Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Weather, Overcast ,Wind SSW 10mph,

Spring has finally sprung! After the atrocious weather of yesterday that brought Heavy snow and Rain to the Lighthouse today was a much more temperate day ,
Male Ring Ouzel,  Steve Williams
A Promising Start to the  morning with 3 Swallow passing over the Lingham Lane fisheries at 8am the 4th swallow flew over the Nature trail later in the morning, 

Short Eared Owl, Steve Williams 
Chiffchaff numbers were easily in double figures with birds singing in the garden near the lighthouse, the nature trail and lingham lane throughout the day, 
Willow Warbler,  GAC,
It was easily the best day of spring so far for Wheatear 
With 16 plus birds being seen mostly in the horse paddocks, with 6 being seen on the western groyne,

Bird of the day was a stunning male Ring Ouzel which turned up at 15-45 near the western Kissing gate and stayed until well after 18-00 hours in the horse paddocks Definitely a lighthouse gem ,

The first Willow Warbler of spring appeared on the farm track just off Park Lane and another was singing near to the pond, 
With the recent heavy rain the field nearest to the river  birket   have flooded making it a Paradise for many birds including 2 Wigeon , 4 Teal, Grey Heron , Little Egret, and a Little Grebe that was also seen yesterday on the river itself, birds passing over the flooded field included, 65 Pink footed geese, 24 Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Sand Martin and 18 Woodpigeon  ,
It was a good day for a sea watch with 33 Little Gull 30 Grey Plover, 3 Red Throated Diver and a single Razorbill being the pick of the tide and a surprise of 1 Short Eared Owl flew in off the Irish Sea , 
Other birds in the area , 1 White Wagtail 100 plus Passerines flying over mainly Meadow Pipit, 

Observers, SW, DH, KD, AMC, JB, TK, MT, GAC and others, 

Many thanks for all the sightings from the Wirral birders what's app group  

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