During this relatively quiet spell we bring news to encourage the observers and ringers who are working hard each day on the island at the moment with only modest rewards...
A male Blackbird was ringed on Hilbre on 3rd January 2009 (and was retrapped a week later still on the island) was found on 26th March 2010 at Alsgarde, Helsingor, Denmark.
This adds to the nice set of controls/recoveries of Blackbirds that Hilbre Bird Observatory already has had from Northern Europe and Denmark in particular.
Remarkably when ringed on Hilbre it was the first bird to be ringed on Hilbre during 2009.
[Photos SRW top and JE right - the actual bird]