Around 50 mixed Common and Sandwich Terns, 300 Dunlin and 50 Ringed Plover moved west off Leasowe following high tide. Another 50 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwings, 30 Turnstones, 40 Redshanks, a Greenshank and a Knot remained in the area of the western groyne after the tide.
Return migration remains at a trickle at the moment, probably due to the clear conditions and westerly wind. A small movement of Swallows took place through the afternoon, however, with a total of around 40 birds moving west in small parties. A single Sand Martin and 2 Swifts went in the same direction. A Sparrowhawk flew in off the sea.
4 Willow Warblers were along the nature trail and a single Reed Warbler at Lingham bridge was probably also on the move. 16 Pied Wagtails were in the paddocks. Large numbers of juvenile Whitethroats are still present in the area and it appears they have had a good breeding season locally. AMC, MGT, EW