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May Newsletter now published on this website featuring Gronant Little Terns.

May 28
1 Little Stint, 1 Little Gull (imm), 300 Little Tern and 20 Sandwich Tern - Gronant.
1 Marsh Harrier (male) over marsh and 1 Grasshopper Warbler near Boathouse Pub - Parkgate.

May 27
1 Cattle Egret chick visible!!! Burton Mere Wetlands, see https://twitter.com/RSPB_BurtonMere, the Rare Breeding Bird Panel confirms that the last probable breeding in the UK took place in 2009 in SW England which followed the first breeding in this country, in Somerset, in 2008.

May 26
3 Spoonbill flew over flying south at 8.30am - Hilbre.
1 Red Kite flew low over Rockcliffe at 1030am, close to Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

May 25
1 Shorelark, 1 Fulmar, 1 Wheatear and 1 Whimbrel - Hilbre, see more details in Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.

May 24
1 Turtle Dove in gardens along Stanley Road but very elusive - Red Rocks.
2 Little Stint, 80 Sanderling, 110 Ringed Plover and 1,400 Dunlin - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
The RSPB have now put an official announcement about the breeding Cattle Egrets see - http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=6382 and https://twitter.com/RSPB_BurtonMere.

May 23
1 Roseate Tern flew west, also 1 Wheatear in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Shorelark, also 300 Sandwich Tern on West Hoyle Bank - Hilbre.
6 Cattle Egret Burton Mere Wetlands with one nest seen!!
1 Little Stint - Bird Rock, Red Rocks.

May 22
1 Blue-headed Wagtail in hores paddocks at 9pm - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Shorelark - Hilbre.
1 Cuckoo and 1 Turtle Dove (flew over and into private garden) - Red Rocks.
1 Blue-headed Wagtail with a Yellow Wagtail on the marsh at Point of Ayr.

May 21
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Shorelark - Hilbre.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 2+ Grasshooper - Boathouse, Parkgate.
2 Marsh Harrier (fem) at far edge of Neston Reedbed.

May 20
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper from Marsh Covert Hide, still present early morning - Burton Mere Wetlands, also 1 Little Gull, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Ruff and 2 Cetti's Warbler.
2 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning, 120 Gannet, two Manx Shearwater and an Arctic Skua this evenng.
1 Hobby - Gronant.

May 19
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper from Marsh Covert Hide, still present early afternoon, first Cheshire record since 2012, also 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egret and 1 Spoonbill  - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning.

May 18
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) off Boathouse Pub, Parkgate, this morning.
2 Great White Egret and 1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 17
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning.

May 16
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning, also 1 Brent Goose, 3 Arctic Tern and 2 Whimbrel, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details.
3 Spotted Flycatcher in grounds of Hilbre School, West Kirby.
1 Hoopoe seen in two private gardens - Burlingham Avenue, West Kirby.

May 15
1 Little Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Shorelark still at Hilbre this morning, also 1 Hobby, 1 Siskin and 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details.
3 Spotted Flycatcher in sea front garden - Hoylake.

May 14
1 Shorelark north end of Hilbre at 9.30am.
1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hooded Crow on sea defence below Leasowe Gunsite.
15 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

May 13
7 Curlew Sandpiper (believed to be highest spring count from Hilbre for at least 20 years) and 3 Spotted Flycatcher - Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details and some great photos.
1 Marsh Harrier flew high over Meols this morning.
5 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 10+ Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail -Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 12
First Spotted Flycatchers this morning with 16+ at Leasowe Lighthouse, 6 Gilroy NP, 1 Hilbre and 7+ Red Rocks.
Also 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit and 2 Whinchat - Red Rocks.
1 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper (partial s/pl) with 4,000 small waders - Meols Shore at 10am, they later moved to Hoylake for high tide where I estimated 3,500 Dunlin, 200 Ringed Plover and 100 Sanderling but Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper not located.
1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), 120 Black-tailed Godwit over - Gilroy Nature Reserve, West Kirby.
c70 Swift, c30 House Martin and c100 Swallow over Hoylake Langfields this afternoon.
1 Hooded Crow which dropped into the horse paddocks this afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 11
1 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper (both also present yesterday), also 1 Whinchat, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Tree Pipit and good numbers of Dunlin - Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details and some great photos.
2 Whinchat, 5 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Short-eared Owl - Red Rocks, early morning.
1 Wheatear (male) - Parkgate Old Baths.
3 Marsh Harrier between Parkgate and Burton.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 10
1 Subalpine Warbler (fem) early morning, report of brief view again at 7pm - Red Rocks.
2 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cuckoo by Montgomery Hill and Thurstaston Common.
2 Marsh Harrier - Neston Marsh.

