Wednesday, 4 November 2015

4th November 2015

Weather: SE force 2

The thrushes continue to arrive, but fewer this morning with 7 Fieldfares and 9 Redwings, but surprisingly only a single Blackbird and no Song Thrushes. In compensation 3 Bramblings made it to the island, with one in the obs garden for a while and another down on the rocks at the north end.
Bramblings have been very scarce in recent years especially those landing on the island. Eight Skylarks and 16 Starlings passed overhead, mostly in ones and twos, and were the most frequent reason to look up, but 5 Greenfinches, a Goldfinch and several Meadow Pipits were also moving through. Larger Hilbre 'migrants' were 3 Collared Doves and a Woodpigeon.
The south easterlies overnight had brought in 3 late Goldcrests calling in the paddocks this morning.
There was no repeat of the duck fest of  yesterday, just 3 Common Scoters and a drake Teal to be found.
Waders today included 7 Grey Plover and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, with only a single Purple Sandpiper found at the low tide, other sightings were of a Peregrine, 3 Little Egrets and 4 Great Crested Grebes. Another Red Admiral butterfly flew today in this exceptionally mild autumn period.
Ringed: 2 Goldcrests               [ 603-40 ]
(CJ, AS, CJW and SRW) 

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