Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wednesday 16th April 2014

Weather; Warm, mainly sunny, wind SE 2-4

The ideal weather conditions resulted in an interesting day in the Leasowe lighthouse area.
New arrivals this morning included 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Whitethroats and a Sedge Warbler all apparently on territory. Other birds grounded in the area included 5 Wheatears, 7 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs and 14 Willow Warblers. A Lesser Whitethroat and an elusive male Redstart were in Lingham Lane.
Overhead movement was also varied with a Peregrine, a Merlin,40 Swallows, 4 Sand Martins, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit and 8 Redpolls. Most birds passed eastwards.
A second pulse of migrants arrived mid afternoon as is often the norm here. This started with a concentrated arrival of 7 more Wheatears and 2 White Wagtails all on the coastal groyne near the western kissing gate. These birds gradually filtered into the paddocks where they were later joined by the first 2 Whinchats of the spring.
Finally, this evening at Meols an Osprey was seen flying along the beach from the direction of Hilbre. It was seen to catch a fish and remained on a sand bank until dusk. This is the third Osprey at this location this spring. 
Observers; AMC, DH, EW.

Newly arrived Wheatears near the groyne. EW.
Whitethroat. EW

A Fantastic Hoylake sunset with an Osprey having just landed out of view on the tide line.(AMC)

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