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May Newsletter now published on this website featuring "Rights and Wrongs". 

May 25
4 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

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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