January 2021 Sightings

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


  1. Mick
    30th January 2021

    29/1 Alsager Mere
    GCGrebe, Cormorant, Goosander 3, Tufted duck 17, Mute Swan.

  2. Mike&Andy
    29th January 2021

    Earlier at Doddington 2 Shelduck,obviously they didn’t stay.

  3. Colin
    29th January 2021

    A quiet morning at Doddington this morning – couldn’t spot the gadwall or the oystercatchers and only 15 shovelers but did get 114 tufted, 16 goldeneye, 7 pochard and 5 wigeon.

  4. John
    29th January 2021

    Macon Meadows first thing: c40 Pink-feet over heading west & 4 Whoopers over heading NE ( maybe to EHF/PHF? ). Also of note: drumming GS Woodpecker, Song Thrush x2, male Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch. The last three species all singing.

  5. Mick
    28th January 2021

    27 January
    c70 Pinkfeet flying east over Alsager 11.05

    27th January 2021

    27th January 2021
    Queen’s Park, Crewe
    Another morning walk round the park to get a better photograph of the Mandarin Ducks, they were sitting on the island by the boats again, so not enough light for a decent photo, also today a pair of Goosanders and a Little Owl near the bowling green.

  7. Mike&Andy
    27th January 2021

    2 male and 2 female Gadwall at Doddington this morning and Shovelers up to 31.Also 2 Oystercatchers,2 G.B.backed gulls,Pink- f Goose and the usual Teal,Wigeon,Pochard and Shovelers.Male Kestrel around the sailing club.Earlier off Checkley Lane,4 Yellowhammers,at least 7 Redpoll,Reed Bunts,Brambling,Greenfinch,M Pipits,G.S.Woodpecker,Tree Creeper,Skylarks and Red-legged Partridge.

  8. David Winnington
    27th January 2021

    Scholar Green Brickhouse area Redpoll Stonechat and 5 yellowhammers kestrel

    26th January 2021

    26th January 2021
    Queen’s Park, Crewe this morning, lake 75% frozen over.
    Mandarin Ducks male and female.

  10. Nigel Henderson
    25th January 2021

    Congleton Riverside walk: Grey wagtail; kingfisher flying upstream, then perched then flying upstream again.
    Congleton Park – the bridge at the St Stephen’s entrance: Goosander ♂ ♀ the ♀ with head held low nearly to the water in what I take to be a mating display.

  11. John Thompson
    25th January 2021

    This mornings ‘exercise’ on Macon Meadows: a Buzzard, a male GS Woodpecker plus c10 Redwing in the leaf-litter ( all my first in a while ). What caught my attention though was a bedraggled Black-headed Gull stood on a sandbar on the bank of the stream. Although it was preening and flapping its wings, it didn’t look well! While I watched it, I noticed that it wasn’t standing on it’s feet but instead, as its lower leg was flat on the bank, it was standing on its knees! On my way back, it had gone so must have flown off.

  12. John Thompson
    25th January 2021

    18 -24 Jan
    EHF/PHF: Oystercatcher, L Egret
    MGT/RF: Pink-footed Goose, Snipe, B-h & Common Gull, Stonechat
    FF: Siskin
    Alsager: Skylark, Brambling, Yellowhammer
    Astbury Mere: Gadwall, Pochard, Goosander, Water Rail, L Grebe, Common Gull, Dusky Warbler, Siskin
    Bradwall: Skylark
    Church Lawton/Scholar Green: Stonechat
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Goldeneye, L & GC Grebe, Oystercatcher, GB-b Gull, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven
    Elworth: Pied Wagtail roost
    Lawton/Woods/Lake: Goosander, Tawny Owl, Dipper,
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan, Golden Plover, Jack & Common Snipe
    Queens Park: Barnacle, Mandarin, Kingfisher
    Salt Line/BPM: Goosander, Tawny Owl, Redwing, Bullfinch, L Redpoll, Siskin
    Scholar Green/Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose

  13. Nigel Henderson
    24th January 2021

    Congleton Riverside walk: goosanders – 1 female and 1 male; immature grey wagtail;: male kingfisher flying downstream.

