HIGHLIGHTS: A Sabine’s Gull was on the Sandbach Flashes (5th). A Cattle Egret was at Burton Mere Wetlands (13th). A Red-backed Shrike was at Risley (17th). A Lapland Bunting was at West Kirby (25th). A Spotted Crake was at Neumann’s Flash (27th). Strong winds blew in two Leach’s Petrels and two Pomarine Skuas to Hoylake (29th).
HILBRE: There was a Mediterranean Gull and two Arctic Skuas (5th), 16 Little Egrets and 2,000 Black-headed Gulls (10th), a Hen Harrier (13th), eight Wheatears and 15 Willow Warblers (14th), a Spotted Flycatcher and Tree Pipit (15th), two Great Skuas (16th), 5,000 Common Scoters (18th), a Great White Egret (21st), Green Sandpiper (22nd), 12 Curlew Sandpipers plus three pale-bellied Brent Geese (27th), and eight Red-throated Divers (28th).
INLAND SITES: A Great White Egret (1st) and a Curlew Sandpiper (20th) were on the Sandbach Flashes. An Osprey flew over Two Mills (11th). A Smew was at Newchurch (13th). Two Ruddy Shelducks were at Winsford (16th). A Wood Sandpiper was at Houghton Green Pool (26th). A Jack Snipe was at Haydn’s Pool (27th). A Great White Egret was at Neumann’s Flash (28th)
MERSEY VALLEY: Eight Little Stints and seven Curlew Sandpipers were at Pickering’s Pasture (4th). Hale logged a Wood Sandpiper (5th), two Whinchats (8th), two Curlew Sandpipers (13th), a Great White Egret (14th) and Firecrest (20th). A Garganey (14th) and four Great White Egrets (18th) were on Frodsham Marsh. An Osprey flew over Runcorn (20th). WIRRAL COAST: Burton Mere Wetlands held 12 Greenshanks (2nd), 12 Spoonbills (3rd), nine Ruff (7th), 13 Curlew Sandpipers (13th) and four Little Stints (29th). A Red Kite flew over Neston (23rd). Four Marsh Harriers hunted over Burton Marsh (24th). At least 10,000 Common Scoters were off north Wirral (28th). Strong winds blew nine Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas, 14 Manx Shearwaters, 275 Kittiwakes and over 500 Gannets past Hoylake shore (29th).
WOOLSTON EYES: Ringing on No1 bed included Grey Wagtail, Water Rail, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, a continental Song Thrush and Goldcrest. Records included 1,500 Swallows, 30 House Martins, a Hobby, Tawny Owl, 138 Lapwings, 400 Meadow Pipits, a Peregrine, Green Woodpecker and four Snipe. No3 bed ringing had Spotted Flycatcher, Cetti’s Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler. Records included a Ringed Plover, 420 Lapwings, three Green Sandpipers, three Dunlin, 56 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, Mash Harrier, Greenshank, Grey Plover, Raven, Water Rail, 50 Snipe, a Stonechat and five Shelducks. There were 24 Mute Swans, six Wigeon, 118 Gadwall, 337 Teal, 48 Shovelers, 32 Moorhens and two Kingfishers. A Visible Migration Watch produced two Hobbies, four Yellow Wagtails, a Little Egret, 565 Lapwings, 120 Black-tailed Godwits, 35 Snipe, a Peregrine, 80 House Martins and 20 Swallows. Richard Smith and Dave Steel