An overnight arrival of migrants at the Lighthouse included 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Tree Pipit, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 5 Redstart (1m, 4f), 20 Wheatears, 2 male Whinchat, 4 Grasshopper Warbler and 30+ Willow Warbler.
Overhead, 20 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin and a single House Martin passed through mid morning.
A late afternoon seawatch proved interesting with several Gannets moving north and 70 Sanwich Tern and 7 Little Gulls feeding offshore. Bird of the day however must go to the stunning drake Velvet Scoter found by DH at around 4pm this afternoon. Velvet Scoter winter offshore with the thousands of Common Scoter. However they only seen perhaps three times a year from the North Wirral coast but never can it be recalled that one has ever come this close inshore. A fantastic bird !
AMC, KD, DH JJ, MGT, AT and EW
|Velvet Scoter (DH)|
|Stunning male Redstart, Lingham Lane. (Andy Thomas)|
|Lesser Whitethroat, (AMC)|
|Yellow Wagtail (AMC)|