Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday 10th October 2014

Weather;  Light southerly winds. F2. Showers with clear and sunny spells.

A sharp shower at around 11 this morning may have prompted 2 Wheatears to break their southward journey and rest on the embankment at Leasowe. These have been the first Wheatears for well over a week here.

Following the mid-morning shower the weather became sunny and very clear, prompting a large southerly movement of Meadow Pipits. Over 90 were logged with most birds coming straight in off the sea from Liverpool bay in small parties and continuing due south over the embankment without stopping. Other birds noted taking the same route included 2 Sparrowhawks, 6 Alba Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and 3 Swallows.

Larger than usual numbers of Blackbirds were in the lighthouse area with 35 counted at the bottom end of Lingham Lane alone indicating these birds may have been grounded migrants. 5 Goldcrests were also on Lingham Lane. 2 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs were near the duckpond, where a Water Rail was also seen.
Leasowe embankment at high tide with Wheatear. (My long lens is kaput!) EW.  
Observers KAD, EW.

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