Friday, 13 May 2016

13th May 2016

Weather:  NNW 4, backing NE, 1/8 cloud

A fairly quiet morning after yesterday's excitement with, unsurprisingly, no sign of the Nightjar.

However, the morning was livened up by the presence of a female Redstart which was trapped and ringed.

A few House Martins passed through (7) with a trickle of Swallows (34) adding to the local breeding birds.

A drake Eider made another appearance and 3 Little Terns were noted but the sea was otherwise quiet.

At lunchtime a Chiffchaff was found in the Heli.

Waders included 7 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit and 13 Turnstone.  There was an increase in Little Egrets with eight counted.

The overnight moth trap contained a nice variety of moths including a Netted Pug at the light overnight and a Chinese Character (see above) and a Spruce Capet (see below) caught.

The thrift on the island is now beginning to carpet the west side of the island.

Meanwhile the Friends of Hilbre continued their voluntary work in the Gazebo Garden, by the mast and showing visitors the Grey Seals, with the Obs counting 342 seals on the West Hoyle sandbank haul out at low tide.


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