Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tuesday 19th April

Weather; Sunny and clear. Wind NE F2

15 Little Gulls and 5 Sandwich Terns were offshore over the high tide period at Leasowe today. A Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper were at the western groyne.
A northerly wind never does much to encourage migrant arrivals to the Leasowe area and today was no exception. A few did trickle in, however, including our first two Grasshopper Warblers of the spring. A reeling bird was west of the duckpond this morning and a non singing bird was on Lingham Lane near to the railway bridge this afternoon. A male Redstart was on Park Lane. Other grounded birds included 4 Wheatears, a White Wagtail, 6 Blackcaps, 14 Willow Warblers and 8 Chiffchaffs.
Overhead passage consisted of 60 Swallows, 9 House Martins, 8 Sand Martins and 2 Siskin, all mainly headed east. A Raven flew west over fields inland from the paddocks. A Little Owl continues to call from near Lingham bridge.

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