March 2021 Sightings

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


  1. Mick
    31st March 2021

    Merelake Way, Alsager 31/3

    Willow Warbler.
    Jay 6 together
    Fieldfare 40+

  2. Graham
    31st March 2021

    Alerted by cronking at 3.33, and 2 Ravens appeared over Abbeyfields, following the same westerly drift as the earlier Buzzards.o

  3. Graham
    31st March 2021

    4 Buzzards over Abbeyfields new-build and drifted west over Abbey Road.1.05pm.

  4. John
    29th March 2021

    22 – 28 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Gadwall, Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Common, Great B-b, Y-l Gull, GW & L Egret, Red Kite, Sand Martin
    Red Ln Pool: Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: Oystercatcher
    Alsager: Goosander
    Astbury/Mere: LR Plover, Red Kite, Sand Martin, Swallow
    Borrow Pit Meadows: Brambling
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Danebower: Wheatear
    Doddington: Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, R-l Partridge, Oystercatcher, L Owl, Kingfisher, Raven, Sand Martin, Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit
    Lea Forge: Woodcock, Skylark, Raven, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Linnet
    Martin’s Moss: Barn Owl
    Middlewich Lime Beds: Jack & Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper
    Mow Cop: Lapwing, Buzzard, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit
    Queens Park: Goosander, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, L Owl,
    Three Shires: Ring Ouzel
    Wallhill/Brownlow: R-l Partridge, Linnet, Yellowhammer

  5. John
    28th March 2021

    Macon Meadows this past week: flyovers of Greylag Goose & Grey Heron
    New species: 3x Blackcap ( Sunday ) – time to dig out the Warbler songs CD! & Goldcrest singing ( first since Jan ). No further sightings of small hawks

  6. Colin
    27th March 2021

    At Doddington this afternoon; a very nice bright male wheatear, close up on the mole hills and juncus in the sheep field. Also a big count of tufted with a total of 196; 24 red-legged partridge and 61 fieldfare of note.

  7. Mick
    27th March 2021

    Alsager Mere 27/3
    Swallow 2, Sand Martin 8
    only common residents on water including pairs of Swans,GC Grebes Tufted Duck.

  8. Graham
    27th March 2021

    Sand Martin moving NW across face of breeze. Seen from bridge over Rail Trail at Hind Heath Lane @ 10am. Two Chiffchaff on Trail.

  9. Mike&Andy
    26th March 2021

    At Lea Forge this morning,Woodcock,Skylark,Bullfinch,Raven,Meadow Pipit,Linnet,Greenfinch,Chiffchaff and Song Thrush were the pick of the bunch and a Kingfisher at Doddington was a first of the year there.

  10. Mike&Andy
    24th March 2021

    44 Meadow Pipits feeding in the grass field alongside the road to the units at Doddington this morning with more flitting about in the stubble field,so an easy 50.A pair of Shoveler were an addition on the main pool.

  11. Colin
    24th March 2021

    After the super records of Pam and Nigel I am almost embarrassed to report my first sighting of a Brambling for this winter. I managed to see one with four chaffinches at Borrow Pit Meadows this morning, just in time before they shoot off back to Scandinavia.

  12. Pam Henderson
    24th March 2021

    The Kingfisher was back on the river Dane in Congleton (near the steam boat) this morning. A pair of Goosanders (Male and Female) were resting on some rubble near the water wheel and lone females were spotted near Dane street and in the park. Grey wagtails were spotted between Rood Hill and Dane street and from the Park bridge. Dippers are working on a nest near the steam boat and Treecreepers are possibly nesting at the far end of the park. A Goldcrest was seen just past the wooden gates at the far end of the park. There was a Mistle Thrush was on the playing field and Nuthatches are everywhere.

  13. Graham
    23rd March 2021

    This morning, in small copse in Tetton Lane, alerted by drumming, 3 Great-Spotted Woodpeckers together (briefly) and what I suspect was the interloper flew out south from where more drumming heard. Also a Chiffchaff.

  14. Nigel Henderson
    23rd March 2021

    Congleton: Much breeding activity on the River Dane: Grey wagtail and ♂ ♀ goosanders on River Dane riverside walk, also ♂ ♀ goosanders in the park but we suspect these are the same two. Nevertheless we are hopeful that they will breed, but we don’t know where; There was a Grey Wagtail above the weir at the park entrance – with nesting material in its beak, so we hope we have found a nest, or at least the neighbourhood of a nest. 2 dippers near the Steamboat, one with nesting material in its beak. Again we are hopeful that we have found the nesting area.

    The great spotted woodpecker is still drumming in the but we didn’t it today (although we did yesterday). Nuthatches can be seen regularly and there is currently a Mistle Thrush most days. There is also a at least one treecreeper and we are on the lookout for its nesting area.

  15. Mike& Andy
    22nd March 2021

    A Pink-footed Goose with 2 Greylags at Doddington this morning but only Goldeneye and Pochard of note on the water.Off it,Little Owl,Raven,Oystercatchers,2 Grey Wagtails,singing Mistle Thrush and 12 Meadow Pipits.

