Monday, April 24, 2006
A walk up the coastal path north of coastguards produced excellent numbers of waders today. Wader of the day went to a superb summer plumaged Spotted redshank. An uncommon bird in our area although one was reported at Crosby Marina a couple of weeks ago during a high tide and was probably the same bird. I had a single winter plumaged bird in november at the Alt estuary so maybe a single bird has over wintered on our coast.
Over 100 Grey plovers with some smart summer plumaged birds amongst them. 30 Bar tailed and 10 black tail godwits, 300 Knot, 200 dunlin, 30 sanderlings,2 ring plover,15 turnstone, 20 oystercatcher,20 curlew,30 redshank.
A single Whimbrel went past calling and a few singles of little gulls out in Liverpool bay made it an excellent couple of hours birdwatching.In the dunes a couple of grasshopper warbler were reeling and one popped up on to a stalk for a few seconds for us to enjoy it reeling. 3 male stonechats were also along the path with several swallows passing overhead.
A quick visit to see the Little gulls mid morning produced 140 mainly resting on the Marina.
A quick visit early morning produced a single male wheatear, 2 common sands, 1 swift, 5 house martins and 30 swallows. The goldeneye were at 4 . Sedge warbler and whitethroat were still present in the meadow.