October 2020 Sightings

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


  1. Colin
    30th October 2020

    but today was a much better day! Green Sandpiper on the floodwater at the junction of A50 and Townsend Lane at Rode Heath.

  2. Colin
    29th October 2020

    Is it my deteriorating capabilities or are woodland birds scarcer than usual at the moment — or are they just keeping their heads down in the rain? Just back from a wet 45 minute walk round the Borrow Pit and heard 3 robins and 1 blackbird and saw 1 woodpigeon!

  3. John
    28th October 2020

    Macon Meadows this morning: I got caught in one of the showers & only birds of note was a calling Water Rail and one of the adult Grey Wagtails

  4. Mike&Andy
    26th October 2020

    We watched a Short-e Owl for over 5 mins at Doddington this morning as it was seen off by Crows.Also female Goldeneye,5 Wigeon,Shoveler,11 L. Grebes,5 Meadow Pipits,Jay and G.S.Woodpecker.

  5. John
    26th October 2020

    19 – 25 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Green Sandpiper
    MGT/RF: Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Goldeneye, , L Grebe, Jack Snipe, GW Egret, Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat
    GF: Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: GC Grebe
    Alsager: Yellowhammer
    Brereton/Heath LNR: L Egret, Crossbill
    Congleton: Goosander, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Crewe: Dipper, Richard’s Pipit
    Doddington: Shelduck, Shoveler, Snipe, L Owl, Kestrel
    Lea Forge: Kestrel, Peregrine, Jay, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Jay
    Rode Heath: L Egret
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Shoveler, Snipe, Kingfisher

  6. Nigel Henderson
    24th October 2020

    Riverside walk from the Rood Hill road bridge to West Street – Dipper bobbing in the river then flying.
    Rood Hill road bridge – Grey Wagtail.
    River Dane opposite the Steamboat: Immature goosander.

  7. John
    24th October 2020

    Macon Meadows: red sky at 07:30 this morning
    The recent reports of Yellow-browed Warblers in the north west prompted an early walk to see if I could hear any with the resident tit flocks. No luck but a calling Water Rail was a bonus

  8. Colin
    23rd October 2020

    A dark, damp, dismal Doddington day only brightened by over a thousand geese. At least 600 Canadas and 400 Greylags feeding in a recently cut maize stubble field. Took off together and flew low overhead evoking happy memories of Barnacle Geese on the Solway!

  9. John
    22nd October 2020

    Meremoor Moss this morning:
    Kingfisher, Kestrel x 3, Peregrine eating prey, Jay, Fieldfare, Redwing, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting

  10. Mike&Andy
    22nd October 2020

    2 Snipe on the island at Doddington this morning and singles of Shelduck,Shoveler and a very brief view of a Pinkfoot flying over with Greylags.

  11. D Winnington
    20th October 2020

    Rodeheath Field across from poolside 4 Little egrets Poolside 2 Egyptian geese Kingfisher 1 Snipe 2 tuffties 2 cormorants 10 Teal 3 Shoveler

  12. Mike&Andy
    20th October 2020

    Still poor on the pool at Doddington this morning but offset by Little Owl,Snipe and Kestrel.At Lea Forge,a distant Peregrine on the pylons,Kestrel,3 Goldcrests,single figure counts of Linnet and Meadow Pipits,Reed Bunting,Mistle Thrush,Jays,Lapwings expected winter Thrushes and a bonus 17 Shovelers over heading towards Doddington,wishful thinking!!Great find with the Dipper yesterday John.

  13. Colin
    19th October 2020

    at Doddington this morning coot numbers were up to a high of 680, tufted duck totalled 78 but no winter visitors yet for me.

  14. John
    19th October 2020

    Macon Meadows this morning: – the highlight was seeing a Dipper on the rocks by the culvert – in the same area as the Dipper I saw in April. I watched it for 15 minutes as it appeared that the resident Grey Wagtail took offence to the Dipper getting too close on a couple of occasions to where I believe it nested this year. After a while the Dipper flew up, calling constantly as it circled and gained height. Also noted Sparrowhawk & Chiffchaff. Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker & Chiffchaff noted yesterday.

  15. John
    19th October 2020

    12 – 18 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Goosander, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, GW Egret, Swallow, Redwing
    MGT/RF: Shoveler, Pintail, Goldeneye, Goosander, L Grebe, Jack & Common Snipe, GW Egret, Merlin, Peregrine, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
    GF: Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: GC Grebe, Cetti’s Warbler
    Astbury Mere: Chiffchaff
    Brereton Heath LNR/Bagmere: Little Gull, Tree Sparrow
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper & Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: R-l Partridge, Pink-footed Goose, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Goldeneye, L & GC Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch
    Lea Forge: Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song & Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Linnet
    Rode Heath: Redwing, Stonechat
    Scholar Green: Stonechat, Yellowhammer
    Wistaston: Hoopoe
    Wybunbury Moss: Snipe, Skylark

  16. Nigel Henderson
    17th October 2020

    Riverside Walk – Grey Wagtail, Dipper
    Below the weir before the park entrance – Male kingfisher (perched up for a change).
    Park: 2 immature Goosander (13/10/2020)

  17. David Cookson
    16th October 2020

    This morning 16th at Wybunbury moss. I saw Snipe, Skylark and a flock of Pink Foot Geese flying over .

