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25 September 2017

SHETLAND DAY 5

We started off this morning at Sandwick where there was a possible Siberian Oystercatcher form H.o longipes.The bird showed well on the beach and I managed to get some photographs of it.


Longipes is said to have:
1) Browner and paler upperparts.
2) Longer bill and legs-though much overlap in both.
3) Nasal groove more than half bill length-less than half in nominate ostralegus.
4) Broader white throat strap in winter plumage.
5) Has more white in the wing especially on the outer primaries.

Not knowing anything at all about this sub species I will leave it to experts.The bird did look longer legged than the other Oystercatchers it was with and appeared much browner than any other Oystercatcher I have ever seen.This is the bird that was seen on the Azores in 2013-CLICK ON LINK 
Moving on from here we got early news on a Paddyfield warbler at Helli Ness.On arrival we met the finders who pointed us into the right direction of the bird,which was a right yomp.Kicking around in some nettles near an old cottage we flushed a bird up on to the wall.Views were brief but the bird showed a strong broad super and a appeared to have a streaked mantle.A further half an hour of flight views followed before we finally got good views....the streaked mantle wasn't an hallucination the bird was a Sedge warbler.
When we got back to the car we headed down to Aith where Dan flushed a Long eared owl and we had another 2 Yellow browed warblers.
LONG EARED OWL
With time getting on we headed back to Lerwick where we caught the ferry across to Bressay.In the first garden we visited a Barred warbler had become trapped in someone's flower cage.
THE FLOWER CAGE
We released the bird has the owners weren't in and the bird soon went to ground.

BARRED WARBLER
We carried on birding around Bressay for the rest of the day and saw some good migrant birds:
 3 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER
7 GARDEN WARBLER's
 A PIED FLYCATCHER PUT IN A BRIEF APPEARANCE
2 REED WARBLERS
Other birds of note were:
Whinchat
12 Yellow Browed warblers
Chiffchaff
Redwing
Willow warbler
5 Blackcaps
A good days birding which was hard again with the wind but we will try again tomorrow for the biggie.
ROCK PIPIT AT BRESSAY FERRY TERMINAL

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 25TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB-Curlew Sandpiper,2 Little Stint and 4 Ruff.

CHESHIRE
Sandbach Flashes-1st Winter Mediterranean Gull,Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Mandarin duck.


24 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 24TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
New Brighton-Grey Phalarope.


Hilbre-Ring Ouzel plus 7 Pintail on tide edge.
Leasowe lighthouse-Cetti's Warbler singing by duck pond.

Burton RSPB-Cattle Egret,6 Great White Egret,Curlew Sandpiper and a Short-eared Owl.


Caldy-2 juv Ruff and 3,960 Black-tailed Godwit.

Hoylake-Little Stint,Curlew Sandpiper,Ruff and a Teal.


CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Yellow browed warbler-Still in hedge on right 200m from old log post but mobile,6 Little stints and w Great white egret.

Hale-Wood sandpiper.


MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-Still just north of the gate and south of the fence over the sea wall mid-morning-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

23 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 23RD SEPTEMBER 2017


WIRRAL
Meols-2 Wheatear on the groyne and Greenshank in the gutter.


Hoylake-2 Little Stint.


New Brighton-Grey Phalarope (probable).

CHESHIRE
Hale-2 Great white egret and Wood Sandpiper.

Pickerings Pasture-Firecrest-Along United Utilities path to scrape 50m northwest of hide. 

Frodsham Marsh-3 Little stints and a Great white egret.

Winsford Flash-1st Winter Caspian gull.



22 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-3 Little Stint.

Hilbre-6 Goosander,2 Brent Geese and a Sandwich Tern.


Decca Pools-Marsh Harrier.

West Kirby-2 Brent Geese,60 Grey Plover (6 s/pl).


Neston Marsh-Manx Shearwater-exhausted bird taken into care this morning. 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
YELLOW BREASTED BUNTING-still by the cemetery at Housay-Outer Skerries-Shetland.

PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

21 September 2017

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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 21ST SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-3 Little Stint and 2 Curlew Sandpiper.

Caldy-5,090 Black-tailed Godwit.


Neston Marsh-6 Great White Egret.


Burton RSPB-Pochard,5 Great Egret,Greenshank,Spotted Redshank ,Curlew Sandpiper ,Marsh Harrier,Wood Sandpiper and a Cattle Egret 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
YELLOW BREASTED BUNTING-still by the cemetery at Housay-Outer Skerries-Shetland.

PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

20 September 2017

FILEY AND FLAMBOROUGH RINGING AND MIGRATION WEEK

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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 20TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-3 Little Stint,Curlew Sandpiper and a Yellow-browed Warbler heard by Curzon road.


Meols,Dove point-2 Little Stint.


Hilbre-2 Brent Geese.

Heswall shore-Marsh Harrier (juv).


Burton RSPB-Curlew Sandpiper,Wood Sandpiper,Green Sandpiper,10+ Ruff and a Cattle Egret.


Red Rocks-Yellow browed warbler-heard

CHESHIRE
Hale-Great white egret-on the Mersey and Wood sandpiper-Carr lane pools.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

SIBERIAN THRUSH-female still in the garden on the left of the road between Clingera and Ordaal-Baltasound-Unst-Shetland.

YELLOW BREASTED BUNTING-still by the cemetery at Housay-Outer Skerries-Shetland.

19 September 2017

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BIRDGUIDES REVIEW OF RARE BIRDS THIS WEEK IN BRITAIN-13TH-19TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-BURNHAM OVERY STAITHE-NORFOLK

News of a locastella species came out mid afternoon on sunday as a possible Pallas'a Grasshopper warbler in Norfolk.The bird was identified just after 6.00pm as being one and it showed well intermittently until dusk and even showed sat out on some  brambles.I was GRIPPED OFF! 
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After numerous attempts to see this species,3 on mainland Britain and 4 on Shetland,2 of which ended up being just Grasshopper warblers I just couldn't get excited about this one.I was totally convinced the bird wouldn't be there in the morning and went into work to do my nightshift.
I finished work in the morning and headed home for some sleep as there was no sign of the bird.At 9.30am the bird was refound,"SHIT"!!!!!
I just couldn't get myself motivated for the bird"so tired","Norfolk","4 Hours away","dipped so many"!.Anyway news then came out no further sign by 10.00am then all went quiet.Then at 10.45am it was seen again,the phone then rang it was Dan Pointon,It went something like this as I was so tired"Were going I'll meet you on the A50,you won't see it at home!
I was off I just needed that bit of encouragement to step out the front door.There was no news on the bird whilst travelling across until 13.45pm that said it was still there,we were still 2 hours way!
We arrived on site just after 16.00pm and could see everyone running around in the distance,this was going to be a nightmare!By the time we had reached where the bird was everyone had thankfully calmed down and were waiting for the bird to show.After an hour of waiting around some lads decided to do an organised flush.For the amount of people that were there it went well and the bird appeared from a ditch and showed well for Dan before it popped up in some reeds briefly for me to see.At last my first Pallas's Grasshopper warbler in Britain,I couldn't believe I had actually seen one.I did get better views of the bird as it sat in the bottom of a hawthorn bush and a few flight views as the evening progressed.

BIRDERS WAITING FOR A GLIMPSE OF THE PG TIPS
News then spread around that birders cars were under water as the tide was coming in at nearby Burnham overy carpark.Iv'e never seen people run like it.Hilarious!

BIRDERS JUST MADE IT BACK IN TIME!
The evening was now upon us so we decided to stay over and travel back tomorrow.We headed for a local youth hostel and then went for a meal and a few celebratory beers.
We got up for 6.00am and headed back to the site where we managed to get even better views of the Pallas's grasshopper warbler.We had it  sat out in a ditch and moving through the reeds.After great views of the bird we headed to Wells wood to have a look for a Arctic warbler but the bird had gone.We headed home after this with another great bird on our lists.




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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 19TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
North Wirral coast-2,700 Common Scoter at high tide.


Hilbre-23 Goldcrest,Chiffchaff,4 Wheatear,2 pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Great Skua.

Hoylake-Little Stint-Near Lifeboat station.


Hilbre-Little Eye-336 Curlew.

Burton RSPB-Curlew Sandpiper,Juv Spotted Redshank,10 Golden Plover and a Cattle Egret.

Burton Point-Barn owl,6 Great White egrets,2 Marsh harrier  and a Peregrine.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper-N06 Tank.

Marbury Country Park-Budworth mere-Drake Scaup.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

18 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 18TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-Little Stint by the Lifeboat station.


North Wirral coast-4,000 Common Scoter off the coast at high tide.


Hilbre-188 Great Crested Grebe,32 Red-throated Diver and 63 Guillemot.


Caldy-Ruff (juv) with 4,020 Black-tailed Godwit.


Little Neston-Ringtail Hen Harrier near Harp Inn pub.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk


17 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Great Skua,2 Purple Sandpiper,Brent Goose,5 Red-throated Diver and 2 Peregrine.

