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January Newsletter now published on this website featuring Top Ten Photographs, also Colour Ring Report and December Bird News.
Newsletters going back to March 1998 can be read, they are indexed both month by month and by subject matter.


Jan 20
1 Mediterranean Gull on fence post along Park Lane - Leasowe Lighthouse.

Jan 19
6 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 18
2 Goldeneye (drakes), 5 Goosander and 1 Great Crested Grebe - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Peregrine, 2 Rock Pipit, c9,000 Knot and 2,500 Dunlin at first light - Hilbre.
4 Stonechat by road - Burton Marsh.
1 Kingfisher, 1 Greenshank, 7 Brent Geese and 1 Mediterranean Gull - Leasowe Lighthouse.
8 Purple Sandpiper (six on Marine Lake and two on sea wall) - New Brighton.

Jan 17
2 Green Sandpiper in stubble field adjacent to Shotwick Boating Lake.
2 Stonechat on the marsh - West Kirby.

Jan 16
8 Snow Bunting on embankment - Leasowe Lighthouse.
34 Shoveler on flood by Pasture Road - Moreton.
2 Rock Pipit - West Kirby Marsh.
1 grey male Hen Harrier and 500+ Pintail - Heswall Marsh.
15,500 Knot and 4,800 Dunlin on flood tide - Hilbre.
1 Bittern flew into roost - Neston Reedbed.

Jan 15
1 Bittern flew into roost, 1 grey male Hen Harrier - Neston Reedbed.
1,700 Wigeon, 320 Pintail, 150 Teal, 2 Goosander, 70 Brent Geese, 4,500 Oystercatcher, 1,000 Dunlin, 1,000 Knot, 7 Grey Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 600 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank and 14 Snipe - Point of Ayr.
12 Golden Plover, 200 Curlew and 1,800 Black-tailed Godwit - Warren Farm, Talacre.
1 Greenshank - Heswall Shore.

Jan 14
1 Goldeneye 14 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Goosander on pond - Meols Station.
1 grey male Hen Harrier and 2 Great Egret - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Barn Owl - Burton Point.
21,000 Knot, 6,500 Dunlin and 430 Grey Plover flew past Hilbre into estuary from Hoylake on ebbing tide.

Jan 13
3 Goldeneye 12 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Raven, 19 Lapwing, 25 Oystercatcher, 8 Canada Geese, 12 Shoveler and 2 Mistle Thrush early morning - Kerr’s Field, Leasowe.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.

Jan 12
3 Goldeneye and 13 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Greenshank on groyne - Meols.
8 Snow Bunting - Hoylake Shore.
5 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 Long-tailed Duck and 2 Red-throated Diver with several hundred Common Scoter off East Hoyle Bank - Hoylake.
3 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Red-throated Diver, 280 Brent Geese and c3,200 Common Scoter - Hilbre.
1 Short-eared Owl flying high, 1 Bittern and 4 Marsh Harrier late afternoon - Neston Reedbed.

Jan 11
1 White-fronted Goose (Russian race) and 3 Barnacle Geese with Pink-footed Geese at Burton Point.

Jan 10
36 Shoveler on flood by Pasture Road - Moreton.
4 Goldeneye - West Kirby Marine Lake.

Jan 9
1 possible Black Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck (drake) and 2 Great Northern Diver off East Hoyle Bank - Hoylake.
7 Snow Bunting which flew towards Red rocks about 9.30am - Hoylake Shore.
1 Peregrine, 1 Little Owl and 1 Bullfinch - Burton Point.
1 grey male Hen Harrier over Hoylake Langfields heading towards Newton.
2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Merlin, 4 Marsh Harrier, 4 Great Egret and 3 Cetti's Warbler - Burton Marsh.
1 Barn Owl showing well at dusk - Station Road, Neston.
1,218 Cormorant flew out of the estuary, 1 Eider (fem), 335 Grey Plover, 75 Ringed Plover, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 270 Brent Geese (1 dark-bellied) and 3 Rock Pipit - Hilbre.

Jan 8
1 Velvet Scoter with hundreds of Common Scoters off East Hoyle Bank - Hoylake.
33 Shoveler on flood by Pasture Road - Moreton.
1 Little Stint - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 fem Eider off north end - Hilbre.
1 Mediterranean Gull - Wallasey Shore.
4 Goldeneye and 16 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Snow Bunting - Hoylake Shore.

Jan 7
3 Goldeneye and 13 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
1 Lapland Bunting on Middle Eye early morning but not re-located.

Jan 6
2 Goldeneye, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 10 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Snow Bunting flushed by photographer (PLEASE KEEP A SENSIBLE DISTANCE FROM THEM) - Hoylake Shore.
2 Bewick's Swan came into roost this evening, also 1 Little Stint and 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) - Burton Mere Wetlands.
1 Bittern flew into roost at dusk - Neston Reedbed.
2 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
2 Whooper Swan flew east, 1 Mediterranean Gull on groyne - Meols.

Jan 5
3 Goldeneye and 5 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
2 Bewick's Swan and 1 Great Egret - Shotwick Fields.
2 Little Owl and 1 Green Woodpecker - Burton Point.
22 Shoveler on flood by Pasture Road, Moreton.
10 Brent Geese on embankment - Leasowe Lighthouse.
8 Snow Bunting - Hoylake Shore.

Jan 4
3 Goldeneye this morning but flew off towards Hoylake, and 1 Goosander - West Kirby Marine Lake.
8 Snow Bunting - Hoylake Shore.
177 Golden Plover - Heswall Shore.

Jan 3
1 Grey Phalarope seen and photographed between 1pm and 4pm between Flint and Bagillt.
8 Snow Bunting this morning, 3 Velvet Scoter off shore - Hoylake Shore.
2 grey male Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Egret, 30 Redwing in field behind car park - Old Baths, Parkgate.
4 Whooper Swan - Burton Marsh.
1 Cattle Egret with Little Egrets along Puddington Lane.
7 Purple Sandpiper and 80+ Turnstone - New Brighton Marine Lake.
1 grey male Hen Harrier and 1 Merlin - Riverbank Road, Heswall.
1 Bittern flew into roost at dusk - Neston Reedbed.
1 Snow Bunting - Gronant.

 Jan 2
2 Eider (m&f) - Hilbre.
8 Snow Bunting this morning, 3 Velvet Scoter off shore - Hoylake Shore.
4 Goosander (2 drakes) on pond by Station - Meols.
1 Water Pipit by path with Meadow Pipits, 2 grey male Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Chiffchaff - Neston Marsh.
1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 3 Golden Plover and 20 Siskin - Burton Mere Wetlands.
7+ Chiffchaff around Heswall Sewage Works (Target Road).

Jan 1
8 Snow Bunting this morning but likely to get very busy on the beach - Hoylake Shore.
2 Cattle Egret in horse field just west of entrance to sewage works, also 1 Green Sandpiper flew into sewage works, 2 Water Pipit by stream outfall - Neston Sewage Works/Old Quay.
2 Eider (m&f) and 15,500 Knot - Hilbre.
7 Purple Sandpiper - New Brighton Marine Lake.
2 Goosander on pond by Station - Meols.
1 Barn Owl showing well and 2 Little Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 39 Golden Plover and 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) on the marsh - Burton Point.
1 Gannet and 1,000+ Common Scoter off Hoylake.
1 Bittern flew into roost at Neston ReedBed.