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Archived Latest Sightings -
March and April 2007.

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April 30 1 Black Kite between Storeton and Barnston by Station Road, showing well from dawn until at least 8.15am, then intermittently until 1600hrs. First Wirral record.
1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Red Rocks.
Possible Baird's Sandpiper which flew towards Burton Marsh - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

1 Red Kite by Leasowe Lighthouse flew W at 1243hrs, also 3 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Whinchat.
1 Hobby - Brimstage (east of Heswall).
At least 10 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
April 29 1 Black Kite between Storeton and Barnston at 1950hrs, may have gone to roost in New Hey Covert south of Station Road, Grid Ref: SJ294840; first ever record for Wirral.
14 Sandwich Tern, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Peregrine and 5 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
9 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Greenshank - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
6 Chiffchaff,  9 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch (2 pair) and 2 Wheatear along the Wirral Way between and including Dawpool Nature Reserve and Cubbins Green.
5 Little Egret - Tanskey Rocks.
2 Peregrine, 1 Redstart, 15 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 9 White Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit, 3 Arctic Tern, 35 Gannet, 25 Sandwich Tern and 20 Common Tern - Hilbre.

The outer perimeter and electric fences at the Gronant Little Tern colony will be erected next week - 30th April to 4th May. These fences are vital to keep people, dogs and foxes away from the colony. Anybody who wants to volunteer to help put the fences up will be very welcome - we need your help. For details ring either Geoff Robinson (RSPB) on 0151 336 7681 or Adrian Hibbert at Denbighshire Countryside Services on 01745 356197. We also need volunteers for wardening during the breeding season - see www.deeestuary.co.uk/news.htm

April 28 3 Swift, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Blackcap along Wirral Way between West Kirby and Thurstaston this morning.
2 Pied Flycatcher (male) - Park Lane, Meols, early morning.
4 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and 3 Wheatear in sand dunes/fields east of Dove Point, Meols.
2 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
150 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake, 90+ Sandwich Tern, c5 Common Tern and 2 Arctic Skua - Hoylake Shore.

6 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whinchat and 8 Reed Bunting - Neston Reedbed.
3 Whimbrel, 2 Raven, 1 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Peregrine - Heswall Shore.
2 Black Tern, 7 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

30 Common Tern and 25 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
April 27 2 Ring Ouzel (pair), 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks, 7 Sedge Warbler in reeds, Red Rocks Marsh.
6 Avocet, 7 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 1 Greenshank and 5 Ruff - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
2 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit - Hilbre.
1 Ring Ouzel (male), 31 Wheatear and 15+ Whitethroat - West Kirby Shore/dunes.
3 Whimbrel, 1 Whinchat, 2 Raven, 125 Shelduck, 175 Curlew, 2 Little Egret and 2 Swift - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore.
8 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse/Shore.
1 Scaup (fem), 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Great Skua and 1 Arctic Skua - Hoylake Shore.
April 26 2 Wood Warbler - Stapledon Wood, Caldy. north end about 2/300 yards from A540/Column Rd, still present noon close to Kings Drive North (just off Column Rd), also 1 Ring Ouzel (fem) in nearby fields.
1 Whinchat (m), 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 1 Whimbrel between  Leasowe Lighthouse and Meols.
4 Wheatear - Heswall, in field by Oldfield Farm.
9 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 3 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff - Point of Ayr this afternoon.
33 Whimbrel and 12 Grey Plover - Heswall Shore.
April 25 1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Common Sandpiper and 7 Swift - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Cuckoo, 3 Wheatear, 25 Swift and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Red Rocks.
5 Avocet, 6 Spotted Redshank and 70 Black-tailed Godwit - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem) in ploughed field immediately below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.

2 Whinchat, 20+ Wheatear and 10+ Grasshopper Warbler (singing) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Wood Warbler - Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
April 24 51 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Tree Pipit on the beach, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Reed Warbler in the sand dunes/reedbed - Gronant.
1 Osprey (at 9.15, flew NNE), 1 Ring Ouzel (m), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whinchat (m), 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Red Rocks early morning.
4 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Heswall fields/shore.

