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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

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