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May Newsletter now published on this website featuring Gronant Little Tern Colony Review of 2017 Season.

May 23
1 Iberian Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher - Red Rocks.
1 Grey-headed Wagtail - West Kirby Saltmarsh just south of Pinfold steps.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Spotted Flycatcher by kissing gate - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 22
1 Iberian Chiffchaff by Benty Farm, 1 Cuckoo by Thors Stone and 1 Hobby by Kitty's Flash - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Red Kite over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Flycatcher - Park Lane, Meols.
1 Guillemot off north end - Hilbre.

May 20
1 Cuckoo and 2 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff and 1 Cuckoo - Thurstaston Hill.
2 Garganey (pair),  2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull and 1 Hobby, highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 19
1 Little Gull (1st summer) and 1 drake Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.

May 18
2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel and 266 Little Tern - Gronant.
1 Firecrest, 3 Whimbrel, 26 Gannet, 28 Guillemot and 5 Pink-footed Geese on West Hoyle Bank - highlights from Hilbre, see further details on Hilbre Obs Blog.
1 Little Gull (1st summer), looking settled, 1 drake Garganey and 3 Mediterranean Gull (ads) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Yellow Wagtail - Red Rocks.
1 Spotted Flycatcher by fishery down Lingham Lane, Moreton.
1 Hobby and 1 Marsh Harrier - Decca Pools.
1 Swallow/House Martin hybrid (seen well!!!) over Park Lane, 2 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 17
1 Little Gull (1st summer) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier - Denhall Quay.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.

May 16
2 Arctic Skua off Hoylake before high tide.
1 Fem Whinchat in Kerr's field, 1 Fem Yellow Wagtail near the groyne and 7 Wheatear -  Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Spoonbill, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Great White Egret highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 15
1 Kite species (possibly Black Kite) seen distantly flying over mid Wirral from Red Rocks at 0830am.
2 Garden Warbler and 1 Whinchat - Red Rocks.
65 Gannet most sitting on flat calm sea, also 30+ Great Crested and 50+ Common Scoter - Hoylake.
1 Spotted Flycatcher by Lang Lane, West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier circling over Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Mandarin Duck (1 drake) with 19 small young (11 seen coming out of tree) - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
32 Stock Dove in newly seeded field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.

May 14
1 Spoonbill roosting in tree, viewable from reception hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm, also 1 Spotted Flycatcher, c20 Chiffchaff and 12 Willow Warbler in area.

May 13
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.
23 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
19 Stock Dove in newly seeded field below Stapledon Wood, Caldy.
4 Greenland Wheatear in Kerrs Field, also 15+ Gannet off shore - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Grasshopper Warbler - Denhall Quay and along Denhall Lane.

May 12
c1,440 Swallow passed through Gronant.
1 Eider, 25 Gannet and 2 Wheatear - Hilbre.
1 Garden Warbler, 4 Redpoll and 25+ Swallow - Red Rocks.
1 Marsh Harrier flying west and 1 Arctic Tern - Wallasey Shore.
1 Garden Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, c15 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whinchat and 4 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.

May 11
1 male Eider, 2 male Red-breasted Merganser, 139 Grey Plover, 35 Ringed Plover, 2000 Dunlin, 19 Knot, 10 Whimbrel, 112 Curlew - Heswall Shore.
96 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.

May 10
1 Spoonbill on main scrape, 1 Ring-necked Duck on bridge pool this afternoon, also 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands, reserve open till 2030hrs tonight and 0730hrs tomorrow morning, 18th Cheshire record for Ring-necked Duck last one being at Neumann's Flash in May 2014.
20+ Manx Shearwater with lots of Gannets, also 50+ Sandwich Tern -  Red Rocks.
7 Manx Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 100+ Sandwich Tern, 30 Common Tern, 200 Sanderling, 250 Knot and 150 Dunlin seen from Hoylake early morning.
50+ Swift over West Kirby town centre in 30 mins this morning.
1 Cuckoo - Hoylake Langfields.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.
2 Great Egret - Decca Pools.

