Weather: W force 2 A Magpie was the only unexpected visitor to the island today, although there were 2 passing Swifts. Lepidoptera included 4 Painted lady, 3 Red Admiral, a Silver Y and a Plume moth. Six juveniles were amongst the 200 Black-headed Gulls gathered about the island chain. Nine Shelduck and 2 Little Egrets were on the shore, while sea going species seen were 3 Gannets and 25 Sandwich and 20 Common Terns. A male Kestrel was on the island, but the finest sight is still the Pyramidal orchid flowering. Ringed: 1 Wren [568-30 ]
Weather: SSW force 2 There were 9 Swallows today including a fledged juvenile. The male Common Scoter and the female Eider seem to be summering here. Two Gannets and 2 Sandwich and 4 Common Terns were seen, also 2 Little Egrets. Three Painted Ladies were on the wing.
Weather: ESE force 2/3 Wildfowl present included the female Eider, 4 Shelduck and 2 wandering Greylag Geese. Flocks of 10 and 16 Starlings were unexpected at this time of year. A Fulmar paid a visit, as sometimes happens in spring. Twenty Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns completed the sea birds.
Weather: SW force 1 Best visitor of the day was a Collared Dove, most other birds seen were more predictable: 3 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 8 Wrens, 4 Pied Wagtails and 11 Meadow Pipits.
Weather: West 2/3, strengthening later, overcast with light showers mid-afternoon. Similar species to recent days with the Magpie and female Kestrel still present, the latter eating its prey on the chimney stack.
Both Linnet and Swallow flocks included recently fledged juveniles,
as did the vocal Sandwich Terns seen all around the islands and shore. A sea watch over the tide produced 40 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a siongle Guillemot, as well as hundreds of terns, mostly Sandwich. A male Common Scoter was between the islands as the tide ebbed and 5 Whimbrel were on the rocks. Despite the overcast conditions butterflies on the wing included Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Ringlet and Green-veined and Small Whites.
Day flying moths included Six-spot Burnet and Yellow Shell, while Cinnabar moth caterpillars fed on Ragwort. photos CS
Weather West 2/3, strengthening later,overcast with light rain showers mid-afternoon.
Similar species to recent days with the Magpie and female kestrel both present, the latter eating its prey on the chimney stack.
Both Linnet and Swallows flocks included recently fledged juveniles.
as did the vocal Sandwich Terns seen all arouind the island and on the shore.
A sea watch over high tide produced 40 Gannets, 3 Great Crested Grebes and a single Guillemot as well as hundreds of terns, mostly Sandwich. A male Common Scoter was between the islands as the tide ebbed, and 5 Whimbrel were on the rocks.
Despite the overcast conditions, butterflies on the wing included Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Green-veined and Small Whites.
Day-flying moths included Six-spot Burnet and Yellow Shell, while Cinnebar caterpillars fed on Ragwort. Photos CS
Hilbre was pleased to host a visit from the regulars at the Bardey island bird observatory. A few Swallows and half a dozen Swifts passed through. A male Whitethroat was a late spring/early autumn visitor. A Hummingbird hawk Moth was in the Obs garden, also seen were 2 Painted Lady butterflies and 3 Silver Y moths. The Magpie was still hanging about. Sandwich terns are now building up in numbers, 156 were here today. Other birds seen were a Common Scoter, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron Ringed: 1 Linnet [ 575-30 ]