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December Newsletter now published on this website featuring "Pallid Harrier - first for Cheshire".

Dec 13

2 Goosander, 5 Red-breated Merganser and 2 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
700 Pinkfeet, 660 Pintail. 185 Teal, 8000 Oystercatcher, 140 Golden Plover, 900 Lapwing, 20,000+ Knot, 1900 Dunlin, 750 Redshank, 1260 Black-tailed Godwit, 220 Bar-tailed Godwit, 660 Curlew - Heswall Shore at high tide.

Dec 12
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) flushed at least 20 Snipe, also 2 Merlin, 9 Brambling and 3 Bullfinch - Point of Ayr.
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 2,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Warren Farm, Talacre.
5 Eider, 290+ Brent Geese and 1 Lesser Redpoll- Hilbre.
2 Goosander, 4 Red-breated Merganser and 3 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dec 11
7,500 Knot - Thurstaston Shore.
14+ Marsh Harrier going to roost in reed bed, also 2 Merlin,  1 grey male Hen Harrier and 2 Short-eared Owl - Neston Old Quay.
5 Eider, 40 Common Scoter and 248 Brent Geese highlights from Hilbre, for more details and photos including a great photo of snowy Snowdonia see the Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.

Dec 10
1 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.  
2 Whooper Swan over West Kirby Marine Lake heading towards Little Eye.
1 Goosander, 5 Eider and c280 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
1 Brambling - Burton Village.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (grey male) and 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier and 4 Kestrel - Denhall Quay.
700 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.

Dec 9

2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.  
1 Bittern flushed by a Marsh Harrier this morning - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Water Pipit and 4 Chiffchaff - Neston Old Quay, by sewage works.
8 Whooper flew south over Burton Marsh.

Dec 8
12 Purple Sandpiper, 80 Dunlin, 210 Turnstone and 900 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon.
1 Velvet Scoter flew past - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail), 1 Merlin and 3 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.

Dec 7
170 Curlew and 38 Little Egret in fields by Wirral Way between Thurstaston and Heswall.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (1 ringtail, 1adult male), 1 Peregrine and 2 Raven - Parkgate.
1 Greenshank, 10 Purple Sandpiper, c900 Redshank, c90 Turnstone and c50 Dunlin - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon.
50+ Twite on marsh by Flint Castle.
4000 Dunlin, 6000 Wigeon, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Avocet , 12 Greenshank, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1,500 Teal and 1 Shag (in river channel) - Oakenholt Marsh/Connah's Quay Reserve.

Dec 6
2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 140 Golden Plover, 800 Lapwing, 17 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Raven off Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide.
2 Great White Egret, 3+ Marsh Harrier and 1 grey male Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
30+ Twite on marsh by Flint Castle.
1 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.  

Dec 5
4,000 Dunlin, 45 Grey Plover, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 350 Knot, 250 Pintail, 200 Wigeon, 2 Goosander (pair), 1 Merlin and 24 Brambling with a large flock of Chaffinch - Point of Ayr.
5 Eider, 345 Grey Plover, 42 Ringed Plover and 300+ Brent Geese - Hilbre/Little Eye.

Dec 4
1 Black Redstart (fem/imm) by Newhall Lane - Hoylake.
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.  
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail - displaying), 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrine, 2 Merlin -  Heswall Marsh over high tide.
2 Merlin over Neston Reedbed this afternoon.

Dec 3
1 Jack Snipe flushed from marsh by a dog - West Kirby Shore.
9 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Eider and 1 Red-throated Diver - Hilbre.
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay
1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper by the old blue Dee bridge - Queensferry, on ebb tide.
8 Purple Sandpiper, 90 Dunlin, 240 Turnstone and 550 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon over high tide.
357 Brent Geese arrived from up river - West Kirby Marsh/Little Eye at high tide.
2 Short-eared Owl off Harp Inn - Neston Marsh.
1 Avocet and 1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
14 Whooper Swan and 4 Great White Egret seen from Burton Point.
2 Hen Harrier (grey males in air together) came in to roost at Parkgate.
2 Great White Egret and 3 Marsh Harrier off Riverbank over the high tide - Heswall Marsh.