May 9
1 Wood Sandpiper and at least 2 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 20+ Willow Warbler - Red Rocks.
4 Marsh Harrier - Neston Marsh.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Whinchat - Parkgate.
1 Great White Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit and 1 Whimbrel - Point of Ayr.

May 8
1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit and 20 Whitethroat - Red Rocks.
1 Osprey - flying NE over Wirral, seen from Hilbre.

May 7
1 Cuckoo, 3 Whinchat, 1 Redstart (male), 9 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and 9 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Little Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Stint, 1 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 20 Willow Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks.
4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
1 Spoonbill, 2 Great White Egret, c40 Swift, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Garden Warbler - Neston Marsh/Fields between Marshlands Road and Parkgate.
80 Turnstone - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Cuckoo over Lower Heswall this evening.

May 6
Large passage of Swifts this morning including 347 in one hour at Red Rocks, 120 in 30 mins at Shotton, 250+ in one hour at Leasowe Lighthouse and 332 over Hilbre.
1 Wheatear in paddocks, 1 Redstart in field by Park Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Wood Sandpiper (Marsh Covert), 2 Garganey (pair - IMF hide), 1 Spoonbill and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
23 Stock Dove in recently ploughed and seeded field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.

May 5
27 Swift, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Eider (pair), 3,000 Knot flying N, 9 Whimbrel, 2,300 Dunlin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Greenland Wheatear (male) and 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre, early morning.
1 Short-eared Owl over - Red Rocks.
1 Whinchat by hide - Point of Ayr.

May 4
1 Marsh Harrier, 63 Grey Plover, 2500 Dunlin, 1100 Knot, 2 Greenshank, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 38 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore at low tide.
4 Spotted Redshank - - Burton Mere Wetlands.
21 Stock Dove in recently ploughed and seeded field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.

May 3
4 Red-breasted Merganser, 46 Great-crested Grebe (most in pairs in the main river channel), 1 imm Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 64 Grey Plover, 2500 Dunlin, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore at low tide.
1 Arctic Skua (dark phase, on beach) and 21 Whimbrel - Gronant.
1 Spoonbill flew high over Leasowe Lighthouse early morning, heading east.

May 2
11 Black Tern, 2 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret and 1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Garden Warbler, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Common Redstart, 10 Wheatear and 4 Whinchat in horse paddocks -  Leasowe Lighthouse, for more details and photos see Lighthouse Blog.
1 male Pied Flycatcher, 2 Common Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks.
2 Common Redstart, 2 Grasshopper Warbler and 60+ Willow Warbler highlights from Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details and some great photos.
1 Marsh Harrier flew over heading east seen from both Hilbre and Hoylake.
12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 85 Curlew, 131 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
30 Little Tern, 200 Sandwich Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Greenland Wheatear and 1300 Oystercatcher - Gronant.

May 1
1 Spotted Crake, 3 Whinchat, 4 Tree Pipit, 350 Swallow and a pair of copulating Grasshopper Warblers! - Red Rocks.
10+ Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 4 House Martin, 3 White Wagtail and good number of singing Common Whitethroat - Leasowe Lighthouse, also 2 Whimbrel and 3000 Dunlin and 600 Sanderling.
1 male Marsh Harrier and 3 Grasshopper Warbler (between Old Baths and Boathouse - Parkgate.
1 Little Gull (2cy), 1 Hobby, 8 Wheatear, c150 Common Tern - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hobby drifted slowly north over Lower Heswall this afternoon.
14 Little Egret, 2400 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 84 Whimbrel, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow Wagtail flew north - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
8 Black Tern, 1 Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egret and 1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
17 Whinchat (12 on one fence) along Denhall Lane up to Harp Inn - Burton Marsh.

