December 2019 Sightings

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


  1. Terry Hughes
    1st January 2020

    31/12/2019. Goosanders. 3 Male and 1 Female feeding in the canal at Wheelock, under the old railway bridge. First time I’ve seen them in the canal.

  2. Peter
    1st January 2020

    Glad you have managed to see one along there at long last, Sylvia. We went through about 8.10 and no sign and returned 12.45am again no sign.

  3. Sylvia Jarvis
    31st December 2019

    Barn owl on post along David Whitby way at

  4. John
    30th December 2019

    23 -29 Dec
    EHF/PHF: Gadwall, Pintail, Pochard, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Jay, Raven, Mistle Thrush,
    MGT/RF: Gadwall, Water Rail, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Skylark, Raven, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting
    CF: Green Sandpiper
    FFF: Mistle Thrush
    WLF: GC Grebe, Water Rail
    Astbury Mere CP: Pochard, Goosander, L Grebe, Chiffchaff
    Brereton Heath LNR: Goosander
    Checkley Ln: Brambling
    Doddington: Mandarin, Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Meadow Pipit
    Wall Hill: Green Woodpecker, Peregrine

  5. Mike&Andy
    28th December 2019

    A male Mandarin at Doddington this morning and 11 Meadow Pipits on the wires.Also this week 5 Shelduck on the 22nd with just 1 on the 25th,10 Pochard,8 Goldeneye,Shovelers and Wigeon.A Peregrine was the third on the bounce and a Kingfisher also noted.Off Checkley lane this morning highlight birds were Brambling and Goldcrest .

  6. John
    26th December 2019

    Not much to report on my walk yesterday – a Peregrine perched on a warehouse roof off University Way. It later took off and headed in the direction of Crewe Hall. A female Kestrel perched on a telegraph pole behind the allotments off Mill Lane, Weston. As I came out from under the railway bridge on Gresty Road, a Peregrine flew over the road heading past the Mornflake Oats building. Plenty of Buzzard sightings along the route.
    Song and Mistle Thrush in singing and small flocks of winter thrushes and corvids in the fields on either side of Basford sidings

  7. John
    23rd December 2019

    16 – 22 Dec
    EHF/PHF: Mandarin, Goosander, Water Rail, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Y-l Gull, Sparrowhawk
    Astbury Mere CP: Pochard, Goosander,
    Bagmere: Starling murmuration
    Crewe: Kestrel
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, an impressive Gull roost, Peregrine
    Lawton Lake: L Grebe, Dipper
    Lea Forge: Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Raven, Bullfinch & Linnet
    Sandbach: Meadow Pipit
    Wybunbury Moss: Raven, Meadow Pipit, L Redpoll

  8. John
    22nd December 2019

    Bagmere Starling murmuration starting to build.
    About 20,000 this evening plus about 500 Jackdaw
    ( per Rob Black )

  9. Graham
    21st December 2019

    Meadow Pipit over, 4 Pied Wagtails almost a garden tick – this at our new build Abbeyfields house in Sandbach.

  10. Mike&Andy
    21st December 2019

    A Green Woodpecker at Lea Forge this morning and other recent sightings included,Bullfinches ,Sparrowhawk,Raven,Goldcrest,Linnets,Jays and Stock Dove.

  11. Mike&Andy
    19th December 2019

    Two Peregrines over the wood at Doddington this morning,judging by their size,a male and female.

  12. Colin
    17th December 2019

    I counted the gull roost at Doddington this afternoon from 15-30 to 16-30. Totals were 9,500 blackheaded, 1,300 lesser blackbacked, 50 herring and 50 common. The water was partly frozen along the main drive bank and it was surprising to note that 90% of the black headed gulls chose to roost standing on the ice and 90% of the others roosted on the water.

  13. Mike&Andy
    17th December 2019

    2 Shelduck were new at Doddington this morning,also Goldeneyes,Pochard,single Teal, L. grebes and around 100 Lapwing were around the pool.

  14. Andy Warner
    17th December 2019

    Male and female Blackcap on the garden feeders

  15. John
    16th December 2019

    Macon Meadows this afternoon – Water Rail heard. Also a Peregrine on lighting tower on railway track.
    Incidentally a juvenile Peregrine has been reported on several occasions recently in The Flashes area, with 2 or 3 wing feathers missing!

  16. Mike&Andy
    16th December 2019

    Best birds around Wybunbury moss this morning were,Lesser Redpolls,Siskins,Goldcrests,Raven,Meadow Pipits,Greenfinch,Jay and G.S.Woodpecker.

  17. John
    16th December 2019

    9 -15 Dec
    EHF/PHF: Mandarin, Goosander, Stock Dove, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Sparrowhawk, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine x2
    Hall Ln: Barn Owl
    Astbury Mere CP: Pochard, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Siskin
    Borrow Pit Meadow: Goosander, GS Woodpecker
    Church Lawton: 38 Collared Dove
    Crewe: Barn Owl
    Doddington: R-l Partridge, Shoveler, Wigeon, Pochard, Goldeneye, Goosander, Water Rail, L Grebe, Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine
    Lawton Lake: Goldeneye
    Sandbach: Buzzard, Blackcap

  18. Janet
    13th December 2019

    BARN OWL along David Whitby Way 10.50pm this evening (returning home from a very entertaining December SECOS meeting)

  19. Colin
    13th December 2019

    The only good bird to add at Doddington this morning was a male goosander. Also Pochard numbers were up to 13 and there were 200 Starlings on wires by the units.

  20. Graham
    11th December 2019

    2 Buzzards soaring over B & M in Sandbach

  21. Mike&Andy
    11th December 2019

    A Water Rail was a year tick for us at Doddington this afternoon and other birds included,Common Gull,Red-legged Partridge,12x Wigeon,11 x Shoveler,2 x Pochard,L Grebes,displaying Goldeneye and a good raptor session with Sparrowhawk and Kestrel perched up and our last bird,a Peregrine gave great views as it soared overhead.

  22. John
    9th December 2019

    2 – 8 Dec
    EHF/PHF: Shoveler, Pintail, Goosander, Water Rail, L & GC Grebe, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Caspian Gull, L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel Peregrine, Rook,
    Hall Ln: Barn Owl
    MGT/RF: Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
    WF set-aside: Greenfinch, Linnet
    Astbury: Goosander, Barn Owl, Kingfisher,
    Astbury Mere CP: Wigeon, Pochard, Goosander, L Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Siskin
    Brereton/Swettenham: Sparrowhawk, Peregrine
    Buglawton: Goosander
    Doddington: Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Goldeneye
    Haslington: Barn Owl
    Mow Cop/Cheshire Close: Snipe, Woodcock, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting
    Rode Heath: L Egret
    Wybunbury Moss: L Redpoll & Siskin

  23. Colin
    5th December 2019

    At Doddington this morning the tufted duck numbers were up to 119 but other ducks numbers continue to be low. Wigeon 1 was new.

  24. SECOSeditor
    5th December 2019

    Sorry for the late post. Some December sightings are actually under the November post

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