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April Newsletter now published on this website featuring Species spotlight - Long-billed Dowitchers.



COVID 19: Things are changing every day but for the moment if people are seeing interesting birds during their daily excercise or from their homes I'll continue to put them on this website. As the main article for the April Newsletter is already written I will put that online in early April and after that we will just have to see how things are. Keep Safe!

Apr 2
300 Common Scoter, 2 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Eider and 6 Gannet off Hoylake.
1 Little Ringed Plover by Park Lane and flew towards brick pit, 1 White Wagtail and 6 Teal on Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 1
1 Eider (drake) flew west towards Hilbre - Hoylake.
135 Grey Plover high over going north - Hilbre.
1 Barn Owl over the cliff at Thurstaston Country Park.

Mar 31
1 Swallow over Meols.
252 Brent Geese (including 1 dark-bellied), 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre.
A flock of several thousand Knot flew very low over Irby at mid-day, probably flying from Thurstaston Shore to Seaforth which they currently us as a roost site.

Mar 30
2 Peregrine (m&f) again displaying over island, 80 Turnstone and 240 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Mar 29
3 Peregrine (one pair displaying over island and one stooping on a Raven on Middle Eye), 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit and 312 Brent Geese (one dark-bellied) - Hilbre.
10,000+ Knot off Caldy before high tide.
1 Osprey over Burton early afternoon, heading north.

Mar 28
2 Spoonbill (adults) on Boat House Flash, also 3 Great Egret and lots of Pink-footed Geese (all viewable from car) - Parkgate.
1 Greenshank, 2,000 Redshank and 450 Curlew - Heswall Shore.

Mar 27
1 Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Peregrine (m&f together) and 1 Merlin - Hilbre.

Mar 26
Single Willow Warblers at Hoylake and Lower Heswall *first of spring, two days later than last year*.
2 Greenshank and 700 Redshank - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Greenshank (groyne), 2 White Wagtail, 15 Chiffchaff and 5 Goldcrest - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Merlin with kill, 1 Peregrine and 130 Turnstone - Hilbre.

Mar 25
2 adult Spoonbill (Boathouse Flash), 1 Great Egret and 2 Marsh Harrier (viewable from car on road) - Parkgate.
150 Meadow Pipit flew east but paused to feed and included 2 s/pl Water Pipit - Heswall Fields.
4 Shoveler and 1 Raven - Kerr's Field, Leasowe.
1 Little Gull (adult), 4 Wigeon and several Red-throated Diver - Hoylake.
1 Swallow, 1 Merlin, 222 Curlew and 1 dark-bellied Brent with the pale-bellied - Hilbre.

Mar 24
1 Long-tailed Duck on tide edge - Hoylake.
1 Swallow over Little Neston early morning.
1 White Wagtail and 3+ Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 23
1 Swallow *first of spring and 2 days later than last year* and 6 Red-throated Diver - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
A good migration day including 280+ Meadow Pipit, 11 Siskin, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Stonechat and 1 Wheatear, also 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit - Hilbre.

Mar 22
1 Cetti's Warbler seen and heard alarming, also large arrival of Chiffchaff with at least 25 - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Short-eared Owl and 4 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate/Heswall Golf Course.
7 Wheatear along path between Denhall and Burton Point.

Mar 21
1 Red Kite over Shotwick this afternoon, earlier seen over Spital.
80+ Avocet, 1 Great Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen), 1 Raven and 6+ Chiffchaff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Peregrine fighting over a kill, 90 Grey Plover and 348 Curlew - Hilbre.

