Friday, 4 April 2014

4th April 2014

Weather, NW 2, overcast and cool

A fantastic day at the Lighthouse started with a Ring Ouzel down Lingham Lane followed by our second Osprey in two days circling over the Lighthouse before drifting North.

Our first Whitethroat of the year was heard singing at the entrance to the LEO copse mid morning, whilst small numbers of other migrants included 2 Willow Warber, 9 Chiffchaff, 6 Wheatear on the circuit. 

No sign today of the Great Northern Divers from the car park but there were 1500 Common Scoter, 220 Great crested Grebes, 5 Red throated Diver and a Sandwich tern present offshore over the tide.

White winged Gulls on Wirral are an increasingly rare site over the winter and early spring has now become the best time to pick these Arctic wanderers up on their Northward migration. Following Wednesday's sighting of an Iceland at Hilbre, a brutish looking Glaucous Gull was found,  loafing on the sea just east of Greenshank groyne, drifting slowly west with the flood tide.

To end a great day a drake Green winged Teal was found on the sea off Red Rocks with a flock of about 400 teal.  BMW/IMF has the exclusive monopoly for this species so for one to be found on North Wirral and on the sea, is truly amazing !




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