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Old Alder Lane

Yesterday there were around 100  Fieldfares with a small number of Redwings in the stubble fields.

A pair of Oystercatchers, 4 Teal and 35 Lapwing at the Fiddle pool and paddocks.

A Mink was along the Sankey Brook by Causey Bridges cry



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I had a quick look over the flooded paddocks opposite the Fiddle i' the Bag, nice selection there including 57 Lapwings, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshanks, 6 Snipe, 10 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Shelduck, 50+ Black-headed gulls, 1 Common Gull along with the usual Coot, Pied Wagtail, Moorhen, Buzzard and Woodpigeon.

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10.00-13.00

Sankey Valley Trail (Causey Bridge-Newton Brook)

A large mixed flock of Rooks and Jackdaws. 1 Kestrel.

4 Reed Buntings with a large flock of Chaffinches and Redwings at Causey Bridge.

2 Buzzards and a Cormorant on the Cheshire/Merseyside border at Newton Brook.

Horse paddocks opposite the Fiddle pub.

7 Shoveler and 2 Teal. 5 Pied Wagtails with a large group of Redwings.

A flock of 50+ Fieldfares, plus 2 male Bullfinches along the track along the South side of the paddocks.

A huge pile of well rotted manure covers the track at one point, it's quite smelly, but it also attracts small birds.

20+ Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Meadow Pipits flitted around the steaming pile.

A falconer asked me if I had seen his escaped Harris Hawk, which I had not.

The bird escaped this morning from Causeway Bridges Farm.


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10.30-13.00

Sankey Valley Trail (Old Alder Lane - Newton Brook)

A flock of 50+Chaffinches on stubble contained a single Linnet, but no sign of any Bramblings.

2 Woodcock flew across the path just inside the Cheshire border at Newton Brook.

Also seen along the path were : 1 Buzzard, 2 Ravens, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush,

1 Song Thrush and a flock of 20 Redwings.

Old Alder Lane Horse Paddocks (Opposite the Fiddle i'th Bag pub)

1 Buzzard and 2 Snipe. A flock of 50+ Fieldfares paused for a while before flying off heading South.

Masses of Starlings were on the pasture, amongst them were numerous Redwings and Blackbirds.

The Buzzard, a resplendent pale individual, trotted around the paddock like a rooster, picking up worms and grubs as it went.

When the Buzzard paused for a while on a fence post, Starlings and thrushes came to within a few feet of the raptor, and showed no concern.





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Sankey Valley Trail ( Alder Lane - Hollins Lane) Mid-Afternoon

1 Cormorant and 1 Buzzard.

Horse Paddocks (Opposite Fiddle pub)

30 Lapwings, 5 Mute Swans, 1 Grey Wagtail and a flock of 14 Linnets.

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2 Redhead Goosander on Sankey brook near Fiddle ith bag this morning at 10.00am

1 Yellowhammer and 20+ Linnet by Bradlegh Old hall

-- Edited by Lawrence Hindley on Saturday 21st of October 2017 06:47:52 PM

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Sankey Valley Trail (Late afternoon)

Along the path from Alder Lane to Hollins Lane :

A flock of 7 Yellowhammers. 6 Meadow Pipits and 3 Stonechats.

Horse Paddocks (Opposite Fiddle pub)

56 Lapwings, 2 Kestrels, 1 Buzzard and a family of 3 Moorhens (2 juv+1 adult).

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Common Crane just flew south over M62 near junction 7, appeared to land in fields near Bold Heath. Cheers Chris

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Horse Paddocks on Alder Lane (Opposite the Fiddle i'th Bag pub) (10.15-11.30)

3m+1f Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 14 Lapwings and 2 Pied Wagtails. 3 Buzzards flew over.

The track that runs along the South side of the paddocks produced few birds, although the hedges appear to be in fine condition.

Plus there were plenty of St. Marks Flies about, so I expected a few more passerines, but there was only a couple of Dunnocks and a single Blackbird around.

