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April 2018

Friday, 27 April 2018

April 2018 - Wildlife Sightings

April 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)

Sunday 29 April
Swift above road from Pim's Chair (Shining Tor) westwards.
John Cutter

27 April 4.30 pm - off A54 Congleton/Buxton road
Short eared owl being mobbed by four curlews.
John Cutter

Thursday 26 April, 'Walk with Nature', Three Shires Head.
23 people attended and 18 species were seen and/or heard (H) in particular:
red grouse, buzzard, kestrel, merlin, peregrine, golden plover (H), lapwing, curlew, wheatear, ring ouzel (2 males and 2 females), stonechat.
Alan Brereton

Tuesday 24 April, 'Walk with Nature', Tegg's Nose Country Park
30 people attended and 28 species were seen and/or heard (H) in particular:
mandarin duck, goosander, great crested grebe, green woodpecker (H), grey wagtail, blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, common redstart, nuthatch, treecreeper, swallow, house martin, buzzard.
Alan Brereton

Tues 24 April - Quick walk this morning from Errwood Hall carpark in Goyt Valley.
Two pied flycatcher (both males), redstart, tree pipit, common sandpiper, grey wagtail, willow warbler, chiffchaff, treecreeper
Paul Flackett

21 April - Danebower (7.00am to 8.30am) - second layby on right
Five ring ousel this morning about 300m from the brick vent tower down near the river. One settled on the drystone wall and I took the opportunity to take a photo. Red Grouse seen in the fields to the left.
A pair of peregrine flew over at speed heading towards Three Shires Bridge with their distinct calls and acrobatics.
Mike Naden

Tuesday 17/04/2018 (8.00 am to 10.30 am) Wallk with Nature, Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve
12 people attended
26 species seen and/or heard (H) and in particular:
blackcap, chiffchaff, jay, mistle thrush, reed bunting, song thrush, wheatear, willow warbler.
Alan Brereton

17 April 2018
Pair of grey wagtails again today and a blackbird fledgling on the river Bollin off Brook Street.
Laura Howard

15 April - Shining Tor
A pair of peregrine falcons. They were very high above us whirling to and fro. They were calling, a persistent cry not unlike gull's.
Gavin Bushell

15 April - Danebower and Three Shires Head
Two male and two female ring ouzel, lapwing, curlew, red grouse, stonechat, raven, meadow pipit, buzzard.
Chris Grime

15 April - Redesmere
Just returned from evening trip to Redesmere and saw the black swan again, the same one as it has a bar/line/scratch across the top of the beak. It was just by the information board.
Stephanie Brewerton

14 April am - ( Buxton / Congleton road )
Overflying female hen harrier, six raven.
Prestbury sewage works area
Female goosander, six buzzard plus two at usual nesting site, two chiffchaff two male blackcap, pair mandarin duck (still)
Steve McCoskery

Walk with Nature
Dawn Chorus at Styal Country Park, Thursday 12/04/2018 (6.00 am to 8.00 am)
11 people attended
25 species were seen and/or heard (H) and in particular: chiffchaff, dipper, great spotted woodpecker, goosander, green woodpecker (H), grey wagtail, jay, nuthatch, raven, tawny owl (H).
Alan Brereton

12 April - Burton Mere on the Wirral!
There were at least 50 plus swallows feeding over the mere and resting in a tree. Probably a refuelling stop on there way! I've never seen this before! There were also a lot of sand and a few house martins.
Jean Mackey, Congleton.

