Systematic list -
Red-throated Diver to
Bittern to Brent Goose.
Shelduck to Common
Velvet Scoter to Osprey (below).
Merlin to Grey Plover.
Lapwing to Bar-tailed
Whimbrel to Great Skua.
Mediterranean Gull to Reed Bunting will be
published in the July 2002 Newsletter.
1 reported off Red Rocks / Hoylake October 28th. ( JE. Turner )
[ An extremely scarce bird off the coast but owing to difficulties in
identifying birds on the sea perhaps it is somewhat commoner than the
records show. Awaiting confirmation from CAWOS Rarities Committee. ]
Peak count 1st. winter period :- 19 February 16th.
Peak count 2nd. winter period :- 23 December 26th.
The first returning birds from the shore were 4 October 20th. while the
first birds on the Marine Lake were 3 November 3rd.
[ A common wintering duck on the Marine Lake and one we are all familiar
with. Although numbers were down on previous years it appears that the
greater part, or all, of the birds that winter on the Dee are present on the
Marine Lake, a site that has been removed from the SSSI because it was
considered to be of no importance! ]
Peak count 1st. winter period :- 16 January 29th.
Peak count 2nd. winter period :- 20 November 28th.
Up to 6 birds were present off Red Rocks throughout the summer. The first
returning birds were 5 October 5th.
[ This species has become a widespread breeder in the hillier districts
surrounding Wirral and Cheshire over the past couple of decades, but the
numbers using the Marine Lake do not seem to reflect this trend. Also see
1 ( m. ) October 24th. on Marine Lake.
[Like the previous species Goosander have spread into the surrounding
area over the last 20 years and are found fairly frequently as a breeding
species. Unlike Red-breasted Merganser they still remain an extremely scarce
bird at the mouth of the river and this is the first record for the wardens,
and possibly one of the first for the Marine Lake.]
1 ( ad. ) over West Kirby shore May 24th. ( CB )
[Although Red Kite have been recorded from Red Rocks before ( probably 2
- 3 records ) and very distant birds have been seen by the wardens over the
ridge on the Welsh side of the river, this was the first Wirral record for
the editor. With the astounding breeding success of the introduced
populations how long will it be before we can class them as resident on
Wirral ? Awaiting confirmation from CAWOS Rarities Committee. ]
Western Marsh Harrier
1 ( ad. f. ) over the Marine Lake May 17th., 1 ( ad. m. ) August 15th.
over West Kirby shore.
[ Not that long ago Marsh Harrier was classed as the rarest of the
breeding Harriers in Britain, even more so than Montyís. With a breeding
range now stretching from Kent to Somerset and at least as far north as Fife
the steady rise in records of Marsh Harrier from the site should continue. ]
1 juvenile / first winter over West Kirby September 30th.
[Considering there is a winter roost at Neston Reedbed, and a number of
sightings from Parkgate, this species is one of the rarest raptors recorded
from the site.]
Recorded on 182 occasions throughout the year. A female roosted on the
side of the golfcourse during May and was often seen hunting along the
dunes. 6 birds were noted on migration October 21st.
[There cannot be many gardens and bird tables that donít get at least
one visit from a Sparrowhawk. It is probably for this reason that they are
not recorded more frequently in the wardening area.]
1 flying between West Kirby shore and Hilbre April 16th. 2 August 14th.
and 16th., singles on 18th. and 20th. and September 6th., 23rd, 26th,
November 8th. All over West Kirby shore.
[ Although this is the commonest large raptor in Britain records from the
wardening area have been very scarce until this year. The April bird was
only the 3rd. bird noted by the wardens but, as with the first Little Egret,
it was the precursor to far greater numbers. ]
Very scarce passage
1 April 15th. off Red Rocks 1 April 21st. over the Marine Lake, 1 April
25th. on the Tanskeys, 1 May 15th. off Red Rocks, 1 September 3rd. over West
[ This was the best year ever, for records of raptors from the wardening
area, and Osprey were no exception. With birds breeding in England this
summer the future seems to bode well for this once nationally extinct
Merlin to Grey