Saturday, 13 September 2014

13th September 2014

Weather: SE-2 warm and overcast.

Visible migration at the Lighthouse started with at least 120 Swallow, Skylark (1), Jackdaw(4) Grey Wagtail (3) and 35 Meadow Pipit all moving South. Later a single Raven also moved through as did a single Jay. Our first Jack Snipe of the autumn also arrived today, flushed from the Lighthouse pond early morning. Grounded migrants included Garden Warbler (1), Blackcap (6) Chiffchaff (4), Willow Warbler (2) and Goldcrest (3). Small numbers of Finches have started to move. In addition to the resident Finch flock passage birds included Goldfinch (19), Chaffinch (8) and a single Bullfinch. 

On the Leasowe Castle Hotel Groyne 220  Sandwich Tern and a single Common Tern roosted over the high tide. Further West on the Meols groyne waders included Little Stint (1), Curlew Sandpiper (1) and a White rumped Sandpiper was seen briefly by Mal Seargent before being flushed by a dog. It was not seen again.

Two Kingfishers were again seen from Lingham Bridge. At least one bird has now been present for a couple of weeks however  patience and a touch of luck is required to see them.

AMC, KD, DH, MS and EW

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