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July 16
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Wallasey Coast Guard Station.
4 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.

July 15
6 Spoonbill behind Donkeystand Flash, also 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
29 Little Egret, 700 Oystercatcher, 6 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 65 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1515 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 2535 Redshank, 1600 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - West Kirby Shore.
1,850 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Ruff - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 juvenile Great Egrets seen begging for food from adult so breeding confirmed, also 1 Little Gull (juv) and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

July 14
6 Spoonbill behind Donkeystand Flash and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
16 Great Egret flew between Denhall Quay and Parkgate in small groups between 0800 and 0820.
3 Manx Shearwater flying west past Wallasey Coast Guard Station.
Latest count of Little Tern fledglings at Gronant is 162 with plenty more chicks yet to fledge.

July 13
1 Black Guillemot on sea in Mersey mouth, 1 Kittiwake (ad) on Marine Lake - New Brighton.
1,480 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
630 Oystercatcher, 18 Knot, 60 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 110 Black-tailed Godwit, 1160 Black-headed Gull, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Barn Owl and 2 Grassgopper Warbler - Decca Pools.
 
July 12
2 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
2 Manx Shearwater and 10+ Gannet just after high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1,460 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
41 Little Egret, 460 Oystercatcher, 12 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 840 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 540 Black-tailed Godwit, 2390 Redshank over high tide - Heswall Shore.
2 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank - Dove Point, Meols.

July 10
1 Terek Sandpiper
early morning then flew off over Shotwick - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Wheatear and 2 Whimbrel - Hilbre.
6 Spoonbill behind Donkeystand Flash - Parkgate.

July 9
1 Terek Sandpiper first reported at 7.30pm, reserve staying open late - Burton Mere Wetlands.
400 Oystercatcher, 11 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 1360 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 1000 Black-tailed Godwit, 1200 Redshank, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull - Thurstaston.
2 Hobby hunting Swallows - Denhall Quay.
6 Spoonbill behind Donkeystand Flash - Parkgate.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Meols Shore.

July 8
1,200 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Knot (1 in s/pl) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
3 Mediterranean Gull and 22 Common Gull, waders starting to build up with 66 Curlew,
35 Redshank, 16 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Meols Shore.
5 Spoonbill and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

July 7
1 Gull-billed Tern - Thurstaston.
1 Gull-billed Tern (possibly a different bird to the one at Thurstaston??) and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
229 Sandwich Tern (21 juvs) and 1 Mediterranean Gull - West Kirby Shore.

July 6
1 Gull-billed Tern, still present this afternoon after high tide - Thurstaston.
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults) - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
1,200 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
2 Mediterranean Gull (adult and 2nd summer) in roost, 1 Kittiwake over - Hoylake Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Meols Shore.

July 5
1 Gull-billed Tern - Thurstaston.
5 Mediterranean Gull (4 ads and 1 2nd year) and 190 Sandwich Tern - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
990 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
185 Sandwich Tern (including the first 2 juvs) - Hoylake Shore.

July 4
1 Gull-billed Tern on mud between Shore Cottage and causeway below Dee Sailing Club, a bit mobile and sometimes distant before high tide, arrived back at DSC around 3.15pm and showing well - Thurstaston.
710 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Knot (non-breeding plumage) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
3 Eider (looked like a female with two fairly well grown young but not yet big enough to fly) seen on edge of marsh at high tide - Heswall Fields NT.
4 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cuckoo - Meols Common.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) on garage roof - Neston.

July 3
1 Gull-billed Tern
off Shore Cottage before and after high tide (observed at 1445hrs from Dee Sailing club), also 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ads and a juv) which flew over the birders at Dee Sailing club - Thurstaston.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) and 82 Sandwich Tern - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
530 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
8 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Mediterranean Gull (2ad and 1 juv) on playing field - Greenbank Road, West Kirby.
1 Red Kite heading south over Willaston just after 5pm.

July 2
5 Whimbrel and 2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) - Heswall Shore.
52 Sandwich Tern with about 500 Black-headed Gull - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
260 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Bearded Tit, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hobby - Neston Reedbed.
3 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

July 1
5 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.

5 Goosander, 343 Shelduck 343, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plover, 30 Redshank, 27  Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern and 25 Little Egret (several pairs breeding) - Point of Ayr.


June 30
4 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
2 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cattle Egret and 7 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 ad MediterraneanGull, 4 Whimbrel, 400 Shelduck, 33 Little Egret, 1200 Curlew, 1 sum pl Bar-tailed Godwit, 230 Redshank and 485 Black-headed Gull -
130 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

June 29
1 Mediterranean Gull - Meols.
12 Manx Shearwater and 4 Razorbill flying west - Hoylake.
1 Redsatart, 1 Blackcap and 1 Collared Dove - Hilbre.
1 Cuckoo - Meols Common.
1 distant Marsh Harrier and 1 Grasshopper off the Harp Inn - Neston Marsh.

June 28
30 Black-tailed Godwit (first ones back since the spring migration) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
7 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and a female Sparrowhawk - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) with 470 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore.

June 27
2 Wood Sandpiper and 4 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Grey Plover, 870 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 183 Redshank, 330 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore.

June 26
7 Spotted Redshank, 3 Spoonbill, 2 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 young Tawny Owl in tree - Dawpool Nature Reserve/Wirral Way.
650 Shelduck, 175 Oystercatcher, 607 Curlew, 64 Redshank, 300 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Barn Owl this evening - Denhall Quay.

June 25
1 Wood Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hobby - Puddington.

June 24
4 Spoonbill in lagoon behind Donkey Stand Flash - Parkgate.
1 Common Sandpiper by the River Dee at Queensferry.
1 Eider (fem) and 30+ Swift flying south - Hilbre.

June 23
4 Spoonbill in lagoon behind Donkey Stand Flash - Parkgate.
2 Bearded Tit and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 21
1 Bearded Tit (fem), 1+ Great Egret, 1+ Spoonbill and 1 Goldeneye - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Spoonbill in lagoon behind Donkey Stand Flash, also present yeaterday - Parkgate.
3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Barn Owl - Denhall Quay.

June 20
940 Shelduck, 28 Little Egret, 36 Oystercatcher, 317 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 207 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) in flooded field by Park Lane - Meols.

June 19
1 Quail heard calling from Dunes, 172 pairs Little Tern (another record high),  23 Sandwich Tern, 50 Dunlin and 2 Little Grebe - Gronant.
1 Marsh Harrier (male) - Parkgate.

June 18
20+ Gannet, 12 Manx Shearwater, 100 Common Scoter, 245 Shelduck, 3 Little Tern, 50 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Knot, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel  and 10 Dunlin - Point of Ayr.
1 Hen Harrier - Burton Marsh.
1 s/pl Spotted Redshank and 1 Cattle Egret seen on nest - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 17
50+ Gannet and 200+ Common Terns on rising tide - Red Rocks.
3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

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 Greenshank, 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.
3 Marsh Harrier flew past Parkgate Prom.

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.


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