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Burton Marsh, Denhall Lane 8.00 - 9.30am Highlights

Great White Egret 2
Merlin 1m
Wheatear 1m

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9 Waxwing in the Boathouse pub car park at Parkgate at 3pm; feeding in a berry tree in the car park.

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A few highlights of the High Peak RSPB group trip to the Wirral today:

West Kirkby marine lake: 2 Red Breasted Merganser, 15 Grey Plover, 1000s of Dunlin 

Kings Gap: 17 Pale Bellied Brent Geese, 2 Red Throated Diver, 10 Common Scoter, 30 Grey Plover, 25 Knot, Redwing, 100's of Ringed Plover,Dunlin, Sanderling and Oystercatcher.

Wirral CP at Thurstaston: 50 Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Bullfinch, 5 Knot, Little Egret 

Parkgate: 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Marsh Harrier, Merlin,Peregrine,  5 Little Egret 

Harp Inn little Neston: 2 Short Eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Stonechat 

 



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West Kirby Marine Lake, at high tide, Highlights

Red Breasted Merganser
Goldeneye
Pale Bellied Brent Goose 23
Cormorant c60 on middle eye
Large movement of Dunlin and Redshank

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Heswall gutter on the flooding tide, Highlights

Bar tailed Godwit 21
Redshank c200
Dunlin c600
Lapwing c150
Golden Plover
Pintail c25
Peregrine 2
Marsh Harrier
Many Teal and Shellduck



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Neston Sewerage Works 8.15 - 9.45am

Water Pipit 1, On the closest filter bed to the perimeter fence, in a 90 min search I was rewarded with a measley 3 sec view
Chiffchaff 3/4
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Goldcrest 2
Linnet 4

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Neston
Marsh opposite Harp Inn
Short Eared Owl 1 (poss 2) showing well, hunting. Flying high and low, putting up waders, ducks, egrets and apparently every other bird in the reeds, even a cock pheasant. Protracted views.

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After a visit to Burton Mere Wetlands I made my way up and then back down the Wirral, the highlights were as follows.

At Neston Sewage Treatment Works a single Water Pipit showed well on the filter beds and a Chiffchaff was in trees just outside the works with a couple of Goldcrests. Plenty of Little Egrets were on the marsh and Pink-footed Geese flew out along the water line.

At New Brighton at least 6 Purple Sandpipers were easily seen roosting on the Marine Lake Pontoon at high tide along with lots of Dunlin, Turnstone and Redshank. A thorough search of the gulls in the area failed to turn up the hoped for Mediterranean Gull.

Next stop Heswall shore where I joined a few birding mates to scan the wader flocks. Huge Flocks of Knot were seen with large numbers of both Dunlin and Sanderling amongst them. A few Bar-tailed Godwits were picked out on the tideline too. It was amazing just how distant the flocks were so soon after high tide. It goes to show how quickly thetide drops on these flat mudflats/sands. Looking over towards West Kirby a small group of Pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen on 'bird rock', which saved me a trip to the marine lake to look for this species.

With the visibility deteriorating and the drizzle getting heavier I called it a day, but even given the poor weather a fabulous days birding was had, The Wirral never dissappoints smile



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The old baths at Parkgate after I'd been to Llanfairfechan. 2 Marsh Harriers - both cream capped, a ring tailed Hen Harrier and a very distant Peregrine were the highlights of a couple of hours.

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west Kirby marine lake & shore after high tide.

a nice mixture of thousands of waders just up from the marine lake included...

bar tailed godwits
knot
dunlin
sanderling
redshank
curlew
oystercatcher
only 10 ringed plover & 4 grey plover
1 little egret
54 shelduck

4 red breasted mergansers just flown from the marine lake as I arrived & 89 brent geese flew past heading to hilbre island.

I made a short visit to new brighton but didn't arrive until about 1.30 so there were no waders on the pontoon, I had a look on the rocks just behind perch rock but could only find redshank, oystercatcher, dunlin & turnstone no purple sandpipers.

