Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Weather;  Sunny with brisk westerly wind.

A warmer day than of late with reasonable numbers of migrants in the Leasowe area.
15 Wheatears were logged, mainly in the area of the paddocks, together with 4 Whinchats of which one was in the paddocks and 3 along the earth bund bordering the cable laying access track.
A Cuckoo was calling early this morning from the inland fields but was not located subsequently.
Most of the local Whitethroats now appear to have arrived with around 10 singing birds on territory. Not so Reed and Sedge Warblers with only one of the former and 2 of the latter being noted. Both these species appear to be late this year.
23 Willow Warblers were recorded, mainly along Park Lane and the Lingham Lane areas. Also in the Lingham Lane area today were 14 Blackcaps, 2 Grasshopper Warblers and 4 Lesser Whitethroats. A 5th Lesser Whitethroat was at the duckpond.
There was little overhead movement, however, with only 20 Swallows and a single Whimbrel east and a Raven west. 8 Sandwich Terns were offshore.
Wheatear in the paddocks.    EW

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