Hilbre 13.10.15

NB This post should have appeared last week – it got stuck somewhere in internet limbo – apologies to all.

A smaller number of the Team than usual managed to rendezvous with Dave and Kenny at the appointed (early) hour, but nonetheless they enjoyed a good day out on the estuary at Hilbre. Indeed, so good that Dave took wing and waxed truly lyrical:

The siren calls of that Fair Isle, a jewel on the Dee,

Failed to induce Team Tuesday, or so it seemed to me.

The Team that make up Kenny’s three

Still agreed to meet with me.


It was in truth not in vain,

For six appeared, a sweet day to gain.

A genteel wander across the sand

Happily took us to this sea-swept land.


Little Eye, Middle Eye, Hilbre Isle our goal

Was soon attained, and lit up our collective Soul.

A cuppa first, a chat of animation cast,

Gave all a lovely start, as the sea came in so fast.


Brent Geese ‘Oiks’ and Curlew with Rock Pipit to see,

Created an impetus for the few of us to wander free.

The slipway gained, and before us lay sea;

The lack of birds mattered not for all were ‘appy


For Harbour Porpoise we had just seen.

Great views of these cetaceans had cast a glean,

Whatever was to follow next it mattered not,

For we were now in that contented Spot,


Where all were one with knowing that such days

Come to those who quietly wait, enjoying Natures ways.

The Obs then drew all back for lunch, where Kenny did hold Court,

And as I sat out on ‘The Woolston Bench’ Breeze Cleared Thought


Allowing the Laughter from the obs within

To sweep o’er me raising a grin.

For Kenny, Stew, Colin + Steve this day

Created a wondrous memory that will not fade away.


Lunch over, we launched out again in sunshine a-bright

To catch up with Guillemot, and Seal–such a delight!

A geography lesson followed, with history too,

As Kenny held forth, his love of the place shone through.


A slow retreat moved all back to base

But time we still had this place to embrace.

Waders galore on Middle Eye observed,

‘Nowt’ special, save all seen were revered.


Then came the retreat from our Island of Peace:

A steady amble through pools and rock sheet.

West Kirkby reached after a genteel pace.

Will we return?—just watch this Space!

As ever, many thanks to Dave, Kenny, Stu and Colin for a great day, from all of Team Tuesday.

Bird List (DS)

  1. Great Crested Grebe
  2. Cormorant
  3. Little Egret
  4. Grey Heron
  5. Brent Goose
  6. Shelduck
  7. Kestrel
  8. Oystercatcher
  9. Ringed Plover
  10. Knot
  11. Turnstone
  12. Dunlin
  13. Redshank
  14. Curlew
  15. Common Gull
  16. Herring Gull
  17. Great Black-Backed Gull
  18. Guillemot
  19. Skylark
  20. Rock Pipet
  21. Meadow Pipet
  22. Dunnock
  23. Robin
  24. Blackbird
  25. Carrion Crow
  26. Starling
  27. Linnet

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