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September Newsletter now published on this website featuring Sabine's Gull, also Colour Ring Report, August Bird News and The Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report 2018. 

Sep 29
3 Whinchat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Merlin and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Decca Pools.
Flock of 85 Linnet (Middle Eye), 2 Peregrine and 1 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
3,000+ Common Scoter on flat calm sea at high tide - Meols/Leasowe.
1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Crake, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 10 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 28
1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Whooper Swan and 3 Cattle Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Visible Migration this morning included 18 Redwing, 4 Tree Sprrow and 1 Crossbill flying south over Little Neston and Tree Pipit and passage of Meadow Pipits and skylarks over Leasowe Lighthouse.
4 Raven (over), 2 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 91 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Peregrine, 460 Curlew, 520 Shelduck, 230 Linnet and 2 Swallow - Tansky Rocks to Hilbre.
2 Whinchat between Decca Pools and Denhall Quay.
2 Great Egret flew north just before 3pm - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Sep 27
1 Pectoral Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
103 Brent Geese, 280 Cormorant, 5 Pintail flew south, 320 Curlew, 85 Ringed Plover, 2 Peregrine and 4 Rock Pipit, flock of 185 Linnet on Middle Eye plus two smaller flocks seen - Hilbre.
580 Shelduck - Tansky Rocks.
2,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
8 Golden Plover, 3200 Oystercatcher, 500 Dunlin, 1000 Knot, 3500 Redshank, 1300 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Peregrine and 1 Hobby on the marsh off Sewage Wks -Heswall Shore over high tide.
4 Whinchat, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) and 1 Lesser Whitethroat between Decca Pools and Neston Old Quay.

Sep 26
1 Spoonbill (flew south) and at least 6 Greenshank - Parkgate.
3 Pintail on sea, 1 juv Ruff on sand west of groyne - Meols.
4 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint and 1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
26 Brent Geese, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Razorbill and 300 Common Scoter - early morning at Hilbre.

Sep 25
10 Cattle Egret, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff and 1 Ruddy Shelduck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Spoonbill, 8 Great Egret and 1 Bittern - Burton Marsh.
1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.
3 Spoonbill (flew south) and 12 Greenshank - Boathouse Flash, Parkgate.

Sep 24
1 Firecrest - Hilbre.
1 Green Sandpiper - Decca Pools.
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
Sep 23
8 Pintail, 2800 Oystercatcher, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 300 Knot, 1000 Black-headed Gull, 5 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1150 Common Gull - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint and 1 Spotted Crake, 8 Cattle Egret on border pool this afternoon - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 22
2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier and 13+ Great Egret - Burton Point.
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin and 3 Siskin over - Decca Pools.
1 juv Garganey, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8 Cattle Egret and 1 Ruddy Shelduck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 1 Guillemot over high tide - Heswall Shore.

Sep 21
1 juv Garganey, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10 Cattle Egret and 1 Ruddy Shelduck - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 adult Mediterranean Gull on rising tide, 1 Kingfisher and 30 Sandwich Tern on groyne - Meols Shore.

Sep 20
1 possible Lesser Yellowlegs in channel off Tinkers Dell (south of Visitor Centre) before high tide - Thurstaston Shore.
4 Spoonbill and 3+ Great Egret - Parkgate.
7 Cattle Egret, 8 Egyptian Geese, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Little Stint and 3+ Curlew Sandpiper this morning, 4 Spoonbill and 12 Great Egret flew into roost this evening - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4 Wheatear and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Meols groyne.
4 Raven circling over Irby Mill Hill.
16+ Great Egret, 1+ Merlin, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Peregrine, 1 Whinchat and 1 Merlin - Burton Point/Marsh.
4 Curlew Sandpiper on rising tide - Heswall Shore.

Sep 19
1 Osprey, 4 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper - Parkgate.
3 Peregrine (1 ad and 2 juv) over a much disturbed beach at high tide, a lot of Raven activity in area - Hoylake.
1 Black-throated Diver still s/pl, 12 Red-throated Diver and 1 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.

Sep 19
1 Osprey, 4 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper - Parkgate.
3 Peregrine (1 ad and 2 juv) over a much disturbed beach at high tide - Hoylake.
1 Black-throated Diver still s/pl, 10 Red-throated Diver and 1 Arctic Skua - Hilbre.

