November 2021 Sightings

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


  1. Mike&Andy
    30th November 2021

    Our first on patch Brambling at Lea Forge this morning and a decent list also included,Goldcrest,Reed Bunting,Jays,Lapwing,Song Thrush,Meadow Pipits,2 Snipe over and Stock Dove.

  2. John
    30th November 2021

    22 – 28 Nov
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle & Pink-footed Goose, Pintail, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Little Gull, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Whooper Swan, Jack & Common Snipe, Great W & L Egret, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit
    Canal towpath: Stonechat, Grey Wagtail,
    FFF: Goosander
    Alsager: Brambling
    Astbury Mere: Pochard, Tufted, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Goosander, L Grebe, Snipe, Little & Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Kestrel,
    Doddington: Pink-footed Goose, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Snipe, Common Gull
    Lea Forge: Snipe
    Rode Heath: Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Shining Tor: Snow Bunting

  3. Nigel Henderson
    30th November 2021

    Congleton Park: Treecreeper; Goldcrest; Nuthatch

  4. Mike&Andy
    28th November 2021

    At Doddington this morning,single Pinkfoot,9 Goldeneye,12 Shoveler.12 Pochard,5 Teal,L. Owl,Raven and Kestrel.

  5. John
    28th November 2021

    This morning on Macon Meadows I noticed a behaviour I don’t recall seeing before: at first, I thought I could hear a Nuthatch tapping/knocking on a branch but it was coming from the undergrowth close to me at waist height. After moving to get a better view from where it was sounds were coming from, I watched for about a minute a Blue Tit breaking into the stem of a dead vegetation. At one point it tore off a piece of the broken stem.
    A Sparrowhawk flew in low from over the allotments and along the gardens bordering the fields. Not long after it flew back in the opposite direction ‘empty-handed’.
    A Fox between Macon Way & the rail tracks and as I neared the end of my walk I heard the tapping again: a Blue Tit doing the same action in the vegetation on the river bank at the other end of my walk

  6. Mike&Andy
    25th November 2021

    At Doddington this afternoon,8 Goldeneye,10 Pochard,7 Wigeon,Teal,9 L.Grebes,Com Gull and a Snipe on the island.

  7. John
    22nd November 2021

    15 – 21 Nov
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Pintail, Pochard, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, Great W & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine
    MGT/RF: Whooper Swan, Pochard, Water Rail, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, G B-g & Y-l Gull, Great W & L Egret, Peregrine, Skylark, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
    Astbury Mere: Mandarin, Pochard, Tufted, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher
    Bradwall: Yellowhammer
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper
    Doddington: Mandarin, Gadwall, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Snipe, Common Gull, Kestrel, Peregrine, Skylark, Meadow Pipit
    Queens Park: Mandarin, Goosander, Med & Common Gull
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Mandarin, Goosander, L Egret, Kingfisher

  8. David Cookson
    22nd November 2021

    22nd November at Lea Forge. Among the usual sightings were = Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Snipe and Bullfinch.

  9. Darron Boulton
    21st November 2021

    Pair of Mandarin on Burma star Island, Queens Park today.
    Two Goosander also.

  10. Pam Henderson
    19th November 2021

    18th Nov
    River Dane Congleton – Goosander (M + 2F), Dipper, Kingfisher

  11. Glyn Jones
    16th November 2021

    16th November 2021
    Queen’s Park Crewe – lunchtime
    13 F 5 M Goosanders and a Mistle Thrush.
    No sign of the Mandarin Ducks.

  12. Colin
    16th November 2021

    A good selection of ducks at Rode Pool this morning with 2 shelduck being the best plus goosander, shoveler, tufted, mallard, wigeon, teal and at least 8 mandarin. Also egyptian goose, little egret and kingfisher of note.

