Cooper lane

Twenty Fieldfares observed along Cooper lane footpath this morning.
Pete Kemp.

Re: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting

Yep
Global warming comes to Rainford

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On 16 Dec 2017, at 11:54, Damian Pendlebury <sightings@outlook.com> wrote:

Hi Mark, I've cropped the photo – is that it in the middle? That's a cracking bird to see in your garden!

 

Cheers, Damian

 

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From: Mark Hounslea <m.hounslea@sky.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:45:13 AM
To: Damian Pendlebury
Subject: Re: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting
 
Only a really poor I phone pic. Dead centre between the two biggest branches

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On 16 Dec 2017, at 11:32, Damian Pendlebury <sightings@outlook.com> wrote:

Hi Mark, that's amazing! Could you get a photo?

 

 

Cheers, Damian

 

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From: Mark Hounslea <m.hounslea@sky.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:31:48 AM
To: sightings@outlook.com
Subject: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting
 
Little Egret just settled into a tree in my garden in Rainford
http://sthelensbirds.blogspot.com/p/report-sig.html


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RE: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting

Hi Mark, you can put the cropped photo on the blog if you like by sending another email to sightings@outlook.com

 

Cheers, Damian

 

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From: Damian Pendlebury <sightings@outlook.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:54:38 AM
To: Mark Hounslea
Subject: RE: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting
 

Hi Mark, I've cropped the photo – is that it in the middle? That's a cracking bird to see in your garden!

 

Cheers, Damian

 

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From: Mark Hounslea <m.hounslea@sky.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:45:13 AM
To: Damian Pendlebury
Subject: Re: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting
 
Only a really poor I phone pic. Dead centre between the two biggest branches


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On 16 Dec 2017, at 11:32, Damian Pendlebury <sightings@outlook.com> wrote:

Hi Mark, that's amazing! Could you get a photo?

 

 

Cheers, Damian

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


From: Mark Hounslea <m.hounslea@sky.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:31:48 AM
To: sightings@outlook.com
Subject: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting
 
Little Egret just settled into a tree in my garden in Rainford
http://sthelensbirds.blogspot.com/p/report-sig.html


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Re: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting

Only a really poor I phone pic. Dead centre between the two biggest branches


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On 16 Dec 2017, at 11:32, Damian Pendlebury <sightings@outlook.com> wrote:

Hi Mark, that's amazing! Could you get a photo?

 

 

Cheers, Damian

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


From: Mark Hounslea <m.hounslea@sky.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:31:48 AM
To: sightings@outlook.com
Subject: St Helens Birds and Wildlife: Report a Sighting
 
Little Egret just settled into a tree in my garden in Rainford
http://sthelensbirds.blogspot.com/p/report-sig.html


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Little Egret

A Little Egret is on farmland immediately north of Carr Mill Dam alongside the Brook by the blue-green barns, visible from A571

Regards Dave Broome

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Geese

Sun 12th Nov.
Again a big movement of Geese  ( Pinks) over Haydock, several large Skeins totaling over 1000 were seen at 7-30am flying West .
Pete Kemp.

Geese

Big movement of Pinks this morning with several large Skeins seen over Haydock as I passed through at 8_30am totaling over 1000, some heading SE others heading W.
Two Cormorants also spotted flying over.
Pete Kemp.

Haydock

Several large Skiens of geese seen over Haydock at 7am, followed by another four large Skeins at around 9-30am several hundred in total, possible Pinks, all heading SE.
Pete Kemp.

Pink-Feet

c4000 Pink-Footed Geese feeding at Crank near The Red Cat today

D Broome

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Hawfinch

A Hawfinch flew north at Billinge at 10:10, over the pines at Higher End, in Wigan at first then down the ridge in to St. Helens territory

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Penketh bridge

Sun 29th Oct.
List of birds observed around the Penketh bridge area 8am.
Teal 6
Cormorant 1
Sparrowhawk 2
Buzzard 5
Kingfisher 1
Reed bunting
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Redwing
Long tailed tit
Pete Kemp.

Havannah flash

Sun 22nd Oct.
List of birds observed on Havannah flash this morning.
Sparrowhawk 2
Bullfinch 5
Redwing
Fieldfare
Jackdaw 
Mallard
Coot
Mute Swan 10
Magpie
Blackbird
Wood pigeon
Chaffinch
Carrion crow
Plus Grey squirrels.
Pete Kemp.


