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August Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Wetland Bird Survey. 

Aug 25
1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Black Tern - Hilbre.

Aug 24
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper and 8 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 23
70 Willow Warbler, 1 Black Tern and 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Hilbre.
45+ Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse area, birds arrived around mid-morning, also 12 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 2 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher, see Leasowe Blog for further details.
1 Curlew Sandpiper next to West Kirby Marine Lake.

Aug 22
1 Peregrine, 3 Curlew Sandpiper and large gull roost of 5,000+ (mainly Herring gulls), few terns today and small waders around 2,000 - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
2,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
12 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 21
4 Manx Shearwater - Red Rocks.
5 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Manx Shearwater, c4,000 Dunlin, 500 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
12 Spoonbill and 2 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier flew past Parkgate.
1 Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skua off Dove Point.

Aug 20
c2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, flew in from Caldy shore about 9am - Gilroy, West Kirby.
1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 Black Tern flew past, 9 Curlew Sandpiper (incl 2 moulting adults), 1 Caspian Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4,000 Dunlin, 800 Ringed Plover, 500 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel highlights from Hoylake Shore during the High Tide Birdwatch which over 100 people attended (note next high tide event will be during the Wirral Wader Festival on Oct 1st and 2nd).
4 Black Tern flew east past the hide, 1,000+ Sandwich Tern, 3 Greenshank. 2 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sanpiper and 10+ Yellow Wagtail highlights during RSPB guided walk at Point of Ayr.

Aug 19
4 Black Tern in large tern roost comprising several hundred Sandwich Terns plus Common and Little Terns, also 1 Yellow-legged Gull in the large gull roost and several thousand waders including Knot, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwit and Oystercatcher - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Little Stint on Donkey Stand Flash - Parkgate.

Aug 18
1 possible Sooty Tern distant and last seen heading towards Poiht of Ayr - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier quartering field next to 'Fun Ship' - Greenfield.
2,200 Black-tailed Godwit, very noisy at 8am! - Gilroy, West Kirby.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv) - Hilbre.
2 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat in horse paddock -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
850 Black-tailed Godwit - Connah's Quay Reserve.
600 Sandwich Tern in gull roost which included c3,000 Herring Gull - Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Aug 17
2 Spotted Flycatcher, 25+ Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Redstart and 3 Kestrel - Park Lane/Leasowe Lighthouse area, for further details and photos see Lighthouse Blog.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Greenshank, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit flew south calling at 07:45, 7 Willow Warbler - Heswall Shore.
12 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 12+ Ruff, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 16
7 Teal, 52 Little Egret, 11 Grey Plover, 26 Ringed Plover, 300 Dunlin, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2700 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1050 Curlew,  4 Whimbrel, 1 male Redstart, 1 Yellow Wagtail in sewage works - Heswall Shore.
1,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
12 Spoonbill over Burton Point at 0830am.
12 Spoonbill flew off early morning with 8 returning, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret flew along Heswall gutter towards Parkgate this evening - Heswall Marsh.

Aug 15
12 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.

 Aug 14
12 Spoonbill,
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobby, 1 Redstart (fem), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Black Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Redstart in horse paddocks along Park Lane by Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hobby over Church Farm, Thurstaston this morning.
1 Hooded Crow by Birkenhead North Station, photographed.

Aug 13
1,960 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
10 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Several hundred Swifts feeding in Brimstage/Clatterbridge area.

Aug 12
1,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
10 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Greenshank by Harp Inn - Neston Marsh.

Aug 11
c2,000 Black-tailed Godwit with birds flying in from the estuary during the afternoon - Gilroy, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl sitting on post at Decca Pools.
1 Redstart at the entrance to Sealand Firing Range.
10 Spoonbill
- Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Old Baths this evening.

Aug 10
10 Spoonbill, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Spotted Flycatcher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.

Aug 9
1 Greenshank by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1,770 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
1,000 Black-tailed Godwit on shore as tide went out, 2 Wheatear on rocks - Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

Aug 8
1 probable White-rumped Sandpiper flew west past Derby Pool, Wallasey Shore, this evening.
1 Redstart in horse paddock off Park Lane -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1,700 - Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.

