Tuesday, 17 January 2017

17th January 2017

Weather: W force 1/2  vis 15 miles, cloudy
A brief visit before the tide saw 3 Shelduck fly over the north end with 250 Cormorants, 5 Common Scoter and 3 male Scaup on the sea. A Sparrowhawk flew from the SK paddock.Waders included 2,500 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plovers, 22 Curlew, 62 Turnstone, 105 Dunlin and 129 Redshank.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

14th January 2017

Weather: NW force 6
Many Herring Gulls, estimated at 17,000 were still on the shore this morning following the Starfish wreck. Among those present were an estimated 200 scandinavian argentatus birds.
A record count for Hilbre of 298 Brent Geese was made this morning and there were still 3 male Scaup around the island. The high tide gave the opportunity for 7 Purple Sandpipers to be found, which is quite likely all there are at the moment, also 4,600 Oystercatchers and 45 Common Scoter were logged.
The sea was rough at high tide
A young Grey Seal was on the shore by the obs
Last years rock fall has been scattered across the path onto the island by the gales
Photos GB

Friday, 13 January 2017

13th January 2017

Weather: NW force 6
Following the gales a large wreck of Starfish (also Razor Shells), littered the Dee shore after the tide today, attracting massive numbers of gulls to feed on the plentiful supply. Estimates of the gulls present were 13,000 Herring Gulls, 3,200 Common Gulls, 2,600 Black-headed Gulls, 600 Greater Black-backed Gulls and 400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
Photos  GB

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

10th January 2017

Weather: WNW force 5/6
Highlight of today were 150 Golden Plover at Little Eye, 120 flew north and 20 south, also 5 male Scaup off the island. Counts on the ebb tide included 102 Shelduck, 1,200 Dunlin, 500+ Cormorants, 150 Grey Plover (flying south), 130 Curlew, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits and 25 Ringed Plover. Only 2 Purple Sandpipers could be found, and single little Egret, Great Crested Grebe and Common Scoter.

Monday, 9 January 2017

9th January 2017

Weather: heavy rain early on

The Canadian colour-ringed Pale-bellied Brent Goose was part of a flock of 180 birds on the ridge just south of Middle this morning and was photographed (see below - photo by BSB).

A female Common Scoter was in the gutter.

Two Rock Pipits were present on Middle and 160 Shelduck were counted in a brief visit to Middle and back as the ride rose.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

8th January 2017

Weather: SE force  0/1   fog
A brief visit in fog saw a male Peregrine attack a Sparrowhawk over the east hoyle bank at the north end. Seventy Redshank were counted around the island.

Friday, 6 January 2017

6th January 2017

Weather: SSE force 2/3

A Sparrowhawk was again logged, the two Scaup were still present and 185 Brent Geese were counted.