Friday 10 October 2014

10th October 2014

Weather : S force 1, then SW 3/4, squalls
Two Rooks (a scarce bird for Hilbre) came down briefly on Middle before exiting west mobbed by Carrion Crows (17 were counted today). Two late Greenland Wheatears, male and female, sat on 'wheatear hill' west of the obs for a time, while a Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests had landed overnight. Robin numbers seemed higher than normal this morning and some small influx may have taken place, the same could be said for Red Admirals as 14 were counted, some have been observed arriving in off the sea lately . The female Chaffinch was still present from yesterday, and about 80 Meadow Pipits, a Skylark and 3 Pied Wagtails went through. The regular roaming Linnet flock reached 120, the largest count seen for a long time. The Brent flock was up to a new high of 21 birds today, and 11 Bar-tailed Godwits fed east of the island.

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