The Chaffinch was by a bridge over the Douglas last weekend; the Corn Bunting was at Pool Hey Lane and Wyke Road junction today.
Jason spent Sunday at Leasowe, turning up these Stonechat and this composite of a Sedge Warbler.
Andy Pryce joins the blog with this selection of shots from Seaforth from his Flickr stream, starting with 2 Little Gull taken recently, and the Pallid Swift. (Latest news on the status of the Pallid Swift is on the Latest Sightings page.)
This Osprey flew north over Seaforth on 18th April this year.
The Ring-billed Gull, captured on March 7th, is one of several seen at the reserve this year whilst the Wryneck dates back to 2006, only the second record at the site.
For more, including images from Marshside, and great shots of the April 2006 Marton Mere Laughing Gull, go to Andy’s flickr stream. Thanks Andy!
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) leasowe 17/05/2009, originally uploaded by jason stannage.
Digiscoped by Jason in poor light and rain last Sunday.
Following Dave Nickeas’ reports of a Spotted Flycatcher last week at Pitt’s House Covert I made it my target bird for the weekend, and walking along Moss Lane just after the Southport Old Links Golf Club and before reaching Three Pools Waterway (and thus still in Merseyside, for those who keep a Merseyside list) on Sunday I came across this bird in a paddock by Pool House Farm. It may be the same bird Dave had, it was only a few hundred metres away. And then the heavens opened and the skies turned dark! So, not great pics, but a fine little bird.
The Southport Area Committee of Sefton Council meets on Wednesday night at the Town Hall. Agenda Item 7 is a report on the sandplant. To read more and download the report, see Discussion
Thanks again to Phil Boardman for these images: he snapped this bird at Marshside today. It fits the description of one seen at Martin Mere earlier in the week too.
And if that’s not enough to make you want to check out Phil’s flickr stream, how about these stunners:
Many thanks to Phil Boardman for offering this great flight shot of the Plex Moss Dotterel he took yesterday, stood next to me, Jason and Bones who were getting poor results with digiscoping! Phil has more great shots on his flickr stream including this shot of the Crosby Pallid Swift.
See the Latest Sightings page for news on the status of both these birds.