June 2021 Sightings

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


  1. Dave Winnington
    1st July 2021

    Peregrine perched on Church roof canal side Church Lawton

  2. John
    30th June 2021

    Recent notable observations –
    SWaBBS on Macon Meadows on Monday: a noisy pair of Sparrowhawk
    In my garden yesterday: a pair of Dunnock – pecking of cloacal observed
    At Rode Pool this morning copying the logbook – a female Green Woodpecker + another adult nearby
    SWaBBS at a private Wood in Barthomley this afternoon: juv GS Woodpecker. Also, a juv Treecreeper that hasn’t read the ID books. It was walking DOWN the trunk!

  3. Dave Winnington
    29th June 2021

    Church Lawton lake Reed Warbler still , seen through gap in trees from causeway been same place few days

  4. Nigel Henderson
    29th June 2021

    Congleton park
    Goldcrest In a Yew by the bowling green
    Congleton park – field
    Blackcap ♂ opposite the playground.
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Kingfisher perched on a wire by the flats car park, then flying
    downstream; also flying upstream
    Grey Wagtail ♀ and Immature
    Goosander ♀ and 4 young

  5. John
    28th June 2021

    21 – 27 Jun
    EHF/PHF: Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Common & Green Sandpiper, Common Tern
    MGT/RF: Great W Egret, Barn Owl, Skylark, Sedge & Reed Warbler, Bullfinch
    Alsager: Tawny Owl, Skylark, Yellowhammer
    Arclid SQ: Quail, Green Sandpiper, Skylark, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail
    Astbury: Hobby
    Bosley Res: Common Scoter
    Brereton Green LNR: Garden Warbler
    Church / Lawton Woods: Reed Warbler
    Cloud: Tree Pipit, Siskin
    Congleton: Mandarin, Goosander, Kingfisher, Spotted Flycatcher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail,
    Doddington: Pochard, Oystercatcher, L Owl, Kestrel, Raven, Reed Warbler
    Lea Forge: Kestrel, Raven, Grey Wagtail,
    Mow Cop: Grasshopper & Garden Warbler, Tree & Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting
    Redesmere: Whooper Swan, Common Scoter
    Quakers Coppice: Spotted Flycatcher
    Queens Park: Red Kite
    Salt Line/BPM: Kestrel
    Wybunbury Moss: Red Kite, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting

  6. Nigel Henderson
    28th June 2021

    Congleton park – bowling green
    Grey Wagtail
    Congleton park – playground
    Spotted Flycatcher on the fence, presumably with a nest nearby as it had a beak full of food; also one in the small trees bordering the field.
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Grey Wagtail opposite the flats plus other sightings
    Goosander ♀ and 4 young, still at the downy stage; later they were at the weir; also a juvenile seen between the Steamboat and the weir.
    River Dane – park
    Mandarin Duck ♀ and 3 young, about 3/4 the adult size, so they are getting harder to tell apart.

  7. John
    27th June 2021

    SWaBBS at Quakers Coppice this morning: a pair of Spotted Flycatchers provisioning young in a nest

  8. Colin & Sylvia
    25th June 2021

    At Doddington this morning we counted 52 mute swans and then just as we were leaving a pair came in to view with six cygnets around 3 or 4 weeks old – where have they come from? Also 6 oystercatchers; 6 reed warblers including juvs seen well; 40 swifts with 6 house martins and 2 swallows. Also 3 ravens looking very much like an adult with 2 juvs following it.

  9. Nigel Henderson
    25th June 2021

    Congleton park – bowling green
    Grey Wagtail ♂; also two on a roof in the industrial estate
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Kingfisher Perched then flying downstream; then flying upstream below the bridge
    Grey Wagtail Immature by the flats car park; two flying upstream to the bridge
    Goosander Immature
    River Dane – weir
    Dipper Feeding; Adult

  10. John
    21st June 2021

    14 – 20 Jun
    EHF/PHF: Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Green Sandpiper
    Alsager: Kestrel, Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet, Yellowhammer
    Arclid SQ: LR Plover, Green Sandpiper, Kestrel, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail
    Astbury: Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer
    Astbury Mere: L Grebe, Kingfisher, Willow & Reed Warbler, Linnet
    Borrow Pit Meadows: Kestrel
    Brownlow: Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer
    Cat & Fiddle: Red Kite
    Church / Lawton Woods: Mandarin
    Cloud: Tawny Owl, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Siskin, Linnet
    Congleton: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Spotted Flycatcher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail,
    Groby Rd: Grey Partridge
    Lawton Lake: Mandarin,
    Redesmere: Whooper Swan
    Scholar Green: Kestrel, L & C Whitethroat, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer

  11. Mike&Andy
    21st June 2021

    A drake Pochard was new at Doddington and the Little Owl showed well but only 6 Oystercatchers and a Kestrel of note this morning.At Lea Forge a better mix included,Grey Wagtail,Goldcrest,Greenfinch,family groups of Linnet and Whitethroat,Blackcap,Chiffchaff,G.S. Woodpecker,Kestrel,Raven and Stock Dove.

  12. David Cookson
    21st June 2021

    At Wybunbury Moss this morning 21-6-21 I saw a Red Kite being mobbed by crows. There was also a Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting and the usual birds.

  13. Mick
    19th June 2021

    Cheshire/Staffs county boundary fp, south of the copse (The Sprink).

    Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Sparrow, Linnet. Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat

  14. Nigel Henderson
    19th June 2021

    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Mandarin Duck ♂on the dirt slope view as you go up towards Dane Street, feeding
    Grey Wagtail ♀ opposite the flats car park, plus other sightings
    Goosander Immature swimming downstream from the flats’ car park
    Dipper Flying upstream from the flats to the road bridge; also adult perched downstream of the road bridge rubble islands.
    Sandbach Flashes – Hancock’s Flood
    Green Sandpiper

  15. Nigel Henderson
    18th June 2021

    Redesmere – Whooper Swan (possibly outside the SECOS recording area, but easily accessible from Congleton).

  16. Dave Winnington
    18th June 2021

    Lawton Lake , 19 mandarin flew from behind island towards Causeway

  17. John
    17th June 2021

    Nice to see that CE Council appears to be adopting the “No Mow May” movement and extended it into this month too. The roadside verges look lush on my drive to Meremoor Moss this morning.
    2 broods of Greylag ducklings; the 4 oddly marked mallard-type duck look settled; 2 GC Grebes on separate fishing pools calling to each other; a brief view of a Kingfisher as it darted along Englesea Brook; a couple of noisy Rooks – presumably a nest close by; at least 6 singing/displaying Skylark; Sedge Warblers with food; displaying Common Whitethroat; lots of juv. Blue and Great Tit + Robins; Song Thrush belting out and pairs of Bullfinch, Linnet and Reed Bunting

  18. Nigel Henderson
    16th June 2021

    Congleton – park – field
    Spotted Flycatcher on its favourite perch on the railings surrounding the playground.
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Mandarin Duck ♂ ♀
    Kingfisher Flying downstream from the road bridge. My last sighting on this stretch of river was 12-May-2021.
    Grey Wagtail two sightings; also between the Steamboat and the weir; also beyond the park near the waterwheel.

    15th June 2021

    15th June 2021
    30+ Swifts over Frank Webb Avenue/Badger Avenue crossroads as seen from my bungalow.
    3 Swifts over Selworthy Avenue/Underwood Lane junction as seen from my bungalow.

  20. John
    14th June 2021

    7 – 13 Jun
    EHF/PHF: W-f Whistling Duck, Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Oystercatcher, R & LR Plover, Common Tern
    MGT/RF: Water Rail, Sedge & Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting
    WLF: Common Tern
    Astbury Mere: Hobby
    Church / Lawton Woods: Tawny Owl
    Congleton: Mandarin, Goosander, Spotted Flycatcher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail,
    Middlewich: Osprey
    Mow Cop: Guinea Fowl, Red Kite, Tree Pipit

  21. Nigel Henderson
    14th June 2021

    Congleton – beyond the park
    Congleton – park
    Spotted Flycatcher
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Mandarin Duck ♂ on his rock
    Dipper Juvenile, below the roadbridge
    and in non-avian news, American Mink Swimming and running along the bank close to the water. This is bad news for our native wildlife.
    River Dane – Steamboat car park
    Grey Wagtail, also flying downstream on the Riverside Walk

  22. Colin
    12th June 2021

    Back from holiday and starting to catch up with my sites for the SECOS Swift Survey and noticed that last night at 21-00 over Haslington I counted 12 swifts but all very high and silent but when re-checked at 21-45 there were still 12 but much lower with a few screaming parties of three birds at roof top height. Is this normal behaviour I wonder; has anybody else noticed this?

