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August Newsletter now published on this website featuring The Wetland Bird Survey 2015/16 and a NEW publication - Rare and Scarce birds of Cheshire and Wirral.

Aug 21
2,000 Black Tailed Godwit, 5,000+ Redshank, 800 Dunlin, 200 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank and 1 Great White Egret - Oakenholt Marsh.
800 Ringed Plover and 4,000 Dunlin, 20 Common Scoter flew west - Hoylake Shore.
3,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
202 Little Tern, 300 Sandwich Term and 150 Common Tern - Hilbre, see details on Hilbre Bird ObS Blog.

Aug 20
2 Arctic Skua and c60 Little Tern - Hilbre.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Yellow wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and 1 calling Cetti's warbler - Burton Point early morning.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.

Aug 19
7 Arctic Skua, 12 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar and 8 Kittiwake, also 4 Harbour Porpoise - Hilbre.
3,500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 fem Wheatear - Heswall Shore late afternoon.

Aug 18
1 Peregrine, 68 Ringed Plover, 73 Grey Plover, 300 Dunlin, 5000 Redshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1500 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail -  Heswall Shore.
3,100 Black-tailed Godwit (15 colour-ringed and 179 juveniles) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Hen Harrier which flushed 40 Snipe, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 17
2 Greenland Wheatear - Bird Rock, Red Rocks.

Aug 16
9 Greenshank, 30 Ringed Plover, 220 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Yellow-legged Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
29 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Little Egret, 4500 Redshank, 2000 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, also 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat at the Sewage Wks -  Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret and 20 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 15
1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Wheatear on wall near Burton Point, also 1 Green Woodpecker in area.

Aug 14
3,300 Black-tailed Godwits (103 juvs), also 18 Mandarin duck - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and at least 44 Little Egrets, also 3 juv Yellow Wagtail around the boats near Sheldrakes Restaurant - Heswall Shore.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 13
2 Greenshank on groyne, 1 Wheatear on embankment - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret around Shotwick/Saughall area.
1 Cattle Egret flushed by a Peregrine, 2 Yellow Wagtail on Ash Pool and 1 Yellow-legged Gull on Oakenholt Marsh - Connah's Quay Reserve.
15 Common Buzzard 'kettling' over Lower Heswall this afternoon.
3 Great White Egret flew over Burton Point this evening, also 2 Marsh Harrier over the marsh.

Aug 12
1 Red Kite over Little Neston at 5pm.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Arctic Skua and 1 Great Skua at high tide, 1 Stonechat (juv) on saltmarsh - Red Rocks.

Aug 11
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great Wgite Egret, 1 Little Stint, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe and c60 Dunlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Manx Shearwater off Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2,000 Dunlin, 2,000 Redshank and 2,700+ Black-tailed Godwit off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, as tide came in.

Aug 10
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
58 Little Egret, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 11 Grey Plover, 4000 Redshank, 1000 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail in sewage wks - Heswall Shore.
2,850 Black-tailed Godwit off Cubbins Green, West Kirby, as tide came in, then flew to Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Redstart (juv) - Thurstaston near Church Farm.

Aug 9
2 Arctic Skua, 10 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater, 50+ Little Tern and 200 Sandwich Tern came into roost, also 2 Whimbrel - Point of Ayr.
1 Great White Egret and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
250 Sandwich Tern - highlights from Hilbre, for more details and photos see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 8
1 Arctic Skua (pale morph), c150 Little Terns and 1 Yellow Wagtail - Gronant.
4 Great White Egret and 8 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 7
4 Arctic Skua - Red Rocks over high tide.
9 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua and 30+ Gannet over high tide - Hoylake Shore.
2,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
6 Greenshank, 4+ Spotted Redshank and 2 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 6
40+ Manx Shearwater, 7+ Arctic Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver and 25+ Gannet- Red Rocks over high tide.
33 Little Egret, 2000 Dunlin, 3000 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 860 Black-tailed Godwit, 535 Common Gull, 790 Black-headed Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail at the sewage wks - Heswall Shore.
1 Great White Egret and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 5
47 Little Tern, 300 Sandwich Tern, 60 Common Tern, 9 Whimbrel and 2 Peregrine - highlights from Hilbre, for more details and photos see Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Kingfisher along River Birket by Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
75 Lapwing, 11 Ringed Plover, 4000 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1080 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Yellow Wagtail in the Sewage Wks - Heswall Shore.
11 Avocet, 10 Greenshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redstart and 1 Peregrine - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Aug 4
1 ad Curlew Sandpiper, 41 Little Egret, 280 Oystercatcher, 150 Knot, 2 Turnstone, 4300 Dunlin, 4000 Redshank, 800 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
A flock of 6 Raven over Moreton.
Good passage of Swifts including a flock of 250 over fields at Thurstaston.
1 Yellow Wagtail flew north over Lower Heswall.

