Friday 7 August 2020

7th August 2020

Weather:  SE force 2, cloudy and mild

Another disappointing dawn with few migrants about. A Whitethroat was seen on the paddock fences early in the morning, but not subsequently, it has been the only warbler present in the last 2 days. A Peregrine toured the islands early on, giving good views,

and the pair of  Kestrels again showed well as they did the same. The Linnets seemed to be everywhere and at least 50 were estimated.

Only a single Little Egret was feeding, but a group of 3 Grey Herons flew over Middle, 2 Shelduck also passed by and a Shag was off the west side. Things picked up towards high tide with the appearance of a Wheatear, a Common Sandpiper and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, while small waders gathered to roost including Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Turnstone, a few Sanderling and a flock of 500 Knot on Middle. Twelve Swallows flew, most will be Hilbre birds. In addition to the Hummingbird Hawkmoth, lepidoptera today included Green-veined White, Red Admiral and several Common Blue butterflies. Ringed: 6 Linnets. 

Photos CJW

thanks to Matt Thomas for the high tide records

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