March 2023 Sightings

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


  1. Glyn Jones
    30th March 2023

    Nantwich Lake – 1530
    2 LBBG, no other gulls here, 2 Mute Swans, of which one was sitting 5 eggs, 3 Chiffchaffs,
    otherwise very quiet

  2. Dave Winnington
    30th March 2023

    Blackcaps heard this morning along Saltline Borrow pit meadow top path towards Willbraham arms Alsager one near hill top bench

  3. Glyn Jones
    28th March 2023

    Queen’s Park – 1400
    40+ Canada Geese, Barnacle Goose, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtail,
    2 Nuthatches in and out of old GSW nest site

  4. Nigel Henderson
    28th March 2023

    River Dane riverside walk – below the road bridge;
    Dipper – Flying downstream; also opposite the flats car park then flying upstream
    River Dane – Steamboat;
    Grey Wagtail – 2; also 2 flying upstream from the boating platform
    Goosander – Female flying downstream; also swimming at the Steamboat
    River Dane – Steamboat car park;
    Kingfisher – 2 flying upstream

  5. Mike&Andy
    27th March 2023

    Still 3 L.R.Plovers on the remaining puddle at Doddington this morning despite drainage work continuing!At Lea Forge,Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail along the brook,at least 5 singing Chiffchaffs,4 Bullfinches,Reed Bunting,Meadow Pipits and Linnets.

  6. Mike&Andy
    24th March 2023

    A steady trickle of Sand Martins high over Doddington this afternoon.

  7. Colin
    24th March 2023

    Chris has reported his first swallow of the spring at Fanny’s Croft

  8. Colin
    24th March 2023

    A sad day at Doddington this morning on the flood pool. 1 little ringed plover, 2 pied wagtails and 3 workmen with a big excavator putting in a large drainage pipe to empty the pool. She has no thought for nature at all, only money! The flood pool is less than two acres of a 700 acre estate, but as a pool it doesn’t generate income.

  9. Glyn Jones
    21st March 2023

    Queen’s Park – 1030
    60+ Canada Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, “Barnie” Barnacle Goose, 2 Mute Swans,
    2 Grey Wagtails, looks like they will nest at the same site as last year, Chiffchaff

  10. Mike&Andy
    21st March 2023

    2 L.R. Plovers at Doddington last Friday with 3 on Sunday and yesterday.Water quiet,Peregrine and Raven over.

  11. David Winnington
    20th March 2023

    3 Sand Martins 5 Chiffchaffs Astbury Mere

  12. Colin
    19th March 2023

    I was pleased to hear and finally see a chiffchaff on the salt line yesterday but even more pleased to get one in the garden briefly this morning. Watched for a few minutes as it moved around a big old buddleia bush picking off insects.

  13. Nigel Henderson
    19th March 2023

    Park – between the bridges;
    Chiffchaff – Seen with binoculars, but active: the first for me for the season but it is difficult to determine if it is an early arrival or a winter resident. Silent.
    Dane riverside walk – the rise to Dane Street;
    Goosander – ♂ ♀; also ♀ below the weir
    2 perched kingfishers yesterday ♂ ♀
    River Dane – Steamboat car park;
    Dipper – also at the Steamboat

  14. David Winnington
    17th March 2023

    Male Wheatear Fannys Croft Alsager not far from Bank house farm in tree lost sight where it flew

  15. Colin
    16th March 2023

    At Doddington this morning a big count of 120 tufted duck and at least 19 goldeneye. Also 13 teal, 11 shoveler, 5 pochard, 33 lapwing and nice to watch a pair of great crested grebes displaying.

  16. Glyn Jones
    15th March 2023

    Borrow Pit Meadows – 1030
    Usual Robins coming to food, male Bullfinch, male Reed Bunting, on old railway line, Yellowhammer, first I have ever seen along here,
    on top field, no sign of Pied Wagtails but 30+ Meadow Pipits, very mobile and a Song Thrush feeding, Common Buzzard over being mobbed by Carrion Crow

  17. David Winnington
    15th March 2023

    Borrow pit meadows Salt line this morning saw pair Goldcrest male displaying golden red crest tuffted up ! top path between pond and towards Willbraham arms Alsager

  18. Glyn Jones
    14th March 2023

    Borrow Pit Meadows – 1100
    Robins still coming to food, male Reed Bunting, + 3 Mallards and 2 Canada Geese on pool,
    12+ Pied Wagtails with possible 2 White Wagtails included and Mistle Thrush on top field and Kestrel over hunting

  19. Mike&Andy
    12th March 2023

    Virtually the same list as Colin yesterday,plus Red Kite over but minus the Plovers!

  20. Colin Lythgoe
    11th March 2023

    WeBS count at Doddington this morning. The flood pool has had a lot of water taken off exposing a lot of mud; so it is good at the moment and attracted 12 golden plover in as well as 65 lapwing, 36 teal and 4 shelduck — will it last? . The resident shelduck pair looked well settled when another pair flew in and landed and a lot of fighting followed, which only ended when each pair went to opposite ends of the pool and stayed there looking grumpy. Ducks included 85 tufted, 36 teal, 10 goldeneye, 7 pochard and 5 shoveler.

  21. Glyn Jones
    7th March 2023

    Queen’s Park – 1100
    50+ Canada Geese, “Barnie” Barnacle Goose, 2 F and 1 M Goosanders, 2 Mute Swans, Little Owl showing well in the Horse Chestnut tree in front of Bowling Green

    Borrow Pit Meadows – 1415
    Robins still coming to food by bench.
    30+ Pied Wagtails maybe a single White Wagtail in field with sheep, also in field feeding on the ground Common Buzzard and
    Mistle Thrush

  22. David Winnington
    3rd March 2023

    Green Woodpecker Rode heath Knutsford old road first field to left of path in flight Yaffelling for a wile in woodland to left
    hear it regular there

  23. Darron Boulton
    2nd March 2023

    Queens Park – Barnacle Goose.

  24. Nigel Henderson
    2nd March 2023

    Congleton – River Dane;
    Kingfisher – Flying upstream
    Grey Wagtail – 2 acting like a pair
    Goosander – ♂ ♀
    Dipper – Flying upstream

  25. Glyn Jones
    1st March 2023

    Borrow Pit Meadows – 1100
    On pool, 2 Canada and 1 Greylag Geese, female Teal still, possibly with broken wing, Robins still coming to food by bench, Reed Bunting, Kestrel over.

    Queens Park – 1200
    50+ Canada Geese, 1 M 4 F Goosanders, 2 Mute Swans, no sign of Little Owl or Mandarin Ducks.

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