Mar 20
Several reports of singing Blackcaps.
1 Greenshank near groyne - Meols Shore.
60+ Red-throated Diver on a calm sea at high tide - Hoylake.
1 Greenshank in channel - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Garganey, also 1 Cattle Egret in field near entrance - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 19
1 Spoonbill, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Boathouse/Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Eider (drake) - Hilbre.
4+ Short-eared Owl over Heswall Golf Course.
2 Bearded Tit, 1 Woodcock, 1 Cattle Egret and 6 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 18
1 Spoonbill (Donkeystand Flash), 2 Goosander (pair), 2+ Wheatear, 3 Great Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
1 White Wagtail and 8 Shoveler - Kerr's Field, Leasowe.
2 Wheatear - Leasowe Bay.
7 Wheatear from path between Denhall and Burton Point.
2 Bearded Tit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 17
4 Wheatear, 2 drake Eider and 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
5+ Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spoonbill - Donkeystand Flash, Parkgate.
Single Wheatears seen at Broken Bank, Burton Point sheep pens and bottom of Denhall Lane.

Mar 16
5 singing Chiffchaff between Heswall and Thurstaston along Wirral Way, this morning.
1 Sand Martin *first of spring and remarkably a month later than last year!*, 1 Wheatear *first of spring and over two weeks later than last year*, 2 White Wagtail, 7 Shoveler, 15 Chiffchaff, 80 Meadow Pipit and 1 Peregrine - Kerr's Field/Leasowe Lighthouse and shore.
1 Sand Martin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Egret, 6 Chiffchaff, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 112 Avocet and 2 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Point.
1 drake Eider, 4,700 Knot, 1 Peregrine chasing the knot and 3 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre/Little Eye/Tansky Rocks.

Mar 15
6 Shoveler on flash - Kerr's Field, Leasowe.
4 Little Gull over - first of spring passage, 1 Eider (drake), 2 Raven and 2 Peregrine, first Goldcrest of spring ringed - Hilbre.

Mar 14
1 Greenshank by groyne - Meols.
4 Tree Sparrow south, and 1 Marsh Harrier - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Great Egret, 2 Cattle Egret, 4 Bearded Tit and several Cetti's Warbler heard - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Chiffchaff (first of spring for Hilbre), 1 Eider (drake) and 1 Goosander (fem) - Hilbre.
2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
6 Avocet and 2 Great Egret from Harp Inn, Neston.


Mar 13
2 Short-eared Owl over Heswall Golf Course this morning, also 1 Marsh Harrier over marsh.
2 Great Egret and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull (s/pl) - Kerr's Field, Leasowe.
28 Red-throated Diver - Red Rocks.
3 Short-eared Owl and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Parkgate.

Mar 12
1 Hen Harrier (male) - Burton Marsh.
1 Kingfisher along R Birket, Lingham Lane - Moreton.
1 Bittern flushed by today's tide and drifted south, also 2 Great Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin and a Raven feeding on a rodent - Parkgate.
4,000+ Redshank, 5 Spotted Redshank, 62 Avocet, 220 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Golden Plover, 10,000+ Pink-footed Geese, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Grey Heron, 8 Great Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier and 75 Shoveler  - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 11
5 Crossbill came to drink in private garden - Burton.
6 Great Egret, 3 Peregrine, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and 3+ Water Rail - Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Woodcock, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 10
2 Gannet (first of the year), 15 Red-throated Diver, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake and 4 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) and 1 Great Egret, at least 1,000 Pink-footed Geese flushed by tide - Heswall Marsh.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cetti's Warbler near railway line west of Meols Station.
10+ Great Egret and several Marsh Harrier - Neston Old Quay.

Mar 9
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Red-breasted Merganser and 26 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake this morning before high tide.
4 Raven, 2 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Mar 8
200 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, 330 Starling and 140 Linnet on freshly ploughed fields by footpath between Hoylake and Gilroy - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Glaucous Gull (adult) and 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), view from BP petrol staion roundabout, Deeside Industrial Estate - Shotwick Fields.

Mar 7
2 Whooper Swan flying west past Leasowe Lighthouse this morning.
5,900 Knot roosting - Heswall Shore.
2 Whooper Swan flew into estuary, 2 Peregrine, 1 Eider, 1 Kittiwake, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 120 Grey Plover, 430 Curlew, 2 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 352 Brent Geese (1 dark-bellied) - Hilbre.
2 Water Pipit and 1 Cetti's Warbler near Neston Sewage Works.
4 Stonechat - Neston Marsh.
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Great Egret, 2 (male and ringtail) Hen Harrier and 3 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Egret, 1 Peregrine and 1 Stonechat - Denhall Quay.

