Wednesday, 17 August 2011

17th August 2011

Five Wheatears arrived on the islands today in sunshine and a a light breeze. The first one to be ringed in the autumn proper was fitted with the appropriate colour rings for the season (left), (please look out for such marked birds, as we still await a sighting despite many being colour ringed in the last few years). Two Whitethroats were also ringed today, possibly one was the bird seen recently on the island. Four harbour Porpoises swam off the north end, first to the west and then turning back east to give good views. A Sparrowhawk arrived from the south together with a Peregrine but neither stayed to entertain. A male Vapourer moth orgyia antiqua which is scarce at Hilbre was found and photographed today (right). Ringed 2 Whitehroats, 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Linnet, 1 Wheatear. (BSB,DB,SC+1,JE,KMc+1,CJW+many) [702-41] photos BSB

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