Monday, 20 April 2015

Monday 20th April 2015

Radford Meadows
Green-winged Teal still present this afternoon, also 5x Little Ringed Plover & Yellow Wagtail (RSw)

Westport Lake
Grasshooper Warbler reeling early AM again (NJS)

Belvide Res
Osprey flew through at 18.40 (NTa), also female Velvet Scoter still, Wheatear, 5x Yellow Wagtail, 8x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler & 3x Whitethroat (BB)

Cheadle
Osprey over north late morning (DBl)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still early morning, Whinchat, 13x Wheatear (RT NDP)

Branston Gravel Pits
Sedge Warbler, 3x Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3x Oystercatcher, 11x Redshank, 6x Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 25x Lapwing, Water Rail, 2x Wigeon, 36x Shelduck, 14x Gadwall, Raven & Tawny Owl (JWo)

Tucklesholme
Wheatear, 4x Ruff, 5x Green Sandpiper, c22 Little Ringed Plover, 6x Ringed Plover, 7x Redshank & 2x Shelduck (JWo)

Cannock Chase
1x Cuckoo, pair Redstart, 3x Tree Pipit (IBu). Also Hobby (@daftoldbirder) 

Gailey
2x Shoveler, 1x Tawny Owl, 1x Wheatear (SR)

Whitemoor  Haye
1st sum Little Gull, Little Egret, 3x Wheatear, 20x Yellow Wagtail & drake Mandarin (JAl)

Doxey Marsh
 Reed Warbler, 4x Chiffchaff, Swift, 2x Little Egret, 5x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine, microlight flushed 78x Snipe, 2x Redshank, Blackcaps, 2x Grasshopper Warbler, 10x Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, 2x White Wagtail, 35x Sand Martin, 2x Swallow, Yellow Wagtail (Mike Boote)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday 19th April 2015

Radford Meadows
Wood Sandpiper still present at 13.00 on far scrape from canal towpath looking SW, also 2x Redshank, Dunlin, 5x Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail & Wheatear (RSw)
also a drake Green-winged Teal on the scrape (@rpintean), still present at 18:15hrs at least.
Drake Green Winged Teal, Wood Sandpiper still at 19:45 also White Wagtail (NGr)


 The Radford Meadows Green-winged Teal by Richard Powell

Westport Lake
Grasshopper Warbler this morning on the old sewage works (NJS, CJW). Also 1x Swift and 1x Yellow Wagtail late PM (DK)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
No sign of the Black-winged Stilts this morning, 2x Garganey (North Pit & Jubilee Wetlands)
also 2x Whinchat along the electric fence between screens (@julianallen2009)

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter, 6x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, 8x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 4x Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 6x Yellow Wagtail, 2x White Wagtail, 2x Swift, 2x Water Rail, 20x Goldeneye, 81x Gadwall, 33x Shoveler, 30x Teal, Wigeon, 29x Great Crested Grebe & 7x Little Grebe (BB)

Whitemoor Haye
49x Tufted Duck, 2x Common Tern, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck, Goldeneye, c50 Linnet, 2x Gadwall, 4x Oystercatcher, 2x Egyptian Geese, c30 Yellow Wagtail, 2x Redshank, 2x Sedge Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff & Whitethroat (@BirderAlrewas)
also possible Channel Wagtail among the c30 Yellow Wagtail although distant (@Ochuros)

Tuckleholme
4x Ruff, 3x Green Sandpiper, Wheatear, Common Sandpiper & 8x Fieldfare (@Ochruros)
also 6x Green Sandpiper,2x Oystercatcher, 4x Redshank, c10 Little Ringed Plover, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 3x  Shelduck, Whitethroat & 3x Orange Tip (JWo)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Redshank, 9x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Ringed Plover, 8x Shelduck, Reed Warbler & 2x Whitethroat (JWo)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still, 2x Whinchat, 17x Wheatear (RT NDP)

Highgate Common
3x singing Tree Pipit (@HughieKing) - Cuckoo this evening (DB)

Silverdale CP
Little Ringed Plover & 2x Whitethroat (PCa)
also 3x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Wheatear, 3x Whitethroat & yesterday a Dingy Skipper (PJ)

Doxey Marsh
Whinchat this afternoon (DBl)

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Saturday 18th April 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Black-winged Stilt from the viewing screen at 10:25, also 2x Avocet (per TVB)
also a female Marsh Harrier flew over North (@MartynYapp)

This is the first record of Black-winged Stilt in Staffordshire for 20 years and the 5th record in total.
1968 - Belvide Resv An adult 11th to 16th June.

