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April Newsletter now published on this website featuring "Birds in Abundance". 

Apr 29
1 Whinchat - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Apr 28
8 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Wood Warbler (singing) - Neston, by railway line in Millfield Estate, Liverpool Road.

Apr 27
1 Common Sandpiper and 210 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
300 Golden Plover in breeding plumage flew north over Grange Hill, West Kirby, at 7.30am.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Point.

Apr 26
1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Knot (we think first spring record for this site), 1 Common Sandpiper and 220 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Hen Harrier, 9 Spotted Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 70 Avocet and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
20 Wheatear and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.

Apr 25
1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 15 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank and c40 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
210 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Apr 24
1 Curlew Sandpiper in Dunlin flock - Hilbre.
1 Blue-headed Wagtail reported, also 2 Yellow Wagtail and 9 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands, this evening.

Apr 23
1 Garden Warbler - Shotton Nature Reserve (permit only).
1 Cuckoo early morning, also 1,000 Dunlin and 2 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Short-eared Owl and at least 3 Avocet - Neston Marsh off the Harp Inn.
1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and 30+ Redpoll over - Red Rocks.
7 Common Whitethroat (all singing) and 3 Wheatear along path through Hoylake Langfields to Gilroy.
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 62 Whimbrel and 3 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore/Fields.
4 Grasshopper Warler (all reeling), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Stonechat (2 pairs), 1 Whinchat (fem), 6 Wheatear and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Point this morning.
1 Redstart in hedgerow along Fornalls Green Lane, Meols (south of Meols Station).

Apr 22
1 Wood Warbler, 2 Swift *first of spring, 3 days later than last year* , also 2+ Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 House Martin, 2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff (almost in full breeding plumage) and 6+ Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Whinchat (2 males) and 2 Redstart (m) - Leasowe Lighthouse/Park Lane. Meols.
56 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
165 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Redstart and 1 Sedge Warbler - Red Rocks.
3 Wheatear and 7 White Wagtail by Hoylake Lifeboat Station.

Apr 21
110+ Wagtail (spread over 500m of beach), 2 Tree Pipit, c30 Sandwich Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Gronant this morning.
1 Wood Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands, seen and heard in wood close to the car park.
4 Whinchat - Leasowe Paddocks/Park Lane, 1 Cuckoo by duck pond *first of spring*.
1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 110 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
Good number of birds at Red Rocks early morning including 50+ Wheatear, 10+ Blackcap, Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat and Common Redpoll.
200 Dunlin, 400 Redshank, 230 Curlew, 41 Whimbrel, 4 Wheatear, 9 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore/Fields.
1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Marsh by Harp Inn.

Apr 20
21 Little Egret, 400 Dunlin, 1,500 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 22 Whimbrel, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Raven, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Common Whitethroat, also early morning visible migration included 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Siskin, 8 Redpoll - Heswall Shore/Fields.
1 Common Sandpiper, 16 Shelduck and 142 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Redstart (male) and 1 Reed Warbler - Lingham Lane, Moreton.
1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Hilbre.
1 Common Sandpiper along Arrowe Brook between Upton and Saughall Massie, Kingfisher estate.
6+ Whimbrel and 8 Wheatear - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Iceland Gull on East Hoyle Bank this afternoon.

Apr 19
7 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.
15 Little Gull (many more further out but difficult to ID in haze), 1 Common Sandpiper on groyne and 9 Whimbrel - Leasowe Lighthouse/Dove Point.
1 Short-eared Owl displaying this morning - Neston Marsh by Harp Inn.
15 Whimbrel flew north past Red Rocks.
600 Dunlin, 2,000 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 12 Whimbrel, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler -  Heswall Shore/Fields, this morning.
1 Redstart - Park Lane, Meols, in first paddock before caravan parks.
1 Lesser Whitethroat and 11 Black-tailed Godwit in full breeding plumage - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Merlin, 4 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern and 3 Kittiwake - Hilbre.
2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 White Wagtail and 220 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 18
1 Common Tern, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Manx Shearwater, 4 Little Gull, 20+ Gannet and 1 Whimbrel - Hoylake shore this morning.
8 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 17
32+ Little Gull - Hoylake shore.
1 Merlin - Red Rocks.
1 Iceland Gull by Middle Eye, then flew up west side, also 1 Little Tern, 32 Little Gull, 3 Whimbrel. 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 327 Cormorant (which flew out of estuary at first light - Hilbre.
250 Dunlin, 3,000 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 450 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (NT field), 1 Redpoll flew north - Heswall Shore, this morning.
1 Redstart in horse paddock next to Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.
1 Redstart (by the Hillfort) and 3 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 16
Good passage off shore early morning with 115+ Little Gull, 2 Arctic Skua and 3+ Arctic Tern - Hoylake shore.
1 Spoonbill flew NE - Hilbre at 8am.
1 Cetti's Warbler heard near Burton Point.

