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February Newsletter now published on this website featuring Purple Sandpipers.

 



Feb 18
1 Cattle Egret flew north past Denhall Quay this morning.
1 adult Mediterranean Gull on grass near Sailing club - Wallasey Shore.

Feb 17
11 Brent Geese on West Kirby Marine Lake, north end.
1 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Short-eared Owl this afternoon - Old Baths, Parkgate.
20+ Brent Geese by Dee Sailing club causeway - Thurstaston.

Feb 16
1 Cattle Egret by Neston Sewage Works.
2+ Water Rail calling at Red Rocks Marsh.

Feb 15
125 Grey Plover heading north, 75 Turnstone and 210 Brent Geese - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 14
201 Curlew, 5,700 Dunlin and 100+ Grey Plover on rising tide - Hilbre.
12 Raven over Heswall Shore early morning, flying high and circling before drifting SW towards Flint.

Feb 13
1 Avocet, first of the year - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Water Pipit on tide wrack near Marsh Cottage - Denhall Lane, Burton Marsh.
1 Long-tailed Duck (drake) west, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Mediterraean Gull in large gull roost - Hoylake.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Denhall Quay.

Feb 12
1 Puffin (flew west), 2 Razorbill, 5 Kittiwake, 10 Red-throated Diver, 3 Purple Sandpiper and 6 Little Gull - Hilbre.
4+ Little Gull - New Brighton.
1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Little Gull - West Kirby.
500+ Common Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull on shore, 2 Little Gull and 150 Kittiwake - Hoylake.

Feb 11
2 Tundra Bean Geese in field with Pink-footed Geese by Puddington.
2 Little Gull and 1 Kittiwake off Perch Rock - New Brighton.
2 Rock Pipit feeding on tide wrack, 11 Red-breasted Merganser and 27 Brent Geese - Heswall Marsh.
4 Rock Pipit, 1 Merlin and 1 Short-eared Owl off Harp Inn, Neston Marsh.
3 Little Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull off West Kirby Marine Lake this afternoon. 2 Merlin, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Water Rail - Parkgate.1 Kingfisher, 12 Great Egret, 1 Peregrine and 1 drake Red-breasted MerganserBurton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 10
7 Great Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 1 Rock Pipit and 1 Jack Snipe over high tide - Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Merlin and 2 Short-eared Owl - Cottage Lane, Gayton.
2 Greenshank, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and 41 Brent Geese - Heswall Marsh.
4 Great Egret, 6 Raven and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Point.
8 Purple Sandpiper, 65 Dunlin, 460 Redshank, 65 Knot, 340 Turnstone, 5 Cormorant (including a Continental race) - New Brighton Marine Lake pontoon at high tide.
12 Great Egret together before high tide - Burton Marsh.
14 Great Egret and 280 Knot - Burton Mere Wetlands.
425 Grey Plover, 5,000+ Dunlin and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre on flood tide.
1 Jack Snipe, 3 Rock Pipit, 8 Skylark, 1 Stonechat (male) and 100+ Brent Geese - West Kirby/Red Rocks Marsh.

Feb 9
Big tidal surge meant tide reached all the way up to Burton Point this morning.
2 male Hen Harrier (good close views), 1 Marsh Harrier, 6+ Water Rail, 5 Rock Pipit and 4 Goosander - Parkgate.
1 Little Gull and 9 Brent Geese - Thurstaston Shore.
8,000 Knot between Hilbre and Red Rocks on ebbing tide.
1 Woodcock back of Red Rocks Marsh.

Feb 8
3,000 Dunlin roosting on rocks at West Kirby Marine Lake at 9am.
276 Brent Geese, 438 Curlew, 5,500 Knot, 17,500 Dunlin, 4,500 Oystercatcher, 325 Grey Plover, 200 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre at first light.
4 Great Egret - Parkgate.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.
20 Brent Geese on beach - Gronant.

Feb 7
1 Bittern flew into roost at 1730hrs, 8 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Merlin and 2 Goosander (pair) - Neston Reedbed.

Feb 6
205 Great Crested Grebe and 1,000+ Common Scoter at high tide - Meols Shore.
1 Shag and 5 Red-brested Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
9 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Rock Pipit, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 78 Ringed Plover, 116 Turnstone, 141 Redshank and 7,000 Oystercatcher, also 2 Stock Dove and 1 Blue Tit on the island - Hilbre.

