December 2021 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. Pink-footed Goose, Mute & Whooper Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Yellow-billed Teal, Pochard, Goosander, L & GC Grebe
Waders: incl. Water Rail, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe & Redshank
Gulls & Terns: Common, GB-b, Herring, Yellow-legged & LB-b Gull
Egrets etc: Great W & Little Egret
Raptors & Owls: Sparrowhawk, Merlin & Peregrine

Other records: Skylark, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Starling, Fieldfare & Grey Wagtail reported this month
MGT/RF: Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Water Rail, Woodcock, Common & Jack Snipe, G B-b Gull, L Egret, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Redwing, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Greenfinch & Reed Bunting
CF: Meadow Pipit
Clay Lane: L Egret, Kestrel & Jay
FF: Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Redwing & Grey Wagtail
FFF: L Egret & Cetti’s Warbler
Green Lane: Siskin
GF: Water Rail, Cetti’s Warbler & Hawfinch
Oaktree Flash: Great W Egret
WLF: Great W Egret

Sightings elsewhere:

Alsager: Skylark
Church Lawton: Greenfinch, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting
Fannyscroft: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker & Linnet
Lawton Woods/Lake: Mandarin, Goosander & Great W Egret
Rode Heath/Scholar Green: Egyptian Goose, L Egret, Buzzard & Reed Bunting
Salt Line/Borrow Pit Meadows: Goosander & Blackbird

AMCP: see
Brereton Heath LNR: L Redpoll & Siskin
Brownlow/Wallhill: Shelduck & Grey Wagtail
Little Moreton Hall: Barn Owl
Park/Town: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail & Siskin
North Rode Pool: Mandarin, Goosander, L Egret, Kingfisher & Rook

Barthomley: Green Sandpiper
David Whitby Way: Barn Owl
Joey the Swan: Collared Dove, Common Gull, Rook, Raven, Grey Wagtail & Greenfinch
Macon Meadows: Water Rail, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Jay, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch & Siskin
Meremoor Moss: Stock Dove, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Jay, Rook, Raven, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Linnet, Siskin & Reed Bunting
Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Goosander, Jay & Mistle Thrush

Doddington: incl. Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Snipe, Bl-h, Common, Herring & Lesser Bl-b Gull, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Jay, Jackdaw, Raven, Skylark, Redwing, Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Brambling & L Redpoll
Checkley: Grey Partridge
Lea Forge: L Grebe & Jay

Holmes Chapel/M6: Golden Plover

Mow Cop: Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Snipe & Brambling

Rode Pool: incl. Pink-footed & Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Teal, Goosander, L Grebe, Snipe, Grey Heron, Great W & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Jay, Raven, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail & Siskin

Sandbach: Greenfinch
Arclid SQ: Jackdaw & Redwing
Brereton Heath LNR: L Redpoll & Siskin
Elworth: Brambling
Fields Farm: Goosander, Kestrel, Jay, Raven, Mistle Thrush & Greenfinch
Wheelock: Stock & Collared Dove, Tawny Owl & Greenfinch
Winterley Pool: Mute Swan, Goosander, Collared Dove, Jackdaw & Redwing

Swettenham/The Quinta: Siskin

Wybunbury Moss: Water Rail, Woodcock, Snipe, Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, Jay, Rook, Raven, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Greenfinch, L Redpoll, Siskin & Reed Bunting

Occasional reports of skeins of Pink-footed Geese overhead, plus Blackcap & Brambling in gardens

Little egret, Great-spotted Woodpecker & Grey Wagtail
by Dennis Swaby

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