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September Newsletter now published on this website featuring the Godwits of Gilroy and advanced notice of the Wirral Wader Festival.

Sep 5
1 Red-backed Shrike - Park Lane, Meols, this morning.

Sep 4
1 Red-backed Shrike - Park Lane, Meols at 5.50pm, also 3 Ruff in nearby flooded field.
2 Little Stint flushed from salt marsh next to beach as tide came in - Heswall Shore.
3 Ruff and 2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
3 Greenshank - Parkgate Marsh.

Sep 3
2,460 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Great White Egret - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1  Hobby, 4 Raven, over car park and into Marsh Covert, 2 Spotted Flycatcher edge of Burton Mere, 1 Spotted Redshank on main scrape and 1  Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 2
2 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs) - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hobby (adult) over Newton (West Kirby)  this afternoon,

Sep 1
Report from Shotton Lagoons Reserve: mixed flocks moving through included a Garden Warbler, with 8 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 160 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 White Wagtail, and 1 Spotted Redshank (Juv, unusual for here ), all on Rocky Pool. Also, 1000 Starling, and 500 Jackdaw, at on site roost.
2,480 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Knot (juvenile) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
12 Wheatear on the groyne, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Whimbrel - Leasowe Lighthouse on the rising tide, see Lighthouse Blog for details..
1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 120 Sanderling (about 50% juveniles), 490 Ringed Plover, 2,500 Dunlin, 3,000 Herring Gull and 75 Great Black-backed Gull - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2 Swift heading towards Heswall from Arrowe Park, this morning.
1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine (chasing a Snipe ), 2 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 5 Dunlin, 4 Wheatear, and 1 Golden Plover - Outer Burton Marsh (close to A548).
 
Aug 31
2,300 Black-tailed Godwit (12 colour-ringed, 44 juveniles) and 1 Knot (juvenile) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Spotted Redshank (juvenile), 600 Teal, 4 Greenshank, 20 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh, roosting at high tide.

Aug 30
2,520 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover (juvs), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv) and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank and 1 Greenshank on groyne, 135 Linnet in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
63 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.

Aug 29
4 Manx Shearwater, 40+ Gannet and 6 Arctic Skua (3 pale form) - Red Rocks at high tide.
2 Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh this evening.

Aug 28
2,530 Black-tailed Godwit (40 juvs and 10 colour-ringed) and 1 Ruff - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
4 Marsh Harrier (3 juvs one with green wing tags), 120 Ringed Plover, 1000+ Dunlin (most very distant), 3750 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 940 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 250 House Martin at Sewage Works - Heswall shore this morning.

Aug 27
100 Manx Shearwater, 30 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua, 200 Common Scoter, 3 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 2 Shags and a female Goosander - highlights from Hilbre,
see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.
2,400 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Osprey circled overhead before continuing south, 2 Marsh Harrier (juv), 1 Green Sandpiper, 23 Ruff and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 26
1 (possibly 2) Great White Egret on marsh, 4 Greenshank on Donkey Stand Flash - Parkgate.
6+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua and 20+ Gannet - Red Rocks at high tide this morning.
2 Kingfisher by duck pond - Leasowe Lighthouse this morning.

Aug 25
2,000 Black-tailed Godwit on the far edge of Dawpool Bank at low tide seen from Caldy Steps.

Aug 24
31 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper flew up channel towards Gayton at 07:00, 2 Greenshank, 360 Black-tailed Godwit - Heswall shore at high tide this morning.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) soaring with 3 Buzzards at Neston Old Quay.
1 Black Tern (juv) - Hilbre.
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl), 20+ Ruff, 1 Little Stint, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 23
35 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Swallow, 120 House Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 12 Blackcap, 9 Common Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall shore and fields, early morning.
2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, distant - Dawpool Bank, Thurstaston Shore.
2 Marsh Harier (fem) and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Whinchat and 1 Wheatear in horse paddock off Meols Common.
2 Raven over  Heswall.

