With the arrival of Mark we set off for Hilbre stopping briefly for essential supplies from the supermarket on the way. There was a slight mist over Hilbre and it soon became evident there'd been some migration with a number of new birds being ringed including 2 Robins, Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackbird, Goldcrest and a Dunnock!
Attention turned to the sea and a male Eider flying along the west side before promptly disappearing was a good start. A female Velvet Scoter was picked up in flight with Common Scoter and local birder Elliot Monteith had a male Velvet Scoter as well. There were few Great-crested Grebes and even fewer Red-throated Divers but 6 Purple Sandpipers roosted on the weest side cliffs.
By now hunger was setting in and we retired to the Obs for a full cooked breakfast and a brew before venturing back out into the field for a last look around.