Another glorious April day on the island began with an early morning flava Wagtail passing over calling and a small trickle of phylloscs with 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs caught and ringed.
A Merlin was seen near the light and the male Kestrel showed well hovering at various points around the island (see below).
|Kestrel - hovering over the Old Obs garden (note the ring, possibly the bird caught on 11 September 2014 which had been ringed 8 years previously at Meols, Wirral as a pullus on 2 June 2006)|
|Little Gulls - record shot (iPhone-scoped video grab) off the West Side of Hilbre|
|Harbour Porpoise - one of three seen off the West Side (following six yesterday in similar area)|
At around midday the highlight of the day appeared from the West and flew over the island pursued by gulls - our first Osprey of the year; a few calls, texts and tweets later and it was picked up at several locations further along the North Wirral.
|Osprey - the first record this spring passes over the North End of the island|
|Rock Pipit - the first to be ringed this year on Hilbre and quite late for this species on Hilbre|
As the tide flooded in the evening the first flocks of spring Dunlin and Ringed Plover appeared below the Obs and Whimbrel could be heard calling down the estuary.
(CJW(f), CLW, FPW, GIW, SRW, TGW from over and DB) [165-26]