April 2020 Sightings

Details of the latest sightings compiled by John Thompson from the Sandbach Flashes log book and other records.
For details of abbreviations see the Monthly Sightings page.

Sandbach Flashes:
Wildfowl: incl: Shoveler, Shelduck, Shoveler Gadwall and Goosander
Waders: 'regulars' incl: Oystercatcher also L & L R Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper and Redshank
Gulls & Terns: Yellow-legged & Mediterranean Gull and Common Tern
Herons: Great (W) & Little Egret
Raptors & Owls: incl: Sparrowhawk & Buzzard

Other records: Swift, Kingfisher, Sand Martin, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Yellow & White Wagtail reported this month

MGT/RF: Shoveler, Wigeon, Pochard, L & GC Grebe,  L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Skylark, Cetti's, Willow, Sedge & Reed Warbler, Lesser & Common Whitethroat, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Linnet & Reed Bunting
CF: Garden Warbler
FF: Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Goldcrest & Greenfinch
FFF: Goosander, Oystercatcher & Grey Wagtail
Railway embankment: Willow Warbler, Lesser & Common Whitethroat and Wheatear
RL Pool/Tip: Sedge & Reed Warbler
Rookery Br/Canal: Raven, Lesser & Common Whitethroat, Wheatear and Yellowhammer
WLF: Gadwall, Swift, Water Rail, GC Grebe, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, G B-b Gull, Common Tern, L Egret, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Sedge & Reed Warbler and Yellow Wagtail

Sightings Elsewhere:
Alsager: Swift, Red Kite, Whinchat
Church Lawton/Scholar Green: Mandarin, Collared Dove, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Whitethroat, Fieldfare, Redwing, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Siskin, Yellowhammer  & Reed Bunting
Lawton Lake/Woods: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail & Reed Bunting
Rode Estate/Heath: Oystercatcher

Brereton/Brereton Heath LNR: Garden Warbler & Tree Sparrow

Astbury: Red- l Partridge, Willow Warbler, Lesser & Common Whitethroat, Fieldfare, Wheatear & Yellow Wagtail
AMCP: see astburywildlife.blogspot.co.uk
Bathvale: Dipper, Grey & Grey-headed Wagtail
Brownlow: Red-l Partridge & Yellowhammer
The Cloud: Tree Pipit
Park/Town: Mandarin, Goosander, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Dipper & Grey Wagtail
Timbersbrook: Garden Warbler

Crewe: Peregrine
Basford: Raven
Chorlton: Redwing
Coppenhall/Moss: Sparrowhawk, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Willow Warbler
Macon Meadows: Dipper
Quakers Coppice: Tawny Owl
Queens Park: Raven
Weston: Willow & Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Redwing, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Linnet
Wychwood Park: Linnet

Doddington: incl: Swift, Common Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, Skylark, Willow Warbler,
Lea Forge: R-l Partridge, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Raven, Skylark, Swallow, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Bullfinch & Yellowhammer

Goostrey: Red-l Partridge, Mandarin, Kingfisher, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Fieldfare, Linnet, Yellowhammer

Haslington: Stock Dove
Crewe GC: Coot, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Willow & Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush

Holmes Chapel: Mandarin

Marton: Red-l Partridge, Cuckoo, Tawny & Little Owl, Sedge & Garden Warbler, Redstart, White Wagtail & Linnet

Middlewich: Red Kite, Pied Flycatcher

Mow Cop: Jack Snipe, Hobby, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, Redstart, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Siskin & Reed Bunting

Rope: Lapwing, Garden Warbler, Song & Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch

Sandbach: Sparrowhawk & Raven
Arclid: Shelduck, Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Green Woodpecker, Raven, Skylark, Sand Martin, Whinchat, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit & Yellowhammer
Betchton: LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear
Elworth: Lapwing, Raven, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Siskin
Malkins Bank: Swallow, Willow Warbler, L Whitethroat, Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, Linnet & Yellowhammer
Sandbach Heath: Lapwing, LR Plover, Raven
Wheelock/Rail Trail: House Martin, Willow Warbler, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush & Yellowhammer
Winterley Pool: Canada Goose, Rook, Fieldfare, Redwing

Smallwood: Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Blue & Great Tit & Reed Bunting

Twemlow: Red-l Partridge, Rook, House Martin, Yellowhammer

Wistaston/Joey the Swan: Grasshopper Warbler

Wrinehill/Betley Mere: Curlew, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Bullfinch, Greenfinch & Reed Bunting

Blackcaps, Goldcrests & Reed Bunting continue to be showing in local gardens.
Another species of note is a Californian Quail reported in local gardens at Wheelock and Haslington, also at Red Lane Tip.

120 species reported in your local recording area this month

Tawny Owl by Graham Green
Goosander with young by Nigel Henderson
Goldfinch by MIke Tonks

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