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23 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 23RD MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB
Mistle Thrush x2 Field Burton Point
Linnet Wall Burton Point
Whitethroat By Railway Bridge
Willow Warbler Near Birdcrop Field
Sedge Warbler By Bridge Screen
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Pool
Common Tern Marsh Covert Hide
Peregrine Over Marsh Covert Hide
Cetti`s Warbler By Marsh covert Wood
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Blackcap By Willow Pool
Avocet Chicks x48 Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gulls x2 Main Scrape

Gull Billed Tern Inner marsh farm hide

Red Rocks
Iberian Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

West Kirby Salt Marsh
Grey-headed Wagtail-Just south of Pinfold steps.


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff.

Leasowe Lighthouse
Spotted Flycatcher-By kissing gate.




22 May 2018

BIRDGUIDES REVIEW OF RARE BIRDS THIS WEEK IN BRITAIN-16TH-22ND MAY 2018

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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 22ND MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff by Benty Farm,Cuckoo by Thors Stone and a Hobby by Kitty's Flash.


Meols-Park Lane
Spotted Flycatcher.

Hilbre
Guillemot off north end.

Burton RSPB
Mediterranean Gull x2 Main Scrape
Avocet Chicks x24 Main Scrape
Nuthatch By Reception
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Little Ringed Plover Marsh Covert Hide
Ringed Plover Marsh Covert Hide
Redshank Chick x1 Marsh Covert Hide
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Pool
Willow Warbler Near Birdcrop Field (Photo)
Sedge Warbler By Railway Bridge
Whitethroat By Railway Bridge
Mistle Thrush x3 Field Burton Point
Great Egret x1 Burton Marsh From Point
Pintail (M) Border Pool
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape

21 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 21ST MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB
Green Woodpecker Field Burton Point
Mistle Thrush Field Burton Point
Mediterranean Gulls Wet Grassland From Burton Point
Willow Warbler By Birdcrop Field
Blackcap Railway Bridge
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Pool
Sedge Warbler By Bridge Screen
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Swift Over Marsh Covert Wood
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Whitethroat By Reception
Avocet`s Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gull x2 Main Scrape
Little Ringed Plover Marsh Covert Hide


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff.



20 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 20TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Red Rocks
Cuckoo and 2 Wheatear.


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff and a Cuckoo.

Burton RSPB
Garganey (M) Main Scrape
Avocet`s Main Scrape
Sandwich Tern x2 Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gull x2 Main Scrape
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Pool
Whitethroat Along Boardwalk
Sedge Warbler Far End Boardwalk
Willow Warbler Viewpoint Birdcrop Field
Linnet By Railway Bridge
Mistle Thrush x2 Field Burton Point
Mediterranean Gull x2 Wet Grassland Seen From Field B/Point
Hobby Over Bridge Screen
Pintail (M) Main Scrape
Yellow Wagtail Wet Grassland By Barn


CHESHIRE
Hale
Great White egret-Still on Duck Decoy and Channel Wagtail at Burnt Mill Farm.

19 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 19TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Thurstaston
1st Summer male Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.


Burton RSPB
Great Egret Burton Marsh From Point
Mistle Thrush Burton Point
Dunlin IMF
Ringed Plover IMF
Hobby Over Birdcrop Field
Great Crested Grebe Bridge Pool
Little Gull Bridge Pool
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Cetti`s Warbler By Marsh Covert Wood
Blackcap By Woodland Mere
Whitethroat By Reception
Mediterranean Gull x2 Main Scrape
Garganey (M) Main Scrape
Pintail (M) Main Scrape
Avocet`s Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape
Common Tern Bridge Pool
Garden Warbler (Heard) Near To Ramp


CHESHIRE
Woolston Eyes
Drake Garganey.

Winsford Flash
Red Kite-Flew over south west.

18 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 18TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Hilbre
Firecrest.

Red Rocks

Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Yellow Wagtail.


Moreton,Lingham Lane
Spotted Flycatcher by fishery down.

Decca Pools
Hobby and a Marsh Harrier.


Leasowe Lighthouse
Swallow/House Martin hybrid (seen well!!!) over Park Lane,2 Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail in horse paddocks.


Burton RSPB
Little Gull (1st summer),Drake Garganey and 3 Mediterranean Gull (ads).

Thurstaston
1st Summer male Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.

CHESHIRE
Marbury County Park
Adult-White Winged Black Tern-Budworth Mere-Still present this evening.