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New Brighton Marine Lake , Just after height tide 12.00ish

Purple Sandpiper 5
Turnstone 21
Dunlin 36
Redshank 122

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Hoylake Kings Gap, Height tide Highlights

Bar tailed Godwit 32
Knot c200
Grey Plover c40
Dunlin c400
Sanderling c30
Oystercatcher c300
Curlew c30

Oddly no Ringed Plover present

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Burton Marsh 8.00 - 10.30am Highlights

Whooper Swan c20
Bewick's Swan 4
Mute Swan c40
Hen Harrier adult grey male
Marsh Harrier 2
Cettis Warbler 2 heard only
Waterail heard only
Stonechat 5
Raven 7
Pink footed Goose 500+
Barnacle Goose 1 in amongst Canada Geese
Great White Egret 2
Black Swan 2
Snow Goose 1st winter

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New Brighton pontoon over high tide:

Purple Sandpiper 10
Redshank 80+
Turnstone 200+
Knot 1
Dunlin 6

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14/01/17 Stockport Birdwatching Society trip to Parkgate and Burton Wetlands RSPB

Another good trip with highlights at Parkgate (0830 - 1030) being 4 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier.


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My wife and I popped up to the Wirral today for the high tide.

RSPB Burton Marsh

Had an hour on site picking up a few year ticks, nothing of note for me although one gentleman did disturb a woodcock

Denhall Quay - footpath north to Moorside Lane and return via Old Quay Lane.

We had intended to watch the tide in from the car outside the Harp pub, but the marshes at Little Neston were full of dog walkers clearing the area of wildlife.

We decided to walk up to Neston on the foreshore and return by Old Quay Lane to get 2 shots at the water pipits at the sewage works.

On the foreshore leg we saw a great white egret and a merlin, but no water pipits. At the water treatment end of Old Quay Lane we walked across the horse field to the sewage works where another bird watcher put us on a water pipit in a filtration tank.

I am ashamed to say it flew off when we arrived but it was soon spotted nearby in a puddle. We waited for it to return to the tank for about 30 mins and saw a couple of chiffchaff while we waited. We then decided to try Parkgate and get some fish and chips.

Parkgate

We got our fish and chips and drove up to the baths to eat them. A marsh harrier flew by while we ate and we saw 2 more later.

Finally a female hen harrier appeared and we decided to leave as the cold wind had frozen us to the core.

All in all it ended up not a bad day out, with 13 more year ticks and one lifer for us.

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Given a 9.8m tide today and high winds blowing down the River Dee it looked like a good day to go check out the high tide, and seeing as how I'm working tomorrow it was a no brainer really. I also bumped into Wirral Guru, Richard Smith, who runs the Dee Estuary Birds website, who had the same thoughts and reasoning as myself. However we were both surprised when the tide never really came in to the extent that we had expected. Later on I met several folk who ahd been down and the feeling was universal, it just ahdn't delivered no

But you have always got to make the best of it, and from a point along the coastal path N.of Parkgate I had a reasonable watch albeit in winds that it was hard enough standing up in, never mind trying to use optics!! First good bird was a Merlin, maybe not surprising as I had noticed many pipits and Skylarks flying up out of the gutters as the water rose slightly. Also seen were 2 Peregrines, one huge female showing exceptionally well, both perched and buzzing the Oystercatcher flocks, although she didn't make  ahit whilst I was watching. Three Marsh Harriers made light of the wind conditions, floating about over the marsh and dropping down, seemingly on prey, and at times giving great views when they were down on the ground. The best sighting was a Short-eared Owl, which was only up for about 30 seconds before dropping into a reedbed. Luckily I got the 2 birders who had joined me onto it, and this was the species they especially wanted to see. Reward was a quality street chocolate for me, gratefully received biggrin Chatting later to birders who had been either at Parkgate Old Baths or Riverbank Road confirmed what I thought, no-one had seen the owl from those vantage points. It was directly out from us - a case of right place, right time! A Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel were also seen to complete the raptor list. Huge flocks of waders and wildfowl were far out along the waters edge but nothing else of not came in close enough for us to see, and no mammals were seen at all which is one thing I had gone hoping to see again.

