Saturday, 19 March 2016

19th March 2016

Weather: NNE    force 2
Limited movement this morning, but a Fieldfare was a good bonus, not a common regular at Hilbre even at times of thrush passage. The Merlin was still present, sometimes a Merlin will hang about for a while in early spring possibly anticipating a supply of small migrants to be arriving, although today 4 Goldcrests and a Pied Wagtail was all that was available. Nine Canada Geese were on the sea together with the more expected single Red-breasted Merganser and Great Crested Grebe, also 10 Common Scoters.

Common Scoters

A Weasel was seen in the obs garden and later near the 'heli' trap, and Fox faeces in several places and some observers have made the connection between these sightings and the lack of much breeding activity by Shelduck, only 6 birds were seen today.
Ringed: 1 Goldcrest     [ 20-7 ]
All photos AEH

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