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June 16
1 Quail heard Denhall Lane, Burton.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great Egret - Neston Old Quay.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling inland from kissing gates path - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Little Owl, 2 Greenshnak, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Goldeneye - Decca Pools.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling betwen Hawarden Bridge (over Dee) and Deeside Industrial Park.

June 15
4 Spoonbill, 1 Little-ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
850 Shelduck (big increase last few days), 300 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank on rising tide - Heswall Shore.
3 Avocet by boardwalk at Burton Point.

June 12
1 Quail heard and 1 Hobby over - Puddington.
1 Greenshank, 2 Spoonbill and 2 Cattle Egret in full breeding plumage - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 10
1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Raven flying north over Frankby.
270 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Flycatcher - Heswall Shore.

June 9
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Greenshank, 1+ Spoonbill and 4 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 8
2 Goosander, 1+ Spoonbill and 1+ Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
10 Great Egret flew past Denhall Quay on way to roost site late evening.

June 7
30 Swift over Kings Walk, Newton, this morning.
1 Kingfisher showing well along River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull hybrid - Hoylake Shore.

June 6
1 Osprey -  Burton Marsh.
6 Shoveler on tide edge (rare here), 1 Yellow Wagtail and c100 Gannet off-shore - Hoylake.

June 5
1 male Eider, 184 Shelduck, 23 Little Egret, 244 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 215 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Heswall Shore.
6 Manx Shearwater off Meols.
1 Osprey off Burton Point.

June 4
1 Hobby - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 3
3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 2
2 Puffin flew west and 1 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.
3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
8 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Decca Pools.

June 1
1 Hobby hunting swifts and sand martins this morning - Oakenholt Marsh.
Several Cetti's Warbler. 2 Cattle Egret and 3 Spoonbill -  Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 31
1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

May 30
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Green Woodpecker, several Cetti's Warbler and 3 Spoonbill -  Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 29
1 pair Eider, 3 Whimbrel, 207 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
1 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Spoonbill -  Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 28
1 Siberian Chiffchaff by lane to Benty Farm, Thurstaston Hill.
1 Glossy Ibis on flash before flying to outer marsh - Denhall Quay

May 27
1 Siberian Chiffchaff by lane to Benty Farm, Thurstaston Hill.
2,750 Ringed Plover - Hilbre, we think this is the highest count of Ringed Plovers on the Dee Estuary since the 1970s.

May 26
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spoonbill over, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing in Hawthorn and good views of 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.

May 25
1 White-winged Black Tern, 1 Little Stint, 1 Greenshank and 1 Garganey (male) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 24
1 White-winged Black Tern - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Black Tern over Donkey Stand Flash at 0830am - Parkgate.
1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 distant Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Marsh.

May 23
3 Spoonbill, 2 Bearded Tit showing well, 1 Little Ringed Plover and several Cetti's Warbler heard - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 22
1 Ring Ouzel (fem) taken by Sparrowhawk but escaped and appears to be OK!- Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Spoonbill, 1 Raven, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringeed Plover and 1 Common Tern - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 21
1 Ring Ouzel (fem) and 4 Raven (on Kerr's Field) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Spoonbill, 9 pair Mediterranean Gull breeding, 2 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Spoonbill and at least 1 Great Egret - Parkgate.

May 20
3 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Ring Ouzel - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Great Egret - Parkgate.
9 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Garganey (male), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Bearded Tit (heard) and 2 curlew Sandpiper (one in s/pl) -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Marsh Harrier - Neston Reedbed.
1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Raven - Burton Point.

May 19
1 Eider (drake) off
Hoylake.
1 Quail calling - Decca Pools.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Ring Ouzel (fem) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
6 Gannet flew close to Red Rocks at high tide.

May 18
2 Garganey (drakes) -
Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Yellow Wagtail type - Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Goosander flew out of estuary past Red Rocks.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great Egret - seen from the Boathouse at Parkgate.