Aug 3
2,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
500+ Sanderling betwen the isalnds as the tide went out - Hilbre.
4,000 Dunlin - Heswall Shore.
About 400 Swift over Lower Heswall.
5 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Aug 2
1 probable Spotted Crake flushed from lagoon - Gronant.

Aug 1
56 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 1100 Dunlin, 4800 Redshank, 750 Curlew - Heswall Shore.

Jul 31
4 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
6 Knot and 2,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - New Brighton 'dips'.

Jul 30
12 Whimbrel and 3 Turnstone, plus a small fall of Willow Warblers and Wheatears - Hilbre, this morning.
3 Great White Egret, 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Connah's Quay Reserve.
4 Spotted Redshank and 15+ Little Egret - Heswall Shore.
1,950 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).

Jul 29
2 very red Knot and 1,900 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Great White Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Bullfinch near the entrance - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Common Sandpiper on groyne - Meols Common.

Jul 28
1 Red Kite heading NW over Greasby at 1110am.
1 Knot (in full summer plumage), 18 Mandarin and 1,600 Black-tailed Godwit (including first juvenile of the summer and 8 colour-ringed birds) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
4 Greenshank - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
22 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore as tide came in.
1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Turnstone and 300 Little Tern at high tide still (195 fledglings for the season now) - Gronant.

Jul 27
1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Peregrine, 350 Dunlin, 4100 Redshank, 1000 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 1ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier - Neston Marsh.
2 Greenshank and 2 Raven over off Denhall Lane - Burton Marsh.

Jul 26
1 Peregrine, 400 Dunlin, 3350 Redshank, 900 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1,250 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
1 Arctic Skua, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear - Hilbre.
2 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 24 Common Tern (8 juv) and 113 Sandwich Tern (30 juv) -  Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper on the groyne, also 3 Mediterranean Gull after high tide - Meols Shore.
3 Red Kite flying behind Connah's Quay Reserve, 4 Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Redstart on the reserve.
1 Hobby - Heswall Marsh off Seabank Road.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
4 Spoonbill flew high over Burton Mere Wetlands towards Burton Marsh this evening, also 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2 juvs), 250 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Ruff.

Jul 24
1 Ruff and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
4 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Redstart (juv) in scrub and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.

Jul 23
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 1 Greenshank and 1 Whimbrel by the groyne - Meols Common.
1 Little Tern, 22 Common Tern and 559 Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore.

Jul 22
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
2 Little Tern, 30 Common Tern and 145 Sandwich Tern in gull roost just after high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Garden Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 21
c20 Manx Shearwater flew past in small groups and 21 Whimbrel roosted, 143 Little Tern and 1 Mediteranean Gull (ad) roosted on East Hoyle Bank as tide ebbed - Hilbre.
1 Lesser Yellowlegs - Burton Outer Marsh (Flintshire), (there is now a lot of doubt about the veracity of this record).
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
9 Lttle Tern sheltering from strong wind on sand bank near Little Eye.
300 Shelduck, 1000 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 700 Curlew, 42 Whimbrel, 1ad + 1 2nd sum Mediterranean Gull, 500 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Arctic Skua off Leasowe Lighthouse at high tide.

Jul 20
3 Whimbrel, lots of Sandwich Terns difficult to count because of wind but juveniles around 25% - Hilbre.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Red Kite, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 19
1 imm Marsh Harrier, 46 Little Egret, 31 Grey Plover, 1600 Dunlin, 70 Knot, 3000 Redshank, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 1140 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
630 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Great White Egret over - Shotton Lagoons.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) - West Kirby Shore as tide came in.
c1,500 Knot, 300 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank - groyne, Meols Common.
2 Mediterranean Gull (1 ad s/pl and 1 juv) - New Brighton 'dips'.
1 Mediterranean Gull juv, 36 Whimbrel, 212 Sanderling, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern and 450 Little Tern - Gronant.