I was told of  atheory later that the very strong winds blowing directly along the river had actually blown water more 'inland' rather than allow it to spread out onto the saltmarsh and had in fact lessened the effect of the tide by half a metre. I can see how that may be true and the result certainly was what happened. So tomorrow with a 9.8m tide again, but lighter winds may be much better.



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It might not be completely common knowledge, but a healthy roost of Marsh Harriers seems to have sprung up at Neston Reedbed this autumn. I saw 10 come in on the 5th but I wasn't sure it was OK to post it. Having spoken to RSPB people from Burton Mere in the meantime, they aren't concerned about it being posted, in fact they published an article on their website describing the roost and its location. So the birds we saw today were mostly heading in there to roost, with 1 out hunting the tideline. I wasn't really counting today and also the birds that have already dropped in can fly up again when another bird flies over, but there have evidently been 12 counted in to there in recent weeks, so it might have been 10+, but I'd have said 7-8 myself. But that is plenty by anyone's standards! Also interesting to see if the Hen Harriers will begin roosting with the Marshies. The male Hen headed that way before it got dark, and the ringtails I saw the other week were nowhere to be seen at the Old Baths.

The setting sun created some spectacularly attractive views across the marsh. What a great place to see out the afternoon.



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Afternoon visit to Parkgate with Simon Gough.

Birds included...
- 1 cracking male Hen Harrier (seen twice)
- 10+ Marsh Harrier
- 1 Short-eared Owl
- 1 Merlin
- 2 Peregrine

- Water Rail and Tawny Owl heard from the Old Baths car park then a Tawny Owl seen in flight not far from Neston.

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Just over three and a half hours on the estuary today from 11am, split between Denhall Lane and Quayside by the Harp Inn. Weather cool and windy but we managed to avoid any rain. High tide was a few minutes before midday.

Some great raptor activity and plenty of geese around too. Lots of toing and froing way out by the river, some of it too distant to identify. We were to have gone on to Parkgate to finish the afternoon but decided to pay a quick visit to Burton Mere Wetlands instead, after hearing the Long eared Owl had been showing. There was also the probability of adding Cattle Egret to the day list. Amongst others :-

Marsh Harrier (4-5)
Hen Harrier r/t (2)
Merlin (1)
Peregrine (1)
Kestrel (1)
Buzzard (1)
Short eared Owl (2)
Long eared Owl (1) (BMW)
Cattle Egret (6) (BMW)
Little Egret (c.35)
Great White Egret (1)
Green Woodpecker (1)
Ruff (3)
Black tailed Godwit (c.25)
Dunlin
Brent Goose (150 min)
Pink footed Goose (c.450)



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1130-1530 at the Harp Inn

Hen Harrier 3 - including the sublime adult male bird, what a beauty!
Marsh Harrier 3 at least
Merlin 2
Short-eared Owl 2
Stonechat 2
Kingfisher 1
Hundreds of Pink-footed Geese

I've never seen a Kingfisher anywhere near the marsh before, but this bird was zipping along one of the saltmarsh channels. The male Hen Harrier showed 4 times in all, once when a Shortie provoked it into the air. I saw it catch a bird in flight at one point and then drop down to eat it; it came close enough that you could see its yellow eyes. This was a classic Dee Estuary day.

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last hour of light at the harp inn...

4 short eared owls
3 hen harriers, 2 ringtails & stonking male constantly being harassed by a crow driving it further out towards the dee.
4 marsh harriers, again in one scope view
1 merlin
2 kestrel
1 stonechat
3 great white egret, distant
lots of little egrets going to roost
plus all the usuals

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A good three hours on the estuary this afternoon, mainly Denhall Lane with a final hour at Parkgate, Old Baths car park. Weather sunny and quite pleasant.

