Friday, 11 September 2015

Friday 11th September 2015

Weather; Sunny and warm, clouding slightly later. Wind SE F3

The day started fairly quietly in the Leasowe area with no notable arrival of autumn migrants despite the south-east wind. 
2 Redstarts, a female and the male bird, remained near Lingham Lane from the 3 there yesterday. 
2 Blackcaps and a brief Garden Warbler were in the elderberries along the Birkett at Lingham bridge together with 2 Lesser Redpolls which also alighted here for a short time before flying to the south. 2 Goldcrests were also here with others near Stone cottage.

Our first Hobby of the autumn powered through in the early afternoon, flying eastwards the length of Leasowe common from the lighthouse to the cafe and beyond.

At around 3 p.m. a slight clouding over and lowering of the atmospheric pressure may have prompted a small arrival of migrants. Small numbers of Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap started appearing from the seaward end of the nature trail and worked their way inland. A Garden Warbler was seen to fly in from over the sea embankment and inland across the paddocks. A Spotted Flycatcher also flew in from the same direction and alighted briefly near the Duck pond before also continuing inland.  AMC, MGT, EW, RW.
Male Redstart near Lingham Lane. Note the white wing panel visible on this individual. Some nominate race birds such as this can display this feature which is usually associated with the eastern race samamiscus.   EW

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