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July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Rotterdam on the Dee Estuary.

July 28
1 Greenshank and 950 Black-tailed Godwit  - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby
180 Little Tern (incl 75 juvs), 500+ Sandwich Tern and 210 Sanderling - Red Rocks at high tide.
2,000 Dunlin and 4,000+ Redshank - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.

July 27
1,160 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, which we think is a site record.
1 Greenshank, flying and calling over Parkgate Marsh.
2 Marsh Harrier (fem and juv), 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) on the 'dips' - New Brighton.

July 26
8 Greenshank (Boathouse Flash), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv) and 1 Common Tern (rare over marsh!) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Common Scoter (NOT Black Scoter) - Dove Point, Meols, 1 Wheatear (juv) on groyne.
950 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
c200 Little Tern - West Kirby Shore.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.

July 25
240 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
450 Black-tailed Godwit off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, before high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 850 Dunlin, 4750 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 86 Whimbrel, 1600 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
c600 Sandwich Tern, 250 Common Tern and 1,600 Black-headed Gull  on a very disturbed West Kirby Shore at high tide (between  West Kirby and Red Rocks.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 24
230 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
78 Whimbrel
, 2 Pintail, 32 Little Egret, 1 Golden Plover, 820 Oystercatcher, 675 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 1 Turnstone, c4,500 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1,080 Curlew, 1 Yellow Wagtail (adult), 7 Willow Warbler (Target Road willows) - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
1 Arctic Skua off shore, 795 Sandwich Tern, 81 Little Tern, 149 Common Tern, 2,170 Black-headed Gull, 346 Herring Gull, 227 Lesser Balck-backed Gull and 650 Oystercatcher - West Kirby Shore at high tide (between  West Kirby and Red Rocks.

July 23
380 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Hobby over reed bed, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and several juv Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Willow Warbler (first of 'autumn'), 1 Yellow Wagtail (very unusual July record), 70 Little Tern and c700 large terns (mostly Sandwich Terns) - Hilbre, for more details see
http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/

July 22
380 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl), 250 Sandwich Tern, 240 Curlew, 300 Dunlin and 3,400 Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
4 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 145 Dunlin, 2 Knot, c3500 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, c1100 Curlew, 1,400 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.

July 21
2 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore, early morning.
8 Whimbrel, 50+ Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 800+ Black-tailed Godwit - Cubbins Green, West Kirby, this morning as tide went out.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh at lunchtime.
5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Hobby and 3 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 20
1 Common Sandpiper and 430 Black-tailed Godwit this morning - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Greenshank, 640 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 780 Curlew, 1,400 Black-headed Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull (1ad, 1 2nd summer) - Heswall Shore.
2 Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank, 3 juv Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.

July 19
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 1 Greenshank - Leasowe Lighthouse, 173 Swallows on telephone wires by car park.
2 Whimbrel early morning, 1 Green Sandpiper and 760 Black-tailed Godwit late afternoon, c110 Swallow sitting on the fence far side of horse field - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Whimbrel - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 18
720 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
5 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 17
2 Grasshopper Warbler heard and seen reeling and 2 Cetti's Warbler heard calling - Neston Old Quay.

July 16
1 Wheatear (juv - first of 'autumn'), 1 Whimbrel and 250 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Green Sandpiper and 680 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 6 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 15
298 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
34 Little Egret, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2ad, 1 2nd summer), 7 Sandwich Tern - Heswall Shore.

July 14
1 Green Sandpiper and 490 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Redstart (juv), 16 Manx Shearwater and 14 Goosander (flew west) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Meols Shore.
57 Little Egret off Riverbank Road, Heswall.

