Another interesting Chiffchaff was this re-trap bird that had hung around for a few days. It had a well developed pollen 'horn' caused by the bird sticking its head into flower and getting wet pollen stuck to the feathers on its forehead.
Another bird nice to see in the hand as we don't get many on Hilbre was the Sedge Warbler above. It toured the Island singing from several locations before ending up being caught in the Old Obs garden.
This time of year there are regular moth catching nights and I was pleased to catch up with one of the Hilbre specialties - Netted Pug. its widely distributed in the UK but classed as 'local' and Hilbre is one of the local hot spots. It was a new species of moth for me!
Local patch birding took a bit of a back seat during the first part of April although I 'adopted' a local patch for awhile during my Australian jaunt. Once I'd returned the list started increasing with a vengeance. As with the last couple of years a local farmers decision to keep a couple of fields under stubble over the winter and cultivate them for spring barley has paid birding dividends. I've not only had a number of Wheatears on these fields but also my 2nd ever Yellow Wagtail and 1st Ring Ouzel with a female showing briefly before hurtling over the nearby railway embankment and being lost to view.