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March Newsletter now published on this website featuring Highlights March 2016 to February 2017.

Mar 26
2 Wheatear and Greenshank on groyne - Meols Common.
1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Wheatear, 1 Raven and 100+ Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 11 Wigeon, 12 Golden Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 600 Knot, 2650 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 570 Curlew, 1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore on rising tide.

Mar 25
31 Little Gull, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat and small fall of Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs - Hilbre.
1 Glaucous Gull on sea off Leasowe Lighthouse just before 11am.
5 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow over Gilroy, West Kirby.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Little Gull (1st year) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Rail in full view on Meols Shore this morning.

Mar 24
11 Little Gull flying east - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat by sheep pens - Burton Point.
7,000 Pink-footed Geese all in flight for a few minutes - Neston Marsh.
1 Willow Warbler in song - Frankby Cemetry.
2 Wheatear in field and 2 Sand Martin over - Newton, West Kirby.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
2 Short-eared Owl - Old Baths, Parkgate.
1 drake Goosander in Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off Column road) this afternoon but briefly - West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Great White Egret and 20 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Little Gull (1st year), 71 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 23
1 Little Gull (1st year) and 4 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Wheatear and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Point.

Mar 22
2 Whooper Swan flew east, 1 Shag flew west, 36 Common Scoter and 1 Red-throated Diver off East Hoyle Bank (Hoylake).
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.
4 Wheatear in ploughed field next to Heswall Fields NT.
1 Wheatear, c100 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Stonechat, 1 Little Owl heard calling down Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 21
2 Great White Egret seen displaying off Parkgate.
1 Cattle Egret (in trees by mere), 1 Little Gull (1st year) and 3 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
30+ Twite by West Hide - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) flying north at 1pm - Gilroy, West Kirby.
c300 Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Mar 20
1 Little Gull (1st year) and 3 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Greenshank - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Mar 19
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 Great White Egret - Parkgate.
Report of 1 Common Whitethroat heard singing along Wirral Way (this would be earliest ever for Cheshire and Wirral by at least 10 days, but as it was only heard has to go down as unconfirmed) - Gayton.
1 Little Gull (1st year) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Treecreeper along Park Lane - Meols.
1 Willow Warbler singing in Bidston.
An escaped Red-tailed Hawk is still in the West Kirby area and has been for at least three years, I've put it in here as people are misidentifying it as Osprey/Red Kite/Buzzard. Over the past week or so it has been hanging around the Morrisons and Barclay Bank area - I think it's probably predating the feral pigeons.

Mar 18
1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Little Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
1 Greenshank by groyne, 1 Wheatear in paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Point.

Mar 17
2 Willow Warbler *first of spring* 12 days earlier than last year, singing by Shotton.
1 Waxwing by Boathouse Pub, Parkgate.

Mar 16
1 Red Kite drifting east this morning, also 1 Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whimbrel (very early), 3 Wheatear and 1 Chiffchaff - Hilbre.
1 Waxwing at junction of Telegraph Road and Thurstaston Road, Heswall, feeding on Rowan Tree.

Mar 15
1 Red Kite showing well, had an ariel battle with a Buzzard and Marsh Harrier high overhead, also 4 Whooper Swan, 74 Avocet, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Great White Egret and 2 Wheatear - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Black Redstart, in private garden Hoylake Promenade.
1 Cetti's Warbler - Red Rocks.
12+ Stonechat feeding along the damp ditches - Hoylake Langfields.
Singing Chiffchaffs being reported at several sites and there has obviously been a 'fall' over the past couple of days. 

Mar 14
1 Siberian Stonechat singing, also 12 Stonechat and 1 Wheatear, in paddocks west of Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Swallow *first of spring* 10 days earlier than last year,  over horse paddocks behind Meols Groyne, also 2 Greenshank on groyne which flew north.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.

Mar 13
2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
110 Brent Geese off West Kirby Marsh at high tide, several Meadow Pipits displaying.
1 Ring Ouzel by Parkfield House, Leasowe.
1 Peregrine, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.

