Saturday, 15 August 2009

15th August 2009

A windy morning saw 5 Grey Herons on the ridge south of middle (left) and there were good numbers of waders about but terns seemed to be down in numbers. Sandwich Terns normally decrease as August progresses, and Common Terns become more numerous, but this year Common Terns are very scarce possibly due to the breeding failure at Shotton.

The adult Willow Warbler (right) that was in main moult and was ringed on 11th July was trapped again and now its wing moult is complete although some body feathers are still growing. It is pleasing to have such accurate details of a warbler over a protracted period at Hilbre. There were 2 Wheatears today and at least some of the Pied Wagtail brood seem to be still happy to stay a while longer (above).
Ringed :- 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Linnet
(JE) [459] photos JE

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