February 2021 Sightings

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


  1. John
    1st March 2021

    22 – 28 Feb
    EHF/PHF: Pink-footed Geese, Whooper Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, L Egret, Red Kite
    MGT/RF: Water Rail, Y-l Gull, L Egret, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat
    CF: L Egret
    Green Ln: Tree Sparrow
    Moston: Kingfisher, Stonechat
    Rookery Br: Stonechat
    WLF: Water Rail, Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Siskin
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, L Grebe
    Checkley: Skylark, Stonechat, Reed Bunting
    Doddington: Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Kestrel
    Lea Forge: Skylark, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Linnet
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan
    Scholar Green: L Egret, Stonechat, Yellowhammer
    Swettenham: Oystercatcher
    Wallhill: Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Tree Sparrow

  2. John
    28th February 2021

    Macon Meadows this past week: species and behaviours of note include: Water Rail calling, GS Woodpecker drumming, Kingfisher (seen by dog-walker), Magpie (nest-building) Rook, Raven (overhead), Redwing (c30 foraging), Grey Wagtail (pair), Bullfinch (pair), Greenfinch (singing)
    Cherry tree in blossom & Wild Garlic coming through

    27th February 2021

    27th February 2021
    Walk along the Shropshire Union Canal from Cholmondeston Bridge, 14 Redwings in roadside trees, the first for me this winter.
    And further along the canal two Chiffchaffs singing away and very mobile.

  4. Colin
    27th February 2021

    I chose the day carefully to do a SWaBBS visit to the Borrow Pit Meadows. The sunny and very warm weather for the second day had pushed a lot of birds in to song with for example 13 dunnocks where just two earlier and five song thrushes where none earlier but the best bird was just off my plot on the salt line when I heard a chiffchaff singing for several minutes. Presumably a winter resident moved by the lovely weather!

  5. Thomas Brereton
    26th February 2021

    Barn Owl saw in Flight in field after crossing the A530 by the Rising Sun Pub (Field on Alvaston Hall side of A530 at approximately 5.40pm

  6. Graham
    25th February 2021

    Redpoll, poss.2 – southern edge of original Abbeyfields estate, Sandbach. 9.40am.

  7. Mike&Andy
    22nd February 2021

    A Snipe flushed at Doddington this afternoon was in the same area that Colin reported one last week.Oystercatchers were on 7 and numbers of Goldeneye,Shoveler,Pochard were holding up with 11 Teal.Kestrel and Reed Bunting also noted.

  8. John
    22nd February 2021

    15 – 21 Feb
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, L Egret
    MGT/RF: L Egret, Merlin, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler
    FFF: Skylark
    R Wheelock: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail
    Rookery Br/Canal: Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting
    WLF: Cetti’s Warbler
    Alsager: Brambling, Yellowhammer
    Astbury: L Egret
    Astbury Mere: L Grebe, Sparrowhawk
    Checkley: Skylark, Tree Sparrow, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Church Lawton/Woods/Lake: Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Skylark
    Elworth: Siskin
    Macon Meadows: Water Rail, Dipper
    North Rode: R-l Partridge
    Rode Heath/Scholar Green: Egyptian Goose
    Rode Pool: Water Rail
    Sandbach: L Redpoll
    Wallhill: Shelduck, Teal, Raven, Skylark

  9. Pam Henderson
    21st February 2021

    Walked down to Congleton park this morning. Dipper on the river. Grey Wagtail on the boating platform, Kingfisher in typical flypast, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in the wood. Went down to the water wheel, saw a pair of Goosanders with the female very low in the water, her head was nearly submerged then the male mounted her and they mated.

  10. John
    21st February 2021

    Macon Meadows this past week
    species and behaviours of note include: Moorhens getting territorial, a Water Rail called this morning ( first time in 2 weeks ), a Dipper ( 16th ) and my first Grey Wagtail this month. The Grey Wagtail appeared agitated at the presence of the Dipper, with 2 Grey Wagtails seen the following day, both flicking between the muddy bank of the stream and the culvert 2/3 times a minute while I watched them. Of the birds I mentioned last week that were singing – Song Thrush & Greenfinch, both have increased from 1 to 2. Some of the willow trees are starting to bud and the first green shoots of the flowers are poking through the grass

  11. John
    20th February 2021

    The first of the Spring migrants are in the UK!

