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January Newsletter now published on this website featuring Species Spotlight - Bearded Tit and Latest Events.

Jan 15
A good morning at Burton Mere Wetlands with 4 Bearded Tit, 9 Water Pipit and 5 Jack Snipe.
3 Goldeneye, 4 Red--breasted Merganser and c40 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
3 Short-eared Owl and 3 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Jan 14
1 Short-eared Owl, 8+ Whooper Swan and 2 Egyptian Goose - Burton Mere Wetlands.
41 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
5 Hen Harrier incl 1 male , 12 Marsh Harrier , 1 Male Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5,000 Lapwing 5000, 500 Wigeon and 3 Great Egret  - Neston Marsh.

Jan 13
3 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 12
1 American Wigeon (drake) - Denhall Quay.
2+ Bearded Tit, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 female Goosander, 11 Spotted Redshank, 2 Egyptian Geese and 2 Great White Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 11

1 Black Redstart on fence of Shotwick Boating Lake and Solar farm, also 17 Whooper Swan.
690 Black-tailed Godwit - Thurstaston Shore.

Jan 10
1 Bittern seen at Parkgate this afternoon, then flew into reedbed at Neston at Dusk.

1 Brambling with 200 Chaffinch, 2,000 Dunlin, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 400 Wigeon and 1 Merlin - Oakenholt Marsh.

Jan 9
900 Pink-footed Geese in field West Kirby side of Pump Lane, Greasby, this morning.
1 Yellow-legged Gull (3rd winter) on beach - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 drake Goldeneye, 3 Red Breasted Merganser and 24 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
5 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and grey male) and many Marsh Harriers with at least three continously in the air together - Parkgate.

Jan 8
4 Bewick's Swan (2ad and 2 juv), 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st win), 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Red Kite over, 1 Green Sandpiper and and 2 Egyptian Goose - Burton Mere Wetlands.
9 Greenshank - Connah's Quay Reserve.

Jan 7
1 Water Pipit and and 1 Egyptian Goose - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Black Redstart near Shotwick Boating Lake.

Jan 6
1 Bearded Tit - reedbed screen, and 1 Egyptian Goose at IMF hide this morning, 6 Bearded Tit late afternoon plus report of a Willow Tit on feeder - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Black Redstart near Shotwick Boating Lake.
2 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
1 Bittern - Neston Reed Bed at dusk.

Jan 5
2-3 Bearded Tits - reedbed screen, also 1 Egyptian Goose - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1600 Pink-footed Geese roosted and flew inland at first light, 730 Shelduck, 900 Pintail, 350 Teal, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 57 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 700 Redshank, 370 Black-tailed Godwit, 245 Bar-tailed Godwit, 890 Curlew - Heswall Shore this morning on rising tide.
1 Black Redstart, 1 ad Bewick's Swan and 2 Whooper Swan this morning, 16 Whooper Swan, 1 Bewick Swan and 2 Black Swan in fields at 4pm -  Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Bittern, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great White Egret and 4 Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
2 Water Pipit - Neston Sewage Works.
5 Brent Geese, 5 Red Breasted Mergansers (4 females and 1 male) and a single male Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Green Sandpiper - Neston Marsh by Harp Inn.

Jan 4
I male Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser (1 male) and 12 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.
5 Bearded Tits showing well this morning - reedbed screen, Burton Mere Wetlands.
253 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Peregrine off Leasowe Lighthouse at high tide.
1 Black Redstart near Shotwick Boating Lake this afternoon.
1 Bittern, 1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl, 8 Marsh Harrier, and 4 Great Egret - Neston Old Quay late afternoon.

Jan 3
6 Bearded Tits showing well this morning - reedbed screen, Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Short-eared owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 ring-tail Hen Harrier, 2 Great Egret and many Marsh Harriers
- Parkgate Old Baths.
22 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 2
720 Cormorant flew out of estuary, 478 Curlew, 4,500 Knot and 1 Peregrine - Hilbre/East Hoyle Bank at first light.
At least 3,000 Pink-footed Geese flew inland from Heswall Marsh at first light.
1 drake Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Water Rail, 2 Stonechat (pair) and 1 Jack Snipe - Red Rocks Marsh.
2 Short-eared Owl - Parkgate Old Baths this afternoon.
1 Bittern in reedbed and 1 Water Pipit by sewage works - Neston Old Quay late afternoon.

