Weather SE force 5/6
A probable Rough-legged Buzzard was seen today when a buzzard flew off the west side over towards Wales. A very white tail that was dark tipped was obvious as it flew away from the observer over the sea; a very rare bird for Hilbre but on a typical date for the species. The day was also very much the day of the Chaffinch with a total of 300 seen, 100 of which were down on the island, calling all over the paddocks and gardens. Unfortunately no ringers were present to take advantage of this unusual passage of finches. Other records were 43 Starlings, a Skylark, a Fieldfare, 6 Gannets, 2 Red-throated Divers and 23 Great Crested Grebes.