Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sunday 14th August 2016

Weather; Sunny and warm. Winds light NW F2

Wader numbers are slowly building up on Leasowe shore with 40 Turnstone, 20 Ringed Plovers and 200 Redshanks here this morning. 3 Black-tailed Godwits flew north-east.
The more settled conditions has spurred an obvious increase in passage, both of overhead and grounded birds, in the lighthouse area.
Around 150 Swallows, 60 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins and 3 Swifts moved mainly east in small groups. The vast majority of Swifts have now left to the south.
The was a large increase in Chiffchaff numbers today, with 35 being logged, indicating an arrival of migrants to add to the many local birds still in the area. The 22 Willow Warblers counted today were certainly all migrants, most having moved on by the afternoon. Other migrant Warblers noted included 4 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat in the Lingham Lane area and a Grasshopper Warbler on the paddocks path.
1st winter male Redstart,  Park Lane.        Tim Kinch         
3 Redstarts were in the small fields just to the west of the private Parkfield House access road on Park Lane. All were showing well until at least mid afternoon, one being the long-staying individual. DH, TK, EW
Redstart (fem) Park Lane.        Tim Kinch

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