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female Black Redstart
female
Black Redstart

Brookfield St,
Earlestown, NLW
17th February 2015
 
   
 Little Egret
Little Egret
Arches, Carr Mill Dam
© Derek Williams

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Newton Lake
7th April 2014

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Newton Lake
7th April 2014
 

Ring necked duck
Ring-necked Duck
Newton Lake
7th April 2014

© Steve Bond

 

American Black Tern
American Black Tern 

Eccleston Mere

© Colin Davies

 
Adult Summer Med Gull
Med Gull
 Newton Lake, NLW
   
Arctic Tern
Arctic Tern

Eccleston Mere

© Paul Brady

 

male Pied Flycatcher 
male Pied Flycatcher
Taylor Park
© Damian Pendlebury
 
Waxwing
Waxwing,
Andover Road,
Haydock

 
Bittern at Carr Mill 
Bittern,
Carr Mill Dam
© Dennis Eagling 
 
Bittern at Carr Mill 
Bittern,
Carr Mill Dam
© Dennis Eagling 
 
Bittern at Carr Mill 
Bittern,
Carr Mill Dam
© Dennis Eagling 
 

Juv Arctic Tern
Juv Arctic Tern

Eccleston Mere

 
 
Waxwing 
Waxwing

Napier Close,

Town Centre

© Paul Brady

 
 
Ring Ouzel 
  Ring Ouzel

Billinge Hill

 
 
 
 
 
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 Bird News from St Helens 

You can contact the Sankey Valley Rangers on 01744 677 772 to report anything unusual, you can also email me with any 

bird news of interest to me Peter --  birdwatchinginsthelens@blueyonder.co.uk  Please could you also forward all your

 bird sightings to Colin Davies at the St Helens Wildlife Recording Group, email --  coldavies2@hotmail.co.uk 

 who will co-ordinate and summarise all the bird records from St Helens and then forward them to the local county recorder.  

Click  here  for a full list of Archives to previous months sightings.

      



                March 2015
      
                                      
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 Fri 27th Mar  - Dairy Farm Rd / Coach Rd -- (99% id)1 male Hen Harrier reported 11.00am Coach Rd, upto 8 Chiffchaffs top D/Farm Rd.
 - Mossborough Hall Lane  --  5 (3+2) Canada Geese,  2 Geese - suspect Pink-foots - flyovers,  2 Shelduck,  12+ Lapwing,  
 -            ''             ''      ''    --   1 Buzzard,   1 G.S Woodpecker,  2 Fieldfare,  2 Redwing. 
 - Havannah Flash, Sankey Valley  --  3 Canada Geese,  2 Cormorant over,  4 Grey Heron flyovers,  2 Lapwing,  2 Nuthatch.
 - Coopers Lane, Sankey Valley  --  2 Red-legged Partridge.
 - Newton Lake, NLW  --  4 Mute Swan,  20 Teal,  14 Canada Geese. 
 Wed 25th Mar  - Billinge Hill, near top of Beacon Road  -- 1 Chiffchaff.   --  tweeted on St Helens Blog
 - Havannah Flash, Sankey Valley  --  1 Cormorant over,  2 Teal,  1 Grey Wagtail.    -St Helens Blog
 Tue 24th Mar  - Newton Brook, path from Newton Cemetery to Mill Lane, NLW  --  1 possibly 2 Kingfisher.
 Mon 23rd Mar  - Old Coach Rd / Dairy Farm Rd junction  --  1 Buzzard,  30+ Curlew in field left of white bungalow,  4 Redwing. 
 Sun 22nd Mar  - Inglenook Farm, Rainford  --  1 male Wheatear present around 4.00pm today.
 - Clockface Country Park  --  Chiffchaffs reported calling. -- as tweeted on St Helens Blog
 Sat 21st Mar  - Newton Lake, NLW  --  1 Grey Heron,  4 Mute Swan,  12 Canada Geese,  28 Teal,  4 Tufted Duck,  5 Gadwall. 
 - Havannah Flash area, Sankey Valley --  2 Mute Swan, 15 Teal on brook, 1 Grey Heron, 1 G.S Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch.
 Fri 20th Mar  - Carr Mill Dam  --  1 adult male Common Scoter still present till dinner. - update - Taken into care by RSPCA at 1.00pm.
 - Wagon Lane, Haydock, path to Sankey Valley  --  2 male Bullfinch,  2 Yellowhammer,  3 Reed Bunting. 
 - Brookfield St, nr railway station, NLW -- 1 female Black Redstart,  2 Grey Wagtail. -  Manchester Birding Forum.
 Thu 19th Mar  - Carr Mill Dam  --  1 adult male Common Scoter on overflow - photos   1 - 2   - also 35+ G.C Grebes,  2 Grey Wagtail.
 - Sankey Brook, Blackbrook  --  1 adult male Common Scoter  first seen towards Carr Mill end of Sankey Brook.
 - Lyme & Wood CP, Vista Road, Haydock- 4 Goosander over, 6 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting -St Helens Blog
 Wed 18th Mar

 - Inglenook Farm, Rainford  --  5 Common Snipe,  1 male Wheatear.   --  as tweeted on St Helens Blog  
 - Havannah Flash area, Sankey Valley  --  12 Teal,  1 Kingfisher,  1 G.S Woodpecker,  1 Nuthatch,  1 Jay,  1 Goldcrest. 
 - West End Road / Clipsley Lane, Haydock  --   3 Buzzards circling over mid-morning.

