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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.

April 2017 Sightings

Latest Sightings


Regulars incl:
Pink-footed Goose
Mute Swan
Shelduck max 41
Gadwall max 10
Teal, Mallard, Shoveler & Tufted Duck, no count
Goosander max 10,

Greylag Goose
Pintail max 2,
Garganey single 2nd
Common Scoter 23rd
G C Grebe max 4

Sandbach Flashes


GW Egret 1st, 4th & 9th
Little Egret 1st & 28th


‘regulars’ incl:
Oystercatcher max 6

Lapwing no count
Ringed Plover max 1
LR Plover max 7
Snipe max 6
Black-tailed Godwit max 15
Redshank max 3
Green Sandpiper max 2

Common Sandpiper max 10
Dunlin max 2

Avocet 5th, Curlew, Whimbrel 21st


‘regulars’ incl:

Little Owl


Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Barn & Short-eared Owl, Kestrel



regulars’ incl:
Common, Caspian, Iceland, Glaucous Gull
GBB Gull
& Common & Black Tern

‘regulars’ incl:
Cetti’s Warbler (RLP)


Water Rail, Raven, Ring Ouzel & Yellowhammer reported this month

Others sightings elsewhere

Alsager: - Osprey 4th ***

AWP: - see

Barthomley: - Grasshopper Warbler

Brereton:- Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear

Congleton:- Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper & Grey Wagtail

Doddington: - ‘regulars’ incl: Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Yellow & White Wagtail

also Shoveler, Teal, Grey & R-l Partridge (Checkley Lane), Common Snipe, Little Egret, Kestrel, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Raven, Wheatear, Linnet

Holmes Chapel: - Mandarin, Grasshopper Warbler & Yellowhammer (Saltersford Corner), Raven

Rode Heath / Estate: - Osprey 4th ***

Rode Pool: - ‘regulars’ incl: GC Grebe, G Heron,

also Mute Swan, Mandarin, Shoveler, L Egret,  Kingfisher,

GS Woodpecker, Jay, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting

Sandbach: - Waxwing (Abbey Rd/Lodge Rd) regular

also LR Plover (Albion Lock), LR Plover (Springbank Farm, Bradwall ), Chiffchaff (Wheelock Rail Trail)

Wybunbury: - Red Kite, 2 on 9th

*** possibly the same bird!

Spring / Passage Migrants:

Willow Warbler & Yellow Wagtail 1st, Garganey 2nd, Common Sandpiper 7th, Common Tern 9th,

White Wagtail 11th,  Reed Warbler 12th,
Ringed Plover 13th,

Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat 14th,
Lesser Whitethroat 16th, Grasshopper Warbler 17th,

Garden Warbler 22nd, Greenshank & Swift 26th,

Hobby 27th, Swift 28th, Black Tern & Ring Ouzel 30th


Nick Copeland