Tuesday, 13 March 2018

13th March 2018

Weather: WNW force 2/3, vis 2 miles, rain and drizzle early then sunny

Rain began soon after dawn when observers arrived to beat the early tide and lasted for a couple of hours, but the sun finally arrived to make some further work on the traps more of a pleasant task.

Redwings were arouind and about the island from dawn with at least 2 on the ground in addition to 7 seen or heard flying over.

A group of 7 Common Snipe flew east off the islands and 2 Grey Wagtails went over to the north, while other visitors not stopping were up to 3 Pied Wagtails, a dozen or so Meadow Pipits, a Skylark and a Jackdaw.  Two Song Thrushes and a Blackbird were joined on the ground by a Scandinavian Rock Pipit littoralis in distinctive plumage, unusual at Hilbre, but obviously when these birds are moving as another was here on 14th March 2014.

The usual few Eiders are still present, five today, but seemed to include a new immature male in their number, while three different birds (including two adult males) flew west passed the north end.  Four Purple Sandpipers were among the usual waders on view.

Photos SRW,CJ

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