Trip reports

CARR MILL Circular - the largest and deepest area of freshwater in St Helens

CARR MILL Circular - the largest and deepest area of freshwater in St Helens
Common terns Attenborough reserve -L Bimson

Saturday, 9 May 2015

A visit to a well known fairly local venue, but this time incorporating a circular walk from Garswood station.
Weatherwise it started off like the previous weeks outing, namely cold, windy and cloudy. However at lunchtime the cloud started to lift, the wind dropped and the sun, yes the sun, came out, and became a pleasant afternoon. Birdwise, it was excellent. Apart from seeing the 3 well known migrants, swallow, swift, and house martin, we also had excellent sightings of Common tern, chiffchaff, whitethroat and willow warbler.
However the main highlight for those of us in the right place at the right time, was a kingfisher that flew directly over us. Magic!!
We had lunch on the bridge at the far end of the lake, where on one side of the bridge were 4 gt created grebes nesting in close proximity. Another if the nests nearby, had 5 eggs in it. One unusual absentee on Carr mill today was the mute swan.
At total of 43 species were seen

Blackbird,black headed gull, blue tit, canada goose, chaffinch, chiffchaff, common tern, cormorant, crow, collared dove, dunnock, greenfinch, great tit, gt crested grebe, heron, house martin,house sparrow, jackdaw, jay, kestrel, kingfisher, lapwing, lesser black backed gull, magpie, mallard, mistle thrush, moorhen, partridge, pheasant, pied wagtail, robin, skylark, song thrush, starling, swallow, swift, whitethroat, willow warbler, wood pigeon

Mammals - Rabbit.