April 2020 Sightings

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


  1. Mick Ball
    29th April 2020

    Red Kite flew south straight over my house at 17.10.

  2. David Cookson
    29th April 2020

    Despite a cloudy morning with a very cold wind at Doddington. I had lots of Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martins. There were a few Swifts too. Other birds of note were Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

  3. Colin
    28th April 2020

    On the golf course this morning, my first definite garden warbler of the year, nine pied wagtails feeding were probably passage birds. Also one jay flying around.

  4. John
    28th April 2020

    Macon Meadows
    Yesterday lunchtime in the sunshine ( 1 till 2 ): a Peregrine flew low over the fields heading in the direction of The Flashes. A couple of Buzzard circling low over the gantry, nearby the pair of Grey Wagtail were acrobatically plucking Mayfly ( I think ) out of the air – occasionally both going for the same fly! Young Blackbird heard begging somewhere in the dense undergrowth, a female Bullfinch begging and receiving food from her attendant male.
    In contrast this morning in the drizzle ( 7 till 8 ), it was quieter. The pungent perfume of Wild Garlic. A glimpse of a Jay as it flew off in the direction of the MMU was a highlight ( rarely see them here ). A brief view of a Grey Wagtail by the culvert, cock Blackbirds duelling and a distant Song Thrush were the only other things of note

  5. Mick
    27th April 2020

    4 Swifts Alsager.
    6 Oystercatcher Rode Heath

  6. David
    27th April 2020

    Out at Lea Forge this morning. In addition to the usual ones there were. Oystercatcher, Bullfinch, Garden Warbler,Red-Leddeg Partridge,Whitethroat,Raven, Swallow and Blackcap.

  7. Dave Winnington
    27th April 2020

    Scholar Green Wheatear still 3rd ploughed field from Brickhouse could be same bird been there over a week

  8. John
    27th April 2020

    20 – 26 Apr
    EHF/PHF: Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Common Sandpiper, L Egret, Y-l Gull & Yellow Wagtail
    MGT: L Grebe, Lapwing, Curlew, L Egret, Kestrel, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Wheatear
    CF: Garden Warbler
    FF: Tawny Owl
    FFF: Goosander
    WLF: Water Rail, Common Tern, L Egret, Kestrel, Reed Warbler
    Astbury Mere CP: Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler
    Brereton/Heath LNR: Garden Warbler, Tree Sparrow
    Brownlow: Yellowhammer
    The Cloud: Tree Pipit
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper Grey Wagtail
    Crewe GC: Green Woodpecker
    Elworth: Whitethroat
    Lawton Woods/lake: Mandarin, Dipper
    Lea Forge: Raven, Skylark, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer
    Mow Cop: Jack Snipe, Hobby, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, Redstart, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Rope: Garden Warbler
    Sandbach Heath: Lapwing, Sand Martin, Raven
    Scholar Green: Mandarin, Green Woodpecker, L & C Whitethroat, Fieldfare, Whinchat, Wheatear, Yellowhammer,
    Timbersbrook: Garden Warbler
    Wheelock: L Whitethroat

  9. Bill Fox
    26th April 2020

    Triggered by Colin’s email … we are so lucky to live in a rural spot. A Great Tit on 5 eggs in one box. Blue Tits in and out of another for several weeks now, but still just an incomplete nest. 4 Blue Tit eggs in a box in a nearby field. The Chiff Chaffs and Blackcaps are singing regularly; Mallard must be nesting somewhere close by. A Green Woodpecker occasionally calling in the distance. Almost no calls from Tawny Owls this year. But last night clear Barn Owl “snores” from the direction of a nearby Oak tree which has one of Dave’s owl boxes. We have heard these “snores” over the past few weeks, but have never seen one yet!

  10. John
    26th April 2020

    Macon Meadows this morning: a first sighting for a week or two of a Buzzard: briefly perched on the overhead gantry on the railway track. The pair of Grey Wagtails were very busy collecting insects before flying into the culvert. A pair of amorous Robins copulated ( 3 times! ) while a third bird looked on nearby. Still just the odd Chiffchaff, far outnumbered by the Blackcaps, there contact ‘clicks’ all around me with the local Mistle Thrush still singing but appears a little more subdued than usual. No joy in finding the suspected Common Whitethroats of yesterday.

