Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tuesday 29th March 2016

Weather;  Sunny spells with showers. Brightening by early afternoon. Wind SW-W F3-2

A quiet morning in the Leasowe area with just a handful of migrants. 2 Sand Martins flew east along the sea embankment while 2 Wheatears were in the Meols common area. Wheatear passage here so far this spring has been both late and sparse. Hopefully numbers will pick up a bit and it's just down to the weather. Meadow Pipit numbers were well down today with just 20 being in the paddocks area and just a handful of overhead birds.
2 Chiffchaffs were grounded this morning. Things picked up in the early afternoon with a slight decrease in the wind and increase in temperature. This may have encouraged a small arrival of 6 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs and the first Willow Warbler of the spring. All these birds appeared together along the nature trail but quickly dispersed mainly westwards.
6 Skylarks also flew in off the sea and fed for a while in the paddocks before departing eastwards.
Other birds in the lighthouse area included a Peregrine flying west, 3 Reed Buntings on Lingham paddocks and a Kingfisher around the duck pond this morning.  Observers;  KAD, AE, DH, LH,CT, EW.
Newly arrived Chiffchaff on the nature trail.    EW

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