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23 April 2017

CONSERVATIONISTS APPALLED AT ILLEGAL KILLING OF 25 MILLION BIRDS A YEAR IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

Glued, poisoned, trapped, shot – a shocking report reveals enforcement failure at a colossal scale as hunters across southern Europe and the Middle East kill birds with impunity.CLICK ON LINK

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 23RD APRIL 2017

WIRRAL
Thurstaston-Probable Black Kite heading east over Wirral Way.


Lower Heswall-Common Redstart in garden.


Leasowe Lighthouse-Ring Ouzel-Flew east over Lingham lane.

Burton RSPB-Curlew sandpiper,5 Spotted Redshank,Little gull and Ringtailed Hen harrier.

Hilbre-Glaucous gull.


CHESHIRE
Sandbach Flashes-Common Scoter-Railway Flash.

Ellesmere Port-Osprey over garden on Pooltown road.

Gowy Meadows-Whinchat and Redstart.

Risley-Cuckoo and 2 Grasshopper warblers-Silver lane pools.

Hale-Male channel wagtail-on Hale Shore best viewed from Within Way.

Woolston eyes-9 Black necked grebes.

Fourways Sand Quarry-Greenshank,2 Dunlin,2 Little ringed plover,2 Common Sands,Wheatear,Whinchat and Yellow wagtail.















HOLY S""T!THAT'S AN OSPREY!

The weather was beautiful today and whilst I was sat in the garden having lunch my eyes turned to the sky to reveal an Osprey heading over northeast.I bombed it through the house to get the camera but the bird had flown straight over.This was my second Osprey over the house the last one being on April 9th 2010.

22 April 2017

RSPB SCOTLAND VOICES CONCERNS OVER HIGHLAND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

RSPB Scotland is seeking reassurance that a new housing development in the Cairngorms National Park will not harm Capercaillie in its only remaining Scottish stronghold.CLICK ON LINK

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

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Arctic Skua,2 Common Tern,120 Sandwich Tern and 50 Gannet.


Meols-Park Lane-3 Wheatear and a Whinchat in fields.


Hoylake-1 Arctic Skua off East Hoyle.


Hoylake-Queens Park-Hooded Crow.

Moreton-Grasshopper Warbler by River Birket.


CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Curlew sandpiper.

Rudheath-Wood warbler.








21 April 2017

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

WIRRAL
Gilroy-Ring Ouzel (fem),2 Whinchat,7 Wheatear,1 Yellow Wagtail,4 Willow Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler.


Leasowe Lighthouse-7 Wheatear east end of Park Lane and on sea defence,Stonechat and a Whinchat.

CHESHIRE
Delamere-60 Waxwings still by railway bridge near Go Ape this evening.

Frodsham Marshes-Curlew sandpiper and Osprey.

Sandbach-20 Waxwings in trees 50m from Fire Station.

Winsford-Whinchat in ploughed field by Winsford Flash.

Hale-2 Water pipits by bridge on Carr Lane.

Sandbach flashes-Juvenile Iceland gull and Juvenile Glaucous gull.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PIED BILLED GREBE-Loch Feorlin-Argyll.

20 April 2017

MASSACRE ON MIGRATION-CHRIS PACKHAM FOUND NOT GUILTY AFTER MALTA TRIAL

Chris Packham – twice voted Conservationist of the Year in the Birdwatch Birders’ Choice Awards, organised in association with BirdGuides – has been found not guilty by a court in Malta following an incident earlier this week.CLICK ON LINK

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

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Glaucous Gull flew past,24 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.

Burton marsh-3 Great White Egret. 


Burton RSPB-Little Gull,Common Sandpiper,Marsh Harrier,6 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Cattle egrets flew into roost.

CHESHIRE
Middlewich-19 Waxwings still at King Street Industrial Estate.

Hale-Channel wagtail with 7 Yellow wagatils at Carr Lane Pools and 4 Whimbrel near the lighthouse.

Kelsall-14 Waxwings-in orchard east of yeld lane at eddisbury fruit farm.

Sandbach Flashes-Juvenile Iceland gull at Elton Hall Flash.

Frodsham Marshes-Curlew sandpiper on N06 tank.

CITIZEN SCIENTISTS NEEDED

As House martins begin to return from their wintering quarters in Africa, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is calling on birders across the country to follow and record the species’ nesting activity.CLICK ON LINK

19 April 2017

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

WIRRAL
Caldy-68 Whimbrel and 380 Black-tailed Godwit.