17 May 2018

SONG SPARROW-FAIR ISLE-SHETLAND-SCOTLAND-17TH MAY 2018

After mondays megas turning up on the Shetland Isles-Marmora's warbler-Black Faced Bunting and a Crag Martin news broke on tuesday morning that a Song Sparrow had been trapped and ringed in the observatory garden on Fair Isle.I was unable to go on the wednesday due to work but arranged to travel with Fred Fearne on thursday if the bird was still present.The bird was becoming more elusive visiting a feeder outside the observatory but we got news that it was still present so we set off.
 FLYING OVER THE ORKNEYS
                                   
 WITH THE AIRSTRIP ON FAIR ISLE IN VIEW WE WERE READY TO LAND
Four hours later we touched down and were driven down to to observatory where we waited for the bird to show.The Song sparrow hadn't been seen since 12.10pm so we were in for a wait.The bird eventually came out of the observatory garden and showed really well under a feeder.

                              
     


SONG SPARROW
The bird was constantly being harassed by House sparrows and disappeared after a good five minutes on show.This was the ninth record for Britain the last one was at Seaforth Docks in Lancashire in 1994 which stayed from the 15th-17th October.
The bird didn't show again whilst we were there so we headed back to plane and did some birding on the way.
 REDPOLL
 TWITE
 PUFFIN
 FULMAR
 BLACK GUILLEMOT
  GREAT SKUA
A great days birding and another lifer under the belt,only three more to get to the magic 500!
ME OUTSIDE THE OBSERVATORY

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 17TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB
Mistle Thrush x4 Burton Point
Linnet x9 By Railway Bridge
Blackcap (M) By Railway Bridge
Grey Partridge x2 (M&F) Birdcrop Field
Sedge Warbler Far End Boardwalk
Whitethroat Along Boardwalk
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Pool
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Avocet`s Main Scrape
Ringed Plover Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape
Little Gull Bridge Pool


Denhall Quay
Hen Harrier.

Thurstaston
Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.

CHESHIRE
Congleton
Wood Warbler-The Cloud.

Woolston Eyes
2 Drake Garganey.

Newchurch Common
Adult female Smew of unknown origin-Still present.

Marbury Country Park
Great White egret and Greenshank-Ashtons Flash-Avocet-Haydn's Pool.
(C)MALC CURTIN


16 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 16TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Hoylake
2 Arctic Skua-Before high tide

Leasowe Lighthouse
Female Whinchat in Kerr's field,Female Yellow Wagtail near the groyne and 7 Wheatear. 

Burton RSPB
Avocet`s Main Scrape (Photo Avocet Chicks)
Common Tern Over Burton Mere
Cetti`s Warbler By Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Pool
Sedge Warbler By Bridge Screen
Whitethroat Far End Boardwalk
Grey Partridge x2 (M&F) Birdcrop Field
Marsh Harrier x2 (F) Burton Marsh From Point
Great Egret Burton Marsh From Point
Spoonbill IMF
Garganey (F) IMF

Sandwich Tern x6 Flew Over Reserve
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape

Cattle Egret
Great White egret

CHESHIRE
Marbury Country Park
Drake Garganey-Neumanns Flash.

15 May 2018

IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF-THURSTASTON HILL-WIRRAL

Another Iberian Chiffchaff was found on the North Wirral coast at the beginning of May and has been present all month.This record is the third for Cheshire and Wirral,the last one was found in Delamere forest last year.I visited the site today and could hear the bird in full song as soon as I arrived.The bird was favouring an oak tree in a clearing and eventually showed really well.
 


This was my third Iberian Chiffchaff for Cheshire and Wirral and another great bird for the Wirral peninsular.

ASTLE SANDPITS-CHELFORD

Just down the road from where I work in Chelford a sand quarry has just been turned into a nature reserve.This has took many months to do and is now a good place for me to spend my dinner hour birding as Lapwing hall pool further down the road is still under maintenance and will be closed until the end of the year.The new area has been named Astle sandpits which was previously known as Mere farm quarry. 
 AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH BEFORE RESTORATION OF ASTLE ESTATE SAND PITS

 THE SANDPITS BEFORE THEY WERE FILLED
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE AREA  BEFORE THE CONSTRUCTION OF FENCES AND TREE PLANTING