2 Wheatear and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem) in ploughed field immediately below Stapledon Wood, Caldy, 1230pm.
1 Arctic Tern - Hoylake Shore.

Please note four NEW birdwatching events in the April Newsletter - Newsletter Events.

April 23 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher - Hilbre, caught and ringed by Hilbre Bird Observatory this morning, also 1 Wheatear, 12+ Willow Warbler, 3 Sand Martin and 2 Sandwich Tern.
18 Wheatear, 2 Whimbrel, 100 mixed flock of hirundines, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 6 pair Yellowhammer and 6 pair Skylark - Heswall fields/shore.

Common Terns have arrived back at their Shotton colony, 14 present this morning.
3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Partridge and 6 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Tree Pipit and 1 Peregrine - Red Rocks.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem), plus 37 Magpie and 1 Wheatear, in ploughed field immediately below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
April 22 57 Sandwich Tern and 6 Little Tern - Gronant.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem), plus 42 Magpie, in ploughed field immediately below Stapledon Wood, Caldy, Ouzel still there 3pm.
1 Ring Ouzel (m) plus a few Willow Warblers - Hilbre.
1 Osprey flew over Hilbre to Red Rocks then south, 9.45am.
1 Whinchat, 1 Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 3 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Sandwich Tern - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Wheatear, 5 Ruff, 6  Spotted Redshank and 5 Avocet - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
April 21 1 Montague's Harrier (fem) over Moreton Brick Pits at 1015am flew NE.
1 Ring Ouzel (male), 1 Raven, 8 Wheatear and 2 Whimbrel - Heswall Fields/Shore.
5 Whimbrel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 10 House Martin - Hilbre.
24 Wheatear, 2 Grey Partridge, 4 Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Stonechat in fields/sand dunes near Leasowe Lighthouse.
5 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Shotwick Fields.
17 Wheatear - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Wheatear - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Redstart, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear and 3 Stock Dove - Heswall Golf Course.
4 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail and 36 Magpie in ploughed field immediately below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
April 20 200 Black-tailed Godwit (s/pl), 1 Little Ringed Plover and 6 Wheatear - Connah's Quay Reserve.
 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Peregrine and 1 Common Buzzard - Hoylake Langfields.
3 Ring Ouzel (2 male, 1 fem), 1 Raven, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, c200 Knot, c320 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Little Egret and 2 Grey Partridge - Heswall Fields/Shore.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and 6 House Martin - Hilbre.
1 Garganey (drake), 7 Spotted Redshank and 10 Avocet - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
12 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel and 4 White Wagtail in fields near Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Whimbrel. c70 Curlew, 2 Common Tern, c500 Oystercatcher, 100+ Shelduck and 3 Stonechat - Point of Ayr.
4 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Sedge Warbler and 4/5 Grasshopper Warbler - Neston Reedbed.
2 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Hoylake Shore.
April 19 5 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Whimbrel - Hilbre.
1 Red Kite (flying NNE at 1015am) and 3 Wheatear -
Red Rocks.
10 Wheatear in fields near Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Ring Ouzel (pair), 5 Yellowhammer, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear and 6 Little Egret - Heswall Fields/Shore, early morning.
April 18 1 Ring Ouzel (m) (still there pm) and 2 Tree Pipit - Heswall Fields National Trust, also 1 Whimbrel, 1 White Wagtail and both Lesser and Common Whitethroats nearby.
1 Redstart (m) near the Wirral Way by Thurstaston Country Park camp site.
1 Ring Ouzel (m), 3 Little Gull, 18 Manx Shearwater, 9 Gannet, 17 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Osprey flew NE over Hilbre High School, West Kirby, 1 Whimbrel in field nearby.

2 Common Sandpiper - Heswall, Riverbank Road
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April 17 1 Red-throated Diver, c20 Common Scoter, 5 Wheatear and 5 Whimbrel - Point of Ayr over high tide.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 5 Red-breasted Merganser - Heswall, Riverbank Road, over high tide
1 Ring Ouzel (m), 1 Redstart (m), 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and at least 5 Whitethroat between Thurstaston and Heswall.
2 Swift, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Tree Pipit, 4 Tree Sparrow and 2 Whitethroat - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
6 Little Gull, 2 Gannet, 11 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 19 Great Crested Grebe - Red Rocks, over high tide, also 3 Tree Pipit and 4 Wheatear.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem) - Ashton Park, West Kirby.

