Weather: NE force 1/2 cold, overnight frost slow to clear in bright sunshine
A very cold but sunny morning brought a plethora of wildfowl to the islands featuring several loose flocks of 35, 300 and 200 Pink-footed Geese seemingly flying towards the Lancashire mosslands.
A slightly less expected highlight were 9 beautiful Whooper Swans crossing the island and ditching into the Dee to the west and giving good viewing opportunities to the obs members.
Other wildfowl included 3 Wigeon, 3 Shelduck, 4 Greylags flying west and the Hilbre 'locals' this winter of 4 Eider and 310 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.
A Blackbird and a Song Thrush (1of 3 present) became the first birds to be ringed this year, while also present were 2 Rock Pipits, 7 Wrens and 9 Linnets (7 of them were on Middle). The only passage birds over were a Skylark and a Pied Wagtail.
Waders seen at the low tide included 60 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 3,000 Knot towards Wales but disappointingly no Purple Sandpipers.
Seabirds were understandably scarce, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 80 Common Scoter, and on the shore 2 Little Egrets and 2 Grey Herons.
Ringed: 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush [ 2-2 ]
photos AEH, PSW
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