Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Hilbre Island

Grayling, Hilbre Island
Grey Seal, Hilbre Island
I have just returned from a weeks holiday on the Llyn Peninsular (more about that in later posts), the beautiful Llyn Peninsular really is a world away from the streets of south Liverpool at present (if you don't read or watch the news I'm not going to explain)! Before we left I visited Hilbre Island on Wednesday 27th, Hilbre is great for Terns at this time of year and I was not disappointed; with over 400 Sandwhich Terns amongst smaller numbers of Common and 2 Little Terns, these Terns in the process attracting a pale phase Arctic Skua. Migrants where trickling through with a juv Stonechat being the highlight, others included good numbers of Swallows, Willow Warbler, Mipits and Pied Wags. Waders included over 30 Turnstones and a Whimbrell. Other highlights included the rare Cotton Sea Lavender and plenty of Graylings on the West side of the island, with each fervently patrolling its own territory and chasing off rival males. The Grey Seals showed well as usual from the offs.

Cotton Sea Lavender, Hilbre Island

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