Weather: SE force 3/4
A male Eider was near the north end early, but later 2 were together between Middle and Hilbre as the tide flooded.
The frist Chiffchaff of the spring was found in the new obs garden which was a dull individual, later another much brighter bird was near the old obs. These were quite early for us, even by Chiffchaff standards.
A Woodpigeon was the only 'migrant' apart from the Chiffchaffs. Three Rock Pipits stayed about and a Dunnock was singing. Thirteen Purple Sandpipers as usual were the main attraction but also seen were 44 Sanderling on the north shore on the ebb tide, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 103 Curlew and 65 Redshank.
Two Harbour Porpoises were in the swash to the west of the island. The sea was not very productive otherwise but noted were a Red-throated Diver and 9 Great Crested Grebes.
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