February 2023 Sightings

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


  1. Glyn Jones
    27th February 2023

    Borrow Pit Meadows – 1130
    4 Canada Geese, Coot and Moorhen on pool, Robins still coming to food by bench.
    I could only hear two Song Thrushes today.

    Queen’s Park – 1300
    50 Canada Geese, “Barnie” Barnacle Goose is back, 2 Mute Swans, 1 Female Goosander, Common Gull amongst all the Black-headed Gulls,
    3 Long-tailed Tits.
    Little Owl was seen a couple days ago but not today!!!

  2. Colin & Sylvia
    24th February 2023

    At Doddington this morning we had nice close views of a female stonechat feeding and perching on thistles. Ducks included 86 tufted, 7 wigeon, 7 goldeneye, 6 pochard, 2 shelduck and 1 shoveler. Also 40 redwing over. At Checkley Lane footpath we had 30+ red-legged partridge but no grey and at least 100 chaffinch but couldn’t turn any of them into brambling in the murky and damp conditions. Thanks for your records Mike.

  3. Mike&Andy
    24th February 2023

    A few sightings of note for Doddington this month,2 counts of 20 Goldeney the best 21 on the the 3rd.Stonechats all month until the 15th meaning they have been present for 2 and a half months.Red Kite on the 10th,Barnacle Goose on 10th and 15th and 28 Linnets on the wires on the 22nd.

  4. David Winnington
    23rd February 2023

    Scholar green 5+ Yellowhammers Brickhouse farm area on hedges also singing in trees
    Lawton lake 8 Mandarin 5 Drakes to left on bank from causeway Kingfisher near bridge on stream in flight

  5. Colin
    17th February 2023

    A low WeBS count at Doddington today but still pretty accurate considering I only had one good eye and no telescope! tufted 63, goldeneye 4, pochard 8, shoveler 6, teal 2, little grebe 9, oystercatcher 4, grey heron 21. All of the herons were lounging about near the heronry – waiting to start nest building – or waiting for their partner to finish nest building!!

  6. Nigel Henderson
    9th February 2023

    Congleton park – rugby field;
    Redwing; Mistle Thrush
    Dane – between the weir and Steamboat;
    Grey Wagtail Flying upstream from the Steamboat
    Dane – park – St Stephen’s entrance bridge;
    Goosander ♂ ♀ seen from the bridge, later seen by the boating platform
    Dane riverside walk – below the road bridge;
    Dipper standing on a gravel island then flying upstream under the road bridge; also from the Steamboat car park, over the river; also on the
    riverside walk beteween the road bridge and the flats, standing in the river, then flying downstream.
    Dane riverside walk – the rise;
    Kingfisher Perched on the left hand bank where the river bends to the right.

  7. David Winnington
    6th February 2023

    Lesser Redpoll feeding on Rosebay Willowherb Scholar Green near Brickhouse farm

  8. David Winnington
    3rd February 2023

    Green Woodpecker yaffelling Rode Heath
    Old Knutsford rd 3rd field wood to left

  9. Colin
    3rd February 2023

    At Borrow Pit Meadows I have not seen or heard a song thrush all winter. Then as usual in late January they appear and this morning I had seven singing males. Where from? Have they been at BPM all the time just keeping quiet and keeping their heads down or have they moved in from elsewhere?

  10. Colin
    2nd February 2023

    over the golf course yesterday 3 ravens, looking like a pair chasing off an intruder. Also 2 egyptian geese now on the main pond. At Doddington this morning the 4 oystercatchers are still present and looking settled (they just scraped in for a January arrival date!); 16 herons congregating by the heronry and 3 pairs of canada geese on nest sites on the island already. 88 tufted and off the water 40 fieldfare and 25 meadow pipits

  11. Nigel Henderson
    2nd February 2023

    Congleton park – rugby field; Redwing, Mistle Thrush
    River Dane – Steamboat car park; Grey Wagtail, Dipper – Flying downstream.
    River Dane riverside walk – below the road bridge; Goosander – ♂ ♀, Kingfisher – x2 Perched then flying downstream.

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