A White-crowned Sparrow from North America is present at Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve in Cheshire in the area around the John Morgan Hide
There has been just a handful of previous records on the British/Irish side of the pond, including 2 in May 1977, 1 in County Cork in 2003, one on a ship that docked in Southampton in 1988 and two that drew big crowds – Seaforth Nature Reserve on Liverpool Docks and Cley in Norfolk
Birdwatchers are currently flocking to Woolston and the wardens are opening this permit only site to birders
Access via Thelwall Lane, £2 donation to the hard working Woolston Eyes Conservation Group
Access granted until 4pm on Saturday 30th April and might be granted on Sunday 1st May if the bird is still present
Grid reference SJ649882 post code WA4 2HZ
If visiting the site, also consider visiting the Woolston Community Protection Camp, adjacent to the motorway junction (park at the Fayre & Square), where Earth Protectors are celebrating their first year anniversary of occupying the site to stop the extreme energy industry, the camp has been made into an Eco Camp with much love and affection, visitors are welcome and food donations are welcome
If visiting for the day, there are plenty of great birding spots such as Rixton Moss and Woolston Ecology Park, and it is always worth a stroll along the River Mersey Otter spotting!