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Sep 23
2 Wheatear on groyne and 1 Greenshank in gutter - Meols Common.

Sep 22
3 Little Stint - Hoylake Shore.
6 Goosander, 2 Brent Geese and 1 Sandwich Tern, highlights from Hilbre for more details see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Marsh Harrier - Decca Pools.
1,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Connah's Quay/Oakenholt Marsh.
2 Brent Geese close to the marsh at high tide, 60 Grey Plover (6 s/pl), 2 Wheatear and 30+ House Martin over - West Kirby Shore.

Sep 21
3 Little Stint and 2 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake Shore.
5,090 Black-tailed Godwit, another record high count - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
6 Great White Egret - Neston Marsh.
6 Great White Egret - Neston Marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Merlin, 3 Marsh Harrier, 20 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 3 Spottted Redshank, 30+ Ruff, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cattle Egret, 1+ Great White Egret, 1 Treecreeper and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 20
At least 3 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper, also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard by Curzon road - Hoylake Shore.
2 Little Stint - Dove Point, Meols.
2 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier (juv) - Heswall Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10+ Ruff and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 5,500 Redshank, 1 Ruff, 16 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 1 Hobby and 2,500 Teal - Oakenholt Marsh.

Sep 19
2,700 Common Scoter off North Wirral at high tide.
1 Brent Goose - Bird Rock, Red Rocks, also 10 Bottle-nosed Dolphin seen from both Red Rocks and Hilbre, earlier at Red Rocks were 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 42 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin and 15 House Martin over.
23 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Wheatear, 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 1 Great Skua - Hilbre.
1 Little Stint - Hoylake Shore.
2 Sandwich Tern on groyne - Meols Shore.
366 Curlew - Hilbre/East Hoyle Bank as tide came in.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
30 Pintail - Little Eye.
1,500 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl and 3 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Sep 18
1 Little Stint - Hoylake Shore by Lifeboat Station.
4,000 Common Scoter off North Wirral at high tide.
188 Great Crested Grebe, 32 Red-throated Diver, 63 Guillemot - Hilbre..
1 Ruff (juv) with 4,020 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

Sep 17
5 Little Stint (juv), 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Great White  Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve/Oakenholt Marsh.
1 Great Skua over terrorising the waders, also 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Brent Goose, 5 Red-throated Diver, 4 Wheatear and 2 Peregrine - Hilbre.
1 Little Stint, 1 Great White Egret and 14 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank (juv), 100 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 16
1 Purple Sandpiper (early!), also 1 Brent Goose, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Wheatear - Hilbre.
1 Grey Phalarope on groyne with 18 Little Egret - Meols Shore.

Sep 15
3 Peregrine (one seen carrying Leach's Petrel), 1 Great Skua and 2,000 Common Scoter - Hilbre.
1 Great Skua (on shore) and 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Leach's Petrel around 4pm - Hoylake Shore.
7 Leach's Petrel late afternoon and evening - Wallasey Shore.
2 Leach's Petrel and 1 Osprey - New Brighton.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 14
65 Leach's Petrel, 3 Grey Phalaraope (together), 23 Manx Shearwater, 18 Fulmar, 2 Arctic Skua, 12 Black Tern and 2 juv Sabine's Gull - Hoylake Shore.
1 Grey Phalarope by outfall this afternoon and 1 Leach's Petrel flew over car park - West Kirby Marine Lake.
90 Leach's Petrel, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 1 juv Sabine's Gull, 9 Arctic Skua,9 Black Tern, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Tufted Duck and first Pale-bellied Brent of autumn for the island (one, probably the same bird, was off Hoylake yesterday) - Hilbre.
4+ Grey Phalarope (2 at 4pm) and 10+ Leach's Petrel - New Brighton.
31 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.

