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December Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Cetti's Warbler.

Dec 19
c650 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Shag and 2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Cetti's Warbler showed briefly at the first screen hide this morning, also 1 Hen Hrrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.

Dec 18
1,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
248 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood - Thurstaston.
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Dec 17
1,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh at noon.
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dec 16
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,880 Black-tailed Godwit in field by Newton playing fields, West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Green Sandpiper - Flint Sewage Works.
c5,000 Pink-footed Geese feeding on Oakenholt Marsh.
1,518 Cormorant flew out of the estuary, also 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre, for details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

Dec 15
2 Marsh Harrier (both juv) and 2 Peregrine on Oakenholt Marsh...a juvenile female Peregrine caught a Teal and carried it on to Oakenholt Marsh. One of the harriers pursued the Peregrine and knocked it off the prey, claiming the duck for itself. A few second later the second Marsh Marrier tried to muscle in on the stolen quarry and in the ensuing struggle, the Teal incredibly flew off seemingly unhurt!
5 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
262 Brent Geese (incl 1 dark-bellied) - Hilbre, for details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

Dec 14
1,600 Black-tailed Godwit in field by Newton playing fields, West Kirby.
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and  1 Water Rail
- Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Dec 13
156 Brent Geese on west side of Middle Eye before high tide.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate.
2 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier and 2 Water Rail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
10 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon.

Dec 12
710 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
112 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Water Rail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 11
1 Marsh Harrier this morning and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Marsh Harrier (fem) this afternoon - Parkgate Marsh.
175 Lapwing, 120 eal and 10 Shoveler flushed by the Marsh Harrier from Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate, this morning.
Good numbers of Fieldfares and Redwings in Parkgate area.
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine and 1 Cattle Egret (now associating with sheep) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 10
10 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) came in to the roost - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Dec 9
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Cattle Egret, c1,000 Pink-footed Geese, 80+ Golden Plover and 1 Water Rail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,000 Knot, 4,000 Dunlin and 168 Brent Geese - West Kirby shore at high tide with a further 67 Brent Geese off Little Eye giving total 235 which is highest count of winter.

Dec 8
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine and 1 Cattle Egret with sheep as cattle have been taken on for winter - Burton Mere Wetlands.
10 Purple Sandpiper, 140 Turnstone and 510 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon.
186 Brent Geese - West Kirby shore at high tide.

Dec 7
59 Little Egret, 28 Pink-footed Geese, 560 Pintail, 470 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore this morning.
2 Marsh Harrier over, 3 Peregrine and 50+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Old Baths, Parkgate, this afternoon.
3,700 Dunlin, c6,500 Knot, 421 Grey Plover, 537 Sanderling and 71 Bar-tailed Godwit - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
Possible 3 or 4 Long-tailed Duck off Meols at high tide but wind and waves made viewing very difficult.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 6
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier seen sparring in the air - Burton Mere Wetlands.
10-12 Long-tailed Duck off Meols, two small groups flying plus a few singles, at high tide, also 1 Velvet Scoter.
600+ Common Scoter off shore, 1 Greenshank on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
151 Golden Plover, 640 Lapwing, 350 Dunlin, 310 Redshank, 1200 Black-tailed Godwit (11 colour ringed) - Heswall Shore before high tide.
90 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.
3 Goldeneye and 11 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake early morning.

Dec 5
8 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher, 2000+ Dunlin and 250 Pink-footed Geese (over) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 4
160+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve, West Hide area.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
230 Great Crested Grebe and 2,600 Common Scoter on a mirror like sea - Dove Point, Meols at high tide.
660 Pintail, 5,000 Knot and 1,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore as high tide went out with many birds feeding close to the beach.

Dec 3
At Least 11 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Whooper Swan on sand off Red Rocks.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh, early morning.
15 Twite, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Spotted Redshank, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1300 Dunlin - Connah's Quay Reserve over high tide.
1 Snow Bunting, 1 Water Rail and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Gronant.

Dec 2
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 1
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
181 Brent Geese (incl 1 dark-nellied) and 4 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.

Nov 30
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Hen Harrier and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Snow Bunting - Gronant beach.
2 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.
2 Whooper Swan over and several Stonechats present - Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse blog for details.

Nov 29
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1,380 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.
2,000 Common Scoter, 346 Great Crested Grebe and 34 Teal off Leasowe Lighthouse over high tide, see Lighthouse blog for details.

Nov 28
1 Swallow over Thurstaston Visitor Centre.
c1,500 Black-tailed Godwit, 310 Bar-tailed Godwit, c8,000 Knot and 520 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in, several small flocks Pink-footed Geese over c250 in total.
11 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Goldeneye on lake, 107 Turnstone, 249 Dunlin and 86 Redshank on rocks - West Kirby Marine Lake.
c15,000 Knot and 3,000 Dunlin - West Kirby Shore.
1 Ring-necked Parakeet - Claremont Road, West Kirby, also seen yesterday.

