Weather: ESE force 2, increasing 3/4 later vis 6 miles
A very quiet start to the morning was brought to life later with the finding of 2 species of Tit on the island. A Long-tailed Tit arrived in the SK paddock just before noon and was caught for ringing and just as it was being released from the obs balcony a Great Tit was seen in the trees in the corner of the garden. It also was subsequently caught in the Newton trap. Any species of Tit is a scarce bird for Hilbre, sometimes neither of these are seen in a year, so both in one day in the midst of winter is quite exceptional.
Skylarks were not seen passing overhead this morning but 2 were flushed from the bracken at the south end, and 2 Starlings paid a visit, briefly dropping in on the shore at the north end with the Brent (252 today, including 3 colour ringed).
Ringed: 1 Long Tailed Tit, 1 Great Tit [ 7-5 ]
photos CJ & AS