Saturday 22 August 2015

22nd August 2015

Weather: SSW force 2, later S force 2 with drizzle

Another damp day on the island, flocks of cormorants moved out of the estuary as the sun battled to make an appearance, a fox ran down the lower West side cliff path towards the South End. Later a female Wheatear appeared and a single Teal arrived, a juvenile Shag was present for a short time and 6 Bar-Tailed Godwits fed on the tide line. Good numbers of Terns were again observed and two dark phase Arctic Skuas sat for a while on the East Hoyle, 4 Whimbrel fed below the rocks on the West side while 1800 Dunlin, 4500 Oystercatchers, 65 Curlew and 32 Ringed Plover were counted. Linnets numbered 28, and 2 Rock Pipits were present, The resident Swallows sat on the roof of the lookout and an Adult was observed to be ringed on the left leg, possibly a Hilbre bird.
Ringed: 1 Linnet                             [ 371-34 ]
(NDW,RTW,CJW & family)

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