May 17
3 Garganey (drakes), 2 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Osprey flew past west, 1 Ring Ouzel (fem), 1 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat and 1 Garden Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 16
1 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear and 1 Marsh Harrier which came in off sea and flew SW -
Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 15
1 Marsh Harrier seen over Wirral then flew west over Little Eye.
2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Blue-headed Wagtail (fem) in field by water treatment plant - Meols.

May 14
1 Corn Bunting between Saughall and Sealand.
1 Hobby over Red Rocks.

May 13
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spoonbill, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.

May 12
1 Hobby over marsh off Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Wood Sandpiper from IMF hide and 2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
40 + Whimbrel and 20 House Martin at Thurstaston Shore.
10 Common Whitethroat and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Point.

May 11
2 Whinchat, 2 Redpoll and 1 Garden Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Garganey (drake) - Denhall Quay flashes.
1 Black Tern and 2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
37 Whimbrel - Thurstaston/ Heswall Shore.

May 10
1 Glaucous Gull on tide edge at Hoylake Shore just after high tide then flew east.
46 Whimbrel just south of causeway on rising tide plus an additional 21 Whimbrel in channel between Target Road and Riverbank  - Thurstaston/ Heswall Shore.
1 Osprey over East Hoyle Bank, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Common Redstart and 1 Whinchat - Hilbre.
13 Whinchat mainly on Kerr's field and Park Lane, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail (fem), 10 Yellow Wagtail and 12 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Parkgate.
1 Hobby, 2 Black Tern, 1 Little Gull and 2 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 9
7 Knot, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstone, 4 Whimbrel, 50 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover (many of the waders in breeding plumage), 7 Sandwich Tern and 15 Little Egret - Point of Ayr.
1 Black Tern, 2 Spoonbill in heronry, 6 Mediterranean Gull nests counted yesterday - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Hilbre.
1 Black Tern off Hoylake Shore.
24 + Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 8
1 Black Tern - Gronant.
73 Whimbrel, 3 Swift, 130 House Martin, 70 Swallow, 1 female Whinchat - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Swift, 1 Sedge Warbler, 12 Willow Warbler, 2 Eider, 6 Whimbrel and 26 Common Tern - Hilbre.
1 drake Goosander on sea and 2 Black Tern flew east - Hoylake.
2+ Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 7
1 Whinchat and 2 Garden Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Little Egret, 87 Whimbrel, 123 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper and 4 Wheatear - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Cuckoo over Gilroy Nature Park flying east - West Kirby.
1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Greenshank, 2 Snipe and 1 Tawny Owl (calling from behind marsh) - Decca Pools.

May 6
1 Hooded Crow by groyne again this afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Black-necked Grebe, also 1 Channel Wagtail and 2 Yellow Wagtail on nearby field - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Quail singing Burton side of Puddington.
1 Tawny Owl roosting in tree by Wirral Way near Caldy Golf club.
66 Whimbrel, 700 Dunlin and 12 Ringed Plover - Heswall Shore.

|May 5
1 Hooded Crow near groyne at 1115am  then seen flying west towards Hoylake between 11.25am and 11.40am, also 2 Whinchat (males - one in western paddocks, one by Park Lane) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
70 Whimbrel at high tide, also 1 Whinchat - Heswall Shore.
1 Quail singing, also 1 Channel Wagtail paired with Yellow Wagtail - Puddington dip (between Puddington and burton).
First Avocet chicks hatched, also 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 4
4 Gadwall, 1 Great Egret, 1 imm Marsh Harrier, 72 Whimbrel, 134 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
1 Whinchat inland of Park Lane - Meols.
12 Whimbrel and 2 Eider - Hilbre.
1 Whinchat - Tip Lane, Gilroy, West Kirby.

May 3

1 Wood Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
106 Shelduck, 29 Little Egret, 18 Grey Plover, 56 Whimbrel, 127 Curlew, 700 Dunlin, 25 Redshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.

