Wednesday, 16 August 2017

16th August 2017

Weather: S force 2, later SE 4
The breeze in the south brought a Spotted Flycatcher, a Blackcap and 5 Willow Warblers in this morning
 A Collared Dove came through early, then flew off south.
A Wheatear was found down the west side late morning, obviously sheltering from the increased gusty wind. twnety Eight Swallows flew around, some of which would be feeding birds that bred on the island.
Eighteen Little Terns dived in the ebbing gutter north east of Little Eye.
A Peregrine was noted soon after dawn, a flock of 30 Knot flew across, also first 5 and then another 10 Shelduck flew by.
Later 180 Sandwich Terns and 10 Common Terns gathered on the east hoyle ,while 5 Little Egrets fed off the east side and 5 Grey Herons and 6 Whimbrel were noted as the tide approached.

Until noon only 3 butterflies were seen, a Painted Lady, a Red Admiral and a Small White.
A Barrel jellyfish (rhizostoma pulmo) was starnded near Little Eye,(phone case for size comparison)

Ringed: 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 1 Meadow Pipit       [ 434-32 ]
photos CJ,AS,AAB

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

15th August 2017

Two Wheatears were on the island and a Common Sandpiper was between the islands.
per Matt Thomas

14th August 2017

Weather: SSE 3/4  vis 5mls rain early

Despite the wind direction there were no new passerines on the island – or if there were, they were hiding from the rain. A dozen presumably ‘local’ Swallows were sheltering in Niffy bay, but later as the rain cleared, a flock of around 60 flew through heading south and ‘our’ birds appeared to join them.
There was little on the sea and tern numbers were down with 4 Little, 10 Common and 160 Sandwich noted.
Wader numbers were also low with 24 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank and 4 Turnstone about the island and 20 Dunlin seen on the way off. But to lift the day, 2 Greenshank were heard calling and later found in the Gutter as the tide came up, a typical time and place for this bird to appear.
During the morning, birds going up along the North shore drew attention to a large bird of prey off the shore heading NNE, probably a Marsh Harrier.
 photos AS

Sunday, 13 August 2017

13th August 2017

Weather: W force 2, sunny and warm, vis 30 miles
Two Wheatears arrived this morning but didn't seem interested in being ringed, one bird was still present in the evening.

A flock of 32 Linnets gathered over Middle Eye, meanwhile about a dozen Swallows fed over the island and were joined by 2 House Martins in the late afternoon. Two Kestrels dropped in at the north end but soon left independently towards North Wales.
Waders were scarce until the high tide when 5,500 Oystercatchers, 160 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover were noted and 38 Redshank flew in on the ebb. Four Shelduck and a Little Egret also made the log.

Twenty Little Terns fed distantly by the west hoyle in the morning, and 500 Sandwich Terns were on the east hoyle after the tide

Best of the sea bird sightings were 6 Red-breasted Mergansers flying west passed the north end, also 16 Common Scoter and 2 Great Crested Grebes..

Buff-tip caterpillars have invaded the birch tree in the old obs garden

Ringed: 1 Meadow Pipit          [ 429-32 ]
Photos CJ & AS

Thursday, 10 August 2017

10th August 2017

Weather: NNW 3 vis 30 mls

 With only a Willow Warbler and Wheatear new in today attention remained on waders and sea birds, with a good number of Little Terns again (45), this time feeding just off the North end after tide. There were 260 Sandwich Terns and 40 Common.
There was a good variety of waders with at least 10 Sanderling mixed in with the 200 Dunlin and 30 Ringed Plover.
 Two Grey Plover were heard and 75 Knot roosted on Middle with 3,000 Oystercatcher. Also present were small numbers of Whimbrel, Curlew and Redshank.
A brief sea watch saw 13 Common Scoter and 2 Great Crested Grebe. A Kestrel paid a very brief visit to the islands early morning.  
 photos AS

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

9th August 2017

Weather: N force 4/5
A breezy north wind and rain overnight guaranteed no migrants on the ground, although a Wheatear appeared mid-morning near the north end. A couple of Swifts flew through east between the islands. Small waders seemed fewer this morning as the tide flooded with just the odd Ringed Plover and a few hundred Dunlin present.
Whimbrel (at least 2) and Curlew (over a dozen) were noticed, also about 250 Sandwich Terns.
Ringed: 1 Meadow Pipit       [ 428-32 ]
Photo CJ

Monday, 7 August 2017

7th August 2017

Weather: SW 3 – 4 vis 25 mls
There were very few birds on the island but 2 Willow Warbler arrived in the afternoon and a Robin was ‘ticking’ in the Pittospurum, only 3 Swallows were seen.
There were 230 Dunlin but other wader numbers were low with 2 Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel , 12 Curlew and only a single each of Redshank and Turnstone.
On the sea were 21 Common Scoter, 8 Great Crested Grebe and 14 Gannet, with a juvenile just off the North end.
There was a single Heron on Middle Eye first thing, Tern numbers were 11 Little, 250 Sandwich and 40 Common.
A Sparrowhawk was seen going high between the islands towards Wales. 

photos AS

Saturday, 5 August 2017

5th August 2017

Weather: NW 3 vis 30 mls
 A good day both weather and bird wise. A sea watch produced 46 Common Scoter, 9 Gannet, 3 Great Created Grebe and 4 Shelduck. About 200 Dunlin roosted on the North End until disturbed by two Peregrine, an adult and a juv.(which posed for some time on the old lifeboat station wall).

Other waders included 18 Ringed Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 25 Curlew, 19 Sanderling and a Bar Tailed Godwit.
Thirty Swallows were present early in the morning with 2 Willow Warbler, and 3 wrens were in the obs garden.
As the tide ebbed Little Terns were seen feeding in the channels running into the Gutter, with a good count of 47. There were also 300 Sandwich Terns and 60 Common. 
 Seven Little Egret were also feeding in the Gutter.
 Photos AS

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

2nd August 2017

Weather: SE force 3, dry at dawn, rain soon afterwards
The small fall of about a dozen Willow Warblers that were about the island first thing had soon cleared from the paddocks as the rain started, although 4 more then appeared in the obs garden along with a couple of Whitethroats. 

The other feature of a mostly damp morning was the passage of groups of Swallows, possibly as many as 100, feeding low over the grass as they flew south.

Waders present included 12 Whimbrel, 16 Turnstone, 100 Sanderling, 250 Dunlin, while slightly more Common Terns were seen today in ratio to the number of Sandwich Terns. Others seen were 4 Pied Wagtails, 4 Grey Herons and 3 Little Egrets.
Ringed: 8 Willow Warblers        [ 427-32 ]

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

1st August 2017

Weather: SSE force 2
 Three Willow Warblers and a Whitethroat were on the island this morning.

Two Little Terns were among the 300 Sandwich and 50 Common Terns.

Good wader numbers included 12 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 91 Curlew, 150 Sanderling, 600 Dunlin, and 22 Ringed Plovers.

Nineteen Turnstones are now present, one of them is a bird which was colour ringed at Hilbre in the 2007/2008 winter.

A flock of about 20 LInnets were found roosting at dawn in the SK trap, some of which were subsequently ringed.
Ringed: 9 Linnets, 2 Willow Warblers.        [ 419-32 ]

Photos  AEH