Apr 30
1 Spotted Crake flushed and flew into reed bed - Red Rocks.
5 Black Tern, c10 Wheatear, 3 Whichat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
17 Black Tern and 9 Little Tern off Hoylake as tide came in, also Redstart in seafront garden, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Little Ringed Plover and hundreds of hirundines.
4 Black Tern off west side, 28 Whimbrel, 1 Wood Warbler, 120+ Willow Warbler, 7 Tree Pipit and 1 Whinchat  - Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details and some great photos.
10+ Whinchat and 25+ Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
7 Grasshopper Warbler along seawall between Cottage Lane and the Boathouse pub - Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret and 3 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3,000 Dunlin - Meols Shore as the tide dropped this afternoon.

Apr 29
1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat and 2 Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whinchat on playing fields of Hilbre School - West Kirby.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Denhall Quay.
1 Ring Ouzel male (over), 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Grasshopper Warbler and 10 Willow Warbler - Red Rocks.
2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 6,000 Dunlin, 300 Sandwich Tern, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Wheatear - Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details.
14 Common Whitethroat and 6 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall/Thurstaston cliffs and fields.
15 Little Egret, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 56 Curlew, minimum 84 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
200 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).

Apr 28
1 Grasshopper Warbler and 3+ Sedge Warbler along Denhall Lane - Burton Marsh.
6+ Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Gayton/Parkgate Marsh over high tide.
1 Hooded Crow (briefly on field near helipad), c20 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 10 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Eider (pair) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler, also a distinct passage of Swallows and Sand Martins - Red Rocks.
5,500 Dunlin roosted on top of the island by the lifeboat station at high tide, also 1 Little Gull, 3 Arctic Tern, 10 Guillemot, 2 Eider, 17 Whimbrel, 1 Manx Shearwater and 1 Fulmar - Hilbre, see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog for more details.
4 Spotted Redshank and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 2 Swift and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 27
1,500 Dunlin and 100 Ringed Plover on the shore, 10+ Gannet off shore - an hour before high tide at Hoylake.
400 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).

Apr 26
1 Grasshopper close to Sheldrake's Restaurant this morning, also 97 Whimbrel off Heswall Fields NT as tide came in - Heswall Shore.
1 Arctic Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Pintail, 1 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Great White Egret, 3 reeling (2 seen) Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.
1 Great White Egret off Riverbank Road - Heswall Marsh.
3 Great White Egret and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Denhall Lane, Burton Marsh.

Apr 25
1 Ring Ouzel (male) showing well this morning on playing fields at Hilbre School, West Kirby.
1 pair Eider, 1 Greenshank, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, minimum 79 Whimbrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore.
1 Kingfisher, 1 Hen harrier, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Redshank, 2 Swift, 2 White Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Whimbrel  near to West Hide, also 3 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Apr 24
570 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).
4 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat in fields inland of Park Lane, Meols.
3 Manx Shearwater, 70 Gannet, 40 Sandwich Tern, 1 Fulmar and 1 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.
13 Gannet (flying down the main channel, Gannets very rare this far up the estuary), 47 Grey Plover, 1650 Dunlin, 900 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 180 Curlew, 21 Whimbrel, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore.
25 Whimbrel roosting on rocks north of caueway - Thurstaston Shore.
6 Twite and 2 Whinchat - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Cuckoo *first of spring*, 400 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Spotted Redhank, 3 Ruff, 80 Avocet, 14 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 23
1 probable Black Kite heading east over Wirral Way by Thurstaston at 10am.
640 Black-tailed Godwit Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road), late afternoon.
100+ Common Tern, 1 Black Tern ( summer plumage ), 1 Redstart, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Sandpiper, 21 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow Wagtail, and 1 Whinchat at Shotton Lagoons, early morning.
1 Common Redstart in garden - Lower Heswall.
1 Ring Ouzel - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 20+ Wheatear - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Gull (2cy), 1 Redstart, 12 Wheatear, c15 Whimbrel and 8 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Stonechat and 3 Whinchat - Burton Point.
1 Glaucous Gull late afternoon - Hilbre.