Several hundred Canada Goose were seen out from Denhall Lane on the flooded marsh but the main players were two Peregrine, a minimum two Marsh Harrier and a ring tail Hen Harrier. A Great White Egret was noted and there was a Ringed Plover and two Ruff on Decca Pools.

At Parkgate, the star bird was a male Hen Harrier. Initially hidden, straight out from the car park, the bird emerged after a half hour wait to give superb views in the lovely light conditions. It quartered the marsh, first off to the right then moving far left, opposite the bottom end of the village, not before having a brief spat with a female Marsh Harrier. A Peregrine was also present, opposite the car park, preening on a branch sticking up out of the marsh.

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after burton mere i spent around 45 mins at the harp inn...

1 hen harrier, ringtail.
4 marsh harriers, all in one scope view.
1 merlin
1 peregrine falcon
3 kestrel
lots of little egrets going to roost.


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Old gun site at Leasowe. 08:20 till 13:30ish. Lots of waders batting around at high tide including the usual suspects of Dunlin, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Redshank and Oystercatchers. A cracking adult Arctic Skua was a great sight as was a Juvenile Red-throated Diver just off the beach. Loads and loads of Common Scoter, i.e. thousands in the distance. Also hundreds of Meadow Pipits streaming in across the sea. Several thousand in the time i was there. It was also nice to see the Sandwich Terns and a few Common Terns still knocking around.

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Friday 30th September
Leasowe Lighthouse sea front for high tide at approx 11am.

Firstly...
3 Sanderling and 1 Dunlin - all 4 very confiding birds to within feet of me on the sea defence blocks near the car park. The splashing waves eventually got too much for them.

Of note on / around the rocks to the west of the lighthouse.
- Redshank c200
- Dunlin c25
- Oystercatcher 2
- Turnstone 7
- Ringed Plover 5
- Little Egret 8
- Grey Heron 1
- Common Gull 2

Out to sea.
- Common Scoter, masses on the sea and flying around, I couldn't put a number on it.
- Meadow Pipit, constantly flying in off the sea, couple 100 at least
- Sandwich Tern 11 fishing
- Curlew 1 over the sea

When the tide receded, 100's of Oystercatchers started appearing out on the salt flats, they must've roosted elsewhere at high tide.

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Saturday 20th. 7.30pm donkey stand flash, parkgate.

1 little stint, showing well
7 dunlin
1 black tailed godwit
200+ redshank
4 marsh harriers, up in the air at once
3 kestrels
lots of little egrets passing over going to roost.



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Hoylake over high tide

Wet and windy conditions made worse by dog walkers and two Lifeboat tractors on the beach.
Highlights were:-
Sandwich Terns
Common Terns
Little Terns
Knot
Dunlin
Sanderling
Grey Plover
Ringed Plover
A few Bar-tailed Godwit
and a scattering of Curlew Sandpiper in the Dunlin flocks

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27/07/16
Merlin through Parkgate at circa 1600.

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Burton Marsh:

Short songs heard from a Sedge Warbler and a Grasshopper Warbler as we walked to Net's Café.
Also a singing Reed Bunting, 10+ Swallows and 80+ House Martins near the café, with many juveniles.

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Burton Marsh - Decca Pools 8.15 - 10.00am Highlights

Spoonbill 1 juvinile on Decca Pools towards Harp Inn end
Avocet 4
Great White Egret
Little Egret c20
Peregrine
Sedge Warbler many singing

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Single House Martin over New Brighton seafront yesterday afternoon



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Over to Parkgate today for a 10m tide, which ended up hitting the seawall and doing a top job of flushing everything. Nothing too surprising, although I did pick up a pair of Eiders on the water as the tide was almost at it's peak. Watching from the Old Baths, first good bird for me was a Great White Egret. Then a Hen Harrier showed very well in front of us, I figured a female as it was very pale underneath and looked like all the pictures I've seen. Awesome to watch, not a bird you can get tired of.

