Wednesday, 28 September 2011

29th September 2011

Not quite the day hoped for, with no Goldcrests calling in the gardens and only 2 Chiffchaffs during the day but as always there was a few things of interest. The Wheatears again numbered 5 even if they were slow to arrive this morning, and passerine of the day was a skulking larger warbler that was eventually seen to be a Garden Warbler (above left). This has been a good year at Hilbre for Garden Warblers which have always been a scarce bird on the island. Ducks seen were 11 Pintail (top right) and 3 Wigeon (above) also 2 Eider flying past the north end at midday, but there was no sign of yesterdays early Brent Goose. A Sparrowhawk cruised round the middle of the island for a short period (above). There were not many other visitors to report, just a single Grey Wagtail, a Greenfinch and 4 Swallows. Waders packed the whole of Middle at the height of the 10 metre tide, especially pleasing was to see 2 Grey Plovers (right), only the odd sighting of this medium sized wader has occurred this autumn. Ringed:- 1 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Meadow Pipit. (DB,CJ,KMC,CJW, et al) [836-43] photos CJ

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