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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Spot­ted Crake was on Neu­mann’s Flash (1st). Leach’s Pe­trels were at Hoy­lake and on the Mersey at Sea­combe (18th). Four Vel­vet Scot­ers and 40,000 Com­mon Scot­ers were off north Wir­ral (21st). A La­p­land Bunt­ing was at Red Rocks (22nd). HILBRE: There were 64 Red-throated Divers, 156 Guille­mots and 9,000 Com­mon Scot­ers (2nd), three Yel­low-browed War­blers (3rd), a Great North­ern Diver and Great White Egret (7th), a Short-eared Owl (8th), 850 Shel­ducks

(12th), a Hen Har­rier (22nd), six Whooper Swans (25th) and four Pur­ple Sand­pipers (28th). Pale-bel­lied Brent Geese peaked at 146. IN­LAND: Great White Egret (1st) and Lit­tle Gull (6th) were on Sand­bach Flashes. A Firecrest was at Wins­ford (3rd). The Smew re­turned to Newchurch Com­mon (6th). Yel­low-browed War­blers were at Ch­ester Zoo (9th), Houghton Green Flash (11th) and Spi­tal (15th). A Short-eared Owl was over An­trobus (10th). A Gar­ganey was on Bud­worth Mere (19th). MERSEY VAL­LEY: Hale logged Pec­toral Sand­piper and two Great White Egrets (1st), 12 White-fronted Geese (8th) and two Hawfinches (9th). Two Black-necked Grebes (1st) and seven Curlew Sand­pipers (2nd) were at Frod­sham Marsh. Two Yel­low-browed War­blers were at Pick­er­ing’s Pas­ture (3rd), with Firecrest (4th). A Ring Ouzel was at Ris­ley (9th). A Glau­cous Gull (16th) and five Great White Egrets (18th) were at Frod­sham Shore. WIR­RAL COAST: A Caspian Gull was on Hoy­lake beach (1st). A record num­ber of Yel­low-browed War­blers in­cluded three at Lea­sowe (4th) and four at Red Rocks (11th). Four Ring Ouzels (9th) and a Cetti’s War­bler (22nd) were at Red Rocks; 3,690 Black-tailed God­wits roosted in the Gil­roy Field (17th). Five Cat­tle Egrets (18th) and six Green Sand­pipers (22nd) were at Bur­ton Mere Wet­lands. A Bittern was at Park­gate (28th). Twelve Great White Egrets were on Bur­ton Marsh (31st). WOOLSTON EYES: Ring­ing on No1 bed gave Reed War­bler, Chif­fchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Gold­crest, Cetti’s War­bler, Red­wing, Lesser Red­poll, Yel­low-browed War­bler, Coal Tit, Black­cap, Wil­low War­bler and Green­finch. Records in­cluded 600 Meadow Pip­its, 200 Sky­larks, 20 Swal­lows, 400 Lap­wings, four Wa­ter Rails, three King­fish­ers, two Tawny Owls, ten Snipe, five Lit­tle Egrets and two Pere­grines. No3 bed ringers had Reed Bunt­ing, Green­finch, Gold­crest, Meadow Pipit, Red­wing, Goldfinch, Treecreeper and Cetti’s War­bler. Records in­cluded 400 Lap­wings, four Whooper Swans, Dun­lin, Hen Har­rier, Lit­tle Egret, Bram­bling, Tawny Owl, 50 Chaffinches, seven Wi­geon, 27 Black-tailed God­wits, two Green Sand­pipers, 100 Lin­nets, 50 Lesser Red­polls and two Wil­low Tits. Re­serve-wide counts were 27 Shov­el­ers, 30 Snipe, 194 Teal, 13 Lit­tle Grebes, 79 Robins, 26 Mute Swans, 48 Gad­wall, 78 Tufted Duck and 47 Moorhens. A Vis Mig Watch (8th) pro­duced Mer­lin, three Cross­bills, 1,065 Red­wings, 1,725 Pink­feet, 112 Lin­nets, 20 Lesser Red­polls, 47 Meadow Pip­its and 1,062 Star­lings. Richard Smith and Dave Steel

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