This track is always worth checking out though.



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Fiddle i'th Bag flood, Alder Lane today:

25 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 9 Lapwing, Grey Partridge



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Walked along the Sankey Valley trail from Old Alder Lane to Newton Brook, and then back along Old Alder Lane.

The horse paddock alongside the railway held 42 Redwings, 3 Fieldfares and 1 Mistle Thrush.

Nearby, a large covey of 36 Grey Partridges flew across the path.

A further 6 Redwings were in paddocks by the Merseyside border at Newton Brook.

The horse paddocks opposite the Fiddle ith bag pub just held 2 Moorhens and a dozen Black Headed Gulls, although Redwings were flushing from virtually every hedgerow.

4 Linnets were near the kennels on Old Alder Lane, whilst a single Buzzard sat in a nearby tree.



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Adult Mediterranean Gull on a freshly ploughed field at Alder Land late morning with c1100 Black-Headed Gulls and small numbers of large gulls 



-- Edited by dave broome on Saturday 1st of October 2016 12:08:00 PM

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Matt Pitt found two Black-tailed godwits on the flood opposite the Fiddle 'ith Bag yesterday, still there when I arrived in the evening. Also present were four juvenile Redshank, a drake Teal and three Common snipe.

A Shoveler managed to fledge nine youngsters on the flood this year.

-- Edited by Jonathan Platt on Monday 25th of July 2016 06:01:33 PM

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09.00-11.00

Flooded paddock opposite Fiddle 'ith Bag pub

6 Little Ringed Plover, 60 Lapwings, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 broods of Mallard totalling 14 half grown ducklings, whilst among the usual Black Headed Gulls

were 4 newly fledged juveniles.

The track on the south side of the paddocks, with it's rotting manure pile, held 2 adult Pied Wagtails and 5 juveniles, 1 Meadow Pipit and 2 Yellowhammers.

Whilst a male Kestrel sat on a nearby post.

Along the Sankey Valley Trail from Old Alder Lane, northwards to Newton Brook.

2 Lapwings with 1 half grown young, 2 adult Oystercatchers with 1 near fledged youngster, 2 Grey Partridges, 4 Linnets, 2 Yellowhammers and 1 Buzzard.

1 Chiffchaff and 2 Wrens still in song. 1 Grey Wagtail was by Newton Brook. Lots of Starlings around the whole area.



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10.20-11.00

The flooded paddock opposite the Fiddle pub.

1 Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 broods of Coot with 4+3 well grown youngsters, a brood of Mallard with 5 half grown ducklings, and around 20 Black Headed Gulls.

All the young waterfowl now seem too big to be threatened by the large Brown Rat that was seen close by.

A scruffy male Goldcrest was in nearby trees, but the best surprise was the track just to South of the paddocks.

Here a large pile of rotted manure attracted 14 Tree Sparrows, including a youngster being fed by an adult, a fine male Yellow Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail and 4 Linnets.

10 Lapwings were seen around the paddocks, 2 of which appeared to be brooding. Numerous Swifts and Swallows were feeding above the paddocks throughout.



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A brief visit to look over the flooded field opposite the Fiddle i' the Bag, there were good numbers of breeding Lapwings with probably 10+ pairs there, most were still sitting but at least one brood was out and about, 3 broods of Coot were seen with a further two birds still sitting. Other sightings of note included 30 or so Swifts feeding low over the field along with 20+ Swallows, 1 Redshank, 1 pair Shoveler, 2 Yellow Wagtails and one Pied Wagtail

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Quick look at the flooded field opposite the fiddle pub on my way back from work this evening: Little Grebe x 2, Redshank x 2, Gadwall x 2, Little Ringed Plover x 3, Common Sandpiper x1. Cheers Matt

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Short visit past the flooded paddock by the fiddle pub. Little grebe x 2, Little ringed plover x 2 Gadwall x 3 Redshank x 1 Cheers Matt

