December 2018 Sightings

Details of December sightings compiled by John Thompson will appear on the Monthly Sightings page early next month.

In the meantime if you spot anything of interest in the SECOS area record it below by adding a comment.


  1. Colin
    December 14, 2018

    A cold but sunny morning at Doddington this morning found 1 little egret and 23 tufted, 16 shoveler, 14 goldeneye, 6 wigeon, 5 pochard, 3 teal – oh and 500+mallard.

  2. John
    December 12, 2018

    SWaBBS on Wybunbury Moss this morning: very quiet in the middle of the Moss following last months felling and recent clearing of low-level vegetation. NE manage the site to minimise moisture uptake by plants & trees. We will have to look elsewhere for local Marsh Tit; last sighting were Jan/Feb this year. The main activity was in the horse paddocks & surrounding fields to the east of the site: – Fieldfare, Redwing & Mistle Thrush all ‘grubbing’ with the corvids & gulls, while Bullfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch & the odd Siskin were in the alders. At one point c35 Lapwing overhead too.

  3. John
    December 11, 2018

    SWaBBS today: sheep grazing on Meremoor Moss. c50 Greylag + 2 Pink-footed Geese also grazing. Other notable birds include Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine (a first for me here), Raven over, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch & Reed Bunting. At nearby Henbury Lea: Rook, Song Thrush & Linnet

  4. Mike&Andy
    December 11, 2018

    A Great White Egret together with a Little Egret were on the south shoreline at Doddington this morning,they both flew off but only the L Egret was relocated.A flock of around 20 Siskins were the only birds of note at Lea Forge.

  5. Mike&Andy
    December 09, 2018

    Not ideal conditions at Doddington this afternoon but worth the visit when we picked out a Pink-footed Goose that dropped in with 200 Greylags.Also Little Egret,Snipe,Kestrel and our first Brambling of the winter was feeding with Linnets and Chaffinch.

  6. Mike&Andy
    December 04, 2018

    2 Whooper Swans low over Doddington this morning,possibly from the lower pool when the shoot began.Also a surprise Chiffchaff feeding close to the island.Other birds of note were 3 Little Egrets,Snipe,Bullfinch,55 Linnets,Raven,Common Gulls and a Sparrowhawk perched up on our arrival.

  7. John
    December 02, 2018

    SWaBBS on Macon Meadow this morning – a Song Thrush singing ( locally, they start to declare territories in December ). Also nice to see a Greenfinch in a flock of Chaffinches foraging through the leaf fall.

  8. Mike&Andy
    December 01, 2018

    Our second sighting of Little Egrets at Doddington with 2 present this morning.Also an impressive flock of 54 Teal dropped down,Goldeneye were at least 14 including 6 males,a few Wigeon,Pochard and Shovelers also noted.Snipe,Reed Bunting,Meadow Pipit,Mistle Thrush and around 200 Lapwing were the best of the rest.

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