Preserving Wistastons natural features for future generations.

Wistaston Wildlife.

Wistaston Bird Sightings & Reporting.

A list of local birds seen by, or reported to, David O'Hara throughout the year is compiled by David as a spreadsheet which you can download for 2023.

The spreadsheet also contains a list of Butterflies seen in the area and results of the 2023 Nest Box Survey.

Bird sightings for 2020, 2021 and 2022 are still available in one spreadsheet.

You can report any out-of-the-ordinary sightings to David O'Hara. Trevor & Hilary Clowes also produce an article of recorded sightings for the Roundabout Magazine. (opens a new window).

Below is a list of some of the birds you might see as you walk around the local area, and quite a few will be seen in your gardens. Various Geese and Swans can sometimes be seen, or heard, flying overhead. Possibly between Sandbach Flashes, Crewe Park and Nantwich Lake. Various wildfowl and waterbirds have been seen in the brook on occassion but not in large numbers or very often.


Common Name Scientific Name Family Notes
Barn Owl Tyto alba Tytonidae  
Blackbird Turdus merula Turdidae 1
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Sylviidae 2
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus Lardae 1
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus Paridae 1
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula Fringillidae 1
Buzzard Buteo buteo Accipitridae 2
Canada Goose Branta canadensis Anatidae 2
Carrion Crow Corvus corone Corvidae 2
Chaffinch   Fringilla coelebs Fringillidae 1
Coal Tit Periparus ater Paridae 1
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Columbidae 1
Common Gull  Larus canus Lardae  
Coot Fulica atra Rallidae 2
Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra Emberizidae  
Dunnock Prunella modularis Prunellidae 1
European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis Picidae  
European Robin Erithacus rubecula Muscicapidae 1
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris Turdidae 1
Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Regulidae  
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin Sylviidae  
Goldcrest Regulus regulus Regulidae  
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Fringillidae 1
Great Spotted  Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Picidae 1
Great Tit Parus major Paridae 1
Greenfinch Chloris chloris Fringillidae 1
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Ardeidae 2
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea Motacillidae 2
Greylag Goose Anser anser Anatidae  
Herring Gull Larus argentatus Lardae 2
House Martin Delichon urbicum Hirundinidae 2
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Passeridae 1
Jackdaw   Corvus monedula Corvidae 1
Jay Garrulus glandarius Corvidae 1
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Falconidae 2
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Alcedinidae 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus Lardae  
Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret Fringillidae  
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor Picidae  
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Aegithalidae 1
Magpie Pica pica Corvidae 1
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Anatidae 2
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata Anatidae  
Mistle Thrush Turdus visivorus Turdidae 1
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Rallidae 2
Mute Swan Cygnus olor Anatidae 2
Nuthatch Sitta europea Sittidae 1
Peregrine  Falco peregrinus Falconidae  
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Phasianidae 1
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii Motacillidae 1
Raven Corvus corax Corvidae 2
Redwing Turdus iliacus Turdidae 1
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus Emberizidae 1
Rook   Corvus frugilegus Corvidae 2
Siskin Carduelis spinus Fringillidae  
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos Turdidae 1
Sparrowhawk Accipter nisus Accipitridae 1
Starling Sturnus vulgaris Sturnidae 1
Stock Dove Columba oenas Columbidae  
Swallow  Hirundo rustica Hirundinidae 2
Swift Apus apus Apogidae  
Tawny Owl Strix aluco Strigidae 1
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Passeridae  
Treecreeper Certhia familiaris Certhiidae 2
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Motacillidae  
Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Muscicapidae  
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba Motacillidae  
Whitethroat Sylvia communis Sylviidae  
Woodcock Scolopax rusticola Scolopacidae  
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus Columbidae 1
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes Troglodytidae 1
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella Emberizidae  
  1. Seen in the garden when I lived at Rowan House.
  2. Seen by me on the Wonderful Wistaston Walk.


Page produced by Terry Hughes from personal observations and data supplied by David O'Hara.