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September Newsletter now published on this website featuring Sabine's Gull, also Colour Ring Report, August Bird News and The Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report 2018. 

Sep 23
8 Pintail, 2800 Oystercatcher, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 300 Knot, 1000 Black-headed Gull, 5 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1150 Common Gull - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint and 1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 22
2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier and 13+ Great Egret - Burton Point.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin and 3 Siskin over - Decca Pools.
1 juv Garganey, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Cattle Egret and 1 Ruddy Shelduck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 1 Guillemot over high tide - Heswall Shore.

Sep 21
1 juv Garganey, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10 Cattle Egret and 1 Ruddy Shelduck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 adult Mediterranean Gull on rising tide, 1 Kingfisher and 30 Sandwich Tern on groyne - Meols Shore.

Sep 20
1 possible Lesser Yellowlegs in channel off Tinkers Dell (south of Visitor Centre) before high tide - Thurstaston Shore.
4 Spoonbill and 3+ Great Egret - Parkgate.
7 Cattle Egret, 8 Egyptian Geese, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Little Stint and 3+ Curlew Sandpiper this morning, 4 Spoonbill and 12 Great Egret flew into roost this evening - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Wheatear and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Meols groyne.
4 Raven circling over Irby Mill Hill.
16+ Great Egret, 1+ Merlin, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Peregrine, 1 Whinchat and 1 Merlin - Burton Point/Marsh.
4 Curlew Sandpiper on rising tide - Heswall Shore.

Sep 19
1 Osprey, 4 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper - Parkgate.
3 Peregrine (1 ad and 2 juv) over a much disturbed beach at high tide, a lot of Raven activity in area - Hoylake.
1 Black-throated Diver still s/pl, 12 Red-throated Diver and 1 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.

Sep 19
1 Osprey, 4 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper - Parkgate.
3 Peregrine (1 ad and 2 juv) over a much disturbed beach at high tide - Hoylake.
1 Black-throated Diver still s/pl, 10 Red-throated Diver and 1 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.

Sep 18
2,500 Herring Gull - West Hoyle Bank.
2 Redstart, 1 Raven, 5 Wheatear, flock of 72 Linnet, 1 Stonechat and 5 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
2 Cetti's Warbler calling, 40 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 male Stonechat, 1 Great Egret, 3 Raven, 150 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh/Point.
4 Curlew Sandpiper and 10 Cattle Egret and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Sep 17
1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Cattle Egret and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Guillemot west, 1 Brent Goose west, 1 Peregrine, 5 Sandwich Tern, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Golden Plover - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
1 Kingfisher, 4 Wheatear and 1 Greenshank - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Egret, 1 Peregrine and 1 Stonechat - Neston Marsh (from the Harp).
2 Greenshank , 28 Brent Geese and 5 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.

Sep 16
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Cattle Egret, 1 Osprey over, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Garganey and c1,000 Pink-footed Geese over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Stint - Decca Pools.
1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
4+ Great Egret, 7 Spoonbill, 4 Little Gebe on Donkey Stand Flash, 2 Greenshank, 200+ Pink-footed Geese and 2 Marsh Harrier- Parkgate.

Sep 15
8 Cattle Egret, 1 Garganey (eclipse male), 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 3 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Little Stint - Decca Pools.
1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Peregrine - Burton Marsh.
2 Swift, 4+ Grey wagtail over, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Egyptian Geese, 310 Pink-footed Geese flew inland, 2 Golden Plover over and 4+ Great Egret - Station Road to Burton Point.
20+ Wheatear in paddocks and on seawall - Leasowe Lighthouse.
5+ Great Egret and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Sep 14
1 Little Stint and 1 Peregrine, 2 Green Sandpiper in flight - Decca Pools.
Several small flocks of Pink-footed Geese over Wirral this morning heading towards the estuary.
8 Cattle Egret, 1 Spotted Crake, 1 Garganey (eclipse male), 5 Ruff and 6 Greenshank all on main scrape this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Wheatear, 1 Goosander flyover, 3 Grey Wagtail flyover, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Swift, 8 Great Egret, 1 Little Owl, 1 Green Sandpiper - Station Road to Burton Point.
3 Great Egret and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
250 Pink-footed Geese heading north over Lower Heswall this evening.
22 Grey Wagtail over, and 1 Golden Plover on the shore - Hoylake.

Sep 13
8 Cattle Egret on main scrape this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Pomarine Skua flew towards shoreline at Red Rocks, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 350 Common Scoter, 50 Gannet, 1 Merlin, 2 Pererine, 12 Turnstone, 48 Ringed Plover, 4,500 Oystercatcher and 3 Rock Pipit -Hilbre.
27 Brent Geese on Tansky Rocks.
10 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Wigeon (first of autumn for the site) - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper west of groyne, also 1 Greenshank and 1 Wheatear - Meols.
2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Egyptian Geese and 6 Great Egret - Burton Point.
1 Little Stint - Decca Pools.
21 Great Egret flying towards roost, also 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine and 150 Pink-footed Geese - Denhall Quay.

