A trickle of early autumn migrants was evident in the Leasowe lighthouse area despite the fine and clear conditions following a fine and clear night and the westerly wind direction. As always at this time of year it is difficult to pinpoint which birds are summer residents and which are migrants as regards species such as Whitethroat and Sedge Warblers. Birds seen away from their usual haunts and habitat is often a clue, however, so two Whitethroats feeding in Sycamores in the grounds of Stone cottage and a Sedge Warbler in Elderberries on Lingham Lane were likely to be birds on the move.
7 Willow Warblers were grounded in the lighthouse area this morning, mainly in bushes bordering the paddocks and along the nature trail.
Overhead travellers included 16 Swifts and a Sand Martin moving east and a single Redpoll south. 2 more Sand Martins were with Swallows on wires at Lingham Lane.
3 Common Sandpipers were in the area of the fishing ponds and a party of 9 Mistle Thrushes were in fields inland from the paddocks.
For reference purposes we now have a brand new eastern kissing gate in the same location as the old. (The east end of the paddocks path) Another new kissing gate has been installed on Lingham Lane east of the fisheries, which will no doubt be henceforth referred to as the Lingham lane kissing gate. AMC, CJ, EW
|Sedge Warbler EW|