Nov 27
1,650 Black-tailed Godwit and 300+ Pintail - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier (1juv, 1 adult F) and 1 Peregrine - Neston Reed Bed this afternoon.
5 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
189 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Nov 26
10 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,000+ Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
138 Brent Geese - West Kirby Shore.

Nov 25
75+ Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve seen from West Hide.
2 Great White Egret flew into roost - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl spent 45 minutes flying over the waves off Leasowe Lighthouse before flying west.


Nov 24
80+ Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve seen from West Hide.
700 Black-tailed Godwit and 280 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 ring-tail Hen Harrier and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 23
2 Marsh Harrier (juvs), 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Kingfisher and 100+ Pinkfooted Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate, this afternoon.
1 Kingfisher - New Brighton Marine Lake, flew off west along coast.

Nov 22
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
115+ Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve seen from West Hide.
1 Greenshank on groyne - Meols Shore.
250 Common Scoter and 1 Red-throated Diver - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) came into roost, also 1 Merlin - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Merlin - Denhall Quay this afternoon.

Nov 21
210 Turnstone, 300 Redshank and 1,000 Dunlin on rocks at West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide, 8 Red-breasted Merganser this afternoon.

Nov 20
73 Twite, 1 Rock Pipit, 1200+ Dunlin, 1200+ Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Peregrine - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve seen from West Hide.
120 Golden Plover, 120 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore after high tide.
100+ Fieldfare in Deeside Industrial Estate.
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 19
1 Velvet Scoter flew past Hilbre.

Nov 18
9,600 Knot roosting at low tide in channel - Thurstaston Shore.

Nov 17
9 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
71 Little Egret, 124 Golden Plover, 519 Lapwing, 700 Redshank and c2000 Knot - Heswall Shore this morning.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Neston Reedbed.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail),  1 Marsh Harrier and 300 Teal, 2 Cattle Egret and 221 Little Egret came into roost - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 16
2 Snow Bunting on embankment by Leasowe Castle, but becoming elusive.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Whooper Swan flew over,  5 Brambling and 6 Stonechat (2 from Reception hide, 4 at Inner Marsh Farm) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank on shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin which caught a bird right in front of the car park - Old Baths, Parkgate, at dusk.

Nov 15
2 Snow Bunting still on embankment by Leasowe Castle.
73 Little Egret left roost on Heswall Fields at dawn, 540 Black-tailed Godwit and 2,000 Knot - Heswall Shore.
28 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Crossbill over flying NE - Thurstaston Country Park.
2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate, up to dusk this afternoon.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier ringtail (over scrape/wet grassland in front of Reception hide), 3 Water Rail (2 at Reedbed screen, 1 at Marsh Covert hide), 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Raven - Burton Point/Burton Marsh.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Water Rail - Leasowe Lighthouse area, see nice video of Water Rail here http://youtu.be/Zt-hVkMEx3o.

Nov 14
1 Swallow - New Brighton, over at mid-day.
2 Snow Bunting still on embankment by Leasowe Castle.
273 Great Crested Grebe and 440 Common Scoter off Dove Point, Meols, at high tide.
500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands, late morning.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Hen Harrier - Parkgate Old Baths, this afternoon.
2 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Little Grebe and a minimum of 4 Kingfisher counted between the West Hide and Flint Bridge - Connah's Quay.

Nov 13
2 Snow Bunting still on embankment by Leasowe Castle.
3 Twite - Red Rocks.

Nov 12
2 Snow Bunting still on embankment by Leasowe Castle.
2+ Twite and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Twite - horse paddocks, Leasowe Lighthouse.

Nov 11
2 Snow Bunting still on embankment by Leasowe Castle.
415 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Old Baths early afternoon.
1,185 Bar-tailed Godwit - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
16 Twite - Red Rocks.
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 10
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Old Baths early morning.
20 Twite, appeared to fly into marsh but couldn't be located - Red Rocks.
2 Snow Bunting by Leasowe Castle.
283 Great Crested Grebe and c350 Scoter offshore - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier early morning, 100 Pink-footed Geese dropped in from the north and landed just off Riverbank Road an hour before high tide - Heswall Shore.
1 Black Redstart trapped and ringed on Hilbre, note 176 Red-throated Diver yesterday.

Nov 9
1 Barred Warbler in private garden late afternoon - West Kirby.
10 Twite (flew SW), 8 Brambling and 750 Chiaffinch over, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Water Rail in reed-bed - Red Rocks.
255 Common Scoter, 206 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Wigeon, 4 Stonechat and 2 Bullfinch - Leasowe Lighthouse.
110 Pintail, 119 Golden Plover, 700 Knot, 400 Dunlin, 1,800 Redshank, 1,825 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Rock Pipit (near boatyard) - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
119 Brent Geese total for Middle Eye, Little Eye and West Kirby Marsh at high tide.
1 Sparrow Hawk (male),1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Marsh Harrier (1 male and 2 female ) - Parkgate Old Baths this afternoon.

