Saturday, 9 April 2016

9th April 2016

Weather: W-2, showers and sunny spells. Cool

Few new birds in today and in fact a few had departed overnight including the long staying male Ring Ouzel at Park Lane which was not seen all day. Our earliest ever Common Redstart remains faithful to its dung heap along park lane. Despite being a relatively common migrant at the Lighthouse it seems to be attracting a lot of attention. So for those looking for the correct field, it is approximatly 150m west of the westerly kissing gate, in a field on the seaward side of the track and is bordered by two balck and two white fence posts. The Redstart favours the far corner by the five bar gate next to the dung heap. A small pasage of Meadow Pipits mid morning saw 80 birds move north as did 3 Siskin. Although Stock Dove breed at the Lighthouse there was also an increase in numbers with at least 8 birds recorded. 2 Chiffchaffs and 1 Willow Warbler were found along the nature whilst a single Red throated Diver was recorded offshore.

The most significant movement of the day was of Pink footed Geese. Several skiens totalling 2850 birds moved north throughout the day. Leaving the North Wirral shore and crossing Liverpool Bay to the Lancashire coast.


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