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A not overly productive few hours from 13:00-15:00 from New Brighton.

Highlights were a Little Gull and single Sandwich Tern. Also many Oystercatcher and Turnstone with 4 Redshank. 



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Went up to the top of the Wrral today on a day off and given the favourable weather forecast for sewatching. Couldn't get there until late am due to prior commitments.

Started at New Brighton, watching the R.Mersey mouth from a shelter near Fort Perch Rock. Best bird was an adult Little Gull. Also saw a Guillemot, 3 Sandwich Terns, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, and several Turnstone flying about. Given the lack of the target species myself and a birding pal moved over to Leasowe Gunsites car park, which had a better chance due to wind direction. From here we saw up to 3 Leach's Petrels and a cracking close juvenile Long-tailed Skua, boh species being seen no further out than the tideline. Out at sea at least 8 Manx Shearwaters flew past as well as another Guillemot and on the beach a lone Bar-tailed Godwit. All the latter were viewed with a scope from the car, then only way to watch from Gunsites in such windy conditions!



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New Brighton, Fort Perch Rock. Mid afternoon

Leach's Storm Petrel 1, Flew into the mouth of the Mersey and then spent 20 minutes battling its way back out
Sabines Gull, also seen in the mouth of the Mersey
Black Tern 2
Guillemot, Also flew west out of the Mersey

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Edit: Apologies, should have put this on the Burton Wetlands RSPB thread. Late news for Sat 15th:

The Spotted Crake showed very well throughout the day.
Preening Water Rail at IMF
A good selection of waders with Green Sandpiper, Ruffs, Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwings, Greenshanks (2), Redshanks, Spotted Redshank (5), Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper (2)
4 Heron sp. including Cattle Egret and 3 Great White Egrets (Burton Point)
A magnificent flock of 630 Pintail on one scrape was best of the waterfowl
Raptors represented by Peregrine, Kestrel, Merlin, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier

Cheers, John


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Hoylake shore, Wednesday, 12th September.

Dunlin
Ringed Plover
Sanderling
Oystercatcher
Knot
Sandwich Tern 2
Razorbill 1 probable.
Yellow-legged Gull 1

Parkgate.

Great White Egret 1
Marsh Harrier 2
Little Egret 30+
Greenshank 5
Kestrel 2
Meadow Pipit
Curlew
Redshank
Shelduck
Grey Heron 1
Buzzard 3
Linnet
Skylark

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Originally posted today by Paul Beachcroft:

Kestrel seen hovering by side of the motorway at junction 1, (Wallasey), of the M53 at 16.15 yesterday, Friday 07th September.



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For information purposes, a juvenile Pallid Harrier has been found on the Wirral today, ranging from Parkgate to Denhall Quay. As of one hour ago, the bird was sat out on the marsh, out from Parkgate Old Baths.

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Wirral Country Park, including Thurstaston Beach - Between 11.00 and 15.00, dry and breezy: Blackcap; Blue, Coal and Great Tits; Bullfinch; Buzzard; Chaffinch; Coot; Dunlin; Dunnock; Greenfinch; House and Tree Sparrows; Kestrel; Moorhen and chick; Redstart; Ringed Plover; Robin; Swallow; Whitethroat.  



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West Kirby to Hilbre Island 12.00 - 14.00.

Bonaparte's Gull, second attempt to see this bird, after some searching found 1/2 mile south east of Hilbre Island feeding in the channel, Interestingly it used the same feeding style as Black - headed Gull which it was associating with, walking on the spot knee deep in the water agitating the mud/sand and picking it's prey of the surface. Phonescoped images attached.



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The Bonapartes Gull is still around. Went up to Hoylake this afternoon after visiting BMW and found the Gull on the sands, fifty yards east of the Lifeboat Station. The bird flew onto a small pool before flying a few yards west. Not too far off the promenade at all, so good views were had.

