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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.

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

For details of abbreviations see the Monthly Sightings page.

February 2017 Sightings

Latest Sightings


by Dennis Swaby

Oystercatcher; Golden Plover: 7th

Lapwing: regular, no count
Curlew: regular, max c30
Redshank: regular, max 6
Black-tailed Godwit: regular, max 4
Ruff: regular, max 3

Woodcock: max 2
Jack Snipe: max 2
Snipe: regular, max 24



Sparrowhawk & Buzzard regular

Peregrine: 1st, 17th & 26th
Kestrel: 19th
Merlin: single, 7th
Tawny Owl: 4th & 6th
Little Owl: WLF, 7th
Long-eared Owl: regular


Water Rail: 5th, 11th & 12th
Kingfisher: 5th, 7th & 17th
Raven, Waxwing: 24th CF & 28th RLT
Cetti’s Warbler: PHF 3rd & RLP 28th
Chiffchaff: 7th, 26th & 27th
Tree Sparrows: regular, max 9
Brambling: 1st & 19th
L Redpoll: regular
Linnet & Yellowhammer reported this month


Mediterranean: 7th & 10th
Yellow legged: 15th & 26th
Iceland: 3rd, 4th & 19th

Common & Glaucous Gull: regular

Other Sightings elsewhere

GW Egret: regular, max 2
L Egret: regular, max 2

Whooper: 14th
Egyptian Goose: 15th

Mute Swan; Greylag Goose; Mallard & Teal: regular, no count Shelduck: regular, max 69

Mandarin: 10th
Wigeon: regular
Gadwall: regular, max 5
Pintail: regular, max 7
Shoveler; Tufted Duck; Goosander: all regular
L Grebe: regular, max 3
G C Grebe: regular, max 12



Sandbach Flashes

Alsager: - Red Kite (Borrow Pit Meadows), Yellowhammer (Fanny’s Croft circular

Arclid: - Golden Plover, Lapwing

AWP: - Pochard, Long-tailed Duck: daily until 17th,

Goldeneye, Tawny Owl, Waxwing

Basford: - Reed Bunting

Barthomley: - GW Egret

Brereton Heath CP / Bagmere:- L Owl, Kestrel, Starling murmuration

Congleton:- Kingfisher, Dipper, Waxwing (Astbury, Buglawton & Town), Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail

Crewe : - Peregrine (Macon Meadows)

Doddington: - ‘regulars’ incl: Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher — also Gadwall, Goosander, L Grebe, L Egret, Water Rail, Snipe, Common Gull, L Owl, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven

Haslington:- Kestrel

Lawton: - Mandarin (pair)

Rode Pool: - ‘regulars’ incl: Shoveler,
Smew, GC Grebe,
G Herons nesting, L Egret (5), Kingfisher & Goldcrest —- also Pink-footed Goose, Mute Swan, Mandarin, Wigeon, Goosander, L Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Coal Tit & Siskin

Sandbach: - Waxwing (Abbey Rd/Lodge Rd) 23rd to 28th