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22 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-3 Little Stint.

Hilbre-6 Goosander,2 Brent Geese and a Sandwich Tern.


Decca Pools-Marsh Harrier.

West Kirby-2 Brent Geese,60 Grey Plover (6 s/pl).


Neston Marsh-Manx Shearwater-exhausted bird taken into care this morning. 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
YELLOW BREASTED BUNTING-still by the cemetery at Housay-Outer Skerries-Shetland.

PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

21 September 2017

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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 21ST SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-3 Little Stint and 2 Curlew Sandpiper.

Caldy-5,090 Black-tailed Godwit.


Neston Marsh-6 Great White Egret.


Burton RSPB-Pochard,5 Great Egret,Greenshank,Spotted Redshank ,Curlew Sandpiper ,Marsh Harrier,Wood Sandpiper and a Cattle Egret 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
YELLOW BREASTED BUNTING-still by the cemetery at Housay-Outer Skerries-Shetland.

PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

20 September 2017

FILEY AND FLAMBOROUGH RINGING AND MIGRATION WEEK

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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 20TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-3 Little Stint,Curlew Sandpiper and a Yellow-browed Warbler heard by Curzon road.


Meols,Dove point-2 Little Stint.


Hilbre-2 Brent Geese.

Heswall shore-Marsh Harrier (juv).


Burton RSPB-Curlew Sandpiper,Wood Sandpiper,Green Sandpiper,10+ Ruff and a Cattle Egret.


Red Rocks-Yellow browed warbler-heard

CHESHIRE
Hale-Great white egret-on the Mersey and Wood sandpiper-Carr lane pools.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

SIBERIAN THRUSH-female still in the garden on the left of the road between Clingera and Ordaal-Baltasound-Unst-Shetland.

YELLOW BREASTED BUNTING-still by the cemetery at Housay-Outer Skerries-Shetland.

19 September 2017

PHOTO OF THE WEEK 13TH AUGUST-19TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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BIRDGUIDES REVIEW OF RARE BIRDS THIS WEEK IN BRITAIN-13TH-19TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-BURNHAM OVERY STAITHE-NORFOLK

News of a locastella species came out mid afternoon on sunday as a possible Pallas'a Grasshopper warbler in Norfolk.The bird was identified just after 6.00pm as being one and it showed well intermittently until dusk and even showed sat out on some  brambles.I was GRIPPED OFF! 
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After numerous attempts to see this species,3 on mainland Britain and 4 on Shetland,2 of which ended up being just Grasshopper warblers I just couldn't get excited about this one.I was totally convinced the bird wouldn't be there in the morning and went into work to do my nightshift.
I finished work in the morning and headed home for some sleep as there was no sign of the bird.At 9.30am the bird was refound,"SHIT"!!!!!
I just couldn't get myself motivated for the bird"so tired","Norfolk","4 Hours away","dipped so many"!.Anyway news then came out no further sign by 10.00am then all went quiet.Then at 10.45am it was seen again,the phone then rang it was Dan Pointon,It went something like this as I was so tired"Were going I'll meet you on the A50,you won't see it at home!
I was off I just needed that bit of encouragement to step out the front door.There was no news on the bird whilst travelling across until 13.45pm that said it was still there,we were still 2 hours way!
We arrived on site just after 16.00pm and could see everyone running around in the distance,this was going to be a nightmare!By the time we had reached where the bird was everyone had thankfully calmed down and were waiting for the bird to show.After an hour of waiting around some lads decided to do an organised flush.For the amount of people that were there it went well and the bird appeared from a ditch and showed well for Dan before it popped up in some reeds briefly for me to see.At last my first Pallas's Grasshopper warbler in Britain,I couldn't believe I had actually seen one.I did get better views of the bird as it sat in the bottom of a hawthorn bush and a few flight views as the evening progressed.

BIRDERS WAITING FOR A GLIMPSE OF THE PG TIPS
News then spread around that birders cars were under water as the tide was coming in at nearby Burnham overy carpark.Iv'e never seen people run like it.Hilarious!

BIRDERS JUST MADE IT BACK IN TIME!
The evening was now upon us so we decided to stay over and travel back tomorrow.We headed for a local youth hostel and then went for a meal and a few celebratory beers.
We got up for 6.00am and headed back to the site where we managed to get even better views of the Pallas's grasshopper warbler.We had it  sat out in a ditch and moving through the reeds.After great views of the bird we headed to Wells wood to have a look for a Arctic warbler but the bird had gone.We headed home after this with another great bird on are lists.




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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 19TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
North Wirral coast-2,700 Common Scoter at high tide.


Hilbre-23 Goldcrest,Chiffchaff,4 Wheatear,2 pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Great Skua.

Hoylake-Little Stint-Near Lifeboat station.


Hilbre-Little Eye-336 Curlew.

Burton RSPB-Curlew Sandpiper,Juv Spotted Redshank,10 Golden Plover and a Cattle Egret.

