Another good day at Hilbre with echos of the last 2 days, with the appearance of a Magpie , Jackdaws, and Pinkfeet continuing to fly out of the estuary, which surely will be an annual event to look for now that there are so many Pinkfeet in the Dee in winter. There were more Chiffchaffs this morning (21) than Willow Warblers (6) and 2 more Blackcaps, both females to admire.
This individual had large fat deposits for its journey.
Just a single Wheatear and Swallow were noted, also a Rock Pipit and 3 White Wagtails.
A Merlin was at the north end, but star birds were a pair of Shovelers off the south west of the main island. Shoveler is still scarce at Hilbre but there have been more records recently.
Ringed: 13 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Linnets, 2 female Blackcaps, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Dunnock. [ 147-18 ]
photos JE, AS & AEH