Friday, 8 May 2015

8th May 2015

Weather: SE-2/3, sunny with cloud and heavy rain later.

The sunny start today allowed observers a couple of rounds of the Lighthouse area. Many Sedge and Reed Warbler continue to hold territory whilst a single Grasshopper Warbler was 'reeling' just west of the paddocks.

Other migrants included 5 Wheatear and a small arrival of 3 Lesser Whitethroats and 6 Willow Warbler in the area. 

A small Hirrundine passage started early morning. 100 Swallows, 50 House Martins and 35 Sand Martins had all moved North by mid morning. The forecast weather system arrived around 11.00 and typically we saw a decent Swift passage ahead of the advancing front. By the time we had the first spots of rain at least 70 Swifts had moved North.

With good numbers of waders on Hoylake shore this week , so attention turned to wader watching. Observers were treated to a spectacular array of summer plumaged species including 57 Grey Plover, 23 Ringed Plover, 18 Sanderling, 12 Knot, 2 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel , 5000 Dunlin and a sum plum Curlew Sandpiper.

9 Sandwhich terns and 5 Little Tern were recorded on the tide edge where a solitary Common Scoter flew east.


Grasshopper Warbler (EW)

Curlew Sandpiper (AMC)

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