Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hooded Crow & Hobby

W-2/3, cool with constant showers.

A cool North/West wind and constant showers over the last couple of days have made it hard for observers to find much of interest, however persistence paid off yesterday (30th  April) when a Hooded Crow was found by Jeremy Bradshaw. The bird spent a short time commuting between the inland sheep fields and the beach This is only our 4th record of Hooded Crow at the Lighthouse and remains an extremely rare Wirral bird. Other migrants recorded on the last day of April included 2 Wheatear, Whitethroat and female Redstart.

Conditions today failed to improve and although it was a little warmer showers persisted throughout the day. Those who braved the elements were rewarded for their efforts. 10 Wheatear, 1 Whincat , and 3 Whitethroat were recorded around the coastal paddocks. A single Swift was recorded in off over the sea defence. Passage waders have seen a large increase in recent days off Hoylake / Meols with a good variety being recorded including. Dunlin 2750, Knot 250, Grey Plover-122, Sanderling-3, Ringed Plover-17, Bar tailed Godwit-1, Whimbrel-2. Many of the Knot and Grey Plover are in their stunning summer plumage. Offshore 28 Common Scoter passed West whilst a female Goosander was found fishing in the Leasowe gutter and later recorded flying west past Dove point. Bird of the day however must go to an adult Hobby found by Lighthouse regular Tim Kinch and Elliot Montieth.  This is our first Hobby of the year which was followed late afternoon by our first Osprey of the year. The Osprey was found by (EM) being mobbed by Gulls offshore from the Lighthouse.


Hobby (Tim Kinch)

Hobby (Tim Kich)
Whimbrel (Elliot Montieth)

Goosander (Elliot Montieth)

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