Sunday, 1 May 2011

1st May 2011

A very good day for warblers following an east south easterly overnight, the larger species were 2 Whitethroats (top right), a Redstart (bottom right), a Sedge Warbler (top left), a female Blackcap (bottom left) and a Grasshopper Warbler. Willow Warblers also arrived with 25 to 30 on the island and 17 being ringed today. Another Swift was over and other aerial visitors included 6 House Martins and 50+ Swallows, while 5 Wheatears made it after a few blank days. Other visible migration was quiet but there were 4 Yellow Wagtails. The wind once again got up to force 5 or 6 later in the morning just as it did following a similar wind on Saturday, but the larger warblers did not arrive. Ten Whimbrel were around today and there were still 800 Dunlin to be found. Another scarce Hilbre moth was in the light trap this morning a 'Treble Lines' (right). Ringed today:- 17 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Redstart, 1 Blackcap. (CDT,PT+1,NDW,SRW) [380-35] photos SRW

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