Monday, 22 May 2017

22nd May 2017

Weather: SE force 3

A similar day to yesterday bird wise, the only warblers being two Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler, also a Wheatear down the west side and four House Martins passing through with a few Swallows.

One of the Swallows decided to enter the obs building and was rescued by hand, receiving a ring in the process.

Young Linnets are now fledging all over the gardens and paddocks, three of them were ringed this morning, while in addition to the main island birds a flock of 22 was on Middle Eye first thing, quite unusual at this time of year.

The Shorelark survived the ordeal by visitor invasion in the sunshine of yesterday afternoon and was happily feeding again in its favoured spots.

Also of note today were 120 Sandwich Terns and 50 Sanderling on the north shore tide edge; other waders seen included over 100 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, two Grey Plover and a single Bar-tailed Godwit.

Ringed: 3 Linnets, 2 Whitethroats, Swallow, Willow Warbler [ 372-32 ]

Sunday, 21 May 2017

21st May 2017

Weather: SSW force1/2 at dawn, then SE 3/4

A small improvement on previous days with a couple of Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler present, one of the Whitethroats becoming the first bird ringed since 16th, together with a newly fledged juvenile Linnet. Three Wheatears were down the west side and passing through were 5 Swifts, 5 House Martins, 7 Swallows, also a Siskin, and a White Wagtail.

The Shorelark was finding undisturbed feeding difficult amongst the many visitors today, it remains to be seen if it is still here tomorrow.

Little sea watching took place over the early tide, just a Gannet and 3 Sandwich terns and a single Common Tern were logged. Among the moths found in the moth trap this morning was a Bright-line Brown-eye, a Treble lines, 4 Marbled Coronet, Netted Pug and a Clouded Bordered Brindle.

On the beach thousands of comb jellies were found to have been washed up.

Ringed: Whitethroat, 1 Linnet ( juvenile) [365-32] 

Photos BT (birds), SRW (moths) and visitor Lucy Charlton (clouded bordered brindle and comb jellies)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

20th May 2017

Weather:  SW 3, 1/8, good vis

The Shorelark remains around the main island and three Wheatears joined it.

Waders continued to pass through in small numbers including 5 Whimbrel, 30 Ringed Plover and two Turnstone.

A few terns were around the island early in the day but an evening sea watching produced 120 Gannet, two Manx Shearwater and an Arctic Skua (only the second of the year).

Swallows remain around the building in good numbers (4 pair) and Meadow Pipit and Linnet numbers also appear healthy this year.

Friday, 19 May 2017

19th May 2017

Weather: W 1-2, 8/8 cloud, good vis

Observers made their way to the island early which meant the tide was still well in (not advisable unless you know the tide times, heights and weather thoroughly).

There were a few waders around the tide edge and five Little Egrets and two Grey Herons.

There were very few migrants on the island but two Wheatears appeared.

The Shorelark remained around the island again today although she became a little more mobile today but was still present during the evening tide.

Photos by BT (birds) and SRW (Hilbre)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

18th May 2017

Another fairly quiet morning with the Shorelark still present, today receiving some admirers from the mainland.
Just for a change, a picture of one of the more regular residents.
Two Wheatears were again on the island but little else in the way of migrants.
A Fulmar was prospecting over the north end, as usually happens at least once every spring, while a Kittiwake sat near to Little Eye, abnormal behaviour that may indicate illness.
Photos  AEH,JE

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

17th May 2017

Weather: S force 4, later west 2

One of the quietest mornings of the spring in terms of migration, with 2 Wheatears on the island and no warblers nor any overhead passage.

If the Shorelark had not stayed to enable us to practise our photography it would have been very disappointing indeed. Up to 8 Swallows are now feeding on the island, and 4 Little Egrets and 4 Whimbrel were on view.

The sole Brent was not seen this morning although with the low tide it could still be around the estuary.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

16th May 2017

Weather; S force 2/3    cloudy some rain, mild.

The morning weather turned out not as bad as forecast but there were very few migrants about, just a couple of Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Wheatear but no overhead passage apart from a White Wagtail and about two dozen Swallows.
The Shorelark is still here feeding mostly on the north west side by the light and showing well among the Thrift and Bird's-foot trefoil.

Three Arctic Terns were identified together with some Common Terns flying passed, while around the island were 2 Whimbrel and the remaining Brent Goose.
A Grey Seal was hauled out on the rocks at the north end which is quite unusual.

Ringed: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff.      [ 363-32 ]   photos CJ