Sunday, 30 August 2015

30th August 2015

Weather: wind variable force 0/1
Another quiet day with no migrants grounded and not even the consolation of a Wheatear being present. A group of 6 Pintail flew into the Dee and were the first of their kind to arrive this autumn. A couple of Arctic Skuas showed distantly and 7 Shelduck flew west over the island, while a female Peregrine was seen twice to chase its prey. At least 2 Whimbrel were still around the island and a Bar-tailed Godwit on the tideline. Other records today included a Shag, a Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Little Terns, a Rock Pipit at the south end, 2 Pied Wagtails, 4 Robins and at least 11 Swallows hawking insects over the island as a result of local breeding.
(DCT,PT,NDW from over,AEH,CJ,SRW)       Photo Whimbrel SRW, Rock Pipit CJ

Saturday, 29 August 2015

29th August 2015

Weather: SW force 3
Both Kestrel and Peregrine were present today, a Gannet was noted on the sea and 208 Cormorants were counted but no migrants were to be seen.
(DCT,PT,NDW from over)

Friday, 28 August 2015

28th August 2015

Weather: SSE force 1, later W force 3/4 then 4/5
Best record of today was of a Black-tailed Godwit feeding with 30 Redshanks. Three Willow Warblers were the only migrants present this morning. The (family?) party of 3 Peregrines were again around the islands, while 2 juvenile Rock Pipits were on Middle Eye. As the wind increased during the tide, 250 Manx Shearwaters were noted on the sea together with 207 Gannets, 110 Common Scoter, 2 Kittiwakes, 2 Guillemots and a Fulmar. Seventy Five Turnstones and 7 Whimbrel were around the island and 256 Curlew on the east hoyle. A single painted lady was amongst the small number of butterflies present.

(DB,AMC,AEH)     view and Turnstone photos  AEH

Thursday, 27 August 2015

27th August 2015

Razorbill and Guillemot

Weather: SW force 4
Another Spotted Flycatcher appeared on the island today,(or possibly the same bird from Tuesday) but this was the only small migrant and the main interest turned to the sea which produced about 100 Manx Shearwaters, 30 Gannets, 3 Arctic Skuas, 200 Common Scoter, 3 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 2 Shags, and best of all a female Goosander flying south west. Other good records today were 6 Ravens flying south from the Red Rocks area and 7 Black-tailed Godwits. Shore birds included a single Whimbrel, a Little Egret and 250 Curlew on the east hoyle.
(DB,AMC,AEH)      photos  AEH

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

26th August 2015

Weather: SW force 3
A light south westerly produced a few sea birds including 14 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Gannets, 27 Common Scoter and an Arctic Skua. A Black Tern was again logged on the day sheet.
(AMC +2)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

25th August 2015

Weather: WSW force 2, later S force 4
One of the best days for some time, although still only one Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear grounded but in compensation the first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn. Waders were also the highlight with Ruff (very scarce bird for Hilbre), Common Sandpiper and Greenshank. Three Swifts passing were late birds as most have now left the country, while 3 Peregrines (male, female and juvenile) were noted, also a Merlin that flew from Red Rocks to North Wales gaining height as it crossed the island.

Monday, 24 August 2015

24th August 2015

Weather: SSE force 1, later NNW 1
A welcome window in the wet weather this morning did not improve the migrant situation, with again no warblers and just the suggestion of a very small passage of Robins, while a single female Wheatear arrived and stayed at the northern half of the island (right, posing on the lookout roof). Two Teal flew in from the west briefly, which was the only significant sighting to distract observers from watching the many Sandwich and Common terns diving into the flat calm sea, and seemingly having a good rate of success.
As the sun appeared mid-morning 2 Small Whites and a Red Admiral flew in the warmth.Still at least 1 Whimbrel calling, but waders were naturally scarce at the low tide with a summer plumaged Grey Plover, 350 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover and 6 Redshank the highlights. Three Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons were on the shore.
In the late afternoon a juvenile Black Tern was resting on the sand below the obs, a good find and definitely bird of the day.
Ringed: 1 Robin          [ 372-34 ]
(DB briefly,CJ,AMC(pm))                 photos CJ