Wednesday 23 March 2022

23rd March 2022

 Weather: ESE force 3    misty, sunny and warm later

 A really great morning of migration on the island. As yesterday no Wheatears but just about everything else that was expected turned up plus a few birds that weren't. A lovely passage of Meadow Pipits (350 plus) and finches included 48 Redpolls over (and 7 of them the first ringed this year), this male was one of them.

 One of the Redpolls was ringed on the right leg, and therefore elsewhere.


Other finches were 16 Siskin, 13 Goldfinches, and 10 Chaffinches, plus 11 Pied Wagtails, a Reed Bunting, 3 Goldcrests, and a Chiffchaff.

Another House Sparrow turned up, the third in the last few days, but even scarcer in a Hilbre context was the appearance on the island of a Coal Tit and 3 Blue Tits ( one of which was ringed elsewhere). 

Fourteen Jackdaws (with a Starling), a Woodpigeon and 2 Canada Geese came by, and Kestrel and Little Egret were present. Birds ringed this morning were 6 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Blue Tits ( 1 control), 2 Robins, a Chiffchaff, a Wren, and 3 Linnets.

A Linnet a Meadow Pipit and 2 Rock Pipits were retrapped. This Rock Pipit has been on the island for at least 2 years now.

 The most productive ringing day so far this year.  The Lesser Celendine is in flower.

 Photos JE & SRW

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