May 2
1 Black Tern -  Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 1
1 male Eider, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Little Egret, 1 imm Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 220 Grey Plover, 34 Whimbrel, 91 Curlew, 1700 Dunlin - Heswall Shore.
1 Black Tern, 1 Marsh Harrrier, 1 Raven and 1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Black Tern, 3 Short-eared Owl and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Parkgate.
68 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 6 Eider, 1 Whinchat, 1 Common Sandpiper and 25 Whimbrel - Hilbre.
20 Wheatear, 2 male Whinchat, 1 male Redstart, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and large morning movement of around 200 mixed hirundines and 3 Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 30
1 Garganey, 1 Black Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spoonbill and 9 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Yellow Wagtail flew off the sea and into Kerr's Field, also 1 Common Redstart (fem) -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Arctic Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater, 300+ Gannet, 600 Sandwich Tern, 60+ Common Tern,  2 Arctic Tern, 9 Tree Pipit and 6 Yellow Wagtail - Hilbre.
5 Crossbill in Scots Pine on top of Thurstaston Hill then flew down towards playing fields.

Apr 29

1 possible Iberian Chiffchaff (song heard and recorded but bird only seen in silhouette), also 4 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks this morning.
210 Shelduck, 1 pair Eider, 31 Little Egret, 45 Oystercatcher, 220 Grey Plover, 32 Whimbrel, 63 Curlew, 800 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 47 Redshank - Heswall Shore at high tide.
1 Hobby, 2+ Swift and 1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spanish Wagtail (briefly in morning), 19 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Cuckoo and 8 Whimbrel - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Grasshopper Warbler near sea defence at Leasowe Golf Club (east of Leasowe Castle).
6 Wheatear around the sheep pens, also 2 Whinchat - Burton Point.
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Manx Shearwater, 8 Arctic Tern, 40 Gannet and 3 Eider - Hilbre.

Apr 28
1 'Spanish Wagtail' (Motacilla flava iberiae) in Kerr's Field plus 1 Whinchat, also 5 Whimbrel inland of eastern kissing gate and 5 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse, 1 'Channel' Wagtail (Yellow Wagtail intergrade - M f flava x favissima), 4 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Wheatear in horse paddocks this afternoon.
1 Great Skua and 1 Arctic Skua both sitting on the sea, 30+ Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 40 Grey Plover - New Brighton.
20 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 3 Sandwich Tern and 3 Eider - Hilbre.
1 'Channel' Wagtail (Yellow Wagtail intergrade - M f flava x favissima), 1 Black Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 4 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Pied Flycatcher (male) by Hampsons Well, Burton.
1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Marsh.

Apr 26
1 'Spanish Wagtail' (Motacilla flava iberiae) in Kerr's Field this afternoon - if accepted this will be only the second UK record and thus Wirral's rarest bird! Well done the finder - Stan Davidson, also 2 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 25
8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 500 Sanderling, 60 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover, 30 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Tern and 12 White Wagtail - Point of Ayr.
1 'Channel' Wagtail (Yellow Wagtail intergrade - M f flava x favissima), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Whimbrel - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Garganey (drake), 1 Spoonbill and 5 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern, 6 Common Tern, 250+ Sandwhich Tern, 7 Gannet, 3 Yellow Wagtail and 21 White Wagtail - Hilbre.
1 Whinchat - Burton Point.

Apr 24
79 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
3 Greenshank - Denhall Quay.
1 Whimbrel, 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Redstart -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Redstart, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Tree Pipit, 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose and 1 Eider - Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.

Apr 23
1 Spoonbill flew out to Burton Marsh, also 8 Spotted Redshank, 17 Mediterranean Gull and 3 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands..
3 Swift *first of spring* over Two Mills, Ledsham.
2 Common Sandpiper on groyne, 2 Raven, 3 Whinchat, 28 Wheatear, 8 White Wagtail, 2 Common Redstart, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Fieldfare and 10 Yellow Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Grasshopper Warbler along Wirral Way by Heswall Golf Course.
1 Great Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Riverbank Road, Heswall, this evening.
31 Yellow Wagtail, 27 White Wagtail , 8 Greenland Wheatear, 12+ Willow Warbler and 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose - Hilbre, see details and photos on Hilbre Obs Blog.

Apr 22
1 Spoonbil in heron roost then flew out to marsh, also 3 Cattle Egret and Bearded Tits - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Whinchat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 40+ Yellow Wagtail (total for the day), 8 Wheatear and 2 Tree Pipit - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Common Sandpiper - Red Rocks.


