South East Cheshire Ornithological Society


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Details of the latest sightings compiled by John Thompson from the Sandbach Flashes log book.

For details of abbreviations see the Monthly Sightings page.

More up to date sightings may be found on our blog where you will also be able to add details of your own sightings within the SECOS area.

March 2017 Sightings

Latest Sightings

Snow Goose

by Dennis Swaby

Oystercatcher: regular
Avocet: 23rd, 29th & 30th
Little Ringed Plover: regular, max 5
Lapwing: regular, no count
Curlew: regular, max c5

Redshank: regular, max 6
Green Sandpiper: regular, max 2
Black-tailed Godwit: regular, max 7
Woodcock: single, 8th
Jack Snipe: max 2

Snipe: regular, max c10
Dunlin: 7th & 8th



Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel & Peregrine: regular
Merlin: single, 23rd
Long eared Owl: single, 15th


Water Rail: regular
Kingfisher: regular
Cetti’s Warbler: regular (RLP)
Chiffchaff: regular

Raven, Tree Sparrows, Linnet & Yellowhammer reported this month


Mediterranean, GBB, Iceland, Glaucous Gull: regular
Common Gull : 24th
Yellow legged Gull : 6th & 8th

Other Sightings elsewhere

Great White Egret: regular
Little Egret: 28th & 31st


Alsager: - Chiffchaff (Borrow Pit Meadows)

AWP: - see

Basford: - Siskin, Reed Bunting

Bridgemere:- Tawny Owl: 10th

Congleton:- Goosander, Dipper & Grey Wagtail

Doddington: - ‘regulars’ incl: Goldeneye & Common Snipe also Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard, R-l Partridge, Kestrel, Water Rail, Oystercatcher, Jack Snipe, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Raven, Sand Martin, Swallow, Wheatear, White Wagtail & Siskin

Holmes Chapel: - Goosander

Rode Heath / Estate: - Osprey: 25th

Rode Pool: - ‘regulars’ incl: Shoveler, GC Grebe, Grey Herons nesting, L Egret (4) also Mute Swan, Mandarin, Wigeon,
♀ Smew, L Grebe, Kingfisher, GW & Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Siskin & Redpoll

Sandbach: - Waxwing (Abbey Rd/Lodge Rd) regular
Bradwall Rd; Oystercatcher, LR Plover (Albion Lock)

Spring Migrants:-
Sand Martin
: 11th
LR Plover, Swallow & Wheatear: 12th
White Wagtail: 22nd,

Blackcap: 27th;
House Martin: 31st

Snow Goose: 21st & 23rd
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Mallard & Teal: regular, no count

Shelduck: regular, max 32
Wigeon: regular, max 470
Gadwall: regular, max 8
Pintail: regular, max 6
Shoveler & Tufted Duck: regular, no count
Goldeneye: single, 9th
Goosander: regular, max 15
Little Grebe: max 2
Great Crested Grebe: regular, max 4


Sandbach Flashes