8 May 2008

Its all go innit?

With warm S to SE winds blowing all week birds were bound to start moving through. As predicted a Red-rumped Swallow(s) turned up on the Wirral and was seen at Hoylake and the LBO. Unfortunately it didn't hang around for any of the regulars to catch up with it. Some compensation was gained in the form of a cracking male Blue-headed type flava Wagtail found by Allan Conlin.
A very interesting bird as it didn't show the full suite of ID characters of a typical Blue-headed.
Other good birds seen during the early part of the week were Spotted Flycatcher, Whichat & more Wheatears.
Highlight must be the flyover Woodlark picked up by Steve Williams on Hilbre! A Cheshire/Wirral lifer once again. Other good Hilbre birs included Whinchat, Greenland Wheatear & a cracking male Redstart.
Out to sea Little Tern numbers are building up and a single Guillemot mooched around off the north end.

Further down the Wirral at least 5 pairs of Avocets are attempting to breed at Inner marsh Farm RSPB and the long staying female Marsh Harrier has also put in an appearance. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling along the railway embankment right in the open. Garden birds include my first garden Lesser Whitethroat and nesting Song Thrush - another garden first.

Stonechat - Leasowe. The one with the white rump......

Avocets - IMF. 17 now present.

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