Havannah flash

Large flocks of Wood pigeon seen flying over first light, heading S E along with very large skein of geese Pinks?
Pete Kemp.

Sighting


Monday October 9th. Skein of geese, almost certainly Pink-footed (saw them only briefly from the house) and around 100 strong, flying quite low over Collins Green (Burtonwood) towards St Helens, 6 pm.

Graham Mercer

Havannah flash

Spotted the following at first light on my way through the flash this morning.
Buzzard 1
Very large number of Crows, Jackdaws, flying over from Buttonwood direction heading North.
Pete Kemp.

Fieldfares

Spotted my first Fieldfares this morning, just three on top of the Hawthorns at the bottom of Cooper lane footpath Haydock, the Hawthorns bushes are bursting with berries.
Pete Kemp.

Waggon lane

Today's sightings off Waggon lane Haydock.
Buzzard 1
Grey partridge 6
Area very quiet.
Pete Kemp.

Havannah flash

Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Also one Stoat seen running across Cooper lane footpath.
Pete.

Havannah flash

2 Mute Swans seen taking off from flash.
Plus one other seen flying over heading towards  Newton le Willows.
Also 3 Cormorants seen.
Pete.

Moss Lane

Sunday 17th September, 10.15 am

70/80 Barnacle Geese (approx) in field adjacent to Moss Lane, Rainford.

Graham Mercer



Havannah flash

8-15am.
80+ Pinks over.
20 Swallows over.
3 Cock Pheasant.
1 Brown hawker.
Along Havannah flash this morning.
Pete.

Geese

Approx 80 Pinks seen flying over Haydock this morning at 8-15 am heading East.
Pete.

Havannah flash

Ten Pink footed geese seen flying low overhead 8-45am, headings West.
Pete.

Carr Mill Dam

100+ Swallow, 1 Sand Martin and 23 Great Crested Grebe this morning

St Helens Canal

3 Mandarin along the canal between the World of Glass and the St Helens Chamber buildings this morning. All superficially in 'female-type' plumage but at least one was a drake in eclipse plumage.
Derek Evans

Sankey Valley

1 Tawny Owl at 0720 in the dark and damp Stanley Bank Wood being mobbed by Jay and Blackbird.
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Berrington's Lane, Rainford

1 adult Hobby flew through hunting at 0805 heading towards Sandy Lane.
Derek Evans

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Laffak Pond, Chain Lane

17 Tufted Duck comprised 13 adults and a brood of 4 ducklings.
Derek Evans

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Carr Mill Dam

Tuesday 1st August 1 Little Grebe; 2 Common Tern.

Wednesday 2nd August 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 1 Common Tern; 8 Grey Wagtail.

Friday 4th August 30 Great Crested Grebe of which at least 4 were juvenile; 116 Mallard; 96 Canada Goose (70 flying and 26 flightless).

Derek Evans

Carr mill

Six Common tern.
Two Common Sandpiper.
Three Grey heron.
7-30pm.
SB.

Havannah flash

Nice to see the Police patrolling Havannah flash area this morning on Quad bikes, and a pleasure to talk with, hope this is going to be a regular thing.

Carr Mill Dam

1 Common Sandpiper, my first juvenile Black-headed Gull of the summer and a Willow Tit.
Derek Evans

Carr Mill Dam

50 Swift over east side woodland and cornfields this morning.
Derek Evans

Havannah flash

The following Dragonflies were seen on Havanna this morning.
Four spotted chaser.
Common darter.
Broad bodied chaser.
Emperor dragonfly.

Banded demoiselle.
Azure damselfly.
SteB.

Merton Bank Open Space

1 Sedge Warbler seen in song; 5 Reed Warbler seen: 3 in song, one carrying food for young and one bearing metal ring on right leg (as last year).
Derek Evans

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Berrington's Lane, Rainford

2 pairs Little Grebe each with 2 juveniles; pair Oystercatcher; one singing (and seen) Reed Warbler.
Derek Evans

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Beetle ID

Can anyone please help with this beetle identification. It was seen around ponds and waterways on Sankey valley this afternoon.

Rainford Bypass Barn Owl

I had an amazing view of a barn owl in full light last night (8.00 pm) whilst driving towards Eccleston on the Rainford Bypass. I saw it from a distance in a field on the left and then I as I got nearer, it flew right in front of the car holding a mouse/vole in its talons! I'll not forget that in a while!

