|| Those of you who have visited
the Welsh Shore page will already know of Gronant on the North Wales coast between Point of Ayr and Prestatyn, and some of you may actually have been there. It is a beautiful wild area of sand dunes, marsh and beach. In the summer it holds the only Little Tern colony in Wales and the RSPB are appealing for voluntary wardens to help protect it. This will involve looking out for predators, especially crows, gulls and foxes, stopping holidaymakers and their dogs from walking through the colony and chatting to any interested passer by about the birds.
I've just volunteered so you might see me! The wardens will be required from end of May to beginning August.
If you're interested ring the RSPB at 0151 336 7681, mention this web site if you wish - I know they would be interested to know if this appeal is successful.
Inner Marsh Farm
Wetland Bird Survey Count for Heswall Shore - (Kindly provided by the Wirral Ranger Service). 18th
April Bird News
Spring migration continued with many birds observed and ringed at the Hilbre Bird Observatory including Tree Pipits, Yellow Wagtails, Siskins and Wheatears. First sightings on the estuary returned to more normal dates after some remarkably early ones in March. The table below gives a complete list.
Rarer birds in April included a Tawny Pipit at Leasowe, a Red-crested Pochard at Inner Marsh Farm and a Red-necked Grebe on Shotwick boating lake. Ospreys were seen flying over Hilbre Island and Caldy, also at Hilbre a Great Northern Diver paid a visit together with a Marsh Harrier. Another Marsh Harrier was at Inner Marsh Farm later on in the month and a female Long-tailed Duck was at the Point of Ayr during a high tide birdwatch
The spring weather brought a good passage of terns to Hilbre, Ring Ouzels at several locations on the Wirral and Grasshopper Warblers at both Neston and Burton. Summer plumage Black-tailed Godwits and Spotted Redshanks were a magnificent sight at Inner Marsh Farm.
|| May Highest Spring Tides
4th May, 12.16hrs 9.8m. (all times BST)
5th May, 12.58hrs 9.9m.
Young Ornithologists Club at Ness Gardens
Peregrines Phoenix Group
Wirral Bird Club
Forthcoming Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service, Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
5th May. Rocky Shore Walk. 5.30pm - 9pm
7th May. International Dawn Chorus Day. 4:30am - 6-30am.
Dawn over the Dee. Join the Rangers on an early morning walk along the Wirral Way, through the Heswall fields and back along the beach to Thurstaston where we might locate exciting migrants including Grasshopper Warblers and Lesser Whitethroat. A refreshing vup of tea or coffee in the visitors centre afterwards. Booking essential, ring 0151 648 4371.
Dawn over Thurstaston. Discover the wealth of birds that live within Royden Park and Thurstaston Common. Tea, coffee and biscuits available afterwards. Booking essential, ring 0151 678 4200
Dawn Chorus Birdwalk, Greenfield
13th May. Guided Walk to the Hilbre
20th May. Early Morning, Inner Marsh Farm.
June. Dusk 'till Dawn. 8pm - 6 am.
10th June. Dee
Day. 10am - 4:30pm
Note: Many of these forthcoming events extracted from 'Birdwatchers Diary 2000', which covers both the Dee and Mersey regions. Please e-mail me if you want an electronic copy, hard copy available from the visitor centre at Thurstaston, Wirral Country Park 0151 648 4371.