Weather: WNW force 2 warm and mostly sunny
A Grasshopper Warbler was trapped early this morning, continuing the run of single warblers appearing this month. It naturally needed to be checked for anything rarer, but as the photos show, a Grasshopper Warbler it was. Grasshopper Warblers are predominately spring birds at Hilbre but a July occurance was most welcome and is by no means unprecedented.
One of the breeding Rock Pipits (a female) was also ringed today, it was in full post breeding moult and it is useful that it is now ringed so we may track its progress if it returns in subsequent years.
Two Whimbrel, 10 Curlew and 16 Redshank were also logged as well as 3 Gannets, 5 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Kestrel and 370 Sandwich and 20 Common Terns.
Ringed: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Wren, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Linnet.
photos JE & AS