Friday, 24 August 2012

24th August 2012

Even with the favoured south east wind Willow Warblers failed to arrive and there were none at all on the island today, if fact we managed to ring all the migrants that made landfall (2 Wheatears and a Whitethroat). Seven Tufted Duck flew between Little and Middle at dawn, a good record of this scarce Hilbre species. Overhead House Martins (14) well outnumbered Swallows as they also did yesterday. Shore birds included the few hundred Sandwich terns and a pale phase Arctic Skua that associated with them, a single Whimbrel and 11 Bar-tailed Godwits.
Ringed:- 2 Wheatears, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet     [ 927-29 ]
 (DB,AEH,CJ,- pm DCT,PT,NDW)     photo  CJ

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