Weather:- SE 0-1, mist
Better than expected conditions overnight produced a good collection of migrants on the ground this morning. Wheatears arrived in numbers (11) and Goldcrests (10), Chaffinches (7), Chiffchaffs (4) and a Redwing were not far behind making it the best day of spring so far. Scarce Hilbre birds also paid a visit in the form of 3 Blue Tits and a female House Sparrow. A Merlin was on the ridge south of Middle early on and 3 Little Egrets on the east side included a pair that were seen to be displaying. A female Blackbird was carrying nesting material ready for the spring season. Other counts from today included a total of 19 Carrion Crows, 23 Common Scoter, 169 Brent Geese ( still 1 dark-bellied), 120 Sanderling flying north east, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and 130 Turnstones.