  13. Mike&Andy
    16th November 2021

    We could only find 2 Goldeneye this morning but good backup with 7 Pochard,2 Gadwall,Wigeon,F Mandarin,Little Grebes,Peregrine,Snipe,Kestrel,Com Gull,Meadow Pipits,Skylarks and Jays but we couldn’t buy a single Thrush this morning at Doddington !!

  14. John
    15th November 2021

    8 – 14 Nov part 1
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Mandarin, Yellow-billed Teal, Goosander, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Sparrowhawk
    MGT/RF: Whooper Swan, Great W Egret, Stonechat
    Rookery Br/canal: Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Brambling, Yellowhammer
    WF: Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Raven, Stonechat, Siskin
    Astbury Mere: Pochard, Tufted, Kingfisher, Peregrine
    Barthomley: Green Sandpiper, Great W Egret
    Crewe BP: Bullfinch
    Doddington: Gadwall, Pochard, Goldeneye, L & GC Grebe, Common Gull, Kestrel
    Mow Cop: Jack & Common Snipe
    Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Goosander, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail
    Redesmere: Goldeneye
    Rode Heath: Brambling
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Goosander, Great W & L Egret
    Wybunbury Moss: Greenfinch, Siskin, L Redpoll

  15. John
    14th November 2021

    SWaBBS this morning in a private wood near Barthomley: Green Sandpiper and Great W Egret in the stream on farmland nearby. Not a lot of movement overhead – probably due to the low cloud.

    Very, very quiet on Meremoor Moss on Thursday morning: perhaps the wrong expression, as I heard 4/5 loud bangs while there which sounded like an automatic bird scarer! Just a hunting Kestrel of note.

  16. Mike&Andy
    12th November 2021

    Goldeneye up to 6 at Doddington and just a male and female Gadwall and Kestrel to add to Colin and Sylvia’s list.

  17. Glyn Jones
    12th November 2021

    12th November 2021
    Queen’s Park Crewe – 1100
    8 F 4 M Goosanders, 7 Mute Swans, 2 Grey Wagtails and Mistle Thrush.

  18. Colin & Sylvia
    12th November 2021

    At Doddington this morning we had 4 goldeneye, 73 tufted, 6 pochard, 2 teal, 16 little grebe, 36 mute swans, 1290 coot (it’s a WeBS count!), and small groups of redwing and fieldfare over.

  19. Colin
    9th November 2021

    At Rode Pool this morning 4 little egrets and 2 egyptian geese with 1 great white egret reported yesterday

  20. John
    8th November 2021

    1 – 7 Nov
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle & Egyptian Goose, Whooper Swan, Ruddy Shelduck, Mandarin, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, L Egret, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler
    MGT/RF: Whooper Swan, Great W Egret, Stonechat
    WLF: GC Grebe
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted, L Grebe, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Raven, Grey Wagtail, L Redpoll, Siskin
    Brereton Heath: GR Grebe, Jay, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Linnet
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Common Gull, L Owl, Meadow Pipit
    Lawton Woods/Lake: Tufted, Goosander, Bullfinch
    Lea Forge: Jay, Song & Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, L Redpoll
    Meremoor Moss: Snipe, Kestrel, Peregrine, Skylark,
    Queens Park: Mandarin, Goosander, Tawny Owl,
    Scholar Green: Kestrel, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Wybunbury Moss: Water Rail, Jay, Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, Linnet

  21. Pam Henderson
    6th November 2021

    River Dane Congleton – 2 dippers by the steam boat car park, 2 Goosanders in the park and a Grey Wagtail at the water wheel.

  22. Colin
    5th November 2021

    I made it to Doddington this afternoon; missed the goldeneye but did get a total of 52 tufted and the 6 pochard and a total little grebe count of 19. 7 meadow pipits on wires and 8 pied wagtails feeding on the ground below. As I was leaving around 15-00 a lesser black-backed gull count gave a total of 264 – possibly early arrivals for the evening gull roost that will be forming now.