Apr 21
1 Whimbrel in paddock, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Redstart, 7 Fieldfare,  2 White Wagtail, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Mealy Redpoll, 25+ Wheatear and 3 Whinchat, several Lesser Whitethroats - Leasowe Lighthouse,.
1 Little Ringed Plover flew towards Red Rocks, 1 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 23 Yellow Wagtail, 15 White Wagtail, 1 Eider, 1 Common Sandpiper and 15 Whimbrel - Hilbre.
1 Osprey north over Ness at 1020am.
1 Spoonbill flew out towards estuary this evening, also 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.

Apr 20
2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 22 Blackcap, 15 Redpoll over - Heswall Fields NT.
4 Tree Pipit and 1 Brambling over - Grange Cemetry, West Kirby.
1 Black Redstart (fem) in field by Water Treatment plant (near Park Lane) - Meols.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 30+ Wheatear, 6 Whinchat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 6 Common Redstart, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail and 3 Fieldfare, 2 Osprey over, one at mid-day and another at 1350hrs - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Sandpiper and 670 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

Apr 19
32 Sandwich Tern, 5 Gannet, 28 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Tree Pipit over, 3 Ring Ouzel, 3 Redstart, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 6 Whinchat, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Grasshopper Warbler and 100+ Wheatear at Leasowe Lighthouse, also 1 probable Water Pipit in field south of horse paddocks.
2 Reed Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Redpoll, 1 Little Ringed Plover and at least 2 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks.
1 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
25 White Wagtail and 5 Yellow Wagtail - Hoylake Shore.
2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Ring Ouzel (fem) and 1 Garden Warbler - Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
37+ Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
20 Whimbrel, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Blackcap and 20 Willow Warbler - Hilbre.
 

Apr 18
4 Little Tern, 24 Sandwich Tern, 14 Wheatear, 50+ White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 50+ Sand Martin, 9 Whimbrel, 1,000 mixed Dunlin/Ringed Plover, 400 Sanderling, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Merlin - Gronant.
3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Tree Pipit - Red Rocks.
1 Ring Ouzel, 75+ Willow Warbler, 1 Redstart, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap and 2 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Ring Ouzel between Ness Gardens and Burton in horse paddock.
1 Pied Flycatcher, 100+ Willow Warbler, 26 Blackcap, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 60+ Wheatear, 6 Redstart, 10+ Ring Ouzel including flock of 7, 3 Whinchat, 12 Siskin and 2 Whimbrel in fields with Curlew, also 7 Sandwich Tern - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cuckoo *first of spring* inland of Wirral Way near Dungeon Wood, Heswall.
1 Lesser Whitethroat and 6+ Common Whitethroat in blackthorn - Heswall Fields NT.
13 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
1 Garganey (drake), 6+ Cetti's Warbler heard, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bearded Tit, 3 Cattle Egret, 5 Spotted Redshank and 2 Little Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Ring Ouzel in newly seeded field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy, at 4.15pm.
1 Common Redstart (flew inland) and 2 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.

Apr 17

1 Ring Ouzel early morning, also 2 male Redstart, 11 Wheatear, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 45 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff, 3,268 Pink-footed Geese over before high tide - Hilbre.
1 Ring Ouzel in Nursing Home garden, and c8 Willow Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Spoonbill over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Common Redstart - Park Lane,  60+ Sandwich Tern, 21 Gannet, 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shoveller, 36 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Wheatear and 1 Tree Pipit - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 possible Iberian Chiffchaff on Wirral Way between Old Baths and Boat House Lane, recording inconclusive - Parkgate.
4,000 Pink-footed Geese still on Burton Marsh this afternoon.
635 Pink-footed Geese flew North, 17 Wigeon, 168 Grey Plover, 535 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 600 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 1600 Redshank - Heswall Shore.
1 Ring Ouzel in newly seeded field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy, at 4.30pm.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great Egret - Neston Reed Bed.

