Monday, 20 September 2021

20th September 2021

 Weather: WSW force 3/4

 A clear and sunny day, and although the wind direction did not inspire any great hope of bird movememts, undaunted the Wheatears continued to arrive in this autumn of plenty, 6 were here today. As the tide flooded 18 Brent were south west of Middle, up to now only 3 had been around so far this autumn and of course more will certainly follow, at least 14 were still present as the tide receded. Three Purple Sandpipers appeared on the slip at the north end but they left abruptly. A Chiffchaff and a Goldcrests landed in the obs garden and a couple of Grey Wagtails came through. Only a single Wigeon represented the ducks until 10 Pintail were found between Hilbre and Middle as the tide ebbed. The Kestrel was seen to take one of the island voles, there is no shortage at the present time, while an adult male Peregrine was also around. On the sea 10 Gannets and 3 Scoter showed and on the shore 12 Little Egrets kept up the run of good numbers of these now regular birds. Most notable of the small wader numbers were 77 Ringed Plover. Six Rock Pipits are still here.


Photos SRW

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