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2017 Pair of Goosanders starts
the month at Carr Mill, Pink-foots at Rainford mid month and at
last some Waxings sightings towards months end.
Couple of Waxwing sightings and
a male Red-crested Pochard, 1st winter Glaucous Gull, adult Iceland Gull seen at Lyme Wood tip.
reported start of the month at Rainford, male Scaup at Eccleston Mere
mid month, Wheatear and 75
Curlew at Old Coach Road.
2017 Swallows and House Martins arrive,
Tree Pipit at Billinge, Wheatear are in, Common Tern - Common Sandpiper at Carr
Mill end of month.
2017 Common Terns, Common
Sandpiper & a late record of a female
Goosander early month at Carr Mill, Cuckoo
reported twice in Billinge area.
2017 Very quiet month, hi-lights at Carr Mill a
Hobby and a Common
Sandpiper recorded a few times during the month, Med
Gull over at Billinge.
2017 A very very quiet
month for sightings, highlights - Grasshopper
Warbler reeling at Eccleston Mere and a Common
Sandpiper at Carr Mill Dam.
August 2017 Another
quiet month for sightings, last of the Swifts reported also Tree Pipits and Redstart seen around Billinge
Hill at the end of the month.
September 2017 Small skeins of
Pink-foots reported first half of the month,
Egret species over Clock Face on 16th, Hooded Crow from 26th from A580 Haydock.
October 2017 Last report
of the Hooded Crow is the 11th of the
month, lots of Pink-foots reported throughout
the month, lots happening around Billinge area.
November 2017 Lots of
Pink-footed Geese movement in first half of the month, couple
of Crossbills over Billinge on the 8th and Brambling on feeder on 26th.
December 2017 Two sightings of
a Little Egret at Carr Milll and later at Rainford on 8th /
16th of the month were the only hilights of a quiet month for bird news.
Goose reported at Eccleston Mere, Pink-footed Geese low in numbers
around Rainford, upto 5 Shelduck at Newton Lake.
Shelduck throughout the month at Newton Lake,
Goosanders start of month Sankey Canal in NLW, Stonchat along Rainford Bypass.
2016 Migration begins with Chiffchaffs reported from the 21st followed by 5
Sand Martin - 1 Swallow - 1 House Martin at Carr Mill
on the 27th.
Osprey reported start of month, migrants all in
with the first Swift reported on 22nd, finishing the month
with a Pied Flycatcher at Taylor Pk.
Month starts with a Pied Flycatcher at Taylor
Park, all migrants now in, month ends with a mega Night
Heron at Carr Mill Dam - photo.
Very quiet month, Oystercatchers
seem to be increasing in numbers around the area, Common Scoter
briefly at Carr Mill.
2016 Just the odd sightings of
Curlew, Common & Green Sandpiper and month ends with
a Osprey reported on BirdGuides over Eccleston Mere.
2016 Osprey reported
on BirdGuides over Eccleston Mere, Whinchat and Stonechat
regular down Moss Lane, Cuckoo at Clinckham Wood.
September 2016 Green Sandpipers at
Newton Lake and Carr Mill, Yellow-browed Warbler caught in local
ringers nets, first Pink-footed Geese over Billinge.
Ring Ouzel early + Yellow-browed Warbler end of month in Billinge area,
2 distant Whooper Swans with
large Pink Footed Goose flock.
November 2016 Dipper seen twice at
Sankey Valley, Blackbrook, Woodlark - Firecrest
and a flyover Waxwing reported from around the Billinge area.
2016 Quiet month, only a couple of sightings of Pink-footed
Geese around, single Waxwing ringed in Billinge
area, Redwings and Fieldfare around.
2015 Upto 4 Blackcaps around the borough, couple of Shelduck at Newton Lake and
the colder weather bring the Goosanders in.
February 2015 4 Shelduck on & off Newton Lake, Goosanders on canal at Havannah
Flash female Black
Redstart at NLW - photos 1- 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Shelducks at Newton
Lake, female Black
Redstart still at Brookfield St till 20th,
Chiffchaffs from 14th, Hen
Harrier reported on 27th.
April 2015 Migrants arrive,
plenty of Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and
Chiffchaffs in,Yellow Wagtails middle of
month,Swifts in end of month.
2015 Breeding in full flow
with young starting to apprear, possible Red Kite over Haydock
island on the 16th, lots of Yellow Wagtails around.
Very quiet month around, highlights 2 Quail
reported near Billinge sadly next day one was found dead also Curlew flew over Billinge.
2015 Eclipse male
Pintail at Newton Lake for 2 wks plus Green Sandpiper end of month, Peregrine
photos 1 -
- 3 on roof opposite my house.
