12 May 2011

Hilbre breakfast.

Not mine but this Dunlin!
Spent the night on Hilbre last night as the early morning tide meant I wouldn't have been able to get on to check for migrants at first light. Up at 04.45 this morning it soon became apparent the westerlies had scuppered any chance of any new migrants dropping in but the sight of several hundred Gannets battling their way out of the bay against the wind along with good numbers of Guillemots heading the same way was quite a spectacle.

Good numbers of Dunlin (2000+) & Ringed Plover (100+) roosting south of Middle Eye including this individual proving the point the early bird does get the worm.

Quite a bit of activity on the pager over the last week with the mega alert going off 4 times:
Audouin's Gull, Calandra Lark & Great Snipe - I'm chilled. But Rock Bunting....................
Unfortunately it was seen four days ago and not since.

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