Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Weather;  Warm and muggy early followed by rain in the afternoon. Wind E F2-3

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

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