Saturday, 21 January 2017

21st January 2017

Daffodils growing already in the old obs garden (JE)
Weather: E force 0/1  mist

Best bird this morning in the mist was a Common Snipe, not a common bird at Hilbre. At least one male Scaup is still off the island, and the Brent count was 262, confirming the recent large numbers. Good wader counts were 80 Bar-tailed Godwits and 129 Redshanks, while 3 Little Egrets were on the shore.  

Friday, 20 January 2017

20th January 2017

Weather: S force 1/2    slight mist
First thing this morning a Snow Bunting was on the path at the north end of Middle, possibly the same bird that has been at Little Eye this week. The rest of the morning was dominated by ducks; a Long-tailed duck swam close to the 3 male Scaup off the north end and nearby were 2 Teal and a Wigeon on the tide edge. Shortly afterwards a female Goldeneye was in the same area.
record shot of Long-tailed Duck
Earlier 40 a flock of 40 Lapwing were flying east towards the mainland and a female Peregrine flew down the west side and later flushed all the birds off the east hoyle. On the shore by Tansky rocks 8,000 Knot swirled in unison early in the day.
Photos CJ

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

18th January 2017

Weather: W force 0/1 visibility 10 miles

Just before dawn circa 400 Canada geese took to the air from the Little Eye area with the majority flying north but some going towards Grange Hill. On the sea a male Teal had joined the remaining 2 Scaup with 2 Great Crested Grebes, 200 Cormorants and 250 Common Scoter.
As the tide rose a very calm sea enabled a good count of 290 Brent geese, most in the water off the south west side of Middle. A single Grey Heron and 5 Purple Sandpiper were present as were the usual 3 Crows with another 5 flying east over the island. Later the Snow Bunting was again at Little Eye

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

17th January 2017

On the east hoyle- Red Rocks to West Kirby were 330 Curlew, 2,000 Knot, 3,500 Dunlin and 200 Redshank at Bird Rock.

Monday, 16 January 2017

16th January 2017

Weather: W force 1/2  vis 15 miles, cloudy
A brief visit before the tide saw 3 Shelduck fly over the north end with 250 Cormorants, 5 Common Scoter and 3 male Scaup on the sea. A Sparrowhawk flew from the SK paddock.Waders included 2,500 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plovers, 22 Curlew, 62 Turnstone, 105 Dunlin and 129 Redshank.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

15th January 2017

Weather: NW force 5, mist around the estuary
A Snow Bunting was at Little Eye. A Kestrel flew east, and some counts were 120 Curlew, 215 Grey Plover, 3,000 Knot and 10 Shelduck.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

14th January 2017

Weather: NW force 6
Many Herring Gulls, estimated at 17,000 were still on the shore this morning following the Starfish wreck. Among those present were an estimated 200 scandinavian argentatus birds.
A record count for Hilbre of 298 Brent Geese was made this morning and there were still 3 male Scaup around the island. The high tide gave the opportunity for 7 Purple Sandpipers to be found, which is quite likely all there are at the moment, also 4,600 Oystercatchers and 45 Common Scoter were logged.
The sea was rough at high tide
A young Grey Seal was on the shore by the obs
Last years rock fall has been scattered across the path onto the island by the gales
Photos GB