Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday 20th March 2015

Weather;  Cloudy with some mist and drizzle. Wind west F3

Early spring migration continues through the Leasowe area with around 100 Meadow Pipits moving mainly east and south through the paddocks mid-morning. This movement appeared to peter out after midday. A significant arrival of Wheatears also occured at the same time with 9 birds appearing in the Meols Common area during a period of mist and drizzle. This is a large arrival considering the  early date. All birds involved were males and most had dispersed inland by mid afternoon. 

A group of 11 Fieldfares and 4 Redwings arrived from the south, landing in poplars near Lingham Lane before continuing north-west. 3 Fieldfares lingered in the paddocks here.

A probable Water Pipit, perhaps yesterday's bird, flew east over the car park, calling as it went. Rock Pipit, however, could not be ruled out completely.

The Little Owl remains near Lingham bridge where it continues to sing regularly and is occasionally visible along the treeline along the north bank of the Birkett west of the bridge. A telescope greatly assists in finding this bird here.
4 Goldcrests, 3 Stonechats and a single Chiffchaff were also in the lighthouse area.  Observers; KD, MGT, EW.
The solar eclipse from Hoylake. AMC

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