1 Jul 2012

Sea watching

With strong winds blowing thoughts turn towards the coast and a bit of seawatching so for the last two weekends we've been sat in the hide on Hilbre in a S W watching and counting.

Last Saturday was pretty good as we had a sub-adult Pom Skua and a few Arctics along with the expected Terns, Manx Shearwaters and Gannets...... loads of Gannets!

Friday night saw us back on Hilbre for a late evening seawatch. No Skua's this time but fantastic numbers of Gannets and Terns and over a 150 Manx Shearwaters logged.

Saturday saw me undertaking some gardening duties for my father in law but I managed a couple of hours ringing in the garden with the highlight being this cracking male Bullfinch  - one of the pair to go wit hthe female ringed a couple of weeks ago. The first juvenile Chaffinches and Goldfinches have also made an appearance and at least one pair of Robins has succesfully raised a brood somewhere nearby. House Sparrows also seem to have been successful with a few obvious juveniles still with a yellow gape inhabiting the depths of our neightbours hawthorn tree.

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