  11. John
    25th April 2020

    Macon Meadows (7 till 8): I’m no lover of the Grey Squirrel so when I saw one jump from one tree to another and it missed, dropping some 20 ft, I said “Hurray!” quietly.
    Not much of note to report: two immaculate Song Thrush foraging; Blackbird, Robin, Grey Wagtail all with food, a Jay flying over ( not common here ). I picked up a new contact call and got partial, brief views of 2 birds close together. The light brown upper body suggested to me they were Common Whitethroat. They have nested in that area in previous years

  12. Andy Warner
    24th April 2020

    Although I couldn’t top my brother Mike’s Garden Warbler along Gresty Lane, I’ve seen some nice birds on walks from home in Wistaston. Birds seen include Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Tree Creeper, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Jay, Bullfinch and Goldcrest. I’m hoping that, like John T, I will have a breeding pair of Grey Wags. Not been out birding in the Wybunbury area for a month now so really looking forward to going out in the near future. Hoping I find everyone well

  13. John
    24th April 2020

    My diary reminds me that we should have been driving to Dorset today to try to connect with all the ‘exotic’ birds the area has to offer. Instead I’m cycling past the long queue outside the B&Q Superstore and heading for the Weston Road Industrial Estate.
    Plenty of gulls loafing around on the roofs of the buildings on both sides of the road. I also checked out the waste ground between the units for migrants, etc. and connected with my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year. Close by there was a small group of Greenfinch – similar to the other day on Macon Meadows, they were all adults!

  14. David Cookson
    24th April 2020

    This morning at Lea Forge, I recorded Skylark,Chiffchaff,Blackcap,Raven,Whitethroat and Yellowhammer among others.

  15. Michael Ball
    23rd April 2020

    Lesser Whitethroat in the hawthorns around Brickhouse farm Scholar Green but ranges widely.
    Also pair of Whitethroats in the adjoining hedge.
    In the field by the nearby Ashbank farm a Green Woodpecker and 5 late Fieldfares.
    Yellowhammers in good numbers in the area.
    Finally a single House Martin on territory near my house.

  16. Gavin Henderson
    23rd April 2020

    Congleton Park (we’re all local patchers now) – Kingfisher, female Goosander with 10 small young, 3 x Grey Wagtail
    River Dane, near the Aldi roundabout – Dipper
    Brownlow Farm – male and female Yellowhammer (22/04/20 – 2 x Red-legged Partridge)

  17. John
    23rd April 2020

    Spent the first part of the afternoon in the garden with my bins and Collins Bird Guide – trying to separate the passing gulls in flight!
    Between 1 and 2 pm, I also had Buzzards kettling, stooping and ‘talon-tapping’. Also, a couple of distant views of Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine directly overhead.

  18. Colin
    23rd April 2020

    Green woodpecker heard on the golf course this morning, also my first whitethroat of the spring

  19. John
    23rd April 2020

    Macon Meadows this morning: male & female Grey Wagtails on the banks of the stream with food; a party of 5 Greenfinch was nice to see – I didn’t expect to see so many together as I thought they would have paired off by now and be raising a brood. None of the group appeared to be juveniles! Not long after, I connected with my first juvenile Robin of the year. I’ll have to pay closer attention to the pair in my garden, but all the documentation says they are very crafty at not giving away clues to the whereabouts of their nest.

  20. Colin
    22nd April 2020

    Just back from the exercise walk to the golf course and watching the most aggressive coot I can remember seeing! Watched it for the last four days on the big pond where usually three pairs of moorhens nest each year. The coot pair have just one young which stays with the female whilst the male chases off every moorhen that has the nerve to land on the water. Today there were five moorhens on the grass at the edge of the pond wondering whether they dare take another chance to get on the water!

  21. Darron Boulton
    22nd April 2020

    Whitethroat at Lea Forge.

  22. John
    22nd April 2020

    Macon Meadows yesterday: 2 Rooks grubbing on the grass verge on Macon Way suggests they have young nearby. Both male & female Grey Wagtails on the banks of the stream with beaks full & seen flying into the culvert where a pair nested last year. Also, a Blackbird with food. The ratio of Blackcap to Chiffchaff is about 10:1. The recent strong gusts of wind appear to have dislodged the sitting Carrion Crow AND her nest!

