The heavy rain forecast for around midday turned out to be just drizzle and so a visit by a party from a Workers Education Association class (Sale branch) late morning proved to be very pleasant. Earlier bird of the day was a Fieldfare that was found in the strong south westerly breeze, also 900 Starlings flew over the island, 550 Curlew were by Little Eye on the tide ebb and another high count of 191 Brent was made. The visitors enjoyed views of waders that are quite rare in the Manchester area, there were 3 Purple Sandpipers, many Turnstones, 11 Bar-tailed Godwits and of course Brent Geese also seldom occur inland. A female Chaffinch was a surprise capture in the 'heli' trap and to see a bird ringed was a new experience to the most of the visitors.
Ringed 1 Chaffinch [ 1068-31 ]
(DB,CJ,KMc +SD, Dave Steel, Dave Bowman and party) photo CJ