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August Newsletter now published on this website featuring Little Ringed Plovers, review of 'Scarce and Rare Birds in North Wales', Colour Ring Report and Latest Events.

Aug 17
1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad winter) - Hilbre this morning.
2 juv Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great Egret, 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Redstart - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Wheatear by sheep pens - Burton Point.
8+ Arctic Skua and 1 Pomarine Skua - Point of Ayr.
4,510 (including 71 juvs) Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.

Aug 16
1 Yellow-legged Gull from East Hide, also an injured Pink-footed Goose - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1 Great Skua and 1 juv Kittiwake both flying W, 1 Eider (juv male), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Rock Pipit and 125 Swallow roosted overnight - Hilbre.
1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad winter) - Hoylake Shore, east of Lifeboat Station and moving west with incoming tide.
1 Curlew Sandpier (moulting adult) - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate, over high tide.

Aug 15
1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad winter), also 1 Whimbrel and a good selection of terns and waders - Hoylake Shore, high tide.
1 Spotted Crake on main scrape this morning, also 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff and 2 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands - previous report of Corncrake was an error, apologies.
1 Eider and 1 Whimbrel, 155 Swallows roosted overnight - Hilbre.

Aug 14
3 Arctic Skua, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 43 Gannet - Hoylake Shore, high tide. 
1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad winter) - off Red Rocks an hour before high tide then west of Kings Gap, Hoylake, over high tide.
157 Swallow roosted overnight at Niffy Bay - Hilbre.

Aug 13
1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad winter) - Hoylake Shore, high tide.
4,760 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby, flew in before high tide between 10am and 11am.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Pover, 1 Hobby, 3 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Redstart (juv) - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl over Wallasey Golf Couse this evening.

Aug 12
1 Bonaparte's Gull (ad winter) - Hoylake Shore before high tide, and just off old Lifeboat Station at 1.45pm.
1 Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail (ad male), and 2 Stonechat with fledged young - Burton Point (sheep pens).
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Great Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull - New Brighton between Forth Perch and the 'Dips'.

Aug 11
3 Manx Shearwater seen from Red Rocks before high tide.
1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Peregrine, 1 Mediterranean Gull, and 2 Arctic Skua - Hoylake Shore.
600 Black-tailed Godwit seen flying inland, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear, 600 Sandwich Tern and 1 Eider early morning, 115 Swallow in overnight roost, 4 Arctic Skua just before high tide - Hilbre.
1 imm Redstart on fence in sheep field by railway, also 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Whinchat in Kerr's Field, Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Red Kite over Saughall.

Aug 10
260 Little Tern (two thirds fledgling, some being from Ireland) still roosting at Gronant (Great Egret there yesterday).
1 Yellow-legged Gull on beach, 1 Arctic Skua on the sea - Hoylake Shore.
1 Spotted Crake on main scrape this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 9
4 Great Egret, 2 Peregrine (ad + juv), 18 Greenshank, female Redstart on fence - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1 Eider, 9 Whimbrel, 75 Ringed Plover, 1150 Sandwich Tern and 700 Black-headed Gull, 90 Swallows roosted overnight - Hilbre, early morning.
2 Arctic Tern, 50 Common Tern and 670 Sandwich Tern - Red Rocks at high tide.
800 Shelduck, 2000 Oystercatcher, 16 Grey Plover, 435 Dunlin, 4600 Redshank, 1650 Curlew, 7 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore, on rising tide.
3,590 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby, at high tide.

Aug 8
1 Wheatear near Lighthouse, 3 Kingfisher along river at Lingham Lane bridge - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Eider, 14 Whimbrel, 1,500 Dunlin and 82 Ringed Plover -  Hilbre, early morning.
78 Little Egret, 350 Dunlin, 4100 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 880 Black-tailed Godwit, 1700 Curlew, 7 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
2 ad Mediterranean Gull and 250 Black-headed Gull - Thurstaston Shore.

Aug 7
1 Spotted Crake on main scrape, 2 juv Water Rail, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hobby, 1 Red Kite over and 3 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
500 Sandwich Tern and 400 Dunlin in roost next to West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide, 1 Peregrine on the sand bank.
1 Arctic Skua off north end, also 1 Eider, 9 Whimbrel, 65 Ringed Plover, 1800 Dunlin, 74 Little Tern and 200 Sanderling, 145 Swallow roosted - Hilbre.
4 Manx Shearwater flew west, 3 Lesser Whitethroat - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 6
10 Whimbrel, 65 Ringed Plover, 384 Curlew, 4,200 Oystercatcher, 66 Cormorant - Little Eye/Hilbre.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Ruddy Shelduck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Mediterranean Gull on shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Marsh Harrier (Heswall Marsh), 1380 Oystercatcher, 400 Dunlin, 4200 Redshank, 920 Black-tailed Godwit, 1140 Black-headed Gull, 840 Common Gull - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore.

