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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.


‘regulars’ incl: - Pink-footed Goose, Mute Swan, Mandarin max 3, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon max 748, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Duck, Goosander
also Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, L & GC Grebe

‘regulars’ incl: Lapwing, Curlew max 30, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Snipe max 65, Redshank & Water Rail
also Oystercatcher, Golden Plover & Woodcock


Other records

‘regulars’ incl: Sparrowhawk

Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Merlin &


Raptors and Owls

incl: Skylark, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Tree Sparrow,
Grey Wagtail, Redpoll & Siskin reported this month.

Gulls and Terns

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

also Kumlien’s Gull & Yellow-legged Gull

Other Sightings elsewhere

Blackcap & Siskin have been reported in member’s gardens this month

Alsager: - Day Green: - Goosander

Alsager: - Fanny’s Croft: - Yellowhammer

Alsdager - Oakhanger Moss: - Siskin

Alsager: -Salt Line/Borrow Pit: - Tawny Owl

Brereton Heath CP: - Pochard, Chiloe Wigeon, Tawny & Little Owl, Kingfisher & Rook

Congleton: -AWP: - see

Congleton: -Town/Park area: - Goosander, Kingfisher, Dipper & Grey Wagtail

Crewe: - Basford: - Brambling

Crewe: - Macon Meadows: - Snipe & L Redpoll

Crewe: - Meremoor Moss: - L Egret, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, Stonechat, Linnet & Siskin

Crewe: -The Merlin: - Hawfinch

Doddington: - ‘regulars’ incl: Shelduck, Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, Raven, & Brambling
also Canada & Greylag Goose, Mandarin, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Water Rail, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, GS Woodpecker, Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, Linnet & Reed Bunting

Lawton area: - Snipe, Linnet, Brambling & Yellowhammer

Rode Pool: - ‘regulars’ incl: Greylag Goose, Mandarin,

Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goosander,

Great Crested Grebe, Heron, Little Egret, Kingfisher,

Coal Tit & Siskin
Wigeon, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Woodcock, Snipe,
GS & Green Woodpecker, Jay, Nuthatch & Mistle Thrush

Shavington: - Red Kite & Raven

Swettenham: - R-l Partridge, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard,

White Dove, Raven, Greenfinch & Lesser Redpoll

Wybunbury Moss: - Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker & Marsh Tit

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.

February 2018 Sightings

Latest Sightings

Water Rail

by Dennis Swaby

Sandbach Flashes


Great (W) Egret & Little Egret

‘regulars’ incl: Scaup, Stonechat & Meadow Pipit

Pink-footed Goose
, GW & L Egret, Common, Glaucous & Iceland Gull, Long-eared Owl, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine, Skylark, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting

Golden Plover (in flight)

Maw Green Tip & Railway Flash

Green Lane (set aside)