Nov 8
1,650 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
800 Grey Plover, 1,000 Sanderling, 14,000 Dunlin and 6,000 Knot - Hoylake Shore as tide came in, max counts with many birds coming and going over period of an hour.
400 Common Scoter, 150+ Great Crested Grebe and 1 Whooper Swan (flew west), 1 Greenshank by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
99+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate Old Baths this afternoon.

Nov 7
1 injured Pomarine Skua found and taken into care, also 1 Great Northern Diver flew past - Hilbre.
500 Sanderling, 200 Grey Plover, 3,000 Dunlin and 7,000 Knot - Hoylake Shore at high tide but  note numbers very approximate due to heavy and continous rain!
71+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Merlin, 1 Cattle Egrat, 1 Hen Harrier (attacked a Buzzard!), 1 Marsh Harrier and 56 Little Egret which came into roost - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 6
1,000+ Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide, 300 Fieldfare over in 30 minutes at Visitor Centre.
3,000+ Fieldfare over Burton Marsh this morning.
34+ Twite and 1 Grey Wagtail (colour-ringed) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
16 Twite and c75 Sky Lark - Gronant this afternoon.
88 Brent Geese off the marsh, c200 Fieldfare over and 12 Common Snipe - West Kirby Shore as tide came in, also 4 'possible' Velvet Scoters flew past but not confirmed.

Nov 5
1 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier - Burton Marsh.
1,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore at lunch time.
186 Fieldfare (total for day), 22 Blackbird, 11 Mistle Thrush and 22 Golden Plover (over) -  Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.

Nov 4
1 Siberian Chiffchaff - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Stint, 1,460 Black-tailed Godwit and 80 Pintail - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore this morning.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh this morning.
300 Pink-footed Geese over Newton, West Kirby, heading north this morning.
1 Pomarine Skua (light phase), 3 Gannet, 582 Curlew and 480 Shelduck - highlights from Hilbre, for details and photos see the Hilbre Obs Blog.

Nov 3
2 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Twite and 103 Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.
70 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore at low tide.

Nov 2
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Marsh Tit on Caldy Hill by the Column, heard and seen at close range.
2 White Wagtail and 4 Stonechat - Burton Point.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate Old Baths.

Nov 1
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) at sunrise then 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and grey male) and 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) late afternoon - Parkgate Old Baths.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Burton Marsh.
1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
44 Little Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 90 Golden Plover, 2 Greenshank, 240 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Raven - Heswall Shore this morning.
1,000+ Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.

Oct 31
Visible Migration 07:20 to 09:00 over Heswall Shore: 2 Rock Pipit, 1,055 Starling, 7 Mistle Thrush, 700 Fieldfare, 205 Redwing, 215 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, also 5 Pink-footed Geese, 92 Golden Plover, 355 Lapwing and 5 Wigeon.
700 Fieldfare, 200 Redwing and c2,000 Starling over Gilroy Nature Park/Grange Hill, West Kirby.
1,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
13 Greenshank, 7 Spotted Redshank, 6 Little Grebe and 600 Black-tailed Godwit - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and grey male), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate Old Baths late afternoon.

Oct 30
33 Little Egret, 1 male Hen Harrier, 86 Golden Plover, 700 Knot, 260 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore this morning.
1 Swallow over Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Long-tailed Duck  (fem) off north end, 83 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin, 2 Whooper Swan over and 85 Siskin - Hilbre.
50 Pink-footed Geese (mostly headed south), 2 Brambling, 1 Stonechat and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.

 Oct 29
11 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Goldeneye - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 11 Whooper Swan (incl 3 juv) and 1 Merlin - Burton Point.
2 Cetti's Warbler (confirmed), 5 Brambling, 12 Siskin, 15 Mistle Thrush and 2 Redpoll on visible migration, 20 Pink-footed Geese headed out of estuary at first light and 1 Raven flew out of the sand dunes - highlights from Red Rocks early morning.
795 Pink-footed Geese flew in in several flocks from the east/north-east over Thurstaston Hill then towards Parkgate this morning.
82 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 260 Woodpigeon (over going south) - Heswall Shore this morning, and 2 Greenshank and 1 Spotted Redshank this afternoon.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.

