Wednesday, 24 April 2013

24th April 2013

Hilbre experienced a medium heavy fall of Willow warblers this morning, more than would normally be expected on a light south westerly breeze, however we are certainly not complaining. A couple of Goldcrests arrived first thing followed during the morning of at least 80 Willow Warblers and a handful of Chiffchaffs but none of the larger warblers, hopefully they will come very soon. Five Wheatears were around and just 8 Swallows passed through also a Tree Pipit but there were no wagtails or migrant finches at all today. First of the year was a Swift that travelled west about midday, an early sighting of this summer migrant.
Best of the seabirds were Manx Shearwaters, 53 today some feeding close to the north end, also 4 Gannets, three of which came right up the east side diving for fish off the West Kirby shore. Several Razorbills were floating on the sea, 2 Red-throated Divers flew at the north west of the island but no sign of yesterdays Puffin. Also seen today were 10 Whimbrel, a flock of 1,000 Dunlin around the island and a Canada Goose. No Brents were seen, they may have all departed now.
'Thumper' is still about, despite the presence of the Stoat recently !
Ringed:- 33 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs                 [ 277-21 ]
Cormorant (PSW)

Wheatear (PSW)
(DB,CJ,PSW)      Photos PSW

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