Apr 15
10 White Wagtail and 2 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks.
15 Grey Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (1 south end NT field, 1 100m south Sheldrakes), 2 reeling Grasshopper Warbler - Heswall Shore/Fields.

Apr 14
1 Grasshopper Warbler 'new in' - Red Rocks.
1 Redstart - on fence on inland side of Park Lane, Meols.
1 Spoonbill which flew to Burton Marsh before returning later, also 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sand, 1 Ring tail Hen Harrier and 150 Sand Martin this evening - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Great White Egret and 2 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
At least 1 Curlew Sandpiper Heswall Shore this evening.

Apr 13
70 Dunlin, 2 (probably 4) Curlew Sandpiper (winter plumage), 1 Common Sandpiper, c3,000 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, c500 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
2+ Sandwich Tern off New Brighton, first arrivals, also 12 Kittiwake in the river and 1 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon at Marine Lake.
4 Mediterranean Gull (2 pairs), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, and 5 Cetti's Warbler - Shotton Nature Reserve (permit only).
2 Common Crane flew over high towards Formby, also at Least 4 Ring Ouzel - Red Rocks.
1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatear and 1 Short-eared Owl - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Redstart, 151 Sand Martin and 57 Swallow - highlights from Hilbre, for photos and more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
7 Buzzard over Gilroy, West Kirby, seemed to be resident pair and 5 migrants all being mobbed by crows and gulls.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redstart, 1 Great White Egret and 40+ Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 12
1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Little Ringed Plover (flew north), 125 Swallow, 69 Sand Martin and 57 Wheatear. - highlights from Hilbre, for photos and more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
13 Siskin coming to garden feeder near bottom of Black Horse Hill, West Kirby.
3 Brambling in Heswall garden.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.
Large hirundine passage included 160 Swallow and 126 Sand Martin, also 33 Wheatear and 1 Short-eared Owl - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse for more details see the Lighthouse Blog.
1 Osprey (over),  1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 50 Avocet, 1 Kingfisher and an early fledged brood of Treecreepers - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 11
1 Redstart feeding on tidal debris, also 12+ Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear - Target Road/Heswall Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 17 displaying Shelduck - Gilroy 'Godwit field', West Kirby.
2 Common Crane, seen from Burton Point then  flew over Burton Mere Wetlands before turning round to head back out to the Dee estuary, 1.30 to 2.15pm.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands, this evening.

Apr 10
1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Little Gull - Shotton Nature Reserve.
3 Eider (2m 1f), 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 50 Brent Geese, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Grasshopper Warbler by Burton Point, 1 Hen Harrier over marsh.
10+ Willow Warbler (all singing) along the Wirral Way by Ashton Park, West Kirby.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
2 Cetti's Warbler by reed bed screen - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 9
Large number of Pink-footed Geese flying north starting from dawn until high tide (just after 1pm), a total of at least 3,500 seen off Parkgate, Heswall, Hilbre, West Kirby, Red Rocks and north Wirral, all seemed to be coming off the Dee Marshes.
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
1 Redstart - Park Lane, Meols.
1 Ring Ouzel and 3+ Short-eared Owl - Red Rocks.
3 Short-eared Owl and 5 Wheatear - Gayton Marsh over high tide.
1 Short-eared Owl, 150 Brent Geese, 1 Merlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Red-breasted Merganser,  2 Eider (pair) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Riverbank Road.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Marsh, tide came in all the way over the marsh.
1 Green-winged Teal - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Apr 8
18 Pink-footed Geese flew north, 12 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 1 Blackcap, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler in reed bed, 7 Willow Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff - Target road/Heswall shore.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Stonechat - Red Rocks.
1 Redstart and 1 Ring Ouzel - Park Lane, Meols.
1 Great White Egret, 3+ Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail, 80+ Little Egret and c4,000 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate Marsh.
4 (poss 5) Short-eared Owl, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Swallow and 5 Wheatear  - Gayton Marsh over high tide.
4 Brent Geese, 3 Eider (1pr+1male), 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl, c2500 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Raven, 5 Wheatear - Riverbank Road Heswall over high tide, 1 Sedge Warbler singing off Seabank Road.
1 Osprey north over West Kirby at 1245hrs.
1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Firecrest (trapped and ringed) - Hilbre.
Small fall of Willow Warblers today including 10 in a sea-front garden in Hoylake, 5+ White Wagtail on the shore and 1,500 Herring Gull on the sea.
6 Common Buzzard over old Dee bridge - Queensferry.

