Thursday, 7 May 2015

Thursday 7th May 2015

Weather;  Early cloud replaced by sunshine. Warm, wind W F2

Around 2,000 Dunlin were off King's Gap, Hoylake, prior to the tide this morning. 20 Sanderling and 5 Grey Plover were also here. 50 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel roosted on the western groyne at Meols over the tide.

There was a heavy movement of Swallows today at Leasowe with around 10 birds passing every 5 minutes from 10 am to 3 pm at least. The vast majority were headed east along the embankment and inland fields or north east across Liverpool bay. The total number involved between these times was therefore around 600 birds. 20 Swifts also passed through but only a handful of Sand and House Martins were logged.

4 Wheatears were present in the paddocks together with a Yellow Wagtail. Another Yellow Wagtail flew east and a single Whinchat was at near the western kissing gate this morning. (Note; The eastern kissing gate has now been removed)

There also appeared to have been an arrival of Reed Warblers with many additional birds being noted away from their regular breeding sites such as in privet hedges along Lingham Lane some distance from reeds. 

In the late afternoon another Yellow Wagtail was present in fields off Lingham Lane together with a single White Wagtail. A Cuckoo was also singing in the Lingham Lane area. 

Observers; AMC, JJ, CS, MGT, EW.

Singing Reed Warbler on East Bank (AMC)

Yellow Wagtail (AMC)

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