May 9
1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Yellow Wagtail - Gronant.
1 Cuckoo early morning, also 2 Great Egret - Neston Old Quay.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.
28 Manx Shearwater, 130+ Gannet, 430+ Sandwich Tern and 81 Guillemot, highlights from Hilbre see http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.
1 Cuckoo - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 8
25+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Common Sandpiper highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Cuckoo calling by Dungeon bridge, Wirral Way - Thurstaston.
1 Red Kite drifted South at 07:40, 570 Oystercatcher, 280 Grey Plover, 200 Ringed Plover, 300 Knot, 1000 Dunlin, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
2 Cuckoo (m+f) and 1 Tree Pipit and 10 Wheatear, 50+ Gannet feeding off shore - Red Rocks.
2 Wheatear, 183 Gannet, 14 Manx Shearwater, 2 imm drake Eider and 7 Whimbrel- Hilbre, early morning, see http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.
1 Red Kite over Hilbre College, West Kirby at 1040am.
1 Ruff (breeding plumage) and 1 Yellow Wagtail, 120 Little Tern yesterday - Gronant.

May 7
Reports of a good number of Swifts passing through.
6 Whimbrel, 2 Eider plus Manx Shearwaters, Gannets and lots of terns - Hilbre, early morning.
1 Spoonbill - Denhall Quay.
4 Tree Pipit, 4 Wheatear, 8 Redpoll and 2 Jay - Red Rocks.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.

May 6
1 Yellow Wagtail in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.
90 Pink-footed Geese flew N over N Wirral at first light.

May 5
Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.
2 Raven over Newton.
1 Firecrest flew in from sea, also 4 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart and 2 Cuckoo - Red Rocks.
1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Redpoll over, early morning - Hilbre.
1 Whinchat and 2 Spotted Redshank (s/pl) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 4
1 Wood Warbler by track going to east kissing gate, 1 Whinchat Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
350 Pink-footed Geese over, 2 Wheatear and 1 Garden Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Osprey flew north west of Hilbre at 1020am.
Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm, also 1 Ring Ouzel (fem) and 2 Yellowhammer.
64 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

May 3
3 Whinchat, 20 Wheatear, 10 Sand Martin over and Yellow and White Wagtails, 1 Cuckoo this evening - Kerr's Field, Leasowe Lighthouse.
18 Whimbrel and 240 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Shore on rising tide.
17 Willow Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Whimbel and 2 Eider, highlights from Hilbre, see http://hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.co.uk/ for details.
1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Gull, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Whinchat and 1 Common Sandpiper - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
Iberian Chiffchaff - Thurstaston Hill 100 yards south of Benty Farm.

 May 2
1 probable Iberian Chiffchaff (good sound recordings) - Thurstaston Hill 400 yards west of Benty Farm.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 125 Avocet, 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Spotted Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 350 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Dunlin, 1 Common Tern, 2 Mediterrane Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 15 White Wagtail, 30 Sand Martin and 5 Swift - Burton Mere Wetlands.

May 1
1 probable Iberian Chiffchaff (good sound recording) - Thurstaston Hill 400 yards west of Benty Farm at 1.30pm and still present at 6.30pm.
Download recording of Iberian Chiffchaff (by John Gilbody) - CLICK HERE.
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands CLOSED today.
3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat and 2 Yellow wagtail - Burton Point.

56 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
10+ Whimbrel on rocks between Dee SC causeway and Caldy steps after high tide.

Apr 30
33 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
155 Avocet - another site record - Burton Mere Wetlands.
22 Little Tern - Hilbre.
1 Garden Warbler singing, Lingham Lane by kissing gate - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 29
40 Little Tern, 150 Sandwich Tern, 30 White Wagtail, 1,000 Dunlin, 50 Ringed Plover, 20 Sanderling, 6 Sedge Warbler (singing males), 3 Reed Warbler (singing males) - Gronant.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Common Redstart (male), 1 Ring Ouzel (male), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12+ Wheatear and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
11 Greenland Wheatear, c20 Willow Warbler and 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling) - Red Rocks.
2  fem Common Redstart (one trapped and ringed), 7 Wheatear, 15+ Willow Warbler and 1 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Garganey (drake), 1 Little Gull (1st sum) and 1 Cattle Egret all seen from reception hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 28
1 Whinchat in sheep field, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling betwen kissing gates, 2 White Wagtail and 2 Wheatear this morning, 6 Swift, 4 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Ring ouzel (male) this afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.
8 Knot (one in full breeding plumage) and 290 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
1,000+ Common Scoter off Meols at high tide.
2 Eider (pair, out on the main river channel) and 41 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
3 Great White Egret (together), 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler - Decca Pools.
27 Red-throated Diver and 38 Great Crested Grebe - Hilbre.

