September 2020 Sightings

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


  1. John
    28th September 2020

    21 – 27 Sept
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Goosander, L Grebe, R Plover, Curlew, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Med, Common & Y-l & G B-b Gull, L & GW Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Water Rail, L Grebe, GW & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Jay, Raven, Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Clay Ln: Barn Owl
    Alsager: Hobby, Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer
    Arclid: Raven, Swallow, Linnet
    Astbury Mere: Common Scoter, Redwing, Wheatear
    Barthomley: Hobby
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Snipe
    Elworth/Sandbach: Raven
    Lea Forge: Stock Dove, Snipe, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail
    Mow Cop: Snipe, Kestrel, Hobby, Raven, Stonechat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit

  2. Pam Henderson
    26th September 2020

    River Dane and Congleton Park

    Goosander, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Kingfisher, Nuthatch

    Sadly they are removing the remains of the boating platform in the park where the Mallards and Mandarins came out to rest this summer. They have also removed the totem pole where the Treecreepers nested.

  3. Mike& Andy
    23rd September 2020

    Single Common Snipe on the island at Doddington this afternoon.

  4. Graham
    22nd September 2020

    2 Raven drifting NE, and cronking, over Abbeyfields estate, Sandbach. Same two as seen here before a few times and at EHF yesterday?

  5. Glyn Jones
    21st September 2020

    21st September – Afternoon
    Neumann’s Flash
    Lots of birds of the flash today, 400+ Canada Geese with a few Greylag Geese amongst them, other birds by specie, Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Lapwing, 40 Curlew, Common Gull, BH Gull, Grey Heron plus one bird of contention, couple of birders said Juvenile Black-necked Grebe, one person said juvenile GC Grebe, but I wasn’t sure about any of them!!!!So no Comment!!!
    Ashton’s Flash
    80 Curlew possibly some from Neumann’s Flash, a lot Lapwings, two Common Buzzards on the pylons, Sparrowhawk in a tree also Kestrel flew in and sat in a tree but the best bird was a Hobby, my learned friend with me said possibly a Juvenile, we watched the bird for about two hours, flying around and then going out of sight but reappearing right over our heads and eventually settling in a tree where it sat for about 30 minutes with excellent views through my scope. Brilliant!!1 Didn’t really want to leave, it was still there when I left at 1615.

  6. David Cookson
    21st September 2020

    Monday 21st september at Lea Forge. Chiffchaff singing and 3 Snipe flew over.

  7. Mike&Andy
    21st September 2020

    A male Stonechat at Lea Forge this morning and other than Grey Wagtail,a passing family of Swallows and a few Stock Doves,very quiet.

  8. John
    21st September 2020

    14 – 20 Sept
    EHF/PHF: L Grebe, R Plover, Curlew, Ruff, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Y-l Gull, Great W Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Hobby, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Curlew, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Jay, Skylark, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting
    CF: GW Egret
    Albion Lock: R-l Partridge
    Astbury Mere: Teal, L Grebe, Tawny Owl
    Cloud: Kestrel, Hobby, Raven, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Siskin
    Congleton: Hobby
    Doddington: Greylag Goose
    Elworth: Raven
    Lea Forge: Song & Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting
    Mow Cop: Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, Wheatear + Greenland Wheatear, Meadow Pipit
    Wallhill: R-l Partridge, Raven, Tree Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Yellowhammer

  9. John
    18th September 2020

    Highlights from Meremoor Moss this morning: Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 juv Kestrel, Peregrine, c13 Mistle Thrush, c25 Meadow Pipit

  10. Colin
    18th September 2020

    And at Doddington this morning, few species but a lot of birds! 470 greylag geese beating the previous record of 430 in November 2019; 693 coots beating my previous record of 684 in August 2011 and at least 500 mallard including several groups of 30 to 40 birds just released from pens and sitting on the bank waiting to be shot. Oh and 3 wigeon.

  11. Mike&Andy
    18th September 2020

    2 Spotted Flycatchers were feeding in the bushes around the entrance to the old quarry site at Lea Forge this morning and in the same area,5 Greenfinches,2 Reed Buntings and a Blackcap.Song and Mistle Thrush also noted.

