Thursday, 23 July 2015

23rd July 2015

The exciting news from the island this week has been the sightings of juvenile Rock Pipits seen being fed by the adults near the North End and down the East Side and today visiting birder @tim_kinch got a lovely photograph (see below).  This is the first confirmed successful breeding of Rock Pipit on Hilbre for many decades.

Also the first Willow Warbler of the autumn arrived.  Amazing how short summer is these days!

Also around the islands were 200+ Dunlin, 29 Turnstone, 8 Whimbrel and plenty of Meadow Pipits and a juvenile Wheatear again.

A single Bar-tailed Godwit and a Mediterranean Gull were by West Kirby Marine Lake.

(Tim Kinch)

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

21st July 2015

Weather:  SSW 3-4, 4/8 cloud, rain early on

Another nice July day with waders, terns and gulls very much on the agenda.

Passage waders included 12 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 24 Sanderling and a single Bar-tailed and 20 Black-tailed Godwits; some of these waders were still in smart summer plumage.

The Sandwich Tern flock on the East Hoyle bank increased again with 980 counted along with 30 Common Terns.

A moulting adult Mediterranean Gull was again seen east of the main island on the shore with Black-headeds.

220 Grey Seals were noted and the harebells are flowering now.

(DB (briefly), AEH, CJW) photos AEH

Monday, 20 July 2015

20th July 2015

Weather: SE 2-3, some drizzle mid morning

A short morning visit by Obs members produced juveniles of Robin and Dunnock and a lovely juvenile Wheatear was present on Wheatear wall but was chased off by the Rock Pipits.

An immature Peregrine showed well at Little Eye (back of camera shot below) but from photographs appeared to be ringed with a red ring so perhaps an escaped falconer's bird?

Visiting birder Elliot Montieth put the time in over the tide and was rewarded with some stunning views of early returning waders including Dunlin, Turnstone and Ringed Plover (see his blog for more).

Another stunning adult summer Mediterranean Gull was found at the southern end of our recording area on the shore by WKML as the tide flooded.

(BSB, SRW & visitor EM) photos by @steveonhilbre & @elliot_montieth

Saturday, 18 July 2015

18th July 2015

Weather: WNW force 4/5
The juvenile Black Redstart is still present, ranging down the whole length of the east side of the island (left). Records of Mediterranean Gulls continue with two seen off the island today, and Sandwich Terns continue to increase at their post breeding roost on the east hoyle bank, 410 being counted today with 150 Common Terns also in the area. 

Two Rock Pipits are still to be seen as they have been for many months now, although no young have yet been recorded. Waders returning included 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Whimbrel, 60 Dunlin, a Turnstone and a Knot.

(BSB,GB,AEH+3,CJW+1,RTW,SRW)       photos SRW


Friday, 17 July 2015

17th July 2015

Weather: SW force 5
A Black Redstart was found this morning on the east side, it stayed throughout the day but was quite elusive, staying mostly down the east side cliffs, and not settling in one place for more than a few seconds. A sea watch produced just 49 Common Scoters, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Guillemot and 2 Manx Shearwaters. Thirteen Whimbrel were more than would be expected in July, while 3 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone and 2 Knot (one in summer plumage) could be the start of autumn post breeding movements. The Sandwich Tern roost has increased to 360 birds, plus 25 Common Terns. Ten Swallows and 3 Swifts moving through were the only small migrants. The (same?) Mediterranean Gull was on the east side on the ebb tide.

The most memorable event of the day for a member who was staying the night was the finding of a Red Fox inside the obs during the late evening! It has been known for some time that a Fox or Foxes are present but sightings have been more frequent lately, could it be they are becoming more bold ?
(GB,AEH,CJ,CJW)   photo GB

Thursday, 16 July 2015

16th July 2015

Weather: NW force 2, later SSE force 4
A nice passage this morning of 120 Swifts, 2 Sand Martins and about 20 Swallows. A adult Meditterranean Gull was again by the island, also a Black-tailed Godwit, while other wader records included 6 Whimbrel, 13 Redshank, 130 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 40 Curlew and a single Ringed Plover. Grey Herons just outnumbered Little Egrets by 4 to 3. Two Rock Pipits were confirmed as present today. The moth trap again produced good results with 63 Garden Tigers plus 27 other species. Bumblebees are not often studied but our expert found 7 different species on the island today.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

15th July 2015

Weather: NW force 3
The Sandwich Tern roost built up to 260 birds, a Little Egret and a Whimbrel were logged,