Aug 5
3 Arctic Skua (2 dark, 1 pale), 1 Great Skua, 2 Little Tern, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Common Sandpier, 1 Greenshank, 11 Whimbrel and 1,000 Sandwich Tern, 45 Swallow roosted overnight - Hilbre.
1 Greenshank by groyne - Meols Common.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Marsh Harrier (fem) off Decca Pools.

Aug 4
1,000 Sandwich Tern, 1 Eider, 8 Whimbrel, 10 Sanderling and 8,000 Herring Gull early morning, 1 ad Wheatear this afternoon -  Hilbre.
1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 3
Quote from Hilbre Blog "A superb early morning sea watch found a raft of 280 Manx Shearwaters out from the mouth of the Dee. They took off en mass and headed towards the north end with a smaller group splitting off up the Dee. The remaining flock (180) went passed the north end where they wheeled about whilst more birds split away. The remainder of the flock headed towards Red Rocks at Hoylake where small groups could be seen for a good half hour."
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Egret and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Hobby showing well over marsh and 1 Great Egret early morning but no sign of poss Pallid Harrier - Parkgate.
3,140 Black-tailed Godwit including 12 juveniles - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.

Aug 2
1 Eider, 19 Whimbrel, 95 Swallow in overnight roost, 1 Peregrine and 500+ Sandwich Tern -  Hilbre.
1 Water Rail giving good close views, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Marsh Harrier - hghlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
Possible Pallid Harrier, lot paler than Hen Harrier with prominent and large white ring, came into roost at Parkgate.

Aug 1
1 Marsh Harrier (juv) flew in off sea and over Hoylake prom.
1 Yellow-legged Gull (4cy), 210 Common Scoter, 18 Whimbrel, 16 Gannet, 1 Little Tern, 1 Eider, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.

Jul 31
1 Eider (male juv), 6 Whimbrel, 23 Gannet and 746 Sandwich Tern, 125 Swallow roosted overnight - Hilbre.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (moulting adult) seen from main scrape, also 1 Cattle Egret this evening - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,840 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
460 Shelduck, 103 Little Egret, 570 Oystercatcher, 1spl Grey Plover, 35 Dunlin, 3200 Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 1210 Curlew, 1 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore on rising tide.

Jul 30
Just heard that the pair of Marsh Harriers nesting in Neston Reed Bed successfully fledged three chicks - a FIRST for the Dee estuary, many congratulations to the RSPB.
160 Bar-tailed Godwit (all s/pl) and 200 Knot (all s/pl) off Leasowe Gunsite this morning.
1 Storm Petrel, 3 Eider, 9 Whimbrel, 650 Sandwich Tern, 13 Common Scoter, 12 Gannet and 44 Turnstone (s/pl), also 6,500 Herring Gull West Hoyle Bank - Hilbre.

Jul 29
2,760 Black-tailed Godwit including first juvenile of the year - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Hobby over Decca Pools.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) seen distantly from Parkgate Old Baths.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cattle Egret and 4 Greenshank - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 28
1 Cattle Egret on scrape, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher and a good selection of waders including 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Mediterranean Gull and 6 Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore.
2,580 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Whimbrel and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Meols Shore as tide came in.

Jul 27
2 Common Sandpiper on groyne - Meols Common.
1 Red Kite over, 1 Cattle Egret on scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads beginning to lose s/pl) - Hoylake shore at high tide.
4 Mediterranean Gull (all ads, two have lost their black heads) - Thurstaston Shore (off Dee SC).

Jul 26

500+ Little Tern, 200 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 200 Dunlin, 19 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Gronant.
2,710 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.Red Kite being chased by Buzzard  this morning in fields between Willaston and Ledsham.1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Woodpecker - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
14 Eider (1 juv, 3 off Middle Eye, 10 flew E to W), 230 Swallow which again roosted overnight, 4 Whimbrel, 14 s/pl Turnstone, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (s/pl) and 562 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Spotted Crake far side of main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
400 Redshank, 3 Whimbrel, 975 Black-headed Gull, 4ad Mediterranean Gull, 435 Common Gull - Thurstaston Shore (off Dee SC).
300 Dunlin, 1spl Sanderling, 6 spl Knot, 4500+ Redshank, 750 Black-headed Gull, 55 Common Gull - Heswall Shore (off Heswall Fields NT).

Jul 24
4 Mediterranean Gull (all juvs) - Gronant.
1 Arctic Skua spooked the large tern and gull roost off West Kirby Marine Lake this morning before high tide, roost had at least one Mediterranean Gull.
2,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
108 Little Egret, 350 Dunlin, 5200 Redshank, 1300 Curlew, 1080 Black-headed Gull, 43 Common Gull - Heswall Shore at high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier off Neston Reed Bed.
1 Mediterranean Gull (juv) - Dove Point, Meols.

Jul 23
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 1 Yellow Wagtail (juv) - Gronant.
2 Mediterranean Gull, 350 Sandwich Tern and 3,000 Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
2,310 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
305 Shelduck, 81 Little Egret, 780 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4425 Redshank, 125 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1280 Curlew - Heswall Shore at high tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull (juv), 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Green Sandpiper - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Arctic Skua and 6 Eider plus 200 Swallow which roosted overnight and erupted at first light! - Hilbre.

