Please report your wildlife sightings seen within approximately a one hour drive of Macclesfield to: birdrecords@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

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June 2022

25 June – Red Kite location withheld.

21 and 22 June – Nature Stuff Birdwatching session  – Fletcher Moss Gardens and Stenner Woods, Didsbury. 30 species seen including Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jay, Kingfisher, Mandarin Duck, Ring-necked Parakeet, Song Thrush, Swift and Willow Warbler. (Tina Hanak)

21 June – Swift (2) flying over Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

16 June – Yellowhammer at Kell Green (Marthall/Chelford/Warford area) (Paul Davies)

16 June – Red Kite (2) location withheld.

16 June – Butterfly and Odonata survey at Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Danes Moss reserve. Brimstone (2), Large Skipper (16), Meadow Brown, Orange Tip, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Heath (2), Speckled Wood (7), Broad-bodied Chaser (2), Four-spotted Chaser (2), Azure Damselfly (12), Large Red Damselfly (6) (David Tolliday)

Large Skipper
Large Skipper at Danes Moss (David Tolliday)

16 June – Swift (5) Brookfield Lane, Macclesfield (David Tolliday)

16 June – Female Mandarin with three chicks, Macclesfield Canal south of Lyme Green Retail Park (David Tolliday)

Female Mandarin Duck (David Tolliday)

16 June – Dipper (juvenile), Oystercatcher (overflying), Mandarin Duck female with six juveniles, Swallow (2), Swift (4), House Martin (6), Common Whitethroat (pair), Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly (female) at River Bollin – Prestbury sewage works through to Mottram Hall (Steve McCoskery)

14 and 15 June – Nature Stuff Birdwatching session at Riverside Park, Macclesfield. Adults feeding fledglings – Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush and Mallard with ducklings. In total 24 species seen with others including Dipper, Swift, Common Whitethroat and Willow Warbler (Tina Hanak)

9 June – Kingfisher, Swift (2), approximately 10/12 House Martins, Swallow (4), Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Blackcap at River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (Steve McCoskery)

8 June – Yellow Wagtail at Mere Farm, Chelford (David Collis)

Yellow Wagtail by David Collis
Yellow Wagtail by David Collis

7 and 8 June – 41 species seen on Nature Stuff birdwatching session at Tegg’s Nose Country Park and Bottom’s Reservoir including Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, Mandarin Duck, Mistle Thrush, Pied Flycatcher (feeding young), Spotted Flycatcher (nest building), Swallow, Swift, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck and Willow Warbler (Tina Hanak)

7 June – Swift (3) feeding over Calvary Church, Merebrook Road, Macclesfield (David Tolliday)

7 June – Dipper (adult and juvenile), Kingfisher (probably two both with a fish), Blackcap (7), Chiffchaff (5), Whitethroat (pair taking food to nest site), Sand Martins along River Bollin from Prestbury, Bollin Grove through to Mottram (Steve McCoskery)

7 June – Swift (2), Sand Martin (3) feeding high up over Tytherington (David Tolliday)

MAY 2022

May’s bird list for Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Danes Moss reserve from breeding bird survey by John and Val Cutter and their team of surveyors. Also reports from eBird.

CWT Danes Moss bird list for May 2022

31 May – Red Kite (3) location withheld.

29 May – Raven flying over Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

29 May – Approximately 20 swifts flying around at medium height over Dickens Lane , Poynton (Viv Arnold)

22 May – House Martin (5) over Tytherington (David Tolliday)

18 May – Dipper (juvenile) and Grey Wagtail with young at Bollin Grove. Swift (2) at Prestbury Sewage Works. Blackcap (5), Chiffchaff (3), Mandarin Duck, Whitethroath (pair), Sand Martin (8), Lesser Black-backed Gull and Kestrel at Mottram Hall area (Steve McCoskery)

17 May – Red Kite, location withheld.

17 May – Red Kite, location withheld but this was an unusual sighting at low level in a built up area.

15 May – Dingy Skipper at Danes Moss (Stephen Davenport). This is the first record of this butterfly species at Danes Moss.