Dec 2
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay
12 Marsh Harrier going to roost, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 1 Hen Harrier - Neston Reedbed.
3 Marsh Harrier - Heswall Marsh.
1 Little Grebe on River Birkett, and 1 Barn Owl hunting in fields at sunset - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Dec 1
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.
16,000 Knot roosted off Heswall at high tide.
At least 16 Marsh Harrier flew into the roost between 3pm and 4.30pm - Neston Reedbed.
313 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
15 Barnacle Goose (almost certainly feral), 350 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Nov 30
1 Black Redstart on roof of Hoylake Station at 1050am.
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.
7 Redpoll along Park Lane, Meols.
10 Eider and 250+ Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Nov 29
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.
10+ Marsh Harrier came into roost - Neston Reedbed.
6 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
5000 + Pink-footed Geese,  24 Whooper Swan, 3 Great Egret and 3 Water Rail - Burton Marsh.
750 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 400 Wigeon, 1 Merlin, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Chiffchaff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Peregrine and 12 Eider - Hilbre.

Nov 28
1 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.
15,000+ Knot off Caldy at low tide.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Denhall Quay.
1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Old Quay.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Parkgate.

Nov 27
5,000+ Knot and 230 Black-tailed Godwits in windy morning, early morning - Thurstaston Shore, also 22 Little Egret in nearby fields.
1 Water Pipit in sheep field SE of Reception hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 26
2 Water Pipit opposite sewage works - Neston Old Quay.
1 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) and 5 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
5 Great White Egret, 4 Kestrel and 2 Raven - Parkgate. 
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Woodcock, 1 Water Rail, 1 Peregrine, 1 Bullfinch and small flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) this afternoon at 3.30pm - Heswall Marsh.
15 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Parkgate Old Baths at 4pm.
A good selection of birds along the Wirral Way between West Kirby and Parkgate included 43 Blackbird, 23 Song Thrush, 122 Redwing, 86 Fieldfare, 11 Bullfinch, 350 Curlew and 1 Merlin.

Nov 25
11 Eider, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Eider - Hilbre.
1 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.
4 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
1 Great Northern Diver in Mersey mouth this afternoon - New Brighton.

Nov 24
1 Black Redstart by farm at Newhall Lane early afternoon - Hoylake.
1 Snow Bunting - 500 yards east of Leasowe Castle, in tide wrack.
10 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon - New Brighton Marine Lake.
520 Pintail, 4000 Oystercatcher, 141 Golden Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 635 Lapwing, 2300 Dunlin, 6500 Knot, 460 Redshank, 190 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 390 Curlew - Thurstaston Shore.
At least 7 Short-eared Owl and 4 Kestrel - Denhall Quay/Neston Old Quay.
7+ Marsh Harrier came into roost - Neston Old Quay.

Nov 23
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Heswall Marsh at first light.
2 Goosander, 9 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine, 1 Avocet, 1 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
500 Black-tailed  Godwit and 6,500 Knot - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail) - in front of Harp Inn, Neston.
12 Eider and 3,000 Knot - Hilbre.

Nov 22
1 Snow Bunting - Leasowe Bay.
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail) - in front of Harp Inn, Neston.

Nov 21
11 Eider still at Hilbre.
5,000 Knot, 715 Black-tailed Godwit and 540 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
345 Pink-footed Geese, 28 Little Egret, 1 grey male Hen Harrier, 1 Kingfisher on pond near Visitor Centre, in or over fields by Wirral Way - Thurstaston/Heswall Fields.
1 grey male Hen Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - in front of Harp Inn, Neston.
5 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Parkgate.