1 Cuckoo and 2 White Wagtail by  Leasowe Lighthouse.
April 16 1 Swift *first of spring* over Neston.
1 Whimbrel and 1 Peregrine, several thousand Redshank - Heswall Shore, 3 Whitethroat along Wirral Way.
3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whitethroat, 60+ House Martin, 40+ Swallow, 10 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, 6 Gadwall, 6 Ruff and 6 Spotted Redshank - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
6 Tree Pipit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and 4 Willow Warbler - Red Rocks, first Sedge Warblers reported yesterday.
1 Lesser Whitethroat *first of spring* on Wirral Way by Caldy.
April 15 2 Common Tern off Dove Point, Meols, first of the spring.
1 Whitethroat (m) first of spring, , 6 Tree Sparrow, 5 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler and 4 White Wagtail - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

2 Whimbrel and 4 Yellow Wagtail - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Neston Old Quay.
1 Cuckoo (first of spring), 1 Ring Ouzel (m), 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Corn Bunting, 1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 1 Redstart (fem), 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Grey Partridge, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler and 5 Wheatear by Leasowe Lighthouse.

12 Tree Pipit, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Redstart - Hilbre.
3 Sandwich Tern on groyne, 1 Redstart in the Old Tower ground  - New Brighton.
1 Raven, 2 Common Buzzard and 2 Stock Dove - Thurstaston.
April 14 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 10 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
3 Sandwich Tern, 19 Wheatear, 4 White Wagtail, 20 Willow Warbler, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks/West Kirby Shore.
1 Raven flying over, 1 Common Sandpiper on breakwater, 1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 6 Willow Warblers (singing), 2 Stonechat (pair), 5 Wheatear, 4 Sandwich Tern and 1 Gannet -  Leasowe Lighthouse/Meols Common.
1 Redstart (m) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
April 13 2 Tree Pipit and 6 Wheatear - Thurstaston, Wirral Country Park.
1 Osprey over Caldy Golf Course, heading NE.
1 Redstart, 8 Eider, 10 Purple Sandpiper and 5 Tree Pipit - Hilbre.
1 Kingfisher and 3 Mandarin on Arrowe Park Lake.
5 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
6 Wheatear and 2 Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse/Meols Common this morning, 1 Ring Ouzel behind Lighthouse at 5.30pm.
8 Avocet, 2 Mediterranean Gull, c175 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
April 12 29 Little Gull, 3 Wheatear, 23 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red-throated Diver, 150 Sanderling, 5 Common Scoter and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre Island.
1 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
5 Wheatear (4 Greenland race) and 1 Ring Ouzel (fem) - Red Rocks.
4 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 6 Spotted Redshank and 5 Ruff - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
April 11 217 Little Gull and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre Island.
3,000 Knot flying high over Hoylake towards Formby Point, 1 Peregrine on the beach.
20 Common Scoter off Leasowe Lighthouse, 1 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat in the sand dunes.
12 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 4 Yellowhammer (singing), 3 Wheatear, 1 Peregrine (m), c175 Grey Plover and c200 Shelduck - Heswall/Thurstaston this morning, 2 Grasshopper Warbler heard along the Wirral Way in last couple of days.
1 Osprey circling low over Thurstaston Visitor Centre this afternoon, also 6 Common Buzzard and 6 House Martin.
2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

1 Sandwich Tern and 200 Great Crested Grebe off Hoylake Shore, evening.
April 10 1 Osprey over West Kirby heading towards Hoylake, early morning.
30+ Sand Martin, 11 House Martin, 5 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
April 9 3 Avocet, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 6 Ruff, 6 Gadwall, 5 House Martin, c20-30 Swallow, 11 Grey Heron, 22 Little Egret and 1 Willow Warbler -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
1 Willow Warbler - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
April 8 174 Little Gull, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Wheatear - Hilbre.
17 Little Egret - Neston Old Quay.
3 Avocet and 1 Willow Warbler -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

