Monday, 3 October 2016

Monday 3rd October 2016

Weather; Mainly sunny. Breezy, wind SE F3-4

In common with much of the north-west the Leasowe area was visited by Yellow-browed Warblers today, part of a sizeable local influx and not before time considering the numbers which have been arriving along the east coast to date. The first was found this morning along the path just east of the duckpond (DH) and showed intermittently through the morning. What was thought to be a second individual was in willows under the sea embankment at the end of the nature trail this afternoon. The breezy conditions did not make for good viewing conditions in the dense vegetation, however, and who knows how many others could be lurking? A third local bird showed up this afternoon in a Meols garden (AMC).
Yellow-browed Warbler in bushes at the base of the sea embankment, Leasowe.       EW
Other grounded migrants in the Leasowe area included 2 Wheatears, a Whinchat, 3 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs and 6 Goldcrests.
Chiffchaff at Leasowe. A pale and grey toned individual. Too yellow on underparts and super for a Siberian tristis but possibly with an eastern origin nonetheless.       EW 
There was some overhead passage today which included over 90 Meadow Pipits and 10 Skylarks south, 60 Greenfinch west and 25 Chaffinch, 4 Grey Wagtails, a Jay and a Raven east. Observers; AMC, KAD, DH, JJ, MGT, EW.
Yellow-browed Warbler in a Meols garden.      AMC

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