Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Weather; Hazy sunshine early, becoming extremely hot later. Wind SE-E F2

Small groups of hunched and motionless Wheatears on the groynes and sea defences at Leasowe usually indicate newly arrived birds. Having got their breath back they usually disperse inland to feed in the coastal commons and paddocks before continuing their journey. 22 birds were thus logged today, a good count here for autumn when they are much less numerous than spring. 
There was some overhead passage this morning with 8 Grey Wagtails, 15 Meadow Pipits, 4 Reed Buntings and 2 Skylarks all heading east.
6 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs and a Garden Warbler were at Lingham lane bridge this morning.
Other birds in the Leasowe area today included 2 Stonechats in Kerr's field, an adult winter Mediterranean Gull over the lighthouse and a Kingfisher flying along the sea embankment. These maritime haunting Kingfishers are being seen more regularly here now and it is not known if they are connected to the small resident population on the River Birkett or birds dispersing here from elsewhere.
By early afternoon there was almost no bird activity, probably due to the extreme heat, although by this evening things had picked up a little with 2 new Whinchats being discovered off Park Lane and the Little Owl appearing again at Lingham bridge.  Observers JJ, TK, MGT, EW.
Wheatear below the sea embankment, Leasowe.         EW

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