Monday, 14 June 2021

June 14th

 Astbury Mere

Kingfisher

Willow Warbler

Reed Warbler x 2

Common Blue Butterfly.


Congleton Park

Dipper

Grey Wagtail

Spotted Flycatcher


Glebe Farm 

Yellow Wagtail


A34 Astbury Garden Centre

Yellowhammer x 2

Whitethroat


Bent Lane

Yellowhammer x 2

Childs Lane

Yellowhammer


The Cloud

Linnet x 2

Swift x 5

Siskin

Saturday, 12 June 2021

June 12th

 Mow Cop

Tree Pipit showing well from layby with Trig Point in it. Also Red Kite over.

Tree Pipit.



Rudyard Lake 

Spotted Flycatcher x 2

Redstart  x 3

Oystercatcher  x 3

Common Sandpiper 

Kingfisher

Green Woodpecker 

Mandarin drake 


Knypersley Res

Pied Flycatcher  x 2

Spotted Flycatcher x 1

Mandarin fem with one youngster.

Friday, 11 June 2021

June 11th

 Mow Cop

Tree Pipit still view from layby along top road.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

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June 9th

 Congleton Park 

Dipper

Grey Wagtail x 5


Mow Cop

Tree Pipit 


Rudyard Lake 

Redstart x 4

Oystercatcher x 3

Common Sandpiper 

LR Plover

Common Tern briefly 

Kingfisher 

SpottedFlycatcher x 1


Tuesday, 8 June 2021

June 8th

 Rudyard Lake 

Spotted Flycatcher 

Redstart x 4

Common Sandpiper 

Oystercatcher 

Little Ringed Plover 



Oystercatcher. 

Monday, 7 June 2021

June 7th

 Congleton Park

Spotted Flycatcher x 2

Mandarin drake x 2 females 

Dipper adult 

June 6th

 Knypersley Res 

Hobby 

Saturday, 5 June 2021

June 5th

 Mow Cop

Tree Pipit


Astbury Mere 

Swift x 12

Reed Warbler  x 2


Rudyard Lake 

Redstart x 4

Spotted Flycatcher x 2

Tawny Owl x 1

Garden Warbler  x 2

Oystercatcher  x 3

Common Sandpiper  x 1

Greylag Goose  x 2


Congleton Park (River Dane)

Dipper

Grey Wagtail x 3

Mandarin drake


Friday, 4 June 2021

June 4th

 Congleton River Dane

Dipper adult and 2 Juv

Grey Wagtail x 5


Mow Cop

Tree Pipit 

Thursday, 3 June 2021

June 3rd

 Astbury Childs Lane

Red Kite

Yellow Wagtail 


Astbury Mere 

Reed Warbler  x 2

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

June 2nd

 Astbury Mere 

Common  Tern x  5 briefly early morning. 

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

June 1st

 Mow Cop

Tree Pipit x 1

Grasshopper Warbler  (possible ).


Bent Lane

Spotted Flycatcher x 2

Yellowhammer 

Monday, 31 May 2021

May 31st

 Knypersley Res 

Kingfisher x 5

Green Woodpecker x 1

Pied Flycatcher x 1

Spotted Flycatcher x 1

Dipper x 1

Mandarin female 

Grey Wagtail

Nuthatch several 


Congleton Park

Spotted Flycatcher x 1

Dipper feeding juvenile 

Mandarin drake x 1







Sunday, 30 May 2021

May 30th

 Rudyard Lake 

Redstart x 2

Spotted Flycatcher x  2

GardenWarbler x 3

Raven x 2

Oystercatcher  x 5

Little Ringed Plover x 2

WillowTit x 1


Spotted Flycatcher.



Redstart.