  12. John
    17th September 2020

    My regular visit to Roe Park, below Mow Cop revealed nothing unusual except an unusually large number of young Pheasant close to rearing enclosure. I heard what I thought was a Garden Warbler singing in the vegetation/hedge bordering the lane between rail tracks and entrance to Roe Park, but since getting home and checking last dates, I’m doubting myself.
    Lunch at the viewpoint/layby at Cheshire’s Close, Mow Cop: 2 x Kestrel ( one, a juv male, harrassed by 4 Meadow Pipit as it landed on a perch ), 30+ Rook circled to the East of me before they all dropped into a field out of view. 2 sightings of a single Swallow, singing Chiffchaff and calling Bullfinch & Linnet

  13. John
    16th September 2020

    One less Pike in Winterley Pool!
    As I sat down on one of the benches overlooking the pool, I noticed a Grey Heron ‘spear’ something – its head, neck and belly was underwater, so it was after something ‘deep’? Moments later it reared up with a large, long fish speared through its middle – a Pike.
    Kestrel & Grey Wagtail at nearby Winterley Pool Farm

  14. Graham
    13th September 2020

    Two Raven over Abbeyfields estate, Sandbach 2.10pm, heading south east. Plenty of cronking (which altered me) and aerobatics.

  15. John
    13th September 2020

    Spent this morning on Meremoor Moss: it was windier that I remember from the forecast!
    2 Green Sandpiper seen from the bridge over the railway tracks by the pool in the field. Jay, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush noted on the path towards Meremoor Moss. Two Snipe were flushed by the cattle in an adjacent field, a juv male Kestrel spent most of the 21/2 hrs I was there perched in a tree, more Jay noted along with Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Greenfinch, Linnet and Reed Bunting. A lone Greylag Goose was not allowed to settle in the field with cattle, they we too inquisitive. On the way back I heard a Water Rail calling in the reedbed by the tunnel and in the copse by the main road, I noted Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and Mistle Thrush

  16. Mike&Andy
    12th September 2020

    Highlight at Lea Forge this morning were 2 Whinchat which landed briefly before passing through.Just Sparrowhawk,Linnets and Chiffchaff of any other note.Also a couple of Sparrowhawk sightings at Doddington.

  17. Glyn Jones
    11th September 2020

    11th September 2020 – 1415
    Borrow Pit Meadows
    Spent an hour or so on the seat at the top watching passage of Swallows with some House Martins amongst them, in the time I was there saw approximately 300 birds fly threw, also there, our resident Common Buzzard was there calling all the time eventually another Common Buzzard appeared but did not join with the other. Also a flock of about 12 Goldfinches.

  18. John
    11th September 2020

    As I parked up at Wybunbury, I noticed folk with rifle bags jumping into 4x4s and driving off in the direction of Doddington.
    Note To Self: call in there afterwards and see if a shoot nearby has driven birds onto the pool.
    Wybunbury Moss: a chirring Whitethroat, in the scrub opp. the dipping pond, greeted me as I walked down from the churchyard, 7 Cormorants perched in a distant tree, one drying its wings. Chiffchaffs still singing and Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch high up in the alders
    Doddington Pool: a distant shoot could be heard coming from across the main road, perhaps in the woods / valley – Shaw’s Rough? After chatting to a bailiff, I got down to some birding: overhead were Swift, Swallows and House Martins. On the main pool, Canada & Greylag Geese, L & GC Grebe with juvs. An adult L Grebe feeding 2 juvs not 10 metres in front of me!
    Lemon Pool: a Wigeon, also Chiffchaff singing, a showy but quiet Reed Warbler. Overhead 4 or 5 Raven, a couple slightly smaller than the others – another successful breeding season?
    On the way home, along Jack Mills Way/Gresty Rd. as I approached the railway bridge, I saw a Buzzard being ‘bombed’ by a Peregrine

  19. Colin
    11th September 2020

    At Doddington this morning the number of birds was generally lower except for Tufted Duck, whose numbers have increased up to 93. Also recorded were 2 Ravens together, flying low overhead and chatting to each other; 50 house martins, 10 swallows but no swifts.

  20. Nigel Henderson
    11th September 2020

    Congleton – River Dane:
    Dane Street Walkway: 2 x Grey Wagtail; Kingfisher
    Between the Aldi roundabout and the park: Dipper; 8 x immature Goosanders

  21. Graham
    9th September 2020

    Mow Cop – first ever visit and really just for the views and location. Wow! 2 Raven and 1 (poss.2) Kestrel noted.

