Sunday, 30 April 2017

30th April

Weather: E/SE-4, warm, overcast partially sunny.
An exciting start to the day saw an overnight arrival of a number of grounded migrants. The first circuit of the Lighthouse produced at least 30 Wheatear and 10 Whinchat including some stunning males. A good number of warblers were also to be found in the coastal sallows. Some 50 Willow Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, Reed and Sedge Warbler had arived over night. Two Yellow Wagtails dropped into the coastal paddocks briefly before heading off north. Two Redstart were along Park Lane near their usual place near Parkfield House

In Lingham Lane, a further male Redstart was located in Wood Warbler Wood where a male Lesser Whitethroat was also singing mid morning.

Offshore 14 Great crested Grebe were found off the Lighthouse car park along with a summer plumaged Red throated Diver and 10 Sandwich Tern. Despite big numbers of Black Tern in Liverpool Bay, none could be located from the Lighthouse.

A summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was offshore from Hoylake where there were also 3500 Dunlin, 1000 Sanderling, 2 Knot and a Grey Plover.

With continued easterlies we are looking forward to continued migration.

Whimbrel - with one Redshank Leg !! (Les Hall)

YellowWagtail (Tim Kinch)

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