News archive

April 2017

Sunday, 30 April 2017

April Heron - our monthly newsletter

April Heron - our monthly newsletter

Download the latest Heron Newsletter (pdf file) for the latest news and interesting articles.

Download file

Sunday, 23 April 2017

April 2017 - Wildlife Sightings

April 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)

30 April - Gurnett - Dipper.
Danes Moss
Chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap, reed bunting, teal, oystercatcher, pied wagtail, jay, sparrowhawk, swallow, hobby.
Chris Grime

Styal Bird walk, Thursday 27 April 2017 - quite eventful.
The first dipper young has left the nest and the adults are still feeding young in the nest. There were two young last year so we are hoping for at least the same this year.
Also seen were treecreeper and mallard young.
There are at least three pairs of breeding grey wagtail on site with two pairs of kingfisher. The male and female goosanders are still present.
Large numbers of chiffchaff and blackcap are on site and unusually at least five singing willow warblers but I guess these will soon move offsite. All usual suspects were present - nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker are again breeding in good numbers.
Grey partridge present in fields between car park and Twinnies Bridge. Also two pairs of stock dove on site.
Derek Hatton, Wildlife Ranger, Styal NT

25 April - Redesmere, Siddington
A flock of house martins - over 150 birds estimated.
Laura Howard

24 April - Langley area/Bottoms reservoir
Red Legged Partridge - two goosander - two male, two female, swallows - 30+, common sandpiper.
Chris Grime

24 April - on dam at Tittesworth
Two common sandpipers also sandmartins, swallows and oystercatchers flying.
John Cutter

22 April - Sutton
Two male and one female brambling

21 April - Lathkill dale Derbyshire
Redstart, willow warbler, garden warbler, blackcap, dipper, grey wagtail.
Chris Grime

18 April
Female ring ouzel in Rainow in a field next to the Blaze Hill road.
Also we have just had the first few house martins above our house in Rainow (but I'm not expecting them to stay just yet).
Paul Flackett

17 April
Male redstart back in Rainow on Kerridge Hill and green woodpecker heard.
Paul Flackett

16 April - Tittesworth reservoir.
Willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, white wagtail, common sandpiper, oystercatcher, little ringed plover, swallow, sand martin, house martin, snipe, goosander, barnacle geese, reed bunting, redstart, willow tit.
Chris Grime

16 April - Macclesfield Forest
Redstart (m) singing, Red-legged partridge
Matt Lawton

13 April - Birtles
Richard Spence

12 April - Prestbury village centre
overflying single swallow
Steve McCoskery

11 April - Marbury Country Park pm.
Several yellow wagtails in fields bordering south east side of Budworth Mere.
Paul Flackett

10 April - Crompton Road garden
First young robins of the year- at least two flying with their parents.
Mark Arnold

10 April - Redesmere pm.
At least 100 sand martins catching insects over the water
Chris Revett

08 April - Ivy Lane, Macclesfield, 9.00am.
8 waxwings in garden.
Ian Morison

08 April - Sutton
Our first pair of swallows arrived home this morning! 😉
Tina Hanak

04 April Wilmslow garden
Nine waxwing in garden.
Jon Kelly

04 April
The monday walk 03.04.17, threw up a number of singing blackcaps, male and female . Chiffchaff numbers are still high and the male and female goosander are still present . There was a a cormorant, adult male on the Bollin.
Derek Hatton

04 April - Big Wood, Marbury Country Park
Lesser spotted woodpecker excavating nest hole.
Haydn Pool - 4 green sandpipers & several orange tip butterflies nearby.
Paul Flackett

01 - 02 April Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury
garden sighting - chiffchaff
Observer - Steve McCoskery

04 April
'I had a comma in the garden this afternoon, sunning itself on a rhododendron leaf.
I think that's the earliest I've ever seen one.'
Graham Palmer

02 April - Cut-Thorn
Two ring ouzel along with four stonechat and several curlew.
Paul Flackett

02 April Three Shire Heads area, 0730 - 1030 hours
Sparbent layby - on the A54 Congleton to Buxton road - SK001692:
Lapwing, golden plover, curlew, skylark, red grouse.
Alongside the River Dane and towards Three Shire Heads for approximately 1/2 mile from the layby opposite Danebower Quarries on the A54 Congleton to Buxton road - SK008698:
Ring ouzel (m & f), wheatear, stonechat, raven.
Alan Brereton