Apr 22
750 Black-tailed Godwit Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road) before 10am then flew to Caldy Shore.
1 Arctic Skua, 2 Common Tern, 120 Sandwich Tern and 50 Gannet - Hilbre.
3 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat in fields inland side of Park Lane, Meols.
60+ Common Tern, 1 Black Tern ( Summer Plumage ), 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Avocet, and 2 House Martin. at Shotton Lagoons, early morning.
1 Arctic Skua off East Hoyle - Hoylake.
1 Hooded Crow - Queens Park, Hoylake.
1 Grasshopper Warbler by River Birket, Moreton.
3 Wheatear, 9 Spotted Redshank, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 8 Whimbrel - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore.

Apr 21
254 Black-tailed Godwit looking glorious in full breeding plumage - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column Road).
1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 2 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Gilroy/Hoylake Langfields.
7 Wheatear east end of Park Lane and on sea defence, also pair Stonechat and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
5 White Wagtail and 1 Wheatear - Hoylake Shore by Lifeboat Station.

Apr 20
60 year anniversary of the founding of Hilbre Bird Observatory!!!
1 Glaucous Gull flew past, 24 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre, for more details and photos see Hilbre Obs Blog.
4 Whimbrel and 18 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
1 Little Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier and 6 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

 Apr 19
68 Whimbrel and 380 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Shore on rising tide this afternoon.
1 Swift *first of spring* over Gilroy, West Kirby this morning.
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat and 11 Wheatear (4 Greenland race) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Redstart in private garden near Meols Common, also present yesterday.
Large passage of Swallow and Sand Martin, a small fall of Willow Warbler and 3+ Wheatear - Hilbre.
1 Whinchat, 1 Osprey, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 11 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Sandpiper, and 1 Green Sandpiper - Shotton Lagoons.
4 Whinchat drinking from stream on beach by Tinker's Dell, Thurstaston, this afternoon and 4/5 seen in field inland (probably same birds).

Apr 18
3 Whimbrel, 6 Wheatear, 275 Sandwich Tern and 540 Pinkfooted Geese - Hilbre, an exodus of Pink-footed Geese out of the estuary this morning with several flocks reported.
2 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling) and 7 Willow Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Gull and 3 Spotted Redshank coming into summer plumage - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Whinchat, 4 Common Redstart, 5+ Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail and 40+ Swallow, 2+ Sandwich Tern over the sea -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Peregrine, 1,350 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 530 Curlew, 34 Whimbrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore this afternoon, also 475 Pink-footed Geese heading north early morning.

Apr 17
1 Woodcock over Park Lane, Meols, this evening.
1 Osprey flew down the estuary from Burton Marsh towards Heswall just before 4pm.
1 Grashopper Warbler reeling near duck pond - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Arctic Tern and 8 Common Tern - Shotton Lagoons.
1 Common Whitethroat - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Gannet, 2 Little Gull, 1 Red-throated Diver and 32 Sandwich Tern - Leasowe Castle.
2 Short-eared Owl - Decca Pools.
11 Wheatear and 10 White Wagtail in ploughed field by junction of Heron Road and Oldfield Lane, Saughall Massie.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 3 Spotted Redshank  - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Common Whitethroat - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Great White Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Apr 16
1 Common Tern (First one back!) - Shotton Lagoons.
1 Lesser Whitethroat singing in Heswall Fields NT.
17 White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road - Heswall.
1 Peregrine, 45 Dunlin, 1850 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 15
1 Little Gull and 4 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Wheatear by the solar panels - Shotwick Boating Lake.
20 White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road - Heswall.

Apr 14
1 Black-throated Diver off north end, 1 Great Skua chasing gulls at high tide - Hilbre.
1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Merlin,  7 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff (all in good voice), 11 Wheatear and 1 Sedge Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Osprey over Burton Mere Wetlands this afternoon, also 1 Great White Egret, 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Sand Martin, 1 Marsh Harrier and a probable Reed Warbler singing.
1 Wheatear in fileld by Davenport Road, Heswall.

Apr 13
A record count of 121 Avocet this morning plus 1 adult Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier. 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Black Swan and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
36 White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road - Heswall.
270 Shelduck, 1 Peregrine, c2000 Redshank, c600 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore on the rising tide.
2 Raven in fields inland of Denhall Lane, Burton.
2 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
18 Ringed Plover on Hoylake shore at low tide this morning.
2 Green Woodpecker on ground observed mating, and 1 Siskin over - Burton Village.
6 Mandarin Duck (3 pairs) in garden - Caldy.