Dingy Skipper at Danes Moss
Dingy Skipper by Stephen Davenport

14 May – Seven screaming swifts around Waitrose corner Poynton (Viv Arnold)

14 May – House Martin over Tytherington (David Tolliday)

14 May – Cuckoo, North Prestbury, heard from Ashbrook Drive (Steve McCoskery)

13 May – Cuckoo (heard) In the trees at the top end of Goyt Valley, past Errwood Reservoir (David Holt)

13 May – Dipper footbridge by Gradbach Mill (David Haydock)

Dipper by David Haydock

13 May – Ring Ouzel, Wheatear (2) at Danebower (David Haydock)

13 May – Red Kite at undisclosed location

13 May – Mandarin Duck, Shoveler, Sedge Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Ostercatcher (3), Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Swallow, Sand Martin (4), Chiffchaff at Redesmere (David Tolliday)

12 May – Swift (2) over St Michaels Church, Macclesfield (David Tolliday)

10 May – The swifts have arrived back in Macclesfield today! Three over Tytherington (David Tolliday), eight over Brookfield Lane (Clair Griffiths), two over James Street (Paul Beaden)

9 May – Red Kite, location withheld.

5 May – Redstart (one seen and two heard), Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Linnet, Buzzard (2) seen from Kerridge End to White Nancy (David Haydock)

5 May – Swift over Barracks Square, Macclesfield (Richard Kilbride)

4 May – Goosander (pair), Mandarin Ducks (several), Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Raven, Redstart (heard) along river and close to Chatsworth Hall (David Haydock)

4 May – Dotterel in a ploughed field by the new Congleton by-pass, west of Loachbrook roundabout (Paul Flackett) (Rosie Rowley)

3 and 4 May – Nature Stuff Understanding Birds Session at Lower Withington – 29 species seen including Chiffchaff, Little Grebe, Mandarin Duck, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Shelduck, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Swallow (Tina Hanak)

3 May – Greylag Geese (2) at Paddlers Pool, Hurdsfield (David Atkinson)

3 May – Swift (1) (our first report of a swift in the Macclesfield area this year), Swallow (8), House Martin (17), Kingfisher, Mandarin Duck (male) at Prestbury Sewage Works (Paul Davies)

APRIL 2022

29 April – Orange Tip and Brimstone butterflies in Ashbrook Drive garden, Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

29 April – Mandarin Duck (6), Blackcap (3 heard), Chiffchaff (2 heard), kingfisher, Reed Bunting (male), Sand Martin (8) along River Bollin, Prestbury through to Mill Lane Mottram(Steve McCoskery)

28 April – House Martin (c75), Swallow (10) over Prestbury Sewage Works (Paul Davies)

26 and 27 April – Nature Stuff birdwatching session at Teggs Nose – 33 species seen including Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Mandarin Duck, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler (Tina Hanak)

25 April – Stonechat, Willow Warbler, lots of Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail and Green Hairstreak butterflies (2) on footpath to Three Shires Head (David Tolliday)

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak

25 April – Golden Plover, 2 at Axe Edge and 2 near Danebower chimney lay-by (David Tolliday)

25 April – Red Kite, location withheld.

24 April – Osprey over River Dane near to Hugbridge. Amazing views in sunshine. Low overhead soaring before flying off in direction of Leek. (Neil Wain)

23 April – Ring Ouzel (male), Wheatear (4), Stonechat (male), Curlew, Lapwing, Golden Plover (heard), Red Grouse (heard), Raven at Danebower Chimney (Paul Davies)

19 April – Goosander (pair), Mandarin Duck (9), Stock Dove, Sand Martin (6), Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Blackcap (including a pair nest building), Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (including one nest building), Greenfinch, Reed Bunting at River Bollin from Prestbury to Mottram Hall (Paul Davies)

18 April – Little Egret at Oak Bank mill pond, Shrigley Road, Bollington (David Holt)

16 April – Mink at Trentabank Reservoir (Cheshire Wildlife Trust has been advised) (David Hull)

Mink at Trentabank Reservoir
Mink at Trentabank Reservoir

15 April – Goosander (5), Kestrel (female), Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff (5), Blackcap (2 males), Swallow, Sand Martin (12) and a good morning for butterflies with Peacock, Comma, Orange Tip and Brimstone at River Bollin – Prestbury through to Mill Lane, Mottram (Steve McCoskery)

14 April – Quarry Bank Woods – Blackcap (3 singing), Yellowhammer (2 singing), Dippers (nesting pair), Grass Snake (2 basking), 6 butterfly species including 4 Holly Blues (Derek Hatton, volunteer ranger)

