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 Night Heron
Night Heron
Carr Mill Dam
 22nd May 2016
© Derek Williams
 
 
female Black Redstart
Black Redstart
female
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 
Pied Flycatcher
male
T
aylor 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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  Thanks to Colin Davies for use of data from the Birds of St Helens 2000 report and the St Helens Wildlife Group 2006 Report
Other data is taken from the archive records of this web site and my own personal records

 Divers - Grebes and Swans

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Great Northern Diver(Gavia immer)
Rare, recent records show
an adult 17/01/1986 (DO) Sankey Valley on the Sankey Canal, Earlestown, found dead on 19/1/1986, a juvenile on 27/11/1999 (BH) at Carr Mill Dam was present until 6/12/1999 at least, last sighting was 23/12/1999 at the no access Prescot Reservoirs.
Latest record is a juvenile that was present from 22nd December 2008 (BH) till 6th January 2009 at the no access Prescot Reservoirs.

Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)
Rare, winter visitor, all the following sightings are from the same individual, on
11/01/1996 at Prescot Reservoirs (AJS) and 21-23/02/1996 at Eccleston Mere and at Taylor Park also on 23/02/96 (CD). Was last seen on 25/1/1996 at the no access Prescot Reservoirs.


Red-throated Diver
 (Gavia stellata) 
Rare
winter visitor, on 13/01/1990 (JMS) at Eccleston Mere an adult winter bird was present until 21/1/1990 which was into care died the following day, another was present for one day on 21/01/1997 (LBR) at the no access Prescot Reservoirs.
 Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) - Photo 
 
Common, breeds in low numbers at a few sites, upto 7 in total seen at Newton Lake with most other waters holding a pair at least.

 Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) - Photo 
 Common, breeding recorded from most big waters, large build up of numbers reported from Carr Mill Dam with over 50 present during the winter.

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 
Rare winter visitor, 3 records with single birds present on
16/01/1939 Eccleston Mere (EH) long time to next record of a juvenile on 03/09/1982 at the no access Prescot Reservoirs (AM),  a 1st winter on the 31/12/1987 Eccleston Mere (JMS)  stayed until 22/02/1988.

Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Rare winter visitor, one present from
8th to 10th December 2009 at the no access Prescot Reservoirs (WSA), possibly same bird in the new year present in the freezing conditions at Carr Mill Dam on the 3rd January 2010 (WSA). 

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Rare, couple of records, first on 10/04/1995 Prescot Reservoirs (BH),next record is a adult summer plumage on the 
8th April 2009 Eccleston Mere, next sighting is on the 16th September 2013 at Carr Mill Dam.

 Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)
 Vere Rare, only one record from 03/09/1988 at Bosworth Road, Laffak (GW).

 Fulmar (Fulmarus  glacialis)
 Very Rare, onlt two records an adult found dead on 31/01/1982 at Old Coach Road, Rainford (ME) and another on 12/07/1998 Prescot Reservoirs (LBR).

 Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
 Common, recorded throughout the year, Eccleston Mere and Carr Mill Dam reaching double figures, most big waters will have recorded a couple of birds.
 Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) 
 Very Rare,
only one record of a 1st winter bird on the 03/12/1999 at Carr Mill Dam (DO).
 Gannet (M.bassanus)
 
Very Rare, only one record of a flyover at Haydock Island on 27th September 2013 of a immature bird going west at A580/M6 junction at 5.43pm (WSA).

Leach’s Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa)
Very Rare, the only record for St. Helens. Unfortunately this bird was found dead under powerlines, in the Clock Face area. A photograph of this bird was published in one of the local papers in the late 1970/80s, but exact details are unknown.

 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
 
Very common all year round - Breeding pairs can be found on most major waters and along the Sankey Valley.
 Bewicks Swan (Cygnus columbianas)
 Rare, with a decline in the north-west area there are no recent records, most of previous records coming from 1981, 1984, 1990, 1991 and 11 over Carr Mil in 1993

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) 
Common in small numbers during the winter, most sightings come from a couple of birds seen around the Mosslands, most recent sightings are 2 at Inglenook Farm, Rainford on 6th October 2016 followed by 7 flyovers at Billinge Hill on 19th October 2016.

Smew (Mergellus albellus) 
Rare winter visitor, favours the larger waters with the no access Prescot Reservoirs followed by Eccleston Mere and Carr Mill Dam most records are from 1992 to  1998 expect due to the mainly colder winters that we use to have years ago.
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Rare, a male seen in semi frozen conditions on 05/03/1979 Carr Mill Dam (CAD), then a female on 15/10/1984 Carr Mill Dam (LWT), a male was recorded on 23/04/1988 Carr Mill Dam (UO). The most recent record is one present at Carr Mill Dam which was present from 16th to 19th April 2013.
 Goosander (Mergus merganser)
 
Common in winter, most sightings are when it gets colder and waters frozen then the birds come inland on to local waters and the Sankey Canal / Brook.
 Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
 
A very common and widespread species, likely to be seen almost anywhere, breeds on any decent patch of water.
 Coot (Fulica atra) 
 
A very common and widespread species, like the Moorhen its likely to be seen almost anywhere and breeds on most decent size waters.

  

  

        INITIALS AND NAMES OF RECORDERS 

  
 CA -  Antrobus, C  WWA - Ashby, WW    RB - Banks, R  PA  - Barton, P   SC - Cully, S  PL - Peter Loydall
 CAD - Darbyshire, CA  CD -  Davies, C  JE - Ellis, J  ME - Ellis, M  DAF - Fairhurst, DA  TF - Ferguson, T
 KF - Foster, K  DG - Gaunt, D  C&JG - Gould, C&J  EH - Hardy, E  BH - Harrison, B  RH - Hesketh, R
 AJ - Jones, A  GL - Langley, G  AM - Middlehurst, FA  DO - Owen, D  KR - Rigby, K  IS - Spence, I
 JMS - Spottiswood, JM  CMS - Spottiswood, CM   AJS - Spottiswood, AJ  NT - Tasker, N  JMT - Taylor, JM  JT - Taylor, J
 UO - Unknown Observer  CW - Waring, C  RW - Waring, R  GW - Williams, G   CJW - Wormwell, CJ   LBR - Lancashire bird report

 NWBR - North West Bird Report 

 LTNC - Lancashire Trust for Nature Conservation

 WSA - Web Site Archives 

 

 

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