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November and December 2006.

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 December 31 3 Brent Geese (dark-bellied) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
27 Twite by Flint Castle.
 December 30 2 Brent Geese (dark-bellied), 1 Barnacle Goose, c3,000 Canada Geese, 10 Spotted Redshank, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Blackcap (m) and 10 Gadwall - Connah's Quay Reserve.
c20 Bewick's Swan, c20 Whooper Swan and c40 Mute Swan - Shotwick Fields.
1,000 Lapwing and 500 Shelduck - Flint Shore.
9 Shoveler, 461 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Snipe, 5 Water Rail, 2 Tree Sparrow, 23 Stock Dove, 50+ Skylark and 2 Peregrine - Hoylake Langfields.
2 Water Rail and 5 Stonechat - Red Rocks Marsh/sand dunes.

18 Goldeneye, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake, 3 Purple Sandpiper feeding nearby.
2 Mandarin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 17 Fieldfare and 5 Nuthatch - Ashton Park, West Kirby.
 December 29 1 Whooper Swan, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Raven overhead - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Whooper Swan flew from Liverpool towards Leasowe Shore.
1 Great Skua and 1 Kittiwake -
Hoylake Shore.
 December 28 900 Lapwing, 90 Golden Plover, 4,300 Knot and 100 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore, waders in low tide roost in Heswall Gutter, 1 Merlin off Riverbank Road.
9,000 Knot and 96 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
94 Brent Geese (highest count this winter) and 13 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre Island.

1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) and 1 Green-winged Teal - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
 December 27 14 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2,195 Bar-tailed Godwit - Leasowe Shore, 600 Lapwing on sand bank by Leasowe Lighthouse.
48 Pintail in channel - Thurstaston Shore.
755 Lapwing, 123 Golden Plover, c3,000 Knot, 235 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Raven, 2 Peregrine and 2 Common Buzzard - Heswall Shore, c300 Redwing and c100 Fieldfare moving through the fields by the Wirral Way.
 December 26 No sign of Great Northern Diver this morning - West Kirby Marine Lake.
87 Brent Geese (84 pale-bellied, 3 dark-bellied), 1 Merlin (fem) and 7 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre Island.
 December 25 1 Great Northern Diver, 22 Goldeneye and 11 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
14,000 Dunlin, 17,000 Knot, 73 Grey Plover, 117 Redshank and 251 Sanderling - West Kirby Shore, 2 Merlin along railway line inland.

4,100 Oystercatcher, 493 Curlew, 900 Shelduck and 1 Peregrine - Little Eye.
 December 24 3 Hen Harrier (2 sub-ad male and 1 ringtail) and 1 Merlin - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
 December 23 1 Great Northern Diver, 17 Goldeneye and 6 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
13,000 Knot, 200 Sanderling, 400 Grey Plover, 200 Curlew, 720 Oystercatcher and 7,000 Dunlin - West Kirby Shore.
12,600 Dunlin, 15,000 Knot, 500 Grey Plover and 630 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore, 1 Purple Sandpiper by slipway halfway along prom.

1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv), 290 Lapwing, 1 Raven and 1 Brambling - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 14 Little Egret and 1000+ Lapwing - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
 December 22 1 Great Northern Diver, 15 Goldeneye and 2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8,000 Knot, 320 Grey Plover and 9,000 Dunlin - West Kirby Shore.
25 Brent Geese (pale-bellied), 100 Shelduck and 1,000 Oystercatcher - Little Eye.
5 Purple Sandpiper (2 roosting and 3 feeding) - Wallasey Shore.
12,000 Knot and 4,000 Dunlin - opposite Roman Road , Meols, at half tide, 2,000 of the Knot almost within touching distance below the prom!
 December 21 Please click here to read RSPB statement regarding the Giant Windfarm on the Isle of Lewis.

1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake, heard calling this morning.
11,000 Dunlin, 13,000 Knot, 2,500 Grey Plover and 200 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore.
4,000 Knot and 4,000 Dunlin - West Kirby Shore.
74 Brent Geese (pale-bellied), 500 Shelduck and 3,000 Oystercatcher - Little Eye.

c1,000 Black-tailed Godwit, c1,000 Lapwing and 1 Peregrine - Heswall Shore.

