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May 31
195 Oystercatcher, 21 Grey Plover, 40 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 217 Curlew, 13 Whimbrel, 380 Black-headed Gull, 190 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Thurstaston Shore early morning.
1 Quail calling since early morning and seen in flight, in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Quail calling in field inland of Decca Pools.
1 Marsh Harrier soaring - Burton Point.

May 30
1 Quail seen in tractor furrows at range of 30 feet this morning -  by RAF monument, Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Little Owl - Burton Point.

May 29
3 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.
1 Great Egret, 2 Avocet at stream outfall and an unexpected Whooper Swan on the beach - Gronant.
1 Red Kite over Halkyn (inland of Flint), at 1130am, report of several in the area yesterday.
1 Red Kite over Burton Point at 1145am.
1 Quail calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Tawny Owl in Dungeon Wood and 1 Barn Owl over nearby field, early morning - Thurstaston.
2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Greenshank and 1 Little Ringed Plover - Decca Pools.

May 28
1 Quail seen flying and heard calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
6 Whimbrel on tides edge - Hoylake Shore.

May 27
1 Quail calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Spotted Flycatcher near Old Baths, 1 Quail calling in field inland of Old Baths, 3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash and 1 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
1 Greenshank still on Decca Pools.

May 26
1 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash, also 1 Marsh Harrier (male, same as yesterday) - Parkgate.
12 Sedge Warblers counted between Denhall Quay and Burton Point, also 4 Stonechat plus 1 Greenshank and 14 Little Egret on Decca Pools - Burton Marsh.

May 25
2 Spoonbill early morning - Bevyl Road Flash, Parkgate.
1 Quail calling by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier (adult male with grey tail and light brown plumage) - Burton Marsh.

May 24
1 Quail - behind Old Baths, Parkgate, also 1 Marsh Harrier.
1 Quail singing by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Barn Owl and 1 Short-eared Owl hunting over rifle range and embankment - Burton Marsh.
1 Barn Owl over Station Road, Burton.
3 Raven over Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 23
2 Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.
35 Manx Shearwater and 20 Gannet over high tide, 46 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover 0n Bird Rock- Red Rocks.

May 22
1 Marsh Harrier struggling against the wind out to sea but heading towards Meols, also 100+ Gannet, 30 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot and many terns up to 11am - Hoylake Shore.
3 Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 21
1 Little Gull on border pool seen from cycle track - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Quail singing by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
39 Whimbrel roosting on rising tide - Heswall Shore.

May 20
1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Cuckoo - Riverbank Road Heswall.
2+ Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Peregrine stooped on c250 Knot, 4 Red-breasted Meganser (males) flew over SW, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler and 2 Wheatear - Red Rocks.
1 Little Gull (looked like 1st summer) - Shotwick Lake.
1 Quail heard in field inland of Decca Pools.

May 19
4 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
5 Raven in Kerr's Field, 1 Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail in the horse paddocks - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Quail heard this evening - Burton Marsh.

May 18
1 Hoopoe flew into tree close to village centre - Lower Heswall.
1 Red Kite circling over Willaston.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Cuckoo by horse paddocks, 1 Hobby by Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 17
1 Grasshopper Warbler by Arrowe Brook in field east of Greasby.
5 Raven (3 fledglings) and 1 Greenland Wheatear - Kerr's Field, 5 Common Whotethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Stonechat, 50 House Martin, 25 Swallow and 620 Dunlin (flew west with tide) - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Raven (2 flew SW and a third NE) -  East Hoyle Bank.
1 Red Kite and 3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Spotted Flycatcher showing well along Hadlow Road, Willaston.
200+ House Martin and Swallow over sewage works, 1 Reed Warbler singing in reed bed, 10 Whimbrel, 10 Ringed Plover and 100+ Dunlin - Heswall Shore

May 16
1 Cuckoo heard several times by Lingham Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.
24 Little Egret, 185 Oystercatcher, 71 Grey Plover, 27 Ringed Plover, 2200 Dunlin, 206 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore at high tide.
1 Spoonbill (s/pl) at Decca Pools, also 2 Hobby, 1 Quail heard, 2 Raven, 3 Great Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Tern and 1 Wheatear - Burton/Neston Marsh.
2 Common Tern fishing in West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Spoonbill off Boathouse Pub - Parkgate.
1 Cuckoo by Holmes Farm. Carr Lane, Hoylake.

