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Oct 21
Total Siskin count along north Wirral came to 540 today which we think is a record count.
1,500 Fieldfare, 500 Redwing and 30 Siskin over Hoylake Shore.
2,000 Fieldfare and 500 Redwing, also 1 Cetti's Warbler, 60 Chaffinch, 10 Goldcrest and 20 Siskin - Red Rocks.
150 Jackdaw south over Thurstaston Visitor Centre.
1000+ Fieldfare, 600 Redwing and 110 Chaffinch flying NE, also 410 Siskin counted between 10.30hrs amd 14.45hrs flying east - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Snow Bunting east of footbridge over railway - Ffynnongroyw.

Oct 20
At least 15 Marsh Harrier came to roost this evening - Neston Reed Bed.
1 Greenshank and 53 Golden Plover off Heswall Fields NT, at least 3000 Knot off Tinkers Dell - Thurstaston/Heswall.
1 Brambling over Red Rocks this morning.
1 Firecrest in tit flock and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling - Point of Ayr.
3 Cattle Egret, 1 Bearded Tit seen briefly and 30 Siskin over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.

Oct 19
1 Yellow-browed Warbler with Long-tailed Tit flock in sea-front garden - Hoylake.
1 Kingfisher, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Scoter on sea close in, 1 Short-eared Owl over, 80+ Siskin over and c30 Goldcrest - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier over the marsh and several Goldcrest - Target Road, Heswall.
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Kestrel - Parkgate at dusk.
1 Marsh Harrier and 3 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.

Oct 18
1 Richard's Pipit flew south - Point of Ayr.
8 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
165 Pink-footed Geese, 105 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, 11 Skylark, 28 Redwing, 70 Starling, 36 Jackdaw, 240 Chaffinch, 23 Reed Bunting - Heswall Fields NT.
8 Raven over Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.

Oct 17
An influx of Ravens include a flock of 11 heading south from Red Rocks this morning and 40 Raven yesterday evening at Decca Pools.
460 Jackdaw, 18 Skylark, 14 Meadow Pipit, 800 Chaffinch, 25 Greenfinch, 11 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 1 Brambling, 28 Reed Bunting - visible migration over Heswall Fields NT this morning up to 9.30am.
34 Golden Plover and 1 Marsh Harrier - Heswall Marsh.
6 Egyptian Geese flew south past Denhall Quay.
1 Short-eared Owl - Hilbre.
120 Siskin, 200 Chaffinch and 1 Brambling over, also 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard - Park Lane, Meols.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.
280 Turnstone and 118 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Shag and 1 fem Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Oct 16
1 Avocet and 4 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and 3 Stonechat - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Kingfisher on groyne - Leasowe.

Oct 15
1 Greenshank, 1 Goosander, 90 Pintail, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 750 Knot - Point of Ayr.
10,000+ Common Scoter and 90+ Great Crested Grebe off Meols and Leasowe over high tide.
2 Twite landed south end, 1 Snow Bunting over Hilbre and 3 Whooper Swan flew south.
1 Richard's Pipit over sea front garden flew west - Hoylake.
3 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest near Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Oct 14
2 Great Egret, 10 Spotted Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Garganey, 600 Teal and 2,250 Black-tailed Godwit - Oakenholt Marsh.
1 Great Skua off north end, 1 Firecrest, 1 Raven and 123 pale-bellied Brent Geese - Hilbre.
4 Cattle Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Raven, 2 Narsh Harrier and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Crossbill and at least 80 Siskin over in several flocks, also 1 Swallow and 1 Mediterranean Gull on shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Oct 13
1 Yellow-browed Warbler caught and ringed this morning, also 1 Firecrest, 31 Little Egret and 198 Brent Geese (incl 1 dark-bellied) - Hilbre.
3 Cattle Egret and juv Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Red-throated Diver and 1 Razorbill - Hoylake Shore.

Oct 12
1 Crossbill (female) in pine bottom of Denhall Lane, Burton, this morning.
1 Greenshank and 1 common Sandpiper on groyne - Meols common.
100+ Skylark flew west up to 10am - Column Road/Kings Walk, West Kirby.
1 Hobby showing really well from IMF hide, 10 Raven, 3 Grey Partridge, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and Stonechat family - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Merlin and 2 Stonechat - near Decca Pools.
2 Little Owl, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker and many Stonechats - Burton Point/Marsh.

Oct 11
1 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
c3,000 Pink-footed Geese over Burton Mere Wetlands headed to Burton Marsh.
5 Great White Egret and 1 Barn Owl - Burton Marsh.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Neston Old Quay.

