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Goldcrests apparently nesting in tall conifer in garden

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ST Marys Rd
Nice flock of mixed thrushes in school playing fields that run along cemetery this morning.
60 plus Redwing very active spread across whole field. Also single figure numbers of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare.
10-12 Blackbirds and 20+ Starlings also present as were a few Goldfinch.

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Brian Baird wrote:

Female Goldeneye on Sankey Brook,  just south of Dallam Brook this afternoon.


 Was still there at 10:00hrs this morning (Saturday)



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Female Goldeneye on Sankey Brook,  just south of Dallam Brook this afternoon.



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St Marys Rd

2am last night

In very cold clear conditions at least 4 Tawny Owls calling from in and around Cemetery


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Penketh
St Marys Rd

Single Goldcrest in with loose flock of Long tailed Tits this morning

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St Marys Rd

Tawny Owl calling from around playing field

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Great Sankey
Whittle Lane

12:30 AM
Tawny Owl perched on small roadside fence looking very out of place. really close to passing cars.


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Penketh
St Marys Rd
Chiffchaff singing from cemetery this morning.
Great Spotted Woodpecker calling from trees along the playing field.

















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Farrnworth Rd
In between Widnes and Penketh , Warrington side of White Moss Garden Centre

a Barn Owl was flying low close to road. 9.00pm ish


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St Marys Rd Penketh
Tawny Owl calling from graveyard this week, early hours of morning.

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St Marys Road Penkrth
Last night, 2 AMish two Tawny Owls calling softly but persistently from graveyard. One seen briefly.

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St Marys Rd
Young Tawny Owl calling from graveyard this week is the first I 've heard calling here all year.
Apparently one individual.

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St Marys Rd
Willow Warbler singing from Cemetery this morning

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St Marys Rd
Tawny Owl calling from graveyard

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St Marys Rd Grt Sankey
Tawny Owl calling from over playing fields tonight

Bold Heath
Grassy verge near HireCo has, unfortunately, been heavily mown this year. Usual display of wild orchids much reduced. Marsh Orchids still present in decent nos but stunted growth. Only 2 Bee Orchids, one in a small strip of grass left uncut.

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St Mary s Rd Cemetery
Grt Sankey
Tawny Owl calling early this morning

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Belmont Crescent Great Sankey
2 Grey Wagtails in road

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Forty Fieldfare with a few Redwing plus two Mistle Thrushes were feeding on the berries along the lane leading to Fiddler's Ferry Yacht Haven this afternoon.

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Grt Sankey

8:00 am

Long Skein of Pink-footed Geese high over (60 plus birds)

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Thursday 6th of November 2014 12:04:29 AM

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St Marys Rd

Escaped Harris Hawk still at large, soaring over our garden this morning, mobbed by a BlacK Headed Gull.
A m Sparrowhawk also soaring high, mobbed by a Crow, looking tiny in comparison with the H. Hawk.

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St Marys Rd Penketh
F Great Spotted Woodpecker seen calling from trees bordering school playing fields.

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Four Buzzards were circling together on the thermals at Sankey Bridges today. Meanwhile on the canal a pair of Mute Swans with eight juveniles were preening and around one hundred Starlings were perched on a pylon prior to heading to their roost site.

Several Migrant Hawker Dragonflies and a couple of Common Darters were enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

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Willow Tit in the bushes by the car park at the sewage works today.

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M62 Exit (Rainhill but quite close to Penketh)
Big gathering of Swifts low and high over fields gathered for leaving no doubt

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St Marys Rd Penketh

Harris Hawk still present, seen soaring over our garden this afternoon, rather buzzard-ish, mobbed by swifts.

Tawny Owls calling most nights this week

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St Marys Rd Penketh
3 poss 4 Tawny Owls in cemetery last night.
Heard calling and also seen. Most (?all) young birds

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St Marys Rd Penketh
Weird garden "tick" for me tonight after the thunderstorm...a Harris Hawk settled on the top of a tall conifer in our garden and stayed , calling repeatedly, for the best part of an hour.
Upset the local blackbirds no end.