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Went up to Hoylake today, aiming for about a couple of hours before high tide to have a mooch & a search for the rare gull that's been there biggrin

First find was a nice Whimbrel on the tideline but seeing as how I'd left the main group of birders I could only get one other guy who was with me onto it before it took off & flew off into the distance. Lots of Dunlin, Ringed Plovers and Sanderling which we searched through but nothing scarcer than these species was found. There were lots of Sandwich Terns and Common Terns, including juveniles of both species. Eventually news came through on one of my Apps that the gull had been found, but quite a way along the prom from where we were. Hot-footing it to the tennis courts near the lifeboat station I was soon onto the Bonaparte's Gull out amongst a large flock of Black-heded Gulls, all bobbing about on the sea close inshore. The bird drifted quite a bit and then flew to rest again on the sea just off the lifeboat station. Not a bad afternoon, again pretty close to home.



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Sunday 12th August.

Early afternoon visit to Hoylake.

- 1 adult Bonaparte's Gull
The tide was well out but it showed well on the sands. Maybe not as close as when first found and reported. Tried a digiscoped shot of it sat down and it's not too bad.

Also of note...
- 1 Mediterranean Gull
- the other common 5 Gull species and plenty of Sandwich Terns

(at least 3 of the Black-headed Gulls were 'small silver' ringed but they were just a little bit too far away to be able to read them)



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The adult Bonapartes Gull was showing well enough mid afternoon on the sands just off North Parade, Hoylake. I only stayed for ten minutes and apparently, shortly afterwards, the bird flew out to the tide line and was lost to view. The gull has since been relocated, feeding and again showing well at the low water mark, straight out from the Hoylake life boat station. High tide tomorrow is set for 1.14pm, so scheduling a visit an hour or so either side of then would give a decent opportunity of seeing the bird, assuming it stays in the area.

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The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing non stop and showing well still at Thurstaton this morning,a very distinctive song that was easy to pick out.

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Good views of the Iberian Chiffchaff on Thurstaston Hill/Common this afternoon.

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Denhall Lane 8.15 -10.30am, Of note.

Decca pools
Garganey 1m 1f
Greenshank 2
Great White Egret
Sedge Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Merlin
Beyond the pools C150 Pink-footed Geese

Burton Point
Grasshopper Warbler 3 reeling 2 of which showed well on and off
Sedge Warbler 2
Reed Warbler
Whitethroat
Swallow 2



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On a visit to Burton Mere RSPB today I ventured a bit further afield. I was rewarded with a Cattle Egret with 5 Little Egrets in a field by Puddington Lane, not far from the A540 junction on the LHS when travelling towards Puddington.

A walk down to Burton Point produced the third egret species of the day with a Great White Egret distant on the marsh. Also seen here were two Black Swans, how long before these escapes colonise the UK properly?!



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Walk around West Kirby marine lake:

Scaup 2m 2f.
Curlew 5
Knot 2
Dunlin 1
Redshank 30+
Oystercatchers
Shelducks
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Very snowy to begin with but.... It's hard to beat a guy who never gives up! I head to West Kirby where it was genuinely Spring-like. I managed 19 Brent geese and 7 Scaup plus masses of waders including Curlew Turnstone etc... The next time I bird will be Central Park, New York... Buckle up! Can't wait to visit the fabulous Wirral/Sefton coast this spring. A



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Monday 5th March 2018

Denhall Quay: 2 Short-eared Owls (one seen quartering very close in by the footpath); 1 (f) Marsh Harrier, 1 pair Stonechat, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Heron, pair of Kestrels, Curlew





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High tide at Parkgate - distant Great White Egret, 1 ringtail Hen harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl



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To be fair its a 2nd calendar year male so hasn't attained full adult male plumage so an easy mistake to make. We've had up to 12 earlier in the year, including a couple of adult males, but they seem to have moved on. What would be interesting is to find out if these are from the Walney (Cumbria) population or from the Puffin Island (Anglesey) Population.



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6 Female Eider Ducks (see pictures)





The eider on the far right of the photograph is a male

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Took a trip to Hilbre Island at low tide today 60+ Brent Geese, 5 Female Eider Ducks and 1 male (thanks Joel)(see pictures) to many Oystercatchers, Dunlins and Turnstones to count and 10 Curlews. 6 Grey seals on the far side near Wales distant views. Meadow pipits and 2 rock pipits on the main island. All in all an absolute wonderful day.

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A short visit this morning (9am-12pm) but unfortunately this ment I had to miss out on the high tide in the afternoon. This was because I had special plans for the afternoon.

