24 Mar 2011

Visible migration.

A great morning on Hilbre this morning and almost perfect conditions for visible migration. A slight early morning mist menat birds were dropping in as well as passing overhead. Highlights were my first Wheatears and Sand Martins of the year but included Reed Bunting, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Siskin, Tree Sparrow, Blackbirds and Wrens! (Two new ones were ringed today suggesting a spring passage). Brilliant stuff. Coupled with great views of one of the Merlins that have been seen over the last week, Eiders and Goosanders it was a morning to savour.

As if this lot wasn't enough the Island hosted a Magpie, several Wood Pigeons, some fly over Collared Doves a fly through Swallow and plenty of Jackdaws.

A flock of Redpolls that dropped onto the feeders in the Obs garden included a stonking male Mealy. Unfortunately as all the Obs staff were having a brew no one was ready with the camera's and the birds flew off before any photo's could be taken.

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