Saturday, 29 May 2021

May 29th

 Astbury Mere 

Reed Warbler


Rudyard Lake 

Little Ringed Plover x 2

Ringed Plover x 1

Oystercatcher x 3

Spotted Flycatcher x 1

Sedge Warbler x 1

Garden Warbler x 2

Willow Tit x 1

Raven x 1

Friday, 28 May 2021

May 28th

 Mow Cop

Tree Pipit x 2

possible Grasshopper Warbler.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

May 27th

 Rudyard Lake 16-30 

Little Ringed Plover x 3

Ringed Plover x 1

Oystercatcher x 1

Common Sandpiper x 1

Curlew x 1

Mandarin x 2 drakes

Spotted Flycatcher x 1

Redstart x 1

Garden Warbler x 2

Sedge Warbler x 1

Willow Tit x 1

Raven x 1

Garden Warbler.




 27th May Knypersley

Cuckoo @ 7-15 by lake 

Pied Flycatcher x 2

Spotted Flycatcher x 2


25th May Rudyard Lake

Redstart x 1

Little Ringed Plover x 3

Common Sandpiper x 1

Mandarin by bridge north end.


23rd May Rudyard Lake

Osprey

Spotted Flycatcher

Garden Warbler x 2

Mandarin

Willow Tit


23rd May The Cloud

Tree Pipit x 2


22nd May Rudyard Lake

Osprey north end.


Osprey


15th May Knypersley

Barn Owl

Redstart

Spotted Flycatcher x 2


8th May Knypersley

Willow Tit

Dipper

Little Egret

Water Rail x 2

Mandarin


7th May Knypersley

Redstart

Mandarin x 2


6th May Rudyard Lake

Common Tern x 2


5th May Chatterley Whitfield

Little Egret x 2

Willow Tit


2nd May Knypersley

Pied Flycatcher

Common Sandpiper

Redstart

Water Rail.

 The Blog is now changing by adding two further sites into its area. We are extending to the east by a couple of miles to include Rudyard Lake , which has extra habitat that our local areas do not have . This will include wading birds to our list. Also Knypersley Reservoir and Marshes Hill a couple of miles to the south . This increases our chances of recording more birds than before and brings the areas total to a very impressive 205 species. We will still record news from Mow Cop , The Cloud and of course Astbury Mere from where this blog all started some five years ago. We have had some quiet times of late from these sites, so by adding Rudyard and Knypersley into our area we should be reporting on a more regular basis. Thank you all for staying with us and lets get out there and find something good. Rudyard has a very impressive list on its own which stands at 179 species. Such good birds include Caspian Tern , Temminck's Stint , White Rumped Sandpiper , Pectoral Sandpiper ,  Green Winged Teal , Eider , Red Throated Diver and many many more. It is also a very under watched site ,  and only a short drive from Congleton why not give it a go.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

May 12th

 May 12th Astbury Mere

Oystercatcher over

Swift x 12


May 11th The Cloud

Redstart south of plantation


Astbury Mere

Sand Martin x 140

Black Cap x 6

Chiffchaff x 5

Little Grebe

Song Thrush x 5pair.


Newsbank Pool

Shelduck pair in flooded field.


May 10th Congleton

Lesser Whitethroat by Treatment works

Swift x 10 same area.



Saturday, 1 May 2021

May 1st

 Little Morton Hall A34

Osprey seen flying towards Little Morton Hall  @13-15 then 10 mins later again over A50 Brereton area love over at tree top hight.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

April 29th

 Astbury Mere

Sedge Warbler (scarce at this site)

Sparrowhawk x 2

House Martin

Swallow x 4


April 24th

Newsbank Pool

Mandarine (drake)

Oystercatcher


Green Lane

Common Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

April 20th

 Mow Cop

Little Owl

Common Whitethroat 

Tree Pipit

Green Hairstreak's x 2

Clarke's Mining Bee 

Tawny Mining Bee

Ashy Mining Bee 


Astbury Mere 

Swallow x 2

Raven x 2

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Apri 18th

 The Cloud

Tawny owl ( calling ) 

 Redstart  male top wood 

Crossbill 6 flew top wood 

Brambling 5 + in top wood inc least 3 males 

Redpoll 3 

Siskin 2 ( also top wood ) 

Linnet pair on Heath 

Raven 

Willow warbler 4

Sunday, 11 April 2021

April 11th

 Astbury Mere

Willow Warbler x 5

Blackcap x 8

Chiffchaff x 10

Friday, 9 April 2021

April 9th

 Mow Cop 

Osprey over 

Wheatear in ploughed field.


