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High­lights The adult Spot­ted Sandpiper at But­ter­mere, Cum­bria, was last seen on 21st. On 20th, a Caspian Tern ap­peared at Holden Wood Reser­voir and Leighton Moss RSPB, Lan­cashire, and re­mained there un­til the next day. The singing Ibe­rian Chif­fchaff at Kel­sall, Cheshire, re­mained un­til 28th.

CHESHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: The Ibe­rian Chif­fchaff re­mained around Tir­ley Hol­low, Kel­sall. Great White Egrets were at Bur­ton Mere Wet­lands (1st, 3rd, 6th (four), 11th & 25th) and Bur­ton Marsh (10th and 21st). Two adult and two young Cat­tle Egrets were at Bur­ton Mere Wet­lands. Also there were two Spoon­bills and three Spot­ted Red­shanks (25th). WOOLSTON EYES: Ring­ing on No1 bed in­cluded Cetti’s War­bler, Gold­crest, Coal Tit, Reed War­bler, Sand Martin, Wil­low War­bler, Song Thrush and Bullfinch. Records in­cluded a Pere­grine, a Goosander with 14 Chicks and a Green Wood­pecker. Ring­ing on No3 bed in­cluded Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, a first for No3 bed, Chif­fchaff, Green­finch, Bullfinch, Stock Dove, Treecreeper, Buz­zard and Kestrel. Records in­cluded three Ruddy Ducks, 11 Black-necked Grebes, a Hobby, Pere­grine, 200 Swifts, four Com­mon Terns, two Mediter­ranean Gulls, a Green­shank, Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Gar­den War­bler, Grasshopper War­bler, Wa­ter Rail, King­fisher, Raven, four Black-tailed God­wits, 240 Star­lings and three Lit­tle Ringed Plovers. A count on No4 bed gave 28 Whitethroats, 14 Song Thrushes, 22 Chif­fchaffs, 12 Black­caps, five Sedge War­blers, 26 Black­birds, three Reed War­blers and nine Lit­tle Grebes. Re­serve-wide counts in­cluded 247 Gad­wall and 107 Coots. Pochards, Tufted Ducks, Mal­lards, Shel­ducks and Gad­wall bred, and 112 young Black-headed Gulls were noted. Dave Steel

CUM­BRIA

HIGH­LIGHTS: The Spot­ted Sandpiper re­mained around But­ter­mere (to 21st). An un­con­firmed re­port of a Black-eared Wheatear came from Black Combe (1st). A Snow Bunting was there (2nd). A Serin was at South Wal­ney (1st). A Blyth’s Reed War­bler was at Sid­dick Ponds (14th-15th). Two Hawfinches were in an Arn­side gar­den (2nd), and one in a Haver­th­waite gar­den (8th). Two Lit­tle Gulls were at Drum­burgh Moss (2nd), with an­other on the es­tu­ary at An­thorn (2nd). A Quail sang at Sun­big­gin Tarn (4th). A Spoon­bill was at Wal­ney Is­land (15th). An Osprey flew over Carr Beds (17th). A Roseate Tern was at Hod­bar­row (20th). A Wood Sandpiper was at Hev­er­sham (29th-30th).

