Sunday, 3 May 2015

3rd May 2015

Weather: SW-3-5, overcast with sunny spells later.

A quietish day started with the first round of the Lighthouse producing a Whinchat, 1 new Reed Warbler and several Sedge Warblers.

With a brisk Westerly vis mig was limited, however a Flava Wag moved through late morning whilst 2 Greenland Wheatears had arrived in the paddocks. Two Grasshopper Warblers were reeling near the pond. 

With a mid morning tide wader watching took precedence particularly with a strengthening wind. At Hoylake a good sized mixed flock of summer plumaged waders included 2000 Dunlin, 50 Ringed Plover, 11 Knot, 5 Grey Plover, 1 Bar tailed Godwit and 5 Whimbrel.

As the tide ebbed so the waders dispersed east towards Roman Road where at about 15.00 three Dotterel were located among the Dunlin opposite Roman Road, Meols. A great find of a local rare by MGT.  A local mega the  last North Shore Dotterel was an autumn bird found on the sea wall opposite the Lighthouse in September 2005. A fine summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper was also picked up by AEH late afternoon.

So a quite day took quite a turn late afternoon with the arrival of some exciting waders and full credit to MGT for persisting in pretty blustery conditions.

Some video by Srw can be viewed at


Dotterel (AMC)

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