Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
A greenshank, 4 whimbrel and 4 common sandpipers today on the Mersey.
The warblers were very abundant in the area with 4 grasshopper warblers, 9 whitethroats, 1 lesser whitethroat heard singing, 3 sedge warblers, 2 blackcap, 1 chiffchaff and 5 willow warblers.
A male stonechat and 10 swallows also.
Still about 2000 gulls in the area but nothing in them today
Sunday, April 25, 2010
There was no sign of the reported red rumped swallow in the horse paddocks west of the lighthouse. We gave the area a good search but only a peregrine, 10 swallows, 4 wheatears and 5 white wags.There had been no sign since the initial sighting. A male redstart, male ring ousel and female yellow wagtail were in the horse paddock at the start of Lingham Lane and a lesser whitethroat sang further up the lane.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Hesketh Out Marsh, Lancashire,
The common crane that was found yesterday afternoon was out of view when I arrived. In a ditch about half a mile away I was told from the handful of birders present but no problem because about 2 minutes later 2 loud bangs sounded and the crane took up with the shellduck. It slowly gained height and flew off high to the north.So that was that , only just made it by a few minutes and Tony C cutting it even finer who arrived about 30 seconds before it flew off. The loud bangs are apparently a bird scarer emanating from the Warton air base were they test the euro fighter . So not the best views of this 1st summer common crane but I was really pleased to have connected with this Lancashire rarity.
I then moved on to Seaforth but none of the hoped for little gulls on show today in a cold northwesterly.A very interesting adult herring gull with bright yellow legs was on the long bank probably of the type 'omissus' which breed in the Baltic region.
7 whimbrel flew in, a few white wags and a little owl showed well in the short time I was there.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
The large 3rd cal year iceland gull was on the bank this morning with about a 1000 gulls in the roost, which were mainly lesser black backs. A female marsh harrier was seen distantly over the Mersey and the local crows gave it a good mobbing before it then drifted off south towards Moore. Lots of swallows today hawking insects over the canal and pond. A grasshopper warbler was seen briefly and a blackcap was singing with willow warbler, chiffchaff and a single whitethroat.
A whimbrel flew over calling.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
A very nice male ring ousel was in a field near the cricket club today. A great find by chris D this afternoon and just rewards for the effort he puts in locally. The resident blackbirds didn't seem too impressed but this big male wasn't going to be intimidated. It was only just over the fence from Prescot reservoirs and there seems to have been a good fall of ousels across the country today.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
A pair of bearded tits were in the small reed bed on the reserve today. Found by Tony C these were the first record of this species at seaforth. They were extremely elusive but occasionally gave themselves up as they moved between reed beds.