Apr 12
65+ White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road - Heswall.
19 Red-breasted Merganser (12 males), 1 Peregrine, c2500 Redshank, c800 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Lesser Redpoll flew W - Heswall Shore on the rising tide.
1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.,

Apr 11
123 White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road - Heswall.
1 Yellow Wagtail and 25 White Wagtail - Hilbre.
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2400 Redshank, 820 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel on the shore on rising tide, also 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Willow Warbler at Target Rd - Heswall Shore.
1 Little Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler showing well and c500 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 10
32 White Wagtail in ploughed field behind Riverbank Road car park - Heswall.
10 White Wagtail - Hoylake Langfields/Gilroy.

Apr 9
1 Hooded Crow and 8 Carrion Crow flew over heading SSE, also 5 Wheatear -Hilbre.
5 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Gunsite.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 2 Wheatear - Parkgate Old Baths.
1 Ring Ouzel, flew east from fields - Park Lane, Meols.
27 Wheatear, 1 Brambling, 2 Greenshank, 2 Swallow, 21 Redpoll (1 Common) and 11 White Wagtail - Red Rocks, early morning.
26 White Wagtail on shore by Lifeboat Station - Hoylake Shore.

Apr 8
37 White Wagtail on the beach at Red Rocks.
35+ White Wagtail with c100 Meadow Pipit on shore by Lifeboat Station - Hoylake Shore.
7 Wheatear in fields below Dungeon Wood - Thurstaston.
1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl (this evening), 1 Marsh Harrier (male) and 1 Merlin (this morning) - Parkgate Old Baths.
c20 White Wagtail and 5 Wheatear on ploughed field just north of Heswall Fields NT.
12 White Wagtail and 120 Brent Geese - Hilbre for more details see the Hilbre Obs Blog.

Apr 7
1pair Eider, 21 Red-breasted Merganser (12 males - in main river channel), 6 Great-crested Grebe, 24 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2,150 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 565 Curlew, 1 Redpoll flew N - Heswall Shore.
6 White Wagtail and 3 Wheatear in ploughed field north of Heswall Fields NT.
1 Sedge Warbler - Gilroy Nature Park.
4 Wheatear and 1 Tree Pipit with a small passage of Sand Martins over - Hoylake Langfields.
35 White Wagtail and 5 Pied Wagtail just west of Lifeboat Staion this morning - Hoylake Shore.
2 Short-eared Owl this evening - Parkgate Old Baths.

Apr 6
1 Redstart (male) in field just south of Neston Old Quay late afternoon.
34 White Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail and 1 Wheatear - Hoylake Shore.
26 Little Egret, 75 Grey Plover, 90 Dunlin, 230 Knot, 2300 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 515 Curlew, off the boatyard 2 Rock Pipit, 1 summer plumage Water Pipit - Heswall Shore over high tide.
5 Guillemot, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Merlin - Hilbre.

Apr 5
1 Little Gull, 9 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
35 Sandwich Tern and 3 Little Gull - Hilbre.

Apr 4
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Gull, 106 Avocet, 600+ Black-tailed godwit, 6 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.
4 Wheatear and 80 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Apr 3
1 Red Kite over Hilbre at 0930am, flew over East Hoyle Bank then towards Dove Point, Meols, also 214 Brent Geese and 1 Whimbrel, for photos and more details see the Hilbre Obs Blog.
1 Lapland Bunting - Red Rocks, flew towards Hilbre early morning.
1 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.
2 Avocet - Decca Pools.

Apr 2
1 Cetti's Warbler showing well - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 1
1 Ring Ouzel (male), 1 Osprey over, 5 Willow Warbler and 1 White Wagtail, 104 Curlew roosting at low tide - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cattle Egret in trees, 1 Little Gull and 4 Redwing (at entance) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Short-eared Owl at Parkgate at dusk.
2 Raven - Heswall Dales.