Oct 10
1 Common Redstart in garden - Moreton.
1 Hobby, 1 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Egyptian Goose - Burton Marsh.
10 Chiffchaff and 20+ Goldcrest, 1 Mediterranean Gull on flooded field at ParkLane, 3 Swallow, 1 Redpoll and 1 Siskin over - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Oct 9
2 Garganey, 1 Hobby, 9 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Water Rail and 1,000+ Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
300+ Pink-footed Geese flew south over Saughall at 8am.

Oct 8
2 Garganey and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 7
1 Pectoral Sandpiper and 500 Pink-footed Geese in wet stubble field near cottage called The Knoll along Boathouse Lane - Parkgate.
1 Merlin and 5 Greenshank on Boathouse Flash - Parkgate.
1 Garganey and 2 Bearded Tit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl off Station Road - Burton Marsh.

Oct 6
2 Garganey, 7 Spotted Redshanks and 3 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red Kite betweem B&Q and Leasowe Road this afternoon - Leasowe.

Oct 5
700+ Pink-footed Geese flying over north Wirral towards the estuary this morning.
1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem), 1 Spotted Redshank, 47 Dunlin and 12 Twite - Oakenholt Marsh.

Oct 4
First Redwings reported, a few small flocks.
1 Kingfisher, 2 Garganey, 9 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank and 1,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Marsh Harrier one being mobbed by a Merlin - Parkgate.

Oct 3
42 Pintail, 800 Shelduck, 55 Teal, 850 Knot, 2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6,000 Oystercatcher, 1,200 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 30 Dunlin, 30 Sanderling, 1 Peregrine, 15 Little Egret, 1 Guilliemot - Point of Ayr.
59 Brent Geese, 6 Teal and 1 Goosander (east side of Middle Eye flying S) - Hilbre.
2 House Martin, 3 Stonechat and at least 4 Marsh Harrier - Gayton Marsh.
2 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Oct 2
2 Mediterranean Gull in flooded fields by Park Lane, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 juv Hobby and 1 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard (recorded) but not seen in sea front garden - Hoylake .
1 Cattle Egret - Parkgate.
1 Hobby - Burton Point.

Oct 1
1 Yellow-browed Warbler - Hilbre.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint - Hoylake Shore.
41 Sandwich Tern - Leasowe Bay.

Sep 30
c4,000 Common Scoter off Meols on rising tide.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint and 2 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore.
1 Cattle Egret, 6 Marsh Harrier, 3+ Great Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 8 Swallow -  Parkgate.
1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 29
1 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint at high tide, 3 Eider off Beach Road earlier - Hoylake Shore.
2 Spoonbill and 7 Marsh Harrier- Parkgate.
1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Swallow and 27 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
2 Spoonbill - Oakenholt Marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper off Target Road, Heswall, this morning.
23 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Brent Geese, 6850 Shelduck, 300 Pintail, 80 Wigeon, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 67 Little Egret, 2 Great Egret, 2 Peregrine, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1000 Knot, 1100 Curlew, 4000 Redshank - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.
1 Hobby over, 19 Great Egret came into roost - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (fem) and at least 3 Marsh Harrier between Burton and Parkgate.

Sep 28
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint and 6 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 800 Sanderling in wader flock at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Spoonbill, 1Merlin (caught a small bird), 1 Peregrine, at least 3 Kestrel and 1 Hen Harrier over high tide, 1 Hobby and at least 5 Marsh Harrier came in to roost this evening - Parkgate.
1 Hobby over - Wallasey Shore.

Sep 27
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Golden Plover, 1300 Knot, 1 Ruff, 4000 Redshank - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
2 Marsh Harrier and 3 Great Egret - Parkgate.

Sep 26
1 Hen Harrier (juvenile) - Parkgate.
1 Pomarine skua (adult) - first seen over Railway Inn before sitting on Meols Shore then flew to tide edge.
2 Mediterranean Gull on Meols Groyne.

Sep 25
Up to 4 Kingfisher (1 Meols Groyne, 2 flew over sand towards Leasowe Castle Groyne, 1 Lingham Bridge) -  Meols/Leasowe.
70+ Swallow on telephone lines at Target Road - Heswall.
1 juv Curlew Sandpiper - Thurstaston Shore.

