Sunday, 20 April 2014

20th April 2014

Weather: E/NE-2, cool and overecast

Wader on the Hoylake high tide included 2000 Dunlin, 50+ Sanderling, 7 Bar tailed Godwit and 8 Grey Plover plus a scattering of Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew.

An impressive spectacle was the mass movement of Common Scoter. At least 5,000 were counted over an hours seawatch, with all birds flying North. Also offshore several Sandwich Terns could be seen fishing on the tide edge.

Migrants at the the Lighthouse today included Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and 3 Wheatear including a Greenland Wheatear candidate, Oenanthe oenanthe leucohora  in the Westerly horse paddocks. (pictures below)

Another classic spring and autumn migrant at the Lighthouse is Short eared Owl so a bird flushed from the dunes at Meols early morning may well have been the same bird relocated mid afternoon just behind the sea defence at the end of sandy lane. A great bird on a classic date.

AMC, JB, DH.-photos - AMC

A typical date for this Lighthouse migrant

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