August 2020 Sightings

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


  1. John
    31st August 2020

    24 – 30 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Teal, Grey Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Knot, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Med Gull, Marsh Harrier, Spotted Flycatcher
    MGT/RF: Green Sandpiper, GW & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Peregrine, Whinchat, Wheatear, Crossbill
    Alsager: Hobby
    Astbury & Mere: Shag, Kingfisher
    Bosley Res: L & GW Egret
    Cloud: Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Siskin
    Doddington: Shoveler, Pochard, Swift, GC Grebe, Turnstone, Kingfisher, Peregrine
    Mow Cop: Kestrel, Siskin
    Quinta: Spotted Flycatcher
    Scholar Green: Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Linnet, Siskin & Yellowhammer
    Wallhill: Lapwing, Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Yellowhammer
    Wybunbury Moss: Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat, Jay, Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher

  2. Mike&Andy
    30th August 2020

    A Peregrine was over the drive to the hall at Doddington this morning and 5 Shoveler were our first of the Autumn there.Still at least 15 Swifts.

  3. Mike&Andy
    29th August 2020

    A stroll around Wybunbury Moss this morning gave us,2 Spotted Flycatchers,Goldcrest,Nuthatch,at least 12 Chiffchaffs,Whitethroat,Sparrowhawk,Mistle Thrush,Greenfinch,Stock Dove and Jay.

  4. Colin
    28th August 2020

    At Doddington this morning, 2 male pochard amongst over a thousand geese and coots. Also nice views of a kingfisher, gc grebe numbers steady at 60 but mute swan numbers down to 16

  5. Mike&Andy
    25th August 2020

    A patch lifer for us at Doddington this afternoon with the arrival of a Turnstone,still there’s when we left.Pochard also new and still around twenty Swifts.

  6. John
    24th August 2020

    Wybunbury Moss: only species of note was a calling female Tawny Owl
    Lea Forge: Skylark, at least 3 Willow Warbler & a Reed Bunting
    Crewe Business Park: no sign of the Reed Warbler but I saw 2 adult & 2 imm. Moorhen all feeding 3 tiny chicks

  7. John
    24th August 2020

    17 – 23 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Shoveler, Pintail, R Plover, Curlew, Common & Green Sandpiper, Common Tern, GW Egret, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail,
    MGT/RF: Wigeon, Pochard, Green Sandpiper, GW Egret, Kestrel, Peregrine, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail
    Hall Ln: Curlew
    Astbury & Mere: R-l Partridge, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Reed Warbler
    Cloud: Raven, Siskin
    Doddington: Swift, GC Grebe, Kingfisher
    Lea Forge: Hobby
    Mow Cop: Tree Pipit
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose
    Wallhill: Sand Martin, Yellowhammer
    Wybunbury Moss: Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher

  8. John
    23rd August 2020

    Macon Meadows this morning: a female Sparrowhawk perched on railway lighting tower above The Heritage Centre was moved on by gulls presumably protecting the nearby nest sites. The only other species of note was a singing Willow Warbler in the grounds of MMU – my first confirmed record since May!

  9. Colin
    21st August 2020

    At Doddington this morning 20 swifts, 40 house martins and 5 sand martins feeding over the water in the rain. On the water 54 great crested grebes with three broods of small juvs 3, 3, and 1 – it’s been a long wait this year for them! Also big counts of 210 canada geese, 242 greylag geese and 628 coot — that’s dedication to BTO WeBS Counts!

  10. John
    20th August 2020

    Bridge House Farm, Hassall ( not to be confused with Brickhouse Farm, Scholar Green ): 2 Kestrel
    Winterley Pool: 2 white Greylags, Mute Swan, various mallard-type duck, incl: Cayguga (guessing from the white patch on its throat), GC Grebe
    Winterley Pool Farm/Animal Hotel: 20+ Swift, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk ( adult (m) + a juv ), 3 Buzzards, an optimistic Kestrel ( multiple attempts at catching roosting & feeding Woodpigeon ), Swallow, House Martin, singing Chiffchaff & Linnet

  11. Mike&Andy
    20th August 2020

    Around Wybunbury moss this morn our list included 2 Spotted Flycatchers,Willow Warbler(we’ve struggled with these this year),Goldcrest,Whitethroat,Chiffchaff,Song Thrush and Jay.

  12. John
    19th August 2020

    My first excursion beyond Macon Meadows in two weeks this morning before the forecasted rain:
    Meremoor Moss + environs: very quiet apart from a two or three noisy juvenile Buzzards and three Kestrels – a male and either a female & juvenile or 2 juvs. Only other bird of note was a Linnet singing from the overhead wires

  13. Mike&Andy
    18th August 2020

    A Hobby low and through at Lea forge this afternoon and 2 Kingfishers in tandem across the pool at Doddington.

