Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday 22nd August 2014

Weather;  Showers with sunny spells. Wind NW force 3-4.

Offshore at the lighthouse today were 5 Grey Plovers, 30 Turnstone, 200 Redshank, the Greenshank and small numbers of Curlew, Dunlin and Ringed Plover. A Whimbrel spent much of the morning on the horse paddocks.
A Reed Warbler was seen feeding still dependent young but the local Sedge Warblers seem to have departed. 8 Chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps were in the lighthouse area.
Some overhead passage was apparent with 8 Mistle Thrushes flying south-east, 2 Common Snipe flying due south from Liverpool bay and a single Grey Wagtail heading east.
There was a sudden arrival of at least 10 Wheatears in the area of the western groyne mid-morning but these quickly moved through leaving just a single female behind in the paddocks by mid afternoon. 3 Willow Warblers were on the nature trail with a fourth east of Kerr's field near the cafe.
The recent heavy rain has created many small pools in the paddocks which have attracted around 30 Pied Wagtails, the majority being juveniles. A further 10 were off Lingham Lane. Hopefully something more exciting will be attracted to them soon.
Juvenile Pied Wagtail.   EW

Observers AMC, DH, EW.

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