Aug 7
1 Great White Egret and 4 Spoonbill over Burton Point early morning, heading towards Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Wood Sandpiper - Outer Burton Marsh.
1,730 Black-tailed Godwit, c5 Whimbrel over and 2 Garden Warbler - Gilroy, West Kirby.
2 Black Swan, 8 Spoonbill, 2 Spotted  Redshank, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull in playing fields by Greenbank Road, West Kirby.
3 Arctic Skua chasing terns, 30 Manx Shearwater and many terns and gannets - Red Rocks at high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Green Woodpecker - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Storm Petrel and 2 Arctic Skua - New Brighton off Perch Rock.

Aug 6
2 Greenshank by groyne, 2 juv Stonechat and 1 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh, 1 Hen Harrier (fem) off Burton Point this evening.
9 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug  5
1,540 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
1 Arctic Skua (dark phase), 1 Wheatear, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Guillemot and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre.
4 Spotted Redshank with 300 Redshank on flooding tide below Flintshire Bridge, also 2 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay.

Aug  4
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate, this evening.

Aug 3
1 Storm Petrel and 300 Manx Shearwater - Hoylake Shore.
1 Spotted Crake (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 2
1,140 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby, at 1.30pm they all flew to West Kirby shore south of the Marine Lake.
12 Great Crested Grebe, 62 Little Egret, 700 Dunlin, 1800 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1050 Curlew, 17 Whimbrel, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, also 1 Garden warbler, 7 Willow Warbler at Sewage Wks - Heswall Shore.

Aug 1
820 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.
2 Lesser Whitethroat along Lingham Lane, Moreton.
5 Greenshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, 375 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Kingfisher - Connah's Quay Reserve.
9 Spoonbill (in flight and also squabbling over sticks!), 1 Spotted Crake, 4 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Yellow Wagtail 2 ad + 3 juv and 2 Black Swans - Shotwick Lake.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Old Baths.

Jul 31
630 Black-tailed Godwit (including first juvenile of the year) - count is greater than the Internationally Important Threshold of 610 which means our small flooded field has reached this number in seven out of the last nine years - Gilroy, West Kirby.
3 Kingfisher - Lingham Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse.
8 Spoonbill flew over Burton Point towards Burton Mere Wetlands at 7am.
5 Spotted Redshank and 5 Restart - Connah's Quay Reserve.
Report of 4 Great Skua off West Kirby this morning.
9 Spoonbill, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (3 juv) and 1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 30
1 Willow Tit at Lingham Lane Bridge earlier but not seen again, also 2 Kingfisher and 4 Raven - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7 Spoonbill, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 29
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2,500 Dunlin on the mud off the south end of West Kirby Marine Lake as tide went out this morning.
450 Black-tailed Godwit at 10am, flew off to the shore in several small flocks - Gilroy, West Kirby.
9 Spoonbill, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Marsh Harrier & 1 Spotted Crake (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hobby - Parkgate, this evening.

Jul 28
160 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 236 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Yellow Wagtail (ad+2juv) and 2 Black Swan - Heswall Shore.
1 Spotted Crake and  NINE Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
315 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy, West Kirby.

Jul 26
1 Spotted Crake (juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
2 Spotted Crake (ad and juv) and 5 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 24
3 Green  Sandpiper,  2 juvenile  Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear  and 1 Merlin - Burton  Marsh near Rifle Range, early morning.
2 Garden Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat along Lingham Lane, 1 Osprey (heading SE) and 1 Raven over -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Point.
2 Spotted Crake, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher and 5 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Arctic Skua (juv chasing terns), 1 Manx Shearwater, 13 Little Tern, 4+ Whimbrel and 1 juv Wheatear - Hilbre.
Total of 7 Mediterranean Gull along North Wirral over past few days including 2 ad s/pl, 2 moulting ads, 2 second summer and 1 first summer.
2 Yellow-legged Gull, 600 Sandwich Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 1,000 Dunlin and 37 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore over past weekend.

Jul 23
2 Spotted Crake (ad and juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands again this evening, also 3 Spoonbill.
22 Whimbrel, 1 2nd sum Mediterranean Gull, 2 Raven - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
1 Mediterranean Gull in gull roost on playing field at Greenbank Road, West Kirby.
1 Mediterranean Gull and c500 Sandwich Tern in gull roost - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
127 Little Tern - Hilbre as tide went out.
1 ad Cuckoo, 1 imm Grasshopper Warbler and 2 returning Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jul 22
2 Spotted Crake (ad and juv) - Burton Mere Wetlands this evening.
3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad and 1 second winter), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (3rd year), 600 Sandwich Tern (50+ Juv), 34 Common Tern and 800 Dunlin - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
500+ Sandwich Tern, c80 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern and 25+ Little Tern, also 2 juv Wheatear and 1 Spotted Redshank over - Red Rocks this morning.
2 Arctic skua north of this morning, 2 Mediterranean Gull this evening - Hilbre.

