Weather: W force 1, later NW 2/3 poor visibility
A mega day for mid-summer, possibly helped by poor visibility around the coasts. A Cuckoo was caught and ringed, the first since 2013 (also July) and only the second ringed since 1982, when they were more widespread. The very first ringed at Hilbre in July 1968 was subsequently recovered in Algeria in 1977 !
The next surprise was the sight of a Redwing, a species associated with passage here either side of winter. A very unusual record, although we have previously had the odd one in late spring. The next unexpected arrival was of a juvenile Stonechat, again not normally associated with this season. The Eider and Whitethroat are still present. Few waders were logged at low tide although in addition to increased numbers of Curlew there was a single Whimbrel. A number of fledged Wrens were in the obs garden and the garden of Telegraph house. Both Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshells flew,but more numerous were Cinnabar moths with their caterpillars on the Ragwort. Photos CJW
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