Saturday, 18 July 2009

18th July 2009

A strange day for Summer. The wind was blowing so much the Ranger had to turn off the wind generator! Mushrooms (below) were blooming, more expected in the autumn but there has been spells of heavy rain recently. More predictably a young Linnet was ringed, probably a second brood bird, the picture showing how the wings and tail are still growing.

An owl was flushed from a tree in the rangers garden, unfortunately not finding its way into the heligoland trap. The bird was not seen well and so must be recorded as an 'owl species' but all owls are rare on Hilbre apart from the occassional Short-eared (which seldom rests in trees) and the balance of probability is that it was a very unexpected Long-eared.

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