The easterlies continue and so does the visible migration, mostly overhead but a brief interlude brought a Blackcap and a Whitethroat to the ground also a Chiffchaff in the new obs mist net that was almost dismissed and released a recent retrap that had been around for a day or two until the strange ring number rang bells and it was realised that it was a control from elsewhere (left). Warblers captured on Hilbre bearing other rings are rare indeed and enquiries are ongoing as to its origin.
An equally big surprise was an extremely late Common Redstart found sitting quietly in the 'Heli' trapping box just before the members left the island (right).
During the 3 hours available this morning a fair list of moving birds were seen:-
250 Meadow Pipits, 50 Starlings, 8 Redwings, 6 Blackbirds, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Swallows, 4 Grey Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 2 Reed Buntings, several Skylarks, a few Chaffinches and Greenfinches and the first Brambling of the autumn.
Ringed:- 2 Dunnocks, 1 Robin, 1 Linnet, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 1 Redstart, 1 Blackcap (left).