 Tue17th Mar  - Newton Lake, NLW  --  1 Cormorant,  30 Teal,  4 Tufted Duck,  1 Shelduck,  11 Gadwall 13 Canada Geese. 
 - Billinge Hill and surrounds -- Spring has Sprung,  a local birders write up of his spring day out birding. - St Helens Blog 
 Mon 16th Mar   - Windle, Moss Lane  --  1 Buzzard,  2 Grey Partridge,  Lapwings and Skylarks about,  1 Reed Bunting.  - St Helens Blog 
 - Carr Mill Dam  --  32 Great Crested Grebe and 10 Cormorant this morning.  .  - St Helens Blog 
 Sun 15th Mar  - private garden off Gunning Avenue, Eccleston -  male Blackcap on bird table. -  St Helens Blog
 - Wagon Lane, Haydock, path to Sankey Valley -- 1 Buzzard,  1 Jay, 1male Bullfinch,  1 Yellowhammer,  3 Reed Bunting. 
 Sat 14th Mar  - Eccleston Mere  --  1 Mute Swan,  1 Little Grebe,  5 Gadwall,  8 Pochard,  1 G.S Woodpecker,  4+ Goldcrest, 
 -        ''           ''      --  1 Coal Tit,  3 Chiffchaff,  2 Siskin - heard,  6+ Reed Bunting -- as per  St Helens Blog 
 - private garden, Billinge  --  3 Buzzard over,  1 Sparrowhawk,  1 Grey Wagtail over  --  as tweeted on St Helens Blog
 - Havannah Flash, Sankey Valley  --  3 Tufted Duck on brook,  1 Cormorant over,  1 Kestrel,  1 Kingfisher on brook,   
 -        ''            ''          ''           ''       --   1 Treecreeper,  1 Nuthatch. 
 - Newton Lake, NLW  --  1 Grey Heron,  24 Teal,  4 Shelduck,  2 Tufted Duck,  11 Gadwall,  1 female Goosander. 
 - Dairy Farm Road, Rainford  --  1 Grey Heron - flyover,  1 Buzzard,  35+ Lapwing,  couple of Skylarks heard.
 - Windle, Moss Lane  --  1 Grey Heron - flyover,  25+ Lapwing,  3 Buzzard,  upto 10 Fieldfare,  85+ Redwing,  
 -       ''          ''      ''      --  6 Yellowhammer,  2 Reed Bunting. 
 Fri 13th Mar  - My Garden, off Wagon Lane, Haydock  --  1 Sparrowhawk on side fencing this morning.   Photo.
 Thu 12th Mar  - Newton Lake, NLW  --  1 Grey Heron,  38 Teal,  7 Tufted Duck,  10 Gadwall,  1 female Goosander.
 - My Garden, off Wagon Lane, Haydock  --  Signs our Sparrowhawk is still around, feathers all over the grass.
 Wed 11th Mar  - Havannah Flash, Sankey Valley  --  2 Mute Swans flyovers plus 1 on Flash,  3 Grey Heron,  6 Teal on the brook,
 -        ''            ''          ''           ''       --  1 Great Spotted Woodpecker heard.
 Tue 10th Mar  - Lea Green Road, Sutton  --  1 Buzzard over. 
 Sun 8th Mar  - Wagon Lane, Haydock, path to Sankey Valley  --  1 Grey Heron - in top field,  1 Grey Wagtail over,  3 male Bullfinch, 
 -        ''        ''          ''            ''             ''         ''        --  3 Yellowhammer,  5 Reed Bunting.
 - Brookfield St, near railway station, NLW  --   1 female Black Redstart  still present  --  -  Manchester Birding Forum.
 Sat 7th Mar  - Havannah Flash, Sankey Valley - 2 Grey Heron, 12 Teal, 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese over, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kingfisher.
 - Newton Lake, NLW  --  2 Little Grebe,  28 Teal,  6 Tufted Duck,  7 Gadwall,  12 Canada Geese. 
 - Penkford Flash, NLW (viewed from the bridge)  --  1 Little Grebe on the brook,  24 Teal on flash. 
 - Carr Mill Dam  --  2 Mute Swan,  22 Great Crested Grebe,  4 Canada Geese,  1 Cormorant. 
 Fri 6th Mar  - Havannah Flash / Sankey Brook  --  1 Grey Heron,  7 Teal,  4 Mute Swan,  2 Canada Geese over,   1 Buzzard,
 -         ''            ''          ''           ''      --  2 Kingfisher,  1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.   
 Thu 5th Mar  - Wagon Lane, Haydock, path to Sankey Valley  --  1 Jay,  1 Yellowhammer,  3 Reed Bunting. 
 Tue 3rd Mar  - Newton Lake, NLW  --  48 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall,  1 Goosander + 1 Goldcrest nearby.  as per  St Helens Blog 
 - Brookfield St, near railway station, NLW  --   1 female Black Redstart  showing well -- as tweeted on St Helens Blog
 Sun 1st Mar  - Newton Lake, NLW  --  1 Grey Heron,  46 Teal,  4 Tufted Duck,  4 Shelduck,  3 Gadwall,  14 Canada Geese.
                

           



 

 

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