A promising looking morning weather-wise did not really produce the grounded migrants hoped for but vis-mig started well with a couple of Flava Wagtails heard passing over, a few hirundines passing through, Whimbrels could be heard calling and a Collared Dove flew south.
An unusual wader call was heard and identified as a Little Ringed Plover, a scarce but increasing species at Hilbre. The 'LRP' was then spotted as it flew up the East Side and around the island and then circled observers before being joined by a second bird and both LRPs flew off south-west calling as they went. A lovely start to the day.
Ringed Plovers and Dunlin increased over the tide as Oystercatcher and Turnstone numbers have tailed off.
Ringing: 2 Linnets, Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Wren
(AEH, CJ and SRW) [255-29]