6 Redpoll over Meols Common flying north.
2 Stonechat (pair) near Leasowe Lighthouse.
April 7 4 Wheatear and 21 Little Egret - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
2 Sandwich Tern off Leasowe Lightouse.
2 Sandwich Tern and at least 3 Purple Sandpiper - Wallasey Shore.
April 6 5 Wheatear and 2 White Wagtail - West Kirby Shore, 1 Ring Ouzel on the golf course.
1 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE came past Decca Pools, Burton up to Heswall then over to Crosby.


White-tailed Eagle with Buzzard over Heswall, Steve Williams.
Second photo on Birding North West Website.

9 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 2 White Wagtail also 2 Common Buzzard and 3 Sparrowhawk in the air together - Gayton, Swallows reported from various other locations.

April Newsletter now published on this website.

April 5 13 Wheatear in horse paddocks by Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Wheatear, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Purple Sandpiper, also 2 Dolphins and c200 Grey Seals - Hilbre.
1 Avocet, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff and 340 Black-tailed Godwit - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
April 4 91 Sanderling, 1 Red-throated Diver, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Little Gull, 12 Common Scoter and 8 Wigeon off Leasowe Lighthouse at low tide, also 80-100 Meadow Pipit and 46 Skylark over.
1 Whimbrel, 2,500 Redshank and 8 Little Egret - Heswall Shore, also 5 singing Chiffchaff and 1 Yellowhammer.
1 Osprey - circled over Greenfield Valley then crossed over the estuary and flew over the English side just north of Parkgate.
1 Avocet, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ruff and c300 Black-tailed Godwit - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
April 3 1 Willow Warbler singing on Grange Hill, West Kirby *first of spring*, also 3 Swallow over.
3 Stonechat and a steady passage of Meadow Pipits - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Common Scoter and 6 Little Gull - Red Rocks at high tide.
1 Great Northern Diver, 20 Little Gull and 12 Red-throated Diver seen from boat off North Wirral.
April 2 37 Brent Geese, 8 Wheatear and 6 Little Gull - Hilbre.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Spotted Redshank, 6 Gadwall and 4 Little Grebe - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

12 Wheatear and 2 White Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
April 1 1 Swallow, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Common Scoter, 59 Brent Geese (55 pale-bellied and 4 dark-bellied), 1 Snipe, 1 Wheatear and 18 Purple Sandpiper, a good passage of Meadow Pipit - Hilbre.
1 Corn Bunting and 1 House Martin (first of spring) by Leasowe Lighthouse.
March 31 53 Brent Geese, 1 Wheatear and 12 Purple Sandpiper, a good passage of Meadow Pipit - Hilbre.
March 30 1,500 Herring Gull, 1,200 Knot, 500 Redshank and 600 Oystercatcher off Dove Point, Meols after high tide.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 3 Ruff - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

57 Brent Geese (incl 1 dark-bellied), 24 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar, c500 Common Gull moving north, 8 Little Gull and 12 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre over high tide.
5 Pied Wagtail, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 160 Oystercatcher, 140 Shelduck and 60 Redshank - Point of Ayr at high tide.
2 Merlin and 20+ Little Egret - Neston Reedbed.
March 29 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - flew inland from Thurstaston Shore, 1 Raven on the beach.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 9 Spotted Redshank - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
March 28 5 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat in sand dunes east of Dove Point, Meols.
4 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat - Hoylake Shore close to Lifeboat Station.
2 Stonechat by Leasowe Bay, 400 Herring Gull on beach by the Gunsite.
A good passage of Meadow Pipits all along the North Wirral coast.
March 27 9 Wheatear (fem & 8 male) and 2 Stonechat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Water Rail and 1 Stonechat, small passage of Meadow Pipit - Red Rocks.
1 Marsh Harrier (male) and 2 White Wagtail - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Dipper - Greenfield Valley, below St Winifred Well.
1 Spotted Redshank - Point of Ayr.
March 26 1 Avocet, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 200 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Gadwall - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
1 Raven over Caldy Hill.
1 Wheatear (male) - New Brighton, Kings Parade.
1 Great Skua - Red Rocks.
1 Red Kite - Thurstaston Hill.
March 25 Birds seen during Woodland Wildlife walk this morning: 200 Knot on estuary plus 100 flew low over fields near Dungeon Wood, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Yellowhammer, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Treecreeper -  Wirral Way and Dungeon Wood.
1 Corn Bunting in field behind Old Baths then flew on to marsh, also 1 Greenshank - Parkgate Marsh.
12 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Red-throated Diver and 4 Little Gull off Leasowe Lighthouse.
March 24 2 Wheatear (male) and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Leasowe Gunsite.
4 Avocet - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

