On the 12th a Greenland Wheatear was ringed, the latest ever to be ringed at Hilbre by 3 weeks (right). The Merlin showed again, also seen were 2 Greylags, a Reed Bunting, a Redwing in the afternoon and quite a few Great Crested Grebes and a close Red-throated Diver on the sea. Ringed;- 1 Wren, 1Wheatear, 1 Chaffinch.
The 13th was a good day with records of Short-eared Owl, 4 Goosander, 5 Shoveler, 3 Fieldfares, a Snow Bunting flying south and 10 Blackbirds on the island. Ringed:- 3 Blackbirds, 1 Chaffinch.
On the 14th the Short-eared owl was still around, presumably the same bird as yesterday, also the Merlin and 3 Little Egrets.
(DB, et al)
A Sparrowhawk went through the obs garden on 15th and a female Blackcap was ringed. Eighty one Starlings were logged overhead.