  18. Mike&Andy
    16th October 2020

    Female Goldeneye and a single Pink-f Goose at Doddington this morning.Also Sparrowhawk,Kestrel,Grey Wagtail,M. Pipits,Greenfinches,small flocks of Fieldfares and Redwing over,Red-legged Partridge and just before we left a skein of 140 Pinkfeet headed east.

  19. John
    14th October 2020

    Wybunbury Moss & Doddington today:
    I got chatting to Wybunbury Moss’s Site Manager ( NE ) and a contractor this morning. Lots of groups of thrushes passing through just above the tree line, but in the strong light I couldn’t ID them other than hearing the ‘rattle’ of Mistle Thrush. Other birds of note were Siskin with Goldfinch on the alders, Meadow Pipit in the horse paddocks, a couple of Jays, a Bullfinch and the odd Lapwing overhead.
    At Doddington, there was more groups of thrushes. This time I could make out Mistle Thrush, Redwing and Fieldfare and on one occasion about 25 were flushed from some nearby trees. I then watched this flock ‘escort’ a female Sparrowhawk away and over the Hall. Sorry I missed you, Mike & Andy

  20. D Winnington
    14th October 2020

    Rodeheath 1st field off old knutsford rd 2 Stonechats 8 Redwing Scholar Green Brickhouse area 7 yellowhammers 2 more Stonechats

  21. Mike&Andy
    14th October 2020

    Small numbers of Fieldfares and Redwings feeding on berries at Lea Forge this morning and good views of a male Sparrowhawk as it flew past below us.Also, Goldcrest,Linnets,G.S.Woodpecker and to complete the set of common Thrushes,Song and Mistle.As Colin pointed out last week the main pool at Doddington was full of birds but only 8 Widgeon,11 Little Grebes and Great Crested Grebes of any note.

  22. John
    12th October 2020

    5 – 11 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Pink-footed Goose, Curlew, Swallow, House Martin, Redwing
    MGT/RF: Shoveler, Snipe, GW Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Merlin, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
    FF: Jay, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest
    WLF: GC Grebe, Cormorant, Swallow
    Congleton: Y-b Warbler
    Doddington: Mute Swan, L & GC Grebe
    Elworth: Yellow Wagtail
    Lea Forge: Stock Dove
    Rode Heath: L Egret

  23. John
    11th October 2020

    Spent the morning on Meremoor Moss: I hadn’t long walked from under the railway bridge when I heard an unfamiliar call. Walking towards it, there was a Little Owl at the base of an Oak tree. A first for me here! Other birds of note: Stock Dove, Kingfisher, female Kestrel, 5 Jays, 2/3 Rooks, a group of Goldcrest, c15 Mistle Thrush & 2 male Stonechat

  24. Colin
    9th October 2020

    At Doddington on the main pool this morning, discounting well over a thousand geese and coots plus over 300 mallard recently released I was left with 3 tufted and 14 mute swans! Also 15 great crested grebes and 12 little grebes. Ah well, it was a pleasant sunny morning for a change.

  25. Mike&Andy
    7th October 2020

    At least 125 Pink-footed Geese high over Lea Forge this morning,the only other birds of note were 10 Meadow Pipits,7 Linnets and 2 Reed Buntings.

  26. John
    5th October 2020

    28 Sept – 4 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Pintail, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Swallow, House Martin, Wheatear
    MGT/RF: Pintail, Pochard, Golden Plover, Snipe, GW & L Egret, S-e Owl, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Wheatear, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
    Alsager: Skylark, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Tree Sparrow, Linnet, Yellowhammer
    Arclid: Pink-footed Geese (skein), Swallow
    Astbury: Peregrine
    Astbury Mere: Barnacle Goose, L Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail
    Congleton: Kingfisher, Redwing, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: L Grebe, Snipe, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail
    Lea Forge: Stock Dove, Snipe, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Linnet
    Mow Cop: Kestrel, Skylark, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
    Wrinehill: R-l Partridge & Meadow Pipit

  27. John
    1st October 2020

    Winterley Pool & Farm: some of the fields with stubble had been turned over/ploughed attracting large numbers of Stock Dove, corvids and a couple of Mistle Thrush. Where those fields still have stubble in lots of small stuff feeding: 40+ flighty Linnet, Meadow Pipit also seen but couldn’t count as none took off! Above the fields with grass beside the animal hotel, I heard Skylark. At the Pool: 2 sightings of a Kingfisher.
    I called at the business units at Hassall to see if any hirundine still about: a Kestrel, no House Martin at the hospice but Swallows hawking the neighbouring fields.
    A walk around Borrow Pit Meadow and a short stretch of the Salt Line: only birds of note were Sparrowhawk, Jay & Mistle Thrush

  28. David Cookson
    1st October 2020

    Ist Doddington = Peregrine Falcon + 10 Mutes and other usual birds

  29. Mike&Andy
    1st October 2020

    A few decent birds around this morning,at Doddington,Kingfisher,Snipe,Grey Wagtail,Kestrel,2 Wigeon and 9 Little Grebes around the main pool.Lea Forge,11 Siskins,Grey Wagtail,3 Snipe dropped down,Goldcrest,Linnets,Meadow Pipits,a few Redwings,Stock Doves,G.S.Woodpecker and Mistle Thrush.

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