An adult Hobby flew in off the sea over the whaleback at 09.00hrs and continued south down the estuary passing over Middle Eye on the way. Hobby is less than annual at Hilbre and more often appears in spring than autumn. The Whinchat still stays around the island and in addition this morning there were 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Goldcrests a Whitethroat and a Wheatear. The small number of local Swallows remaining were joined by 3 passing House martins and a Sand Martin. Best of the waders were 68 Turnstones, 2 Grey Plovers, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel. At least 3 Rock Pipits were present.
|The rabbit by the obs this morning|
|Clumps of Spartina are now appearing half way across to the islands|
(DB,AEH,CJ, et al) photos CJ