Jul 21
23 Black-tailed Godwits (first returning birds from Iceland) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
300+ Sandwich Tern (incl c45 juv), 20 Common Tern and 2 Little Tern - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.
3 juv Stonechat and 3 juv Wheatear (Meols Common), and 1 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.
54 Whimbrel, 55 Little Egret, 2,000 Redshank, 1ad Mediterranean Gull and 2 juv Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
4 Spoonbill, 4 Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 20
A big influx of adult Little Terns (presumably non-breeding and/or failed breeding birds from other colonies) resulted in a massive 648, also fledgling count now up to 159 with plenty of chicks still in the colony, also 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Gronant.
62 Little Egret, 40 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 16 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1juv Yellow Wagtail, 1juv Redstart (in paddock by Broad Lane) - Heswall Shore.
4 Spoonbill, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Common Snipe, 3 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Dunlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 19
3 Whimbrel, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Wheatear - Gronant, also an Otter seen.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 200+ Sandwich Tern and 1,200+ Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
4 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Wheatear (juv) and pair of Stonechat feeding young - Leasowe Shore.

Jul 18

7 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 800 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 3,000+ Blackheaded Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
5 Grey Heron, 12 Little Egret and 140 Sandwich Tern between West Kirby Marine Lake and Little Eye at 9am as tide came in.

69 Little Egret, 1 Turnstone, 2100 Redshank, 1250 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl (caught and ate a vole in the arable fields), 6 Yellow Wagtail (in channel off sewage wks at 07:00 4ad 2j) - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Redstart (male) in private garden - Lower Heswall.

Jul 17
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, c400 Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Knot, 3 Ruff, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Redstart and 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Heswall Shore.

Jul 16
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Neston Marsh this evening.
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Turnstone, c1400 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 2 ad spl Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 juv Yellow Wagtail in sewage wks, 1 juv Common Redstart in paddock at N end Broad lane - Heswall Shore over high tide.

Jul 15
42 Little Egret, 60 Dunlin, 1200 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1000 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 800 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad spl and 2nd s) - Heswall Shore over high tide, also after high tide 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart (juv) and 2 adult s/pl Mediterranean Gull.
4 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 14
440 Little Tern and 3 Whimbrel - Gronant.
56 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 930 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 juv Yellow Wagtail (channel opposite sewage wks), 1 juv Common Redstart (horse paddocks) - Heswall Shore over high tide.

Jul 13
2 Raven over Shotton Steelworks.
1 Whimbrel along the Dee channel at Connah's Quay Reserve.
39 Little Egret, 30 Dunlin, 45 Knot, 900 Redshank, 700 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 juv Wheatear, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail (still at sewage wks) - Heswall Shore.
2 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier and 76 Little Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 12
3 Whimbrel, 400 Sandwich Tern and 1 Greenshank this morning, 20 Gannet fishing off East Hoyle at lunch time - Hilbre.
6 Whimbrel flew west with a noticeable movement of Curlews - Gronant.

Jul 11
2 Spoonbill on main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Wheatear (fem) - New Brighton.
1 Spotted Redshank flew over Red Rocks.
70+ Gannet feeding off Hoylake at 5.30pm.

Jul 10
1 Greenshank by groyne, 1 Peregrine on sand bank and 2 Raven over - Leasowe Lighthouse.
6 Spoonbill on main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 1 Hobby - Neston Marsh.

Jul 9
3 Black Tern off Wallasey shore at high tide.
3 Common Sandpiper, 700 Redshank, 650 Curlew, 1 ad spl Mediterranean Gull, 2 juv Yellow Wagtail (at the sewage wks) - Heswall Shore.
70 Gannet, 100+ Common Tern and 100+ Sandwich Tern - feeding off Hoylake Shore just after high tide.