  14. Dave Winnington
    18th August 2020

    2 Egyptian Geese still Rodepool

  15. John
    17th August 2020

    10 – 16 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Shoveler, Teal, Golden & LR Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Ruff, Dunlin, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Redshank, GB-b Gull, L & GW Egret
    MGT/RF: L Grebe, Raven, Skylark, Garden & Sedge Warbler, Bullfinch
    Alsager: Hobby, R-n Parakeet, Raven, Willow Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Linnet, Yellowhammer
    Arclid SQ: LR Plover, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail
    Cloud: Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Siskin
    Congleton: Swift, Grasshopper Warbler
    Lea Forge: Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail, Linnet
    Middlewich: L Egret

  16. Elizabeth Buckley
    11th August 2020

    Little egret down the river Dane middlewich.

  17. Mike&Andy
    10th August 2020

    A Garden Warbler and a pair of Grey Wagtails at Lea Forge this morning and a list that included,Greenfinch,Sparrowhawk ,Raven,G.S. Woodpecker ,Linnets,Whitethroat and Stock Doves.Nothing new at Doddington and much quieter now that the Oystercatchers appear to have returned to their winter feeding grounds.

  18. John
    10th August 2020

    3 – 9 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Shoveler, Goosander, Goosander, Cuckoo, R & LR Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Y-l Gull, L & GW Egret, Red Kite, Kingfisher
    MGT/RF: Pochard, Snipe, GW Egret, Whinchat
    Alsager: Stock Dove, Hobby, R-n Parakeet, Skylark, Willow Warbler, L&C Whitethroat, Redstart, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Linnet, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Crewe: Swift, Sparrowhawk
    Hassall: Hobby
    Lawton: Kingfisher
    Meremoor: Marsh Harrier
    Middlewich: Common Sandpiper, Hobby
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Mandarin
    Shavington: Hobby
    Weston: Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat
    Wybunbury Moss: Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat, Song & Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher

  19. John
    6th August 2020

    I bumped into the gent repairing the boardwalk on Wybunbury Moss this morning: the permissive footpath is open again but where the path is still made up of short branches, it is still slippery when wet – so take care. The pair of Spotted Flycatchers nesting in the tower were feeding young ( back on the nest used at the beginning of the season ) and I saw 2 other adult birds sufficiently far enough away to presume there is at least one other territory – these two were spread out so each could have a mate with young?
    PS – I didn’t see Mike and Andy. Sorry I missed you, gents!
    Called in at Doddington Pool but only waterfowl noted. 100+ hirundine were hawking above the fields on either side of the pool.
    Last stop was Winterley Pool and Farm: 2 large white ( Greylag? ) geese were bullying the Canadas on the pool. A young GC Grebe was constantly begging an attentive adult. I could hear young Sparrowhawk begging nearby. On the farm, one field of rape seed stubble was having manure spread over it. It was attracting Swift, House Martin and Swallow plus at least 3 Kestrels

  20. Mike&Andy
    6th August 2020

    Multiple sightings of Spotted Flycatchers around Wybunbury moss this morning with 2 separate family groups from different areas.Also a single bird in the trees opposite the boardwalk.Sparrowhawk also of note.

  21. Nigel Henderson
    5th August 2020

    River Dane, riverside walk: Kingfisher flying upstream; Grey Wagtail (multiple sightings).
    River Dane, the weir downstream of the park: one female and two immature Goosander.

  22. Nigel Henderson
    4th August 2020

    Congleton: River Dane: Kingfisher (a rare sighting of a male perched up), Dipper, Grey Wagtail (multiple sightings).

  23. Mike&Andy
    3rd August 2020

    Our best bird around Wybunbury Moss this morning was a Spotted Flycatcher,also Goldcrest,Blackcap,Chiffchaff,a family of G.S.Woodpeckers,Song and Mistle Thrush,Jays,Nuthatch and Whitethroat.

  24. John
    3rd August 2020

    27 Jul – 2 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Mandarin, Wigeon, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Common & Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Common, Caspian (poss) & Y-l Gull, L & GW Egret, Hobby
    MGT/RF: Common Sandpiper, GW Egret
    Tetton Ln: Tawny & Little Owl
    Crewe: Hobby
    Doddington: L & GR Grebe, Oystercatcher, Bl-t Godwit, Kingfisher, Reed Warbler
    Rode Heath: Tawny Owl
    Sandbach: Hobby
    Wheelock: House Martin
    Winterley Pool: Common Sandpiper

  25. John
    2nd August 2020

    A walk in the fields on Winterley Pool Farm this morning: parking in the layby by the pool, a Common Sandpiper was disturbed by someone walking past.
    On the wires by the farm, there was a mixed flock of Greenfinch and Linnet. In the fields by the kennels/animal hotel were 50+ Chaffinch using the trees as cover but dropping into the rape seed stubble and bean crop. In the recently cut field of grass beyond the kennels, I counted 200+ Carrion Crows.
    Back at the pool I had another sighting of the Common Sandpiper which appeared to be favouring the recently cleared brickwork at the pool edge.

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