I'd wandered away to photograph the waders leaving Al a couple of hundred meters away watching the birds fly past.
The combination of needle like bill with lack of yellow base and the extensive black fore crown clinched the identification as a 1st winter Red-necked Phalarope. What a find by one of Wirral's premier rarity finders.
Grey Wagtails seem to be moving through in some numbers with several over Hilbre and this bird found close to the house. The garden seems strangely devoid of birds at the moment but piles of feathers dotted around suggest either a marauding Sparrowhawk or next doors cat! The lack of rain has meant the nearby pond is pretty dry and unappealing so this Wood Pigeon has virtually taken up residence on the bird bath.
Finally, an obliging Kestrel hovered long enough to get immoralised and digitised.