Sep 13
35+ Leach's Petrel, 2 Sabine's Gull, 3 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua (juv) and 1 Arctic Skua - Point of Ayr.
51 Leach's Petrel by 5pm, also 6 Manx Shearwater and 4 Black Tern highlights from Hoylake Shore.
4 Grey Phalarope, 1 Storm Petrel, 2 Black Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 Little Gull (ad) and 88+ Leach's Petrel (incl 35 between 4pm and 5pm) - New Brighton.
17 Leach's Petrel, 3 Black Tern and 5 Manx Shearwater, 1 Hobby flew west - Hilbre.
1 Grey Phalarope - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Sep 12
49 Leach's Petrel and 1 Black-throated Diver; plus 175 Sandwich Tern, 25 Common Tern and 600 Common Scoter - Hilbre.
26 Leach's Petrel early morning - Hoylake Shore.
2 Grey Phalarope - New Brighton.
4987 Black-tailed Godwit at Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 Spoonbill in pools by Rifle Range, Burton Marsh.

Sep 11
1 probable juveniile Storm Petrel, 35+ Leach's Petrel, 1+ Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skua - Leasowe Shore.
1 Wilson's Storm Petrel (good description!!), 35+ Leach's Petrel, 1 Pomarine Skua (adult with spoons), 3+ Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 5+ Black Tern, 20 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 50 Sandwich Tern and 12 Common Tern - Hilbre.
15+ Leach's Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope, 2+ Sabine's Gull, 2 Black Tern, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Kittiwake and 12 Gannet - New Brighton.
60 Leach's Petrel, 21 Fulmar, 17 Arctic Skua, 15 Great Skua, 195 Manx Shearwater, 8 Razorbill, 48 Guillemot, 3 Black Tern, 3 Sabine's Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 100s Sandwich and Common Tern and 300+ Kittiwake - Hoylake Shore.
5 Leach's Petrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Fulmar, c50 Manx Shearwater, c30 Kittiwake, c30 Gannet and 15 Guillemot - Point of Ayr.
36 Leach's Petrel, 1 Guillemot, 2 Black Tern and 3 Kittiwake - Dove Point, Meols.

Sep 10
1 Greater Yellowlegs on incoming tide but no further sign - Hilbre, also 1 Leach's Petrel this afternoon.
3 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Oakenholt Marsh.
1 Great White Egret and 3 Marsh Harrier (in the air together) - Neston Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Sep 9
1 Leach's Petrel, at least 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 juv Peregrine - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Leach's Petrel - Wallasey Shore this afternoon.
3 Short-eared Owl near Decca Pools.

Sep 8
1 Black Tern flew west - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2 Short-eared Owl near Decca Pools.

Sep 7
c10 Black Tern flew west, 4 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) and 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad and 1st year) in the gull roost - Hoylake Shore at high tide (Black Terns were seen separately in several small groups and it is possible some were double counted).
3000 Shelduck, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Marsh Harrier (1m, 2j), 5000 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1200 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
10 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Sep 6
5 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Great White Egret and 10 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hobby, 3 Marsh harrier, 1 Hen harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Great White Egret, 3+ Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker -  Burton Marsh. 
1 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
At least 4,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).

Sep 5
At least 4 Black Tern flew west, also 1 Arctic Skua and 1000+ Common Scoter - Hoylake Shore over high tide.

Sep 4
Total of 12 Wheatear between Hoylake and along Meols Common.
1 Little Ringed Plover (juv), 5 Greenshank, 1 Garden Warbler, 20 Little Egret and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Leasowe Lighthouse and groyne - for further details and photos see Leasowe Lighthouse Birding Blog.
1 Marsh Harrier off Burton Point with 1 Cetti's Warbler heard at Cops pool.
1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandiper, 9 Ruff, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail - ad fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cattle Egret, 7 Great White Egret, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grey Wagtail -  Burton Marsh.

Sep 3
1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Greenshank and 14 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Yellow-legged Gull (ad) - Bagillt shore by metal dragon.
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (juv) and 3 Egyptian Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4,360 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Greenshank and 34 Little Egret on groyne - Meols Common as tide came in.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Arctic Skua highlights from Hilbre, for more details and photos see the Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.

