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May 28
A steady stream of Gannets heading west this morning, 30+ counted in 30 minutes after high tide - Red Rocks.

May 27
1 Marsh Harrier (fem), 2 Garganey and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Osprey flew west - Hilbre.
5,000 Dunlin, 300 Ringed Plover and 50 Sanderling - Meols shore east of Dove Point, see Lighthouse Blog for some interesting photos.
1 Hobby over Burton Point.

May 25
1 Marsh Harrier (imm) - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Garganey (drakes) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 24
1 Blue-headed Wagtail reported, also 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 23
1 Razorbill, 153 Sandwich Tern, 250 Sanderling, 85 Ringed Plover, 1,800 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel - highlights from Hilbre, see more details on the Hilbre Obs Blog.

May 22
1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Wheatear - Gayton Marsh/Heswall Golf Course.
7 Eider - Hilbre.
3 Yellow Wagtail, c10 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse, see details and photos on the Leasowe Blog.

May 21
1 Razorbill on the island and 8 Eider (7 drakes) - highlights from Hilbre, see more details on the Hilbre Obs Blog.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Garganey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
15+ Whimbrel - Heswall Shore after high tide.
1 Hobby over Hilbre School, West Kirby.

May 20
1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 19
5 Great Skua, 250 Gannet, 30 Kittiwake and 2 Fulmar- Hilbre.

May 18
200 Gannet, 45 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 8,500 Dunlin, 350 Sanderling and 200 Ringed Plover, waders giving spectacular close range views over high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Marsh.
1 drake Garganey, 1 Little Gull, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 15+ Dunlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 17
2 Garganey (pair on border pool) with another drake in front of IMF hide, also 36 Avocet chicks, 2 Whinchat, 1 Little Owl, 1 Little Gull, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin and 1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 16
1 Turtle Dove - Green Acres Paddock along Lingham Lane (behind Leasowe Lighthouse) this morning at 8am.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 40 Gannet, 100 Common Tern, 35 Sandwich Tern, 15 Arctic Tern and 11 Little Tern - higlhights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
1 Garganey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 15
1 Turtle Dove - Green Acres Paddock along Lingham Lane (behind Leasowe Lighthouse).
1 Hobby, 25 Swift, 17 House Martin, 7 Sand Martin and 50+ Swallow - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Hilbre.
5 Sandwich Tern off Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

May 14
1 Hobby and 1 Hen Harrier (fem), Avocets doing well with 25 chicks - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 13
1 Cuckoo - Red Rocks (heard from Hilbre!).
1 Cuckoo - Grange Hill, West Kirby.
1 Cuckoo - Caldy Woods (all heard this morning, possibly all the same bird).
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Raven, 9 Jackdaw, 6 Wheatear and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Marsh Harrier off Old Baths, Parkgate, this evening.
7 Wheatear in horse paddocks this evening - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 12
2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (pair) and 3 Wheatear (1 Greenland) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
103 Manx Shearwater, 37 Kittiwake, 125 Gannet, 1Red-throated Diver, 20 Guillemot and 5 LittleTern on seawatch, also 4,000 Dunlin - Hilbre.

May 11
9 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 26 Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail, 50 Gannet off shore - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, for more details see the Lighthouse Blog.
2 Greenland Wheatear - Parkgate Marsh.
4 Whinchat in flooded field, 1 Spotted Flycatcher by duck pond at noon - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 probable Wood Warbler - Neston Old Quay.

May 10
1 Short-eared Owl (also seen from Hilbre) and 1 Redstart - Red Rocks.
1 Redstart (female trapped and ringed), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Whimbrel, 30+ Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 25 House Martin and 3 Swift  - highlights from Hilbre, for more details see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.

May 9
1 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Wheatear, plenty of singing warblers including 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher along Park Lane this afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 8
25+ Swift over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby at 12.30pm.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cetti's Warbler, c40 Swift and 390 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
10,600 Dunlin - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier (with cream crown, flew ENE very high), 1 Cuckoo, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whinchat and 12 Greenland Wheatear - highlights from Red Rocks, early morning.
1 Cuckoo - Stapledon Wood, Caldy, this morning.
5 Goosander flew north - Hilbre.

May 7
42 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
4 Whimbrel over West Kirby.
7,000 Dunlin, 100 Sanderling and 300 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
15 Whimbrel over Newton this afternoon.
1 Redstart (male) - Meols end of Park Lane.
Ring-billed Gull reported at Burton Mere Wetlands this afternoon has NOT been confirmed.
12 Whimbrel off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, at 4.30pm.
7,500 Dunlin - Hilbre.

May 6
6 Wheatear flew south into estuary over West Kirby Marine Lake at 10am.
3 Wheatear - Wallasey Shore.
5+ Yellow Wagtail - Shotwick Lake.
1 Garganey (drake), 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Whimbrel - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Whinchat, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, this evening.
1 Cuckoo - Heswall.

May 5
5+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Tern and 20 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Manx Shearwater and 10+ Gannet, 5,000 Dunlin as tide came in - Hoylake Shore.
13 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swift,  2 Whinchat,  6 Wheatear and 1 Cuckoo (seen) - Leasowe Lighthouse  this evening.

