August 2020 Sightings

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

In the meantime, if you spot anything of interest record here by adding a comment.


  1. Mike&Andy
    10th August 2020

    A Garden Warbler and a pair of Grey Wagtails at Lea Forge this morning and a list that included,Greenfinch,Sparrowhawk ,Raven,G.S. Woodpecker ,Linnets,Whitethroat and Stock Doves.Nothing new at Doddington and much quieter now that the Oystercatchers appear to have returned to their winter feeding grounds.

  2. John
    10th August 2020

    3 – 9 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Shoveler, Goosander, Goosander, Cuckoo, R & LR Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Y-l Gull, L & GW Egret, Red Kite, Kingfisher
    MGT/RF: Pochard, Snipe, GW Egret, Whinchat
    Alsager: Stock Dove, Hobby, R-n Parakeet, Skylark, Willow Warbler, L&C Whitethroat, Redstart, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Linnet, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Crewe: Swift, Sparrowhawk
    Hassall: Hobby
    Lawton: Kingfisher
    Meremoor: Marsh Harrier
    Middlewich: Common Sandpiper, Hobby
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Mandarin
    Shavington: Hobby
    Weston: Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat
    Wybunbury Moss: Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat, Song & Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher

  3. John
    6th August 2020

    I bumped into the gent repairing the boardwalk on Wybunbury Moss this morning: the permissive footpath is open again but where the path is still made up of short branches, it is still slippery when wet – so take care. The pair of Spotted Flycatchers nesting in the tower were feeding young ( back on the nest used at the beginning of the season ) and I saw 2 other adult birds sufficiently far enough away to presume there is at least one other territory – these two were spread out so each could have a mate with young?
    PS – I didn’t see Mike and Andy. Sorry I missed you, gents!
    Called in at Doddington Pool but only waterfowl noted. 100+ hirundine were hawking above the fields on either side of the pool.
    Last stop was Winterley Pool and Farm: 2 large white ( Greylag? ) geese were bullying the Canadas on the pool. A young GC Grebe was constantly begging an attentive adult. I could hear young Sparrowhawk begging nearby. On the farm, one field of rape seed stubble was having manure spread over it. It was attracting Swift, House Martin and Swallow plus at least 3 Kestrels

  4. Mike&Andy
    6th August 2020

    Multiple sightings of Spotted Flycatchers around Wybunbury moss this morning with 2 separate family groups from different areas.Also a single bird in the trees opposite the boardwalk.Sparrowhawk also of note.

  5. Nigel Henderson
    5th August 2020

    River Dane, riverside walk: Kingfisher flying upstream; Grey Wagtail (multiple sightings).
    River Dane, the weir downstream of the park: one female and two immature Goosander.

  6. Nigel Henderson
    4th August 2020

    Congleton: River Dane: Kingfisher (a rare sighting of a male perched up), Dipper, Grey Wagtail (multiple sightings).

  7. Mike&Andy
    3rd August 2020

    Our best bird around Wybunbury Moss this morning was a Spotted Flycatcher,also Goldcrest,Blackcap,Chiffchaff,a family of G.S.Woodpeckers,Song and Mistle Thrush,Jays,Nuthatch and Whitethroat.

  8. John
    3rd August 2020

    27 Jul – 2 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Mandarin, Wigeon, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Common & Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Common, Caspian (poss) & Y-l Gull, L & GW Egret, Hobby
    MGT/RF: Common Sandpiper, GW Egret
    Tetton Ln: Tawny & Little Owl
    Crewe: Hobby
    Doddington: L & GR Grebe, Oystercatcher, Bl-t Godwit, Kingfisher, Reed Warbler
    Rode Heath: Tawny Owl
    Sandbach: Hobby
    Wheelock: House Martin
    Winterley Pool: Common Sandpiper

  9. John
    2nd August 2020

    A walk in the fields on Winterley Pool Farm this morning: parking in the layby by the pool, a Common Sandpiper was disturbed by someone walking past.
    On the wires by the farm, there was a mixed flock of Greenfinch and Linnet. In the fields by the kennels/animal hotel were 50+ Chaffinch using the trees as cover but dropping into the rape seed stubble and bean crop. In the recently cut field of grass beyond the kennels, I counted 200+ Carrion Crows.
    Back at the pool I had another sighting of the Common Sandpiper which appeared to be favouring the recently cleared brickwork at the pool edge.

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