|Dawn following a clear night (SRW)|
|Osprey (picture from 16th April)|
A Raven croaked from the west side of the island and later a Rook made a close inspection before departing west. Rooks are quite rare at Hilbre, certainly more so than Ospreys this year !
Small bird passage may be described as moderate today, with a fair number of Redpolls (35), Goldfinches (16), and White Wagtails (15) and warblers numbered 8 Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff. Four Wheatears were around quite early but again did not linger. Hirundines comprised 9 Swallows and a Sand Martin, while House Martins are still scarce with none today. Flocks of 100 and 130 Knot flew north, while 2 Little Egrets and a Whimbrel were noted. very little on the sea, just a single Gannet noted and no Sandwich Terns.
Ringed:- 6 Willow Warblers, 4 Lesser Redpolls,1 Chiffchaff, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Linnet. [ 239-23 ]
(DB,CJ,SRW,TGW, later KMc+2)