Weather: W3-4, 6/8 cloud, good vis
The main focus today was a visit to the Obs by years 5 and 6 of West Kirby Primary School. Three groups visited the Observatory and viewed the Grey Seals through the telescope (525 seals were counted today) and each group had a talk on the work of the Obs, birds of Hilbre and other aspects of Natural History around the islands by the Records Officer.
The children appeared fascinated and asked all sorts of interesting and sometimes difficult questions.
On the bird front the increased number of Black-headed Gulls (120 were counted) prompted the appearance of the first Mediterranean Gull of the summer; a first summer bird noted on the east side of the gutter on the East Hoyle sandbank as the tide receded.
Four Manx Shearwaters were seen off Hilbre from the Hoylake Lifeboat and were bang on time.