Saturday, 26 July 2014

26th July 2014

Weather: SE 2-3, 4/8 cloud, slight mist, poor vis, warm and humid

Classic weather for a small drift of migrants did not disappoint with a small drift of 7 early Willow Warblers and a single Sedge Warbler that was caught and ringed in the Obs garden.

Other birds caught included a young Meadow Pipit, Dunnock and Linnet as well as a new Robin (this year's bird).

One of our colour-ringed Turnstones (Green over Yellow) that was ringed in 2007/08 was seen at the North End with other Turnstones today, the first sighting of this bird back from its breeding grounds already.  This bird (or another from the same period) was seen and photographed on passage in Iceland a few years ago and has been seen returning to Hilbre each year since.

A Yellow Wagtail was seen by one visiting birder and was possibly the bird seen the other day.

The Secretary gave two talks about the Obs to visiting birders on the combined RSPB/Wirral Ranger Service visit and showed the group the Sedge Warbler.

As the tide ebbed the good numbers of Sandwich Terns that had been obvious over the tide (450) were supplemented opposite the Obs by 107 Little Terns - the best count of the summer so far.  The sight and sound of these terns feeding up and down the gutter with adults feeding juveniles and landing on the sand banks is an annual mid-late summer occurrence at Hilbre.

Butterflies were again much in evidence around the main island today including this showy Peacock.

Meanwhile the Rock Sea Lavender looks fantastic down the West Side of the main island at the moment.

(SRW, CLW, TGW, CJW (f), GIW, FPW (from over)+3 later, ESCA, DB +3 later) [604-33] photos by SRW

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