Weather: NW 5, 3/8 cloud, moderate vis
1,500 Oystercatchers was an increase and single Curlew and Redshank were also noted.
A single Little Egret was in the gutter below the Obs.
A couple of Linnets were retrapped including a female with obvious brood patch (see right).
The island's ever changing colours were in evidence today with the pink of the spring thrift dying away to be replaced by Rock Sea-lavender (Limonium britannicum ssp celticum). This scarce plant is endemic to Britain and is listed as 'Near Threatened' and is confined to small parts of North Wales, Lancashire and Cumbria with Hilbre's colony the only one in Cheshire and Wirral so a bit of a Hilbre speciality.
(JE, SRW later ESCA & DB for evening)