News archive

May 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May 2017 - Wildlife Sightings

May 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 but always welcome to add to our collection.)

31May 2017 - Danes Moss
One reed bunting.
Richard Spence

28 May 2017 am River Bollin - Prestbury sewage works area.
Grey heron, grey wagtail (male), sand martin, kingfisher (pair), blackcap - including female at nest site, chiffchaff, lapwing (pair), three oystercatchers, goldcrest, treecreeper, mistle thrush, song thrush, reed bunting (pair).
Observer - Steve McCoskery

21 May
Just to let you know that we saw our first bullfinch for a long time.
Male bullfinch, Blakelow Rd, Macclesfield..
Louise Hayter

17 May - 10.15am
Cuckoo heard above Teggsnose Reservoir.
Ranger Martin James

15 May - Teggsnose wood
I have heard and seen male pied flycatcher.
Ranger Martin James

14 May 11.30am - Middlewood Way between Hurdsfield and Kerridge.
Sedge warbler (heard but not seen in bramble patch)
Steve Fry

13 May 2017 - Woodford Airfield
Whinchat (1), curlew (1), skylark (5), lapwing (c. 20) lesser black-backed gull colony on hanger roof with approximately 30 occupied nests.
Matt Lawton

11 May
Cuckoo heard then seen between Cut-Thorn and Turn Edge (near 3-Shires) this morning. On the Cheshire side of the Dane just about. Also a male stonechat and heard two redstart.
Rob Barker

10 May - Goyt Valley Errwood Hall Area.
Two cuckoo heard, redstart, tree pipit, wood warbler seen and heard, many willow warbler.
Four raven near Jenkin Chapel.
Chris Grime

07 May - Wincle
A walk along the River Dane downstream of the trout farm at Wincle saw a pied and grey wagtail, dipper and a common sandpiper. Blackcaps and chiffchaffs singing everywhere.
Jean Mackey

08 May am - Astbury Mere
Two common tern, three reed warbler, garden warbler, several blackcap, nine great crested grebe, 200 sand martin, 18 swift.

May 06/07 - Teggsnose and Bottoms Reservoirs
Two male goosander (three seen later - ed) and two male mandarin ducks
Mike Green

07 May 12.20pm - Trentabank
Cuckoo heard.
Chris Revett

07 May Cut-thorn hill
Only saw one dotterel this morning. There was a pair present last Wednesday. Viewed from A54 Sparbent layby. Also saw 20 golden plover, four wheatear and a ring ouzel all around the same field
Steve Seal

07 May at 9.45 am saw and heard my first swifts of the year, over my home in Lord Street.
Michael Calam

05 May 2017 - 8pm
First swift over the Three Crowns pub, Hurdsfield Road.
Clair and Mark Arnold

Walk with Nature, Three Shire Heads, 0930 - 1230, 04 May 2017.
27 species.
Key sightings:
dotterel (pair), golden plover (20+), lapwing.
(Above all seen from Sparbent layby on A54 Congleton to Buxton road - grid reference SK001692.)
Also seen: curlew, skylark, stonechat, wheatear, ring ouzel, raven.
Alan Brereton

02 May 2017
A walk up the Cloud this morning to the sounds of willow warblers. Heard six and saw two - beautiful sound. At the top, three meadow pipits landed on the ground only a few yards away, probably because the usual mix of dogs and people were missing!
On the way to the steps down to the road I think I heard a grasshopper warbler in the scrub on the steep drop to fields. Heard it a few times, quite distinctive sound.
Jean Mackey

02 May 2017
We saw a Hoopoe where the Pennine Bridleway meets the Monsal Trail near Blackwell. It flew across to some trees after pecking around on the ground and disappeared around some rocks heading towards the A6.
Les and Heather Green

01 May 2017
4 black terns and a common tern along with the usual tufted duck, mallard, coot, great crested grebe, willow warbler, chiffchaff, sedge warbler, house sparrow, wren, robin, swallow and mute swan at Astbury Mere.
Dipper, grey wagtail and mallard seen on the Dane by the weir outside Congleton Town park opposite Aldi.
Ian and Lydia Taylor

01 May 2017 - layby at Three Shires Head at 4pm.
Flock of 30 golden plover above field.
Jon Kelly

01 May 2017 - Wildboarclough
One dipper, one pied flycatcher and various grey wagtails.
Richard Spence

01 May 2017
Fantastic views today of 5 black terns at Neumann's Flash. Also common sandpiper, little ringed plover and garden warbler at Marbury Country Park.
Paul Flackett

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

News from Styal - May 2017

News from Styal - May 2017

Interesting walks this week with a trip to the Bank House Farm area.
Large numbers of hirundines were feeding over the first field and included many sand martins.
Mistle thrush numbers are high along with great spotted woodpecker.
Tree pipit numbers are again high and meadow pipits are feeding young at several sites.
Many blackcap, chiffchaff, and willow warbler are present along with sedge warbler at pond area. Yellowhammer numbers are again high.
Skylark seen and heard , numbers are again low for the site.
Curlew and oystercatcher present in fields but sadly again no lapwing seen or heard .
Goldfinch and siskin numbers are good and a linnet was heard in the gorse area (not by me sadly).
Raven and buzzard present and a sparrowhawk was noted.
Stock dove and kestrel are nesting in the deserted farm building and the little owl was again seen .
My first spotted flycatcher of the year was also noted.
Of interest was a large red, azure and banded Demoiselle. Damselflies are present in large numbers.

16 May
The Dippers are again back at their nesting site for a second brood - of interest the nest is below the bridge between the Mill Yard and the Mill Meadow . Hundreds of people walk over the nest on a daily basis and on May Day 2017 an estimated 2,500 visitors walked over the nest site - the Dippers were unphased and continued feeding young despite the disturbance .

Of note today were a large number of chiffchaff and blackcap in Southern Woods .

Two nuthatch nests have been identified and are active .

Cuckoo seen and heard near Twinnies Bridge .

Grey wagtail (two pairs) are feeding young.

Great spotted woodpeckers are still active and one nest with young has been identified .

Yellowhammer numbers remain good with at least five singing males on site .

Kingfishers are again present at historical nest site.

A trip to the Northern Woods was interesting. This included the area closed to the public because of Larch removal due to Phytophthora infestation.

Species seen in this area included Buzzard (five seen in flight), raven, sparrowhawk, tree pipit, meadow pipit and siskin.

Large numbers of great, blue, coal and long-tailed tit present.

Hirundine numbers are high and include Sand Martin and Swift and there are now two swallow nests at Norcliffe Farm with a possible Yellowhammer nest (not yet proven).

10 May
Goosander numbers are still high - a flotilla of 6 female and 1 male seen near the weir but numbers overall still in double figures.

Mallard duckling numbers are fast dwindling due to MInk predation

Chiffchaff and blackcap are still everywhere and numbers are again high but only one willow warbler heard.

At least four pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker are on site.

Grey wagtail (at least two pairs) are feeding young in the wall along the Bollin.

The two fledgling dippers are now independant and the adults are back at the nesting site.

Kingfisher again back at last years breeding site.

Yellowhammer numbers are still good with two singing males near to the Apprentice House and three more on the path between the car park and Twinnies Bridge.

Of note was a female whinchat (photo attached but very distant). This is an unusual spot for this site and my first recorded here. The bird was in an open field and clearly showing black and white tail markings in flight . GPS taken if required .

Goldfinch numbers are again high and bullfinch seen in two separate areas

Of interest we finally have photo evidence of Otter on site - recorded on night vision camera trap.
Also a large emergence of Large Red Damselfly.