Friday, 10 April 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

Weather;  Fine and sunny. Wind southerly F3

The warm southerly wind, fine conditions and just that hint of mistiness combined to make for ideal arrival conditions for many migrants in the Leasowe lighthouse area today.

A large arrival of Willow Warblers took place in the morning with over 40 individuals being logged. The arrival appeared concentrated in the Park Lane area where no fewer than 25 birds were counted feeding out on the open grass in just two small market garden fields. Smaller numbers of Chiffchaffs were also involved with 8 being in this same area and another 10 elsewhere in the lighthouse vicinity. 2 Blackcaps and 5 Wheatears were also in the Park Lane area. The Little Owls also continue to show well here. 

An early male Whinchat spent the day in the westernmost horse paddocks often showing at close range, together with up to 6 Wheatears and 7 White Wagtails.

4 Ring Ouzels arrived in the large willow trees at the western kissing gate in the early afternoon before flying into the inland fields where they became very elusive. There has been a large arrival of this species in the region today with 8 at Red Rocks, 3 more on Hilbre and a flock of 20 on the Great Orme.

4 Tree Pipits passed overhead in the late morning and hirundine passage consisted of 11 Swallows, 22 Sand Martins and a single House Martin. Around 50 Meadow Pipits also moved through.

Ring Ouzel    AMC
Whinchat in the paddocks,   AMC
6 Surf Scoters were seen off the East Hoyle bank at low tide this morning.   Observers;  AMC, KD, AO, JJ, CT, EW.    
Male and female Ring Ouzels, Leasowe.  EW

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