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Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.

Jul 3
1 Hobby flew from Decca Pools to Denhall Quay.
1 Quail calling on the marsh off golf course - Parkgate.
265 Sandwich Tern (many juvs), 1 Gannet and 1 Eider - Hilbre.

Jul 2
21 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 3 Avocet along the River Dee between Garden City and Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1 Bittern, 6 Ruff and 2 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Water Rail (1 juv) and 1 Common Sandpiper - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
2 Common Tern over and 2 Mediterranean Gull on sand next to West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jul 1
215 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 73 Lapwing, 2 spl Black-tailed Godwit, 820 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 125 Redshank, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1140 Black-headed Gull on the rising tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
c50 Sandwich Tern and 2 Mediterranean Gull - West Kirby Shore.

Jun 30
8 Mediterranean Gull (7 ads, 1 2nd summer) just south of Dee Sailing Club Causeway before high tide - Thurstaston Shore.
46 Sandwich Tern (including first 2 juvs the year), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull and 3 Common Tern in gull roost - West Kirby Shore.
2 Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 3 Spotted Redshank and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling - Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) - Hilbre.
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Jun 29
3 Spoonbill and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 1st summer Little Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 920 Black-headed Gull at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.

Jun 28
1 Hobby - Burton Marsh.
1 Common Tern over West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Hobby and 2 Common Sandpiper - Parkgate.
5 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 27
3 Spoonbill and 1 Hobby - Parkgate.
8 Mediterranean Gull (6ad, 2 2nd summer), 860 Black-headed Gull, 595 Herring Gull, 80 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 255 Oystercatcher, 615 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 115 Redshank at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff and 1 Little Ringed Plover from Border Hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 26
1 Marsh Harrier and 3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
4 Bar-tailed Godwit with several hundred Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 25
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Jun 24
1 Hobby over Broad Lane - Heswall.
1 Willow Tit caught and ringed in sea-front garden - Hoylake.
1 Mediterranean Gull and at least 15 Sandwich Tern in gull roost at high tide - West Kirby Shore.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
5 Mediterranean Gull over high tide - Heswall Shore.
1 Great Egret, 1 Hobby and 1 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
20+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 1 Lesser Whitethroat btween Heswall and Thurstaston.

Jun 23
6 Mediterranean Gull (4ad, 2 2nd summer), 1 Little Gull (1st summer), 5 Whimbrel at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 22
5 Raven heading north over Greasby.
5 Mediterranean Gull (4ad, 1 2nd summer), 1 Little Gull (1st summer), 570 Black-headed Gull, 11 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 353 Curlew, 97 Redshank at high tide this morning - Heswall Shore.
1 Red Kite over - Saughall.

Jun 21
1 Hobby over Moreton.
1 Bittern in flight, 1 Great Egret (s/pl), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Woodpecker feeding young, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Jun 20
5 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

Jun 19
1 Garganey (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Jun 18
1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 17
2 Spoonbill (Boathouse Flash) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Old Baths) - Parkgate.
1 Hobby over - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Red Kite over Raby.
4 adult Mediterranean Gull, 280 Black-headed Gull, 325 Herring Gull, 180 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, also 21 Lapwing and 14 Redshank on rising tide - Heswall Shore.
1 Bittern briefly - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 16
1 Red Kite drifting west over J4 of M53 at 1040am.
1 Hobby over Wirral Way - Willaston.

Jun 15
1 Yellowhammer (fem) on Heswall Fields.
1 Eider (first for the reserve) - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
6 Spotted Redshank (all s/pl) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 14
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
6 Sandwich Tern on sand bank, 2 Common Tern over West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Sandwich Tern off Lifeboat station - Hoylake Shore.

Jun 13
1 Hobby chasing hirundines - Leasowe Lighthouse.
A few waders still coming through including 26 Dunlin and 6 Ringed Plover south of the Lifeboat - Hoylake Shore.

 Jun 11
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Jun 10
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
2 redhead Goosander, 215 Oystercatcher, 26 Grey Plover, 17 Ringed Plover, 55 Dunlin, 269 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 460 Black-headed Gull, 260 Herring Gull, 85 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 187 Carrion Crow at high tide - Heswall Shore.

Jun 9
1 Spoonbill (distant) - Parkgate.

Jun 7
At Least 3 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Fields.

Jun 6
1 White-winged Black Tern in summer plumage showing well this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 4
1 Spoonbill and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Hooded Crow flew in off the sea then flew off this morning - Gronant.

Jun 3
1 Wheatear - Leasowe Bay.
2 Pink-footed Geese on Boathouse Flash - Parkgate.
1 Golden Plover, c10 Sanderling and c20 Ringed Plover on the beach - Gronant.

Jun 2
Good numbers of Swifts overhead north Wirral.
1 Hobby over Pasture Road - Leasowe.
1 Osprey seen from Burton Point (may be we have an over-summering Osprey?).
3 Red Kite over Buckley (just south of Connah's Quay).
1 Little Gull on beach - Point of Ayr.

May 31
1 Osprey over heading west, 1 Garganey and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Stint, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sanderling, 50 Ringed Plover, 100 Dunlin, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 70+ Gannet, 30+ Sandwich Tern and 20+ Little Tern - Point of Ayr.

May 30
2 Spoonbill, 1 Hobby and 3 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Osprey over Wallasey heading towards New Brighton.
1 Grasshopper in reedbed by Target Road, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing in fields - Heswall.

May 29
1 Greenland Waheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler - Hilbre.
1 Hobby over Barnston.

