Sunday 11 October 2015

11th October 2015

Weather: E force 1/2, mostly cloudy

Gannet off North End (CJ)
No sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler this morning but the Slavonian Grebe was found first thing close to the east side before flying around to the west side and drifting south, it was not seen at high tide or later, just a great many Great Crested Grebes which seem to be numerous off the north shore at the moment. The sea in fact was quite productive this morning even with the easterly breeze, and in addition to the grebes were 78 Gannets, 6 Red-throated Divers, 46 Common Scoter, 12 Guillemots and 13 Razorbills.

Slavonian Grebe (photo by SRW from yesterday)

Slavonian Grebe (today's brief sighting in the gutter SRW)

Reed Bunting (CJ)
Lapwing by the gutter early morning (CJ)
A Lapwing sat on the east hoyle early on, by no means an everyday bird at Hilbre, while on the island other late autumn fare were 2 Reed Buntings, 41 Starlings (including a flock of 30), 3 Skylarks, about 8 Pied Wagtails, a Chaffinch and 2 Jackdaws flying over. Goldcrests were few today, possibly 5 with 2 Chiffchaffs. One dark-bellied Brent was with 20 pale-bellied, which included 9 juveniles, obviously they have had a good breeding season in the arctic.
Starling (CJ)

A large gathering of 444 Shelduck were on the east hoyle at high tide with another 92 by Little Eye and around Hilbre and Middle Eye 165 Turnstones were counted.

Ten Red Admirals flew this morning despite the weather being overcast and feeling slightly cooler.

Ringed: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest                         [ 542-40 ]

(AEH, CJ, KMc and SRW)

Rock Pipit - North End of Hilbre (CJ)

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