Sunday, 30 August 2009

30th August 2009

The green flag awarded to Hilbre now proudly flies above the top paddock, telling us what we already knew, that Hilbre is an unspoilt gem in the local area.
The winds have eased this morning but still no migration and only a single Wheatear (below) and 4 Swallows to show for a tour of the likely places.

Wading birds however have not deserted us with Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling (left) feeding on the east hoyle. Larger shore birds included 2,000 Oystercatchers, 41 Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel.

Peregrine and Kestrel (right) both showed today, but the only good seabird was on the obs flag.
Butterflies noted were Small White, Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood.
No birds ringed today.

(CJ,CDT,PT,NDW,+VT, +6) photos CJ


John Taylor said...

I was one of the observers of the Leach's Petrel on saturday at Hilbre. The bird was seen at a distance of about 50 yds from the slipway at the north of the island and was deifnitely a Leach's Petrel. The i.d. was also confirmed by a third independent observer.

Colin said...

Thanks John, that's great, I will alter the record to that of a definite sighting.