for Inner Marsh Farm during 15th April
Mediterranean Gull 1, Black-tailed Godwit 1000+, Little Stint 1, Ruff 20, Spotted Redshank 12, Redshank 400+, Oystercatcher 1, Spoonbill (Eurasian) 1, Spoonbill (Balsaci Race) 1, Peregrine pair, Gadwall 5, Teal 50+, Wigeon 10, Pintail 18, Shoveler 3, Shelduck 10, Tufted Duck 34, Swallow 20+, Sand Martin 2, House Martin 3, Little Ringed Plover 1, Lapwing several pairs breeding.
Report from Hilbre Island
thanks to Steve Williams of the Hilbre Bird Observatory.
April Bird News
summer migrants continue to pour in, the first Willow Warblers were seen at
Hoylake on the 2nd and first swallow, also
at Hoylake, on the 8th. In fact the 2nd was a particularly good day at
Hoylake as in addition to 6 Willow Warblers were a Ring Ouzel, 25 Wheatear,
25 Sand Martin and 6 Tree Pipits. A Black Redstart was observed at the
Point of Ayr on the same date.
Another migrant passing through has been the Osprey with two sightings at the beginning of the month, both at Inner Marsh Farm, and two at the end of the month, one at Burton marsh and the other flying north over Hilbre Island.
As usual Inner Marsh Farm has seen plenty of activity with two Spoonbill present all month, including one of the Mauritanian race. Up to 14 Spotted Redshank are also at the 'farm' along with a pair of Garganey, one Little Egret and a Little Stint. 1,200 Black-tailed Godwit have arrived at IMF, last year this was the UK's largest summering flock.
Other birds of note seen during April were 4 Shorelark at Gronant (the remnant of the over wintering flock) and a pair of Peregrine, Greenshank and Short-eared Owl at the high tide birdwatch at Parkgate on the 17th.
Spring High Tides
15th May, 1152hrs 10.0m.
16th May, 1240hrs, 10.2m. (times BST)
Young Ornithologists Club at Ness
Forthcoming Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service, Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
22nd May. Local History of Hilbre.
23rd May. Marsh Matters. 11am - 1pm.
3rd June. Sunset Walk to Hilbre.
5th June. Early Morning Wildlife Walk. 4.30 am - 6.30 am.
9th June. Flora and Fauna Around Royden.
7pm - 9pm.