Saturday, 1 December 2018

1st December 2018

Weather:  S 3-4, 8/8 cloud, poor vis (2 miles), rain
An early damp start found 6 Song Thrushes about the island, more than the norm at this time of year.
A Goosander was present, these birds seem to be more common in the estuary during the last few years, unlike Red-breasted Mergansers that may have declined. A female Eider continued the now regular appearance of these ducks at Hilbre. The bad weather hampered much bird finding but waders included 7 Purple Sandpipers, 60 Dunlin, 40 Redshank and a Grey Plover.
Ringing: Song Thrush [555-34]

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