December 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. Barnacle, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Goosander, L Grebe
Waders: - incl. Water Rail, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe & Green Sandpiper
Gulls & Terns: - Black-headed, Mediterranean, Great B-b, Yellow-legged & L B-b Gull
Egrets: - Great W & Little Egret
Raptors & Owls: - Sparrowhawk & Peregrine

Other records: - Raven reported this month
MGT/RF: Barnacle Goose, Pintail, Water Rail, Snipe, G B-b Gull, Great W Egret, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting
CF: Goosander, Little & Great W Egret
FF: Goosander, L Redpoll & Siskin
GF: Water Rail
WF: Goosander, Snipe, Barn & Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Raven, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Linnet
Set-aside: Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Linnet & L Redpoll
WLF: Cetti's Warbler

Sightings elsewhere: -

Alsager: Wigeon & Goosander
Fannyscroft/SW Alsager: Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Fieldfare, Redwing, Chaffinch, Brambling, Linnet, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting
Church Lawton/Lawton Woods/Lake: Goosander, L Grebe, Woodcock, Kingfisher, Redwing & Dipper
Oakhanger: Barn Owl
Salt Line/Borrow Pit Meadows: Goosander, Collared Dove, Kestrel, Jay, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Linnet, L Redpoll & Siskin
Scholar Green/Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, L Egret, Stonechat & Yellowhammer

Congleton: Woodcock
Astbury: Kestrel, Black Redstart & Brambling
AMCP: see
Brereton Heath LNR/Bagmere: Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest & Treecreeper
Buglawton: Siskin
The Cloud: Raven, Goldcrest & Siskin
Park/Town: Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail
North Rode: Shelduck, Goosander, L Egret, Kingfisher & Jay
Smethwick: Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Linnet & Yellowhammer
Timbersbrook: Buzzard & GS Woodpecker

Haslington/Crewe GC: Raven & Fieldfare
Macon Meadows: Water Rail & Sparrowhawk
Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Goosander & L Grebe

Cheshire border:
Derbyshire Bridge: Red Grouse, Kestrel & Stonechat

Doddington: incl. Greylag & Pink-footed Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Tufted, Goldeneye, Water Rail, L Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Linnet & L Redpoll + a large roost of Black-headed, Common, Great B-b, Herring & Lesser B-b Gull
Lea Forge: Lapwing, Rook, Raven & Meadow Pipit

Meremoor Moss: Muscovy Duck, Snipe, Kestrel, Jay, Rook, Skylark, Song & Mistle Thrush, Stonechat, Bullfinch & Linnet

Middlewich: Whooper Swan, Goosander & Woodcock
Lime Beds: Whooper Swan, Green Sandpiper, Skylark, Grey Wagtail & Bullfinch

Mow Cop/Cheshire's Close: Lapwing, Woodcock, Snipe & Stonechat

Rode Pool: incl. Greylag & Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Stock Dove, L & GC Grebe, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, L Egret, Kingfisher, Jay & Mistle Thrush

Sandbach: Sparrowhawk & Greenfinch
Arclid/Sandbach Heath: Shelduck & Meadow Pipit
Bradwall: Skylark
Fields Farm: Goosander, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker, Jay, Rook, Song & Mistle Thrush, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, L Redpoll & Siskin
Winterley/Winterley Pool: Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Jay, Rook, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit & Greenfinch

Swettenham/The Quinta: Collared Dove, Sparrowhawk, Jay, Rook, Raven, Song Thrush & Bullfinch

Wybunbury Moss: Collared Dove, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Jay, Raven, Mistle Thrush, & Bullfinch

Occasional reports of skeins of Pink-footed Geese also Raven overhead, plus of Sparrowhawk, GS Woodpecker, Blackcap, Goldcrest & L Redpoll in gardens.

Barnacle Goose, Curlew and Fieldfare
by Dennis Swaby

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