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Approx 4000 Pink-Footed Geese feeding at Crank today, near the Red Cat junction

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A conservative count of 2000 Pink footed geese in a sheep field today on Dairy farm road  St Helens , sadly no scope so I may have missed something different .

 

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In St Helens borough a Little Egret was present at Kings Moss around 13:00, alongside Pimbo Road opp the Fir Tree Farm car park



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Drake red-crested pochard on Eccleston Mere again this morning.



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5 Wigeon at Taylor Park today



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35 Fieldfare at Taylor Park early afternoon



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A few more migrants yesterday:

An Osprey sighting yesterday over Fir Tree Farm

Willow Warbler on Billinge Hill

2 wheatear on Cooper's lane

Plus more yaffling green woodpeckers around Billinge Hill than I've ever known!

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A Peregrine flew high over St Helens Town Hall just after midday



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A leucistic looking black-headed gull has been hanging around the pools on the A571 next to the Ravenhead Retail park .... would make you think of something different if you didnt pay too much attention to details

http://sthelensbirds.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/sthelens-retail-park.html



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Had a St Helens tick today as we found an Egyptian goose on Eccleston mere before it flew toward Prescot Reservoirs

The cold snap had brought some wildfowl in as numbers were decent:

8 mute swan

2 teal

1 pochard

12 gadwall

c20 tufted duck

c30 mallard

c50 coot

15 great crested grebe

3 little grebe

Also in rear woods 2 willow tit, 3 great spotted woodpecker, 6 siskin, sparrowhawk



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A steep embankment above the car park of Morrissons on Boundary Rd, with dense Bramble, Rose and Hawthorn held a flock of at least 70 House Sparrow today, also a Goldcrest and a Bullfinch.

Goldcrest feeding in a Yew in Victoria Park 



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2 Willow Tit at Clock Face Country Park today, also c400 Black-Headed Gull, 1 Common Gull and 20 Swift feeding on flying ants

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Not sure how many people have seen the reports but I found a quail singing/calling in a cereal field off Roby Well Way, Billinge. This is the bottom of Billinge Hill below the horse paddocks at Crookhurst Farm

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Yellow Budgie chattering away in a tree opposite the Police station and Gregson House last Thursday at around 1.30pm

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Willow warbler
Blackcap
Swallow
Wheatear
Chiffchaff
All on Billinge Hill making really seem like spring now!

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Late post from yesterday:

5 Buzzards and 2 Sparrowhawks all enjoying the beautiful sunshine yesterday afternoon above Bosworth road, St Helens

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Damian Pendlebury wrote:

The Hamlyn Species Guide - The Blackcap by C. F. Mason is really good. Is that the one you're thinking of Paul?





Cheers Damian

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Hi Paul

Further news of a number of Blackcaps over wintering in a friend's mother's garden near Llangoed in Anglesey. I used to live near there and it does not have a much different climate than St Helens, so it would seem the temperature is not deterring them.

I will try to find the below book suggested by Damian.

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Hi Paul.

Depends on what you define as recentbiggrin

They weren't nearly as numerous but I wasn't entirely surprised to find one over-wintering in a garden in Albert Park (West Didsbury) in 1976.

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The Hamlyn Species Guide - The Blackcap by C. F. Mason is really good. Is that the one you're thinking of Paul?

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Hi Lawrence,

And you've answered my question though I think the climate down there is somewhat warmer!

I do believe the overwintering blackcap thing is a recent phenomenom, I think there's a good book on the subject actually but cant remember the title or author!

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Hi Paul

I have just returned from my parents house in Torquay, Devon and their garden is likewise overrun by wintering Blackcaps. Strangely I just wondered whether this was a southern thing, or did it also happen up here. It seems you have answered my question.

The next question to ask is whether there are more wintering Blackcaps now as opposed to previous years?

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Okay, back to birds now please...





Okay Ian!

We seem to have at least 3 gardens in St Helens with overwintering Blackcaps (via our @sthelensbirds Twitter feed an blog) and a few more in nearby towns. Also from previoulsy working on the Wirral I know they seem to be relatively common in the NW. Is this a pattern repeated over the country?

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Okay, back to birds now please...

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Pete Astles wrote:

It stayed stapley over night before being moved to a specialist seal hospital in Norfolk I think it must be in with a chance or they would have put it to sleep at stapley however it will have a new home on the wash can't see them driving it back to hilbre






Never doubted it with this one Pete, tough hardy Mammals, and as I stated in a post earlier but it's not come up...they are built to withstand poor conditions for the most part, but they can get stressed easily causing them to not eat or drink until they feel in a comfortable environment to do so. Years of experience at Stapeley has probably enabled them to coax this one back to full hydration! Still would've thought Hilbre being the logical choice though. Let's see!
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It stayed stapley over night before being moved to a specialist seal hospital in Norfolk I think it must be in with a chance or they would have put it to sleep at stapley however it will have a new home on the wash can't see them driving it back to hilbre

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I accidentally also thought it was an elephant seal after finding this link!

http://video.news.com.au/v/144997/Elephant-Seal-in-St-Helens

I hear that it was pretty malnourished (is this possible with all that fat?) and taken to Stapely ....