Sep 2
1 Citrine Wagtail over this morning, also 1 Marsh Harrier over, 1 Guillemot and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Hilbre.
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
1 Garganey - Decca Pools.
12 Common Buzzard 'kettling' over Talacre and Gronant.
1 Barn Owl hunting behind Parkgate Old Baths at dusk.
1 juv Green Woodpecker, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 f Wheatear, 30+ Pied Wagtail and 10 Meadow Pipit in field next to Station road, Burton.
3 Stonechat and 3 Wheatear - Burton Point.

Sep 1
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
5 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank at Burton Point this morning.
6 Wheatear by sheep dip this evening - Burton Marsh.
12+ Wheatear and 2 Stonechat (pair) in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 31
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Hilbre.
1 Wheatear on rocks by Lifeboat Station - Hoylake.
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 30
118 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (1m, 1juv), 1 Peregrine, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whinchat - Heswall Shore.
1 Spotted Flycatcher by duck pond - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7 Great White Egret, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (juv) and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Great White Egret this morning, 10 Wheatear, 3+ Stonechat and 1 Hen Harrier this evening  - Burton Point/Outer Burton Marsh.
3 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear and 4 Gannet - Hilbre.

Aug 29
1 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Hilbre.
1 Green Sandpiper by spartina on East Hoyle Bank (Hoylake).
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (juv) and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Green Sandpiper, 1 juv/fem Marsh Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh/Rifle Range Pools area.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler (heard) - Parkgate.
4,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
3,000+ Black-tailed Godwit and 250 Sandwich Tern just south of West Kirby Marine Lake this evening on ebbing tide.

Aug 28
2 Kingfisher and 1 Little Owl along River Birkett by Lingham Bridge, Moreton.
2,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
4 Great White Egret and 2 Kingfisher, also singles of Wheatear, Whinchat, Swift and Green Sandpiper - Burton Point/Outer Burton Marsh.
8 Ring-necked Parakeet at Llanasa (just inland of Point of Ayr).

Aug 27
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Burton Marsh.
2 Wheatear on groyne, 1 Greenshank in gutter and 1 Whimbrel over - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 26
1 Black Tern this morning - Hilbre.
68 Little Egret, 400 Dunlin, 100 Knot, 6670 Redshank, 1500 Curlew - Heswall Shore.

Aug 25
200 Swallow chased by a Hobby, also 2 Mediterranean Gull - Leasowe Lighthouse/Park Lane.
5 Black Tern in tern roost this evening - Hilbre.
4 Red-breasted Merganser, 33 Great Crested Grebe, 93 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 male, 1 juv), 2 Peregrine, 16 Ringed Plover, 6000 Redshank, 1300 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
3,000 Black-tailed Godwit (incl 227 juvs) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road) , see videos of the roost site:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEmHiDFBuyI  and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgXmqvR29Cg&feature=youtu.be
 

Aug 24
1 Kingfisher on Roodee Mere - Royden Park (Thurstaston Hill).
14 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Wheatear - Burton Point.

Aug 23
1 Black Tern (juv) in tern roost at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
3 Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skua - Red Rocks at high tide.

Aug 22
1 Black Tern (juv) high over Bird Rock and 1 Eider  - Red Rocks at high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Peregrine, 37 Grey Plover, 31 Ringed Plover, 200 Dunlin, 6150 Redshank, 1500 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Raven - Heswall Shore.
1 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Wheatear in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
120+ Common Tern and 80+ Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore just after high tide. 1200 Sandwich Tern - Gronant.
27 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 15 Yellow Wagtail (mainly Juvs), 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Green woodpecker Juv - Burton Marsh Farm fields.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Hilbre.

Aug 21
2,000 Black Tailed Godwit, 5,000+ Redshank, 800 Dunlin, 200 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank and 1 Great White Egret - Oakenholt Marsh.
800 Ringed Plover and 4,000 Dunlin, 20 Common Scoter flew west - Hoylake Shore.
3,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
202 Little Tern, 300 Sandwich Term and 150 Common Tern - Hilbre, see details on Hilbre Bird ObS Blog.