Apr 16
100+ Sandwich Tern on groyne at Leasowe Bay after high tide.
1 Little Ringed Plover over, 1 Puffin off NE corner then flew NE, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Tree Pipit plus several Wheatears and Willow Warblers - Hilbre.
1 male Ring Ouzel (Park Lane this evening before flying NW), 2 Redwing, 1 Common Whitethroat, c20 Blackcap, 2 Tree Pipit, 2+ Common Redstart and 30+ Wheatear, also 31 Gannet, 2 Sandwich Tern and 47 Great Crested Grebe on the sea - Leasowe Lighthouse.
30+ White Wagtail and 8 Pied Wagtail on shore by Hoylake Lifeboat Station.
1 Sandwich Tern and 4 Gannet off shore, 2 Wheatear and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
3 Cattle Egret (in field behind reception), 12 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Whitethroat, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 1 'Channel' Wagtail (Yellow Wagtail intergrade - M f flava x favissima) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 15
2 Common Redstart (along Park Lane and in horse paddocks) and 1 Common Whitethroat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Ring Ouzel in flight over golf course - Red Rocks.
700 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
4 Water Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail and 1 'Channel' Wagtail (Yellow Wagtail intergrade - M f flava x favissima) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grasshopper Warbler singing by Boathouse Pub, Parkgate.
6 Wheatear along shorepath by Heswall Golf Course this afternoon.

Apr 14
280 Shelduck, 415 Oystercatcher, 43 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 385 Curlew, 110 Black-tailed Godwit, 680 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 2230 Redshank - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Osprey, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 Little Gull, 4 Eider, 11 Gannet, 7 Sand Martin and 6 Willow Warbler, also several Sandwich and Common Terns -Hilbre.
2 'Channel' Wagtail (Yellow Wagtail intergrade - M f flava x favissima), 3+ Yellow Wagtail, 3+ White Wagtail, 1 Cattle Egret, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Spotted Redshank and 4 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Denhall Quay.
1 Common Whitethroat *first of spring* seven days later than last year, and 3 Common Redstart - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Red Rocks.
590 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Common Redstart in garden at Downham Road North - Heswall.
1 Short-eared Owl - Gronant

Apr 13
370 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
3 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 12
1 Long-tailed Duck, all  3 species of Egrets roosted this evening, also 150 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands

Apr 11
1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail in horse paddocks, 20 Swallow, 14 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 2 Common Redstart and 1 White Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 10
5,000 Pink-footed Geese still on Burton Marsh.
1 Common Redstart - near 'Hoopoe hollow', 100m east of coastguard station at Dove Point, Meols.
2 Common Restart inland from horse paddocks, also 1 Brambling, 2 Redwing, total of 25 Siskin overhead, 2 Redpoll, 9 Wheatear, 7 Willow Warbler and 5 Blackcap - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Black-throated Diver (ad s/pl), 4 Red-throated Diver (2 s/pl), 6+ Guillemot and 2 Little Gull - Hilbre.
1 Little Gull and 1 Green Sandpiper highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 9
Over 1,000 Pink-footed Geese heading north out of the estuary early morning, also 4 Eider (2 pr) - Hilbre.
1 Osprey over at 1030am, also 23 White Wagtail this afternoon - Hoylake Shore.
1 Goosander flew SE over Park Lane, 1 Ring Ouzel in horse paddocks by western kissing gate, 1 Little Gull, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Wheatear, 7 Swallow, 4 House Martin and 2 White Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cetti's Warbler calling at Red Rocks.
410 Shelduck, 16 Little Egret, 400 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 1000 Redshank, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 565 Curlew - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
3 Cattle Egret, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 126 Avocet (first three nests spotted), 2 Little Gull and 1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.
4+ Marsh Harrier including two displaying high up, 4 Raven, 2 Great Egret and 1 Peregrine - Neston Marsh/Reedbed.