Damian P

Linkway Pools, Town Centre

1 drake Mandarin; confirmed breeding of Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen.
Derek Evans

Hi, I live overlooking car mill damm and I'm pretty sure that I've observed a red kite twice in the last few days today and yesterday. In and around the waterside pub/Premier inn.

Im not a birdwatcher but noticed very distinct red shoulders on the bird and on doing a bit of research I think it might be  a kite

Thanks alot

Kev

Carr Mill Dam

Willow Tit: confirmed breeding in east side woodland when adult carried food to nest hole at 0635.
Derek Evans

Osprey

Single Osprey flying NE low over houses over Langdale Crescent, Wigan, being pursued by an Oystercatcher and a crow Thursday 11th 8:30am 

Laffak Pond, Chain Lane

2 Little Ringed Plover circled the site at 0725 but did not stay.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane, Windle

First time I've been out for a while, I couldn't resist the sunshine...

Wheatear 1m in the horse paddock
Oystercatcher 1
Tree sparrow 1
Corn bunting 1 heard
Reed bunting 1
Kestrel 1
Buzzard 1
Plenty of Skylark, Linnets, Yellowhammers around

Brown hare 1

Damian P


St Helens Cemetery

2 Swifts flew north/north-east at 0700 and 0730 respectively.
Derek Evans

Carr Mill Dam

Pair Shoveler from Nineteen Arches 0710-0800+; 1 Whitethroat seen in song; also: pair Greylag Goose, 8 Common Tern, confirmed breeding of Great Crested Grebe (brood of 2).
Derek Evans

Laffak Pond, Chain Lane and Burgy Banks North

On the pond: adult pair Great Crested Grebe with 4 young; one adult Little Grebe. In and over the Burgy woodland: pairs of Sparrowhawk and Raven.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane, Windle

Pair Oystercatcher perched on the rooftops of Numbers 30 and 34 at 0625; 14 Wheatear; pair Raven perched pylon.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane, Windle

13 Wheatear (5 male, 8 female) scattered across the area at 0625-0720+.
Derek Evans

Havannah flash

Two photos of the reed beds on Havanna flash which once more have been set alight for the fourth year running.

Hoverflies

Two new hoverflies for me at Sankey Valley Park today 21/4/17, Portevinia maculata and Leucozona lucorum, the first being associated with Wild Garlic


Ray Banks
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Carr Mill Dam

4 Oystercatcher; 4 Common Tern; 1 Grasshopper Warbler seen as it sang from long, dead, dry grass stalks in rushy meadow on the east side 0710-0720+.
Derek Evans

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Carr Mill Dam

1 Greylag Goose, 4 (2 pair) Tufted Duck, brood 12 Mallard duckling, 1 Tawny Owl, 20 Sand Martin; pair Willow Tit.
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Moss Lane, Windle

2 Wheatear in the horse paddocks at the western end at 0820.
Derek Evans

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From: Kimco Africa <martin.hulme@menamed.eu>
Date: Saturday, 15 April 2017 at 19:20
To: "sightings @ outlook .com"
Subject: Ring Ouzel and Grasshopper Warbler

A Ring Ouzel was on Prescott Cricket ground this morning and a Grasshopper Warbler near Eccleston Mere also seen by Dot.

Martin Hulme

Carr Mill Dam

1 House Martin with 12 Swallow and 50 Sand Martin at 0815.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane, Windle

1 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Willow Warbler.
Derek Evans

Carr Mill Dam

1 male Blackcap seen in song along the railway embankment at 0735.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane, Windle

2 Oystercatcher; 70 Fieldfare on frosted rugby pitch; 1 Chiffchaff in song; Jackdaw and Carrion Crow nest-building; 1 Raven over.
Derek E

My garden Eccleston

5 siskin on my feeders this morning and a hedgehog last night. I last saw the brambling yesterday morning.

Damian P
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Dairy Farm Road, Rainford

2 Shelduck at 0700; 1 Oystercatcher; 48 Lapwing; 2 Fieldfare; 1 Chiffchaff.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane, Windle

1 Peregrine hunting at 1440; 2 Oystercatcher; 5 Redwing; 30 Yellowhammer in loose flock.
Derek Evans

Brambling - my garden, Eccleston

This gorgeous male brambling visited the garden this afternoon. I was just on the way out to collect my car from a service so only had a few minutes to watch it, and it was gone by the time I'd got back.

