Friday, 14 April 2017

Weather, showers, dry late AM early PM heavy rain later strong westerly gusts 

A wet start At the Lighthouse  didn't dampen the excitement of an early morning report of a Pied Flycatcher by the eastern kissing gate, unfortunately after a good search it couldn't be relocated, its the first of the year for Wirral and the first one at Leasowe since 28/04/2015 quite a rarity for the area  ,

Spring migrants in the area included 7 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, all in good voice 11 Wheatear , 1 Sedge Warbler at the railway end of Lingham Lane, 8 Swallow, and 6 Sand Martin over the paddocks.
Poor record shot of a Merlin , GC
A Merlin in the paddocks just south of the western kissing gate was a good find, it was disturbed and headed off in land,
Raven GC

A Raven was in the sheep field on Park Lane it was being dive bombed in spectacular fashion by a Carrion Crow it was interesting to see the size comparison between the two.

One of 2 Jays at Lingham bridge
Other birds in the area: 2 Jay on Lingham lane , 2 Redpoll flew over the paddocks, 1 male Stonechat Park Lane  Reed Bunting on coastal scrub 2 Sandwich Tern on buoys near Dove Point 
At Hoylake passage waders included 200 Dunlin 30 Ringed Plover and 3 Sanderling 

Observers . TK, KD, AI, AC, TE, SD, GC 

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