  16. John
    22nd March 2021

    15 – 21 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Oystercatcher, Avocet, LR Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Redshank, L Egret
    MGT/RF: Snipe, L Egret, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Meadow Pipit, L Redpoll
    FFF: Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker
    Rookery Br/Canal: Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: Goosander, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Sand Martin, Cetti’s Warbler
    Alsager: Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Peregrine, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Arclid: Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Raven, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting
    Astbury: Yellowhammer, Siskin, Reed Bunting
    Astbury Mere: Raven, Sand Martin
    Balterley: Oystercatcher
    Betley: Water Rail, Willow Tit, Cetti’s Warbler
    Brereton: Swallow
    The Cloud: Meadow Pipit, Crossbill, Siskin
    Congleton: Dipper
    Doddington: Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, White Wagtail
    L Moreton Hall: L Egret, Red Kite
    Quakers Coppice: Firecrest
    Queens Park: L Owl
    Rode Heath/Scholar Green: Egyptian Goose, Goosander, Peregrine, Black Redstart
    Salt Line/BPM: Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher,
    Swettenham: Goosander, Raven, Siskin
    Wallhill: Shelduck, R-l Partridge, Peregrine, Raven, Skylark
    Wybunbury Moss: Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting

  17. Peter
    22nd March 2021

    Lone Swallow on Woore this morning.

  18. John
    21st March 2021

    Macon Meadows this past week: species and behaviours of note include: Woodpigeon ( carpel-slapping ); m & f Sparrowhawk; m Kingfisher; Coal Tit ( my first for a while ); Chiffchaff ( I’m late to the party! ); Nuthatch ( with mud at nest hole ); Grey Wagtail ( pair ); Greenfinch & Bullfinch ( singing ).
    On Fri & Sat morning, I spotted two small hawks perched in the trees in MMU campus. Frustratingly this morning, when I took my scope with me, I couldn’t find them!

  19. Mike&Andy
    20th March 2021

    A single White Wagtail with 21 Pied were fresh in at Doddington this afternoon .

  20. Craig Allman
    20th March 2021


    A visit to Borrow Pit Meadows and Salt line various times this week.

    Male and Female Goosander spotted.

    Today Sparowhawk and Buzzard Spotted.

  21. Colin
    19th March 2021

    At Doddington this morning, duck numbers are all much reduced but still at least 11 goldeneye. Also 1 dunlin and the four oystercatchers now definitely paired and holding sites. The probable male of the sailing club pair has a metal ring on the left leg. the same in 2020 and 2019 – the same bird? A quick count in the heronry gave a total of 18 nests.

  22. Nigel Henderson
    18th March 2021

    Congleton: Grey wagtails and dipper on River Dane riverside walk; ♂ ♀ goosanders near the Steamboat

  23. Nigel Henderson
    17th March 2021

    Astbury: Bent Lane: Yellowhammer ♂ ♀; Linnet; Reed Bunting ♂ ♀

    Ed. see Nigel’s photo of the Yellowhammer in our gallery

  24. Graham
    16th March 2021

    About 2.30 – 6 Redwing. Watch Lane, near canal.

  25. John
    15th March 2021

    8 – 14 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Shelduck, Mandarin, Gadwall, Wigeon, Goosander, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Med Gull, Sparrowhawk
    Albion Lock: Yellowhammer
    Astbury Mere: L Grebe, Common Gull
    Brereton: Barn Owl
    Church Lawton: Dipper
    Congleton: Goosander, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Common Gull, Kestrel, Raven
    Marton: Brambling
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan
    Quakers Coppice: Tawny Owl, Firecrest
    Queens Park: Barnacle, Mandarin, Goosander, L Owl
    Wallhill/Brownlow: R-l Partridge, Oystercatcher, Green Woodpecker, Tree Sparrow, Linnet, L Redpoll, Yellowhammer

  26. Peter
    12th March 2021

    “Essential” shopping trip to B&Q with a detour to Quakers Coppice added Firecrest to our lockdown year list

    Ed. you can see Glyn Jones’s photo in our gallery at

    12th March 2021

    12th March 2021
    Mediterranean Gull, Nantwich Lake taken about 1320 today, but later flew towards the railway line.

    Ed. see Glyn’s photo in our gallery at

  28. Mike&Andy
    11th March 2021

    A decent mix at Doddington this morning included,Egyptian Goose,Gadwall,14 Goldeneye,12 Shoveler,10 Pochard,Little Owl,Snipe,6 Oystercatcher,Kestrel,Jay,Raven and Common Gull.

  29. Pam Henderson
    9th March 2021

    Today and yesterday male and female goosanders, grey wagtails and kingfisher on riverside walk, dipper near steamboat (I think they are nesting there) and below weir. Still plenty great spot in the park (I know three trees where they drum) and nuthatches are common as well.

