A Hobby was over Godscroft lane this evening with Whinchat and Yellow Wagtails still frequenting the track along Lordship Lane. I couldn’t see anything else due to glasses and rain combo.
Observer: Paul Crawley.
The observations I made on 5th about an assembly of Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the gantry wall at Weston Point looks likely that the species is nesting for the first time in Cheshire. Obviously confirmation is required but it looks good with birds on territory. The area is on private land so disturbance should be non-existent.
A further note by David Norman:
The first in Cheshire. They bred at Witton Flashes (Northwich) in 1943, then Burton Marsh in 1955, 1956 and 1978 – although you might call that Wirral! (http://cheshireandwirralbirdatlas.org/species/lesser-black-backed-gull-breeding.htm).
More recently, the 2012 Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report has an article about Lesser Black-backed Gulls (with Herring Gulls) nesting on factory roofs in Crewe: there were up to 20 pairs in 2012.
So, note to myself get a copy of the Breeding Atlas.
The book ‘Birds in Cheshire and Wirral: A Breeding and Wintering Atlas’ is still available, directly from Liverpool University Press or through good bookshops, although there are only a few copies left. There is a special offer price for members of CAWOS.
Alternatively, all of the material is freely available online athttp://cheshireandwirralbirdatlas.org/.
Just bought a copy and now fully armed with data.