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July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Black Tern Spring Passage 2017.

Jul 27
1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Peregrine, 350 Dunlin, 4100 Redshank, 1000 Curlew, 9 Whimbrel, 1ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.

Jul 26
1 Peregrine, 400 Dunlin, 3350 Redshank, 900 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail - Heswall Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1,250 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 25
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - West Kirby Shore on rising tide.
1 Arctic Skua, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Wheatear - Hilbre.
2 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 24 Common Tern (8 juv) and 113 Sandwich Tern (30 juv) -  Hoylake Shore.
1 Common Sandpiper on the groyne, also 3 Mediterranean Gull after high tide - Meols Shore.
3 Red Kite flying behind Connah's Quay Reserve, 4 Spotted Redshank and 3 Common Redstart on the reserve.
1 Hobby - Heswall Marsh off Seabank Road.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
4 Spoonbill flew high over Burton Mere Wetlands towards Burton Marsh this evening, also 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2 juvs), 250 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Ruff.

Jul 24
1 Ruff and 1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
4 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Redstart (juv) in scrub and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.

Jul 23
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 1 Greenshank and 1 Whimbrel by the groyne - Meols Common.
1 Little Tern, 22 Common Tern and 559 Sandwich Tern - Hoylake Shore.

Jul 22
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
2 Little Tern, 30 Common Tern and 145 Sandwich Tern in gull roost just after high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Garden Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 21
c20 Manx Shearwater flew past in small groups and 21 Whimbrel roosted, 143 Little Tern and 1 Mediteranean Gull (ad) roosted on East Hoyle Bank as tide ebbed - Hilbre.
1 Lesser Yellowlegs - Burton Outer Marsh (Flintshire), (there is now a lot of doubt about the veracity of this record).
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
9 Lttle Tern sheltering from strong wind on sand bank near Little Eye.
300 Shelduck, 1000 Dunlin, 2000 Redshank, 700 Curlew, 42 Whimbrel, 1ad + 1 2nd sum Mediterranean Gull, 500 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Arctic Skua off Leasowe Lighthouse at high tide.

Jul 20
3 Whimbrel, lots of Sandwich Terns difficult to count because of wind but juveniles around 25% - Hilbre.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Red Kite, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 19
1 imm Marsh Harrier, 46 Little Egret, 31 Grey Plover, 1600 Dunlin, 70 Knot, 3000 Redshank, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 1140 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
630 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Wood Sandpiper and 3 Great White Egret over - Shotton Lagoons.
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads) - West Kirby Shore as tide came in.
c1,500 Knot, 300 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank - groyne, Meols Common.
2 Mediterranean Gull (1 ad s/pl and 1 juv) - New Brighton 'dips'.
1 Mediterranean Gull juv, 36 Whimbrel, 212 Sanderling, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern and 450 Little Tern - Gronant.

Jul 18
700 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern and 1,000 Black-headed Gull between West Kirby Marine Lake and Hilbre as tide ebbed this morning, see more details and photos on http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/.

Jul 17
750 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl) - New Brighton 'dips'.
2 Great White Egret at Shotton Lagoons.
NOTE: report of a probable Lesser Yellowlegs on the River Dee by the A548 bridge (Shotton) on Jul 14th).

Jul 16
4 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
780 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Greenshank - Meols Common.
129 Curlew and 690 Oystercatcher off Leasowe as tide came in.
1 Gannet (sitting on rock!), c230 Sandwich Tern, 3 Little Tern, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 90 Dunlin - Hilbre.

Jul 15
5 Eider - Hilbre.
700+ Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
6 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 1,000+ Dunlin - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine at groyne, Meols Common.
3 Raven circling over wood by Cottage Loaf,  Thurstaston.
1 imm f Peregrine, 32 Little Egret, 675 Oystercatcher, 240 Dunlin, 2350 Redshank, 890 Curlew  - Heswall Shore, over high tide.

Jul 14
560 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
1 Whinchat (male), 1 Hobby, 3 Marsh Harrier (incl ad male), 2 Raven and 2 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.
5 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad + 2 juvs), 24 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 13
260 Sandwich Tern - Red Rocks as tide came in.

Jul 12
500 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).

Jul 11
23 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Little Egret, 70 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1700 Redshank, 1190 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore, on rising tide.

Jul 9
1 male Yellowhammer near entrance, 2 Spoonbill (imms), 1 Great White Egret, 1 fem Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ruff - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret, Knot, 3 Common Sandpiper and 592 Little Tern (including 109 fledglings) - Gronant.
3 Sanderling (s/pl), 1 Kittiwake (ad) and 3 Gannet - Hoylake Shore (off East Hoyle Bank).

Jul 8
4 Mediterranean Gull (ad s/pl), 270 Sandwich Tern and 1,500 Black-headed Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.
510 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
47 Little Egret, 1200 Redshank, 1080 Curlew, 600 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.

Jul 7
540 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
2 Yellowhammer (pair) - Thurstaston Hill.
3 Mediterranean Gull(ad s/pl) and 200+ Sandwich Tern off West Kirby Marine Lake as tide came in.

Jul 6
410 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
55 Common Scoter (mostly flying west), c100 Sandwich Tern, 340 Cormorant and c500 Herring Gull on the beach, 1 Stonechat in the dunes, Little Terns up to 161 breeding pairs (record high) - Gronant.
1 Great White Egret flew over Shotton Steel Works.
2 Mediterranean Gull on roof - Hilbre College, West Kirby.
1 Great White Egret and 5 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
1 Hobby chasing hirundines - Wallasey shore embnakment.
55 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 female/imm Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 5
300+ Little Tern with 45 fledged chicks on the beach, 40 Common Scoter flew west and 1 Quail flushed from dunes plus 1 Wheatear (juv) - Gronant.
32 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 225 Black-tailed Godwit, 870 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
120 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection (next to Column Road).
The Black-tailed Godwits we've been seeing over the past few days are nearly all in breeding plumage so it seems likely that many are birds returning from Iceland rather than non-breeders over-summering. These are VERY early returning from Iceland but we have been told they have had a poor breeding season in the north of the country, normally we wouldn't expect them back until late July.
1 Barn Owl in field, 1 Mediterranean Gull on roof, 3 Sand Martin and 30 Swift - Hilbre College, West Kirby.

Jul 4
20 Little Egret, 125 Knot (non breeders), 6 Common Sandpiper, 610 Redshank, 118 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 785 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
2 Great White Egret and 2 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jul 3
28 Little Egret, 34 Grey Plover, 530 Redshank, 218 Black-tailed Godwit, 620 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 500 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore, over high tide.
1 Spoonbill and 1 Gargney (fem) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jul 2
1 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Lingham Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Common Scoter on Shotwick Boating Lake.
3 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
3 Spotted Redshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.
2 Yellowhammer - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Boathouse, Parkgate.

Jul 1
Confirmed breeding of Mediterranean Gulls at Burton Mere Wetlands with a pair with two chicks, also 1 Spoonbill circling over-head, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 1 juv Cuckoo.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), 2 Stonechat, 2 Raven and 2 Spoonbill - Denhall Lane/Burton Point.
1 Common Snadpiper and 8 Whimbrel - Hilbre.

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