Saturday, 4 May 2013

Speke Garston Coastal Park May update.

The promise of summer and a late spring made me thing it would be a good time for a migrant search of the coastal park. The coastal park isn't on the coast but it is 4 miles from the centre of Liverpool on the banks of the Mersey. The nice weather has changed and there was a strong wind keeping the birds down. 2 whimbrel were on the estuary with ringed plover, dunlin, oystercatcher, redshank, mallard and shelduck.

Herring, lesser black backed and a greater black backed were sitting on the sandbanks.

Linnet, reed bunting, skylark and goldfinches were all singing.

2 swallows flew over. The lapwings don't look to have breed this year by the B and M warehouse.

10 calling male whitethroats were the only migrants I could find.

Someone has been messing around with the vegetation. The local kids I guess I have been setting fire around the site.

I visited Carr Lane pools in Hale on my way home and saw the Pectoral sandpiper which was seen there yesterday. A good site with lots to see such as dunlin, little ringed plover, lapwings, redshank, oystercatcher, mallard, teal, gadwall, shoveler, shelduck and canada geese.

Swifts, house martins, swallows, 2 white wagtails but didn't see the yellow wagtail.

Its best to park your car in Curlender way and view from the gate.



RSPB Liverpool Local Group. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no' 207076, Scotland no. SC037654 said...

Chris , carried out my BTO survey this morning, 6-8am, Oglet shore behind Speke airport. 2 wheatear,blackcap, chiffchaff, whitethroat, 5 whimbrel, 2 grey partridge, buzzard birds. Then 5 mins up the road to see the pectoral sandpiper at Carr lane pools, Hale. Really great views. Lovely little wader...slightly smaller than redshank feeding with it, looks a bit like a small ruff with clear band acroos breast. And home in time to watch the mighty reds destroy that team from across the park.

Rob said...

I counted 12 players in Liverpool's team on Sunday. :)