  23. Nigel Henderson
    12th June 2021

    Congleton – park – playground
    Spotted Flycatcher (it likes to perch on the tradition green painted iron fence).
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Mandarin Duck ♀
    Grey Wagtail many sightings; ♂ ♀ and immature
    Goosander Juvenile

  24. Graham
    11th June 2021

    Tree Pipit still at Cheshire’s Close – parachuted beautifully for me! Also Guinea Fowl crossed Mow Lane lower down – my second non-tickable UK first of the week!!
    During a walk around Astbury Mere, found half eaten remains of what appeared to be a common Long-eared Bat.

  25. Dave Winnington
    9th June 2021

    Mow Cop Tree Pipit still there Cheshire’s Close OS Map car park likes lower fence congleton rd now open

  26. Graham
    9th June 2021

    Egyptian Goose still at Hancock’s – also the White-faced Whistling Duck (for interests sake!).

  27. John
    9th June 2021

    Lots of evidence of breeding over the past few days on Macon Meadows.
    Juvs of: Mallard, GS Woodpecker, Great & Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch
    Adults with food: Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting
    Also other species with singing birds, suggesting on territory: Blackcap, Whitethroat, Song Thrush, Greenfinch

  28. Dave Winnington
    8th June 2021

    Had good view of Tawny Owl in flight flew in tree near Wooden bridge bottom stream Church Lawton yesterday morning 8.45 heard it call first

  29. Dave Winnington
    8th June 2021

    To Nigel
    Sorry Nigel didn’t realise spelt it wrong
    Auto spell check on phone
    It is Cheshire ‘s Close it’s the car park
    Congleton road was closed at the time Congleton side ! get to it from mow cop end

  30. Nigel Henderson
    7th June 2021

    Dear Dave
    With regard to your post of 4th June 2021 can you tell me where the Chester Close car park is? My copy of Autoroute (which is admttedly 2006 vintage) does not know about Chester Close, Mow Cop. I have walked from the Old Man of Mow to Ackers Crossing past Roe Park but Chester Close is not known to me.

  31. John
    7th June 2021

    31 May – 6 Jun
    EHF/PHF: Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Shoveler, Oystercatcher, R & LR Plover, Common Tern, GW Egret,
    Moston: L Whitethroat
    Alsager: Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet, Yellowhammer
    Arclid: Hobby
    Astbury: R-l Partridge, Red Kite, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail
    Astbury Mere: Common Tern, Willow & Reed Warbler
    Axe Edge: G Plover
    Cloud: Spotted Flycatcher
    Congleton: Mandarin, Goosander, Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail,
    Middlewich: Red Kite
    Mow Cop: Kestrel, Raven, Grasshopper, Willow & Garden Warbler, Meadow & Tree Pipit, Reed Bunting
    Scholar Green: Hobby, Yellowhammer
    Wallhill/Brownlow: Spotted Flycatcher, Yellowhammer

  32. Nigel Henderson
    7th June 2021

    Congleton – park
    Spotted Flycatcher on the fence surrounding the play area.
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Willow Warbler (or a chiffchaff with red legs).
    Mandarin Duck 1♂ 2♀♀ – we have previously seen 2 ♂♂, one of which appears to be entering eclipse.
    Grey Wagtail Flying upstream then downstream; then 3 flying and perched.
    Dipper adult – no sign of any juveniles.

  33. Dave Winnington
    4th June 2021

    Mow cop Tree Pipit still down from Chester Close car park on tree to left parachuting on to lower posts also nice Male Kestrel

  34. Nigel Henderson
    2nd June 2021

    Bent Lane to Brownlow
    Yellowhammer ♂
    Spotted Flycatcher 2
    Congleton – park
    Congleton – park – field
    Mistle Thrush 2
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Mandarin Duck 2 ♂♂
    Grey Wagtail Adult and juvenile as separate sightings.
    Goosander 2♀♀
    Dipper Adult and juvenile; also a separate sighting of the adult
    perched and flying.

  35. Nigel Henderson
    1st June 2021

    Congleton – park
    Spotted Flycatcher
    Congleton – park – field
    Mistle Thrush
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Mandarin Duck ♂; showing well, upstream of its normal spot.
    Grey Wagtail
    Dipper Adult
    Blackcap ♂

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