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April 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Wheatear in spring

The early bird catches the worm ......

The Group's early start at Leasowe for spring migrants had one major draw back .... the cold weather had delayed the usual migration and so we knew that we had our work cut out for us in trying to see much ! Things got off to a good start with a Peregrine was briefly seen sitting on the sand off the car park but we really couldn't count this as a 'migrant' could we ? We'd only walked a few hundred yards when we found our first Wheatears .... things were on the up ! A number of Swallows also flew by .... so clearly things were on the move !! Resident Linnet, Stonechat and Goldfinch provided interest as we walked further towards the Lighthouse at Leasowe. On the shore we found a small number of Redshank, Turnstone, Knot and quite a few Curlew. Out at sea we had distant views of Common Scoter, Great Crested Grebe and Cormorant. A smashing find by Angela was a Redwing .... a late record for this winter visitor.... found in the horse paddocks at Meols and subsequently relocated in the paddocks off Lingham Lane, Leasowe. We could hear Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers singing in the trees as the sun made a desperate attempt to break through the clouds!! Kestrel and Raven near the Lighthouse caused some consternation amongst the small birds but they soon settled down. A beautifully created and camoflagued Long tailed Tit's nest was a real bonus close to the bridge over the River Birket. After a well earned breakfast we headed home, getting really nice close views of 6 Wheatear in one of the horse paddocks. Although we didn't see the wide range of migrants we expected .... that's bird watching for you ..... we did have a really enjoyable mornings birding.