 July 13
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 450 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
166 Sandwich Tern (incl 33 juvs) - West Kirby Shore at high tide.
79 Manx Shearwater off Red Rocks, flying west at high tide.
2 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
95 Manx Shearwater - Hilbre.
4 Whimbrel, 7 Common Sandpiper and an adult Mediterranean Gull - Point of Ayr at high tide.
30 Little Egret from Marsh Covert Hide, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4+ Little Ringed Plover and 1 Water Rail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 12
28 Little Egret, 9 Dunlin, 1,420 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 380 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Raven - Heswall Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl) before high tide, 1 Arctic Skua on sea, 27 Sandwich Tern, 17 Gannet and c120 Common Scoter at high tide, c40 Swift over Leasowe Road at noon - Leasowe Lighthouse.
c2,500 Herring Gull on the sea at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
7 Spotted Redshank - Inner Marsh Farm hide.

July 11
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Green Sandpiper (this afternoon), and 323 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
32 Little Egret, 1 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2ad, 1 2nd summer), 1 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore before high tide.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ad) at high tide - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hobby over field next to Riverbank Bank Road, Heswall.
9 Avocet - Decca Pools, Burton Marsh.
1 Barn Owl - Station Road, Burton Marsh.
1 Yellow Wagtail and 5+ Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point/Shotwick Boating Lake.

July 10
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 (poss 3) Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 206 Black-tailed Godwit and 60 Lapwing - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
85 Sandwich Tern and 1,600 Black-headed Gull (no Med gulls spotted) - West Kirby Shore.
7 Mediterranean Gull (5ad, 2 2nd summer), c1100 Black-headed Gull, 110 Common Gull - Heswall Shore over high tide.

July 9
4 Mediterranean Gull (2ad, 2 2nd summer) - Heswall Shore over high tide.

July 8
3 Greenshank, 925 Redshank, 61 Black-tailed Godwit, 535 Curlew, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 850 Black-headed Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern - Heswall Shore over high tide, leucistic Redshank and Black-headed Gull present.
1 Green Sandpiper this afternoon, 23 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Dunlin this morning - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, godwits are adults in breeding plumage so presumably first of the returning birds from Iceland.
2 Mediterranean Gull (2 ads s/pl) - Leasowe Lighthouse (see Lighthouse Blog).
2 Mediterranean Gull (1 ad and 1 2nd sum) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Green Sandpiper (briefly early morning), 1 Common Sandpier and 2 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Grassshopper Warbler reeling along path between Denhall Lane and Neston.
1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 6 Avocet - Decca Pools, Burton Marsh.

July 7
1 Osprey - Shotwick, flew west towards Dee Bridge (A 548) at 1050am, possibly the one that has been on Mersey Estuary past few days.
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st sum), also 1 Dunlin - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ads s/pl and 1 2nd sum), 17 Sandwich Tern and 14 Gannet - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl), 30 Sandwich Tern and 1,070 Black-headed Gull - West Kirby Shore as tide came in this evening.

July 6
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads s/pl) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff and 80 Little Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 5
4 Spotted Redhank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 4
6 Spotted Redhank, 2 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 3
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl) - New Brighton Marine Lake, also 1 first summer med gull in Mersey mouth.
1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Mediterranean Gull (ads) - Leasowe Lighthouse (see Lighthouse Blog).
2 Raven and 1 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

July 2
1 Common Sandpiper - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate Marsh.
1 Black Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse (see Lighthouse Blog), 2 Mediterranean Gull on shore, 10 Gannet and 40 Sandwich Tern out to sea.
50 Common Tern and 1 Mediterranean Gull - New Brighton.

July 1
3 Raven circling overhead, 1 Little Ringed Plover but elusive - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate Marsh.
1 Spotted Crake reported today NOT confirmed but RSPB now say one WAS present on June 29th and 30th - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Raven circling over Heswall this morning.

June 30
1 Common Sandpiper, c80 House Martin overhead - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
56 Great Black-backed Gull, 180 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1,600 Herring Gull and 220 Black-headed Gull, no med gulls or yellow-legged gulls spotted - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl) on sand bank - Leasowe Lighthouse (see Lighthouse Blog).
1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd sum) on water off New Brighton.