1987 - Belvide Resv Two juveniles from 1st to 7th September (probably those raised at Holme, Norfolk)
1991 - Croxall Lakes A male seen on 28th April, from 2nd to 5th May, again on 9th and 10th and at least to 13th.
1995 - Blithfield Resv - Two adults on 11th May.
2015 - Middleton Lakes RSPB - Two on 18th April.


 


The Black-winged Stilts at Middleton Lakes today (NJS)
Berryhill 
Whinchat early morning by the pallet-stacks, also Ring Ouzel still present, 15x Wheatear, 7x Whitethroat, House Martin (RT, NDP) - also 3x Whinchat by the scrape, 2x LR Plover on pond off Renown Close (PB DW) - Osprey over at 14:30 (JOa)

Radford Meadows
Wood Sandpiper early morning, also 5x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Wheatear & Willow Warbler (RSw)

Record shop of the Wood Sandpiper by Rob Swift

Blithfield Res
Avocet in Ten Acre Bay at 07:55 (PB JH) - then flew north at 09:30 (GJM, MPR)

Burston - Aston
Little Ringed Plover, male Whinchat & Whitethroat (BB, JB)

Branston Gravel Pits
Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 5x Mandarin Duck, 8x Redshank, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 4x Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Brimstone, Peacock, Orangetip, Green-veined White (CJW, NJS)

Trent Washlands
Garden Warbler present this morning (AJa)

Wolseley Centre
Garden Warbler by car park (@ScottoftheMarsh)

Whitemoor Haye
c40 Yellow Wagtail & Wheatear this evening (@TameBirding)

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit, 4x Redstart, 4x Stonechat, 3x female Wheatear, 4x Raven & c20 Willow Warbler around the Sherbrook Valley area (DBa, JSm)

Belvide Res
3x Common Tern through at 06.20, also a Hobby in the afternoon (@NigelCarp2008)

Doxey Marshes
Several HouseMartins, White Wagtail, 2x Little Ringed Plover, Goosander, 3x Reed Warbler & Sedge Warblers well distributed (DEm)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday 17th April 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Drake Garganey north pit at 12:00 (SWo) - also Arctic Tern (per GW)

Penkridge
Hobby at Lower Drayton farm this morning

Dimmingsdale
Redstart, 4x Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap, 2x Raven (TEy)

Gailey Res
Female Common Scoter still on sailing lake this evening. Also Common Tern thru, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler and notable increase in House Martins (SR)

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still

Knypersley Res
Male Pied Flycatcher by the tower, c30 Swallow, pair House Martin, Greylag Goose (PMo)

Burston
Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, House Martins, pair Gadwall, Kingfisher (PAD)

Burton Washlands
Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2x Blackcap (RPo)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still early morning at top end of Palletstacks track also 8x Wheatear, Whitethroat, 9x Willow Warbler, 4x Blackcap (RT NDP)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thursday 16th April 2015

Gailey
Fem Common Scoter on the sailing lake early morning (SR) and still present at 11:30hrs (RCB). Also 3x Common  Sandpipers and 2x Raven (SR)

Belvide Resv
Fem Velvet Scoter and drk Scaup still also Whimbrel

Chasewater
Male Redstart and male Wheatear on passage this evening (@CWG_sightings)

Whitemoor Haye
1st summer Little Gull, Common Sandpiper, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear, 5x White Wagtail & 5x Yellow Wagtail (JAl)

Westport Lake
Osprey flew over to NNE at 19:25hrs (DK)

Berryhill Fields
4x Redstart, 20x Wheatear,  Ring Ouzel at top end of Palletstacks track (RT, NP) - Whitethroat (DF)

