Friday, 25 August 2017

Weather: Warm , mainly cloudy , wind south west 5mph,

A mid morning circuit of the Lighthouse provided  regulars with some great birds, bird of the day was an adult Hobby that had the pick of over 200 Swallows on Park lane fortunately for the Swallows the Hobby left empty handed after chashing a Swallow and narrowly missed out on a kill hopefully with the abundance of hirundine the hobby will stick around before its journey south, 

The other highlight on Park Lane was a Grey Wagtail

Over the past few days a Juvenile Black Tern has been seen off hoylake and Hilbre, Today it was joined by an adult off Meols , (As of this evening 5 Black Tern  were in the tern roost at Hilbre Island ) 
Other Terns seen off  Meols were 150 Common Tern and 40 Little Tern,

2 Mediterranean Gulls One adult on the sand near dove point and a second year bird flew over one of the observers.

Waders in the area , 1 Greenshank  in the usual haunt of the western groyne, 5 Turnstone feeding at the bottom of the embankment the adults in the group were still in fine summer plumage, and 1400 Oystercatchers off the lighthouse before high tide, 

Passerines in the area , 8 Chiffchaff  2 Blackcap and a Common Whitethroat, 
Tuesdays Yellow Wagtail. David Haigh

Update from Tuesday, 1 Yellow Wagtail near the western kissing gate,   2 Mandarin Duck in eclipse plumage on the water off the lighthouse at low tide a good record for the area,The regular Lingham Lane Little Owl was heard calling at dusk it was briefly seen on Thursday morning west of the bridge , 
Mandarin ducks,  GC

Who knows what will turn up in the next couple of weeks !!

Observers SD EW  and DH 

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