When the tide was really up the Short-eared Owls started appearing, with 5 showing brilliantly in the end. At one point 4 landed about 100m out on a slightly raised bit of ground. They all lingered nicely until the water won the battle. Finally a couple of Water Rails appeared with assorted rodents, as the water kept on coming. I saw voles and shrews, as far as I could tell being no expert.

There was a smart adult Peregrine out there too, but I didn't manage any Merlin. Of note was the hundreds of Curlews, more than I have seen before, and many hundreds of Pink-footed Geese. I only saw a few Snipe and no Lapwings, which must be related to the time of year. It was also lovely to hear the constant soundtrack of Meadow Pipits singing, outvoicing Skylarks for once.

Great to see Alan and Beryl Turner, whom I had last seen at Ashton Moss in February. When we heard about the Green-winged Teal at Burton Mere they very kindly offered me a lift down there. I've posted on that thread for the birds seen down there

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Leasowe Lighthouse area - Monday 12-2:40.
Ring Ouzel (1) - but another bird reported off Park lane
Wheatear - (c 20) 10 in field behind the lighthouse, and 2 in the Horse paddocks, other along the sea wall - I overheard a local birder saying he had done a sweep of the area for wheatear and counted c. 75.
White Wagtail - in field behind the light house with 2 pied. Another in paddock fields
2 sand martins over.

Dropped into Burton Reserve 3:15-4
Little Owl (1) - on the second oak tree to the right the farm which is on the left hand side of the path which runs left from the main hide
Sparrowhawk (1)
Marsh Harrier (1)
Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martins


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Leasowe Lighthouse area, Sun 3 April mid pm

1 Ring Ouzel (m) Langham Lane 1st field on left
1 obvious White Wagtail in paddocks with Pied Wagtails (m+f)
1 Wheatear (m) in paddocks
sev Chiffchaff
~40 Linnet
3 Meadow Pipits
1 prob Blackcap (heard only)

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Neston Sewage Works - spent a couple of hours early afternoon to see if I could see the Water Pipit and/or the recently reported Firecrest. No Luck as very quiet - but ..
Chiffchaff 1-2
Cetti's Warbler calling
Meadow Pipit (c 30) - scanned many times !
Redwing (c 25)
Goldcrest (very few)

Burton Mere - Highlights;
Morning not fruitful but returned in the afternoon;
Wheatear (1)
Sand Martin (2)
Apparently the Little Owl has been showing the last couple of days. Only a possible brief view for me but couldn't get it in the scope before it bobbed off. Apparently its not showing by the barns but is in the row of oaks at the top end of the field on the left hand side of the path as you walk out towards the barns (i.e. up towards the farm).

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just had an email that there is a Wheatear in the horse paddocks at Leasowe Lighthouse, so the season has started, a nice place for a day out over Easter if you can dodge the forecast showers on some days!!



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Denhall lane
Merlin
Peregrine
Great White Egret 2
Little Egret 10+

Neston Sewarage Works
Water Pipit - moulting into summer plumage with a grey head, thick white supercilium and a light pink flush visable on the flanks
Meadow Pipit 5
Chiffchaff
Goldcrest 2
Greenfinch
Pied Wagtail 4
Sparrowhawk

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I tried my luck with reports of a black redstart at quayside, the harp inn, but that soon faded shortly after I pulled up & I realised the high tide had just gone out & there was lots of activity going on out on the marsh.
5-6 short eared owl
1 ring tailed hen harrier
lots of little egrets
1 great white egret
teal
curlew
lapwing
redshank
meadow pipits
skylarks
2 stonechat
hundreds of pink-footed geese

neston sewage works..

at least 4 chiffchaff
1 water pipit, feeding with meadow pipits in the field next to the sewage works
2 cettis warbler, heard only
2 buzzard
1 kestrel

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Had a great half hour at parkgate this evening; a hen harrier put on a good show quite close in and 2 short eared owls had a brief dogfight. One flew off after about 30 seconds and disappeared, and the other dropped back to the ground, only to be mobbed by a kestrel for a while

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new brighton at high tide.