Jul 22
1 Arctic Skua - Gronant.
3 Mediterranean Gull in gull roost - West Kirby Shore.
6 Eider, 12 Whimbrel, 350 Sandwich Tern and 4 Gannet, 60 Swallows roosted - Hilbre.

Jul 21
1 Mediterranean Gull (juv) on beach just off Leasowe Lighthouse.
2,380 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and 11 Ruff - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 20
1 Hen Harrier - Neston Old Quay.
1 Marsh Harrier flew east over Leasowe Station.
1 Osprey flew south over Thurstaston Hill.
1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull (juv), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 19
1 Green Sandpiper on slipway north end of West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Eider, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Great White Egret flew into estuary then across to Wales, 530 Sandwich Tern, 242 Curlew and 6,500 Herring Gull - Hilbre.

Jul 18
1,670 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Water Rail (juv) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Parkgate this morning.
8 Whimbrel, 4 s/pl Turnstone, 72 Redshank, 1 Eider, c5,000 Herring Gull and 80 Swallow - Hilbre.

Jul 17
54 Little Egret, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1500 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 1400 Curlew, 1ad spl Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Quail (male) calling from fields in Saughall close to Shotwick Castle site.

Jul 16
1 Mediterranean Gull juv, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Common Tern, 6 Knot (all in summer plumage), 9 Red-breasted Merganser and a juv Coot on the sea - Gronant.
3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad and 1 st sum), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd sum) and 200+ Sandwich Tern in gull roost at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Mediterranan Gull (ad) on municipal golf course this evening -Hoylake.
5 Spotted Redshank, 5 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 15
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 1 Goosander and 1 Eider - Hilbre.
1 Cuckoo flew from Lingham Lane to Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 107 Sandwich Tern and 1,500 Black-headed Gull - West Kirby Shore.
231 Sandwich Tern - Red Rocks.
1 Hen Harrier (over rifle range seen from Burton Point), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Egyptian Goose and 4 Spotted Redshan (s/pl) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 14
1 Greenshank and 5 Dunlin - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
16 Whimbrel - Caldy Shore.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) and 60 Sandwich Tern - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 1 Yellow-legged Gull(2nd summer) and 245 Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Jul 13
8 Whimbrel, 24 Little Egret and 890 Black-tailed Godwit on rising tide - Caldy Shore.
1,360 Black-tailed Godwit, flew in from the shore when they were flushed by the rising tide -  Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Red Kite over Greasby heading south.
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great White Egret, 20+ Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 2 Stonechat and 1 Raven - Parkgate Marsh.

Jul 12
1 Eider, 3 Whimbrel and 362 Sandwich Tern on rising tide - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer) in gull roost - Hoylake.
Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and Little Ringed Plover highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 11
1,100 Redshank, 26 Whimbrel, 1000 Curlew, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull - Heswall Shore.
1,210 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.

Jul 10
1 Eider, 3 Gannet flew N, 225 Sandwich Tern, 3 Whimbrel and 1 Turnstone (s/pl and first of 'autumn') - Hilbre.
1300 Black-headed Gull, 75 Common Gull, 5ad spl Mediterranean Gulls, 345 Herring Gull, 185 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Greater Black-backed Gull - Heswall Shore.

Jul 9
1 Black Tern - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
75 Dunlin, 1090 Redshank, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 1140 Curlew, 1275 Black-headed Gull, 2ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore.

Jul 8
2 Cuckoo in sand dunes, by sandy lane west end of paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Whimbrel, 50+ Common Tern, 200 Sandwich Tern and 1 Eider - Hilbre on early morning tide.
10 Goosander (probably one brood), 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 7
2 Cuckoo in sand dunes - Leasowe Lighthouse.
225 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull - Thurstaston Shore off Shore Cottage at high tide.
5 Dunlin, 780 Redshank, 865 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 870 Curlew - Heswall Shore.

Jul 6
2 Grasshopper Warbler between Station Road and Burton Point, total numbers well down on recent years.
1 Whimbrel, 1 Kittiwake (ad), 10 s/pl Dunlin, 384 Curlew and 580 Oystercatcher - Hilbre on early morning tide.
5 Dunlin, 6 Knot, 700 Redshank 390 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 900 Curlew, 2ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore early morning.
1,020 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover , 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Hobby - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 5
12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Teal, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1030 Curlew, 855 Black-headed Gull, 1ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore early morning.
900 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 s/pl Dunlin - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.

Jul 4
1 Quail - Gronant, this morning.
820 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.

Jul 3
1 Mediterranean Gull  (adult) off south end of Marine Lake, West Kirby.
700+ Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Knot - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.

Jul 2
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer) off Dove Point, Meols.
510 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.

Jul 1
1 Common Sandpiper on groyne - Meols Common.
490 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540), West Kirby.
1 Eider and 12 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Red Kite over Pensby heading towards Heswall at 1.15pm. also seen over Prenton.
1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Greenshank - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

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