Mar 6
1 White Wagtail in Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Short-eared Owl hunting over Heswall Golf Course.
2 Cattle Egret, 3+ Mediterranean Gull and 20+ Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 drake Goosander, 1 drake Eider, 2 Stonechat, 1 Snipe, 1 Peregrine and 280 Curlew - Hilbre.
2 Stonechat, c30 Redwing and 2 Marsh Harrier from Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Woodcock by Dee Sailing Club, Thurstaston.

March 5
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Egret and c3,000 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate.

Mar 4
4 Water Rail calling (2 north end and 2 south end) - Red Rocks Marsh.
4 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake this morning.
2 Cattle Egret, 1 Woodcock and 1 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit, 5 Chiffchaff and 50 Redwing by Neston Sewage Works.
2 Water Pipit, 40+ Reed Bunting, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier - Neston Old Quay.

Mar 3
1 (poss 2) Cattle Egret, 1 Great Egret and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 2
1 White Wagtail, 12+ Avocet, 2 Kingfisher, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
349 Brent Geese (peak count this winter), 3 Purple Sandpiper, 90 Redshank and 120+ Turnstone on rising tide, also 4 Harbour Porpoise off north end surrounded by Cormorants and Herring Gulls - Hilbre.
15 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake this morning.
1 Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course this morning.
1 Short-eared Owl and 1 male Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay.

Mar 1
1 White Wagtail - *first of spring* one day later than last year, along Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Red Kite over Saughall, early morning.
5 Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course this afternoon.
1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 29
1 Cattle Egret in field with Little Egrets near Craxton Wood Hotel, Puddington Lane.
2 Rock Pipit and 210 Brent Geese, 120 Grey Plover flew north - Hilbre.

Feb 27
10 Avocet, 1 Great Egret and 1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Chiffchaff in song, 2 Water Pipit and 1 Peregrine near Neston Sewage Works.

Feb 26
1 Cattle Egret in field just outside Puddington.
1 Water Pipit and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
190+ Brent Geese on marsh - Greenfield.

Feb 25
1 Long-billed Dowitcher showing well from IMF hide this morning, also Mediterranean Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Cetti's Warbler, plus 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great Egret and 2 Egyptian Geese in fields by entrance - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 2 Great Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Feb 24
1 Long-billed Dowitcher at 1220pm from IMF hide, flushed by Marsh Harrier then showing well again at 3.30pm - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cattle Egret with Little Egrets in fields near Puddington.

Feb 23
4 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Shag, 1,000 Dunlin, 26 Ringed Plover and 3,500 Oystercatcher - Hilbre.
1 Cattle Egret, at least 3 Great Egret, 2 Avocet, 2 Woodcock, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Gull (ad) flying over R Mersey mouth, also 7 Purple Sandpiper on marine lake - New Brighton.
2 Goosander - Meols Pond (by Station).
150+ Brent Geese in channel then flew towards Flint - Greenfield Dock.
5 Great Egret flew to roost - Neston Old Quay.

Feb 22
1 Yellow-legged Gull in gull roost - Hoylake Shore.
1 Woodcock, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Egyptian Geese and 3 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 21
1 Green Woodpecker flew behind the Old Baths, Parkgate, this morning.

Feb 20
1 Cattle Egret and 7 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Peregrine on Flint Castle sheltering from hail storm.

Feb 19
690 Pink-footed Geese, 190 Shelduck, 3 Goosander (1m,2f), 420 Lapwing, 5500 Knot, 3000 Dunlin, 940 Curlew, 1100 Redshank - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Shag on pontoon, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Goosander (female) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.

