Saturday, 12 September 2009

12th September 2009

A beautiful morning began with 2 Ravens over the shore, 8 Wigeon travelling east, a Skylark flying south and 3 Snipe at the south end of Hilbre which were later relocated alighting on the 'whaleback'.
A Stonechat (left and below) that was an immature male and not the bird of 2 days ago was about the island all morning, flitting between every available perch, but frustrating the ringers attempts to mark its presence with a metal ring.

The absence of any Goldcrests has been a feature of the first 2 weeks of this September, and today was no exception, with just 2 Chiffchaffs and a Whitethroat representing the warblers, and a single Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtails, and a few Swallows being the only other obvious migrants.

Two Kestrels (above) were on the island today and a Peregrine (above right) was seen to stoop, collect a Redshank and carry it off over the east hoyle.
2 Robins
2 Chiffchaffs
1 Whitethroat
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Wren

Some moths identified from the lamp trap last night, (clockwise from top left) :- Setaceous Hebrew Character, Flounced Rustic, Feathered Ranunculus, Silver Y ( 2 variants), and Autumnal Rustic.

(CJ,DCT,PT,NDW +4,SRW,PSW, +CD) [512] photos CD, CJ,PSW

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