Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Weather; Cloudy early, then fine and sunny. Winds light SW F3

The first Grasshopper Warbler of the spring was at the duckpond this morning at Leasowe lighthouse.

Other new arrivals today included a Whinchat and 2 female Ring Ouzel in the fields inland from the paddocks. The Ouzels occasionally gave close views and were visible on and off from the path running just to the south of the paddocks.

Numbers of Wheatears increased today to 19 and Willow Warblers to 23. Other migrants included 4 Blackcaps and 12 Chiffchaffs. Hirundine passage, however, was almost non existent today with just a single Sand Martin and a handful of Swallows moving east.

A large flock of over 100 Linnets were in the paddocks today. Numbers vary greatly day by day through the spring which suggests these birds are migrants rather than the wintering flock still lingering.

A Hoopoe was seen this morning in Royden Park but has not been relocated since. 2 Surf Scoters were also seen today off the East Hoyle bank. 

Observers; AMC, KD, SS, MGT, EW et al.

Ring Ouzel   AMC

Ring Ouzel   AMC

Ring Ouzel   AMC

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