Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tuesday 30th September 2014

Weather; Warm and sunny with a light south-westerly wind.

31 Common Scoter and 48 Great-crested Grebes were counted on the high tide today off Leasowe lighthouse. Earlier 14 Grey Plovers and the Greenshank were on the sand flats together with larger numbers of Dunlin and Curlew.
Visible overhead migration was more obvious in the morning with 4 Jays, 18 Skylarks, 10 Meadow Pipits and 15 Grey Wagtails moving mainly east with the exception of the Wagtails, all of which were on a westerly course. Just a single Swallow was seen flying east. 
A Kingfisher was at the duckpond this morning with another being seen at the more regular site of Lingham bridge. This species is showing very well at the moment and a sighting is almost guaranteed following a patient wait at Lingham bridge.
Grounded migrants in scrub and trees in the lighthouse area included 12 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests and a rather late Willow Warbler.        Observers;  AMC, DH, EW, SRW.    

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