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Today

Bold Heath Roadside Bank going up to Hire Co

Great display of Bee Orchids coming in to full flower . On grassy slopes on both sides of track 50 plus spikes

Also Marsh Orchids past their best, looked like Northern Marsh


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Male Yellow Wagtail present in the horse paddocks along Laburnum Lane this morning.

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Stonechat pair still present this lunchtime opposite the car park end of station road.

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Pair of stonechat today in field opposite the ferry tavern car park at the end of station road.

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two owl day yesterday
Tawny calling repeatedly from cemetery on St Marys Rd
Barn glimpsed flying over road Farnworth Rd

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Farnworth Rd nr White Moss Garden Centre
(not really Penketh but nearly)
7.30pm
2 Barn Owls flying together.


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St Marys Rd

Great Spotted Woodpecker calling high in trees in cemetery.

More unusually-flock of Black Headed Gulls came down to bread in our garden.

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St Marys Rd
Buzzard low over cemetery mobbed by several crows

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Woodcock over chapel lane this morning at 6.45 coming from the direction of the fields off station road.

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A Spotted Flycatcher in the trees on Burtonwood Road in Chapelford Village just after lunch today.

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Tawny Owl heard calling in Thornton Road at 23.50

cheers

Dave

-- Edited by Dave Riley on Tuesday 27th of August 2013 10:39:25 AM

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St Marys Rd Penketh

f Great Spotted Woodpecker high up in tall trees along the brook bordering school playing fields.

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St Marys Rd
at least 2 young Tawny Owls crashing about in trees in cemetery; adult bird also present. 10.00pm-ish

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st marys rd penketh
2.00am: Tawny Owl calling from cemetery

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Melanie,

Have a look at Warrington Borough Council website under - Leisure - Parks - for a map of Sankey Valley Park for common species. Sankey Brook has occasional Kingfisher, Goosander and Green Sandpiper. Ladies Walk Wood at nearby Old Hall has a small heronry as well as Nuthatch and Gt. Spotted Woodpecker. Whittle Hall to the west of Chapelford has a linear park along Whittle Brook with some ponds for ducks etc. at Kingsdale Road. Also Mary Ann Plantation off Burtonwood Road, east of Dakota Park will have common species.

Bear in mind though that all these areas are popular with dog walkers!!

Cheers Brian

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Melanie, I suppose the main places for birding are around the old Gatewarth tip area, overlooking Richmond Bank, particularly if you are into gulls, you can check this out on the dedicated thread. The Laburnum Lane/Sandy Lane has also produced some interesting birds over the last 18 months or so, with Ring Ouzel, Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear, while South Lane Entry has Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer along with a couple of pools that held waders this spring, with more Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails. Hope the above is of interest. Dave

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Dave Riley wrote:

Hi, Melanie, are you looking at the general Warrington area or Great Sankey/Warrington?





Sorry for the late reply ....

Really Great Sankey - Penketh smile


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Clockface Road just outside Bold Heath.

Roadside verge/slope outside HireCo

Bee Orchids out along with good nos of Marsh Orchids.

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Sankey Bridges
Reed Warblers v numerous singing and showing well all up the canal reeds.

A (recently) deceased Mole found .

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Helped family move to Saxon Park at the weekend - looks a great birding area.

Saw Whitethroat and Reed Warbler around the Mersey, also a Hobby being "escorted" by a flock of Feral Pigeons which wouldn't settle until the falcon had been driven away. About 500 Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls on fields across the Mersey towards the waste disposal plant (Forrest Way).

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Hi, Melanie, are you looking at the general Warrington area or Great Sankey/Warrington?

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Landed myself a job here recently, Chapelford village. I'd be grateful of any good sites that l can visit. I've found The Big and Little Wood near Callands but l'm keen to discover more.
Please would any locals be kind enough to direct me ?

Thanks in advance
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