Oct 28
1 Siberian Chiffchaff (headed towards West Kirby), 1,880 Chaffinch, 14 Brambling, 24 Siskin, 4 Grey wag, 13 Mistle Thrush and 5 Fieldfare over, also 1 Cetti's Warbler (possibly 2) - Red Rocks early morning.
1 Greenland Wheatear - Meols Common with 1 Greenshank on the groyne.
1 Kingfisher along River Birkett,  200 Common Scoter and 100 Great-crested Grebe on the sea, other highlights included c40 Blackbirds in coastal trees, 6+ Grey Wagtail, 300 Starling, 200 Chaffinch and 2 Bullfinch on visible migration - Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) off Burton Point.
c12 (6 pairs) Stonechat - Burton Marsh.
65 Pink-footed Geese, 78 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 74 Golden Plover, 2,200 Redshank, 200 Linnet - Heswall Shore this morning, visible migration overhead included: 69 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 395 Starling, 170 Chaffinch, 30 Greenfinch and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Oct 27
30+ Twite and 10+ Great Crested Grebe - West Hide, Connah's Quay Reserve.
1,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, over high tide.
66 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marsh at high tide with another 10 Brent Geese by Little Eye.
120 Great Black-backed Gull in the gull roost, except for 1,500 Oystercatcher wader numbers low but inluded 1 s/pl Grey Plover and 1 s/pl Knot - Hoylake Shore.
1 Wheatear - Meols Common.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Merlin and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 26
Small number of 'possible' White-fronted Geese headed towards the Dee Estuary flew over Saughall at 2.30pm.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Merlin briefly on the roof of the Marsh Covert hide sheltering from the fresh wind - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult) - Bagillt, just south of the fishing boats inlet.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - off the Old Baths, Parkgate Marsh, this evening.

Oct 25
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, over high tide.
1 Kingfisher (first for site since 1976!), 745 Chaffinch and 4 Brambling over, 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Cattle Egret and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret and 1 Merlin - Burton Marsh.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh this afternoon.
1 Arctic Tern (1st summer plumage which is rarley seen in UK), 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad),  90 Jackdaw over and 4 Grey Wagtail - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.
4 Red-throated Diver, 75 Brent Geese and 110 Turnstone, 6,000 Oystercatcher roosted on Middle Eye - highlights from Hilbre, for details and photos see the Hilbre Obs Blog.

Oct 24
2 Twite and 6 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
c250 Pink-footed Geese over Thurstaston Visitor Centre this morning heading towards Parkgate.
1 Grey Phalarope on groyne at 1030am then seen offshore at 11am, then flew east - Meols Shore, also 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Stint and 2 Red-breasted Merganser.
1,440 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, over high tide.
Huge flock of gulls on Hoylake Shore/on sea at high tide including 7,800 Herring Gull and c60 Great Black-backed Gull.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 800 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail and 87 Golden Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier (adult fem) - Parkgate Marsh off Old Baths this evening.
1 Wheatear - Meols Common.

Oct 23
1,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, over high tide.
At least 140 Pink-footed Geese over Heswall heading towards the estuary between 9am and 9.30am. 

Oct 22
1 Sabine's Gull (juv), 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Merlin, 2 Brent Geese and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - Point of Ayr.
3 Leach's Petrel, 1 Storm Petrel and 3 Little Gull - New Brighton, this morning.
1 Leach's Petrel and 1 Long-tailed Duck - Hoylake Shore.
2 Leach's Petrel - Leasowe Lighthouse/Gunsite.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Purple Sandpiper (first of the autumn), 2 Leach's Petrel, 60 Razorbill, 45 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake, 30 Guillemot, 35 Great Crested Grebe, over 200 Common Scoter and 6 Red-throated Diver, 800 Cormorant flew out of the estuary at dawn - highlights from Hilbre, for details and photos see the Hilbre Obs Blog.

Oct 21
1 Leach's Petrel by 9.40am and 1 Storm Petrel at 1120am, also 1 Pomarine Skua (juv), 1 Sabine's Gull (ad), 3 Manx Shearwater, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver (s/pl), 48 Kittiwake and 75 Gannet - Hoylake Shore.
2+ Leach's Petrel, 2 Arctic Skua and 1 Sabine's Gull (ad) - New Brighton.
1 grey male and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Burton Point.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Knot, 6 Dunlin and 30 Redshank - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Great White Egret, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (1 grey male, 1 ringtail) and 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 100+ Little Egret on the roost this eveing - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Tern, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander and 2 Red-throated Diver - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake (juv) and 4 Manx Shearwater - Hilbre.
1 Swift sp - Newton Park, West Kirby.

Oct 20
2,350 Shelduck, 24 Little Egret, 72 Golden Plover, 275 Dunlin, 500 Knot, 3,600 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 880 Curlew, 1 Rock Pipit (flew over going S) - Heswall Shore this morning.
95 Pink-footed Geese on marsh, 1 Water Rail calling - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Garganey and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Brambling, 1 Crossbill and 100 Chaffinch over Newton, West Kirby, this morning.
Unconfirmed report of reeling Grasshopper Warbler on Caldy Hill today.

Oct 19
1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private sea-front garden at lunch time which flew east and seen again later in afternoon - Hoylake, 4 Puffin among 1,600 auks out to sea.
1 late Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 68 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail and 1 Grey Male) came into roost at Parkgate Old Baths this evening.

Oct 18
1 Swift - New Brighton, very late record but by no means the latest ever for Cheshire and Wirral (in 1996 we had one on Nov 3rd!).
1 Marsh Harrier (prob female) - Parkgate Marsh.