West Kirby-Gilroy-Swift.


Leasowe-Ring Ouzel,Yellow Wagtail,Redstart,Grasshopper warbler,2 Whinchat and 11 Wheatear.


Burton RSPB-2 Grasshopper warblers and 3 Spotted redshank.

Burton Marsh-Great White egret.

CHESHIRE
Hale-1 male Channel wagtails-Carr Lane pools.

Sandbach flashes-Iceland gull,Glacous gull and Caspian gull.

Hartford-C.15 Waxwings in St. John's churchyard.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
HERMIT THRUSH-1st-winter in East Pundsgeo-Isle Of Noss-Shetland.


18 April 2017

SPRING HAS ARRIVED AT LAST!

With news yesterday that two Whinchats had been found at Leasowe I made my way up there this morning.On arrival a male bird was still present in Kerr's field with at least 7 Wheatears.

WHINCHAT
WHEATEAR
There was a good selection of birds around this morning.My first House martin of the year was seen over the golf course at the bottom of Lingham lane and a Reed warbler was singing away in the near by reeds.Two Whitethroats were seen around the old tip along with good numbers of Skylarks and a Snipe.Chiffchaffs,Willow warblers and Blackcaps were in good numbers throughout the area as well.
Moving on from Leasowe I headed towards Burton RSPB where I soon connected with a reeling Grasshopper warbler near the boardwalk.The bird showed briefly before skulking again in the nettles.Other birds of note were Reed and Cettis warbler and three Spotted Redshank.The photos below were birds I saw as I was walking around the reserve.
 CHAFFINCH
REED BUNTING
 KESTREL
GREENFINCH
ROBIN







PHOTO OF THE WEEK 12TH-18TH APRIL 2017

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BIRDGUIDES REVIEW OF RARE BIRDS THIS WEEK IN BRITAIN-12TH-18TH APRIL 2017

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

WIRRAL
Hilbre-3 Whimbrel,6 Wheatear,275 Sandwich Tern and 540 Pink-footed Geese.

Red rocks-2 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling) and 7 Willow Warbler.

Burton RSPB-Spoonbill,Cattle Egret,Little Gull and 3 Spotted Redshank coming into summer plumage.


Leasowe Lighthouse-2 Whinchat,4 Common Redstart,5+ Wheatear,5 White Wagtail and 40+ Swallow, 2+ Sandwich Tern over the sea.


CHESHIRE
Kelsall-9 Waxwings-in orchard east of yeld lane at eddisbury fruit farm.

Frodsham Marshes-Little stint still on N06 tank.

Woolston Eyes-Black necked grebe-at least 8 on No.3 bed.

Hale-2 male Channel wagtails-Carr Lane pools and Osprey over.


17 April 2017

THRUSHES PROSPER IN BRITISH GARDENS

Blackbird was the most commonly seen species in gardens during 2016, according to the annual results of British Trust for Ornithology's (BTO) Garden BirdWatch.CLICK ON LINK

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

WIRRAL
Leasowe lighthouse-Grashopper Warbler reeling near duck pond.

Gilroy nature park-Common Whitethroat.


Leasowe castle-2 Gannet,2 Little Gull a Red-throated Diver and 32 Sandwich Tern.


Decca pools-2 Short-eared Owl.

CHESHIRE
Hale-2 male Channel wagtails-Carr Lane pools.

Hale-Water pipit-Still from Town lane.

Pickmere lake-Female Scaup.

Kelsall-21 Waxwings-in orchard east of yeld lane at eddisbury fruit farm.

Delamere forest-11 waxwings-Spy hill-81 at visitors centre yesterday.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PIED BILLED GREBE-Loch Feorlin-Argyll.

16 April 2017

PROMISCUITY SLOWS DOWN THE EVOLUTION OF NEW SPECIES

Promiscuity mixes up the gene pool and dilutes genetic differences between populations, slowing down the evolution of new species, according to new research.CLICK ON LINK

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

WIRRAL
Heswall-Lesser Whitethroat and 17 White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road.

Heswall shore-Peregrine,45 Dunlin,1850 Redshank,Greenshank and 6 Whimbrel.


Burton RSPB-Hen Harrier (ringtail).

CHESHIRE
Pickerings pasture-Little gull-1st-summer flew upriver also c.40 White wagtails.

Delamere-c.10 Waxwing by Forest Visitor Centre Café car park.

Fourways-Short eared owl.