1 Great White Egret (this evening), 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Garganey, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper,  20+ Ruff  and 5 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Kingfisher on post by duck pond - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 22
1 Little Stint, 6 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 20 Ruff (mostly juvs) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
31 Little Egret, 52 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 2,900 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 740 Curlew, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow Wagtail over going S, 4 Raven, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap - Heswall shore this afternoon on rising tide.
2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, distant - Dawpool Bank, Thurstaston Shore.

Aug 21
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail, prob juvs), 2 Marsh Harrier (juvs), 1 Peregrine, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Great White Egret and 2 Greenshank - Parkgate Marsh this morning.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6+ Arctic Skua and large numbers of Sandwich and Common Terns (1,000+) - highlights from Hilbre,
see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.

Aug 20
c10 Willow, 9 Wheatear, 4,500 Dunlin, 3 Arctic Skua, 450 Sandwich Tern, 500 Common Tern and 46 Gannet on the rising tide - highlights from Hilbre, see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.
1 Little Gull, 3 Arctic Skua one of which tangled with a Peregrine, 80 Gannet and hundreds of Common, Little and Sandwich Terns off north end of Hilbre at high tide as seen from Red Rocks.
2,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Ruff and 1 Greenshank - Donkey Stand Flash,  Parkgate.
1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Little Stint, 13 Ruff,  2 Greenshank,  2 Pintail,  2 Water Rail, 2 Spotted Flycatcher,  1 Marsh Harrier and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bee-eater (flying high over the reserve, at 7.30am), 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, and 1 Water Rail - Shotton Nature Reserve.
1 Cuckoo - Little Neston.

Aug 19
1 Hobby, early morning, 1,380 Black-tailed Godwit at noon - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
5 Greenshank - Donkey Stand Flash,  Parkgate.
1 Greenshank on groyne, 1 Raven in horse paddocks and 1 Kingfisher by Lingham Bridge - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Aug 18
1 Hobby chased House Martins this afternoon, also 1,600 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1juv Marsh Harrier, 14 Grey Plover, 83 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Tree Pipit (flew S calling at 07:10hrs) - Heswall Shore early morning.
1 juv Marsh Harrier and 3 Greenshank - Parkgate.

Aug 17
1 Osprey flew over RLGC from West Kirby Shore early afternoon.
2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, at 8.30 am, unfortunately disturbed by powered para gliders and several hundred flew off, a steady passage of Swifts through the morning probably at least 20 an hour plus 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
7 Greenshank - Parkgate.
1 Little Stint - Hoylake Shore over high tide, also report of a Curlew Sandpiper but not confirmed?
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail - Burton Marsh.

Aug 16
6 Common Buzzard 'kettling' and displaying over Caldy Woods at 1030am.
1,940 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine and 2 Merlin - Burton Point.
4 Spotted Flycatcher (family) and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands, this evening.
1 Kingfisher - Red Rocks, an excellent record for this site.

Aug 15
1,788 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
3 Wheatear and 1 Greenshank - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Wheatear - Red Rocks sand dunes.
3 Greenshank - Parkgate.

Aug 14
1 juv Cuckoo - Red Rocks marsh, by alders.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Neston Old Quay.

Aug 13
1382 Black-tailed Godwit (15 juvs), 85 Lapwing and 2 Knot - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
4 Greenshank - Donkeystand Flash, Parkgate.
3 Arctic Tern, 100+ Little Tern, 500+ Common Tern, 500+ Sandwich Tern, 3 Gannet and 1 Arctic Skua, also a couple of hundred Hirudines both flying over and sitting on the sand - East Hoyle Bank west of Red Rocks this morning.
1 Merlin (juv male) sat on Bird Rock (Red Rocks) for 30 minutes this morning.
1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands, this evening.

Aug 12
1 Hobby, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Great White Egret (flying towards roost) - Burton Marsh this evening.
1 juv Marsh Harrier, 1ad Curlew Sandpiper, c3000 Dunlin, c5500 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 13 Whimbrel, 36 Little Egret - Heswall Shore, the Marsh Harrier flew inland over Thurstaston fields where it flushed at least 550 Wood Pigeons.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 7 Greenshank - Donkeystand Flash, Parkgate, this morning.
3 Arctic Skua at Hilbre  - see
http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ where there is a nice photo of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth.

