Saturday, 2 April 2016

Saturday 2nd April 2016

Weather;  Dull with rain for most of the day, brightening up late afternoon. Wind S  F2

A good day of early spring passage in Leasowe in spite of the persistent rain, probably encouraged by the southerly wind.
The first 2 Ring Ouzels of the spring were discovered in the Lingham Lane paddocks this morning (JB) and remained for the day, still being present this evening. They remained rather distant, however.
There was also a good arrival of Chiffchaffs this morning, especially among trees and bushes the Duck pond area which appeared festooned with them. A minimum of 25 birds was estimated here. Most of these had moved on by late afternoon with only 3 remaining.
Other migrants in the Leasowe area included 8 Wheatears, 1 Raven, 108 Meadow Pipits, 3 Goldcrests and a single White Wagtail.
Record shot of one of the two Ring Ouzels, Lingham paddocks     DH
Overhead passage consisted of 10 Swallows and 20 Sand Martins headed mainly east.
Chiffchaff.      MGT
A Little Owl was showing well on the old farm buildings west of Lingham bridge this morning.  
Wheatear on the embankment.    MGT
Observers; JB, DH, CT, MGT and many others.

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