Sunday 16 August 2020

16th August 2020

 Weather: E force 3, rain and drizzle

The rain as forecast duly arrived and it was hoped it may drop some migrants in, a few Willows arrived and a little later a trickle of Wheatears moved down the West side together with a few Meadow Pipits. Two Common Sandpipers bobbed about the north end before heading east, Terns and  Waders were again evident as the early tide flooded although numbers had dropped possibly due to the large numbers of people across the beach and banks yesterday. A nice flock of Dunlin fed along the gutter on the flood including a colour ringed bird, a Grey Plover showed well and Ringed Plovers numbered 125 in a single flock. The resident Linnets are doing very well this year with several broods I successfully adding to the population, Wrens, Meadow and Rock Pipits have also had a successful year, even while being monitored by the Kestrel.


Despite the showers and increase in wind speed the moth traps again caught well, see list below;

Copper Underwing, Vines Rustic, good numbers of Setaceous Hebrew characters, several Spectacles, Brimstone Moth and the ever present Silver Y were amongst the catch.




As the tide dropped a second Hilbre mega for the weekend in the form of a Cuckoo flew past Middle, circled and headed out towards Wales, a great bird to see and increasingly rare especially on the islands.



  photos CJW

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