May 14
2 Whinchat between kissing gates - Leasowe Lighthouse.
40 Golden Plover and 3 Grey Plover over flying north - East Hoyle Bank.

May 13
1 Whinchat by Net's Cafe - Burton Marsh.
24 Whimbrel and 15 Swift  - Thurstaston Shore.
2 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.

May 11
1 Hobby circling over Riverbank Road with prey - Heswall.
1 Spotted Flycatcher in field behind Green Acres stables - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 10
1 Whinchat - Kerr's Field, Leasowe Lighthouse.
113 Shelduck, 24 Little Egret, 32 Ringed Plover, 25 Grey Plover, 4700 Dunlin, 17 Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore this morning at low tide.
1 Quail heard in field and 1 Cuckoo - Decca Pools.
1 Spottted Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear on tide wrack, 1 Marsh Harrier over marsh and 1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
Several Sanderling and Ringed Plover with lots of Dunlin on the shore plus 1 Wheatear by Lifeboat Station - Hoylake Shore.

May 9
2 Common Terns perched on buoys - West Kirby Marine Lake.
4+ Curlew Sandpiper (2+ recorded overnight and 2 past on tide edge with Dunlin), also 1 Little Tern - Hoylake Shore.
1 Tree Pipit over Kerr's Field - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Redstart by Carr Lane, Meols.
10+ Sedge Warbler (singing males) - Red Rocks.

May 8
1 Quail singing on saltmarsh, 3 Spoonbill on Bevyl Road Flash early morning - Parkgate.
1 Hoopoe flew over Lower Heswall about noon, heading north.
9 Grey Plover, 3400 Dunlin, 180 Curlew, 68 Whimbrel - Heswall Shore.
1 Cuckoo heard several times today - Caldy Woods.
2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear and 1 Grasshopper Warbler - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 7
1 Turtle Dove flew south at 0850am - Red Rocks.
1 Marsh Harrier mobbed by gulls flying north, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Whinchat and 9 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
8 Swift, 12 Sand Martin and 30 Swallow over West Kirby Sand Dunes (Pinfold) this morning.
1 Cuckoo heard both early morning and this evening - Caldy Woods/Hill.

May 6
1 Blue-headed Wagtail briefly on shore - West Kirby.
1 Marsh Harrier over Red Rocks Marsh, flew inland.
1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Ringed Plover on groyne, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat and 5 Wheatear - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Common Sandpiper - Gilroy Duck Pond, West Kirby.
142 Whimbrel, 35 Golden Plover over Thurstaston cliffs display calling, plus 4 Sand Martin and 3 Yellow Wagtail in the fields - Thurstaston/Heswall.

May 5
10+ Swift over, 3 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat - Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Swift over Parkgate.
30+ Swift over the cliffs at Thurstaston CP late afternoon.

May 4
1 Marsh Harrier on beach then flew towards Formby - Hoylake.
1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail in Kerr's Field, 1 Sanderling on sea defence - Leasowe Lighthouse.
1 Greenshank flew south over Lower Heswall.
1 Little Gull (adult) - Shotwick Lake.

May 3
1 Wood Warbler in song in woods behind Caldy Rugby Club playing fields, behind clubhouse - Thurstaston Hill.
1 Black Redstart on tide wrack by 'boat garden' - Parkgate.
6 Common Whitethroat between Caravan Park and Dee Sailing club - Thurstaston.
20 Sandwich Tern feeding on incoming tide - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Barn Owl flew over Heswall Fields this morning with 10+ Whimbrel on the shore - Heswall.
1 Cetti's Warbler at 4pm, just douth of Manor Road - Meols.
1 drake Eider, c80 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Puffin and 2 Manx Shearwater out to sea, 1 Little Ringed Plover flew over - East Hoyle Bank.

May 2
Lots feeding seabirds off Hoylake this morning including 50+ Manx Shearwater.
1 Yellow Wagtail flew north over Lower Heswall.
1 Stonechat, 1 Whinchat, 3 singing Reed Warbler, 4 singing Sedge Warbler, 5 singing Whitethroat and 5 singing Blackcap - Leasowe Lighthouse.

May 1
100 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 1 Little Tern, also hundreds of Gannets and terns - Hoylake.
1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat and 1 Arctic Skua - Leasowe Lighthouse.

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