Bleep. Bleep. Bleep. Swallow.


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.


Looked good though.

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.


  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…


    • 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.


  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.


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


  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.


  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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