Aug 20
2 Arctic Skua and c60 Little Tern - Hilbre.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Yellow wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and 1 calling Cetti's warbler - Burton Point early morning.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.

Aug 19
7 Arctic Skua, 12 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar and 8 Kittiwake, also 4 Harbour Porpoise - Hilbre.
3,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 fem Wheatear - Heswall Shore late afternoon.

Aug 18
1 Peregrine, 68 Ringed Plover, 73 Grey Plover, 300 Dunlin, 5000 Redshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1500 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail -  Heswall Shore.
3,100 Black-tailed Godwit (15 colour-ringed and 179 juveniles) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Hen Harrier which flushed 40 Snipe, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 17
2 Greenland Wheatear - Bird Rock, Red Rocks.

Aug 16
9 Greenshank, 30 Ringed Plover, 220 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Yellow-legged Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
29 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Little Egret, 4500 Redshank, 2000 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, also 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat at the Sewage Wks -  Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret and 20 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 15
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Wheatear on wall near Burton Point, also 1 Green Woodpecker in area.

Aug 14
3,300 Black-tailed Godwits (103 juvs), also 18 Mandarin duck - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and at least 44 Little Egrets, also 3 juv Yellow Wagtail around the boats near Sheldrakes Restaurant - Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 13
2 Greenshank on groyne, 1 Wheatear on embankment - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret around Shotwick/Saughall area.
1 Cattle Egret flushed by a Peregrine, 2 Yellow Wagtail on Ash Pool and 1 Yellow-legged Gull on Oakenholt Marsh - Connah's Quay Reserve.
15 Common Buzzard 'kettling' over Lower Heswall this afternoon.
3 Great White Egret flew over Burton Point this evening, also 2 Marsh Harrier over the marsh.

Aug 12
1 Red Kite over Little Neston at 5pm.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Arctic Skua and 1 Great Skua at high tide, 1 Stonechat (juv) on saltmarsh - Red Rocks.

Aug 11
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great Wgite Egret, 1 Little Stint, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe and c60 Dunlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Manx Shearwater off Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2,000 Dunlin, 2,000 Redshank and 2,700+ Black-tailed Godwit off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, as tide came in.

Aug 10
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
58 Little Egret, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 11 Grey Plover, 4000 Redshank, 1000 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail in sewage wks - Heswall Shore.
2,850 Black-tailed Godwit off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, as tide came in, then flew to Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Redstart (juv) - Thurstaston near Church Farm.

Aug 9
2 Arctic Skua, 10 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater, 50+ Little Tern and 200 Sandwich Tern came into roost, also 2 Whimbrel - Point of Ayr.
1 Great White Egret and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
250 Sandwich Tern - highlights from Hilbre, for more details and photos see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 8
1 Arctic Skua (pale morph), c150 Little Terns and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Gronant.
4 Great White Egret and 8 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 7
4 Arctic Skua - Red Rocks over high tide.
9 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua and 30+ Gannet over high tide - Hoylake Shore.
2,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
6 Greenshank, 4+ Spotted Redshank and 2 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 6
40+ Manx Shearwater, 7+ Arctic Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver and 25+ Gannet- Red Rocks over high tide.
33 Little Egret, 2000 Dunlin, 3000 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 860 Black-tailed Godwit, 535 Common Gull, 790 Black-headed Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail at the sewage wks - Heswall Shore.
1 Great White Egret and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 5
47 Little Tern, 300 Sandwich Tern, 60 Common Tern, 9 Whimbrel and 2 Peregrine - highlights from Hilbre, for more details and photos see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Kingfisher along River Birket by Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
75 Lapwing, 11 Ringed Plover, 4000 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1080 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Yellow Wagtail in the Sewage Wks - Heswall Shore.
11 Avocet, 10 Greenshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redstart and 1 Peregrine - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 4
1 ad Curlew Sandpiper, 41 Little Egret, 280 Oystercatcher, 150 Knot, 2 Turnstone, 4300 Dunlin, 4000 Redshank, 800 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
A flock of 6 Raven over Moreton.
Good passage of Swifts including a flock of 250 over fields at Thurstaston.
1 Yellow Wagtail flew north over Lower Heswall.