Silverdale CP
1x Ring Ouzel, 5x Skylark, 1x Tree Pipit, 4x Willow Warblers (PGL), 4x Chiffchaff, 2x Buzzard, 1x Wheatear (GAl)
also 2x Common Sandpiper, 4x Wheatear, Whitethroat & Sand Martin (PCa)

Parkhall CP
1x Common Sandpiper on Wetland Walk Main Pool (SST)

Caverswall
6x Wheatear on the scrape (CO)

North Staffs Moors
A migratory flock of 21x Ring Ouzels recorded at a site on the moors elsewhere 86x Wheatear, 4x Redstart, Redwing (NDP RT)

Doxey Marshes
Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, 6x Shoveler, 2x Dunlin, 5x Redshank, 3x Common Sandpiper & 2x Snipe (AB, TT)

Cannock Chase
2x Cuckoo and Tree Pipit at 12:30 (RCB)

Endon SW
2x Fieldfare this afternoon (GBr)

i54, Coven Heath
2x LRP, 1x Green Sandpiper, 4x Blackcap (MFo)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Brent Goose at deep end, 5x Black-tailed Godwit Blithe Bay, 6x LR Plover, 2x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 10x Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 12x Goosander (RCB)
Whimbrel along the dam this afternoon (TJa) - Late evening Female Common Scoter deep end, Brent Goose still  Portfields Bay, 4x Common Sandpiper on causeway (JAl)

Gailey Res
Osprey flew low south over fishing lake at 17.35 (SR),
also Ring Ouzel seen briefly in sheep field adjacent to the A5 (@chrisvaghela)
also 3x Common Sandpiper on causeway at 11.30, Sedge Warbler & Blackcap (PBe)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Whitethroat, female Redstart, Wheatear, 6x Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, Mandarin, 15x Tree Sparrow, 2x Fieldfare over (SC)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Whimbrel on jubilee wetlands (TVB)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still in paddocks at the top of the Palletstacks track also male Redstart, Tree Pipit, 6x Wheatear, 2x Snipe (RT)
Ring Ouzel by Steve Edwards

Foxley
4x sum plum Golden Plover, Yellow Wagtail, 3x Wheatear, 14x Snipe, Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammer, Stock Doves, Linnet (MBa)

Branston Gravel Pits
Whitethroat, 2x Cetti's Warbler, White Wagtail, 17x Little Ringed Plover, 4x Ringed Plover, 7x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, Snipe, 2x Mandarin Duck, 13x Shelduck, 12x Gadwall, 6x Willow Warbler, 8x Blackcap & Large Bee-fly (JWo) - 2x Black-tailed Godwit, this evening also Reed Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 150x Sand Martin (AJa)

Doxey Marsh
2x Reed Warbler, Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Snipe, Sedge Warbler, 3x Shelduck, Willow Warbler, Blackcap (@martinggrant)

Burton Washlands
2x Sedge Warbler between Ferry Bridge and Burton Bridge (@rpintean)

Silverdale CP
6x Wheatear at the Void (NDP)

Oakamoor
2x Goosander upstream of the weir also Mandarin (KK)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Arctic Tern early afternoon also 2x Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, LR Plover, Yellow Wagtail, 9x Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap, 6x Chiffchaff, 12x Goosander, (RCB)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel showing well this morning in paddocks at the top end of the Palletstacks track, also 2x Pink-footed Geese, 7x Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail (NDP RT) - Ring Ouzel still this evening (DBl)

Gailey Res
Male Ring Ouzel on the causeway this evening, also Redshank & 3x Common Sandpiper, one with a red & orange rings, red ring had X40 on it in black (SR)

Himley Hall
2x Common Sandpiper (GJo)

Silverdale CP
8x Wheatear on the Void (NDP)

Whitemoor Haye
5x Wheatear this morning (TS)

Newcastle
Male Pied Flycatcher still at Thistleberry Greenway (BB JB DA)

Branston Gravel Pits.
3x Green Sandpiper, 13x Redshank, 4x Ringed Plover, Curlew, Oystercatcher, 27x Lapwing, 2x Mandarin, 13x Shelduck, 9x Gadwall, Cetti’s Warbler, 7x Willow Warbler, 2x Blackcap, 3x White Wagtail, 6x Swallow, c150x Sand Martin, Tawny Owl, Orange Tip, 3x Brimstone (JW)

