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Feb 24
250 Redshank, 60 Turnstone and 2,000 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
3 Short-eared Owl and 1 male Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay.
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 1 Merlin and 1 Short-eared Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate, this evening.

Feb 22
8 Waxwing along Irby Road between Woodlands Road and Townsend Avenue, early morning - Irby.
1 Red Kite over Little Neston this morning (also seen over Easthem early afternoon).
1 Scaup (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 21
8 Waxwing along Irby Road between Woodlands Road and Townsend Avenue, but flighty - Irby.
350 Pink-footed Geese in field between Pensby and Irby, next to footpath which heads NE from the end of Woodlands Road.
1imm Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1000 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 1160 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Raven, early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Parkgate Old Baths.
1 Waxwing in tall tree by Heswall Marsh.

Feb 20
9 Waxwing in tree along Irby Road opposite Porto Hey Road, at 1130am - Irby.
170 Pink-footed Geese in field between Pensby and Irby, next to footpath which heads NE from the end of Woodlands Road.
265 Pintail, 275 Teal, 1100 Knot, 1030 Black-tailed Godwit early morning - Thurstaston Shore.

Feb 19
8 Waxwing along Irby Road by junction with Towshend Ave, present both early morning and late afternoon - Irby.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
1 Greenshank by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Feb 18
2 Avocet, 1 Ruff and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Heswall Marsh.
35+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Feb 17
420 Pink-footed Geese in field between Pensby and Irby.
360 Pink-footed Geese flew over heading north, 251 Brent Geese - Hilbre, for more details and photos see Hilbre Obs Blog.
2 Marsh Harrier (fem), 2 Raven and 6 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Point.

Feb 15
5 Snow Bunting - Point of Ayr.
1,600 Black-tailedGodwit - Thurstaston Shore.
250 Pink-footed Geese flew up from fields by Irby and over Pensby School on way back to the marshes this afternoon.
1 Short-eared Owl - Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - great views of one flying over field next to Wirral Way - Thurstaston.

Feb 14
1,680 Black-tailedGodwit - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
1,800 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
2 Water Pipit in field by Neston sewage works.

Feb 13
1 Long-tailed Duck (fem) - Shotwick Boating Lake.
2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
1,350 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
2,750 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide, a spectacular display and so good to see this important roost site undisturbed despite the birds being only a few feet from the prom, many passer-bys stopped to ask what the birds were including 'are they swallows?'!!!

Feb 12
1 Long-tailed Duck (fem) - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Goosander (redhead) - Gilroy Duck Pond, West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Parkgate.
3 Spotted Redshank and 60+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine by groyne - Meols Common.
1 Siberian Chiffchaff in private garden - Flint.
10 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon, 1 Kingfisher briefly - New Brighton Marine Lake.
36 Mandarin duck - Arrowe Park.
2 Snow Bunting - Red Rocks.
116 Brent Geese and 7,000 Dunlin - West Kirby Shore.

Feb 11
8 Waxwing and 2 Redwing in Rowan Tree junction of Thurstaston Road and A540 at 4pm -Heswall.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Long-tailed Duck (fem) - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Hen Harrier and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
2,500 Dunlin, 200 Redshank and 70 Turnstone on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.

Feb 10
3 Scaup, 3 Red-throated Diver, 550 Common Scoter and 50+ Great Crested Grebe - Hilbre, for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
3 Scaup off Dee SC causeway as tide went out - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 2 Dabchick, 174 Golden Plover, 730 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 720 Black-tailed Godwit, 245 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
2 Goosander, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Feb 9
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Parkgate, near Old Baths just 50m from road.
1,500 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
50+ Twite (by West Hide at high tide), 1 Commoon Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Feb 8
9 Waxwing by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, this morning.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Merlin - Denhall Quay.
285 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore, at high tide.

Feb 7
1 Snow Bunting by slipway - Red Rocks.
10 Waxwing in private garden - Parkgate.
2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.
18 Little Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper and 5 Whooper Swan - Shotwick Boating Lake and fields.
1 Greenshank feeding on mud south of West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Scaup and 4 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Short-eard Owl - Decca Pools.

Feb 6
5 Snow Bunting on beach - Gronant (near site of Little Tern colony).
2 Great White Egret and 3 Marsh Harrier (2 fem and 1 juv) - Burton Marsh.
1 Snow Bunting by slipway - Red Rocks.
306 Brent Geese - Hilbre, another record high for the island.