Aug 3
2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
500+ Sanderling betwen the isalnds as the tide went out - Hilbre.
4,000 Dunlin - Heswall Shore.
About 400 Swift over Lower Heswall.
5 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 2
1 probable Spotted Crake flushed from lagoon - Gronant.

Aug 1
56 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 1100 Dunlin, 4800 Redshank, 750 Curlew - Heswall Shore.

Jul 31
4 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
6 Knot and 2,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - New Brighton 'dips'.

Jul 30
12 Whimbrel and 3 Turnstone, plus a small fall of Willow Warblers and Wheatears - Hilbre, this morning.
3 Great White Egret, 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Spotted Redshank and 15+ Little Egret - Heswall Shore.
1,950 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).

Jul 29
2 very red Knot and 1,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Great White Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Bullfinch near the entrance - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Common Sandpiper on groyne - Meols Common.

Jul 28
1 Red Kite heading NW over Greasby at 1110am.
1 Knot (in full summer plumage), 18 Mandarin and 1,600 Black-tailed Godwit (including first juvenile of the summer and 8 colour-ringed birds) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
4 Greenshank - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
22 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Turnstone and 300 Little Tern at high tide still (195 fledglings for the season now) - Gronant.

Jul 27
1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Peregrine, 350 Dunlin, 4100 Redshank, 1000 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 1ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier - Neston Marsh.
2 Greenshank and 2 Raven over off Denhall Lane - Burton Marsh.

Jul 26
1 Peregrine, 400 Dunlin, 3350 Redshank, 900 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1,250 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
1 Arctic Skua, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear - Hilbre.
2 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 24 Common Tern (8 juv) and 113 Sandwich Tern (30 juv) -  Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper on the groyne, also 3 Mediterranean Gull after high tide - Meols Shore.
3 Red Kite flying behind Connah's Quay Reserve, 4 Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Redstart on the reserve.
1 Hobby - Heswall Marsh off Seabank Road.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
4 Spoonbill flew high over Burton Mere Wetlands towards Burton Marsh this evening, also 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2 juvs), 250 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Ruff.

Jul 24
1 Ruff and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
4 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Redstart (juv) in scrub and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.

Jul 23
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 1 Greenshank and 1 Whimbrel by the groyne - Meols Common.
1 Little Tern, 22 Common Tern and 559 Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore.

Jul 22
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
2 Little Tern, 30 Common Tern and 145 Sandwich Tern in gull roost just after high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Garden Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 21
c20 Manx Shearwater flew past in small groups and 21 Whimbrel roosted, 143 Little Tern and 1 Mediteranean Gull (ad) roosted on East Hoyle Bank as tide ebbed - Hilbre.
1 Lesser Yellowlegs - Burton Outer Marsh (Flintshire), (there is now a lot of doubt about the veracity of this record).
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
9 Lttle Tern sheltering from strong wind on sand bank near Little Eye.
300 Shelduck, 1000 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 700 Curlew, 42 Whimbrel, 1ad + 1 2nd sum Mediterranean Gull, 500 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Arctic Skua off Leasowe Lighthouse at high tide.

Jul 20
3 Whimbrel, lots of Sandwich Terns difficult to count because of wind but juveniles around 25% - Hilbre.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Red Kite, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 19
1 imm Marsh Harrier, 46 Little Egret, 31 Grey Plover, 1600 Dunlin, 70 Knot, 3000 Redshank, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 1140 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
630 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Great White Egret over - Shotton Lagoons.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) - West Kirby Shore as tide came in.
c1,500 Knot, 300 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank - groyne, Meols Common.
2 Mediterranean Gull (1 ad s/pl and 1 juv) - New Brighton 'dips'.
1 Mediterranean Gull juv, 36 Whimbrel, 212 Sanderling, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern and 450 Little Tern - Gronant.

