Walking with Wildlife
The ramblings of a man with a camera.
2021 - Month by Month
With England still in full Lockdown, and not being allowed to travel outside Sandbach, I have given the Wheelock Rail Trail and the local towpaths a bit of a pounding. Mud, Snow and Ice have slowed me down a bit on occasion with flooding on Footpaths and Roads in the area not helping.
Despite the lockdown and bad weather I've not done too badly with my yearly bird sightings. 44 species seen this month with the highlight being a Goldcrest. This rare, (to me anyway), bird was seen in the big Oak Tree next to the Iron Bridge on the Wheelock Rail Trail 29/01/2021. The Goldcrest narrowly beat the Kingfishers for the "Highlight of the Month" spot. Kingfishers were spotted twice on my abbreviated travels. The first one - 06 Jan - was seen twice, from the bridge on Cotton Lane, flying along the stream. The second sighting - 17 Jan - was at the Old Mill and was seen in the pool below the sluice gates.
Also worth a mention were the two Treecreeper sightings on the 24/01/2021. One near the Bypass and another one near the Iron Bridge.
Total for the month is 44.
Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii), Redwing, Robin, Rook, Shelduck, Shoveler, Starling, Teal, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon, Wren.
As the month progresses Daffodils are pushing through, Snowdrops are everywhere and Cyclamen and Winter Aconites are flowering in Maddock's Wood. Up at Maddock's Lock the Periwinkle and Everlasting Pea are pushing through but the Snowdrops will have been and gone before these flower. CRT have decimated the hedgerow between Malkin's Bank and the Iron Bridge. Photo's on flickr.