Jan 1
1500 Pink-footed Geese (flew inland at first light), 630 Pintail, 400 Teal, 6500 Oystercatcher, 11000 knot, 800 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 760 Curlew, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Heswall/Thurstaston Shore on the ebbing tide.
2 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 1 Peregrine - Neston Old Quay.

Dec 31
32 Brent Geese showing well on West Kirby Marine Lake this morning.
2 Woodcock on Inner Marsh Farm path - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 30
1 dark-bellied Brent Goose in the goose flock - Hilbre.
1 Crossbill over Burton Mere Wetlands, heading west.
1 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Green Sandpiper, 22 Whooper Swan and 105 Gadwall - Shotwick Boating Lake this afternoon.
8+ Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (ringtails), 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, at least 6 Great Egret and 2 Raven - Parkgate.

Dec 29
1 Eider, 229 Brent Geese and 1 Rock Pipit, 90 Bar-tailed Godwit flew north and 1,028 Cormorant flew out of the estuary - Hilbre first light.
1 Barn Owl and 1 Kestrel showing well bottom of Station Road - Burton Marsh.

Dec 28
1 Black Redstart on fence by solar panels - Shotwick Lake this morning.
984 Sanderling on north shore of East Hoyle Bank by Hilbre at first light.
2 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (Male), 1 Raven, 70 Golden Plover and 2,500 Lapwing - Denhall Quay/Denhall Lane.
3 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (female) and 1 grey male Hen Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Great Egret in field west of Carr Lane, Meols.

Dec 27
1 Black Redstart on fence - Shotwick Lake this morning.
4 Bewick's Swan and 11+ Whooper Swan - Burton Outer Marsh.
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin and at least 1 Grey Male Hen Harrier off Heswall Golf Course/Parkgate Old Baths.
1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed at dusk.
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 m Stonechat, 4 Water Rail and 1 Merlin - Red Rocks Marsh late afternoon.

1 Kingfisher, 1 Brambling with 150 Chaffinch, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6,000 Wigeon, 2,000 Pintai, 1,500 Dunlin, 11 Spotted Redshank and 11 Greenshank - Oakenholt Marsh/R Dee Channel.

Dec 26
2,540 Pink-footed Geese roosted overnight then flew inland at first light (many flew over Stapledon Wood), also 1,060 Shelduck, 730 Pintail and 800+ Teal - Heswall Marsh/Shore.
At least 1,000 Pink-footed Geese feeding in fields along side Saughall Massie Road on West Kirby side of Heron Farm.
2 Water Pipit on marsh - Neston Old Quay.
1 imm drake Scaup in channel - Thurstaston.
62 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Egret, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine - Riverbank Road, Heswall, at high tide.
1 Bittern, 4 Hen Harrier (1 grey male), 1 Great Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Merlin - Parkgate late afternoon.
1 Short-eared Owl off Cottage Lane, Lower Heswall.

Dec 25
680 Pintail, 320 Teal, 3 Greenshank - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Firecrest - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
4+ Marsh Harrier and 3+ Hen Harrier (2 grey males one of which was a sub-adult), also 4+ Great Egret, 1 Merlin and 1,500 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate.

Dec 24
328 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Wigeon and 2 Gadwall off Leasowe Lighthouse on rising tide.
1 Bittern, 7 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 2 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 4 Great Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Stonechat - Parkgate over high tide.
16 Great Egret and 1 Bittern at dusk, also 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and grey male) this afternoon - Neston Reedbed.

Dec 23
235 Bar-tailed Godwit 325 Grey Plover, 8,500 Oystercatcher and 770 Cormorant - Hilbre.