Jul 18
700 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern and 1,000 Black-headed Gull between West Kirby Marine Lake and Hilbre as tide ebbed this morning, see more details and photos on http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

Jul 17
750 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl) - New Brighton 'dips'.
2 Great White Egret at Shotton Lagoons.
NOTE: report of a probable Lesser Yellowlegs on the River Dee by the A548 bridge (Shotton) on Jul 14th).

Jul 16
4 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
780 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Greenshank - Meols Common.
129 Curlew and 690 Oystercatcher off Leasowe as tide came in.
1 Gannet (sitting on rock!), c230 Sandwich Tern, 3 Little Tern, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 90 Dunlin - Hilbre.

Jul 15
5 Eider - Hilbre.
700+ Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
6 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 1,000+ Dunlin - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine at groyne, Meols Common.
3 Raven circling over wood by Cottage Loaf,  Thurstaston.
1 imm f Peregrine, 32 Little Egret, 675 Oystercatcher, 240 Dunlin, 2350 Redshank, 890 Curlew  - Heswall Shore, over high tide.

Jul 14
560 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Whinchat (male), 1 Hobby, 3 Marsh Harrier (incl ad male), 2 Raven and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.
5 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad + 2 juvs), 24 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 13
260 Sandwich Tern - Red Rocks as tide came in.

Jul 12
500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).

Jul 11
23 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Little Egret, 70 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1700 Redshank, 1190 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, on rising tide.

Jul 9
1 male Yellowhammer near entrance, 2 Spoonbill (imms), 1 Great White Egret, 1 fem Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret, Knot, 3 Common Sandpiper and 592 Little Tern (including 109 fledglings) - Gronant.
3 Sanderling (s/pl), 1 Kittiwake (ad) and 3 Gannet - Hoylake Shore (off East Hoyle Bank).

Jul 8
4 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl), 270 Sandwich Tern and 1,500 Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
510 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
47 Little Egret, 1200 Redshank, 1080 Curlew, 600 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.

Jul 7
540 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
2 Yellowhammer (pair) - Thurstaston Hill.
3 Mediterranean Gull(ad s/pl) and 200+ Sandwich Tern off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.

Jul 6
410 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
55 Common Scoter (mostly flying west), c100 Sandwich Tern, 340 Cormorant and c500 Herring Gull on the beach, 1 Stonechat in the dunes, Little Terns up to 161 breeding pairs (record high) - Gronant.
1 Great White Egret flew over Shotton Steel Works.
2 Mediterranean Gull on roof - Hilbre College, West Kirby.
1 Great White Egret and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hobby chasing hirundines - Wallasey shore embnakment.
55 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 female/imm Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 5
300+ Little Tern with 45 fledged chicks on the beach, 40 Common Scoter flew west and 1 Quail flushed from dunes plus 1 Wheatear (juv) - Gronant.
32 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 225 Black-tailed Godwit, 870 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
120 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
The Black-tailed Godwits we've been seeing over the past few days are nearly all in breeding plumage so it seems likely that many are birds returning from Iceland rather than non-breeders over-summering. These are VERY early returning from Iceland but we have been told they have had a poor breeding season in the north of the country, normally we wouldn't expect them back until late July.
1 Barn Owl in field, 1 Mediterranean Gull on roof, 3 Sand Martin and 30 Swift - Hilbre College, West Kirby.

Jul 4
20 Little Egret, 125 Knot (non breeders), 6 Common Sandpiper, 610 Redshank, 118 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 785 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 3
28 Little Egret, 34 Grey Plover, 530 Redshank, 218 Black-tailed Godwit, 620 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 500 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
1 Spoonbill and 1 Gargney (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 2
1 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Lingham Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Common Scoter on Shotwick Boating Lake.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Yellowhammer - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Boathouse, Parkgate.

Jul 1
Confirmed breeding of Mediterranean Gulls at Burton Mere Wetlands with a pair with two chicks, also 1 Spoonbill circling over-head, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 1 juv Cuckoo.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), 2 Stonechat, 2 Raven and 2 Spoonbill - Denhall Lane/Burton Point.
1 Common Snadpiper and 8 Whimbrel - Hilbre.

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