Apr 27
1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Whinchat in horse paddocks off Park Lane - Meols.
49 Whimbrel, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 26 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit - Heswall Shore.
1 Redstart on fence by Kerr's Field, and 3+ Swift - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Swift over marsh this afternoon - Parkgate.
1 Garganey, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 96 Avocet - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Manx Shearwater, 23 Red-throated Diver and 3 Eider - Hilbre.
630 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.

Apr 26
42 Whimbrel, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 600 Redshank, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit and  3 singing Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore.
1 Red-necked Grebe flew west - Hilbre.
1 Osprey over - West Kirby.

Apr 25
1 Grasshopper Warbler in Target Road reedbed and 16 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wood Warbler (reports of two singing m), 2 Water Pipit and 9 Spotted Redshank - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 24
1 Snow Goose still with Pink-footed Geese at Denhall Quay.
Green-winged Teal not located early morning, 50 Pink-footed Geese flew N, 161 Shelduck, 1030 Oystercatcher, 80 Grey Plover, 200 Knot, 300 Dunlin, 485 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 154 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
2 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Raven by cycle track - Zone 3 Deeside Industrial Zone.
1 Common Redstart - Upton.
106 White Wagtail on Hoylake Shore this morning.

Apr 23
1 Cuckoo near Decca Pools, flew across to Welsh side of estuary.
1 drake Green-winged Teal off Heswall Fields early morning.
1 Red Kite over heading N at 1620hrs, 3+ Swift, 2 Garganey (pr) first on reception scrape then from Marsh Covert Hide, and 1 Wood Warbler still in wood by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Snow Goose with Pink-footed Geese at Denhall Quay.
2 Eider - Hilbre.
2 Great White Egret (Donkey Stand Flash and Boathouse Flash) - Parkgate.

Apr 22
1 male Ring Ouzel seen from garden - Lower Heswall.
1 drake Green-winged Teal off Heswall Fields early morning, also 2 Peregrine, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 12+ Blackcap.
2 Garganey (pair) - Decca Pools.
2 Swift *first of spring* two days later than last year, 1 Wood Warbler stll in wood by car park and 1 Cattle Egret, highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 male Ring Ouzel and 1 Yellowhammer in paddock behind - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 21
1 drake Green-winged Teal off Heswall Fields at 8am.
2 Garganey (pair) - Decca Pools.
1 Puffin (distant) and 2 Grasshopper Warbler -  Hilbre.
1 male Redstart and 1 Whinchat off Park Lane, 2 Yellow Wagtail in horse paddocks late afternoon - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wood Warbler stll singing in wood by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red KIte circled over Newton at about 1pm then flew towards Hoylake, then ove Whaley Lane, Irby, at 5.30pm.
1 male Redstart - Burton Point.
1 Arctic Skua flying east - Meols Shore.

Apr 20
7 Little Tern (first ones back) and 50 Sandwich Tern - Gronant.
1 Red Kite flying south by Leasowe Station at 8.30am.
1 Garden Warbler (Lingham Lane), 1 Whimbrel on groyne, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whinchat and 1 male Common Redstart - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 late Redwing, 1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Common Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Wood Warbler singing in wood by car park - Burton Mere Wetlands.
590 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
13 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.

Apr 19
3 Whimbrel, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank. 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Redstart male and 2 Lesser Whitethroat - Connah's Quay Reseve/Oakenholt Marsh.
1 drake Green-winged Teal off Heswall Fields at 1215 today, seen briefly before disappearing into marsh, also at least 17 Whimbrel.
1 Ring Ouzel (fem by Park Lane), 30 Wheatear in fields inland of horse paddocks, 1 Tree Sparrow, 20+ White Wagtail, 1 male Redstart and Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whimbrel by groyne - Leasowe Lighthouse.
A fall of migrants after dawn produced 1 Pied Flycatcher (male), 3 Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel, 16 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 55 Willow Warbler - Red Rocks.
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat and 3 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Point.
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 fem Redstart, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 White Wagtail and 7 Wheatear - Hoylake Langfields.
2,500 Pink-footed Geese flew out of the estuary just before dawn - seen from Hilbre.
Reports of Night Heron flying N over field by railway bridge at 0945hrs and 1 Melodious Warbler behind toilet block, neither confirmed, also 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Egyptian Geese, 7 Spotted Redshank and 7 White Wagtail, highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Red Kite drifted east over Carr Lane this evening - Meols.