2015 Late report of
Arctic Tern photo at Carr Mill Dam on
8th, Pintail at Newton till 22nd, Rarity Bonelli’s Warbler end of month around
September 2015 Curlews at Coach Rd start the month, end of month comes in with a
Red Kite, Dipper and Osprey and first Pink-footed Geese
Regular sightings of small skeins of Pink-footed geese around +
Redwings and Fieldfares
thru. House Martin still at nest to 17th at least.
November 2015 Med
Gull on Carr Mill Dam on 17th, large numbers of Buzzards reported all
month between Racecourse and the A580 by Lady Hill Plantation.
December 2015 Smaller numbers of
Buzzards plus 100 Golden Plover reported by Lady Hill Plantation,
small movement of Pink-footed Geese around the area.
Two Shelduck at Newton Lake from middle of the month,
Eccleston Mere has most interest in a quiet start to the year.
Shelducks on & off at Newton Lake also Teal numbers
down on previous years. Kittiwake at Eccleston Mere for 1
Month starts with Stonechats at Billinge Hill then
Sand Martins arrive, Wheatear end of month and a Ring Ouzel last
2014 Rarity on the 7th April found by yours truly
a male Ring-necked Duck at Newton Lake stayed only one
day, other migrants arrive.
Common Sandpiper twice at Eccleston Mere also
4 Common Scoter over mid month, single
Dunlin at Carr Mill.
Very quiet month, Yellow Wagtails around Rainford Mosslands area also Hobby seen around the Old Coach
2014 Quiet month, highlights -
10 Common Sandpipers at Carr Mill, 17+ Curlew at Rainford Mosslands also there 1
Sandpiper regular at Newton Lake, Spotted
Flycatchers at Billinge and a Black
Tern ends the month at Eccleston Mere.
September 2014 Corncrake at Kings Moss at start of month, Pink-footed
Geese return and end of the month has a Red
Kite over Haydock.
2014 Pink-foots numbers build up at Old Coach Rd/Dairy Farm Rd and over Billinge,
Redwings seen towards the end of month.
November 2014 Willow
Tit at my bird feeders, 5000+ Pinkies + a single
Whooper Swan at Dairy Farm Rd / Old Coach Rd end of
5 Woodcock flushed at Colliers
Moss, Unexpected Grey Seal at Newton
Brook, NLW, 2 Goosanders at Newton
Bramblings a good start to the year at Rainford,
couple of Waxwing singhting around and Jack Snipe at Eccleston Mere.
Eccleston Mere proving eventfull, Waxwings at Rivington Road, a White-fronted Goose with Pink-foots at Old Coach Rd.
Waxwings sightings galore throughout the month,
Early Chiffchaff at Eccleston Mere + a
Brambling visiting nearby gdns.
A few rare birds thru, Red-breasted Merganser, Osprey, Pied
Flycatcher, Arctic Terns also Wheatears galore at Windle.
Action packed birding month with Grasshopper Warblers,
Merlin, Redshanks, Yellow Wagtails and lots of Wheatears still.
Lots of breeding all round + Yellow
Wagtails in Billinge area and a Common
Sandpiper at end of month at Eccleston Mere.
Med Gull briefly at Newton Lake which then followed by family of Little Ringed Plovers dropping into months end.
Common Sandpiper at Newton Lake, Curlews galore at Old Coach Rd, first of the returning Pink-foots with 3 over on 28th.
September 2013 Pink-foots are here, immature
Ganet over Haydock Island + a Yellow-browed
Warbler reported in a garden in Rainford.
throughout the month, Redwings, Fieldfares, Brambling at Billinge, Chiffchaff still at
November 2013 Redwings and
Fieldfares widley reported, Merlin seen from a car and a Jack
Snipe reported - very rare in St Helens.
December 2013 Quiet end to the
year, male - female Blackcaps overwintering and a bit of movement of
Pink-footed Geese around the area.
January 2012 A
low flying Glossy Ibis reported over the town centre on 23rd, a quiet
month poss due to the mild conditions.
Ducks at Linkway Ponds, couple
at Newton Lake for one day, quiet month all
March 2012 Star bird
on 27th Bittern at Carr Mill
Dam, Green Sandpiper at Newton
Lake, Wheatears in at end of
Martins, Swallows all in,
Ouzel briefly, Swifts in at the end of
2012 A good month to be
out, migrants all in, Short-eared Owl at Old Coach Road,
Whinchat on Clare's Moss.
2012 Report of a
White Stork over the town centre on Monday 18th of interest,
otherwise a quite month all round.
Green Sandpiper at Newton Lake, juvenile Cuckoo at Dairy Farm Road and Barn
Owls at Eccleston Park.
*** American Black Tern *** at Eccleston Mere at
end of month, Green Sandpipers regular at Newton Lake.
2012 ** American
Black Tern** still into 1st week of month,
Pink-footed Geese start to arrive from middle of the
2012 Pink footed Geese numbers
increase, Redwings and
Fieldfares arrive, Ring Ouzel passed thru at Billinge
Waxings at last on the 12th, a Jack Snipe at Eccleston Mere and Bramblings at New Cut Lane at months
2012 Bramblings reach 30+ at New Cut Lane and Waxwings photo1 - photo2 continue to show a couple of more
Waxwings galore in first half of
month, then getting scarcer by the end of month, also Goosanders around.
