October 2019 Sightings

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


  1. Mike
    30th October 2019

    A single Pink-footed Goose at Doddington this afternoon.

  2. John
    30th October 2019

    Falcon on Pyms Lane
    If you are going to Bentley Motors to buy a new car for Xmas, please cast an eye towards the pylons near the traffic lights at the junction with Middlewich Rd.
    I was driving along Pyms Lane this morning but in traffic so I couldn’t stop when I heard a falcon calling.
    Looking up I saw 2 falcons flying and calling close to the pylons. Could they be a pair of Peregrines?
    There is a report of bird(s) there in the same period in 2009 and from nearby Leighton Hospital between 2002 to 2014

  3. Mike
    28th October 2019

    Two Little Owls basking in the sunshine at Doddington this afternoon and female Goldeneye up to five.Kingfisher also present.

  4. John
    28th October 2019

    21 – 27 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Egyptian Goose, Shoveler, Stock Dove, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redwing, Grey Wagtail
    CF: GC Grebe, Grey Wagtail
    WF: Jay, Chiffcahff, Goldcrest
    Astbury Mere CP: Scaup, Goldeneye, Teal, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Redwing, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Whooper, Goldeneye, Collared Dove, L Grebe, Common Gull, L Owl, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine
    Lea Forge: Jay, Skylark, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail
    Scholar Green: Tree Sparrow, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting

  5. Colin & Sylvia
    25th October 2019

    At Doddington this morning our first goldeneye of the winter with 2 females present, along with 3 shoveler, 1 wigeon and 2 teal. Other good birds included 1 peregrine, 1 kestrel and a flock of 27 collared doves on wires by the road; the biggest flock that I have seen this year – anybody seen a bigger one?

  6. Mike&Andy
    24th October 2019

    Little Owl at Doddington this morning and a small flock of Meadow Pipits on the wires.

  7. Mike&Andy
    21st October 2019

    Apologies for the double Goldcrest at Lea Forge,should have been Chiffchaff.

  8. Mike&Andy
    21st October 2019

    9 Whooper Swans and 3 female Goldeneye on Doddington this morning.Also 4 Shoveler,3Wigeon,11 Little Grebes,Kingfisher,Sparrowhawk,Jay and 4 Mistle Thrush.Grey Wagtail,Common Gull,Kestrel and G.S.Woodpecker were noted on our last visit.At Lea Forge,Grey Wagtail,Fieldfares,Redwings,Goldcrest,Skylark,Meadow Pipits,Goldcrest,Jay and Mistle Thrush.

  9. John
    21st October 2019

    14 – 20 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Common & Y-l Gull, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Raven, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Water Rail, Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat
    FF/WLF: Goosander, GC Grebe, Skylark, Redwing, Siskin
    RLT: Redwing, Goldcrest, Siskin
    Astbury Mere CP: Pochard, L Grebe, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, Siskin
    Doddington: Greylag & Canada Geese, Wigeon & Tufted Duck
    Crewe/Haslington/Wistaston: Pink-footed Geese overhead

  10. John
    18th October 2019

    Macon Meadows this morning in the sunshine!
    I hadn’t been there long when I heard the tits alarm call, usually means the presence of a Sparrowhawk. Looking round and skywards, I saw a raptor whose ‘jizz’ was falcon not hawk! Through my binoculars, I saw it was a Peregrine.
    What struck me though ( as it was circling and gaining height ) was that the underside was pale – almost white ( I couldn’t make out any barring ) and it had a distinct large white rump! I’ve don’t recall noticing that plumage before.
    BWPi description of a juvenile Peregrine – “Upper tail-coverts incompletely barred buff; greater upper wing-coverts with some buff spots”.
    This bird must be one of the young raised locally and has not yet dispersed ( they bred in the area this year, the first record since 2011 at The Alexandra Stadium ).

    Other notable records: – Buzzard, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail

  11. colin
    18th October 2019

    At Doddington this morning, big numbers of geese again with 360 greylag and 330 canadas. Still a steady increase in duck numbers with 136 tufted and 6 wigeon.

  12. John
    14th October 2019

    7 – 13 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Wigeon, Pintail, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common & G B-b Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Raven, Redwing, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Kingfisher, Skylark, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Canal Towpath: Kestrel
    Astbury Mere CP: Pochard, Goldeneye
    Doddington: Goosander, L Grebe, Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker, Jay, Skylark
    Lea Forge: Stoke Dove, GS Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit
    Mow Cop: Stonechat
    Joey the Swan: Fieldfare, Redwing, Bullfinch
    Walgherton: Spotted Flycatcher

  13. David O'Hara
    13th October 2019

    Sightings Sunday 13th October Wistaston Joey the Swan
    redwing, fieldfare, blackbird, blue tit, great tit, goldcrest, bullfinch, jackdaw ,rook, magpie, woodpigeon robin, dunnock.

  14. Mike&Andy
    10th October 2019

    Our first Redwings of the Autumn at Lea Forge this morning and a fair list that included.Chiffchaff,Meadow Pipits,Mistle Thrush,Kestrel,Stock Doves,G.S.Woodpecker and 2 Jays high over.

  15. Mike&Andy
    8th October 2019

    It’s been quiet at Doddington of late,so good to see a female Goosander this morning.Also Kingfisher,Jays, G.S. Woodpecker and Little Grebes.Over were 2 Skylarks,3 Pied Wagtails and a few Stock Doves.

  16. John
    7th October 2019

    30 Sep – 6 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Mandarin, Wigeon, Pintail, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Common, G B-b & Y-l Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Garganey, S-e Owl, Kestrel, Peregrine, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Richard’s Pipit, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    GF: Cetti’s Warbler
    RLP: Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: Cetti’s Warbler
    Alsager: P-f Geese skein
    Astbury: R-l Partridge
    Astbury Mere CP: Pochard, Sparrowhawk, S-e Owl, Kestrel, Jay, Raven, Meadow Pipit, Siskin
    Basford: Raven,
    Mow Cop: Kestrel, Raven, Skylark, Stonechat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit
    Shavington: Red Kite
    Walgherton: Spotted Flycatcher

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