Wednesday 11.4.18.
Large numbers of swallows with approx six sand martins over the pool. Great crested grebes at nest and mating,on nest, seen. One grey lag with the usual Canada goose flock. Buzzard fly-over and kingfisher seen.
Derek Hatton

Danes Moss 09/04/2018 (7.00 am to 9.30 am)
(Part of the Breeding Bird Survey being carried out at the reserve)
34 species seen or heard - in particular:
Barnacle goose (pair seen on canal with Canada geese), bullfinch, buzzard, chiffchaff, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker, jay, little grebe, nuthatch, oystercatcher, reed bunting, treecreeper, willow warbler
Alan Brereton

11 April - Poynton Pool
Large numbers of swallows with approximately six sand martins over the pool. Great crested grebes at nest and mating, on nest, seen.
One greylag with the usual Canada goose flock.
Buzzard fly-over and kingfisher seen.
Derek Hatton

Sunday 08/04/2018 (0800 - 1030)
(1) Sparbent layby on A54 Congleton to Buxton road (LR Grid reference SK 001692 / WGS84 N 53.21966, W 1.99952)
(2) Next layby approx. 1/2 mile on right towards Buxton - Danebower quarry and path along River Dane for approx 1/2 mile towards Three Shire Heads.
25 species and in particular: red grouse, golden plover, lapwing, curlew, skylark, meadow pipit, grey wagtail, stonechat, wheatear, raven, buzzard.
Unfortunately no sign of ring ouzel.
Alan Brereton

8/4/2018 am Bottoms reservoir, Langley.
Three swallows, a mandarin, one male goosander, two female goosander, great crested grebe, tufted duck, treecreeper, nuthatch.
Peter & Margaret Derbyshire.

06 April - RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands Wirral.
Six Mediterranean gull, five spotted redshank, swallow, house martin, sand martin, chiffchaff, 140+ avocet, blacktailed godwit, ruff, shoveler, gadwall, tufted duck, little grebe, great crested grebe, oystercatcher, lapwing, greylag goose, mute swan, sparrowhawk, kestrel, buzzard, coot, moorhen, goldfinch, greenfinch, reed bunting, great white egret, cattle egret, little egret, redshank, Cetti's warbler, mistle thrush, common gull, black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, greater spotted woodpecker, raven, carrion crow, jackdaw, grey heron, blue tit, great tit, dunnock.
Leasowe Light house and Meols area.
Linnet, house sparrow, pied wagtail, white wagtail, stonechat, swallow, little egret, grey heron, wheatear, curlew, cormorant, oystercatcher, chiffchaff, collared dove.
Chris Grime

Thursday 5.4.18. Carried out first Butterfly Survey of 2018. Of five transects covered only three Brimstones and one Comma seen.
Birds seen included -
Three singing chiffchaff, two swallows, one cormorant, small numbers of redwing, eight goosander (three male and five female), ten+ goldcrest, one Yellowhammer, plus many others.
Nuthatch and dipper are active at nestsites
Derek Hatton

05 April
This afternoon I walked from the car park at Gradbach up the lane to Three Shires Head. On the steep bank of moorland to the west of the lane and just north of Hole Edge barn (GR 003,672), was a flock of 11 birds. At least four of them were male ring ouzel. The others appeared to be similar, browner in colour and without a prominent collar. They were calling and flying between the stone wall and a stunted hawthorn tree and landing in the wet rushy area.
I have seen ring ouzel before on many occasions but always single birds or couples.
Penny Oakley

04 April 2018 - Higher Sutton
A single swallow (not making a summer!)
Tina Hanak

04 April, am - Middlewood Way / Kerridge area
Two chiffchaff and a little owl
Steve Fry

03 April - Tegg's Nose, near Bottom's Reservoir
Chiffchaff singing
Tina Hanak

03 April - Astbury
Twelve brambling showing well today, also five sand martin, four chiffchaff and still two hawfinch.
Steve Seal

02 April - Astbury Mere
Two sand martin, two hawfinch, eight brambling, three chiffchaff, eight bullfinch and two sparrowhawk.
Steve Seal

01 April 2018
A pair of dippers and a pair of grey wagtails on the river Bollin off Brook Street, Macclesfield.
Laura Howard

01 April - Lathkill Dale
Two chiffchaff, both in vegetation very close to water's edge.
John Cutter

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

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