Feb 5
7 Black-necked Grebe (on the Dee pools next to wooden framework just south of the reserve), 22 Twite, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Great White Egret off Burton Point.
21 Waxwing by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall at 1015am.
4 Scaup, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver and c80 Common Scoter - Hilbre.
1 Snow Bunting by slipway - Red Rocks.
617 Common Scoter off Leasowe Lighthouse this morning.
1 Merlin, 820 Lapwing, 132 Golden Plover, 4000 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 365 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore early morning.
1  ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine (one on post far side - while one flew overhead) and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Feb 4
25 Waxwing by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, this afternoon.
300 Pink-footed Geese in field inland of Denhall Lane (escaped Harris Hawk also seen) - Burton Marsh.
5 Scaup - Hilbre.

Feb 3
2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
5 Scaup and 173 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Feb 2
1 Brambling in finch flock - private garden, Heswall.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Marsh Harrier (fem and juv) and 1 Peregrine - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Snow Bunting - Red Rocks.
1 Peregrine, 155 Golden Plover and 250 Pintail - Heswall Shore.
2,200 Black-tailed Godwit, 5,000 Dunlin and 2,000 Lapwing - Oakenholt Marsh.
50+ Twite, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank and 21 Common Snipe - Connah's Quay Reserve.
5,000 Pintail and 3,000+ Wigeon in River Dee channel off Oakenholt/Connah's Quay.

Feb 1
850 Wigeon, 300 Pintail and 8 pale bellied Brent Geese - Point of Ayr.
1 Hen Harrier (male) and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Denhall Quay.
1 Woodcock along Lingham Lane, 150 Great Crested Grebe off shore - Leasowe Lighthouse, see  Lighthouse birding blog for further details.

Jan 31
21 Waxwing by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, at 2.20pm.
2 Goldeneye and 5 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Great White Egret, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier and 1 Peregrine, report of 40+ Twite - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh this evening.
1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
6+ Purple Sandpipers - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 30
20 Waxwing by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, this morning.
2 Goosander, 11 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 drake Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake, after high tide.
21 Waxwing by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, at 2pm.
5 Scaup and 3 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
60+ Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
3 Hen Harrier (2 male, 1 ringtail) and 3 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.

Jan 29
1 Snow Bunting on tide line near Lifeboat Station - Hoylake before high tide.
20 Waxwing by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, late morning.
1 Greenshank on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) off Cottage Lane, Heswall.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Parkgate Marsh.
8 Brent Geese, 2 Goosander (fem), 6 Red-breasted Merganser (4m, 2f) and 1 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 30-40 Twite, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

Jan 28
29 Waxwing in Rowan tree by junction of A540 and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, at 4pm.
11 Waxwing top of Thurstaston Road, Heswall, at first light then flew towards Heswall Dales at 0840am.
3 Hen Harrier (2 males together in flight and 1 ringtail briefly seen), 3 Marsh Harrier (all females) and 4 Peregrine (2 perched together, 1 perched on its own, 1 flying) seen from Donkey Stand, Parkgate.

Jan 27
2,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston shore, great views of them feeding close to the beach before and after high tide, 17 colour-ringed.
17 Waxwing - topend of Thurstaston Road by junction with A540, Heswall this afternoon.
4 Waxwing briefly at bottom of Black Horse Hill, West Kirby around mid-day, flew south.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) flying over fields below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.

Jan 26
40+ Twite by West Hide, also 3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

Jan 25
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Greenshank, 40 Skylark and 6 Rock Pipit on or over salt marsh, 4 Water Pipit (2 by stream and 2 feeding in field with Meadow Pipits) - Neston Old Quay, see  Lighthouse birding blog for further details.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands, seen earlier on Burton Marsh.
2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Red-throated Diver and 283 Great Crested Grebe off Hoylake Shore.

Jan 24
2,875 Black-tailed Godwit, 190 Bar-tailed Godwit and 870 Redshank, 360 Pink-footed Geese over heading south - Thurstaston shore.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
40+ Twite and 2 Greenshank this morning at Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

Jan 23
1 Brambling - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Parkgate.