I've had bramblings in the garden a few years ago when a male and female visited intermittently for  a week or so, but this was a complete surprise today.







Damian P

Star

Lovely photo of the Roe deer in the Star Thursday  16th March 17, its just a pity the location was given away.

Carr Mill Dam

1 Little Grebe, 1 female Goosander circled at 0700, 1 Woodcock flushed from east side woodland at 0725, 1 Curlew flew south at 0750, 60 Fieldfare, 3 Chiffchaff in song.
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Carr Mill Dam

4 sub-adult Mute Swan,1 Greylag Goose, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff in song, Siskin pair.
Derek Evans

Billinge Hill

Two Stonechats (fem's) at the midden pile near the hill this afternoon.

Carr Mill Dam

2 Greylag Goose on the water; 2 Oystercatcher flew west at 0720; 15 Redwing; 2 Siskin in the alders at the Goyt inlet.
Derek Evans

Sandy Lane and Berrington's Lane, Rainford

Along Sandy Lane: 2 male Stonechat at 0730.
Along Berrington's Lane: 1 male Stonechat at 0810; also 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Rook.
Derek Evans

My garden Eccleston

3 siskin were on my sunflower heart feeder (1m, 2f) this afternoon.
I'll try and get a photo if it ever stops raining!

Damian P

Carr Mill Dam

56 Great Crested Grebe - a high count; 1 Pink-footed Goose on the water and banks of the Dig Pit with Canada Geese; 7 Cormorant being shot at as usual by the man with the gun.
Derek Evans

Victoria Park

A first-winter drake Goosander present today. Other birds included 57 Mallard and a Goldcrest

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Little Egret

Little Egret stood in field alongside Pimbo Road, Kings Moss, opposite Fir Tree Farm, early afternoon

Regards Dave Broome

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Carr Mill Dam

15 Cormorant - another high count; 1 Little Grebe; pair Tufted Duck; pair Willow Tit at the Goyt.
Derek Evans

Ravens Over Eccleston

2 Ravens flew over my house in Eccleston at around 4 pm this afternoon.

Damian P
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Moss Lane, Windle

56 Lapwing; 2 Meadow Pipit; 46 Redwing; 52 Fieldfare; 110 Starling; 80 Linnet; 25 Yellowhammer; 20 Corn Bunting.
Derek Evans

Waxwing! Broadway, Eccleston

I've just seen 7 waxwing at the Cecil Drive end of Broadway this morning at 8.40 a.m. I couldn't stop for long as on my way to work.

Damian P

Sandy Lane and Berrington's Lane

Along Sandy Lane: 12 Red-legged Partridge and 17 Helmeted Guineafowl.
Along Berrington's Lane: 1 Teal and a Willow Tit in song.
Derek Evans

Sankey Valley/Stanley Bank

1 drake Gadwall and 8 Teal on the brook towards the Visitor Centre; 1 Willow Tit along Sankey Valley; 21 Snipe - a high count - roosting in autumn sown cereal field at Stanley Bank at 0930.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane Windle

I had a quick look this evening...

Fieldare 10
Redwing 45
Yellowhammer 5

Hare 2

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Carr Mill Dam

14 Cormorant (a high count), one Tufted Duck, one Willow Tit.
Derek Evans

Moss Lane, Windle

84 Fieldfare, 76 Redwing, 33 Yellowhammer and 40 Linnet feeding in the fields.
Derek Evans

Peregrine

2 Peregrine at 0930 over Haresfinch Park and Grasmere Avenue, one carrying prey and the other calling.
Derek Evans

Waxwing Broadway Eccleston

I just been told that there have been 6 waxwing on Broadway Eccleston on the Cecil Drive side, near to Cecil Drive for the past week. They're stripping berries off a tree, but the berries have nearly all gone!

Damian P

Carr Mill Dam

5 Tufted Duck, 14 Teal circled over north end at 0845, 1 Snipe.
Derek Evans

Carr Mill Dam and Sankey Valley

At Carr Mill Dam: 10 Cormorant, 6 Tufted Duck and 3 Teal. On the brook beside the Visitor Centre in Sankey Valley: 5 Teal.
Derek Evans