Dec 22
2 Whooper Swan flew up the estuary past Riverbank Road, Heswall, at high tide.
1,610 Cormorant flew out of estuary, 3 Pintail, 340 Curlew, 4,000+ Oystercatcher, 365 Grey Plover and 35 Ringed Plover - Hilbre before high tide.
3 Stonechat and 3 Water Rail - Red Rocks marsh.
5 Marsh Harrier together, 2 Hen Harrier (1 adult male), 5 Great White Egret flew past between 1615 and 1635 - Neston Reedbed.
1 Bittern, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Hen Harrier (2 adult males) and numerous Marsh Harriers - Parkgate.

Dec 21
8 Purple Sandpiper on pontoon - New Brighton Marine Lake.
12 Brent Geese, 1 Goldeneye (male) and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
18 Great Egret (a new record high for the estuary) flew past at dusk, also 1 Bittern flew in plus 3+ Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Reedbed.

Dec 20
16 Brent Geese by causeway from Dee Sailing Club, also 400+ Bar-tailed Godwits in flight - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Short-eared Owl and 1 Marsh Harrier - Denhall Quay to Decca Pools plus 1 Short-eared Owl off Burton Point - Burton Marsh.

Dec 19
2 Goldeneye (male), 1 Goosander and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
420 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6,000 Knot - Dawpool Bank, Thurstaston, early morning.
4 Hen Harrier (2 ringtail and 2 grey male), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 very close Barn Owl - Parkgate.
345 Pink-footed Geese roosted overnight on Tanskey Rocks and flew inland at first light.
416 Curlew, 125 Grey Plover, 4,500 Knot, 4,000 Oystercatcher and 2,000 Dunlin - Hilbre/Little Eye at first light.

Dec 17
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier ringtail, 2 Short-eared Owl and 3+ Great Egret - Parkgate.
2 Marsh Harrier and 1 Peregrine - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1,430 Pink-footed Geese left the roost at first light, also 680 Curlew and 114 Golden Plover - Heswall Shore.
1 Bittern (flew in from Parkgate), 8+ Marsh Harrier and 4 Great Egret - Neston Reed bed at dusk.

Dec 16
4 Hen Harrier ( a pair of adults, and a pair of juveniles), 7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Short eared Owl, 2 Peregrine, 1 male Merlin, 1 Raven, 1 Barn Owl and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.
200+ Brent Geese (including 1 dark-bellied), 1 Rock Pipit and 2 Stock Dove - Hilbre.

Dec 15
1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Brent Geese, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander and 1 Goldeneye (male) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Snow Bunting on shore just below Target Road sewage works - Heswall Shore.

Dec 14
1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Goldeneye (male) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,800 Pink-footed Geese flew inland form Heswall Marsh at first light.

Dec 13
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.
6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail & adult male), 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 12
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4 Marsh Harrier (in air together),  1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.
1,570 Pink-footed Geese flew inland form Heswall Marsh at first light, many later seen in fields between Irby and Pensby.

Dec 11
1 dark-bellied Brent Geese in the flock (first of winter), 210 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Eider - Hilbre.
1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Brent Geese over high tide - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bittern which flew towards Neston Reed Bed, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail) and 2 Great Egret - Parkgate.

Dec 10
1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Goosander (redheads) and 4 Red-breasted Merganser, also Grey Seal on one of the pontoons!  - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Stonechat in dunes between West Kirby and Red Rocks.
1 Woodcock flushed from Gilroy Nature Park, West Kirby.
1,220 Pink-footed Geese roosted overnight on Heswall Marsh and flew inland at first light.
2 Greenshank, 650 Teal and 730 Pintail between Heswall and Thurstaston.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
4 Short-eared Owl showing well this afternoon - Parkgate.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Leasowe Bay.

Dec 9
1 Great Northern Diver this morning - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Eurasian White-fronted Goose, 2 Barnacle Geese (could be feral) and 3,000+ Pink-footed - Burton Marsh (viewed from Burton Point).
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Bittern and 1 Great Egret - Parkgate during RSPB Raptor Watch event.
1 Goosander (redhead) on Gilroy duck pond, West Kirby.