Oct 17
Good visible migration at Red Rocks from 7.20am to 10.20am included  91 Magpie, 475 Starling, 695 Chaffinch, 1 Hawfinch and 3 Twite, also 8 Warer Rail, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 4 Stonechat.
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank from Reception hide, 1,333 Teal, 373 Pintail and 48 Shovelor from IMF hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
40 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 17 Fieldfare and 18 Redwing, 1 Kingfisherand 4 Grey Wagtail along the River Birkett - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.

Oct 16
2 Wheatear caught and ringed - Hilbre.
7 Whooper Swan over heading into estuary, also 28 Blackbird, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Brambling and 66 Chaffinch - Red Rocks this morning.
1,300 Black-tailed Godwit, 69 Golden Plover and 3 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Gayton Marsh.
170+ Redwing over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, this morning.
1 dark bellied Brent goose, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Whooper Swan and  1 Marsh Harrier -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
10 Whooper Swan over and landed in fields, also 3 male Stonechat and 1 Raven - Burton Point.
107 Great crested Grebe and 230 Common Scoter out to sea, 7 Grey Wagtail and 50+ Blackbird - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.

Oct 15
1 Jack Snipe - Donkeystand Flash, Parkgate.
Visible migration at Red Rocks this morning included 350 Starling, 365 Redwing, 75 Blackbird, 1 Brambling and 3 Ring Ouzel, also 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Water Rail and 1 Wheatear.
7 Whooper Swan, 2 Marsh Harrier (juv), 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Raven and 1,000 Teal, 1,600 Pink-footed Geese early morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Mid-morning visible migration over West Kirby included 41 Chaffinch, 50+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail and 2 Peregrine.
1 Short-eared Owl over town centre, 1 Tree Pipit and 2 Swallow (juv) by chuch yard at Stanley Road - Hoylake.
1 Merlin - Heswall Shore.

Oct 14
72 Pintail, 1 Great White Egret, 64 Golden Plover, 750 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 1st w Ring Ouzel (Heswall Field NT flew off to S at 09:00), 1 Redwing - Heswall Shore.
45 Redwing and movement of both Song Thrushes and Blackbirds over Newton this morning.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret 2,Water Rail (1 at IMF hide and 1 at BMW) and 3 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

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57 Golden Plover, c1,000 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore.
1 (poss 2) juv Marsh Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Water Rail, at least 1,000 Pink-footed Geese flew in to roost on scrape late on (about 6.15) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 12
2,130 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Garden Warbler - Heswall Fields.
1 Garden Warbler - Tinker's Dell, Thurstaston.
1 Red-throated Diver, 472 Great Crested Grebe, 260 Common Scoter and 2 Pochard (male) on the sea at Leasowe Lighthouse as tide came in.
6 Water Rail, 38 Magpie. 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Raven, 45 Skylark, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Brambling and 110 Greenfinch - highlights from Red Rocks.
2 Great White Egret on marsh, 2 Cetti's Warbler - Neston Reedbed.
220 Pink-footed Geese, 43 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.
37 Brent Geese - West Kirby Shore at high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine with prey, 8 Greenshank, 1,700 Teal and 2 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 11
Visible migration over Red Rocks included 135 Wood Pigeon, 11 Collared Dove, 215 Skylark and 83 Greenfinch, also 150 Pink-footed Geese and 6 Whooper Swan over and 1 Cetti's Warbler still present.
13 Common Buzzard 'kettling' over Neston Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1,800 Teal and 5 Greenshank from IMF hide, also 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 10
4,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, one of the biggest flocks ever recorded on the Dee Estuary, they were there in the afternoon with about two-thirds leaving at 1530hrs.
36 Golden Plover - Heswall Shore.
32 Brent Geese at high tide - Little Eye, 3,000 Oystercatcher on the shore.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Little Stint - Hoylake Shore.
3 Spotted Redshnak, 9 Greenshank, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 300 Pin-footed Geese and c500 Pintail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret and 65 Little Egret - Neston Marsh.

Oct 9
1,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
300 pink-footed Geese, 1 Merlin, 7 Avocet, 4 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Water Rail and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier, 30+ Pink-footed Geese and 2 Raven - Parkgate Marsh at high tide, tide didn't make it to the wall.
1 Great White Egret - Heswall Marsh (near Sheldrake's Restaurant).
19 Brent Geese on edge of marsh - West Kirby Shore.
1 Merlin (fem), 2 Peregrine, 1 Greenshank over and 4 Raven - Little Eye after high tide.