GREATER MANCH­ESTER

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Cat­tle Egret was at Light­shaw Hall Flash (17th-24th), vis­it­ing Pen­ning­ton Flash (22nd). Two Night­jars were at Brushes Reser­voir for most of the month. Quails sang on Lit­tle Woolden Moss (2nd-3rd), Car­ring­ton Moss (13th), Chat Moss (23rd) and at Castle­shaw Reser­voirs (26th). Two Lit­tle Terns flew through Light Haz­zles Reser­voir (16th). A Long-tailed Duck was at Walmer­s­ley Mill Lodge, Bury (20th-30th). EL­TON RESER­VOIR: There was a Com­mon Scoter (27th), Scaup (14th), Hobby (13th) and Mediter­ranean Gull (27th). MERSEY VAL­LEY: Hob­bies were on Car­ring­ton Moss (2nd) and at Chorl­ton Ees (25th-28th). A Green Sandpiper was at Al­trin­cham ETW (20th). Two Com­mon Sand­pipers were at Sale WP (29th). PEN­NING­TON FLASH: There was a Com­mon Scoter (1st), with up to four (7th-16th), four Arc­tic Terns (16th), two Hob­bies, a Red Kite (5th) and six Mediter­ranean Gulls. OTHER SITES: A Black Red­start re­mained in Manch­ester City Cen­tre. A Com­mon Scoter was on Au­den­shaw Reser­voirs (12th) with two, plus two Red-breasted Mer­gansers (30th). A Cuckoo and Grasshopper War­bler were near Brushes Reser­voir. Lit­tle Woolden Moss logged a Mediter­ranean Gull (14th), Hobby, Cuckoo, 15 Yel­low Wag­tails, Corn Bunt­ings and Ringed Plovers. Two Mediter­ranean Gulls were on Crox­dens Peat Works (15th), with a Green Sandpiper there (28th). Four Mediter­ranean Gulls were at Rum­worth Lodge where two Black-tailed God­wits flew over. A Ruddy Shel­duck of un­known ori­gin was at Or­rell WP (25th-30th). Dr Paul Brew­ster (01606 590 491)

LAN­CASHIRE AND NORTH MERSEY­SIDE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Sooty Shear­wa­ter was off Knott End (6th). A Caspian Tern was seen twice at Holden Wood Reser­voir, Grange (20th). It fished the pools at Leighton Moss (20th-21st). This was the sixth record for Lan­cashire and the fifth for Leighton Moss. DARWEN: High­lights were Lit­tle Egret (1st & 15th), Lesser Whitethroat (2nd), Lit­tle Grebe and two Whim­brel (3rd), Osprey (5th, 6th & 21st), Red­start (7th & 17th), Red Kite (10th& 20th), and Hobby (23rd& + 30th). A to­tal of eight Com­mon Scot­ers and c.30 Cross­bills moved through. A Cuckoo was present in­ter­mit­tently through­out. Reg­u­lars in­cluded Raven, Stonechat, Buz­zard, Pere­grine, Ringed and Lit­tle Ringed Plover. EAST LAN­CASHIRE: A Knot was at Stocks Reser­voir (May 31st), with a Cat­tle Egret and San­der­ling there (12th). A Knot was at Fowl­ridge Reser­voir (9th). Ospreys were at Up­per Cold­well Reser­voir (7th and 13th), and Bar­row Lodge, Clitheroe (24th). FYLDE RE­GION: Two Com­mon Scot­ers were at Pre­ston Dock (12th), with one (25th). Over 100 Com­mon Tern nests and an Arc­tic Tern nest were there. The Arc­tic Tern is in­cu­bat­ing in the cen­tre of a used Mute Swan nest, con­tain­ing three un­hatched eggs. This site also had a Lit­tle Tern (11th) and Black Tern (13th-14th). Over 100 Black-tailed God­wits were at Con­der Green (1st) and 62 at New­ton Marsh (24th). Sev­eral Quails called in the Pilling area. A Spoon­bill was at Freck­le­ton Naze (14th). A Gar­ganey flew past South Prom­e­nade, Black­pool (21st). Sea­watch­ing there pro­duced hun­dreds of Manx Shear­wa­ters, many Gan­nets, 25 Ful­mars (6th), a Red-throated Diver (20th), a few Arc­tic Skuas, Great Skuas (7th and 24th), many Sand­wich Terns, and two Lit­tle Terns (20th). A Hobby flew over Stan­ley Park, Black­pool mid-month, where Gold­crests and Grey Wag­tails bred. Two Green­shanks were at Skip­pool, Wyre Es­tu­ary (29th). Goosanders bred at St Michaels. MARTON MERE: A Bit­tern was seen (from the 16th). There was a Lit­tle Egret (3rd), Com­mon Scoter (22nd), Wa­ter Rail (28th), Com­mon Tern, Reed War­blers and Cetti’s War­blers. SW LAN­CASHIRE-N MERSEY­SIDE: A Cat­tle Egret was at Marsh­side on a few dates, with two (14th). A Spoon­bill was there (4th), with two at Martin Mere (4th and 25th). The lat­ter site had a Lit­tle Gull in the first half of the month, Wood

