Monday, 28 May 2018

Sunday 27 May 2018 , Weather, Hot Humid Heavy Showers 

With Spring migration at the tail end a few migrants are still trickling through,
Local birders have waited since mid May for the arrival of Spotted Flycatchers, the first being seen near the Lingham Lane Fisheries on the 18th May Other individuals being seen on Park Lane on 22nd 23rd and 26th of the month, 

Today a large number of Spotted Flycatcher 17 in Total many more going unseen were counted in the Lighthouse area between Lingham Lane , The Nature trail and Park Lane,
Pre dawn heavy showers were a good indicator that there would be a good arrival , most of the birds were seen between early morning and lunchtime and a single bird late afternoon, 

Spotted Flycatcher Dave Haigh

Friday, 4 May 2018

Weather, overcast AM Hot Sunny  PM, Wind SW 6mph

Spring migration at its best today at the lighthouse, 
Wood Warbler GAC 
The second Wood Warbler of Spring was found on L.E.O. Lane early this morning and frequented the large sycamores at the west end , A good singing bird was present all day and last sighted at 18-30pm,
Wood Warbler  Allan Conlin 
3 Garden Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler , 10 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Reed Warbler were seen in the area ,

15  Wheatear all of the Greenland race along with 4 Whinchat and a single Yellow Wagtail were seen in Kerrs Field, 
An interesting sighting from Thursday evening was a female Cuckoo in Hepatic  (Rufous phase ) flushed by a fox on Sandy Lane and hasn't been seen since, a real rarity for the Lighthouse area, 

Other birds in the area, 
1 Whimbrel ,  , 5 Sandwich Tern on Western Groyne 5 Sand Martin and numerous Swallow,

An Iberian Chiffchaff  has been seen and heard on Thurstaston Hill since the 1st of May the second record for Wirral the first being at Dibbinsdale nature reserve in 2004 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday 29th April 2018

Weather; Cloudy with sunny spells, cold, wind E F2-3

There was a decent cross section of summer migrants arriving in the Leasowe area today although there were no large numbers of any species. The long staying male Ring Ouzel was being seen regularly throughout the day although often distant. Best viewed by looking south from the back of Kerr's field over the Birkett or east from Lingham lane across the horse paddocks. 
Colour ringed Little Ringed Plover in the paddocks.     EW
New arrivals included two male Redstarts, one at the bottom of the nature trail with another off Lingham Lane. 12 Wheatears were in the paddocks where a Little Ringed Plover joined them in the afternoon before flying off high to the north east. A Grasshopper Warbler was showing well occasionally just inland from the paddocks. Other migrants included 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtails, 6 Blackcaps and 20 Willow Warblers. Some of the latter were very grey and white with no traces of yellow, possibly of the northern race acredula. Reed Warblers continue to arrive with birds singing from Lingham Lane as well as their usual breeding territories near the pond.A male Whinchat spent most of the day in Kerr's field. 14 Sand Martins passed east.
Ring Ouzel.    AMC

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Northerly winds

Weather: Warm & overcast. Wind: N/NE-2

The last week or so has perhaps not been the most conducive for bird migration but Gannets, Sandwich and Common Tern have arrived in numbers whilst a pair of migratory Wigeon were seen swimming  offshore on Wednesday. 

Migrants continued to trickle through during the week with several Whimbrel and a fine male Redstart in Kerr's field recorded on the 27th.  Stormy weather coming through late afternoon on the 27th prompted a small movement of 11 Swift heading NE. 

Northerly winds on Friday night Saturday morning did little to help migration. Nonetheless observers did manage to dig out a migratory Whinchat inland from the coastal paddocks whilst Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat could be seen and heard from the Coastal paddock Track.

A male Ring Ouzel was still present in a paddock SW of Kerr's field.  Not a favoured paddock for Ring Ouzel historically so it seems likely that it is in fact the same bird that arrived on April 23rd making it a fairly long stayer for a migrant bird.

All photos AMC

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Saturday April 21st 2018

Weather;  Fine and sunny all day. Wind SE 1-2 

A clear night, a very light south-easterly and slightly hazy conditions combined to produce a reasonable fall of summer migrants in the Leasowe area this morning and this at the weekend for a change!
Redstart in Park Lane.    Eddie Williams
Over 50 Willow Warblers were logged with many being concentrated in coastal bushes under the embankment shortly after dawn before dispersing more widely. The first Reed and Sedge Warblers for the site this spring also arrived with several birds singing from the reedbed near the duckpond. 2 Reed Warblers were also singing from gardens in Lingham Lane, always a sign of newly arrived birds. Whitethroat numbers are also picking up with 5 birds present. Lesser Whitethroats were singing on Lingham Lane and the nature trail. Other new arrivals included a male Redstart on Park Lane and single Whinchats on Park Lane and Meols common. Over 30 Wheatears were noted with birds being scattered widely between Kerr's field and Park Lane. A Grasshopper Warbler was again near the kissing gate on Lingham Lane. Two Yellow Wagtails were in Kerr's field this afternoon with around 5 White Wagtails also in the area. 14 Blackcaps and 10 Chiffchaffs were also noted.
Tree Pipit along the nature trail.  Allan Conlin                                                      
There was some overhead passage evident, mainly this morning, which consisted of over 10 Redpolls, a Siskin and 3 Tree Pipits. Tree Pipits are usually always recorded passing overhead with their distinctive wheezy calls but one bird did settle in a bush for a few minutes before continuing its travels. Hirundines were scarce today though, with just a handful of Swallows passing east.
A single Arctic Skua was seen over the tide passing east.

Friday, 20 April 2018

April 20th

Weather: Foggy, clearing mid morning, Warm & sunny. Wind N-2

After the early morning mist burnt off the day was a gloriously sunny spring day.  Following yesterdays excitement hopes were high for another great day of migration. Although it deal feel a little quieter than yesterday, birds had still arrived during the night and continued to arrive throughout the day.

Highlights were Wheatear (19) in various paddocks and a Flava Wag over. Lingham Lane held a singing Grasshopper Warbler by the bridge and at least three Lesser Whitethroat. A Common Whitethroat was recorded in the brambles adjacent to the Car Park mid morning. 

Two Redstart, both males were also present with one along the paddock track and another along Park Lane. Also in the main paddocks there were White Wagtail (7)  Wheatear (5) and a fine male Whinchat.  

Mid afternoon brought a couple of Whimbrel as the tide flooded and three Gannet fished offshore along with several Sandwich Tern.  A small party of  Sand Martin (16) came in over Kerr's flash, hawked up and down for several minutes before moving on north. 

Many thanks Alistair Orton for providing todays photos.

Lesser Whitethroat

Common Redstart

White Wagtail

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Weather , Hot Sunny, Wind Westerly 11mph,

A scorching day at the Lighthouse and today's birding was just as hot, 
The Earliest indicators of what the day had in store were 10 Wheatear in Kerr's field a further 32 were seen in the fields off Park Lane This morning , its possible the total count for Wheatear is 50 plus, 
Tree Sparrow Eddie Williams, 
One early surprise was a Tree Sparrow just after nine am on the nature trail where Sundays Wood Warbler was seen  sadly Tree Sparrow are uncommon birds in the area and most birds are seen flying over, 

Spring Migrants Blackcap, Willow Warbler , and Chiffchaff numbers were easily in double figures with all three species in good voice across the Lighthouse area 4 Lesser Whitethroat were seen and heard between Lingham Lane and the nature trail as well as 1 Common Whitethroat, and 1 Grasshopper warbler near the white gates Lingham Lane,  
Whimbrel Allan Conlin