Inner Marsh Farm
21st January: Shovelor 40, Gadwall 8, Pintail 17, Wigeon 500, Teal 100+, Shelduck 28, Pochard 12, Smew (drake) 1, Goldeneye 4, Tufted duck 5, Spotted Redshank 6, Black-tailed Godwit 150, Ruff 4, Lapwing 1000+, Little Stint 1, Dunlin 13, Redshank 20, Curlew 2, Grey Heron 2, Coot 100, Peregrine Falcon 1, Linnet 6, Reed Bunting 20, Bullfinch 1.
Wetland Bird Survey Count for
Heswall Shore - (Kindly provided by the
Wirral Ranger Service). 23rd January.
West Kirby shore high tide roost - counts carried out by Dee
Estuary Voluntary Wardens.
January Bird News
numbers of Snow Bunting are on the Welsh coast with 45 seen at the
Ayr and 34 at Gronant. However there
are very few Shorelark around, unlike last year when at least twenty
over-wintered at Gronant.
The marsh at Neston has been the subject of some interest with up to 7 Water Pipits present along with three Little Egret and the Mauretanian Spoonbill. A Great White Egret was reported at nearby Parkgate but as far as I am aware this has not been confirmed.
There are plenty of interesting wildfowl around with both a red head and Drake Smew at Inner Marsh Farm but seemingly never on the same day! The Ruddy Shelduck is still around at IMF often seen with a small flock of 100 Pink-footed Geese or the 20 or so Bewick's Swans. Seven pale-bellied Brent Geese are at Hilbre Island, they can often be seen from West Kirby beach flying to their favourite roost on Little Eye at high tide.
The pick of the waders were ten Spotted Redshank feeding busily at Inner Marsh Farm with Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit. Wader numbers at the West Kirby high tide roost have been disappointingly low with counts less than half last year's records.
February Highest Spring Tides
20th February, 11.47hrs 10.0m. (all times GMT)
21st February, 1229hrs 10.0m.
22nd February, 1310hrs 9.9m.
Young Ornithologists Club at Ness Gardens
Wirral Peregrines Phoenix Group
Wirral Bird Club
Forthcoming Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service, Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
6th February. Birdwatch at Heswall
19th February. High Tide at Flint Castle.
12th February to 20th February. National Nestbox Week.
20th February. Bird Activity Day at Wirral
Country Park. 10am - 3pm.
20th February. High Tide Birdwatch at
Note: Forthcoming events extracted from 'Birdwatchers Diary 2000'. Please e-mail me if you want an electronic copy, hard copy available from the visitor centre at Thurstaston, Wirral Country Park 0151 648 4371.