Wednesday 31 May 2017

31st May 2017

Weather: no wind first thing, backing SE 1-2 later, 0/8 cloud, good vis

A glorious morning greeted observers staying over. However, as is often the case at this time of year migrants remained very thin on the ground.

Highlight of the day was a drake Shoveler (see above left) that appeared in a small pool next to Middle with a drake Mallard (the female of the pair of Mallard having been seen earlier).

Shoveler is not a common species at Hilbre spring and autumn being the best time although they are never predictable.

A Kestrel appeared over the island mid morning having been absent for some time, perhaps a bird feeding chicks from nearby Hoylake.

Meanwhile, a single Grey Heron vied with the Little Egrets for the prime position in the receding gutter before the hordes of 'grockles' descended on the islands in the hot holiday weather.

The moth traps were once again set but with a clearer, colder night there was less than the two previous night's although species such as Marbled Coronet, Lesser Treble-bar (see below), Heart and Dart, Shears and Common Pug were noted. 

Sanderling outnumbered Dunlin today  and were showing wonderfully at the North End.

Three Canada Geese flew between the islands and small flocks of terns (Sandwich and Common circled the island at high tide).

The day ended as it began - in stunning style.

Ringing: Linnets (2) [389-32] photos SRW

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