Astbury Mere 

Sand Martin x 200+

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Alril 8th

 Mow Cop

Wheatear in ploughed field.

Astbury Mere 

Wigeon x 2 pair

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

April 6th

 Astbury Mere 

House Martin (first one back)

Sand Martin x 120+

Swallow  x 2

Little Grebe x 4

Thursday, 1 April 2021

April 1st

 Astbury Mere 

Willow Warbler x 2

Chiffchaff x 11

Sand Martin x 40

Swallow x 4

Raven x 1

Little Grebe x 1

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Monday, 29 March 2021

March 29th

 Astbury Mere

Blackcap

Sand Martin x 3

Butterflies

Comma

Peacock

Small Tortoiseshell

Sunday, 28 March 2021

March 28th

 Astbury Mere

Chiffchaff x 8

Sand Martin x 5


Bent Lane /Brownlow Farm

Red-legged Partridge

Yellowhammer

Linnet



Saturday, 27 March 2021

March 27th

 Astbury Mere

Sand Martin X 11

Chiffchaff X 2


Bent Lane / Brownlow Farm

Red kite mid morning.


Congleton Park

Dipper x1  river Dane .



Lapwing Bent Lane photo by Tracey Stubbs. 

March 26th

 A34 by Bent Lane

Little Ringed Plover X 2 ( in flooded field)


Astbury Mere

Swallow (first back)

Sand Martin X 6.





Saturday, 20 March 2021

March 20th

 Astbury Mere 

Sand Martin x 2

Goldeneye x 2 pairs

Shoveler drake

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Sunday, 28 February 2021

February 28th

Astbury Mere

Gadwall x 4

Shoveler x 4

Teal female

Little Grebe x 2


February 27th

Astbury Mere

Oystercatcher f/o


Bent Lane Farm

Chiffchaff calling






































 

Sunday, 21 February 2021

February 21st

 Watery Lane / Glebe Farm

Little Egret in flooded Field

February 20th

 Bent Lane

Teal drake

Shelduck x 22

Oystercatcher x 2

Skylark

Raven

Sunday, 14 February 2021

February 14th

 Astbury Mere

Common Gull adult

Gadwall 1 pair

Little Grebe

Great Spotted Woodpecker x 2


Gadwall female photo by Tracey Stubbs. 



Gadwall drake photo by Tracey Stubbs. 

Saturday, 13 February 2021

February 13th

 Astbury Mere

Gadwall x 3 ( 2x drakes)

Pochard X 7 (5x drakes)

Tufted Duck 103

Little Grebe X 5

Lesser Redpoll



Gadwall Astbury  photo by Tracey Stubbs .

Friday, 12 February 2021

February 12th

 Bent Lane

Peregrine x 2

Linnet X 70

Yellowhammer X 10

Lapwing x 45



Astbury Mere

Mallard x 315 first light possibly a site count record.



Sunday, 7 February 2021

February 7th

 Newsbank Pool 

Oystercatcher x 2

Shoveler x 1 pair

Gadwall drake

Lapwing x 21

No sign of Green Sand from nearby flooded field .

Saturday, 6 February 2021

February 6th

 Newsbank Pool

Green Sandpiper in flooded field (New Lane) close to Newsbank Pool.


Astbury Mere

Water Rail still.


Mow Cop

Stonechat yeterday.


Green Sandpiper Newsbank by Phil Oddy.


Tuesday, 2 February 2021

January 2nd

 Astbury Mere

Adult winter Kittiwake 9.45 per Mark Stubbs.

First record since 2008.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

January 27th

 Astbury Mere 

Water Rail showed well today superb images captured below by Tracey Stubbs. 








