Tuesday, 17 April 2018

17th April 2018

Weather: Warm, overcast, showers. Wind S/SE-6

Migrants continued to arrive today with a small number of grounded Wheatears (8), White Wagtail (17) Yellow Wagtail (1) and our first Whinchat of the year was found mid afternoon by Tim Kinch. The stunning male bird spent all of its time in Kerr's field which is in fact where most of the migrants were to be found. Small numbers of Phylloscs and  Blackcap (3) where in the coastal sallows and another male Redstart was near Parkfield House, Meols.

Overhead passage included Redpoll (2) another Flava Wagtail, Swallow (19) and Sand Martin (5).

Wader numbers are begining to build on the foreshore with a good high tide roost producing many birds in fine summer plumage. Dunlin (340), Sanderling (38), Knot (100) Grey Plover (80), Bar tailed Godwit (3), Redshank (200) and Ringed Plover (24) were recorded on Hoylake shore.

Seawatching from Hoylake was also productive and despite an offshore (southerly) wind there was plenty to see. Gannet (8) Sandwich Tern (7) Common Tern (3) Manx Shearwater (1), Goldeneye (3), Scaup 2 and 3 summer plumaged Great Northern Diver were the highlights of a brief seawatch.

Whinchat (TK)

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