It was a decent day for early spring arrivals at Leasowe today with a noticeable increase in numbers and variety. Overhead Hirundine passage totalled 11 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows and a single House Martin in the lighthouse area. A further 20 Sand Martins were in the Carr Lane area. Other overhead passage involved over 150 Meadow Pipits. Small groups of Meadow Pipits alighted in the coastal fields briefly, one of which off Park Lane was joined by a single Rock Pipit. A single Siskin flew west.
|Blackcap, Lingham Lane. They often feed in the Blackthorn blossom here at this time of year. Tim Kinch|
Wheatear numbers were estimated at 24 in the course of the day
but most groups moved through quickly to the east. The largest single group was one of 11 together in fields off Park Lane this morning.
|Willow Warbler at the duckpond, Leasowe lighthouse. EW|
There was also a large overnight arrival of Chiffchaffs with over 35 being logged, most of these being noted in the early morning although birds were evident through the day.
Other new arrivals included 2 Willow Warblers and the first 3 Blackcaps of the spring which were along Lingham Lane. Observers, AMC, SD, TK, MGT, EW.