Monday 25 April 2022

25th April 2022

 Weather: ENE force 1   later E  2/3    slight mist

 Another Common Sandpiper was soon detected around the island rocks again. A Tree Pipit called overhead but other migrants passing over were very scarce. A male Blackcap was down on the island were 5 Wheatears and a single Goldfinch, although only 3 Willow Warblers made it to the island today. There was however a small passage of  16 Swallows and a House Martin. The sea was worth watching, there were 8 Gannets, 18 Common Scoter, an immature Shag and 48 Sandwich Terns. 

 A wandering Snipe flew south over Middle Eye. There are still good numbers of Dunlin around the around the isand at high tide, over 400 today and a total of  28 Ringed Plover,

 ....... 5 Sanderling, 3 Grey Plover and 23 Whimbrel. 

 On the shore today were 10 Shelduck and 4 Little Egrets.

 A total of at least 5 Rock Pipits are still around Hilbre.

 A regular moth at Hilbre is the spectacular Angle Shades.


 Ringed: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird

Photos BT, SRW

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