Saturday, 11 July 2009

11th July 2009

Summer is in full swing with the Rock Sea Lavender (left) and Harebells (right) in full bloom and autumn just around the corner, there were some young birds to ring this morning including island bred 3 Swallows (below left) and 3 juvenile Meadow Pipits, also a visiting juvenile Chiffchaff (below) and an adult Willow Warbler.
The Willow Warbler (below) was particularly interesting as we seldom see adults in heavy main moult at Hilbre as the first of the autumn passage birds normally arrive towards the end of the month.

An Emperor dragonfly (below) was released from the SK trap during the morning and many Green Veined Whites and Meadow Brown butterflies were about but only a single Small Tortoiseshell.

The Sandwich Tern roost on the east hoyle is now built up to 50 birds, and more will join them, and hopefully attract some of the rarer terns.
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