3 Sand Martin and 2 Little Egret - Gilroy Nature Park/ Hoylake Langfields.
750 Knot, 2 Common Buzzard and 3 Little Egret - Heswall Shore, 7 Chiffchaff along the Wirral Way.
March 23 4 Wheatear, 6 White Wagtail, 4 Stonechat and 2 Water Rail between West Kirby and Red Rocks, early morning.
45 Brent Geese - Little Eye at high tide.
1 Swallow over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
4 Avocet, 2 Bewick's Swan, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Spotted Redshank - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
March 22 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine and 1 Merlin off golf  course, Parkgate Marsh.
5 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 2 Merlin and 10 Red-breasted Merganser - HeswalI, Riverbank Road.
March 21 At least 25 Great Crested Grebe off Leasowe Lighthouse at half tide.
50 Common Scoter off Hoylake Shore out towards North Hoyle windfarm.
2 Little Egret - West Kirby Shore, on marsh.
4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Grey Partridge and 1 Hen Harrier (ad fem)  - Parkgate Marsh RSPB, tide just made it to the wall at the Old Baths a good half hour after the official high tide time, 2 Corn Bunting in field behind Old Baths.
55 Brent Geese - Hilbre Island.

6 Common Buzzard heading NE just north of Heswall.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 6 Common Buzzard and 16 Little Egret - Burton Marsh RSPB.
March 20 1 Fulmar over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 2 Stonechat and 1 Scaup - Parkgate Marsh RSPB, disappointingly tide came nowhere near covering the marsh today due to strong north wind and high atm. pressure. I'm making no predictions about tomorrow!
1 Gannet and 1 Little Gull - Leasowe Gunsite.

22+ Linnet in field near Leasowe Lighthouse, 1 Little Gull along the shore after high tide.
March 19 2 Leach's Petrel (confirmed sighting!), 18 Red-throated Diver, 12 Gannet and 5 Little Gull - Point of Ayr over high tide.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin, 1 Little Gull and 14 Little Egret - Parkgate Marsh RSPB, tide didn't quite make it to the wall.
1 Eider (drake), 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin and 2 Peregrine - Heswall, Riverbank Road.

I've just been told that 1 Red Kite flew over Heswall on March 12th.
6 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) next to jnt 2 of M53.
March 18 17 White Wagtail and 4 Grey Wagtail - Hoylake Langfields.
2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Marsh off the golf course, tide covered the marsh at Heswall up to Cottage Lane.
100+ Little Gull and 2 Kittiwake - New Brighton.
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin and 2 Peregrine - Heswall, Riverbank Road.
March 17 1 Sand Martin over West Kirby.
3,000 Knot, 400 Dunlin, 340 Curlew and 11 Brent Geese - West Kirby Shore.
4 Sand Martin, 6 Spotted Redshank and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Inner Marsh Farm.
2 Gannet and 1 Merlin - Point of Ayr.
March 16 1 Swallow *first of spring* - Inner Marsh Farm.
5 Gannet off Red Rocks,  on horizon towards West Hoyle wind farm.
1 Merlin off Riverbank Road, Heswall.
2 Stonechat (pair) and 1 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Stonechat (pair) - Leasowe
Gunsite.
1 Merlin and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
March 15 1 Sand Martin *first of spring* 11 days earlier than last year, also a few White Wagtails - Hilbre Island.
1 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine and 1 Common Buzzard - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wheatear - West Kirby Shore, 2 Sand Martin over.
March 14 76 Brent Geese (pale-bellied), 4+ Purple Sandpiper, 24+ Red-breasted Merganser and 10 Great Crested Grebe - Hilbre Island.
March 13 2 Water Rail, 50+ Meadow Pipit and 5 Stock Dove - Red Rocks.
2 Wheatear and 3 Bullfinch - Cubbins Green, West Kirby.
1 Wheatear - Denhall Lane, Burton.
3 Chiffchaff - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wheatear (male) - Leasowe Gunsite.
2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Chiffchaff - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

