February 2022 Sightings

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


  1. Dave Winnington
    2nd March 2022

    Lawton woods Dipper on Stream seen from Causeway Woodcock Flushed from Hedge row between Brickhouse and Ashbank farm Scholar green

  2. Mike& Andy
    1st March 2022

    2 Shelduck and just 2 Lapwing in the flooded field by the units at Doddington this morning.Goldeney and Pochard in low double figures,2 Shovelers,4 Oystercatchers,singing Mistle Thrush and2 Meadow Pipits.A female Stonechat was the best bird at Lea Forge but decent back up with 44 Siskin,2 Bullfinches,Skylark,Song Thrush and Reed Bunting.

  3. John
    28th February 2022

    21 – 28 Feb
    EHF/PHF: Egyptian Goose, Oystercatcher, Bl-t Godwit
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Scoter, Goldeneye, Goosander, Common Gull
    Betley Mere: Water Rail, Woodcock, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler
    Borrow Pit Meadows: Bullfinch, Siskin
    Brereton: Yellowhammer
    Cat & Fiddle: Golden Plover
    Checkley: Grey & R-l Partridge, Brambling, Reed Bunting
    The Cloud: Stonechat
    Congleton: Red Kite
    Lawton Lake: Mandarin
    Lea Forge: Skylark, Stonechat
    Meremoor Moss: Oystercatcher, Great W Egret, Kestrel, Skylark, Stonechat
    Middlewich: Barn Owl
    Newsbank Pool: Oystercatcher, Curlew
    Queens Park: Mandarin, L Owl
    Redesmere: Goldeneye
    Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, Great W Egret , Raven, Yellowhammer
    Sandbach: Red Kite
    Wildboarclough: Curlew, Raven, Dipper, Grey Wagtail

  4. David Cookson
    27th February 2022

    At Lea Forge this morning. Among the 23 birds logged there were – Skylark, Shoveler(flying), Greylags, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron and Stonechat.

  5. Glyn Jones
    24th February 2022

    24th February
    Queen’s Park Crewe – 1130
    Mandarin Ducks showing well also Little Owl in new location in a bird box behind the bowling green pavilion.

  6. Dave Winnington
    24th February 2022

    Borrow pit Meadows Pair Bullfinch Tillie’s Bridge 3 Siskin near pond Roughwood Hollow road closed tree down near mid point

  7. John
    23rd February 2022

    Ooops! I forgot to include a pair of Stonechats noted this morning too

  8. David Winnington
    23rd February 2022

    Lawton lake 6 Mandarin 4 Drake This Afternoon

  9. John
    23rd February 2022

    Meremoor Moss and environs this morning: a distant Little Grebe ‘trilling’, an Oystercatcher, a Great W Egret flying low towards the A500, pairs of displaying Buzzards in all four corners of the patch and a hunting male Kestrel. Birds in song included Skylark, Song Thrush, Chaffinch & Greenfinch. Only one sighting of winter thrushes – a flight of c20 Fieldfare. A flock of c17 Siskin was noted but they appeared unsettled, probably due to the Sparrowhawk that flew over the trees shortly afterwards. Note to self – check out what might be attracting a flock of gulls to the north of Alsager Road when seen from the road bridge over the railway track ( possibly near to Butterton Lane Farm )

  10. John
    22nd February 2022

    14 – 20 Feb
    EHF/PHF: L & GC Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Scoter, Goldeneye, L Grebe
    Brownlow/Wallhill: Shelduck, Oystercatcher
    Church Lawton/Scholar Green: Goosander, L Egret
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, L Grebe, Oystercatcher, Raven, Meadow Pipit
    Meremoor Moss: Oystercatcher
    Queens Park: Mandarin

  11. Colin
    18th February 2022

    Nothing special at Doddington this morning in a WeBS count. 105 tufted, 240 coot, 26 pochard, 15 goldeneye and a flock of 70 lapwing still on the floodwater

  12. Colin
    18th February 2022

    At Mere Moor Fisheries yesterday, a pair of oystercatchers looking settled ready for breeding and in the muddy cow field at least 30 pied wagtails and 20 chaffinches feeding.

  13. Glyn Jones
    16th February 2022

    16th February 2022 – 1130
    Queen’s Park Crewe
    M&F Mandarin Ducks showing well, single Mute Swan + 2 Nuthatches at nesting site.

  14. Nigel Henderson
    16th February 2022

    Park: Redwing; Mistle Thrush
    River Dane: Grey Wagtail; Kingfisher; Goosander ♀; also ♂ ♀; Dipper

  15. Mike&Andy
    15th February 2022

    3 Male and 2 Female Pintail were the best birds at Doddington this morning with numbers of Goldeneye and Pochard holding up.5 Oystercatchers and 7 L.Grebes,Raven and Meadow Pipits also noted.

