September 2021 Sightings

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


  1. John
    27th September 2021

    20 – 26 Sept
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Gadwall, L Grebe, Curlew, Ruff, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, GB-b & Y-l Gull, GW & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Raven
    MGT/RF: GW Egret, Raven, Skylark, Swallow, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Astbury Mere: L Grebe, Raven, Reed Warbler
    Basford: Red Kite
    Bosley Res: GW Egret
    Brindley Green: Harrier sp.
    Church Lawton: Kingfisher
    Doddington: Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, L Grebe, Snipe
    Lea Forge: Green Woodpecker, Jay, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Linnet
    Mow Cop: Wheatear, Meadow Pipit
    Sandbach: Cetti’s Warbler
    Scholar Green: Stonechat

  2. Dave Winnington
    26th September 2021

    Church Lawton Kingfisher on canal bank with fish near lock 52

  3. Dave Winnington
    24th September 2021

    Scholar green Male Stonechat from public path 3rd field from Brickhouse on clover field and hedge

  4. Colin
    22nd September 2021

    I finally managed an hour at Doddington this afternoon. Good job I’m a quick counter since there were 880 coot, 450 Canada geese and 350 greylag. Also a few winter ducks appearing with 8 shoveler, 6 teal, 3 wigeon and 1 pochard. I was also pleased to see a flock of 65 lapwing moving around the area.

  5. Mike&Andy
    20th September 2021

    First signs of Autumn at Doddington with 2 Snipe on the island and 2 Wigeon on the main pool this morning. We heard a Green Woodpecker at Lea Forge but failed to connect.

  6. John
    20th September 2021

    13 – 19 Sept
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Pintail, L Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Y-l Gull, GW Egret, Hobby, Peregrine, Raven, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail
    Bosley Res: GW Egret, Y-l Gull
    Crewe Alex: Raven
    Lea Forge: Sparrowhawk, Raven, Garden Warbler
    Shutlingsloe: Whinchat

  7. Mike&Andy
    19th September 2021

    Garden Warbler,Blackcap,Chiffchaff,2x Sparrohawk and a Raven were the highlights from Lea Forge this morning.

  8. John
    17th September 2021

    A lazy, late morning, walk around the inner circular path on Wybunbury Moss: a Hobby flying low over the ‘out-of-bounds’ clearing, possibly attracted to the area by the Swallows & House Martins and dragonflies? I could hear Raven on the other side of the moss plus a Sparrowhawk & a male GS Woodpecker. On the other side of the drain from the locked entrance to the clearing, I noted a male Bullfinch with a second bird. From the markings, it looked like an immature moulting into male plumage. While scanning the horse paddocks from the recently gravelled path, I saw a flock of c30 Lapwing fly in from over Cobbs Ln. I noted at least one Snipe amongst them. In the Yews in the churchyard were Goldcrest and Mistle Thrush.
    On the way home I noted a Kestrel hovering above vegetation between the new warehouses on Jack Mills Way.

  9. John
    16th September 2021

    An early-ish start this morning at Meremoor Moss and environs and relatively quiet: a Red-legged Partridge, a Sparrowhawk in the distance, a family of Buzzard, a male Kestrel, Jay, Swallows over the farm & horse paddocks, singing Chiffchaff the only warbler of note, a group of Mistle Thrush raiding a hawthorn bush, plus Grey Wagtail, Linnet & Reed Bunting.
    On the fishing pools, a Muscovy Duck, 3 mallard-types, a ‘tufty’, Mallard – still 8 juvs & a Kingfisher.
    With no sign of House Martins there, I thought I’d call in at the EoL hospice at Hassall to see if any there. Two Kestrels perched up on route: one at the bottom of Slaughter Hill in Haslington and one on the approach to the units at Hassall. The House Martins are still there and feeding young at the nest.

  10. John
    13th September 2021

    6 – 12 Sept
    EHF/PHF: Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Common & Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean, GB-b & Y-l Gull, Bittern, GW & L Egret, Barn Owl, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Hobby
    MGT/RF: Whinchat
    WLF: Kingfisher
    Alsager: Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear,
    Astbury Mere: L Grebe, Reed Warbler
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Haslington: Hobby
    Lea Forge: Spotted Flycatcher
    Sandbach/M6: Hobby
    Shutlingsloe: Black Redstart

  11. Mick Ball
    10th September 2021

    10th September
    An early Siskin on my feeders today.

  12. Dave Winnington
    6th September 2021

    Fanny’s Croft 2 Whinchats on Cheshire border hedge to left coming from sprink wood public path also 3 Wheatear towards foxley on maze field path

  13. John
    6th September 2021

    30 Aug – 5 Sept
    EHF/PHF: Ruddy Shelduck, Pintail, L Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common, GBb & Y-l Gull, GW Egret, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Kingfisher, Hobby, Spotted Flycatcher, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Wigeon, Goosander, L Grebe, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, GW Egret, Raven, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, L Whitethroat, Whinchat, Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit
    WF: Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Raven, Grey Wagtail
    Alsager: Green Woodpecker
    Cloud: Kestrel, Raven, Meadow Pipit
    Congleton: Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: L Owl
    Elworth: L Redpoll
    Lea Forge: Kestrel, Peregrine
    Middlewich: Whinchat
    Mow Cop: Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Meadow & Tree Pipit, Siskin
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose
    Salt Line: Hobby
    Winterley Pool: Black Tern

  14. Nigel Henderson
    6th September 2021

    The goosanders have re-appeared.
    Congleton – River Dane – Grey Wagtail; Dipper; Kingfisher and 3 immature Goosander (last seen on this stretch of the Dane on 25/08/21)

  15. Mike&Andy
    5th September 2021

    A Peregrine and 2 Kestrels were the best birds at Lea Forge this morning.

  16. Nigel Henderson
    5th September 2021

    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Kingfisher Flying downstream; also another seen flying downstream from the weir
    Dipper 2; also seen below the weir
    River Dane – weir
    Grey Wagtail
    The goosanders have disappeared however.

  17. Nigel Henderson
    4th September 2021

    Congleton – River Dane – Grey Wagtail; Dipper (Pam Henderson)

  18. Mike&Andy
    3rd September 2021

    Our first sighting of the Little Owl for 10 weeks at Doddington this morning.

  19. Colin
    2nd September 2021

    black tern on winterley pool today. Seen by Reg Crawford this morning and still there at 15-20 this afternoon.

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