14 April – Ring-necked Duck (1 male and 1 female), Swallow (several), Great White Egret at Acre Nook Sand Quarry (Please keep to footpaths) (Paul Flackett)

14 April – Little Ringed Plover (2), Oystercatcher (8) at Mere Farm Quarry (Please keep to footpaths) (Paul Flackett)

13 April – Swallow and Redstart in Sutton (Tina Hanak)

13 April – Wheatear (4) below Yearns Low, Rainow (Paul Flackett)

13 April – Redstart (3 males singing) in Rainow and a singing Willow Warbler (singing) in Bollington (Paul Flackett)

12 April – Little Gull (4) at Acre Nook Sand Quarry and lots of Sand Martins (Paul Flackett)

11 April – House Martin over Rainow garden (Paul Flackett)

Mandarin Duck at Redesmere by David Tolliday

10 and 11 April – Nature Stuff birdwatching session at Lindow Common – 27 species seen including Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Jay, Mandarin Duck, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, Starling, Song Thrush, Swallow, Willow Warbler (Tina Hanak)

8 April – Chiffchaff (4), Goosander (5), Mandarin Duck (4) and overflying Raven at Prestbury sewage works area through to Mottram Hall (Steve McCoskery)

6 April – Mandarin Ducks (Male and female) at Redesmere (Simon Oldfield)

5 April – Great Crested Grebe at Bottoms Reservoir (Jim Kelly)

4 April – Sparrowhawk in Tytherington garden (Stephen Sleath)

4 April – Willow Tit (2) at Danes Moss South Macclesfield Develoment Area (David Tolliday and Ray Evans)

3 April – Ring Ouzel (2) Blackclough Farm near Danebower Quarry (Paul Flackett)

2 April – Golden Plover (30+) in fields north of Charity Lane, Macclesfield Forest (Paul Flackett)

1 April – Chiffchaff (2), Reed Bunting (2 male, 1 female), Kingfisher at River Bollin, Prestbury sewage works area (Steve McCoskery)

1 April – Sand Martins and Swallows hawking over the water at Mere Farm, Chelford (David Collis)

MARCH 2022

30 March – Dipper, Grey Wagtail (6), lapwing, (2), Goosander (3), Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff at River Bollin, Prestbury (Paul Davies)

28 March – Flock of 12 Greenfinch in Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury garden (Steve McCoskery)

25 March – Red Kite at undisclosed location

24 March – Curlew (lots) Cutthorn Hill area (Neil Wain)

24 March – Smew (red head) at Lapwing Hall Pool (Please keep to footpaths) (David Collis)

24 March – Peregrine Falcon location withheld.

24 March – Little-ringed Plover at Mere Farm, Chelford (Please keep to footpaths) (David Collis)

23 March – Chiffchaff (5), Goosander (2), mandarin Duck (2 pairs), Reed Bunting (male), Cormorant, Grey Heron having a frog breakfast, Dipper at River Bollin, Prestbury sewage works area to Mottram Hall (Steve McCoskery)

21 March – Willow Tit (pair) at Danes Moss South Macclesfield Development Area (David Tolliday)

20 March – Lesser Redpole (male) Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

19 March – Spring must be here, my first three butterflies of the year; Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock in Tytherington (David Tolliday)

18 March – Red Kite, glorious colours in the sunshine, location withheld.

15 March – 3 Chiffchaffs singing on Tytherington Golf Course (David Tolliday)

15 March – Chiffchaff in Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

15 March – Two Peregrines at different undisclosed locations.

13 March – Great White Egret at Fanshaw Pool, Redesmere (David Collis)

13 March – Chiffchaff in Prestbury garden and a Dipper flew out of Spencer Brook, Presbury (Steve McCoskery)

13 March – Redpoll (3 males) in Buxton Old Road garden, Macclesfield and up to 10 siskins on feeders since mid January (Damien Healey)

13 March – Nuthatch near Shuttlingsloe Way, Macclesfield (Ian Morison)

11 March – Redwing (60), Goosander (6), mandarin Duck (pair) at River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (Steve McCoskery)

