Another lovely morning (with a beautiful dawn) started slowly with only Jackdaws (13), a Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (4), a few pipits and wagtails moving.
A member on the mainland (JET) then spotted an Osprey between Red Rocks LNR and Middle Island (c1030am) heading north but had no phone battery so could not alert the island where it unfortunately slipped by unnoticed. It makes you wonder how much is missed. This is the first March record of Osprey for the islands.
The highlight for those who missed the Osprey was a re-sighting of the now confidently identified Stoat which is the rarer of the two commoner British mustelids on Hilbre. It appeared rather brazenly in the Obs garden where it was photographed showing off its long black-tipped tail before scurrying off into the undergrowth. It reappeared again briefly on the lawn before once again disappearing.
Another great day on the island ended with a stunning sunset - with the wind already shifting to the south east surely our first Wheatear is only a day or two away? Marsh Harrier and Osprey before the first Wheatear is unprecedented at Hilbre.
(DB, NDW, SRW - later CLW, TGW, CJW (f), GIW and FPW) photos SRW
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