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December Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Yellow-browed Warbler Influx 2016.

Dec 8
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.

Dec 7
2,300+ Pink-footed Geese on Oakenholt Marsh this morning.
12 Bewicks Swan, 3 Whooper Swan and 3 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4,000 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.

Dec 6
1 Water Pipit, 2 Bewick's Swan (on main scrape) and 1 Jack Snipe - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,500 Black-tailed Godwit feeding on the mud just north of West Kirby Marine Lake, this morning.

Dec 5
3 Water Pipit and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Neston Old Quay.

Dec 4
3 Marsh Harrier and 1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay/The Harp.

Dec 3
1 Greenshank and 2,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Long-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (male) -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtails - 1 off Burton Point, 1 near Denhall Quay) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.

Dec 2
1 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bittern flew into the back of Donkey Stand Flash at 9.45am - Parkgate.
1 Scaup (male) - Hilbre.
1 Male Hen Harrier, 145 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank - Heswall Shore.

Dec 1
2,380 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Peregrine and 2 Raven - Heswall Marsh.
1 Scaup (male) - Hilbre.
2 Goosander and 2 Long-tailed Duck flying west - Hoylake Shore.
1 Waxwing - top end of Flint but only briefly.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (M&f), 1 Merlin and 1 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Short-eared Owl - Decca Pools.
1 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
4 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 30
1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 2,000 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate.
2,200 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Goosander (redhead) in the channel - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
25+ Twite in one flock plus many more in mixed finch flocks - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail, 1 male), 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Raven, 4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine, 2 Stonechat and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay/Burton Marsh.

Nov 29
3 Long-tailed Duck (off Leasowe Castle), 10 Scaup and 3 Red-throated Diver - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2,180 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide, 880 Redwing over heading south early morning.
318 Great Crested Grebe and c1,500 Common Scoter between Hoylake and Meols at high tide.
2 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
6,000 Knot and 2,000 Dunlin - Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Nov 28
2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Jack Snipe - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
1 Scaup (male) - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (1 male), 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Great - Neston Marsh.
1,500+ Black-tailed Godwit and 5,000 Knot - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier (imm. male), 1 Long-eared Owl, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Pipit, 20 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick's Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Nov 27
80+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
205 Pink-footed Geese, 730 Pintail, 2 Scaup,  1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 142 Golden Plover, 690 Lapwing, 700 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1,000 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 340 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1,750 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Firecrest at Dawpool LNR by Wirral Way -  Thurstaston.
3 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great White Egret , 2 Water Rail and 1 Greenshank - Parkgate.

Nov 26
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Yellowhammer in field by Wirral Way (below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston), used to be regular here but now rare.
4 Short-eared Owl, 3 Hen Harrier (2f & 1m), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat (pair) and 3 Water Rail - Denhall Quay.
3 (poss 4) Water Pipit by Marsh Covert,  2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Water Rail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 25
2 Goosander (redheads) and 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 43 Turnstone, 224 Dunlin and 81 Redshank on wall at high tide - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Cattle Egret - Denhall Quay.
2 Cattle Egret in sheep field - Puddington.
1 male Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 120 Pink-footed Geese, 420 Pintail, 2 Scaup, 145 Golden Plover, 760 Lapwing, 2,000 Dunlin, 2,100 Black-tailed Godwit, 415 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Partridge - Heswall Shore at high tide.
8,000 Knot - Caldy Shore (north of Dee SC Causeway).

Nov 24
3 Goosander (redheads, probably 1 ad and 2 juvs),  5 Red-breasted Mergander and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and c1,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (both grey males), 1 Marsh Harrier and 7 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Neston Old Quay.

Nov 23
2 Goosander (redheads) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Cattle Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
480 Bar-tailed Godwit (near causeway) and 1,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
2 Merlin, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret and 1 Chiffchaff - Decca Pools area.
6 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) ans 2 Merlin - Denhall Quay.
5 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay, with singles off Denhall Quay and Denhall Lane, 5 Rock Pipit and 2 Great White Egret on Neston marsh.

Nov 22
2 Goosander (redheads) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
4 Short-eared Owl and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.
2 Cattle Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Whooper Swan (flew SW), 100 Pink-footed Geese, 440 Pintail, 580 Teal, 590 Lapwing, 148 Golden Plover, 300 Knot, 1200 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore this morning.

Nov 20
1 Green-winged Teal (drake) showing well on Reception Scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
430 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great White Egret, 6 Whooper Swan and 2 Black Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Parkgate.
5 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Nov 19
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).
4,000 Pink-footed Geese in field - Puddington this morning.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Neston Old Quay/Harp Inn.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.

Nov 18
6 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Kingfisher on pond - Heswall Golf Course.
9 Great White Egret - Riverbank Road, Heswall, after high tide.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 (poss 2) grey male Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay.

Nov 17
2 Greenshank and 89 Golden Plover - Heswall Shore.
29 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Short-eared Owl and 4 Hen Harrier (1 grey male and 3 ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
1 Woodcock, 4 Mute Swan, c35 Redshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe and 1 Dunlin - Gilroy, West Kirby.