Cannock Chase
2x Cuckoo, Hobby, 3pr Wheatear, 3x Stonechat, Tree Pipit and 100s Meadow Pipit (@ArthurBladon)

Beacon Hill Stafford
12x Wheatear (DC)

Betley
Whimbrel over this evening (NC)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Monday 13th April 2015

Doxey Marsh
Osprey over towards the M6 (DBl)
White Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 8x Snipe (SE HF)

Newcastle
Male Pied Flycatcher still Thistleberry greenway opposite Dick Turpin pub 500 yards downstream (DF). Still present at 18:30hrs (IBu) and 18:45hrs (DAd)

By Dave Fowler

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Drake Garganey on north pit

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still also Redstart

Gailey
1x Common Sandpiper this evening (SR)

Penkridge
Male Ring Ouzel off Mansty Lane late afternoon (@Girlbirder24)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Redshank, 4x Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, 2x Shelduck
50x Sand Martin, Wigeon, 2x Wheatear, 2x LR Plover, 2x Egyptian Geese, Noctule Bat at dusk (SC)

Berryhill
21x Wheatear this morning also White Wagtail (RT)
 
Tetenhill Lock
Cetti's Warbler, 2x Willow Warbler (JW)

Yoxall - Meadow Lane
3x Willow Warbler (JW)

Thorney Lanes Marchington Woodlands
Curlew, 2x Willow Warbler (JW)

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sunday 12th April 2015

Newcastle under Lyme
Male Pied Flycatcher still at Thistleberry Greenway, in trees along top edge at 10.25 (PAD)
Still early afternoon opposite Dick Turpin pub 500 yards downstream (DBl)

Aqualate Mere
Arctic Tern, c300 Sand Martin, 10x Swallow & 2x House Martin (@Ian_m_grant)

Doxey Marshes
Arctic Tern flew over Cresswell Flash and headed South, also 3x Little Egret, White Wagtail (@Ian_m_grant)

Aston-Burston
Osprey northwards low over River Trent at 07.40, also Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, 2x Snipe, 12x Tree Sparrow & Yellowhammer (DCo)

Blithfield Res
Osprey over Tad Bay early evening & House Martin (JAl)

Whittington
Ring Ouzel on SE side near Turbine Cottage

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter, drake Scaup, Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Curlew, 3x White Wagtail, 3x Yellow Wagtail, female Wheatear & Little Egret (NTa)

Rocester JCB Lakes
Yellow Wagtail, 3x Blackcap, 8x Chiffchaff, 60x Swallow, 25x Sand Martin, 2x Gadwall, 2x Oystercatcher & 11x Barnacle Geese (TEy)

Radford Meadows
6x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Wheatear, 3x Shelduck, 10x Gadwall, Shoveler, 5x Swallow & House Martin (RSw)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Green Sandpiper, 3x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Little Ringed Plover, Green Woodpecker & House Martin (RSu)

Gailey Res
2x Yellow Wagtail on causeway & Tawny Owl still present (SR)

Tucklesholme
2x Green Sandpiper,20x Little Ringed Plover, 8x Ringed Plover, 3x Ruff, 7x Redshank, 11x Lapwing, 5x White Wagtail, Swallows & Sand Martins (@Huwgo_Boss)
 
Wychnor Junction
2nd year Little Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull & Yellow Wagtail (@nessie_w)

Wetley Moors
2x Raven, 3x Willow Warbler, 3x Chiffchaff & Wheatear (RBu)

Knypersley Res
3x Swallow, 2x Stock Dove & Raven over (PMo)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Saturday 11th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Arctic Tern at the deep end this morning (GJM MPR) - Osprey still Tad Bay

Aqualate Mere
Arctic Tern at 10:50 also 2x Goldeneye, 18x Shelduck, 2x Marsh Tit, 10x Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler heard, 100's of Hirundines (RSw)

Silverdale CP
Male Ring Ouzel flew over the void towards Blackbank at 08:50 (PJ)

