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March 2019

Sunday, 31 March 2019

March 2019 Wildlife Sightings

March 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.

30 March (pm) - Red-breasted Merganser (4 females and 1 male) - Knypersley Reservoir. Tina Auer

30 March (am) - Redesmere - Goldeneye (female), Mandarin (male), Shoveler (male and female), Garganey (male and female), Great White Egret (in tree just past and opposite boat house), Great Crested Grebes, Tufted Ducks Mute Swans, Greylag Geese, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, Black-headed Gulls, Grey Heron plus (in adjoining woodland) Pheasant, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Starling, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Song Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff and Blackcap

29 March (evening) - Peregrine - Jodrell Bank (Landed on radio dish). David Tolliday

27 March - Common Scoter (Female) - Mere Farm flooded sand quarry at Chelford. (The CAWOS website recommends viewing this sand quarry from the footpath along the south side of the quarry). David Collis

27 March - 21 species including Raven, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Red-legged Partridge, Goldfinch and Nuthatch - Jodrell Bank Arboretum (currently closed to visitors). Tina Hanak

26 March - Mandarin (2 males), Garganey (male), Oystercatcher (2) - Redesmere. Phil Grice

26 March - Ring Ouzel - Blackclough Farm above Three Shire Heads. Paul Flackett

26 March - Redwing, Chiffchaff (two singing) and Sparrowhawk - Tytherington Golf Club. David Tolliday

25 March - Mandarin Ducks (pair), Brambling - National Trust Hare Hill, Over Alderley. David Tolliday

25 March (am) - Kingfisher, Chiffchaffs (2), Mandarin Ducks (2 male), Reed Bunting (male), Snipe - Prestbury sewage works area. Steve McCoskery

25 March - Tufted Ducks (several), Great Crested Grebes (displaying), Mute Swans (displaying), Oystercatchers (pair) - Redesmere. David Tolliday

24 March - Hedgehog emerged from its hibernation shelter. - Tytherington back garden. David Tolliday

24 March - Chiffchaff - Higher Sutton. Alan Lockett

24 March - Bramblings (3) - On ground beneath feeders at hide, National Trust Hare Hill Over Alderley. P and M Derbyshire

24 March - Goldcrest - Entrance to National Trust Hare Hill, Over Alderley. David Tolliday

24 March - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Pikelow Farm, Marton. David Taylor

22 March (morning) - Little Egret - Riverside Park. Laura Howard

20 March - Sparrowhawk (female) - Higher Sutton. Tina Hanak

19 March - Sand Martins - Marbury Country Park. Paul Flackett

19 March - c100 Avocets - Burton Mere RSPB reserve. Paul Flackett

19 March - Curlew - Corner of Hollin Lane and A54. Tina Hanak

19 March (morning) - Singing chiffchaff (2) - Tytherington Golf Course. David Tolliday

19 March (9am) - Black-necked Grebes (2) - Chelford Sand Quarry. David Collis

17 March - Woodcock - Higher Sutton. Alan Lockett

Between 1 and 13 March - Back garden, Ivy Farm Estate, Macclesfield.
21 bird species, including Brambling (3), Bullfinch (2), Lesser Redpoll (2), Siskin (2), Reed Bunting (1).
Also two badgers. Graham Palmer

12 March (11pm) - Tawny Owl - Hall Lane Sutton. Tina Hanak

6 March - 6 Brambling - Bird feeders Higher Sutton. Tina Hanak

5 March - 6 Stock Doves feeding together - Field Higher Sutton. Tina Hanak

5 March (morning) - Siskin (pair) - back garden Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury. Steve McCoskery

1 March (morning) - Prestbury sewage works area along the River Bolin
Dipper (3), Goosander (1m, 2f), Grey wagtail (5), Reed bunting (2m), Mandarin duck (pair), Meadow pipit (2), Redwing (c100), Snipe (5), Treecreeper (2), Chiffchaff (heard). Steve McCoskery

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Swifts Over Macclesfield

In just over four weeks hopefully swifts will be returning to Macclesfield. If you would like any information about swifts, would like to help or report any sightings please email
Also please see the link to the business card of Tanya and Edmund Hoare following their excellent talk to our group, with various contact details including

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

March 2019 Heron - our latest monthly newsletter

Download the latest Heron Newsletter (pdf file) for up to date news about the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group. Articles include details of future events, a notice of the AGM in May which includes a request for new committee members, information about future subscriptions including a change in the RSPB's banking arrangements and a report of Wildlife Explorers' activities.

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Sunday, 10 March 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 on 8 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July and 29 July. All visits start at 6.45 am from the Lyme Green Car Park (by the recently closed Homebase store) for a prompt 7.00 am start from the picnic area at the entrance to Danes Moss Reserve alongside the Macclesfield Canal, and should finish no later than 9.30 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 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 please 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 March 2019

Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report 2016

Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report 2016

Please see the link to the PDF file for details of how to obtain the Cheshire and Wirral Bird Report 2016.

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