Tuesday 29 March 2022

29th March 2022

 Weather: E force 1,  heavy mist, later NNE 2


Redwings were again heard over the island at dawn, this time about 30, and today 8 came down in the misty conditions, resulting in the first ringed on the island this year.

 Another first was a male Blackcap, the other warblers on today were 6 Chiffchaffs.

 It was also another Wheatear day, 6 graced the island.

There was a good passage of Meadow Pipits, also 3 Goldcrests, 2 Chaffinches, 2 Siskin and 14 Goldfinches.


Although not often thought of as migrants certain species are always associated with Hilbre in sping, and there were quite a few today, such as a Rook, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Woodpigeon, a Magpie, and the first 3 Collared Doves of the season.

House Sparrow is also on this list even though we've had a few this last week, today there were 2 females and a male.

The regulars from yesterday were still about, 4 Goosanders and the male Eider. There were 2 Kestrels today, a Grey Heron and 9 Little Egret. Only 128 Brent counted today, some may have already left to go north. A Harbour Porpoise was sighted offshore, while unusually a Grey Seal was out on rocks at the north end.

Three Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were encouraged to come out in the sunshine.

  A really good day on the island.

Photos SRW and TGW

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