With no sign of the Black Redstart and the wind in the west, time for the first breeding bird survey of the year. All the regulars were seen (with the exception of the Swallows yet to arrive) as breeding bird species are few at Hilbre; the complete list comprised Shelduck, Mallard, Carrion Crow (left), Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Wren, and Robin.
Two of the Wheatears (right) of previous days are still building up fat reserves on the island and when retrapped were found to have put on weight to the tune of 1.5 grams each.
The strong breeze brought in 50 Gannets in view of the island, and at least 6 Purple Sandpipers were found to be still present.
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