May 4
1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl) - Meols Shore this morning.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat and 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret flew west along the embankment - Leasowe Lighthouse, see lighthousebirding.blogspot.co.uk for more details.
48 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
12 Little Tern, 25 Whimbrel and 5,000 Dunlin - Hilbre.
3 Yellowhammer - Thurstaston Hill behind Caldy playing fields.
1 Grasshopper Warbler off the Old Baths, Parkgate, also 1 Raven over.

May 3
3 Dotterel on Meols Shore off Roman road at 3pm. also 1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl) and c3,500 Dunlin.
2 Whinchat (between kissing gates) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
50+ Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 20+ Sandwich Tern in Mersey mouth off New Brighton at high tide.
3 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Whinchat (male), 2+ Wheatear, 7 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.

May 2
1 1st winter Ring-billed Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands seen April 25th, ID has only just been confirmed, see photo on home page.
1 Garganey (drake on border pool this morning), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl), 10 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Knot, 400 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier (female) - Parkgate Marsh.

May 1
1 Redstart (male), 1 Eider (drake) and 3,000+ Dunlin - Hilbre.
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 male Common Redstart, 30+ Common Whitethroat, 13+ Whinchat and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse, see lighthousebirding blog for details.
1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whinchat (male), 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 12 Wheatear - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

Apr 30
1 Whinchat and 1 Redstart (fem) - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
10 Wheatear and 150 Black-tailed Godwit (incl satellite tagged bird) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Whinchat (male) - Leasowe Lighthouse this morning.
52 Stock Dove - in field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy, this evening.
2,000 Dunlin and 310 Cormorant - Hoylake/Meols Shore at high tide.
1 female Marsh Harrier, 12+ Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 1 Redstart, 375 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Spotted Redshank, 10+ Ruff, 1 Common Tern and 1 Hobby -  Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 29
1 Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Wheatear - by model aeroplane site, outer Burton Marsh.
140 Grey Plover, 400 Knot, 2200 Dunlin, 150 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 31 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper and c150 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Apr 28
9+ Spotted Redshank, 1 Hobby and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Black Redstart twice seen briefly today - Hilbre.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 152 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat among many singing warblers which included both Sedge and Reed Wrblers - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
Apr 27
4 Red-breasted Merganser, 73 Grey Plover (many in s/pl), 16 Ringed Plover, 21 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Raven, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Target Rd reedbed) - Heswall Shore/Fields.
10 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, 17 Whimbrel, 4 Lesser Whitethroat and 20+ Common Whitethroat  between Llanerch-y-Mor and Flint Point early morning.
2,000+ Common Scoter counted in bad heat haze - Hoylake Shore at 10am.
A video of the stunning summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper from yesterday can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmG0ev-gqAA&feature=youtu.be and photos on the Hilbre Obs Blog.

Apr 26
1 Pied Flycatcher (male) east end of Park Lane, also 2 Reed Warbler, at 8.30am - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Common Sandpiper and 154 Black-tailed Godwit (one of the godwits is satellite tagged - called 'Tirns', see http://volg.keningfanegreide.nl/?lang=en for further details) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
8 Spotted Redshank (7 in s/pl) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (adult in summer plumage) - Hilbre.
1 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
7 Whimbrel on Caldy Shore, mid-day.

Apr 25
1 Osprey over Thurstaston Village and Newton heading towards Hoylake at 2.15pm.
2 Whimbrel, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Black Redstart (briefly) - Hilbre.
28 Whimbrel and 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Hobby which caught a Swallow, 5 Spotted Redshank (turning into s/pl), 10 Dunlin, 6 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 24
1 Osprey - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whinchat - Hilbre.
1 Common Sandpiper, 134 Black-tailed Godwit and c40 House Martin overhead - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, 1 Yellow Wagtail yesterday.
1 Whimbrel, 6 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 5 Whitethroat (nest building), 8 pairs Grasshopper Warbler (males reeling in every available site), 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Redstart and 4 Whinchat (males) - highlights from Red Rocks, note Whitethroats and Grasshopper Warblers breeding in area designated to be cleared according to original CWT/NE management plan, hopefully this will now not happen.
1 Surf Scoter (drake) and 3,000+ Common Scoter - Hoylake Shore.
1 Garganey seen on IMF pool - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Wheatear, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 22 Blackcap - Heswall Fields.

Apr 23
2 Little Ringed Plover - Hilbre.
1 Dotterel over flying west, 4+ Ring ouzel and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Grasshopper Warbler in reed bed - Target Road, Heswall Shore.
1 Ring Ouzel (Lingham Lane), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Duck Pond), 1 Whinchat and 1 Redstart (Park Lane) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Garden Warbler - Stapledon Wood, Caldy.

Apr 22
1 Alpine Swift flew east over Park Lane, Meols, this morning.
1 Garden Warbler - Gayton Wood (near Devon Doorway Pub), Heswall.
1 Pied Flycatcher (male), 57 Willow Warbler, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Redstart (2 males), 6 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat and 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 132 Great Crested Grebes off shore - Leasowe Lighthouse/Lingham Lane/Park Lane, see details and photos on Lighthouse Blog.
700 Dunlin and 3 Whimbrel at Dove Point, Meols.
1 Pied Flycatcher (male, briefly), 1 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern, 70 Willow Warbler (fall in two waves), 5 Grasshopper Warbler (singing males) and 9,000 Common Scoter this morning, 2 Whinchat this evening - highlights from Red Rocks.
1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Ruff, 1 Wheatear on barn roof with 4 Yellow Wagtail nearby, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whimbrel and 1 Raven around Heswall Fields.
c30 Willow Warbler and 1 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.

