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May 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018

May 2018 - Wildlife Sightings

May 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)

31 May 2018
21 swifts hawking over Prestbury village at midday
Steve McCoskery

28 May at 12.10
A red kite was soaring low over Minn End Lane Bosley, being mobbed by swallows.
Neil Wain

26 May 2018 - River Bollin, Prestbury sewage works area
kingfisher - male, oystercatcher, lapwing - pair, mandarin duck - pair, three swifts
Steve mcCoskery

25 May 1pm - Allgreave approaching the Rose & Crown
A party of swifts flew low over the fields and road.
Graham Palmer

23 May 2018 - Moggie Lane, Adlington
22 May 2018 - Garden sighting Ashbrook Drive Prestbury
Overflying raven.
Steve McCoskery

23 May - wood warbler singing in Macclesfield Forest.

Sunday 20 May
The highlights of a morning walk on the Dane Valley way above Wincle were two curlew flying over the pastures and the sound of a cuckoo calling!
Jean Mackey

!8 May - Bramhall
Saturday pm - first swifts over Bramhall .
Peter and Margaret Derbyshire.

17 May - Macclesfield Forest
Tree pipit, redstart, blackcap, 14 crossbill, siskin, willow warbler, chiffchaff, GS woodpecker, brown hare, 12 red deer.
Chris Grime

15 May - Area above Macclesfield Forest, Nr Charity Lane.
Golden plover, curlew, skylark, lapwing, linnet, reed bunting, wheatear, meadow pipit, swallow, pied wagtail, brown hare.
Danes Moss(Gawsworth side) - red kite.
Chris Grime

14 May - Prestbury sewage works area
swift - 2, swallow - 2, chiffchaff - 2, blackcap - 4 male + 1 female, grey wagtail - juvenile, mandarin duck (pair) with 4 plus young plus single drake, kingfisher - male.
09 May - Garden sighting, Ashbrook Drive Prestbury
swift - two
Steve MCoskery

13 May - Sparbent.
14 golden plover, lapwing.
Cut Thorn Hill - male and female ring ouzel
Danebower - male ring ouzel, curlew, red grouse, raven and stonechat.
Cat and Fiddle - Hobby.
Chris Grime

I've been looking at your site and I would like to report the sighting of 3 swifts in Barracks Square Macclesfield on 12th May. They hung around for an hour or so, disappeared and have not come back. We normally have good numbers, and have installed 2 next boxes. The latest they have ever arrived is 15th of May. Getting worried.
Sue Kilbride

12 May, I saw six species of birds of prey between Macclesfield and Jodrell Bank.
Hobby, peregrine, sparrowhawk, kestrel, buzzard, barn owl.
David Tolliday

Saturday 12 May (7.00am to 9.30am) Danebower Sparbent Layby (53.219704 - 1.999490). From Sparbent Layby to Clough House Farm via Cumberland Brook Footpath
Barn swallow, lapwing, meadow pipit, carrion crow, wheatear, chaffinch, red grouse, curlew (heard).
On arrival there were six golden plover in the adjacent field.
Michael Naden

10 May at 20:44 - Macclesfield
Two swifts circling over Park Street area.
David Tolliday

09 May - Up in eastern hills Cheshire around Danebower , Cut-off thorn Hill , Wildboarclough area this morning.
14 red grouse, seven wheatear, one whinchat, three pied flycatchers, three ring ouzel,, two redstart, one dipper, several red grouse.
Steve Seal.

07 May -Garden sighting, Ashbrook Drive Prestbury
stock dove (pair)
Steve McCoskery

Monday 7 May 2018 (7.00 am to 9.30 am) - Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve
(Part of the Breeding Bird Survey being carried out at the reserve)
33 species of birds seen and/or heard - in particular:
blackcap, chiffchaff, garden warbler, great spotted woodpecker (H), jay, lapwing, oystercatcher, reed bunting, swallow, treecreeper, whitethroat, willow warbler.
Butterflies seen:
orange tip, brimstone, green-veined white, speckled wood.
Alan Brereton

07 May
First sightings of swifts in Macclesfield coming in today! Please remember to submit your sightings to
Tina Hank

On Saturday afternoon (5th May) I heard a cuckoo calling at Three Shires Head. Very clear, for quite a long time. Couldn't see it, of course!
Also saw a male reed bunting when walking from there in the direction of Danebower Quarry. Saw probable meadow pippit(!) and heard curlews and lapwings heading up towards Cat & Fiddle.

04 May - First Grebe chick of the year at Astbury.
Steve Seale

Tuesday 01 May - Walk with nature, Goyt Valley
18 people attended and 32 species were seen and/or heard (H) in particular:
coal tit, common redstart, common sandpiper (H), cuckoo, curlew (H), dipper, great spotted woodpecker (H), grey wagtail, jay, pied flycatcher, red grouse (H), treecreeper, tree pipit and willow warbler.
Alan Brereton

Tuesday 01 May - Astbury this morning.
Pied flycatcher heard but not seen also lesser whitethroat, two little grebe and 15 blackcap.
Steve Seal.

Tuesday 01 May: Riverside Park Macclesfield
Two sand martins, several blackcaps.
John Cutter

Tuesday 01 May - Macclesfield Forest with WEA course run by Tina Hanak
Blue tit, buzzard, carrion crow, chaffinch, chiffchaff, coal tit, coot, cormorant, pair goosander (Bottoms reservoir), great crested grebe, great tit, grey heron, grey wagtail, jackdaw, jay, long-tailed tit, mallard, robin, swallow, tufted duck, willow warbler (heard), wood pigeon.
Chris Revett