Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday 22nd May 2015

Weather; Warm but dull with low cloud. Wind F3 W to NW.

The low cloud, rather dull conditions and rather hazy visibility today may have encouraged a slightly larger and more varied arrival of late spring migrants than of late in the Leasowe area.

Around 10 Wheatears were present today in the paddocks and Meols Common areas. 3 Yellow Wagtails were also in the paddocks and a Whinchat flew in over the sea wall in the early afternoon and settled near the cinder track. On Park Lane a flock of around 50 House Martins hunted over the inland fields together with a few Swifts.

A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from the fields just inland from the paddocks this afternoon. Hopefully at this rather late date this bird is not passing through and will stay to breed.

A single Spotted Flycatcher was new in on Lingham Lane near to Rose Cottage.

Waders were thin on the ground today, however, with only 8 Ringed Plover roosting over the tide in the paddocks and the western groyne apparently devoid of birds for once. Observers; AMC, CT, EW
Spotted Flycatcher,  Lingham Lane.   EW

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