Bleep. Bleep. Bleep. Swallow.

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Got down to Cabin Hill for a good rummage this morning – large numbers of Meadow Pipits on the move, with a few groups of 20+ birds grounding here and there, and “bleeping” up in the mist the soundtrack of the morning.
Odd there were only a handful of alba wags.
At least four Greater ‘Peckers through – they can’t all have been local birds.
Thick mist and the claustrophobic tolling of a fog horn out in the bay added to the atmosphere, but unfortunately the birds hadn’t read the script – spring megas were conspicuous by their absence.
Top marks then to a single speeding Swallow heading south over the fields – can’t blame it given the conditions.
Chiffchaff singing in the trees, while out on the shore the mist made birding nigh on impossible.

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Looked good though.

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9 thoughts on “Bleep. Bleep. Bleep. Swallow.

  1. Marshside, 1240-1530: two unexpected Arctic visitors today: a fine Iceland Gull in front of Nel’s Hide ( difficult to age, but I thought 2w in transition to 2s a good compromise) and an imm Pale-bellied Brent Goose from the main hide. A first-winter Med Gull also there and a solitary Swallow skimmed past in the fog; other passerine migrants included 3 Chiffchaffs and at least 15 Goldcrests.

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  2. Wheatears at Freshfield, Ainsdale, the Green Beach and Weld Road this morning – that’s better. Up to 100 Mipits grounded on the cropped grass at Ainsdale seafront first thing, before moving off when the fog lifted…

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    • My first Swallow of the year, over our Ormskirk garden this evening, around 6.00pm when I went to check out a Yellowhammer singing in the hedge. Lots of Chiffies about locally, and Goldcrests moving through, but no “Willy Wobbler” yet.

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  3. Marshside/Crossens 0850-1330
    1st winter Little Gull midge-dipping over the Junction Pool late morning, and a Barn Owl hunting along Crossens Embankment in bright sunshine at 1245. Passerine migrants included 100+ Meadow Pipits, 7 Sand Martins, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Goldcrest.

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  4. 6 Swallows and 1 House Martin through at Ainsdale today, plus Chiffchaffs, Vernal Mining Bees, Common Lizards, Natterjack spawn, Peacock butterflies etc

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  5. Yay!!! My first Willow Warbler of the year this morning, calling (not singing) in the dunes between Ainsdale and Woodvale, just as I left the cattle enclosure and headed for the pine woods. Happily it gave good views so I could confirm it. Also, my first butterflies of the year, with lots of Peacocks, a few Small Tortoiseshell, and some Brimstones around too.

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  6. Marshside/Crossens 0830-1250
    Session off to a good start with female Ring Ouzel on Hesketh GC, one of a major influx this morning that brought 20+ to the Great Orme and smaller numbers to the Wirral, Hilbre and Formby Point; Tony Baker had a male near his home at Scarisbrick. Other migrant passerines included 15 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Wheatears, 4 Swallows.
    First-winter Little Gull again over Junction Pool, 2 SP Med Gulls by Sandgrounder Hide and an increase in Ruff numbers on Rimmer’s Marsh to 40+

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