Mar 31
1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler (seen) and 1 willow Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 30
4 Short-eared Owl (appeared after high tide), 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Marsh Harrier, 220 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Great White Egret, 9 Fieldfare and 11 Red-breasted Merganser - Parkgate over high tide.
76 Brent Geese, 18 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Wheatear (in ploughed field) - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
3 Greenshank 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank (middle hide), 1 Wheatear and 20+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Mar 29
8 Brent Geese, 770 Shelduck, 8 Red-breasted Merganser (5m,3f), 17 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 2000 Redshank, 540 Curlew, 2 Raven - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
6+ Reed Bunting - Leasowe Lighthouse.
Pheasants don't usually feature on this page but a couple of interesting birds today - one on the rocks between the Hilbre islands was only the fourth record for Hilbre, another was observed swimming the channel off Heswall rather than flying!

Mar 28
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) interacting over the marsh - Denhall Quay.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine and 1 Merlin - Hilbre, for more details see Hilbre Obs Blog.
6 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow flew west along Hoylake Shore.
19 Wheatear in horse paddocks -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 male Ring Ouzel on Caldy Golf Course at 6pm then flew off towards Dee SC.

Mar 27
1 House Martin *first of spring* and 2 Sandwich Tern *first of spring*, also 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow  - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wheatear, 1 Merlin, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Stonechat - Burton Marsh.
1 drake Garganey on fenced off bit of River Birkett behind West Kirby Tip, bit difficult to get to!

Mar 26
2 Wheatear and Greenshank on groyne - Meols Common.
1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Wheatear, 1 Raven and 100+ Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 11 Wigeon, 12 Golden Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 600 Knot, 2650 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 570 Curlew, 1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
1 Drake Garganey, 1  Little Gull (1st winter), 1  Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Chiffchaff in song along Wirral Way between Heswall and Parkgate.

Mar 25
31 Little Gull, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat and small fall of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs - Hilbre.
1 Glaucous Gull on sea off Leasowe Lighthouse just before 11am.
5 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow over Gilroy, West Kirby.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Little Gull (1st year) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Rail in full view on Meols Shore this morning.

Mar 24
11 Little Gull flying east - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat by sheep pens - Burton Point.
7,000 Pink-footed Geese all in flight for a few minutes - Neston Marsh.
1 Willow Warbler in song - Frankby Cemetry.
2 Wheatear in field and 2 Sand Martin over - Newton, West Kirby.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
2 Short-eared Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 drake Goosander in Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column road) this afternoon but briefly - West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Great White Egret and 20 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Little Gull (1st year), 71 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 23
1 Little Gull (1st year) and 4 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Wheatear and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Point.

Mar 22
2 Whooper Swan flew east, 1 Shag flew west, 36 Common Scoter and 1 Red-throated Diver off East Hoyle Bank (Hoylake).
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.
4 Wheatear in ploughed field next to Heswall Fields NT.
1 Wheatear, c100 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Stonechat, 1 Little Owl heard calling down Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 21
2 Great White Egret seen displaying off Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret (in trees by mere), 1 Little Gull (1st year) and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
30+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) flying north at 1pm - Gilroy, West Kirby.
c300 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Mar 20
1 Little Gull (1st year) and 3 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Mar 19
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
Report of 1 Common Whitethroat heard singing along Wirral Way (this would be earliest ever for Cheshire and Wirral by at least 10 days, but as it was only heard has to go down as unconfirmed) - Gayton.
1 Little Gull (1st year) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Treecreeper along Park Lane - Meols.
1 Willow Warbler singing in Bidston.
An escaped Red-tailed Hawk is still in the West Kirby area and has been for at least three years, I've put it in here as people are misidentifying it as Osprey/Red Kite/Buzzard. Over the past week or so it has been hanging around the Morrisons and Barclay Bank area - I think it's probably predating the feral pigeons.

Mar 18
1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
1 Greenshank by groyne, 1 Wheatear in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Point.

Mar 17
2 Willow Warbler *first of spring* 12 days earlier than last year, singing by Shotton.
1 Waxwing by Boathouse Pub, Parkgate.

Mar 16
1 Red Kite drifting east this morning, also 1 Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whimbrel (very early), 3 Wheatear and 1 Chiffchaff - Hilbre.
1 Waxwing at junction of Telegraph Road and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, feeding on Rowan Tree.

Mar 15
1 Red Kite showing well, had an ariel battle with a Buzzard and Marsh Harrier high overhead, also 4 Whooper Swan, 74 Avocet, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Great White Egret and 2 Wheatear - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Black Redstart, in private garden Hoylake Promenade.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
12+ Stonechat feeding along the damp ditches - Hoylake Langfields.
Singing Chiffchaffs being reported at several sites and there has obviously been a 'fall' over the past couple of days. 