Apr 21
4 Surf Scoter (3 drakes) - East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 95 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Redstart (male) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 20
1 Cuckoo *first of spring* - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Yellow Wagtail - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Redstart and 30 Wheatear in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
c3,000 Common Scoter just off East Hoyle Bank at low tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 82 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton, it's still here!

Apr 19
1 Whinchat and 7 Wheatear by western kissing gate, 1 Redstart (fem) by Park Lane, 20 House Martin and 1 Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.
16 Red-breasted Merganser, 22 Teal, 340 Shelduck, 140 Cormorant, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 175 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Raven - Heswall Shore before high tide.
1 Merlin (male), seen on the ground off Heswall Golf Course.
700+ Wood Pigeon on newly sown field by Dungeon Bridge, Thurstaston.
2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Wheatear and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Apr 18
4 Surf Scoter (2 drakes 2 fems) - Hoylake Shore.
3 Velvet Scoter, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Redstart - highlight from Hilbre, see details
http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/
6 Wheatear, 1 Redstart and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Redstart (fem) in Meols garden.
1 Tree Sparrow by Dungeon bridge, also 3 Wheatear, 20 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Heswall Fields/Wirral Way.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, c15 Knot, 1 Swift (first of spring!) and 62 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 17
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3-4 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Redstart, 7 Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks.
1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
3 Sandwich Tern and 2 Surf Scoter (drakes)- Hoylake Shore, still loads of Common Scoters out there.
2 Common Tern and 4 Sandwich Tern, a steady northbound trickle of migrants passing through - New Brighton.
1 Spotted Redshank on groyne - Meols Shore.
7 White Wagtail in fields by Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Whinchat, 10 Redstart and 34 House Martin - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 16
15,000 Common Scoter (12,000 in a long line between King's Gap and Leasowe Lighthouse plus an estimated 3,000 on the horizon) an hour before high tide, also 2m 1f Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver, 4 Sandwich Tern after high tide - Hoylake Shore.
63 Little Gull, 1 Black-throated Diver and 70 Red-throated Diver - Hilbre, 1 Osprey over at noon then flew along tideline on East Hoyle Bank, see details and photos on Hilbre Blog.
4 Redstart (males), 1 Osprey, 200 Sand Martin, 70 Swallow and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse, see details and photos on Lighthouse Blog.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.
c2500 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 370 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 13 White Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 1 singing Yellowhammer (rare here!) - Heswall Shore/Fields.
9 Red-breasted Merganser off the Marine Lake at high tide - West Kirby.
2 Brambling - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat, also 6 Willow Warbers busy feeding in one small bush - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Apr 15
2 Surf Scoter - Hoylake.
23 Little Gull, 6 Velvet Scoter, 8,000+ Common Scoter, 7 Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Tern - Hilbre.
1 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ring Ouzel, 22 Wheatear (incl 4 Greenland race), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Whinchat and 3 Redstart - highlights from Red Rocks.
236 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
14 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 16 Great-crested Grebe, c2500 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Wheatear and 4 Willow Warbler - Heswall Shore and fields.
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st sum), 7 Ruff, 3 Reed Warbler, 200 Sand Martin and 40 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 14
163 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Wheatear - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel and 2 Willow Warbler - Red Rocks.
2 Surf Scoter (drakes), 1 Black-throated Diver, 25 Little Gull and c3,000 Common Scoter, 9 White Wagtail on shore - Hoylake.
c2000 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Whitethroat - Heswall Shore.
1 Hoopoe this morning but no sign since - Thurstaston Hill behind Caldy playing fields.
10 Stock Dove in field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Ring Ouzel, 19 Wheatear and 23 Willow Warbler  - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Ring Ouzel - Hilbre.
50+ Avocet, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer), 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 13
At least 4 Surf Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck and 4 Velvet Scoter - East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake (close inshore west of HE3 buoy).
1 Ring Ouzel - Red Rocks (on golf course), also 2 White Wagtail and 4 Wheatear.
1 Cetti's Warbler singing by Marsh Covert Hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 12
3 Common Whitethroat - Heswall Fields this morning.
1 Ring Ouzel (male) and 1 Wheatear, 1 vWillow Warbler ringed -  Hilbre.
177 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
1 Surf Scoter (drake) and 3 Velvet Scoter - East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.
8 Spotted Redshank, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st sum), 4 Ruff and 40+ Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 11
1 Surf Scoter (drake) briefly, also 3 Velvet Scoter (drakes) flew past and 1 Long-tailed Duck - East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.

April 10
6 Surf Scoter (4 ad drake, 1 1st summer drake and 1 female) early morning, 2 Surf Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck and c3,000 Common Scoter at 11am - East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.
4 Ring Ouzel, 1 Whinchat, 4 Tree Pipit, 6 Wheatear, 7 White Wagtail and 40 Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse, see the Lighthouse Blog for more details.
8 Ring Ouzel over and 2 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks.
1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Redstart, 3 Ring Ouzel and 1 Tree Pipit - Hilbre.
48 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Shoveler - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Apr 9
7 Surf Scoter (4 ad males, 1 1st summer drake and 2 females), 1 Velvet Scoter (drake) and 2 Long-tailed Duck, 10,000 Common Scoter counted but no doubt many more hidden in mist - off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake, this morning, also 3 Sandwich Tern.
3+ Ring Ouzel - Hilbre.
22 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail and 1 Peregrine - Leasowe Lighthouse , see the Lighthouse Blog for more details.

