Tuesday, 22 August 2017

22nd August 2017

Weather: SE force 1, cloudy and mild
A brief pre-tide visit this morning discovered only a few migrants on the ground, namely 3 Wheatears and 3 Willow Warblers. The Willow Warblers arrived at the north end and filtered south down the island. About 20 local Swallows were joined by as many others passing through in the early morning and accompanied by 6 Sand Martins. A Snipe flew over the gutter by the obs and in the same place a Merlin chased south hoping to disturb some unwary waders, possibly the bird that made an appearance yesterday. Few terns could be seen at the low tide, but 10 Whimbrel was a good total. Linnets again showed in numbers, both feeding and in a large roaming flock.

Monday, 21 August 2017

21st August 2017

Weather: S 2/3, then SE 3/4   mostly cloudy and dry
Observers were undecided whether the light drizzle early morning with a southerly breeze would be beneficial for migrants, in the event 5 Willow Warblers, about 30 Swallows and 2 Wheatears were a meagre return.
The first Merlin of the autumn flew across the island east to west and a Peregrine was off Red Rocks. Little Terns again created headlines when a huge count of 202 was made roosting on the east hoyle with 300 Sandwich and 150 Common Tern. Seabird numbers over the high tide included 36 Common Scoter, 12 Great Crested Grebes and a single Manx Shearwater. Skus could not be found until midday when 3 Arctics were seen off to the north.
Waders logged today were 4 Whimbrel, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Turnstone, 12 Sanderling, 200 Dunlin, 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank and 15 Curlew.
  Linnets are numerous at the moment with young birds being everywhere
Ringed: 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 Linnets.   [445-32 ]
photos CJ, AEH

Sunday, 20 August 2017

20th August 2017

 Weather: W force 3  vis 30-mls
A Spotted Redshank was heard as an observer approached Middle eye first thing this morning, a very scarce bird at Hilbre, unfortunately it was not seen or found again. A couple of Willow Warblers were on the island despite the westerly but little else, and the main attention was towards the sea at the mid-morning high tide. Two Arctic Skuas harassed the terns on the east hoyle as the tide flooded and another was off the north end later. A very large count of 14 Little Egrets was made before the tide.

The most notable feature throughout the morning was the number of Little Terns around the area with many diving in the shallow gutters and resting on the east hoyle with other terns, 120 were present, a good proportion of those that have bred at Gronant this year. The massive size difference between Sandwich and Little is obvious when together.
Also on the sea was a flock of about 2,000 Common Scoter out by the windfarms, while nearer were 8 Great Crested Grebes and 6 Gannets. Waders included 2 Whimbrel and 300 Dunlin.

 It became quite warm later in the morning with 5 Red Admirals, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Small White taking to the air.
Ringed: 1 Wren, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 1 Linnet.     [ 438-32 ]
photos  CJ, AEH

Saturday, 19 August 2017

19th August 2017

Weather: W 5/6 vis 10 mls but reducing to 5mls out to sea.
Very little was about on the island but a single Wheatear was possibly yesterday evenings bird. 
The sea watching was good with a total of 7 Arctic Skua, 5 being seen together. 

Two Fulmar passed close in going west, as did the first Shag of autumn. Ten Great Crested Grebe and 7 Gannet were present, a constant movement of groups of Common Scoter were estimated at 400. Nine Kittiwake and 18 Manx Shearwater were mostly far out and to the West but a few were noted closer.
Terns numbered 35 Little, 200 Sandwich and 20 common.
A good sighting was 4 Harbour Porpoise close in, 2 came up close together with one appearing much smaller, so possibly a calf.
Photos AS

Friday, 18 August 2017

18th August 2017

Weather: WSW 4/5 vis good
A late evening visit saw 2 Little Egret in the gutter and 3 Shelduck fly over Middle. A Wheatear was on the North end and a brief sea watch produced 6 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater and 5 Great Crested Grebe.
About 100 Little Terns were feeding close in to the North end.
Sheltering from the wind below the hide were 18 Turnstone.
 Photos AS

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

16th August 2017

Weather: S force 2, later SE 4
The breeze in the south brought a Spotted Flycatcher, a Blackcap and 5 Willow Warblers in this morning
 A Collared Dove came through early, then flew off south.
A Wheatear was found down the west side late morning, obviously sheltering from the increased gusty wind. twnety Eight Swallows flew around, some of which would be feeding birds that bred on the island.
Eighteen Little Terns dived in the ebbing gutter north east of Little Eye.
A Peregrine was noted soon after dawn, a flock of 30 Knot flew across, also first 5 and then another 10 Shelduck flew by.
Later 180 Sandwich Terns and 10 Common Terns gathered on the east hoyle ,while 5 Little Egrets fed off the east side and 5 Grey Herons and 6 Whimbrel were noted as the tide approached.

Until noon only 3 butterflies were seen, a Painted Lady, a Red Admiral and a Small White.
A Barrel jellyfish (rhizostoma pulmo) was starnded near Little Eye,(phone case for size comparison)

Ringed: 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 1 Meadow Pipit       [ 434-32 ]
photos CJ,AS,AAB

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

15th August 2017

Two Wheatears were on the island and a Common Sandpiper was between the islands.
per Matt Thomas