THE FOLLOWING PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW ARE OF THE AREA NOW IT HAS BEEN RESTORED




As you can see from aerial photographs there is a vast area to cover which leads onto another pool with plenty of woodland and open scrub.I started to visit the area last week and have already seen over 60 species of birds during my lunch break and visiting on my way home after work.The following species of birds have been seen:
1.Mute Swan                                                              
2.Grey Lag Goose
3.Canada Goose
4.Pheasant
5.Cormorant
6.Mallard
7.Tufted Duck
8.Grey Heron
9.Great Crested grebe
10 Little Grebe
11.Buzzard
12.Kestrel
13.Moorhen
14.Coot
15.Oystercatcher
16.Little Ringed Plover
17.Lapwing
18.Dunlin
19.Black Headed Gull
20.Feral Pigeon
21.Wood Pigeon
22.Collared Dove
23.Stock Dove
24.Swift
25.Green Woodpecker
26.Magpie
27.Jay
28.Jackdaw 
29.Rook
30.Carrion Crow
31.Blue Tit
32.Great Tit
33.Long Tailed Tit
34.Skylark
35.Sand Martin
36.Swallow
37.House Martin
38.Chiffchaff
39.Willow Warbler
40.Garden Warbler

41.Whitethroat
42.Lesser Whitethroat
44.Blackcap
45.Sedge Warbler
46.Reed Warbler
47.Nuthatch
48.Treecreeper
49.Starling
50.Wren
51.Mistle Thrush
52.Song Thrush
53.Blackbird
54.Robin
55.Dunnock
56.House Sparrow
57.Yellow Wagatail
58.Pied Wagtail
59.Grey Wagtail
60.Chaffinch
61.Greenfinch
62.Goldfinch
63.Linnet
66.Reed Bunting



CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 15TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB
Garganey (M) IMF
Grey Partridge (M) Birdcrop Field
Chiffchaff Copse To IMF
Sedge Warbler Far End Boardwalk
Whitethroat Along Boardwalk
Linnet x4 Near Railway Bridge
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide
Spoonbill Marsh Covert Wood
Blackcap x2 (M&F) Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Ringed Plover Main Scrape
Avocet`s Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape
Sandwich Tern x2 Main Scrape


Red Rocks

Kite species (possibly Black Kite) seen distantly flying over mid Wirral from Red Rocks at 0830am and 2 Garden Warbler and a Whinchat.

Hoylake
65 Gannet most sitting on flat calm sea,30+ Great Crested Grebe and 50+ Common Scoter.


West Kirby-Lang Lane
Spotted Flycatcher.

Leasowe Lighthouse
Marsh Harrier circling over Lighthouse


Thurstaston Hill

Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.

CHESHIRE

Marbury Country Park
Drake Garganey-Neumanns Flash

Woolston Eyes

Drake Garganey.

Hale
Great White egret-On Mersey Estuary from Lighthouse.

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14 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 14TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB
Avocet Main Scrape
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Spoonbill Marsh Covert Wood
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide (Photo Over Burton Mere)
Sedge Warbler Far End Boardwalk
Whitethroat By Railway Bridge
Cetti`s Warbler Along Path To IMF
Great Egret x1 Burton Marsh From Point
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape
Cattle Egret x1 Marsh Covert Wood


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm,also a Spotted Flycatcher.

CHESHIRE
Marbury Country Park
2 Wood Sandpipers and a Drake Garganey-Neumanns Flash

Woolston Eyes
Drake Garganey.


13 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 13TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB
Great Egret x2 Burton Marsh From Point
Grey Partridge x2(M&F) Birdcrop Field
Cetti`s Warbler Along Path To IMF
Ringed Plover IMF
Whitethroat Along Boardwalk
Sedge Warbler Far End Boardwalk
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide
Reed Warbler By Reedbed Screen
Avocet x17 Chicks Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape
Wheatear x5 Burton Marsh
Marsh Harrier x1(F) Burton Marsh
Pink-Footed Geese x2 Burton Marsh
Cattle Egret Marsh Covert Wood
Pied Flycatcher Near Burton Mere


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.


Heswall Shore
23 Whimbrel.


Caldy-Stapledon Wood
19 Stock Dove in newly seeded field.


Leasowe Lighthouse
4 Greenland Wheatear in Kerrs Field and 15+ Gannet off shore.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes
Drake Garganey-Weaver Bend

12 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 12TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Hilbre
Eider,25 Gannet and 2 Wheatear.


Red Rocks
Garden Warbler,4 Redpoll and 25+ Swallow.


