Saturday, 21 May 2016

21st May 2016

Weather: S 2-3, dropping to 0-1, before turning SW and increasing by lunchtime, rain occasionally heavy until 11am then clearing

With the wind in the South and moisture in the air observers could be forgiven for having an increased optimism but this was dashed as there was little around the  paddocks and gardens apart from the breeding birds (including Dunnock, Wren, Linnet, Meadow and Rock Pipits).

The highlight of the morning was a pair of Fulmars prospecting up and down the west side of Hilbre and then Middle Eye.  As usual they did not stay long and drifted off to, hopefully, find a more suitable location.

Once again however waders were passing through and included a new flock of 10 Turnstone, whilst numbers of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling were similar to yesterday.  Three Whimbrel were also noted.

Common Terns were close in around the main island in good numbers (65) and a couple took time to roost between the islands as the tide rose.

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