Monday, 28 July 2014

27th July 2014

Weather: NW 4-5, 6/8 cloud, excellent vis, rain overnight

The rain passed through early on and left a pleasant sunny but blustery day, a slight contrast to the previous week.

The weather brought little in the way of grounded migrants but wader passage was evident with 12 Turnstone appearing (none being colour ringed several were obviously fresh in with their spanking summer plumage dress).  A single Bar-tailed Godwit fed along the shore, small flocks of Dunlin totalling 150 were pushed up as the tide flooded, a couple of groups of Knot flew through and a couple of Whimbrel were calling around the islands over the tide.

Turnstones - on the flooding tide between the islands (SRW)

Again tern numbers were impressive with adult Sandwich Terns feeding youngsters on the East Hoyle sand bank as the tide flooded totalling 350, 52 Little Terns were counted before the tide but only 35 Common Terns were noted.

Butterflies included a Meadow Brown and numerous Green-veined Whites.
Meadow Brown - Heli Paddock, Hilbre (SRW)
Green-veined White - by the 'Air Raid Shelter', Hilbre (SRW)

Glasswort (Samphire) - North End

(SRW et al et al (from over)) 

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