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 2016 Sightings

Latest Sightings

Waxwing at Congleton

by Russ Stonier

Mute Swan: regular
Egyptian Goose: 20th - 22nd
Pink-footed Goose: 1 (flying over - 70, 8th)
Greylag Goose: regular
Mallard & Teal: regular, no count

Shelduck: regular, max 22
Mandarin: max 1
Wigeon: regular
Gadwall: regular, max 4
Pintail: regular, max 4
Shoveler: regular
Pochard: single 11th

Tufted Duck: regular

Goosander: regular, max 9
Little Grebe: regular, max 6
G C Grebe: 9th & 11th

Golden Plover: (heard) 2nd

Lapwing: regular, no count
Curlew: regular, max 40
Black-tailed Godwit: regular, max 1

Redshank: regular, max 5
Ruff: regular, max 4

Woodcock: FF, 9th
Snipe: regular, max 9



Sparrowhawk, Buzzard & Peregrine: regular
Tawny Owl: regular, EHF
Long-eared Owl: GF, single, 4th


Kingfisher: regular
Water Rail: 9th
Raven; Tree Sparrows: regular
Brambling: 31st


Common Gull, GBB Gull, Glaucous Gull: regular (3 birds—juvenile, 3rd winter & adult)
YL Gull; Iceland Gull, 30th

Other Sightings elsewhere

Alsager: - Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest

AWP: - Pochard, Goldeneye, Ring-necked Parakeet, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff

Congleton:- Waxwing 30th

Crewe (Macon Meadows): - Snipe, Waxwing

Doddington: - Bar-headed Goose, Gadwall, Pochard, Shoveler, Pintail, Goldeneye, Longtailed Duck, Jack Snipe, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, Little Egret, Little Owl, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Raven

Holmes Chapel / Swettenham: - Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Tawny Owl, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Tree Sparrow, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Yellowhammer

Lawton: - LS Woodpecker, Goldcrest

Rode Pool: - ‘regulars’ incl: Kingfisher, Coal Tit also records of Mandarin Duck, Little Grebe, Woodcock, Little Egret, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Siskin

Shavington / Gresty: - Barn Owl: 2nd

Weston: - Red Kite: 9th


Great (White) Egret: regular

L Egret


Sandbach Flashes