Aug 11
1400 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1ad Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling (rare at Heswall!),  3 Greenshank, 26 Whimbrel, 820 Curlew, c3000 Dunlin, c4000 Redshank - Heswall Shore at high tide.
1 Hen Harrier and 1 Marsh Harrier which was soaring with a Grey Heron - Heswall Marsh.

Aug 10
2 Teal, 49 Little Egret, 3 Greenshank, 14 Whimbrel, 1ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.

Aug 9
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) and 3 Greenshank - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.

Aug 8
1 Greenshank, 2 Wheatear, 1 Kingfisher, 300+ Dunlin and 16 Little Egret - Leasowe Lighthouse.

1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier,1 Peregrine,1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Ruff,12+ Snipe,Water Rail and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Arctic Skua and 4,000 Dunlin - highlights from Hilbre, for more details see Hilbre blog.

Aug 7
1 Great White Egret flew into roost this evening - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Common Sandpiper, 9 Mistle Thrush and 7 Willow Warbler, 16 Swift overhead - Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse blog for more details.

Aug 6
1 Common Sandpier and 992 Black-tailed Godwit (including the first two juveniles) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

Aug 5
980 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
A small fall of Willow Warbler (12) at Hilbre plus 10 Whimbrel and 17 Ringed Plover - see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.
1 Hen Harrier - Parkgate this evening.
1 Spotted Crake heard from Inner Marsh Farm hide - Burton Mere Wetlands

Aug 4
120 Little Tern, 80 Common Tern and 150+ Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
1 Greenshank and 675 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Hobby, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 30 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Ruff, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Wheatear - Burton Mere Wetlands, 1 Great White Egret flew into the roost.

Aug 3
1 Greenshank, 1 Water Rail and 350 Redshank - Donkeystand Flash, Parkgate.
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Burton Manor.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
920 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
40 Little Tern (flew off before high tide), 100 Common Tern and 200 Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier over Sealand Ranges this afternoon.

Aug 2
1 Hobby, 350 Swift and 2 Stonechat - Burton Point this evening.
2 Greenshank - Parkgate.
1 Marsh Harrier (juv) appeared to have a go at the terns on the beach before flying around Middle Eye then headed back towards West Kirby, also 3 Arctic Skua - Red Rocks.
7 Whimbrel, 2 Peregrine (juv and adult) and 1 Common Sandpiper - Heswall Shore and Riverbank Road.

Aug 1
1 Greenshank - Parkgate.
1 Quail heard calling near the barn, also 1 Green Sandpiper, 34 Dunlin and 2 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 31
680 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, this morning.
30+ Little Tern, 6+ Arctic Tern among many Common and Sandwich Terns and 4+ Arctic Skua - Red Rocks at high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
1 Greenshank on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.

July 30
693 Black-tailed Godwit (Internationally Important Numbers) and 1 Greenshank - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Greenshank - Parkgate.
200 Little Tern off north end, also c1,000 Sandwich Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 28 Common Scoter and 3-5 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.

Jul 29
c600 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore after high tide.
1 Hobby and 1 Greenshank - Parkgate.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Peregrine and 3 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 28
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Green Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Great Skua (flew straight towards Lifeboat Station before landing on the sea), 20+ Manx Shearwater, 50+ Gannet and c250 Common Scoter - Hoylake Shore during a short seawatch two hours after high tide, most birds flying west. 