Jan 22
1 Scaup and 262 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
13 Waxwing by Wirral Way at Heswall Golf Club, 3.45pm.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
5+ Bewick's Swan - Shotwick Fields.
1,600+ Black-tailed Godwit, 520 Pintail and 340 Teal - Thurstaston shore.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Kingfisher, large numbers of Wigeon - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Goosander (fem) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
10+ Marsh Harrier coming into roost in the reed beds Neston/Parkgate, also 3 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail and 1 male).

Jan 21
370 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.
230 Skylark flew west over Riverbank Road, Heswall, over a period of an hour at first light.

Jan 20
1 Snow Bunting, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Scaup - Hilbre.
2 Goosander (fem) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay.

Jan 19
1 Goosander and 8 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
600 Pintail, 360 Teal, 192 Golden Plover, 970 Lapwing, 3000 Knot, 4000 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 2330 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston shore on rising tide.

Jan 18
2 Short-eared Owl and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Denhall Quay (in front of Harp Inn).
1,750 Black-tailed Godwit, 5,000 Knot and 4,000 Dunlin - Thurstaston shore on rising tide.
1 Water Rail heard - Red Rocks Marsh.
1 Goosander and 5 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 17
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Ruff and c5,000 Lapwing - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Scaup (males) off Hilbre.
1 Snow Bunting - by Pinfold steps, West Kirby Shore.
c500 Pink-footed Geese headed north over Gilroy Scrape, West Kirby, this morning.
11 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 16
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
290 Brent Geese along the edge of West Kirby saltmarsh at high tide.

Jan 15
10 Spotted Redshank (middle hide) and 50+ Twite (west hide) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Snow Bunting - Red Rocks.
201 Brent Geese along the edge of West Kirby saltmarsh at high tide.
1 drake Common Scoter,  290 Teal, 1 male Hen Harrier, 188 Golden Plover, 690 Lapwing, 700 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2800 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore before high tide.
1 Goosander (redhead) and 2 Shoveler - Gilroy duck pond (not the scrape!), West Kirby.
10 Purple Sandpiper, 700 Redshank, 100 Turnstone, 10 Knot and 10 Dunlin on the pontoon, New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 14
298 Brent Geese - Hilbre, record count for the island although there has been one higher count for the estuary this winter.
18 Purple Sandpiper, 170 Turnstone, 960 Redshank and 140 Dunlin on pontoon, New Brighton Marine Lake before high tide.
1 Green-winged Teal (drake) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Snow Bunting, 58 Brent Geese and 2,000 Dunlin roosting at high tide - Red Rocks.
2 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 3 Hen Harrier (incl grey male) which came in at dusk and 1 Yellowhammer which flew over - Parkgate.
1 Goosander and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 13
1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin  off Cottage Lane, Heswall at high tide.
4,000 Knot, 2,000 Dunlin, 200 Grey Plover, 2,000 Oystercatcher and a large gull roost including 3,500 Herring Gull - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Marsh Harrier (1 fem and 2 juvs), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate.
2 Peregrine and 1 Water Rail - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
3 Spotted Redshank and 30+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great White Egret, 2 Whooper Swan (Marsh Covert lagoon) and 6 Bewick's Swan (from IMF hide) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
The expected tidal surge didn't appear here on the Dee Estuary so tide didn't reach Parkgate and barely reached Riverbank Road, but it did mean there was some beach left at Hoylake for roosting waders.

Jan 12
17 Brent Geese - Hoylake Shore.
1 Peregrine - Leasowe Lighthouse.
5 Bewick's Swan, 30 Whooper Swan and 3 Black Swan - Shotwick Fields.
60+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jan 11
5 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands at dawn before flying off.
50+ Twite by West Hide, 9 Spotted Redshank by Middle Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
17 Brent Geese - West Kirby Shore after high tide, which later moved around the corner to Hoylake shore in the afternoon.
470 Pink-footed Geese in field north of Thurstaston Visitor Centre.
1 male Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 21 Brent Geese - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Jack Snipe, 17 Common Snipe and 4 Rock Pipit flushed by incoming tide - Heswall Shore by Target Road.

Jan 10
5 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
5 Scaup - Hilbre.

Jan 9
610 Pink-footed Geese in field next to over-flow car park - Thurstaston Visitor Centre.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 male Merlin and 1 Male Hen Harrier (gave great close views) - Denhall Quay.