Apr 7
3 Short-eared Owl, 24 Red-breasted Merganser, 25 Brent Geese and c1,000 Pink-footed Geese - Cottage Lane/Riverbank Road Heswall over high tide.
1 House Martin *first of spring* a week later than last year, also 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate.
1 Fulmar plus many Gannets - Hoylake Shore.
1 Redstart and 1 Ring Ouzel - Park Lane, Meols.

Apr 6
1 Redstart and 1 Ring Ouzel - Park Lane, Meols.
2 Brambling (pair) - Thurstaston Visitor Centre.

Apr 5
3 Ring Ouzel (males - 2 off Park Lane and 1 in Kerr's Field), 10 Willow Warbler, 15+ Reed Bunting and 12 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse, 1 Redstart along Park Lane late afternoon.
5 Wheatear, 2 Avocet out on the marsh - Denhall Quay.
1 Redstart (briefly behind barn), 35+ Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank and 50 Tufted Duck - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 4
1 Osprey, 7 Little Gull, 25+ Wheatear (including 1 Greenland), 1 Greenshank,  65 Gannet and 35 Kittiwake - highlights from Hilbre, for photos and more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
c100 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel (male) behind Lighthouse, 3 Willow Warbler and 3 Swallow - Meols Common/Leasowe Lighthouse.
6+ Little Gull - Hoylake.
1 Osprey over Burton Point.

Apr 3
5 Ring Ouzel by early afternoon in Kerr's Field, east of Leasowe Lighthouse, also 1 Rung Ouzel behind lighthouse plus 2 Sand Martin and 2 Wheatear.
1 Swallow (first of year for Hilbre), 3 Sand Martin, 3 Wheatear, 6+ Chiffchaffs plus several Goldcrests -  Hilbre.
3 Wheatear by Tinker's Dell - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Wheatear and 3 Sand Martin - Gilroy Nature Park.
1 Grey Partridge on Wirral Way by Cubbin's Green, West Kirby.

Apr 2
1 Osprey fishing and showing well in Hilbre gutter this morning.
2 Ring Ouzel present all day - Lingham Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse, plus 15+ Chiffchaff, 6 Wheatear, 6 Swallow and 3 White Wagtail.
1 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Weatear and 4 Sand Martin along Wirral Way by Dungeon Wood.

Apr 1
1 Osprey over Decca Pools this morning heading out of the estuary.

Mar 31
2 Raven, 5 Wheatear, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Eider and 1 Merlin - Hilbre.
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 7 Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear, 15+ Chiffchaff - Heswall shore and fields this morning.
3 Sand Martin over Gilroy Nature Park.
1 Willow Warbler - Lang Lane, West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 30
1 Swallow and 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), no sign of any pipits this morning - Neston Sewage Works.
6 Wheatear, 1 Spoonbill past Middle Eye - Hilbre.
3 Swallow flew east - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Greenshank, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow and 2 Little Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 29
Willow Warblers *first of spring* at both Leasowe Lighthouse and Thurstaston this morning, a week later than 2015.
2 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat along Meols Common.
55 Avocet, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler (by reed bed screen) and 7 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Mar 28
1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff in song, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Tree Sparrow and 2 Grey Wagtail - Neston Sewage Works, many hundreds of Pink-footed Geese on the marsh.
2 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat - Burton Point.
30 Twite and 1 Wheatear - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) giving great views at high tide, also 1 Merlin (male) - Riverbank Road, Heswall.

Mar 27
1 Short-eared Owl over Bird Rock early morning.
2 Sand Martin and 1 Stonechat - Hilbre.
54 Common Snipe in flooded field - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
5 Wheatear and 3 Stonechat - Leasowe Lighthouse this morning.

Mar 26
2 Sand Martin and 5+ Chiffchaff - Hilbre.

Mar 25
1 Short-eared Owl flew west towards Meols, 60 Meadow Pipits in paddocks and 1 Merlin sitting on a post - Leasowe Lighthouse this morning, also 2 Scaup off shore.
2 Siskin on feeder - Newton.
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad iin s/pl) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Hilbre.
5 Scaup (2 drakes) and 16 Goldeneye off Meols Shore, lots of Scoters and Great Crested Grebes but poor visibilty poor and waves meant accurate count not possible.
52 Common Snipe in flooded field - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Wheatear at Burton Point Farm.
1 Water Pipit and 6 Chiffchaff - Neston Sewage Works.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Water Rail - Heswall Marsh.
3 Sand Martin and 1 Spotted Redshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Wheatear and 1 Sand Martin between Denhall Quay and Parkgate.
3 Great White Egret and 1,000+ Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
3 Spotted Redshank and 1 Merlin, 6 Goldeneye on IMF pool - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 24
1 Wheatear - Hilbre.
2 Short-eared Owl over Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake this morning.
43 Common Snipe in flooded field - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Swallow *first of spring* four days later than last year - Shotton Nature Reserve.
10 Siskin coming to garden feeder in Heswall.
2 Wheatear by stone wall by Inner Marsh Farm, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Spotted Redshank and 2+ Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Mar 23
2 Wheatear *first of spring*, 12 days later than last year - Meols Common/Leasowe Lighthouse, also c800 Common Scoter, 235 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Scaup, 1 Little Owl (heard) and 150+ Meadow Pipit.
3 Eider (2 drakes displaying to a female) in the main channel as the tide came in - Heswall Shore.
1 Wheatear and 2 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cetti's Warbler heard several times by Neston Sewage Works, 1 Great White Egret on the marsh - Neston Old Quay.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail, ad female), 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Stonechat - Burton Point track.
2 Hen Harrier (both ringtails including a male) and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate Old Baths this evening.