Sunday, 24 January 2021

January 24th

 Astbury Mere

Dusky Warbler still present and photographed this morning. The bird is feeding actively all around the meres edge picking off insects close to the water. It was seen at various points around the mere this morning. Also present a adult Common Gull and a pair of Gadwall , and Water Rail showing occasionally . 


Astbury Mere 23rd January

Goosander (drake)

Cormorant i x on water , 7 x flew over

Pochard x 3

Little Grebe x 3

Siskin

Nuthatch

Meadow Pipit 1 x f/o


Sunday, 17 January 2021

January 17th

 Bent Lane Sand Quarry

Shelduck x 43


Atsbury Mere

Water Rail x 1

Grey Geese x 32 flew high south early morning.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

January 13th

 Astbury Mere 

Amazingly the Dusky Warbler was seen again this afternoon by Mark and photographed by his wife Tracey. 

Sunday, 10 January 2021

January 10th

 Astbury Mere

Pair of Gadwall again this morning also pair of Shoveler.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

January 5th

 Astbury Mere 

Snipe x 1

G B B Gull x 1

Shoveler x 3

Monday, 4 January 2021

January 4th

 A34 / Childs Lane 

Barn Owl early morning.


Astbury Mere

Pochard x 11

Gadwall (drake)

Shoveler (2 x drakes)

Wigeon (drake)

Sunday, 3 January 2021

January 3rd

Astbury Mere

Water Rail

Wigeon x 1 pair

Shoveler x 5 (3 x drakes)

Gadwall drake

Little Grebe x 2

Goosander x 2 f/o

Buzzard

Nuthatch

Cormorant


Bent Lane

Grey Wagtail x 1


Brownlow Farm

Yellowhammer x 2

Linnet x approx 50

Fieldfare

Saturday, 2 January 2021

January 2nd

 A drake Gadwall on Astbury Mere mid-day which is always nice to see as we only get a couple of records each year.Apparently the Water Rail was seen again today along with a single Lesser Redpoll .

Friday, 1 January 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 January 1st 2021

Astbury Mere 

Dusky Warbler  x 1

Water Rail x 1

Shoveler  x 1 pair

Little Grebe x 4

Greylag Goose  x 1

Goosander  x 3 f/o

Pinkfeet x 130 f/o

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Congratulations Jack

 Congratulations to Jack Swan one of Astbury regulars who as been awarded in the New Years Honours list. For the work he as done towards wildlife in the Cheshire area. Well done Jack from everybody that knows you and from those who don't.  





December 31st

 No sign today of the elusive Dusky Warbler but the Water Rail showed well briefly along the eastern side.  It is only the second record at the site but could be possibly overlooked as they skulk around the undergrowth over hanging the waters edge.  Also present a pair of Shoveler around nine Pochard two little Grebe and four Siskin. A record count of 185 Tufted Duck.






Wednesday, 30 December 2020

December 30th

 Dusky Warbler seen again today along the east bank at 12-30 along with Water Rail. The Dusky is proving very elusive and some days not seen at all. Also a pair Shoveler and nine Pochard  (7 drakes).


Saturday, 26 December 2020

Boxing Day

 The Dusky Warbler was still present this morning after not being seen over the last two days. It was feeding and calling continually along the waters edge on the eastern side of the mere . Also present 5 Pochard , Kingfisher , three Little Grebe , four Siskin and three Shelduck flew over. No sign of the Water Rail that as been very elusive over last few days.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Astbury Mere MEGA

 Late yesterday afternoon Sunday 20th , Mark Stubbs found a Dusky Warbler by the sailing club at Astbury Mere. This rare Phyllosocpus is a leaf Warbler from Asia and is strongly migratory and usually ends up on our east coast.  So to find one this far inland is exceptionally rare. This shows the dedication of Mark who has put many many hours in at Astbury and this time like many others has been duely rewarded. The bird as been seen by around eighty birders today some have travelled long distances to see this inland Warbler.  It is still present today ranging from the water sports centre to north eastern corner and back again. Will all visiting birders please respect the area and do not wander off track. Below is a set of images taken by Marks wife Tracey.

Photo by Tracey Stubbs. 


