Friday, 8 April 2016

Friday 8th April 2016

Weather;  Wind NW to W f3. Cloudy and dull becoming finer and warmer later.

A reduction in the wind strength made for easier birding conditions in the Leasowe area today. The male Ring Ouzel and male Redstart remain in the Park Lane area and were both showing on and off for most of the day.
A female Ring Ouzel was a new arrival in the Lingham Lane paddocks area this morning but could not be re-located later in the day. Other grounded migrants included 5 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs and 2 White Wagtails. Meadow Pipit numbers were well down to around 10 birds, mainly fly-overs. Other overhead movers included 10 Swallows and 5 Sand Martins headed mainly west and 2 Siskins north over the café. Around 60 Linnets were in the paddocks area.
Knot.  Lingham Lane. This bird is just starting to moult into red breeding plumage at the bill base.  EW
A surprise visitor to the Lingham Lane paddocks this afternoon was a single Knot which arrived from the south, landing and feeding for 10 minutes by a flooded section before taking off high and flying due north over the embankment and out to sea until lost to sight. An evocative picture of migration in action. Observers; DH, AE, LH, RW, EW and others.
Knot;  Lingham Lane      EW

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