Monday, 10 November 2014

Monday 10th November 2014

Weather; Very clear with sunny spells. Wind light SE to SW F3.

Large numbers of waders moved west off the embankment at Leasowe today on the flood tide. These included around 250 Bar-tailed Godwits and 20 Grey Plovers among many thousands of Knot and Dunlin. A Purple Sandpiper roosted with Dunlins over the tide on the eastern groyne (opposite Leasowe Castle Hotel) They are surprisingly rare here despite being regular at New Brighton to the east and Hilbre to the west. 283 Great-crested Grebes and 350 Common Scoter were offshore.

Overhead movement was sparse today with just 14 Chaffinches west and a single Rock Pipit east. A single Snow Bunting flew in high from the north and, joined by a second bird, remained on a small putting green on the golf course immediately to the rear of the Leasowe Castle Hotel where they showed well all day.

Over 30 Blackbirds, a Redwing, 8 Fieldfares and a Blackcap were in the Lingham Lane area and 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests were in the immediate area of the lighthouse.

There has been no sign today of yesterday's Barred Warbler in Tony Bell's West Kirkby garden. 

Many thanks to SRW for the following video link

Observers; AMC, KD, DH, EW, SRW.

Snow Bunting. EW

Snow Buntings near Leasowe Castle Hotel.  EW.

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