Saturday, 11 September 2021

11th September 2021

 Weather: W for 4

The first pale-bellied Brent goose of the autumn was seen this afternoon between Little Eye and West Kirby, an early arrival at Hilbre, sometimes these September birds soon move on before the main arrival later in October. Unsurprisingly with the westerly wind there were few small migrants this morning with just a single Willow Warbler, but 7 Wheatears were present during the day.

 A juvenile Black Tern excited observers as it flew past the north end and 2 Golden Plover flew south over the obs. The high tide gave the opportunity to make a good count of the waders: there were 2,500 Oyustercatchers, 1670 Dunlin,


                      248 Ringed Plover,


                       27 Sanderling,

                      and 25 Turnstone. 

 Pride of place however must go to the adult and juvenile Little Stints resting with the the high tide roost on the west side.

Five Red-throated Divers, 118 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmars and 88 Sandwich Terns was a good result for the day but other sea birds were only in low numbers with a single Gannet, Great Crested Grebe and Shag off the north end. Silver Y moths were flying today,

           and Buff-tip caterpillars were seen.

 Photos Dave Bowman, Daniel Owen, KMc.

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