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High­lights

The big­gest story from the re­gion was the ap­pear­ance of a first-win­ter male Pied Wheatear on the sea wall at Me­ols, Cheshire (7th to 9th), which was par­tic­u­larly bold, al­low­ing pho­tog­ra­phers to have a field day. It was the first record of the species in that county.

CHESHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A Pied Wheatear was at Dove Point, Me­ols (6th-9th). Bur­ton Mere Wet­lands had two Cat­tle Egrets and three Great White Egrets (3rd-10th), a Hen Har­rier (9th-15th), two Bearded Tits, and a Short-eared Owl (11th). A Cat­tle Egret flew over Hale (3rd), with two at Pud­ding­ton (6th-16th), one at Mar­bury CP (15th), and two at Great Sutton (29th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Hale (9th). A Great Grey Shrike was at Lit­tle Ne­ston (11th).

WOOL­STON EYES: A vis­i­ble migration watch (3rd) pro­duced 299 Lap­wings, 77 Stock Doves, 213 Red­wings, 5,168 Star­lings and 15 Buz­zards. Ring­ing on No1 bed gave Coal Tit, Gold­crest, Black­bird, Black­cap, Wood­cock, Firecrest, Chif­fchaff and Long-tailed Tit. Records in­cluded two Cetti’s War­blers, 50 Lesser Red­polls, 300 Pink­feet, a King­fisher, Raven, Pere­grine, Tawny Owl, Mer­lin, two Wa­ter Rails, 200 Red­wings, 20 Sky­larks, 100 Reed Buntings, three Whooper Swans, 350 Field­fares, a Lit­tle Egret and Green Sand­piper. No3 bed ring­ing had Mag­pie, Red­wing, Bullfinch, Gold­crest, Lesser Red­poll, Reed Bunt­ing, Meadow Pipit, Lin­net, Snipe, Jay, Chif­fchaff and Long-tailed Tit. Records in­cluded 11 Black-tailed God­wits, three Wi­geon, 200 Teal, 100 Green­finches, a Hen Har­rier, Tawny Owl, Wood­cock, two Cross­bills, 100 Field­fares, 270 Pied Wag­tails and five Red­shanks. The count (10th) in­cluded 77 Mal­lards, 69 Shov­el­ers, 227 Tufted Ducks, 50 Gad­wall, a Pin­tail and Gold­en­eye. Dave Steel

CUMBRIA HIGH­LIGHTS: South Wal­ney had a Black Brant (10th-18th), three Scaup (10th-24th), a Hooded Crow (16th), Hen Har­rier (17th), Ring Ouzel (2nd) and 30 Twite (3rd). A Barred War­bler was at Sand­scale Haws (21st). A Todd’s Canada Goose was with Bar­na­cle Geese at An­thorn (25th), and at Car­durnock (29th-30th). A Great White Egret was at Sed­bergh (2nd). Four Scaup were at Sid­dick Ponds (4th), with a Bit­tern there (26th). A Yel­low-browed War­bler was at Ken­dal (5th). Thirty Snow Buntings were at Camp­field Marsh and two on Helvel­lyn (17th). A Lit­tle Stint was at Port Carlisle (11th-16th). A Velvet Scoter was with 150 Com­mon Scot­ers at Par­ton (16th). A Scaup was at Win­der­mere (18th). A Hooded Crow was at Foul­ney Is­land (18th). A Black-throated Diver and Great North­ern Diver were at Work­ing­ton (23rd). Waxwings in­cluded 12 at Far Arn­side (24th), two at Wetheral (26th-28th), four at Univer­sity of Cumbria, Carlisle (30th), 30 at Dal­ston (27th) and one in Penrith (1st).

GREATER MANCH­ESTER HIGH­LIGHTS: A pos­si­ble Pal­lid Swift was over

Heaton Park Reser­voir (11th-12th). A Yel­low-browed War­bler was in Chea­dle (9th). A Velvet Scoter was at High Rid Reser­voir (24th-30th). A Great White Egret was at Pen­ning­ton Flash (1st & 20th), with a Cat­tle Egret there (2nd). A Smew was on Castle­shaw Reser­voirs (10th-17th). Two Waxwings were in Al­trin­cham (24th). EL­TON RESER­VOIR:

There was a Mer­lin (24th), 15 Whooper Swans (26th), a Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Raven and two Lit­tle Egrets. MERSEY VAL­LEY:

A Yel­low-legged Gull was on Sale WP (13th-21st). Six Ring-necked Para­keets were also there (17th), with 10 at Chorl­ton Ees (2nd). A Chif­fchaff was at Shell (20th) and a Black­cap at Rye Bank Fields, Chorl­ton (18th). PEN­NING­TON FLASH:

A Caspian Gull roosted (21st-29th) as did an Ice­land Gull (24th-29th). A Yel­low-legged Gull was seen (16th & 21st). There was a Jack Snipe (23rd), Com­mon Scoter (21st), Ring-necked Para­keet (18th-19th), 20 Whooper Swans, two Mediter­ranean Gulls and three Lit­tle Egrets. OTHER SITES:

A Waxwing flew over Win­ter Hill (2nd). Hor­wich Moors vis­i­ble migration to­tals in­cluded 50 Cross­bills, 1,650 Bram­blings, three Mer­lins, 21 Whooper Swans and six Bar­na­cle Geese. An Ice­land Gull, two Caspian Gulls, three Brent Geese (17th) and two Com­mon Scoter (19th) were at Au­den­shaw Reser­voirs. An Ice­land Gull was at Gor­ton (12th & 30th) and at Ather­ton (24th-30th). Castle­shaw Reser­voirs had a Red-breasted Mer­ganser (10th-24th) and two Whooper Swans (24th). Dr Paul Brew­ster (01606 590 491)

LAN­CASHIRE AND NORTH MERSEY­SIDE HIGH­LIGHTS: Lan­cashire’s fourth Dusky War­bler was at Ains­dale mid-month. Oc­to­ber’s Amer­i­can Wi­geon was seen early in the month at Hes­keth Out Marsh, with a Long-billed Dow­itcher there (15th-16th). A Green-winged Teal was at Martin Mere (6th). Eight Cat­tle Egrets were at Marsh­side (3rd), with one at We­sham (4th). FYLDE RE­GION:

A roost flight count of 13,750 Pink-footed Geese was over Pilling Lane Ends (11th). A flock on Lytham Moss peaked at 10,000 (18th). With them were two Bar­na­cle Geese and two Green­land White­fronts. Sev­eral sites at Over Wyre gave a count of 450 Whooper Swans, with four Bewick’s Swans there (27th). Around 100 Whooper Swans were at sev­eral south Fylde sites. Sea­watch­ing off Black­pool in­cluded 64 Red-throated Divers (22nd). Fif­teen Avo­cets were in the Rib­ble chan­nel op­po­site War­ton Marsh mid-month. Five thou­sand Lap­wings and 2,000 Golden Plovers were on the Lune at Glas­son. Grey Plovers to­talled 125 at Fluke Hall. Six Marsh Har­ri­ers and two Hen Har­ri­ers fre­quented both sides of the Rib­ble. An­other Hen Har­rier and Marsh Har­rier were in the Pilling/cock­er­ham Marsh area. A Short-eared Owl flew over St Anne’s shore (7th). A Great White Egret was reg­u­lar on War­ton Marsh. There were 100 Field­fares at Freck­le­ton Naze (12th) and We­sham (15th). Ninety Twite were at Knott End jetty. A late Wheatear was at Ridge Farm, Pilling (2nd-6th). A Snow Bunt­ing was in the Squires Gate area (8th and 17th). Six Stonechats were on Lytham Moss. There were 17 Yel­lowham­mers at two Over Wyre sites (26th). A Cetti’s War­bler was recorded at Preesall Flashes (4th). Three Cross­bills flew over Fairhaven (18th). MARTON MERE, BLACK­POOL:

High­lights in­cluded a Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl (3rd), two Bit­terns, three Ring-necked Para­keets, 250 Coots, three Lit­tle Grebes, 56 Wi­geon, three Goosanders, three Gold­eneyes, 80 Field­fares (12th), a Treecreeper (21st), and a Bullfinch. SW LAN­CASHIRE-N MERSEY­SIDE:

A Great Grey Shrike was at Ains­dale (3rd). Three Great White Egrets were at Hes­keth Out Marsh (1st), be­fore dis­pers­ing to other Rib­ble Es­tu­ary sites. An in­va­sion of Bearded Tits in­cluded 11 at Martin Mere and Lunt Mead­ows, with sev­eral at Marsh­side. Mau­rice Jones

Great North­ern Diver, Marine Lake, West Kirby, Wir­ral, Mersey­side, 30 Novem­ber

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