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)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Weather, Cloudy dry AM heavy showers PM, Wind east south east 15mph , 

Spotted Flycatcher (Tony Edwards) 
The long awaited return of the Spotted Flycatcher had been on every Wirral birders lips the last few days, today turned out to be the day with sightings from Hilbre island and Red Rocks and individual reports of 16 birds being seen in the lighthouse area , with birds being seen at Lingham lane, the nature trail, The paddocks and park lane numbers could easily have been in the 20s , 
Hooded Crow GC 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Weather, hot sunny . Wind east southeast.11mph,

A brief update from today, another glorious day weather wise, The main activity being from the horse paddocks with 1 Whinchat  1 female Redstart and 2 Yellow Wagtail 
Yellow Wagtail (Tony Edwards)



Many thanks to Tony Edwards and Stan Davidson for the sightings , Any sightings and photographs from the lighthouse area please send via email to  

Grahamconnolly66@googlemail.com 


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Weather. Hot sunny, wind, north westerly 5mph

A typically hot May morning at the lighthouse, conditions were almost perfect apart from the heat haze that made viewing any distant birds quite difficult,The sea was as still as a mill pond the only notable birds being 3 Sandwich Tern  which were heard before they were seen with their harsh "kierr-k" call, At Dove point 30 + Dunlin  along with 3 Ringed plover spent high tide on the western groyne, 
Little Owl, GC

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Cloud early, sunny later. Wind variable E to NW. F2



There was a noticeable passage of hirundines eastwards along the embankment today with many then heading out north-east over Liverpool bay towards the Sefton coast. Around 50 Swallows, 40 House Martins and 28 Sand Martins were involved. Only a single Swift was noted, however.
Grounded migrants included 5 Wheatears and a Whinchat in the paddocks and inland fields. A male Redstart was in Park Lane this morning but had apparently moved on by lunchtime. A Garden Warbler was along the nature trail and two Lesser Whitethroats were on Lingham Lane.
The northward Willow Warbler passage is now past it's peak with only 4 birds being logged today. There was a small arrival of Sedge Warblers, however, with around 6 birds being noted away from regular breeding territories, mainly in the Lingham Lane and Park Lane areas.

Lesser  Whitethroat (Tony Edwards)