February 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.

Sandbach Flashes:

EHF / PHF:
Wildfowl: ‘regulars’ incl: Pintail, Goosander, GC Grebe also Pink-footed Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, L Grebe
Egret: Great (W) & Little Egret (both regular)
Waders: ‘regulars’ incl: Oystercatcher, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Snipe, Green Sandpiper & Redshank also Water Rail, Golden Plover
Raptors & Owls: ‘regulars’ incl: Kestrel also Sparrowhawk & Buzzard
Gulls & Terns: incl: Mediterranean & Yellow-legged Gull
Other records: incl: Raven, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Song Thrush, Tree Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit & Yellowhammer reported this month.

MGT / RF: incl: Gadwall, GW & L Egret, Golden Plover, Woodcock, Snipe, Iceland Gull, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting
CF
: Great (W) & L Egret, Oystercatcher
FF
: L Redpoll
FFF
: Pink-footed Goose, Kingfisher, Bullfinch
Green Lane set-aside
: Barn Owl, Merlin, Brambling
GF
: Cetti’s Warbler
OF
: L Owl
Rookery Bridge / canal
: Skylark, Meadow Pipit & Yellowhammer
WF
: L Owl
WLF
: Pink-footed Goose, L Egret

Sightings Elsewhere:

Alsager: Kestrel, Raven, Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit & Yellowhammer
Borrow Pit Meadow: Goosander, Bullfinch

Arclid SQ: Chiffchaff

Bagmere: Sparrowhawk, Hen Harrier, Woodcock, Snipe, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Starling murmuration, Stonechat

Brereton: Tree Sparrow
Smethwick
: Brambling, Linnet

Brereton Heath LNR: Linnet

Congleton:
AWP: see astburywildlife.blogspot.co.uk
Bathvale: L Egret, Grey Wagtail, Brambling, Siskin
Bent Farm SQ: R-l Partridge, Green Woodpecker, Yellowhammer
Dane in Shaw: Kingfisher, Brambling
Great Moreton Hall: Great (W) Egret
Timbersbrook: Barn Owl
Town / Park area: Goosander, Rook, Dipper, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail

Crewe:
David Whitby Way
: Barn Owl, Kestrel
Macon Meadows
: L Egret, Mealy Redpoll (poss)

Derbyshire / Staffordshire border:
Blackclough: Raven
Danebower Quarry: Red Grouse, Raven
Swallow Moss: Barn Owl

Doddington: ‘regulars’ incl: Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Goldeneye also Canada, Barnacle, Greylag & Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Goosander, R-l Partridge, L Grebe, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Common Gull, GS & Gr Woodpecker, Kestrel, Peregrine, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting
Checkley Lane: Red-legged Partridge, Kestrel, Raven, Skylark, Greenfinch, Linnet, Siskin, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Lawton Hall / Woods: Rook, Dipper, Siskin

Meremoor Moss: Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Stonechat

Middlewich Canal: Whooper Swan

Mow Cop: Stonechat, Brambling, Linnet

Rode Heath: Tawny Owl, L Egret, Willow Tit

Rode Pool: ‘regulars’ incl: - Canada & Greylag Goose, Mandarin Duck, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, GC Grebe, Great W Egret, Cormorant also Mute Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Heron, L Egret, Buzzard, Woodcock, Snipe, Barn & Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Raven, Coal Tit, Treecreeper & Siskin

Sandbach:
Elworth
: L Redpoll
Fields Farm
: Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Tree Sparrow, L Redpoll, Siskin

Scholar Green: Ring-necked Parakeet, Yellowhammer

Shavington: Blackcap, Goldcrest & mixed finch flock

Stapeley: Red Kite

Swettenham / The Quinta: Red-legged Partridge, Rook

Timbersbrook: Barn Owl

Walgherton: Barn Owl

Wybunbury Moss: Jay, Marsh Tit, Siskin

Further afield ...

SJ77 Knutsford / SJ87 Alderley Edge border:

Lapwing Hall Pool: Smew

Newchurch Common: Smew

Northwich Woodlands:
Marbury CP
: White-fronted Goose, Bittern, Water Rail, LS, GS & Gr Woodpecker
Neumann's and Aston's Flashes
: Water Rail, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler

Redesmere: Pochard, Goldeneye, Smew, Goosander, Red-legged Partridge, Great (W) Egret, Kingfisher

Rudheath Lime beds / Lostock Green: Golden Plover, Peregrine, Linnet, Yellowhammer

111 species reported

Kestrel with prey, Golden Plover and Great White Egret
by Dennis Swaby

this medium doesn’t do justice to the natural history images that Dennis Swaby captures at Sandbach Flashes.
See all of his latest images at: - sandbachflashes.co.uk

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