March 2022 Sightings

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


  1. Mike&Andy
    31st March 2022

    3 Sand Martins at Doddington this morning but not a lot else.The 2 Shelduck that have been present all week weren’t on show and only Kestrel,Raven,Red-lPartridge,Raven,Stock Dove,3 Teal and 5 Shoveler of any note.

  2. Colin
    29th March 2022

    Egrets are hanging on at Rode Pool with 1 great and 3 lesser this morning. Nest count made in the heronry and gave a total of 47 nests (48 last Year)

  3. Colin
    28th March 2022

    At Doddington this morning duck numbers continue to go down with just 39 tufted and 14 shoveler although it was good to get a few swans back on the water with a total of nine seen.

  4. Glyn Jones
    28th March 2022

    28th March 2022 – 1000
    Borrow Pit Meadows
    2 noisy Ravens over, 4 Chiffchaff, Common Buzzard and a Blackcap heard but not seen but later confirmed by another birder.
    2 Canada Geese on pool
    Queen’s Park, Crewe – 1500
    Drama at last year’s Great Spotted Woodpecker nest site, two Nuthatches had made their home there but this afternoon a female Great Spotted Woodpecker turned up and evicted the Nuthatches and then cleared the nest site out.

  5. John
    28th March 2022

    21 – 27 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Oystercatcher, Avocet, LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Y-l Gull, Great W Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Brambling, Reed Bunting
    Alsager: Raven, Skylark, Yellowhammer
    Astbury Mere: Goldeneye, Black-necked Grebe, Med & Common Gull, Sand Martin, Brambling
    Basford: R-l Partridge
    Blakenhall: R-l Partridge
    The Cloud: Stonechat
    Congleton: Mandarin, Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
    Danebower: Red Kite, Raven, Stonechat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit
    Doddington: Gadwall, Pochard, Goldeneye, R-l Partridge, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Raven, Reed Bunting
    Meremoor Moss: Oystercatcher, Skylark, Siskin
    Mow Cop: Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Lapwing, Skylark
    Queens Park: L Owl, Grey Wagtail
    Rode Heath/Scholar Green: L Egret, Common & Y-l Gull

  6. John
    25th March 2022

    Spent the morning at Doddington in the hope of seeing some hirundines. No luck but noted R-l Partridge by the wet area close to the main road – viewed from the gated entrance to the units.
    One Raven looked to be dominating the sky above the Hall: I watched it ‘escort’ another Raven ( that appeared from the east ) away from the area, then repeat the action with it, or another Raven, in the opposite direction. Four birds seen in the air together while I could hear another three calling.
    – Singing birds: – Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Song Thrush & Nuthatch
    – Displaying birds: – GC Grebe, GS Woodpecker & Skylark
    – Adult with food: – Carrion Crow
    I heard a Gadwall, saw a Snipe fly overhead, probably disturbed by the nearby horses being exercised also c35 very mobile Linnet.
    Most of the species reported on the blog earlier this month also present.
    Driving back way home via Wrinehill, while passing through Blakenhall, I noted R-l Partridge on the grass verges at both ends of the village.
    Back at home while making a cuppa, I watched through the window as a House Mouse pinch peanuts off my bird table and then run back under my neighbour’s garden shed!

  7. Nigel Henderson
    25th March 2022

    Park: Treecreeper; Chiffchaff
    River Dane: Mandarin Duck ♂ ♀; Kingfisher; Grey Wagtails; Dipper; Goosander ♀

  8. John
    24th March 2022

    An attentive pair of Mallard with a single, recently fledged, duckling at Mere Moor Fishery today – presumably the rest of the brood were predated?

  9. Mike&Andy
    23rd March 2022

    Shoveler up to 49 at Doddington this afternoon but little other change.

