Weather:- ENE force 2, haze
A flock of 470 Black-tailed Godwits were seen to exit the estuary towards the north east, while 2 Whimbrel, 2 Little Egrets, a single Bar-tailed Godwit were on the shore and a dark-bellied Brent showed at the north end. Despite the calm conditions 10 Sandwich Terns, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers and 37 Great Crested Grebes were noted on the sea. Passerine passage was light with single Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, a female Blackcap, and 12 Pied and a White Wagtail. Fourteen Sand Martins and 11 Swallows passed through during the day. A single Goldfinch was the only finch apart from the resident Linnets. The rabbit became creature of the day for one member who had not yet connected with him/her despite many visits to the island. In the evening star gazing in the dark Hilbre night sky unpolluted by lights became the thing to do and the sightings of the international space station and the just launched supply rocket were the highlights (right).
(DB,ME, later DB+ESCA,SRW,TGW)