Inner Marsh Farm sightings during June.
This time of year IMF tends to get very overgrown and some of the lagoons are almost completely hidden from the hide. Therefore, because there was no complete count instead are listed some interesting sightings from various dates through the month.
4th June - Mediterranean Gull
10th June - Black-tailed Godwit 250, Dunlin 4, Tufted Duck - several, Shelduck 12, Curlew 20, Red Legged Partridge 2
17th June - Black-tailed Godwit 100, Knot 2, Dunlin 1, Teal 15
25th June Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover 5 .
Wetland Bird Survey Count for
Heswall Shore - 12th June (Kindly provided by the Wirral Ranger
Hilbre Island breeding report, kindly
provided by the Hilbre Bird Observatory.
June Bird News
June was very quiet on the estuary although a significant increase in
activity was seen towards the end. Many of the birds out on the sands are
either immature non-breeders or failed breeders - these include 500 Curlew
at Heswall and 250 Black-tailed Godwit at
Inner Marsh Farm. All three spoonbills
present at Inner Marsh Farm during May had gone by early June although one
came back at the end of the month along with Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted
Redshank, Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover.
Strong on-shore winds in the middle of the month brought some good sea watching at the Point of Ayr and Gronant including a passage of 1,400 Manx Shearwaters. The Little Tern colony at Gronant has 75 pair breeding and things seem to be going well after a poor season last year. The warden was telling me how they had to rescue the eggs in the middle of the night during the recent spring tides. They also maintain a 24 hour watch to stop marauding foxes eating the eggs.
Two unusual birds at Burton Marsh were a Honey Buzzard at the beginning of the month and a Quail at the end.
Spring High Tides
13th July, 1210hrs 9.6m.
14th July, 1301hrs, 9.6m. (times BST)
Young Ornithologists Club at Ness
Forthcoming Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service, Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
1st July. Sunset Walk to Hilbre.
11th July. Birdwatch at Gronant Tern
14th july. Walk to Parkgate 11am to 4pm.
15th July. Sunset Walk to Hilbre.
24th July. Guided Walk to Hilbre.
7th August. Walk across the Dee Estuary. 1pm to 5pm.