April 2022 Sightings

Details of April sightings will appear on the Monthly Sightings page.


  1. Colin
    1st May 2022

    On the 1st May.
    At Congleton on the river Dane. Dipper; a pair carrying food into a probable nest site; best viewed from the small carpark by the old steamboat roundabout. Goosander; a female with six very small juvs and another female with four slightly larger but still small juvs; best viewed from the footbridge in the park. Thanks to Nigel and Pam for info.

  2. Nigel Henderson
    30th April 2022

    River Dane: Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher (perched and flying), Dipper (swimming, perched and flying), Grey Wagtail, Goosander female with six fluffy young
    Park: Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush x 2 on the rugby pitch

  3. Mike&Andy
    26th April 2022

    2 L.R.Plovers still on the flooded field at Doddington this evening along with Oystercatcher,Lapwing and the 2 Shelduck.A good 50 Sand Martins were feeding over the main pool.

  4. Glyn Jones
    26th April 2022

    26th April 2022 – 1130
    Borrow Pit Meadows
    2 Canada Geese 1 Greylag Goose with several Mallards but a lot of disturbance by dog in water and the owner unable to get him out, causing havoc.
    Later 2 noisy Ravens interacting with 2 Common Buzzards high above the pool, very entertaining!

    Nantwich Lake – 1400
    2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and several Mallards, Mute Swan on 8 eggs on the nest, also close by Moorhen with chick.

    Queen’s Park – 1600
    Great Spotted Woodpeckers, M&F toing and froing from nest site, also close by Nuthatch nest site M&F a lot of movement,
    Mallard F with 3 chicks, also Blackcap, Chiffchaff singing.

  5. Glyn Jones
    25th April 2022

    25th April 2022 – 1430
    Borrow Pit Meadows
    2 Canada Geese, single Greylag Goose and a pair of Tufted Ducks, several Mallards on pool.
    Chiffchaff singing and a possible Common Whitethroat calling.

  6. Mike&Andy
    19th April 2022

    A late evening visit to Doddington to check for any Yellow Wagtails produced zilch,but a quick check of the pool gave 2 Black-necked Grebe

  7. Mike&Andy
    18th April 2022

    We could only find 1 L.R. Plover on the flood at Doddington this morning and apart from the regulars on the Pool,just male Gadwall and Shoveler.Good views of a Peregrine down Checkley Lane, distant Kestrel and singing Skylarks.

  8. Nigel Henderson
    18th April 2022

    River Dane: Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Goosander female, Blackcap
    Park: Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush

  9. Colin
    17th April 2022

    At Doddington this afternoon the count was : yachts 10 – wheatears 0. However on the diminishing flood in the field were 2 little ringed plovers

  10. Mike&Andy
    16th April 2022

    2 Male+2 Female Wheatear poolside at Doddington this afternoon to the right of the road to the units.Also Common Sandpiper on the island, Blackcap,Oystercatchers,Shelducks,Pochard and Shoveler.Our first Swallow on patch at Lea Forge as well as Blackcap,Chiffchaff,Linnets and Stock Dove.

  11. Glyn Jones
    15th April 2022

    15th April 2022
    My garden in Crewe
    M&F Bullfinch and even rarer 2 Greenfinch, not had a Greenfinch in the garden for possibly three years.
    Also behind my fence Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

  12. Colin & Sylvia
    15th April 2022

    At Doddington this morning 20 sand martins feeding over the water, mute swans up to 7, 2 with blue darvic leg rings but not possible to read. A pair of linnets at Lea Forge and two singing skylarks.

  13. Colin
    14th April 2022

    At Mere Moor Moss this morning; a pair of bullfinch and singing skylark, willow warbler and sedge warbler. Also one raven cronking over.

  14. Mike&Andy
    13th April 2022

    5 Wheatear from the high ground off Checkley Lane this morning as well as our first House Martins of the Spring.Not a great deal of movement but we added Skylarks,Linnets,Reed Buntings,Red-l Partridge and Chiffchaff.

  15. Graham
    12th April 2022

    EHF – Common Sandpiper, Blackcap singing.
    FFF – f. Goosander, Cettis Warbler (heard briefly)

  16. Darron Boulton
    11th April 2022

    Wybunbury Moss.
    Reed Bunting, Swallow.

