Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

The first Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the islands this year was found above Niffy Bay in the now usual location on the Valerian by the bird hide on 12th June 2015, with two moths present the next day on 13th.

June is the best time in recent years to find this stunning migratory Hawk-moth species on Hilbre Islands LNR and Wirral BC Ranger Matt Thomas (@mattthomas966) captured this brilliant image on 18 June 2015 (see

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

23rd June 2015

Weather: NW force 1/2, warm sun later
A straying Lesser Redpoll called over middle early in the day, but no other new
Swallow (KMc)
small birds made it to the island. The only waders found this morning were a couple of hundred Oystercatchers, 2 Redshanks and groups of 8 and 3 Curlews, not even a single small wader was around the islands at low tide. Seven Shelduck flew west, about 30 Sandwich Terns and 5 Common Terns were seen mostly out towards the uncovered west hoyle bank and there was at least 3 Little Egrets to be seen. Highlight for the observers occurred mid-morning when one of the island nesting Swallows (a male) flew into the obs building and was duly ringed before being released. Grey Seals were hauled out in good numbers (220) at low tide.
Yellow-tail moth caterpillar (CJ)
Ringed: 2 Linnets, 1 Swallow, 1 Dunnock    [ 341-34 ]

Friday, 19 June 2015

19th June 2015

Weather: NW force 3/4
Two male Mallards turned up today, none have been around for some time. Seven Lesser Black back Gulls included a pair displaying in the east gutter. Several jelly fish Aurelia aurita are on the sands of the east hoyle.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

18th June 2015

Weather: NW force 4/5
In between work on the wildlife garden, an adult Gannet was a good find at this time of year, also noted were 20 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns and 7 Ringed Plover.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

17th June 2015

Weather: W force 2/3 slight rain
A Hummingbird hawk moth was again on the Valerian above Niffy bay and Yellow-tail moth caterpillars are now quite developed on the bushes. The rabbit still roams around its favoured spots on the island. An adult Robin was the first seen for some time.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

16th June 2015

Weather: S force 1
An adult Wheatear was on Hilbre today, obviously a wandering non-breeding bird, meanwhile 4 Linnets fledged in the wildlife garden and the first Blue-tailed Damselflies of the year in the form of 3 males appeared on the main pond. Other insects included a Map spider in the wildlife garden and 2 Painted Lady butterflies on Middle Eye. Nine Shelduck flew north in addition to the 4 locals around the islands today. Two Grey Herons and 2 Little Egrets were on the shore.

Monday, 15 June 2015

15th June 2015

Weather: SE force 4, cool in the morning
Lapwings in main wing moult
Another quiet midsummer day, the highlight being a pair of Lapwings that flapped lazily around the north end before heading off west. Lapwings only feature at Hilbre a few times each year, but seldom in the middle of summer. A Hummingbird Hawk Moth was again in the usual place, who knows whether they are different insects each day. It was too cool for other insects apart from a Cinnabar moth. The only waders noted apart from the Oystercatchers were 3 Ringed Plovers and 2 Curlews. A few Common and Sandwich Terns came within earshot and a single Great Crested Grebe was still on the sea.
Common Tern
Rock Pipit
Ringed Plover
Hummingbird Hawk Moth
(CJ, later BSB+3))    photos CJ      [ 337-33 ]