Mar 14
1 Siberian Stonechat singing, also 12 Stonechat and 1 Wheatear, in paddocks west of Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Swallow *first of spring* 10 days earlier than last year,  over horse paddocks behind Meols Groyne, also 2 Greenshank on groyne which flew north.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Mar 13
2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
110 Brent Geese off West Kirby Marsh at high tide, several Meadow Pipits displaying.
1 Ring Ouzel by Parkfield House, Leasowe.
1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Mar 12
20,000 Common Scoter off Point of Ayr at high tide on flat calm sea.
1 Ring Ouzel (imm), 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Goosander - Red Rocks.
10 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive), Heswall.
3 Whooper Swan and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.
328 Brent Geese spread between Little Eye, Bird Rock and West Kirby on the rising tide, flat calm sea.

Mar 11
1 Wheatear *first of spring* 12 days earlier than last year, and 63 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Sand Martin *first of spring* five days earlier than last year, 1 Long-tailed Duck (fem), 16 Goldcrest and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Hilbre, see Hilbre Obs Blog for details.
10 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive), Heswall.
1 Cetti's Warbler calling - Red Rocks reed-bed.
1 Ring Ouzel in west sheep field before flying north, first of spring and about three weeks earlier than last year - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Mar 10
6 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive), Heswall.
1 White-fronted Goose with 6,000 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
1,000 Wigeon in River Dee channel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 48 Twite, 1 Spotted Redshank and 5 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
10 Goldcrest and 7 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre, see more details on Hilbre Obs Blog.
180 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy scrape, West Kirby.

Mar 9
2 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive) in Rowan tree still full of berries, also report yesterday of flock of 8+ in Irby Road, Irby.
3 Spotted Redshank and 45 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Mar 8
1 Iceland Gull on grassland towards Shotwick Boating Lake, flew off towards Industrial Estate - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
8+ Waxwing in private garden this morning - Irby.

Mar 7
2 Waxwing close to Pump House Lane roundabout - Greasby, early morning.
600+ Common Scoter at 1030am but no sign, yet, of the massive numbers seen here over the past three years, also 8 Scaup - Meols Shore.
300 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540).
1 Twite with Linnets and other finches - Denhall Quay.

Mar 6
2 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), pair Stonechat and 1 Twite - Denhall Quay.
c10 Marsh Harrier came into roost this evening, also Hen Harrier (male), Short-eared Owl and c15 Raven - Neston Marsh.

Mar 5
1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Mediterranean Gull in flooded field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Goosander and 2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Mar 4
1 White Wagtail *first of spring* and 11 days earlier than last year, other birds on spring passage were 3 Stonechat, 5 Jackdaw and 11 Pied Wagtail - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull in river channel, 1 Water Rail, c30 Twite, 3 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
At least 7 and probably 12 Marsh Harrier going into the roost this evening - Neston Marsh, this evening.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Neston Old Quay.
1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Point.
1 Marsh Harrier -  Old Baths, Parkgate.

Mar 3
3,000 Pintail in river channel, 1,200 Black-tailed Godwit, 2,000 Dunlin and 14 Twite - Oakenholt Marsh.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Water Rail - Connah's Quay Reserve.
Report of 7 Twite near Denhall Quay.
1 Goosander on Gilroy Duck Pond (present yesterday as well) - West Kirby.

Mar 2
300 Black-tailed Godwit in Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to A540) and adjacent field this morning, half of which then flew to Gilroy Scrape in the afternoon.
1,600 Dunlin and 100 Redshank on rocks by  West Kirby Marine Lake at 10am.
1 Short-eared Owl (very close), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Parkgate late afternoon.
2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and up to 10 Marsh Harrier coming into roost - Neston Marsh.

Mar 1
2 Marsh Harrier (pair displaying), 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret amd 2 Stonechat (pair) - Old Baths, Parkgate.
9 Waxwing by Boathouse Pub, Parkgate, this morning.
13 Avocet, 3 Ruff, 1 Merlin, c40 Reed Bunting and 6 Siskin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
200+ Black-tailed Godwit in Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to A540) and adjacent field.

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