Apr 18
11 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Long-tailed Duck (good views from slipway), 12 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper - highlights from Hilbre, for details and photos see the Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Grasshopper Warbler - Hoylake Langfields.
127+ Whitw Wagtail - Hoylake Shore.
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear in horse paddocks and 7+ Willow Warbler, - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Arctic Tern - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Weatear on the rocks by Neston Old Quay.
3 Wheatear by sheep pens - Burton Point.

Apr 17
1 Common Redstart (trapped and ringed), 2 Eider and 8 Whimbrel this morning, 9 Manx Shearwater, 1 Common Tern, 1 Little Gull, 42 Red-throated Diver, 50+ Guillemot and 40+ Sandwich Tern around high tide - Hilbre.
1 Greenshank, 135 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 40 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Heswall Shore/Fields before high tide.
c150 White Wagtail on beach, 6 Manx Shearwater, 2 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye and 3 Great Northern Diver off shore at high tide - Hoylake Shore.
1 Whinchat by sheep pens - Burton Point.
2 Redpoll in West Kirby garden (Hillside Road).
200+ Grey Plover (most in s/pl) - Meols Shore after high tide.
1 Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Wheatear - Kerr's Field, 1 Common Redstart by Parkfield House - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 16
300+ White Wagtail and 35 Ringed Plover - Hoylake Shore.
360 Shelduck, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1600 Redshank, 700 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 485 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 4 White Wagtail - Heswall Shore on rising tide.
12 White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat and 2 Stonechat (pair) between West Kirby and Red Rocks this morning.
4 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat by sheep pens - Burton Point.
40 White Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Eider, 6 Redpoll, 1 Little Gull and 6 Gannet - Hilbre.
120 Avocet, 6 Ruff,  5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Spotted Redshank, 450 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Great Egret, 7 White Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Neston Old Quay;  1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Egret and 1,500 Pink-footed Geese - Neston Old Quay.

Apr 15
1 Wood Warbler showing well along Nature Trail - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel (flew S), 2 Goosander (pair), 1 Marsh Harrier, 3,565 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipir and 12 Willow Warbler - Hilbre, early morning.
2 Common Redstart (male and female) in paddock near Parkfield House, Park Lane, Meols.
293 White Wagtail, 500 Meadow Pipit and 280 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore.
20+ Sandwich Tern - Meols Shore.
1 Common Redstart (male) in gorse by Riverbank road car park - Heswall.

Apr 14
1 Whimbrel, 1 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, a fall off Willow Warblers and several flocks of Pink-footed Geese flying north - Hilbre, early morning.
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 1 Yellow Wagtail over and 1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
30 White Wagtail - Hoylake Shore.
720 Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Knot and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
1 Osprey on beach eating a fish before moving off NE, c10 Wheatear, c12 Swallow, 10 Willow Warbler, 30 Sandwich Tern and 11 Common Tern - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Brambling in garden by Black Horse Hill, West Kirby.

Apr 13
2 Peregrine, 4600 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 575 Black-tailed Godwit, 550 Curlew - Thurstaston Shore at high tide.
670 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
1 Osprey over Leasowe Lighthouse this afternoon.
140 Brent Geese around Little Eye just after high tide.
1 Cattle Egret in field near Craxton Wood Hotel - Ledsham.
3 Great Egret - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
80+ Avocet, 10 Spotted Redshank, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Great Egret - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
6 Sandwich Tern, 160 Brent Geese, 40 Grey Plover, 20 Chiffchaff and 20 Willow Warbler - Hilbre.

Apr 12
1 Black Redstart (SW of railway bridge), 6 Wheatear and 1 Sandwich Tern - Gronant.
5 Sandwich Tern and 1 Guillemot off Meols Common.
1 Ring Ouzel and 1 White Wagtail - Hilbre.
2 Swallow and 1 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
95+ Avocet, 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Merlin, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Great Egret - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
22 White Wagtail - Hoylake Shore.

Apr 11
215 Pink-footed Geese, 540 Shelduck, 2 Peregrine, 43 Grey Plover, 700 Knot, 2240 Redshank, 560 Black-tailed Godwit, 58 Bar-tailed Godwit, 437 Curlew, 23 Swallow, 2 House Martin - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore at high tide.
126+ Avocet, 7 Spotted Redshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Great Egret - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 10
1 Velvet Scoter, 130 Common Scoter, 2 Eider, 5 Gannet, 125 Grey Plover over flying N, 1 Goosander, 1 Common Tern and 1 Merlin - Hilbre.
8 White Wagtail - Hoylake Shore.

