Monday, 4 September 2017

Waders Galore!

Weather: west 3, cloudy & warm

A slowish start began with a small but obvious arrival of Wheatear. A total of 12 were recorded by the end of day. Two birds were brought down onto the beach at Hoylake by a light mid afternoon shower whilst the rest were to be found around the Dunes west of the Lighthouse. Other passerines included a Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a single Garden Warbler were seen around Lingham Lane. 

Waders were very much the theme of the afternoon. At least 20 Little Egret were recorded feeding in the tidal channels below the sea defence at Greenshank groyne were up to five Greenshank were also recorded.  Three Knot were seen roosting amongst the small boats along with 200 Redshank and 500 Oystercatcher. Bird of the day however must go to a Juv Little Ringed Plover feeding in the sea weed at the bottom of the sea defence. This is in fact the second LRP at the Lighthouse this year, the firts being found by Ken Davies in the spring. Whist scarce whatever the season there has perhaps been only two other Lighthouse LRPs in autum and this is the first juvenile I am aware of.

Other highlights included an adult Med Gull found by Stan Davidson and a couple of cracking Emperor and Migrant Hawker Dragonflys.
Juvenile Little Ringed Plover (AMC)


Little Ringed Plover (AMC)

Little Ringed Pover (AMC)

Greenshank (AMC)

Distant Med Gull (AMC)

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (Stan Davidson)

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