Mar 22
1 Short-eared Owl over paddocks and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Water Pipit and 1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Old Quay.

Mar 21
3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Peregrine, 44 Golden Plover, 112 Grey Plover, 1,200 Knot, 1,450 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.
41 Common Snipe in flooded field - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl chased by a pair of Shelduck - paddocks by Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Sand Martin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4 Ruff, 1 Raven, 60 Avocet and 2 Stonechat - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red Kite over Caldy at around 3.30pm, flew east.

Mar 20
1 Cetti's Warbler heard singing in reed bed by Bidston Station.
4 White Wagtail in horse paddocks, Meols.
2 Merlin - Hilbre.
2 Stonechat in brambles and c50 Meadow Pipit in horse paddocks, 1 Little Owl heard calling down Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2+ Water Pipit in field by Neston Sewage Works.
1 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Water Pipit, 1 Merlin and 2 Avicet on marsh by the Harp Inn, Neston.
1 Great White Egret - Neston Marsh.
53 Avocet, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 2 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 19
1 Merlin still present - Hilbre.
3 Great White Egret, 8 Whooper Swan, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1,000+ Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit and 1 Firecrest by Neston Sewage Works.
53 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 18
1 Merlin showed well, also 10 Goldcrest and 8 Redwing - Hilbre see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for further details.
60+ Twite which went 'ballistic' when Peregrine came over - Connah's Quay Reserve.
9 Stonechat between Meols Common and Leasowe Bay, 12 Whooper Swan on the sea - Leasowe Lighthouse, see
lighthousebirding.blogspot.co.uk for more details.

Mar 17
1 Siberian Chiffchaff - Neston Old Quay, there is another pale Chiffchaff present thought to be a standard  collybita bird.
1 Iceland Gull flew down west side and 2 Eider off north end - Hilbre.
4 White Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail and 30 Common Snipe - Gilroy flooded field, West Kirby.
40 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Mar 16
1 Sand Martin * first of spring* over Harp Inn, Neston, also 1 Great White Egret.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Great White Egret - Neston Marsh.
3 Water Pipit in boggy field south of Neston sewage works, PLEASE don't enter this field as you will flush the birds which can be well seen from the field boundary, also 1 Firecrest at SE corner of sewage works - again PLEASE don't approach bushes too closely as Cetti's Warblers are probably breding here.

Mar 15
2 White Wagtail *first of spring* early morning on Hilbre, also 3 Eider and 243 Brent Goose, see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for further details.
1 White Wagtail and 6 Pied Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill over, 44 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 1 Merlin and 1 Red Kite - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 14
1 Red Kite flew east over Hilbre and Royal Liverpool GC.

Mar 13
2 Stonechat and 2 Grey Wagtail in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2,500 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Meols early morning.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton.
1 Eider and 27 Wigeon, also 1 Pheasant which is third ever record for Hilbre.

Mar 12
1 Black Redstart by Harp Inn, Little Neston, this morning.
2 Velvet Scoter (male and female), c450 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Peregrine, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Red-throated diver -  Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (male ringtail), 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Stonechat  and 2,000+ Pink-footed Geese - Neston Old Quay.
1 Water Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing) and 5 Chiffchaff (one was an eastern type grey and white bird) - southern corner of Neston Sewage Works.
1 Short-eared Owl - West Kirby Marsh.
2 Great White Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat and 1 Tawny Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate.
3 Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course.

Mar 11
1 Surf Scoter (drake) among about 200 Common Scoter relatively close in but viewing conditions poor - Hoylake.
3 Scaup and 2 Slavonian Grebe among the 200 or so Great Crested Grebes, also 1 Green Sandpiper flying east - Dove Point, Meols.
2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Raven and c400 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate.
3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Raven - Gayton Marsh.
3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Riverbank Raod, Heswall.
3 Red-throated Diver, 6 Scaup and 1 Eider (drake) - highlights from Hilbre, see further details in Hilbre Obs Blog.

