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June Newsletter now published on this website featuring Wetland Bird Survey 2019/20, Redpolls and May Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Jun 17
1 Eider and a very unseasonable Lapwing - Hilbre.

Jun 16
1 Marsh Harrier (male) - Parkgate.

Jun 15
1 Red Kite seen several times over Greenfields Drive, Little Neston.
1 Hobby - Burton Point.
1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier and Bitterns showing well - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 13
1 Tawny Owl showing well early morning along Wirral Way near Dawpool Nature Reserve, Thurstaston.

Jun 11
Presence of Bittern pair confirmed, also 1 Garganey (fem) and 1 Spoonbill over - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 9
1 Red Kite crossed over from Wales then headed inland at 7.45am - Heswall Fields NT.

Jun 8
2 Red Kite - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Goosander (redhead), 3 Whimbrel and 4 Sandwich Tern - Heswall Shore.

Jun 7
1 Marsh Harrier (male) showing well - Parkgate.
326 Canada Geese by Little Eye, unprecedented numbers for the islands!
1 Brent Goose (pale-bellied), 2 Eider, 9 Turnstone (s/pl), 55 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 1 Peregrine with kill and 2 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
144 Canada Geese, 112 Shelduck, 140 Oystercatcher, 176 Curlew, 255 Herring Gull, 36 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 385 Black-headed Gull, 11 Sandwich Tern, 166 Carrion Crow at high tide - Heswall Shore.
1 Goshawk (male) over being mobbed by gulls - West Kirby.
1 Hobby flew east - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jun 6
1 Arctic Skua flew out of estuary - Red Rocks.
2 Spoonbill on marsh and 1 Common Redstart by golf course - Parkgate.
1 Spoonbill -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Kittiwake on north end and 3 Eider - Hilbre.

Jun 5
6 Spoonbill and 1 Bittern highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 4
7 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 3
2 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Red Kite, pairs of both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers seen - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 2
2 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 1
1 Red-backed Shrike (male) viewable looking south from Park Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 31
1 Hobby over and 1 Kingfisher - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Red Kite heading towards Frodsham over Puddington Lane - Burton.
1 Red Kite over Stapledon Wood, Caldy at 1.25pm heading SE.
1 Crossbill over Ness Gardens.

May 30
3 Avocet on pool - Denhall Quay.
1 Garganey (drake) and 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 29
2 Little Gull - Hilbre.
10 Tufted duck on Decca Pools.
3 Spoonbill, 2 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Neston Marsh.

May 28
1 Wood Warbler singing by car park, 1 Spotted flycatcher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Brent Goose (pale-bellied) on shore and 1 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 7 Siskin - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spotted Flycatcher north of Benty Farm - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

May 27
1 Brent Goose (pale-bellied) on shore - Red Rocks.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling in garden close to Kings Gap - Hoylake.
2 Eider (pair), 4 Rock Pipit, 35 Sanderling flew NW and 1 Swift - Hilbre.

May 25
1 Glossy Ibis and 3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
75+ Manx Shearwater, 22 Gannet, 28 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Little Gull, 15 Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Tern - Hilbre.

May 24
3 Eider (2 drakes), 1 Brent Goose, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 30+ Ringed Plover and 10 Sanderling - Hilbre.
1 Wood Sandpiper on flood next to Pasture Road - Moreton.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 6 Redpoll - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Glossy Ibis (in flight this afternoon) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 23
1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo in coastal paddocks, 6 Wheatear and  1 Osprey which flew west - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 probable Iceland Gull distant on tide edge - Hoylake.
1 Bonaparte's Gull and 1 Glossy Ibis - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 20
1 Hobby over Cricket Club - Irby.

May 19
5 Wheatear, 2 Common Tern, 5 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Decca Pools area.
1 Hobby, 1 Bittern and 2 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 18
1 Osprey over Raby.
1 Bittern, 1 Little Riinged Plover, 1 Great Egret and 3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 17
2 Great Egret and 1 Ruff, no sign of Crane - Burton Marsh.

