weather: ESE fortce 2, sunny and warm
 A Tree Pipit was caught first thing (below with Meadow Pipit for comparison) but it was hard work to find migrants, not huge numbers but many different species.

 A Sedge Warbler from yesterday was re-found and had put on weight, no doubt benefiting from the flies around today in the lovely weather. A raptor was seen flying over West Kirby, it was identified as a Marsh Harrier, the first for the island this year. It turned west across between Middle and Little Eye before continuing towards Wales. A couple of Siskins turned up late morning, one, a first year male being caught for ringing.

 A Lesser Whitethroat arrived later with a Willow Warbler
 Two immature Eiders were on the sea today.

  and a young field vole showed in the open

Two Gadwall flew over, then a Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat appeared.
Fourteen Swifts flew by, only the second record this year, a few non-breeding Swallows came through but only 2 House Martins were recorded. Five Manx Shearwaters flew passed the north end and 3 Razorbills were also seen from there. Six Grey Plover were amongst the waders, including one in summer plumage.
 A few Shelduck were standing on the east side wall, something they have failed to do very often recently, possibly because of the fox.

Passage waders also included 49 Sanderling, 323 Dunlin, 26 Ringed Plover, and 8 Whimbrel.
Ringed: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin.    [ 536-30 ]
photos JE,AS,SRW