Thursday, 16 June 2016

16th June 2016

Weather: NE force 3, high cloud
record shot of Tufted Duck (AEH)
A quick visit mid-morning visit produced a Tufted Duck (very scarce at Hilbre) that flew around with Oystercatchers by Middle Eye and then did a circuit to the west of the islands before disappearing. Seven Little Egrets were to the south of Middle on the ebb tide and 12 Knot were noted, but few other waders except for a 100 or so Oystercatchers that seem to be staying with us this summer. Two Gannets (one adult) were distantly off to the north. In addition to 30 Common Terns there were 25 Sandwich Terns, some of which may form the start of the autumn roost on the East Hoyle bank. Several juvenile Linnets were noted in the paddocks today.
Common Tern (AEH)

Large Yellow Underwing (AEH)

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