Friday, 17 October 2014

Friday 17th October 2014

Weather;  A sunny start but clouding over after 12.00. Wind S.E force 3.

Visible movement in the area of the lighthouse today included totals of 40 Skylark and 25 Meadow Pipits, with birds moving both east and west. 10 Chaffinches and 4 Reed Buntings flew west along with a single Redpoll. Redpoll have been unusually scarce this autumn so far. 

Grounded birds in the area included a Common Snipe, a Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Wheatear and 6 Goldcrests. 4 Grey Wagtails were in the Lingham bridge area and a Kingfisher flew up the Birkett. A further 2 Chiffchaffs were near the Leasowe Castle Hotel.

There was a small arrival of winter Thrushes this morning with small skittish parties of Redwing and Fieldfare in the coastal trees and scrub. A total of 17 Fieldfare and 18 Redwing were logged. These birds are likely just the vanguard and hopefully a much larger arrival will take place soon.  Observers; AMC, KAD, DH, CT, EW.


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