Thursday, 30 September 2010

30th September 2010

During the warm morning with a light southerly a slow movement of Linnets (left, with Goldfinch) passed through in several flocks and totalling 146 birds together with 7 Goldfinches, a Greenfinch and a Chaffinch. Nine Skylarks floated over, mostly as single birds also a group of 4 late Swallows came through followed by another single. A Greenland Wheatear that arrived mid-morning, a Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs completed the visible migration. Not many interesting birds on the shore although 7 Pintail flew south west, a Teal with with the Oystercatchers on the incoming tide, and at least 100 Bar-tailed Godwits fed on the edge of the east Hoyle.
A Common Seal (unusual at Hilbre where the seals are Atlantic Greys) hauled out on the rocks to the north east of the slipway (right).
Ringed :- 1 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.
(DB,CJ,KMc) [568] photos CJ

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