May is a wonderful month for wildlife, with fresh green vegetation, attractive flowers and insects everywhere. Although many birds are now nesting, migration for some is still in full swing and there is always the chance of a rarity. Last month, I bemoaned the fact that no Ring Ouzels had come my way. Not to worry, a phone call on 3rd May alerted me to a fine male on the Range High School playing fields. A few days later, while monitoring Natterjack Toads on Birkdale Green Beach, I bumped into a Snow Bunting – not really a rare bird, this uncommon winter visitor is certainly an exciting find for May. It stayed for several days, some superb photos being posted on John Dempsey’s Mersey Bird Blog.
Returning from a weekend away on 18th, I heard that a Red-
Other notable May birds locally were an Osprey, two Spoonbills and a Roseate Tern at Seaforth, Golden Oriole, Pectoral Sandpiper and Temminck’s Stint at Martin Mere, while up to six Garganeys and the now resident Ribble Glossy Ibis graced Marshside.
Meanwhile, the Altcar mosslands were briefly visited by a Dotterel and Common Crane.
Breeding species included Black-