Friday, 30 October 2015

30th October 2015

Weather: E 1 with heavy mist, later SW 2 and then SE 2
Another day of significant thrush movement, this time mainly in the first 2 hours after dawn, and again the 9 Fieldfares (right,CJ) and 31 Redwings present evaded trapping for ringing, with 2 Blackbirds (below,CJ) ringed out of 8. Five Song Thrushes were on Middle first thing also 2 Goldcrests on the main island early but they immediately moved on. Casual passers by included 8 Starlings, and a total of 11 Skylarks. The early morning mist enveloped a Short-eared Owl which was being harassed by a crow as it flew over the islands towards the West Kirby shore.

The visitors to the obs from the Manchester area were treated to a good sea watch with 7 Red-throated Divers (right,CJ), several dozen Great Crested Grebes, 18 Common Scoter, 3 Razorbill and a group of 3 Harbour Porpoises swimming off the north west corner of the island.

Chief prize among the many waders seen was a Purple Sandpiper (below,CJ) which afforded close views to the visitors.
The afternoon became quite warm and a Red Admiral butterfly took advantage of the sunshine.
Ringed: 2 Blackbirds, 1 Wren                       [ 583-40 ]
(AEH,CJ,KMc+SD)          plus Dave Steel, Dave Bowman, and party

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