Apr 8
3 Ring Ouzel, 12 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Redwing, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Siskin, 2 Sand Martin and 14 Swallow - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Redstart (male, caught and ringed) and 1,200 Pink-footed Geese over - Hilbre.
3 Willow Warbler and 7 Chiffchaff in Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
25+ Wheatear - Hoylake Langfields.
3 Cattle Egret in field behind Reception - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 7
8 Wheatear, 10 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 2 Redwing, 20+ Siskin over and 2 Lesser Redpoll over - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Black Redstart (fem) flew west, 45 White Wagtail on the sand and 2 Willow Warbler in garden on prom - Hoylake Shore.
1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Apr 6
16+ White Wagtail and 200+ Meadow Pipit on the shore, 2 Wheatear on the rocks - Hoylake Shore.
1 Swallow, 3 Eider, 6 Gannet and 230+ Meadow Pipit through - Hilbre.
7 Red-throated Diver (1 in s/pl), 4 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin and 25 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cetti's Warbler heard - Red Rocks.

Apr 5
1 Great Northern Diver on sea then flew north, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Swallow and 1 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Grasshopper Warbler *first of spring* and 1 Long-tailed Duck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Wheatear - Neston Marsh.
1 Osprey came in off the sea over Red Rocks.
1 Short-eared Owl hunting over newly ploughed field just below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.

Apr 4
2 Swallow over and 3 Red-throated Diver on the sea - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 600 Black-tailed Godwit and 6+ House Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 2
5 Sandwich Tern *first of the year*, 6 Gannet and 3 Eider - Hilbre.
6 Wheatear in fields inland of horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Osprey over Hoylake prom at 1130 heading towards Leasowe.
370 Shelduck, 300 Oystercatcher, 130 Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 600 Knot, 2000 Redshank, 470 Curlew - Heswall Shore over high tide.
230 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
NOTE: Late record just come in of female Ring Ouzel on Caldy Rugby Field (by Telegraph Road) on March 30th - first of spring.

Apr 1
1 Greenshank with 400 Knot and 2,000 Redshank on rising tide - Thurstaston Shore.
3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 31
1 House Martin *first of spring*, 1 Marsh Harrier flew north early morning, 1 Glaucous Gull (1st winter) flew NE past car park and 4 Wheatear in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 White Stork
- flew over Burton Mere Wetlands towards Burton Marsh at 1230pm then back at BMW at 2pm, also 1 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Mediterranean Gull (1 ad and 3 imm), 1 Little Ringed Plover,1 Bearded Tit, 1 Water Rail and 1 Cetti's Warbler.
1 Osprey carrying large fish flew from Denhall towards Ness Gardens at 1230pm.
3 Wheatear, 4 Eider (2 pair), 4 Red-breated Merganser (2 pair) and at least 50 Brent Geese were seen flying out over the sea to NW - Hilbre.
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Merlin, 1 Great Egret and 1 Wheatear - Burton Marsh.
14 Wheatear - sheep pens and Burton Point.

Mar 30
1 White Stork - first seen over Burton Mere Wetlands at noon before flying to marsh, tried to land on Neston Marsh but harassed by Ravens at 12.30pm, flew towards Parkgate then back to Burton Mere Wetlands where it landed in heronry before flying SE towards Puddington at 2.05pm.
25+ Little Gull - Hilbre.
11 Chiffchaff singing along Wirral Way between Heswall and Parkgate early morning.
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit, 15+ Sand Martin and 3 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Osprey flew low over Leasowe Lighthouse car park, flew along coast and later seen over Seaforth.

Mar 29
1 Twite in horse paddocks with Linnets and 1 Greenshank by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
Migration seen on Hilbre this morning included 10 Goldcrest, 120+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Brambling and 1 Golden Plover, see http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com/ for more details and photos.
2 Swallow and 5 Sand Martin over Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1 Wheatear on rocks below cliff - Caldy Shore.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl perched on branch behind Boathouse Pub and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Swallow flying north and 1 Peregrine - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 28
1 Long-tailed Duck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Sand Martin flew east - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Merlin, 4 Eider, 2 White Wagtail and 213 Brent Geese (2 dark-bellied) - Hilbre.
1 Wheatear by sheep pens - Burton Point.
1 Peregrine, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 3 Short-eared Owl - Bevyl Road Flash/Boathouse, Parkgate.
1 Swallow over heading north this afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 27
1 Kingfisher over R Birket, also 1 Willow Warbler (singing by Lingham Bridge), 2 Swallow, 2 Raven and 2 Stonechat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Osprey over Meols prom at 8am, headed out to sea.
1 Firecrest briefly in garden - Pensby.
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red Kite over fields close to Ness Gardens.