  16. Dave Winnington
    14th February 2022

    Church Lawton 5 Goosander 2 drake on Canal lock 52 , 2 Male Bullfinch near Snapes Aquaduct.

  17. John
    14th February 2022

    7 – 13 Feb
    EHF/PHF: Barnacle Goose, Goosander, L Grebe, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Green Sandpiper, L Egret, Sparrowhawk & Reed Bunting
    MGT/RF: Kestrel, Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Goldeneye
    Brownlow/Wallhill: Oystercatcher
    Church Lawton/Scholar Green: Kestrel, Brambling, Yellowhammer
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, L & GC Grebe, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Med & Common Gull, Kestrel
    Meremoor Moss: Oystercatcher
    Queens Park: Mandarin, Goosander, L Owl
    Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, L Egret (7), Buzzard (4), Brambling
    Rode Pool: Goosander
    Wybunbury Moss: Water Rail

  18. Mike&Andy
    12th February 2022

    A Med Gull in the remnants from the overnight Gull roost was a rare treat for us at Doddington this morning.Also Common Gull,Kestrel,6 Oystercatchers,15 Goldeneye,33 Pochard,7 Shoveler.Best birds at Lea Forge,2 Woodcock,Snipe,Bullfinch,Stock Dove, Song Thrush and around 150 in a mixed flock of winter Thrushes.

  19. Glyn Jones
    11th February 2022

    11th February 2022
    Queen’s Park – 1400
    A bit of a negative report today
    After having 7 Mute Swans for some time, 5 Mute Swans have flown away over the last month leaving two of the regulars but one of them has now been taken away in the last few days, cause unknown. Bird Flu???
    Also no sign of the Mandarin Ducks or the Little Owl.

  20. Colin
    11th February 2022

    At Doddington this morning were 85 tufted, 18 goldeneye, 29 pochard, 7 shoveler, 3 teal, 2 gc grebe, 12 little grebe and 4 oystercatchers seemed to be 2 pairs resting/guarding nest sites

  21. John
    11th February 2022

    Wybunbury Moss this morning: at least 2 Water Rail heard. Also noted Jay, Rook & Song Thrush.
    A quick stop afterwards at Doddington where I noted most, but not all, of the waterfowl & waders reported by Andy, Mike & Colin. On one of the buoys, I spotted a gull with a black ring on its bill!
    Later at home I worked out it was a 2nd winter Common Gull. Lots of corvids & winter thrushes in the field on the other side of the road plus Lapwing & Starling. All of which were ‘nervous’ – repeatedly taking flight and perching in the nearby trees. GS Woodpecker drumming from the woods behind the feeding corvids & thrushes. A couple of Raven overhead – one had a maize husk in its beak

  22. John
    10th February 2022

    Just seen on N Staffs Twitter that they had a report a White-tailed Eagle over Belvide Reservoir. It appears from satellite data that at 11am it was flying 34 miles north of there, i.e. South Cheshire.
    Anyone see it?

    This bird is thought to be G466 – a 3CY female from the Isle of Wight and was in Arran as recently as 4th of February

  23. John
    10th February 2022

    Meremoor Moss & environs today: while putting my boots on, a Sparrowhawk flew past me low over the muddy field with the cattle in spooking the Pied Wagtail. I saw it, or another, spiralling & gaining height over the Fisheries while I was looking for the 2 reported Oystercatchers there – I only spotted one. Only other bird of note was a Raven flying towards the Crewe Hall estate, én route it did a corkscrew manoeuvre at the same time it called – was it displaying? Occasionally, there were large numbers of corvids in the air, some harassing the Buzzards. On my way home there was a mixed flock of c100 corvids feeding in a stubble field next to the footpath leading on to the golf course

  24. Nigel Henderson
    10th February 2022

    Congleton: River Dane: Grey Wagtail, Goosander, Dipper (everything is pairing up now – there were two of everything).

  25. Mike&Andy
    9th February 2022

    A quick check at Doddington late this afternoon gave the best count of Goldeneye for the winter with 20 on show.Also 27 Pochard,10 Shoveler,Male and Female Goosander,2 Wigeon,9Little Grebes,single G.C, Grebe,2 Snipe,6 Oystercatcher and a single Common Gull.

  26. Dave Winnington
    9th February 2022

    Church Lawton Ashbank farm Bratts wood area Brambling with Finch flock also good Numbers Fieldfare Redwing Lake 3 little grebe Scholar green Brickhouse pair Yellowhammers male Kestrel.