  14. Mike&Andy
    24th January 2021

    The same duck species on similar numbers at Doddington this morning but highlighted by a male Pintail.Our first Oystercatcher and Peregrine of the year were a real bonus.Also Raven,Kestrel,Song and Mistle Thrush,Fielfares,Lapwings,Coal Tit and Jay.Tree G.C. Grebe were also patch year ticks.

  15. Colin
    22nd January 2021

    A glorious morning at Doddington with the sun shining out of a clear blue sky and no rain — but very squelchy underfoot!! The best sighting was to watch 10 male goldeneye doing the head tossing display to 2 females; total count was 17. Also 11 pochard, 7 shoveler, 5 wigeon and just 2 teal. A few gulls on the water including 1 great black-backed gull m- not common here.

  16. David Winnington
    22nd January 2021

    Borrow pit Meadows’s till there are 3 Redpolls possibly 6 and 4 Siskin between the bench at top and pond

  17. Mike&Andy
    21st January 2021

    On the main pool at Doddington this morning,Pink-f Goose,16 Goldeneye,15 Teal,13 Pochard,5 Shoveler,3 Wigeon and 12 Little Grebes.Resident Kestrel also showing.

  18. Colin
    19th January 2021

    At the Borrow Pit Meadows this morning I was pleased to see four bullfinches, with a pair and two separate females. The first I have seen here for several months. Also a female goosander and 25 redwing feeding. Yesterday Chris had siskin and redpoll here and two tawny owls hooting around mid-day on the Salt Line.

  19. John Thompson
    18th January 2021

    This mornings walk on Macon Meadows started off similar to others in the past week or two: the Stock Doves have started courting. For the last 2 days a Song Thrush has been belting out and Moorhen forced onto the fields with the stream swollen. As I walked past some vegetation below the block of flats, I must have disturbed a female Sparrowhawk, as it flew out and low down past the flats. Later I noticed a couple of agitated Magpies – they were buzzing a Sparrowhawk high in the trees. It, a male, flew out of the trees and over my head towards the Fire Station only to come back into view moments later but this time a lot higher. It was being chased by a very plucky finch! Plenty of leave litter but nothing other than a couple Blackbird foraging – I’ve had the odd Redwing occasionally lately. It was nice to see c4 Bullfinch in a tree by the gym. Usually, I only hear them. The only other bird of note has been a Grey Wagtail, but I’ve only had that in flight since this winter.

  20. John Thompson
    18th January 2021

    11 – 17 Jan
    EHF/PHF: Shelduck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Med, L Egret
    MGT/RF: Jack & Common Snipe, Common Gull, Raven, Stonechat
    CF: L Egret
    FF: Goosander, Woodcock
    GF: Water Rail, GW Egret, Cetti’s Warbler,
    Moston: Raven, Grey Wagtail, L Redpoll, Siskin
    Red Lane: Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher
    Alsager: Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Astbury Mere: Pochard, Water Rail, L Grebe, Tawny Owl, Dusky Warbler
    Brereton/Heath LNR: Barn Owl, Kingfisher
    Church Lawton/Lawton Woods: Mandarin, Goosander, L Grebe, Kingfisher, Dipper
    Doddington: Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe
    Elworth: Kingfisher, Peregrine
    Lea Forge: Woodcock, Raven
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan, Goosander, Woodcock
    Queens Park: Barnacle, Mandarin, Goosander, L Owl
    Rodeheath/Scholar Green: Stonechat, Yellowhammer
    Wallhill: Shelduck

  21. Mike&Andy
    15th January 2021

    Thick mist at Doddington early on restricted viewing but we could make out Goldeneye,Shoveler,Teal,Wigeon,Pochard,L Grebes and Tuftied Duck.A walk round at Lea Forge gave us just a calling Raven on the pylons until a flushed Woodcock saved the day.

