Thursday, 31 March 2016

Thursday 31st March 2016

Weather;  Fine and sunny. Wind W F1-2

A fine spring day with breeding activity from many local birds in the lighthouse area including a pair of Skylarks which have taken up territory on Meols common behind the western groyne in spite of the hordes of dog walkers here every morning.
Migration is increasing with larger numbers of the common early spring migrants today. A total of 6 Swallows flew east and Wheatear numbers were up to 11, mainly in the paddocks and Meols common areas. Goldcrest numbers were up to 22 and Chiffchaffs to 17, these mainly in the nature trail and duckpond area although others were along Park Lane and the east bank of Kerr's field. Considering the clear conditions overnight and through the day these were decent numbers. Stonechats were down to just one bird, however. Their spring passage numbers tend to peak very early in the season, around mid March. Meadow Pipits were also down today, with just 20 or so birds being logged. 3 Buzzards were circling together over Kerr's field.
The month ahead is probably the best of the year in the Leasowe area with spring migration at full throttle. Hopefully many delights await.    Observers;  DH, TK, CT, EW 
Skylark on Meols common

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