Dec 8
1 Yellow-legged Gull in the gull roost - Hoylake Shore.
1 Woodcock - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great Northern Diver this morning - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dec 7
1 Great Northern Diver this morning seen in flight at high tide - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dec 6
1 Black Redstart on beach - Gronant.
1 Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1+ Bearded Tit (heard), 1 Crossbill (heard), 1 Kingfisher, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Peregrine -  Burton Mere Wetlands.

Dec 5
1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Goosander and 5 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dec 4
1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Little Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Water Pipit near path to Neston Sewage Works.
2 Short-eared Owl (in aerial combat), 1 Water Pipit and 1 Peregrine - Decca Pools.
1,552 Cormorant flew out of estuary at first light, 352 Curlew, 11,000 Knot, 4,000 Dunlin, 5,000 Oystercatcher and 335 Grey Plover before high tide - Hilbre.

Dec 3
1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Little Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1,100 Black-tailed Godwit, 33 Grey Plover, 1,000 Dunlin 1 Greenshank, 1 Goosander, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine and 6 Twite - Point of Ayr.

Dec 2
1 Great Northern Diver this morning - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Cattle Egret - Puddington Lane, Puddington (at A540 end).
7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (1m, 1 ringtail), 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Bittern and 2 Great Egret - Neston Reedbed.
Currently we have at least six Hen Harriers on the estuary - 2 juv females, 1 adult female, 2 juv males and 1, possibly 2, adult males (Mark Garner).

Dec 1
1 Little Grebe and 4 Goosander this morning, 1 Great Northern Diver late afternoon - West Kirby Marine Lake.
7 Purple Sandpiper, 200 Brent Geese, 1 Goosander and 1 Eider - Hilbre.
3 Water Pipit - Neston Marsh.
1 Swift reported over West Kirby at lunch time.
4 Hen Harrier and at least 3 Cattle Egret - Parkgate.

Nov 30
242 Brent Geese, highest count this autumn at Hilbre.
1 Great Northern Diver - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Nov 29
2 Cattle Egret and 30+ Little Egret in fields Ledsham end of Badgers Rake Lane (west side of A550).
1 Water Pipit -  Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Little Grebe (wrongly ID'd as a Red-necked Grebe earlier) - West Kirby Marine Lake.
10 Twite, 1  Jack Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 2 Peregrine and 3 Marsh Harrier - Connah's Quay Nature Reserve.

Nov 28

400 Wigeon 400, 75 Shoveler, 3 Great Egret, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10,000 Starling came into roost at dusk - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Great Egret and 2 Hen Harrier - Burton Marsh.

Nov 27
5 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Scaup and 2 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake this morning.
2 Brambling in finch flock - Thornton Hough.
1 Brambling, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Goldeneye, 1,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 4,000 Dunlin, 6 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank , 2 Jack Snipe, 6,000 Wigeon, 2,000 Pintail and 3,000 Teal - Connah's Quay Reserve/Oakenholt Marsh.

Nov 26
14,000 Knot, 4,000 Dunlin, 400 Grey Plover, 150 Bar-tailed Godwit and 300 Sanderling - Hoylake Shore at high tide.
2 Bearded Tit showing in reed bed, 1 Kingfisher and up to 10,000 Starling putting on a great display at dusk - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 25
2 Bearded Tit in reedbed, 1 Water Pipit from IMF hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
16 Marsh Harrier came into roost, several when it was almost dark including 2 second calendar year males, about 8 juv males and about 5 adult females, also 2 Short-eared Owl and at least 5 Hen Harrier - Neston Reedbed.

Nov 24
2 Avocet seen from Bridge screen - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Purple Sandpiper in wader roost at New Brighton Marine Lake.
8 Marsh Harrier, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Bittern - Neston Reedbed at dusk.
600 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field by playing fields - Newton (West Kirby).
800 Pink-footed Geese flew toward the estuary from Irby direction at 1245hrs.
2 Greenshank before high tide, 965 Pink-footed Geese flew inland at first light - Heswall Shore.
5 Hen Harrier (1 grey male) and 5 Great Egret -  Parkgate this afternoon.