Wallasey Shore
Marsh Harrier flying west and a Arctic Tern.


Leasowe Lighthouse
Garden Warbler,Grasshopper Warbler,Lesser Whitethroat,c15 Sedge Warbler,Whinchat and 4 Wheatear - 


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.

Burton RSPB
Avocet x10 Chicks Main Scrape
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Blackcap Marsh Covert Wood
Chiffchaff Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Pool
Little Grebe Bridge Pool
Sedge Warbler By Bridge Screen
Whitethroat Far End Boardwalk
Grey Partridge x2 Birdcrop Field
Great Egret Burton Marsh From Point
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Scrape
Garganey Main Scrape
Sandwich Tern x2 Main Scrape
Yellow Wagtail Wet Grassland Left Main Scrape


CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes
3 Garganey-On the River Weaver and 2 Great White egret-Frodsham score.

11 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 11TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB
Cetti`s Warbler Along Path IMF
Chiffchaff In Copse To IMF
Grey Partridge x2 Birdcrop Field
Whitethroat Along Boardwalk By 2 Gate`s
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide
Cattle Egret Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler By Reedbed Screen
Ruff x4 (Reeves) Main Scrape
Avocet x87 Main Scrape
Sedge Warbler By Bunker
Swifts Over Reserve
Swallows Over Reserve
House Martins Over Reserve
Little Ringed Plover Main Scrape
Mediterranean Gulls Wet Grassland Behind Scrape

Heswall Shore
Eider(Male),2 male Red-breasted Merganser,139 Grey Plover,35 Ringed Plover,2000 Dunlin,19 Knot,10 Whimbrel and 112 Curlew.


West Kirby
96 Black-tailed Godwit-Caldy Wildfowl Collection off Column Road.

10 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 10TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL
Red Rocks
20+ Manx Shearwater with lots of Gannets, also 50+ Sandwich Tern.


Hoylake
7 Manx Shearwater,120 Gannet,100+ Sandwich Tern,30 Common Tern,200 Sanderling,250 Knot and 150 Dunlin.


West Kirby
50+ Swift over town centre in 30 mins this morning.

Hoylake
Cuckoo.


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.


Decca Pools
2 Great Egret.

Burton RSPB
Spoonbill Main Scrape
Avocets Main Scrape
Wheatear Wet Grassland Right Main Scrape
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Blackcap Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Sedge Warbler Near Reedbed Screen
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide
Great Crested Grebe x2 Bridge Screen Pool
Swifts Over Bridge Screen Pool
Whitethroat Far End Boardwalk
Grey Partridge x2 Birdcrop Field
Chiffchaff Along Path To IMF
Mediterranean Gull x2 Wet Grassland Behind Scrape
Garganey As Above
Cattle Egret Marsh Covert Wood
Ring-Necked Duck Bridge Screen Pool


CHESHIRE
Marbury Country Park
Black Redstart-Dairy house meadows-Showed for a few minutes but not refound.

Sandbach Flashes
Red Kite-Over Elton Hall Flash.

9 May 2018

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS 9TH MAY 2018

WIRRAL

Neston Old Quay

Cuckoo early morning, also 2 Great Egret.


Thurstaston Hill
Iberian Chiffchaff-100 yards south of Benty Farm.

Hilbre

28 Manx Shearwater,130+ Gannet,430+ Sandwich Tern,6 Little Tern,2 Razorbill,2 Eider,5 Whimbrel,95 Grey Plover and 81 Guillemot.

Leasowe Lighthouse

Cuckoo.


Burton RSPB

Chiffchaff Along Path To IMF
Whitethroat By Wooden Bridge To IMF
Peregrine Flew Over Copse To IMF
Grey Partridge x2 Birdcrop Field
Swift x15+ Over IMF
Sedge Warbler Far End Boardwalk
Common Tern x2 Marsh Covert Hide
Cattle Egret Marsh Covert Wood
Reed Warbler Reedbed Screen
Cetti`s Warbler By Willow Pool
Mistle Thrush Field Right Of House
Mediterranean Gull`s Wet Grassland Behind Main Scrape
Avocet x97 Main Scrape
Little Ringed Plover x2 Main Scrape
Yellow Wagtail Wet Grassland Left Main Scrape

Spotted Redshank
Great White Egret

CHESHIRE

Woolston Eyes
Garganey-Drake still from South screen.

Sandbach Flashes

Common Tern-Watch Lane flash.