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January 2018

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

January 2018 - Wildlife Sightings

January 2018 - 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 January - St Peters Rd, Congleton
Before I had started to record my sightings for the Big Garden birdwatch on 27 January a juvenile blackcap was seen on the fat balls in the back garden! This bird is now coming every day to the fat balls!
Jean Mackey

29 January 2018
A barn owl was seen this evening at about 19.10 flying low over Adlington Road (A5102) just before the junction with the B5358 on the Wilmslow side of the Junction. It was flying towards Bollington.
Susan Evans

23 January 2018
A large group of long tailed Tits (estimate 10 - 20 birds) regularly visit my bird feeders. Brook Street, Macclesfield, Close to the river Bollin.
Laura Howard

23 January 2018
The little egret was again seen from Higher Fence Road canal bridge midday today.
Mark Arnold

21 January
On my run this morning around Redesmere, I came across a little egret hunched in a field opposite the hamlet of Fanshawe. The weather was awful. A blizzard of sleet and 1C. Rather different from the last one I saw which was in Africa.
Peter Nolan

19 January 2018
Two Little Egrets perched in tree above the river between Macclesfield and Prestbury at about 12.30pm - first meadow downstream of bird feeding station, just before the boundary to the next meadow. Grey herons sometimes perch in the same tree.
Peter Morbey

13 & 14 January - both mornings - Ahsbrook Drive Prestbury
Single overflying raven
Steve McCoskery

Saturday 13 January 2018 8.30am to 10.00am Redesmere
Birds of note: buzzard being mobbed by eight+ carrion crows, 30+Coot, 250+ blackheaded gull, grey heron, moorhen, Canada geese flying in, usual mallard, 20+ redwing in trees nearby, 10+ male and female tufted duck.
Mike Naden

Friday 6 January 2018 Around 3.00pm (Gawsworth Road/Penningtons Lane, Macclesfield)
The Little Owl still roosting in the tree on farmland. on Gawsworth Road, Macclesfield on the left after the houses but before the turn left into Penningtons Lane. I reported the location of this bird to the BTO gentleman at the RSPB Meeting on Tuesday night!
Mike Naden

12 January. Sutton St James Church area.
Long staying hawfinch (first observed 03 December 2017).
Brambling (two male one female), female blackcap, siskin, GS woodpecker, four male and two female bullfinch, greenfinch, nuthatch, goldfinch.
Chris Grime

09 January - spent a pleasant morning at Redesmere.
two raven - flying over
two buzzard
male shoveler
10+ goldeneye
2 great crested grebe - displaying
1 little grebe
lesser black backed gull
many goldfinch in bushes
Derek Hatton

09 January - Maybe on the edge of our report area, but 15 minutes south of Leek on the A52 back towards Ashbourne at St Werberghs church at Kingsley this morning - 17 hawfinch
Quite flighty, but scopeable. .
Steve McCoskery

Sunday 7 January midday a little egret spotted in the Fanshawe Brook, beside the cul-de-sac section of Fanshawe Lane, near Sycamore Farm, west of the junction with Redesmere Lane.
Peter Morbey

07 January field on corner of Forty Acre Lane, Kermincham.
At least 100 fieldfare and redwing.
Chris Revett

07 January am along River Bollin - Prestbury sewage works area
dipper - pair
redwing - two seperate flocks of approx 30 birds
stonechat - male
goosander - 2 reported
Steve McCoskery

04 January - Bramhall
peregrine falcon
Chris Grime

05 January 9.40am - Sutton St James Church
Chris Grime

01 January 2018 midday
Little egret still present, viewable from Higher Fence Rd canal bridge, Hurdsfield.
Mark Arnold

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Male merlin perched on old fence post, Shetland

A Birding treat in January

Red Rocks Wirral
Grey plover, knot, dunlin, curlew, redshank, brent
geese(40+), shelduck, cormorant, oystercatcher, water rail, bar tailed godwit, ringed plover

Great white egret, little egret, mallard, teal, pintail, marsh harrier, kestrel, greylag geese, pink footed geese, skylark,starling, lapwing, wigeon, shoveler, peregrine, stock dove, little grebe.

Burton Mere Wetlands.
Kingfisher, black tailed godwit, marsh harrier, lesser redpoll, snipe, tufted duck, fieldfare, waterrail,moorhen, coot, gs woodpecker, teal, mallard, wigeon, tufted, shoveler, whooper swan.

Neston Quay
Bewicks swan, mute swan, peregrine, merlin, fieldfare, redwing, song thrush, mistle thrush, stonechat, linnet(large flocks), goldfinch, greenfinch, pied wagtail.

Chris Grime, Matt Lawton and Steve Wright

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

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