August 2021 Sightings

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


  1. John
    31st August 2021

    Pretty quiet, a cool wind with occasional drizzle this morning on Meremoor Moss and environs: It was a case of ‘Bring it & you won’t need it. Leave it at home & you’ll want it!” as I walked out from under the railway bridge, 2 groups of waders were flying above the cattle in the fields, occasionally forming one group of c25 birds. They didn’t appear spooked as they flew around for about 2/3 minutes before I lost them. My guess was they were Snipe, if so that’s good news for this site. It was just after 8am and there was c100 Stock Dove / Woodpigeon and c100 Jackdaw / Carrion Crows plus a few Rooks all presumably foraging for breakfast? 2 Raven flew overhead ‘cronking’. All along Englesea Brook there were Reed Bunting and the odd family group of Whitethroat.
    On the fishing pools, a Muscovy Duck, a Shoveler, 3 mallard-types, ‘tufties’ up to 7 & Mallard juvs down from 9 to 8.

  2. John
    30th August 2021

    23 – 29 Aug
    EHF/PHF: L Grebe, Curlew, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Med, GBb & Y-l Gull, GW & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Kingfisher, Hobby, Peregrine, Wheatear
    MGT/RF: Wigeon, GW Egret, L & C Whitethroat, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail
    Alsager: Kestrel, Hobby, Tree Sparrow, Linnet & Yellowhammer
    Cloud: Kestrel, Raven, Meadow Pipit
    Congleton: Redshank
    Crewe: Sparrowhawk
    Doddington: L & GC Grebe, GW Egret
    Lea Forge: Stock Dove, Hobby, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Jay, Spotted Flycatcher, Linnet
    Middlewich: Kingfisher, Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher
    Mow Cop: Kestrel, Raven, Meadow Pipit
    Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin
    Scholar Green: Spotted Flycatcher, Yellowhammer

  3. David Cookson
    28th August 2021

    At Lea Forge this morning 28th. Highlights were a Kingfisher, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

  4. Mike& Andy
    27th August 2021

    Best bird at Lea Forge this morning was a Peregrine as well as Goldcrest,Linnet,Whitethroat,Chiffchaff.G.S.Woodpecker and Stock Dove.Little of any note to add to Colin and Sylvia’s list at Doddington.

  5. Colin & Sylvia
    27th August 2021

    Worth a visit to Doddington Pool this morning for the cute great crested grebe chicks. A total of 20 adults with 17 juvs, most quite small (it’s been a late breeding season). Two broods of three on the back pool watched closely as they sailed on their mother’s back, then were dumped in the water, then they scrambled back on again.
    Around 250 geese, mixed canada and greylag, on the water when we arrived but then a mixed flock of around 500 flew in, stayed on the water for 20 minutes then flew off again. It seemed as if they had been feeding in fields somewhere nearby and decided to fly here for a drink and then flew back. The final count was 557 canada geese and 220 greylag geese so along with the 644 coot it was quite crowded! A lot of birds although few species.

  6. John
    24th August 2021

    A circuit of the inner walk on Wybunbury Moss this morning: bumped into Mike and Andy at the beginning, so we walked the route together. Birds of note: Sparrowhawk, Jay, possible Willow Warbler ( a very bright, but mobile bird ) & Bullfinch. Mike and Andy may have others to add as they were there for a while before me?
    Before a walk at Lea Forge I had a brew where you park the cars, first a Hobby cruised past then a Raven ( both heading East ). Other birds of note: Stock Dove & Linnet. I also saw pieces of snail shells on a flat stone – presumably a Song Thrush anvil?
    Distant views of Doddington Pool while having lunch: I hadn’t got my scope up when I saw a large white bird flying below the treeline bordering the pool – a Great W Egret. It circled the pool, briefly perched in one of the trees close the avenue to the Hall before flying off, gained height & flew off to the North. Other birds of note: Mute Swan, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, L & GC Grebe, a Curlew heard a Jay. The L Grebes appear to have done well: something disturbed then as an adult with 4 juvs and 3 unaccompanied juvs scuttled out from separate areas of the bank and into open water.

  7. John
    23rd August 2021

    16 – 22 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Mandarin, Goosander, R Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, GB-b & Y-l Gull, Common Tern, Hobby, L Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Wigeon, L Grebe, GW Egret, Kingfisher, Raven, Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Whinchat, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail
    Bosley Locks: Hobby
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: L Grebe
    Rode Pool: Hobby

  8. Darron Boulton
    22nd August 2021

    Hobby chasing Hirundines at Bosley Locks today (apologies if just off patch). Seem more of them around these days?

  9. Nigel Henderson
    19th August 2021

    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Grey Wagtail
    Kingfisher (Pam)
    River Dane – Steamboat
    Goosander 1 x immature

  10. Colin
    17th August 2021

    At Rode Pool this morning the damp drizzly weather brought in a lot of hirundines, at least 60 but maybe double that since it was not clear whether some of the birds were moving through and just stopped for a feed. Whatever the reason, they brought in a Hobby which gave brief but close views as it darted unsuccessfully for a sand martin.

  11. Mike&Andy
    16th August 2021

    Still quiet at Doddington so a single Oystercatcher was very welcome.8 Swifts and around 30 Sand and House Martins were also noted.On the water just 8 Little Grebes worth a mention.

