Saturday 10 February 2024

10th February 2024

A glorious still day on the island today in contrast with the recent weather. Six Goosanders were at the North End as the tide began to flood before flying off.

There were three Eiders present, including an adult male, female and an immature male. Several Common Scoter hung around the island over the high tide.

Many birds thought it must t be spring already with a small passage of Skylarks overhead of which two dropped onto the island briefly. 

Several Goldfinches were also recorded flying overhead whilst both the resident Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits were singing and displaying. Two of our colour ringed Rock Pipits (CAC & CAD) were photographed at the N End and a new Rock Pipit (CAP) was the first to be ringed this year as part of our ongoing long term project. 


A very high tide and disturbance on Middle Eye meant waders were roosting all over Hilbre. An accurate count wasn’t possible as we didn’t want to disturb the roosting birds but a Bar-tailed Godwit with Redshank in Niffy Bay was nice surprise.


Photos PSW

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