I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find a water pipit, nor any sign of a firecrest (worth a try) and no sign of the short eared owls. But, still an enjoyable morning with the main highlight been the Ringtail hen harrier, which gave very good views though distant.

Also noteworthy was a merlin, buzzard (close), Marsh harrier, cettis warbler, stonechat, song thrush very close, and a flock of redwings.

Now off to Crosby marine park - which could have ended in disappointment - but it turned out to be well worth the trip by itself!

To be continued.......

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Poynton, Moore N.R, & Little Neston. 17/2/2018

    With my football team being involved in the FA Cup with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, a Saturday trip was sorted. Went on my own leaving around 10am and reaching the leafy suburbs of Poynton in reasonable weather around 11am. The Waxwing was soon located and a couple of poor snaps were made of the bird. There are not many Waxwings in the country this winter, so it was worth a trip to see it.

   My next stop (after negotiating the multiple roadworks around Manchester Airport) was at Moore nature reserve near Widnes. Always worth a visit around this time of year to see & hear the various woodpeckers that are in the wooded areas. It took me around two hours to see the three types that are in the area, but well worth the effort & patience. Lots of Treecreeper, Nuthatch & various tits made it a rather nice area to visit.

  Next and final stop was at Neston Old Quay on the Wirral, adjacent to The Harp public house. Again I didn`t have a beer due to driving! The sun was now shining as I set up my telescope and started to scan the area for the various birds of prey that can be found. It wasn`t long before I found a Merlin sat on a fence post, then a Marsh Harrier showed really well. Lots of other birders arrived to enjoy the spectacle that followed. Now two Short eared Owls appeared out of the vegetation and flew around hunting at 50 yards distance, what an opportunity to take some pictures I thought, camera in the car, whoops! I was joined by another birder from the Greater Manchester area who dashed back to his car for his camera, I stayed put and just enjoyed the birds. Another Short eared Owl was seen then a female Hen Harrier flew past us. Along with lots of Pink footed Geese, Curlew, Mallard, Teal, Redshank this made it yet another memorable trip to this area and it was sunny!

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New Brighton Marine Lake 11.00.

10 Purple Sandpipers with 24 Turnstones and 50+ Redshanks roosting on the jetty.

Leasowe Coastal Park 12.00-13.30

Numerous rafts of Common Scoter offshore, with a group of 10 quite close to the beach and giving great views.

On the rocky islets just offshore at high tide were masses of Oystercatchers and large numbers of Redshanks.

Amongst them were 1 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Ringed Plovers, 8 Dunlin and an adult Common Gull with a yellow ring on its right leg. In the adjacent park a Blue Tit was carrying nesting material into a nest box.

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My last day off before the Focalpoint move, so decided to try the high tide today on the Wirral.

First port of call was Heswall, which I prefer to Parkgate as it's a lot quieter and I can look for my own stuff and then follow the tide down as it goes towards Parkgate, thus getting the best of both worlds! I arrived well before high tide and was greeted by biting icy cold, very strong winds blowing straight down the River Dee. Last time I experienced these conditions the water never came up over the marsh as the wind pushed it directly upriver without allowing it to move sideways as much, so I feared a poor tide. A short while later I picked up my first of four Marsh Harriers, all cream-crowns. Lots of Pink-footed Geese were moving over the marsh, as well as a few Pintails. Two Peregrines, probably immature males from the size, played in the wind close in over the marsh, ignoring all the prey that they were spooking, but just seemingly enjoying tumbling about in the strong winds. A walk towards Parkgate allowed me to scope further down the marsh where a single ringtail Hen Harrier was picked up in the distance. As high tide time came and passed my fears were realised with a really poor tide over the marshes, hardly any water was on the inner marsh at all from Parkgate to Heswall.

Leaving Heswall behind I popped down to Neston where the marshes were flooded much more and I started to think that that's where I should have been over high tide instead. A birding pal already there had had a ringtail Hen Harrier, but when I picked up a grey male Hen Harrier ghosting its way towards us it made our day. The bird floated past not far out and then dropped onto the marsh. Further scanning revealed two Great White Egrets on Burton Marsh, but the cold had finally beaten me and I gave up! On a 9.9m tide like today I suppose the results were a tad disappointing, but it was an enjoyable day nonetheless.



