|Chiffchaff. (P. Collybita) Neston sewage works. EW|
|Firecrest (fem) Neston sewage works. EW|
The very pale Chiffchaff remains in bushes at the south-east corner of Neston sewage works today but only put in a very brief appearance mid-afternoon. It's racial identity remains unclear as views and photographs have been inconclusive. It tends to hover frequently and also remains in the back of the bushes unlike the 7 or so other 'normal' collybita race birds also present. Some of these may be newly arrived migrants as their numbers are building up gradually with some in song.
A Cetti's Warbler was present here although calling much more than singing and only affording the briefest of glimpses. A Firecrest also appeared at midday and showed intermittently through the early afternoon. A winter plumaged Water Pipit was present in the boggy field to the south of the sewage works this morning. A separate bird was present around midday and into the afternoon. This was moulting into summer plumage and stood out like a sore thumb amongst the ten or so Meadow Pipits feeding with it. 4 Grey Wagtails were in the area and around 15 Redwing flew east over Denhall Quay. Observers MGT, EW