Tuesday, 9 September 2014

9th September 2014

Weather: light air variable direction, cloud from time to time but mainly sunny

The lack of any definite wind direction caused uncertainty in predicting what would happen this morning, in the event very little did. Goldcrests were very few and a single Chiffchaff the only other warbler, with 2 Wheatears (one on Middle) and again a small arrival of Robins on the island. About 50 Swallows and 2 House Martins fed for a short time while passing through mid-morning and apart from a small number of Meadow Pipits that was about the sum total of passage birds.  Shore birds today included 5 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Whimbrel and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits. Two Kestrels were present as yesterday.  On the calm sea a mini 'pelagic' in a small boat by Obs members logged 200 Common Scoters, 55 Sandwich Tern and 1,500 Dunlin.

Ringed: 2 Robins, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren.  

(DB, CJ, KMc, PGR, CJW, NDW et al +Tony Duckels & friends)  [724-34]

Sunset over the Hilbre Islands LNR - from WKML (SRW)

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