Wednesday, 21 May 2008

21st May 2008

Hilbre's long awaited first Bluethroat was found at the south end of the island at about 7.15am. It was first seen on top of the newly christened 'Bluethroat Bramble' along Gropper ridge. It only gave a brief view of its head - however a quick search resulted in a fleeting glimpse in flight but enough to reveal the stunning tail pattern and the news was released to the mainland!

The bird was elusive during the morning but was eventually trapped in the Obs garden at 13.00hrs (see opposite - photo by Pete Williams).

After release it remained fairly elusive until late afternoon when it began showing very well by the new pond in the Gazebo garden.  It remained in this area (although going missing for long periods) until about 830pm when it was thought to have gone to roost....what a day!

Other birds recorded included Spot Fly trapped, a few Willows and an Osprey over the West Hoyle bank (see below).

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