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For a Birthday treat this weekend Carys & I decided on a birdy trip up The Wirral on Sunday smile

We headed up to the top and made first port of call Hoylake, more specifically Meols Prom. Here the tide was out & most waders were very distant, except for a small group of Knot & Redshank that were feeding close in under the sea wall. A prolonged scan at high mag revealed several other species of wader out on the distant shoreline including Grey Plover, Sanderling and Bar-tailed Godwit. This is a site more easily covered at high tide but when needs must a scope comes in very useful! Next we dropped in just down the coast at red Rocks and scoped the shores of Hilbre Island where a few Pale-bellied Brent Geese were picked out. Five Common Scoters were also seen flying about beyond Hilbre over the sea.

We then headed quite a way south down to Neston, parking up and first walking down to the 'Old Quay' area. An exploration of several flooded fields finally paid dividends with the discovery of a Water Pipit. This flushed up and showed briefly in the field-side vegetation before dropping down again out of sight. Out on Neston Marsh a distant Marsh Harrier was seen, as well as large numbers of Pink-footed Geese and many Little Egrets. Further along we had a short time scanning from near the Harp Inn but the tide was still a long way out, as wewre the birds. The best sightings from here were a Great White Egret and another Marsh Harrier, as well as a cracking male Stonechat as the only bird close in!!

We finished relatively early, but it was a relaxing days birding rather tahn rushing about trying to tick everything, just the thing for my birthday weekend biggrin



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New Brighton Marine Lake at high tide, In very squally conditions

Purple Sandpiper 6
Turnstone 11
Dunlin 21
Redshank c80

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On Burton Marsh on Thursday (11th) there were 7 Bewick's Swans which are really scarce in Cheshire most winters now, several Mute Swans also fed out in the same gulleys so a scope is needed to pick out the distant Bewick's with certainty. A Merlin was the only other species of note, but Buizzard and Little Egret were also seen.



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Sat 6th Jan. pm.

With Ian Lyth.

Little Neston. From Harp Inn and a walk to sewage works.

Hen Harrier. Grey male + ringtail.
Marsh Harrier. At least 5 ... had 3 in one scope view dropping into roost.
Peregrine Falcon.
Merlin. 2
Sparrowhawk. (M+F)
Kestrel.
Raven.
Short-eared Owl. At least 3.
Great White Egret. At least 4.
Little Egret.
Masses of waders Curlew, Godwit, Oystercatcher, Lapwing and Dunlin.
Pink-footed Goose.
Redwing.
Chiffchaff.
Goldcrest.

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Another day, another BIG tide. It took a while, but the water reached the sea wall at Parkgate and still further in by about 45 minutes after predicted high tide.

Parkgate southern end of the "prom".

2 Great Egrets showed well together with their Little Egret cousins.
a male and a female Hen Harrier gave spectacular views
2 Marsh Harriers.
Kestrel
Water Rail
Hundreds of Canada Geese and seemingly lesser numbers of Pink-Footed Geese.
No Short Eared Owls for us but a constant whirring and cavorting of wader and wildfowl species out on the tidal edge.

Captivating sight, mind-blowing.

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Parkgate over today's high tide



today with Malcolm, very high tide right upto the wall, excellent birding with lots of birders present, best was 2 Merlin, 4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Hen Harrier and the supporting cast of waders, totally spectacular.
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New Brighton marine lake today had Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone, Dunlin and Redshank.
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4/12. After viewing the Snow Buntings at Leasowe my friend  and I made a quick stop at Denhall Quay (Harp inn) arriving at 1.40pm. We had  to leave at 2.00pm  for a school run. After eating our lunch in the car viewing out of the windscreen we made our way into the tree area at about 1.55. I was advised by the sole birder there, that nothing was showing. He then spotted a male Hen harrier. After watching this for a few minutes a female came into view, both visible in the same binocular view. A Short Eared Owl then showed flying low and close to them and almost immediataly it was mobbed by a Peregrine. All 4 birds was then visible for a short time in the same patch of sky with the Short Eared Owl climbing high into the sky and almost hovering up there (as if trying to get away from the others). At that point in a state of disbelief we had to leave, and consolling ourselves with the fact it couldnt get any better than that.



