Sunday, 5 April 2015

Lighthouse MEGA

Weather: NE-variable-1-2, overcast, poor vis due to fog.

An exceptionally foggy day greeted birders at the Lighthouse today. The main feature of the day was the impressive Meadow Pipit passage that seemed to last all morning. At least 1000 birds passed through the Lighthouse whilst observers on the East Hoyle Bank recorded 300 moving north. Some birds were seen to double back as they became disorientated in the worsening mist. 

Offshore observations were particularly difficult due to the poor visibility however one adult male Surf Scoter (IF) was picked out by one observer during a momentary lift in the mist.

A small fall of 12 Goldcrest and 8 Chiffchaffs were recorded in Lingham Lane. Bird of the day must however go to our second ever Green Woodpecker found by (JB) at Lingham Fisheries. We can only speculate as to where is was going or where it had come from but the low mist clearly had an influence on this unusual migrants arrival. It is of interest that another displaced/migrant Green Woodpecker was also recorded at Frodsham Marsh today suggesting some sort of local movement. This was only their 4th ever record further highlighting just how rare this species is at migration watch points such as ours. .

The day ended as it had began, shrouded in a low sea mist however the Meadow Pipit passage eventually finished whilst the Green Woodpecker was heard calling late afternoon.

Our first Whimbrel of the year was seen and heard yesterday flying inland between the kissing gates.

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