Jul 27
1 Little Ringed Plover (juv) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
20+ Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
42 Mistle Thrush - Irby Cricket Club pitch this morning.
6 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 70+ Little Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 26
1 Quail heard this evening by barn - Burton Mere Wetlands.
80+ Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit (s/pl) and 50 Knot - Thurstaston Shore early morning.
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv) and 120 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

July 25
c1000 Dunlin, 115 Knot, c2000 Redshank, 580 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Whimbrel, 3ad Mediterranean Gull - Thurstaston Shore early morning, 40+ Whimbrel this evening.
485 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Whimbrel - Parkgate.
1 Arctic Skua - Hoylake Shore.
1 Cuckoo (juv) flew west - Hoylake Langfields.
7 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 juv Cuckoo being fed by a Whitethroat, 3 juv Kestrel and 5 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull off Derby Pool, Wallasey Shore.
3 Greenshank by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean Gull by West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Cuckoo (juv) - Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

July 24
488 Little Tern (410 adults and 78 fledglings) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Gronant.
3 Arctic Skua, 1 Greenshank, 11 Whimbrel, 320 Curlew and 1 Merlin - Hilbre this morning.
1 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel and 36 Little Egret - Heswall Shore, early morning.
475 Black-tailed Godwit - roosting on Thurstaston Shore early morning then moved out into estuary off Caldy to feed.
1 Greenshank - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
508 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) off the Marine Lake, West Kirby.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) and 1 Greenshank highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, see Lighthouse blog for details.

July 23
495 Black-tailed Godwit (Nationally Important Number) and 2 Knot - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
200+ Dunlin, 29 Turnstone and 8 Whimbrel - highlights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
1 Mediterranean Gull by Marine Lake, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl watched for 30 mins over Burton Marsh this evening.

July 22
4 Whimbrel and 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) two hours before high tide - Heswall Shore.

July 21
12 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 980 Sandwich Tern and 30 Common Tern - highlights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
140 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull (3 ad, 1 2nd summer) - Heswall Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 230 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
4 Spotted Redshank, 3 Little Ronged Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 25 Dunlin, 126 Black-tailed Godwit and 58 Little Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 20
1 Mediterranean Gull on mud south of Marine Lake - West Kirby.
420 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
5 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 19
3 Arctic Tern (close views with a few more 'probables' further out), 2 Arctic Skua and 1 Little Gull - New Brighton.
350 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Knot in breeding plumage - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Mediterranean Gull - West Kirby playing fields.

July 18
1 Greenshank back on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Black Redstart, 2 Mediterranean Gull , 410 Sandwich Tern and 150 Common Tern - highlights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
1 Peregrine on shore at 12.50pm - Hoylake.
2+ Arctic Tern, 100+ Common Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 adults and 1 2nd summer) and 1 Arctic Skua (distant) - New Brighton over high tide.
7 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper and 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Quail heard by the barn - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 17
298 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Black Redstart, 13 Whimbrel roosted at high tide, 2 Manx Shearwater, 49 Common Scoter and 360 Sandwich Tern, a fox was found in the Observatory in the evening! - highlights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
8+ Manx Shearwater, c30 Gannet, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 27 Scoter and 1 possible Storm Petrel - New Brighton over high tide.
4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Hobby and 180+ Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Report from Shotton Lagoons SSSI (access by PERMIT ONLY):
Common Terns doing well with 593 chicks ringed plus another 20+ yet to be ringed, also highlights for July 16th: 32 (Thirty Two) Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Cetti's Warbler and 200 Black-tailed Godwit.

July 16
1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Gadwall, 38 Little Egret and 175 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.July 15
1 Quail calling this afternoon on marsh off Heswall Golf Course.
205 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
4 Ruff, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whinchat and 1 Tawny Owl (roosting) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 14
195 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
160 Sandwich Tern - West Kirby Shore.
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults) and c30 Sandwich Tern in gull roost - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Quail calling early morning on marsh off Heswall Golf Course.
5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern (2 ads feeding juv) and 3 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper - Rifle Range Pool, Burton Marsh at dusk.

July 13
228 Black-tailed Godwit all in breeding plumage - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
175 Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Tern in gull roost at high tide - West Kirby Shore.
1 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre.