Jan 8
11 Brent Geese and 2 Scaup - West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Waxwing Grange Cross Lane, Newton, briefly this afternoon 'very flighty' - West Kirby.

Jan 7
6 Waxwing Grange Cross Lane, Newton, briefly this morning before flying NW - West Kirby.
45 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake this morning, the highest ever number for the site, also 3 Goosander and 3 Red-breasted Merganser this afternoon.
c30 Mandarin Duck - Arrowe Park Lake.

Jan 6
1 Marsh Harrier, 163 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 60+ Skylark flew south, 2 Twite (150m south of Sheldrakes with small finch flock) - Heswall Marsh this morning.
2,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.

Jan 5
3 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier and 20 Siskin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Waxwing briefly in Greasby garden this morning.
2,550 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Snow Bunting and 2 Scaup (drake) - Hilbre.
4 Hen Harrier (incl 1 grey male) - Parkgate.

Jan 4
2 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
2 Scaup and 1 Velvet Scoter - Hilbre.
47 Wigeon in wildfowl collection by Column Road - West Kirby.
1 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander (redhead) and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Parkgate.
1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
400+ Pink-footed Geese in field adjacent to overflow car park - Thurstaston Visitor Centre.

Jan 3
45 Brent Geese - Red Rocks Marsh.

Jan 2
2 Scaup (males) - Hilbre.
1 Grey Wagtail, 8+ Common Snipe and 24 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Scrape.
1 Green Sandpiper on stream and 2 Water Pipit (one on sprinklers and one over, 6 Chiffchaff in area - Neston Sewage Works.
2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier - Neston Old Quay.

Jan 1
1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Water Rail (seen and heard) Decca Pools.
370 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2,650 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.

Dec 31
6 Brent Geese and 1 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
180+ Linnet, 17 Twite - West Hide, Connah's Quay.
140 Brent Geese off Riverbank Road, Heswall, at high tide.

Dec 30
1 Marsh Harrier over border pool - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier over Decca Pools - Burton Marsh.
12 Waxwing in rowan tree briefly this morning, not relocated - Pine Hey, Neston.

Dec 29
1 Waxwing - Thingwall this morning.
3,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 600 Pintail and 30 Brent Geese - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
1 Long-tailed Duck flew past early morning - Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 28
58 Brent Geese feeding just north of the Dee Sailing Club causeway after high tide - Thurstaston Shore.
7 Waxwing flew NE over Leasowe Lighthouse this morning.
13 Brent Geese, 2,500+ Black-tailed Godwit and 5,000 Knot -  Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
10 Waxwing - Whitehouse Lane, Barnston.
4 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dec 27
640 Pintail, 220 Teal, 1 Dabchick, 1 imm Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 450 Dunlin, 4000 Knot, 1080 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2700 Black-tailed Godwit, 360 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore on the rising tide this morning.
53 Brent Geese feeding just north of the Dee Sailing Club causeway after high tide - Thurstaston Shore.
6 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
Two morons flying Paramotors flew around the coast from Leasowe Lighthouse to Parkgate and back today - disturbing every single bird on the way. You can see how low they are flying (photo on home page) and right next to the road at Parkgate - incredibly dangerous to the general public. They are using land owned by Wirral Borough Council (without permission) near Leasowe Lighthouse to take off and land.

Dec 26
41  redwing in trees far side of  lagoon, 180+ linnet and 3 twite on marsh to east of Connah's Quay Reserve west hide.
18 Brent Geese - Thurstaston Shore.

Dec 24
7 Brent Geese brielfy landed on West Kirby Marine Lake, also 2 Goosander (redheads).
1 Brambling feeding with Chaffinches, and 2 Raven over -  Newton, West Kirby.

Dec 23
1 Short-eared Owl over Newton, West Kirby, late afternoon heading east.

Dec 22
2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
2 Hen Harrier (1 grey male) and 3 Short-eared Owl - Neston Marsh.
182 Golden Plover and 970 Lapwing - Heswall Shore.
c2,500 Black-tailed Godwit and c5,000 Knot -  Thurstaston Shore this morning.
4 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 21
40+ Twite and 1 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
730 Pintail, 190 Teal, 3000 Knot, 2600 Black-tailed Godwit Thurstaston Shore this morning.