Burton Point-Barn owl,6 Great White egrets,2 Marsh harrier  and a Peregrine.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper-N06 Tank.

Marbury Country Park-Budworth mere-Drake Scaup.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

18 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 18TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-Little Stint by the Lifeboat station.


North Wirral coast-4,000 Common Scoter off the coast at high tide.


Hilbre-188 Great Crested Grebe,32 Red-throated Diver and 63 Guillemot.


Caldy-Ruff (juv) with 4,020 Black-tailed Godwit.


Little Neston-Ringtail Hen Harrier near Harp Inn pub.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk


17 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Great Skua,2 Purple Sandpiper,Brent Goose,5 Red-throated Diver and 2 Peregrine.

Burton RSPB-Wood Sandpiper,Green Sandpiper,Little Stint,Spotted Redshank (juv),100 Pink-footed Geese and a Cattle Egret.


Burton Marsh-Great white egret.

CHESHIRE
Fourways Sand quarry-2 Common Scoter.

Northwich-Neumann's Flash-Hobby,Pintail,Wigeon,Little egret,Golden plover and a Greenshank

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides.

PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

16 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB-4 Great white egrets,Cattle egret and a Marsh harrier.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Curlew Sandpiper on No6 Tank.

Hale-2 Cattle egrets flew to Decoy Wood roost. 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides

15 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Great Skua and 2,000 Common Scoter.

Hoylake shore-Great Skua (on shore) and an Arctic Skua.

New Brighton-Black tern,2 Leach's Petrel and an Osprey over.

Hilbre Island-A Leach's Petrel was killed by Peregrine.

Burton RSPB-Little Stint,Cattle egret,41 Pink footed geese,Pied Flycatcher,Hobby,Great white egret and 2 Marsh harriers.

Wallasey-7 Leach's Petrel.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Juvenile Red Necked Phalarope-N03 Tank 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

14 September 2017

RUDDY SHELDUCK MIGRATES AT RECORD HEIGHTS

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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
West Kirby marine lake-Grey phalarope and a Leach's Petrel over carpark.

Hilbre-Long tailed skua,Sabine's gull,5 Black Tern's and 70 Leach's petrel,5 Manx Shearwaters.Also first Pale bellied Brent goose back on the island.


Hoylake-2 Juvenile Sabine's gull,3 Grey Phalarope and 65 Leach's petrels,23 Manx Shearwaters,Fulmar and 12 Black terns.


New Brighton-4 Grey Phalarope and 10+ Leach's Petrels.


Hilbre College-Juvenile Sabine's gull in roost before flying off east.


Burton RSPB-Spotted Redshank,Cattle Egret and +30 Pink-Footed Geese. 


CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Juvenile Red Necked Phalarope-N03 Tank 

Hale-2 Leach's Petrel past lighthouse,2 Great White egrets and 2 Pale Bellied Brent geese.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides

13 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 13TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-4 Black Terns and 51 Leach's Petrel and 6 Manx Shearwater.

New Brighton-4 Gray Phalarope,88+ Leach's Petrel,2 Black Terns,Storm petrel and 2 Little gull.

Hilbre-17 Leach's Petrel,3 Black tern,3 Manx shearwater and a Hobby flew west.

Burton RSPB-Little Stint

Leasowe-36 Leach's Petrel.


CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Red Necked Phalarope-N06 Tank and Grey Phalarope reported on N03 Tank

Hale-Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper near lighthouse.


MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

12 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 12TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-49 Leach's Petrel,Black throated diver,175 Sandwich Tern,25 Common Tern and 600 Common Scoter.

Hoylake-26 Leach's Petrel and Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper.


New Brighton-2 Grey Phalarope and a Leach's Petrel.


Leasowe-8 Leach's Petrel.


Caldy-4987 Black-tailed Godwit.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Red Necked Phalarope-N06 Tank and Northern Gannet on the River Weaver. 

Hale-Wood Sandpiper-Carr lane pools.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK 6TH AUGUST-12TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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BIRDGUIDES REVIEW OF RARE BIRDS THIS WEEK IN BRITAIN-6TH-12TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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11 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 11TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-35 Leach's petrel,5 Black Terns,Pomarine Skua and Possible Wilson's Storm petrel,Manx Shearwater and a Fulmar.

Hoylake-5 Sabine's Gulls,65 Leach's petrel and 3 Black Terns,17 Arctic Skuas,15 Great skuas,180+Manx Shearwaters and 300+Kittiwakes

Wallasey-Juvenile Sabine's Gull and 7 Leach's petrel.

New Brighton-29 Leach's Petrel,3 Grey Phalarope,2 Sabine's gull,2 Black terns,2 Little gulls and an Arctic skua.

Meols-Dove point-36 Leach's Petrel,Guillemot,2 Black Tern and 3 Kittiwake.

West Kirby marine lake-Juvenile Sabine's Gull.