Feb 5
1 Marsh Harrier over towards Point of Ayr, 2 Peregrine (together), 3 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
15,000 Knot off Heswall at high tide.
650 Pink-footed in fields between Irby and Pensby.
4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Great Egret, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2,500 Pink-footed Geese and 2,000 Lapwing - Parkgate.
6 Raven over marsh - Denhall, Burton Marsh.
3 Ruff, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Great Egret, 4 Stonechat (2 pair), 4+ Raven and 3+ Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 4
1 Bittern flew into roost at dusk - Neston Reedbed.
1 male Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin and several Marsh Harriers - Parkgate.
2 Goosander on Meols Pond (by Station).
6 Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Feb 3
11,500 Knot - Thurstaston Shore early morning.
8 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Goosander on Meols Pond (by Station).

Feb 2
2 Tundra Bean Geese, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Shoveler on Kerr's Field, 26 Brent Geese on sea defence - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 4 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.

Feb 1
8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 30
2 Tundra Bean Geese but briefly - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Lesser Spoted Woodpecker for second day but elusive, by ArroweBrook car park/waterfall - Arrowe Park.

Jan 29
2 Tundra Bean Geese (2nd record for the reserve), 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin and 7 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shag and 7 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.

Jan 28
74 Brent Geese - Point of Ayr.
3 Goosander (2 drakes) at pond next to Meols Station.
15,000 mixed flock of Grey Plover, Knot, Dunlin and Sanderling but too windy for accurate breakdown of species, also 33 Brent Geese - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
115 Brent Geese on edge of marsh - West Kirby Shore.

Jan 27
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 2 Great Egret and 2 Merlin - Parkgate.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Jack Snipe, 3,000 Knot, 440 Grey Plover, 178 Curlew and 17,500 Dunlin - Hilbre.
2 Stonechat in sand dunes - West Kirby.

Jan 26
2 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
6 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher - New Brighton Marine Lake.
4 Purple Sandpiper, 7,000 Knot and 7,500 Dunlin - Hilbre.

Jan 25
2 Scaup and 1 Great Northern Diver off Hoylake Shore.
6 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
7 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Eider (drake), 5 Pintail, 21,000 Knot (flying NE), 4,500 Dunlin. 347 Grey Plover, 338 Curlew, 250 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6,000 Oystercatcher - Hilbre.
4 Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and grey male) and 1 Merlin - Parkgate.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.

Jan 24
4 Goosander, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Goldeneye (drakes) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 23
2 Goldeneye (drakes), 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Cetti's Warbler highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 17 Red-throated Diver, 1 Eider (drake) and 7 Purple Sandpiper - Hilbre.
6 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 3 Short-eared Owl and 2 Stonechat - Parkgate.

Jan 22
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
3 Goldeneye (drakes) and 8 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 21
8 Goosander, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Goldeneye (drakes) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
510 Pink-footed Geese, 160 Pintail, 220 Teal, 2300 Oystercatcher, 820 Lapwing, 83 Golden Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 10000 Knot, 4000 Dunlin, 1215 Curlew, 74 Bar-tailed Godwit, 890 Redshank, 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore over high tide.
1 Eider (drake) off north end, 30 Golden Plover and 1 Great Egret flew south, also 2 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtails), 7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 4 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.

Jan 20
9 Goosander and 2 Goldeneye (drake) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.
232 Brent Geese, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Red-throated Diver, 18 Great Crested Grebe and 120 Common Scoter - Hilbre.

Jan 19
1 Merlin, 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hen Harrier (male), over 100 Redwing in the fields - Parkgate.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Stonechat and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
8+ Great Egret - Burton Marsh.

Jan 18
13,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Rock Pipit, 105 Redshank, 4,000 Knot and 4,500 Dunlin early morning - Hilbre.
1 Merlin, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 2 Great Egret and 2 Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course/Parkgate.

Jan 17
1 Merlin on post, 1 Short-eared Owl on ground, 2 Stonechat and 20+ Redwing in paddock - Parkgate.
3 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern flew in to roost - Neston Reedbed.

