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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Jeepers creepers - unusual goings on on Hilbre !
Mike Greatbatch

Jeepers creepers - unusual goings on on Hilbre !

We set off on the walk across the sands to Hilbre with the early morning sun providing enough warmth to make the journey comfortable. We came across the usual waders - such as Sanderling, Dunlin and Ringed Plover - feeding in the small tidal inlets and on Middle Eye found the expected Meadow Pipits and Wheatear. What we didn't expect to see were 2 Brent Geese feeding in the gully, having arrived a week or so earlier than expected! Things became a little more predictable on Hilbre, with sightings of a Common Scoter, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Guillemot and lots of Cormorant and Sandwich Tern feeding out at sea. On the island itself Dunlin, Sanderling and Turnstone snoozed in the warm air on rocks over the tide. Meadow Pipits fed in the grass, and occasionally on the rocks trying to tempt is to identify them as something rarer!! A couple of Wheaters also graced the island proving worthy subjects for the photographers amongst us. However, bird of the day was a lovely Treecreeper found by Girish and Barbara Patel on a fence post around one of the fields. Although Treecreepers are common in woods on Wirral, this is an exceptional record for the island and one that got us all in a birding frenzy!!