December 2019 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.

Highlights (i.e. first reports this month) - Woodcock, L Egret, Tawny Owl 1st, Jack Snipe, Barn Owl 3rd, Caspian Gull 4th, Water Rail 11th, Dipper 16th, Green Woodpecker 21st, Starling murmuration 22nd, Mediterranean Gull, Brambling 28th, Great W Egret, Merlin 31st

Sandbach Flashes -
Wildfowl - 'regulars' incl -Pintail, Goosander, L & GC Grebe also Greylag & Pink -footed Goose (skein), Shelduck, Mandarin, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal & Pochard
Waders - 'regulars' incl - Water Rail, Curlew, Black -tailed Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank also Golden Plover & Dunlin
Herons - Little Egret
Raptors & Owls - 'regulars' incl - Sparrowhawk, Buzzard also Kestrel, Merlin & Peregrine
Gulls & Terns - Mediterranean, Great Black -backed, Caspian & Yellow -legged Gull

Other records - GS Woodpecker, Jay, Rook, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest & Mistle Thrush reported this month

MGT/RF - Gadwall, Water Rail, Woodcock, Jack & Common Snipe, Raven, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Greenfinch & Reed Bunting
CF - Green Sandpiper
FF - Woodcock
FFF - Mistle Thrush
Green Lane - mixed finch flock
GF - Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler
WLF - Water Rail, GC Grebe

Sightings Elsewhere -

Alsager - Little Egret
Mere - Tufted Duck, Goosander & Kingfisher
Salt Line / Borrow Pit Meadows - Goosander, Tawny Owl, GS Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Song Thrush & Meadow Pipit

Bagmere - Jackdaw & Starling murmuration

Brereton/Heath LNR - Goosander, Sparrowhawk & Peregrine

Church Lawton - Collared Dove ( 38 )

Congleton -
Astbury - Barn Owl
AWP - see
Buglawton - Goosander
School Lane - Tree Sparrow

Dane -in -Shaw - Dipper ( 4  - displaying)
Wallhill - Green Woodpecker & Peregrine

Crewe -
David Whitby Way - Barn Owl & Kestrel
Haslington bypass - Barn Owl
Queen's Park - Barnacle Goose & Goosander

Derbyshire/Staffordshire border - Short -eared Owl

Doddington - 'regulars' incl - Shoveler, Wigeon,  Pochard, Goldeneye (displaying), also Red -legged Partridge, Shelduck, Mandarin Duck, Teal, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Water Rail, L Grebe, an impressive gull roost, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Jay, Chiffchaff & Meadow Pipit

Checkley Green Lane - Raven & Brambling

Lea Forge - Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Raven, Bullfinch & Linnet,

Lawton Lake - Goldeneye, L Grebe & Dipper

Middlewich Salt Beds - Green Sandpiper

Mow Cop - Woodcock, common & Jack Snipe, Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting

Rode Pool - 'regulars' incl - Teal,  Tufted Duck, Goosander also Greylag Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Wigeon, L & GC Grebe, L & GW Egret, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker, Jay, Raven, Coal Tit, L Redpoll & Siskin

Scholar Green - Little Egret

Swettenham/Quinta - Kestrel, Jay & Siskin

Weston - Pied Wagtail ( 50 )

Wheelock Canal - Goosander

Wybunbury Moss - Stock Dove, Jay, Rook, Raven, Goldcrest, Song & Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, L Redpoll, Siskin & Reed Bunting

Also Blackcaps in local gardens and numerous reports of skeins of Pink -footed Geese.

Further afield ...

SJ77 Knutsford / SJ87 Alderley Edge border -
Goostrey - Tawny Owl, L Redpoll
Lapwing Hall Pool - Smew
Lostock Green - Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl, Skylark, Yellowhammer
Marbury CP/Neumann's and Aston's Flashes - Water Rail, Bittern, L Egret, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker & unidentified Stonechat
Newchurch Common - Smew
Redesmere - Pink -footed, White -fronted & Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Pochard, Goldeneye, Siskin
Rudheath Canal/Lime beds - Water Rail, Golden Plover, Kestrel, Peregrine & Skylark

97 species reported

Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest and Madarin Duck
at Elton Hall Flash December 2019 by Dennis Swaby

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