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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January 2017 - Wildlife Sightings

January 2017 - Wildlife Sightings

Please report your wildlife sightings seen within approximately a one hour drive of Macclesfield together with a clear subject image if available to:
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31 January
Redhead Smew diving near 2 female Goosander.
Brian Hicks

30 January
One Little Egret
Paddlers pool, Hurdsfield.
David Atkinson

29 January - message from Steve McCoskery:
Having searched locally without success to date, nipped down the road to Newcastle under Lyme town centre - sighted flock of 88 waxwings near A527 School Lane intersection within 10 minutes of arrival.

29 January
Dipper (not ringed) Clough Brook, Wildboarclough.
Rob Barker

28 January midday
20 Waxwing flew over garden in Rainow.
Paul Flackett

27 January
Two female Bullfinch, Macclesfield forest.
Rob Barker

22 January am
Two Little Egrets feeding in field 200 mts south of Bosley cross roads. From traffic lights head towards Congleton birds opposite new build house on left.
Steve Seal

21 January, Astbury Mere
The female Long-tailed Duck, pair Shoveler and a female Goldeneye still present.
Steve Seal

20 January 2.30 pm
14 waxwings congregating on Barracks Lane, off Buxton Road, Macclesfield.
Mark and Clair Arnold
Also reported by Alan Reid.

!9 January 11.15am - after an hour of scanning Astbury mere
Female Long-tailed duck still.
Observer - Steve Mccoskery

19 January
male sparrowhawk on fence in garden watching bird feeders,
Hazelmere Avenue, Macclesfield
Brian Hicks

18 January
Ryles Park Road (adjacent South Park)
Male Blackcap, half a dozen Siskins present most days.
Maurice Peall

18 January Lunchtime
Astbury Mere
Female Common Scoter. The female Long-tailed duck still there, also drake Wigeon
John Spottiswood

17 January
Astbury Mere
Long-tailed duck, 21 Pochard, 3 Little grebe, 1pair Shoveller, 4 Great crested grebe, Tufted ducks
Brian Hicks

17 January 1345
We had a fleeting visit by six waxwings this afternoon. Once again they came to feed on the diminished number of rowan berries on our yellow-berried variety.
Ray Evans

14 January - afternoon
The female Long-tailed Duck still present also one pair Shoveler and a female Goldeneye.
Astbury Mere
Steve Seal

13 January 12 noon
Single Whooper Swan by pool in Clonter Opera field - viewable from Messauge Farm permissive path, adjacent to Clonter field.
Clonter Opera address: Swettenham Heath, Trap Rd, Congleton CW12 2LR
Peter Brierley

13 January am
Garden sighting - Ashbrook Drive Prestbury.
Male siskin feeding on birch.
Observer - Steve McCoskery

13 January around 9am
About 12 Waxwings in the trees at Tesco Broken Cross.
Becky Christie.

11 January
Long-tailed duck on Astbury Mere.
Thought to be the bird that has been at Westport Lake.
Observer: Andy Goodwin

09 January morning
Four Waxwing in Jodrell Street.
Paul Flackett

08 January
Garden sighting included
26 Goldfinch, two Goldcrest, two Brambling, one lesser redpoll, one male siskin
Chris Revett

Mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare (about 50) at Midday
40 Acre Lane Kermincham.
Chris Revett

08 January am
Eight Waxwings
Dorchester Way Tytherington.
David Tolliday

07 January - 3.30pm
Seven waxwings.
Dorchester Way, Tytherington.
David tolliday

07 January Noon to mid afternoon.
Four Redwing moving up and down the gardens and fields
South of Thirlmere (Ivy Farm est.)
Gordon Howard

06 January
25 Waxwings
Churchill Way, Macclesfield
Brian Hicks

06 January
Still 14 Waxwings this morning in Aldi car park Congleton.
Steve Seal

06 January
13 Goldfinch, three Lesser Redpoll, three Long Tailed Tits and a pair of Bullfinch on feeders this afternoon.
Blakelow Road
David Beer

06 January, off and on from 12.30 for about an hour.
Nine Waxwings in the garden feeding on rowan berries.
Ullswater area.
Jean and Ray Evans.

05 January 8.30am
One male and one female Brambling on garden feeders.
Sandringham Road
Chris Revett.

04 January
Fifteen Waxwing in Aldi car park Congleton this afternoon.
Steve Seal.

04 January - afternoon.
On a quick spin around the top end of the Macclesfield Forest a small flock of Crossbill (approx 10) was spotted. A couple of males were singing from the very tops of the conifers.
Also seen were lots of Goldcrest, Long tailed and Coal tits, Great spotted woodpecker and a Treecreeper.
Rob Barker.

02 January - 12 noon
Two Ring-necked Parakeets, one male and one female flying and landing in trees park side of Poynton Pool.
Also present approximately eight Goosander and three Little Grebes feeding together.
Derek Hatton, Wildlife Ranger, National Trust.

02 January
During a walk from Lyme Green along the canal and around Danes Moss with a small diversion towards Gawsworth, the fields on the right of the path about 200 metres from the start of the boardwalk (Gawsworth end) gave good views of about 100 redwing accompanied by a couple of fieldfare.
From the boardwalk at least half a dozen reed buntings were seen.
Along the canal near to Lyme Green itself there were excellent views of a male kingfisher perched and flying.
Jean and Ray Evans

02 January
kingfisher, three common gulls and two lesser black backed gulls
David Tolliday

01 January Midday
About 20 Waxwings
Disley - flew off in westerly direction.
Observer - Sarah Rowbotham

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Bird survey in Southern Woods, Styal Country Park.

Bird survey in Southern Woods, Styal Country Park.

Of note were the following:
One male Blackcap in full song (first we have seen this winter and down on last years three).
One Woodcock.
Two Dippers (for people new to the site the ringed bird is the female - the male is unringed)
Sparrowhawk (0ne male)
There were numerous other species seen and counted including two calling Great-spotted Woodpeckers.
Also of note were flocks of 20+ Siskin and 20+ Lesser Redpoll