Friday, 23 October 2009

23rd October 2009

Some thrushes were evident at first light when 7 Blackbirds, a Song Thrush and 3 Redwings were grounded. Not many other passerine migrants down except for 4 Chaffinches (left) and a Reed Bunting. Overhead movement saw 50 Meadow Pipits, 57 Starlings and 3 Skylarks passing through during the morning.

A Merlin (right) stayed around the north end for a short while and then went off east, while a Lapwing went west between the islands and a Teal (below) landed in the east gutter.

Only 9 Brent could be found on the shore along with 20 Sanderling and 26 Bar-tailed Godwits.
As with the last week or so 4 Dunnocks are still on the island with at least 2 Rock Pipits.

Observers were treated to 9 Helicopters in twos and threes flying across from the Navy vessels in the Mersey to celebrate 100 years of naval aviation.

Ringed:- 4 Blackbirds, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Wren.
(DB,CJ) [571] photos CJ

Further updates from the last few days are now shown below

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