Thursday 22 November 2018

22nd November 2018

Weather: SE force 1 , cold, some mist
A pleasant morning with light winds and eventually with fitful sunshine. A Sparrowhawk flew in just before high tide and stayed sitting for periods on the walls and fences, much to the annoyance of about a dozen Meadow Pipits and a Pied Wagtail who mobbed it constantly.
 A Goldcrest was caught and ringed, a late individual for Hilbre following a poor autumn passage.

Eight Starlings were about the island for a time and there seemed to be more than the usual number of Wrens (8 today) and Robins (5) present, also 2 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes and a Rock Pipit.
Few waders could be counted at high tide (apart from 3,500 Oystercatchers); just 150 Dunlin, 37 Redshank and 4 Purple Sandpipers.
Two Eiders were floating about this morning, and after the tide a massive count of 816 Shelduck was made between the islands and the West Kirby shore, whilst on the sea 9 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Common Scoters was the best that could be found. A single Peregrine was over the island and also at Little Eye.
Ringed: 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird    [ 550-34 ]
photos SRW

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