Today's highlight was the discovery of a Turtle Dove this morning in the horse paddock off Lingham Lane to the rear of Greenacre's Cottage. It showed well for most of the day at this location and is still present there at the time of writing. The bird was found independently by Lighthouse regulars Allan C and Don M.
Once a regular migrant and breeding bird on the Wirral, as in many areas, it has declined to the point at which it is now a County rarity of less than annual occurrence. The last Turtle Dove at Leasowe was also on Lingham Lane, in October 2013.
Other migrants at Leasowe included two Spotted Flycatchers, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat in the Lingham Lane area and 4 Wheatears in the Meols Common area.
Offshore were small numbers of Great Crested Grebes, Common and Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Scoter. A group of 5 Whimbrel were offshore at the Leasowe Castle Hotel.
|Adult Turtle Dove, Lingham Lane (Tim Kinch)|
|Turtle Dove at Lingham Lane. (Stephen Williams)|