  12. John
    16th August 2021

    9 – 15 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Y-l Gull, GW Egret, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Peregrine, Raven, L Whitethroat
    MGT/RF: Gadwall, Common Sandpiper, GB-b Gull, GW Egret, Tree Sparrow
    Astbury: Barn Owl, Hobby
    Astbury Mere: Osprey
    Congleton: Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: L Egret
    Lea Forge: Hobby

  13. John
    16th August 2021

    Bike ride yesterday lunch: Weston Rd, David Whitby Rd, Weston Ln, Casey Ln, Back Ln, Crewe Rd ( Shavington & Gresty ). Only noted raptors: Buzzards and a Kestrel plus a couple of Sparrowhawks stooping and talon tapping above the trees & tracks between B5472 & A500 ( land earmarked for development ). One bird looked scruffy, the other tidy – adult & juv?
    Lots of Swallows hawking above the cereal crops in Weston/Basford

  14. Nigel Henderson
    14th August 2021

    Congleton: River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Kingfisher Flying upstream towards the road bridge
    Grey Wagtail Many sightings; also from the Steamboat to the weir
    Dipper Perched on a rock in the river near the road bridge

    13th August 2021

    13th August 2021 – 1330
    Passage of Swifts feeding over top field at Borrow Pit Meadows, 80 at first and then a steady passage of birds for about an hour I was there, in total approx. 300+ birds, also 40 Swallows and 30 House Martins.

  16. John
    12th August 2021

    MGT/RF this morning: quiet on RF – 2 gents in hi-vis taking water samples by Fowle Brook. Mutes + 5 juv ( down from 6! ), Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted, L Grebe + juv ( new pool ), GW Egret, juv Buzzard with adults, pair Kestrel, Raven & Reed Bunting

    Tuesday at Meremoor Moss & environs: quiet, but with a field recently spread with ‘muck’, grazing cattle, low cloud/pressure and the fishing pools there was plenty of hawking Swift & hirundines. Other birds of note include Muscovy Duck, Tufted Duck ( couldn’t find mum with her 2 juvs! ), Moorhen with very recently hatched juvs. A singing Willow Warbler, family parties of Chiffchaff. Fewer Whitethroats noted, are they quieter or have some left already?

  17. John
    9th August 2021

    2 – 8 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Mandarin, Wigeon, Goosander, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Common, Green & Wood Sandpiper, Y-l Gull, L & GW Egret, Osprey, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine, L Whitethroat
    MGT/RF: Tree Sparrow, Linnet
    WF: Tawny Owl, Hobby
    Astbury Mere: Willow Warbler
    Congleton: Mandarin, Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Elworth: Hobby

  18. Nigel Henderson
    7th August 2021

    River Dane – between the weir and Steamboat
    Dipper on a rock near the far bank
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Kingfisher Flying downstream
    Goosander 1 x ♀; 8 x Immature
    American Mink

  19. Colin
    6th August 2021

    At Doddington on a sunny Friday afternoon the pool appeared to be covered in Coots with a few swans round the edge; and so it was with 750 coot, 51 mute swans and not much else

  20. Nigel Henderson
    6th August 2021

    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk – Cormorant (an unusual sighting for this stretch of the river.)

  21. John
    3rd August 2021

    A walk along some of the footpaths in the Barthomley area this morning: only species of note was a singing Yellowhammer in the hedge in the middle of fields of cereal ( between M6 and ROF Radway Green ) – presumably their territory extends all the way to South Alsager ( Fannyscroft )?
    One other event that I not experienced for a while, was while having a cuppa on a roadside verge at ‘half-time’, I heard ‘tapping’ coming from under the nearby hedge – a Song Thrush cracking the shell of a snail.

  22. John
    2nd August 2021

    25 Jul – 1 Aug
    EHF/PHF: Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Mandarin, Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Curlew, B-t Godwit, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Med, Common & Y-l Gull, L & GW Egret, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Grey Wagtail,
    FF: Red Kite
    Alsager: Red Kite
    Betchton: Hobby, Yellow Wagtail
    Congleton: Mandarin, Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper
    Doddington: GC Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher
    Lea Forge: Hobby, House Martin, Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Linnet
    Queens Park: L Owl
    Rope/Shavington: Red Kite
    Weston/Basford: Yellowhammer

  23. Nigel Henderson
    2nd August 2021

    River Dane – between the weir and Steamboat Immature grey wagtail; ♂ between the Steamboat and weir
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk Immature Mandarin duck Adult dipper
    River Dane – Steamboat car park Kingfisher flying downstream

    Sunday 01-Aug-2021
    River Dane – between the weir and Steamboat 1 x ♀ 8 x immature goosander

  24. John
    1st August 2021

    4 hours on Meremoor Moss & it’s environs this morning: low cloud, drizzle and a cool northerly wind – hopefully good for low-flying hirundine?
    For almost the whole of my visit I could hear one, possibly two, begging juvenile Buzzard, also a female GS Woodpecker plus hawking Swift, Swallow & House Martin. In one hedge I noted family parties of Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat & Reed Bunting. Also I heard an Oystercatcher, a Greenfinch & Linnet.
    On the nearby fishery pools, I noted the female Tufted Duck with 2 ducklings, now on the Specimen Pool. Also 2 Muscovy Duck, the 3 mallard-type ducks

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