Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Waders return

Weather: SW-3, sunny with cloudy spells.

With little to report over the last few weeks we are pleased to report birds are once again starting to move at the Lighthouse. This week has seen the arrival of returning waders. Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher numbers have all started to build on Hoylake foreshore. Black tailed Godwit (once a scarce bird on the foreshore) have become commoner during recent years however a flock of 50 dropping in was one of our highest counts. The first Turnstone of the autumn arrived today whilst a single adult Med Gull will no doubt be the first of the usual autumn build up. On Monday a Common Sandpiper fed amongst the rocks at 'Greenshank Groyne'. With some stiff onshore winds good numbers of Gannets, Manx Shearwaters and Sandwich Terns are to be regularly seen offshore whiilst the wintering flock of Great crested Grebes have already built up to 34.
Black tailed Godwits (Allan Conlin)

Turnstone (Eddie Williams)

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