Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tuesday 1st September 2015

Weather; Clear with sunny spells for most of the day after a heavy mid-morning downpour. Wind NW-N f3.

A good variety of waders came in with the flood tide on the north shore this morning. A Ruff and a Greenshank were among waders at Hoylake. At Leasowe 22 Grey Plovers, 20 Turnstones, 6 Knot, 3 Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Whimbrel were among other waders in the area of the western groyne.
14 Black-tailed Godwits were in flooded fields off Park Lane together with good numbers of Curlew and Redshank.

The heavy mid-morning shower may have prompted a small fall of return migrants in the Leasowe area in otherwise unfavourable conditions. 12 Wheatears were logged including 7 arriving together on the western groyne just after the shower.

A female Redstart sp was watched feeding on the path at Sandy Lane just west of the paddocks. Unfortunately it could only be seen from the rear but was thought to be a Black Redstart. It then flew into the stable area and could not be re-located.

There was also a decent arrival of warblers in the lighthouse area which included 10 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats and 3 Garden Warblers. Most were feeding on elderberries along Lingham Lane, especially at the bridge. Other warblers seen around the lighthouse included 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Willow Warblers and 8 Chiffchaffs.

Overhead a single Raven flew west and a Grey Wagtail east. Over 100 Linnets are in the paddocks.   

Observers AMC, MGT, EW

Ruff (Juv) at Kings Gap, Hoylake - MGT

Whimbrel near the western groyne   EW

Garden Warbler feeding on elderberries at Lingham bridge.   EW

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