Thursday, 28 August 2014

28th August 2014

The highlight today was the first Marsh Harrier of the autumn picked up flying between Middle Eye & Hilbre before heading west over the West Hoyle and eventually inland near the Point of Ayr. 
Good numbers of waders roosting around the island over the high tide but no Purple Sandpipers as yet. Passerines were scarce but yesterdays ringed Whinchat was still present and spent much of its time on the west side of the island. Another juvenile Swallow was caught and ringed  along with a new Wren and a single Robin. Meadow Pipit numbers are increasing as the autumn passage starts and small parties of 6-10 birds were present in the newly mown paddock most of the morning. 

On the sea the juvenile Shag remained and spent the high tide close to the east side just off the Obs garden left), whilst a party of Little Terns flew north.
Several Whimbrel were noted and a flock of 7 were photographed flying past the north end (above), and 3 Greenshanks were noted flying along Hoylake shore, also 130 Black-tailed Godwits, while ducks were well represented by the first 3 Wigeon of the autumn, a flock of 5 Teal and a Pintail.
Several Migrant Hawker  dragonflies were recorded and there were good numbers of Red Admirals around.
Ringed: 1 Swallow, 1 Robin, 1 Wren.         [ 659-34 ]   
(DB,DCT,PT,NDW,CJW, SRW, PSW)  all photos  PSW

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