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It was initially reported locally as a sea lion now that would be some journey it made

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Good news that John. I'd say Hilbre does seem the likely place it came from. We must've had different radio stations on...smile

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Rob Creek wrote:

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Remarkable news of a grey seal in St Helens!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-30575560





I'm glad you said Grey Seal, Paul, because that's what it is. The article on the link, and when I heard it on the radio earlier say Common Seal which is otherwise known as the Harbour Seal. This is without doubt in my mind a Grey! The large brut like head with 'Roman' nose most evident in the photos pretty much ID it alone, and I'm very surprised the RSPCA and whoever else from any other Mammal Rescue team haven't managed to correctly ID it!
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-- Edited by Rob Creek on Monday 22nd of December 2014 09:19:10 PM



It said grey seal on the news I was listening to ,its apparently going to be released at Hilbre Island ,where it most likely came from .
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paul brady wrote:

Remarkable news of a grey seal in St Helens!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-30575560





I'm glad you said Grey Seal, Paul, because that's what it is. The article on the link, and when I heard it on the radio earlier say Common Seal which is otherwise known as the Harbour Seal. This is without doubt in my mind a Grey! The large brut like head with 'Roman' nose most evident in the photos pretty much ID it alone, and I'm very surprised the RSPCA and whoever else from any other Mammal Rescue team haven't managed to correctly ID it!
Cheers
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-- Edited by Rob Creek on Monday 22nd of December 2014 09:43:55 PM

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Remarkable news of a grey seal in St Helens!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-30575560

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Managed to get up the Billinge Hill yesterday morning

Lots of goldcrests
c3000 pink-footed geese in a field with many more over and around
15 redwing over in one group and my first "grounded" ones, well they were in a tree
couple of bullfinch
nice to see a few kestrels about too
sparrowhawk

more on the blog http://sthelensbirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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A good little spell up Billinge Hill today produced:

1 tree pipit over
1 female redstart
1 spotted flycatcher
lots of swallows
little owl
willow warbler (fresh)

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Newton Lake this morning
green sandpiper still present
grey wagtail
kingfisher

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A Heron flew over Central Station at 8:45 on Tuesday morning chased by an irate Lesser Black Backed Gull.

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Awaiting the results of a BTO ringed starling I have seen in my garden .... exciting times!

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A garden warbler seen and heard at Eccleston Mere this morning, just couldnt get a photo!

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A walk around Rainford Moss yesterday, we saw 18 Wheatears (all male except 2), 6 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtails plus many Lapwings and Skylarks.

-- Edited by Dave Riley on Saturday 26th of April 2014 03:31:58 PM

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Massive number of pink-footed geese on Rainford Mosslands at the mo with c5000 ..... must be worth a look thru for a scarcer goose?

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A few bits n bobs for St Helens over recent days

Goosander, gadwall, shoveler, pochard, redpoll, siskin at Eccleston Mere

Shelduck at Newton Lake

17 corn bunting, yellowhammer, tree sparrow, reed bunting at Moss Lane, nr Windle Island

Further details and photos at sthelnesbirds.blogspot.co.uk

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Two large skeins of pin-footed geese over Billinge at c10am. One high c160 geese and one low c140 geese heading west north west ... prob Rainford or Lancashire mosslands

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two skeins of pink-footed geese over a very foggy Garswood Station today heading towards Wigan ..... then some turned around obvioulsy realising that they're heading the wrong way!

About 140 in total of which about 60 came back to St Helens!

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A juvenile black-necked grebe was showing really well this morning at Carr Mill Dam a nice photo on www.sthelensbirds.blogspot.co.uk

Also single wigeon, grey wagtail, kingfisher and great black-backed gull

Initial info Thanks to info from Dave Owen.

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A spotted flycatcher is showing well in the dead wood at Eccleston Mere today. See the St Helens Bird Blog for details... http://sthelensbirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Hobby chasing Swallows at Mill Lane, Rainford at 06:40 this morning.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes





Wonder if he was playing golf?

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Minding my own business on my way to work this morning when I spotted a wheatear on a piece of grass at 8.50am
where i only normally see the odd pied wagtail. It was near the bridge by St Helens train station.
Cheers Matt

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Hobby chasing Swallows at Mill Lane, Rainford at 06:40 this morning.

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

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Hi People,

Just wanted to do a bit of shameful self-publication (again!)

Us "Wooly-backs" have started a multi-contributor twitter feed and blog

Please feel free to share, comment, feedback and report sighting to us @sthelensbirds (for twitter users) and have a look at our blog on www.sthelensbirds.blogspot.co.uk

Thanks

PS for recent bird sightings check the twitter or blog!

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A male brambling in my garden in Eccleston briefly yesterday.

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