Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday 11th March 2016

Weather;  Sunny and fine. Wind very light variable SE to NW.

A fine day with some noticeable early spring bird movements in the lighthouse area.
Pink-footed Geese flying out to sea over the embankment, Leasowe.    EW
87 Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over the embankment in three groups and disappeared out over the sea towards North Wales. Offshore were around 1,000 Scoter. A drake Surf Scoter and 2 Slavonian Grebes were seen off Hoylake further west (per Rare Bird Alert)
Female Stonechat;  Meols Common.        EW
The first obvious spring movement of passerines was also evident in the Leasowe area with around 50 Meadow Pipits present in the paddocks this morning. These moved off in the course of the day with many seen flying north-east over the embankment across Liverpool bay. 7 Stonechats were also present, 5 in the Meols Common area and 2 around Kerr's field (currently being transformed into more horse paddocks) Meadow Pipits and Stonechats are invariably the first spring migrants to start appearing here. Other birds in the Leasowe area included 6 Skylarks, 15 Pied Wagtails, 7 Reed Buntings and 30 Linnets. The Greenshank remains at the groyne.          Observers DH, EW.

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