Photo by Tracey Stubbs. 


Photo by Tracey Stubbs. 


Photo by Tracey Stubbs. 


Sunday, 15 November 2020

Late News

 Astbury Mere Sunday 15th 

Pochard x 5 

Little Grebe x 4



Astbury Mere Friday 13th

Teal female


Congleton Park Thursday 12th

Dipper

Grey Wagtail

Kingfisher

Goosander (redhead)

Raven two over.


Astbury Mere Thursday 12th

Pink-footed Geese x 60 over south/ east


Brereton CP Wednesday 11th 

Little Gull .

Monday, 9 November 2020

November 9th

 Astbury Mere 

8 x Wigeon 

1 x Teal (fem)

4 x Shoveler 

16 x Pochard

120 x Tufted Duck

Sunday, 8 November 2020

November 8th

 Astbury Mere 

10 x Wigeon 

3 x Gadwall 

4 x Little Grebe 


Astbury Church 

Brambling female 

Pinkfeet approx 90 over @14-15

Saturday, 7 November 2020

November 7th

 Asbury Mere

Shoveler x 1 drake

Pochard x 5 

Little Grebe x 4

Siskin x 2



Little Grebe,s

 


                                                                  Shoveler



                                                                 Shoveler






Friday, 6 November 2020

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

November 4th

 Astbury Mere 

Shoveler  x 6 ( 3 x pair).


Bent Lane 

Shelduck  x 12 at sand quarry .

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Saturday, 31 October 2020

October 31st

 Astbury Mere 

Raven x 2

Tufted Duck x 81

Grey Wagtail 

Little Grebe 

Monday, 19 October 2020

Friday, 16 October 2020

October 16th

 Astbury Mere 

90 x Pink-footed Geese over at 11-30.

Monday, 5 October 2020

October 5th.....MEGA

 Yellow Browed Warbler seen well and heard calling by bridge 76 of Macclesfield Canal @ midday off Derwent Drive and Severn Close, bird disappeared along hedgerow on canal footpath heading towards Canal Rd. M Stubbs.  .........This is the 123rd species in the Congleton area this year.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

October 4th

 Mow Cop

Stonechat

Meadow Pipit x 8

Skylark x 2

Kestrel


Astbury Mere

Little Grebe x 2

Grey Wagtail x 2

Sparrowhawk

Cormorant

Redwing f/o

Goldfinch x 42

G S Woodpecker

Nuthatch

Chiffchaff.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

October 3rd

 Astbury Church

Peregrine this morning. 


October  2nd

Astbury Mere 

Barnacle Goose with 100+ Canada Geese.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

September 30th

 Congleton 

Pink Footed Geese x21 over early morning. 

Sunday, 27 September 2020

September 27th

 Astbury Mere 

Common Scoter x 2 females

Redwing x 1 in conservation area. 


Mow Cop 

Kestrel x 3

Buzzard x 2

Raven

Chiffchaff

Meadow Pipit.


Tuesday, 22 September 2020

September 22nd

 Childs Lane / Newcastle Rd Junc.

Wheatear  x 1

Pied Wagtail  x 52

Buzzard  x 2


Mow Cop

Hobby

Buzzard x 2

Stonechat x 1

Wheatear x 1

Raven x 8

Monday, 21 September 2020

September 21st

 Mow Cop

Stonechat  x 5 

Meadow Pipit  x 35

Snipe  x 7

House Martin's x 30

Sunday, 20 September 2020

September 20th

 Astbury Mere 

Tawney Owl

Little Grebe 

Chiffchaff  x 3


Bent Lane 

Yellowhammer 

Tree Sparrow 

Grey Wagtail 

Friday, 18 September 2020

September 18th

 Astbury Mere 

Teal x 2 late evening. 


The Cloud 

Siskin x 2

Kestrel

Mistle Thrush

Meadow Pipit

Buzzard

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Monday, 14 September 2020

Sept 14th

 The Cloud

Hobby early morning. 


Congleton

Hobby Barn Rd early evening.