Sep 12
8+ Curlew Sandpiper, 3,490 Shelduck, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 174 Little Egret roosted overnight (site record), 3100 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 72 Grey Plover, 2,000 Knot, 50 Dunlin, 1,080 Curlew, 1,200 Blacktailed Godwit, 3,200 Redshank, 1ad Mediterranean Gull, 5 Grey Wagtail flew south - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore.
4,260 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Curlew Sandpiper west of groyne - Meols.
8 Cattle Egret (now confirmed as record high for the reserve and Dee Estuary, six in on various dates in 2016 and 2017 previous high) and c50 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Swift and 1 Whinchat - Burton Point.

Sep 11
8 Cattle Egret, also 3 Knot and 6 Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
c150 Pink-footed Geese flew inland, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Grey Wagtail over, 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear and 2 Great Egret - Burton Marsh/Point.

Sep 10
6 Wheatear, six Brent Geese dropped in this morning which then increased to 21 during the day - Hilbre.
2 Greenshank and 3 Grey wagtail near Meols groyne.
1 Spotted Flycatcher close to eastern kissing gate, 1 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Short-eared Owl flying over fields, seen briefly this evening - Meols.
Several small flocks of Pink-footed Geese over North Wirral heading towards the Dee estuary this morning.

Sep 9
2 Leach's Petrel this afternoon - New Brighton.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 8
4 Curlew Sandpiper this morning - Meols Shore.
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5+ Greenhank, 12+ Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Great Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Little Owl, 1 Wheatear, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Swift, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 5 Great Egret, c50 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Grey Wagtail - Burton Marsh/Point.
2 Red-throated Diver (s/pl), 4 Little Tern and 1 Brent Goose - Hilbre.
3,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Cetti's Warbler by duck pond, Water Rail and Kingfisher by River Birkett, 9 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Garden Warbler along Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 7
70 Pink-footed Geese heading SW towards the estuary at 1245hrs - Pensby.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Curlew Sandpiper - Thurstaston/Heswall.
3 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake.

Sep 6
10 Goosander (redhead) flew NW along channel and 1 Kingfisher - Heswall Shore.
1 Ruff (juv), 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 1,000 Knot - Meols Shore at low tide.
5 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Crake and 1 Egyptian Goose - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern in flight this evening, also 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Great Egret, 10 Greenshank, 2 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Guillemot floating on incoming tide - Leasowe.
1 Ruff, up to 10 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Guillemot (juv) and 3 Brent Geese - Hoylake.
1 Hobby over Lower Heswall.
1 Leach's Petrel but killed by Peregrine, late morning - New Brighton.

Sep 5
5 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 4 Dunlin,  1 Great Egret, 10 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Sabine's Gull (a single seen in the morning and one which flew out of the Mersey after high tide assumed to be same bird), c5 Leach's Petrel, 1 Fulmar and several Kittiwakes  - New Brighton.
1 Leach's Petrel - Wallasey Shore.
2 Leach's Petrel - Point of Ayr.
Report of 2 Sabine's Gull this afternoon - Meols.
3 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake.

Sep 4
1 Spotted Crake and 7 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Curlew Sandpiper two hours before high tide - Dove Point, Meols.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 60 Sandwich Tern and 3 Little Tern at high tide - Hoylake.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
40 Sandwich Tern at high tide - Leasowe Bay.

Sep 3
10 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Marsh Harrier off Riverbank Road, Heswall, this morning.
4900 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
16 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Knot, 1 Kittiwake, 300 Common Scoter, 37 Gannet, 60+ Sandwich Tern and 4 Wheatear - Hoylake.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Spoonbill, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Water Rail - Parkgate.
840 Shelduck, 55 Knot, 30 Dunlin, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 1500 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 3900 Redshank - Thurstaston.
VIDEO taken by Allan Conlin of Curlew Sandpipers at Hoylake today - Click Here.

Sep 2
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier which spooked the 7 Spoonbills, 2 Hobby, 1 Grey Wagtail and 12+ Greenshank - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Crake (first winter) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Kingfisher along River Birket - Leasowe.
1 Wood Sandpiper over - Hilbre.
7 juv Curlew Sandpiper on shore just west of Lifeboat at high tide, 2+ Curlew Sandpiper still present off tennis courts late afternoon - Hoylake.

Sep 1
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Spoonbill and 6 Greenshank on Bevyl Flash, 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Water Rail and 2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Guillemot on tide close to shore - Leasowe.
150+ Common Scoter on flat calm sea - Hoylake.
3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Ruff - Decca Pools.
1 juv Cuckoo on marsh off Target Road - Heswall.
170 Goldfinch and 90 Linnet feeding on Knapweed - Heswall Fields NT.
1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Swift, 6 Great Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Whinchat and 1 Little Owl - Burton Point.
1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Reed Bed.
1 Peregrine, 3 Rock Pipit and 2 Wheatear - Hilbre.

Aug 31
1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear - Burton Marsh.
7 Spoonbill, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper (Bevyl Road Flash), 3 Marsh Harrier, Great Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank - Parkgate.
3 Wheatear and 100+ Swallow going south, 1 Merlin, 4 Brent Geese, 4 Rock Pipit, several Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff - Hilbre.
2 Greenshank, 1 Wheatear and 3 Raven - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 30
9 Brent Geese - first of the autumn, 5 Wheatear, 1 Peregrine, 520 Curlew, 100+ Sanderling, 13 Little Egret and 2 Wheatear - Hilbre.
1 Garden Warbler, flock of 26 Little Egret flushed from River Birkett area by Buzzards - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear - Burton Marsh Farm.
7 Spoonbill and 1 Merlin on post - Parkgate.