Burton RSPB-Wood Sandpiper,Green Sandpiper,Little Stint,Spotted Redshank (juv),100 Pink-footed Geese and a Cattle Egret.


Burton Marsh-Great white egret.

CHESHIRE
Fourways Sand quarry-2 Common Scoter.

Northwich-Neumann's Flash-Hobby,Pintail,Wigeon,Little egret,Golden plover and a Greenshank

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides.

PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER-still in flight along the reed channel near the gate south of the sea wall at c.TF852448-Burnham Overy-Norfolk

16 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Burton RSPB-4 Great white egrets,Cattle egret and a Marsh harrier.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Curlew Sandpiper on No6 Tank.

Hale-2 Cattle egrets flew to Decoy Wood roost. 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides

15 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-Great Skua and 2,000 Common Scoter.

Hoylake shore-Great Skua (on shore) and an Arctic Skua.

New Brighton-Black tern,2 Leach's Petrel and an Osprey over.

Hilbre Island-A Leach's Petrel was killed by Peregrine.

Burton RSPB-Little Stint,Cattle egret,41 Pink footed geese,Pied Flycatcher,Hobby,Great white egret and 2 Marsh harriers.

Wallasey-7 Leach's Petrel.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Juvenile Red Necked Phalarope-N03 Tank 

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

14 September 2017

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CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
West Kirby marine lake-Grey phalarope and a Leach's Petrel over carpark.

Hilbre-Long tailed skua,Sabine's gull,5 Black Tern's and 70 Leach's petrel,5 Manx Shearwaters.Also first Pale bellied Brent goose back on the island.


Hoylake-2 Juvenile Sabine's gull,3 Grey Phalarope and 65 Leach's petrels,23 Manx Shearwaters,Fulmar and 12 Black terns.


New Brighton-4 Grey Phalarope and 10+ Leach's Petrels.


Hilbre College-Juvenile Sabine's gull in roost before flying off east.


Burton RSPB-Spotted Redshank,Cattle Egret and +30 Pink-Footed Geese. 


CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Juvenile Red Necked Phalarope-N03 Tank 

Hale-2 Leach's Petrel past lighthouse,2 Great White egrets and 2 Pale Bellied Brent geese.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides

13 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 13TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hoylake-4 Black Terns and 51 Leach's Petrel and 6 Manx Shearwater.

New Brighton-4 Gray Phalarope,88+ Leach's Petrel,2 Black Terns,Storm petrel and 2 Little gull.

Hilbre-17 Leach's Petrel,3 Black tern,3 Manx shearwater and a Hobby flew west.

Burton RSPB-Little Stint

Leasowe-36 Leach's Petrel.


CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Red Necked Phalarope-N06 Tank and Grey Phalarope reported on N03 Tank

Hale-Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper near lighthouse.


MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

12 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 12TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-49 Leach's Petrel,Black throated diver,175 Sandwich Tern,25 Common Tern and 600 Common Scoter.

Hoylake-26 Leach's Petrel and Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper.


New Brighton-2 Grey Phalarope and a Leach's Petrel.


Leasowe-8 Leach's Petrel.


Caldy-4987 Black-tailed Godwit.

CHESHIRE
Frodsham Marshes-Red Necked Phalarope-N06 Tank and Northern Gannet on the River Weaver. 

Hale-Wood Sandpiper-Carr lane pools.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK 6TH AUGUST-12TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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11 September 2017

CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL BIRD NEWS AND UK MEGAS 11TH SEPTEMBER 2017

WIRRAL
Hilbre-35 Leach's petrel,5 Black Terns,Pomarine Skua and Possible Wilson's Storm petrel,Manx Shearwater and a Fulmar.

Hoylake-5 Sabine's Gulls,65 Leach's petrel and 3 Black Terns,17 Arctic Skuas,15 Great skuas,180+Manx Shearwaters and 300+Kittiwakes

Wallasey-Juvenile Sabine's Gull and 7 Leach's petrel.

New Brighton-29 Leach's Petrel,3 Grey Phalarope,2 Sabine's gull,2 Black terns,2 Little gulls and an Arctic skua.

Meols-Dove point-36 Leach's Petrel,Guillemot,2 Black Tern and 3 Kittiwake.

West Kirby marine lake-Juvenile Sabine's Gull.

Leasowe-Probable juvenile Storm Petrel,35+ Leach's Petrel,Arctic Skua and 2 Great Skua.

MEGAS IN BRITAIN
AMERICAN REDSTART-Eoligarry,Barra-Outer Hebrides. 
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