Tuesday 13 September 2022

13th September 2022

 Weather:  NNW force 2,  NNE 2 in the afternoon

 On arrival in the morning, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits were on the sand east of Middle. 

At high tide smaller waders found were 5,000 Oystercatchers, 110 Dunlin, 180 Curlew, 12 Redshank and 12 Turnstone.

 A message came that 4 Brents were between the islands and the West Kirby marine lake, the first here this autumn but they were not seen initially at Hilbre, just 2 female type Eiders east of Middle. A female Scoter was west of the lagoon and later the 4 Brent turned up on the rocks, also west of the lagoon. 

 A Willow Warbler and 4 Wheatears were present representing the small migrants for the day, one of the Wheatears was having a big meal.

Just a single Swallow flew through although 3 Pied Wagtails and 6 Robins were also logged. There are now only about 10 Meadow Pipits here after the breeding season.

Six Little Egrets and 3 Grey Herons were on the shore, a Guillemot was recorded and Sandwich Terns only numbered a couple of dozen or so. There were still 10 Red Admirals on the island, while 2 Harbour Porpoises swan in the swash to the west of the islands.

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