There was some decent passage through the Leasowe area today with a greater variety of species involved as spring advances. The light southerly wind and calm conditions were undoubtably an asset.
There was a good overhead passage, mainly of hirundines with over 50 Swallows, 30 Sand Martins and 10 House Martins being logged. Also noted overhead were singles of Yellow Wagtail (first spring sighting here) and Siskin. There was also a steady movement of around 60 Meadow Pipits with many stopping off in the paddocks. Also in the paddocks this morning was a Ring Ouzel which unfortunately was another short-stayer.
Other migrants of interest included 4 Whinchats, (2 in the paddocks and singles in Kerr's field and off Park Lane) a Redstart, (inland fields) 4 Whitethroats, 4 Reed Warblers, 14 White Wagtails and 2 Grasshopper Warblers.
There was a good count of over 30 Wheatears and 22 Willow Warblers. Blackcap totals were only around 5 (mainly local birds on territory) until another 8 arrived mid afternoon which were concentrated in a very small area near the duck pond.