Jul 8
180 Oystercatcher, 550 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 ad spl Mediterranean Gull, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail (in the sewage wks) - Heswall Shore.
2 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 750 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Green Woodpecker - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 7
27 Lapwing, 8 Dunlin, 550 Redshank, 680 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 640 Black-headed Gull, 2ad Mediterranean Gull, 480 Herring Gull - Heswall Shore.
2 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Redshank by east hide, 1 Redstart by helipad - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 6
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl), 40 Sandwich Tern and 700 Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
1,000 Oystercatcher on Tanskey Rocks, West Kirby, before high tide.
83 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern and 70 Great Black-backed Gull in gull roost - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
6 Spoonbill, 3 Wood Sandpiper and 2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Point of Ayr.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Burton Marsh.

Jul 5
1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd sum) with a large gull roost building as tide came in including 2,000 Herring Gull -  Hoylake Shore.
9 Grey Plover and 6 Dunlin on Bird Rock, Red Rocks.
3 adult Mediterranean Gull, 13 Common Tern, 1 imm Peregrine, 2 Raven - Heswall Shore  this morning.
3 Spoonbill, 2 Spotted Redshank and 1 Green Woodpecker - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Little Tern Update
The Little Terns at Gronant are having an excellent season. A record number of pairs are breeding, the exact number has yet to be calculated but is certainly more than the 136 in 2014 (135 in 2015) and could well be in the region of 150. This is surprising since, in terms of fledglings produced, the seasons from 2011 to 2014 were below average - historically, after a couple of poor seasons the number of breeding pairs usually drop so maybe we are seeing birds coming to Gronant from other colonies.
The signs for a bumper crop of fledglings is very good with good weather -  particularly during the crucial period when eggs were first laid, high numbers of nests and eggs laid (375 eggs counted) and, perhaps most importantly, NO predation by Kestrels! The current record fledgling count is 216 in 2010 and this was from just 114 pairs, so we are certainly looking for a similar number in 2016.
Also see the Little Tern article in the June 2016 Newsletter.

Jul 4
400 Redshank, 540 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 500 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summer), 1100 Herring Gull, 216 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore  this morning.
1 Redstart - Little Neston, in garden.
7 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay, mostly up river from the Nature Reserve.

Jul 3
50+ Gannet - Leasowe Lighthouse.
70 Sandwich Tern, 20 Great Black-backed Gull and 1,000 Herring Gull on the beach, steady passage of Gannets with c70 in one hour - Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Jul 2
1 Great Skua, 20+ Manx Shearwater and 50+ Gannet off Hoylake over high tide.
290 Redshank (inc returning leucistic bird), 520 Curlew, 400 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
3 Spotted Redshank and 1 Redstart - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Spoonbill, 450 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 1
70+ Gannet fishing off Hoylake after high tide.

Jun 30
6 Spoonbill, 3 Spotted Redshank and c300 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Redstart - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jun 29
1ad Gannet, 270 Oystercatcher, 240 Redshank, 375 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 530 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 500 Herring Gull - Heswall Shore early morning high tide, Gannet VERY unusual off here.
6 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Sandpiper at outlet of Wepre Brook, Connah's Quay.

Jun 28
6 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 fem Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 27
6 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st sum) - Hilbre.
1 Grasshopper Warbler north end of promenade, 1 Wheatear (juv) south end - Parkgate.

Jun 26
2 Spotted Flycatcher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 25
1 Broad-billed Sandpiper still at Gronant.
1 Glossy Ibis, 7 Spoonbill, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby - Heswall.

Jun 24
7 Spoonbill flew in at 6.30pm - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull at 1pm (but flew off) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Red Kite flew NW over West Kirby Road, Saughall Massie, this afternoon.

Jun 23
7 Spoonbill in trees at Burton Mere Wetlands this morning.

Jun 22
1 Broad-billed Sandpiper , seen on the beach at Gronant several times today, PLEASE avoid disturbing the Little Tern colony by keeping at least 30m from the fence.
3 Spoonbill and 1 Spotted Redshank Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red Kite over Kerrs Field near Leasowe Lighthouse, this morning.

Jun 21
3 Spoonbill came into Burton Mere Wetlands this evening.
60 Sandwich Tern on sand off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
20 Gannet and 100+ Common Tern feeding off Hoylake an hour before high tide.

Jun 20
1 Spotted Crake hear calling early morning - Shotton Nature Reserve (permit only).
1 Short-eared Owl flew along revetment - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jun 18
2 Eider, c150 Gannet, 15 Common Scoter and good numbers of Common and Sandwich Terns - Hilbre, see Hilbre Obs Blog for details.

