There was an attractive selection of summer plumaged waders at Meols on the flood tide today. This included 5,000 Dunlins, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Grey Plovers, 35 Sanderling and 3 Knot. 2 Curlew Sandpipers, however, one in full summer plumage and the other in partial, were the highlights of the assemblage. 30 Sandwich and 4 Little Terns were also present. A single Gooseander flew east.
Passerine migration in the lighthouse area has been less impressive despite the apparently ideal conditions today. A single Spotted Flycatcher was near Lingham bridge this morning and 2 Wheatears were in the paddocks. A reeling Grasshopper Warbler was on the nature trail this afternoon. 5 Blackcaps were also present and 2 Lesser Whitethroats were singing from the top end of Lingham Lane.
Around 120 House Martins and 7 Swifts appeared in the paddocks area this afternoon just ahead of the approaching rain front.
|Singing Lesser Whitethroat, Lingham Lane. EW|
Redpolls continue to move through the area, mainly eastwards, with around 6 birds seen both yesterday and today. Both Lesser and Mealy Redpolls have been noted amongst the few that have landed.
|Mealy Redpoll near the duck pond. EW|