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July Newsletter now published on this website featuring Sandwich Terns, also details of the Crossbill and Siskin Irruption.




July 3
1 Goosander, 40 Knot, 911 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 340 Redshank, 790 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull - Heswall Shore.

July 2
2 Little Owl - Burton Point.
300 Black-tailed Godwit - Decca Pools.
3 Grasshopper Warbler - Burton Marsh.

July 1
102 Black-tailed Godwit all in full s/pl - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.
1 Little Owl - Burton Point.
1 Grasshopper Warbler by Nets Cafe - Burton Marsh.
2 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
10,000 Knot on ebbing tide - West Kirby Shore then Little Eye.
2 Peregrine (ad and juv), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Great Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 3 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 30
c40 Common Scoter off Meols.
30 Black-tailed Godwit all in full s/pl first ones back from Iceland - Caldy Wildfowl Collection.

June 29
1 Arctic Skua - New Brighton.

June 28
Hilbre has reopened to visitors.
10,000 Knot - Little Eye.
2 Marsh Harrier (pair) - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 27
1 Crossbill over Old Baths, Parkgate, at 0830am.
1 Crossbill over Little Neston, also Siskins in double figures over very high.
3 Crossbill and several family groups of Siskins - Dawstone Road, Heswall.
2 Crossbill flew out of pines at Upton, Wirral.

June 26
1 Common Sandpiper, 3,500 Knot, 830 Curlew and 175 Redshank - Heswall Shore.

June 25
1 Red Kite rising on thermals near Decca Pools.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and plenty of young Swallows - Burton Marsh.
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.

June 24
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.
2 Little Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Point.

June 23
30+ Sandwich Tern in gull roost on rising tide off West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Little Owl - Burton Point.

June 22
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Quail heard in field west of Pump Lane just north of Greasby.
40 Common Tern, 30 Common Scoter and 11 Great Crested Grebe - Leasowe Lighthouse.

June 21
1 Garganey - Burton Mere Wetlands.

June 20
52 Sandwich Tern, 224 Cormorant, 340 Oystercatcher, 54 Shelduck and 34 Linnet by the stream outfall at high tide - Gronant.
3,100 Knot including 16 in s/pl - Heswall Shore.

June 19
3 Spoonbill, 1 Great Egret and 2 Marsh Harrier - Parkgate.
153 Shelduck, 44 Little Egret, 800 Knot, 491 Curlew, 580 Black-headed Gull - Heswall Shore on rising tide.

June 18
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.

June 17
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
2 Peregrine off Meols.
Pod of Dolphins seen well from Red Rocks and Hoylake swimming east this morning.
13 Sedge Warbler (singing) and feeding of youung observed, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Marsh Harrier - Burton Marsh.

June 16
1 pair Tufted Duck, 43 Little Egret, 7000 Knot, 26 Redshank, 243 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 515 Black-headed Gull - Thurstaston Shore.
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Red Kite over Irby.

June 15
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands has reopened. Opening times 0900 to 1700hrs. The hides and visitor Centre remain closed but toilets are available. Car parking is limited.
3 Spoonbill - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Siskin on feeder in Newton garden.
1 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.

Jun 13
7,000+ Knot off Caldy this morning.

Jun 12
1 Kingfisher along River Birket - Lingham Lane, Leasowe Lighthouse.
3 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
2 Grasshopper warbler, 1 Stonechat and 1 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Point.
1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer) - Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

Jun 11
1 Hobby, 35 Swift, 6 House Martin and 30 Swallow over sewage works - Target Road, Heswall.
5 Goosander by Dee Sailing club causeway - Thurstaston.

Jun 10
2 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Spoonbill - Parkgate.
1 Hobby - Burton Marsh.
5 Goosander (looked like 2CY non-breeding birds), 41 Little Egret, 180 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 440 Black-headed Gull, 1 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, 158 Carrion Crow - Heswall Shore.
1 Goosander on estuary off Flint Castle.
1,150 Knot flew west and 1 Cetti's Warbler heard - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jun 9
c1,000 Knot seen in flight over Caldy Blacks.
1 Great Egret, 1 Raven and 1 imm Marsh Harrier (male) - Burton Marsh.

Jun 8
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spoonbill and 2 Great White Egret near the Boathouse - Parkgate.

Jun 7
38 Little Egret, 223 Oystercatcher, 16 Grey Plover, 58 Knot, 27 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 217 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 545 Black-headed Gull, 190 Lesser Black-backed Gull - Heswall Shore.
1 Quail heard in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.

Jun 6
2+ Storm Petrel in Mersey mouth, also 3 Whimbrel and 1 Kittiwake - New Brighton.
3 Storm Petrel - Wallasey Shore off Lifeguard Station.
1 Storm Petrel off Hoylake but distant.

Jun 5
50+ Manx Shearwater past seen from a windy Hoylake Shore between 9.30 and 10.30am.

Jun 4
2 Whimbrel - Thurstaston Shore.
1 Osprey - Burton Marsh.

Jun 3
1 Quail seen in flight in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Short-eared Owl in sand dunes - Leasowe Gunsite.

Jun 2
1 Quail seen in flight in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Cetti's Warbler by sewage works - Carr Lane, Meols.
4 Eider (3 males) flew east - Dove Point, Meols.
2 Quail heard calling, one next to hedge and other in middle of field, also 3 Spoonbill - Decca Pools.

Jun 1
1 Quail calling in field by RAF monument - Saughall Massie Road, West Kirby.
2 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Lesser Whitethroat - Shotwick Boating Lake.
1 Kingfisher and 1 Lesser Whitethroat by sewage works - Carr Lane, Meols.
2 Quail heard calling this evening, also 1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2+ Grasshopper Warbler - Decca Pools.

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, 1 Marsh Harrier, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Little Grebe with 2 chicks - 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 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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