Thursday, 11 September 2014

Thursday 11th September 23014

Weather;  Warm and sunny. Light easterly winds becoming variable later.

In the Leasowe lighthouse area a party of 4 Greenshank and a Common Snipe were together in the area of the groyne on the flood tide. Good numbers of Redshank, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Turnstone and Sanderling roosted on the groyne over the high tide period together with a single Little Stint.
As regards passerine migration the day started very quietly with just 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Grey Wagtails overhead. In the early afternoon there was a small change in from fairly clear, sunny weather to slightly more cloudy and hazy conditions. The wind also became variable, swinging briefly to the west. This subtle change may have prompted a small fall of migrants consisting mainly of Chiffchaffs, with 7 birds appearing together in willows near the western kissing gate and at least another 15 along the nature trail. Other arrivals included 6 more Grey Wagtails, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler and a Tree Sparrow. The last species is barely annual here.

A Kingfisher was seen at Lingham bridge. Observers AnC, SR, MGT, EW. 
Dunlin and Sanderling    EW  

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