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Arrivals, arrivals, arrivals

Posted by on April 10, 2009 5:40 PM | 

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Not much time for birding today, but a quick walk round the Sands Lake at Ainsdale this morning before the rain was mighty encouraging; large numbers of migrants had clearly arrived overnight, with five singing Willow Warblers (and at least another six birds chasing insects around the budding bushes), two singing Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap.
I know they're not mega or anything, but it's great to hear the Willow Warblers finally singing en masse - the place was echoing with their song - tops!

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Less obliging were the Dabchicks - they never sit still for a picture.
Whatever, if anyone asks I'll just say it's modern art.
About 30 Tufties still around, but only one male Shoveler that I could see.
Plenty of Herring Gulls of varying ages, which were somewhat easier to take pix of.

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On the beach, at least 16 White Wagtails were grounded by the rain when Mrs D and I took a soggy Good Friday promenade, with two Grey Wags through and small parties of Meadow Pipits moving north.
Loadsa Sanderling and Ringed Plover of course.
Back at Dempsey Towers, two singing Willow Warblers and a singing Blackcap as I write this.
Early doors tomorrow could be very good.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Marshside, 10.4.09: 58 White Wags; 22 Swallows; 16 House Martins; 7 Wheatears; 7 Willow Warblers; 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap; 26 Siskins; male Garganey; Ruddy Duck; 3 Greenland White Fronts; Short Eared Owl.

Interesting to read of the Red Kites at Daresbury - has Phil lured them up from the Chilterns? There was a Red Kite seen in the Norley area of Delamere last Monday 6 April with a report of a White Stork on the A556 side of Old Pale the previous week. Could it be that these birds are drifting over from [the Harewood area] of Yorkshire on easterlies rather than being Welsh birds?
There was a kite over nearby Kelsall in March.
The last storks in Delamere/Northwich area coincided with birds moving from Yorkshire too...
Keep an eye on Jubilee Woods and Sefton, Phil! It was Friday when I had my 1st Willow Warbler at Upper Moss Side - where it's hoped the 15 longhorns might attract the Cattle Egret from Frodsham!!
Or the Bannon from Churchtown?
Must try for the dodgy provenance Eagle Owls this weekend. cheers, Dj.

Hi John, 10/4/09 afternoon by old sea wall M/side 2 and Crossens Inner.11 House Martins and 5 Swallows. Also 1 Buzzard over Marshside.
Mike.

I heard or saw Willow Warblers and Blackcaps today in such diverse places as Hall Road Crosby, Aintree Station, Kirkdale Cemetery and in my Walton garden where 2 Willow Warblers and 1 male Blackcap spent all day catching insects up in the Birch tree, on the lawn and even on the dining room window ledge, they also bathed frequently.
Last week my garden produced its first Holly Blue and a pair of Large Cabbage Whites 'in cop'.

Hay John, Marshside on form today, 5 House Martins, plenty of Swallows, singing Chiffchaff & Willow Warblers, a single juv. Med Gull opposite Nels hide, lovely to see. Although didn't see the Garganey or White Fronted Geese - gutted...!

I've had some new arrivals on my inner-city balcony this week too - can anyone help me to identify the one on the third picture? I think it's a Greenfinch?
http://londonvegetablegarden.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-arrivals-at-london-vegetable-garden.html

Welcome aboard Callum - your birds are: Feral Pigeon, Greenfinch and Robin.

Drake Garganey looking splendid in the morning sunshine at Sands Lake, Ainsdale at 8.00 am this morning

Hi John, some video of the Garganey and Short-eared Owls at www.throughaglassdarklyblog.com

Highlights at Marshside today were three Tree Pipits on Crossens Inner, plus other usual migrants and Garganey at Nels.

I live in north Worcestershire and I haven't yet seen one Swallow or Swift. They'd arrived by mid April last year. Any thoughts why?

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