Oct 8
17 Brent Geese (incl 3 juvs) and first Redwing of the autumn - Hilbre.
1 ad Stint spp and 1 Curlew Sandpiper before high tide disturbed by Peregrine, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Stint (juv) and 290 Sanderling over high tide - Hoylake Shore, see video of Little Stint.
2,460 Shelduck, 28 Golden Plover, 24 Grey Plover, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, c3,500 Redshank, 1juv Ruff, 5 Grey Wagtail, 14 Skylark, 66 Jackdaw - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
1 Great White Egret, 34 Little Egret, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 2 Peregrine - Riverbank Road, Heswall at high tide.
1 Spotted Redshank flew east, 2 Sandwich Tern off shore, 1 Greenshank and a good assortment of waders on the groyne, 1 Peregrine, 4 Great spotted Woodpecker and 8 Grey Wagtail overhead - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.
26 Little Egret on saltmarsh, 3 Wheatear, 250 Dunlin, 105 Ringed Plover,56 Grey Plover and 15 Sanderling - Point of Ayr.

Oct 7
14 Brent Geese on beach/Little Eye, 5 Fieldfare over - West Kirby.
1 Cattle Egret, 5 Greenshank and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
29 Greenshank - Hoylake Shore at 10am briefly before flying into estuary.

Oct 6
1 Little Stint and 3 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake Shore.
3 Brent Geese on beach, 2 Swallow (juv) over - West Kirby Shore.
4 Brent Geese - Little Eye, in addition to those at West Kirby.
7 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Cattle Egret and 4 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 5
32 Pink-footed Geese, 39 Little Egret, c2000 Oystercatcher, 108 Grey Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 250 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 600 Knot, c4500 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Grey Wagtail - Heswall Shore as tide came in this morning.
11 Greenshank on Donkeystand Flash, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull flew over, 1 Raven flew inland, 1 Water Rail heard calling below Old Quay pub - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Heswall Marsh , off Cottage Lane.
1 Cattle Egret, 3 Ruff and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) by Reception, 3 Ruff, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher and 3 Raven from IMF hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 4
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Velvet Scoter flew east - Hoylake Shore early morning.
1 Black-tern (juv) and 1 Mediterranean Gull seen from Mersey Ferry RSPB trip.

Oct 3
1 Spoonbill - Point of Ayr.

Oct 2
2 Peregrine on beach, 2 Greenshank on groyne, 10 Buzzard over and 110 Pink-footed Geese flying NW - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands, 1 Spoonbill over Marsh Covert hide at 1830 hrs.
5,500 Redshank - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Jack Snipe, 2 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.

Oct 1
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Little Stint and 3 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Sep 30
1 Spoonbill giving good views from RSPB hide - Point of Ayr.
1 Cattle Egret and 2+ Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,260 Black-tailed Godwit and 17 Knot - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Sep 29
c750 Common Scoter and 600+ Great Crested Grebe (some were in  mixed flocks making counting difficult), also 3 Red-throated Diver, 10 Guillemot, 6 Red-brested Merganser, 1 Peregrine, 2 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher (on groyne) - Hoylake/Dove Point, Meols/Leasowe Lighthouseamazing conditions, crystal clear and mirror like sea.
1 Greenland Wheatear (from Marsh Covert hide), 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Stint, 20 Ruff, 10 Greenshank and 30 Golden Plover - total for Burton Mere Wetlands Reception hide and Inner Mrsh Farm hide.
2,400 Black-tailed Godwit and 17 Knot - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
c175 Pink-footed Geese over Heswall this afternoon heading towards Parkgate.

Sep 28
4 Red-throated Diver, 402 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Razorbill and c650 Common Scoter off Dove Point, Meols/Leasowe Lighthouse on a flat calm sea, also 2 Greenshank by groyne and 1 Raven over.
1 Cattle Egret and 2 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby, 15 Greenshank and 6 Grey Wagtail - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Peregrine and 2 Raven - Gayton Marsh.

Sep 27
5 Brent Geese, 2 Peregrine and 95 Sandwich Tern - highlights from Hilbre, for more details see Hilbre Observatory Blog.
2 Brent Geese flew west - Hoylake Shore before high tide, also 2 Sandwich Tern and 660 Sanderling on the shore, 370 Common Scoter and 8 Red-throated Diver off-shore.
1 Greenshank by groyne and 3 Chiffchaff in hedges - Leasowe Lighthouse.
70 Pink-footed Geese over Heswall Fields.
1 Kingfisher on pool by Thurstaston Visitor Centre.

Sep 26
1 Arctic Tern and 640 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore.
2 Greenshank, 6 Spotted Redshank, 2,500 Redshank, 1,700 Oystercatcher, 560 Black-tailed Godwit, 705 Teal, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine (killed and ate a Teal) and Marsh Harrier - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Little Stint, 12 Ruff and 90+ Pink-footed Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.
140 Pink-footed Geese in two skeins over Heswall Fields this evening.

Sep 25
1 Spoonbill and 1,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Point of Ayr.
1 Water Rail, 20+ Grey Wagtail, 35 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 107 Great Crested Grebe, 300+ Common Scoter and 2 Arctic Skua - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cattle Egret, 12 Ruff, 4 Greenshank and 3 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
650 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore.