6 White Wagtail *first of spring**, 78 Brent Geese (pale-bellied), 4 Goldcrest,  37 Red-breasted Merganser - Hilbre Island.
March 12 1 Wheatear (male) - Leasowe Gunsite this afternoon, first of spring and eleven days earlier than last year.
145 Great Crested Grebe and 30 Common Scoter - Dove Point, Meols.

3,500 Knot flew high over West Kirby heading north, 9 Goldcrest in trees at the bottom of Black Horse Hill.
1 Wheatear on marsh - West Kirby Shore.
March 11 1 Goosander (fem) - Meols, on pond by station.
1 Snow Bunting (fem), in sand dunes east of Dove Point, Meols.

1 Merlin - Heswall, Riverbank Road.
1 Merlin - Parkgate Marsh.
3 Yellowhammer and 16 Skylarks in the air together - Burton Marsh, Decca Pools.

6+ Purple Sandpiper, 1 Gannet, 2+ Red-throated Diver, 27 Brent Geese, 20+ Common Scoter, 1 Rock Pipit, 20+ Great Crested Grebe and 4+ Guillemot - Hilbre Island.
March 10 7,000 Knot - Thurstaston Shore at low tide.
2 Stonechat and 1 Peregrine - Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Green-winged Teal - Connah's Quay Reserve.
March 9 1 Green-winged Teal off Denhall Lane, Burton Marsh.
2 Purple Sandpiper at high tide - Hilbre Island.
c6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Peregrine and a probable Curlew Sandpiper - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
1 Purple Sandpiper on wooden raft on New Brighton Marine Lake.
March 8 73 Brent Geese (72 pale-bellied, 1 dark-bellied), 40 Common Scoter and 20 Great Crested Grebe - Hilbre Island at low tide.
222 Great Crested Grebe between Dove Point and Leasowe Lighthouse, half to one mile out, also 3 Gannet.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 50+ Grey Heron, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Twite and 20 Fieldfare - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
March 7 88+ Great Crested Grebe and 6 Common Scoter off Dove Point, Meols, as tide came in.
90+ Brent Geese (pale-bellied) - Little Eye at high tide, a record high count for March.
3 Spotted Redshank and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

March Newsletter now published on this website.

March 6 80+ Brent Geese - Little Eye.
3 Willow Tit in scrub by Red Rocks Marsh, scarce these days in north Wirral.
1 Blackcap in song and 7 Bullfinch - Cubbins Green, West Kirby.
1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore, 2 Chiffchaff singing nearby.
1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Snow bunting - Point of Ayr.
March 5 2 Gannet on the horizon off Hoylake Shore.
5 Avocet over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, heading north.
c200 Shelduck, c400 Redshank, c200 Knot, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Common Buzzard - Heswall Shore and Fields.
2 Peregrine (pair), 2 Merlin (pair), 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Great Crested Grebe - Heswall, Riverbank Road.
March 4 3 Spotted Redshank -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
March 3 4,000 Herring Gull on Hoylake Shore but very little else!
March 2 c500 Common Scoter out in Liverpool Bay seen from West Kirby Shore.
At least 85 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) - Little Eye/Hilbre, 7 of these flew to Bird rock, Red Rocks.
1 Green-winged Teal - Burton Marsh.
38 Grey Heron, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 150 Pink-footed Geese,
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 2 Golden Plover and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
March 1 250 Curlew roosting in field - Leasowe.
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Brambling and 20+ Linnet - Leasowe Gunsite.
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