Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Years Eve

Weather: SE-2, - overcast and cool

One final circuit of the Lighthouse produced a small arrival of thrushes whilst the two Snow Bunting remain at the Western end of Leasowe Bay.

A single Common Snipe and a single Woodcock were flushed from a flooded field inland at Carr Lane, Meols.

As 2014 draws to a close we would like to thank all those who make this site what it is and thanks to all those who contribute with their records, their photographs and their company and we look forward to seeing you all again during 2015!

There are too many 2014 Lighthouse highlights to mention them all so we have selected a sample that we believe are worthy of a special mention.

Once again many thanks and see you in 2015

The Lighthouse team

Glaucous Gull- April 2014

Velvet Scoter- April 2014

Night Heron -April 2014

Male Little Bunting -Hilbre, April 2014

Wryneck-September 2014

Barred Warbler-West Kirby, November 2014

Sunday, 28 December 2014

28th December 2014

Weather: SW-0-1, very clear and sunny. cold.

The cold snap caused a small cold weather movement at the Lighthouse. 6 Skylark  and 3 Snipe were recorded overhead whilst a Great spotted Woodpecker stopped briefly to have its photo taken. 

The wintering Greenshank remains at the Groyne and a female Stonechat was again on Meols Common.

Observers made the most of the flat calm conditions and took the opportunity to scrutinize the Common Scoter flock from Bennetts Lane, Meols. At least 400 birds were recorded offshore along with 2 drake Goldeneye and a siingle Red throated Diver.

With calm conditions prevailing for the next few days we are hopeful of further sea duck records  from North Wirral.

DH- Photo DH

Great spotted Woodpecker-DH

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Winter Solstice

Weather: W/SW-5/6, mild

A recent quiet period at the Lighthouse coincided with the majority of members being away on foreign birding trips during the latter half of November and early December. Consequently updates on our website have been a little spartan. However today two Snow Buntings were located on the beach at the West end of Leasowe Bay this afternoon. 

Initially it was thought these two birds were the same two birds that graced the Leasowe Golf Course  during mid November however on comparing today's photographs with those from November, it is clear that at least one bird is significantly different, perhaps a 1st winter male showing a much reduced amount of white in the wing compared to the November birds. . Take a look for yourself and let us know if you think differently ??

Charismatic little birds it's hard to resist a photo opportunity.

AMC - photos-AMC

1st winter Snow Bunting

Male Snow Bunting

1st winter?   Snow Bunting