Tuesday 25 May 2010

25th May 2010

At last a Spotted Flycatcher (left) on the island after many being seen on the north Wirral coast and so we no longer felt the poor relations of the area, that is until later in the afternoon when we were trumped by a Bluethroat at Leasowe.

Not a great deal else to report except for a single Whimbrel (right), 20 Common Terns, 4 Sandwich terns, a Guillemot and a passage of 19 Swallows and a House Martin up to mid-day.
A strange record for this time of year was a flock of 2,000 Knot distantly flying north east in front of the wind farms.

A nest containing 3 naked and blind Field Voles (left) was discovered in one of the enclosed areas and was photographed and the nest re-instated to its finding condition.

A female Mallard was with a male off Middle Eye (right), this is the first sighting of a female (there have been 6 or 7 males) on the islands this year and perhaps they have bred after all as females can be very secretive at this time.
Ringed:- 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Linnet.
(DB,CJ,KMc) [287] photos CJ

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