Friday 12 May 2017

12th May 2017

Weather:ESE force 3, mist then light rain

Some cloud had arrived overnight giving the promise of showers making conditions seemingly ideal for migrants to drop in to Hilbre.

There was a fairly slow start with not too many warblers around first thing but during the day another excellent cast list were found including a female Whinchat (the bird yesterday was a male), 5 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, a dozen Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher, the first this year at Hilbre (see below). Hirundines flying today were 50 Swallows (one of which became the first ringed here this year), 25 House Martins, 6 Sand Martins, but no Swifts passed through. Other visitors were 6 flava (Yellow) Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 2 Siskins, a Redpoll, and a Grey Wagtail.

Spotted Flycatcher



The best story of the day involves a Stoat and a Peregrine, the former seen to leave the ridge south of Middle and head off towards the mainland closely harassed by a Peregrine which failed to stop its progress and gave up the chase halfway to the shore. The swiftly moving Stoat also avoided the clutches of both Great Black-back Gulls and Crows and made it to the marsh on the West Kirby shore.
A Little Stint was identified among the Dunlin by Middle, presumably the same bird as seen yesterday, while a Common Sandpiper was calling for a short time around the rocks.

With the morning's Spotted Flycatcher having not been seen for several hours it came as a surprise to find one in the Newton trap on the last round of the day.  In hindsight this was almost certainly a different bird (see below).

Sightings of terns featured more Common (80) than Sandwich (35) today and also on the sea were 4 Gannets.
Several Red Admiral butterflies are now flying and the first Painted Lady (below) was found at the south end.

A very pleasant day on the island despite the intermittent rain, with a lot of members present and a lot of tasks accomplished.

Ringed: 9 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, 1 Whinchat, 1 Redpoll, 1 Robin, 1 Swallow, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [ 348-30 ]        photos AEH, CJ, PSW and SRW

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