Wednesday 25 April 2012

25th April 2012

Repairs were made today to the 'heli' trap and despite the very strong and lots of rain, today was also quite productive form a birding perspective. Rarest of the day ( from a Hilbre point of view ) were 4 Shoveler duck that were seen flying south west, closely followed in the rarity stakes by a Black-tailed Godwit on the shore. A small fall of phylloscopus warblers saw 8 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs in the paddocks, a Blackcap was ringed, while passing through were 3 Greenland Wheatears, 2 Greenfinches and 22 Goldfinches and a Reed Bunting. Oddities included 2 Wood Pigeons and a Canada Goose. A sea watch was also productive, listing amongst others 340 Sandwich Terns, 11 Common Terns, 7 Manx Shearwaters, 18 Razorbills, 24 Gannets, 5 Kittiwakes, and a Red-throated Diver.
Ringed:- 6 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap
(DB,CF,CJW,PSW)        [ 348 - 20 ]

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