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March 2018

Saturday, 24 March 2018

March 2018 - Wildlife Sightings

March 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)

Redesmere 30/03/2018 9.00am to 10.30am
Tufted duck, mallard, coot (nest in front of car park), moorhen, Canada geese in good numbers.
Pair of mute swans, three oyster catchers resting on boat house pier.
Numbers of carrion crow and pheasant on fields.
Buzzard overhead, robin, blackbird, chaffinch, wood pigeon and wren.
Blue, great and long tailed tit in woods chiffchaff heard in the woods before the boat house.
Good view of nuthatch in branches.
Michael Naden

29 March -Styal
Small fall of Chiffchaff - at least four singing in Southern Wood and good views obtained.
Numbers of goosander are increasing with three males and at least six females present.
Nuthatch now feeding young in regular nest on loop path.
Nest building at Dipper site.
Derek Hatton

24 March 2018
A pair of brambling in the garden on Gawsworth Road, stayed around feeding for a few hours.
Cam Christie

23 March
Astbury Water Park,
Warbler in low scrub by water's edge, probably chiff chaff. Unfortunately did not call.
Five scaup.
John Cutter

Thursday 22 Mar 2018 - River Bollin, Tytherington (Riverside Park)
Little Egret
Mike Green

21 March
Black Swan at Redesmere today. No rings or tags.
Chris Eccleston

21 March - am River Bollin - Prestbury sewage works area
buzzard - 4
redwing - approx 25
mandarin - pair (still)
reed bunting - 2
kingfisher - 4 including one group of 3 perched
Steve McCoskery

21 March
Driving from Alderley Edge to Macclesfield on A34 good views of Red Kite in field to left of road between Capesthorne and Siddington village hall.
Derek Hatton

21 March
Black Swan at Redesmere today. No rings or tags.
Chris Eccleston

20 March
Three Little Egrets on Paddlers' Pool this afternoon, but gone now. Most yet!
David Atkinson

Also - We now have three Little Egrets on the St John's School fields Ivy Road spotted at 1730hrs.
Paul Brierley

18 March at 6.30am for couple of hours - Astbury Mere
Five scaup still also five hawfinch and four brambling (three on feeding station). Also 43 golden plover flew over (a site first).
Steve Seal

17 March - Astbury
Five scaup this afternoon along with female stonechat, two hawfinch and four brambling on feeders.
Steve Seal.

17 March am River Bollin, Prestbury sewage works area.
Seven redwing, four snipe, dipper, lapwing, three meadow pipit, pair mandarin duck.
Steve McCoskery

13 March - Astbury Mere am
Eight hawfinch , eleven brambling, male overwintering blackcap and male reed bunting. We now have a feeding station up in the conservation area entered from left hand side of car park.
Steve Seal.

13 March - 11am
Taking a walk down Clay Lane, Handforth found a mixed finch flock - approx 10 chaffinch, 10+ goldfinch and two bramblings.
Derek Hatton

04 March - High Lane
At 6pm a tawny owl flew over the A6 in High Lane.
Laura Howard

04 March
Two dunlin have appeared at Astbury - the first record for 25 yrs. Also smew still this morning and two hawfinch, four brambling, pair of shoveler, female goldeneye and 28 redwing feeding on grass in front of visitors' centre.
Steve Seal

03 March - Blakelow
We had three fieldfare in the garden yesterday. There was also a lone redpoll yesterday evening behaving strangely by burrowing itself into the soft snow on our decking rail. It was there all night, but
unfortunately I found it dead on the ground below this morning. I can only assume it was trying to roost in the snow but was too cold to survive the night.
David Beer

03 March - St Peters Rd Congleton.
The garden is producing some different birds for me at the moment. Today a pair of siskins were feeding on the lawn. Yesterday I saw a fieldfare jumping up to take berries off a bush and a treecreeper was on the alder in the back garden!
Jean Mackey

02 March 2018
Good morning this morning with our first smew for 22yrs. Also dunlin, snipe, oystercatcher, hawfinch and three little grebe.
Steve Seal

02 March 2018. Hurdsfield reservoirs 9 am
Two snipe, one kingfisher and heron, black headed gulls, coot, moorhen, mallard, tufted duck, Canada flock (and goosander yesterday).
Unusual amount of birds sheltering from the wind and snow .
Mark Arnold

02 March 2018 am - Ashbrook Drive Prestbury
Steve McCoskery

01 March 2017
Two fieldfare in search of food in a blizzard, in our garden, off Dickens Lane, Poynton.
Richard and Vivienne Arnold

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

March 2018 Heron - our monthly newsletter

March 2018 Heron - our monthly newsletter

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Tawny Owl Project

The Tawny Owl Project

The BTO is launching a project to expand their knowledge of our various owl species, starting with the tawny owl. This project will build connections with local groups to survey their local breeding population to see how the owls are faring. The BTO will also provide volunteer ringers with new skills to monitor owls, such as tagging technologies.

The project will be designed so that as many people as possible can take part and will look at the annual breeding success of the owls and advance our knowledge of how tawny owls use their foraging areas and what aspects of their surroundings are most important.

More details will be published later this year as the idea is to start the monitoring in the autumn and winter of 2018/2019 mainly to understand more about their calling behaviour, and the habitats where they are calling from. Running alongside this, volunteers will be asked to make 2-4 visits to pre-selected survey squares to secure a revised national estimate of tawny owl breeding populations.

Groups that survey barn owls and little owls will also be involved, and in subsequent years, the surveys will include short eared and long eared owls.

So for now if you hear tawny owls calling, try and understand if it's just a male on territory (a hooting call) or whether there is a female calling as well (a "twick" note), and subsequently if you know of a nest site, or you know of a regular site where Little Owls are present, please record the details and location information. This will enable us to really contribute to the project when it kicks off for real later this year.

Could everybody please start sending this information to Hugh Pulsford, the Cheshire and Wirral County Bird Recorder, by using the email address or by providing the information to any of our committee members.