Hilbre Bird Observatory: 31st July 2022 


Weather condition: NW pressure 3/4 rainfall over night and also morning, after that completely dry and also warm

The day began rather damp with reduced presence and also relentless
rainfall. An Usual Sandpiper browsed the side of the seamless gutter listed below the obs and also
tiny groups of Dunlin, Turnstones and also Ringed Plover additionally fed.

The shock at an early stage was a Cockatiel in a sorry state in the old lifeboat terminal, it
was captured and also reminded the obs to dry and also provided sone food & & water previously
being required to the landmass where it will with any luck be rejoined with its proprietor! 2 Ravens browsed center eye as the cloud raised and also the weather condition boosted, waders
raised as the trend began to flooding with 29 Black-tailed Godwits circling around the
East Hoyle and also 2 adolescent Willow Warblers showing up in the obs yard, our initial of the Fall. 2
Peregrines were later on signed up with by a 3rd and also invested time chasing after gulls,
terns and also each various other around the islands, giving outstanding oppertunities for participants lugging a video camera.

Numerous Swallows gone through today, additionally a Sand Martin, and also later on a Sedge Warbler was located in the SK paddock equally as participants were leaving the island. Wdaers consisted of 12 Whimbrel and also 39 Sanderling. Affordable varieties of Sandwich terns
existed and also a handful of Typical, 2 magnificent dark stage Arctic Skuas were kept in mind
chasing after Sandwich terns off the West side as the upkeep group made fixings
to among the heligolands to prepare for the fall movement.

Among one of the most fascinating discoveries (and also the very best photos) today worried Rock Pipits preying on crabs, something we have not discovered prior to.

Many uncommon in a Hilbre context among minority butterflies recognized today was a Captain. Sea Holly got on the primary island.

Photos AEH, BT, Mike Roberts

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