Apr 9
20+ White Wagtail on the wet sand between Kings Gap and Lifeboat Station at 830am - Hoylake.
1 White Stork which attempted to land in heronry before circling high and drifting east, also 136 Avocet, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 10 Spotted Redshank, highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
52 Great Crested Grebe and 150 Common Scoter off East Hoyle Bank NW of Red Rocks this morning.
750 Pink-footed Geese in several parties this morning -  Red Rocks.
1 Common Redstart (male), 1 Arctic Skua (heading NE) and 1,151 Pink-footed Geese in several flocks - Hilbre.
2 Whinchat by municipal golf course - Hoylake.

Apr 8
1 Great White Egret over early morning, c700 Pink-footed Geese many heading north at first light, 24 Little Gull, 2 Common Tern, 60 Sandwich Tern, 270 Common Scoter, 3 Wheatear, 11 Swallow, 9 Sand Martin and 2 Eider - Hilbre.
1 Garganey (male) but elusive, 1 Great White Egret over, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 12 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
430 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
1 Ring Ouzel (male) inland of horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Whimbrel hear calling - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Whimbrel over and 1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Scrape, West Kirby.
2 White Wagtail - Municipal Golf Course, Hoylake.

Apr 7
1 Common Whitethroat *first of spring* 10 days earlier than last year, also 3 House Martin, 30 Swallow, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Ring Ouzel (m&f), 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 30 Grey Plover and c100 Bar-tailed Godwit - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Greenland Wheatear (1 ringed this morning) - Hilbre.
430 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.

Apr 6
2 House Martin *first of spring* 10 days later than last year, also 1 Willow Warbler,  1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow anf 10 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Passage of Woodpigeons this morning with 520, also Redpoll, Blackcap and Chiffchaff - Red Rocks.
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Redpoll, 1 Wheatear, 1 Goosander, 1 Peregrine and a small fall of Chiffchaffs - Hilbre.
3 Wheatear on seawall - Meols Common.
3 White Wagtail in flooded field betwen Leasowe and Meols.

Apr 5
13 Chiffchaff (singing) and 1 Blackcap along Wirral Way - Heswall to Parkgate.
Several reports of singing Blackcaps over the past couple of days, including one at Thurstaston Caravan Park and 5 at Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
400 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
140 Avocet - another site record, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 11 Spotted Redshank, also brief views of 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Merlin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Swallow - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Water Rail and at least 3 Great White Egret - Neston Old Quay.
8+ Wheatear by sheep dips - Burton Point.
2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow and 2 displaying Peregrine - Gilroy NP/Hoylake Langfields.

Apr 4
1 Sandwich Tern off Hoylake.
1 Little Ringed Plover briefly at Burton Mere Wetlands.
370 Black-tailed Godwit most in s/pl - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
2 Willow Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Tree Pipit, 2 Sand Martin, 12 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap and good vis mig including 200+ Meadow Pipit, plus 1 Raven on Middle Eye - Hilbre.

Apr 3
1 Ring Ouzel in horse paddocks at 3.45pm, 4 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 31 Little Gull, 3 Red-throated Diver, c30 Grey Plover, 1 Razorbill and hundreds of passerines moving through mostly Meadow Pipits, 1 Short-eared Owl came in off sea - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre.
290 Black-tailed Godwit most in s/pl - Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 3 Avocet on the marsh, plus 2 Grey Partridge in field - Decca Pools.
1 Osprey over, 110 Avocet, 6 Spotted Redshank, 4 Whooper Swan and 2 Mediterranean Gull, highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Apr 2
1 Red Kite, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egret - Neston Old Quay.
1 Cattle Egret and 2 Mediterranean Gull - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Apr 1
1 Scaup (fem) still on West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Gadwall (pair) - Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate.
3 Eider, 1 Golden Plover and 1 Peregrine, 117 Pink-footed Geese left the estuary at dawn - Hilbre.
60+ Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
2 Wheatear in field bottom of Station Road, 1 Merlin at Decca Pools, 1 Cetti's Warbler at Burton Point, 2 Great White Egret - Burton Marsh.
4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Great White Egret from IMF hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 31
50+ Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
2 Spotted Redshank (Marsh Covert), 1 Jack Snipe (Marsh Covert, flushed by a coot), 2 Mediterranean Gull (main scrape), 3 Whooper Swans (IMF hide), 1 female Merlin flying along and through Covert wood and 100+ Avocets - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 30
5 Twite - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.
Big influx of Chiffchaffs today with them being reported everywhere.
3 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
1 Sandwich Tern, 22 Guillemot, 212 Brent Geese, 193 Common Scoter, 3 Eider, 3 Collared Dove and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre.
1 Scaup (fem) still on West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Osprey over Neston Reedbed heading NE this morning.
1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Goosander (males) and 2 Guillemot - Leasowe Lighthouse, also 2 Sand Martin over Park Lane.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Merlin in its favourite tree, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Cetti's Warbler - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 29
1 Swallow *first of spring* and 4 Sand Martin - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Eider, 195 Brent Geese, 4 Little Gull, 1 Wheatear and 1 Goosander - Hilbre.
1 Cattle Egret on main scrape, 120+ Avocet, 7 Spotted Redshank, 1 Merlin (still in tree!) and 2 Mediterranean Gull - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Water Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Cetti's Warbler by Neston Sewage Works.
2 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing from reedbed, 2 Stonechat (in song) and 2 Great White Egret - track between Station Road and Burton Point.

