Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday 22nd April 2016

Weather;  Mostly sunny with more cloud building up during the afternoon. Wind E - NE F2

1,000 Dunlin were logged offshore at Leasowe today along with a drake Velvet Scoter which flew in from the west before alighting on the sea with a small number of Great crested Grebes.
There was a small overhead finch movement mainly eastwards this morning involving 47 Goldfinch, 29 Chaffinch, 3 Siskins and 3 Redpolls. A single Lesser Redpoll unusually alighted near the duckpond. The vast majority of this species fly straight over. 22 House Martins, 20 Swallows and 6 Sand Martins also passed overhead eastwards.
Lesser Redpoll at the duckpond       
Grounded migrants were less evident today although 2 Redstarts were new in, one near Lingham Lane and another inland from the paddocks. Yesterday's Redstarts in the Park Lane area and the Cuckoo appear to have moved on. 3 Whinchats and 15 Wheatears were present, mainly inland from the paddocks, especially along the low earth bank bordering the cable laying access track. Whitethroat numbers are starting to build up with 5 being logged today. These are thought to be migrants rather than our resident birds which usually announce their arrival by vigorous singing. There was also an arrival of around 10 Chiffchaffs along the nature trail and below the sea embankment this morning. 25 Willow Warblers and 12 Blackcaps were also counted.
Redstart at the earth bank inland from the paddocks bordering the cable laying access track. This bank attracts many migrant Chats and other birds and is well worth scanning closely.   EW

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