Sunday 19 May 2013

19th May 2013

Weather: No wind at 4am, SE by 6am, backing N later. 7/8 cloud some mist, vis 8mls

Three late Goldcrests were on the island today with a couple caught and ringed, a couple of Willow Warblers were also caught and 5 Greenland Wheatears were noted with one also caught.  Another Whinchat was trapped and ringed today; this one caught in a potter on Wheatear wall (see below).

Nine Little Egrets were noted around the islands, a good count for Hilbre. Less expected were the ten Mute Swans that flew north passing Red Rocks late morning. Two adult Kittiwakes sat on the North End and two drake Eiders drifted on the tide before flying off towards the West Hoyle.

Common Pipistrelle Bats were recorded overnight and a Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar was found in the Obs garden (see below).

A return visit as the tide flooded in the evening produced even more Dunlin (4,500) and Ringed Plover (700) and a partial summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper was found in amongst the Dunlin on the ridge south of Middle.

(DB&ESCA (from over), CJW, SRW & TGW) Photos SRW  [464-28]

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