Thursday 24 February 2011

24th February 2011

About 8,000 Knot flew north east out of the estuary past Hilbre first thing this morning and many others fed around the north end of the island and occassionally flew around in flocks when disturbed (right).
The trapping areas were not troubled by migrants as was expected in the south westerly breeze which later veered to the west and strenghtened. Fly-overs were not that exciting either with only 2 Skylarks and 5 Goldfinches of any note.

The Brent were scattered all around the island and were not able to be counted before the tide (left).
A new Robin which seemed to have joined the 2 residents was ringed today, and at least 4 Dunnocks were getting very agitated as though the milder weather made them think of spring.
Another sign of spring was the flowering Lesser Celandine that was first noticed yesterday (right).
(DB,CJ) [12] photos CJ

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