Thursday, 1 October 2009

1st October 2009

We have reached October without a single Goldcrest being seen during September, surely unprecedented at Hilbre, but at least the autumn duck for Blackcap (left) was broken today with a male being ringed.

Five Wigeon (left) were between the islands early and a late Whimbrel (right) still preferred to stay in our area.

The sea was very quiet although a Guillemot that looked slightly oiled stood out near the slipway on the tide edge (left) and seemed reluctant to take to the water.

Good counts today were 350 Shelduck and 320 Curlew.

The five Pale-bellied Brent that were seen to arrive late yesterday afternoon reappeared after the tide with the addition of two more, all flying in from the south (right).

Later 3 Common Snipe were seen in the east gutter.
(DB,CJ) [533] photos CJ

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