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Flooded paddock opposite fiddle ith bag this evening: Shoveler 2 ( pair ) Redshank 2 Little Grebe 2 Cheers Matt

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Walked along Alder Lane from railway bridge to Fiddle ith Bag' (PM)

Along the path beyond Causeway Bridges Farm

5 Yellowhammers and 3 Linnets, whilst in the field on the other side of Sankey Brook, 4prs of Lapwings.

Flooded paddocks area (Opposite the Fiddle pub)

8 Lapwings, 1 Shelduck, 1pr Gadwall,1pr of Oystercatchers and 1 adult Lesser Black Backed Gull.

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4 Wheatear in paddocks off Old Alder Lane this afternoon.

Redshank, Oystercatcher, Shoveler and Gadwall still present in flooded area opposite Fiddle Pub. 

 



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On and around the flood off Old Alder Lane this morning:

Wheatear 1

Redshank 2

Oystercatcher 2

Shoveler 2 (pair)

Gadwall 2 (pair)

Teal 2 (pair)



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Down Sankey canal toward Fiddle ith Bag 5.00 - 8.00pm

1 Swallow
12+ Sand Martin
6+ Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler singing
1 Yellowhammer

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Goosander in Sankey Brook this morning at bottom of Bradley Lane.



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Old Hall lane junction to Bradlegh Old hall 14.30

Just seen a flock of 30+ Tree Sparrows with a number of juvenile birds amongst them in a hawthorn hedge. This is the largest flock I have seen in the area and is good to see so many of this rather scarce sparrow. I would assume they have had a good breeding season.

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Northern Wheatear in horse paddocks off Old Alder Lane this afternoon with Skylarks, Lapwings, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron and Buzzards in same area. Elsewhere a Corn Bunting was singing along Clay Lane.

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Forgot to mention earlier I had my first swift of the year also. Cheers Matt

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Had a stroll around the fields and along Old Alder Lane this afternoon and found :-

3 Yellow Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
3 Yellowhammer
2 Grey Partridge
4 Oystercatchers
6+ Lapwing with young
10+ Swallows
20+ Starlings
20+ Wood Pigeons

plus small numbers of the following :- Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet, Song Thrush, Jackdaw, Crow, Mallard, Magpie, Robin, Lesser Black-back Gull and Herring Gull.

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A quick look at the flooded field opposite the Fiddle pub on my way home from work, produced an excellent display of parental care from the female lapwing that now has only 3 healthy chicks. First she chased off a raptor which I couldn't identify followed by a pair of oystercatchers which attempted to land on the field. Other sightings included: Tree Sparrow x1 Willow Warbler x1 Greenfinch x1 Goldfinch x 2 Great Tit x 4 cheers Matt

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A pair of Red legged Partridge gave great views running into a field off Old Alder Lane this morning on my way to work. Cheers Matt

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10 House Martin over the flooded paddock this evening. Cheers Matt

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Brief look at the flooded field : A Pair of Mallard with 12 chicks! Grey Wagtail x1 (M) Cheers Matt

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Pete Astles wrote:

There must be loads of kingfishers round there the sankey brook is full of fish. There was a time I never thought I would say that





You are right Pete, as I have regularly seen Kingfishers and Cormorants too, when walking along the Winwick Quay stretch.

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There must be loads of kingfishers round there the sankey brook is full of fish. There was a time I never thought I would say that

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To and from work I drive past, and usually stop for 10 mins, at the now very depleted pool in the horse paddock opposite the fiddle i'th bag pub on Old Alder Lane. Don't normally report what I see but tonight was more exceptional! 6 Lapwings, all defending territories and one with 5 chicks! 2 Pied Wagtails 1 very handsome Yellow Wagtail male 30 Linnets 50 plus Starlings 4 Swallows 1 Meadow Pipit best of all a Kingfisher arrived and perched on the branches over the muddy pool long enough for me to get my binoculars on it and have a brief, but great view. Cheers Matt

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25 Fieldfare, were in the horse paddocks along Old Alder Lane mixed with around 40 Starlings this afternoon. At least 4 Lapwings were seen displaying and a pair of Grey Partridges were flushed in nearby Beryls Wood.



