Thursday, 8 April 2010

7th April 2010

Observers staying on the island were greeted with the sound of a singing Willow Warbler, the first of the year, in the Obs garden this morning - but it was not a sign of things to come with no more warblers seen or heard during the day. The wind remained in the westerly quarter which produced more Gannets, a dozen or so Little Gulls and 3 Kittiwakes on the sea. Overhead Goldfinches continued to move through in small numbers and a single Lesser Redpoll hopefully heralded the start of 'the redpoll passage' this spring.

Two Linnets, a new Robin and a new Blackbird were all caught and the female Wheatear, which has been on the islands for almost two weeks now, was caught and found to have gained a couple of grams.

With the weather improving during the afternoon hopes are raised for the next few days.

(DB, JE, SRW + TGW) [63]


Pete Marsh said...

Any stats on your Wheatears along the coasts near Hilbre? - the worst passage to the tune of 95% down so far at Heysham. Numbers on the local fells, however, seem to be ok. Thanks very much


Hilbre Steve said...

Hi Pete

Sorry about the delay replying.

I'll check the stats out but I would say that Northern Wheatear passage has been quite 'thin' but certainly not 95% down - our main passage (which is of Greenlands)has just started so still hopeful we'll have a good spring.