News archive

June 2017

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Danes Moss Breeding Bird Survey 2017

This year's survey starts in March and continues at four weekly intervals until the end of July.
If interested in finding out more, download the pdf for details.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

June 2017 - Wildlife Sightings

June 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)

04 June 7pm - Redesmere
Black Swan. Still there on 24 June.
Stephanie Brewerton

19 June - Prestbury village
3 overflying raven
Steve McCoskery

18 June 16.00 hours
Woodcock seen flying through Errwood Reservoir car park and into meadow opposite.
Car park is the one on the right of the road from Pyms Chair by the dam where the ice cream van sits.
Jon Kelly

18 June - Garden sighting, Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury am.
Pair of stock doves.
Steve McCoskery

11 June - Step Hill, Macclesfield.
Two male common redstart singing at each other.
David Atkinson.

10 June (pm) - Redesmere
one black swan
Richard Spence

06 June at Macclesfield forest close to the reservoir
Two great spotted woodpecker, one heron and one buzzard.
Laura Howard.

04 June 2017
Popped up to Goyt Valley at dusk this evening and heard the unmistakable churring song of a nightjar. We also saw a woodcock flying over and heard a cuckoo nearby.
Paul Flackett

03 June 2017 - Danes Moss
Looked like a water rail(m) going from what I saw. Definitely not black like in a coot/moorhen but similar size. All over in a flash.
Richard Spence

Monday, 12 June 2017

Hobby chasing dragonflies

News from National Trust Ranger - June 2017

Dawn woodland bird survey at Alderley Edge, Sunday 11 June 2017 - 4.30am till 7.30am with MSc students.
All usual suspects were present - of note were raven and good views of a hobby chasing swallows over the Edge (without success).
Large numbers of nuthatch were noted with at least five family groups. Goldcrest numbers were very high as were long-tailed, great and blue tits.
Great spotted woodpeckers were present in all the transects covered.
Song thrush numbers were high with singing males again heard (and seen) in all transects.
Chiffchaff were abundant and two willow warbler were heard.
Full results, graphs and woodland bird extrapolation numbers will appear after results have been recorded to Excel and algorithms applied .
Derek Hatton,
Wildlife Ranger,NT