Jul 18
700 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern and 1,000 Black-headed Gull between West Kirby Marine Lake and Hilbre as tide ebbed this morning, see more details and photos on http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

Jul 17
750 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl) - New Brighton 'dips'.
2 Great White Egret at Shotton Lagoons.
NOTE: report of a probable Lesser Yellowlegs on the River Dee by the A548 bridge (Shotton) on Jul 14th).

Jul 16
4 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
780 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Greenshank - Meols Common.
129 Curlew and 690 Oystercatcher off Leasowe as tide came in.
1 Gannet (sitting on rock!), c230 Sandwich Tern, 3 Little Tern, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 90 Dunlin - Hilbre.

Jul 15
5 Eider - Hilbre.
700+ Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
6 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 1,000+ Dunlin - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine at groyne, Meols Common.
3 Raven circling over wood by Cottage Loaf,  Thurstaston.
1 imm f Peregrine, 32 Little Egret, 675 Oystercatcher, 240 Dunlin, 2350 Redshank, 890 Curlew  - Heswall Shore, over high tide.

Jul 14
560 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Whinchat (male), 1 Hobby, 3 Marsh Harrier (incl ad male), 2 Raven and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.
5 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad + 2 juvs), 24 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 13
260 Sandwich Tern - Red Rocks as tide came in.

Jul 12
500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).

Jul 11
23 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Little Egret, 70 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1700 Redshank, 1190 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, on rising tide.

Jul 9
1 male Yellowhammer near entrance, 2 Spoonbill (imms), 1 Great White Egret, 1 fem Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret, Knot, 3 Common Sandpiper and 592 Little Tern (including 109 fledglings) - Gronant.
3 Sanderling (s/pl), 1 Kittiwake (ad) and 3 Gannet - Hoylake Shore (off East Hoyle Bank).

Jul 8
4 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl), 270 Sandwich Tern and 1,500 Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
510 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
47 Little Egret, 1200 Redshank, 1080 Curlew, 600 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.

Jul 7
540 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
2 Yellowhammer (pair) - Thurstaston Hill.
3 Mediterranean Gull(ad s/pl) and 200+ Sandwich Tern off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.

Jul 6
410 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
55 Common Scoter (mostly flying west), c100 Sandwich Tern, 340 Cormorant and c500 Herring Gull on the beach, 1 Stonechat in the dunes, Little Terns up to 161 breeding pairs (record high) - Gronant.
1 Great White Egret flew over Shotton Steel Works.
2 Mediterranean Gull on roof - Hilbre College, West Kirby.
1 Great White Egret and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hobby chasing hirundines - Wallasey shore embnakment.
55 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 female/imm Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 5
300+ Little Tern with 45 fledged chicks on the beach, 40 Common Scoter flew west and 1 Quail flushed from dunes plus 1 Wheatear (juv) - Gronant.
32 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 225 Black-tailed Godwit, 870 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
120 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
The Black-tailed Godwits we've been seeing over the past few days are nearly all in breeding plumage so it seems likely that many are birds returning from Iceland rather than non-breeders over-summering. These are VERY early returning from Iceland but we have been told they have had a poor breeding season in the north of the country, normally we wouldn't expect them back until late July.
1 Barn Owl in field, 1 Mediterranean Gull on roof, 3 Sand Martin and 30 Swift - Hilbre College, West Kirby.

Jul 4
20 Little Egret, 125 Knot (non breeders), 6 Common Sandpiper, 610 Redshank, 118 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 785 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 3
28 Little Egret, 34 Grey Plover, 530 Redshank, 218 Black-tailed Godwit, 620 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 500 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
1 Spoonbill and 1 Gargney (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 2
1 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Lingham Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Common Scoter on Shotwick Boating Lake.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Yellowhammer - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Boathouse, Parkgate.

Jul 1
Confirmed breeding of Mediterranean Gulls at Burton Mere Wetlands with a pair with two chicks, also 1 Spoonbill circling over-head, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 1 juv Cuckoo.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), 2 Stonechat, 2 Raven and 2 Spoonbill - Denhall Lane/Burton Point.
1 Common Snadpiper and 8 Whimbrel - Hilbre.

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