  17. Mike&Andy
    11th April 2022

    L.R.Plover still at Doddington this morning and on the water,male and female Gadwall and the 2 Shelduck still around the site.Also Kestrel and the surprise visit of 10 Oystercatchers as we were leaving giving at total of at least 16.

  18. Dave Winnington
    11th April 2022

    Red Kite over Church Lawton Church heading South south east

  19. Mike&Andy
    9th April 2022

    A L.R.Plover was a rare treat at Doddington this afternoon,also 6 Oystercatchers,2 Shelduck,8 Shoveler,2 Ravens,1 Little Grebe,Stock Dove and Reed Bunting.

  20. John
    9th April 2022

    4 – 8 Apr
    EHF/PHF: Bl-t Godwit, Y-l Gull, Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Brambling, Reed Bunting
    WF: Mandarin, Great W Egret, Tawny Owl
    WLF: Swallow
    Alsager: Wheatear
    Astbury Mere: Common Scoter, Sandwich Tern, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, Brambling
    Bathvale: Dipper
    Congleton: Mandarin, Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail,
    Doddington: Goldeneye, R-l Partridge, Oystercatcher, Raven, Skylark, Linnet, Reed Bunting
    Lea Forge: Snipe, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit

  21. Colin & Sylvia
    8th April 2022

    At Doddington this morning the winter ducks have all gone except for a single male shoveler although tufted numbers are holding up with a total of 89. One pair of mute swans were present but will they stay to breed? Also reed bunting, skylark, lapwing and raven but probably the best record was a flock of 22 linnets. We counted the heronry and finished with a total of 25 nests, a further increase in the size of this heronry, up from 22 last year.

  22. Mike&Andy
    7th April 2022

    A week since our last sighting of Goldeneyes at Doddington a roosting male and female were showing, either an elusive or transient pair.2 Shelduck,2 Shoveler,Oystercatchers,Reed Buntings and Red-l Partridge also.At Lea Forge we managed Snipe,Grey Wagtail,Chiffchaff,M.Pipits and Song Thrush before getting soaked and heading home early.John,many thanks for the very enjoyable monthly news letters whilst under your tenure,a nice diversion during the pandemic.

  23. Darron Boulton
    5th April 2022

    Queens Park, Crewe.
    Mistle Thrush.

  24. Nigel Henderson
    4th April 2022

    Congleton park – field
    Mistle Thrush x2
    River Dane – Dane Street riverside walk
    Mandarin Duck ♂ ♀
    Kingfisher Flying upstream under the road bridge.
    Grey Wagtail opposite the flats car park; also between the flats and the road bridge; also where the Dane-in-Shaw brook joins.
    Dipper Below the road bridge. Perched between the flats and the road bridge
    River Dane – park
    Goosander ♂ ♀ and lone ♀

  25. John
    4th April 2022

    28 Mar – 3 Apr
    EHF/PHF: Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Bl-t Godwit, Ruff, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Y-l Gull, Great W Egret, White Wagtail, Brambling, Reed Bunting
    MGT/RF: Jack & Common Snipe, Skylark, Sand Martin, Cetti’s Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit
    WLF: Swallow, House Martin
    Arclid SQ: LR Plover
    Astbury Mere: Goldeneye, Common Gull, Sand Martin
    Congleton: L Egret, Willow Warbler
    Danebower: Ring Ouzel, Wheatear
    Doddington: Pintail, R-l Partridge, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Jay, Raven, Sand Martin
    Lea Forge: Jay, White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Linnet
    Meremoor: Great W Egret, Osprey
    Rode Pool: Oystercatcher, Great W & L Egret, Swallow
    Wallhill: R-l Partridge. Yellowhammer
    Wildboarclough: Red Kite
    Wrinehill: Grey & R-l Partridge, Cetti’s Warbler, Wheatear

  26. Graham
    3rd April 2022

    3 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk circling (loosely) together over Abbeyfields estate, Sandbach

  27. Mike&Andy
    2nd April 2022

    First White Wagtail of the year at Lea Forge.what a stunning bird they are.Also Linnets collecting nest material, Chiffchaffs,Blackcaps,M. Pipits and Jay.An equally stunning drake Pintail at Doddington and 6 Shoveler,3Wigeon,3L.Grebe,6 Oystercatchers,Stock Dove,Red-l Partridge,Jay and a single Lapwing on the flooded field.

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