February 2022 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 & Egyptian Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Goosander, L & GC Grebe
Waders: incl. Water Rail, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit & Green Sandpiper
Gulls & Terns: Mediterranean, GB-b, Herring & LB-b Gull
Egrets, etc: Great W & Little Egret
Raptors & Owls: Sparrowhawk, Buzzard & Kestrel

Other records
: Skylark, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch & Reed Bunting reported this month
MGT/RF: Great W & L Egret, Kestrel, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Meadow Pipit, & Bullfinch

Sightings Elsewhere:

Fannyscroft: L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Rook, Raven, Skylark, Starling, Redwing, Linnet & Siskin
Lawton Woods/Lake: Mandarin &L Grebe
Rode Heath/Scholar Green: Egyptian Goose, L Egret, Buzzard, Kestrel, Brambling, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting
Salt Line/Borrow Pit Meadows: Bullfinch & Siskin

Barthomley: Collared Dove &  Jay

Betley: Water Rail, Woodcock, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler & Siskin

Byley: Starling

Congleton: L Egret
AMCP: see astburywildlife.blogspot.co.uk
Astbury: Kingfisher, Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit & Brambling
Brereton: Yellowhammer
Brownlow/Wallhill: Egyptian Goose & Oystercatcher
Clonter/Newsbank: L Egret
The Cloud: Stonechat
Park/Town: Goosander, Red Kite, Kingfisher, Raven, Dipper & Grey Wagtail

Macon Meadows: Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch & Siskin
Meremoor: Stock Dove, Water Rail, L Grebe, Oystercatcher, Great W Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Rook, Coal Tit, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet & Siskin
Quakers Coppice: Sparrowhawk & Bullfinch
Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Goosander, L Owl, L Redpoll & Siskin

Derbyshire/Staffordshire border:
Wildboarclough: Curlew, Raven, Dipper & Grey Wagtail

Doddington: incl. Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Med, Common & L B-b Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Jay, Rook, Raven, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch & Reed Bunting
Bridgemere: Goldeneye, Skylark & Meadow Pipit
Checkley: Grey & R-l Partridge, Brambling, Greenfinch, L Redpoll & Reed Bunting
Lea Forge: Woodcock, Snipe, Rook, Raven, Skylark, Stonechat & Bullfinch

Middlewich: Barn Owl
Lime Beds: Jack Snipe, Snipe & Green Sandpiper

Rode Pool: incl. Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Teal, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Snipe, Grey Heron, Great W & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Raven, Coal Tit & Siskin

Sandbach: Red Kite
Arclid: Jackdaw, Fieldfare & Meadow Pipit
Fields Farm: Kingfisher & Rook
Wheelock Rail Trail: Tawny Owl

Swettenham/The Quinta: Tawny Owl, Skylark, Rook & Siskin

Wybunbury Moss: Water Rail, Jay, Rook, Greenfinch & Siskin

Occasional reports of Blackcap in gardens.

***  NB - an image showing the route taken by a satellite-tagged White-tailed Eagle suggests it passed over the east of our area as it flew south on the 10th February.

Buzzards in flight, Water Rail and Goldfinch 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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