Dec 19
2,900 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Bar-tailed Godwit, 700 Pintail and 1 Raven over -  Thurstaston/Heswall Shore on rising tide.

Dec 18
3 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
4 Stonechat - Denhall Quay.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Scaup (drake) and 117 pale-bellied Brent Geese - Hilbre.
2,800 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 1 Spotted Redshank - Heswall Shore before high tide.
40 Pied Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail in sewage works and adjacent field - Target Road, Heswall.

Dec 17
175 Great Crested Grebe and c500 Common Scoter - Meols Shore at high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (male) and 2,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore before high tide.
13 Bewick Swan, 36 Whooper Swan, 65 Mute Swan and 1 Green Sandpiper - Shotwick Fields.
1 Long Tailed Duck - Shotwick Lake.
235 Brent Geese, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 27 Little Egret, 2 Merlin together- male and female, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Riverbank Road, Heswall at high tide.

Dec 16
2,750 Black-tailed Godwit -  Thurstaston/Heswall Shore on rising tide.
500+ Pink-footed Geese feeding in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way - Thurstaston.

Dec 15
2,700 Black-tailed Godwit, 700 Pintail and 180 Bar-tailed Godwit -  Thurstaston/Heswall Shore on rising tide.
195 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 GreenshankRiverbank Road, Heswall at high tide.
400 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way - Thurstaston.
7,000 Knot roosting off Roman Road before high tide, they were flushed by the tide at 9.40am and flew towards Formby followed 10 minutes later by a larger flock of c10,000 Knot coming from Hoylake direction - Meols Shore.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Parkgate this morning, 2 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great White Egret and 3 Little Grebe on the Donkey Stand pool over high tide.

Dec 14
1,500 Pintail, 123 Golden Plover, 600 Dunlin, 270 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 2400 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snow Bunting - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore on rising tide.
248 Brent Geese, 2000 Pintail, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Little Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Short-eared Owl
Riverbank Road, Heswall at high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) off Cottage Lane, Heswall. this afternoon.
c20 Scaup off Leasowe Lighthouse.
80+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 13
1,200 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16,000 Knot, 140 Sanderling, 100 Grey Plover, 2,000 Oystercatcher and 3,500 Dunlin - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1,550 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore after high tide, we believe this is a site record.
1 Snow Bunting, 1 Greenshank and 2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore.
1 Peregrine and 600 Pink-footed Geese - Heswall Marsh.
3 Bullfinch, 3 Marsh Harrier and 1 Pochard (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6+ Marsh Harrier - Neston Old Quay this afternoon.
1 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier and 5 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
2 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 12
1 Great White Egret flew from Leasowe direction towards Thurstaston over Newton, West Kirby.
1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 11
40+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
75 Redwing at end of Park Lane, 3 Stonechat by lighthouse car park - Leasowe Lighthouse.
150 Fieldfare - Deeside Industrial Estate.

Dec 10
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Plenty of movement of Pink-footed Geese this morning with birds flying to and fro between the Dee estuary marshes and the Lancashire sites.

Dec 8
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
2,000+ Black-tailed Godwit off Tinkers Dell, Thurstaston, as tide came in.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.

Dec 7
2,300+ Pink-footed Geese on Oakenholt Marsh this morning.
12 Bewicks Swan, 3 Whooper Swan and 3 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4,000 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.

Dec 6
1 Water Pipit, 2 Bewick's Swan (on main scrape) and 1 Jack Snipe - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,500 Black-tailed Godwit feeding on the mud just north of West Kirby Marine Lake, this morning.

Dec 5
3 Water Pipit and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Neston Old Quay.

Dec 4
3 Marsh Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay/The Harp.

Dec 3
1 Greenshank and 2,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Long-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (male) -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtails - 1 off Burton Point, 1 near Denhall Quay) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.

Dec 2
1 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bittern flew into the back of Donkey Stand Flash at 9.45am - Parkgate.
1 Scaup (male) - Hilbre.
1 Male Hen Harrier, 145 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank - Heswall Shore.

