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26 May 2017

HOUSE MARTINS ARE LATE BACK TO BREEDING SITES

Recent records from the BirdTrack recording system suggest that House martins were less widely reported during early May than they have been historically, despite a normal pattern of arrival having occurred during April.CLICK ON LINK

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 26TH MAY 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-3 Spoonbill flew over flying south.


CHESHIRE
Hale-Wood sandpiper and Channel Wagtail-Carr lane pools.

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

BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS-Flew east-Orcombe point-Devon.

25 May 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 25TH MAY 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Shorelark,Fulmar and a Whimbrel.

Woolston Eyes-10 Black necked grebes.

Burton RSPB-Great white egret.

CHESHIRE
Leftwich-Hoopoe-one reported in flight south over Leftwich Community Meadows.


MEGAS IN BRITAIN
CRAG MARTIN-One briefly over the dam-Lake Vyrnwy-RSPB-Powys

24 May 2017

CELEBRATE BIRDWATCH'S 300TH ISSUE-ON SALE 25 MAY

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CATTLE EGRETS BREEDING IN CHESHIRE

The RSPB has announced that Cattle egrets are breeding at its Burton Mere Wetlands reserve in Cheshire this spring.CLICK ON LINK

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 24TH MAY 2017

WIRRAL
Red rocks-Turtle Dove in gardens along Stanley Road but very elusive.

Hoylake-2 Little Stint,80 Sanderling,110 Ringed Plover and 1,400 Dunlin.


CHESHIRE

Newchurch common-Female Smew.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN

PIED BILLED GREBE-Loch Feorlin-Argyll.

22 May 2017

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

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Shorelark.

Red Rocks-Cuckoo and a Turtle Dove (flew over and into private garden).

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

21 May 2017

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

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB-Buff-breasted Sandpiper also A Little Gull.

Hilbre-Shorelark.


Parkgate-Boathouse-Marsh Harrier (fem) and 2 Grasshopper warblers.

Neston reedbed-2 Marsh Harrier (fem).

CHESHIRE
Hale-2 Channel Wagtails-Carr lane pools-this evening.

20 May 2017

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

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB-Buff-breasted Sandpiper also A Little Gull.


Hilbre-Shorelark.

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

19 May 2017

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

WIRRAL

Burton RSPB-Buff-breasted Sandpiper,Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egret and a Spoonbill.

Hilbre-Shorelark.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham marshes-Drake Garganey-N03 Tank.

Sandbach Flashes-Drake Garganey-Railway Flash.


SIBERIAN ACCENTOR ADDED TO BOU'S BRITISH LIST

Siberian Accentor has been admitted to Category A of the British list with the bird at Mossy Hill, Scousburgh, Mainland, Shetland, on 9-10 October 2016 (photographed) being accepted as the very first example for the country.CLICK ON LINK

BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER-BURTON RSPB-WIRRAL

News broke this morning on my way into work that Colin wells(site manager at Burton RSPB) had found a Buff breasted sandpiper.Thankfully the bird hung around all day so I made my way there straight after work.
The bird was showing well on arrival but photographs were hard to get due to the sunlight reflecting off the water.


BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER 
This was my third record of Buff Breasted sandpiper in Cheshire and Wirral the last one being at Frodsham Marshes from the 28th July 2012 that spent three days on N06 tank.
As I was leaving the reserve a Cattle egret appeared out of the roost and showed well before flying off.

UP TO 3 CATTLE EGRETS HAVE BEEN ROOSTING AT BURTON RSPB

18 May 2017

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

WIRRAL

Hilbre-Shorelark.

Parkgate-Marsh Harrier (fem) off Boathouse pub.

Burton RSPB-2 Great White Egret and a Spoonbill.

CHESHIRE
Woolston Eyes-15 Black Necked grebes.

Hale-Curlew Sandpiper.


MEGAS IN BRITAIN
BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS-Adult-Bartlett Nab Viewpoint-RSPB-East Yorkshire.



GLOBAL BIG DAY SETS NEW WORLD RECORD

Cornell Lab of Ornithology has revealed that its third annual Global Big Day, which took place on 13 May, has eclipsed all previous records.CLICK ON LINK

17 May 2017

BIRD RACE CHALLENGE 2017

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

WIRRAL

Hilbre-Shorelark

eBIRD GLOBAL BIG DAY 2017

It's 11.58 pm, and the seconds are counting down as you bounce down a country road with a few friends, jammed into the back of a cramped car, racing to be at some marsh, field, or forest before the stroke of midnight. Piling out of the car as you reach your destination, the clock tolls the fateful hour. The game is afoot.CLICK ON LINK

SHORELARK-HILBRE ISLAND

On Sunday a visiting birder to Hilbre Island found a Shorelark.Thankfully the bird has hung around since then so on my day off from work today I visited the Islands.
There were good numbers of waders around as I made my way over as the tide was going out.Dunlin were in good numbers and also Ringed plovers,Knot and a Whimbrel flew down the side of middle eye.
 RINGED PLOVER
 DUNLIN
KNOT
The Islands look fantastic this time of year and were covered in Thrift and Birds foot trefoil.

Walking on to the Island and past the lookout the Shorelark flew over me calling and landed on a wall down near the sea hide.

The bird then flew back towards the lookout and landed on the gravel path and showed really well.




SHORELARK
After great views of the bird I started the long walk back to the car.
A VIEW FROM HILBRE ISLAND LOOKING DOWN THE DEE ESTUARY
This was only my third sighting of this species in Cheshire and Wirral since January 1997 when there were two birds present on the ICI tank at Frodsham Marshes.






15 May 2017

TAGGED TURTLE DOVE RETURNS TO ESSEX

RSPB scientists have succeeded in mapping the complete migratory route of a British-breeding European Turtle dove for only the second time, after a bird fitted with a tracking device in East Anglia last summer arrived back in the UK last week.