 December 20 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake over high tide, also 730 Dunlin, 91 Redshank, 35 Knot, 63 Turnstone and 1 Purple Sandpiper on lake wall.
About 40 Brent Geese mingling with 200 Shelduck between Little Eye and
Middle Hilbre as tide came in.
1 Richard's Pipit flew south over the marsh at Heswall at high tide, seen and heard by experienced observers, also 320 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 500 Lapwing, 4,000 Oystercatcher, 11,000 Knot and 1 Peregrine.
2 Purple Sandpiper on rocks below Wallasey Life-guard Station.
15,000 Knot off Dove Point, Meols, as tide went out.
 December 19 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 7 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake, GND still there 2pm.
25 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Ringed Plover, 81 Brent Geese, 12 Lapwing, 11 Teal and 1 Rock Pipit -
Hilbre Island before the fog came down, thanks to Hilbre Bird Observatory.
 December 18 1 Great Northern Diver and 5 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake present all day.
270 Black-tailed Godwit and 800 Lapwing - Heswall Shore, 7 Grey Partridge in scrub behind beach.
150 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8,000 Knot and 30 Turnstone - Thurstaston Shore.
1,750 Bar-tailed Godwit plus approx. 2,000 Grey Plover, 5,000 Knot and 5,000 Dunlin - Leasowe Shore at low tide.
1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail) - Burton Marsh.

1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) and 10 Ruff - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
 December 17 1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake, still there 1.30pm showing well north end.
1 Snow Bunting (fem) and 3 Stonechat - West Kirby Shore (on rocks/sand dunes by Pinfold steps).
8 Ruff, 70 Redshank, 24 Golden Plover and 1,000 Teal - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
4 Stonechat - Burton Marsh, 22 Shoveler and 100 Wigeon on Decca Pools.
 December 16 1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake, present all day.
1 Snow Bunting, 87 Brent Geese (pale-bellied), 12 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Peregrine - Hilbre Island.
40 Twite - Flint Castle.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
16 Bewick's Swan and 12 Whooper Swan - Shotwick Fields.

1 Hen Harrier (ad male) - Heswall Marsh.
13,000 Knot and 170 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
3 Hen Harrier (2 ring-tail and 1 male) - Parkgate Marsh RSPB, coming in to roost.
 December 15 1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake, north end, still there at 3.15pm with 1 Great Crested Grebe.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv), 5 Ruff and 30 Shoveler - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
 December 14 6 Spotted Redshank, 3,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 500 Knot and 450 Wigeon - Oakenholt Marsh RSPB.
40 Twite and 1 Merlin, 1,200 Pintail in river channel - Flint Castle.
1 Brent Goose (dark-bellied) - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
 December 12 c6,000 Knot and 3 Raven - Heswall Shore.
1 Leach's Petrel freshly dead - West Kirby centre, by concourse.
 December 11 1 Kittiwake among the gulls, also 4 Water Rail, 214 Carrion Crow, 62 Jackdaw, 61 Rook and 39 Magpie - Hoylake Langfields.
12,000 Knot and 86 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
3 Purple Sandpiper and 68 Turnstone on rocks below Wallasey Life-guard Station.
1 Great Skua harassing gulls, on sand bank in middle of Estuary off Parkgate.
1 Leach's Petrel -
Hoylake Shore.
 December 10 5 Purple Sandpiper - Wallasey Lifeguard Station.
1 Leach's Petrel, 2 Red-throated diver, 7 Great Crested Grebe and 68 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) - Red Rocks.

970 Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, 3 Spotted Redshank, 300 Teal and 300 Wigeon - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Shag (ad), 3000 Knot, 2000 Dunlin 350 Grey Plover 10 Ringed Plover and about 45 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore.

Leach's Petrels - info from Brian Unwin with many thanks. See also yesterday's note.

The flow of reports has been down on the west coast of Britain, from the Firth of Clyde southwards, but especially from Morecambe Bay, North Lancashire southwards, to Land's End, Cornwall - as well as along the coast of southern England to West Sussex, but mainly to Dorset. In addition there have been large counts on both the west and south coasts of Ireland.
In the case of Britain, there were particularly large concentrations on the Glamorgan and Gwynedd coasts of Wales earlier in the movement but since Friday the biggest day counts anywhere since the event began over Dec 1-3 have been on the Merseyside and Devon coasts (190 and 155 respectively). Another feature earlier in the week was scores moving up the River Severn, with double figure counts within ten miles of Gloucester. Although some were later seen returning south, this part of the movement is probably responsible for the subsequent spate of reports from land-locked sites across the Midlands, from Shropshire and Worcestershire to Cambridgeshire and north to Derbyshire (there have been other reports in England as far north as North Yorkshire).
The total number of birds involved in the reports from what must now be about 200 locations is now in excess of 2,000, making it bigger than the "wreck" of December 1989 but not yet on the same scale as the "wreck of late Oct/early Nov, 1952, which apparently involved more than 7,000 birds. However, with more storms forecast over the next three weeks, this may only be the beginning. "Wrecks" involving this species seem to be happening more frequently, perhaps due to climate change - the 1952 occurrence was the first recorded since September 1891.