Nov 20
337 Brent Geese off West Kirby Marsh at high tide.
2 Greenshank in channel on rising tide - Thurstaston Shore.
11 Eider, 9 Purple Sandpiper and 280+ pale-bellied Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Nov 19
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese (prob 2 family groups with 4 ads and 5 juvs) feeding among 2,000 Black-tailed Godwit - Warren Farm fields, Talacre. 
13 Whooper Swan flew over from north, 130 Golden Plover, 3500 Knot, 600 Black-tailed Godwit off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore. 
1 male Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier,  2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin - Heswall Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 pair of Stonechat ( m and f ) and 1 Grey Wagtail at the Harp Inn - Denhall Quay.
Pair of Stonechat, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail) - Parkgate.
5 Brambling in a flock of 200 Chaffinch, 235 Pintail, 1 Goosander, 2,500 Dunlin, 17 Sanderling, 28 Grey Plover, 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Knot 200, 13 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin - Point of Ayr.
1 Great White Egret and 8 Spotted Redshank - Oakenholt Marsh.
Up to 20 (or more!!) Marsh Harriers came into roost at Neston Reed Bed late afternoon.
6 Stonechat (3 pairs) between Derby Pool, Wallasey GC and Leasowe Bay this afternoon.
18 Snipe, 2 Great White Egret and 3 Marsh Harrier - Decca Pools.

Nov 18
1 Little Auk few west past north end of Hilbre, also 1016 Cormorant, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 12 Eider, 3 Red-throated Diver and 1 Merlin.
360 Black-tailed Godwit and 3,500 Knot south of Tinkers Dell on rising tide, all disturbed by a Peregrine - Thurstaston Shore. 
1 Avocet still at Burton Mere Wetlands
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese - Warren Farm fields, Talacre.    

Nov 17
1 (probably 2) Snow Bunting over Hoylake shore heading towards Hilbre after high tide.
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese - Warren Farm fields, Talacre.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 4 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.

Nov 16
1 grey male Hen Harrier and 1+ fem Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
520 Grey plover, 200+ Shelduck, 564 Curlew, 6,500 Dunlin, 9,000 Knot, 490 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Peregrine - between Hilbre, Little Eye and West Kirby Shore.

Nov 15
4 Ring-necked Parakeet over Hilbre College then landed in trees - West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) seen across the channel form Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1800 Shelduck, 1515 Cormorant flew N down the estuary, 1500 Dunlin, 6000 Knot, 800 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 725 Black-tailed Godwit, 650 Curlew - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) off Riverbank Road, Heswall.
4 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Partridge in field - Decca Pools, Burton MarDecca Pools, Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Denhall Quay.
11 Eider, 1 Peregrine and c300 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Nov 14
12+ Marsh Harrier flying into roost at Neston Old Quay late afternoon, also 2 Cattle Egret just inland of path, 2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail).
1 Kingfisher by Thurstaston Visitor Centre with 350 Pink-footed Geese over flying in from north.

Nov 13
1,370 Cormorant flew out of the estuary at first light, also 12 Eider and 444 Shelduck - Hilbre.
220 Pink-footed Geese, 420 Pintail, 5000 Oystercatcher, 123 Golden Plover, 1900 Dunlin, 5000 Knot, 800 Redshank, 350 Bar-tailed Godwit, 820 Black-tailed Godwit, 630 Curlew, 1 Brambling - Thurstaston Shore between Heswall marsh and the Dee SC Causeway.
1 Barn Owl, 2 Short eared Owl, 3 Water Pipit, 1 Merlin and 4 Marsh Harrier on or over marsh, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff inland - Neston Old Quay.

Nov 12
11 Eider - Hilbre.
7 Marsh Harrier and 2 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Cattle Egret in field by Neston Old Quay.
3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 2+ Merlin and 2 Peregrine - Parkgate Old Baths late afternoon.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Nov 11
307 pale-bellied Brent Geese (record high for island) and 632 Cormorant - Hilbre.
8 White-fronted Geese (7 prob Greenland race, 1 Eurasian race) with Pink-footed Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Whooper Swan heading towards Thurstaston over Newton (West Kirby) this morning.
4 distant Short-eared Owl, 2 Raven and 1 Marsh Harrier at Decca Pools this afternoon.
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail), 2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret at Parkgate, dusk this evening.
310 Pintail, 124 Golden Plover, 1700 Dunlin, 4000 knot, 800 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 191 Black-tailed Godwit, 550 Curlew - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) showing well at Denhall Quay around 2.30pm.

Nov 10
3 Hen Harrier (incl 1 grey male) and 6+ Marsh Harrier - Parkgate this afternoon.

Nov 9
1 Siberian Chiffchaff - Leasowe Lighthouse, this morning.
1 Cattle Egret and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Woodcock, c200 Knot and c200 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
4 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails)- Denhall Quay.

