Systematic list -
Cormorant to Brent Goose.
Shelduck to Long-tailed
Common Scoter to Merlin (below).
Barbary Falcon to Knot.
Sanderling to Black-tailed
Bar-tailed Godwit to Grey
Pomarine Skua to Corn Bunting will be
published in the April 2002 Newsletter.
The status line included for each
species is adapted from the Cheshire and Wirral
Ornithological Society's bird report.
Uncommon coastal winter visitor
Recorded in every month and on most
days when we looked at the sea for long enough!
Monthly maxima 2000:
Monthly maxima 2001:
121 on June 27th 2000, 436 on Oct
28th 2001 and 125 on Oct 30th were exceptional counts.
Rare coastal passage migrant and
An adult male surprised us by
flying east very close in before splashing down near the site of Hoylake
baths on Oct 27th, close enough to see the bill colour and eye patch. It was
also present on Oct 30th and Nov 1st.
A female type flew west with
Scoter on Oct 28th 2001
Uncommon winter visitor
Recorded on just seven dates between
Oct 27th and Apr 7th 2001. Nine on the latter date was the only count above
two. This species seems to be declining locally, presumably due the
increased human usage of the Marine Lake in West Kirby over the last ten or
Scarce coastal visitor
First recorded as late as Oct 2nd
2000 but then regular offshore in small numbers until May 11th 2001 then
again from Sept 15th 2001. Six on Oct 12th 2000 and again Apr 20th 2001,
eight the following day and ten on Oct 29th were the largest counts.
Scarce winter inland visitor, rare
12 flew W then up the River Dee on
Sept 10th 2001. This mirrors three similar records from Red Rocks in the 80s
and early 90s.
A female and eclipse drake flew west
at sea on Nov 15th 2000 causing some initial identification problems!
Fairly common resident
Surprisingly scarce migrant. First
recorded on Aug 30th when three movedsouth west. Singles were recorded on a
further 12 widely separated dates in all seasons.
||One came in off
the coast at 10:30 on Sept 28th causing pandemonium amongst the roosting
gulls. We had spent the previous week staring at the skies hoping to
pick up one of the many Honey Buzzards, which were passing through
Seaforth, which is visible from the bedroom window! It appears that this
Osprey was more willing to cross water! A second bird spent a few
minutes fishing unsuccessfully in the outgoing tide edge before wheeling
off eastwards at 14:10 on Apr 21st 2001. It drifted over the Mersey
mouth and Seaforth about 20 minutes later! Remarkably another flew over
the house and headed out towards Formby on April 30th 2001.
Uncommon resident and migrant
Only six records so far, singles on
Jun 6th 2000, Sept 15th 2000, Mar 25th 2001, Jul 1st 2001, Sept 1st 2001 and
Nov 13th 2001. The last record here was of an adult male hunting in the
front garden. This species is declining locally.
Very scarce winter visitor
The first record of this species came
in the form of an immature male, which spent a few minutes sat on the front
garden wall on Sept 27th2000. Perhaps the same male took a small calidrid on
Oct 10th 2000 in a spectacular chase, while a female flew east low over the
sea on Nov 11th2000. In 2001 recorded on Mar 25th 2001, the early date of
Aug 7th when a female went west and Oct 28th when another flew low through
the front garden.
Barbary Falcon to Knot.