A very short visit was made early this morning to see if the change of wind direction to the north east had produced many migrants. It was obvious right away that there had not been a 'fall' but the second time around the traps saw a Willow Warbler in the old obs mist net and a male Common Redstart (left with Willow Warbler) fly into the 'heli'. Redstarts appear more often in spring than autumn at Hilbre, in fact a check revealed that this is the first ringed at this season since one in October 2005.
There was very little else to report from this brief visit, no Greenshanks, Whimbrel or Wheatears seen although there were 5 Little Egrets and a few Swallows passing through.
Ringed :- 1 Redstart, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Dunnock
(CJ,CJW,SRW)  photo CJ