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February Newsletter now published on this website featuring Colour-ringed Gulls - Part 2 and Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report 2013.

Feb 1
2 Snow Bunting on beach west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
156 Golden Plover, 340 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greensahnk, 2 Raven and 1 Peregrine over high tide - Heswall Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Great White Egret and 1 Peregrine - Parkgate/Gayton Marsh.
2 Great White Egret off Neston Old Quay this evening.

Jan 31
1 Kingfisher by Thurstaston Visitor Centre pond this morning.
1 Peregrine chasing Lapwings - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great White Egret - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.
1 Great White Egret and 3 Water Pipit - Neston Old Quay.
9 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate, at dusk.

Jan 30
1,900 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew and 10 Stock Dove in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby, this morning.
50 Redwing - Ashton Park, West Kirby.

Jan 29
1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 28
114 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 White-fronted Goose (distant but probably Greenland race)- Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Great White Egret and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.

Jan 27
1 White-fronted Goose (European race) with Pink-footed Geese, but distant - Burton Marsh.
1 White-fronted Goose (Greenland race)- Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 26
1 White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese, but distant, - Burton Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Heswall Marsh.
2 Snow Bunting west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.

Jan 25
6,200 Pink-footed Geese counted on the Dee Estuary by RSPB, a record high!
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Red-throated Diver in gutter and at least 2,000 Pink-footed Geese flew in from Burton Marsh after high tide - Parkgate Marsh during RSPB Hen Harrier event this afternoon.
189 Golden Plover, 450 Lapwing, 2200 Dunlin, 250 Knot, 425 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 4 Grey Wagtail - Heswall Shore this morning.
1 White-fronted Goose (European race) with Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh this morning.
3 Spotted Redshank and 20+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
c500 Teal, c2,000 Dunlin and c2,500 Knot, 48 Pink-footed Geese over - Thurstaston Shore this morning.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.
c1,000 Pink-footed Geese over, also 1 Water Rail and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 24
2 Short-eared Owl on the ground at Cottage Lane, Heswall but didn't fly.
1 Red-throated Diver swam up the channel past Riverbank Road and Cottage Lane, Heswall, as tide came in.
1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 1 Spotted Redshank - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
9 Knot and 1,850 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby, this morning.
2 Great White Egret (with possible third further out) and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Old Baths this afternoon.
2 Snow Bunting west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
11 Purple Sandpiper, 180 Turnstone and 450 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake an hour before high tide.

Jan 23
7+ Short-eared Owl - Cottage Lane, Heswall, at high tide.
4+ Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 3 Jack Snipe and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Old Baths.
170 Twite, 7,500 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank, 4 Rock Pipit and 1 Peregrine - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Snow Bunting on embankment west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great White Egret, 50 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Water Pipit, 200 Skylark, 30 Reed Bunting and 50 Pipits (mainly Rock) - Neston Old Quay.

Jan 22
1 Merlin - Greenfield Marsh.
1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.
2 Snow Bunting on beach west of Lifeguard Station, Wallasey Shore.
5 Short-eared Owl flushed from the roost off Cottage Lane, Heswall, at high tide.
450 Sanderling, 300 Grey Plover (one in s/pl), 10,000 Dunlin and 5,000 Knot - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Old Baths.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 2 Merlin and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Old Baths.
12 Goldeneye and 10 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake early morning.
7 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Rock Pipit and 70 Brent Geese - Hilbre over high tide.
2 Merlin, 1 Water Pipit, 6 Twite and 40 Skylark - Neston Old Quay.
1 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works (this was a different bird to the one at the Old Quay).

Jan 21
200+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
9 Goldeneye and 9+ Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,300 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore before high tide.
1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 2 Jack Snipe - Riverbank Road, Heswall, over high tide.

Jan 20
3.884 Cormorant counted exiting the estuary early morning which could well be the highest ever single site UK count for this species - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull - New Brighton, flew up River Mersey.
1 Twite in horse paddocks, also 3 Eider (incl 2 males, flew west), 1,100 Common Scoter and 320 Great Crested Grebe on the sea at high tide - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
45 Bewick's Swan and 16 Whooper Swan - Shotwick fields.

Jan 19
3,336 Cormorant, also 12 Purple Sandpiper, 290 Turnstone and 1 Shag - Hilbre, for details see http://www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.
1 Kingfisher and 11 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake, just after high tide.
1 Eider (drake) flew past Hoylake Shore this morning.
970 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore after high tide.
1 Merlin, 1 fem Goosander (over), 20 Rock Pipit and 60 Skylark - Neston Marsh.
1 Water Pipit, 9 Twite and 3 Chiffchaff - Neston Old Quay/Sewage Works area.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.