  30. John
    9th March 2021

    Quakers Coppice – Firecrest
    The two birds, first reported by Noel Stubbs on Sunday morning, were favouring the area between the fence running parallel with University Way and the remnants of the screen / feeding station. I was there yesterday morning and, along with about half a dozen others, connected with one of the birds in the same area.
    It was very mobile and often high in the tops of the trees or deep in the evergreen vegetation but occasionally showed itself long enough for good, clear views and to be snapped by the photographers.

    8th March 2021

    8th March 2021
    Lapwing Hall Pool near Chelford
    Smew female and Black-necked Grebe also Tree Sparrow along lane.
    Apparently all quarrying of sand has finished, and they trying turn some quarries into nature reserves, think the Mere Farm Quarry is now a nature reserve..

  32. Derek
    8th March 2021

    A flock of 60+ Pied Wagtails in the flooded fields next to the cycle way, Middlewich Road, by Alvaston Hall.

  33. John
    8th March 2021

    1 – 7 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Bl-t Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Med Gull, L Egret
    MGT/RF: G B-b & Y-l Gull, Great W & L Egret
    FF: Kestrel
    FFF: Goosander
    Green Ln: Tree Sparrow
    WLF: GC Grebe, Oystercatcher, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Meadow Pipit
    Arclid: LR Plover
    Astbury Mere: Wigeon
    Brereton: Barn Owl
    Congleton: Goosander, Dipper, Grey Wagtail,
    Doddington: Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, L Owl, Kestrel, Raven
    Middlewich/Canal: Whooper Swan
    Mow Cop: Kestrel, Raven, Skylark
    Quakers Coppice: Firecrest
    Queens Park: L Owl
    Sandbach: Sparrowhawk
    Scholar Green/Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose
    Wallhill: Grey Wagtail, Linnet, Yellowhammer,
    Wybunbury Moss: Song & Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, L Redpoll, Siskin, Reed Bunting

  34. Nigel Henderson
    7th March 2021

    Congleton : Male and female goosander on the riverside walk to Dane Street and grey wagtails (3). Congleton Park: Grey wagtails (multiple sightings), great spotted woodpecker, nuthatches. Dipper below the weir on the path from the Aldi roundabout. Jay at the Steamboat. The kingfishers currently have disappeared.

  35. John
    7th March 2021

    Macon Meadows this past week: species and behaviours of note include: Stock Dove ( carpel-slapping ); Kingfisher x2 ( m seen close up, presume other nearby was f ); GS Woodpecker ( drumming ); Magpie & Carrion Crow ( nest-building ); Raven ( flyover ); Redwing ( foraging ); Grey Wagtail ( pair, m singing ); Song Thrush & Greenfinch ( singing ) Bullfinch ( pair )

  36. Colin
    5th March 2021

    A quiet morning at Doddington today. Most duck numbers were down but still 122 tufted and 18 shoveler. No view of the snipe.

  37. Nigel Henderson
    5th March 2021

    Astbury: Bent Lane to Brownlow Farm: 5 sightings of Yellowhammers, males and females; flock for about 50 Linnets; Reed Bunting; 2 x Grey Wagtail

  38. Graham
    5th March 2021

    Singing Chiffchaff reliably reported to me 0900 – east end of Haslington.

  39. Nigel Henderson
    4th March 2021

    Congleton : Male and female goosander on the riverside walk to Dane Street. Congleton Park: Grey wagtail; Sparrowhawk yesterday. There are great spotted woodpeckers drumming in Town Wood (I wonder how long they took deciding on that name) and a very nice man pointed out the branch that one of them uses, so that’s an easy tick. Also a dipper on 01/03/21 below the weir on the path from the Aldi roundabout.

  40. Mike&Andy
    3rd March 2021

    Our first Little Owl of the year at Doddington this morning .Other birds of note included,Raven,Kestrel,2 Oystercatchers,Song and Mistle Thrush,Red-l Partridge,around160 Fieldfares,Redwing,13 Goldeneye,a dozen each of Pochard and Shoveler and 3 G.C. Grebes.

  41. Dave Winnington
    3rd March 2021

    Borrow pit meadow Chiffchaff singing near Tilly’s Bridge

  42. Graham
    2nd March 2021

    Male Sparrowhawk above Abbeyfields development, Sandbach – being harassed by a very noisy Black-headed Gull

  43. John
    1st March 2021

    a bike ride to Quakers Coppice via Crewe Business Park after lunch: much of the path alongside the stream has been widened – lots of vegetation & trees have been cut back, doing the last stretch this afternoon by the hotel.

    Buzzard displaying above MMU grounds, Stock Dove on box used by Tawny Owls last year

  44. Mike&Andy
    1st March 2021

    A decent list around Wybunbury Moss this morning topped by Siskin and Redpoll also,Goldcrest,Tree Creeper,G.S.Woodpeckers,Greenfinch,Reed Bunting,Meadow Pipits,Stock Doves,Jays,Song and Mistle Thrush.

  45. David Cookson
    1st March 2021

    A visit to Lea Forge this morning found 24 Species including a singing Chiffchaff.

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