Wednesday, 6 January 2010

6th January 2010

This prolonged cold spell has so far produced better quality records at Hilbre than has been normal in recent 'mild' winters. Still present today were the 2 Ravens and the Snipe by the island pond, also by the pond briefly were 2 Fieldfares that soon moved towards the Newton trap and then off to the north. Other thrushes were in good numbers with 12 Song Thrushes, 6 Blackbirds and 4 Redwings passing through. Twenty five Skylarks went low across the snow peppered island followed later by another 7.
Two Scaup and a Tufted Duck were off the west side (right), Scaup are a scarce sight in recent years and Tufted always have been, likewise 5 Common Scoter favoured this side of the island.
The Brent were more compact than yesterday enabling a count of 140, while 520 Grey Plover were in contrast to the single Golden Plover seen today.

Footprints of a Grey Heron in the snow was an unusual sight on top of the island (left).
Ringed today:- 2 Song Thrushes, 1 Redwing (right).
(DB,CJW) [ 8 ] photos CJW


PeteK said...

Hi, the pic of the " three scaup" appears to show two Scaup and a Tufted Duck...I guess the Tuftie is a good record for Hilbre!!

cheers,Pete Kinsella

Steve said...

Hi Pete

Thanks for that - good spot!

Yes Tuftie is a good bird for Hilbre.