The main rush of spring migrants still does not seem to have occured which may be due to the cold weather and northerly winds we have been experiencing. Certainly the local vegetation is a lot less advanced than it was last year, although April 2007 was unusually warm.
I enjoyed the trip to Cornwall but its always good to be back on home turf. I headed out at the weekend and decided to try a new local site I have had my eye on for a while. It was a fairly brief session but the area looks promising. I managed to find a chiffchaff during this recce visit.
There were also a number of the very similar looking Willow warbler present which gave me a hard time trying to get a clear shot as they hopped around in dense vegetation.Up on the coastal strip at the north end of the Wirral I found a male wheatear which was fairly accomodating. Here using a mole hill as a look out post.
Also along the fence line a perched Skylark at the moment before lift off for that ascending song flight.