Cetti's Warbler breeds in North West Africa from Morocco to Tunisia, in Iberia, France, Britain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Crete (as well as other Mediterranean islands) eastwards to the Ukraine and the Crimea. There is an eastern form recognised as Cettia cettia albiventris which is larger, paler grey-brown above and whiter underneath.
In eastern Asia it seems that Cetti's Warbler is replaced by the Chinese Bush Warbler, Cettia diphone, which ranges from South East Siberia to Japan and northern China and also lives in scrub and reeds.
Cetti's Warbler (with ring) at Neston reed bed March 2005, Steve Round
Status in Cheshire and Wirral and beyond
Similarly, Lancashire has had just seven records,
all since 1991. However, it is thought
The first Welsh record was one on Bardsey (Gwynedd)
on 26th to 30th October 1973 and the next was one at Rhosneigr
(Anglesey) in December 1976. Only odd birds then occurred in North
Wales until the very recent colonisation of Valley Wetlands RSPB
Reserve (Anglesey) where seven singing males were present in the spring
of 2004. One or two birds have also been reported in the last couple of
years at Llyn Maelog near Rhosneigr and a single bird has been present
in early March of this year at a small private reserve near Porthmadog
The above article was first published in
Volume 2 No 3 issue of Birding
North West (April 2005).
May Bird News
| The bird of the
month must be the Wryneck at Inner Marsh Farm. It was a first for
me and I was one of a lucky few to get a really good view of it - a
very stylish looking bird. See the Birding North West website for photos.
It was a good month for waders at Inner Marsh Farm where the over summering flock of Black-tailed Godwit built up to 1,600. More unusually were several hundred Knot, most of these appeared to be immature birds and may also spend the summer in the area. Other waders included three Avocet, a Wood Sandpiper, a Little Stint, a Little Ringed Plover and two Curlew Sandpiper. Avocets were also seen at Burton and Thurstaston.
There were some lovely clear days during the month which meant for some good seawatching. Lots of Gannets were to be seen hanging around the mouth of the estuary, most days at least 40, plus the usual Common, Sandwich and Little Terns. A Roseate Tern, 4 Slavonian Grebes, one Black Guillemot, one Puffin and a drake Eider were all more unusual visitors, all observed from Hilbre Island.
The spring migration was still going strong at the beginning of the month and the first Cuckoo of the year was heard on the 1st in Talacre sand dunes. Cuckoos are quite rare in our area now but a total of four sightings during the month wasn't too bad.
least one Short-eared Owl was still around until mid-month, and both
Hen Harriers and Marsh Harriers passed through. A lucky few people saw
an Osprey catch a fish near Hilbre Island and devour it on a
sand bank. Other birds of note were a drake Garganey, Manx Shearwaters
off Hoylake and
two Black Terns at Inner
What to expect in June
For many of our garden birds the nesting season will already be over but for most waders and sea birds it has barely started. We can still get passage waders heading north early in the month - Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling. However, by the end of the month we will already have Curlew and Redshank back on the estuary after their breeding season, most of these having bred in this country. We also get immature waders spending the summer with us - Black-tailed Godwits at Inner Marsh Farm make a fine sight, and also Oystercatchers, about 500 or so use Point of Ayr as a roost through the summer.
The tern colonies at Shotton and Gronant will be full of activity, and Gronant is also a very good place for a bit of sea watching - look out for Storm Petrels, Common Scoters, Manx Shearwaters and Gannets. More uncommon birds which can turn up include the Hobby, Quail, Spoonbill and Golden Oriole.
Many thanks go to Mark Turner, Annie Bellinger, Kevin Smith, Colin Davies, Clive Ashton, Iain Douglas, Colin Jones, Dave and Emma Kenyon, Ray Roberts, Charles Farnell, Steve Williams, Chris Butterworth, Jane Turner, Phil Woollen, Allan Conlin, Mike Hart, Steve Round, Tanny Robinson, Frank Huband, Matt Thomas, Dave Wilde, Mark O'Sullivan, Steve Renshaw, John Boswell, Jean Morgan, Stephen Morris, Tanny Robinson, Richard Hurst, Chris Collins, Derek Rice, Margery Griffin, Eric Sherry, the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens and the Hilbre Bird Observatory for their sightings during February. All sightings are gratefully received.
|June Highest Spring
also see Tides
23rd June, 12:55hrs 9.1m. Times BST.
24th June, 13:44hrs 9.1m.
25th June, 14:36hrs 9.1m.
Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service,
Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
4th June, 1:30pm, Orchid Spectacular at Inner
Marsh Farm RSPB Nature Reserve.
16th June, 8:30pm – 11:00pm, Night Owl Watch.
19th June, 2pm - 4pm, Sand Dune Conservation.
30th June, 7pm start, Red
Rocks Reserve and Shoreline.
2nd July 2005, 11:00am - 3:00pm. Open Day at the Connah's Quay Reserve.
Note: Many of these forthcoming events are extracted from the 'Birdwatchers Diary 2005', which covers both the Dee and Mersey regions. Hard copies available from the visitor centre at Thurstaston, Wirral Country Park 0151 648 4371.
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