Saturday, 25 March 2017

25th March 2017

Weather: SE-2, sunny, warm and clear.

Clear skies were far  from ideal conditions at the Lighthouse today. Nonetheless a few migrants were discovered in the coastal fields and hedges including 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 8 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrests. With waders also on the move were 800 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Plover and 19 Turnstone whilst 11 Black tailed Godwit headed south !

Migrant Water Rail can and often do turn up anywhere however one found walking along the beach at Dove point must be one of the more unusual locations. 

Our first Sandwich Tern arrived on one of the bouys mid morning and a monster 2CY Glaucous Gull was found by Mark Garner loafing with intent some way offshore from the Lighthouse Car park. A typical set of species for late March and hopefully a precursor of things to come!!

Very Long Range Glaucous Gull (AMC)

Water Rail, Gordon Crapper

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

21/03/2017  Weather. sunny, strong westerly wind 10mph, showers late afternoon 

After the excitement of last week with the Siberian Stonechat and the Black Redstart at Hoylake, the last few days have been quite quiet apart from an unusual but not unheard of Treecreeper being seen on Sunday 
A Kestrel, True lighthouse birding , GC

First bird of the day was a Kestrel sheltering from the wind on leasowe lighthouse, 
Migrants are few and far between at the moment but its still early the only migrant today was a fine male Wheatear on the embankment,
male Stonechat at Park lane  GC
No birds of note in the horse paddocks apart from Curlews flying over to feed in the farm fields with a single Lapwing.
Park lane was lively with song from Goldfinches, Greenfinch, Blackbird it soon turned into frantic alarm call when a   female Sparrowhawk circled the area,
The usual Greenshank was on the groyne at Dove point and further out on the sandbank 10 Grey Plover flew in to join the sleeping Curlew
Buzzard on Cadburys field, GC

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Weather: S/SE Variable-0-1, warm and sunny

A quiet day all round today with lower number of Gulls than of late. Waders on the tide included 230 Oystercatcher and 180 Curlew. A couple of Chiffchaff and Stonechat remained around the Lighthouse area. Highlight of the day was a fine male Black Redstart in private gardens along Hoylake seafront. Black Redstart remains a scarce bird on the Wirral with perhaps only two or three records per annum. The bird was present through until dusk but like most spring migrants is unlikely to be present in the morning.

Tim Kinch

Tim Kinch


Another shot of our first 2017 Wheatear from yesterday (Tony Edwards)


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

First Wheatear

Weather: SW- 3, sunny and dry,

Wirral's first Swallows zoomed through the horse paddocks during a cold and bleak morning. Yesterdays Ring Ouzel had unsurprisingly had moved on during the night. As the day improved the afternoon was almost balmy. This prompted a small arrival of passerines including at least 12 Stonechat and our first Wheatear of the year. Always an exciting event the fine male strutted its stuff within the horse paddocks and was joined by a further 3 Stonechat. The reported male Sibe Stonechat was not relocated after the initial sighting. 

Our resident 3CY  Med Gull appears to have left , however this has been replaced by a moulting adult that was found some distance offshore from the Greenshank Groyne where in fact there were two Greenshank early morning before heading off to their breeding grounds in the North.



Monday, 13 March 2017

Weather: SW-4, sunny , partly cloudly.

A quiet cold day saw little in the way of migration. A couple of Chiffchaffs were recorded in the coastal sallows and 100 Meadow Pipit moved North during the morning. The mornings highlight was a fine drake Pintail on the sea from the Lighthouse Car Park. Highlight of the day however was our first Ring Ouzel of the spring found by visiting birder (Dave Ball) . The bird was in a Horse paddock west of Park Field house. The bird showed well before disappearing into a hedge. Unfortunately it could not be relocated before dusk. 



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Weather: NW-2, overcast and mild.

Another mild spring like day today with many birds in full song today around the Lighthouse. The " resident" 3CY Med Gull was in the field opposite the cafe today whilst Kerr's flash was largely devoid of birds.

Five Stonechat were in Sandy Lane whilst the ever increasing Linnet flock, now numbering 40+ were busy feeding in the horse paddocks. Other finches today included 12 Golfinch, 11 Greenfinch and a flyover Siskin headed west. Another calling flyover was a Yellowhammer picked up as it flew north by the eatsern kissing gate. Less than annual at the Lighthouse this was probably the most surprising find of the day. Less surprising was the small but increasing number of Goldcrest with at least six recorded between Sandy Lane and Lingham Lane.

Goldcrest (AMC)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Shrove Tuesday

28/02/2017, Weather , cold, heavy showers , wind N/W 11mph , 

A very soggy mid morning trip to the lighthouse area Provided a good assortment of birds , Even with the poor conditions Skylarks and Greenfinch  were in good voice  Greenfinch numbers totalled 20 around Lingham lane, 
Dunlin murmuration at Dove point
At high tide there was little room on the groyne and embankment for the Waders , A sizable flock of Dunlin put on an excellent display almost in touching distance with a single Knot joining them 

In the paddocks Linnet numbers reached over 40 with a single Skylark mixed in with the flock, with the wet conditions a very bright male Grey Wagtail  was walking near the horses it maybe the same one that has been in the area for the past couple of weeks, 
A 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull being chased by a Black headed Gull
Kerr's flash is rapidly turning into Kerr's lake ,
A single 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull harrased a Redshank into giving up a very large worm then in turn was chased by 4 Black Headed Gull ,
The surprise of the day were 7 Ringed Plover And 2 Dunlin mixed in with the 20 plus Redshank ,