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RE: Newton-le-Willows


400+ Pink Footed Geese over newton at 8.00am moving south east

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Raven in trees behind Bridge Street, Earlestown this morning at 8am.

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A pair of Ravens were in the large trees next to Vulcan Reservoir at 12.30pm today.

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100+ Swift today feeding over fields by the former Parkside Colliery, visible from M6



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Common Tern over Vulcan Reservoir 4.00pm today.

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Cheers Col

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The flash is at SJ 56281 94813. Park at the car park near postcode WA12 9NY. Then walk along the new footpath through the woods to the right (away from the viaduct), following the river. The flash is basically just a flooded field on your left after about 100m. Be careful when you go down here, the vegetation has been cleared and the gulls flush really easily.



-- Edited by colin davies on Wednesday 15th of February 2017 10:40:41 PM

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Where is Penkford Flash please Col?

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Juvenile Glaucous gull on Penkford flash Earlestown yesterday, commuting between here and Lyme and Wood Pits tip.



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Female Grey Wagtail in back yard. That's 6 winters in a row.

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A good long walk down the Sankey Valley from Newton toward St Helens 10.00am - 1.30pm

10+ Common Whitethroat
8 Blackcap
many Chiffchaff
many Willow Warbler
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Grasshopper Warbler
5 Reed Warbler
1 Willow Tit
10+ Long Tailed Tit
1 Grey Wagtail
many Swallow
many House Martin
many Sand Martin
Jay
3-4 Yellowhammer
many Reed Bunting
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Greenfinch
2 Bullfinch
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Buzzard

A great warbler day and great to see first willow tit for this area. A good day with a total of 48 species

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The male Grey Wagtail has now been joined by a female in my back yard.

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Adult male Grey Wagtail feeding in my back yard in Brookfield street this morning. This is the fifth year in a row Grey Wagtails have visited my yard feeders.

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Morning walk from Earlestown via the Sankey Canal to Burtonwood and back via Old Hall Lane 10.30 12.00

2 Goosander 1m 1f on Sankey brook
2 Grey Wagtail
1 or 2 Skylarks in song
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Tree Sparrow
9 Mute Swan 4 adult 1f 3 m 5 Juvenile (courtship behaviour by adult males) on canal


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A afternoon walk 2.00pm-4.00pm down the Sankey Valley from Newton to Haydock and back.

1 Kestrel (m)
1 Goosander (M) on Sankey Brook
30+ Teal on Sankey Brook
1 Common Buzzard
3 Stock Dove
2 Jay

Near Vista Road Landfill

1 Great Black Backed Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Herring Gull

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Sparrowhawk over Earlestown Railway Station at 7.45am

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37 Teal on Newton Lake this morning

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1 Green Sandpiper at Newton Lake this morning

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Newton Lake in Willow Park this morning - 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 Teal, 2 Gadwall

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Well for those interested the male eclipse pintail was still present on Newton Lake yesterday evening AND it had a friend, a female/immature bird biggrin

Waited ages for my first St Helens pintail and now had two at once!

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M Gannon wrote:

Eclipse male Pintail on Newton Lake this afternoon





Very nice record, any news on whether its still around?

Also arent we due a green sandpiper here!

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Eclipse male Pintail on Newton Lake this afternoon

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Good stuff, cheers

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Another walk this afternoon this time from Newton to Winwick Quay along the Sankey Canal 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Many Willow Warblers
5 Buzzards
1 Kestrel mobbing a Buzzard
2 Grey Wagtail 1 adult female 1 juvenile
Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting
2 Mute Swan with 7 Cygnets

Paul

I have sent you a PM on the location of the Garden Warbler.

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Lawrence Hindley wrote:

A morning walk 6.50am-9.00am down the Sankey Valley from Newton to Haydock and back. The place was alive with warblers.

many Whitethroat
1 Blackcap
many Chiffchaff
3 Reed Warbler
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Garden Warbler

2 Stock Dove
4+Yellowhammer
4 Reed Bunting
1 Grey Heron
1 Nuthatch
10 Long Tailed Tits





Garden warbler's a good find in St Helens can you give exact location please via PM if neccesary? Thanks

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A morning walk 6.50am-9.00am down the Sankey Valley from Newton to Haydock and back. The place was alive with warblers.

many Whitethroat
1 Blackcap
many Chiffchaff
3 Reed Warbler
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Garden Warbler

2 Stock Dove
4+Yellowhammer
4 Reed Bunting
1 Grey Heron
1 Nuthatch
10 Long Tailed Tits

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24 Gadwall on Newton Lake this morning, brood of fledged Nuthatch also present by the lake

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Newton Le Willows - Bertram Street Allotments

A number of birds seen while digging over a patch for tomatoes yesterday

1 whitethroat
1 Chiffchaff
1 Swallow

Further birds seen before yesterday include of;

1 Raven
1 Sparrowhawk
Blue Tit
Great Tit

Total up to 19

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At Newton Lake, Willow Park this morning: 1 Shelduck, 9 Gadwall, singing Goldcrest

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The back yard was busy today at 1.30pm
1 Black Redstart
2 Grey Wagtails 1m 1f
1 Wood Pigeon

The overwintering Grey Wagtail female looks like she has attracted a male, but as there is no water near I would expect they should leave soon.

