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.

January 2017 Sightings

Latest Sightings


by Dennis Swaby

Mute Swan: regular
Pink-footed Goose: regular, max c100
Greylag Goose: regular, max 27
Mallard & Teal: regular, no count
Shelduck: regular, max 61
Mandarin: regular, max 1
Wigeon: regular; Gadwall: max 4
Pintail: regular, max 4
Shoveler: regular, max 18
Pochard: (CF)
Tufted Duck: regular

Goldeneye: (WLF)
Goosander: regular, max 11

Little Grebe: regular, max 6
G C Grebe: max 11

Golden Plover: regular, max 1

Lapwing: regular, no count
Curlew: regular, max 31
Redshank: regular, max 6
Black-tailed Godwit: regular, max 1
Ruff: regular, max 3

Dunlin: regular, max 1
Woodcock: max 2

Snipe: regular, max 31



Buzzard & Peregrine: regular

Sparrowhawk: 5th & 16th
Kestrel: 1st & 10th

Merlin: single, 15th
Tawny Owl: regular, (EHF)

Long-eared Owl: regular, (GF)


Water Rail & Kingfisher: regular
Raven, Waxwing: 26th (CF)
Cetti’s Warbler: PHF 7th & 21st
Tree Sparrows: max c10
Greenfinch: (CF), 26th & FF, 30th
Linnet: c120, (WF) 30th


Common, Yellow-legged, GBB, Iceland & Glaucous Gull: all regular

Other Sightings elsewhere

Alsager: - Goosander (Borrow Pit Pool)

AWP: - Gadwall, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Waxwing

Basford: - Lesser Redpoll

Brereton Heath CP:- Pochard

Congleton:- Whooper Swan (Clonter Pool), L Egret (Bosley), Kingfisher, Dipper, Greenfinch (Bathvale), Barn Owl, Waxwing (Town), Chiffchaff

Crewe : - Barn Owl, (David Whitby Way), Waxwing (Macon Meadows & Lifestyle Centre)

Doddington: - Pink-footed Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Pochard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Goldeneye, Goosander, Little Grebe, Great (White) Egret, Little Egret, Water Rail, Snipe, Common Gull, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Raven

Lawton: - L Egret (flyover), Barn Owl, LS Woodpecker, Kestrel, Dipper, Brambling

Rode Pool: - ‘regulars’ incl: Shoveler, L & GC Grebe, Kingfisher, Coal Tit also Smew, Goosander, L Egret, Sparrowhawk, Woodcock, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail & Siskin

Scholar Green: - Waxwing

Warmingham: - Waxwing, 15th

Wildboarclough: - Dipper


Great (White) Egret regular; max 2
Little Egret: max 1


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