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.

December 2017 Sightings

Latest Sightings


‘regulars’ incl: - Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Mandarin max 3, Shoveler, Wigeon max 477, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Little & Great Crested Grebe

also Pink-footed Goose, Shelduck & Pochard

Sandbach Flashes


Great (W) Egret


‘regulars’ incl: Lapwing, Curlew max 38,

Black-tailed Godwit max 1, Ruff, Snipe max c100,

Redshank & Water Rail

also Oystercatcher & Dunlin

Raptors and Owls

‘regulars’ incl: Buzzard


Sparrowhawk, Kestrel & Peregrine

Gulls and Terns


‘regulars’ incl: Black-headed, Great & Lesser Black-backed & Herring Gull


Caspian Gull

‘regulars’ incl: Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Tree Sparrow, Grey Wagtail

also Tawny Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff,

Nuthatch, Jay, Raven, Redwing, Song Thrush, Brambling, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Redpoll & Siskin reported this month.

Others sightings elsewhere

Blackcap - lots of sightings from across the Recording Area from our members gardens: - Crewe, Elworth & Shavington

Alsager: - L Egret, Kingfisher, Blackbird (singing) & Redpoll

Borrow Pit: - Tawny Owl

Arclid: - Kestrel

AWP: - see

Basford:- Brambling, Redpoll & Bullfinch

Bradwall (Springbank Farm): - Shelduck, Brambling &


Brereton Green: - Peregrine

Brerton Heath CP: - Chiloe Wigeon, Goosander, Little &

GC Grebe

Bridgemere: - Tawny Owl

Congleton Brownlow: - Hawfinch

Congleton Town/Park area: - Pink-footed Goose (skein,

Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper & Grey Wagtail

Crewe: - Municipal GC: - Ring-necked Parakeet

Crewe Weston Rd: - Barn Owl

Doddington: - ‘regulars’ incl: Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, Goldeneye,

also Canada & Greylag Goose, Mute & Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Red-legged Partridge, Little & GC Grebe, Water Rail, Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Raven, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Brambling & Linnet

Holmes Chapel/Swettenham: - Mandarin, Peregrine, Raven, Brambling & Redpoll

Lawton: - Mute Swan, Mandarin, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, L Grebe, Snipe, Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Brambling, Linnet, Redpoll, Siskin, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Middlewich Lime Beds: - Green Sandpiper

Oakhanger: - Barn Owl

Rode Pool: - ‘regulars’ incl: Canada Goose, Shoveler, Teal, Coal Tit & Treecreeper

also Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Little & Great Crested Grebe, Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Jackdaw, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle

Thrush, Grey Wagtail & Reed Bunting

Scholar Green: - Snipe, Tawny Owl, Kestrel & Yellowhammer

Swettenham: - Hawfinch


By Dennis Swaby

Maw Green Tip & Railway Flash

‘regulars’ incl: Glaucous Gull

also Pinkfooted Goose, Goldeneye, Great W Egret, Snipe,

Green Sandpiper, Long-eared Owl, Green Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Hawfinch

‘regulars’ incl: Brambling,

also Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Raven, Skylark, Tree Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Linnet & Reed Bunting

Green Lane (set aside)