    Quakers Coppice this morning: an optimistic visit in the hope of seeing the owlets in daylight… No luck “a needle in a haystack” springs to mind! Considering the agility of one of the owlets the other night, they could be anywhere? A Stock Dove perched within a metre of the Tawny Owl nest box
    A Song Thrush belting out, a Blue Tit seen repeatedly collecting moss and entering a natural nest site; Jackdaws returning to a rotten tree with food – this tree has several holes close together and has been used as a nest site regularly by a group of Jackdaws.

    At home, some of my neighbours have Jackdaws nesting in their chimney pots. For the past week, each morning, from 6 o’clock, a group of Carrion Crows have been perched on the pots calling loudly. It will be interesting to see what happens if & when the eggs/young become accessible to the Carrion Crows.

  23. Pam Henderson
    22nd April 2020

    Congleton Park and river Dane – Grey Wagtail, Goosander(female), Dipper, Kingfisher, Treecreeper

  24. Pam Henderson
    22nd April 2020

    6th April

    Mandarin Duck (Male) on river Dane, Congleton, near Dane St bend

  25. Mike
    22nd April 2020

    At last a bit of quality on my walk from home along Gresty Lane,a Garden Warbler in song and flight.Also this morning, Bullfinch,Chiffchaff,Blackcap,Lapwing,Song and Mistle Thrush and a pair of Swallows that arrived 10 days ago.

  26. John
    20th April 2020

    Quakers Coppice this evening: I arrived in time to get enough light to see if the owlets were still in the nest box but there were no heads / movement in the opening. From a distance I scanned up and down the tree to see if any had ‘branched’. Again – no joy ( from any angle ).
    Disappointed, I decided to cycle slowly round the path to see if any of the adults I had heard on a previous visit might call while I was there. I was adjacent to the old entrance when a noise/call I’d not heard before caused me to stop and listen to see if it was repeated. Sure enough, I heard it again: a series of very soft ‘squeaks’. Looking up in the gloom, I saw a silhouette of an owlet! As I raised my bins, it flapped its wings and flew up to the branch above. I then noticed a second silhouette not far from where the fist owlet was originally. On lowering my bins and getting used to the gloom, I then spotted an adult Tawny Owl on a lower branch in a neighbouring tree. The squeaking continued but the adult took off and flew through the trees towards University Way.

  27. John
    20th April 2020

    13 to 19 Apr
    EHF/PHF: Goosander, Oystercatcher, R & LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, L Egret, Swallow, Willow Warbler
    MGT: L & GC Grebe, L Egret, Kestrel, Skylark, Cetti’s, Reed Warbler, L Whitethroat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Linnet & Reed Bunting
    CF: Garden Warbler
    FFF: Goosander, Oystercatcher, Grey Wagtail
    Railway embankment/Rookery Bridge: L & C Whitethroat, Wheatear
    Red Lane: Sedge Warbler
    WLF: Gadwall, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, L Egret, Kingfisher, Sedge, Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail
    Arclid: Whinchat, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow
    Astbury: Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail
    Astbury Mere CP: L Grebe, Swallow, Willow Warbler
    Basford: Raven
    Betchton: LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear
    Betley: Cetti’s Warbler, Sand Martin
    Coppenhall Moss: S-e Owl
    Crewe GC: Willow Warbler, Mistle Thrush
    Doddington: Tawny Owl, Willow Warbler
    Joey the Swan: Grasshopper Warbler
    Lawton Woods/lake: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting
    Malkins Bank: Wheatear
    Mow Cop: Ring Ouzel, Wheatear
    Scholar Green: Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Yellowhammer,
    Weston: Garden Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Linnet
    Wrinehill: Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat

  28. John
    19th April 2020

    Macon Meadows this morning: 2 Jay ( don’t see them often here ), the female Grey Wagtail ( not seen her since the 2nd ), a Kingfisher flying east to west across the railway tracks just above the overhead cables and a single Swallow which appeared to be following the tracks as it flew north. Three Willow Warbler singing – all favouring the gardens bordering the field and in the background a duet of Mistle Thrush – one at each end of the patch

  29. Colin
    18th April 2020

    Three singing willow warblers around the golf course this morning as well as my usual mistle thrush. Also a brood of six tiny mallard chicks have appeared overnight, but I still can not connect with a swallow yet.