Mar 10
4 Great White Egret off Old Quay Pub, Parkgate, this morning.
3 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Peregrine, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Raven and 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Spoonbill looked like it was off Parkgate - Heswall Marsh.
2 Great White Egret, 5 Short-eared Owl (out hunting) and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) on the marsh off Cottage Lane, Gayton, late afternoon.
10,000++ Common Scoter out on the horizon, also 8 Goldeneye and 4 Eider (2 pair), wader roost about 2,500 in total and very close to prom at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1,500 Common Scoter and 500 Sanderling - highlights from Hilbre, see further details in Hilbre Obs Blog.

Mar 9
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate, early morning.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail males), 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Water Rail, 18 Brent Goose, 6 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Stonechat (male) - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Water Pipit around wet field south edge of Neston Sewage Works.
62 Common Snipe - Gilroy Godwit field, West Kirby.
1 Little Gull, 1 Greenshank and a possible Slavonian Grebe, 1 Kingfisher along the River Birket - Leasowe Lighthouse, large numbers of Scoters still present.
2 Great White Egret, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 1 White-fronted Goose - Burton Point this evening.

Mar 8
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
Tens of thousands of distant Common Scoter plus 1 Eider, 7 Goldeneye and 16 Red-throated Diver, also 3 Ringed Plover, 420 Sanderling, 580 Grey Plover, 1,500 Dunlin and 2,500 Knot at high tide - Hoylake Shore, see Jane Turner's video of wader roost -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9nntrCWxhE&feature=youtu.be

Mar 7
2 Long-tailed Duck (pair) flew out of eatuary and dropped down off Red Rocks just after high tide, poor vis meant they couldn't be picked up again.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Water Rail - Parkgate.

Mar 6
1 Great White Egret off Boathouse pub, 3 Short-eared Owl gave excellent views this evening, also 2 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 2 Water Rail Parkgate.
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Marsh Harrier over marsh, also 1 Rock Pipit (littoralis), 30 Redwing and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Neston Reedbed.

Mar 5
1 Woodcock flew over Column Road, West Kirby, this evening.
1 Mediterranean Gull in drained boating lake - New Brighton.
1 Short-eared Owl in field off Leasowe Road, Moreton.
1 Peregrine, 76 Golden Plover, 103 Grey Plover, 700 Dunlin, 300 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 270 Curlew, 260 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore.
2 Short-eared Owl having a dog-fight, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
3 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great White Egret and 2,000+ Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier and 1 Marsh Harrier seen from Harp Inn, Neston.
1 Water Pipit by Neston Sewage Works.
1 Marsh Harrier and 24 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 4
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Short-eared Owl, 24 Avocet and 800+ Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
78 Common Snipe - Gilroy Godwit field, West Kirby.
150 Brent Geese and 3,000 Herring Gull - highlights from Hilbre for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.

Mar 3
85 Common Snipe - Gilroy Godwit field, West Kirby.
 
Mar 1
74 Common Snipe (site record) and 120 Lapwing - Gilroy Godwit field, West Kirby.
3 Raven over Saughall.
2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 29
4 Crossbill in pine trees by Torpenhow stables next to Montgomery Hill road, Newton.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Parkgate.

Feb 28
1 Pallas's Warbler by sewage works, Target Road, Heswall, reported at 1640hrs, 3 Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaff there earlier.
8,900 Pink-footed Geese - total for Burton Marsh and Parkgate, an estuary record smashing the previous record of 6,200 set in January 2015.
1 Slavonian Grebe off Leasowe Lighthouse at 3pm.
5 Stonechat in Leasowe Castle/Leasowe Bay area.
1 Water Pipit near sewage works, 1 Short-eared Owl on marsh - Neston Old Quay.
1 Brent goose and 3 Red-throated Diver on the sea - New Brighton late afternoon.
1 Greenshank, 97 Golden Plover and 3,000 Knot - Heswall Shore.
20 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin; 1 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl were flying round together by Marsh Covert hide late afternoon for about half an hour - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 27
2 Surf Scoter (drake) and 2 Velvet Scoter east of Harrison Drive, Wallasey Shore this afternoon.
3 Scaup on sea and 4 Raven over - Hilbre this morning.
66 Common Snipe, c300 Pink-footed Geese flew north over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
250 Pink-footed Geese feeding close to promenade and 2 Great White Egret (one close in and the other far out) - Parkgate.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and 14 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 26
2 Great White Egret (one off Bevyl Road and the other off the Old Quay pub) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
574 Great Crested Grebe and 12 Red-throated Diver, still huge number of Comon Scoter but visibilty not as good as yesterday - Hoylake.
2 Merlin, at lest 2 Hen Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Decca Pools, the merlins and one of the Hen Harriers had a spectacular dog-fight.

