March 2019 Sightings

Details of March sightings compiled by John Thompson will appear on the Monthly Sightings page.


  1. Colin & Mike
    21st March 2019

    At Doddington this morning a redshank was an unusual visitor. Numbers of gadwall 4, and shoveler 22 were holding on but shelduck 9 and goldeneye 5 were down. Great crested grebe numbers were up to 18 with 3 pairs doing the head shaking display.

  2. Janet
    20th March 2019

    BARN OWL along the A51 between the Sand Quarry entrance and Doddington around 10pm last night, Tuesday 19th

  3. Mike&Andy
    18th March 2019

    Not much change at Doddington this morning but 3 Swallows were worth a visit.Also different were 3 Meadow Pipits,a pair of Reed Buntings and 10 Fieldfares.Sand Martin still feeding over the water but the Pied Wagtails had nearly all moved on.

  4. Mike&Andy
    15th March 2019

    More Pied Wagtails probably dropped down during the day Colin,there were 22 around the sailing club late this afternoon.

  5. Colin
    15th March 2019

    At Doddington this morning 8 pied wagtails seen from the hall drive. Also on the water still 15 shelduck but goldeneye down to 6.

  6. Mike&Andy
    13th March 2019

    A White Wagtail with nine Pied Wagtails at Doddington this afternoon.

  7. Colin
    11th March 2019

    A sunny but windy morning gave up 1 sand martin, shelduck numbers continue to increase with 16 for me (but more for Mike and Andy), 21 shoveler, 137 tufted, 4 gadwall (2 pairs), 6 oystercatchers (2 on the back pool), 13 great crested grebe, 4 little grebe plus a singing skylark and a chiffchaff heard in the woods.

  8. Mike&Andy
    8th March 2019

    An early Sand Martin in at Doddington this morning and a Peregrine and Sparrowhawk in the air together over the woods.Also 8 Goldeneye, 20 Shelduck,25 Shoveler,2 Gadwall,2 Little Grebes,6 Oystercatcher and a Common Gull.Quiet at Lea Forge with just Meadow Pipit,small flock of Linnets,4 Greenfinch and Song Thrush of note.

  9. John
    8th March 2019

    Caterpillar tracks – Macon Meadows
    I was surprised to see caterpillar / earthmover tracks on the southern bank of River Waldron / Valley Brook between Macon Way and the culvert under the railway track.
    After years of ignoring this area, they have scraped off most of the vegetation, cut down much of the overhanding trees & branches and pushed surplus earth up the embankment towards business units.
    I am assuming it’s the council spending money before the end of the financial year but it will deprive our warblers of habitat this year!
    Rant over – not much to see or hear.
    Two male Bullfinches singing was nice though and an elusive Treecreeper

  10. John
    6th March 2019

    “Dawn Chorus Experience” – Sunday 5th May 2019
    To celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day, South East Cheshire Ornithological Society (SECOS) in association with Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service are hosting a Dawn Chorus Walk at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. Booking in advance is essential. Time: 7.00am to 9.00am
    Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
    Leaders: John Thompson from SECOS and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Mark Arnold
    Information: 01477 534115
    (Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Bring binoculars if you have them / Places limited – please book in advance / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Healthy & Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)

  11. Mike&Andy
    2nd March 2019

    14 Goldeneyes in single file at Doddington this morning,contained 6 males.Also 15 Shelduck,2 Gadwall,2 Brambling in a chaffinch flock,and a Peregrine.

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