Jun 17
1 White-winged Black Tern - Connah's Quay Reserve at mid-day.
1 White-winged Black Tern over the tern colony at Shotton Nature Reserve this afternoon.
1 White-winged Black Tern first seen at 3.30pm - reception scrape, Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 16
50+ Common Scoter (in four flying flocks, the usual over-summering birds), 1 Gannet and 10+ Sabdwich Tern, Little Terns doing very well and as things stand are set for a record breaking season - Gronant.
2 Common Tern fishing over West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jun 14
23 Grey Plover, 218 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1ad Yellow-legged Gull, 225 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore this morning.

Jun 13
1 Wood Warbler (singing) - Heswall Dales.

Jun 12
1 Broad-billed Sandpiper on beach early morning and 1 Stone Curlew in dunes - Gronant.
21 Little Egret, 430 Oystercatcher, 220 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 280 Black-headed Gull, 1ad Yellow-legged Gull, 275 Herring Gull, 35 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Tern - Heswall Shore early morning.
1 Hobby over Hoylake parade this afternoon.

Jun 11
1 Broad-billed Sandpiper this evening - Gronant.
4 Spoonbill (1 ad, 3 imm) and 2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) which flew NW  - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 10
2 Arctic Tern over the Little Tern colony early evening - Gronant.
2 Spoonbill, 2 Garganey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 8
3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 7
2 Spoonbill and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 5
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier (fem in moult) and 101 Lapwing - Burton Point.
48 Great Black-backed Gull and 3,000 Herring Gull on the sea by Bird Rock, Red Rocks.

Jun 4
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Parkgate, north of Old Baths car park.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
Jun 3
7 Spoonbill, 1 Red Kite, 1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 74 Avocet chicks - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 2
3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jun 1
700 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Water Rail, Little Terns doing well - Gronant.
5 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 31
1 Yellow Wagtail in field next to golf course - Hoylake Langfields.

May 30
6 Spoonbill (1 adult, 5 imms), on reception scrape first thing then moved into trees but still visible - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 29
5 Spoonbill, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier (fem), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Garganey (drake) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 28
4 Spoonbill, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher- Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 27
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 26
1 Little Stint, 800 Knot, 2,000 Dunlin, 90 Sanderling, 200 Ringed Plover and 3 Grey Plover - Hoylake Shore.
170+ Little Tern, 40 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel - Gronant.

May 25
4 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Stint, 1,000 Dunlin, 70 Sanderling and 80 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore.

May 24
3 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.
4 Raven over Arrowe Park heading towards the Dee Estuary this morning.
1 Cuckoo heard briefly - Thurstaston Hill.
3 Spoonbill, 1 Little Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier,  2 Spotted Flycatcher and 70+ Avocet chicks - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl off Harp Inn, Neston, also 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

May 23
1 Spoonbill still showing well at Decca Pools.

May 22
1 Cuckoo - Red Rocks this morning.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.

May 21
4 Raven (family party), 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier (1fem and 1 juv male), 1 Wheatear (male), 1 Short-eared Owl (flew over very high), c100 Swift and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Marsh, seems likely that the Ravens are the ones that bred in Birkenhead Docks where two young were seen to fledge yesterday.
2 Fulmar 'prospecting', also still good number of Ringed Plover and Dunlin - Hilbre.
2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 20
1 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.
At least 45 Avocet chicks, also 50+ Swift over, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 19
c40 Swift moving through, also 1 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse, see further details in the Lighthouse Blog.

May 18
1 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.
1 Whinchat and 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 17
1 Hobby flew south through horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 pairs of Great Crested Grebe at Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Burton Point.

May 16
1 Marsh Harrier just south of the Harp Inn, Neston.

May 15
1 Osprey flew over Gronant, flying east.
1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse area.
2 Eider (imm males) and 4 Guillemot, c2,000 Herring Gull about last couple of days (also noted that there has been a small influx of Herring Gulls on West Kirby Marine Lake and at Gilroy Nature Park) - highlights from Hilbre see further details in the Hilbre Obs Blog.
2 Hobby over old RAF Camp, Newton.
2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 14
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Dove Point, Meols, this morning.
1 Hobby - flew over fields at Bennets Lane/Park Lane jct,  Meols.
1 Black Tern, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Cuckoo - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 13
1 Subalpine Warbler (male, prob western race) - south end Red Rocks early morning (not relocated but still thought to be present).

