Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Weather; Mild and cloudy with sunny spells. Wind NE F2

The Dee marshes take much of the birding attention once the migration season is over and today was no exception. 6 Short-eared Owls were noted in the Neston marsh and Denhall Quay area today, often showing very well. 2 Merlin were also here along with 2 Marsh Harrier and a ringtail Hen Harrier.
Good numbers of Water Pipits were again in evidence with 5 being noted at Neston Old Quay with further singles at Denhall Quay and off Denhall Lane. With an RSPB estimate of only 190 wintering individuals in the U.K. the Dee estuary must be a major site for them at present. Birds are now regularly seen from Heswall south to Burton Mere wetlands so the true number of birds present on the freshwater littoral of the marshes would probably greatly surprise us.
Skylark on Neston saltmarsh      EW
Water Pipit in field off Denhall Lane       EW
2 Great White Egrets, 5 Rock Pipits and 40 Skylarks were noted further out on Neston saltmarsh. 30 Meadow Pipits were also at Neston Old Quay with 25 off Denhall Lane.
Water Pipit.  Neston Old Quay.        EW

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Weather; Drizzle in morning, brightening later. Wind NNE F2

7 Eider flew west off Dove point over the high tide together with 2 Gannets. 132 Lapwing, a Greenshank and a Sanderling roosted on the western groyne with  Redshank, Dunlin and Turnstone.
A Jack Snipe was on Leasowe common together with 20 Meadow Pipits. 2 Stonechats were opposite on Kerr's field with another 2 in Meols common.
Water Rails and Kingfishers continue to show well along the Birkett from Lingham bridge.
There was an arrival of Thrushes along the coastal bushes at Leasowe this morning involving around 30 Blackbirds, 11 Song Thrushes and 15 Redwing. They soon dispersed inland.
2 newly arrived Song Thrushes and a Blackbird on coastal bushes at Leasowe.    EW
3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs and 20 Goldcrests were also in the lighthouse area.
Overhead passage included 7 Skylarks west and 10 Siskins and 2 Grey Wagtails east.     Observers;  KAD, MGT, EW
Water Rail at Lingham bridge.       EW

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Saturday 29th October 2016

Weather; Cloudy. Wind S F2

Around 2,500 Scoter were offshore at Leasowe on the high tide today.
Both Yesterday's Short-eared Owl and Siberian Chiffchaff remain in the lighthouse area. The Owl was showing well hunting along the paddocks and in the duck pond area. The Siberian Chiffchaff was vocal but flighty in the area of the nature trail.
3 Chiffchaffs and 10 Goldcrests were also noted in the lighthouse area. Observers AMC, MGT
Short-eared Owl.       MGT

Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday 28th October 2016

Weather; Drizzle through morning clearing in afternoon. Wind SW F0-1

There was a large arrival of Blackbirds with around 50 individuals being noted along Lingham Lane along the section between the kissing gate and the railway bridge. 5 Redwings and 7 Song Thrushes were also here this morning, together with 15 Chaffinches.
A vocal Siberian Chiffchaff was at Lingham bridge this morning, which later relocated to the Duck pond area this afternoon where it continued to show on and off. 7 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 2 Siskins and 10 Goldcrests were also in the area.
2 Water Rails gave excellent views along the Birkett from Lingham bridge through the day and several Kingfishers were also seen here together with 2 Bullfinches.
Short-eared Owl.  Leasowe.           EW
A Short-eared Owl arrived in the afternoon and was hunting along the embankment for around 5 minutes before heading westwards.
Record shot of Siberian Chiffchaff near the Duck pond. The very pale buff-washed underparts and pale grey-buff mantle can be seen.             MGT
Overhead passage was sparse today, probably due to the drizzle, although a few Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were heading east in the afternoon. Observers; AO, MGT, EW
Water Rail at Lingham bridge.        MGT

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tuesday 25th October 2016

Weather;  Fine early, becoming overcast later. Wind E F1-2

There was an overhead movement at Leasowe today of 55 Siskins east, including a flock of 33. 40 Chaffinches, a Jay, 20 Meadow Pipits, 5 Reed Buntings, 6 Skylarks and 3 Fieldfares also passed east. 2 Skylarks and a Redwing moved west and 19 Pink-footed Geese north-west with another 3 south.
Grounded birds around the lighthouse included 25 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Coal Tits, 6 Redwing and 4 Fieldfares. Over 30 Meadow Pipits were on Leasowe common.
A Water Rail, a Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtails were at Lingham bridge. Another 2 Water Rails were at the Duck pond. Observers AMC, MGT, EW
Water Rail at Lingham bridge.        EW

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Snow Flake

Weather: SE-2, sunny, overcast and cool later

As expected the SE wind saw a significant movement of migrants. Thrush numbers were up whilst over 100 Goldfinches moved through during two hours in the afternoon. Also present were up to 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap and 11 Goldcrests. A small movenent of corvids included 8 Carrrion Crow, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Jay and 22 magpie. 

Highlight of the day however no doubt goes to a super Snow Bunting found by Graham Connolly. Graham managed a record shot which he sent to us. Although slightly out of focus the pictue still highlights what super birds Snow Buntings are. The bird was found on the track at the south end of dunes between the Golf course and the beach. Snow Buntings are often site faithfull so those with cameras  are reminded as usual to give these birds plenty of space.

Graham  Connolly

Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday 21st October 2016

Weather; High cloud early becoming clear, sunny and warm. Wind variable F1

The almost windless conditions resulted in a very calm sea and an opportunity to count around 20,000 Scoters far offshore. Unfortunately the distance was too great to pick out any rarer species among them, a walk out to the tide edge at low tide from Hoylake being the best tactic to achieve this, again in flat calm conditions.
Overhead passage was a bit down on yesterday due to clearer conditions but 10 Skylarks, 3 Reed Buntings, 8 Siskins, 18 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 4 Grey Wagtails, 10 Chaffinches and a Redpoll all passed east. 25 Meadow Pipits moved south.
50 Meadow Pipits and a Rock Pipit were grounded on Leasowe common with another 25 Meadow Pipits in the paddocks and 16 on Meols common, where there was also 2 Stonechats.
A Firecrest showed intermittently throughout the afternoon from trees bordering Greenacres cottage at the start of Lingham Lane. A Coal Tit was at Lingham bridge with another at the back of the fisheries. Other migrants grounded in the Leasowe area included 6 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 15 Goldcrests, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Fieldfares, 6 Song Thrushes and 12 Redwings. Robin numbers were much reduced from yesterday.  Observers GB, KAD, EW
Chiffchaff.          EW