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A decent size predicted high tide tempted me to use some holiday from work and get over to Parkgate today to see what might be about. The day started drizzly and misty but luckily cleared nicely by mid-morning. As it happened the tide never got near a full flood but there was enough water to move a lot of stuff around in the distance. This led to a healthy array of predators lying in wait. From the Old Baths, between about 9.30 and 13.00, the highlights were:

Great White Egret 3 - 2 in flight together quite close in were great to watch
Hen Harrier 2
Peregrine 3
Merlin 1
Marsh Harrier 6+

The Marsh Harriers were constantly active and visible, including an adult female bird that came in within 100m a couple of times and was just stunning to watch. There are evidently up to 20 on the marsh at the moment so basically impossible to miss.

The Hen Harriers I saw didn't surface until around 12; they were both ringtails and were close enough in to allow brilliant scope views. One was an adult female, really well-marked on the head, and the other was more buff underneath and a shade darker above; presumably an immature but perhaps in its 2nd or 3rd year. No sign of a male bird but one was reported later on. I was more than happy with my sightings anyway.



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I visited a couple of Wirral sites yesterday afternoon. First Leasowe for the Snow Buntings then Denhall Quay, which produced a selection of raptors but no Hen Harriers.

Leasowe Bay:
Snow Buntings 2

Denhall Quay:
Marsh Harrier 2
Short-eared Owl 3
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel

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An interesting if windy day today. Started at Burton Mere which was decidedly quiet so didn't stay long before moving up to Parkgate. Although the tide wasn't predicted to be that high, we gambled that the extra water in the river, plus the strong onshore wind might push levels up a bit. It didn't have much of an effect but we still had an enjoyable hour or so with at least three Marsh Harriers, single ring tail and male Hen Harrier, single Merlin, a Greenshank and other usual stuff. There were clearly lots of birds out on the edge of the river but too distant for identification of most of them. The wind was just bearable.

After the peak of the tide we jumped back into the car and and went to New Brighton on the basis that the marine lake might have been offering a bit of shelter. It was (sort of) and there was a nice array of waders on the pontoons, including 11 Purple Sandpipers, a couple of Knot and Dunlin, plenty Redshank and Turnstones and a single Greenshank. The wind was awful and we knocked it on the head after this.

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Wirral Wanderings 19/11/2017

    A full team met at the reasonable time of 8am with myself at the wheel. The weather was freezing in Rochdale but as we got onto the Wirral it was a balmy 7 degrees, maybe the sea air helped. We stopped at a new spot near Heswall and most of the team managed to see a passing female Hen Harrier. At Parkgate old baths we enjoyed the tide coming in and a couple of Marsh Harriers and Water Pipit`s were seen. Chris B also saw a wintering Chiffchaff in a field that had lots of birds feeding in it namely: - Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Robin, and Great Spotted Woodpecker. After a spot of lunch, a lady informed us that a good place to watch from was The Harp Inn in Neston overlooking the marsh from mid-afternoon till dusk.

    We headed up towards Hoylake & New Brighton and called at a couple of the places were Leach`s Petrel have been seen by us. A lot of waders were seen: - Oystercatcher, Redshank, Dunlin, Knot, Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Golden Plover but the real star was a Peregrine Falcon with an unrecognisable prey item in its talons. On the sea a few Common Scoter and the more regular species of gull were seen. At Perch Rock, New Brighton (an area that really tested by rock climbing ability whilst watching a Laughing Gull) the hoped for Purple Sandpipers did not materialise but views over the Mersey more than made up for that.

   At The Harp Inn, Neston we quickly made camp on one of the picnic tables outside the pub and all the boys decided to have a pint, except myself off course as I was driving! A small crowd of birders watched the marsh and were soon rewarded when a full adult male Hen Harrier was seen at around 150 yards distance, what a cracking bird, only problem was it didnt stay around long enough. Also seen: - 4 Marsh Harriers, female Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and last but not least up to 5 Short Eared Owl`s, that seemed to be on view for most of the time we spent there. As the gloom descended we made our way home and all really enjoyed the spectacle on the Wirral.

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Called in briefly at Burton around 3.30 p.m. to survey the salt marsh en route from Newchurch Common to Parkgate and straight out of the car Karen picked up a distant Short-Eared Owl being mobbed by corvids. Just as we were setting up 'scopes the bird dropped into vegetation well to the North, then repeated the routine just as we'd finished packing to leave.

