St Helens Canal

3 Mandarin along the canal between the World of Glass and the St Helens Chamber buildings this morning. All superficially in 'female-type' plumage but at least one was a drake in eclipse plumage.
Derek Evans

Sankey Valley

1 Tawny Owl at 0720 in the dark and damp Stanley Bank Wood being mobbed by Jay and Blackbird.
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Berrington's Lane, Rainford

1 adult Hobby flew through hunting at 0805 heading towards Sandy Lane.
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Laffak Pond, Chain Lane

17 Tufted Duck comprised 13 adults and a brood of 4 ducklings.
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Carr Mill Dam

Tuesday 1st August 1 Little Grebe; 2 Common Tern.

Wednesday 2nd August 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 1 Common Tern; 8 Grey Wagtail.

Friday 4th August 30 Great Crested Grebe of which at least 4 were juvenile; 116 Mallard; 96 Canada Goose (70 flying and 26 flightless).

Derek Evans

Carr mill

Six Common tern.
Two Common Sandpiper.
Three Grey heron.
7-30pm.
SB.

Havannah flash

Nice to see the Police patrolling Havannah flash area this morning on Quad bikes, and a pleasure to talk with, hope this is going to be a regular thing.

Carr Mill Dam

1 Common Sandpiper, my first juvenile Black-headed Gull of the summer and a Willow Tit.
Derek Evans

Carr Mill Dam

50 Swift over east side woodland and cornfields this morning.
Derek Evans

Havannah flash

The following Dragonflies were seen on Havanna this morning.
Four spotted chaser.
Common darter.
Broad bodied chaser.
Emperor dragonfly.

Banded demoiselle.
Azure damselfly.
SteB.

Merton Bank Open Space

1 Sedge Warbler seen in song; 5 Reed Warbler seen: 3 in song, one carrying food for young and one bearing metal ring on right leg (as last year).
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Berrington's Lane, Rainford

2 pairs Little Grebe each with 2 juveniles; pair Oystercatcher; one singing (and seen) Reed Warbler.
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Beetle ID

Can anyone please help with this beetle identification. It was seen around ponds and waterways on Sankey valley this afternoon.

Rainford Bypass Barn Owl

I had an amazing view of a barn owl in full light last night (8.00 pm) whilst driving towards Eccleston on the Rainford Bypass. I saw it from a distance in a field on the left and then I as I got nearer, it flew right in front of the car holding a mouse/vole in its talons! I'll not forget that in a while!

Damian P

Linkway Pools, Town Centre

1 drake Mandarin; confirmed breeding of Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen.
Derek Evans

Hi, I live overlooking car mill damm and I'm pretty sure that I've observed a red kite twice in the last few days today and yesterday. In and around the waterside pub/Premier inn.

Im not a birdwatcher but noticed very distinct red shoulders on the bird and on doing a bit of research I think it might be  a kite

Thanks alot

Kev

Carr Mill Dam

Willow Tit: confirmed breeding in east side woodland when adult carried food to nest hole at 0635.
Derek Evans