Sep 24
1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 4800 Shelduck, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 72 Little Egret, 152 Cormorant, 4100 Oystercatcher, 65 Grey Plover, 900 Knot, 1090 Curlew, 1200 Black-tailed Godwit, 4800 Redshank - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore over high tide.
4 Great Egret flew inland this evening - Parkgate.
1 Goosander. 1 Eider (drake) and 3 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
1 Little Stint, 3 Green Sandpiper and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 23
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 1 Hobby and c200 Pink-footed Geese( 4 flocks flying over ) - Parkgate.
1 Marsh Harrier flew west over, also 1 Kingfisher - Hilbre.
1 Cattle Egret and 1 Lttle Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 22
2 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.
At least 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks marsh.
4 Mediterranean Gull - Thurstaston Shore.

Sep 21
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Stint and 12 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 juv Stonechat off Heswall Golf Course .
1 Hobby, and 1 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
4 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Sep 20
2 Little Stint, 6 Ruff, 2 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Hobby (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Kingfisher, mega rare here - Hilbre.
1 Hobby flew west aling River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.
19 Common Buzzard 'kettling' over Heswall early afternoon.
1 Red Kite over Heswall Golf Course early afternoon, also seen over Barnston.

Sep 19
1 Little Stint at IMF, 1 Cattle Egret on main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Sep 18
2 Lapland Bunting between  Shotwick Lake and the railway, 150 Pink-footed Geese over.
600 Pink-footed Geese on wet grassland - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 17
1 Great Skua and 17 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Mediterranean Gull - Thurstaston Shore.

Sep 16
A major movement of Wheatears today:
31 Wheatear - Hilbre.
3 Great Egret - Oakenholt Marsh.
A few small flocks of Pink-footed Geese this morning flying across north Wirral towards the estuary.
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Wheatear and 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Neston Old Quay.
8 Wheatear on groyne - Meols Common.
2 Wheatear in tree by Old Baths, 4 Great Egret, 3 Spoonbill and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
7 Wheatear by sheep pens, 2 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.
1 Whinchat and 4 Wheatear - Heswall Shore.
4 Mediterranean Gull - Thurstaston Shore.

Sep 15
1 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Flint Marsh.
1 Yellow-legged Gull - Hoylake Shore.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ad fem), 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 7 Spoonbill, 2 Great Egret, c200 Swallow and c40 House Martin - Parkgate.
1 Little Stint and 6 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby spent a lot of time perched on posts - Burton Marsh.

Sep 14
1 Dotterel (juvenile) briefly by the groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Lapland Bunting feeding on stubble between Shotwick Lake and Finger Post Gutter this evening, flew towards Burton Point.
1 Great Egret and 1,500 Knot on shore, 2 Wheatear on the cliff - Thurstaston.
1 Treecreeper (not exactly common here!), 2 Brent Geese, 4 Pintail, 8,000 Herring Gull (most on West Hoyle Bank) and 1 Wheatear - Hilbre.
2 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harrier and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Hobby hunting swallows by the Harp Inn - Neston Marsh.
3 Little Owl, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Great Egret - Burton Point.

Sep 13
7 Spoonbill, 5 Great Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier (1 juv), 130 Lapwing and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate.
960 Knot in the channel, mostly juveniles - Heswall Shore.
1 Spotted Flycatcher by Net's Cafe - Denhall Lane.
1 Guillemot flew west - Hoylake.
1 Great Egret and 1 Peregrine over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Wheatear, 1 Merlin and 200+ Pink-footed Geese over - Burton Point.

Sep 12
1 Great Skua and 2 Great Black-backed Gull feeding on a dead sheep on marsh - Denhall Quay.
1 Little Stint, 3 Green Sandpiper and 3 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

Sep 11
7 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash, 1 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
1900 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 2400 Oystercatcher, 129 Grey Plover, 300 Knot, 1200 Curlew, 5000 Redshank and 1 Greenshank - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore.
240 Goldfinch at Heswall Fields NT.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 10
1 Black Tern and 335 Sandwich Tern with another 200 which flew past Red Rocks, this evening - Hilbre.
5 Barnacle Geese, 2 Greenshank, 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Egret and 1 Wheatear, 42 Golden Plover over - Oakenholt Marsh.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash, 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Sep 8
1 Greenshank, 1 Wheatear and 2 Grey Wagtail between Meols and Leasowe this morning.
5 Raven over the Column on Column Road - West Kirby.
3000 Shelduck, 136 Little Egret, 157 Grey Plover, 1400 Curlew, 3800 Black-tailed Godwit, 4100 Redshank - Heswall Shore over high tide.

