Sunday 5 May 2013

5th May 2013

Weather:-  SW 5, cloud 7/8, vis 20 miles
A small movement of Lesser Redpolls and Goldfinches this morning, but the only grounded warbler migrants were 4 Willow Warblers. Swallows passed in small numbers, also 5 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins and a single Swift flying west off the north end. The big surprise of the day were 6 Brent Geese off Little Eye at high tide as none had been seen since 3 on 23rd April. They are probably moving through after wintering elsewhere. With the wind stronger than expected some attention was given to the sea especially after 3 Fulmars (above) made a close approach to the north end early in the morning. A Bonxie showed for the first time this year just before noon but only a single Manx Shearwater was seen despite south westerly usually being a favourable wind direction to see them at Hilbre, although there were plenty of Sandwich and a few Common Terns and a single adult Kittiwake. Just before mid-day a Curlew Sandpiper was recognised amongst the flocks of Dunlin around the island. A lone Canada Goose and a Little Egret visited this morning. 
Ringed :- 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Linnets, 2 Lesser Redpolls.      [ 383-25 ]

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