Sunday 23 May 2021

23rd May 2021

 Weather: SSW  force 4, SSE 5 by noon, cloudy but mostly dry

 A late Brent was in the gutter as the tide approached but it soon moved on,

  the 3 Eider (2 males) however are still here as are 4 Shelduck (2 pairs)

 A touch of south in the wind brought a Willow Warbler to the 'heli' garden, a Greenland Wheatear and a Redpoll flew across the island. The male Whitethroat still sings. Fourteen Gannets were seen near the time of high tide, and a Grey Heron and 4 Little Egrets were noted.

 Both of the Blackbird pair were carrying food, and a Rock pipit was doing the same.

A single Whimbrel was about as were 22 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 4 Turnstone and a couple of Grey Plover.

 After observers had left the island, one member reported an Osprey over the north shore that was heading west and entered the Hilbre recording area, a late record for the island. 

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