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Black Redstart once again feeding in my back yard at 12.50pm. Just realised that it has been here for a month now.

-- Edited by Lawrence Hindley on Sunday 8th of March 2015 12:58:33 PM

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1 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall, 1 Goosander, min 48 Teal on Newton Lake this morning

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Black Redstart on roofs of 2-8 Brookfield Street, Earlestown 08:10-08:20 this morning

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Lawrence thanks for the early post much appriciated, The bird was showing when I arrived singing perched on top of your chimney pot, viewed from the pavement gave very close views, The species seems to have in this country at least an affinity with interesting period architecture, Supported in this case by the fact it seems to favour your ornate chimney pot above the more functional featureless ones on offer by your neighbours.



-- Edited by Mark Burgess on Saturday 28th of February 2015 11:14:06 AM

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Black Redstart feeding in my back yard at 7.15am this morning.

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Hi Mark

I saw the Black Redstart last on Tuesday, but have been working since so have had little time at home. I will have a look tomorrow morning early and post if I see it.

Hi Frank

I will keep my eye out for you.

Lawrence

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Lawrence is the Black Redstart still showing?

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Might just pop up from work tomorrow for the Black Redstart , so if you see me give me a shout

-- Edited by Frank Whitney on Thursday 26th of February 2015 09:34:30 PM

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This morning at Newton Lake in Willow Park, birds included 2 Little Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 11 Gadwall and at least 66 Teal

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Lawrence, Jon thanks for the info, I'll have another look next Sat morning, Hopefully the bird will still be around.

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At Newton Lake this morning: 1 Goosander, 2 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 66 Teal

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Mark Burgess wrote:

Steven your timing is obviously better than mine, I was there at 8.30am till 8.55am viewing from the grassed area at the end of the back alley, No sign of the bird for me, I gave up in the end as I felt a little self conscious scanning the rooftops in a densly populated area.





Mark, the bird was showing on the chimneys at the back of No 6 at about 10.15 this morning

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Hi Mark

It tends to spend more time near the other gates at the other end of the alley between my house and the back of Cheshire plumbing supplies. I will let any neighbours know what the various bird watchers are doing if they get concerned, but as yet they have no problem that I have come across. I have seen a number of birders outside my house and have let them through the gates for a look and all has been fine up to now. If I see you I will let you through. As with all residential birds the discretion of the birders is most welcome.

I have just had the Black Redstart and Grey Wagtail feeding in my back yard at 12.00.

Steven

Thanks for the conformation of the sex of the Sparrowhawk. Its good to see them around here more regularly.

Lawrence

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Steven your timing is obviously better than mine, I was there at 8.30am till 8.55am viewing from the grassed area at the end of the back alley, No sign of the bird for me, I gave up in the end as I felt a little self conscious scanning the rooftops in a densly populated area.

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Black redstart on chimney of Brookfield st at 8.25am it then flew down towards the waste land behind the opposite houses, could not see it though.
Whilst waiting for the train at earlestown the chimney is still clearly visible from platform 4 but no signs whilst waiting for the train.
Lawrence, there was a female sparrowhawk lingering around the area while I was waiting for the train.

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A Sparrowhawk (sex undeterminable as distant) has just flushed the resident flock of Feral Pigeons over the road from my house. This bird was a reasonable size but definitely a Sparrowhawk. Black Redstart still sitting on next doors chimney.

-- Edited by Lawrence Hindley on Saturday 21st of February 2015 10:33:14 AM

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The Black Redstart appeared a couple of times on the roofs of 2-8 Brookfield Street, Earlestown between 08:10 and 08:20 this morning

-- Edited by dave broome on Friday 20th of February 2015 08:26:32 AM

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That's possibly the bird I saw, just put it down as a large female sparrowhawk.
It went through at the opposite end of the houses from the Black Redstart.
I didn't get chance to photograph it.

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Sorry, the link didn't work so I sent it to Rare bird alert on an email

-- Edited by M Gannon on Wednesday 18th of February 2015 05:38:51 PM

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A very newsworthy report from around 10:30 this morning. I managed to find the black redstart on its favoured chimney and took several shots. However, when I was about to leave, I saw what I thought a sparrowhawk circling nearby. But then, another birdwatcher with a lot more experience than me said that the bird actually resembled a goshawk in the shape and flight style. I'd never saw a goshawk, so I wasn't sure what to look for. I took some pictures, and as soon as I can I'll put a link to them on this page. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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