  27. John
    9th February 2022

    A wander around Macon Meadows in the sunshine earlier this afternoon gave me a displaying Buzzard above the MMU/Crewe Green roundabout and a drumming GS Woodpecker ( both firsts for me in 2022 ). Also, nice to see a female Grey Wagtail on the flooded meadow.

  28. Colin
    8th February 2022

    On Poolside field this morning were 7 little egrets walking around feeding, buzzards down to 4. On the pool 26 shoveler, 23 wigeon, 22 teal and 5 goosander.

  29. John
    7th February 2022

    31 Jan – 6 Feb
    EHF/PHF: Pintail, Golden Plover, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Med Gull, Sparrowhawk & Reed Bunting
    MGT/RF: Great W & L Egret, Meadow Pipit
    FF: Woodcock, Tawny Owl
    Tetton Ln: Jack & Common Snipe, Skylark, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting
    Astbury: Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Tree Sparrow, Brambling
    Astbury Mere: Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Siskin
    Betley: Woodcock, Cetti’s Warbler
    Brownlow/Wallhill: Egyptian Goose, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover
    Checkley: Grey Partridge, Greenfinch, Brambling, L Redpoll
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Congleton bypass: L Egret
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Dunlin
    Meremoor Moss: Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Skylark, Stonechat
    Middlewich: Jack & Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper
    Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, Mandarin, Goosander
    Rode Heath: Egyptian Goose, L Egret, Buzzard (10), Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting
    Rode Pool: Mandarin, Goosander, Great W Egret, Peregrine, Siskin
    Wheelock Rail Trail: Tawny Owl

  30. Mike&Andy
    3rd February 2022

    Not much change at Doddington this week,Oystercatchers up to 5,a brief count this morning gave, Goldeneye 10,Shoveler 10,Pochard around 30.Better off Checkley Lane with 2 Grey Partridge,12 Brambling,Greenfinch,Reed Bunting,Song and Mistle Thrush and L Redpoll.

  31. Nigel Henderson
    3rd February 2022

    Congleton park
    Stock Dove
    Mistle Thrush
    River Dane
    Grey Wagtail
    Goosander ♂ ♀
    Kingfisher (Pam)

  32. Darron Boulton
    2nd February 2022

    1st Feb.
    Queens Park. Mandarin pair, Barnacle Goose, Siskin and lesser Redpoll

  33. John
    2nd February 2022

    Meremoor Moss & environs this morning: lots of corvids in the mud where the cattle are, 4 Pink-footed Geese overhead, a Water Rail heard. Singing birds include Coal Tit, Song Thrush and Bullfinch.
    As I walked from under the railway bridge onto the moss, I had a brief view of a Peregrine flying off towards the A500 roundabout. Other raptors include a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel. The farmer was muck-spreading when I was there, and this was attracting the corvids and pigeons. In the nearby trees were c40 Redwing and I could make out just one Fieldfare. A pair of Muscovy Duck could be seen on the fishery on the other side of Englesea Brook.
    Towards the end of my walk while scanning the fields from the road bridge over the railway track, a Peregrine flew low over the road ( it’s chest was light brown ), over the old quarry on to the moss. It put up c100 Wood Pigeon and c40 Lapwing. As I watched this through my bins, the Peregrine banked round and swooped into the flock of pigeons.
    That’s a Peregrine on this patch every month since September.
    Scanning the muddy field holding the cattle, c100 Pied Wagtail!

  34. Glyn Jones
    1st February 2022

    1st February 2022 -1100

    Queen’s Park – only 2 Mute Swans now, and only 1 F Goosander.
    No sign of Mandarin Ducks.

  35. John
    1st February 2022

    A male & female Sparrowhawk were seen in trees alongside the stream between Macon Meadows & the railway track this morning. They don’t seem bothered by the work that’s been going on at the culvert for the past few days. The pair were seen again later in my walk, this time what looked like an ariel display above the road.
    A pair was seen regularly in the same area last year but I was unable to establish if they bred or not.

  36. Colin
    1st February 2022

    At Rode Pool this morning in the field across Poolside the buzzard numbers are holding at around ten and the two egyptian geese are still favouring that field. On the water 1 great white egret, 8 goosander and 8 mandarin, 15 siskin in the woods and a peregrine flew over briefly but low giving good views.

  37. Colin
    1st February 2022

    At the north end of Old Knutsford Road, Rode Heath a small neglected field of old wheat and weeds has attracted quite a few finches including up to 20 yellowhammers and 6 reed buntings. Thanks to Dave Winnington for the info.

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