Lesser Celandine and Snowdrops were in flower today despite the continuing cold, it only takes a hint of sunshine on Hilbre at this time of year for these plants to remind us that spring cannot be too far away. No sign of spring among the birds yet with mostly routine sightings of winter species around the estuary. Herring Gulls were in good numbers with 2,000 on Salisbury bank and the West Hoyle also 400 + out by the windfarm. The 4 dark-bellied Brent were seen again, 70 Sanderling were on the north shore and 11 Canada geese flew east, probably towards a park lake. Still 4 Song Thrushes on the island with a single Blackbird also male Kestrel and Peregrine were present.