June 29
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 28
1 Common Sandpiper, pair Shelduck with five well grown young - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

June 27
2 Common Sandpiper - Wepre Brook, Connah's Quay.
1 Green Sandpiper from Marsh Covert hide, Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 26
586 Shelduck, 145 Redshank, 535 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1050 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2ad, 1 1st sum) - Heswall Shore this morning.
6 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 25
1 Common Sandpiper and 5 Raven - Hilbre.
5 Great Crested Grebe off Thurstaston at high tide.
3 Little Ringed Plover (adult with two well grown juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Barn Owl and 1 Grey Partridge - Heswall fields this evening.

June 23
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 265 Carrion Crow on the sand bank, Redshank returning with 175 today - Heswall Shore.
3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank and 1 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 22
1 Arctic Skua flew SW this morning - Leasowe Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper on north end, 1 Grasshopper Warbler in paddock - Hilbre.
2 (possibly 3) Quail heard Burton Point this evening.

June 21
1 Crossbill (juv) in Meols garden early afternoon.

June 20
1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 19
3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 18
3 Spotted Redshank and 1 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 17
4 Spotted Redshank in front of reception hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
21 Gannet off Leasowe Shore.
1 Quail heard this evening also several Grasshopper Warblers - Burton Point.

June 16
37 Gannet, 1 Little Tern and 45 Common Tern - Leasowe Shore at high tide.

June 14
1 Cuckoo moved inland - Park Road, Meols.
1 Raven and 38 Bar-tailed Godwit, 293 Crow on the sand bank before high tide - Heswall Shore, 11 Raven (two family parties) here one day last week,

June 13
1 Little Gull (imm) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 12
250+ Common Scoter out to sea, at least 200 Little Tern in the colony - Gronant.

June 11
1 Bee-eater over Middle Eye (heard only).
1,200 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 52 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 290 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 470 Black-headed Gull, 236 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore as tide came in.

June 10
35 Gannet and at least 50 Common Tern off Hoylake Shore at high tide, good numbers of Herring Gulls (100+) feeding on the sea.
1 Greenshank and 320 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands, several young Shelduck and Avocets showing.

June 9
2 Hobby flew past Reception Hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 8
1 Redstart (male) - Little Neston.

June 5
1 Red-necked Phalarope (sum/pl) - Burton Mere Wetlands, also 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Greenshank.

June 3
200+ Black-tailed Godwit, several Shelduck including two families with tiny young and at least 2 full-grown young with the Avocets -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Yellowhammer - Thurstaston Hill, this morning.

June 2
1 Hobby over old RAF camp - Frankby, this morning.

June 1
1 Bee-eater seen and heard over Newton headed towards West Kirby this morning, also 2 Peregrine overhead.
1 Osprey flew right past the reception hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 31
3 Arctic Skua and 1,500 Common Scoter - Hilbre, for more details see
http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/

May 30
1 Grey Partrige - Heswall Fields.
2 Little Owl and 3 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 28
30+ Gannet at high tide, some feeding quite close giving good views, still some small waders passing through with approx 100 Dunlin, 100 Ringed Plover and 30 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore.

May 27
1 probable Common Crane over Pensby flying towards Thurstaston at 1.45pm.
1 Black Guillemot on sea before flushed by yacht - Hilbre,
35 Great Black-backed Gull  among 1,000 (mostly Herring) gulls at the roost on Hoylake Shore at high tide, about 40 Gannet off shore.
5 Raven (prob pair with fledged young) - Heswall Marsh.

May 26
5 Manx Shearwater on flat calm sea at high tide, also 800 Common Scoter, 120+ Ganner, 85 Common Tern and 160 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre, for more details see
http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/

May 25
1 Garganey (drake) and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
12 Grey Plover, 375 Oystercatcher, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 135 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 246 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.
240+ Little Tern and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Gronant.