Sand­pipers (11th and 24th) and nest­ing Avo­cets. Marsh­side had an un­sea­sonal Scaup (19th-24th), eight Mediter­ranean Gulls and a Spot­ted Red­shank at the month’s end. A Gar­ganey was at Lunt Mead­ows and a Red-crested Pochard at Speke (10th). Two Storm Pe­trels off Crosby flew into the mouth of the Mersey (6th). Seaforth had a Black Tern (14th) and Roseate Tern (23rd). Mau­rice Jones and Mavis Smith

NORTH LAN­CASHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Caspian Tern made its way from East Lan­cashire to Leighton Moss, ar­riv­ing on the evening of the 20th and com­mut­ing from the JB Point area to feed on the Cause­way Pool the whole of the fol­low­ing day. There was a sec­ond-hand re­port of a rear end view of a male Red-backed Shrike show­ing a ‘no­tice­ably’ black tail spend­ing a short time on top of a bush next to Heysham Na­ture Re­serve car park in mid-june – would be a shame to lose this county rar­ity so please get in touch with de­tails. LEIGHTON MOSS AND AREA: The month started with a scarce bird for the site – a Cuckoo (2nd) was seen well at Tim Jack­son Hide in the morn­ing be­fore head­ing on­wards. The rest of June was dom­i­nated by fledg­ing birds and the odd ex­pected sum­mer ar­rival. Cetti’s War­blers head­lined the fledg­ing birds with three seen at the Allen Hide area (4th) and three out­side Grisedale Hide (6th). There have been eight ter­ri­to­ries around the re­serve this year. An al­most daily oc­cur­rence was the ap­pear­ance of Ospreys, in­volv­ing three birds, two of which showed their rings as the pair from nearby Foul­shaw Moss. Three con­tin­ued to be the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber with three Spoon­bills present for most of the month, drop­ping to two by the month’s end. A sin­gle Com­mon Tern (7th) was joined by a sec­ond the fol­low­ing day. A sin­gle Great White Egret re­mained, seen in­fre­quently (9th) and a sin­gle ap­pear­ance of a King­fisher (15th) added some colour. A Spot­ted Fly­catcher was noted (11th) and a Grasshopper War­bler con­tin­ued to reel (17th). A Hobby chas­ing Sand Martins early evening (24th) was seen daily, spo­rad­i­cally, fol­low­ing this. A Wood Sandpiper ar­rived at Lil­ian’s Hide (21st), and two Mediter­ranean Gulls ar­rived late in the month, in keep­ing with a lo­cal in­crease (25th). Two hun­dred Eider off Jenny Brown’s Point was un­prece­dented at this time of year. HEYSHAM BIRD OB­SER­VA­TORY: Un­re­mark­able num­bers of seabirds on windy days in­cluded two Ful­mar (7th), four Manx Shear­wa­ter (12th), two Com­mon Scoter (7th) and a sin­gle Com­mon Tern (23rd). The out­falls held a sec­ond cal­en­dar year Lit­tle Gull (27th) and post-breed­ing sea­son adult and third cal­en­dar year Med­itr­ranean Gulls started to ap­pear (from 20th) and peaked at 14 (30th). There ap­peared to be three pairs of Cetti’s War­bler on Mid­dle­ton (two ju­ve­niles ringed) and ter­ri­to­rial Gar­den War­bler and Gold­crest were un­usual for here. Treecreeper do not breed here and a dis­pers­ing ju­ve­nile (20th) was very early. A gang of 16 Lit­tle Egret fre­quented the off­shore skeers. OTHER SITES: Two well-spaced Lune val­ley sites held sin­gle Hawfinch; Melling (21-24th) and Crook of Lune (19th). A Hobby fly­ing over the M6 near Lan­caster (14th) was no­table. Pied Fly­catcher oc­cu­py­ing lo­cal nest-boxes topped 100 for the first time with a pretty good suc­cess rate and many adults re­turn­ing to natal ar­eas or ad­join­ing val­leys. Kevin Kelly and Pete Marsh

Jun­veile Spoon­bill, Fair­burn Ings, West York­shire June

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