Apr 8
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
1 Osprey, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Crane flew over Burton Point from Shotton at 1130am, then seen at Seaforth at noon.
1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks early morning.
1 Osprey - Thustaston, also one was seen flying over Moel Famau this morning heading toward the estuary.
1 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Osprey over Hoylake this afternoon, 1 Surf Scoter seen this evening off East Hoyle Bank.
9 Wheatear, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Redpoll and 2 Swallow - Leasowe Lighthouse, see the Lighthouse Blog for more details.

Apr 7
2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Mediterranean Gull (ads), 1 Little Owl, 1 Little Gull, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Osprey and 2 White Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Surf Scoter, 20,000+ Common Scoter and 2 Long-tailed Duck - Hoylake Shore after high tide.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
Passage of 500 Meadow Pipit - Hilbre, see Hilbre blog for details.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Point.

Apr 6
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
1,600 Meadow Pipit through Leasowe Lighthouse, see the Lighthouse Blog for more details.
800 Meadow Pipit - Hilbre.

Apr 5
1 Surf Scoter off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake, this morning, at least 3,000 Common Scoter seen through mist at high tide.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
14 Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Little Egret, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore this morning.
1 Lttle Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1,000+ Meadow Pipit migrating through, 1 Whimbrel over and 1 Green Woodpecker (very rare here) - Leasowe Lighthouse, see the Lighthouse Blog for more details.

Apr 4
2 Surf Scoter (1st sum male and adult male) off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake this morning with reliable reports of 4 late afternoon, also 4 Velvet Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 drake Eider, a 1st winter Glaucous Gull and a 1st winter Iceland Gull - a fabulous day, see the Lighthouse Blog for more details.
33 Little Gull, 1 Velvet Scoter and c5,000 Common Scoter - Hilbre.
1 Iceland Gull - Leasowe Lighthouse, 2 Swallow over and 1 Green Sandpiper flew over embankment to the River Birket.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton
1 Lttle Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.

Apr 3
1 Lttle Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Swallow over - Hilbre.
1 Iceland Gull off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.

Apr 2
1 Surf Scoter (1st sum male) and 1 Iceland Gull off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
1 Lttle Gull and 2 House Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
640 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Knot, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Wheatear - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Apr 1
1 Osprey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Surf Scoter (1st sum male) off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.

Mar 31st
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
1 Little Gull, 1 Great White Egret and 2 House Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Greenshank and 700 Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Mar 30
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
2 Velvet Scoter but no Surf Scoyer, off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.

Mar 29
1 Surf Scoter (1st sum male) off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.
1 Kittiwake and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.

Mar 28
2 Sand Martin - Flint Marsh.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6 Velvet Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck and 20,000+ Common Scoter off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
1 Caspian Gull (3rd winter) - Meols Shore coming to bread but not? confirmed.

Mar 27
1 Surf Scoter off East Hoyle Bank, Hoylake.
1 Snow Bunting over - Hilbre.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.
2 Wheatear - Heswall Shore.
1 Ban Owl late afternoon - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 26
1 Osprey, 2 Great White Egret and 2 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 25
1 Surf Scoter, 5 Velvet Scoter, 10,000 Common Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck and 11 Red-breasted Merganser observed from the edge of East Hoyle Bank, Meols, see the Lighthouse Blog for details.
6 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Greenshank and 1 Little Owl - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Little Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 24
1 Short-eared Owl in field - Wallasey.

Mar 23
1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 1 Merlin - Heswall Shore.
3 Eider.12 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Merlin and 1 Raven - Riverbank Road. Heswall.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.

Mar 22
2 Eider (pair), 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate/Heswall GolfClub.
1 Hen Harrier and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Neston Reedbed.
1 Willow Warbler (singing), 1 Swallowe, 1 Sand Martin and 1 Hen Harrier - Flint marsh.
1,000 Pink-footed Geese over Heswall heading norh-west.
1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck and 17,000 Common Scoter - East Hoyle Bank.

Mar 21
1 Laughing Gull and 10 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton.
1 Osprey over West Kirby.
2 Velvet Scoter - East Hoyle Bank.

Mar 20
1 Peregrine, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.
1 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Long-eared Owl and 40 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Eider off Riverbank Road, Heswall.

Mar 19
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
Several reports of singing Chiifchaffs over past two days including three this morning along the Wirral Way between Caldy and Thurstaston.
6 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Meols Common.
1 Water Pipit reported in horse paddocks, also 1 Kingfisher and 1 Little Owl -  Leasowe Lighthouse, see the Lighthouse Blog for details.
1 Merlin seen from Riverbank Road, Heswall, at 2pm.

Mar 18
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Red Kite over (report of two over Saughall Massie yesterday), also 200 Meadow Pipit, 9 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 40 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 1 Greenshank and 1 Little Owl (been present for a few dys) -  Leasowe Lighthouse, see the Lighthouse Blog for details.
1 Long-eared Owl and 1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 17
80+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (confirmed?), 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Brambling and 35 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
15,000 Common Scoter and 1 Velvet Scoter off Leasowe Lighthouse, also 1 Wheatear and 1 Redpoll, see the Lighthouse Blog for details.
2 Sand Martin over pool by Zone 2 - Deeside Industrial Park.