Nov 23
1,500 Pink-footed Geese feeding in field by playing fields - Newton (West Kirby).
1 Brambling on feeder, also 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Bittern, 3 Short-eared Owl and 2 Water Pipit - Neston Reedbed.
1 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Red-breasted Mweganser and 5 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Nov 22
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (1 Grey male) and 1 Short-eared Owl at Parkgate Baths late afternoon.
1 Scaup, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Goldeneye and 3 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
10,000+ Knot - West Kirby Shore at high tide and feeding near Tansky Rocks before and after high tide.

Nov 21
1 Scaup, 1 Little Grebe and 5 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
10,000+ Knot off Thurstaston on rising tide, most flew to West Kirby.
2 Bittern, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (grey male), c3,000 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Great Egret and 1 Water Rail, Bearded Tit heard in reedbed - Parkgate to Neston Reedbed this afternoon.

Nov 20
6+ Marsh Harrier - Neston Reedbed.
5 Eider, 2 , 6 Wigeon and 6  - Hilbre.
1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Jack Snipe, 3,500 Starling came into roost at dusk - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 18
2 Crossbill south over Lower Heswall this morning.
615 Pintail, 275 Teal, 6200 Oystercatcher, 94 Golden Plover, 900 Lapwing, 8000 Knot, 400 Redshank, 330 Black-tailed Godwit, 520 Curlew - Heswall/Thurstaston shore this morning.
430 Pink-footed Geese in fields below Dungeon Wood, Thurstaston.
525 Pink-footed Geese in fields between Caldy Golf Club and Telegraph Road (A540) - Caldy/Thurstaston.
2 Bittern, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails) and 1 Great Egret - Neston Reedbed at dusk as viewed from south end of Parkgate prom.

Nov 17
1 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 135 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, a small fall of thrushes including 15 Redwing and 14 Blackbird, and 1 Goosander flew NE - Hilbre.
1 Bittern seen in flight and 1 Short-eared Owl showing well - Parkgate.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 16
223+ Brent Geese around Hilbre.
1 Bittern showing well off Parkgate Old Baths, also 1 Great Egret.
2 Cattle Egret still in field NE end of Puddington Lane, Puddington.
Many small skiens of Pink-footed Geese moving over Thurstaston/Caldy/Newton are today.
2 Bittern at dusk - Neston Reedbed.
1 Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea - Hoylake.

Nov 15
4,000+ Knot this morning, 430 Pinkfeet, 340 Pintail, 380 Teal, 95 Golden Plover, 800 Lapwing and 2 Greenshank on the rising tide this afternoon - Heswall/Thurstaston.
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 14
4 Bearded Tit (2m, 2f) , 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Siskin, 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Cattle Egret with 5 Little Egret in field at Puddington end of Puddington Lane.
3 Water Pipit and 1 Jack Snipe this morning, 7+ Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier and 1 Bittern at dusk - Neston Reedbed.
1 Scaup, 4 Goosander (redheads), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (redheads) and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier. 1 Great Egret and 500 Pink-footed Geese - Parkgate late afternoon.

Nov 13
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
1 Scaup and 1 Little Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 12
15 Marsh Harrier (6 in the air together), 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 1 Bittern, 1 Barn Owl, 1,000 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Merlin and 9 Great Egret - Neston Reedbed.
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
1 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (pair) and hundreds of Fieldfares by Old Baths - Parkgate.
1 Hen Harrier (male), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Cattle Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Green Sandpiper - highlights from Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 11
8 Bearded Tit (photographed) - Neston Reedbed.
1 Snow Bunting - Hilbre.
1 Greenshank by groyne - Meols Common.
1 Great Grey Shrike 200m north of Denhall Quay this morning.
2 Bearded Tit, 2 Cattle Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Scaup - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male) flying towards Parkgate plus several Marsh Harriers at dusk - Neston Reedbed.
1 Hen Harrier (grey male), 1 Great Egret, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Stonechat (pair) and 1 Bittern which flew towards Neston, also several Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.

Nov 10
No sign of Pied Wheatear today.
Nice display by 1 female and 1 male Hen Harrier and 1 Great Egret - Parkgate.
5 Whooper Swan flying low over Saughall this morning.

Nov 9
1 Pied Wheatear showing well on sea wall - Dove Point, Meols.