Sep 7
1 Little Stint this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Leach's Petrel, 4 Manx Shearwater and 3 Arctic Skua on ebb tide this morning, 1 Shag and 1 Shoveler this afternoon - Hilbre.
2 Swift over Thurstaston.
4 Raven over Saughall.

Sep 6
An all dark petrel, possibly Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, flew west past Leasowe Gunsite at around 6.45pm, subsequently what could have been same bird about 45 minutes later was killed by a Peregrine off Meols, the Peregrine left the kill on dry sand as it was getting dark and it is hoped tide won't cover that area tonight.
5 Leach's Petrel (1 at 1,15pm and 4 at high tide) - Dovepoint, Meols.
18 Leach's Petrel, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Fulmar and 1 Manx Shearwater - Leasowe Gunsite.
4 Leach's Petrel (3 in 3 minutes at 3.15 plus another which hung around for 15 minutes at 4.45), also 1 Manx Shearwater - Wallasey Lifeguard Station.
1 Long-tailed Skua - New Brighton.

Sep 5
1 juv Sabine's Gull and 5 Leach's Petrel - Point of Ayr.
12 Leach's Petrel, 1 juv Sabine's Gull, 2 ad Pomarine Skua, 2 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater and 8 Arctic Skua - Hoylake Shore.
1 Grey Phalarope and 3 Leach's Petrel early morning plus several more Leach's Petrel through the day, also 2 Swift flew up river - New Brighton.
54 Pink-footed Geese on main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Leach's Petrel, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar and 7 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.
3 Leach's Petrel (one sat on the sea) early afternoon, 1 Sabine's Gull (adult) and 6 Leach's Petrel late afternoon - Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin (f), 1 Hobby, 1 juv Black Tern, plus Great Egrets and Marsh Harriers - Neston Marsh.
7 Spoonbill on Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.

Sep 4
Fabulous seawatch at Hilbre produced 32 Leach's Petrel, 1 Sabine's Gull (juv), 3 Grey Phalarope, 28 Manx Shearwater, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua (juv), 9 Great Skua and 101 Arctic Skua.
5 Leach's Petrel in 20 minutes around 12.30hrs, also 1 Sabine's Gull (juv at 5.20pm), 1 Pomarine Skua (ad with spoons) and 1 Arctic Skua - Wallasey Shore.
2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua (juv), 3 Great Skua, 62 Arctic Skua, 17 Leach's Petrel, 19 Manx Shearwater and 2-300 Kittiwake - Hoylake Shore.
5 Leach's Petrel, 9 Arctic Skua,  1 Arctic Tern, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Razorbill and 2 Kittiwake - New Brighton.
Up to 4 Great Skua - Leasowe/Wallasey.
3 Leach's Petrel - Derby Pool, Wallasey at 5.30pm.
4 Leach's petrel past Leasowe Gunsite in 30 mimutes around 6pm, 1 Sabine's Gull (juv) with gull flock at 6.50pm.
1 Sabine's Gull (adult(, 1 Pomarine Skua and 1+ Leach's Petrel - Point of Ayr.

Sep 3
1 Arctic skua chasing terns off Dovepoint, Meols.
1 Leach's Petrel, 1 Caspian Gull (adult), 1 Long-tailed Skua (juv) now confirmed, 1 Pomarine Skua (adult), 2 Great Skua, c8 Arctic Skua and 1 Curlew Sandpiper at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Whimbrel over Lower Heswall.
1 Kingfisher at Lingham Bridge - Leasowe Lighthouse.
5,300 Black-tailed Godwit and 250 Redshank just south of sailing club, and 28 Turnstone on rocks by Marine Lake - West Kirby.

Sep 2
1 Garganey (drake) - Denhall Quay.
1 Garganey and 1,000 Teal on IMF scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua and 1 Yellow-legged Gull, also 7,000 Herring Gull and 50+ Great Black-backed Gull before high tide, c6,000 distant Common Scoter - Hoylake Shore.
7 Spoonbill and 4 Marsh Harrier together - Parkgate.
3 Wheatear and 1 Little Owl - Burton Point.

Sep 1
1 Curlew Sandpiper below tennis courts - Meols Shore at 11am.
2 Leach's Petrel, 3 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine skua (imm), 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Shag and 3 Manx Shearwater - Hilbre.
4 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Great Skua causing chaos - Hoylake Shore before high tide.
3 Leach's Petrel and 1 Great Skua - Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Great Egret and 10 Wigeon - Decca Pools.



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