Saturday, 30 May 2009

30th May 2009

Again the Painted Ladies make the headlines with another massive influx late yesterday afternoon and 3,000 were estimated on the island at that stage. This morning a systematic count produced the fantastic total of 3,420 on the main island alone (see video below), and others were passing along the shoreline. The arrival is unprecedented on Hilbre.

A Hobby was seen at 05.00 hrs flying down by the south end, and later a recently dead Swift (right) showing signs of predation was found on Buzzard hill, not difficult to make a connection there!

Less exciting news this morning were records of 7 Canada Geese, 2 Teal, 3 Little Egrets and 22 live Swifts.

A Pied Wagtail and a Meadow Pipit were ringed last evening.

An Azure Damslefly was also photographed (see left).

(DB,FD,JE,CJ,SRW + PSW) [397] photos SRW

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