Feb 25
2 Scaup - Hilbre.
1,210 Dunlin, 200 Redshank, 100 Knot and 80 Turnstone - West Kirby Marine Lake.
30-40,000 Common Scoter along north Wirral with many close to shore towards New Brighton.
1 probable Surf Scoter (drake), 2+ Velvet Scoter and 2 Slavonian Grebe off Derby Pool, Wallasey Shore.
749 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Eider - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
90+ Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve. this afternoon.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 4,000 Pink-footed Geese and 1 Barnacle Goose - White Sands (Outer Burton Marsh). 
1 Short-eared Owl showing well from Harp Inn, Neston Marsh.

Feb 24
1 Short-eared Owl putting on a great show at Denhall Quay this afternoon.
9 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail and 1 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
12 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Mediterranean Gull over - New Brighton.
1 Velvet Scoter and 3 Scaup among large numbers of Common Scoters - Meols Shore, see Leasowe Blog for more details.

Feb 23
1 Eider (drake) flying west this morning - Hoylake Shore.
47 Common Snipe and 370 Lapwing - Gilroy flooded field, West Kirby.
1 Water Rail calling and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
1 Merlin caught a Jack Snipe over high tide - West Kirby Marsh.
3 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay this afternoon.
3 Purple Sandpiper, 120 Brent Geese, 2 Scaup (female), 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.

Feb 22
6 Water Pipit in the fresh water margins of the marsh between Parkgate and the Harp Inn (Denhall Quay), also 4 Rock Pipit.
2 Hen Harrier. 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Neston Marsh with 32 Redwing (included 1 Icelandic race Redwing), 10 Grey Wagtail and 2 Chiffchaff inland, photos of the Icelandic Redwing can be seen on Lighthouse and Wirral Blog.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
55 Common Snipe - Gilroy flooded field, West Kirby.
1 Common Scoter flew north past Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1 Marsh Harrier (imm male) was unsuccesfully trying to catch waterfowl, 1 Great White Egret out on the marsh and 1 Water Rail heard - Parkgate.

Feb 21
1 Spoonbill flew past Riverbank Road, Heswall, this morning.
1 Slavonian Grebe (also present yesterday) and 3 Scaup on the river channel - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1 Marsh Harrier at Decca Pools, Burton Marsh later seen at Parkgate, 1 Peregrine was trying to catch ducks at Decca Pools which successfully escaped by diving under the water, also 1 Merlin flew alonge hedge by Nets Cafe.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Short-eared Owl - Neston Old Quay.

Feb 20
8 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull roosting on middle eye - Hilbre.

Feb 19
1,050 Dunlin, 240 Redshank and 100 Turnstone - West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
36 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 61 Grey Plover, 97 Golden Plover, 330 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 210 Bar-tailed Godwit, also 56 Pied Wagtail at sewage works - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Avocet, 2 Ruff (fem & male), 1 Water Rail and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
70 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Feb 17
3 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Greenshank by groyne, 8 Song Thrush in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Short-eared Owl near golf driving range - Moreton.
30,000+ Common Scoter on sea about six miles out - Hoylake Shore.

Feb 16
1 Goosander (drake) flew down west side of Hilbre this morning.
11,000 Knot - Caldy/Thurstaston Shore, also 20 Black-tailed Godwit starting to turn in to summer plumage.
60 Golden Plover north over West Kirby late afternoon.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.

Feb 15
1 Glaucous Gull on shore opposite old lifeboat station this morning - Hoylake Shore, and east of new lifeboat station late afternoon.
8,000 Knot - Caldy shore at low tide.
1 Chiffchaff - Burton Point.
3 Goldeneye on border pool - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 14
2 Green Sandpiper by stream - Neston Old Quay this morning.
1 Velvet Scoter in amongst a raft of Great Crested Grebes at high tide - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Water Pipit and 1 Great White Egret - Neston Old Quay.
1 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Jack Snipe (marsh covert hide), 1 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl and 1 male Bullfinch - Burton Mere Wetlands this afternoon.

Feb 13
15 Whooper Swan and 12 Goldeneye on the sea, 3,800 Knot, 1,800 Dunlin, 290 Sanderling and 110 Grey Plover in the roost - Hoylake Shore over high tide, most of the waders were still present at 4pm plus 2 Whooper Swans on the shore.
1 Hen Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Spotted Redshank and 30 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Scaup (drake) off Dove Point, Meols.

Feb 12
1 Avocet - first of the year - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Whooper Swan flew in off the sea and over, 1 Eider (drake) and still lots of Common Scoters flying around in mainly small flocks on the horizon, 270 Sanderling and 1,500 Dunlin in wader roost - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
1 Greenshank on Meols Shore before high tide.
12 Siskin on feeder in Irby garden.
2 Short-eared Owl flew high over sand dunes - West Kirby.
50+ Twite, 1 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Merlin (fem) - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
2 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
c200 Brent Geese, 8 Whooper Swan on the sea (it was one of these seen at Hoylake), 9 Goldeneye, 2 Red-throated Diver and 40 Great Crested Grebe highlights from Hilbre.

