Friday, 1 May 2015

Friday 1st May 2015

Weather; High cloud with some sunny intervals. Wind F2-3 SE-NE.

The change in the wind direction overnight to an easterly direction resulted in a decent arrival of summer migrants in the Leasowe area today. In particular there were good arrivals of Whitethroats and Whinchats. Over 30 Whitethroats were in the area, many being seen well away from usual territories indicating passage migrants. A minimum of 13 Whinchats were also present mid morning, including 7 together in the paddocks area, 4 in the Meols Common area and 2 in Kerr's field. This is by far the highest count so far this spring. Other individuals were reported from Wallasey golf course and the Leasowe castle hotel area so the true figure must be far higher.

A male Redstart, a male Yellow Wagtail, 16 Wheatears and a flyover Tree Pipit were also in the paddocks area mid-morning. A Grasshopper Warbler was at the duck pond and the first Spotted Flycatcher of the spring showed up in trees along the Birkett just west of Kerr's field.

Other migrants logged included 9 Blackcaps, 11 Willow Warblers and 8 Chiffchaffs. 

Most migrants had moved on by mid-afternoon leaving a Redstart in the inland fields, 4 Whinchats still in Meols Common and a small scattering of Wheatears.

Male Whinchat with his dinner      EW
Hirundine passage was rather sparse, however, with just 15 Swallows, 8 Sand Martins and 6 House Martins moving east. Observers;  KAD, LH, MGT, EW.
Spotted Flycatcher at the Birkett        EW

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