Monday, 13 April 2015

Monday 13th April 2015

Weather;  Cloudy but dry and clear. Wind South to SW F3

The total number of Surf Scoters present off the East Hoyle bank is believed to be 9. While this number have not been seen together the figure has been reached by adding the total number of each age and sex group seen by separate observers.

The clearer weather made for a quieter day of spring migration in the Leasowe lighthouse area, the highlight being a female Black Redstart present this morning in private land off Park Lane. Unfortunately it could not be located this afternoon and is believed to have moved on.

A steady trickle of hirundines moved east along the embankment through the day with around 25 Swallows and 9 Sand Martins being noted. Around 50 Meadow Pipits also moved through.

Grounded birds included 8 Wheatears and 4 White Wagtails in the paddocks and around 10 each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, together with 2 Blackcaps, in coastal bushes and trees. Observers AMC, KD, EW.
Willow Warbler.    EW

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