Aug 29
7 Spoonbill, 3 Marsh Harrier (all males), 13 Greenshank and 1 Wheatear, 2 Little Grebe on Donkey Stand Flash - Parkgate.
1 Arctic Skua off shore, 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad w) in fields, 1 Kingfisher by duck ponds and 1 Hobby over - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 28
1800 Shelduck, 94 Little Egret, 2650 Oystercatcher, 57 Grey Plover, 40 Ringed Plover, 70 Knot, 25 Dunlin, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 1200 Curlew, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3400 Redshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Arctic skua, 282 Cormorant flying out of estuary, 7,000 Oystercatcher, 3 Teal and 1 Peregrine which was chasing a Wheatear over the sea - Hilbre.
2 Arctic Skua and 1 Greenshank - Meols Shore.
1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 27
1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Osprey, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail over, 5 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Little Owl - Burton Point/Marsh.
1 Osprey over Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Kerr's field, Leasowe.
1 Cuckoo (juv), 1 Wheatear, 1 Merlin and 1 Green Sandpiper - Decca Pools.
6 Spoonbill, 1 Water Rail, 1 Marsh Harrier and 6 Greenshank - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
11 Swift over, 14 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler and 3 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 26
2 Arctic Skua and 2 juv Kittiwake flying west - Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Leach's Petrel, 116 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 47 Gannet, 615 Common Tern, 420 Sandwich Tern, 74 Little Tern, 8 Arctic Tern and 1 Yellow-legged Gull - Hilbre.
1 Leach's Petrel over beach - Hoylake.
5,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Black Tern (juv) and 2 Little Gull - New Brighton.
1 Merlin - Hoylake Langfields.
2 Spotted Crake (ad and juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Burton Marsh Farm.
7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
15 Swift feeding over Thurstaston this evening.
1 Eider (eclipse male) and 1 Goosander (juv) - Denhall Quay.
1 Cuckoo (juv) - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 24
1 Spotted Crake showing well this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) just east of Lifeboat on rising tide, 73 Little Tern and 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake.
c.48 Ringed Plover, c.200 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Water Rail,  2 Wheatear, c.10 Swift, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Peregrine - Decca Pools.

Aug 23
2 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 50 Manx Shearwater, 65 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull and good numbers of terns - Hilbre.
3 Spotted Crake (2 juvs), 10 Ruff, 1 Avocet, 10 Dunlin and 2 Tree Pipit over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Spoonbill, 1 spotted Redshank and 1 Ruff - Parkgate.
1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great Egret - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Peregrine and 1 Green Sandpiper over and 1 Greenshank, 4 Wheatear on fence posts this morning, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling, 4 Turnstone, 100 Ringed Plover, 200 Dunlin and 2 Greenshank at high tide - Decca Pools.
1 Wheatear by sheep pens, 1 Swift over Burton Point, 1 Marsh Harrier and 5 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
5,540 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
10 Little Tern, 20 Gannet, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Razorbill on sea and 1 Kittiwake (adult) on beach - Hoylake.

Aug 22
7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Razorbill on tide drifting west, 10+ Manx Shearwater before high tide - Hoylake.
1 Hobby and 1 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall.

Aug 21
6,230 Black-tailed Godwit - new site record (6,140 Aug 23rd 2019), using the new updated WeBS figures this is 5.7% of the Limosa limosa islandica sub-species and 16% of the typical UK population - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hobby - Heswall Marsh.
1 Little Stint at high tide, 2 Black Tern, 6 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Whimbrel as tide dropped - Hoylake.

Aug 20
1 Curlew Sandpiper (moulting adult), 1 Little Stint (juv), 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Yellowhammer (been present for several days and a Hilbre rarity) - Hilbre.
1 Curlew Sandpiper,  1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Arctic Skua (distant), 800 Ringed Plover and 3,500+ Dunlin - Hoylake.
1 juv Cuckoo in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7 Spoonbill, 3 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Little Owl, 1 Great Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and Marsh Harrier - Burton Point.

Aug 19
1130 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 4 redhead Goosander, 2100 Oystercatcher, 83 Grey Plover, 8 juv Knot, 1615 Curlew, 5200 Redshank on rising tide - Heswall Shore.
7 Spoonbill, 2 Ruff, 22 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hobby and 2 Peregrine - Parkgate.
2 Spotted Crake and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Probable Citrine Wagtail heard and seen in flight this evening, 1 Eider this evening, also 1 Little Stint and 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper over high tide - Hoylake.
1 juv Cuckoo in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Great Egret - Flint Marsh.

Aug 18
1 Peregrine, 1 Wheatear and 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) between Meols groyne and Dove Point.
7 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 15 Greenshank and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
3 Spotted Crake, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Ruff and 1 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 42 Sandwich Tern, 7 Little Tern, 3 Whimbrel, 2,800 Oystercatcher. 2,460 Dunlin, 354 Ringed Plover and 119 Sanderling off Lifeboat Station over high tide - Hoylake.
1 Hobby over Carr Farm Garden Centre - Meols.

