Thursday 24 June 2021

24th June 2021

 Weather: WNW force 3, some rain and drizzle

Small signs of wader movements this morning with a summer plumaged Turnstone flying west at the north end and 14 Curlew seen early but they did not stay. 

Four Little Egrets also headed towards Wales before the evening tide. There was a slight increase in tern sightings with 12 Sandwich and 27 Common terns and also on the sea 2 Guillemots and 2 Gannets showed in the mist.

 The female Eider drifted up the gutter on the morning tide. 

The regular breeding birds were all there (Blackbirds, Swallows, Wrens, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails) while the Whitethroat continues to sing alone. There are still sufficient voles about the island to keep the Kestrel interested in staying. A colourful insect often seen at Hilbre at this time is the Ruby-tailed wasp Chrysis ignita.

 photos AS

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