By the time we got to The Old Baths at Parkgate there was no sign of the Owl but we were straight on to a splendid male Hen Harrier heading north along the outer edge of the marsh, which then tuned back inland and headed back towards us, finally dropping into vegetation north of us. A short time later it took off again and gave us better views with a fly by just beyond the obvious channel parallel to the car park before heading back out towards the shoreline. About 15 minutes later it reversed the route but this time continued north and out of view for us. Karen then found a probable ring-tailed Hen Harrier well south of us towards the factories at Shotwick and at least 2 female Marsh Harriers hunted along shore line. All in all a good day out with 60 species seen and all our hoped-for birds found with ease (for once lol)

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Brief stop at Pakgate from 14:00-14:50:

2 Marsh Harrier,  Great White Egret,  Peregrine Falcon,  5 Fieldfare, 4 Little Egret were the highlights 

Denhall Quay:

2 Short Eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, 5 Little Egret, male Hen Harrier reported yesterday



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A Beltin day today at fort Perch rock New Brighton ,with a nice wind blowing ,there was hope for a Leach's Petrel or 2 ,also met up there with Paul Lee and bumped into John Dempsey again ,so got down to some serious watching with the scope for a change ,I was there with Paul from 11.30-16.30 ,and although we saw some Leach's they were on the Liverpool side of the Mersey in the main but we all had one of those good days in good company ,so we were all happy with what we found.
Leachs Petrel - up to 15
Guillemot 2
Red Throated Diver 10 all coming out of Mersey,some still in full breeding plumage
Great Crested Grebe - 4
Brent Goose 2
Tufted Duck 1
Dunlin 25+
Turnstone - c60
Redshank-c100

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New Brighton - Sea watch from lifeguard shelter 11.00 - 12.15 (high tide 11.29)

7 Leach's Petrels (+ 3 more just before I arrived)
1 Guillemot
1 Bar-tailed Godwit
12 Sanderlings

... and very little else.

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Had a few hours on the Wirral today, 11.30 until 16.00 hrs but allowing for the rain and travelling time between locations, probably only managed around three hours birding.

First up was New Brighton just after high tide. Very windy, sand blowing all over the place and the Mersey was rough to say the least. No Leach's Petrel, unfortunately, but did manage a Great Skua, a Black Tern and a Guillemot amongst commoner species. Only managed around 45 mins before it came on raining, so departed for Denhall Quay, followed by Parkgate Baths car park, then Denhall Lane. Bits of rain here as well before rain well and truly stopped play at 4pm. Between the three locations we managed at least three Great White Egret, female Peregrine, Kestrel, Merlin, at least three Marsh Harrier and an extremely fleeting view of a ring tail Harrier species. Could have been the Pallid but, as soon as I caught it in the scope, it went to ground. Half a second at the most.

It didn't feel like we'd had too great a day but some decent species were seen.

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Post for sunday 1st October. Harp inn, denhall quay, 5.45-7pm.

No signs of the pallid harrier for me.
1 hen harrier
2 short-eared owls
1 merlin
3+ marsh harriers
Several kestrels
3 great-white egrets
Plenty of little egrets
1 stonechat
Plus usuals around.


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Simon Gough wrote:

Are you sure it's called the Denhall Gutter Sid? biggrin


 Yes Simon it's referred to in the second para of http://www.deeestuary.co.uk/nestop.htm - among other places wink



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Are you sure it's called the Denhall Gutter Sid? biggrin

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Interestingly Denhall Quay was built in 1790's in the days when the sea came in there. It was mainly used to ship coal from the local collieries and is now an excellent viewing point for the birding community to look out over the marsh and the Denhall Gutter. 



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For info where the bird was being watched near the Harp is Denhall Quay. Neston Old Quay is near the sewage works further north.


Ta Phil, yep, I agree Neston Old Quay is N.of here as I said in the post below (quote "(as opposed to Neston Old Quay further north)")  biggrin Lots of folk at the promontory Saturday & some calling it Neston Quay as in my post, but not Old Quay as I say. I'd never heard it called Neston Quay either, I'm confused too!! Denhall Quay it will be for me now smile

 



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