July 12
16 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 80 Dunlin, 875 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 760 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 adult Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Quail heard calling in marsh just north of Old Baths car park this afternoon and evening - Parkgate.
1 Garden Warbler seen and heard in garden in Hillside Road - West Kirby.
2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin (summer plumaged), 1 Water Rail, 3 Little Ringed Plover (2 adult with 1 juv), 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 juv Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 11
17 Little Egret, 8 Grey Plover, 70 Dunlin, 35 Knot, 620 Redshank, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, c900 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull (5 ad, 1 2nd sum) - Heswall Shore on the rising tide, also 37 Swift over sewage farm.
1 Quail heard calling in marsh off Old Baths car park this afternoon - Parkgate.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 6 Spotted Redshank, 6 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher and 3 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 10
1 Arctic Skua past Leasowe Lighthouse at 7.30am.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) - Hilbre.

July 9
3 Sandwich Tern and 5 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 8
5 Spotted Redshank and 1 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 7
45 Manx Shearwater and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore, see Lighthouse Blog for more details.
3 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Peregrine, 6 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 drake Pochard - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 6
1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd sum) in playing fields plus 600 Black-headed Gull - Greenbank Road, West Kirby.
19 Black-tailed Godwit (in full breeding plumage so probably failed breeding birds just back from Iceland) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

July 5
1 Great White Egret still present mid-morning, also 6 Spotted Redshank and 1 Redpoll - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 4
17 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, c500 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 60 Swift - Heswall Shore.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 3
1 Gull-billed Tern from Inner Marsh Farm Hide - Burton Mere Wetlands, this afternoon, also 3-4 Ruff, 5 Spotted Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover.
23 Little Egret, 700 Black-headed Gull, 1ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 juv Grey Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) on sand just off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
35 Bar-tailed Godwit (1  s/pl) - Hoylake, high tide.
4,000 Herring Gul and 180 Sandwich Tern - West Hoyle Bank.

July 2
3 Mediterranean Gull (all adults), 72 Sandwich Tern and 800 Black-headed Gull on sand just off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
147 Great Black-backed Gull and c500 Herring Gull in gull roost at Hoylake, high tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull in playing fields - Greenbank Road, West Kirby.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Spotted Redshank and 2 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Jack Snipe flew towards West Kirby sand dunes from betwen Little Eye and Middle Eye.

July 1
180 Common Scoter flew west in three flocks, 20 Gannet and 130 Cormorant in high tide roost, 200+ Little Terns in breeding colony - Gronant.
1 Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Ruff and 1 Green Woodpecker - Burton Mere Wetlands.
300+ Swift moving through, also 120 Common Tern - Hilbre.

June 30
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 75 Sandwich Tern and c600 Black-headed Gull just off West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
4 Gannet - Hilbre.
310 Shelduck, 15 Little Egret, 12 Grey Plover, 7 Knot, 120 Redshank, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 480 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 220 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.
2 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 29
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 68 Sandwich Tern and c400 Black-headed Gull just off West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults) flew over, also 1 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 28
1 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
475 Oystercatcher, 11 Grey Plover, 4 Dunlin, 5 Knot, 270 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank (in spl), 540 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 460 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (spl ad), 196 Carrion Crow, at least 22 Swift heading south - Heswall Shore early morning.
1 dark-bellied Brent Goose and 2 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 26
1 Ring-billed Gull (confirmed/photos), 1 Greenshank, 7 Stock Dove, 1 Hobby, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Cuckoo -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Serin (male) in paddock ('Hoopoe Hollow') off Meols Common west of Leasowe Lighthouse at noon, and again this evening briefly when it flew off with finch flock.
1 Common Sandpiper and Shelduck family with seven young - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.

June 25
160 Redshank and 19 Grey Plover (immatures) - Heswall Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and Shelduck family with seven young - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Swift, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Cuckoo -  Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 24
1 Lesser Whitethroat - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 23
1 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Sandwich Tern and 5 Common Tern - highlights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

June 21
1 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail calling, 1 Greenshank and 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1,860 Shelduck and 530 Mallard - low tide at Connah's Quay Reserve.

June 19
1 Spotted Redshank and 140+ Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands, 2 Green Woodpecker in Burton.

June 17
1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 16
1 Wheatear (adult) - Hilbre.

