Wednesday, 23 March 2011

23rd March 2011

A breeze from the south east later turning north brought lots of species to the island, making it one of the most varied days of the year so far. The Pheasant seen around the 'air raid shelter' was still on the island today.
The 2 Merlins were still present and briefly joined by a Sparrowhawk flying south west. Hilbre scarce species seen today included a Woodpigeon, a Magpie, 2 House Sparrows, a Tree Sparrow, a Coal Tit, a Blue Tit and 6 Collared Doves, while flying over was a Jackdaw and a Golden Plover. Five Sand Martins and 14 Pied Wagtails were more conventional migrants, also 2 Chaffinches, 5 Greenfinches and 20 Goldfinches.
Pick of the sea/shore birds were 5 Razorbills and a count of 240 Turnstones still not moving north.
(DB,ME + HW)

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