Nov 8
5 Hawfinch, 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Avocet and 1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Siberian Chiffchaff - Leasowe Lighthouse, this morning.
1 Snow Bunting flew high inland - Leasowe Bay.
260+ Brent Geese and 4 Pintail - West Kirby Shore at high tide.
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 3+ Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
85,000 Starling came into roost in the reed bed this evening - Gronant.
2,287 Starling flew west early morning - Hilbre.
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate this afternoon.

Nov 7
2 Woodcock flew from Target Road reed bed into adjacent sewage works - Heswall Shore.
130 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6,000 Knot before high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Raven - Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Burton Marsh.
25 Twite and 7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
24 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick's Swan, 30 Mute Swan, 3 Black Swan and 4 Great White Egret - outer Burton Marsh.

Nov 6
3 Hen Harrier (2 grey male and 1 ringtail) - Burton Marsh.
1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Redpoll, 1 Siskin and 3 Brambling - Leasowe Lighthouse, this morning.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv), 4 Whooper Swan, 1 Kingfisher and c70 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
15 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 13 Jackdaw, 92 Starling, 920 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 7 Greenfinch, 16 Goldfinch, 2 Redpoll - visible migration over Heswall Fields NT this morning.
At least 120 Great Crested Grebe and several thousand Common Scoter off Meols at high tide, but despite lack of any wind on the coast there was quite a large sea running making accurate count impossible.
1 Brambling (on ground), 249 Starling (over) and 125 Meadow Pipit - Hilbre.

Nov 5
12 Great White Egret between Parkgate and Burton, and possibly 2 more which flew into IMF (12 is the current highest count, from 2016).
1 Siberian Chiffchaff - Leasowe Lighthouse, near duck pond this morning.
3 Water Pipit, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Great White Egret - Outer Burton Marsh before high tide.
3 Hen Harrier (incl grey male) and 5 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
4 Great White Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail), 5 Short-eared Owl, 1 Bewick's Swan and 12 Whooper Swan - Denhall Quay/Burton Marsh.
1 Goosander (red-head), 2 Cattle Egret, 2 Avocet, 1 greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
190 Knot and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl CollectioCaldy Wildfowl Collection.
5+ Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (grey male - close views), 2 Great White Egret and 1 Peregrine - Gayton/Heswall Marsh.

Nov 4
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon at high tide.
2 Cattle Egret and 2 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Hen Harrier (incl 1 grey male) - Parkgate.
30+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Scaup (fem) in channel and 270 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Great White Egret - Riverbank Road, Heswall.

Nov 3
1 Siberian Chiffchaff at 3.15pm by duck pond, and over high tide 327 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine and 2 Red-breasted Merganser - Leasowe Lighthouse.
20,000 Common Scoter, 18 Red-throated Diver, 244 Brent Geese, 8 Eider and 1 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Cetti's Warbler and 150 Chaffinch (over) - Red Rocks.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore.
420 Curlew, 350 Grey Plover and 6,000+ Oystercatcher on shore between Hilbre/Little Eye and Red Rocks, also 6 Whooper Swan flew NE over.
580 Pink-footed Geese, 3500 Shelduck, 230 Pintail, 1f Scaup, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 800 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore, early morning.
4 Avocet, 1 Raven, 2 Cattle Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Water Rail and 3 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5+ Great White Egret and 2+ Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
40+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail) - Denhall Quay. 

Nov 2
47 Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great White Egret - Oakenholt Marsh.
2 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Heswall Marsh.
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail)  and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay/Neston Marsh.
1 Geat White Egret and 3 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.

Nov 1
10 Twite by West Hide, also 3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
8 Purple Sandpiper and 12 Eider - Hilbre.
140 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 111 Golden Plover, 430 Lapwing, 400 Dunlin, 900 Knot, 2000 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1200 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 570 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
1 Green-winged Teal reported from Marsh Covert Hide, also 1 Hen Harrier, at least 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 4 Avocet, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Ruff and 1 Cattle Egret  - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Great White Egret (flew past late afternoon), 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay. 
2 Hen Harrier (grey male and ringtail) - Parkgate.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Raven, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 pair of Stonechat and c700 Fieldfare - Burton Marsh.

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