  22. David Winnington
    12th January 2021

    Rodeheath 2 Stonechats still 3rd field from Knutsford old rd on ground flooded area Scholar green 5 yellowhammers near Brickhouse area

  23. Dave Winnington
    11th January 2021

    Lawton lake Dipper, 3 Goosander 2 drakes 3 Mandarin 2 drakes 4 little grebe

  24. John Thompson
    11th January 2021

    4 – 10 Jan
    EHF/PHF: Gadwall, Goldeneye, Water Rail, Golden Plover
    MGT/RF: Pintail, Jack & Common Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, L Redpoll, Reed Bunting
    FF: Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Siskin
    FFF: L Egret, Chiffchaff
    Rookery Bridge: Pink-footed Goose
    WLF: Kingfisher
    Astbury: Barn Owl
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, Water Rail, L Grebe, Snipe, Common Gull
    Brereton: Tree Sparrow
    Checkley: R-l Partridge, Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Linnet, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Church Lawton/Woods/Lake: Dipper
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Crewe: Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker
    Doddington: Mandarin, Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Common Gull, Tawny Owl, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Elworth: Sparrowhawk
    Lawton Woods/Lake: Kingfisher, Dipper
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan, Mandarin, Goosander, Sparrowhawk
    Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, L Grebe, Med & Common Gull
    Sandbach: Black Redstart
    Winterley Pool: Goosander, Common Gull
    Wybunbury Moss: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail

  25. Colin
    8th January 2021

    At Doddington this morning; a lot of birds on the water and in the surrounding fields. Best waterbirds were tufted 108; shoveler 24; wigeon 21; teal 13; goldeneye 8; pochard 6. Also in the fields good numbers of redwing, fieldfare, jackdaw, starling, chaffinch (140), reed bunting, linnet, stock dove but the best bird was probably the tawny owl heard hooting over by the church.
    This is the third Tawny Owl I have heard in the past week, which is normal behaviour for this species. “The home range is typically established in the late autumn, and defended throughout the winter until the spring when breeding commences.” [info from the Barn Owl Trust]

  26. Mike&Andy
    7th January 2021

    A good variety off Checkley Lane this morning,the highlights being 2 Yellowhammers,4 L.Redpoll and a single Brambling.Also Reed Buntings,M. Pipits around 200 Skylarks,Linnets,Sparrowhawk,Red-l Partridge,Song and winter Thrushes.Doddington was mostly frozen over but still Goldeneyes,Shovelers,Teal,Wigeon,Mandarin,Pochard,Little Grebes,Common and G.B. – Gulls and 2 more L. Redpoll

  27. Colin
    7th January 2021

    a brief stop at Winterley Pool to watch the bread throwing (two full loaves in under five minutes — it’s a popular site!) but it did give me 3 goosander (2m + 1f) at the far end away from the ruckus. Also in the gulls – 70 black-headed; 2 common; 2 lesser black-backed and 1 herring

  28. David Winnington
    7th January 2021

    Lawton lake waterfall 2 Dippers today and kingfisher yesterday regular with lake being Frozen

  29. Graham
    6th January 2021

    2 Woodcock just before 5pm – from canal overlooking Fodens. Too cold to wait for more!

  30. Glyn Jones
    6th January 2021

    6th January 2021
    Went to Leighton Brook again as yesterday, and saw the Kingfisher three times, once in overhanging branch over the brook, and twice flying along brook,
    the brook is pretty polluted and so it doesn’t freeze up.
    Also Great Spotted Woodpecker in adjacent tree and a Common Gull amongst four Black-headed Gulls at the new cemetery.
    Strangely this winter I’m yet to see a Fieldfare or a Redwing at any of the sites that I have been to!!