Astbury Mere 

No sign of European Shag since Friday. 

Friday, 11 September 2020

September 11th

 Astbury Mere 

European Shag still present. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

September 8th

 Astbury Mere

European Juvenile Shag still present.

Sunday, 6 September 2020

September 6th

 Astbury Mere

European Shag

Meadow Pipit x 4

Grey Wagtail

Siskin

G S Woodpecker

Nuthatch

Chiffchaff x 8

Cormorant x 2

Little Grebe.


The Cloud

Stonechat

Meadow Pipit x 120+

Raven x 2.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

September 5th

 Astbury Mere 

European Shag still present. 

Kingfisher 

Sparrowhawk 

Tufted Duck x 29.

Friday, 4 September 2020

September 4th

Astbury Mere 

European Shag still present best viewed from sailing club area. 



Thursday, 3 September 2020

Sept 3rd

 Astbury Mere 

European Shag still present. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

September 2nd

 Astbury Mere 

European Shag still present. 

Kingfisher 

Shoveler x 4.


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

September 1st

 Astbury Mere 

European Shag still present all day .

A Cettis Warbler was heard calling and seen well by Dave , it is the first record for the site . The excellent Images below taken by Dave Kelsall. 







Monday, 31 August 2020

Past 30 yrs Records


Previous records of inland European Shag sightings . There are annual records  on the Wirral coast around Hilbre , Leasowe and West Kirkby Lake. But the records below show how scarce they are inland in Cheshire. 

Woolston Eyes NR Oct 14th 2000


Sutton Res Jan 28th 1998


Woolston MS Canal March 3rd 1996


Two Bosley Res June 4th 1992


Astbury Mere Feb 18 / Mar 2 1990.



August 31st

 Ă€stbury Mere

Juvenile European Shag still present today and giving excellent views to visiting birders , also Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail.





Sunday, 30 August 2020

August 30th

 A couple more images taken by Tracey Stubbs of today's Juvenile European Shag. 




Also today The Cloud

Stonechat x 2

Meadow Pipit  x 35

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**********MEGA**********

 Mark Stubbs comes up trumps again with our first European Shag record since 1989. A single bird was found on 3rd December 1989 and last reported on 18th February 1990. Mark found the bird by the sailing club just after 6-00 this morning and quickly called around to put the news out. Its a good find for inland Cheshire away from the coast. During the week a bird was seen within 500 yds of Astbury Mere in a field exhausted but could not be caught and disappeared into vegetation , hopefully this is the individual . The bird was watched for around four hours constantly diving and did spend many a time eluding visiting birders. A passer bye showed us a photo on his phone from yesterday of the same bird perched up on a willow branch overhanging the water, also local fisherman confirmed that it was present yesterday evening. 





Saturday, 29 August 2020

August 29th

 Astbury Mere 

Kingfisher


Bent Lane

Yellowhammer  x 5

Green Woodpecker

Linnet  x 2

Lapwing x 50

Sand Martin x 10

 Hi

Mow Cop 

Buzzard x 10 circling together

Kestrel  x 3

Siskin f/o

Meadow Pipit x 3


Saturday, 22 August 2020

August 22nd

 Mow Cop

Tree Pipit f/o early morning. 


Astbury Mere

Reed Warbler  x 2


Cloud

Raven x 5

Siskin


Astbury Village

Raven x 2 f/o

Sparrowhawk 


Bent Lane 

Yellowhammer. 



Saturday, 11 July 2020

July 11th

Astbury Mere
9 x Common Scoter (6 drakes).
Siskin single f/o

Mow Cop
3 x juvenile Little Owls .

Mow Cop yesterday July 10th
Stonechat x 2 juveniles
Crossbills f/o.
Common Scoters.
Common Scoters.

Friday, 3 July 2020

July 3rd

Astbury Mere
5 x Common Scoter (4 drakes)

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

June 24th

Mow Cop
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit x 3
Spotted Flycatcher
Willow Warbler x 3
Swift x 2
Sand Martins x 13
Raven
Kestrel