  10. John
    23rd March 2022

    Yesterday afternoon at Alsager ( Fannyscroft ): Jay, Rook ( singing? ), Raven, displaying Skylark, a very green Chiffchaff & a couple of Yellowhammer.
    This morning at the viewpoint at Cheshire Close ( Mow Cop ): a Green Woodpecker yaffling in the distance ( coming from Roe Park, one of my SWaBBS patches – hopefully it sticks around and I can put it on my list next month? ). Also, singing Skylark and a displaying pipit. Two birds seen in the area where Tree Pipits were reported in previous years…..
    Popped in to Elton Hall Flash for the Avocets on the way home via Astbury Mere CP for the Black-necked Grebe.

  11. Mike&Andy
    21st March 2022

    A decent count of 29 Shoveler at Doddington this morning but winter wildfowl on the wane with 2 Pochard and 9 Goldeneye showing.Around the pool,Raven,5 Oystercatchers,Stock Doves,Coal Tit and Nuthatch on the feeders and a mixed flock of mostly Fieldfare and Redwing in trees along the main road.

  12. John
    21st March 2022

    14 – 20 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Garganey, Gadwall, Pintail, Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Great W Egret, Skylark, Sand & House Martin, Swallow, Grey Wagtail, L Redpoll, Siskin, Reed Bunting
    Astbury Mere: Goldeneye, Sand Martin
    Borrow Pit M/Salt Line: Willow Tit
    Checkley: R-l Partridge, Stock Dove, Brambling
    Crewe GC: Egyptian Goose
    Danebower: Wheatear
    Doddington: Gadwall, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting
    Lawton Lake/Woods: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail
    Meremoor Moss: Water Rail, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Skylark, Siskin
    Mow Cop: Lapwing, Skylark, Brambling
    Rode Heath/Scholar Green: L Egret, Yellowhammer
    Wrinehill: Grey & R-l Partridge, Wheatear, Linnet

  13. Dave Winnington
    18th March 2022

    Salt line this morning Willow tit heard not seen Roughwood hollow lane mid point, from path just up bank north side

  14. John
    18th March 2022

    Meremoor Moss & environs today:
    Water Rail in Englesea Brook, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Buzzards in a thermal ( 1 stooped & talon-tapped a 2nd ) a male Kestrel with a kill, at least 3 Skylark displaying, a partially built Long-tailed Tit nest.
    Singing birds incl: – Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Greenfinch & Reed Bunting
    Also, a couple of Brimstone working along the embankment vegetation + Small Tortoiseshell.

  15. John
    17th March 2022

    Blackcap singing in my neighbour’s garden first thing.
    Rode Heath: c6 Yellowhammer and a couple of Reed Bunting in the hedges on each side of the road plus a L Egret took off from the far side of the same field. Thanks to Dave W for exact location
    Nothing of note at Cheshire Close viewpoint ( Mow Cop ).
    A walk from Mow Cop Castle east along Gritstone Trail to the woods above Roepark Farm & back: 20/30 Lapwing evenly spaced out in the fields north of the trail, one or two displaying when the wind dropped! In the same area, singing Skylark. A male Brambling below the 1st kissing gate east of the larger aerial.

  16. Colin
    16th March 2022

    On the golf course at Haslington the pair of Egyptian Geese were still by the pond at the 15th green, also singing chiffchaff

  17. Mike&Andy
    15th March 2022

    We were also pleased with the Gadwall at Doddington this morning John and can only add Grey Wagtail,Reed Bunting and the 2 Shelducks in the flooded field to your list.

  18. John
    15th March 2022

    Wybunbury Moss this morning: 3 Oystercatcher over, 2 Sparrowhawk, displaying Buzzard, a drumming male GS Woodpecker, 2 Raven over + a few singing Chiffchaff
    Briefly at Doddington: only notable birds not already reported there this month: Gadwall & Snipe
    Field of maize stubble at Checkley: overhead – 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 2 vocal Kestrel and a Peregrine. 2 Red-legged Partridge, Stock Dove, Jay, c 100 Carrion Crow, singing Skylark, Chiffchaff & Song Thrush. The c40 Chaffinch flock were very nervous possibly due to the nearby Sparrowhawk but I managed to note 2 stunning male Brambling amongst them

