Monday, 13 April 2015

13th April 2015

Weather: SSE force 3
Meadow Pipit   (CJ)
Wheatear  (CJ)
A much calmer day than yesterday, but a very cool breeze all morning, and judging by the relatively quiet day bird wise,obviously not to the liking of many small migrants. Five Meadow Pipits were ringed, well above normal for these birds even on a day with a passage of hundreds through the islands, but this was not the case, barely 25 were counted altogether. Two Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler were the only warblers to be seen and 4 Wheatears, 3 White Wagtails and 8 Goldfinches went through early, and later in the morning 3 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins and the first House Martin of the year passed over the east hoyle towards the Wirral shore. A Merlin was in the usual place on the ridge south of Middle while at the same time another darker bird was around the main island, and a Rock Pipit was at the north end.
A Canada Goose (seems to be a regular this spring) was seen very early on. On the sea 12 Red-throated Divers, 25 Great Crested Grebes and 2 newly arrived Sandwich Terns were off the north end, while the now famous massive Scoter flock off Hoylake was seen to good effect, but not near enough to find any Surf Scoters.
Ringed: 5 Meadow Pipits, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet.    [ 148-24 ]
(CJ et al)

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