Sep 18
2,500 Herring Gull - West Hoyle Bank.
2 Redstart, 1 Raven, 5 Wheatear, flock of 72 Linnet, 1 Stonechat and 5 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.
2 Cetti's Warbler calling, 40 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 male Stonechat, 1 Great Egret, 3 Raven, 150 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Marsh/Point.
4 Curlew Sandpiper and 10 Cattle Egret and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Sep 17
1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Cattle Egret and 1 Hen Harrier - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Guillemot west, 1 Brent Goose west, 1 Peregrine, 5 Sandwich Tern, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Golden Plover - Hoylake Shore over high tide.
1 Kingfisher, 4 Wheatear and 1 Greenshank - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Egret, 1 Peregrine and 1 Stonechat - Neston Marsh (from the Harp).
2 Greenshank , 28 Brent Geese and 5 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.

Sep 16
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Cattle Egret, 1 Osprey over, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Garganey and c1,000 Pink-footed Geese over - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Little Stint - Decca Pools.
1 Short-eared Owl - Burton Marsh.
4+ Great Egret, 7 Spoonbill, 4 Little Gebe on Donkey Stand Flash, 2 Greenshank, 200+ Pink-footed Geese and 2 Marsh Harrier- Parkgate.

Sep 15
8 Cattle Egret, 1 Garganey (eclipse male), 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 3 Yellow Wagtail - Burton Mere Wetlands.
4,700 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Little Stint - Decca Pools.
1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Peregrine - Burton Marsh.
2 Swift, 4+ Grey wagtail over, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Egyptian Geese, 310 Pink-footed Geese flew inland, 2 Golden Plover over and 4+ Great Egret - Station Road to Burton Point.
20+ Wheatear in paddocks and on seawall - Leasowe Lighthouse.
5+ Great Egret and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

Sep 14
1 Little Stint and 1 Peregrine, 2 Green Sandpiper in flight - Decca Pools.
Several small flocks of Pink-footed Geese over Wirral this morning heading towards the estuary.
8 Cattle Egret, 1 Spotted Crake, 1 Garganey (eclipse male), 5 Ruff and 6 Greenshank all on main scrape this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Wheatear, 1 Goosander flyover, 3 Grey Wagtail flyover, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Swift, 8 Great Egret, 1 Little Owl, 1 Green Sandpiper - Station Road to Burton Point.
3 Great Egret and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
250 Pink-footed Geese heading north over Lower Heswall this evening.
22 Grey Wagtail over, and 1 Golden Plover on the shore - Hoylake.

Sep 13
8 Cattle Egret on main scrape this morning - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Pomarine Skua flew towards shoreline at Red Rocks, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater, 350 Common Scoter, 50 Gannet, 1 Merlin, 2 Pererine, 12 Turnstone, 48 Ringed Plover, 4,500 Oystercatcher and 3 Rock Pipit -Hilbre.
27 Brent Geese on Tansky Rocks.
10 Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Wigeon (first of autumn for the site) - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore.
1 Curlew Sandpiper west of groyne, also 1 Greenshank and 1 Wheatear - Meols.
2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Egyptian Geese and 6 Great Egret - Burton Point.
1 Little Stint - Decca Pools.
21 Great Egret flying towards roost, also 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine and 150 Pink-footed Geese - Denhall Quay.

Sep 12
8+ Curlew Sandpiper, 3,490 Shelduck, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 174 Little Egret roosted overnight (site record), 3100 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 72 Grey Plover, 2,000 Knot, 50 Dunlin, 1,080 Curlew, 1,200 Blacktailed Godwit, 3,200 Redshank, 1ad Mediterranean Gull, 5 Grey Wagtail flew south - Thurstaston/Heswall Shore.
4,260 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Curlew Sandpiper west of groyne - Meols.
8 Cattle Egret (now confirmed as record high for the reserve and Dee Estuary, six in on various dates in 2016 and 2017 previous high) and c50 Pink-footed Geese - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Swift and 1 Whinchat - Burton Point.

Sep 11
8 Cattle Egret, also 3 Knot and 6 Ringed Plover - Burton Mere Wetlands.
c150 Pink-footed Geese flew inland, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Grey Wagtail over, 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear and 2 Great Egret - Burton Marsh/Point.