Mar 28
1 Merlin, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Spotted Redshank and 3 Sand Martin - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Little Gull off car park, 1 White Wagtail in paddock by Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Wheatear - Burton Point.
1 Wheatear, 7 Razorbill, 1 Kittiwake, 8 Eider and 163 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
1 Barn Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
1 Scaup (fem) still on West Kirby Marine Lake.

Mar 27
1 Wheatear first of the spring for Hilbre.
1 Willow Warbler *first of spring*, 10 days later than last year - Greasby.
110 Avocet, 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sand Martin and 1 Marsh Harrier, highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Whooper Swan flew over A540 by Burton turn off at 9am.
4 Great White Egret, 2 Wheatear, 2 Stonechats (pair) and 1 Merlin - Burton Marsh.

Mar 26
1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Whooper Swan, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 85 Avocet, highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Black Redstart (fem) in grounds of Kings Court just west of Kings Gap, Hoylake at 1230pm and again at 240pm, still present 4pm.
1 Wheatear seen catching flies in field behind Leasowe Lighthouse.
6,000 Knot on Dawpool Bank, Thurstaston Shore this morning on ebbing tide.
14 Whooper Swan flying north this morning, also 24 Little Gull, 20 Great Crested Grebe and 100s Common Scoter - Hilbre.
1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Wheatear - Gilroy NP, West Kirby.
8+ Common Buzzard 'kettling' overhead near Connah's Quay power station, same yesterday.

Mar 25
1 Wheatear - Meols Common.
2 Raven - Leasowe Lighthouse.
18 Little Gull, 3 Red-throated Diver and 6 Eider - Hilbre, for further details see the Hilbre Bird Obs Blog.
1 Red Kite flew low over the sheep pens at 1410hrs - Burton Point.
6 Great White Egret, 10,000 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Ruff, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Cetti's Warbler - Burton/Neston Marsh.
1 Great White Egret, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Ruff, 99 Avocet and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 24
2 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
1 Wheatear - Meols Common.
1 Barn Owl by Wirral Way, Heswall, early morning.
1 Scaup (fem) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Great White Egret and 2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay/Decca Pools.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) - Parkgate Marsh.
1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Great White Egret - Neston Reedbed.
12 Eider (3 m and 3 f flew in and landed off north end, plus 6 already present), 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.

Mar 23
1 Scaup and 14 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Wheatear by sheep pens - Burton Point.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) - Decca Pools.
1 Water Pipit, 6 Chiffchaff and 70 Meadow Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
2 Great White Egret - Donkey stand flash, Parkgate.
90 Avocet and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.
4 Raven displaying including one sitting on top of the lighthouse - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 22
4 Little Gull off Leasowe Lighthouse at 10am, also 3 Red-throated Diver and 1 Guillemot.
1 Marsh Harrier - Heswall Marsh.
1 Green Woodpecker on Wirral Way - Thurstaston.
1 Water Pipit, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Cetti's Warbler and 5 Chiffchaff - Neston Old Quay and sewage works.
1 Great White Egret, 1 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat - Burton Point.
90 Avocet, 6 Whooper Swan, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 21
9 Little Gull and 5 Eider - Hilbre.
2 Scaup (pair) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 White Wagtail and 2 Wheatear - Municipal Golf Course, Hoylake.
1 Water Pipit and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Mar 20
1 Water Pipit by sewage works, Neston.
1 Scaup, 11 Brent Geese and 1 Yellow-legged Gull - West Kirby Marine Lake.
65 Brent Geese off marsh, 2 Sand Martin over - West Kirby Shore.
1 Merlin showing well in tree, 1 Brambling on feeders, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Woodcock, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler and an influx off Chiffchaffs - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Mar 19
4 Scaup (2m, 2f) and 17 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Wheatear on embankment east of Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Wheatear - Heswall Shore, also 2 Stonechat by sewage works.
1 Red Kite over Bidston at 1230pm.
11 Little Gull seen from Hoylake Shore at high tide.