Aug 17
3 Spotted Crake (ad and 2 juv) and 1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby over heading east - Meols.
2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 9 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Water Rail - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.
5,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 juv Cuckoo in paddocks, also 6 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin, 6 Blackcap, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 16
1 Spotted Crake, 1 Bittern briefly in flight, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Garganey (juv) and 1 Garden Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Hobby, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Marsh Harrier - Decca Pools.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Whimbrel, 165 Ringed Plover, 2,000+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Rock Pipit and 2 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.
100+ Swallow feeding around Little Eye at high tide.
5 Mediterranean Gull (4 ad and 1 sub-ad) west of Meols groyne.
7 Spoonbill, 5 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.
2 Great Egret - Flint Marsh.
Several Wheatears seen along north Wirral.

Aug 15
1 Bittern (Boathouse Flash at 8am), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Hobby, 7 Spoonbill, 3 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper and 8+ Greenshank - Parkgate.
1 Hobby, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 20+ Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Wheatear and 1 Greenshank by groyne - Meols Common.
1 Spotted Crake, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Avocet, 5 Snipe and 6 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Yellow Wagatail flew south - Lower Heswall.
1 Mediterranean Gull over Burton Marsh.
45 Willow Warbler, 3 Rock Pipit, 420 Sandwich Tern, 180 Common Tern and 45 Little Tern - Hilbre.

Aug 14
1 Little Stint east of groyne then flew west - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spotted Crake and 1 Bittern in flight - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Spoonbill, 5 Great Egret, 70 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Ruff, and 14 Greenshank - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.
120 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Raven - Hilbre.

Aug 13
5,700 Redshank at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
1 Spotted Crake
, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff and 1 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier flew south - Lingham Lane, Moreton.
7 Spoonbill, 40 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, and 14 Greenshank - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.

Aug 12
4,050 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
7 Spoonbill, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great Egret, 1 Ruff, and at least 12 Greenshank - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.
1 Spotted Crake, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 imm Marsh Harrier and 1 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands (from RSPB: Bunker hide now open but numbers limited. Good views also from new eastern viewing area, Please complete track and trace slip if you visit).
136 Cormorant, 34 Little Egret, 2150 Oystercatcher, 300 Knot, 850 Dunlin, 1200 Curlew, 4900 Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 325 Common Gull this morning - Thurstaston Shore.

Aug 11
1 Mediterranean Gull (colour ringed in Poland) - Thurstaston Shore.
7 Spoonbill, 5 Great Egret, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank and at least 8 Greenshank - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.
1 Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper and 20+ Swift - Decca Pools.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Neston Reedbed.
1 juv Wheatear on groyne - Meols.

Aug 10
7 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 5 Greenshank but no sign of Purple Heron - Boathouse flash, Parkgate.
1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail (juv), 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Redstart ringed in Hoylake garden this moning.
1 Bittern in flight and 1 juv Common Redstart - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby by Caldy steps.

Aug 9
1 Purple Heron - first at Burton Mere Wetlands, then seen briefly at Decca Pools before ending up at Boathouse flash, Parkgate, at 2.20pm sighted in rush beds south end of Parkgate.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 7 Spoonbill, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff and 6 Greenshank - Parkgate.
5 Green Sandpiper - Decca Pools.

Aug 8
4,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
c30 Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Garden Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
5 Great Egret, 1 Water Rail, 7 Spoonbill and 7 Greenshank - Parkgate.
2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.
2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 72 Linnet in one flock and 25 Ringed Plover - Hilbre.
1 Black Tern (adult) - Red Rocks.

Aug 7
1 Wheatear by Coast Guard and 1 Common Sandpiper on groyne - Meols Common.
1 Hobby over Lower Heswall hunting swallows.

Aug 6
An unconfirmed report of a Desert Wheatear in Penyffordd (south of Talacre), bird was in field at CH8 9HH, report received just after 4pm.

1 Great Egret, 1 Water Rail, 7 Spoonbill, 5 Greenshank and 1 Yellow Wagtail (juv) - Parkgate.
1 Quail heard in field, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Decca Pools.
3 reeling Grasshopper Warbler on marsh off Heswall Golf Course.
1 Kingfisher perching on boats to fish, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail and 1 Whinchat - off Target Road, Heswall Marsh.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Ruff, 2 Great Egret and 1 Raven - Burton Marsh.
1 Roseate Tern over north end with Common Terns, also 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad and juv), 10 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 17 Guillemot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 80 Little Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 4 Manx Shearwater, 5 Shag (all juvs and imms) and 45 Gannet - Hilbre.

Aug 5
1 Spoonbill and 1 Water Rail - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
85 Little Tern (including 45 juvs), 15 Sandwich Tern, 20 Manx Shearwater, 10 Gannet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Sanderling, 50 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin and 1 Peregrine - Point of Ayr.

Aug 4
7 Spoonbill, 12 Greenshank and 1 Black Swan - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
4,020 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
250 Sandwich Tern, 75 Common Tern, 12 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater and 1 Peregrine - Hoylake.
1 Hobby flew south over Barnston.
1 Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling on marsh off Heswall Golf Course.
1 Great Egret, 2 Ruff, 2 Egyptian Geese and 1 juv Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 3
1 Marsh Harrier, 10 Greenshank and 1 Great Egret - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.

Aug 2
7 Spoonbill and 17 Greenshank - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.
1 Bittern flew over main scrape this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3,480 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
3 Mediterranean Gull in field by roundabout - Pump Lane, Greasby.
1 Peregrine, 690 Sandwich Tern, 125 Common Tern, 11 Little Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 9 Whimbrel and 4 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.

