Not as many Willow Warblers today, probably less than half the number of the last 2 days, but two that were retrapped were extremely interesting as they were the only adults caught this autumn and were still in main moult. One was ringed as long ago as 11th July and the other on 25th July. They have now nearly completed replacing their primaries for the migration but the remaining growing feathers are clearly visible with the sheaf on the closed wing (right). To get two adults staying for so long at Hilbre is quite an unusual occurrence.
A Yellow Wagtail was heard passing overhead, a bird that is more often noted in spring than autumn. Two Sedge Warblers gave very brief views, but were certainly not interested in wearing a ring and the only Wheatear was a female or immature on Middle.
Little Terns are now a splendid spectacle, hovering and diving in the gutter on the east side that advances and retreats with the tide (right).
Some Small Coppers again today, a scarce Hilbre record of Comma yesterday, and Red Admirals (right) have made an appearance after none on Wednesday amongst many other species.
Ringed :- 2 Willow Warblers
(DB,CJ,PSW)  photos CJ