Hale-Water pipit.

Frodsham Marshes-Little stint still on N06 tank.





15 April 2017

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER RED KITE FOUND SHOT IN BEDFORDSHIRE

Bedfordshire Police and the RSPB are appealing for information after a dead Red Kite was found near Toddington, Bedfordshire, containing as many as 10 pieces of lead shot.CLICK ON LINK

AFTERNOONS WALK ALONG RIVACRE VALLEY

The weather was beautiful today on the Wirral so I spent the afternoon walking around my local nature reserve in Rivacre.It wasn't long before I saw my first Comma butterfly of the year as I was walking along the stream.
COMMA BUTTERFLY
Spring is truly upon us now and the valley floor was covered in Bluebells.
BLUEBELLS
There were good numbers of Orange Tip butterflies around the reserve and I managed to get a distant photo of a Brimstone butterfly as it landed on the other side of the stream.


ORANGE TIP 
BRIMSTONE
Walking further along the valley I heard a Green Woodpecker calling and it didn't take long to locate the bird sat right out at the top of a tree.
GREEN WOODPECKER
The stream held a single Grey wagtail and two Kingfishers.Due to the constant disturbance of dog walkers and children playing in the stream I was surprised that the Kingfishers were still around as I hadn't seen them at all this year after numerous visits.
GREY WAGTAIL
Walking back to the car a Peacock butterfly appeared right in front of me near the path and a Speckled wood was seen around the rangers cabin.

 PEACOCK 


SPECKLED WOOD
A lovely afternoons walk and so nice to see a good selection of butterflies which are now seriously in decline in Great Britain.
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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 15TH APRIL 2017

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB-Little Gull and 4 Spotted Redshank.

CHESHIRE
Mobberley-50 Waxwings feeding in cotoneaster in front garden of cottage between Bucklow Avenue and Pavement Lane.

Woolston eyes-Grasshopper warbler-Reeling in North meadow.

Kelsall-77 Waxwings in orchard east of Yeld Lane at Eddisbury Fruit Farm.

Hale-Arctic tern,4 Cattle egrets and a Water pipit.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
RUFOUS TAILED ROCK THRUSH-Male on northeast side of Bread and Cheese Cove-St Martins-Isles of Scilly.

14 April 2017

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

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Black-throated Diver off north end and a Great Skua chasing gulls at high tide.


Leasowe-Pied Flycatcher.

Burton RSPB-1 Osprey over,Great White Egret,Little gull and Spoonbill.


CHESHIRE
Sandbach flashes-Iceland gull.

Mobberley-52 Waxwings feeding in cotoneaster in front garden of cottage between Bucklow Avenue and Pavement Lane.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
RUFOUS TAILED ROCK THRUSH-Male on northeast side of Bread and Cheese Cove-St Martins-Isles of Scilly.

PIED BILLED GREBE-Loch Feorlin-Argyll.

13 April 2017

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

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB-A record count of 121 Avocet this morning and an adult Spoonbill.


Heswall-36 White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road.

Hoylake Shore-18 Ringed Plover.

CHESHIRE
Mobberley-20 Waxwings feeding in cotoneaster in front garden of cottage between Bucklow Avenue and Pavement Lane.

Hale-Water pipit-2 at Carr Lane Pools.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
RUFOUS TAILED ROCK THRUSH-Male on northeast side of Bread and Cheese Cove-St Martins-Isles of Scilly.

AMERICAN COOT-still at Loch nam Feithean,Balranald-Outer Hebrides.

12 April 2017

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

WIRRAL
Heswall-65+White Wagtail in ploughed fields between Riverbank Road and Banks Road.


Heswall Shore-19 Red-breasted Merganser (12 males),Peregrine,c2500 Redshank,c800 Curlew,3 Whimbrel and 2 Lesser Redpoll flew W.

Burton RSPB-Drake Scaup,1ST Winter Little gull and Spoonbill.

Neston Marsh-White Fronted goose.

Burton Marsh-Great white egret.

CHESHIRE
Sandbach Flashes-Glaucous Gull.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
RUFOUS TAILED ROCK THRUSH-Male on northeast side of Bread and Cheese Cove-St Martins-Isles of Scilly.

BUTTERFLIES CRASH IN FOURTH-WORST YEAR ON RECORD

UK butterflies suffered their fourth-worst year on record in 2016, with the majority of species experiencing a decline in numbers, a study has revealed.CLICK ON LINK