Please Note: Any Leach's Petrels found dead should be deep frozen (in a freezer) then sent to Dr Stephen Votier of Plymouth University, please email me (Richard Smith - click email above) for details.

 December 9 4 Leach's Petrel past before high tide - Hilbre Island, news kindly provided by the Hilbre Bird Observatory, also 80 Brent Geese.
68 Leach's Petrel flew west but a few doubled back, 2 Great Skua (plus one Skua spp), 1 Manx Shearwater, 90 Pintail, 22 Kittiwake, 1 Fulmar, 1 Eider (drake) and 4,000 Knot - Hoylake Shore.
10 - Meols Shore this afternoon.
74 Leach's Petrel (count for whole day) and 1 Grey Phalarope - Leasowe Gunsite.
20+ Leach's Petrel and 3 Little Gull - New Brighton (190 seen between 09.30 and 15.30 from across the river Mersey at Crosby).
8 Leach's Petrel, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Scaup (fem), 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 120 Pintail, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Peregrine, 3 Snow bunting and 8 Brent Geese - Point of Ayr.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine (m), 3 Brent Geese (over), 1 Green-winged Teal (drake), 3 Twite, 7 Siskin, 100+ Linnet and 12 Goldfinch - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.

For those not aware of what has been happening elsewhere on the west coast, these Leach's Petrel sightings might seem a bit strange as normally records out side late August to October are almost unheard of. But we have had a long period of southerly winds, and in particular a few days ago an intense low pressure system steamed in from the SW, i.e. Bay of Biscay and points further SW where huge numbers overwinter. This resulted in many Leach's Petrel being blown in to south facing coasts - Porthmadog had over 100 on two days during this last week. No doubt many were blown right up in to the northern half of the Irish Sea, with the wind turning round to the NW early yesterday morning these birds have now been blown straight on to the north Wirral coast and then flown out past Hilbre and Point of Ayr - as they do in September gales. The difference now is that these birds have been blown in from the south, rather than through the North Channel. I know of no previous December records for Wirral, but there was a similar 'wreck' in December 1989 which effected Scotland, although far more birds appear to be involved this year (thanks to Brian Unwin for the info).

 December 8

20 Leach's Petrel past Hilbre Island today, news kindly provided by the Hilbre Bird Observatory - a remarkable number as there hasn't been a single record of one in December for over 40 years.
1 Hen Harrier, 500 Teal, 3,000 Knot, c100 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
1 Leach's Petrel past Red Rocks at high tide, also 1 Peregrine and 10 Wigeon.
3 Purple Sandpiper, 66 Turnstone, 49 Redshank, 119 Dunlin and 23 Knot on West Kirby Marine Lake wall at high tide.
67 Brent Geese (pale-bellied), 1 Peregrine, 400 Cormorant and 1,800 Oystercatcher - Little Eye.

1 Leach's Petrel off Wallasey Life-guard Station moving east, 1 Purple Sandpiper on rocks, 1 Leach's recovered at 4pm about 600m inland.
1 Leach's Petrel in Mersey mouth near New Brighton (probably same one as above).
1 Leach's Petrel - Point of Ayr at 11.30am, also c72 Brent Geese, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Peregrine and 2 Raven.
2 Leach's Petrel going east and 3 going west this afternoon - Leasowe Gunsite.

 
Leach's Petrel recovered in Wallasey 4pm, Richard Smith

 December 7 1 Merlin (fem) sitting on roof top - West Kirby, near Gilroy Nature Park.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 60 Pink-footed Geese, 2,000 Shelduck, 600 Teal and the usual waders - Parkgate Marsh RSPB at high tide.
 December 6 1 Purple Sandpiper and 48 Turnstone on rocks by Wallasey Life-guard Station.
1 Leach's Petrel, 1 Little Gull and 1 Fulmar off Hoylake Shore.
78 Brent Geese (incl 1 dark-bellied), 40 Pintail, 16 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Snow Bunting - Point of Ayr.

