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November 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November 2017 - Wildlife Sightings

November 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:
(NB! - image is not essential)

29 November 2017 - today and on one other occasion two weeks ago;
Little owl sat on a low branch of a tree on farmland, Gawsworth Road, Macclesfiedl on the left after the houses but before the turn for Penningtons Lane.
Both occasions late afternoon the tree looks an ideal roost for this bird!
Michael Naden

28 November - Two Siskins 1st garden record this winter Ryles Park Road
30 November - One Redpoll ,, ''
Maurice Peall

30 November
Between Bollington (Grimshaw Lane) and the bridge over the Silk Road I spotted two pairs of bullfinche and three Redwing, I could hear at least three more calling. A small flock of starlings (20 or so) flew over and I also saw a dipper in the Bollin next to the Silk Road flyover in the middle of Macclesfield. A lot of blackbirds about too.
Rob Barker

30 November am - Prestbury sewage works area on the Bollin
Stonechat - pair, sparrowhawk, goosander - pair, snipe - three, kingfisher, fox.
Steve McCoskery

28 November The Swallow is still present at Astbury Mere. Along with chiffchaff, kingfisher and twelve pochard.

27 November 2017 12.00 - Marbury Country Park
Three hawfinch in the arboretum with redwing, very mobile.
Chris Grime

27 November 2017 - Astbury Mere
We had our latest record ever of a swallow this morning, also nine drake pochard, kingfisher, overwintering chiffchaff and grey wagtail.
Steve Seal.

25 November 2017 - Sandringham Road garden
Two redwing, one jay, two goldcrest, one song thrush plus usual garden birds.
Chris Revett

23 November 2017 am, Prestbury - sewage works area on the Bollin
buzzard - 2
great spotted woodpecker - 2
siskin flock 20 - 30 birds
Steve McCoskery

22 November am - St Oswalds - Brereton Green
Single hawfinch plus raven.
Observer - Steve McCoskery

12 November 2017
Saw a barn owl close to Adlington train station in the early hours of the morning.
Laura Howard

13 November 2017 - There have been up to 5 (or possibly 6) Hawfinches at St. Oswald's Churchyard at Brereton (SJ782647) for over 2 weeks now.
Mike Atkinson

Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve
Friday 10 November - 10.00 am to 12.15 pm
25 species seen including goldcrest, great spotted woodpecker, jay, redwing, reed bunting, tawny owl and, in particular, willow tit.
Alan Brereton

11 November 2017 - canal near bridge 26 in Bollington.
Rob Barker

06 November 2017 - Prestbury sewage works area am.
grey wagtail, buzzard, sparrowhawk, four goosander, stonechat - pair, reed bunting.
Steve McCoskery

06 November 2017 - 1430 South Park Macclesfield.
Six mallard ducklings, about 2 days old. Good luck to them!
Maurice Peall

03 November - Astbury Mere
A single juvenile Peregrine last couple of mornings trying to take ducks unsuccessfully off the water. Also single brambling, great spotted woodpecker and drake pochard. (We have put up a bird sightings information board on the outside wall at the Visitor's Centre, Astbury Mere with more bird related information inside as well.)
Steve Seal,

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Styal morning bird walk Tuesday 14 November 2017

The Styal morning bird walk Tuesday 14 November 2017

Of note were the following:
Many tit flocks showing great, blue, coal and long tailed tits.
Corvid sightings showed an abundance of jays, jackdaws, carrion crows with the occasional rook and two raven.
The Southern Woods held a number of finch flocks - mainly of siskin with a few lesser redpoll, goldfinch and greenfinch - the chaffinch flocks were of single species. Siskin numbers were high all flocks containing at least fifty birds. Of note were a number of bullfinches - five males together in one tree - photo attached.
The Bollin loop path (off public limits) held good numbers of woodcock - difficult to see but flushed by chance.
The Apprentice path from the car park to Twinnies Bridge held a number of thrush flocks. Redwings were in abundance with at least five hundred present with a small number of fieldfares. Both mistle and song thrush numbers were good. The stubble field held about six yellowhammer with one reed bunting.
One cormorant was on the Bollin with at least six goosander.
Buzzard, kestrel and sparrowhawk were seen in single numbers.
Nuthatch were abundant as were calling (and seen) great spotted woodpeckers.
Only one kingfisher was seen but the dippers were in their usual spot and most ponds held heron.
Goldcrest numbers remain high through all woodland areas.
Derek Hatton
Wildlife Ranger, Styal Country Park

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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