Saturday, 31 May 2008
Friday, 30 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
A single Wheatear arrived on the island, a Sedge Warbler was trapped at 10am.
Vis Mig - 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, a rather late Tree Pipit and plenty hirundines (including a late Sand Martin) and Swifts passed through during the morning.
An escape Cockateil was seen flying south over the island 1230pm.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
The bird was elusive during the morning but was eventually trapped in the Obs garden at 13.00hrs (see opposite - photo by Pete Williams).
After release it remained fairly elusive until late afternoon when it began showing very well by the new pond ('Degsy's Pond'). It remained in this area (although going missing for long periods) until about 830pm when it was thought to have gone to roost....what a day!
Other birds recorded included Spot Fly trapped, a few Willows and an Osprey over the West Hoyle bank (see below).
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Friday, 9 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
The supporting cast included 3 Garden Warblers, 6 Sedge Warblers, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 11 Greenland Wheatears, a Redstart, a Whinchat, a Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs, and 3 Willow Warblers; not to mention a passage of 309 Swallows, 30 House Martins, 4 Sand Martins and 37 Swifts! Finches were represented by Goldfinches and Redpolls, and 5 Arctic and 6 Little were amongst the terns.
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
A Puffin drifted passed the north end slowly enough for all the obs members present to assemble and see this quite rare Hilbre visitor.
Two Mealy Redpolls seen in the bushes around the obs (with one caught) were equally a rare sight, and a Spotted Redshank calling and flying at the south end completed the trio of excellent birds for the day.
Amongst the other 54 species on the log today were a Black Tern, 15 Little Tern (first of the year),5 Arctic Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, House Sparrow and 4 Yellow Wagtail. Warblers were represented by Garden(2) (see below), Sedge(3), Willow(3) and Chiffchaff(1).
Monday, 5 May 2008
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Tree Pipits passed in good numbers (10), while Greenland wheatears and Willow Warblers were also in double figures. Five Sedge Warblers, 3 Whitethroats and a Whinchat were grounded.
Fine reward for sea watching were a dark phase Arctic Skua and a Black Tern.
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Good passage this morning of 18 Willow warblers, plus 13 Greenland Wheatears, 7 Whitethroats and 3 Sedge Warblers.
Hirundines, Swifts and Redpolls were in good numbers.