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Sorry, the link didn't work so I sent it to Rare bird alert on an email

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A very newsworthy report from around 10:30 this morning. I managed to find the black redstart on its favoured chimney and took several shots. However, when I was about to leave, I saw what I thought a sparrowhawk circling nearby. But then, another birdwatcher with a lot more experience than me said that the bird actually resembled a goshawk in the shape and flight style. I'd never saw a goshawk, so I wasn't sure what to look for. I took some pictures, and as soon as I can I'll put a link to them on this page. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Black Redstart still showing well on the chimneys of the terraced housing along Brookfield Street, Newton-Le-Willows. Seems to be favouring the 'spiked' chimney pot nearer the main road end.

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Black Redstart showing very well this lunchtime, feeding on Lawrences back wall, and it was bin day so the alley gates were open
Nice to meet Lawrence, cheers for the heads-up as to its location.
Also Sparrowhawk zoomed through at the top end of the street.

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Hi Colin

It is good to see that my chimney is now famous on the web. I am glad you saw it.

Lawrence

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Hi Lawrence,
Thanks for the updates. I saw it myself today. We drove down Brookfield street and parked at the end of the terrace on the right hand side. Then we stood on the grass and looked down the alley between Brookfield street and Collingwood road. We could see it quite distantly on top of a chimney, but by walking down Collingwood road we found a gap in the houses and fortunately could see the bird much closer, still on top of the chimney. I put some photos on my blog here http://birdingsthelens.blogspot.co.uk/.

Only the second black redstart I have ever seen in St Helens borough.

Colin



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Black Redstart feeding in back yard this morning.

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The Black Redstart has returned to the feeder in my back yard this morning so it looks like it may be here for a while yet. It is also joined by the winter resident Grey Wagtail.

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I was out all yesterday so no sighting, but all the food was gone so I assume the Black Redstart and Grey Wagtail have fed well. I put more food out last night but have yet to see her (it looks like a female) today. I will post as soon as she re-appears.

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Any more sightings Lawrence?

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Cheers Lawrence, I might find time in my schedule to take a look :)

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Hi Paul
No my house backs onto the backs of Hope Street. It is feeding at the moment in the back yard but the back alley is behind alley gates. It often sits on the rooftops of the surrounding houses so may be visible.

I'm just leaving to look for the Laughing Gull.
Thanks
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That would be a fantastic find Lawrence, does your house back onto the derelict land of Houghton street?

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1 Shelduck and min 73 Teal on Newton Lake this morning

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To my amazement I have just seen a Black Redstart in my back yard in Brookfield Street, Newton Le Willows. We also have our winter resident Grey Wagtail which along with a robin, Blackbird, Wood pigeon and the odd Jackdaw and Magpie are our only visitors.

Only a few birds visit our yard eve though we put food out in the winter which makes this one all the more surprising.

Much Hapinesssmile

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4 Shelduck and 81 Teal on Newton Lake, Willow Park this morning

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Monday 2nd Feb: 4 Shelduck, 68 Teal

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At Newton Lake today, birds included 2 Shelduck, 1 Goosander and 66 Teal

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Newton Le Willows - Bertram Street Allotments

Update on the ongoing list as I was working in the allotment today. Old Total 1

Herring Gull
Black headed Gull
Feral Pigeon
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Robin
Blackbird
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Starling
Goldfinch

New Total 12. I will post when more seen.


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Newton Le Willows - Bertram Street Allotments

I have noticed a number of birds on my allotment so I thought I would start an ongoing list and post new and interesting birds as I see them while digging over winter.

No 1 = Great Spotted Woodpecker (flying and calling)

It will be interesting to see how many species I can see. The site is off Market Street and is surrounded by houses but there are a number of trees and some green space as well.

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Today's sightings:

1 kingfisher
30 teal
3 gadwall
7 tufted duck
1 buzzard
5 little grebe
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By coincidence, not in Newton, but in Cheshire, I had my first ever Jay over my garden in Moulton near Northwich last week. Granted I'm at work most days so miss a lot of the time at my house but this species has taken 15 years to get on the garden list!!

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A red letter day. The first Jay to fly over my house in 10 years living here. I live over the road from Earlestown railway station.

-- Edited by Lawrence Hindley on Wednesday 8th of October 2014 09:19:09 AM

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Newton Lake pm-of note
Gadwall-1 pair
Tufted Duck-4
Nuthatch-1
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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Jon Taverner wrote:

No sign of it so far.