Sep 24
2 Long-tailed Skua (adult and juv) off north end at high tide - Hilbre.
110 Great Black-backed Gull in roost at high tide, very few waders - Hoylake Shore.
1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 36 Gannet, 9 Red-throated Diver, 8 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill and 30 Auk spp in 5 hours of seawatching at Hoylake, also 110 Great Black-backed Gull, 450 Sanderling, 40 Knot, 150 Dunlin 60 Grey Plover and 1 Golden Plover on the shore as tide came in but waders were flushed - Hoylake Shore.
44 Knot and 2,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Reserve, West Kirby.
4 Greenshank - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate, also 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail).

Sep 23
2 Greenshank - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate, this morning, also 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 25 Pink-footed Geese.
2,560 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Reserve, West Kirby.
3,700 Oystercatcher, 493 Curlew, 2 Wheatear and 1 Grey Wagtail - West Kirby Shore over high tide.
12+ Chiffchaff and 18 Grey Wagtail highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for more details.

Sep 22
35 Pink-footed Geese flew up tiver - Neston Marsh.
6 Water Rail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Garden Warbler  highlights from Red Rocks.
40 Knot and 1,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Reserve, West Kirby.
4 Brent Geese (light-bellied) - Hilbre, first of the 'winter'.
1 Mediterranean Gull on shore, 9 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Kingfisher - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7 Little Stint and 6 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 21
27 Greenshank - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate, this morning.
1 Firecrest by Lingham Bridge briefly, 20+ Goldcrest,  9 Jay, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel (heard), 50+ Common Scoter and 50+ Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.
37 Pink-footed Geese over Heswall this morning.
90 Pink-footed Geese over Hilbre.
27 Pintail over, 1 Gannet, 1 Goosander, 3 Red-throated Diver and 45 Great Crested Grebe out to sea, 1 Peregrine, 6 Water Rail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 6 Reed Bunting highlights from Red Rocks.
1 Red-necked Phalarope, 5 Little Stint, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest just east of Leasowe Castle Hotel.

Sep 20
1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Little Stint and 6 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank on the shore, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Goldcrest and 7 Chiffchaff highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details and photos.

Sep 19
1 Garganey (eclipse drake), 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 20+ Ruff, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Hobby and 1,300 Pintail, 1 Cattle Egret but distant, 3 Little Stint at Inner Marsh Farm - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Ruff, 15 Knot and 2,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Reserve, West Kirby.
45 Chiffchaff at Red Rocks early morning.

Sep 18
1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Stint, 1 Greenshank, 6 Spotted Redshank and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 10 Greenshank - Parkgate Marsh.
8 Ruff and 2,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Reserve, West Kirby.
4 Whinchat and 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Red Rocks, this morning.

Sep 17
2,000+ Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston shore this morning.
6 Water Rail, 37 Magpie, 45 Blue Tit, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Grey Wagtail highlights from Red Rocks this morning, quite a good passage!
1 Peregrine on beach, 1 Greenshank, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 12 Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Spotted Redshank and 7 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands, 2 Great White Egret flew into roost this evening.
3 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, c3000 Redshank, c1000 Curlew, 7 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 16 Skylark - Heswall Shore.

Sep 16
1 Barred Warbler - Red Rocks, also 55 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenland Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 4 White Wagtail.
1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest in Pine tree by Bevyl Road this morning - Parkgate.

Sep 15
2,000+ Black-tailed Godwit Heswall/Thurstaston shore early morning later seen flying over Grange Hill on way to Gilroy NP.
2,600 Black-taled Godwit - Gilroy NP, West Kirby, this afternoon.
5 Water Rail, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail and 5 White Wagtail - highlights from Red Rocks this morning.
4 Grey Wagtail. 9 Mistle Thrush, 105 Grey Plover, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit and 37 Sandwich Tern - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Sep 14
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Yellowhammer, 12 Chiffchaff and 8 Grey Wagtail - Red Rocks.
1 Greenshank and 2 Wheatear on groyne - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Red-necked Phalarope and 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret came into roost this eveing, also 127 Little Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint on groyne by Dove Point, Meols at high tide.

Sep 13
1 probable White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint on groyne by  Dove Point, Meols, an hour after high tide.
c200 Swallow around Meols Common attacked by ad Hobby, watched for 10 mins!
1 Greenshank, 215 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Snipe, 13 Grey Wagtail (went S before 08:15), 3 White Wagtail, 70 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven - Heswall Shore early morning.
2,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
1 Red-necked Phalarope (IMF hide), 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 13 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore at high tide, by  Lifeboat Station.
3 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore at high tide.
2 Kingfisher by Lingham bridge, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Peregrine tried to take a Redshank - Leasowe Lighthouse, 220 Sandwich Tern on groyne off Leasowe Castle.

Sep 12
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 14 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Stint and 4 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Spotted Redshank and large number of Redshank, 1 Kingfisher below West hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1,000+ Swallow, 3 Ruff and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Marsh.

Sep 11
1 Little Stint with 500 Dunlin - on groyne by Dove Point Meols, over high tide.
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Ruff and 15 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard singing - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
1 Firecrest - Hilbre.