11 March – Female Siskin in Ashbrok Drive garden, Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

9 March – Red Kite flying over M6 (Tina Hanak)

9 March – Red Kite, Macclesfield area, exact location withheld (Janine Garnett)

8 March – Goosander (4), Siskin, Redwing (30), Grey Wagtail at River Bollin, Prestbury (Paul Davies)

6 March – Mandarin (male) at Redesmere (Simon Oldfield)

6 March – Raven nest building in central Macclesfield, exact location withheld.

2 March – Sparrowhawk with a pigeon by St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield (David Edwardes)


28 Feb – Green Woodpeckerat River Bollin, Prestbury (Paul Davies)

27 Feb – Mandarin (7), Raven at River Bollin near Mottram Hall Golf Course (David Tolliday)

27 Feb – 9 Curlew (9) and an Oystercatcher next to a pond near Newsbank (Susan Evans)

26 Feb – Golden Plover (pair) in field between Cat and Fiddle and Shining Tor (Jeremy Snape)

26 Feb – Grey Heron in Ashbrook Drive garden, Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

25 Feb – Siskins being seen daily on feeders in Tytherington garden (Roy Dickinson)

25 Feb – Siskin flock and a Kestrel, Back Eddisbury Road, Macclesfield (Jeremy Snape)

25 Feb – Great White Egret (2) behind Fanshawe Pool, Kingfisher (f), Goosander (3m), Goldeneye displaying (lots), Gadwall (m) at Redesmere (David Collis)

25 Feb – Goosander (2 pairs), Kingfisher, Redwing (flock c30), overflying Raven, Little Egret at River Bollin, Prestbury sewage works area (Steve McCoskery)

23 Feb – Red Kite (location withheld)

23 Feb – Linnet (30) in a crop field on Oak Road, Mottram St Andrew (Paul Davies)

22 Feb – Goldeneye (4 males and 7 females) at Redesmere (David Collis)

19 Feb – Lesser Redpoll (2 females and 1 male) Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury (Steve McCoskery)

18 Feb – Peregrine (location withheld)

16 Feb – Great White Egret (2) and Peregrine flyby at Redesmere (David Collis)

15 Feb – Sparrowhawk at Sutton (David Collis)

14 Feb – Lesser Redpoll (3) in Ashbrook Drive, Prestbury Garden (Steve McCoskery)

9 Feb – Common Gull and Sparrowhawk at Redesmere (David Tolliday)

8 Feb – Goldeneye (4 males and 9 females) at Redesmere (David Collis)

6 Feb – Siskin 300+ in one flock flying over Redesmere at 8.30am (David Collis)

5 Feb – Goldeneye (6 males, 7 females), Goosander 8+, Great White Egret at Redesmere (David Collis)

1 Feb – Smew (redhead) at Lapwing Hall Pool (David Collis)


27 Jan – Oystercatchers (3 pairs), Gadwall (14) at Mere Farm Quarry (David Collis)

23 Jan – Red Kite (location details withheld)

21 Jan – Cormorant, Great White Egret at Redesmere (David Collis)

21 Jan – Littel Owl at Sutton (David Collis)

21 Jan – Smew at Lapwing Hall Pool (David Collis)

20 Jan – Shoveler (12) at Redesmere (David Tolliday)

18 Jan – Dipper, Goosander (pair), Mandarin (Male), Meadow Pipit (30+) at River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (Steve McCoskery)

12 Jan – Green Woodpecker calling, Ingersley Vale, Bollington (David Tolliday)

12 Jan – Great White Egret (2), Goldeneye (4 male, 3 female) at Redesmer (David Collis)

12 Jan – Teal (14), River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (Steve McCoskery)

6 Jan – 33 species seen including Dipper, Grey Wagtail (3), Kingfisher (2), Redwing (circa 200), Goosander (2), Moorhen (2), Goldcrest, Stock Dove (5), Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Meadow Pipit, Nuthatch during a walk along the River Bollin in Prestbury (Paul Davies)

5 Jan – Goosander (3), Kingfisher, Siskin (5+), Dipper, Cormorant (overflying) – River Bollin, Prestbury Sewage Works area (Steve McCoskery)

4 Jan – Teal (10) on Paddlers Pool, Hurdsfield (no public access) (David Atkinson)

1 Jan – Great White Egret at Redesmere (David Collis) – update, 3 seen later in the day.