Mar 12
20,000 Common Scoter off Point of Ayr at high tide on flat calm sea.
1 Ring Ouzel (imm), 1 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Goosander - Red Rocks.
10 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive), Heswall.
3 Whooper Swan and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Old Baths, Parkgate.
328 Brent Geese spread between Little Eye, Bird Rock and West Kirby on the rising tide, flat calm sea.

Mar 11
1 Wheatear *first of spring* 12 days earlier than last year, and 63 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Sand Martin *first of spring* five days earlier than last year, 1 Long-tailed Duck (fem), 16 Goldcrest and 2 Stonechat (pair) - Hilbre, see Hilbre Obs Blog for details.
10 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive), Heswall.
1 Cetti's Warbler calling - Red Rocks reed-bed.
1 Ring Ouzel in west sheep field before flying north, first of spring and about three weeks earlier than last year - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Mar 10
6 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive), Heswall.
1 White-fronted Goose with 6,000 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh.
1,000 Wigeon in River Dee channel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 48 Twite, 1 Spotted Redshank and 5 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
10 Goldcrest and 7 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre, see more details on Hilbre Obs Blog.
180 Black-tailed Godwit - Gilroy scrape, West Kirby.

Mar 9
2 Waxwing in Pensby Road (jnt with Ridgwood Drive) in Rowan tree still full of berries, also report yesterday of flock of 8+ in Irby Road, Irby.
3 Spotted Redshank and 45 Twite - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Mar 8
1 Iceland Gull on grassland towards Shotwick Boating Lake, flew off towards Industrial Estate - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
8+ Waxwing in private garden this morning - Irby.

Mar 7
2 Waxwing close to Pump House Lane roundabout - Greasby, early morning.
600+ Common Scoter at 1030am but no sign, yet, of the massive numbers seen here over the past three years, also 8 Scaup - Meols Shore.
300 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (off A540).
1 Twite with Linnets and other finches - Denhall Quay.

Mar 6
2 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), pair Stonechat and 1 Twite - Denhall Quay.
c10 Marsh Harrier came into roost this evening, also Hen Harrier (male), Short-eared Owl and c15 Raven - Neston Marsh.

Mar 5
1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Mediterranean Gull in flooded field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Goosander and 2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Mar 4
1 White Wagtail *first of spring* and 11 days earlier than last year, other birds on spring passage were 3 Stonechat, 5 Jackdaw and 11 Pied Wagtail - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull in river channel, 1 Water Rail, c30 Twite, 3 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Connah's Quay Reserve.
At least 7 and probably 12 Marsh Harrier going into the roost this evening - Neston Marsh, this evening.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Neston Old Quay.
1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Point.
1 Marsh Harrier -  Old Baths, Parkgate.

Mar 3
3,000 Pintail in river channel, 1,200 Black-tailed Godwit, 2,000 Dunlin and 14 Twite - Oakenholt Marsh.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Water Rail - Connah's Quay Reserve.
Report of 7 Twite near Denhall Quay.
1 Goosander on Gilroy Duck Pond (present yesterday as well) - West Kirby.

Mar 2
300 Black-tailed Godwit in Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to A540) and adjacent field this morning, half of which then flew to Gilroy Scrape in the afternoon.
1,600 Dunlin and 100 Redshank on rocks by  West Kirby Marine Lake at 10am.
1 Short-eared Owl (very close), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier (fem) - Parkgate late afternoon.
2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and up to 10 Marsh Harrier coming into roost - Neston Marsh.

Mar 1
2 Marsh Harrier (pair displaying), 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret amd 2 Stonechat (pair) - Old Baths, Parkgate.
9 Waxwing by Boathouse Pub, Parkgate, this morning.
13 Avocet, 3 Ruff, 1 Merlin, c40 Reed Bunting and 6 Siskin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
200+ Black-tailed Godwit in Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to A540) and adjacent field.

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