Inner Marsh Farm
Wetland Bird Survey Count for Heswall Shore -
15th August (Kindly provided by the Wirral Ranger Service).
August Bird News
| Six Ruddy
Shelduck have been on the estuary this month, four of these seemed to have
spent all their time flying between Inner Marsh Farm
and the Point of Ayr!
Other Inner Marsh Farm birds have included 4 Spoonbill, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 39 Greenshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 5 Little Stint, Black-necked grebe, Long-eared Owl, Spotted Crake, Marsh Harrier and 9 Green Sandpipers.
Common Shelduck are returning after their moult, most seem to have spent it on nearby Mersey Estuary where 15,000 were counted during August's WeBS counts. This appears to be a fairly new pattern of behaviour with such large numbers only occurring over the past three summers. During this July and August the flock has been intensively studied to establish for sure whether the birds do use the Mersey for moulting or just as a way station for the flight to and from the German Wadenzee. The study, including looking at both the numbers of birds and their plumage, confirms that they do indeed moult on the Mersey estuary. Also confirmed by simply looking at the feathers washed up on the shore! I do not have the complete WeBS data to prove this but judging by the past four year's data it would seem that Shelduck are moving back on to the Dee Estuary much sooner than previously - now it's just a short hop over the Wirral instead of the long haul across the North Sea.
September Highest Spring Tides
27th September, 1329hrs 9.8m.
28th September, 1400hrs 9.7m. (times BST)
Young Ornithologists Club at Ness Gardens
Forthcoming Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service, Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
11th September. High
tide birdwatch at Point of Ayr. 10:30am
11th September. Beginners Birdwatch at Hoylake.
11am to 12.45pm.
25th September. Guided
Walk to Hilbre.
25th September. Wader Workshop on Heswall
3rd October. Migration Watch '99. 7am
3rd October. World
Birdwatch events at Wirral Country Park. 10am-5pm