Just had an e-mail from Jon as hes just left the lake and there has been no sign all morning up to now.What I did notice last night was it was sticking with a female Tufted all the time,so may have followed that somewhere,but last night it looked really tired,so could have had a good rest then moved on further north as tends to happen with these American vagrants,that still migrate as though they are still in the USA,so could be in the Lake District now,but penny will be worth checking as the tufted may travel from Newton to the SE bay at penny.
Glad I went last night as it was in the best condition of any Male ring necked duck I have seen in the wild.
Lets hope it returns later today smile



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You're right John, it really was a good looking bird and in almost pristine condition. And I'm glad I took the trouble to go and see it otherwise would've regretted it. I heard one birder say he didn't think it was going anywhere in a hurry, and I remember thinking Don't bank on it mate...if that female Tufted Duck decides to go then he's going with her. I thought it was rather comical the way he kept swimming closer to her when she drifted away so he must've been watching her most of the time!
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-Makes sense John. April seems to be a good month for these to turn up (certainly holds true for Co. Durham over the last decade).
If the Newton bird has indeed now headed off north, it's only 7/8 kms due north to Wigan Flashes.....

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Jon Taverner wrote:

No sign of it so far.





Just had an e-mail from Jon as hes just left the lake and there has been no sign all morning up to now.What I did notice last night was it was sticking with a female Tufted all the time,so may have followed that somewhere,but last night it looked really tired,so could have had a good rest then moved on further north as tends to happen with these American vagrants,that still migrate as though they are still in the USA,so could be in the Lake District now,but penny will be worth checking as the tufted may travel from Newton to the SE bay at penny.
Glad I went last night as it was in the best condition of any Male ring necked duck I have seen in the wild.
Lets hope it returns later today smile



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No sign of it so far.

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Any news of the Ring-necked Duck this morning would be appreciated.

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Great close views of the Ring-necked Duck between 6.30 and 7pm, despite it only occasionally lifting its head. Well worth it when it does so though - fantastic looking bird.

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Good to meet everyone present tonight.
The Ring-necked Duck spent most of its time resting with head tucked in. It raised its head probably once every 15 minutes, and you could see that it was actually awake for a while.
Fantastic bird and well worth me pulling my hair out in traffic to get a Lifer!
I need the Two-barred Crossbill to make it 3 Lifers in a week. (along with the Great-Grey Shrike yesterday)


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Still present 7.45 but asleep for an hour and half hmm

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Still present at 6.30pm.

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Any traffic reports from Newton would be greatly appreciated as I'm coming from Denton, and it's been mayhem on the 6, 60 and 61 today!
Cheers
Rob

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Just back from Newton Park lake and the drake Ring Necked Duck was showing extremely well down to just a few yards at times.

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Drake Ring-necked Duck still present on Newton Lake at 1:15pm; showing well near to the walkway.

Info thanks to Jim Caulfield

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Drake Ring-necked Duck at Newton Lake, 12:40 this afternoon.

Info thanks to Pete Loydall

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Not seen gooseanders on Newton lake this year Lawrence maybe they are trying the Vulcan instead certainly plenty small silvers in there

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Vulcan Reservoir. A small fishing reservoir next to the new build houses on Vulcan parkway. 11.30am

4 Goosander 3m 1f

1 Coot

Nothing else but was surprised enough to see them there I thought it worth mentioning

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Bertram Street Allotments off Market street

2 x Ravens flying over made a pleasant aside to the hard work of fruit tree planting.

Numerous Herring Gulls in constant attendance overhead

5 - 10 House Sparrows

Many Great Tits and Blue Tits

1 Dunnock in full song

1 Robin raiding the freshly turned soil for worms

It always surprises me to find unexpected corners of a town with such lively bird life

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Numbers of teal are at around 110

whilst there were also 6 tufted duck and 6 little grebe

still no waders on the mud .....

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There was 10 'brownhead' Goosanders on Sankey Brook, just south of Sankey Viaduct at 14.00 yesterday afternoon, unfortunately we flushed them and they flew off south.

cheers

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Good count of teal yesterday on the lake with c85-91 present plus at least 4 gadwall. Also 5 little grebe, 1 kingfisher and 5 tufted duck.

A few redwing over in the morning.

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4 Bramblings in the finch roost at Newton Lake this evening. 2 Grey Wagtails. Looks like all the Teal have done one.

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Just the usual stuff at Parkside this morning but flushed six Roe Deer!!

Cheers David

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Mega sighting for newton le willows

15 waxwing rob lane 4pm today heard them first while walking past they stayed for 5 mins before flying off in direction of M6.

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At least 3 Bramblings with 140+ Chaffinches in fields opposite Parkside Farm this afternoon. Didn't get chance to scrutinize the whole flock though.

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Two Dabchicks male and female by the lake outflow to Millingford Brook feeding on sticklebacks today at midday.

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On Newton Lake in Willow Park today: 61 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher

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2 Green Sandpipers at Newton Lake this morning plus:

3 Little Grebes (2ad, 1j)
12 Teal
5 Gadwall
3 Tufted Duck
Nuthatch
Kingfisher (male)

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