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April 2019

Friday, 26 April 2019

April 2019 Wildlife Sightings

April 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 can be attached at the bottom of this page with a selection of these.

30 April 6.00am to 8.00am - 'Walk with Nature' - Dawn Chorus at Jackson's Brickworks, Higher Poynton.
Great birdsong on a glorious, still, sunny morning!
25 species seen and/or heard, in particular: blackcap, bullfinch, chiffchaff, great spotted woodpecker, greenfinch, grey heron, little grebe, long-tailed tit, song thrush, willow warbler.
Alan Brereton

30 April - Mistle Thrush (2) - Marple memorial Gardens. Laura Howard

25 April 9.30am to 12.30pm - 'Walk with Nature' - Three Shire Heads - 21 species seen, in particular:
buzzard, curlew, golden plover, lapwing, meadow pipit, merlin, raven, red grouse, red kite, ring ouzel, skylark, wheatear. Alan Brereton

25 April - Cuckoo - Higher Sutton. Tina Hanak

23 April - Dipper - Riverside Park, Tytherington. Laura Howard

23 April - Mandarin Ducks (2 males, 1 female), Pied Flycatchers (pair having a dispute with a Great Tit over a nest box), Goldcrest, Blackcap - Tegg's Nose Reservoir and adjoining woodland. David Tolliday

22 April - Swallow and displaying Curlews and Lapwings. Peak View Tea Rooms, Buxton Road. David Tolliday.

22 April - Green Hairstreak butterflies (lots) - Cut Thorn Hill. David Tolliday

21 April - Lapwings (2) - Flying in Congleton, close to The Plough (pub). Laura Howard

20 and 22 April - Pied Flycatcher (male) - Woodland near Lyme Park West Gate. Gordon Eckersley

19 April 8am - Greenshank, Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpipers (lots) - Tittesworth. David Collis (Click on download file at the bottom of this page to see David's photos)

19 April - Some lovely bird song at Danes Moss - Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Teal.
Spring butterflies - Brimstone, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood.
Large Red Damselfly. David Tolliday

18 April - Mixed Thrushes (60+) - Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve - Tina Hanak

18 April 10am to 1pm - 'Walk with Nature' - Northwich Flashes - 41 species seen and/or heard, in particular:
avocet, blackcap, black-tailed godwit, buzzard, chiffchaff, curlew, gadwall, great-crested grebe, jay, oystercatcher, reed bunting, reed warbler, shelduck, shoveler, teal, whimbrel, willow warbler. Alan Brereton

17 April - Redstart (male) - Higher Sutton. Tina Hanak

17 April An unusually large number of brimstone butterflies (approx. 30) seen the last four weeks,most spotted on the Middlewood Way,between Bollington and Higher Poynton. Richard and Vivienne Arnold

16 April 8am to 10.30am - 'Walk with Nature' - Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve - 29 species seen and/or heard, in particular: blackcap, bullfinch, chiffchaff, coal tit, goldfinch, great spotted woodpecker, lapwing, reed bunting, song thrush, swallow, teal, treecreeper, willow warbler. Alan Brereton

16 April - Swallow - Higher Sutton - Tina Hanak

Monday 15 April 2019, ploughed field off Apprentice path.
Two swallows, two yellowhammer, one wheatear (male) and one displaying lapwing.
Derek Hatton

A Flock of 30 Fieldfare at top of Meg Lane, Higher Sutton, 1700hrs Sunday 14th April 2019.
Neil Wain

13/04/2019 8.30 am. Mere Farm Quarries
David Collis and Rob Hutchings.

12 April - Swallows (7) - Bottom's Reservoir, Langley. Tina Hanak

12 April - Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Mandarin Ducks (2 pairs), Stoats (2) - Tegg's Nose Woods. Tina Hanak

12 April - Redstarts (2 males) - Higher Sutton - Tina Hanak

10 April, early morning. Wildboarclough, not far from Stanley Arms.
Little owl
David Collis.

10 April. Middlewood Way (by Astra Zeneca)
Willow warbler. Steve Fry

9 April - Little Gulls (6) - Mere Farm Quarry, Chelford. All adults, the birds were on and over the East Pool which is best viewed from the public footpath on the south side of the quarry. Steve Barber

9 April
First male redstart back on Kerridge Hill today. Had my first pied flycatcher yesterday in the woods below Curbar Edge in Derbyshire. I love this time of the year!
Paul Flackett

9 April - Blackcaps (2 singing) - Tytherington Golf Course (junction of Manchester Road and Heybridge Lane). David Tolliday

8 April - Swallow - Pott Shrigley. Steve Fry

7 April - Willow Warbler - Mere Farm Pools near Chelford. Paul Flackett

7 April - Swallow, Sand Martins (2), Chiffchaff (singing), Blackcap (singing) - Redesmere. Mark and Clair Arnold

7 April - Common Sandpiper - Bottoms Reservoir, Langley. Paul Flackett

7 April - House Martins (several visiting nest site, earliest report at this house) - Rainow. Paul Flackett

7 April - Barn Owl - Pym's Chair, at an elevation of approximately 460m which is high for a barn owl. Kevin Blake

06 April - Redpoll - Higher Sutton - T. Hanak

6 April - Common Buzzards (3) - Over Brunswick Methodist Chapel, Chapel Street (a large group for this town centre location).

5 April - Reed Bunting (m) - Poynton Pool. Vivienne Arnold

4 April - Sand Martins (4) - Poynton Pool. Richard Arnold

4 April (am) - Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (2 pairs), Lapwing, Goosander (1 male, 2 female), Chiffchaff (5), Snipe, mandarin Duck (2 pairs) - River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area. Steve McCoskery

4 April (8.00am) - Garganey (pair) - Redesmere, north end. David Collis

4 April - Little Ringed Plover, Skylark - Mere Farm (Best viewed from the footpath along the south side of the quarry)

03 April - 50+ mixed redwing/ fieldfare - fields in Higher Sutton - T Hanak

1 April - Dipper - River Bollin, Riverside Park. Laura Howard

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

April 2019 Heron - our latest monthly newsletter

April 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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