Sunday 18 December 2011

18th December 2011

Very brisk wind force 5 to 6 greeted observers this morning and the island was fairly quiet with not many passerines about but a new Blackbird was caught and ringed (see below left); showing that new birds are still arriving on the islands.

The Inshore Lifeboat spent some time carrying out exercises off North End (see right) which was a welcome distraction to observers from the cold wind (as were the mince pies back at the Obs!).

Only 112 Brents today but they included two Dark-bellied birds. A juvenile Herring Gull was also photographed cracking mussels by dropping them onto the rocks - not untypical behaviour at Hilbre.

(JE & PSW) Photos by PSW

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