December Newsletter now published on this website.

 December 5 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, c3,000 Shelduck, c250 Wigeon and c1,000 Redshank - Heswall, Riverbank Road.
 December 4 c45 Brent Geese, 250 Cormorant and 2,500 Oystercatcher - Little Eye at high tide.
2 Shag, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake, 101 Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 337 Dunlin, 158 Redshank and 4 Knot on the lake wall at high tide.
A few Leach's Petrels reported in the Irish Sea but no records from off the Dee Estuary/ north Wirral coast as yet.
1 Little Auk - Hilbre.
 December 3 400+ Lapwing on Parkgate Marsh this morning.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Leasowe Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
7 Grey Partridge sheltering from gale by Neston Old Quay.
 December 1 2 Peregrine, 560 Black-tailed Godwit and 8,000 Knot - Heswall Shore.

December Newsletter now published on this website.

 November 30 4 Stonechat and 4 Water Rail - Red Rocks Marsh.
3 Shag, 11 Goldeneye and 14 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake, 47 Turnstone and 3 Purple Sandpiper feeding nearby off south end.
2,600 Bar-tailed Godwit and 8,000 Knot - Leasowe Shore at half tide.
 November 29 70 Brent Geese (69 pale-bellied, 1 dark-bellied) - Hilbre Island .
1 Snow Bunting and 400 Wigeon - Point of Ayr.
160 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Wigeon, 192 Curlew and 60 Redshank - Warren Farm fields, Talacre.
20 Whooper Swan and 13 Bewick's Swan - Shotwick Fields.
3 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
 November 28 600 Sanderling, 22 Purple Sandpiper and 68 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) on Hilbre Island late afternoon on a rising tide, kindly provided by the Hilbre Bird Observatory.
4 Hen Harrier (2 sub-ad males, 1 fem and 1 juv male) - Parkgate Marsh late afternoon.
3 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
10,000+ Knot and 1,600 Shelduck south of Tanskey Rocks at low tide.
November 27 8 Goldeneye, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Shag and 2 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake, 93 Turnstone, 37 Redshank and 2 Purple Sandpiper feeding nearby.
3 Stonechat, 2 Water Rail and 2 Peregrine - Red Rocks Marsh.
5 Purple Sandpiper on rocks below Wallasey Lifeguard Station.
1 Peregrine, 400 Lapwing, c200 Golden Plover, c7,000 Knot, c2,000 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and c3,000 Shelduck - Heswall Shore.
c2,000 Bar-tailed Godwit with c30,000 mixed flock of waders, too far out for accurate count - Hoylake Shore.
November 26 103 Little Egret came in to roost, also 125 Golden Plover and 1 Green-winged Teal (drake) - Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
November 25 2 Peregrine (m & f), 125 Golden Plover, 1 Hen Harrier (m), 1 Merlin (f) and c100 Stock Dove - Heswall Shore.
52 Bewick's Swan - Shotwick Fields.
4 Hen Harrier (2 sub-ad males, 1 fem and 1 juv male) in the air together at the Parkgate roost this evening, also 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine.
6+ Purple Sandpiper, 1 Shag (juv) and  and 1 Rock Pipit by Wallasey Life-guard Station.
November 24 21,000 Knot, 5,000 Dunlin, 370 Bar-tailed Godwit, 280 Sanderling and 340 Grey Plover - Hoylake Shore, high tide.
10,000 Knot, 4,000 Dunlin, 130 Grey Plover and 42 Sanderling - West Kirby Shore, high tide.
43 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) and 300 Cormorant - Little Eye, high tide.
November 23 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in tree along Echo Lane which is footpath behind Ring O' Bells pub, West Kirby.
4 Hen Harrier (2 sub-ad males, 1 fem and 1 juv male) came in to Parkgate roost this evening.
November 22 8 Purple Sandpiper and 60 Turnstone roosting on rocks just below Wallasey Life-guard Station, 5 Common Scoter off-shore.
1 Purple Sandpiper, 45 Ringed Plover, 70 Redshank and 80 Turnstone on breakwater next to site of pier - New Brighton.
1 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank, 550 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit and c3,000 Knot - Heswall Shore.
8 Raven - Thurstaston.
November 21 7 Leach's Petrel, 1 Little Auk and 2 Little Gull - Hilbre Island in strong west wind, latest Leach's Petrels since 1987.
1,000 Black-tailed Godwit and 3,000 Knot - Heswall Shore.
November 20 1 Peregrine, c3,800 Knot, c1,000 Dunlin, 91 Bar-tailed Godwit and c650 Black-tailed Godwit (four colour ringed) - Heswall Shore, 4 Grey Partridge on Wirral Way.
6 Purple Sandpiper, 82 Turnstone, 115 Sanderling, 1,500 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2,500 Knot - Wallasey Shore at high tide.
November 19 2 Peregrine and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Decca Pools, Burton Marsh.
1 Merlin on post of Sheldrake's Restaurant, Heswall Marsh.
1 Kingfisher and 2 Water Rail - Hoylake Langfields.
99 Turnstone, 151 Redshank, 220 Dunlin, 5 Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake, at high tide.