Mar 16
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Wheatear on marsh off Heswall Golf Course.
1 Barn Owl flew across Column Road close to Caldy roundabout at dusk.
1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 2 Ruff and 20 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 46 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 15
1 Wheatear on grass at end of Dove Point Road, Meols.
3 Grey Wagtail and 5 Stonechat with 50+ Meadow Pipit in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Water Pipit by Neston Sewage Works.
1 Iceland Gull (adult) on tideline at 3pm then flew west, also 1 Velvet Scoter and 2,000 Common Scoter - Meols Shore.
3 Eider (2 drake), 4 Rock Pipit and 3 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
5,000 Knot off Caldy Shore.
1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl and 20 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Wheatear near sheep pens by cycle track - Burton Marsh.
1 Velvet Scoter - East Hoyle Bank.

Mar 14
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Wheatear - Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit by Neston Sewage Works.
1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 20+ Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 13
37 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve by West Hide
2 Cetti's Warbler seen chasing each other late afternoon, also 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Sand Martin and 20 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 12
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
2 possible Tawny Pipit in horse paddock next to Bispham Drive off Heron Road, Meols, before 9am but no sign since, 3 White Wagtail there.
1 Long-eared Owl and 36+ Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Wheatear - Hilbre.

Mar 11
1 Wheatear *first of spring* at 9.30am - Hilbre.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon and 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) by model boaring lake - New Brighton.
9 Stonechat - Leasowe Lighthouse/Meols Common.
6 Stonechat - Leasowe Castle/Wallasey Golf Course.

Mar 10
1 Water Pipit and 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) - Neston Old Quay/Sewage Works.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 White Wagtail *first of spring* - Red Rocks.
10+ Stonechat by path next to golf course - Hoylake Langfields.
50+ Meadow Pipit and 4 singing Redwings - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Snow Bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 9
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 8
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Water Pipit in field next to sewage works - Neston Old Quay.
Flock of 5 Stonechat, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 5 Stock Dove and 250 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate Marsh.
c1,800 Pink-footed Geese - Neston Marsh.
1 Brent Goose (pale-bellied), 3,500 Dunlin, 2,200 Knot, 80 Sanderling and 550 Cormorant - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
2 Stonechat and 130+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Mar 7
1 Sand Martin First of Spring!! over pond at Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon at high tide - New Brighton.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
10 Stonechat (8m & 2f) - Leasowe Lighthouse, for further details see Lighthouse Blog.

Mar 6
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon at high tide - New Brighton.
2,000 Common Scoter and 1 Red-throated Diver offshore - Meols Shore.

Mar 5
1 Ring-necked Parakeet over Pensby this morning.
A conservative estimate of at least 1,000 Common Scoter as tide came in - Meols Shore.
1 Greenland White-fronted Goose on River Dee Channel - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Laughing Gull and 8 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon at high tide - New Brighton.
1 Long-eared Owl, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Raven, 16 Avocet, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 3 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 4
1 Laughing Gull and 7 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon at high tide - New Brighton.
17 Avocet, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 3
1 Glaucous Gull on Hoylake Shore east of Lifeboat Station at 1215pm.
70 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
9 Avocet, 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine and 1 Water Rail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 2
1 Glaucous Gull - on the 'dips' near Harrison Drive then on beach by lifeguard station this morning - Wallasey Shore.
1 Laughing Gull - New Brighton.

Mar 1
1 Laughing Gull and 8 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon - New Brighton.
1 Bean Goose, 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose and 2,500 Pink-footed Geese - Shotwick Fields.
1 Long-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Merlin, 72 Twite and 6 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Merlin - Parkgate Marsh.

Feb 28
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
6 Goldeneye and 7 Red-breasted Merganser this morning until 9.20am when disturbed by boat - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bean Goose, 37 Whooper Swan and 21 Bewick's Swan, 1 Great Egret over - Shotwick Fields.
1 Long-eared Owl (PLEASE keep a sensible distance from this bird), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 40 Golden Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Black-necked Grebe and 3 Goldeneye - Shotwick Boating Lake.

Feb 27
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon - New Brighton.
2 Bean Goose, 2 White-fronted Geese (European race adult and juv) and c2,000 Pink-footed Geese - Shotwick Fields, showing well this morning but flew this afternoon.
20+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Feb 26
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon and 9+ Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton.
1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret and 2 Pergrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bean Goose with 2,000 Pink-footed Geese - Shotwick Fields.

Feb 25
1 Laughing Gull, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 500 Redshank and 150 Turnstone - New Brighton.
3 Snow Bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 Long-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 24
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon at 10am - New Brighton.
1 Long-eared Owl, 5 Ruff and 1 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 23
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon at 9.30am - New Brighton, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 120 Turnstone and 400 Redshank this afternoon.
1 Hen Harrier of the Old Baths, 1 Merlin and 1 Stonechat (male) seen by the golf course - Parkgate over high tide.
1 Long-eared Owl (unfortunately flushed by some idiot who got too close), 1 Avocet, 1 Peregrine, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Neston Old Quay.

