February 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. Greylag & Pink-footed Goose, Black & Whooper Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Goosander, L & GC Grebe
Waders: incl. Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe & Green Sandpiper
Gulls & Terns: Mediterranean, Common, Great B-b & Herring Gull
Egrets: Great W & Little Egret
Raptors & Owls: Sparrowhawk, Red Kite & Peregrine

Other records: Skylark, Chiffchaff & Grey Wagtail reported this month
MGT/RF:  Pink-footed Goose, Water Rail, Common & Jack Snipe, Common & G B-b Gull, L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Merlin, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, L Redpoll & Reed Bunting
CF: L Egret
FF: Water Rail, Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Jay, L Redpoll & Siskin
FFF: Wigeon, Goosander & Skylark
Green Ln: Tree Sparrow
RLP: Water Rail & Kingfisher
Rookery Br/canal: Sparrowhawk, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, L Redpoll & Reed Bunting
WLF: Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler & Siskin

Sightings elsewhere:
Alsager: Tawny Owl
Fannyscroft/SW Alsager: Skylark, Chaffinch, Brambling & Yellowhammer
Church Lawton/Lawton Woods/Lake:  Mandarin, Goosander, L Grebe, Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail & Reed Bunting
Scholar Green/Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, L Egret, Barn Owl, Raven, Stonechat, Linnet, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Congleton: Barn Owl
Astbury: L Egret
AMCP: see astburywildlife.blogspot.co.uk
Biddulph Valley Way: Red Kite
Brereton Heath LNR/Bagmere: L & GC Grebe, Rook & Meadow Pipit
Brownlow/Wallhill: Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Rook, Raven, Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Linnet & Yellowhammer
Park/Town: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper & Grey Wagtail
Newsbank Pool: Gadwall, Oystercatcher & Green Sandpiper
North Rode/Marton: R-l Partridge & Barn Owl
Timbersbrook: Kingfisher, Kestrel & Grey Wagtail

Crewe: Brambling
Haslington/Crewe GC: Skylark
Joey the Swan: Collared Dove, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Jay, Rook, Raven, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch & Greenfinch
Macon Meadows: Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Rook, Raven, Song Thrush, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch & Greenfinch
Meremoor Moss: Great W Egret
Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin Duck, Common Gull, L Owl & L Redpoll

Doddington: incl. Greylag & Pink-footed Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Tufted, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Common & G B-b Gull, Kestrel, Skylark & Reed Bunting
Checkley: Collared Dove, Skylark, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Goostrey: Collared Dove, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw, Rook, Skylark & Stonechat

Holmes Chapel: Collared Dove, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit & Siskin

Lea Forge: Skylark, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch & Linnet

Middlewich: Whooper Swan, Golden Plover, Woodcock, Tawny Owl & Kestrel

Mow Cop: Common & Jack  Snipe, Stonechat

Rode Pool: incl. Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Water Rail, L Egret, Kingfisher & Raven

Sandbach: Kingfisher & L Redpoll
Arclid: Collared Dove, Kestrel, Skylark & Grey Wagtail
Bradwall: Yellowhammer
Elworth: Siskin
Fields Farm: Goosander, Oystercatcher, Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Raven, Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Greenfinch, Siskin & Reed Bunting
Smallwood: Kingfisher

Shavington: Red Kite

Swettenham/The Quinta: Stock & Collared Dove, Tawny Owl, Rook & Skylark

Winterley/Winterley Pool: Mute Swan, Goosander, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Rook, Skylark, Fieldfare & Meadow Pipit

Wybunbury/Moss: Sparrowhawk, Merlin & Reed Bunting

Occasional reports of skeins of Pink-footed Geese also Raven overhead, plus in gardens Blackcap, Goldcrest, Brambling, L Redpoll & Siskin were noted.  Also lots of reports of singing Chiffchaff - presumably all are of overwintering individuals?

Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff & Black Swan by Dennis Swaby

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