58 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) - Little Eye.
3,300 Knot, 4,000 Dunlin, 145 Grey Plover, 143 Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Sanderling and 350 Shelduck - West Kirby Shore at high tide, 1 Merlin hunting inland by railway.
4 Hen Harrier (1 ringtail, 1 juv male and 2 male) and 1 Merlin - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
November 18 1 Peregrine, 1 Hen Harrier (male) and 13 Little Egret - Heswall Marsh, Riverbank Rd.
1,000 Bar-tailed Godwit - Wallasey Shore, early pm, and 1 Purple Sandpiper on sea wall.
3 Hen Harrier (1 ringtail and 2 sub-ad male), 1 Merlin, 30+ Pinkfooted Geese and 10+ Little Egret - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 3 Water Rail, 2 Common Buzzard (feeding on Canada Goose) and 1 Peregrine, 60 Little Egret came in to roost-  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
November 17 2 Peregrine, 9,000 Knot and 650 Black-tailed Godwit (6 colour ringed) - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 17 Little Egret - Heswall Marsh, Riverbank Rd.
1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) and 5 Ruff -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
1 Hen Harrier ( ringtail), possible Spoonbill showing briefly off car park at 11am - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
4 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail and 2 male in air together), came in to roost this evening - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
November 16 47 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) off Little Hilbre.
42 Knot, 76 Dunlin, 49 Turnstone, 175 Redshank and 1 Purple Sandpiper on the lake wall, 1 Shag, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 11 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake, at high tide.
3,000 Knot and 650 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore.
1 Spoonbill, 3 Hen Harrier (1 ringtail and 2 sub-ad male), 37 Pink-footed Geese, 20 Little Egret and 2 Merlin - Parkgate Marsh RSPB, Spoonbill elusive, seen from Old Baths car park.
November 15 59 Brent Geese (58 pale-bellied, 1 dark-bellied) - Hilbre Island.
1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) and 5 Ruff -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine and 1 Common Buzzard - Burton Marsh, Decca Pools.
1 Hen Harrier (sub-ad male), 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
November 14 7 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
750 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1,100 Dunlin, 120 Grey Plover and 73 Sanderling - Wallasey Shore at high tide.
126 Bar-tailed Godwit and 32 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Shore at low tide.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and c70 Wigeon - Burton Marsh late afternoon.
November 13 4 Goldeneye and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 1 Peregrine, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) and 2 Ruff -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
8 Grey Partridge - Heswall, flying over scrub by Target Rd.
November 12 5 Scaup - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Little Auk off north end, this morning - Hilbre Island.
1 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 83 Little Egret and 1 Barn Owl - Burton Marsh, at dusk.
November 11 5 Scaup, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Shag (juv) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 68 Little Egret and 1 Barn Owl - Burton Marsh.

2 Hen Harrier (sub-ad male and ringtail) and 1 Peregrine, all three very lively in the strong wind at the roost site - Parkgate Marsh RSPB, also 25 Little Egret and 1 Merlin.
November 10 1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Ruff -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
7 Goldeneye, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Shag (juv) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
320 Black-tailed Godwit (one colour ringed) and c400 Lapwing off Target Rd, Heswall before high tide.
55 Little Egret flying in to the Burton roost this evening.
16 Jay, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 2 Tree Sparrow - Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.
November 9 6 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine and 1 Stonechat - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 15 Pink-footed Geese and 12 Twite -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
November 8 140 Sanderling, 1,700 Dunlin, 2,800 Knot, 1,200 Oystercatcher and 150 Grey Plover - Hoylake Shore at high tide, some Great Crested Grebes off shore but sea too choppy to count.
1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 7 Ruff and 2 Peregrine -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
November 7 At least 378 Great Crested Grebe off shore between Kings Gap and Dove Point, North Wirral, at high tide, this is the highest since 420 off Hilbre in Sep 1996, also 40 Common Scoter.

