Thursday, 13 August 2009

13th August 2009

No warblers first thing this morning, we are still waiting for the easterlies that may bring something special in the way of migrants. A female Sparrowhawk flew over the south end and along the west cliff but seemed not to stay very long, however it was still probably bird of the day.
Later in the morning a Willow Warbler appeared in the mist net to at least give some cheer to the members present on a relatively uneventful day. Wheatears managed to total at 4 after a slow start and Swallows at 10 during the morning, but little else except for the presumably home bred Pied Wagtails. Others from the log were 5 Grey herons, 4 Whimbrel, and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits.
A Common Blue and several Small Coppers were in the new garden, the Small Copper now being much more numerous than in the past when it was averaging about 1 record a year at Hilbre.
Ringed :- 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Meadow Pipit.
(DB,CJ,KMc) [455] Sorry, no photos today - must try harder !

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