Thursday, 15 May 2014

Thursday 15th May 2014

Weather; Cloudy with some scattered showers becoming hot and sunny p.m. Wind West force 2.

Offshore at the lighthouse were 150 Common Scoter and a single Little Tern. 5 Wheatear and a White Wagtail were in the paddocks.
Some mugginess and a short light shower at around 11.30 a.m. may have resulted in a small arrival of late spring migrants. 2 Willow Warblers were in coastal scrub at the sea wall and 3 more Wheatears and a female Whinchat appeared new in the area of the groyne. Also new in were 4 Spotted Flycatchers which were in the area of the duck pond, 2 or 3 later relocating to the line of mature willows running inland from near the eastern kissing gate, a favoured location.
Some hirundine movement started once the sun came out with small numbers of Swallows, 4 House Martins and a Sand Martin moving mainly east along the sea wall, although some Swallows headed due north across Liverpool bay. 
Observers DH and EW

Spotted Flycatcher.    E.W.

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