Thursday, 3 April 2014

Osprey !

Weather: SE-2, cool, overcast and misty

A call from both Hilbre and the Lifeboat station alerted me to an Osprey on the beach in front of my house. Sure enough through the mist an adult Osprey was picked up on the sand eating a flat fish. A few phone calls later and a mini twitch ensued with a number of Lighthouse regulars managing to see the bird before it flew off east accompanied by a couple of crows. A great garden tick ! 

Migrant highlights at the Lighthouse included Redpoll, Siskin, 150 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldcrest, 8 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Pied Wagtail, 6 Swallow and 20 Sand Martin moved North East throughout the day. A Willow Warbler was singing from a Hoylake garden.

Other migrants included Collared Dove, 6 Woodpigeon and a single Canada Goose also moved through mid morning.

Seawatching highlights from the Lighthouse car park were several Common Scoter, 50+ Great crested Grebe, Red breasted Merganser, 2 Red throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver and a small grebe spp thought most likely a Slavonian .


Goldcrest (AMC)

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