A Fieldfare was in the paddocks first thing, also several Song Thrushes brought in by the light south easterly breeze and mist. The Fieldfare unfortunately was not trapped but 5 of the Song Thrushes were, 4 were newly ringed today (left) the other was a bird previously ringed in November 2008, once again proving the repeated return of some Song Thrushes to Hilbre in winter.
A Wren was singing on Middle and another was retrapped from last year, so maybe Wrens have survived the bitter December weather better than had been feared.
The very high tide should have been the roost for up to 10,000 waders on Middle, but a individual left it too late and got stranded on the island and his presence ensured the island was deserted (above). At least the Purple Sandpipers (18) stayed on the main island (above).
A Seal (right) was hauled out on the rocks at the north end as it has several times recently.
(JE) photos JE