Thursday, 31 March 2016

31st March 2016

Weather: NW force 2
A good early spring day with plenty of varied records to keep the observers happy. A Magpie (a scarce Hilbre spring migrant) flew west over Middle Eye, 2 Ravens over Hilbre also went off west, a male Eider was on the sea, a Common Buzzard (very unusual at Hilbre) and a Sparrowhawk both moved across the island and then flew eastwards towards the shore. Five Wheatears and 7 Sand Martins were the more expected of the visitors, while others local to the island this morning were 2 Goldcrests, 6 Goldfinches, a Greenfinch, a White Wagtail, a Reed Bunting and 4 Skylarks, one of which was down on the island. A Merlin was again perched up looking for prey. Many of the waders are now thinking of the breeding season and 8,000 Knot were noted today flying off to the north.
Ringed: 1 Goldcrest         [ 40-9 ]
Reed Bunting (AEH)

Merlin (AEH)

Wheatear (AEH)

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