Sep 10
6 Wheatear, six Brent Geese dropped in this morning which then increased to 21 during the day - Hilbre.
2 Greenshank and 3 Grey wagtail near Meols groyne.
1 Spotted Flycatcher close to eastern kissing gate, 1 Kingfisher along River Birkett - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Short-eared Owl flying over fields, seen briefly this evening - Meols.
Several small flocks of Pink-footed Geese over North Wirral heading towards the Dee estuary this morning.

Sep 9
2 Leach's Petrel this afternoon - New Brighton.
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Great Egret - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 8
4 Curlew Sandpiper this morning - Meols Shore.
2 Curlew Sandpiper, 5+ Greenhank, 12+ Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Great Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Little Owl, 1 Wheatear, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Swift, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 5 Great Egret, c50 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Grey Wagtail - Burton Marsh/Point.
2 Red-throated Diver (s/pl), 4 Little Tern and 1 Brent Goose - Hilbre.
3,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Cetti's Warbler by duck pond, Water Rail and Kingfisher by River Birkett, 9 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Garden Warbler along Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
2 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Sep 7
70 Pink-footed Geese heading SW towards the estuary at 1245hrs - Pensby.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Curlew Sandpiper - Thurstaston/Heswall.
3 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake.

Sep 6
10 Goosander (redhead) flew NW along channel and 1 Kingfisher - Heswall Shore.
1 Ruff (juv), 3 Curlew Sandpiper and 1,000 Knot - Meols Shore at low tide.
5 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Crake and 1 Egyptian Goose - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern in flight this evening, also 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Great Egret, 10 Greenshank, 2 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Guillemot floating on incoming tide - Leasowe.
1 Ruff, up to 10 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Guillemot (juv) and 3 Brent Geese - Hoylake.
1 Hobby over Lower Heswall.
1 Leach's Petrel but killed by Peregrine, late morning - New Brighton.

Sep 5
5 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 4 Dunlin,  1 Great Egret, 10 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Sabine's Gull (a single seen in the morning and one which flew out of the Mersey after high tide assumed to be same bird), c5 Leach's Petrel, 1 Fulmar and several Kittiwakes  - New Brighton.
1 Leach's Petrel - Wallasey Shore.
2 Leach's Petrel - Point of Ayr.
Report of 2 Sabine's Gull this afternoon - Meols.
3 Curlew Sandpiper - Hoylake.

Sep 4
1 Spotted Crake and 7 Curlew Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.
3 Curlew Sandpiper two hours before high tide - Dove Point, Meols.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 60 Sandwich Tern and 3 Little Tern at high tide - Hoylake.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank and 7 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
40 Sandwich Tern at high tide - Leasowe Bay.

Sep 3
10 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Spotted Crake - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Marsh Harrier off Riverbank Road, Heswall, this morning.
4900 Black-tailed Godwit - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
16 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Knot, 1 Kittiwake, 300 Common Scoter, 37 Gannet, 60+ Sandwich Tern and 4 Wheatear - Hoylake.
3 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Spoonbill, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Water Rail - Parkgate.
840 Shelduck, 55 Knot, 30 Dunlin, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 1500 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 3900 Redshank - Thurstaston.
VIDEO taken by Allan Conlin of Curlew Sandpipers at Hoylake today - Click Here.

Sep 2
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier which spooked the 7 Spoonbills, 2 Hobby, 1 Grey Wagtail and 12+ Greenshank - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Crake (first winter) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
2 Kingfisher along River Birket - Leasowe.
1 Wood Sandpiper over - Hilbre.
7 juv Curlew Sandpiper on shore just west of Lifeboat at high tide, 2+ Curlew Sandpiper still present off tennis courts late afternoon - Hoylake.

Sep 1
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Spoonbill and 6 Greenshank on Bevyl Flash, 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Water Rail and 2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Guillemot on tide close to shore - Leasowe.
150+ Common Scoter on flat calm sea - Hoylake.
3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Ruff - Decca Pools.
1 juv Cuckoo on marsh off Target Road - Heswall.
170 Goldfinch and 90 Linnet feeding on Knapweed - Heswall Fields NT.
1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Swift, 6 Great Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Whinchat and 1 Little Owl - Burton Point.
1 Short-eared Owl - Neston Reed Bed.
1 Peregrine, 3 Rock Pipit and 2 Wheatear - Hilbre.