Weather: NW force 2, vis 30 miles
A fine sunny day on the island, sunny and warm but with no migrants. The main attraction were the Dunlin and a few Ringed Plover resting on the main island as a visitor disturbed the birds normally roosting on Middle.
also a Sanderling
A sea watch only produced a few Sandwich and Common Terns.
A Meadow Pipit and a Linnet were caught for ringing, the Linnet being the first juvenile of any species ringed this year, and it appears the earliest ever Linnet fledgling ringed in the history of the obs!
Weather: W force 0/1 intermittent drizzle early in the morning giving poor visibility.
The first time around the island was very dissappointing with nothing of note to record, and the second time was little better until a female Blackcap appeared in the 'heli' trap, it certainly seemed not to have been there earlier.
Visible migration this morning was restricted to a few extra Swallows and a House Martin, although 2 Mute Swans flew west across Middle and landed in the Dee.
The late season Purple Sandpiper was still at the north end and was reluctant to leave its rock as the incoming tide flooded over it..
Also logged today on this short pre-tide visit were 2 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, a Whimbrel, a Grey Plover, 6 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern and a Common Scoter.
Ringed: 1 Blackcap [ 538-30 ] photos AEH
A short post-tide visit to check for late migrants was rewarded with a Spotted Flycatcher found in the Obs garden flycatching around the stunted trees. It would disappear for long periods and then reappear in the same location. Often thought of as the harbinger of the end of Spring at Hilbre this species appears from late April right through to early June at Hilbre.
A couple of Little Egrets fed on the ebbing tide edge around Middle as observers arrived in the heat haze of the afternoon sun.
However, the island was in sparkling form with the thrift (sea-pinks) and bird's-foot trefoil in full flower at the south end and all down the west side.
Waders were very much in evidence at the south end with the arrival of 220 Sanderling along with smaller numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover that had presumably been roosting on the islands over the high tide.
The drake Common Scoter and female Eider were still present and a Swift motored over the island.
Weather: ESE force 2, later 3
A very quiet morning with migration at a minimum. A single Wheatear was found early on Lion rock off the east side but no others followed.
Hours of looking and listening overhead only produced a couple of Siskins, and for the first time for many months the appearance sheet saw no additional 'write-ons', even the ever reliable Eiders were not showing today. Later in the morning a Whitethroat miraculously materialised in the 'heli' trap and became the only bird ringed today.
Ten Turnstones roosted out the tide, some in fine summer plumage, 3 Whimbrel and 13 Curlew were logged with 56 Dunlin and a single Ringed Plover.
A Guillemot, a Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and a Gannet kept the 140 Common and 20 Sandwich Terns company on the sea while on the shore were 4 Mallard and 22 Shelduck.
Ringed: 1 Whitethroat [ 537-30 ] photo CJ,AS
Weather: ESE fortce 2, sunny and warm
A Tree Pipit was caught first thing (below with Meadow Pipit for
comparison) but it was hard work to find migrants, not huge numbers but many
A Sedge Warbler from yesterday was re-found and had put on weight, no
doubt benefiting from the flies around today in the lovely weather. A raptor
was seen flying over West Kirby, it was identified as a Marsh Harrier, the
first for the island this year. It turned west across between Middle and Little
Eye before continuing towards Wales. A couple of Siskins turned up late
morning, one, a first year male being caught for ringing.
A Lesser Whitethroat arrived later with a Willow Warbler
Two immature Eiders were on the sea today.
and a young field vole showed in the open
Two Gadwall flew over, then a Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat appeared.
Fourteen Swifts flew by, only the second record this year, a few non-breeding
Swallows came through but only 2 House Martins were recorded. Five Manx
Shearwaters flew passed the north end and 3 Razorbills were also seen from
there. Six Grey Plover were amongst the waders, including one in summer
A few Shelduck were standing on the east side wall, something they have failed to do very often recently, possibly because of the fox.
Passage waders also included 49 Sanderling, 323 Dunlin, 26 Ringed
Plover, and 8 Whimbrel.
Ringed: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow
Warbler, 1 Siskin. [ 536-30 ] photos JE,AS,SRW