Feb 18
1 Cattle Egret flew north past Denhall Quay this morning.
1 adult Mediterranean Gull on grass near Sailing club - Wallasey Shore.

Feb 17
11 Brent Geese on West Kirby Marine Lake, north end.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Short-eared Owl this afternoon - Old Baths, Parkgate.
20+ Brent Geese by Dee Sailing club causeway - Thurstaston.

Feb 16
1 Cattle Egret by Neston Sewage Works.
2+ Water Rail calling at Red Rocks Marsh.

Feb 15
125 Grey Plover heading north, 75 Turnstone and 210 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 14
201 Curlew, 5,700 Dunlin and 100+ Grey Plover on rising tide - Hilbre.
12 Raven over Heswall Shore early morning, flying high and circling before drifting SW towards Flint.

Feb 13
1 Avocet, first of the year - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit on tide wrack near Marsh Cottage - Denhall Lane, Burton Marsh.
1 Long-tailed Duck (drake) west, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterraean Gull in large gull roost - Hoylake.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Feb 12
1 Puffin (flew west), 2 Razorbill, 5 Kittiwake, 10 Red-throated Diver, 3 Purple Sandpiper and 6 Little Gull - Hilbre.
4+ Little Gull - New Brighton.
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Little Gull - West Kirby.
500+ Common Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull on shore, 2 Little Gull and 150 Kittiwake - Hoylake.

Feb 11
2 Tundra Bean Geese in field with Pink-footed Geese by Puddington.
2 Little Gull and 1 Kittiwake off Perch Rock - New Brighton.
2 Rock Pipit feeding on tide wrack, 11 Red-breasted Merganser and 27 Brent Geese - Heswall Marsh.
4 Rock Pipit, 1 Merlin and 1 Short-eared Owl off Harp Inn, Neston Marsh.
3 Little Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake this afternoon. 2 Merlin, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Water Rail - Parkgate.1 Kingfisher, 12 Great Egret, 1 Peregrine and 1 drake Red-breasted MerganserBurton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 10
7 Great Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 1 Rock Pipit and 1 Jack Snipe over high tide - Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Merlin and 2 Short-eared Owl - Cottage Lane, Gayton.
2 Greenshank, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and 41 Brent Geese - Heswall Marsh.
4 Great Egret, 6 Raven and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Point.
8 Purple Sandpiper, 65 Dunlin, 460 Redshank, 65 Knot, 340 Turnstone, 5 Cormorant (including a Continental race) - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon at high tide.
12 Great Egret together before high tide - Burton Marsh.
14 Great Egret and 280 Knot - Burton Mere Wetlands.
425 Grey Plover, 5,000+ Dunlin and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre on flood tide.
1 Jack Snipe, 3 Rock Pipit, 8 Skylark, 1 Stonechat (male) and 100+ Brent Geese - West Kirby/Red Rocks Marsh.

Feb 9
Big tidal surge meant tide reached all the way up to Burton Point this morning.
2 male Hen Harrier (good close views), 1 Marsh Harrier, 6+ Water Rail, 5 Rock Pipit and 4 Goosander - Parkgate.
1 Little Gull and 9 Brent Geese - Thurstaston Shore.
8,000 Knot between Hilbre and Red Rocks on ebbing tide.
1 Woodcock back of Red Rocks Marsh.

Feb 8
3,000 Dunlin roosting on rocks at West Kirby Marine Lake at 9am.
276 Brent Geese, 438 Curlew, 5,500 Knot, 17,500 Dunlin, 4,500 Oystercatcher, 325 Grey Plover, 200 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre at first light.
4 Great Egret - Parkgate.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.
20 Brent Geese on beach - Gronant.

Feb 7
1 Bittern flew into roost at 1730hrs, 8 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Merlin and 2 Goosander (pair) - Neston Reedbed.

Feb 6
205 Great Crested Grebe and 1,000+ Common Scoter at high tide - Meols Shore.
1 Shag and 5 Red-brested Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
9 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Rock Pipit, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 78 Ringed Plover, 116 Turnstone, 141 Redshank and 7,000 Oystercatcher, also 2 Stock Dove and 1 Blue Tit on the island - Hilbre.