May 28
1 Lesser Whitethroat singing in the fields, 3 Whimbrel on the shore off - Heswall Fields NT.

May 26
1 Short-eared Owl - Gronant.

May 25
1 1st summer Little Gull with 105 Black-headed Gull, 165 Oystercatcher, 37 Grey Plover, 135 Ringed Plover, 600 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 239 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore over high tide.
An unexpected 2 Barnacle Geese with Oystercatchers - Leasowe Shore.
1 Spoonbill and 1 Hobby - Parkgate.

May 24
1 Quail calling near Nets cafe - Burton Marsh.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

May 22
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill, 3 Ruddy Shelduck and 3 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate.
142 Ringed Plover on shore between Hoylake and Hilbre.
1 Whinchat, 4 Rock Pipit (3 juvs), 1 Wheatear and 7 s/pl Turnstone - Hilbre.

May 21
1 Spoonbill and 4 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate.
2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Osprey circling over the sea - Dove Point, Meols.
1 'channel' Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat near Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
A late Red-breasted Merganser along with 100 Dunlin and 25 Ringed Plover - Hilbre.

May 20
2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Flycatcher on fence along Park Lane - Meols.

May 17
1 Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin by the groyne before high tide - Meols Shore.
1 Great Egret heading south, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear and 1 Spotted Flycactcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Garden Warbler - Hilbre.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in trees by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

May 16
4 Whinchat and 6 Wheatear (coastal paddocks and Kerr's Field), also 5+ Spotted flycatcher and 6 Common Tern past - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3+ Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat and 4 Willow Warbler though sea-front garden this morning - Hoylake.
1 Black Tern, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 80 Sanderling and a lot of Dunlin including alpina - Hoylake Shore.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

May 15
1 Pufflin off Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in trees by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 26 Whimbrel, 17 Grey Plover, 61 Ringed Plover, 555 Dunlin and 7 Sanderling over high tide - Heswall Shore.

May 14
1 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear in coastal paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cuckoo - Red Rocks.
1 Cuckoo by Net's Cafe - Burton Marsh.
1 Cuckoo heard plus 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Wheatear - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in trees by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 13
Good numbers of Gannets out to sea at high tide off North Wirral.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 4+ Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 12
1 probable Balearic Shearwater, 56 Gannet, 3 Guillemot and 120 Kittiwake - Hilbre.

May 11
Good wader passage including 1 Little Stint, 15 Whimrel, 7+ Ringed Plover, 75+ Dunlin. 2 Golden Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Sanderling - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
c40 Wheatear after light shower - Red Rocks.
Brief view of probable fem Pied Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear and good movement of 70 House Martin - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 10
1 Cuckoo heard - Irby/Pensby.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
1 Cuckoo and 1 Common Redstart - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great Egret, 6 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Sanderling - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 9
Small passage of Swifts coming through.
1 Red Kite flew south over Leasowe Lighthouse then sighted from Hilbre flying over Grange Hill and behind Caldy Hill.
1 Channel/Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.y

May 8
66 Grey Plover, 21 Ringed Plover, 40 Knot, 2150 Dunlin, 45 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Whinchat, 12 Greenland Wheatear, 3 Goosander and 1 male Eider - Hilbre.
9 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hobby over Meols.
1 Hobby over A540 near - Burton.
2 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear - Burton Marsh.

May 7
2 Whinchat and 6 Wheatear  - Hoylake Langfields.
1 male Common Redstart, 5 Wheatear in sheep field - Burton Point.
1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Eider (drake) on rock by clown roundabout - New Brighton.

May 6
1 Osprey over, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Garganey (drake), 2 drake Pochard, 18 Wheatear, 1 male Whinchat and 4 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cuckoo near Kerr's Field, 4 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat by Park Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
187 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Hobby flew south - Hilbre.

May 5
1 Osprey  over just before 4pm, also 6+ Whinchat, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Whinchat - Red Rocks.
25 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Denhall, Burton Marsh.
24 Grey Plover, 42 Ringed Plover, 350 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 188 Curlew, 211 Whimbrel (193 off Heswall Fields NT, 18 along near channel Target Rd to Riverbank Rd) another record high - Heswall Shore.

May 4
1 Swift, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whinchat, 26 Wheatear and 10 Stonechat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cuckoo heard by Typhoo factory - Moreton.
6 Wheatear in field with muck heap - Burton Marsh.
6 Arctic Tern fishing off groyne - Meols.

May 3
1 Garganey (drake) - on flood by Pasture Road, Moreton.
1 Hobby, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Whinchat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat, also passage of 210 Sand Martin and 100 Swallow - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cuckoo over, 1 Whinchat (male), 6 Wheatear, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Egret, 10 House Martin, 7 Sand Martin, 3 Ruddy Shelduck and 1 Lesser Whitethroat between Decca Pools and Burton Point.
1 Little Gull this evening briefly, 4 Wood Sandpiper and a few Swifts - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cuckoo - Neston Old Quay.
164 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

May 2
2 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Garganey (drake) - on flood by Pasture Road, Moreton.
1 Ring Ouzel (male), 1 Common Redstart (fem) and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Whinchat, 2 White Wagtail and 6 Wheatear - Hoylake Langfields.

May 1
1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Kingfisher which flew over paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7+ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Ruff (s/pl), 3 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Wheatear and at least 4 pairs of Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Sandpiper - West Kirby Marine Lake.
170+ Swallow over - Hilbre.
1 Grasshopper Warbler in fields, 31 Grey Plover and 107 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.