May 12
1 Nightjar - Hilbre, first seen 1140am, still present at 1245pm but high tide at 4pm so won't be able to walk to the island this afternoon - still present at 6.30pm.
2 Common Sandpiper (displayed over water for at least five minutes) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Black Tern - Shotton Lagoons (permit only).
1 Garden Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Redpoll, 1 Cuckoo heard towards the back of Hoylake - Red Rocks, early morning.
6-7,000 mixed waders (mainly Dunlin) - Meols Shore this morning.

May 11
1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Curlew Sandpiper among the scattered wader flocks at low tide - Hoylake/Meols Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Lane near Decca Pool stile.
1 Cuckoo heard calling in Heswall Fields.

May 10
2 Curlew Sandpiper (1 s/pl and 1 partial s/pl), 5,000 Dunlin, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Sandwich Tern and 4 Little Tern, 1 Goosander flew east - Meols Shore on the rising tide.
18 Whimbrel and 85 Grey Plover (s/pl) - Heswall Shore this morning.
1 Little Gull (imm), 45 Whimbrel. 1 Greenshank and 4 Yellow Wagtail - Hilbre.

May 9
1 Short-eared Owl - Hilbre, also 15 Black Tern drifted west past the island and 1 drake Eider.
1 Cuckoo (heard) near bottom of Black Horse Hill, West Kirby, 2 Tree Pipit on adjacent Grange Hill.
1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
9 Redpoll, 4 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear and 10+ Black Tern - Red Rocks.

May 8
1 - Osprey off West Kirby shore towards Hilbre around high tide.
1 Firecrest, c10 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Yellowhammer and 14 Stock Dove - Red Rocks early morning.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Black Tern - Burton Marsh.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
9 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Tree Pipit and 16 Redpoll highlights from Hilbre. for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.

May 7
27 Spotted Flycatcher (largest ever count here), 1 Cuckoo, 7 Wheatear, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whinchat and 11 Redpoll - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, for details see the Lighthouse Blog.
Up to 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Whinchat, 1 Peregrine, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 40+ Redpoll, 5 Tree Pipit and 2 Garden Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
70 Grey Plover (60 in s/pl), 1 Whimbrel and 5 Swift - Heswall Shore.

May 6
144 Redpoll (mostly flying), 5 Tree Pipit, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks.

May 5
1 Redstart - Hilbre.
1 Garden Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Blackcap and 15 Willow Warbler, 35 Redpoll, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Tree Pipit over - Red Rocks.
50+ Common Tern, 50+ Sandwich Tern, 15 Little Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 6+ Gannet, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat and 2 Siskin between Red Rocks and Dove Point around high tide.
1 Wood Warbler singing by railway line, 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Short-eared Owl, 45 Little Tern, 150 Sandwich Tern, 3 Sanderling, 4 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Gronant, report of a White Stork over but not confirmed.

May 4
1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whinchat and 3 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks early morning.
36 Whimbrel, 16 Little Egret and 4 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore.
c50 Sandwich Tern, 5 Little Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 6 Common Tern and 7 Gannet at high tide, also 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 16 Sedge Warbler, 32 Willow Warbler, 3 Whinchat, 5 Redstart, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Redpoll and 25 Wheatear - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details.
100+ Common Tern, 50 Sandwich Tern, 20 Little Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 10 Gannet and 4+ Red-throated Diver (flew north) between Red Rocks and Dove Point around high tide.

May 3
1 Grasshopper Warbler top of first field, north end of Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
1 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Whinchat and 7 Wheatear - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Little Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Knot and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo (heard), 10 Common Whitethroat (singing), 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 23 Willow Warbler and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse Blog for details.
1 Greenshank on flash by Old Baths, Parkgate.

May 2
1 Cuckoo flying west - Meols Common.
1 Whinchat and 4 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Wood Warbler singing in wood next to car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 1
1 Cuckoo at fishing lake end of White Gate Lane, also 1 Osprey (flew west), 3 Whimbrel and 3 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse, 1 Goosander (redhead) swimming next to the embankment this afternoon.
1 Hobby showing well along Park Lane, Meols, this morning.
235 Grey Plover, 2,000 Dunlin, 700 Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Whimbrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore early morning.
1 Pied Flycatcher (male) showing well by the Mere Ponds - Burton Mere Wetlands.

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