Saturday 7 May 2022

7th May 2022

 Weather: WNW force 2    warm later in the day

The sighting of a Jay at Red Rocks (seen from Hilbre yesterday) had a very surprising sequel this morning when 2 Jays flew in to the island. This unique event for Hilbre stunned observers as Jay is extremely rare as a visitor. They stayed long enough to be photographed and were joined by another before flying off high to the south mid-morning. They stayed long enough to be photographed and I now apologise to non-Hilbre enthusiasts for the numerous pictures shown here today.

There were no phylloscopus warblers this morning but in compensation a Sedge Warbler, always a good looker, posed for a photo after being ringed.

Other arrivals included 2 Greenland Wheatears, a wandering Woodpigeon and a Siskin, also a female Sparrowhawk flew west later on. Six Swallows flew about the island and 27 Sandwich Terns fed over the sea. Five Goosanders (3drakes) joined the now regular male Eider as an attraction, but the summer plumaged Purple Sandpiper failed to show today. Waders that did make the list included 130 Ringed Plover 23 Turnstones, 150 Dunlin and 13 Whimbrel.

Photos: CJW, PSW, SRW

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