Monday, 10 March 2014

Wheatear !

Weather: N/NE-2, sunny and  cool.

A cool Northerly wind greeted us today at the Lighthouse. A good number of Skylark and Linnet remain in the horse paddocks as do the 2 Twite although the flock was somewhat more mobile today, perhaps sensing the urgency to move north.

Siskin were heard but not seen overhead and up to 50 Meadow Pipit also moved through.

A male Stonechat was singing from the coastal scrub by the pumping station east of Dove Point.

The Lighthouse is traditionally one of the best places to find the first Wirral Wheatear of the year and this year was no different as just after midday today the first Wheatear of the year was found, making this one of our earliest ever.  A stunning male could be seen in a field inland from the Westerley kissing gate. Using the mole hills as a vantage point this harbinger of spring spent it's time fly catching and feeding up before quickly moving on North. There was no sign of the bird by 15.00. 





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