Weather: WSW 7, 7/8 cloud, moderate vis
Another brief visit this morning after Storm Gareth had passed through was still very windy but fortunately little damage was noticed on the Obs, the fences or other structures on the island.
It was very quiet bird-wise with very little moving on the sea despite the wind with most birds hunkered down in the rocks around the islands including 178 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 500 Herring Gulls.
The colour-ringed Herring Gull, recuperated and released at Spike Island, Widnes on 12th September 2007, was present again in its favoured location by 'Egret Flash' with another adult Herring Gull. This bird has been seen at and around Hilbre since 19th October 2009. It has a distinctly paler mantle than the other adult Herring Gulls around.