  30. John
    18th April 2020

    Is it my imagination or has the overnight showers and clouds made the foliage a deeper green?
    Nothing new to report from Macon Meadows this morning before the showers were repeated other than that I mentioned the other day that there appeared to be a Blackcap in every bush I passed. This morning there appeared to be a female alongside every singing male Blackcap!

  31. John
    16th April 2020

    Nothing new on Macon Meadows this morning.
    Back at home, I’d been in the garden about 10 minutes, when at about 14:50 two Buzzards were kettling above the roundabout at Crewe Green. Moments later two Sparrowhawk, a male and a female, crossed my line of sight through my bins. As I watched them, a more distant bird ( perhaps over Haslington ) with a similar ‘jizz’ appeared behind them as they rose in a thermal. As this bird was more distant, it appeared to be bigger than the two closer to me! It was flying away from me and I lost sight of it. I wonder if anyone else was watching this bird and had better views?

  32. David Winnington
    16th April 2020

    Scholar green Wheatear on ploughed fields Brickhouse area 2 yellowhammers Green Woodpecker yesterday

  33. David Cookson
    15th April 2020

    During my visit to Doddington this morning. I had a Tawney Owl hooting. The warblers included Willow, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. The Nute Swan flock is starting to build with 9 being counted.

  34. Colin
    15th April 2020

    On the golf course this morning the coot pair had just one young. A poor brood size for reasons unknown but it’s always comical to see the punk spiky red head of a juv.

  35. John
    15th April 2020

    9 till 10ish this morning on Macon Meadows: gardeners with hedge-cutters and leaf-blowers at Macon House meant little to see/hear on that half of the patch but groups of Long-tailed Tit feeding suggest they fledged locally. A Blackbird seen with wet leaves suggests nest-building. Also, a Magpie was very aggressive to a Squirrel – not wanting the squirrel anywhere near the tree with its nest on, although the structure isn’t as impressive as the Magpie nest in the tree in my neighbour’s garden. In the grounds of MMU, there was a territorial dispute between the Jackdaws and Magpies – each not wanting the other near ‘their’ tree.

  36. John
    14th April 2020

    7 till 8 ish this morning on Macon Meadows: I caught the ‘tail end’ of the Dawn Chorus. Blackbirds and a Song Thrush belting out and what appeared to be a Blackcap in every bush I passed! Just 1 or 2 Chiffchaff. The Willow Warbler I heard yesterday must have moved on, but new for me was a singing Reed Bunting – presumably attracted to the emergence of fresh reeds? The virtually ever-present Buzzard was in the grounds of MMU, as was a Sparrowhawk but the latter was not tolerated by the local Jackdaws nesting in the nearby trees. Nice to see a Bullfinch – the first for a while

  37. John
    13th April 2020

    6 – 12 Apr
    EHF/PHF: Goosander, Oystercatcher, R & LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, L Egret, Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher & Yellow Wagtail
    MGT: Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, L Egret, Kestrel, Skylark, Cetti’s, Willow & Reed Warbler, Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting
    FF: Kingfisher
    FFF: Goosander
    WLF: Reed Warbler
    Arclid: LR Plover, Green Woodpecker, Raven, Skylark, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer
    Basford: Wheatear
    Congleton: Dipper, Grey-headed Wagtail
    Crewe GC: Willow Warbler
    Doddington: Common Sandpiper, Skylark
    Holmes Chapel: Mandarin
    Lawton Woods/lake: Mandarin, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Middlewich: Pied Flycatcher
    Scholar Green: Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer,
    Wheelock RT: Willow Warbler
    Wrinehill: Skylark
    + many gardens report Swallow & House Martins

  38. Bill Fox
    12th April 2020

    A busy hour here (Smallwood) this morning. A female Great Spot on the nut feeder, then a few minutes later a smart looking male Reed Bunting taking its time on the seed feeder – we haven’t seen one here for a few years. Shortly after a magpie looked like it was raiding a nest in an ivy covered damson tree; two blackbirds and a crow were trying to see it off. Then a male Great Spot on the nut feeder.

