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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February 2018 - Wildlife Sightings
Waxwing in snow at Poynton - Laura Howard

February 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: birdrecords@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk
(NB! - image is not essential)

28 February 2018
Waxwing still present on Dickens Lane, Poynton. Also one greenfinch spotted in Poynton.
Laura Howard

25 February
Four woodcock and one snipe at Danes Moss.
Matt Lawton

25 February Riverside Park - Macclesfield 10.00am
Little egret in clear view in middle of river Bollin catching small fish. Interesting technique when placing its yellow clawed foot which quivers as it steps down to disturb the river bed or plants to flush out food!
Sutton Reservoir - 11.00am
Numerous mallard and black headed gulls some of which in summer plumage, herring gull and cormorant. One pair of great crested grebe nest building at water level with another pair starting to display (head shaking). Quite a few robins about and caught sight of a tiny goldcrest oblivious to anything. One lone female goosander at top end .
No further sightings of the Little Owl on Pennington's Lane since 6 January!
Michael Naden

25 February am - Astbury
Now six hawfinch 200 mts left of visitors centre, also five brambling, pair of gadwall on the mere and oystercatcher over.
Steve Seal

AM 24 February 20188 - River Bollin Prestbury sewage works area
redwing flock 25+, sparrowhawk - female, grey wagtail, snipe, three goosander, five eed bunting.
Steve McCoskery

22 February - Tittesworth Reservoir.
Goosander, teal, pochard - five male, tufted duck, snipe, oystercatcher, siskin, lesser redpoll, jay, song thrush, fieldfare, redwing, 40+ lapwing.
Brough Park, Leek
50,000 - 75,000 Starling. View 17.30 onwards.
Chris Grime

22 February - Congleton Park.
Male and female goosander on the Dane by the weir this morning.
Jean Mackey

21 February - Saw 6 jays together in a tree by the side of the path from Abbey Road down to the Riverside Park. Also heard a woodpecker drumming but not able to locate it.
Daryll Bailey

21 February - Sutton St.James Church area:
I went looking for the brambling and when two finally turned up at the bottom of the graveyard they were accompanied by Chris's hawfinch, which on this occasion I wasn't specifically looking for! Also four siskin and a bullfinch for good measure.
Paul Flackett

20 February - red kite flying over Brookside Garden Centre at 1pm.
Richard Arnold

20 February - Redesmere
Single pink-footed goose with the greylags, two oystercatcher, five+ goldeneye.
Paul Flackett

20 February - Three hawfinch still at Astbury Mere but getting elusive 100 mts down to the left of the visitors centre. Also same area three brambling, six bullfinch , greenfinch , siskin and goldfinch.
Steve Seal.

19 February. Still at least 10 Hawfinches at Marbury Country Park in the tall trees behind the ranger's huts. Also had really good views of two water rail on Witton Brook below Haydn Pool on the Marbury patch.
Paul Flackett.

19 February - garden sighting, Sandringham Road
On a very foggy morning twenty minutes watching the back garden produced three siskin (first of the year), jackdaw, 12 goldfinch, chaffinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, woodpigeon, blue, great, coal and longtailed tits, dunnock, feral pigeons, five blackbirds and great spotted woodpecker.
What a lift to the spirits!
Chris Revett

18 February - on the fields at Redesmere, Siddington.
Two oystercatcher
Laura Howard

18 February Wilmslow
Been watching a lovely goldcrest at our feeders for the past few days and today managed to get a decent photo. What a lovely little bird. It came in with the flock of siskins and long tailed tits. Having a bumper week with also a pair of bullfinches earlier in the week.
Lesley Kelly

17 February 2018 am - Astbury Mere, 100 mts left of visitors centre around small coppice area and in silver birch trees.
We still have three Hawfinch's and pair of Brambling
Steve Seal.

16 February 2018
A few sightings today: tufted duck flock on Leadbeaters Reservoir, six male, 5 female. Rob saw a little egret on the small pool between Barracks Lane and Lakelands Close off Cottage Lane. We have had eight
redpoll and three siskin on the garden feeders this week along with four goldfinch.
Dave Beard

15 February,11.30 Ashbrook Drive Prestbury
Three overflying raven
Steve McCoskery

15 February
Three possibly four hawfinch at Astbury Mere this morning in birch trees to left of visitor's centre. Along with two brambling and eight siskin and a pair of shoveler on the mere.
Steve Seal

14 February - 13.45
Waxwing still at Poynton on Dickens Lane, in the trees close to Vernon Road.
Laura Howard

12 February The Hawfinch is still around where I live near Sutton St James Church (Most days this month it has shown up). I know many birders have tried to see it without any luck but its still around.(just wanted to show proof as I'm sure some people don't believe it exists)
Visits the bird table daily but at variable times. Usually am.
Chris Grime

11 February - A waxwing was present today on Dicken's Lane, Poynton.
Phil Oddy

11 February 2.30pm -Dickens Lane, Poynton, trees before Vernon Road.
One waxwing - plenty of berries on nearby Sorbus trees.
Margaret & Bernard Robinson

10 February Paddler's Pool at 0820 this morning.
Six teal (3m + 3f), as well as the near-resident little egret, which has shown there almost daily since late December.
David Atkinson

08 February - 16.30
Two Treecreepers at Trentabank reservoir, Macclesfield.
Laura Howard

07 February - at Biddulph Grange car park this morning
At least twelve hawfinch still.
Steve Seal

07 February - between 16:50hrs and 17:20hrs I was able to see and photograph a Little Egret.
The bird was perched on a tree in the field of St Johns School facing my back garden at Clevedon Close.
Paul Brierley.

5th and 6th February 8.30 - 10.00 am - Sutton St James Church area.
Hawfinch, brambling (4 male 2 female), siskin (2 male 2 female).
Chris Grime

05 February18 am River Bollin - Prestbury sewage works area
dipper - pair
kingfisher
kestrel
redwing flock - circa 40
feral (?) greylag in canada geese flock
Steve McCoskery

02 February 2018 - Biddulph Grange car park, 9.30 to 10am today.
15 - 20 hawfinch seen most days this week
Allan Harris

02 February 2018 - West Park Macclesfield.
Five redwings this afternoon in the park.

01 February 2018
Two little egret today at Paddlers' Pool, from at least 1230-1550. The last remaining one took off and gained height towards the town, eventually heading upstream the Bollin Valley. After one had appeared on 30 January and 31 December it was then seen on 15 days from 1st-24th Jan, but was then missed until today, when two appeared. Might be worth watching to see if they join the heronry at Trentabank to breed!
Also, at 1545, a pair of common teal on Paddlers' Pool. No photo I'm afraid. Strangely, this is only the 3rd time I've seen them here, and always at the same time as little egrets.
David Atkinson