  23. Glyn Jones
    5th November 2021

    Glyn Jones
    5th November 2021
    This morning at Queen’s Park Crewe
    M&F Mandarin Ducks, M&F Goosanders and 8 Mute Swans.
    The Tawny Owl was seen and photographed last Tuesday by another member of the public.

  24. John
    5th November 2021

    A late morning amble round the inner path on Wybunbury Moss earlier: an almost constant stream of Starlings and Redwing overhead from east to west – flocks c50. Occasionally, small groups of Fieldfare – c5-10 as well.
    I noted an unfamiliar song while on the boardwalk checking the horse paddocks. I think it was coming from the hedge that separates the fields from the moss? It was only a short burst, similar to a Robin but a lower pitch and ‘plaintive’. I didn’t hear it again on the way back! I don’t think it was a Robin as there was one in full song perched on the wires above my head. Any thoughts?
    On the moss I noted: Water Rail, Snipe – high overhead, Jay, Coal Tit, lots of Long-tailed Tit working through the vegetation, a small group of Redwing on the berries, Mistle Thrush and Bullfinch. On the Alders, I only noted Blue & Great Tit, Chaffinch & Goldfinch but heard Linnet overhead.

  25. Dave Winnington
    5th November 2021

    Scholar green Brickhouse farm area
    8 Yellowhammers
    2 Reed Bunting
    25 Goldfinch
    M Kestrel
    Lawton woods
    3 Bullfinch
    Lawton lake
    Fm Goosander
    4 Tuffted duck

  26. Mike&Andy
    5th November 2021

    A female Goldeneye at Doddington this morning,also 6 Pochard,2 Teal,14 L.GrebesLittle Owl,M.Pipits and Common Gull.Fieldfare and Redwings in good numbers over and feeding on berries at Lea Forge as well as Goldcrest,Meadow Pipits,Song and Mistle Thrush,Jays,Bullfinch and L.Redpoll.

  27. Nigel Henderson
    5th November 2021

    River Dane – Dipper, downstream from the Rood Hill road bridge. The wter level has gone down from its highest levels but we still need a dry couple weeks.

  28. John
    4th November 2021

    What a lovely day to start my first SWaBBS visit of this period – Meremoor Moss. Not as pleasant on the return leg with the cold wind on my face! And the sun behind me.
    Also, it was good to see the fields holding pools of water, it’s been a while since I’ve seen that much here.
    I hadn’t got far when I heard an unfamiliar ‘call’ overhead. On looking up I saw a Cormorant; it was being harassed by a Peregrine. Shortly after, the Peregrine was being harassed by a Carrion Crow.
    It was also nice to connect with: – Kingfisher, Kestrel, Skylark, Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Linnet, Siskin & Reed Bunting.
    I called in at the neighbouring Mere Moor Fisheries afterwards. The bailiff was putting feed down for the ‘menagerie’ while I was there so all the waterfowl was showing including the Muscovy Duck. I heard a Snipe high overhead and later disturbed another from some damp ground at the far end of the pools.

  29. Nigel Henderson
    2nd November 2021

    River Dane – Goosander female, Kingfisher (Pam) – the river is up high because of the recent rain so there is no sign of dippers or grey wagtails.
    Park – Goldcrest

  30. Colin
    1st November 2021

    20 redwing at meremoor moss this morning

  31. John
    1st November 2021

    25 – 31 Oct
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pintail, Goosander, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Y-l Gull, L Egret
    MGT/RF: Snipe, Great W Egret, Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: GC Grebe, Water Rail, Mistle Thrush
    Alsager: Brambling
    Borrow Pit Meadows: Dipper
    Bosley Res: Barnacle Goose, Great W & L Egret
    Congleton: Goosander, Woodcock, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Shoveler, Wigeon, Pochard, L Grebe
    Scholar Green: Raven, Stonechat, Linnet, Yellowhammer
    Wybunbury Moss: Raven, Redwing, Meadow Pipit, L Redpoll, Siskin

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