March 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.

Highlights (ie first reports this month) - Kumlien's Gull 1st, Brambling, Yellowhammer 2nd, Jack Snipe 4th, Merlin 5th, Caspian Gull 6th, Mediterranean Gull 7th, Cetti's Warbler 8th, Sand Martin 9th, Green Woodpecker 13th, Red Kite 17th, Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail 22nd, LR Plover, Short-eared Owl, Swallow, Black Redstart 23rd, Osprey, Willow Warbler 25th, Garganey 27th, Little Gull 30th

'*' indicates breeding confirmed

Sandbach Flashes -
Wildfowl - 'regulars' incl: Gadwall, Pintail, Goosander also Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Shelduck, Mandarin, Garganey, Shoveler & L & GC Grebe
Waders - 'regulars' incl - Oystercatcher, L R Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper & Redshank also Water Rail, Curlew & Common Sandpiper
Gulls & Terns - Mediterranean, Common, Kumlien's & Caspian Gull
Herons - Great (W) & Little Egret
Raptors & Owls - incl - Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel & Peregrine

Other records - Kingfisher, Skylark, Sand martin, Willow Warbler, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Grey & White Wagtail, L Redpoll, Siskin & Reed Bunting reported this month
MGT/RF - Water Rail, Common & Jack Snipe, Common & Great Black-backed Gull, L & Great (W) Egret, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat & Meadow Pipit
FF - Tawny Owl, Jackdaw, Goldcrest & Reed Bunting
FFF - Goosander, Bl-t Godwit & Grey Wagtail
Rookery Br/Canal - Kestrel, Merlin, Skylark, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting
WLF - GC Grebe, Oystercatcher & Curlew

 Sightings Elsewhere -
Alsager - R-l Partridge & Peregrine
Lawton Lake/woods - Mandarin, Teal, Goosander, Kingfisher, Raven, Dipper & Grey Wagtail
Oakhanger - Oystercatcher
Rode Estate/Heath - L Egret, Green Woodpecker & Stonechat
Salt Line/Borrow Pit Meadows - Canada & Greylag Goose, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Blackcap & Bullfinch
Scholar Green - Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Brereton Heath LNR - GC Grebe, Coal Tit & Greenfinch

Congleton -
Astbury - R-l Partridge, Stock Dove, LR Plover, S-e Owl, Skylark, Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Linnet & Yellowhammer
AWP - see
Buglawton - Goosander, Raven & Grey Wagtail
The Cloud - Kestrel, Raven, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, L Redpoll & Siskin
Eaton - R-l Partridge & Raven
Newsbank Pool - Oystercatcher
Somerford - Curlew
Wallhill - Shelduck, Stock Dove, Oystercatcher, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Skylark, Sand Martin, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Crewe - Peregrine
Barthomley - Lapwing
Basford - Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare & Reed Bunting
Business Park - Moorhen*
Chorlton - Snipe, Jackdaw, Yellowhammer
Quakers Coppice - Tawny Owl
Weston - Snipe, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting

Doddington - 'regulars' incl - L Owl also R-l Partridge, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Water Rail, L & GC Grebe, Oystercatcher, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Coal Tit, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, Stonechat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting
Lea Forge - R-l Partridge, Stock Dove, Raven, Skylark, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Greenfinch & Linnet

Holmes Chapel - Stock Dove, Jackdaw, Swallow & Linnet

Middlewich - Osprey

Mow Cop - Snipe, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, L Redpoll & Reed Bunting

Rode Pool - no records (non-essential driving)

Sandbach - Sparrowhawk, Raven & Black Redstart
Bradwall - Tree Sparrow & Yellowhammer
Elworth - Sparrowhawk
Hassall/M6 - Red Kite
Sandbach Heath - Oystercatcher & Willow Warbler

Smallwood - Green Woodpecker & Chiffchaff

Swettenham - Collared Dove

Warmingham - Shoveler, Gadwall & Barn Owl

Wistaston/Joey the Swan - Tree Sparrow

Wrinehill - Barn & Tawny Owl

Blackcaps, Goldcrests & Reed Bunting continue to be showing in local gardens.
114 species reported in your local recording area this month

Water Rail, Chiffchaff, and Iceland Gull,
March 2020 by Dennis Swaby

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