7.000 Wigeon, 5,000 Pintail in the River channel, 4,000 Teal, 2,000 Black-tailed Godwit, 2,500 Dunlin, 10 Spotted Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Peregrine, 1  Hen Harrier and 2 Kingfisher - Oakenholt Marsh.

Nov 8
1 Pied Wheatear showing well on sea wall - Dove Point, Meols.

6 Whooper Swan, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 58 Grey Plover 2 Greenshank, 200  Pintail, 200 Wigeon and 1 Goosander - Point of Ayr
6 Whooper Swan, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Merlin and 3 Scaup - Hilbre.
8 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed, this evening.

Nov 7
1 Pied Wheatear showing well on sea wall - Dove Point, Meols.
1 Scaup, 3 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Brent Geese - West Kirby Marine Lake, another 60 Brent Geese on sea.
2 Cattle Egret in field at Puddington end of Puddington Lane.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Nov 6
3 Crossbill and 2 Brambling over S this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
200 Chaffinch over in one hour, 40 Brent Geese on shore - Red Rocks.
5 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan, 500 Pinkfeet, 9 Brent Geese, 2000 Shelduck, 515 Pintail - Heswall Shore at high tide.
2,000 Knot roosting off Tinkers Dell, Thurstaston, before high tide.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Hoylake Shore.
2 Cattle Egret in field at Puddington end of Puddington Lane.
1 Pied Wheatear on sea wall by Dove Point, Meols.
1 redhead Goosander, 1 Scaup, Great Crested Grebe and 3 'redhead' Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Bittern - Neston Reedbed.

Nov 5
1 1st winter male Velvet Scoter on sea off Lighthouse, 1 Great Egret over going east - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Goosander (redheads) and 3 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) - Hoylake Shore.
2 Marsh Harrier and 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails) - Neston Marsh.

Nov 4
3 Goosander (redheads), 1 Scaup and 1 Red-breasted Merganser - West Kirby Marine Lake.
5 Great Egret, 1 Bittern, 2 Short-eared Owl and 4 Hen Harrier (incl 2 grey male) - Parkgate.
8 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (1 male), 1 Bittern, 1 Short-eared Owl and 3 Great Egret - Neston Marsh.
2 Mediterranean Gull in large gull roost, 3 Whooper Swan in field - Shotwick Lake.
2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Barn Owl - Decca Pool.

Nov 3
415 Pink-footed Geese, 190 Pintail, 270 Teal, 65 Little Egret, 3600 Oystercatcher, 94 Golden Plover, 530 Lapwing, 3000 Knot, 375 Dunlin, 865 Redshank, 450 Black-tailed Godwit, 870 Curlew, 4 Raven - Heswall Shore at high tide.
5 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Shag, 368 Redshank along the gutter - Hilbre.
1 Water Pipit, 12 Whooper Swan, 2 Cattle Egret and 3 Great Egret  - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier male, 1 Merlin female, 1 Peregrine, 2 Hen harrier male & female, 2 Great Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl and 4 Raven which flew south - Riverbank Road, Heswall, this morning.
3 Goosander (fem) and 1 Scaup - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Hen Harrier (imm ringtail), 1 Merlin, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven and 1 Great Egret - Burton Point.
2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and ad male), 7+ Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 6+ Great Egret - Neston Marsh this afternoon up to dusk.

Nov 2
6 Hen Harrier (2 ad m, 2 juv m, 2 f, 1 juv ,1 ad), 7 Marsh Harrier, 1 Bittern flew to Neston Reed Bed, 6 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl and 2+ Great Egret - Parkgate.
2 Bittern, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (fem) and 1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Reedbed.
3 Crossbill and several Brambling over Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Water Pipit - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Goosander (fem) on lake, 1 Eider (fem) on sand - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Nov 1
2 Bearded Tit, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Hen Harrier which caught Snipe in full view of Reception hide - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern, 4 Marsh Harrier and 3 Hen Harrier ( 2 male and 1 ringtail) - Parkgate.
1 Bittern - Neston Reedbed.
1 Scaup (juv) - West Kirby Marine Lake.

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