Inner Marsh Farm Count for 14th
Wetland Bird Survey Count for Heswall Shore - (Kindly provided by the Wirral Ranger Service). 2nd
July Bird News
Fog Horns Scare Crows But Scarecrows Don't!
1. Running into the colony shouting
and waving your arms (partially effective).
Anyway, as a result of all this 52 Little Terns have fledged, a very creditable number considering the problems the colony faced this year with poor weather and predators (foxes as well as crows). In mid-July I walked along the beach on the seaward side of the colony. A lot of the juveniles were flying rather weakly low over the sand with the adults much higher in the air. It gave me immense pleasure seeing these young terns knowing that I had played a small part in their survival.
As well as Little Terns there has been a large roost of Sandwich Terns at Gronant, at times reaching over 1,000 at high tide. In fact terns have been very much a feature during July with 550 Common Tern chicks ringed at Shotton, many Sandwich,Common and Little Terns roosting at Hoylake and even a Black Tern at Point of Ayr. Following the terns have come the Skuas, the best sightings being at Point of Ayr where a Long-tailed Skua and 7 Great Skuas where seen along with the more normal Arctic Skuas. Strong mid-month winds brought in 10 Storm Petrels.
Waders are already returning in good numbers with about 2,000 Redshank and Curlew at Heswall, 1275 Sanderling at Hoylake along with 2,000 Dunlin and a few Bar-tailed Godwit. 25 Greenshank where seen at Parkgate, and 2 Green Sandpiper, a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper at Inner Marsh Farm.
Sketch by Pamela Dawson
| August Highest Spring Tides
2nd August, 13.51hrs 9.8m. (all times BST)
30th August, 12.48hrs 9.9m.
31st August, 13.32hrs 9.9m.
Note that the marsh at Parkgate is covered when tide height is 9.8m or over, dependent on weather conditions.
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
6th August. Sea Potato and Shell Walk. 10am - 12 noon.
August. Guided Walk to the Hilbre Islands.
August. High Tide at Point of Ayr. 1:00pm
20th August. Parkgate
Walk. 11am - 4pm
26th August. The Dee
Estuary - A Surviving Wilderness. 1.30pm - 5.30pm
August. High Tide at Parkgate. 11:00am.(Hw
Join a guided birdwatch to Hilbre Island in pursuit of those pirates of the sky, the skuas. If the weather conditions are right we can expect close encounters with Arctic and possibly Great Skua together with several species of terns and other seabirds. Places are limited. To book your place ring Wirral Country Park on 0151 648 4371.
Note - As we go to press I have been told that the trip on the 1st September is already fully booked.
Sketch by Jeff Clarke
16th September. Heswall Shore High Tide
Bird Watch. 10:45am
Note: Many of these forthcoming events extracted from 'Birdwatchers Diary 2000', which covers both the Dee and Mersey regions. Copies available from the visitor centre at Thurstaston, Wirral Country Park 0151 648 4371.