Monday, 3 April 2017

3rd April 2017

Weather:  SE 3 vis 35mls

What a difference a day (and a change in the wind direction) makes!

A promising start with the first 2 Willow Warbler of the year arriving along with 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 3 Goldfinch, a Reed Bunting was in the old obs garden.

Four Sand Martins flew in from the sea and down the west side, a Collared Dove and 3 Woodpigeons were noted around the islands and 2 Canada Geese did a couple of fly-byes.

Two of the 6 Carrion Crows present were seen mobbing 2 Raven over Middle Eye and 88 Pink-footed Geese flew out of the estuary.

It seems to be turning into a tradition at the Obs that good birds turn up during tea and biscuits, today's star tea break turn was a Red Kite being seen off of the air space above Middle by 2 Crows and then flying east; it made the day for all present.  This is only the seventh record for the Hilbre recording area (all since 1994).  The most recent being as recent as March 2016 - see our blog page

Among other birds noted today were a Kestrel, 6 Shelduck, Rock Pipit, Pied and White Wagtails and two male Wheatears.  The brent count was 214 and a Whimbrel was heard calling as the tide came in.  Meanwhile a single Lapland Bunting was heard and seen from Red Rocks heading over Middle.

Ringing: Willow Warbler (2), Goldcrest (1), Linnet (1) [70-17]

Photos AEH & SRW

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