    Sand Martin in South Wales.
    Also reported in the UK: Wheatear and Ring Ouzel

  12. Colin
    19th February 2021

    At Doddington this morning the only new bird was a snipe, flushed from the patch of juncus. Also oystercatcher numbers were up to 5.

  13. Mike&Andy
    18th February 2021

    A pair of Oystercatchers back around the pool at Doddington this afternoon.Also 16 Goldeneye,27 Pochard,33 Shoveler,5 Wigeon,1 Teal and 5 Little Grebes.

  14. Colin
    15th February 2021

    At Doddington this morning to complete this month’s WeBS count with 418 coot. Although still a lot of ice on the water it was really nice in the sunshine to listen to skylark singing overhead and watch a treecreeper moving up the tree trunks. At least they survived last week’s ice age, better than my resident garden robin which I fear has succumbed to the cold.

  15. John
    15th February 2021

    8 – 14 Feb
    EHF/PHF: Black Swan, Shelduck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Goosander, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, L Egret, Peregrine
    MGT/RF: Jack Snipe, Peregrine, Cetti’s Warbler
    FF: Kingfisher, L Redpoll, Siskin
    Green Ln: Tree Sparrow
    Moston: Woodcock, Rook, Tree Sparrow
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Gadwall, L Grebe, Snipe, Common Gull
    Congleton: Goosander, Red Kite, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Common Gull
    Haslington: Skylark
    Lawton Woods: Mandarin, L Grebe, Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Marton: Barn Owl
    Meremoor Moss: Great W Egret
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan, Golden Plover
    Queens Park: Mandarin, Common Gull, L Owl, Raven, L Redpoll
    Rode Heath/Scholar Green: Egyptian Goose, Barn Owl, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer
    Shavington: Red Kite
    Smallwood: Kingfisher
    Wallhill/Brownlow: Peregrine, Skylark, Linnet, Yellowhammer
    Wybunbury /Moss: Sparrowhawk, Merlin

  16. Nigel Henderson
    13th February 2021

    Congleton Park: Kingfisher perched down Dane-in-Shaw brook. Grey Wagtail. 2 pairs of Goosander yesterday. Steamboat car park: Dipper perched.

  17. Colin
    12th February 2021

    At Doddington this morning (in a vicious east wind) the pool was around 80% frozen so still enough water for a few extra ducks with 140 tufted, 53 shoveler, 28 wigeon, 15 pochard, 14 teal, 12 goldeneye, 3 shelduck and 2 gadwall

  18. Bill Fox
    12th February 2021

    A Kingfisher by the stream at Smallwood Mill on Feb 4th. 2 Woodpeckers drumming on Brookhouse Moss yesterday. Another drumming at 8 am this morning.

  19. John
    12th February 2021

    Macon Meadows this week: we’ve had some cracking sun rises recently.
    A couple of sightings of Sparrowhawk and a ‘regular’ Buzzard ( yesterday it was caught in the high netting bordering the MMU grounds but must have freed itself ). I’ve noted both a male & female GS Woodpecker ( drumming heard ), c30 Redwing foraging in the leaf litter – presumably only coming here when the farmers’ fields are frozen? The Magpies are getting territorial and Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Bullfinch and Greenfinch are all singing

  20. Darron Boulton
    11th February 2021

    2 Lesser Redpoll in Queens Park (Coronation Valley).

  21. Mike&Andy
    11th February 2021

    A Merlin shot low through the horse paddocks at Wybunbury moss this morning,the only other bird of note were several sightings of a male Sparrowhawk .

  22. Graham
    11th February 2021

    C.20 Pink-footed Geese heading SW over Abbeyfields estate, Sandbach @ 09.45

  23. Colin
    10th February 2021

    600 pink-footed geese high over Haslington this morning heading south west

  24. Mike&Andy
    9th February 2021

    6 Oystercatchers at Doddington this morning and a decent count of 29 Shovelers. Also 2 male and 1 female Gadwall,11 Pochard,14 Goldeneye,4 Wigeon,1 G.B b gull and a few Common Gulls.

