Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Weather;  Sunny and warm. Wind SW F2

Sedge Warbler in hawthorn hedge. Most seen today appeared to be migrants rather than our resident birds.   EW
The warm southerly wind encouraged the big backlog of migrants held up by recent bad weather to continue arriving
Whitethroat.  Lingham Lane.    EW
today in the lighthouse area.
Offshore 7 Gannets, 50 Sandwich Terns, 6 Common Terns, 1 Arctic Tern and 2 Little Tern were logged over the high tide.
There was finally a good arrival of acrocephalus warblers in the Leasowe area with at least 8 Reed Warblers and 16 Sedge Warblers being noted. Most of these were in coastal bushes and trees away from water indicating birds on the move. Whitethroat numbers were also up with 18 being seen. 6 Lesser Whitethroats were noted, mainly in the Lingham Lane area. Other grounded migrants included 20 Blackcaps, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 32 Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Whinchats and 25 Wheatears . There was a good count of 5 Redstarts, mainly in the Park Lane and paddocks areas.
There was some overhead passage, mainly eastwards, with 4 Swift, 30 House Martins, 25 Swallows, 11 Redpoll, 3 Siskin and a single Yellow Wagtail being logged.
A flock of 16 Carrion Crows was seen to fly in off the sea this morning, an unusual sight.

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