May 24
41 Grey Plover, 720 Oystercatcher, 25 Dunlin, 175 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel, 32 Swift, 40 House Martin, 204 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore as tide came in, very high May count of Oystercatchers for this site, immature birds.
1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Gannet offshore -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Gannet offshore -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
500 Dunlin, 100 Sanderling and over 100 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore.

May 22
1 Great White Egret flew past Heswall Golf Course towards Thurstaston this afternoon.

May 21
2 Hobby hunting over fields south of reception hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 20
1 Wood Warbler caught and ringed, first for island since 1997 - Hilbre, see https://twitter.com/hilbrebirdobs.
1 Garganey (drake) - on main scrape, Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 male Redstart and 3 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 19
2 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands, seen from Marsh Covert hide.

May 18
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Hilbre, see https://twitter.com/hilbrebirdobs.
1 Red Kite over old RAF site, Frankby, this evening.
1 Red Kite over Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 17
5 Velvet Scoter and 8,500 Common Scoter - Hilbre.
1 Whinchat - Red Rocks.
1 Honey Buzzard - New Brighton, flew in from east, gained height then flew west at noon.

May 16
1 Great White Egret - Red Rocks, flew over early morning.
3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, as tide came in.
204 Carrion Crow on Dawpool Bank, Thurstaston, before high tide.
1 Little Stint west of Lifeboat Station, Hoylake Shore.

May 15
162 Gannet, 480 Sandwich Tern, 16 Common Tern, 3 Little Tern and 2 Manx Shearwater - Leasowe Lighthouse over high tide, also 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat.
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 390 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands, also possible Spotted Crake by new reedbed screen.
38 Great Black-backed Gull and 880 Herring Gull - Hoylake Shore.

May 14
4 Eider (1 male, 3 fem) flew north past Red Rocks this morning.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 2 Common Tern - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 13
1 Peregrine, 2 Greenland Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 4,500 Dunlin, 200 Ringed Plover, 14 Whimbrel, 103 Common Scoter, 65 Gannet, 150 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern amd 6 Little Tern - Hilbre.

May 12
4,700 Dunlin, 200 Ringed Plover, 30+ Gannet and 40+ Scoter - Red Rocks at high tide, many of the waders were roosting on Bird Rock, also 1 Whinchat earlier.
2 Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White wagtail and 7 Wheatear in horse paddocks with 3 more on Meols Common - Leasowe Lighthouse.
11 White Wagtail - Hoylake Shore.

May 11
5 Wheatear and 4 White Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse early morning.
2 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat (fem) - Burton Point this afternoon.
2 Mediterranean Gull (imms but showing some display activity) and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 10
1 Wood Sandpiper but flushed by Peregrine at 1255pm, and 2 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Black Tern - Hoylake Shore.
9 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear and 144 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.

May 9
5 White Wagtail, 6 Wheatear , 3 Whinchat feeding  on the several dung heaps in the horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse see lighthousebirding blog.
6 Wheatear,2 Whinchat and 6 Whimbrel by Leasowe Castle.

May 8
1 Black Redstart, c200 Gannet and 38 White Wagtail at Hoylake.
2,000 Dunlin, 200 Ringed Plover, 80 Grey Plover flying south and 22 Whimbrel - highlights from Hilbre, for more details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/

May 5
1 Citrine Wagtail - West Kirby Marsh.
1 Yellow Wagtail - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (ad in s/pl), 3 Whimbrel and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 4
1 Common Tern - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret over, also 1 Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 3
1 Swift *first of spring*, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 8 White Wagtail - highlights from Hilbre, for more details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/
3 Manx Shearwater, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat and 1 Scaup - Leasowe Lighthouse see lighthousebirding blog.
10+ Swift (in two waves) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 2
1 Blue-headed type Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 83 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Scaup and 1 Short-eared Owl - Leasowe Lighthouse see lighthousebirding blog.

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