  22. John
    7th September 2020

    A speculative wander round the disused golf course on Wychewood Park yesterday morning after I abandoned my first choice. Kate has told me about the site, but I didn’t know what too expect. It’s bigger than I thought!
    Lots of Chiffchaff singing, also Swallow and House Martins hawking. A very noisy Rook was calling from the electricity cables that cross the area. There was also a vocal GS Woodpecker that I heard on several occasions as I walked around. The area has lots of potential: plenty of scrub, gorse, clumps of trees and the well-established hedge that forms its boundary. Most of the pools indicated on OS maps are overgrown.
    While there, I was chatting to a dog walker from Shavington and he described a bird he’d seen while on there recently – a Hobby ( or Red-footed Falcon ). The gent did say that the larger pool is man-made ( with a reedbed ), but there’s a large pool in the SE corner at Gorstyhill ( outside the boundary ), so you never know what might turn up?

  23. Colin
    7th September 2020

    At Doddington last Friday (the 4th) I forgot to include a flock of 31 collared doves, all sitting on wires by the houses on the main road. I have not seen a flock this size for years. Does anybody else see big numbers of collared doves?

  24. John
    7th September 2020

    30 Aug – 6 Sept
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Cuckoo, Water Rail, Curlew, Ruff, Dunlin, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Great W & L Egret, Kingfisher, Hobby, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Snipe, GW & L Egret, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Whitethroat, Whinchat, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Arclid: Osprey
    Astbury Mere: L Grebe, Shag, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler
    Cloud: Raven, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Crewe: Raven
    Doddington: Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Swift, L & GC Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher
    Middlewich Lime Beds: Green Sandpiper
    Rode Heath: Hobby
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Pintail, Wigeon, L Egret, Kingfisher

  25. Dave Winnington
    6th September 2020

    Rodepool 2 pintails 4 wigeon kingfisher 2 Egyptian geese 1 4,mandarin 1Little egret

  26. Nigel Henderson
    6th September 2020

    Congleton – River Dane:
    Dane Street Walkway: Dipper, Kingfisher, American Mink
    between the Aldi roundabout and the park: 6 x immature Goosanders

  27. John
    4th September 2020

    Oakhanger Moss this morning: and now I know why it’s been a while since I’ve been there – the biting insects!!!
    A Chiffchaff was singing continuously, a short single burst of song from a Willow Warbler. A couple of Coal Tit and a Jay but little else of note. Where there was either cattle, sheep or horses grazing in the nearby fields there were plenty of Swallows hawking above them – at Oakhanger Farm, I estimated 100.
    Later at nearby Toad Hole Farm, the pool fringe was overgrown and no mud showing but Swallows and House Martin were skimming and drinking. A strutting cock Pheasant and a Collared Dove added some colour

  28. Colin
    4th September 2020

    Thanks to Mike and Andy for enticing me back to Doddington this morning with the promise of a few new duck species. Not as many as yours but I did manage 3 pochard, 2 wigeon and a teal to add to the 46 tufted. Also good numbers of grebes with totals, including adults and young, of 59 great crested and 22 little. At least 7 swifts still present in a feeding flock of 20 swallows, 20 sand martins and 10 house martins.

  29. Mike&Andy
    2nd September 2020

    An improvement on the water at Doddington this morning with 5 Shoveler,5 Wigeon,6 Teal and 10 L Grebes.A Common Sandpiper was around the pool as was a Kingfisher. 2 Swifts also present.A flock of 10 L t Tits held 2 Warblers but we failed to connect as they passed through.

  30. Pam Henderson
    2nd September 2020

    Rood Hill bridge – Kingfisher

    Rood Hill to Dane Street – Dipper

    Rood Hill to Congleton Park – Goosander (2 X Juvenile)

    Congleton Park – Treecreeper, Nuthatch

    Water Wheel – Grey Wagtail

  31. John
    1st September 2020

    Rode Pool:
    Mandarin, Shoveler, Teal, Water Rail (2), male Sparrowhawk, 3 GS Woodpeckers & a Green Woodpecker calling, multiple flybys of Kingfisher: on one occasion one chasing another! Jay, Raven (3), a House Martin, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Grey Wagtail plus 2 juv Pied Wagtail

    Winterley Pool Farm: I was alerted to a juv Sparrowhawk by 9 Swallows, one of which harassed it as it flew over the stubble field. A juv Kestrel was soon chased off by an adult, a Hobby was observed picking off insects mid-flight and passing them from talon to beak – apart from that just the odd Chiffchaff and a couple of Linnet although there were c10 small birds perched on a distant wire but too far to ID with just my bins. Nothing ‘new’ on the pool.

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