Feb 22
1 Slavonian Grebe on River Dee channel seen from middle hide, Connah's Quay Reserve, this afternoon.
1 Laughing Gull on model boating lake at 11am (just west of 'Bubbles' play centre) - New Brighton.
1 Greenshank on groyne, 1 Stonechat (f) and 35 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing in horse padocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
5 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate/Heswall Golf Course.

Feb 21
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon at 11am - New Brighton.
3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine and 1 Merlin - Denhall Quay.
1 Glaucous Gull (first winter) - Hoylake Shore at 3pm, also c3,000 Common Scoter off shore.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 4 Short-eared Owl off Cottage Lane, Gayton.
50+ Twite, c800 Dunlin, 6 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Ruff, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Rock Pipit - Connah's Quay Reserve.
c2,000 pink-footed Geese, 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose, c40 Bewick's Swan, c30 Whooper Swan and 1 Black Swan - Shotwick Fields.

Feb 20
1 Water Pipit, 6+ Water Rail, 6+ Jack Snipe, 3 (poss 4) Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1,000 Pink-footed Geese, c250 Skylark and c100 Reed Bunting - Parkgate/Heswall Golf Course before and over high tide, 2 Raven over at 2pm.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay at high tide, tide came right in.
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Water Pipit, 1 Water Rail, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Short-eared Owl and 1,794 Pintail - Neston Od Quay/Sewage Works
3 Snow Bunting by Derby Pool this afternoon - Wallasey Shore.

Feb 19
1 Jack Snipe and 6 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
6 Short-eared Owl from Cottage Lane, Gayton (roost site about 200 yards towards Parkgate from the lane), also 1,000 Pink-footed Geese, 6+ Rock Pipit, 1 Peregrine and 1 Merlin.
c3,000 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate just before high tide.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake, also 11 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton.
2,500 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Rock Pipit at Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) over White Sands.
1 Long-eared Owl and 2 Goosander - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 18
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake with 1 Glaucous Gull (1st winter) at 1pm  - New Brighton.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide, also 3,000+ Pink-footed Geese, 1 Avocet (first of year), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 4 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 17
1,500 Dunlin and 250 Redshank on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
4 Snow Bunting by Derby Pool at 10am - Wallasey Shore.
1 Kingfisher on Visitor Centre Pond - Thurstaston, 1 Barn Owl over fields early morning.
2 Water Pipit, 11 Rock Pipit,  60 Skylark, 2 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Great White Egret - Neston Old Quay/Sewage Works, see Lighthouse blog for photos and discussion on pipits.

Feb 16
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
4 Snow Bunting by Derby Pool at 10am - Wallasey Shore.
640 Bar-tailed Godwit and 700 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore after high tide.
2,000+ Pink-footed Geese, 43 Whooper Swan, 37 Bewick's Swan, 57 Mute Swan and 1 Black Swan - Shotwick Fields.
1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Woodcock, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 15
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide, also 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 1 Kingfisher and 3 Stonechat - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
800 Black-tailed Godwit and 360 Bar-tailed Godwit roosting at high tide - Heswall Shore.
1,000+ Pink-footed Geese -

Feb 14
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
750 Black-tailed Godwit, 220 Teal, 152 Golden Plover and 575 Lapwing - Heswall Shore this morning.
c600 Pink-footed Geese off Riverbank Road, Heswall.
2 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail)- Burton/Neston Marsh.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) at 1.30pm observed soaring up on a thermal into the clouds, unusual behaviour! - Neston Reedbed.
2 Kingfisher on River Birket by Bidston Station.
3 Hen Harrier (ringtail) came into roost, also 2 Merlin - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Feb 13
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
99 Twite, 2,000+ Lapwing, c400 Wigeon, 1 Merlin and 1 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Feb 12
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
200+ Pink-footed Geese in flight over Heswall Marsh this morning.
785 Cormorant flew out of estuary at dawn, also 350 Bar-tailed Godwit flew past and 185 Brent Geese (incl 1 dark-bellied) - Hilbre, for details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide, 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 11
870+ Lapwing, c750 Dunlin, 460 Pink-footed Geese, 77 Stock Dove, 48 Twite, 2 Greenshank and 2 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
c2,500 Pink-footed Geese on outer Burton Marsh (White Sands).

Feb 10
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.

Feb 9
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
700 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.

Feb 8
1 Laughing Gull on pontoon on Marine Lake this morning - New Brighton.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide, 1 Cetti's Warbler by Marsh Covert, 1 Greenland White-froned Goose in front of Reception hide briefly, 2 Raven and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
Report of 1 Great White Egret on West Kirby Marsh this morning.
40+ Bewick's Swan and 40+ Whooper Swan - Shotwick Fields.

Feb 7
1 Laughing Gull
(1st winter) on pontoon on Marine Lake at 10am - New Brighton.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
4 Eider, 35 Goldeneye, c20 Scaup and c3,000 Common Scoter off shore, large numbers of waders but distant approx 6,000 Dunlin and 6,000 Knot -  Hoylake Shore at high tide, 1 Mediterranean Gull in gull roost.
4,000 Common Scoter, 1 Black-throated Diver, 209 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Red-throated Diver, 18 Scaup and 20 Red-throated Diver, 11 Purple Sandpiper roosted on the island - Hilbre, for details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

Feb 6
1 Laughing Gull (1st winter) on beach by Perch Rock at 9.20am then on pontoon on Marine Lake, flew inland at around 1pm - New Brighton.
7,000 Common Scoter, 19 Goldeneye and 14 Eider off Hoylake Shore at high tide, 1 Mediterranean Gull in gull roost, see further details on Lighthouse Blog.
27 Scaup, 3 Eider (2 male), 125 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and c10 Red-throated Diver off Dove Point, Meols/Leasowe.
5 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 Long-eared Owl by Inner Marsh Farm hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
210 Brent Geese - Little Eye.
600+ Pink-footed Geese flew out of estuary heading NW in at least three flocks late morning.

