January 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 - 'regulars' incl Shelduck, Pintail, Goosander, L Grebe also Pink-footed Goose, Black Swan, Shoveler, Gadwall & GC Grebe
Waders - 'regulars' incl Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank also Water Rail & Oystercatcher
Herons - Great (W) & Little Egret
Raptors & Owls - incl  Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin & Peregrine
Gulls & Terns - Mediterranean, Common, Great Black-backed & Yellow-legged Gull

Other records - Kingfisher, Raven, Blackcap, Goldcrest & Pied Wagtail reported this month
MGT/RF - L Grebe, Snipe, Iceland Gull, Great (W) & L Egret, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Linnet & Reed Bunting
CF - L Egret
Dragons Lane - Barn Owl
FF - Goosander, Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Jay & L Redpoll
FFF/Embankment - Pink-footed Geese
Green Lane - mixed finch flock
Rookery Br/Canal - Sparrowhawk, Merlin, Raven, Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting
Tetton Ln F - Kingfisher

Sightings Elsewhere -

Alsager -
Salt Line / Borrow Pit Meadows - Goosander, Tawny Owl, Jay, Raven, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit & Greenfinch

Bagmere - Water Rail, Starling murmuration & Meadow Pipit

Brereton/Heath LNR - Goosander & Mistle Thrush

Congleton - Woodcock & Tawny Owl (2)
Astbury - Lapwing & Skylark
AWP - see astburywildlife.blogspot.co.uk
The Cloud - Tawny Owl, Raven, Meadow Pipit & Siskin
Dane-in-Shaw - Dipper (2 - displaying), Grey Wagtail
Park - Goosander, Dipper & Grey Wagtail
Wallhill - Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Crewe -
David Whitby Way - Barn Owl

Doddington - 'regulars' incl -  Goldeneye also Red-legged Partridge, Pink-footed & Egyptian Goose, Mandarin Duck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, L Grebe, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Raven & Mistle Thrush
Checkley Green/Lane - Peregrine (2)
Lea Forge - Bullfinch & Linnet & Siskin

Haslington - Tawny Owl (2)

Lawton Lake - Mandarin, Kingfisher, Dipper & Grey Wagtail

Middlewich Salt Beds - Woodcock, Green Sandpiper

Mow Cop - Pink-footed Geese (skein)

Rode Heath - L Egret, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting

Rode Pool - 'regulars' incl -  Greylag Goose, Mandarin, Teal,  Tufted Duck, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Snipe, Heron also Shoveler, Wigeon, L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker, Jay, Raven, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail & Siskin

Weston - Fieldfare

Wheelock Treatment Works - Little Egret & Grey Wagtail

Wistaston/Joey The Swan - Little Egret, Grey Wagtail

Wybunbury Moss -  Sparrowhawk, Jay, Raven, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Song & Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, L Redpoll & Siskin

Blackcaps continue to be showing in local gardens and the odd report of skeins of Pink-footed Geese.
Reports of Whooper Swans over Elworth & Wistaston

Further afield ...
SJ77 Knutsford / SJ87 Alderley Edge border -
Lapwing Hall Pool - Smew, Tree Sparrow
Lostock Green - Yellowhammer
Marbury CP/Neumann's and Aston's Flashes -  Golden Plover, GN Diver, Bittern, GW & L Egret, Barn & Tawny Owl, LS & Green Woodpecker & Siberian Stonechat
Newchurch Common - Smew
Redesmere - White-fronted Goose
Rudheath Lime beds - Golden Plover, Curlew, Kestrel & Peregrine

Oystercatcher, Fieldfare and Black Swan
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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