Sunday, 17 April 2011

17th April 2011

No new phylloscopus warblers in today, although some things were moving as another Tree Pipit was ringed (right) ( you wait ages for one and then another turns up within 2 days). There were 8 Greenland Wheatears on the island and a Yellow Wagtail called overhead, normally a good date for the first Yellow Wagtail but one had already been heard some days ago. Twenty eight Swallows , 9 Sand Martins and a House Martin were noted, also 12 alba wagtails and 3 Lesser Redpolls. About 1,000 Common Scoter were out by the wind farm and 2 Kittiwakes and 2 Fulmars were seen, Fulmar is by no means an every day bird at Hilbre. A Whimbrel called but again did not make itself visible. Ringed:- 2 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Linnet, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldfinch (right). (AAB,DLC,AS,CJW,PSW,SRW) [229-30] photos PSW

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