Friday, 28 July 2017

Weather, Heavy rain, wind SSE 15mph,

Thanks to the intrepid Lighthouse regular that braved the atrocious weather conditions at high tide at Hoylake today , 

80 Grey Plover, 11 Turnstone , 1000+ Dunlin as well as Sanderling and 2 Manx Shearwater that were quite far out 

Observer : Tim Kinch 

Thursday, 27 July 2017

26/07/2017, Weather, frequent heavy showers 

After a quiet few weeks at the Lighthouse a return of waders and sea birds have made sea watching a must, Dunlin numbers are starting to build and there is a few individuals that cause  you to have more than a second look with some being very rufous and others quite pale Curlew sandpipers not being too far away and the possibility of white rumped sandpiper and rare peeps make Dunlin flocks  very interesting.

Mediterranean Gull  GC 

Other waders included Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redshank  in there hundreds, Sanderling running the edge of the tide line at Hoylake , 10 Whimbrel flew over the western groyne earlier in the week , 2 Bar Tailed Godwit 1 at Hoylake was a very pale bird and 2 Common Sandpiper on the western groyne, 
Dunlin. GC

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Weather, rain am dry and cloudy pm. wind west north west 10mph,

June has been quite a quiet month at the Lighthouse with most of the excitement centered on other parts of the country with Needle tailed Swift's and Elegant Terns being the pick of the bunch , 
Seasoned Lighthouse regulars have kept their eyes to the skies and tree tops with few rewards 


Today was the exception despite the poor weather this morning a stunning adult Mediterranean Gull was spotted just off the seafront near the lifeboat station at Hoylake this was the same bird spotted at Hilbre Island at lunchtime 
Young Swallows  GC

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Weather.  Hot sunny.  Wind 0 mph 

A typical sunny June morning at the lighthouse with migration largely over attention is focused on the breeding season .
Chiffchaff GC

When the first Lesser Whitethroats arrived On the 29th of April on Lingham Lane  lighthouse regulars speculated whether or not they would breed, For the past month the Lesser Whitethroat have been quiet and apart from brief sightings and could easily be overlooked if not aware of their presence,

This morning an observer watched for over 20 minutes a pair come and go from a hedgerow with food , hopefully in the next week or so we will be rewarded with views of some fledglings

Reed Warbler. GC 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Weather; Sunny and warm. Wind W to NW F2.


Some news for yesterday evening was of a male Blue-headed Wagtail in the paddocks at Leasowe along with two Wheatears and a Whinchat. (Stan Davidson et al) Unfortunately it could not be located today.

Today's highlight was a single Roseate Tern seen flying west at close range along with some Common Terns over the morning's high tide (Dave Haigh et al) 2 Gannets and 3 Common Scoter were also noted.
Some  late migrants are continuing to arrive in the lighthouse area. 6 Wheatears were present today along with a single Whinchat in the paddocks and inland fields. Most of the Wheatears appear to be the large, upright, Greenland race birds. 
Large 'Greenland type'  Wheatear in the paddocks.         EW
Other new arrivals included two Willow Warblers in coastal bushes along the sea embankment and a Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler along the nature trail. There is a very confusing and talented Blackcap singing at the top of Lingham Lane near the car park which can imitate the songs of many species including Reed, Sedge and Garden Warblers, Swallow and Starling.
Blue-headed Wagtail in the paddocks.    Stan Davidson
 
 



Monday, 15 May 2017

Sunday , weather. Mainly cloudy sunny intervals wind westerly 15mph,

A very quiet day compared to the last few days ,  birds spotted AM: 4 Wheatear 1  Whinchat 1 Yellow Wagtail Flying over,  birds PM: 1 Yellow wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 5  Wheatear all in the coastal paddocks except 1 Wheatear on The groyne at Dove point, 2 Common Tern off shore, The Hooded crow was seen flying between Dove point and the fields by Lingham Lane and later in the day the Gun site,

Monday, Weather Heavy showers AM and PM, Wind,  South south west 12mph,

A very quiet day due mainly to the very poor rainy conditions, birds spotted AM and PM 2 Wheatear Yellow Wagtail, All in the Coastal paddocks, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker searching for grubs on a post at Kerrs field
Yellow Wagtail (Stan Davidson)  

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Weather. Early showers, sunny later, Wind westerly 13mph


Spotted Flycatcher ( Tony Edwards)