Inner Marsh Farm sightings during July.
Wetland Bird Survey Count for Heswall Shore -
18th July (Kindly provided by the Wirral Ranger Service).
July Bird News
| The tern colonies at Shotton
and Gronant have both had successful
breeding seasons with over 500 Common Tern chicks at Shotton and an expected 100 Little Tern fledglings at Gronant.
Shelduck have disappeared from the estuary as they are now on their moult migration. They all used to go to German Heligoland but increasing numbers appear to be just hopping over to the Mersey estuary where 11,600 were counted on 18th July's WeBS count and a massive 17,000 August 1998.
Some strong westerly winds during the middle of the month brought good views of Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwater. The Tern migration is now well underway with 100 Sandwich Tern at the Point of Ayr and others at Hilbre.
The waders are increasing rapidly after the breeding season with good numbers of Redshank and Curlew seen off Heswall at high tide. Also observed were various waders on passage at Inner Marsh Farm including Greenshank, Ruff, Spotted Redshank and Little Ringed Plover. The first Little Egret of the Autumn has been spotted at Inner Marsh Farm along with a Red Kite and Hobby - both unusual for this area.
With the increase in Waders comes the need to afford them protection from disturbance. This is needed specially at the high tide roost at West Kirby. Voluntary Wardens provide this valuable service, any help greatly welcomed!
Next Spring High Tides
12th August, 1248hrs 9.5m.
13th August, 1330hrs, 9.5m. (times BST)
Young Ornithologists Club at Ness Gardens
Forthcoming Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service, Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
7th August. Walk across the Dee Estuary. 1pm to 5pm.
August. Royden Park and Thurstaston Common. 1pm
19th August. Seashore Search. 10.30am to 12 noon.
21st August. Guided Walk to Hilbre.
August. Coast and Woodland Walk. 10am to 2 pm.
11th September. High
tide birdwatch at Point of Ayr. 10:30am
11th September. Beginners Birdwatch at Hoylake.
11am to 12.45pm.