Weather: SSE force 1
A very good morning of visible migration today but strangely poor in terms of ringing success.
The first arrivals of Sand Martins (24), Swallows (5) and Sandwich Terns (60) in any numbers became evident after dawn as the morning warmed up. Four Goldcrests and 3 Chiffchaffs (including yesterdays ringed bird) were on the ground, also 2 males and a female Wheatear, and not forgetting a small fall of Wrens.
Passing through this morning were the usual many Meadow Pipits, 7 Goldfinches, 2 Siskins, 8 Pied Wagtails, a Reed Bunting and 8 Skylarks of which 3 came down for a while giving the unusual opportunity of seeing them alongside a Wheatear at Hilbre.
The sea was also fairly productive with 24 Little Gulls off to the north west, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers by the west hoyle, 115 Scoter, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Shelduck flying, a Gannet and a Red-throated Diver. A complete count of Brent was not made but they still seem to be around the 150 mark. Four Little Egrets were on the shore, also a Grey Heron and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits.
Ringing: 4 Wrens, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Linnet. [ 98-17 ]