Friday, 14 August 2009

14th August 2009

A visit today by a party of civic dignitaries from Wirral, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire included many Mayors and Mayoresses (complete with their drivers) who chose the island this year for their annual outing. They called at the observatory for a short lecture by the secretary on the work of the obs and a photocall together with some members and other island volunteers. We were able to show them an african bound Willow Warbler in the hand (below) which was much appreciated by the visitors and which surely made a lasting impression.

Bird-wise it was very much the same as yesterday without any Wheatears, with at least one Willow Warbler (above), a Whitethroat, Whimbrels calling, and a brief view of possibly the same Sparrowhawk. Small Common Frogs were hopping through the grass, one becoming very friendly.

Ringed :- 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler

(CJ,NDW,SRW,+CJW & TGW) [457] photos CJ (click to enlarge)

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