October 2018 Sightings

Details of October sightings compiled by John Thompson will appear on the Monthly Sightings.


  1. Terry Hughes
    31st October 2018

    My first sighting of Winter Thrushes this season. 8 Fieldfare feeding on Haws and 6 Redwing over. Seen along the canal at Hassall Green between Locks 55 & 56. 31/10/2018

  2. Mike&Andy
    29th October 2018

    A Jack Snipe on the island at Doddington this morning was the first there since March 2017.Also Common Snipe,3xMeadow Pipits,2 Mistle Thrush,Female Goldeneye,4x female Teal,3 female Shoveler and 1 male.

  3. Colin
    26th October 2018

    5 female goldeneye and 2 male pochard were the only noteworthy birds on the Lemon Pool at Doddington this afternoon

  4. Mike&Andy
    22nd October 2018

    Sightings from the past few days at Lea Forge included,Green and G.S. Woodpecker,Grey Wagtail,Goldcrest,30x Linnet,8x Meadow Pipit,Reed Bunting,Mistle Thrush and Kestrel.After a slight build up of wildfowl species towards the end of last week, not a single one of note at Doddington this morning.Off the water,4xSnipe,Kingfisher and Kestrel.

  5. Colin
    19th October 2018

    At Doddington on a gloriously sunny October morning 22 wigeon, 2 shoveler and 1 gadwall were mixed in with over 600 mallard. Also 4 snipe on the island. At Lea Forge a pair of Bullfinches and 25 Goldfinches were also looking good in the sunshine.

  6. John
    19th October 2018

    I forgot to include a pair of Stonechat on my list for the other day at Meremoor Moss. They were both singing/calling and both were making low-level flights from one raised perch to another – my first Stonechat sightings of this Autumn period

  7. John
    17th October 2018

    As I have split one of my patches for the SECOS Winter and Breeding Bird Survey, I’ve done a trial run this morning.
    If you are new to bird surveys, this may be a good way to start as the Winter Survey avoids early starts and only requires you to do 3 or 4 visits over 4 months – at least 4 weeks apart. As well as recording the species and making a count, it only requires you to choose 1 of 4 status codes for the birds ‘activity’. Support is available if you want help to get started.
    See the section on SWaBBS on this website or if you want more information, contact me or Colin.
    Back to this morning on Meremoor Moss: birds of note include: – Water Rail, Kingfisher (twice) pr Kestrel, Fieldfare ( my first this Autumn ), Redwing & Mistle Thrush

  8. Colin Lythgoe
    13th October 2018

    Nearly 1,000 geese at Doddington this morning but the only birds of note were three wigeon and a grey wagtail.

  9. Mike&Andy
    11th October 2018

    A few different birds at Lea Forge this morning included,2 Lesser Redpoll,Green Woodpecker calling and seen in flight,3 Swallows and 3 Jays.

  10. Mike&Andy
    9th October 2018

    Better at Lea Forge this morning with a Merlin hedge hopping just in front of us.Also,Grey Wagtail,Fieldfares,Redwings,Meadow Pipits,Reed Buntings and Ravens.Doddington continues to disappoint with a quick scan giving just Kestrel,Snipe,Lapwings and Little Grebe of any note.

  11. Woody
    8th October 2018

    Woody. A bramblefinch was heard and seen flying over Barthomley this morning

  12. Mike&Andy
    7th October 2018

    The first of the over wintering Goldeneyes at Doddington this morning with 2 females.Also 2 Snipe on the island,2 Snipe highish over and a Grey Wagtail.

  13. Peter
    1st October 2018

    4 Ravens over my garden in Woore (14.20 today) heading towards Bridgemere and presumably on to Doddington.

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