June 15
1 Red-necked Phalarope (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
150 Oystercatcher, 16 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 240 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 300 Black-headed Gull, 136 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.

June 14
4 Sandwich Tern - Little Eye.

June 12
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Peregrine and 1 Pochard (drake) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 11
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 10
1 Red Kite over Connah's Quay this mornng.

June 9
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red Kite over Buckley and Connah's Quay around mid-day.

June 8
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 7
1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Tern and 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 6
176 Sanderling - Hilbre.

June 5
5 Eider - Hilbre.

June 4
10 Eider (9 drakes) off east side at high tide, and 200+ Sanderling - Hilbre.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Owl highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 3
1 Red-necked Phalarope (female) seen on main scrape and from Inner Marsh Farm hide - Burton Mere Wetlands, also 1 Grey Partridge in set aside field this evening.

June 2
1 Red-necked Phalarope (female) on main scrape - Burton Mere Wetlands.
350 Sanderling, c500 Dunlin and c80 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore over high tide.

June 1
1 Caspian Gull - Hoylake Shore (off tennis courts), this afternoon.

May 30
1 Hobby over, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 29
1 Osprey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 28
A steady stream of Gannets heading west this morning, 30+ counted in 30 minutes after high tide - Red Rocks.
10 Manx Shearwater and 95 Gannet - higlhights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

May 27
1 Marsh Harrier (fem), 2 Garganey and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Osprey flew west - Hilbre.
5,000 Dunlin, 300 Ringed Plover and 50 Sanderling - Meols shore east of Dove Point, see Lighthouse Blog for some interesting photos.
1 Hobby over Burton Point.

May 25
1 Marsh Harrier (imm) - Parkgate Marsh.
2 Garganey (drakes) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 24
1 Blue-headed Wagtail reported, also 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 23
1 Razorbill, 153 Sandwich Tern, 250 Sanderling, 85 Ringed Plover, 1,800 Dunlin and 1 Whimbrel - highlights from Hilbre, see more details on the Hilbre Obs Blog.

May 22
1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Wheatear - Gayton Marsh/Heswall Golf Course.
7 Eider - Hilbre.
3 Yellow Wagtail, c10 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse, see details and photos on the Leasowe Blog.

May 21
1 Razorbill on the island and 8 Eider (7 drakes) - highlights from Hilbre, see more details on the Hilbre Obs Blog.
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Garganey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
15+ Whimbrel - Heswall Shore after high tide.
1 Hobby over Hilbre School, West Kirby.

May 20
1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 19
5 Great Skua, 250 Gannet, 30 Kittiwake and 2 Fulmar- Hilbre.

May 18
200 Gannet, 45 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 8,500 Dunlin, 350 Sanderling and 200 Ringed Plover, waders giving spectacular close range views over high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Marsh.
1 drake Garganey, 1 Little Gull, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 15+ Dunlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 17
2 Garganey (pair on border pool) with another drake in front of IMF hide, also 36 Avocet chicks, 2 Whinchat, 1 Little Owl, 1 Little Gull, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin and 1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 16
1 Turtle Dove - Green Acres Paddock along Lingham Lane (behind Leasowe Lighthouse) this morning at 8am.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 40 Gannet, 100 Common Tern, 35 Sandwich Tern, 15 Arctic Tern and 11 Little Tern - higlhights from Hilbre, for further details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
1 Garganey and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 15
1 Turtle Dove - Green Acres Paddock along Lingham Lane (behind Leasowe Lighthouse).
1 Hobby, 25 Swift, 17 House Martin, 7 Sand Martin and 50+ Swallow - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Hilbre.
5 Sandwich Tern off Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

May 14
1 Hobby and 1 Hen Harrier (fem), Avocets doing well with 25 chicks - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 13
1 Cuckoo - Red Rocks (heard from Hilbre!).
1 Cuckoo - Grange Hill, West Kirby.
1 Cuckoo - Caldy Woods (all heard this morning, possibly all the same bird).
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
2 Raven, 9 Jackdaw, 6 Wheatear and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Marsh Harrier off Old Baths, Parkgate, this evening.
7 Wheatear in horse paddocks this evening - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 12
2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (pair) and 3 Wheatear (1 Greenland) - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
103 Manx Shearwater, 37 Kittiwake, 125 Gannet, 1Red-throated Diver, 20 Guillemot and 5 LittleTern on seawatch, also 4,000 Dunlin - Hilbre.