Feb 11
36,000 Common Scoter flew west with many more on the sea, also 5 Velvet Scoter - Hoylake before high tide, see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elGWL41ztbQ&feature=youtu.be
3 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide.
1 Short-eared Owl - Cottage Lane (Gayton Marsh).
2 Water Pipit, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Peregrine - Neston Old Quay.

Feb 10
1 Surf Scoter (male) off Derby Pool, Wallasey shore at high tide, watched for 45 minutes in very good light.
5 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide, also 1 Water Pipit off Marine Drive.
1 Jack Snipe flushed by tide and 1 Short-eared Owl - West Kirby Marsh.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
1 Great Northern Diver and c500 Dunlin on the rocks - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier and 70+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Water Pipit in field by filter beds - Neston Old Quay.
5 Velvet Scoter and c20,000 Common Scoter - Hoylake Shore.

Feb 9
5 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), and 1 Merlin - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide, also 1 Water Pipit off Merine Drive.
11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 340 Turnstone, 280 Redshank and 150 Dunlin on the pontoon at New Brighton Marine Lake at high tide.
1 Barn Owl being mobbed by Magpies and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands, late afternoon.

Feb 8
6 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 290 Pink-footed Geese with a further c2,000 Pink-footed Geese off Parkgate and Neston - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.

Feb 7
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
8 Siskin coming to garden feeder - Irby.
2 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.

Feb 5
1 probable Willow Tit, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Merlin, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Siskin, 4 Brambling and 2 Lesser Redpoll - Shotton Pools Nature Reserve (Permit only).
40 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Feb 4
1 Little Gull (1st winter) and 1 hooded/carrion crow hybrid (but probably only 1/4 hooded) on beach - New Brighton.
1 White-fronted Geese with pink-footed geese - Burton Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier (imm male), 65 Twite and 2 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Barn Owl and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate.

Feb 2
1 White-fronted Goose with 3,100 Pink-footed Geese behind Decca Pools, Burton Marsh.
10 Shoveler - flooded field by Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
55 Twite, 1 Brent Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose and 1 Goldeneye - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit in field next to Neston Sewage Works.

Feb 1
3 Great White Egret and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 31
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank by groyne - Meols Shore.
1 Peregrine chashing waders off Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jan 29
1 Great Northern Diver south end this morning -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Short-eared Owl flew from Hilbre in the morning, later flushed from Middle Eye in the afternoon and presumably the same one in dunes at Red Rocks a few mintutes later.
3 Great White Egret and 2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Jan 28
70 Twite and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great Northern Diver (north end) and 1 Peregrine having a go at roosting Dunlin - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate this aternoon.

Jan 27
1 Fulmar - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier over Connah's Quay Reserve this morning.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake. 30+ Brent Geese flew past towards Hilbre.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Merlin (fem) and 1 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
70+ Turnstone; 130+ Dunlin; 10+ Purple Sandpiper; c300 Redshank; 1 Greenshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) very close views at Parkgate.

Jan 26
9 Purple Sandpiper, 550 Redshank, 250 Turnstone, 120 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank on pontoon at high tide - New Brighton Marine Lake.
c50 Brent Geese off Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.
1 Jack Snipe flushed by the tide at West Kirby Marsh.

Jan 25
1 Great Northern Diver south end of West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.
2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Peregrine which put up c1,000 Lapwing - Parkgate Marsh.

Jan 24
2 Raven displaying over woods by Cottage Loaf pub, Thurstaston.
3 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
4 Greenshank (flushed by a Buzzard), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Raven and 1 Stonechat - Parkgate Marsh.

Jan 23
1 Velvet Scoter (fem) and 18 Goldeneye off Hoylake.
1 Peregrine very low over the gull roost of c1,500 Black-headed Gull, 400 Common Gull, 200 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 500 Herring Gull, also 250 Curlew and 50 Shelduck - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
130 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Merlin, 159 Golden Plover, 600 Dunlin, 650 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 95 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore at high tide.
1 Firecrest in bushes by footbridge - Neston Sewage Works.
1 Marsh Harrier off Decca Pools, Burton.
104 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cettis Warbler, 1 Lesser Redpol, and 1 Water Rail - Shotton Pools Nature Reserve (permit only).

Jan 22
2 Eider, 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Red-breasted Merganser flew west past Meols at high tide.
c500 Pink-footed Geese on marsh off Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Great Northern Diver and a Brent Goose feeding in the boat launch area north-end - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 21
1 Water Pipit and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Neston Old Quay.