Aug 1
8 Spoonbill (7 on flashes plus one on outer marsh), 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 10+ Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and 3 Great Egret, also 2 Yellowhammer in hedge by Boathouse Lane - Parkgate.
4 Marsh Harriers giving great views - these are 2 adults and 2 juvs which bred on the reserve and have just fledged - also 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Arctic Skua, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Raven and 100+ Sandwich Tern - Red Rocks.
3,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1900 Oystercatcher, 43 Grey Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 700 Dunlin, 1600 Curlew, 4300 Redshank, 1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 3 Water Rail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Egret and 1 Hobby chasing Swallows - Decca Pools.
4 Wheatear on fence - Marsh Farm, Burton.
1 Spoonbill flew NE over West Kirby this evening.

July 31
1 juv Pied Flycatcher and a fall of Willow Warblers - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wood Sandpiper - Decca Pools.
1 Crossbill over heading south - Lower Heswall.
Report of 1 Ruddy Shelduck just to west of West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Spoonbill and 7 Greenshank - Bevyl road Flash at Parkgate.
1 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Whimbrel and 4 Rock Pipit highlights from Hilbre, see http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/ for more details.

July 30
2,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Spoonbill - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail (i juv) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.
30 Turnstone on rocks south end of West Kirby Marine Lake.

July 29
1 Hobby over, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper - Decca Pools.
c2,000 Black-tailed Godwit out on Dawpool Bank off Caldy steps.
4 Spoonbill, 13 Greenshank, 1 f Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Egret, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
52 Little Egret, 1530 Oystercatcher, 9 Grey Plover, 450 Knot, 630 Dunlin, 1500 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 3690 Redshank, 2 Yellow Wagtail on this morning's high tide - Heswall Shore.

July 28
618 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Skua, 450 Sandwich Tern, 200 Common Tern, 2000 Knot and 150 Dunlin - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Spoonbill and 22 Greenshank - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
3 Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater and 1 Kittiwake off Meols early morning.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 1 Peregrine - Decca Pools.
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Siskin, 1 Avocet, 3 Marsh Harrier and 3 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,350 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Raven soaring nearby - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

July 27
4 Spoonbill - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
173 Gannet, 21 Manx Shearwater, 1 Mediterranean Gull between the islands, also 1 Perebrine and 2 Raven - Hilbre.
2 f/juv Redstart near Royden Park.

July 26
1 Arctic Skua 'persistently harassed the many Carrion Crows gathered on the sands and rapidly outmanoeuvred any that tried to mob it, easily turning the tables and becoming the aggressor for a change', also 20 Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Red Kite over marsh at 1120am, also 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Raven - Decca Pools.
3 Marsh Harrier and 20 Greenshank - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Kingfisher along River Birket and 2 siskin over - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Mediterranean Gull by groyne - Meols Common.

July 25
1 Green Sandpiper, 8+ Greenshank and 4 Spoonbill, also 1 Whinchat by Old Baths - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby and 2 Water Rail - Decca Pools.
5 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank by groyne - Meols Common.
33 Little Egret, 830 Oystercatcher, 400 Dunlin, 1850 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 1850 Redshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull (4ad, 1 2nd summer) 1700 Black-headed Gull on rising tide this afternoon - Heswall Shore.
2,130 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
350 Common Tern and 140 Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore.

July 24
1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank and 4 Spoonbill - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Tawny Owl (roosting) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, 2 Rock Pipit, 42 Linnet, 400 Sandwich Tern and 100 Common Tern - Hilbre.
1 Hobby over plus large number of anting Black-headed Gull, also 40 Swift - Heswall.
200 Wood Pigeon flock in barley fields - Sealand.

July 23
4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Common Scoter, 7 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater. 200 Little Tern, 1,000 Common Tern, 50 Sandwich Tern, 28 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, 2 Redstart (juvs) and 1 Peregrine - Point of Ayr.
5 Raven on Hoylake Shore this morning.
2 Siskin over - Leasowe Lighthouse.
80+ Swift over industrial estate at Flint Castle.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 37 Dunlin - Decca Pools.
2 Spoonbill - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
9 Raven on the cliffs - Thurstaston.

July 22
2,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults) on Kerr's Field, 1 Mediterranean Gull on the sand, 21 Little Egret and 2 Greenshank by the groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Arctic Tern with several Common Terns and many Sandwich Terns, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 8+ Whimbrel, 4 Rock Pipit on the island - Middle Eye.
1 Peregrine (juv), 2 Kestrel, 3 Rock Pipit and 5 Manx Shearwater - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Ruff (male), 1 Great Egret, 2 Spoonbill and 7 Greenshank - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.

July 21
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults) and c2,000 Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine lake on rising tide.
14 Whimbrel, 1 Raven, 1 Swift and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Hilbre.
2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Greenshank - Decca Pools.

July 20
520 Little Tern, 30 Sanderling and a Marsh Harrier - Gronant.
4 Spoonbill - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
6 Rock Pipit, 6 Whimbrel, 49 Sanderling and 70 Dunlin - Hilbre.
140 Black-tailed Godwit flushed by a Hobby - Decca Pools.

