Friday, 31 May 2013

31st May 2013

Weather: W 3, cloud 2/8, vis 20 miles

View from the Obs garden

A stunning day for sun worshippers on the island but birds were again a bit thin on the ground.  
View of the South End of Hilbre

However, over 500 Common Terns were present in the mouth of the estuary on the flooding tide mainly surface dipping rather than diving, fewer Sandwich Terns were noted (125) and a single Great Crested Grebe and 3 Gannets were also recorded.

A few hirundines passed over the island as the day heated up but focus turned to invertebrates with at least 26 Garden Tiger Moth Caterpillars counted in the Obs garden (some of which see above), a Cinnabar Moth (see above) was found in the heli garden and the first Damselflies were found just long the south fence with two Large Red and a female Blue-tailed found (see photos below).

Twelve Little Egrets were counted today mainly on the tide edge south and west of Middle.

(CJW(f), GIW, SRW & TGW (from over), BSB, SC, CLW & FPW) (Photos by SRW)

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