December 2018 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: ‘regulars’ incl: Pintail, Goosander, L & GC Grebe also Canada, Greylag & Pink-footed Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard (single), Tufted Duck
Egret: Great (W) & Little Egret
Waders: ‘regulars’ incl: Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Snipe & Redshank also Water Rail, Whimbrel (single), Dunlin (single)
Raptors & Owls: incl: Sparrowhawk, Buzzard & Peregrine
Gulls & Terns: incl: Common Gull

Other records: incl: Raven, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Tree Sparrow, Grey Wagtail & Reed Bunting reported this month.

MGT / RF:  ‘regulars’ incl: Whooper Swan & Pochard also Whooper Swan, Pochard, GW Egret, Jack & Common Snipe, Iceland Gull, Long-eared Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Peregrine, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Goldcrest, Stonechat & Meadow Pipit
FF: Water Rail, Woodcock
Green Lane set-aside: mixed flock of finches

Sightings Elsewhere:


Borrow Pit Meadow: Tawny Owl, Willow Tit

Brereton Heath CP: Gadwall, Goosander, Chiffchaff, Linnet

Bridgemere: Tawny Owl

AWP: see
Bathvale: Dipper
Bent Lane: Hen Harrier
Dane-in-Shaw: Dipper
L Moreton Hall / A34: Woodcock
Mossley: Dipper (Castle Inn Rd)
Town/Park area: Pink-footed Goose (skein), Goosander, Raven, Dipper, Grey Wagtail

David Whitby Way: Barn Owl
Queen’s Park: Barnacle Goose, Goosander

Doddington: ‘regulars’ incl: L Egret also Greylag & Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Great (W) Egret, Sparrowhawk, Snipe, Common Gull, Kestrel, Jay, Raven, Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Linnet

Haslington (Clay Lane): Barn Owl

Lawton Hall / Woods: Mute Swan, Mandarin Duck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Goosander, L Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker

Meremoor Moss: Greylag & Pink-footed Goose, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch & Reed Bunting

Canal: Whooper Swan
Cledford Lane / Lime Beds: Woodcock, Green Sandpiper

Rode Pool: ‘regulars’ incl: Canada & Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Mandarin Duck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, L Egret,  Cormorant, Snipe, Kingfisher also Goosander, L Grebe, Heron, Great W Egret, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, Woodcock (Single), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher, Jay, Raven, Coal Tit & Siskin

Rookery Bridge / Canal: 1000+ Starling
Fields Farm: Goosander, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker, L Redpoll

Scholar Green: Yellowhammer

Shavington: Woodcock, Tawny Owl

Swettenham / The Quinta: Buzzard, Jay, Rook

Wybunbury Moss: - Raven

Further afield ...

Talke: Waxwing

Winsford Flash: Mediterranean Gull

SJ77 Knutsford / SJ87 Alderley Edge border:

Chelford Quarries: Egyptian Goose, Tree Sparrow

Macclesfield Forest: Red Grouse, Crossbill

Newchurch Common: Smew

Northwich Woodlands:
Marbury CP: Bittern, Water Rail, L Redpoll
Neumann's and Aston's Flashes: Water Rail, Golden Plover, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, L Redpoll

Redesmere: Smew, Goosander, Great (W) & L Egret, Common Gull, Kingfisher

Rudheath Lime beds: Golden Plover, Curlew, Peregrine also Hawfinch, Yellowhammer at Lostock Green

103 species reported

Sparrowhawk, Common Snipe and Great White Egret at Elton Hall Flash
by Dennis Swaby

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