Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Weather; Dull and cloudy but dry. Wind SW to W F0-2

The first Wheatears of the spring finally arrived this morning with two males in the Lighthouse area, one on Meols common and the second along the sea embankment to the east. They are 8 days later than the first arrival here for last year and13 days later than the first for 2014. The average earliest arrival date for Cheshire and Wirral is 13th March.
Wheatear. Meols common.     EW
There was a good passage of Meadow Pipits today with around 210 birds being logged, most passing through by midday but around 60 lingering in the paddocks this afternoon. Other migrants present in the lighthouse area included
Short-eared Owl, Meols common.     EW
2 Common Snipe, 5 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 8 Stonechats, 5 Redwings and a Grey Wagtail. A Kingfisher was seen along the Birkett from Lingham bridge while the Little Owl was heard constantly calling from just west of here from an area with no public access.
On the tide this morning off Leasowe were 800 Scoters, 235 Great-crested Grebes and a drake Scaup. 13 Wigeon  were on the sea off Dove point.
2 Short-eared Owls appeared this afternoon, one frequenting the paddocks before heading away inland and another arriving over the sea wall from the north-east and frequenting the Meols common area. Observers;  SD, AE, DH, JJ, MGT, EW 

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