Feb 5
1 Laughing Gull (1st winter) on beach by Perch Rock at 9.20am on pontoon, at one time flew onto prom in front of the watching birders, also 8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton.
35 Scaup, 1 Eider, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Diver and 3 Guillemot off Dove Point, Meols/Leasowe.
1000 Common Scoter, 39  Scaup, 9 Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 drake Eider, 15 Red throated and 1 Black throated Diver - Hoylake Shore over high tide, see further details on Lighthouse Blog.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore.
1 American Wigeon (male) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.

Feb 4
1 Laughing Gull (1st winter) - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon this morning then later on beach by Perch Rock at 3.20pm, 8+ Purple Sandpiper on pontoon.
100+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) which flushed 15 Stock Dove - Parkgate off Old Quay Pub.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh late afternoon.
2 Snow bunting - Wallasey Shore, 1 Mediterranean Gull in Derby Pool car park.
14 Scaup off Leasowe Lighthouse at high tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore.

Feb 3
1 Laughing Gull (1st winter), also 4 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake, gull present from 1045am, still there at noon then on rocks near lighthouse at 14.15hrs.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Feb 2
c10,000 gulls between West Kirby and Meols at high tide including 8,000+ Herring Gull.
1 Long-eared Owl near IMF hide - Burton Mere Wetlands, PLEASE take care not to flush the bird.
1 Eider male flew east, 350 Common Scoter and 117 Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Great White Egret - near Decca Pools, Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit near Neston Sewage Works.
1,000 Pink-footed Geese on Shotwick Fields.
160 Golden Plover, 1 Peregrine and 1 Raven over high tide - Heswall Shore.
4 Goldeneye and 14 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Feb 1
2 Snow Bunting on beach west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
156 Golden Plover, 340 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greensahnk, 2 Raven and 1 Peregrine over high tide - Heswall Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Great White Egret and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate/Gayton Marsh.
2 Great White Egret off Neston Old Quay this evening.

Jan 31
1 Kingfisher by Thurstaston Visitor Centre pond this morning.
1 Peregrine chasing Lapwings - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great White Egret - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Great White Egret and 3 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
9 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate, at dusk.

Jan 30
1,900 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew and 10 Stock Dove in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby, this morning.
50 Redwing - Ashton Park, West Kirby.

Jan 29
1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 28
114 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 White-fronted Goose (distant but probably Greenland race)- Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.

Jan 27
1 White-fronted Goose (European race) with Pink-footed Geese, but distant - Burton Marsh.
1 White-fronted Goose (Greenland race)- Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 26
1 White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese, but distant, - Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Heswall Marsh.
2 Snow Bunting west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.

Jan 25
6,200 Pink-footed Geese counted on the Dee Estuary by RSPB, a record high!
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Red-throated Diver in gutter and at least 2,000 Pink-footed Geese flew in from Burton Marsh after high tide - Parkgate Marsh during RSPB Hen Harrier event this afternoon.
189 Golden Plover, 450 Lapwing, 2200 Dunlin, 250 Knot, 425 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Grey Wagtail - Heswall Shore this morning.
1 White-fronted Goose (European race) with Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh this morning.
3 Spotted Redshank and 20+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
c500 Teal, c2,000 Dunlin and c2,500 Knot, 48 Pink-footed Geese over - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.
c1,000 Pink-footed Geese over, also 1 Water Rail and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 24
2 Short-eared Owl on the ground at Cottage Lane, Heswall but didn't fly.
1 Red-throated Diver swam up the channel past Riverbank Road and Cottage Lane, Heswall, as tide came in.
1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 1 Spotted Redshank - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
9 Knot and 1,850 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby, this morning.
2 Great White Egret (with possible third further out) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Old Baths this afternoon.
2 Snow Bunting west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
11 Purple Sandpiper, 180 Turnstone and 450 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake an hour before high tide.

Jan 23
7+ Short-eared Owl - Cottage Lane, Heswall, at high tide.
4+ Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 3 Jack Snipe and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Old Baths.
170 Twite, 7,500 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank, 4 Rock Pipit and 1 Peregrine - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Snow Bunting on embankment west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great White Egret, 50 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Water Pipit, 200 Skylark, 30 Reed Bunting and 50 Pipits (mainly Rock) - Neston Old Quay.

Jan 22
1 Merlin - Greenfield Marsh.
1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.
2 Snow Bunting on beach west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
5 Short-eared Owl flushed from the roost off Cottage Lane, Heswall, at high tide.
450 Sanderling, 300 Grey Plover (one in s/pl), 10,000 Dunlin and 5,000 Knot - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Old Baths.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 2 Merlin and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Old Baths.
12 Goldeneye and 10 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake early morning.
7 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Rock Pipit and 70 Brent Geese - Hilbre over high tide.
2 Merlin, 1 Water Pipit, 6 Twite and 40 Skylark - Neston Old Quay.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works (this was a different bird to the one at the Old Quay).