May 16
1 Lesser Whitethroat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Crane dropped down on to marsh off Burton Point, also 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet and 3 Spoonbill flying N.
1 Bittern and 3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 15
1 Hobby, 4 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Hoylake Langfields.
8 Wheatear in paddocks, 4 Swift over and 30+ Great Crested Grebe on sea - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 14
1 Collared Pratincole flew east over coastal paddocks at 08.10am, not yet relocated by 10am, also 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
49 Whimbrel, 123 Curlew, 108 Oystercatcher and 38 Little Egret, also 68 Carrion Crow on the sand flats presumably after crabs - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore.

May 13
200+ Little Tern  Gronant.

May 12
1 Short-eared Owl flew north - Red Rocks.
1 Wood Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Common Redstart (m&f), 4 Whinchat and 15 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
A mirror like sea at high tide produced just 20 Commin Scoter, 10 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Gannet sitting on the sea - Hoylake.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1 male Eider - Hilbre.
4 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 11
3 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.

May 10
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 14+ Whinchat, 1 Wood Warbler, 1 Common Redstart, 15 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Tree Pipit - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill flying into estuary,  also 35+ Willow Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 80 Sanderling, 7+ Wheatear, 550 Dunlin and 3 Eider- Hilbre.
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Stonechat and abundant Sedge Warblers - Burton Marsh.
50 Little Tern, 30 Sandwich Tern, 50 Whimbrel, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 2 Swift and 1 Peregrine - Point of Ayr.

May 9
1 Hoopoe on municipal Golf Course (next to cycle track which runs between Hoylake Station and West Kirby, has also flown over the railway track to Drummond Road a couple of times this morning), also 1 Ring Ouzel (male) on golf course early morning - Hoylake.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 21 Redpoll over, also 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, c20 Whinchat , 7 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail and 2 Common Redstart - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Red-throated Diver east past Hoylake Shore.
1 Cuckoo and 1 Grey Wagtail, several Stonechats - Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Spoonbill, 5 Great Egret and 3 Greenshank, just 2 Pink-footed Geese left! - Parkgate.
113 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
3 Eider (2 male) and 17 Whimbrel - Hilbre.
5 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Pintail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 8
1 Hoopoe in garden at Drummond Road this evening, 2 Little Tern east of the Lifeboat Station - Hoylake.
5 Whichat, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Swift over - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Short-eared Owl - Gronant.

May 7
1 Spoobill - Parkgate.
1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
Highlights include 1 Bittern, 1 Garganey and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Cuckoo, 1 Hobby and 1 Greenshank - Burton Marsh.

May 6
2 Whinchat in coastal paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoobill and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
72 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Swift over - Heswall Shore.
1 Cuckoo by Nets Cafe and 2 Hobby - Burton Marsh.
Highlights include 1 Bittern, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 5
49 Whimbrel on early morning tide, also 95 Grey Plover - Heswall Shore.
1 Grasshopper Warbler (Kerr's Field), 2 Whinchat, 3 Swift and 1 Cuckoo - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Cattle Egret in field and 1 Wood Warbler at Puddington 'dip'.
Highlights include 1 Cuckoo, 1 Bittern and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
15+ Sedge Warbler between Denhall Quay and Station Road, Burton.
1 Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Point.

May 4
1 Arctic Tern (sat on mud with waders), 1 Kittiwake (over the main Dee channel), 23 common Tern, 27 Whimbrel, 230 Grey Plover, 3,500 Dunlin and 1,000 Knot - Heswall Shore.

May 3
4 Eider (2 pairs) and 1 Hobby flew east - Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) this evening - Parkgate.
1,000+ Knot and 295 Grey Plover on rising tide - Hoylake.

May 2
12+ Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Egret and 1 drake Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Whinchat - Red Rocks.
4 Cattle Egret - Burton Marsh.
140 Whimbrel on rising tide - Heswall Shore.

May 1
1 Ring Ouzel by Old Baths, 1 Spoonbill flew towards Neston reedbed, 1 Grasshopper Warbler near Boathouse and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Golden Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Common Redstart (male) along Park Lane, 2 Whinchat, 3 Siskin over and 1 Common Sandpiper - Leasowe Lighthouse.
173 Whimbrel at high tide (a Dee Estuary record high), 2 Stonechat in bushes by cliff and 1 Whinchat on the marsh - Heswall Shore.
1 Whinchat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler and good passage of 100+ hirundines this morning - Red Rocks.
6 Wheatear and 8 White Wagtail in ploughed field south of Meols.
2 Common Redstart - Hilbre.