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Old Hall lane and near Bradlegh Old hall 10.30 -12.30


50+ Chaffinch
30+ Linnet
10+ Redwing
10+ Starling
3 Fieldfare
1 Grey Wagtail
Above all part of one feeding flock spooked by a Buzzard

1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
2 Common Buzzard
3 Jay
Tree Sparrows heard
2 Grey Heron
Blue Tit
Great Tit
10+ long Tailed Tit



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A flock of around eighty Fieldfare were feeding on the hawthorn berries near Causey Bridges farm this afternoon, with a few Mistle Thrushes and Starlings mixed in.

Also a couple of Buzzards circled over the adjacent fields whilst two Cormorants were perched on a pylon beside Sankey Brook.

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A skein of 110 Pink Footed Geese flying S.West over Westbrook.

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A stroll from the Fiddle i' the Bag produced 2 Banded Demoiselles at Causey Bridge, unfortunately the hoped for Kingfishes didn't show (thanks to Brian Baird for the info), 3 Yellowhammers were singing in the fields towards Farmers Lane with another along Hall Lane, a juvenile Yellow Wagtail also showed very well here.

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St Helens (Sankey) canal path near Fiddle I'th Bag pub 15.30

2 Whitethroat
5+ Willow Warbler (calling)
3 Chiffchaff
1 Sand martin
many Swallows


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A walk from the community centre today, 8 Wheatears seen in a field adjacent to Clay Lane with a further 2 in horse paddocks near Farmers Lane also 1 Yellow Wagtail in fields Tan House Lane and Old Alder Lane

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2 House Martins feeding over the paddocks with 6 Swallows along Old Alder Lane today and a female Blackcap in the hedges.

A walk over the adjacent fields produced -

2 Wheatears
6 Skylarks
12 Lapwings
2 Yellowhammers
2 Chaffinches
2 Robins
5 Blackbirds
1 Heron
1 Oystercatcher
1 Linnet
2 Buzzards
40 Woodpigeon


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It will soon be swift and fiddle beer garden time.

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14.30-16.00

Walk from Causey Bridge to Sankey Canal ( Red House Farm) & back via Fiddle pub and Alder Lane.

5 Lapwings and a pair of Oystercatchers on newly sown fields. 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Buntings, 10 Yellowhammers (most near Causey Bridges farm).

Near Red House Farm 40+ Swallows and a single House Martin swooping low mainly along the Sankey Canal.

The flooded paddock opposite as now largely dried up, sadly no waders around just a Moorhen and 4 Mallard on the remaining pool.

The dry paddocks nearby though held a flock of 40 Fieldfares, 4 Mistle Thrushes and 5 Wheatears.

There was a steady south bound passage of adult Lesser Black Back and Herring Gulls throughout, some of which chased the swooping Swallows at Red House Farm.

Although the impression I got was that it was just for fun, maybe they did it to impress, they certainly did'nt catch one?.

Near Causey Bridges farm were 4 Collared Doves and a single Buzzard.

A single Peacock butterfly was by the canal.

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Had a quick stroll from the Fiddle i' the Bag late afternoon and along the St. Helens Canal, saw my first Sand Martins (7) and Swallows (4) of the year, also 20 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare and 4 Yellowhammers.

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Been watching that pool/flood as I've driven past for ages and wondering when it would attract something other than Mallard, Moorhen and the odd Teal :)

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1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plovers in muddy pool in front of Fiddle in the Bag pub this evening.

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Alder lane 1030
1 wheatear
2 lapwing [ displaying]
1 buzzard

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At least 250 Fieldfare were in the field east of Clay Lane this afternoon with 48 Lapwings and approx 50 Starlings. Never seen so many, it seemed like the ground was moving as I watched them.
A Brown Hare scampering across the field and two Buzzards circling overhead added to the scene.

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