Following yesterday's comments about the Bluethroat at Leasowe (top right), Hilbre immediately came back to form this morning with a Nightingale (3 pictures), the second for the island, the first was ringed on 15th May 1979. The initial round of the heligoland traps at 07.15 hrs did not look promising with no birds in the 'heli' or the Newton, then on the way to the SK trap a discussion took place as to what excuse we had today for not producing the star bird of the spring - the weather seemed perfect. A push through the SK also seemed fruitless at first until the Nightingale shot out of the trees and up the ramp into the catching box, the bird being named even before the lid was closed. An onlooker may have seen two members jumping up and down and giving hi-fives! The Nightingale appeared to be a female on wing length, and after processing it was released into the thicket area at the bottom of the obs garden. Unfortunately for those waiting with their cameras it almost immediately disappeared over the cliff edge and was not seen again.
Slightly less exciting birds today included a Yellow Wagtail, a Greenland Wheatear, 2 immature Eiders, a single Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Terns, a Whimbrel, a dozen or so Swallows, 1 House Martin, 2 Sand Martins and 3 Swifts (right).
Ringed:- 1 Nightingale, 1 Linnet
(DB,CJ,CJW,SRW et al)  photos CJ, SRW and BSB