Wirral's first Swallows zoomed through the horse paddocks during a cold and bleak morning. Yesterdays Ring Ouzel had unsurprisingly had moved on during the night. As the day improved the afternoon was almost balmy. This prompted a small arrival of passerines including at least 12 Stonechat and our first Wheatear of the year. Always an exciting event the fine male strutted its stuff within the horse paddocks and was joined by a further 3 Stonechat. The reported male Sibe Stonechat was not relocated after the initial sighting.
Our resident 3CY Med Gull appears to have left , however this has been replaced by a moulting adult that was found some distance offshore from the Greenshank Groyne where in fact there were two Greenshank early morning before heading off to their breeding grounds in the North.