Jan 18
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard and seen) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine, 750 Common Scoter off shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Spotted Redshank - Heswall Shore.

Jan 17
3 Black-necked Grebe and 17+ Little Grebe - Shotwick Boating Lake.
42 Bewick's Swan, 25+ Whooper Swan, 35 Mute Swan and 1 Black Swan - Shotwick Fields.
185 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 Whimbrel confirmed (vagrant in winter), 1 Merlin and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh, Whimbrel was seen from track betwen Denhall Quay and Denhall Lane by flag.
1 Merlin - Greenfield, over saltmarsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) off Neston Old Quay.
80 Pink-footed Geese, 161 Golden Plover, 170 Bar-tailed Godwit, 420 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine, 2 Raven - Heswall Shore this morning.

Jan 16
1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
1,600 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.
6 Siskin - Little Eye.
2,224 Cormorant counted leaving estuary from Hilbre.

Jan 15
1 Great White Egret, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 1 Spotted Redshank (briefly) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
212 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
10 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 14
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Whooper Swan - Parkgate Marsh.
202 Pink-footed Geese in field below Dungeon Wood by Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 Merlin which killed a wader in front of oberver - Greenfield.

Jan 13
210 Bar-tailed Godwit - Caldy Shore.
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.
2 Water Rail, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin and 1 Kingfisher - Burton Mere Wetlands

Jan 12
130+ Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1,400 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.

Jan 11
1 Twite with 75+ Linnet in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Snow Bunting - Leasowe shore east of groyne by Leasowe Castle.
1 Glaucous Gull (1st winter) - Heswall Shore just north of 'Sheldrakes', 1 Greenshank in gutter.
1,400 Black-tailed Godwit in field behind playing fields - Newton, West Kirby.
c440 Pintail - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Brent Goose and 181 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate Old Baths late afternoon.
2 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake.

Jan 10
40+ Twite and 7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Mediterranean Gull in field with Curlews - Leasowe.
280 Pink-footed Geese  feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
1 Mediterranean Gull flew past Derby Pool pub as tide went out - Wallasey Shore.
14 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank in the wader roost, 1 Kittiwake over - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 9
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake, plus 2+ Bewick's Swans and 35+ Whooper Swans in adjacent fields.

Jan 8
1,260 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Kingfisher - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Snow Bunting on beach in front of Derby Pool, Wallasey.
1 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake.
1 Great White Egret off Neston Old Quay, also 2 Water Pipits reported.

Jan 7
196 Brent Geese - West Kirby Shore at high tide.
336 Pink-footed Geese  feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
 
Jan 6
770 Black-tailed Godwit and 4,050 Dunlin - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Snow Bunting on beach in front of Derby Pool, Wallasey.
3 Black-necked Grebe, 28 Bewick's Swan and 13 Whooper Swan - Shotwick Lake and fields.
1 Great White Egret (flew over at dusk), 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 62 Golden Plover and 80 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 5
1 Grey Phalarope by Seacombe Ferry , seen 11.50am and still present early afternoon.
2 Snow Bunting on beach in front of Derby Pool, Wallasey.
431 Great Crested Grebe, c500 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye and 2 Scaup off groyne - Meols Shore.
1 Shag, 6 Goldeneye and 11 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 4
1 Grey Phalarope on River Mersey, followed ferry from Seacombe towards Pier Head (photos confirm ID, see below).
273 Great Crested Grebe and 840 Common Scoter off Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean Gull on shore by Leasowe Gunsite car park.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands, on path to Marsh Covert hide.
800 Black-tailed Godwit, and 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore, 9 Chiffchaff by Target Road.
1 Hen Harrier - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Great White Egret flew south over Birkenhead Road, Meols, this evening.

Jan 3
2 Snow Bunting east end of Leasowe Bay.
1 Shag - West Kirby Marine Lake.
85 Pink-footed Geese, 2,500 Dunlin, 470 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 190 Bar-tailed Godwit, 470 Black-tailed Godwit, 600 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
4 Chiffchaff and 1 Twite at sewage works, Target Road, Heswall.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake, 4 species of swan in adjacent fields - Black, Mute, Bewick's and Whooper.
1 Greenshank on groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jan 2
175 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
2 Snow Bunting east end of Leasowe Bay.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) - New Brighton.

Jan 1
244 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field off Wirral Way, Thurstaston.
3 Black-necked Grebe - Shotwick Lake, 4 species of swan in adjacent fields - Black, Mute, Bewick's and Whooper.
6 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Woodcock - Point of Ayr.

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