Friday, 28 August 2015

28th August 2015

Weather: SSE force 1
Best record of today was of a Black-tailed Godwit feeding with 30 Redshanks. Two Willow Warblers were the only migrants present this morning. The (family?) party of 3 Peregrines were again around the islands, while 2 juvenile Rock Pipits were on Middle Eye.

(AMC,AEH)     view and Turnstone photos  AEH

Thursday, 27 August 2015

27th August 2015

Razorbill and Guillemot

Weather: SW force 4
Another Spotted Flycatcher appeared on the island today,(or possibly the same bird from Tuesday) but this was the only small migrant and the main interest turned to the sea which produced about 100 Manx Shearwaters, 30 Gannets, 3 Arctic Skuas, 200 Common Scoter, 3 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 2 Shags, and best of all a female Goosander flying south west. Other good records today were 6 Ravens flying south from the Red Rocks area and 7 Black-tailed Godwits. Shore birds included a single Whimbrel, a Little Egret and 250 Curlew on the east hoyle.
(DB,AMC,AEH)      photos  AEH

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

26th August 2015

Weather: SW force 3
A light south westerly produced a few sea birds including 14 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Gannets, 27 Common Scoter and an Arctic Skua. A Black Tern was again logged on the day sheet.
(AMC +2)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

25th August 2015

Weather: WSW force 2, later S force 4
One of the best days for some time, although still only one Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear grounded but in compensation the first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn. Waders were also the highlight with Ruff (very scarce bird for Hilbre), Common Sandpiper and Greenshank. Three Swifts passing were late birds as most have now left the country, while 3 Peregrines (male, female and juvenile) were noted, also a Merlin that flew from Red Rocks to North Wales gaining height as it crossed the island.

Monday, 24 August 2015

24th August 2015

Weather: SSE force 1, later NNW 1
A welcome window in the wet weather this morning did not improve the migrant situation, with again no warblers and just the suggestion of a very small passage of Robins, while a single female Wheatear arrived and stayed at the northern half of the island (right, posing on the lookout roof). Two Teal flew in from the west briefly, which was the only significant sighting to distract observers from watching the many Sandwich and Common terns diving into the flat calm sea, and seemingly having a good rate of success.
As the sun appeared mid-morning 2 Small Whites and a Red Admiral flew in the warmth.Still at least 1 Whimbrel calling, but waders were naturally scarce at the low tide with a summer plumaged Grey Plover, 350 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover and 6 Redshank the highlights. Three Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons were on the shore.
In the late afternoon a juvenile Black Tern was resting on the sand below the obs, a good find and definitely bird of the day.
Ringed: 1 Robin          [ 372-34 ]
(DB briefly,CJ,AMC(pm))                 photos CJ

Saturday, 22 August 2015

22nd August 2015

Weather: SSW force 2, later S force 2 with drizzle

Another damp day on the island, flocks of cormorants moved out of the estuary as the sun battled to make an appearance, a fox ran down the lower West side cliff path towards the South End. Later a female Wheatear appeared and a single Teal arrived, a juvenile Shag was present for a short time and 6 Bar-Tailed Godwits fed on the tide line. Good numbers of Terns were again observed and two dark phase Arctic Skuas sat for a while on the East Hoyle, 4 Whimbrel fed below the rocks on the West side while 1800 Dunlin, 4500 Oystercatchers, 65 Curlew and 32 Ringed Plover were counted. Linnets numbered 28, and 2 Rock Pipits were present, The resident Swallows sat on the roof of the lookout and an Adult was observed to be ringed on the left leg, possibly a Hilbre bird.
Ringed: 1 Linnet                             [ 371-34 ]
(NDW,RTW,CJW & family)

21st August 2015

Weather: S 5/6 dropping to 2/3 by midday, and SW 1 in the evening, rain showers merging all day.

The day consisted mainly of rain! Early morning was clear but devoid of any migrants, the distant squalls soon arrived and made observing difficult, a couple of Wheatears made it in between the showers and waders gathered around the island as the tide flooded, the roosting terns were temporarily disturbed by a dark phase Arctic Skua.The visibility improved on the evening ebb for a short time and revealed four more dark phase and two light phase Arctic Skuas, over 1000 Sandwich & Common terns, 28 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Gannets, also a Peregrine patrolling the west side of the island. Whimbrel dropped in bringing the day's total to 10, Curlew numbered 60 around the islands and 27 Shelduck flew into the estuary. An additional 7 Wheatears were the only migrant passerines of note and the two Rock Pipits remained around all day.
Ringing: Dunnock 3. Meadow Pipit 1      [ 370-34 ]
(CJ,NDW,RTW,CJW et al)           photo  CJW