Sep 10
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 7,000 Herring Gull on the sea - Hoylake Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine plus 1,400 Curlew and 5,000+ Redshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Great White Egret - Heswall Marsh at high tide, flew up from gutter near Sheldrake's Restaurant.
1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1 Kingfisher and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlandsclick here to see a video of the RN Phalarope.
1 Peregrine and 1 Kingfisher - Parkgate Marsh.
100 Turnstone on pontoon on New Brighton Marine Lake.

Sep 9
2 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper, also 440 Sanderling, 450 Knot, 1,200 Dunlin, 670 Oystercatcher, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 45 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, c60 Great Black-backed Gull and 5,300 Herring Gull - Hoylake Shore.
2,430 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
4 Greenshank - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret with cattle, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
32 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Turnstone, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Greenshank, 1ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Grey Wagtail, 8 Chiffchaff off Heswall Fields NT (Heswall Shore) as tide came in.
1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 8 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine and 2 Raven - Riverbank Road, Heswall.

Sep 8
1 Water Rail seen flying from Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
1 Little Stint and 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull after high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Little Stint, 5000 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore.
4 Greenshank and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Kingfisher (west hide), 7 Greenshank and 2 Little Grebe (Dee/ Middle hides) as the tide came in - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Cattle Egret with cows in back field, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Spotted Redshank, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint and 1 Hobby (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 7
1 Red-necked Phalarope from IMF hide at 0830hrs, 1 Cattle Egret  from Reception hide at 0930hrs, also 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint and 12 spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,475 Black-tailed Godwit over high tide, also 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Chiffchaff and 1 Swift - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
1 Kingfisher over West Kirby Golf Course at 11am.
1 Wheatear in horse paddocks, 4 Chiffaff and 3 Goldcrest, 2 Kingfisher flew down River Birket by Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Peregrine, 26 Little Egret, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 2ad Mediterranean Gull and 10 Raven - Heswall Shore on the rising tide.
3 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank - Hoylake Shore.

Sep 6
7+ Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2,200 Oystercatcher, 28 Grey Plover, 400 Dunlin, 300 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 4,500 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Raven, 2 Wheatear, 5 Grey Wagtail - Heswall Shore this morning.
This morning: 1 Red-necked Phalarope (juv) from IMF hide, 1 Little Stint, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper from Reception hide and 1 Cattle Egret which flew to Burton Marsh early morning, This evening: 1 Great White Egret came to roost, 1 Cattle Egret in front of IMF hide, 2 Little Stint, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, c10 Ruff, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 5
1 Marsh Warbler present between 7am and 9am - Red Rocks, also 275 Swallow, 120 House Martin and 26 Grey Wagtail flying through in small flocks, there was a good fall of migrants at dawn.
1 Wryneck, 1 Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Red-necked Phalarope (juv) on main scrape this morning, and 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,400 Shelduck, 17 Wigeon, 35 Grey Plover, 4 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 4,500 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 ad Mediteranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 6 Grey Wagtail flew S - Heswall Shore this morning, also 1 Garden Warbler at Target Road.
1 Great White Egret flew south - Burton Marsh.
1740 Black-tailed Godwit and 28 Knot (Knot numbers a site record!) - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.

Sep 4
1 Red-necked Phalarope (juv) showing well from main scrape this morning then from IMF hide, also 1 Hobby and 1 Marsh Harrier (juv) then 6 Spotted Redshank and 1 Cattle Egret this evening in front of Inner Marsh Farm hide and 1 Great White Egret which flew over to roost - Burton Mere Wetlands.
11 Grey Wagtail and c2,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston /Heswall Shore this morning.
1 Marsh Harrier (sub-ad male) over Meols Drive, West Kirby, early afternoon.
2 Hobby chasing a Swallow - Parkgate Marsh.
18 Goosander flew south - Hilbre.

Sep 3
1 Osprey over East Hoyle Bank this morning, at one time it was on Bird Rock eating a fish, see Video taken by Steve Williams.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 15 Ruff and 1 Little Stint, c250 Little Egret went to roost - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3,500 Redshank, 68 Grey Plover, 3 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail (flew over going S) and c3,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore this morning.
3 Greenshank, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 siskin and 2 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls over head busy 'anting' last couple of days.
1 Redstart caught and ringed, 1 Ruff flew over and 1 Spotted Redshank - Hilbre.
1 Barn Owl in field by Station Road, Burton, early morning, a few Wheatears by Burton Point.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Sep 2
2 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover (flew south), 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 250 Swallow and 150 House Martin at end of Stanley Road and feeding over beach,  1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 7 Grey Wagtail over - Red Rocks early morning, 1 Dotterel over at 1130am and 3 Arctic Skua.
3 Wheatear, 1 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Garden Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wheatear - Wallasey Lifeguard Station.
1 Hobby (ad), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Ruff (juv) and 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 1
2,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby this morning, another site record, also 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

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