Feb 5
1 Marsh Harrier over towards Point of Ayr, 2 Peregrine (together), 3 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
15,000 Knot off Heswall at high tide.
650 Pink-footed in fields between Irby and Pensby.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Great Egret, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2,500 Pink-footed Geese and 2,000 Lapwing - Parkgate.
6 Raven over marsh - Denhall, Burton Marsh.
3 Ruff, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Great Egret, 4 Stonechat (2 pair), 4+ Raven and 3+ Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 4
1 Bittern flew into roost at dusk - Neston Reedbed.
1 male Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin and several Marsh Harriers - Parkgate.
2 Goosander on Meols Pond (by Station).
6 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 3
11,500 Knot - Thurstaston Shore early morning.
8 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Goosander on Meols Pond (by Station).

Feb 2
2 Tundra Bean Geese, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Shoveler on Kerr's Field, 26 Brent Geese on sea defence - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 4 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.

Feb 1
8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 30
2 Tundra Bean Geese but briefly - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Lesser Spoted Woodpecker for second day but elusive, by ArroweBrook car park/waterfall - Arrowe Park.

Jan 29
2 Tundra Bean Geese (2nd record for the reserve), 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin and 7 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shag and 7 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.

Jan 28
74 Brent Geese - Point of Ayr.
3 Goosander (2 drakes) at pond next to Meols Station.
15,000 mixed flock of Grey Plover, Knot, Dunlin and Sanderling but too windy for accurate breakdown of species, also 33 Brent Geese - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
115 Brent Geese on edge of marsh - West Kirby Shore.

Jan 27
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 2 Great Egret and 2 Merlin - Parkgate.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Jack Snipe, 3,000 Knot, 440 Grey Plover, 178 Curlew and 17,500 Dunlin - Hilbre.
2 Stonechat in sand dunes - West Kirby.

Jan 26
2 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
6 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher - New Brighton Marine Lake.
4 Purple Sandpiper, 7,000 Knot and 7,500 Dunlin - Hilbre.

Jan 25
2 Scaup and 1 Great Northern Diver off Hoylake Shore.
6 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
7 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Eider (drake), 5 Pintail, 21,000 Knot (flying NE), 4,500 Dunlin. 347 Grey Plover, 338 Curlew, 250 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6,000 Oystercatcher - Hilbre.
4 Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and grey male) and 1 Merlin - Parkgate.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.

Jan 24
4 Goosander, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Goldeneye (drakes) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 23
2 Goldeneye (drakes), 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Cetti's Warbler highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Eider (drake) and 7 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
6 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 3 Short-eared Owl and 2 Stonechat - Parkgate.

Jan 22
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
3 Goldeneye (drakes) and 8 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 21
8 Goosander, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Goldeneye (drakes) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
510 Pink-footed Geese, 160 Pintail, 220 Teal, 2300 Oystercatcher, 820 Lapwing, 83 Golden Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 10000 Knot, 4000 Dunlin, 1215 Curlew, 74 Bar-tailed Godwit, 890 Redshank, 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Eider (drake) off north end, 30 Golden Plover and 1 Great Egret flew south, also 2 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtails), 7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 4 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.

Jan 20
9 Goosander and 2 Goldeneye (drake) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.
232 Brent Geese, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Red-throated Diver, 18 Great Crested Grebe and 120 Common Scoter - Hilbre.

Jan 19
1 Merlin, 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (male), over 100 Redwing in the fields - Parkgate.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Stonechat and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
8+ Great Egret - Burton Marsh.

Jan 18
13,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Rock Pipit, 105 Redshank, 4,000 Knot and 4,500 Dunlin early morning - Hilbre.
1 Merlin, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 2 Great Egret and 2 Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course/Parkgate.