Leasowe-Probable juvenile Storm Petrel,35+ Leach's Petrel,Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skua.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

10 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 10TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
GREATER YELLOWLEGS-Hilbre this afternoon on incoming tide but no sign this evening.Also Leach's Storm petrel.

Neston marsh-great white egret.

Hoylake-3 Curlew sandpiper.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Curlew sandpiper No6 Tank.


MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

9 September 2017

AMERICAN REDSTART-EOLIGARRY-BARRA-OUTER HEBRIDES

I was sat at home this afternoon when news came out that a American Redstart had been found on Barra on the Outer hebrides.There hasn't been one of these species seen in the Britain since 1985 which was at Winchester.
I got on the phone straight away to Dan Pointon and my lift was sorted.The evening was spent restless as usual sorting all my gear out and it was soon time to meet up with my team of Simon Slade,Fred Fearne and Malc Curtin.The ferry was due to leave Uig on the Isle of Skye at 9am so we all met up at 10.00pm and started the long journey north in torrential rain.
We arrived at Uig at 6.30am and waited around for the ferry office to open.News came out around 7.30am that the bird was still there,smiles all around,lets get on the ferry!Time soon passed and the ferry docked and we were off!We all headed for a Mcbrayne breakfast before settling down for a seawatch for the next hour and an half.The first bird we managed to pick up in the distance sat out on rocky outlet was a White tailed eagle.
 RECORD SHOT OF WHITE TAILED EAGLE PERCHED UP ON TOP OF A ROCK
Other birds of note were Razorbill,Great Skua,Red Throated diver,Kittiwake,Fulmar,Storm petrel,Gannet,Grey Phalarope and 2 Leach's Storm petrel.
 KITTIWAKE
 GOOD NUMBERS OF MANX SHEATWATERS WERE SEEN ON THE CROSSING
THE TEAM ENJOYING A GOOD SEAWATCH

We soon arrived at Lochmaddy and started the hours drive down to Eriskay.We left the car at the ferry terminal and went over as foot passengers to Barra.
 TWITCH ON!
A quick seawatch produced 2 Red throated divers,Eider,Black gullimot and Shags.
 RED THROATED DIVER
SHAGS AND EIDER
On arrival on Barra,Steve Nuttall,Belvides finest had sorted us all out with a bus to take us to the bird.
 WERE OFF!
MALC AND FRED JUST CANT WAIT!
It wasn't long before being on site that the  American Redstart flicked up at the back of the church in some sycamores.The bird then eventually gave it self up and showed really well feeding and calling for the rest of our stay.





WHAT A LITTLE BEAUTY!
It had took us nearly 16 hours to get to Barra to see the bird but it was all worth it now after connecting.
ME AND SIMON SLADE ON SITE
We spent the next four hours just chilling watching the bird before leaving it behind and heading back to ferry.
A VIEW LOOKING OVER BARRA
The ferry crossing back to South Uist was a happy one now ever one had seen the bird.
 ME,MALC AND FRED ON THE FERRY BACK FROM BARRA
WHAT AN END TO A PERFECT DAY!
The evening was spent in the Lochmaddy hotel having a few celebratory beers,absolutely shattered.We all had a toast to Pete Antrobus in the pub who I had spent his last twitch with for the Black billed cuckoo on North Uist last year,it was great all his close friends were all together remembering him and I no if he was still with us he would be fuming that we had gripped back another bird on him.
After a much needed sleep we got on the ferry at 7.00am and arrived back home for me to be on my night shift for 7.30pm!Good going that hey!

Previous American Redstart records:
1985 Oct 13 to Oct 15 Co.Cork 3 days Galley Head,13th to 15th October.


1985 Oct 4 to Oct 6 Hants 3 days Winchester College Water Meadows, first-winter male,4th to 6th October.

1983 Oct 13 to Oct 24 Cornwall 12 days St Just,first-winter male,13th to 24th October.

1982 Nov 7 to Dec 5 Lincs 29 days Gibraltar Point, first-winter,probably male,7th November to 5th December, trapped 8th November.

1982 Nov 1 Argyll 1 day Portnahaven,Islay, female or immature,1st November.

1968 Oct 13 to Oct 14 Co.Cork 2 days Cape Clear Island,male,13th to 14th October.

1967 Oct 21 Cornwall 1 day Porthgwarra,first-winter male,21st October.

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-Leach's Petrel,2 Curlew Sandpiper and a juv Peregrine.


Wallasey-Leach's Petrel.

Leasowe-Leach's petrel.

Hoylake-Curlew Sandpiper.

CHESHIRE
Newchurch Common-Smew.

Frodsham Marshes-3 Curlew Sandpiper.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

8 September 2017

WILL MALLARDS HYBRIDISE THEIR COUSINS OUT OF EXISTENCE?

A new study, published in The Condor, has examined the outlook for the little-known Mottled Duck, a close relative of the more familiar Mallard.CLICK ON LINK

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