Dec 1
2,380 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Peregrine and 2 Raven - Heswall Marsh.
1 Scaup (male) - Hilbre.
2 Goosander and 2 Long-tailed Duck flying west - Hoylake Shore.
1 Waxwing - top end of Flint but only briefly.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (M&f), 1 Merlin and 1 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Short-eared Owl - Decca Pools.
1 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
4 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 30
1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 2,000 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate.
2,200 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Goosander (redhead) in the channel - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
25+ Twite in one flock plus many more in mixed finch flocks - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail, 1 male), 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Raven, 4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine, 2 Stonechat and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay/Burton Marsh.

Nov 29
3 Long-tailed Duck (off Leasowe Castle), 10 Scaup and 3 Red-throated Diver - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2,180 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide, 880 Redwing over heading south early morning.
318 Great Crested Grebe and c1,500 Common Scoter between Hoylake and Meols at high tide.
2 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
6,000 Knot and 2,000 Dunlin - Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Nov 28
2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Jack Snipe - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
1 Scaup (male) - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (1 male), 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Great - Neston Marsh.
1,500+ Black-tailed Godwit and 5,000 Knot - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier (imm. male), 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Pipit, 20 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick's Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Nov 27
80+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
205 Pink-footed Geese, 730 Pintail, 2 Scaup,  1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 142 Golden Plover, 690 Lapwing, 700 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1,000 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 340 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1,750 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Firecrest at Dawpool LNR by Wirral Way -  Thurstaston.
3 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great White Egret , 2 Water Rail and 1 Greenshank - Parkgate.

Nov 26
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Yellowhammer in field by Wirral Way (below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston), used to be regular here but now rare.
4 Short-eared Owl, 3 Hen Harrier (2f & 1m), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat (pair) and 3 Water Rail - Denhall Quay.
3 (poss 4) Water Pipit by Marsh Covert,  2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Water Rail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 25
2 Goosander (redheads) and 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 43 Turnstone, 224 Dunlin and 81 Redshank on wall at high tide - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Cattle Egret - Denhall Quay.
2 Cattle Egret in sheep field - Puddington.
1 male Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 120 Pink-footed Geese, 420 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 145 Golden Plover, 760 Lapwing, 2,000 Dunlin, 2,100 Black-tailed Godwit, 415 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Partridge - Heswall Shore at high tide.
8,000 Knot - Caldy Shore (north of Dee SC Causeway).

Nov 24
3 Goosander (redheads, probably 1 ad and 2 juvs),  5 Red-breasted Mergander and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and c1,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (both grey males), 1 Marsh Harrier and 7 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Neston Old Quay.

Nov 23
2 Goosander (redheads) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Cattle Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
480 Bar-tailed Godwit (near causeway) and 1,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
2 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret and 1 Chiffchaff - Decca Pools area.
6 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) ans 2 Merlin - Denhall Quay.
5 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay, with singles off Denhall Quay and Denhall Lane, 5 Rock Pipit and 2 Great White Egret on Neston marsh.

Nov 22
2 Goosander (redheads) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
4 Short-eared Owl and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.
2 Cattle Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Whooper Swan (flew SW), 100 Pink-footed Geese, 440 Pintail, 580 Teal, 590 Lapwing, 148 Golden Plover, 300 Knot, 1200 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore this morning.

Nov 20
1 Green-winged Teal (drake) showing well on Reception Scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
430 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great White Egret, 6 Whooper Swan and 2 Black Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Parkgate.
5 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Nov 19
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).
4,000 Pink-footed Geese in field - Puddington this morning.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Neston Old Quay/Harp Inn.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.

Nov 18
6 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Kingfisher on pond - Heswall Golf Course.
9 Great White Egret - Riverbank Road, Heswall, after high tide.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 (poss 2) grey male Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay.

Nov 17
2 Greenshank and 89 Golden Plover - Heswall Shore.
29 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Short-eared Owl and 4 Hen Harrier (1 grey male and 3 ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
1 Woodcock, 4 Mute Swan, c35 Redshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe and 1 Dunlin - Gilroy, West Kirby.

Nov 16
36 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, 3 Short eared Owl, 2 Jack Snipe and 5 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
1 Bittern (seen flying at least twice), 1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 4 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate/Heswall Golf Course over high tide.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl - Gilroy, West Kirby.
156 Brent Geese - Riverbank Road, Heswall.

