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Systematic list -
Mediterranean Gull to Great Black-backed Gull.
Kittiwake to Rock Pigeon.
Stock Pigeon to Sand
Swallow to Wren.
Hedge Accentor to
Fieldfare to Garden
Blackcap to Coal Tit.
Blue Tit to Chaffinch (below).
Greenfinch to Reed
Present throughout. Peak count 14 September 29th.
[The July movement of warblers and tits contained all common species of tit
with 11 Blue Tit on July 27th.. There was very little noticeable movement of
Blue Tit during the main migration periods.]
[ Although Great Tit were involved in the summer movement of small birds
they were not particularly noticeable. Numbers on site at this time were no
greater than normal, but as individuals were seen to be moving with the
flocks, it was potentially higher.]
Autumn passage visitor
2 July 4th., 3 July 9th., 2 July 12th., 14th. and 19th., September 17th. and
21st. 1 October 10th. and 21st. 2 October 22nd., 27th., 28th., 30th. All
birds were noted in flight.
[ Like the movement of warblers and tits later on in July, the mid-summer
records of Jay are unprecedented and remain inexplicable. Autumn dispersal
is usually more noticeable slightly inland, with an all time peak daily
count over Hoylake Langfields of 157 in 1996. This was the highest total
recorded in a year from the site.]
Present throughout with a peak of 17 on April 12th. Up to 6 birds were
resident on site during the summer.
[ The spread of this much maligned corvid continues, and it is probably one
of the commonest, and definitely the most noticeable, garden bird in the
area. Peak counts have been calculated as the number of birds present at any
one time and not over a set period, such as a day, which can result in the
same birds being counted twice or more.]
Small numbers present throughout with a peak of 39 October 23rd.
[ Until comparatively recently the nearest places to see Jackdaw were
Heswall town center and Birkenhead but there is a resident flock of c. 40 -
50 around the West Kirby area now. As corvids rate alongside waders in the
editors admiration this is a welcome improvement to the avifauna of the
Present throughout with a peak of 27 on the shore January 24th. Up to 6
birds were resident on the shore during the summer.
[Carrion Crow are to be found on the shore throughout the year and have
become used to walkers and dogs. On April 3rd. 2 birds were feeding along
the edge of the saltmarsh when a very small Yorkshire Terrier started to
chase them. The birds responded in their usual manner by just moving out of
the way but the dog continued to harass them. After c.5 minutes the crows
turned on the dog, beating it with their wings, pecking at its head and
pulling lumps of fur out. By the time the owner had rescued it the dog was
half way to Hilbre and extremely subdued. Perhaps the Wardens should invest
in something similar, but much larger.]
Scarce winter visitor
1 July 20th., 1 August 7th., 1 September 17th., 2 October 1st., 1 on 4th., 2
on 21st., 2 on 23rd. 2 November 6th. All except the first 2 in October were
recorded as flying over.
[ With birds nesting as close as Liverpool and Chester, Raven are becoming
more commonly recorded from the site and this was probably the highest year
total recorded from the site, ever. The 2 summer records are unusual but IMF
had Raven throughout August, with a peak of 9 on the 13th. Most sightings,
until this year, have been from the middle and late winter as birds return
to their nesting sites.]
Peak count 1st. winter period :- 26 January 19th.
Peak count for year :- 147 July 31st
Peak count 2nd. winter period :- 93 September 26th.
[ As with many passerines in the early part of the year, Hoylake Langfields
was the place to be. Numbers on the shore were only 13% of those recorded in
the 1st winter period last year. The peak year count in July consisted of
109 juveniles and 38 adults. ]
Peak monthly counts :-
[ When the editor was setting up
this years report he wondered 'Are House Sparrow's as scarce on site as the
records show, or are they under-recorded?' After making a special effort it
can be reported that Sparrows are not under-recorded, they are just ignored.
Falling House Sparrow numbers have, over the last decade or so, become a
concern for conservation organisations with surveys reporting a massive
decline, and even the extinction, of birds from some areas, but is this the
pattern across the whole country? Are there areas in which 'Spuggies' are
still common, but have become the avian equivalent of 'The Purloined
Rare passage visitor
2 October 4th. at Red Rocks was the only record for the year.
[ Tree Sparrow are much scarcer than the above species but are fairly
widespread in the general area. The appearance of very small numbers during
either passage period is fairly regular on site. ]
Peak count 1st. winter period :- 4 March 6th.
Peak count 2nd passage period :- 31 between 0730 and0830 hrs. October 16th..
Peak count 2nd winter period :- 7 December 3rd.
[ Chaffinch are one of the scarcest of the resident British finches to be
found on site. The figure for the first part of the year reflects the use of
Hoylake Langfields as the main wintering area for many small passerines with
mixed flocks of finches reaching 100.]
Greenfinch to Reed