With such a bright sky, moderate visibility and the wind just west of south observers could have been forgiven for thinking today would be a wipe out for migrants. However, the very light breeze backed SSE for a short time and there were a couple of Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrests and more Robins (including another caught and ringed).
Visible migration was also in evidence with 5 Grey Wagtails passing over along with single Skylark on Middle and another ‘in off’ at the North End. Another Sparrowhawk was seen hunting the east side and a Golden Plover was heard calling.
Eleven pale-bellied Brent Geese were present early on at the North End but this flock promptly disappeared and a mixed pair was then present on the whaleback (a single each pale and dark-bellied) along with two Shags and two Grey Herons (see above).
|Pale-bellied (left) and Dark-bellied (right) Brent Goose - North End, Hilbre Islands LNR|
A Stonechat appeared at the south end and was initially assumed to be the same bird as yesterday, however, better views showed that this was clearly a different bird.
As the tide flooded up to 14 Little Egreets could be found roosting on the reef south of middle Middle or feeding on the tide edge. It was a stunning day on the islands and felt more Mediterranean than Irish Sea.
Ringed: Robin, Blackcap, Garden Warbler [656-31]