2011 Quiet month only a few Waxwings sightings, couple of Barn Owl
reports and two Shelduck at Newton Lake.
Waxwings to end of month, migrants start to come in with Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler and Sand Matins.
2011 Fire at the gas
Most migrants in, Swallows, Warblers now in + 5
Yellow Wagtails at Old Coach Road.
2011 All migrants now
in, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers, Swallows, House Martins,
Swifts etc now all here.
2011 A quite month all round with juveniles of all species seen
Sandpipers return to Newton Lake and
a Hobby got photographed photo over at Carr Mill Dam.
Little Gull and
Goose photo at Eccleston
Pipits photo over Billinge
2011 Arctic & Black
Terns thru at Prescot
Reservoirs, Whinchat photo, escapee Cackling
Goose at Carr Mill.
geese arrive in big numbers, + Redwings, Fieldfares
the odd Swallow thru during the
November 2011 Hen
Harrier over at Rainford + a long
Duck at the (permit only) Prescot
December 2011 Long-tailed Duck still at Prescot Reservoirs, unknown Golden
Pheasant in Eccleston, Goosanders at Newton Lake.
January 2010 Freezing
conditions brings Slavonian
Grebe to Carr Mill, Goosanders on to the Sankey Brook and Newton
February 2010 Little Egret starts the
month & the long staying
Mandarins on Linkway Retail Park Ponds plus Goosanders throughout,
Migrants starting to come in, a female
Goosander present throughout the month at the Retail Park
2010 Swallows to Swifts,
Wheatears to Warblers, Whimbrel and a Ring Ouzel all been seen this month.
Migrants now all in, first young starting
to appear, a Hobby and a poss Pallid Swift seen at Carr Mill Dam.
June 2010 Osprey reported at Carr Mill, a quite month all round with juveniles of all species seen all around the
July 2010 Quiet
month, Green Sandpipers showing throughout the month at Newton Lake, NLW.
August 2010 Green Sandpipers all thru the month, best bird has
to be the juv Arctic
Tern at Eccleston Mere for 10 days.
Sandpipers thru the month, and Goshawk, Arctic & Black
Tern and Ring-billed
Gull going thru.
2010 Single sightings of Whooper Swans, poss Rough-legged Buzzard and 2
Gull at Prescot
Reservoirs thru the month and Waxwing and a Dipper pay a brief
visit in the area.
Gull - Med Gull at Prescot Reservoirs, a couple of Waxwings and
Egret pay us a brief visit.
2009 The Great Northern Diver
sees in the new year, and Goosanders on the Sankey
2009 Iceland Gulls and Med Gulls at Prescot Reservoirs and Goshawk off Burrows
2009 Summer migrants
start to arrive towards the months end.
2009 Black-necked Grebe at Eccleston Mere, Common Sands & Grasshopper Warblers arrive
mid month followed by Swifts towards months end.
Lots of migrants now all
in, Garganey at Prescot Reservoirs and Whinchat at Carr
2009 Osprey reported
at Carr Mill and Sandpipers starting to drift through towards the months
Common and Green Sandpipers thru
the month at Prescott Reservoirs and at Penkford Flash at end of
August 2009 Green Sandpipers continue to be regular all thru
the month at Prescott Reservoirs and at Penkford Flash.
2009 Avocet for one day and
Gull at Prescot Reservoirs sees the month
out, Redwings at Carr Mill.
2009 Good mix of birds reported throughout the month, also vis
migration of birds passing through.
November 2009 Quite month, lots of rain throughout, escaped Harris
Hawk at Newton Lake surviving to months end at least.
Slavonian Grebe and Red-crested
Pochard at Prescot Reservoirs, report of Waxwings thru over
2008 Male Mandarin duck appears in St Helens
again. -- Birdwatching web site building takes
2008 Plenty of Redwings and Fieldfare
around. Birdwatching in St Helens web site goes
2008 Passage birds starting to migrate in and out of the
2008 Cattle Egret comes to St Helens, if only just for a
2008 Whitethroats and Willow Warblers, House Martins and Swifts now all
2008 Quiet month all round with breeding taking place at all sites all over St
Report of a Red Kite around Rainford and 166 Curlews in fields off Old Coach
2008 Marsh Harrier rare in St Helens, passes thru and first Pink-footed
Geese are back last day of the
such as Grey Phalarope and Marsh Harrier are the stars at Prescot
2008 Winter migrants arrive with
Pink-footed Geese in their thousands and a poss
2008 Female Pintail at Newton Lake and lots of geese around St Helens.
2008 Juvenile Great Northern
Diver present till the end of the year at Prescot Reservoirs.
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