Jan 17
1 Merlin on post, 1 Short-eared Owl on ground, 2 Stonechat and 20+ Redwing in paddock - Parkgate.
3 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.

Jan 16
3 Goosander and 25 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 15
50+ Brent Geese - Point of Ayr.
1 Merlin, 2,800 Lapwing, 6 Marsh Harrier and 3,000 Starling - Parkgate.

Jan 14
15 Brent Geese on shore close to Leasowe Lighthouse.
8,500 Knot - Hilbre

Jan 13
2 Goosander (pair) on Boathouse Flash, 3 Hen Harrier and 4 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.
2 Purple Sandpiper, 278 Grey Plover, 6,500 Oystercatcher and 5,500 Knot - Hilbre

Jan 12
1 Goosander (male), 1,430 Cormorant, 380 Grey Plover, 5,000 Knot and 6,500 Oystercatcher - Hilbre at first light.
1 Water Pipit, 2 Water Rail, 80 Knot and 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Goosander (male) on Meols pond (next to station).
1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 4 Great Egret, 2 Goosander and 150+ Redwing - Parkgate.
120+ Redwing west end of Park Lane, Meols.

Jan 11
8 Purple Sandpiper, 45 Dunlin, 390 Turnstone and 360 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Rock Pipit on sea wall by Roman Road - Meols Shore.
3 Common Sandpiper by River Dee - Queensferry.

Jan 10
1,500 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
3 Marsh Harrier and 1 male Hen Harrier - Heswall Marsh.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
6 Purple Sandpiper, 45 Dunlin, 230 Turnstone and 224 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 9
3+ Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course, 2 male Hen Harrier flew into the roost late afternoon.
5 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
3 Marsh Harrier flying towards Neston Reedbed, also 2 Shoveller and 340 Lapwing on Donkeystand Flash - Parkgate.

Jan 8
3+ Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course at mid-day.
9 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye (drake), 1 Shag and 1 Rock Pipit - West Kirby Marine Lake.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
7 Purple Sandpiper, 374 Grey Plover, 340 Curlew, 8,000 Knot, 7,000 Oystercatcher, 94 Ringed Plover and 1,046 Cormorant - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull on grass by Wallasey shore.
1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed.
5+ Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 7
350 Pink-footed Geese very close to the path off Heswall Golf Course, also 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 2 Stonechat.
6 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 male Goldeneye and 1 Shag, 5 Turnstone on the rocks - West Kirby Marine Lake.
240+ Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Jan 6
15 Brent Geese by the sea wall at Leasowe this morning.
1 Shag, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goosander and 9 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 grey male Hen Harrier heading for roost site off Heswall Golf Course late afternoon.

Jan 5
3 Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course.
1 Red Kite over Burton Marsh.

Jan 4
22,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Raven over Heswall Fields this afternoon.
1 Bittern, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 5+ Marsh Harrier - Neston Reedbed.
400+ Pink-footed Geese close to the prom with more further out, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 grey male Hen Harrier, 6+ Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.

Jan 3
2 Velvet Scoter (distant) with 420 Common Scoter, also 4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Peregrine and 400 Cormorant highlights from Hilbre.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
500 Redshank, 250 Turnstones and 5 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 2
19,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
4 Marsh Harrier together, 3 Great Egret flew south, 1 Bittern to reed bed at 16.30, 1 Water Rail calling - Neston Reedbed.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
2 Egyptian Geese and 12 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Raven, 1 Rock Pipit, 169 Brent Geese and 747 Cormorant at first light - Hilbre.

Jan 1
1 Water Pipit by Neston Sewage Works.
17,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Bittern, 2 Great Egret and 10+ Marsh Harrier late afternoon - Neston Reedbed.
8,000 Oystercatcher, 10,500 Knot, 2,500 Dunlin and 200+ Curlew - Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Marsh between Harp Inn and Net's Cafe.
1 Crossbill over near Target Road, Heswall this morning.
2 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 male Hen Harrier - Riverbank Road, Heswall this afternoon.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.


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