Saturday, 13 February 2016

13th February 2016

Weather: East F2-3. Cold!
A visit to carry out some maintenance work to the heli trap was planned to coincide with the forecast good weather. Unfortunately no work got done as the Obs members hosted an impromptu visit by a group who were visiting the island from Liverpool University. The group were shown some of the wading birds regularly seen around Hilbre before visiting the Obs for a talk about our activities. We were later visited by ranger Matt Thomas who’d come across with two visitors who were welcomed with a warming brew and a chance to get out of the biting wind.
Bird wise it was quiet with only three Purple Sandpipers being found at the north end. Several Grey Plover were feeding on the beach below the Obs along with a group of Knot and the usual Turnstones, Redshank, Oystercatchers and Curlew. The sea produced a small number of Common Scoter and a single male Red-breasted Merganser.
Passerines were represented by the long staying Song Thrush in the SK paddock and the usual Wrens, Robins and Dunnocks.  A Rock Pipit was at the south end and a small group of Meadow Pipits toured the island.
As the tide flooded some of the Brent Geese appeared below the Obs including the dark-bellied bird and colour ringed bird D/H (below,PSW).

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