Arrivals

An obvious increase in Willow Warblers on the dunes today – birds seemed to be tuning up in suitable habitat all around the office at Ainsdale.
A handful have been singing for the last few days, but it felt like a real influx came in last night – birds were fluttering around birch scrub and Creeping Willow in the warm sun as the local Buzzards wheeled about overhead.
Up to ten were around Sands Lake, with more south of Shore Road.
Little Grebes were still yikkering loudly on several heavily flooded slacks – always an odd sound in the dunes, and four Greylags have moved in too as the place remains relatively undisturbed by human visitors.
Heath Dog Violet flowering now.

A fine male Wheatear was a joy to watch at lunchtime and small numbers of Redpoll and Siskin were on the move.
Just one Swallow north over the frontal dune ridge though, while my first, ridiculously late, Sand Martin of the year steamed east.
More to come, I’m sure.