  31. Nigel Henderson
    6th January 2021

    Congleton Park: goosanders – 2 female and 3 males
    Riverside walk: male kingfisher flying then perched – it caught a small fish and bashed it on its perch
    River Dane from Aldi roundabout to the park:, grey wagtail, immature; 2 dippers just below the weir. We last saw dippers on the Dane on 29th November 2020.

  32. Nigel Henderson
    5th January 2021

    Congleton Park: female Goosander, male Kingfisher flying then perched, grey wagtail, immature – female above the weir near Congleton Park entrance.

    5th January 2021

    5th January 2021
    Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail along Leighton Brook between Frank Webb Avenue and Minshull New Road this morning.
    Not seen a Kingfisher here before. Didn’t have my camera with me!!!

  34. John Thompson
    4th January 2021

    28 Dec – 3 Jan
    EHF/PHF: Shelduck, Wigeon, Bl-t Godwit, Common & GB-b Gull, L Egret
    MGT/RF: Water Rail, Jack Snipe, GB-b Gull, Raven, Stonechat
    FF: Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, Raven, L Redpoll,
    GF: Jack Snipe
    Red Lane: Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: Lapwing, Curlew, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Starling
    Arclid: Shelduck, Meadow Pipit
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Water Rail, L Grebe, Dusky Warbler, Siskin
    Church Lawton/Woods/Lake: Dipper
    Congleton: Goosander, Woodcock
    Doddington: Mandarin, Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Common Gull, Kestrel, Brambling, Linnet, L Redpoll
    Haslington: Barn Owl
    Lawton Woods: Dipper
    Lea Forge: Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, L Redpoll
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan, Mandarin, Goosander, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk
    Queens Park: L Grebe, Med Gull, Kingfisher
    Sandbach: Greenfinch
    Scholar Green: L Egret, Stonechat
    Shavington: L Redpoll

  35. Mike&Andy
    3rd January 2021

    The only new bird in at Doddington this morning was a single Shelduck and still a few G.B.B. Gulls on the ice.Over at Lea Forge 5 or 6 Redpoll were feeding with Goldfinch and Greenfinch,a male Sparrowhawk was perched up, low numbers of Meadow Pipits and Stock Doves and as we were leaving around 200 Pink- f Geese flew to the North,our best winter period ever for local sightings of these spectacular Geese.

  36. John Thompson
    2nd January 2021

    On a late morning visit to my nearest patch, Macon Meadows, I noted Buzzard, Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker and while watching gulls overhead, a male Goosander flew through my line of sight – a bonus bird for me here. Plenty of thrush & finches foraging through the leaves covering the ground plus a pair of Bullfinch.

    Incidentally, the weather forecast predicts a change in wind direction to NE and with a Waxwing reported in Macclesfield and 4 in Derbyshire, things are looking promising – so keep your eyes peeled on any berry-bearing vegetation.

  37. Dave Winnington
    2nd January 2021

    Lawton lake waterfall 2 Dippers from causeway yesterday Kingfisher today

  38. Nigel Henderson
    1st January 2021

    Congleton Park – 1 male goosander and 2 females

  39. John Thompson
    1st January 2021

    Dashed over to Rode Pool first thing to copy the logbook – very picturesque: snow and mist. The pool was frozen over, so nothing to see on there. I heard a GS Woodpecker drumming from the trees close to the Hall

  40. Colin
    1st January 2021

    At Doddington this morning, bird numbers have increased as usual after a spell of freezing weather. I could only manage 8 goldeneye but other numbers were – wigeon 22; shoveler 21; tufted 95; teal 18; pochard 5; mandarin 1 male; little grebe 8; mute swan 7. Other birds included lapwing 45 (the first flock of the winter); redwing 30; woodpigeon 70; raven 2 over high and a lone skylark over very low; finally a flock of around 120 chaffinch but frustratingly the light was too bad to search for Brambling.

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