Thursday, 28 August 2014

28th August 2014


Turnstones
The highlight today was the first Marsh Harrier of the autumn picked up flying between Middle Eye & Hilbre before heading west over the West Hoyle and eventually inland near the Point of Ayr. 
Good numbers of waders roosting around the island over the high tide but no Purple Sandpipers as yet. Passerines were scarce but yesterdays ringed Whinchat was still present and spent much of its time on the west side of the island. Another juvenile Swallow was caught and ringed  along with a new Wren and a single Robin. Meadow Pipit numbers are increasing as the autumn passage starts and small parties of 6-10 birds were present in the newly mown paddock most of the morning. 





On the sea the juvenile Shag remained and spent the high tide close to the east side just off the Obs garden left), whilst a party of Little Terns flew north.
Several Whimbrel were noted and a flock of 7 were photographed flying past the north end (above).
Several Migrant Hawker  dragonflies were recorded and there were good numbers of Red Admirals around.
Ringed :- 1 Swallow, 1 Robin, 1 Wren.         [ 659-34 ]   
(DB,DCT,PT,NDW,CJW, SRW, PSW)  all photos  PSW

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

27th August 2014

Weather SE 2 freshening later, mostly sunny, clouding over mid-morning for a while
Whinchat (SRW), top left (CJ)
Probably the best day so far in what has been a very slow August. Small movements of Swallows(50), a flock of 9 House Martins, about 120 Meadow Pipits, 8 alba Wagtails, 8 Willow Warblers and a single Greenfinch made it feel like autumn had finally arrived. One of the young Swallows passing through found itself in the obs garden mist net, below(CJ).
 Star bird of the day however was a Whinchat that was seen early and after disappearing for a while returned to be caught and ringed, a few are seen on the islands most years, but they do not always appear on the ringing list. Non-passerine visitors today included a Collared Dove, a Greenshank calling between the islands, 2 Black-tailed Godwits flying at the north end and a Teal heading towards the north shore.The Shag was still present off the east side, also a Whimbrel in the same area. A real surprise was a Fox that was glimpsed near the top paddock, it seemed to be a young animal. It has been noted before that Foxes can be extremely secretive and be present on a such a small island without being noticed even when the obs members cover the entire island in search of birds. After the top paddock grass was cut today by the ranger service a young Short-tailed Field Vole was showing well eating the freshly cut grass, below (SRW).

Wheatear (SRW)

Confused (SRW)
 The record of the Confused moth from Sunday was followed today by another example thought not to be the same individual, while the spectacular Red Underwing was another good find, possibly the second ever for the island.
Ringed:- 5 Willow Warblers, 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Whinchat, 1 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Robin
  [ 656-34 ]
(DB,JE,CJ,DCT,PT+2,NDW,SRW)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

26th August 2014

Weather:- E 5/6 spells of rain in the morning
Rain overnight meant no migrants moving, a single Wheatear was present. A sparse log sheet included 2 Gannets, a Peregrine and Kestrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 65 Little Terns, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Shag (above,SRW) and 68 Turnstones.
(DB,DCT,PT,NDW,CJW,SRW)

Monday, 25 August 2014

25th August 2014

Weather:- SE 4/5, mist and slight drizzle, heavy rain late afternoon


A thoroughly miserable bank holiday with the only redeeming feature being the small arrival of Robins with 3 being caught together in the newton 'heli'. Despite the weather a single Wheatear made it to the island.
Ringed:- 3 Robins        [ 645-34 ]
(DCT,PT,NDW,SRW,PSW)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

24th August 2014

Weather:- WSW force 1
Whitethroat
A pleasant morning with light breeze, no rain and getting quite warm during the morning. Migrant arrivals were minimal however, with 3 Greenland Wheatears, a Willow Warbler and a Whitethroat the only canditates. The Whitethroat was first seen in the 'heli' garden sycamores but then moved to 'Wheatear wall' near the old obs where it stayed for a while in the tea bush, popping up on the wall from time to time. Very little to see on the high tide, even Grebes were hard to come by, but at least 1 Shag was still around the island. There were interesting moths in the trap this morning including 2 possible firsts for the island, A (probable) Confused apamea furva britannica, and a Small Wainscot chortodes pygmina.
 
Shag

Confused



Ear moth species

Small Wainscot












Rusty Dot Pearl











Wheatear












Ringed:-
1 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Robin.           [ 642-34 ]
(CJ,DCT,PT,NDW)   Photos CJ  

Saturday, 23 August 2014

23rd August 2014

Weather:- WNW force 5, some rain
A few seabirds were sighted in the strongish wind, a Gannet, a Kittiwake, an Arctic Skua and 92 Common Scoter. Two Wheatears arrived, one of which was an adult male Greenland bird which became the first Wheatear to be ringed this autumn.On the shore were noted 4 Little Egrets and a Whimbrel.
Ringed :- 1 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Robin      [ 640-34 ]
(JE+(HVJ),SRR,CJW & family, DCT,PT,NDW) Photo JE

Friday, 22 August 2014

22nd August 2014

Weather:- NW force 5, some drizzle
Unpleasant weather today and the lack of birds did little to brighten the mood. Best records of the day were probably the 600 Cormorants, also the 6 Whimbrel, 3 Little Egrets, and 3 Wheatears. The count of 24 Meadow Pipits could have been as a result of a very small passage.
Ringed:- 1 Dunnock       [ 638-34 ]
(CJW & family)