Monday, 15 April 2013

Here we go again!

Spring migration is finally underway, it's about time, I thought it would never happen! As it stands we seem to be two or three weeks behind the arrival dates from last spring, but with the southern winds blowing migrants steadily through the country it wont be long before summer migrants fill the place with song. here is a roundup of the last weeks birding:-
Speke Hall - 7th April
Not many migrants around, but a Cuckoo which flew over the orchard and front lawn towards the business park was the highlight, closely followed by a pair of Common Buzzards over Stocktons Wood, and a Peregrine flew rapidly West hunting. A new feeding station and viewing screen has been constructed adjacent to the orchard which offers a great chance of seeing birds such as Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. A roundup follows -
Common Buzzard -2
Redwing - 15+
Nuthatch - 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 4
Stock Dove - 2
Redpoll - 1 (flew North)
Cowslips - 20+
Speke/Garston Coastal Reserve (viewed from the moat at Speke Hall) - 9th April
Yellow Wagtail (near to the airport fence line)
Meadow Pipits - 5
Skylark -2
Reed Bunting
Shelduck 35+
Bar-Tailed Godwit - 20
Redshank - 120+
Curlew - 3
Oystercatcher - 25+
Wavertree Mystery - 12th April
Chiff Chaff
Meadow Pipits -5
Otterspool Park - 12th April
Nuthatch - 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Greenbank Park - 14th April
Swallows - 2
Chiff Chaff
Redwing - 12+
Pied Wagtail - 2
Nuthatch - nesting
Coot - two pairs nesting
Mute Swan - 3 (resident male is still trying to drive off the new pair)
Canada Goose - nesting on the southern platform
Grey Heron
Stock Dove - 2
Sefton Park (the dell area) - 14th April
Grey Wagtail
Stock Dove
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch -2
Sparrowhawk (the cinder path between Liverpool College and the halls of residence)

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