Saturday, 23 February 2019

23rd February 2019

Weather: SE force 3/4

A good early spring migration day. Two Common Snipe were seen early on, followed by a Woodpigeon (spring migrant at Hilbre), a Stock Dove, 2 House Sparrows, a Chaffinch, 3 Pied Wagtails and a Chiffchaff which became the first to be ringed this year at Hilbre. A Skylark and a small number of Meadow Pipits passed through to augment those already making song flights. A male and Female Stonechat arrived and a Sparrowhawk went through. Just 2 Purple Sandpipers were found but other waders showed well including 750 Knot, 150 Dunlin, 80 Turnstone and 24 Ringed Plover. A Red-throated Diver and 33 Common Scoter were the highlights of the sea. The adult male Eider was still with the other 2 birds.

Ringed: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin        [ 5-5 ]

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