A pre-dawn start (well it has to be done at this time of year doesn't it?), resulted in observers waiting for the sun to come up with the sound of a Goldcrest in the Obs garden. However, it was not the pre-cursor to a fall of birds but it still proved to be a lovely autumn morning on the islands.
A Ring Ouzel was first seen flying fast south over the island down the east side before alighting briefly on Middle. It must have decided that it preferred the main island as it returned to Hilbre. It repeated this manoeuvre on a couple of occasions during the morning appearing to attempt migrating into the brisk south-easterly but on each occasion giving up and returning to the island. It briefly settled in Niffy Bay on a couple of occasions.
A brief post-tide visit this afternoon also produced the two Pale-bellied Brent Geese between Middle and Little Eye.
Ringing: Chiffchaff [494-32]
Photos JE (Wigeon) and SRW (remainder)