27 Aug 2011

Changeable weather

After not being able to get across to Hilbre for nearly 3 weeks I was keen to make up for missed time this Bank Holiday weekend. Unfortunately the weather hasn't been kind (so far) and Friday afternoon there were definitely more Obs members than birds!

Still, there has been a trickle of movement with plenty of Wheatears, a few Willow Warblers and Robins along wit ha Garden Warbler to keep us occupied. Star bird was a young female Sparrowhawk, surprised off its Turnstone breakfast, that ended up in one of the Heligoland traps before sinking its talons nicely into the Chairman's fingers. Ouch.

It was later seen having another go at the Turnstones before investigating the potter traps.
Wader numbers are increasing with lots of Turnstones, Dunlin, Knot, Ringed Plover and a single juvenile Curlew Sandpiper along along the ridge between Middle Eye & Hilbre. A handful of Whimbrel are also still present.

Sea watching was limited but a Guillemot was hauled out on the west side and was later found Saturday afternoon stranded on Little Eye. A resuce mission was rewarded with much squawking and stabbing with its lethal bill beofre it swam strongly out to sea from the north end of Hilbre.

In contrast to Friday, Saturday was predominately wet but even so we still caught 2 new Robins and a Willow Warbler. A NW force 5 meant seawatching was in order, albeit form the Obs balcony in easy reach of a supply of Chocolate Cookies and copious mugs of teas. Despite these other distractions we did see a Bonxie as well as a handful of Gannets and Common Scoter.

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