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February 2019

Friday, 15 February 2019

February 2019 Wildlife Sightings

February 2019 Wildlife Sightings

Please report your wildlife sightings seen within approximately a one hour drive of Macclesfield to:
Clear photos will be welcomed and each month a pdf will be attached at the bottom of this page with a selection of these. February photos updated 03 February.

15 February - Raven in a tree on Marton Lane near Marton. David Holt

14 February 11AM - Bollin Valley, Macclesfield - Little Egret and resident Buzzard in Tytherington Wood. Pete Austin

13 February 9am - Ashbrook Drive Prestbury - overflying little egret.
11am - Albert Road Bollington along River dean - kingfisher.
Steve McCoskery

13 February
Had a walk over Shutlingsloe today with hardly any birds until we stopped for a sandwich on Buxtors Hill above the Standing Stone car park and a flock of 10 crossbills landed in the pine trees in front of us and
proceeded to feed on the cones - excellent views!
Dave Beer

12 February
Flocks of redwing, approx 150 in total, flew over Wardsend, Dickens Lane, Poynton at midday.
Vivienne Arnold

10 February 2019, 3.00, Elton Hall Flash, Sandbach
Five black-tailed godwit; one great white egret.
Phil Grice

Redesmere 8/2/2019 Mid morning.
Female (redhead ) smew.
David Collis

06 February. Location: Hancocks Pool, Clay Lane, Sandbach
Species: Two pink-footed geese (within flock of Canada geese), five black-tailed godwits.
Dr John Cutter

3.00pm, 04 February 2019
Little Owl roosting in tree on the left along Gawsworth Road approximately 100mtrs before Penningtons Lane.
Mike Naden

04 February am - Redesmere
Two female smew.
Phil Grice

04 February am - Rudyard lake - north end
wigeon - 30
teal - 100 plus
goosander - 8
Steve McCoskery

03 February, Legh Road, Prestbury.
Heard a woodpecker drumming.
Di Heald

02 February
As already noted by C & M Arnold, male and female goldeneye present on Swans Pool yesterday 01 Feb. Attached series of photos of the pair. I've lived nr Swans Pool for 30 yrs and don't recollect seeing goldeneye before. Little egret also seen recently and have photos if you're interested. Kingfisher seen there also on 14h Dec 2018, photo attached. the kingfisher regularly visits Swans Pool and nearby reservoirs nr Whitney Croft.
Alan Brown

Saturday 02 February Bollin Riverside Park, about noon.
Little egret in tree over river, just upstream of where Tytherington Brook flows into river.
Peter Morbey

02 February
I have participated in the Great British bird watch over the past few years and happened to have seen your site and thought you might be interested in two song thrushes that appeared in my garden yesterday. I have never seen any here before and understand that they are on the RSPB red list of bird species in decline. The pair are still around today. I live in the Broken Cross area on Dalesford Crescent. Photos attached.
Steve Wilson

02 February am - Ashbrook Drive Prestbury
siskin pair
Steve McCoskery

02 February - Sandringham Road
Pair brambling and pair bullfinch.
Chris Revett, Joan Wilson

01 February 2019
Yellow wagtail seen today, Foundry Bank Congleton.
Catherine Bucchanan

01 February 2019, Am
Pair of goldeneye on swans pool,
11 snipe to field behind Roewood Lane, Hurdsfield
Clair and Mark Arnold

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

February 2019 Heron - our monthly newsletter

February 2019 Heron - our monthly newsletter

Download the latest Heron Newsletter (pdf file) for the latest news and interesting articles.

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Male snipe singing in the rain

Danes Moss Breeding Bird Survey 2019

Danes Moss Breeding Bird Survey 2019

The fourth annual Breeding Bird Survey at Danes Moss starts on Monday 18 March and continues with five further Monday visits until the end of July. All visits start at 06.45 am from the Lyme Green Car Park (by the recently closed Homebase store) for a prompt 07.00 am start from the picnic area at the entrance to Danes Moss Reserve alongside the Macclesfield Canal, and should finish no later than 09.30 am.

Following a set route through the reserve we aim to identify and map as many of the birds we both see and identify by song. You don't need to worry if your if your identification or birdsong skills are not perfect as we work as a group and help each other out. In fact this is an excellent opportunity if you are a relative beginner to improve your birding skills.

Over the whole of last year 68 bird species were seen on the reserve and 48 species were identified during the period of the breeding bird survey. In particular, during the 2018 breeding bird season blackcap, bullfinch, chiffchaff, garden warbler, goldcrest, great spotted woodpecker, reed bunting, snipe, tawny owl, treecreeper, common whitethroat, willow tit and willow warbler were all seen on the reserve. If we go back to 2016 we can add barn owl, grasshopper warbler, hobby, kingfisher, pied flycatcher, common redstart, spotted flycatcher and water rail to the list.

If you would like to take part contact Alan Brereton,, T 01625 615628, M 07760 156153.

For details of the survey dates and directions please download the pdf link at the bottom of this page

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

VENUE CHANGE for Indoor Meeting on Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Our meetin on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 is NOW Senior Citizens Hall, Duke Street Car Park, Macclesfield SK11 6UR.
The heating problems at the United Reformed Church have recurred despite having apparently been 'fixed' last week. Unfortunately, with no guarantee of the problems being satisfactorily resolved before next Tuesday, your Local Group Committee have reluctantly decided to make this change to avoid any necessity to again cancel an Indoor Meeting at short notice.