Mar 26
11 Whooper Swan flew NW over Thurstaston shore early morning.
1 Long-tailed Duck, 110+ Avocet, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Cattle Egret and Bearded Tits - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great Northern Diver off north end, also 110 Brent Geese and 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
2 Marsh Tit - Beacon Wood, Heswall (coming to garden feeder, note that Willow Tit reported there on Mar 22 is now thought have been Marsh Tit).

Mar 25
2 Wheatear in horse paddock behind Meols Common (west of the caravan park), also 1 Greenshank by groyne.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Marsh seen from Station Road.
1 Osprey heading north over Gilroy, West Kirby, at 3pm.
1 Redpoll - Thurstaston Common.

Mar 24
1 Willow Warbler *first of spring* in garden - Pinfold Lane, Hoylake.
2 Wheatear in horse paddock behind Meols Common (west of the caravan park).
1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Red Kite over at 0930am - west side of Kerr's Field (east of Leasowe Light).
1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Swallow, 2 Cattle Egret in trees and 20+ Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
196 Brent Geese (1 dark-bellied) on edge of West Kirby Marsh at high tide.

Mar 23
1 Little Ringed Plover and 2 White Wagtail - Point of Ayr.
2 Wheatear south of Park Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Long-tailed Duck still at Burton Mere Wetlands, also 20+ Sand Martin by 4pm plus 1 Cattle Egret (in tree), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Bearded Tit.
3 Wheatear - by sheep pens at Burton Point.
5 Whimbrel in channel off Heswall Golf Course.
7 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Grey Plover in wader roost - New Brighton Marine Lake.
5 Great Egret, 3 Hen Harrier (1 grey male), 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Short-eared Owl and 5+ Marsh Harrier - Parkgate .
2 Cattle Egret in field by Puddington Lane, Puddington.

Mar 22
1 Sand Martin flew east over Lingham Lane, Leasowe.
1 Willow Tit in Beacon Woods, Heswall, good view on garden feeder.
1 Wheatear, 1 Raven, 1 Merlin, 3 Eider and 1 Kittiwake - Hilbre.
3 Short-eared Owl off Cottage Lane, Heswall at high tide.
1 Long-tailed Duck, 110+ Avocet and 3 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
c10,000 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 2 Peregrine, 2 Hen Harrier (1 grey male), 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Great Egret and 1 Merlin - Parkgate .

Mar 21
1 Swallow over horse paddocks *first of spring*, also 3 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Stonechat and 1 Merlin - Hilbre.
9 Chiffchaffs singing along Wirral Way between Lower Heswall and Parkgate this morning.
2 Wheatear by sheep pens at Burton Point, also 1 Barn Owl.
3 Lesser Redpoll in trees near Flint Castle.
3 Cattle Egret in field by Puddington Lane, Puddington.
1 Wheatear on shore by Cubbins Green, West Kirby.
2 Mediterranean Gull in ploughed field across the road from Ness Gardens.

Mar 20
1 Sand Martin flew east along Hoylake Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Decca Pools.
1 Merlin, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 1 Short-eared Owl between Parkgate and Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Short-eared Owl flew towards RLGC - Hilbre.

Mar 19
3 Short-eared Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Wheatear (male) - Kerr's field,Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Purple Sandpiper and 4 Eider (displaying) - Hilbre.
20 Brent Geese on shore by Dee SC causeway - Thurstaston Shore, many Chiffchaffs singing along Wirral Way.
3 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Mar 18
24 Brent Geese on shore by Dee SC causeway - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Bittern, 1 Water Rail, 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Great Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
166 Brent Geese (1 dark-bellied) and 6 Eider (3 pairs) - Hilbre.