May 11
9 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 26 Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail, 50 Gannet off shore - highlights from Leasowe Lighthouse, for more details see the Lighthouse Blog.
2 Greenland Wheatear - Parkgate Marsh.
4 Whinchat in flooded field, 1 Spotted Flycatcher by duck pond at noon - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 probable Wood Warbler - Neston Old Quay.

May 10
1 Short-eared Owl (also seen from Hilbre) and 1 Redstart - Red Rocks.
1 Redstart (female trapped and ringed), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Whimbrel, 30+ Sand Martin, 200 Swallow, 25 House Martin and 3 Swift  - highlights from Hilbre, for more details see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.

May 9
1 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Wheatear, plenty of singing warblers including 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher along Park Lane this afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 8
25+ Swift over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby at 12.30pm.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cetti's Warbler, c40 Swift and 390 Black-tailed Godwit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
10,600 Dunlin - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
1 Marsh Harrier (with cream crown, flew ENE very high), 1 Cuckoo, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whinchat and 12 Greenland Wheatear - highlights from Red Rocks, early morning.
1 Cuckoo - Stapledon Wood, Caldy, this morning.
5 Goosander flew north - Hilbre.

May 7
42 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
4 Whimbrel over West Kirby.
7,000 Dunlin, 100 Sanderling and 300 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
15 Whimbrel over Newton this afternoon.
1 Redstart (male) - Meols end of Park Lane.
Ring-billed Gull reported at Burton Mere Wetlands this afternoon has NOT been confirmed.
12 Whimbrel off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, at 4.30pm.
7,500 Dunlin - Hilbre.

May 6
6 Wheatear flew south into estuary over West Kirby Marine Lake at 10am.
3 Wheatear - Wallasey Shore.
5+ Yellow Wagtail - Shotwick Lake.
1 Garganey (drake), 2 Spotted Redshank and 2 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Whimbrel - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Whinchat, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby, this evening.
1 Cuckoo - Heswall.

May 5
5+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Little Tern and 20 Sandwich Tern - Hilbre.
1 Manx Shearwater and 10+ Gannet, 5,000 Dunlin as tide came in - Hoylake Shore.
13 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swift,  2 Whinchat,  6 Wheatear and 1 Cuckoo (seen) - Leasowe Lighthouse  this evening.

May 4
1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl) - Meols Shore this morning.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat and 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret flew west along the embankment - Leasowe Lighthouse, see lighthousebirding.blogspot.co.uk for more details.
48 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
12 Little Tern, 25 Whimbrel and 5,000 Dunlin - Hilbre.
3 Yellowhammer - Thurstaston Hill behind Caldy playing fields.
1 Grasshopper Warbler off the Old Baths, Parkgate, also 1 Raven over.

May 3
3 Dotterel on Meols Shore off Roman road at 3pm. also 1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl) and c3,500 Dunlin.
2 Whinchat (between kissing gates) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
50+ Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 20+ Sandwich Tern in Mersey mouth off New Brighton at high tide.
3 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Whinchat (male), 2+ Wheatear, 7 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper - Connah's Quay Reserve.

May 2
1 1st winter Ring-billed Gull at Burton Mere Wetlands seen April 25th, ID has only just been confirmed, see photo on home page.
1 Garganey (drake on border pool this morning), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (s/pl), 10 Dunlin, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Knot, 400 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier (female) - Parkgate Marsh.

May 1
1 Redstart (male), 1 Eider (drake) and 3,000+ Dunlin - Hilbre.
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 male Common Redstart, 30+ Common Whitethroat, 13+ Whinchat and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse, see lighthousebirding blog for details.
1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whinchat (male), 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 12 Wheatear - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

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