  39. John
    12th April 2020

    Early start this morning to avoid the biting insects in Quakers Coppice to see if any of the Tawny Owl chicks had ‘branched’: what appeared to be the back of two heads the chicks visible in the box. Only other bird of note was the drumming of a GS Woodpecker, my first record here for quite a while. shortly after I located a male in branches lower down. Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Goldcrest heard

  40. Graham
    11th April 2020

    At 2.25pm today, I was alerted to the sound of a Buzzard “mewing” somewhere near and found it circling above Abbey Road, Sandbach, slowly drifting SE across Abbeyfields estate. Two more then appeared, one being harassed by a crow. Once I’d grabbed the bins, I then found a couple more higher and then another two, all obviously in the same air movement. Three is a regular number here since I moved, but 7 is a UK record number in one group for me.

  41. Nigel Henderson
    10th April 2020

    Congleton – Bath Vale, where a tributary enters Timbers Brook – Yellow Wagtail (Grey-headed but I cannot be certain of the ssp); also Dipper x1 and Grey Wagtail x 2.

    There is a Treecreeper nest in Congleton park. If you walk along the park path with the R. Dane on your right you come across a tree stump with a metal band round the top that has been “planted”. It is carved with what look like kiddies drawings. The treecreeper nest is in a long crack neat the bottom of trunk.

  42. Glyn ( non member!)
    9th April 2020

    9th April 2020
    Chiffchaff and male Blackcap just off Frank Webb Avenue, three more Chiffchaffs towards Minshull New Road.
    Male Blackcap again at entrance to new cemetery, heard but not seen this time, two Long-tailed Tits.
    Kestrel hunting over edge of cemetery and 30 Jackdaws feeding amongst the newly mown grass in cemetery.

  43. Glyn ( non member!)
    9th April 2020

    8th April 2020
    Walk from Frank Webb Avenue to Minshull New Road, Crewe
    Four Chiffchaff and male Blackcap at entrance of new cemetery,

  44. Colin
    9th April 2020

    Nothing special on my daily exercise walk on the golf course but heard blackcap, chiffchaff, mistle thrush, blackbird, robin, wren, dunnock, nuthatch all singing. Several others seen including great spotted woodpecker and also nice to see a huge carpet of wood anemone flowers.

  45. John
    9th April 2020

    Macon Meadows early morning: no sign of the Dipper, but Grey Wagtail still on territory. A Mistle Thrush belting out its song, a Song Thrush collecting nest material, a Kingfisher flying upstream with a small fish. A partial song of a Willow Warbler but I failed to connect with it. A second new tick for Lockdown was a flyover Grey Heron.

  46. John
    8th April 2020

    Just back from a bike ride to Quakers Coppice to check on the Tawny Owl in one of the nest boxes. En route, I heard the alarm call of a Sparrowhawk by the mini roundabout at the end of Electra Way. One flew out of a tree by the Shield Health building, but although I couldn’t relocate it, one continued to call from nearby for the next few minutes.
    In Quakers Coppice, as I approached the nest box where Bill & I had seen three eggs at the end of February I could see something in the box. Keeping my distance, but getting a better look through my bins, I saw one pale grey head and a pair of eyes peering out of the opening. Occasionally, a second juvenile appeared alongside its sibling.

  47. Graham
    8th April 2020

    Repeated the 6th April circular walk, in reverse today, and noted Nuthatch in Abbey Road, Sandbach; and Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff and Mistle Thrushes were the pick of the numerous birds along Wheelock Rail Trail (not Salt Line, as previously recorded – I blame only living here for a few months!). And this afternoon, a lone Raven drifted gently NW over the house but didn’t have the company of the pair of Sparrowhawk that it did yesterday.

  48. Colin
    8th April 2020

    a willow warbler singing briefly at the golf course this morning

  49. David Cookson
    8th April 2020

    I was at Doddington this morning. I recorded Great Black-backed Gull, Common Sandpiper,Blackcap,Chiffchaff and Skylark that are noteworthy.

  50. David Winnington
    7th April 2020

    Scholar Green Ashbank area Swallow Willow Warbler Green Woodpecker Yellowhammer Kestrel Linnets

  51. David Winnington
    7th April 2020

    Scholar Green Ashbank area Swallow, Willow Warbler other sightings same area Green Woodpecker GS Woodpecker Yellowhammer Linnets Kestrel

  52. Nigel Henderson
    7th April 2020

    Congleton: River Dane: Rood Hill road bridge: Grey Wagtail; Dipper; Goosander male
    Congleton Park: Treecreepers nesting at the bottom of a stump ringed with iron at the top and covered with kiddie drawings. Also Mistle Thrush.

