Monday, 11 May 2015

Monday 11th May 2015

Weather; Clear and sunny. Wind brisk W-SW F4 

Offshore at Leasowe today were 50 Gannets and 2 Sandwich Terns while 2 Whimbrel, 1,000 Dunlin and 50 Ringed Plover were on the sandflats.

In spite of the clear conditions and brisk westerly wind there was a decent arrival of migrants in the Leasowe lighthouse area. 26 Wheatears were logged, mainly around the paddocks and on the embankment. There was also a good count of 9 Spotted Flycatchers, the highest count by far this year. Most birds were in the duck pond, nature trail and Park Lane areas. The strong wind kept them very low and allowed for great viewing conditions.

Other migrants seen today included a single Whinchat, 6 Willow Warblers and a smart Yellow Wagtail which gave great views off Lingham Lane.
Yellow Wagtail.    AMC

Spotted Flycatcher.    EW
There was some overhead movement which included 2 Swifts, 12 Sand Martins, 15 House Martins and 30 Swallows. The majority of these birds flew westward. 5 Siskins also flew west. They have been in short supply this spring. Observers AMC, DH, MGT, EW.
Wheatear.   AMC

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