Trip reports

Ad Hoc Outing to Sandbach Flashes, 12 October 2017 (10.00 am - 12 noon)

Ad Hoc Outing to Sandbach Flashes, 12 October 2017 (10.00 am - 12 noon)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

It was sunny, dry, relatively warm (12C -14C) and clear with a slight breeze. This can be an exposed site so it was good to have near perfect weather conditions. At one point a chiffchaff was singing away in the bright sunlight, almost giving the impression that it had just arrived ready for the summer season!

There were no rarities present but we had 43 species (40 seen and 3 heard) during the morning with excellent views of gadwall, shoveler, goosander, wigeon, teal and a single female mandarin. The water level was quite high so there were few opportunities for waders apart from a single black-tailed godwit and large numbers of lapwing. I arrived early and saw a flock of approximately 30 curlew feeding in a nearby field - unfortunately they had moved on by the time we started and the rest of the group had to make do with a couple of distant calls during the morning.
The many feeders in the main observation area were busy - key sightings were tree sparrow and great spotted woodpecker
Late summer butterflies, and in particular red admiral, comma, peacock and speckled wood, were an added bonus actively feeding on ivy flowers in the bright sunshine.
Bird list:
mute swan
greylag goose
Canada goose
shoveler
wigeon
gadwall
mallard
teal
mandarin
tufted duck
goosander
little grebe
cormorant
grey heron
buzzard
moorhen
coot
lapwing
black-tailed godwit
curlew (heard)
black-headed gull
herring gull
lesser black-backed gull
feral pigeon
woodpigeon
great spotted woodpecker
wren
dunnock
robin
blackbird
chiffchaff (heard)
long-tailed tit
blue tit
great tit
treecreeper (heard)
magpie
jackdaw
rook
carrion crow
starling
house sparrow
tree sparrow
chaffinch
43 species
Leader - Alan Brereton