Friday 14 May 2021

14th May 2021

Weather: E 2,      later veering SE   some rain in the morning

There was more interest in finches this morning because only 3 Willow warblers made it here during the day. Several Siskin passed over and a splendid male came down to sing for half an hour, not the usual thing at Hilbre.


Several Redpolls passed through, one was photographed and looked to be a northern type with a distinctly pinkish rump.

There were very few new migrants otherwise, just 2 Wheatears and a couple of Swallows as well as the 3 Willow Warblers. The male Whitethroat continues to sing in the gardens, moving between sites quite readily. In addition to the Blackbirds, a Robin was seen carrying food, often we have no indication of breeding before the young birds appear. Hanging about the island shore were the 2 Eiders, 8 Shelduck, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Scoter and 10 Whimbrel, other waders were naturally scarce at this time. A Peregrine was the sole raptor. 

Ringed: 2 Willow Warblers

photos, AEH, CJ

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