Many of you will already have seen the latest episode of the Coast program on BBC 2 - Holyhead to Liverpool. It is repeated, again, on Wednesday November 8th at 7pm. This episode shows some good footage shot at Heswall as the tide started to come in on March 29th, and at Parkgate on March 29th and 30th at high tide. If you recall the tide on the 30th was the highest for about 20 years (see April 2006 Newsletter). It includes some excellent shots of Spotted Crake, Water Rail and Short-eared Owl; and the watching birders. Incidentally, I rescued a half drowned mole on the 30th, which is probably the one they show on the film - the one which Neil Oliver says 'made it'!

November Newsletter now published on this website.

November 6 40 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) and 5 Scaup just south of Little Eye.
1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldeneye and 2 Red-breasted Merganser  - West Kirby Marine Lake, 103 Redshank, 61 Turnstone, 17 Knot and 87 Dunlin on lake wall before high tide.
1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 3 Whooper Swan, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
1 Goshawk, 2 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3,000 Shelduck, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Golden Plover, 2 Greenshank, 1,000 Knot and 1,000 Oytercatcher  - Heswall Shore over high tide.
November 5 1 Green Winged Teal (drake), 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Ruff and 2 Greenshank -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
3 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and sub-ad male), 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Water Rail (calling) and 2 Stonechat - Heswall, Riverbank Road.

3,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 2,000 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine and 1 Merlin - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Shag (juv) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 3 Grey Partridge - Burton Marsh, Decca Pools.

2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat and 33 Little Egret - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
November 4 6 Goldeneye and 17 Red-breasted Merganser  - West Kirby Marine Lake, 117 Redshank, 42 Turnstone and 81 Dunlin on lake wall at high tide.
1 Great Northern Diver flew past - Wallasey Shore.
23 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) on West Kirby Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) by Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail and 2 sub-adult male - males seen in air together), 2 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate Marsh RSPB.
150+ Fieldfare over Meols heading SE.
November 3 2 Goldeneye and 11 Red-breasted Merganser  - West Kirby Marine Lake, 23 Turnstone on lake wall at high tide.
3,000 Knot, 215 Redshank, 600 Oystercatcher and 67 Grey Plover - West Kirby Shore.
32 Brent Geese (pale-bellied) on Tanskey Rocks (near Little Eye).
2 Red-necked Grebe off Wallasey Shore, Derby Pool.
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 450 Black-tailed Godwit (5 colour ringed) -  Heswall/Thurstaston Shore.
5 Great Crested Grebe, 117 Common Scoter, 51 Sanderling and 2 Peregrine - Red Rocks.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv), 8 Ruff, 3 Water Rail, 1 Merlin, 1 Green Sandpiper and 22 Pink-footed Geese plus 10 which flew over -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
112 Little Egret flew towards roost site this evening - Burton Marsh, also 2 Barn Owl.
November 2 1 Green-winged Teal (drake), 7 Ruff and 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
7 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
180 Jackdaw flying S, 3 Whooper Swan, 2 Peregrine, 1,200 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and c3,000 Knot - Heswall Shore.
30 Brent Geese (pale-bellied), 3,000 Shelduck and 2 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre Island, c10,000 gulls on East/West  Hoyle Banks including 400 Great Black-backed Gull and at least 6,000 Herring Gull.
35 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine
and 17 Common Scoter - Red Rocks at high tide.
1 Snow Bunting - Hoylake Shore. midday.
November 1 137 Golden Plover, 1 Peregrine, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 3 Whooper Swan, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 8,000 Knot and 5,500 Shelduck  - Heswall Shore, 800 Fieldfare heading north!
3 Snow Bunting - Hoylake Shore.
270 Redwings - Thurstaston, near Wirral Way.
7,000 Knot, 3,000 Dunlin and 250 Bar-tailed Godwit - Leasowe Shore.
1 Green-winged Teal (drake), 1 Raven,  7 Ruff and 2 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) -  Inner Marsh Farm RSPB.
7 Brent Geese - Hilbre Island.