Jan 16
3 Goosander and 25 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 15
50+ Brent Geese - Point of Ayr.
1 Merlin, 2,800 Lapwing, 6 Marsh Harrier and 3,000 Starling - Parkgate.

Jan 14
15 Brent Geese on shore close to Leasowe Lighthouse.
8,500 Knot - Hilbre

Jan 13
2 Goosander (pair) on Boathouse Flash, 3 Hen Harrier and 4 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate.
2 Purple Sandpiper, 278 Grey Plover, 6,500 Oystercatcher and 5,500 Knot - Hilbre

Jan 12
1 Goosander (male), 1,430 Cormorant, 380 Grey Plover, 5,000 Knot and 6,500 Oystercatcher - Hilbre at first light.
1 Water Pipit, 2 Water Rail, 80 Knot and 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Goosander (male) on Meols pond (next to station).
1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male), 4 Great Egret, 2 Goosander and 150+ Redwing - Parkgate.
120+ Redwing west end of Park Lane, Meols.

Jan 11
8 Purple Sandpiper, 45 Dunlin, 390 Turnstone and 360 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Rock Pipit on sea wall by Roman Road - Meols Shore.
3 Common Sandpiper by River Dee - Queensferry.

Jan 10
1,500 Dunlin on rocks by West Kirby Marine Lake at high tide.
3 Marsh Harrier and 1 male Hen Harrier - Heswall Marsh.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
6 Purple Sandpiper, 45 Dunlin, 230 Turnstone and 224 Redshank - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 9
3+ Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course, 2 male Hen Harrier flew into the roost late afternoon.
5 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
3 Marsh Harrier flying towards Neston Reedbed, also 2 Shoveller and 340 Lapwing on Donkeystand Flash - Parkgate.

Jan 8
3+ Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course at mid-day.
9 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye (drake), 1 Shag and 1 Rock Pipit - West Kirby Marine Lake.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
7 Purple Sandpiper, 374 Grey Plover, 340 Curlew, 8,000 Knot, 7,000 Oystercatcher, 94 Ringed Plover and 1,046 Cormorant - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull on grass by Wallasey shore.
1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed.
5+ Spotted Redshank - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 7
350 Pink-footed Geese very close to the path off Heswall Golf Course, also 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin and 2 Stonechat.
6 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 male Goldeneye and 1 Shag, 5 Turnstone on the rocks - West Kirby Marine Lake.
240+ Brent Geese - Hilbre.

Jan 6
15 Brent Geese by the sea wall at Leasowe this morning.
1 Shag, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goosander and 9 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 grey male Hen Harrier heading for roost site off Heswall Golf Course late afternoon.

Jan 5
3 Short-eared Owl off Heswall Golf Course.
1 Red Kite over Burton Marsh.

Jan 4
22,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Raven over Heswall Fields this afternoon.
1 Bittern, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 5+ Marsh Harrier - Neston Reedbed.
400+ Pink-footed Geese close to the prom with more further out, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 2 grey male Hen Harrier, 6+ Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.

Jan 3
2 Velvet Scoter (distant) with 420 Common Scoter, also 4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Peregrine and 400 Cormorant highlights from Hilbre.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed.
1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
500 Redshank, 250 Turnstones and 5 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.

Jan 2
19,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
4 Marsh Harrier together, 3 Great Egret flew south, 1 Bittern to reed bed at 16.30, 1 Water Rail calling - Neston Reedbed.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.
2 Egyptian Geese and 12 Great Egret - Burton Marsh.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Raven, 1 Rock Pipit, 169 Brent Geese and 747 Cormorant at first light - Hilbre.

Jan 1
1 Water Pipit by Neston Sewage Works.
17,000 Knot roosting off Tinker's Dell early morning - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Bittern, 2 Great Egret and 10+ Marsh Harrier late afternoon - Neston Reedbed.
8,000 Oystercatcher, 10,500 Knot, 2,500 Dunlin and 200+ Curlew - Hilbre.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Marsh between Harp Inn and Net's Cafe.
1 Crossbill over near Target Road, Heswall this morning.
2 Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin and 1 male Hen Harrier - Riverbank Road, Heswall this afternoon.
1 Long-tailed Duck - Shotwick Boating Lake.


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