Hilbre looked picturesque when more snow arrived this morning and the frozen conditions continue to produce lots of thrushes on the island, with 4 Redwings, 4 Fieldfares, 5 Blackbirds and 8 Song Thrushes today. This morning we were lucky enough to ring a Fieldfare (left & below) caught in the Newton trap, this is the first Fieldfare to be ringed at Hilbre for 6 years.
The Purple Sandpipers (left) gathered together near the life boat house enabling us to establish that there are at least 14 still present.
The Common Snipe seems to have made Hilbre its temporary cold weather abode, the Kestrel and 2 Peregrines are still present while on the sea were 7 Common Scoter and 2 male Goldeneye.
Ringed today:- 1 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare.
(DB,CJW) [ 21 ] photos CJW