Thursday 10 April 2014

10th April 2014

Weather:- SW force 2
No phylloscopus warblers or Wheatears today, and just a single Goldcrest but plenty others birds of interest including 2 Grey, 2 Pied and 7 White Wagtails, 7 Swallows, 10 Goldfinch, a Redpoll and a House Sparrow. At 09.15 hrs a Lapland Bunting flew up from the Little Eye area and headed north towards the other islands but unfortunately it could not be re-found despite an extensive search. A female Sparrowhawk was seen to fly west from the island towards Wales (right) and later 2 Buzzards were also seen, this time at long distance from the island, over Hoylake in fact !
Turnstones (AEH)
Small Tortoiseshell (AEH)
Quite a lot recorded on the sea today, not just the massive flock of 12,000 Common Scoter lifting off towards the wind farm when disturbed, but newly arrived 85 Gannets and 137 Sandwich Terns (a high count for early April). More Bar-tailed Godwits present today with 9 being logged. Four Little Egrets were at Tanskey rocks and a fifth arrived from along the North Wirral coast.
Carrion Crow (AEH)
 (AEH,DB, et al )                        Ringed: 1 Goldcrest & 1 Meadow Pipit        [ 151-19 ]

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