  53. John
    7th April 2020

    Macon Meadows this morning: the grass has been cut by ANSA – the smell of wet, cut grass. Also, a forager picking nettle heads, probably for soup? The wild garlic is likely to be on the menu, too.
    Moorhen with nest material, both Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing in two or three different areas of the patch. Also heard Nuthatch, Song Thrush and Greenfinch.
    As I crossed Macon Way & walked towards the railway lines a Buzzard flew low over the stream, only to turn around and land on a handrail by the tracks. Raising my bins, I could see two Buzzards perched together. Moments later the Woodpigeons scattered and a passing Peregrine flew and landed on the aerial tower behind Macon House. I later also had a Sparrowhawk fly over.
    On other side of rail tracks, lots of gull action above Tesco / Dunelm. While I was watching them, something by the grill covering the culvert caught my eye. Expecting it to be one of the Grey Wagtail, I was surprised to connect with a Dipper! Presumably attracted to the stream now that this small stretch has been dredged of sediment and exposed the rocks, etc. underneath.

  54. Colin
    7th April 2020

    My first singing blackcap of the year, along the brook at the golf course.

  55. John
    6th April 2020

    30 Mar – 5 Apr
    EHF/PHF: Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Sand Martin, Swallow
    MGT: Pochard, GW & L Egret, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit
    Wheelock/Ettiley Heath towpath: Yellowhammer
    Railway embankment: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap
    WLF: GC Grebe, Oystercatcher, Swallow
    Alsager: Red Kite
    Arclid: Oystercatcher, LRP, Skylark, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer
    Astbury Mere: Wigeon, Little Gull
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Chorlton/Weston: Sparrowhawk, Redwing, Linnet
    Crewe: Raven
    Crewe GC: Mistle Thrush
    Lawton Woods/lake: Mandarin, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Middlewich: Red Kite
    Sandbach: Raven
    Scholar Green: Peregrine, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Swallow

  56. Graham
    6th April 2020

    Minimum 4 Chiffchaff along Salt Line path between Crewe Road and Elwood Road, part of a lovely circular walk from home.

  57. John
    5th April 2020

    a post-breakfast walk on Macon Meadows this morning: Lesser Black-backed Gull washing in the stream. Song Thrush and Greenfinch singing. A second Chiffchaff heard today ( unless it’s flying to both ends of the patch & singing to confuse me? ) also my first singing Blackcap here.
    A pair of Nuthatch seen going in and out of a hole they used last year plus just the one Grey Wagtail

  58. John
    4th April 2020

    Macon Meadows yesterday: a pair of Coal Tit and a Grey Wagtail. Still only one singing Chiffchaff, also Mistle & Song Thrush and now two Greenfinch singing.

    This morning, a bike ride to Quakers Coppice via Crewe Business Park: my first singing Blackcap by the pool at the roundabout with Crewe Road; another Moorhen chick, probably too small to be from last week’s brood?
    In Quakers Coppice there were a pair of Goldcrest, one with nesting material.

  59. Pam Henderson
    4th April 2020

    Pam Henderson

    Lovely walk around Congleton park and along river yesterday.
    2 dippers near steam boat, grey heron, grey wagtail and male goosander below weir. 2 treecreepers and mistle thrush in the park. Another dipper beyond park (upsteam). Returned to Rood Hill and crossed over then down steps, heard a chirrup and a kingfisher flew out from under the bridge.

  60. Nigel Henderson
    1st April 2020

    Congleton: River Dane: Aldi Roundabout to Congleton Park: 2 x Dippers, Male goosander
    Congleton: River Dane: Rood Hill road bridge: Grey Wagtail

  61. Graham
    1st April 2020

    3 Raven over Abbeyfields development in Sandbach, pretty close until the Jackdaws had seen enough! A couple of Carrion Crows joined in and the Raven disappeared north towards Middlewich Road. Two Pied Wagtails in the garden every day now, down from the four that have enjoyed the earth being continually turned over by the builders for quite a while. Everything quiet now, of course. Will they stick around to breed?

  62. Colin Lythgoe
    1st April 2020

    Back from my daily exercise walk around the golf course at Haslington. Several chiffchaff singing but no other spring migrants heard yet. A noisy flock of around 30 redwings were around the big trees but the best was my old friend the mistle thrush. Still belting it out from the same perch that he uses every day. It always surprises me how far the song carries on a still and silent day.

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