Nov 16
36 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, 3 Short eared Owl, 2 Jack Snipe and 5 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
1 Bittern (seen flying at least twice), 1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 4 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate/Heswall Golf Course over high tide.
1 Long-eared Owl - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl - Gilroy, West Kirby.
156 Brent Geese - Riverbank Road, Heswall.

Nov 15
1 Long-eared Owl, 6 Cattle Egret and 3 Bewick's Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Peregrine, 18 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Brent Geese - Gayton/Heswall Marsh.
4 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Nov 14
500 Pink-footed Geese, 64 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2,000 Pintail, 350 Wigeon, 400 Teal, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 84 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.
c3,000 Common Scoter off Meols before high tide but poor visibilty.
2,000 Black-tailed Godwit and 1,110 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Scaup (fem) - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Long-eared Owl and 6 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
300 Sanderling, 5,000 Dunlin and 3,000 Oystercatcher - Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Nov 13
402 pale-bellied Brent Geese - West Kirby shore/Little Eye, this smashes the previous record of 262 counted in 2011 and 2014, lots of juveniles have been noted by Hilbre Bird Observatory so they must have had a very good breeding season.
53 Twite in one flock plus more flocks seen, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Kngfisher, 3 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank and 1 Merlin - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Cattle Egret and 1 Long-eared Owl roosting in scrub close to IMF path - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Scaup and 63 Little Grebe early morning, boats caused disturbance later - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Merlin, 1 Marsh Harier, 23 Barnacle Geese and many Pink-footed Geese - Burton Outer Marsh (Clwyd).
25 Whooper Swan, 3 Bewick's Swan and 20+ Mute Swan in field next to Shotwick Boating Lake.
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore as tide came in.
330 Pink-footed Geese, 470 Teal, 1 grey male Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Water Rail calling in reed beds - Heswall Marsh.

Nov 12
Waxwings are getting closer, 3 in Buckley yesterday and at Least 2 in Rhyl today.
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
50+ Twite and 1 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Long-eared Owl roosting in scrub close to path, 4 Cattle Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 11
1 Woodcock flushed from Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
6,500+ Common Scoter on the sea, 450 Shelduck on the shore - Meols two hours after high tide.
2 Goosander in the river channel, 1 Greenshank, 5,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 4,000 Pintail and 5,000+ Wigeon - Flint Sands.

Nov 10
6 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret feeding in bunded pool, also 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 7 Redwing (over) and 1 Stonechat - Parkgate Old Baths.

Nov 9
2,450 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Denhall Quay.
3+ Great White Egret - Decca Pools.

Nov 8
7 Great White Egret seen from Burton Point.
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
4 Great White Egret flying south, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin (male), 4 Rock Pipit and 19 twite - Neston Marsh.

Nov 7
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
1 Richard's Pipit in rough field between Gilroy and West Kirby Tip late morning before flying towards Hoylake - West Kirby.
1 Great White Egret flew east over Hoylake Langfields.
25 Whooper Swan and 1,200 Pink-footed Geese on wet field - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 6
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Pomarine Skua (2 juvs and 1 pale adult) heading west - Hoylake.
2 Hen Harrier (both grey male) - Neston Old Quay.
5 Cattle Egret,  Green Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Hen Harrier (1 male and 2 ringtails) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Hen Harrier (2 male, 1 ringtail) and 3 Marsh Harrier (juvs/fem) - Denhall Quay.

 Nov 5
11 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Burton Marsh.
5 Cattle Egret and 1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
315 Pintail, 480 Teal, 400 Oystercatcher, 35 Grey Plover, 111 Golden Plover, 465 Lapwing, 1,850 Dunlin, 600 Knot, 1,500 Redshank,  1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 45 Black-tailed Godwit (800 Black-tailed Godwit off Thurstaston earlier) - Heswall shore on the rising tide.
1 male Merlin, 3 Short-earled Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) off Denhall Quay/Decca Pools, also 6+ Stonechat on path going towards Decca Pools.

Nov 4
1 Richard's Pipit flew east over Parkgate late morning.
10 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Firecrest caught and ringed in a Burton garden.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.

Nov 3
5 (poss 6) Cattle Egret and 5 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
c2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 225 Teal (400 yesterday), 240 Pintail and 105 Golden Plover - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
10 Great White Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Nov 2
187 Brent Geese including new ringed bird - highlights from Hilbre for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
12 Great White Egret (9 at Burton Point and 3 at Decca Pools), also 20 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Neston Marsh.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
31 Barnacle Geese - Connah's Quay Reserve, given the time of year these could be wild birds.

Nov 1
2 Black-throated Diver, 13 Whooper Swan and 145 Brent Geese - highlights from Hilbre for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
5 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6,000+ Comon Scoter, 7 Eider (west), 2 Gannet and 2 Red-throated Diver - Meols Shore before high tide.
2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Whooper Swan (over) - Red Rocks this morning.
2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 2 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay/Decca Pools.

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