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April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Morning walk looking for migrants.

Although the sun was up, there was a cool easterly breeze as we set off from the Meols end of the promenade at just after 6.30 am. Almost immediately we came across a Wheatear on the embankment, one of several birds seen during the walk. The cold weather meant that not many birds were singing at this time in the morning but several Skylarks were up providing us with a musical serenade as we walked along the dunes. Linnets flew past us with their characteristic bouncing flight and twittery calls. At least 1 male Whitethroat was up singing heartily from a blackthorn bush and a female briefly showed, resulting in the male quickly flying to her. Was romance in the air? The birds were at a location where breeding has taken place in the past. The horse paddocks provided us with some wheatears, a few Pied Wagtail, plenty of Swallows and a Reed Bunting. The haunting call of the Lapwing could be heard here as the birds chased off crows from the rough pasture - a sure sign that breeding is taking place. At the nature pond several Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a single Sedge Warbler vied with each other to see who could sing the loudest ! Finishing the walk off with a wonderful cooked breakfast and a chat with friends at the Fisheries cafe was a perfect way to end the morning.