Sunday, 7 September 2014

7th September 2014

Weather:  NW 3, 3/8 cloud, good vis

It was a shame that on a WeBS count day that the roosting flocks of waders on Middle Eye were constantly disturbed over the high tide by a procession of water crafts including canoes, small catamarans and even kite surfers!  With other members of the Obs at Hoylake watching photographers on the beach as the tide pushed up it was a frustrating day all round for the waders and observers alike.

The highlight of the day was the second record of Ruff this autumn which flew North East.  Four Wheatears were around the island during the morning but in a moderate north-westerly there were few other migrants.

The weather continued to improve all day and a very brief late afternoon visit saw a Wheatear still present and 3 Goldcrests including a ringed bird from yesterday.

Wheatear - upper paddock (SRW)

Goldcrest - East Side (SRW)
View from 'Buzzard Hill' - looking South (SRW)

 (DB&ESCA, SRW (v briefly))

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