July 19
1 juv Wheatear by Lingham Bridge - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Siskin - Willaston.
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit south of Little Eye early morning then flew into Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
6,000 Knot over Grange Hill, West Kirby.
4,000 Herring Gull on West Hoyle Bank, 2 Peregrine, 38 Sanderling, 10 Whimbrel. 2 Eider and 370 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
5 Greenshank and 4 Spoonbill - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.

July 18
2 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore east of Lifeboat.
1 Willow Warbler calling and 1 Kingfisher on duck pond - Leasowe Lighthouse.


July 17
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling by layby at Kerr's field, 1 Mediterranean Gull on shore and 1 Barn Owl - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Rock Pipit on sea wall - Meols.
640 Oystercatcher, 130 Dunlin, 4000 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 1710 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 2550 Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail flew south - Heswall Shore.

July 16
4 Spoonbill and 6 Greenshank - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

 July 15
12 Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin, 2 Raven, 3 Rock Pipit, 580 Sandwich Tern and 190 Common Tern - Hilbre.
4 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

July 14
1 Wheatear and 1 juv Common Redstart on golf course, 1 Quail calling on marsh - Heswall Golf Course.
1,450 Black-tailed Godwit including first juvenile at least two weeks earlier than usual - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
4 Mediterranean Gull, 1,600 Black-headed Gull and 100 Common Gull at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
2 Spoonbill and 1 Hobby - Parkgate Old Baths.

July 13
530 Sandwich Tern (including 180 juvs) and 30 Common Tern - East Hoyle Bank close to Hilbre.
1 Spoonbll - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1100 Black-headed Gull, 53 Little Egret, 3200 Knot, 980 Black-tailed Godwit, 1220 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1600 Redshank, 1 Greenshank at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
1,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

July 12
1 juv Wheatear, 3 Whimbrel, 300 Sandwich Tern and 125 Common Tern - Hilbre.
3 Grasshopper Warbler north of Parkgate Old Baths.
980 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

July 11
1 Crossbill and 1 Siskin over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank by groyne - Meols.
1 Hobby - Saughall.
1 Red Kite - Sealand.

July 10
1 juv Wheatear on Middle Eye - Hilbre.

July 9
810 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 pale-bellied Brent Goose - Hilbre.
1 adult Mediterranean Gull by slipway and 1 Goosander (redhead) flew east - Dove Point, Meols.

July 8
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, one on the course and one on the marsh - Heswall Golf Course.
c15,000 Knot (10k flew towards Formby on rising tide) - Caldy/West Kirby Shore.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

July 7
1 Crossbill over heading east - Moreton.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Little Owl and 1 Green Woodpecker - Burton Point.
3 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
320 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Kingfisher on Arrowe Brooke north of Arrowebrooke Road, Greasby.

July 6
3 Crossbill over heading south - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 5
3 Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
2 Little Tern - Dove Point, Meols.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Kittiwake on Hoylake beach with 12+ Manx Shearwater further out.
1 Mediterranean Gull in Mersey mouth - New Brighton.
1 Little Owl by Dungeon Wood - Thurstaston.

July 4
1 Crossbill over Heswall early morning.
1 Wheatear in sand dunes - Leasowe Gunsite.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Ruff (male in partial s/pl), 1 Snipe, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Green Woodpecker - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.

July 3
1 Goosander, 40 Knot, 911 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 340 Redshank, 790 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.

July 2
2 Little Owl - Burton Point.
300 Black-tailed Godwit - Decca Pools.
3 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.

July 1
102 Black-tailed Godwit all in full s/pl - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Little Owl - Burton Point.
1 Grasshopper Warbler by Nets Cafe - Burton Marsh.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
10,000 Knot on ebbing tide - West Kirby Shore then Little Eye.
2 Peregrine (ad and juv), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Great Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 3 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 30
c40 Common Scoter off Meols.
30 Black-tailed Godwit all in full s/pl first ones back from Iceland - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

June 29
1 Arctic Skua - New Brighton.

June 28
Hilbre has reopened to visitors.
10,000 Knot - Little Eye.
2 Marsh Harrier (pair) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 27
1 Crossbill over Old Baths, Parkgate, at 0830am.
1 Crossbill over Little Neston, also Siskins in double figures over very high.
3 Crossbill and several family groups of Siskins - Dawstone Road, Heswall.
2 Crossbill flew out of pines at Upton, Wirral.

June 26
1 Common Sandpiper, 3,500 Knot, 830 Curlew and 175 Redshank - Heswall Shore.

June 25
1 Red Kite rising on thermals near Decca Pools.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and plenty of young Swallows - Burton Marsh.
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.

June 24
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.
2 Little Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Point.

June 23
30+ Sandwich Tern in gull roost on rising tide off West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Little Owl - Burton Point.

June 22
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.
40 Common Tern, 30 Common Scoter and 11 Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.

June 21
1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 20
52 Sandwich Tern, 224 Cormorant, 340 Oystercatcher, 54 Shelduck and 34 Linnet by the stream outfall at high tide - Gronant.
3,100 Knot including 16 in s/pl - Heswall Shore.

June 19
3 Spoonbill, 1 Great Egret and 2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
153 Shelduck, 44 Little Egret, 800 Knot, 491 Curlew, 580 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore on rising tide.