  19. Glyn Jones
    15th March 2022

    15th March 2022 – 1030
    Borrow Pit Meadows
    2 Chiffchaff and 3 female Chaffinch
    Hassall Road
    Kestrel on telegraph pole

  20. Dave Winnington
    15th March 2022

    Lawton woods Kingfisher on stream 2 Grey Wagtails near bridge Chiffchaff singing

  21. John
    14th March 2022

    7 – 13 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Gadwall, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Bl-t Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, L Egret, Chiffchaff, L Redpoll, Reed Bunting
    MGT/RF: Jack & Common Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Stonechat
    FF: Chiffchaff, Greenfinch
    Rookery Br: Grey Wagtail
    Alsager: Chiffchaff
    Astbury Mere: Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Siskin
    Betley Mere: Gadwall, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler
    Borrow Pit M/Salt Line: Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Siskin
    Brownlow/Wallhill: Oystercatcher, L Egret, Peregrine, Raven
    Checkley: R-l Partridge, Stock Dove, Brambling, Reed Bunting
    Congleton: Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Siskin
    Crewe GC: Egyptian Goose, Snipe
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Common Gull, Kestrel, Raven
    Lea Forge: Snipe, Kestrel, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit
    Meremoor Moss: Oystercatcher, Curlew, Great W Egret, Skylark, Siskin
    Queens Park: Barnacle Goose, L Owl, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail
    The Roaches: Red Kite
    Rode Heath/Scholar Green: Egyptian Goose, Grey Partridge, Oystercatcher, L Egret, Chiffchaff, Brambling, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer
    Somerford: Red Kite
    Wybunbury: R-l Partridge, Brambling, L Redpoll, Reed Bunting

  22. Mike&Andy
    12th March 2022

    At Doddington 11 Goldeneye,2 Shelduck,13 Wigeon,14 Pochard,7 Shoveler,5 L.Grebes,Kestrel,Raven,Com Gull and 6 Oystercatchers.Checkley Lane,Brambling,L.Redpoll,Reed Bunting,Greenfinch,Red-l Partridge,Stock Dove,Song and Mistle Thrush.Lea Forge,Grey Wagtail,Snipe,Skylark,Sparrowhawk,Kestrel and Meadow Pipits were the highlights.

  23. Colin
    12th March 2022

    Three singing chiffchaff on Borrow Pit Meadow this morning

  24. Nigel Henderson
    11th March 2022

    Congleton park
    Mistle Thrush
    River Dane
    Grey Wagtail

  25. Glyn Jones
    10th March 2022

    10th March 2022 – 1400
    Salt Line Way – Chiffchaff heard and then seen.
    Borrow Pit Meadows
    Comma butterfly and Grey Wagtail near stream and three Siskins near pool.

  26. John
    10th March 2022

    Queen’s Park, Crewe this morning: a Barnacle Goose with the Canadas, no yellow spiral round its leg. The Little Owl was stood in its hole in the tree by the play area. I couldn’t see any uncommon in the gull flock. Magpies & Carrion Crows with nest material, a Chiffchaff busily feeding, a singing Song thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush on one of the lawns plus a Grey Wagtail and a singing Greenfinch. The vegetation on all three islands has been cut back ( very little cover ) and no sign of the Mandarins!

  27. Dave Winnington
    10th March 2022

    Scholar Green Chiffchaff singing in trees path towards Lawton lake by Spinney

  28. Colin
    10th March 2022

    unusual birds on the Haslington golf course walk this morning with a pair of Egyptian Geese walking round the 15th green as if they have every right to be there and a Snipe flushed from the adjacent wet field.

