Sunday, 11 March 2018

11th March 2018

Weather: ESE force 1, vis 5 miles, misty arouns the estuary 

The migrants are slowly picking up with a Redwing and the first of 5 Siskin heard over Middle on the way over, 7 Skylark, 3 Starling and 8 Pied Wagtail passed over Hilbre and 2 Stonechat were present on the island. 
 Also on the island were 26 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet and a Chaffinch, a new in Song Thrush was caught and ringed.
Two Greylag Geese with a Canada Goose flew passed the North End and 2 more Canada Geese were  on the sea west of Middle, Brent Geese were spread out but numbered about 100. On the sea were 424 Common Scoter, 7 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Eider are still around the islands.  Bar Tailed Godwit were counted at 47 as the tide dropped and Grey Plover 26. There were 5 Purple Sandpiper at the North End and 32 Curlew (below), 62 Turnstone, 100 Dunlin and 80 Knot present.
 one of the Turnstones stayed around the main island path to feed.

Ringed: 2 Robins, 1 Song Thrush                [ 12-6 ]
photos AS & CJ

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