Conditions seemed perfect this morning for a big fall of warblers but things turned out rather differently. The headlines were 4 new species for the year including a Puffin off the north east corner of the island which settled for about 15 minutes before flying east.
Puffin is rare at Hilbre but has been recorded almost annually recently. Less than annual (but increasing) is the Little Ringed Plover, one of which was calling as it flew over the island west to east. Next of the new arrivals was Yellow Wagtail, 2 birds today, one of them pitching in to have a look around.
Also down on the island were some of the 5 Tree Pipits, a scarce visitor in spring, most are normally 'fly-overs.'
Hirundines became numerous as the morning wore on, 75 Swallows and 37 Sand Martins flew through. Migrant finches were represented by with just 2 Siskins and single Chaffinch and Redpoll apart from the 60 Goldfinches about.
Photos CJ, PSW, SRW,