Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Autumn Migration

Weather: NE/NE variable - 2, warm and sunny

The morning started quietly with just a few birds on the move and few grounded migrants. 2 Wheatears a Snipe overhead and the usual adult Mediterranean Gull on the foreshore was the best on offer. By late morning however, as the day warmed up so did the birding and it seemed every bush had something in it. 

With Blackcaps seemingly everywhere numbers were significantly higher than in recent days with most birds being recorded along Lingham Lane. Totals for the day were Blackcap (19), Garden Warbler (1) ,Whitethroat (2), Lesser Whitethroat(6), Willow Warbler (2), Chiffchaff (9) Goldcrest (4) Spotted Flycatcher (4) and Redstart(1).

Also on the move were 60 House Martins heading  south and a single Teal. In the horse paddocks the Wheatears had increased to seven by the end of the day.

Other birds present today included Great spotted Woodpecker , Buzzard (4), Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

A fantastic day of migration enjoyed by all present and with the winds continuing from the east we remain hopeful for the coming days!!


All photo's AMC

Lesser Whitethroat

Male Redstart

The pale tips to the greater coverts show this is a 1st year bird

A stunning Hoylake sunset to end a fantastic day.

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