Friday, 10 April 2009

10th April 2009

Hilbre shared in the large fall of migrants on the north Wirral coast today as southeasterly winds combined with periods of drizzle to deposit 20 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 10 Wheatears and single Blackcap on the island. The day will be remembered however as an exceptional Grasshopper Warbler day (left) as 4 were trapped this morning in different parts of the island. Other migrants included the second Tree Pipit of the spring, 8 Pied and 5 White Wagtails, 14 Goldfinches, 2 Siskins, 15 Swallows, and 2 House Martins which were the first of the year.
The regular Merlin was briefly joined by a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine hassled the waders at high tide.
A lot of Red-throated Divers (20) on the sea with 3 Gannets, 8 Razorbills, 6 Guillemots, 6 Mergansers, 5 Kittiwakes, 4 Sandwich Terns and 372 distant Common Scoters.

Ringed today:-
13 Willow Warblers

6 Chiffchaffs

4 Grasshopper Warblers (right)

3 Linnets

3 Wrens

2 Meadow Pipits

1 Blackcap

1 Wheatear

1 Robin

The best ringing day this year !


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