Thursday 13 May 2021

13th May 2021

Weather: NNE force 2    later NW 2/3  showers

Not a day for migrants but the appearance of Marsh harrier at Hilbre is not dependant on weather and May is traditionally a typical month. The Marsh Harrier came from east and flew over Middle/ between the islands exciting the gulls and exited strongly towards Wales. The regular pair of Eiders were at the north end, and another male and 5 immature males flew down the west side  to make a total of 7 birds recorded. The Whitethroat still sings vigorously in the paddocks/gardens but unfortunately was the only warbler that was present today. A Sand Martin came through and single Goldfinch and Redpoll. Seven Little Egrets and 5 Shelduck were on the shore along with 8 Whimbrel, 80 Dunlin and very low numbers of other waders. 

  A single dark-bellied Brent was a bit of a surprise.

Seabirds were likewise scarce, just 2 Gannets, 2 Scoter and single Great Crested Grebe. Two of the breeding Linnets were ringed, both were first year birds, a male and a female, the latter possessing a brood patch.

There are thought to be at least 2 pairs of Rock Pipits breeding.

photos JE, AS

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