Weather: SSW force 1 then NNE 1 by noon
It was a lovely day on Hilbre, warm and sunny with hardly
any wind. It was quiet for birds however, similar to yesterday. The regulars were there; the pair of Eider, the Whitethroat and of course species that are breeding and are now carrying food etc. like Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Wrens, Rock Pipits and Linnets.
The only newly fledged bird caught for ringing was a Blackbird in the area we suspected them to be breeding, so confirmation was welcome indeed.
The sole migrant passerine was an elusive Goldfinch. The very calm sea produced a Shag, the first here for some time, but little else apart from 12 Sandwich and 8 Common Terns. Four Little Egrets were on the shore, also a few waders, best of which were 2 Whimbrel, 14 Sanderling, 12 Ringed Plover and a couple of Turnstone. Three Short-tailed Voles were noticed scurrying through the grass, there seems to be plenty for the Kestrel to feed on at the moment.
The RNLI also turned up in their hovercraft it was quite an unusual sight at this stage of the tide.
Out in the sunshine today were 2 Cinnebar moths, 3 Common Blue butterflies and a Red Admiral
Ringed: 2 Linnets, 1 Blackbird
photos JE, AS