December 2021 Sightings

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


  1. Glyn Jones
    29th December 2021

    29th December 2021 – 1100
    7 Mute Swans still, pair of Mandarin Ducks showing well, 3 female Goosanders and 3 Mistle Thrushes.

  2. John
    27th December 2021

    20 – 26 Dec
    EHF/PHF: Pochard, Goldeneye, Goosander, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Great W & L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail
    MGT/RF: Great W Egret, L Egret
    FF: Woodcock (4), Grey Wagtail
    Alsager: LS Woodpecker, Skylark, Linnet
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Kingfisher, L Redpoll
    Barthomley: Green Sandpiper
    Congleton: Goosander, Mistle Thrush, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Snipe, Common Gull, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail
    Lawton Woods/Lake: Mandarin, Goosander, Great W Egret
    Macon Meadows: Water Rail
    Mow Cop: Woodcock, Jack & Common Snipe, Brambling
    Queens Park: Barnacle Goose
    Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, Buzzard (20)
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Great W & L Egret

  3. Darron Boulton
    24th December 2021

    Barnacle Goose at Queens Park on 23rd.

  4. Nigel Henderson
    24th December 2021

    Mistle Thrush x 3
    River Dane – between the weir and Steamboat
    Grey Wagtail (the first for a while)
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Goosander ♂ ♀; Swimming and diving
    Dipper x 2; Perched and swimming
    American Mink just below the road bridge. (I know it isn’t a bird, but it does eat birds).

  5. Colin
    21st December 2021

    there is still a large gathering of buzzards feeding in the grass field just across Poolside at Rode Pool with a total of 20 seen there this morning. Similar numbers have been feeding there for a few weeks now – just how many worms were there in the grass?! On the pool 1 great white egret, 5 little egret and 2 egyptian geese

  6. John
    21st December 2021

    Meremoor Moss & environs today. The most productive section was the damp, wooded area north of the railway line close to Englesea Brook: a Sparrowhawk flew in just above tree level and spooked feeding Siskin – c20 in the Alders and a similar number in leaf-litter on the railway banking. Also noted there: Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch & Linnet. On the moss, another sighting of a hunting Sparrowhawk, this time spooking a mixed flock of winter thrushes. A male Kestrel was also hunting.
    In the fisheries, I connected with a Chiffchaff; my first for a while!
    While scanning the fields to the east of Barthomley Rd ( from the railway bridge ) a mixed flock of winter thrushes were ‘put up’ and flew into the trees: 25/30 birds in 8/9 trees ( c250 – mainly Redwing ). Panning to where the birds had flown up from, I noted a large falcon swooping and darting back & to just above the hedge line. At one point, it “turned on a sixpence”. At first, I thought it was a Kestrel but it looked too big and too dark – certainly darker than the other kestrels I seen in this area!
    During the walk, I noted 2 skeins of geese, both c13 birds: first Greylag and later Pink-footed

  7. Mike&Andy
    20th December 2021

    Not much change at Doddington this morning with Goldeneye now on 13,Pochard 16,Wigeon 4,Shoveler 2,easy double figures for Little Grebe,Common Gull,Raven over and 22 Meadow Pipits dropped into a tree along the road to the units.

  8. John
    20th December 2021

    13 – 19 Dec
    EHF/PHF: Pink-footed Goose, Goldeneye, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Redshank, G B-b Gull, Great W & L Egret, Merlin, Peregrine, Skylark,
    MGT/RF: Water Rail, Snipe, Kingfisher, Raven, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit,
    FFF: L Egret, Cetti’s Warbler
    GF: Cetti’s Warbler
    WLF: Great W Egret
    Astbury Mere: Gadwall, Pochard, L Grebe
    Salt Line/BPM: Goosander
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Dipper
    Church Lawton: Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, Goosander, Snipe, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, L Redpoll
    L Moreton Hall: Barn Owl
    Queens Park: Mandarin, Goosander

  9. Nigel Henderson
    18th December 2021

    Park 2 x Mistle Thrush
    River Dane – park Kingfisher Flying (the first confirmed sighting since 15/11/2021 on this stretch of the river); Goosander 2 x ♀ ♀

  10. Colin & Sylvia
    17th December 2021

    An excellent morning at Doddington where the sunshine made recording a lot easier! A good count of waterbirds with 13 wigeon, 28 tufted, 9 goldeneye, 9 pochard, 6 shoveler, 11 little grebe, and 3 snipe showing on the island. Year ticks for me and Sylvia with 10 lesser redpoll and 1 brambling and also of note 13 long-tailed tit, 3 meadow pipit and a male kestrel. With lots of other stuff seen we finished with a morning total of 41 species.

  11. Glyn Jones
    17th December 2021

    17th December 2021
    Borrow Pit Meadows this morning.
    100+ mixed flock of Redwings and Fieldfares, mostly Redwing, dozen Blackbirds but all very flighty probably because a Common Buzzard in the area, also small flock of 9 Long-tailed Tits, and 5 Goldfinches.
    On the pool, M and F Goosanders, 18 M 4 F Mallards and a Coot.

  12. John
    17th December 2021

    SWaBBS in Queens Park, Crewe this morning: a pair of Mandarin, a f Goosander, a couple of Jays, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail of note. For the third day on the trot when I’ve ben out & about, Song Thrush in good voice – previously heard in Quakers Coppice and on Meremoor Moss.
    While scanning the waterfowl on the lake, a gent with a bag of seed on his shoulder and a couple of loaves of bread walked to the shore and emptied half the seed on the bank. I later saw him empty more seed at the other end of the lake. The bag looked about half the size of the 15k bags I buy – I wonder how often he feeds them?