10 purple sandpiper
300+ redshank
40+ turnstone
60+ dunlin
all on the pontoon.

decca pools..

1 ringtail hen harrier
1 peregrine falcon
1 merlin
wigeon
teal
lapwing, several golden plover amongst them.
40+ dunlin

quayside..

2 short eared owl
2 stonechat, with reports of a spoonbill not too far away I decided to stay late & watch the egrets come over to go to roost incase a spoonbill happened to join them but no luck, plenty of little egret & 2 great white egret.



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Phil Woollen wrote:

Hi Rob.

Water Pipit is a major, major rarity on Hilbre and a description species in Cheshire! There are a couple of Rock Pipits overwintering. Could you have mistaken these for Water Pipits?

Did you stay over the high tide and see the Purple Sandpipers all together or as individuals? We've had a maximum count of 3 recently although your birds could have been displaced from New Brighton Marine lake.

Edit: there have been no previous records of Water Pipit on Hilbre in living memory.



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Originally posted today by Rob Smith:

Hi Phil

Thanks, my mistake Rock Pipits

Re Purple Sandpipers. I stayed as late as the tides would let me ca16.00. Two were initially present but were joined by the others in 1s & 2s as the tide rose?

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Hi Rob.

Water Pipit is a major, major rarity on Hilbre and a description species in Cheshire! There are a couple of Rock Pipits overwintering. Could you have mistaken these for Water Pipits?

Did you stay over the high tide and see the Purple Sandpipers all together or as individuals? We've had a maximum count of 3 recently although your birds could have been displaced from New Brighton Marine lake.

Edit: there have been no previous records of Water Pipit on Hilbre in living memory.



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A cool, bracing & blustery trip out to the Hilbre Island yesterday to catch up with what was around.

Brent Geese 160

Purple Sandpipers 10

Grey Plover 2

Knot 200 feeding on the rocks & then ca1000 flying across the sands on the way back

Common Scoter 1 on its own & close in to the island

Water Pipit 2

Shag 1 sadly freshly dead on the rocks

Also usual Turnstones; Curlew, Oystercatchers & Redshanks and around 30 Grey Seal on the sand bank

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Went for a Valentine's Day walk in the sun starting at Neston (luckily my wife is an avid birder too!!)

Met up with a local patcher who lives at Ness & we searched the old quay area where his patch insinct came in handy, spotting a pipit across the field in a tree. Just as I got the scope on it, it flew but not before I could see the pale underparts, clear wing-bars & bold supercilium, it had to be a Water Pipit. My wife followed its flight to the next field where we found it feeding in a damp hollow where it gave great scoped views to us all & comfirmed my first ID, winter plumaged Water Pipit smile A quick sacn of the marsh from the Old Quay revealed a distant but obviously large egret, which obligingly turned its head revealing its huge yellow beak, a Great White Egret. No raptors but a good start.

We then headed to Denhall Lane where we walked along the path towards Decca Pools. A pair of Stonechats were the first notable species right next to the path. More distant was a single Golden Plover amongst the Lapwings. Other waders included Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin & Redshank. Finally the scanning paid off with a ringtail Hen Harrier that even landed on a hummock & gave fab scoped views on the deck, something I rarely see smile Both male and female Merlins were seen on posts, showing really well and staying long enough for us to show lots of other birders these diminutive falcons through my scope. A second (probably since we hadn't seen the other fly back this way) Great White Egret was also seen out on Burton Marsh.