Mar 18
6 Eider (2 male, 4 female) and 4 Red-breasted Merganser - Hilbre.
14 Brent Geese, 2 Scaup and 2 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
c20 Siskin coming to garden feeder - Newton, West Kirby.
352 Bar-tailed Godwit, 210 Curlew, 100+ Sanderling, 70 Grey Plover and 9,000 Knot, 1 Wheatear by Pinfold steps - West Kirby Shore.
122 Avocet (record high!), 1 Woodcock, 1 Merlin, 1 Brambling, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Sand Martin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
6 Great White Egret, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Barn Owl - Denhall Lane/Denhall Quay.
1 Water Pipit by Neston Sewage Works.

Mar 17
8 Little Gull - Hilbre.
4 Raven over Leasowe Lighthouse.
Report of a very early House Martin this morning - Wallasey.
1 Wheatear - West Kirby Shore.

Mar 16
6 Scaup (3 on sea, 3 on lake) and 8 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ads nearly in breeding plumage) and 400 Black-headed Gull - playing fields, Hilbre College, West Kirby.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 4 Short-eared Owl and 1 Merlin - Denhall Quay.
1+ Wheatear by sheep dips - Burton Marsh.
2 Wheatear by Pinfold steps - West Kirby Shore.
2 Goosander (pair) - Gilroy NP duck pond, West Kirby.

Mar 15
1 Sand Martin over Gilroy NP with 3 more over nearby football field *first of spring* - West Kirby.
4 Scaup (2m 2f) - , with 1 female Scaup on sea just off south end of lake on ebbing tide.
4 Water Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, passage of 250 Meadow Pipit, 18 Chiffchaff, 1 Hen Harrier (grey male) and 1 Merlin - Neston Old Quay/sewage works.

Mar 14
1 Little Gull close to shore, 1 Wheatear in horse paddocks, 1 Raven over - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 White Wagtail *first of spring* - 10 days later than last year, also first Chiffchaff and Goldcrests of the year for Hilbre, plus 10 Whooper Swan, 6 Eider and 2 Stonechat - Hilbre.
93 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
12+ Siskin in garden - Newton, West Kirby.
3 Twite, briefly before flying E - Little Eye.
360 Grey Plover and 9,000 Knot, as tide came in - West Kirby Shore.

Mar 13
6 Scaup (3 male, 3 female), they were busy crabbing so may have missed one, also 9 Brent Geese -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Short-eared Owl and 1 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
1 Glaucous Gull - New Brighton Marine Lake.
600 Bar-tailed Godwit roosting off Leasowe Lighthouse on ebbing tide.

Mar 12
2 Wheatear flew west over horse paddocks - Park Lane, Meols.
3 Scaup (2 male,1 female) -  West Kirby Marine Lake.

Mar 11
7 Scaup (4 male,3 female) and 14 Brent Geese -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Great White Egret - Denhall Quay.
8 Whooper Swan, 1 Merlin showing well in trees by reception, also 1 Brambling on feeders - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
3 Marsh Harrier - Neston Reedbed.

Mar 10
7 Scaup (4 male,3 female) and 13 Brent Geese -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Jack Snipe west end of horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Water Pipit in flooded field by sewage works - Neston Old Quay.

Mar 9
1 Wheatear *first of spring and equals the earliest date for last 10 years* - horse paddocks west of
7 Scaup (4 male,3 female) showing well at south end, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 19 Brent Geese -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Great White Egret - Neston Marsh.
4 Eider, 338 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine and 1 Stonechat - Hilbre.

Mar 8
7 Scaup (4 male,3 female) and 20 Brent Geese -  West Kirby Marine Lake.