  13. John
    15th December 2021

    Meremoor Moss & environs this morning: Water Rail calling from a ditch/drain, c150 Lapwing + gulls and Pied Wagtail in a muddy field with cattle. They were ‘nervous’ and on a couple of occasions took off. My first thought was the microlite overhead was disturbing them but soon after I spotted a female Sparrowhawk in the next field spooking a flock of Fieldfare ( c20 ), Redwing ( c50 ) & Mistle Thrush. This was more likely to be the culprit? A Kingfisher, a hunting male Kestrel, 2 Jays, 3 Rooks overhead, a Grey Wagtail, a Greenfinch and a pair of Bullfinch were also of note

  14. Nigel Henderson
    15th December 2021

    River Dane – beyond the park Goosander 1♂ 2♀
    River Dane – Steamboat car park Dipper
    Park Siskin; Mistle Thrush x 3

  15. Mike&Andy
    14th December 2021

    Late morning at Doddington and a male Goosander was the first for the winter and Pochard up to 21,Goldeneye being elusive with 9 showing also 5 Wigeon and 4Teal.Around the pool,Kestrel,Skylark,Meadow Pipits and Coal Tit on the feeders.

  16. John
    14th December 2021

    A slow, late morning, walk round the inner path on Wybunbury Moss today: I only noted a handful of the species recorded by Mike & Andy at the weekend. 2x Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin. Lots of gulls flying over from the direction of Doddington plus the occasional Lapwing & 2 Rooks.
    I was pleased to hear Water Rail again; this time from the north side – below Shone’s. I heard four calling! First one, then a ‘reply’ slightly further west. Less than a minute later, two more – one after the other further west still. Were there four birds or two ( quick/mobile ) birds?

  17. John
    13th December 2021

    6 – 12 Dec
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose L Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, G B-b & Y-l Gull
    MGT/RF: G B-b Gull, Cetti’s Warbler
    FF: Woodcock, Tawny Owl
    Astbury Mere: Gadwall, Pochard, Goosander, L Grebe, Woodcock, Common Gull, Tawny Owl, Grey Wagtail
    Salt Line/BPM: Blackbird (50+)
    Congleton: Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Pintail, Pochard, Goldeneye, Raven, Skylark,
    Queens Park: Goosander, Mandarin
    Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, L Egret, Buzzard (c19)
    Rode Pool: Great W Egret
    Sandbach: Greenfinch (35)
    Wybunbury Moss: Raven, Mistle Thrush, Brambling, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, L Redpoll, Siskin

  18. Mike&Andy
    12th December 2021

    Plenty of action around Wybunbury moss this morning with multiple sightings of 2 Sparrowhawks,Brambling,Siskin,L.Redpoll,Bullfinch,Nuthatch,Greenfinch,Raven,Coal Tit,G.S.Woodpecker,Goldcrest,55 Lapwing over,Reed Buntings,Mistle Thrush,Fieldfare and Redwings were highlights on our list.

  19. Colin
    10th December 2021

    A quiet morning at Doddington this morning, mainly because last month’s count of 1,300 coot is now down to 300! Also mute swans down to 1. I missed the pintail but got most of the other ducks.
    wrt Glynn’s record yesterday of 50+ blackbirds with other thrushes at BPM it is interesting because blackbirds are in the same thrush family as redwing and fieldfare and large numbers come to the UK from Northern Europe but they are not usually noted since we have a large resident population of our own already here.

  20. Glyn Jones
    10th December 2021

    10th December
    Borrow Pit Meadows – 1130
    50+ Blackbirds and 40+ Redwings feeding in newly sown field, but flighty due to dog walkers in adjacent footpaths.
    Unusual amount of Blackbirds together???

  21. Mike&Andy
    9th December 2021

    Good to see 2 drake Pintails at Doddington this morning as well as,12 Goldeneye,13 Pochard,5 Wigeon,2 Shoveler,16 L.Grebes,pr Bullfinches.Meadow Pipits,Raven and Skylarks.

  22. Nigel Henderson
    9th December 2021

    Congleton – River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk; Grey Wagtail below the road bridge (this is our first sighting of a grey wagtail since 15/11/2021). The river is still way up.

  23. Nigel Henderson
    7th December 2021

    Wednesday 01-Dec-2021
    River Dane – Steamboat car park
    3 sightings, 2 individuals (probably)
    Friday 03-Dec-2021
    River Dane – Congleton park – Boating Platform
    ♀; also from the St. Stephen’s entrance bridge.
    Saturday 04-Dec-2021
    River Dane – park – boating platform
    2 ♀

  24. John
    7th December 2021

    6th December 2021

    29 Nov – 5 Dec part 2
    EHF/PHF: Whooper Swan, Water Rail, L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit
    MGT/RF: Whooper Swan, Woodcock, Jack & Common Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Raven, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch
    GF: Water Rail, Cetti’s Warbler, Hawfinch
    Green Ln: Siskin
    Astbury Mere: Gadwall, Pochard, Common Scoter, L Grebe
    Brereton Heath LNR: Redpoll & Siskin
    Lawton Woods/Lake: Mandarin, L Grebe, Great W Egret
    Lea Forge: Snipe, Jay, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Brambling
    Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose

  25. Glyn Jones
    7th December 2021

    6th December 2021 – 1330
    Queens Park
    16 F 8 M Goosanders, two Mistle Thrushes, Jay and Common Buzzard over.

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