Thursday, 17 March 2016

17th March 2016

Weather: S force 1  near freezing point early, warm later in the sunshine.
Iceland Gull

The best bird this morning was an immature Iceland Gull that passed down the west side of the island, another less than annual bird to occur this early spring on a typical date.
Eider with Brent

Two males and a female Eider swan off the north end with the Brent Geese and then went south.
 A good selection of other typical early spring birds arriving today included 2 Collared Doves (first of spring), 3 Woodpigeons, 3 Jackdaws, 2 White and 2 Pied Wagtails, also some finches including 3 Siskins, 2 Goldfinches, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, and 14 Linnets.
Some of the 14 Shelduck seen today showed some signs that they may breed. A Peregrine arrived in off the sea from a considerable distance with a very large kill. The Pheasant still makes a colourful addition to the Hilbre avifauna.
All photos  AEH

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