Nov 15
1 Long-eared Owl, 6 Cattle Egret and 3 Bewick's Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Peregrine, 18 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Brent Geese - Gayton/Heswall Marsh.
4 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Nov 14
500 Pink-footed Geese, 64 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2,000 Pintail, 350 Wigeon, 400 Teal, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 84 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.
c3,000 Common Scoter off Meols before high tide but poor visibilty.
2,000 Black-tailed Godwit and 1,110 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Scaup (fem) - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Long-eared Owl and 6 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
300 Sanderling, 5,000 Dunlin and 3,000 Oystercatcher - Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Nov 13
402 pale-bellied Brent Geese - West Kirby shore/Little Eye, this smashes the previous record of 262 counted in 2011 and 2014, lots of juveniles have been noted by Hilbre Bird Observatory so they must have had a very good breeding season.
53 Twite in one flock plus more flocks seen, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Kngfisher, 3 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank and 1 Merlin - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Cattle Egret and 1 Long-eared Owl roosting in scrub close to IMF path - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Scaup and 63 Little Grebe early morning, boats caused disturbance later - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Merlin, 1 Marsh Harier, 23 Barnacle Geese and many Pink-footed Geese - Burton Outer Marsh (Clwyd).
25 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick's Swan and 20+ Mute Swan in field next to Shotwick Boating Lake.
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
330 Pink-footed Geese, 470 Teal, 1 grey male Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail calling in reed beds - Heswall Marsh.

Nov 12
Waxwings are getting closer, 3 in Buckley yesterday and at Least 2 in Rhyl today.
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
50+ Twite and 1 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Long-eared Owl roosting in scrub close to path, 4 Cattle Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 11
1 Woodcock flushed from Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
6,500+ Common Scoter on the sea, 450 Shelduck on the shore - Meols two hours after high tide.
2 Goosander in the river channel, 1 Greenshank, 5,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 4,000 Pintail and 5,000+ Wigeon - Flint Sands.

Nov 10
6 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret feeding in bunded pool, also 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 7 Redwing (over) and 1 Stonechat - Parkgate Old Baths.

Nov 9
2,450 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
3+ Great White Egret - Decca Pools.

Nov 8
7 Great White Egret seen from Burton Point.
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
4 Great White Egret flying south, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin (male), 4 Rock Pipit and 19 twite - Neston Marsh.

Nov 7
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
1 Richard's Pipit in rough field between Gilroy and West Kirby Tip late morning before flying towards Hoylake - West Kirby.
1 Great White Egret flew east over Hoylake Langfields.
25 Whooper Swan and 1,200 Pink-footed Geese on wet field - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 6
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Pomarine Skua (2 juvs and 1 pale adult) heading west - Hoylake.
2 Hen Harrier (both grey male) - Neston Old Quay.
5 Cattle Egret,  Green Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Hen Harrier (1 male and 2 ringtails) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Hen Harrier (2 male, 1 ringtail) and 3 Marsh Harrier (juvs/fem) - Denhall Quay.

 Nov 5
11 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Burton Marsh.
5 Cattle Egret and 1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
315 Pintail, 480 Teal, 400 Oystercatcher, 35 Grey Plover, 111 Golden Plover, 465 Lapwing, 1,850 Dunlin, 600 Knot, 1,500 Redshank,  1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 45 Black-tailed Godwit (800 Black-tailed Godwit off Thurstaston earlier) - Heswall shore on the rising tide.
1 male Merlin, 3 Short-earled Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) off Denhall Quay/Decca Pools, also 6+ Stonechat on path going towards Decca Pools.

Nov 4
1 Richard's Pipit flew east over Parkgate late morning.
10 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest caught and ringed in a Burton garden.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.

Nov 3
5 (poss 6) Cattle Egret and 5 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
c2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 225 Teal (400 yesterday), 240 Pintail and 105 Golden Plover - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
10 Great White Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Nov 2
187 Brent Geese including new ringed bird - highlights from Hilbre for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
12 Great White Egret (9 at Burton Point and 3 at Decca Pools), also 20 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Neston Marsh.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
31 Barnacle Geese - Connah's Quay Reserve, given the time of year these could be wild birds.

Nov 1
2 Black-throated Diver, 13 Whooper Swan and 145 Brent Geese - highlights from Hilbre for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6,000+ Comon Scoter, 7 Eider (west), 2 Gannet and 2 Red-throated Diver - Meols Shore before high tide.
2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Whooper Swan (over) - Red Rocks this morning.
2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 2 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay/Decca Pools.

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