Over 50 species were seen in a relaxing stroll in warm sunshine which ended with a Valentine's Hot Chocolate & homemade slab of cake sat outside Nets Cafe looking out at Burton Marsh at the days end biggrin

 



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Trip to Parkgate yesterday produced stunning veiw of a Ringtail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier showed briefly, plus two Great White Egrets showing well on the marsh, with one later seen flying off to roost. Plenty of wildfowl and Little Egrets around but sadly no Short eared Owls for me. All in all an enjoyable days birding, with no rain. biggrinbiggrinbiggrin



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Popped down & followed the tide in along the path down towards Parkgate Old Baths from the end of Cottage Lane.

The tide looked like it wasn't going to get very far in but in the last 15mins it raced in & was up the wall alongside the path. Highlights included 4 Short-eared Owls, a male & female Peregrine, a flushed (by the tide) Jack Snipe, a Brambling amongst lots of Chaffinches and a Great White Egret. The latter hadn't been reported out when I looked at my pager so dutifully (relating to another thread!!) I reported it to mates at the info services.

I know others who were there earlier saw harriers too but not for me this time.



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For information there are High Tide events on the Wirral today and tomorrow with 10m tides expected. The following is taken from Richard Smiths Dee Estuary Birding Website at http://www.deeestuary.co.uk/:

"Wednesday 10th February and Thursday 11th February -RSPB High Tide Birdwatch, Parkgate.
Start 10.45hrs on 10th and 11.30hrs on 11th - It is recommended to arrive at least an hour before high tide which is: 12.15hrs on Feb 10th, 10.0m; 12.57hrs on Feb 11th, 10.0m.

The marsh at Parkgate is one of the best wetland habitats in the northwest, and when it is flooded by an incoming Spring high tide, the wildlife which lives here is pushed closer, potentially delivering an awe-inspiring spectacle. Join us at Parkgate's Old Baths car park and the Donkey Stand near Nicholl's ice cream shop, where we'll be set up with marquees and telescopes hoping for the right weather conditions to really push the tide in.

You can expect great views of the large numbers of wintering wildfowl and wading birds shifting around to avoid the rising water, whilst the small mammals living on the marsh are flushed from cover, offering a feeding frenzy for the resident kestrels and hopefully harriers and short-eared owls returning for the winter.

Car parking is limited on Parkgate promenade, but there is free public parking at the Old Baths car park (CH64 6RN) at the north end of The Parade, and the Wirral Country Park car park on Station Road (CH64 6QJ). There are public toilets at Mostyn Square in the middle of The Parade, and a number of pubs and cafes for refreshments.

Additional parking has also kindly been offered at Marsh Nurseries, Boathouse Lane (postcode CH64 6RD).

Please note: the height of the tide can be hugely affected by the weather conditions on the day. In the event of high pressure and calm conditions, the tide will cover much less of the marsh and not reach the sea wall, whilst low pressure and strong Westerly winds will help push the tide in and offer the greatest spectacle. We recommend you check the weather forecast on the day to know exactly what to expect."

Especially note the overspill parking available at Marsh Nurseries which will be very useful as these events get very busy and parking can be difficult to find smile

 



-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Wednesday 10th of February 2016 10:47:12 AM

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Burton Marsh along Denhall lane towards Neston, Highlights

Great White Egret 2, could be the same bird just moving around
Little Egret 9
Merlin, female perched up low down on a gate
Short eared Owl distant views across the marsh
Whooper Swan 6

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afternoon visit to denhall lane, quayside & neston sewage works.

1 possibly 2 ring tail hen harrier
2 possibly 3 short eared owl, 1 distant view from denhall lane, then 2 seen close in from the harp inn.
1 marsh harrier
1 merlin
1 great white egret
plenty of little egret
big numbers of pink footed geese

a look around neston sewage works for yesterdays firecrest but no signs.
a nice mixed flock of starlings with redwings, several goldfinch & greenfinch amongst them.
13 pied wagtail
2 grey wagtail
1 chaffinch
lots of corvids
61 collared dove sat in one tree.

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