Jan 20
45+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Short-eared Owl hunting over Red Rocks Marsh this afternoon.
1 Long-eared Owl and 20 Siskin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
20 Whooper Swan and 6+ Bewick's Swan seen from Burton Point view point.
1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Goldeneye and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
c50 Brent Geese flew onto Tanskey Rocks from Hilbre.

Jan 18
1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Goldeneye and 2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 17
1 Great Northern Diver and 4 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Ruff, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail and 1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.

1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Raven - Parkgate Marsh.
7 Whooper Swan on hte marsh off Gayton.

Jan 16
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Great White Egret - Parkgate Marsh.
3 Whooper Swan, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Long-eared Owl and c20 Golden Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit and 2 Stonechat - Neston Old Quay.
80+ Collared Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Stonechat by Neston Sewage Works.

Jan 15
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake (north end).
8 Purple Sandpiper,  1 Greenshank, 80 Turnstone and 270 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.
700 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Raven - Heswall Shore.

Jan 14
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake (south end).

Jan 13
1 Peregrine dropped an Oystercatcher which was then eaten by a Great Skua, also 800+ Common Scoter and 5+ Red-throated Diver - Hilbre.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake (south end at 9am).
1 Pallas's Warbler
this morning - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore (wellies required) or along Broad Lane - note that bird is getting very elusive and it's worth searching the hedge down to the reed bed.
11 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Heswall Marsh.
2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
2 Great White Egret - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 12
1 Great Northern Diver (1220hrs) and 1 Little Auk (1345hrs) flew west past Hoylake.
1 Pallas's Warbler
 - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore (wellies required) or along Broad Lane - note that bird is getting very elusive and it's worth searching the hedge down to the reed bed.
11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 460 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 11
1 Pallas's Warbler this afternoon - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore (wellies required) or along Broad Lane.
1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
24+ Skylak and 6 Rock Pipit - West Kirby Marsh.
450 Pink-footed Geese on marsh off Target Road, Heswall.
394 Great Crested Grebe and 3,000+ Common Scoter off Hoylake and Meols at high tide.
2 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 10
1 Little Auk - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Pallas's Warbler - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore (wellies required) or along Broad Lane.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake, 3 Eider on sea off Marine Lake.
2 Black Swan, 7 Whooper Swan, 2 Bewick's Swan, 2 Great White Egret and 1 Merlin - Burton Marsh.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.
12 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake at high tide.

Jan 9
1 Pallas's Warbler - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore or along Broad Lane.
Several thousand Common Scoter off shore at high tide - Hoylake.
1 Great Northern Diver and 4 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,800 Cormorant flew out of estuary between 8 and 9am, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Scaup - Hilbre.
c1100 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine - Heswall Marsh.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay near stream.

Jan 8
1 Pallas's Warbler - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore or along Broad Lane.
450 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Peregrine, 107 Golden Plover, 500 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl over, 25 Common Snipe, 130 Oystercatcher, 115 Redshank and 120 Lapwing - flooded field next to Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 7
1 Pallas's Warbler - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore or along Broad Lane.
2 Little Gull in river mouth, 9 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon - New Brighton just after high tide.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan  6
1 Pallas's Warbler - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore or along Broad Lane.
110 Teal, 185 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 136 Golden Plover, 350 Lapwing, 235 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall.
23 Common Snipe - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Great White Egret, 2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Point.

Jan 5
1 Pallas's Warbler
and 1 Firecrest - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore or along Broad Lane.
18 Goldeneye off East Hoyle Bank (Hoylake) at low tide.
1 Great Northern Diver and 10 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
30 Brent Geese by the causeway - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Merlin, 2 Water Rail and c600 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 13 Bewick's Swan, 4 Whooper Swan, 1 Black Swan, 70 Fieldfare and 2 Stonechat - Burton Marsh.

Jan 4
1 Pallas's Warbler and 1 Firecrest - Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore or along Broad Lane.
1 Jack Snipe flushed from wooden walkway - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Great Northern Diver - south end of West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.

Jan 3
1 Pallas's Warbler
- with Chiifchaffs in hedge by Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works) - park at the car park at the end of Banks Road (adjacent to Sheldrake's Restaurant), walk to Sewage works along the shore or along Broad Lane.
28 Little Egret flew out of roost at Heswall Fields at first light.
400 Pink-footed Geese - Heswall Marsh.
280 Pink-footed Geese in fields east of Dungeon Bridge - Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 2
1 Pallas's Warbler - with Chiifchaffs in hedge by Target Road, Heswall (near sewage works).
1 Great Northern Diver, south end of West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 1
1 Great Northern Diver (halfway along and near the prom at 11am) and 1 Rock Pipit - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Green-winged Teal, 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Goosander, 2 Bewick's Swan and 30 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
90 Pink-footed Geese, 160 Pintail 70 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 171 Golden Plover, 3000 Knot, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Raven - Heswall Shore at low tide.

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