Jan 21
200+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
9 Goldeneye and 9+ Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 2 Jack Snipe - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.

Jan 20
3.884 Cormorant counted exiting the estuary early morning which could well be the highest ever single site UK count for this species - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull - New Brighton, flew up River Mersey.
1 Twite in horse paddocks, also 3 Eider (incl 2 males, flew west), 1,100 Common Scoter and 320 Great Crested Grebe on the sea at high tide - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
45 Bewick's Swan and 16 Whooper Swan - Shotwick fields.

Jan 19
3,336 Cormorant, also 12 Purple Sandpiper, 290 Turnstone and 1 Shag - Hilbre, for details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
1 Kingfisher and 11 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake, just after high tide.
1 Eider (drake) flew past Hoylake Shore this morning.
970 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore after high tide.
1 Merlin, 1 fem Goosander (over), 20 Rock Pipit and 60 Skylark - Neston Marsh.
1 Water Pipit, 9 Twite and 3 Chiffchaff - Neston Old Quay/Sewage Works area.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.

Jan 18
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard and seen) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine, 750 Common Scoter off shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Spotted Redshank - Heswall Shore.

Jan 17
3 Black-necked Grebe and 17+ Little Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
42 Bewick's Swan, 25+ Whooper Swan, 35 Mute Swan and 1 Black Swan - Shotwick Fields.
185 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 Whimbrel confirmed (vagrant in winter), 1 Merlin and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh, Whimbrel was seen from track betwen Denhall Quay and Denhall Lane by flag.
1 Merlin - Greenfield, over saltmarsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) off Neston Old Quay.
80 Pink-footed Geese, 161 Golden Plover, 170 Bar-tailed Godwit, 420 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine, 2 Raven - Heswall Shore this morning.

Jan 16
1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
1,600 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.
6 Siskin - Little Eye.
2,224 Cormorant counted leaving estuary from Hilbre.

Jan 15
1 Great White Egret, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 1 Spotted Redshank (briefly) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
212 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
10 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 14
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Whooper Swan - Parkgate Marsh.
202 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 Merlin which killed a wader in front of oberver - Greenfield.

Jan 13
210 Bar-tailed Godwit - Caldy Shore.
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.
2 Water Rail, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands

Jan 12
130+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1,400 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.

Jan 11
1 Twite with 75+ Linnet in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe shore east of groyne by Leasowe Castle.
1 Glaucous Gull (1st winter) - Heswall Shore just north of 'Sheldrakes', 1 Greenshank in gutter.
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.
c440 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Brent Goose and 181 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Old Baths late afternoon.
2 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake.

Jan 10
40+ Twite and 7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Mediterranean Gull in field with Curlews - Leasowe.
280 Pink-footed Geese  feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 Mediterranean Gull flew past Derby Pool pub as tide went out - Wallasey Shore.
14 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank in the wader roost, 1 Kittiwake over - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 9
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake, plus 2+ Bewick's Swans and 35+ Whooper Swans in adjacent fields.

Jan 8
1,260 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Kingfisher - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Snow Bunting on beach in front of Derby Pool, Wallasey.
1 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake.
1 Great White Egret off Neston Old Quay, also 2 Water Pipits reported.

Jan 7
196 Brent Geese - West Kirby Shore at high tide.
336 Pink-footed Geese  feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
 
Jan 6
770 Black-tailed Godwit and 4,050 Dunlin - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Snow Bunting on beach in front of Derby Pool, Wallasey.
3 Black-necked Grebe, 28 Bewick's Swan and 13 Whooper Swan - Shotwick Lake and fields.
1 Great White Egret (flew over at dusk), 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 62 Golden Plover and 80 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 5
1 Grey Phalarope by Seacombe Ferry , seen 11.50am and still present early afternoon.
2 Snow Bunting on beach in front of Derby Pool, Wallasey.
431 Great Crested Grebe, c500 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye and 2 Scaup off groyne - Meols Shore.
1 Shag, 6 Goldeneye and 11 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 4
1 Grey Phalarope on River Mersey, followed ferry from Seacombe towards Pier Head (photos confirm ID, see below).
273 Great Crested Grebe and 840 Common Scoter off Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean Gull on shore by Leasowe Gunsite car park.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands, on path to Marsh Covert hide.
800 Black-tailed Godwit, and 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore, 9 Chiffchaff by Target Road.
1 Hen Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Great White Egret flew south over Birkenhead Road, Meols, this evening.

Jan 3
2 Snow Bunting east end of Leasowe Bay.
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
85 Pink-footed Geese, 2,500 Dunlin, 470 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 190 Bar-tailed Godwit, 470 Black-tailed Godwit, 600 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
4 Chiffchaff and 1 Twite at sewage works, Target Road, Heswall.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake, 4 species of swan in adjacent fields - Black, Mute, Bewick's and Whooper.
1 Greenshank on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jan 2
175 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
2 Snow Bunting east end of Leasowe Bay.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) - New Brighton.

Jan 1
244 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake, 4 species of swan in adjacent fields - Black, Mute, Bewick's and Whooper.
6 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Woodcock - Point of Ayr.

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