Saturday, 13 August 2022

13th August 2022

 Weather: E 0/1

  The heat wave continues with fires sighted from Hilbre towards Grange hill.

Slightly more passage movement this morning with 3 Willow Warblers, a Wheatear, a few Swallows and 4 Sand Martins noticed. Butterflies also came in numbers with a Wall, 3 Common Blues, 2 Painted Ladies and a spectacular appearance of about 150 Red Admirals, these can often arrive like this from the sea

Red Admiral

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Wall Brown

Small Tortoiseshell

Not so impressive to the average person but very important was the identification this morning of a new micro moth species for Hilbre..

Catoptria margaritella

 Others on the moth list........

A good count of 195 Ringed Plover was made, there were 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling and a visiting adult Black-tailed Godwit. Twenty six Turnstone were counted.

  An immature female Sparrowhawk stopped on the island to see what was available.


One of our resident species that doesn't get much coverage are the small number of Wrens that let us know they are here.

 A seal count of 120 was made at low tide first thing this morning.

  Photos BT + Mike Roberts, CJW

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