June 18
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

June 17
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
2 Peregrine off Meols.
Pod of Dolphins seen well from Red Rocks and Hoylake swimming east this morning.
13 Sedge Warbler (singing) and feeding of youung observed, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

June 16
1 pair Tufted Duck, 43 Little Egret, 7000 Knot, 26 Redshank, 243 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 515 Black-headed Gull - Thurstaston Shore.
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Red Kite over Irby.

June 15
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands has reopened. Opening times 0900 to 1700hrs. The hides and visitor Centre remain closed but toilets are available. Car parking is limited.
3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Siskin on feeder in Newton garden.
1 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.

Jun 13
7,000+ Knot off Caldy this morning.

Jun 12
1 Kingfisher along River Birket - Lingham Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
2 Grasshopper warbler, 1 Stonechat and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Point.
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer) - Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

Jun 11
1 Hobby, 35 Swift, 6 House Martin and 30 Swallow over sewage works - Target Road, Heswall.
5 Goosander by Dee Sailing club causeway - Thurstaston.

Jun 10
2 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Hobby - Burton Marsh.
5 Goosander (looked like 2CY non-breeding birds), 41 Little Egret, 180 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 440 Black-headed Gull, 1 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, 158 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.
1 Goosander on estuary off Flint Castle.
1,150 Knot flew west and 1 Cetti's Warbler heard - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jun 9
c1,000 Knot seen in flight over Caldy Blacks.
1 Great Egret, 1 Raven and 1 imm Marsh Harrier (male) - Burton Marsh.

Jun 8
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spoonbill and 2 Great White Egret near the Boathouse - Parkgate.

Jun 7
38 Little Egret, 223 Oystercatcher, 16 Grey Plover, 58 Knot, 27 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 217 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 545 Black-headed Gull, 190 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.

Jun 6
2+ Storm Petrel in Mersey mouth, also 3 Whimbrel and 1 Kittiwake - New Brighton.
3 Storm Petrel - Wallasey Shore off Lifeguard Station.
1 Storm Petrel off Hoylake but distant.

Jun 5
50+ Manx Shearwater past seen from a windy Hoylake Shore between 9.30 and 10.30am.

Jun 4
2 Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Osprey - Burton Marsh.

Jun 3
1 Quail seen in flight in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl in sand dunes - Leasowe Gunsite.

Jun 2
1 Quail seen in flight in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Cetti's Warbler by sewage works - Carr Lane, Meols.
4 Eider (3 males) flew east - Dove Point, Meols.
2 Quail heard calling, one next to hedge and other in middle of field, also 3 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.

Jun 1
1 Quail calling in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Lesser Whitethroat by sewage works - Carr Lane, Meols.
2 Quail heard calling this evening, also 1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2+ Grasshopper Warbler - Decca Pools.

May 31
195 Oystercatcher, 21 Grey Plover, 40 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 217 Curlew, 13 Whimbrel, 380 Black-headed Gull, 190 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Thurstaston Shore early morning.
1 Quail calling since early morning and seen in flight, in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Quail calling in field, 1 Marsh Harrier, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Little Grebe with 2 chicks - Decca Pools.
1 Marsh Harrier soaring - Burton Point.

May 30
1 Quail seen in tractor furrows at range of 30 feet this morning -  by RAF monument, Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Little Owl - Burton Point.

May 29
3 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.
1 Great Egret, 2 Avocet at stream outfall and an unexpected Whooper Swan on the beach - Gronant.
1 Red Kite over Halkyn (inland of Flint), at 1130am, report of several in the area yesterday.
1 Red Kite over Burton Point at 1145am.
1 Quail calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Tawny Owl in Dungeon Wood and 1 Barn Owl over nearby field, early morning - Thurstaston.
2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Greenshank and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Decca Pools.

May 28
1 Quail seen flying and heard calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
6 Whimbrel on tides edge - Hoylake Shore.

May 27
1 Quail calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Quail calling in field inland of Old Baths, 3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Greenshank still on Decca Pools.

May 26
1 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash, also 1 Marsh Harrier (male, same as yesterday) - Parkgate.
12 Sedge Warblers counted between Denhall Quay and Burton Point, also 4 Stonechat plus 1 Greenshank and 14 Little Egret on Decca Pools - Burton Marsh.

May 25
2 Spoonbill early morning - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
1 Quail calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier (adult male with grey tail and light brown plumage) - Burton Marsh.

May 24
1 Quail - behind Old Baths, Parkgate, also 1 Marsh Harrier.
1 Quail singing by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl hunting over rifle range and embankment - Burton Marsh.
1 Barn Owl over Station Road, Burton.
3 Raven over Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 23
2 Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.
35 Manx Shearwater and 20 Gannet over high tide, 46 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover 0n Bird Rock- Red Rocks.

May 22
1 Marsh Harrier struggling against the wind out to sea but heading towards Meols, also 100+ Gannet, 30 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot and many terns up to 11am - Hoylake Shore.
3 Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 21
1 Little Gull on border pool seen from cycle track - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Quail singing by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
39 Whimbrel roosting on rising tide - Heswall Shore.

May 20
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cuckoo - Riverbank Road Heswall.
2+ Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Peregrine stooped on c250 Knot, 4 Red-breasted Meganser (males) flew over SW, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
1 Little Gull (looked like 1st summer) - Shotwick Lake.
1 Quail heard in field inland of Decca Pools.