Mar 7
5 Eider, 17 Lapwing, 1 Merlin and 3 Stonechat - Hilbre.
7 Scaup (4 male,3 female) and 12 Brent Geese -  West Kirby Marine Lake.
11 Stonechat in horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
15,000 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver and 1 Little Grebe off North Wirral over high tide.
7 Stonechat and 1 Great White Egret - Burton Point.
10,000+ Pink-footed Geese with many skeins flying in from the east, an incredible sight - Denhall Quay.
6 Stonechat, 2 Marsh Harrier and 500 Wigeon off Neston Reedbed. 
4 Ruff, 60 Golden Plover and 10 Dunlin on wet grassland - Burton Mere Wetlands.
9 Greenland White-fronted Geese - Warren Farm, Talacre.
2 Barn Owl, 1 Stonechat and a Great White Egret - Decca Pools, this evening.

Mar 6
7 Scaup, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 13 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Avocet - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Avocet - Oakenholt Marsh.
800 Bar-tailed Godwit and 15,000 Knot in wader roost - Hoylake Shore.
15,000 Knot - West Kirby Shore over high tide, roosted on marsh.
3 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl - Decca Pools.
1 Barn Owl near Inner Marsh Farm - Burton Mere Wetlands.
13 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
9+ Stonechat between Dove Point and Leasowe Lighthouse.

Mar 5
5 Scaup, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 21 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
7 Scaup - Hilbre.
10,000+ Common Scoter flying W over two hours before high tide, also 1 Velvet Scoter, 108 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Red-throated diver - Leasowe Lighthhouse. 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Ring tailed Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine , 1 Merlin and 1 Great White Egret close in to Baths car park, Parkgate.
18,500 Knot, 8,000 Dunlin and 350 Sanderling with smaller numbe of Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit - Hoylake Shore, spectacular with the waders close in to Kings Gap.
2 Short-eared Owl around 4:50pm - Burton Marsh.
1 Snow Bunting reported in garden - Heswall.
2,500 Pintail and 1,000 Wigeon in river channel, also 2,000 Dunlin, 450 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Avocet, 4 Greenshank, 1 Merlin, 47 Twite, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven and 1 Water Rail - Oakenholt Marsh.

Mar 4
5 Scaup, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 13 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Scaup - Hilbre.
2 Woodcock and 1 Jack Snipe - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 redhead Goosander in channel - Thurstaston Shore.

22 Brent Geese, 500 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Ruff, 1 Jack Snipe, 50 Common Snipe, 6 Red-breastes Merganser, 2 Water Rail, 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 4 Stonechat - Riverbank Road, Heswall over high tide.

Mar 3
5 Scaup and 14 Brent Geese, 13 Whooper Swan over heading north - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake before high tide.
2 Marsh Harrier and male and female Hen Harrier, also 50 Common Snipe and 2 Reed Bunting - Neston Old Quay, early morning, 1 Great White Egret and 1 male Hen Harrier late afternoon.
13 Whooper Swan (flew N at 08:25), 520 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 273 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Kingfisher and 4 Stonechat (2 pair) - Burton Marsh.
750 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Shore.
1 Short-eared Owl very close to Old Baths, also 1 Great White Egret, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Jack Snipe flushed by tide - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
15,000 Knot - West Kirby.

Mar 2
1 Cattle Egret following a tractor, 1 Marsh Harrier and Peregrine interacting overhead,4 Water Rail, 1 Golden Plover and 8 Whooper Swan - Burton Mere Wetlands.
8 Red-breasted Merganser and 11 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
The influx of Jack Snipe continues with 6 in fields by Neston Sewage Works.
1 Jack Snipe - West Kirby Marsh.
410 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 114 Black-tailed Godwit, 580 Curlew on rising tide - Heswall Shore.
1 Woodcock -  Hilbre.
1 Iceland Gull (imm) flewup river past Dock Road, Connah's Quay.
1 Woodcock - Flint.
1 Kingfisher by Thurstaston Visitor Centre.

Mar 1
11 Shoveler (9 drakes) at Hilbre, rare here and presumably a cold weather movement.
1 Jack Snipe flushed by the tide - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
8 Red-breasted Merganser and 11 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
Cold weather movement of Redwings, Fieldfares and Song Thrushes noted along north Wirral.
1 Jack Snipe flew inland - Leasowe Bay.
1 Jack Snipe flew inland over Morrisons car park - New Brighton.
1 Jack Snipe - Burton Mere Wetlands.

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