  29. John
    9th March 2022

    It was hard work on Meremoor Moss this morning in the windy conditions and not much of ‘the small stuff’ was noted! I bumped into one of the Barthomley residents that I know, out with his dog. He told me that he’d heard and then seen 2 Curlew. Later 3 Curlew took off noisily from a couple of fields away. From memory, they are known to have bred there before the millennium and there has been the occasional sighting there since. Let’s hope they stick around?
    Other birds of note: the Greylag Geese are back! A pair of were Tufted Duck still on the fishery pools ( noted by Colin earlier this month – they bred there last year ), 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Cormorant ( one with grey patches on it’s face & neck, similar to one I saw at EHF on Monday ), a Great W Egret, singing Skylark, singing Greenfinch & c20 Siskin.
    The muddy field where the cattle were is empty & drying out – the farmer arrived while I was there and began turning the ground over. Not long before he arrived, c100 Woodpigeons took flight from an area at the top of the field
    Yesterday on Macon Meadows, I watched a couple of Long-tailed Tit for 5 mins. back & to a patch of brambles – visiting a probable nest site?

  30. Nigel Henderson
    9th March 2022


    Redwing; Mistle Thrush; Nuthatch (Pam)

    River Dane:
    Goosander ♀; Siskin; Grey Wagtail; Kingfisher (Pam) ; Dipper (Pam)

  31. John
    7th March 2022

    Quakers Coppice this morning:
    Stock Dove paired up; a Grey Heron & a Peregrine flying over ( the latter presumably trying to spook any perched pigeons? ), Goldcrest, very vocal Nuthatch, Song & Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch and small groups of Siskin

  32. John
    7th March 2022

    28 Feb – 6 Mar
    EHF/PHF: Oystercatcher, Curlew, Bl-t Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Med & Y-l Gull
    MGT/RF: Gadwall, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit
    Alsager: L Egret, Siskin
    Astbury Mere: Goldeneye, L Grebe, Common Gull, L Redpoll, Siskin
    Brownlow/Wallhill: Oystercatcher
    Church Lawton: Brambling
    Congleton: Goosander, L Egret, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Siskin
    Doddington: Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Meadow Pipit
    Lawton Lake: Dipper
    Lea Forge: Skylark, Stonechat, Siskin, Reed Bunting
    Meremoor Moss: Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Skylark, Siskin
    Queens Park: Mandarin, L Owl
    Rode Heath/Scholar Green: Woodcock, Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer
    Rode Pool: Egyptian Goose, Pochard, Great W Egret, Kingfisher

  33. Nigel Henderson
    6th March 2022

    Park: Redwing; Mistle Thrush
    River Dane: Goosander ♀; also ♂ ♀; Siskin; Kingfisher flying downstream, then perched opposite the Steamboat. ; 2xDipper

  34. John
    6th March 2022

    Macon Meadows first thing: 2 Sparrowhawk, a GS Woodpecker & a Kingfisher ( both male ). Copulating Long-tailed Tit, singing Bullfinch and c10 Siskin

  35. John
    5th March 2022

    Macon Meadows first thing: Buzzard calling & GS Woodpecker drumming from the grounds of the old college. Carrion Crow with nest material in there too.
    A female Grey Wagtail was back on territory now that the work has been completed to replace the grill at the entrance to the railway culvert.

    At home, a Magpie nest in a neighbours garden has been dismantled in two days

  36. Colin & Sylvia
    4th March 2022

    At Doddington this morning; duck numbers seem to be decreasing slowly with 73 tufted, 15 pochard, 13 goldeneye and 11 shoveler. It was nice to hear skylarks singing along with the mistle thrushes and song thrushes.

  37. Mike&Andy
    3rd March 2022

    Oystercatchers up to 8 at Doddington with 2 in the flooded field and 6 around the pool this morning and a single Shelduck at the back of the island.

  38. Colin
    3rd March 2022

    A pair of tufted duck on Mere Moor Fisheries pool this morning along with the oystercatchers. Six cormorants roosting on the big pylon.

  39. Nigel Henderson
    3rd March 2022

    Congleton: River Dane: Siskin; Goosander ♀ ♂; Dipper; Grey Wagtail

  40. Dave W
    3rd March 2022

    Dave Winnington
    2nd March 2022

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

  41. Mike&Andy
    3rd March 2022

    Mike& Andy
    1st March 2022

    2 Shelduck and just 2 Lapwing in the flooded field by the units at Doddington this morning. Goldeneye 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 backup with 44 Siskin,2 Bullfinches, Skylark, Song Thrush and Reed Bunting.

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