May 19
4 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
5 Raven in Kerr's Field, 1 Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail in the horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Quail heard this evening - Burton Marsh.

May 18
1 Hoopoe flew into tree close to village centre - Lower Heswall.
1 Red Kite circling over Willaston.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Cuckoo by horse paddocks, 1 Hobby by Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 17
1 Grasshopper Warbler by Arrowe Brook in field east of Greasby.
5 Raven (3 fledglings) and 1 Greenland Wheatear - Kerr's Field, 5 Common Whotethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Stonechat, 50 House Martin, 25 Swallow and 620 Dunlin (flew west with tide) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Raven (2 flew SW and a third NE) -  East Hoyle Bank.
1 Red Kite and 3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Flycatcher showing well along Hadlow Road, Willaston.
200+ House Martin and Swallow over sewage works, 1 Reed Warbler singing in reed bed, 10 Whimbrel, 10 Ringed Plover and 100+ Dunlin - Heswall Shore

May 16
1 Cuckoo heard several times by Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
24 Little Egret, 185 Oystercatcher, 71 Grey Plover, 27 Ringed Plover, 2200 Dunlin, 206 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore at high tide.
1 Spoonbill (s/pl) at Decca Pools, also 2 Hobby, 1 Quail heard, 2 Raven, 3 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Tern and 1 Wheatear - Burton/Neston Marsh.
2 Common Tern fishing in West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Spoonbill off Boathouse Pub - Parkgate.
1 Cuckoo by Holmes Farm. Carr Lane, Hoylake.

May 14
2 Whinchat between kissing gates - Leasowe Lighthouse.
40 Golden Plover and 3 Grey Plover over flying north - East Hoyle Bank.

May 13
1 Whinchat by Net's Cafe - Burton Marsh.
24 Whimbrel and 15 Swift  - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.

May 11
1 Hobby circling over Riverbank Road with prey - Heswall.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in field behind Green Acres stables - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 10
1 Whinchat - Kerr's Field, Leasowe Lighthouse.
113 Shelduck, 24 Little Egret, 32 Ringed Plover, 25 Grey Plover, 4700 Dunlin, 17 Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore this morning at low tide.
1 Quail heard in field and 1 Cuckoo - Decca Pools.
1 Spottted Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear on tide wrack, 1 Marsh Harrier over marsh and 1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
Several Sanderling and Ringed Plover with lots of Dunlin on the shore plus 1 Wheatear by Lifeboat Station - Hoylake Shore.

May 9
2 Common Terns perched on buoys - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4+ Curlew Sandpiper (2+ recorded overnight and 2 past on tide edge with Dunlin), also 1 Little Tern - Hoylake Shore.
1 Tree Pipit over Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Redstart by Carr Lane, Meols.
10+ Sedge Warbler (singing males) - Red Rocks.

May 8
1 Quail singing on saltmarsh, 3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash early morning - Parkgate.
1 Hoopoe flew over Lower Heswall about noon, heading north.
9 Grey Plover, 3400 Dunlin, 180 Curlew, 68 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Cuckoo heard several times today - Caldy Woods.
2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 7
1 Turtle Dove flew south at 0850am - Red Rocks.
1 Marsh Harrier mobbed by gulls flying north, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Whinchat and 9 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
8 Swift, 12 Sand Martin and 30 Swallow over West Kirby Sand Dunes (Pinfold) this morning.
1 Cuckoo heard both early morning and this evening - Caldy Woods/Hill.

May 6
1 Blue-headed Wagtail briefly on shore - West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier over Red Rocks Marsh, flew inland.
1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Ringed Plover on groyne, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat and 5 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Duck Pond, West Kirby.
142 Whimbrel, 35 Golden Plover over Thurstaston cliffs display calling, plus 4 Sand Martin and 3 Yellow Wagtail in the fields - Thurstaston/Heswall.

May 5
10+ Swift over, 3 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Swift over Parkgate.
30+ Swift over the cliffs at Thurstaston CP late afternoon.

May 4
1 Marsh Harrier on beach then flew towards Formby - Hoylake.
1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail in Kerr's Field, 1 Sanderling on sea defence - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Greenshank flew south over Lower Heswall.
1 Little Gull (adult) - Shotwick Lake.

May 3
1 Wood Warbler in song in woods behind Caldy Rugby Club playing fields, behind clubhouse - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Black Redstart on tide wrack by 'boat garden' - Parkgate.
6 Common Whitethroat between Caravan Park and Dee Sailing club - Thurstaston.
20 Sandwich Tern feeding on incoming tide - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Barn Owl flew over Heswall Fields this morning with 10+ Whimbrel on the shore - Heswall.
1 Cetti's Warbler at 4pm, just douth of Manor Road - Meols.
1 drake Eider, c80 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Puffin and 2 Manx Shearwater out to sea, 1 Little Ringed Plover flew over - East Hoyle Bank.

May 2
Lots feeding seabirds off Hoylake this morning including 50+ Manx Shearwater.
1 Yellow Wagtail flew north over Lower Heswall.
1 Stonechat, 1 Whinchat, 3 singing Reed Warbler, 4 singing Sedge Warbler, 5 singing Whitethroat and 5 singing Blackcap - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 1
100 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 1 Little Tern, also hundreds of Gannets and terns - Hoylake.
1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat and 1 Arctic Skua - Leasowe Lighthouse.

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