Mar 17
2 Kittiwake - New Brighton.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 1 Caspian Gull - Leasowe Lighthouse.
6 Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver and 2 Gannet - Hilbre.
3 Cattle Egret with Little Eget flock - in field across A540 from Two Mills pub - north east of Puddington.
2 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern off Old Baths, Parkgate, late afternoon.
c11 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Mar 16
1 Greenshank in flooded horse paddock - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Merlin over Column Road, West Kirby, headed towards estuary.
1 Glaucous Gull (2CY) - on beach off Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 15
2 Sand Martin, 1 Cattle Egret and 8 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Redpoll, 3 Eider and 232 Brent Geese (1 dark-bellied) - Hilbre.

Mar 14
33 Brent Geese (1 dark-bellied) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
5 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great Egret and 1 Barn Owl - Parkgate.

Mar 13
1 Little Gull flew out of the Mersey - New Brighton.

Mar 12
1 Red Kite over Mudhouse Lane, Burton at 1145am.
2 Cattle Egret with 30+ Little Egret in field across A540 from Two Mills pub - north east of Puddington.
2+ Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 3 Marsh Harrier flew into roost, 1 grey male Hen Harrier flew inland to roost behind Old Baths - Parkgate.
249 Brent (1 dark-bellied), 1 Rock Pipit and 2 Eider - Hilbre.

Mar 11
15 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Kittiwake - North Wirral.
Single Barn Owls showing well today at Thurstaston, Burton Mere Wetlands and Burton Point.
228 Brent and 3 Eider - Hilbre.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Mar 10
1 Rock Pipit, 2 Eider and 211 Brent Geese, also a Harbour Porpoise - Hilbre.
1 Cattle Egret off Old Baths - Parkgate.
2 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (male) and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
20 Twite - Flint Dock.

Mar 9
3 Hen Harrier (1 grey male), 3 Short-eared Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier and several Great Egrets - Parkgate.
4 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
30 to 50 Twite - Flint Dock.

Mar 8
10 Red-breasted Merganser on tide - Heswall.
3 Cattle Egret with 30 Little Egret in field by Two Mills pub - north east of Puddington.
At least 3 Short-eared Owl between Cottage Lane (Heswall) and  Parkgate this morning, also 1 grey male Hen Harrier.
1 Wheatear male, 2 Brent Geese, 1 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover displaying, 450 Knot, 107 Pintail, 17 Common Scoter, 1 Merlin - Point of Ayr.

Mar 6
1 Mediterranean Gull near Kerr's field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great Northern Diver off Hilbre.
2 Cattle Egret in field by Puddington Lane, Puddington.

Mar 5
12 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Crossbill flew over railway bridge towards Burton Point - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Green Sandpiper - Shotwick Fields by solar farm.
1 Red Kite over - Parkgate.

Mar 4
1 Twite in Linnet flock in horse paddocks, 1 Mediterranean Gull in s/pl on the shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.
318 Brent Geese betwen Tanskey Rocks and Hilbre (highest count this winter), 4 Eider (2 pr), 404 Curlew, 108 Grey Plover and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre early morning.
26 Brent Geese by Dee SC causeway at high tide - Thurstaston.
6 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Mar 3
1 Goosander (redhead) and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Jack Snipe from Marsh Covert Hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 2
6 Eider (3 pairs displaying close to island), 300 Sanderling, 1 Stonechat, 4 Goldcrest and 12 Linnet - Hilbre.
3 Cattle Egret in field by Puddington Lane, Puddington.
4000 Knot, 1000 Dunlin, 1450 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 800 Curlew, 6 Raven flew high towards Wales off Heswall at high tide.
5 Hen Harrier ( 2 ad m, ad f, 2 juv f), 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 1 Perigrine, 4 Short-eared Owl and 3+ Great Egret - Parkgate.

Mar 1
1 Wheatear by Tower Grounds - New Brighton.
3 Cattle Egret and 11 Little Egret in field by Puddington Lane, Puddington.
10-12+ Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4+ Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Great Egret and 1 Bittern which showed for about 10 minutes including reacting to a Marsh Harrier by rearing up and puffing its neck feathers out - Parkgate.

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