Local members of the bird observatory gathered on the island today to celebrate long standing member Marc Eden's 50th Birthday. Marc has been a member of Hilbre Bird Observatory for over thirty years and it was a day for reminiscing. Superb food (supplied by Marc's partner Harriet) and the odd tipple meant that despite the cold weather and few birds to be found it was a lovely day enjoyed by everyone present (see below)...a glass was also raised to absent friends past and present.
Birds included a good count of 152 pale and 2 dark-bellied Brent Geese and included the Canadian ringed bird.
[Front row Harriet and Marc; middle row from left to right - KMu, PSW, AS, AMC, ESCA, AAB, AEH, FD, NDW, SRW; back row DB, BSB, CJW] Photo by DGW