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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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Brambling today in trees alongside Leyland Green Road, Downall Green (St helens side of Down Brook) nearby 9 Snipe in flight over farmland at Sims Lane End

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6 Waxwing on Andover Road, Haydock- Costco approach road at 1pm

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There were at least 8 brambling around the New Cut Lane area this afternoon - it's just West of the Old Coach Road.

See my Flickr page for some photos.

-- Edited by Damian Pendlebury on Tuesday 27th of November 2012 05:56:55 PM

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Thanks Ian, I hadn't noticed that. I've marked it as a juvenile. Cheers, Damian.

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Damian Pendlebury wrote:

One female (I think) whinchat




Still some little white tips to those fresh mantle and scapular feathers plus some of the wing feathers too. Worth another coat of looking at regarding it's age

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 17th of September 2012 11:39:54 PM

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One female (I think) whinchat in the fields behind Carrmill Dam seen yesterday and today near to the lone house - almost exactly a year since Paul Brady saw one in the same place.

Photo here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/7856753@N02/7991777200/in/photostream

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I have failed to find an Eccleston Mere thread so I hope that this is the correct place to post!!

The juvenile American Black Tern, along with a juvenile Black Tern, was present in the Eccleston Mere area again yesterday (Tuesday 4th Sep). The bird has become less predictable during its stay and yesterday proved to be hard work! The American Black Tern was present until about 9am at Eccleston Mere in poor weather but then flew off & relocated, as is its habit, to nearby Prescot Reservoirs - a site with NO access despite info service messages re paermits, recently all permits have been withdrawn & now no birders whatsoever have any access.

I arrived at 11am at Eccleston Mere and was invited in to this 'Permit Only' water by locals, visiting birders seem very welcome as long as they behave well & don't annoy fisherman or sailing folk! Along with several others we searched all day coming up with 3 Kingfishers, 2 Sparrowhawks, 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, Peregrine eating prey and Migrant & Brown Hawker Dragonflies. Folk came and went but I decided to give it one last go between 4pm & 5pm. As one of only 2 birders left I was delighted when the two terns, American Black and Eurasian Black, flew in at 4.10pm. After watching for an hour I left & the birds stayed until 7.15pm. The birds had been absent for just over 7 hours from £Eccleston Mere so anyone wanting to see them, if they missed it at Pennington (I was away so did!!), may have to put in a long shift

For everyone's info here has been no news yet today from the area as of 10am.

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Birchley St Car Park.Tuesday/Wednesday last week,

Pied Wagtail.

Goldfinches in practically every tree and they are all over the town centre.

Magpie and 2 fledglings fighting over a pie.

Carrion Crow

Mistle Thush.

The starlings in the nest in side of Gregson House have fledged and the nest site has now been cemented up.

Collard Doves nest on a security light at Comet.

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Was made up with a garden tick this morning as a pair of bullfinches were busy feeding in my garden ... never seen them up on Moss Bank before!

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Oh yes - thanks Paul! I saw another one (or maybe the same one) 3 days later just off the Old Coach Road, north of Dairy Farm Road hunting in the daytime.

Here's a photo -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7856753@N02/7235706938/in/photostream

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You forgot to mention your second sighting

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Green Lane, Eccleston


There was a short eared owl hunting over the fields along Green Lane, Eccleston last night at about 8.50pm. There is a record shot on my flickr page...

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I had brief views of a female merlin yesterday around Moss Lane - I thought it was a kestrel until I checked my photos later on!

There's a photo on my flickr page...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7856753@N02/

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paul brady wrote:

Ben Dickinson wrote:

Hi all,


Would agree that they're are pretty unmistakable ... now I wonder where it went?





knowsley safari park would be a possibility i'd say


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Ben Dickinson wrote:

Hi all,

Was in St Helens City Centre yesterday morning (Monday) at around 9.45am, just round the corner from the bus centre and was astounded to see a (very) low flying Glossy Ibis fly over my head, must've been no more than 70/80 metres high. On first glance I assumed by the profile it was a Heron/Cormorant but the light was excellent and I had a good 30 seconds view as flew over me and headed off at the same height in a westerly direction.

I've been birding (on and off) for around 15 years and am 100% certain as to what I saw (they are pretty uniquely identifyable birds indeed).

Wasn't sure where to let the people who may be interest but have been a 'lurker' on this site for a while, so happy to make what I hope will be a worthwhile first post!

-- Edited by Ben Dickinson on Tuesday 24th of January 2012 06:43:28 PM





Would agree that they're are pretty unmistakable ... now I wonder where it went?

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Hi all,

Was in St Helens City Centre yesterday morning (Monday) at around 9.45am, just round the corner from the bus centre and was astounded to see a (very) low flying Glossy Ibis fly over my head, must've been no more than 70/80 metres high. On first glance I assumed by the profile it was a Heron/Cormorant but the light was excellent and I had a good 30 seconds view as flew over me and headed off at the same height in a westerly direction.

I've been birding (on and off) for around 15 years and am 100% certain as to what I saw (they are pretty uniquely identifyable birds indeed).

Wasn't sure where to let the people who may be interest but have been a 'lurker' on this site for a while, so happy to make what I hope will be a worthwhile first post!

-- Edited by Ben Dickinson on Tuesday 24th of January 2012 06:43:28 PM

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At least 5 Mandarin Ducks - 3 m + 2 f at

A570 Linkway Retail Park (by McDonalds) ponds this afternoon with the Canada Geese.


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1 female whinchat in ploughed fields (near the lone house) behind Carr Mill Dam along with 1 yellow wagtail, 20 pied wagtail, 20 linnet and 3 buzzards. Whitethroat, chiffchaff and another willowchiff also present in surrounding trees.

Also noteworthy were 5 buzzard over Moss Bank ...most I've seen here.

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Interesting reports of a goldfinch x canary in Moss Bank gardens this week, wondered why my Nyger seed feeder had fallen down!

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Collard Dove still sitting tight at lunch time today.

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Pied Wagtail on Birchley Street Car Park at 6PM. Goldfinches in the car park trees. 4 Starlings - 3 adults and one juvenile fighting over a pie

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Collard Dove nesting on a security light at Comet.

Loads of trees nearby as well.

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Buzzard over Carr Mill @ 13.00 today.smile.gif

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I honestly don't think there will be any occupancy until the gasholder comes down.

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sid ashton wrote:

Had a check round the Parish Church earlier in the week - no sign yet of Peregrine occupancy - had any shopping trips Paul wink.gif






No trips yet - no time, no money!

But a nice couple of shelduxk on Newton-le-Willows lake the other day plus a lot of "mucky" ducks appeared from somewhere???

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Cheers Sid.As I work in St Helens and am in town most dinnertimes I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Last week watched a Magpie building a nest roof in a tree next to the garage on College Street and there was a Wood Pigeon sat on a nest in a bare tree outside the Main Post Office!!disbelief.gif

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Neil, yes the parish church is just down from M&S. From Judith's original message the nest box has been placed in the turret with anticipated good views from the car park side however should the Peregrines take up residence the location will become fairly obvious I imagine wink.gif

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Is the Parish Church the one opposite Marks & Spencers?

On which side is the nest box - had a look this dinnertime but couldn't see anything.

There were about 20 Pigeons on the church roof so obviously no Peregrines in the vicinity.

-- Edited by Neil Ferguson on Thursday 24th of February 2011 11:45:57 PM

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Had a check round the Parish Church earlier in the week - no sign yet of Peregrine occupancy - had any shopping trips Paul wink.gif

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