  25. John
    8th February 2021

    1 – 7 Feb
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Goosander, Golden Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine
    MGT/RF: Pink-foot, Gadwall, Water Rail, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting
    FF: Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, L Redpoll, Siskin
    FFF: Wigeon, Goosander
    Red Lane: Water Rail, Kingfisher
    Rookery Bridge: Sparrowhawk, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, L Redpoll, Reed Bunting
    WLF: Cetti’s Warbler
    Alsager: Tawny Owl
    Astbury Mere: Water Rail, L Grebe, Kittiwake
    Checkley: Reed Bunting
    Church Lawton/Woods/Lake: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper
    Congleton: Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl
    Doddington: Pink-footed Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher
    Hassall: Tawny Owl
    Macon Meadows: Water Rail, Sparrowhawk
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan, Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Kestrel
    Mow Cop: Snipe, Stonechat
    Newsbank Pool: Shoveler, Gadwall, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper
    Queens Park: Barnacle, Mandarin, L Owl
    Scholar Green/Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, Raven, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Wallhill: Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Skylark & Grey Wagtail

  26. Mike and Andy
    7th February 2021

    Doddington- 300 plus winter thrushes near the pool. Other highlights were a pair of Gadwall (sorry Colin) 4 Oystercatchers and a single Pink foot with the Greylags

  27. John
    7th February 2021

    Macon Meadows past 7 days: Stock Doves ( 2 or 3 pairs )
    almost daily: GS Woodpecker, ( 3 together once ), Song Thrush, Bullfinch ( 2 pairs once ) & Greenfinch
    occasionally Water Rail calling, Sparrowhawk, Redwing in the leaf-litter
    This afternoon, 2 Buzzards displaying – not the impressive climbing and stooping, more a low-level loop-d-loop

  28. Terry Hughes
    6th February 2021

    T & M Canal, Booth Lane, Middlewich. I Whooper Swan seen with the Mute Swans between Long Lane South and Cledford Lane. Saturday afternoon.

  29. Colin
    5th February 2021

    At Doddington this morning; still can’t connect with the gadwall and the goldeneye were very active and diving so hard to count, my total was just 11. But a good morning with 114 tufted, 18 shoveler, 12 teal, 11 pochard and the shelduck was still there.

  30. Chris Parry
    3rd February 2021

    Tawny owls copulating in lime tree outside our bedroom window 5.40pm on Feb. 1st.

  31. Mike
    3rd February 2021

    Still 2 male and 2 female Gadwall and a pair of Oystercatchers at Doddington this morning and a single Shelduck dropped in,highlight however was a count of 24 Goldeneye.

  32. Andy Warner
    1st February 2021

    Finch numbers down since hedge cutting in the Checkley Brook area. Only Reed Bunting and Chaffinches. Doddington- good range of wildfowl
    Pintail x 4
    Gadwall x 3
    Wigeon x 9
    Shoveler x 13
    Teal x 5
    Goldeneye x 13
    Pochard x 9
    Lovely morning in the sun

    1st February 2021

    1st February 2021
    Queen’s Park Crewe this morning.
    Little Owl showing well but mobile, M & F Mandarin Ducks, Treecreeper.

  34. John
    1st February 2021

    25 – 31 Jan
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Goosander, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, L Egret
    MGT/RF: Common & Y-l Gull, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, L Redpoll
    FF: Goosander, L Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, L Redpoll,
    FFF: Goosander
    Green Ln set-aside: Jay, Redwing, Greenfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Moston: L Redpoll, Siskin
    Water Treatment: Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail
    WLF: Kingfisher
    Alsager: Goosander, GC Grebe, Stock Dove, Skylark, Brambling, Greenfinch, Linnet, Corn & Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Water Rail, L Grebe
    Checkley: R-l Partridge, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Greenfinch, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Church Lawton/Woods/Lake: Mandarin, Goosander
    Doddington: Pink-footed Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Kestrel
    Macon Meadows: Mandarin, Water Rail, Sparrowhawk,
    Meremoor Moss: Med Gull
    Middlewich/Canal: Greylag & W-f Goose, Golden Plover, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl
    Queens Park: Mandarin, Goosander, Med Gull, L Owl
    Salt Line/BPM: Song Thrush, Bullfinch, L Redpoll
    Scholar Green: Kestrel, Stonechat, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer

  35. David Winnington
    1st February 2021

    Lawton lake causeway end 6. Goosander 4 drake 2 red heads must be recorded for l

    Lawton lake causeway end 6. Goosander 4 drake 2 red heads Scholar green Brickhouse area Chiffchaff still 7 yellowhammer 4 Reed Bunting 30+ Linnets

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