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Wheatear st.helens town centre outskirts

Female Wheatear at the rear of Enterprise car hire off Liverpool Road 8:30am Sat 15.5.21.

Paul Houghton

Ferny Knoll Road

Wheatear 4 female. Also: Shelduck 3, Oystercatcher 3, Grey Partridge 2 pairs, Raven one, Corn Bunting 2 in song and a pair of Grey Wagtail in a farmyard.

Derek Evans

Winwick Fields/Fiddle pool

8:30am -12:30pm
Pool opposite Fiddle
Redshank
Little stint not 100% but very likely
Little Grebe
Shoveller x 2 males only. Presume females are possibly sitting.
Yellow/grey and pied wagtail on at different times.
Grey heron
Gadwall 2 male
Swift's over(at least 6)and swallows feeding low over the water.




Paddocks,fields trees and hedgerows (Old Alder Lane)
10+ Yellow Wags
2 female northern wheatear
3 Yellow Hammers
Sedge Warbler
Grasshopper warbler ( heard reeling but not seen)
10 Linnet
3 buzzard
2 Oystercatchers
Skylarks about also tree sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch.
Fir trees opposite pool plenty of goldcrests.


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Haydock Park

Blue-headed Wagtail flava male. One showing the characters of this 'species' today 0555-0620+ was also present on 5th April at 0750. There is a possibility that it's an inter-grade with Yellow flavissima a pair of which were also present today. Walk east along the Lodge Lane Pumping Station overflow track to the central 'crossroads'. The bird has been around the soil/waste heaps here and along the track northwards.

Derek Evans

Haydock Park

Redpoll 5 flew west at 0600; Wheatear pair; Yellow Wagtail 2 or 3.
Also: Meadow Pipit 2, Oystercatcher 3, Grey Partridge pair and an impressive 9 to 13 pairs of Stock Dove.

Derek Evans

20.00-20.30 Quick half an hour's observation on my way home from work at the fiddle proved to be a great idea.
20 Bar tailed godwits very actively feeding on the far side of the wetland.
2 Redshank
4 Yellow Wagtail/pied wagtail
4 Shovelers 2m/2fem
2 Dabchicks
I Male Wheatear
I possible male Whinchat , couldn't get a 100% positive ID, it was very flighty and the rain had started sheeting down. Lapwings and Swallows -good numbers and a buzzard going down for lapwing chicks..... unsuccessfully. This gem of a place just keeps getting better.

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Winnwick farmland

Couple of hours around the water opposite the fiddle and surrounding fields produced some great birds today.
10+ Yellow Wagtails
20+ Yellow Hammers
Redshank x 1
6 Buzzards high on the thermals
1 male Kes
Couple of Reed bunting
Plenty of Linnets
2 female Wheatear (In usual paddocks)
Few tree sparrow and the usual more common stuff.
Report off Matt Bannon a great guy I met for a chat also seen a Stone chat and yesterday a common sandpiper on the water opposite the fiddle.

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Ferny Knoll Road

Snipe 2; Oystercatcher 3 (pair plus one); Grey Partridge one; House Martin one or 2; Corn Bunting one in song.

{House Martin at Grasmere Avenue nest sites since 30th April}.

Derek Evans

Newton Lake

Goosander 2 f, Shelduck one, Teal 3 (one m, 2 f), Gadwall 3 or more pairs.

Derek Evans

Eccleston mere

In the adjoining fields
Whinchat (male)
Whitethroats
Sedge warbler
Reed bunting
Grasshopper warbler
Grey heron
Kestrel
4 Buzzards
Swifts/Swallows/House and Sand marrtins

Winnwick

Paddocks on Alder Lane and the water opposite the Fiddle pub.
3 Redshank
1 Oystercatcher
2 Shoveller
Lapwings with a brood of six
8 Yellow wagtail
I Wheatear
2 Grey Partridge flushed
Blackcaps/ ChiffChaff/Willow warbler plenty of. A few Linnets and Chaffinch to note. A Canada on the nest on the bank of the canal and two mistle thrush going hell for leather with each other.
3 Buzzards on the thermals.
Great couple of hours.

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Ferny Knoll Road

Yellow Wagtail pair, Wheatear one, Swallow 2 or 3, Willow Warbler 3, Whitethroat 6.
Also: Grey Partridge 2 pairs, Corn Bunting in song, a pair of Tree Sparrow and a single Oystercatcher.

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Dairy Farm Road

Whitethroat one in song and seen at 0640; Wheatear one male at 0615. Also: Raven one, Sparrowhawk one in display, Shelduck pair, Oystercatcher 3, Grey Partridge 2 pairs and Willow Warbler 3 in song.

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21/04/21

Out and about for an hour yesterday around Winnwick.
Male and female Wheatear
Single Yellow Wagtail, (male)
Plenty of Yellowhammers, Linnets. Lapwings and Oystercatchers at the side of the water opposite fiddle with swallows hawking low over the pool. Shovelers x2 and mallards with a good brood of chicks.
Also a couple of buzzards and a kestrel over. Handful of singing Blackcaps and Chiff Chaff noted. Great farmland birding.

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Haydock Park

Yellow Wagtail pair; Lapwing brood of 4 chicks; Oystercatcher pair; Meadow Pipit 30 flock. Also: 2 Roe Deer.

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Ferny Knoll Road

Yellow Wagtail one and Common Gull 130 mixed age flock on plough. Also: Curlew (heard only), Swallow 2,  Oystercatcher one over, Grey Partridge 2 pairs, Corn Bunting 3 in song.

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Hoopoe

Sighted a hoopoe flying low over my garden today 10 30 this morning 16th April ,
Stunning looking bird only ever seen one before in Canary Islands
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Eddie Heaton

Newton Lake

American Mink on the bank at 0825 mobbed from the safety of the water by 65 Mallard, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall and a female Goosander.

Derek Evans