Newcastle
Male Pied Flycatcher feeding in trees at the Thistleberry Greenway opposite the Dick Turpin pub (PAD)

Berryhill
Female Ring Ouzel flew from bottom end of the Palletstacks at 09:00 also 13x Wheatear (RT NDP)

Whitemoor Haye
Male Redstart this morning, 6x Redshank, c100x Mute Swan, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Shelduck, 2+ Corn Bunting, Blackcap (SC). Arctic Tern thru 12:10hrs, also Mandarin in the ditches (TPe)


 Mandarin (top) and Corn Bunting at Whitemoor Haye by Arthur Warden

Junction Pit, National Arboretum
1x Cetti's Warbler (SC)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Common Sandpiper, 4x Green Sandpiper, 2x Yellow Wagtail, 5x Grey Wagtail, 4x Shelduck, 14x Goosander, 4x Goldeneye, 1x Mandarin, 5x Oystercatcher, 1x Willow Tit, c80x Sand Martin, 15x Swallow (SE&HF)

Chucklesholme
3x Ruff, 11x Redshank, 7x Ringed Plover, 18x LRP, 4x Green Sandpiper (CJW, NJS)

Tamworth
Redstart near football pitches on Moor Lane Amington

Narrowdale nr Alstonefield
Male Ring Ouzel at 14:00hrs (RSu)

 i 54, Coven Heath
5x LRP, 1x Green Sandpiper, 3x Wheatear (Mf)
Notice Board
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Friday, 10 April 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Yellow Wagtail over the dam this morning (GJM) - Osprey in Tad Bay early afternoon, 3x Yellow Wagtail, 2x LR Plover, Wheatear, 3-5x Willow Warbler, 2x Swallow, 3x Blackcap (RCB)

Belvide Resv
Fem Velvet Scoter and drk Scaup still

Tucklesholme
3x Ruff, 10x Redshank, 8x Ringed Plover, 10x LR Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper, Corn Bunting, Wheatear (IW)

Berryhill
Male Redstart from the Palletstacks track 10x Wheatear, 32x Fieldfare over, 3x Willow Warbler, 2x Redpoll, Little Grebe, 2x Blackcap, 3x Swallow, Goosander  (RT ST NDP)

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo & a abundance of Willow Warbler this morning in the Katyn Memorial area (CDa)

River Sow Meadows
Male Ring Ouzel this morning, a new site record, also Green Sandpiper, Little Egret & 4x Willow Warbler (RSw)

Doxey Marshes
Male Ring Ouzel at 14.00 (JCa)

Croxall
Male Pied Flycatcher feeding along rail embankment at 14:55, also 18x Shoveler, 40x Sand Martin (IW)

Branston Gravel Pits
Yellow Wagtail, 2x White Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, 13x Little Ringed Plover, 8x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 11x Redshank, Snipe, 22x Shelduck, 14x Gadwall, c40 Sand Martin, 3x Swallow, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, Raven, Tawny Owl & Tawny Mining Bee (JWo)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Yellow Wagtail, 50x Sand Martin, 3x Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 13x Goosander, 3x Goldeneye, 10x Shoveler (RPo)

Westport Lake
2x Willow Warbler, 2x Blackcap & 2x Lapwing over (CJW)

Bagnall Wood
4x Fieldfare this morning (GBr)

Newton Regis
Red Kite over the garden centre at 12:00 (PGa)

Whitemoor Haye
Yellow Wagtail over, also Wheatear (IW)


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Thursday 9th April 2015

Belvide Res
The Osprey perched in tree at 06:50 then flew low NW at 07:15 also Ruff on the north shore. Female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still, Little Egret, 2x LRP, Dunlin, 2x Wheatear, 2x Willow Warbler, 4x Blackcap (@BelvideBirding)

Osprey today at Belvide by Steve Nuttall

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel between the mast paddocks and Palletstacks also Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear (NDP) - Ring Ouzel still in paddocks between the mast and cemetery late afternoon and Grasshopper Warbler reeling at 18:30hrs (IBu)

Gailey Res
Whimbrel in field NW of sailing lake also Red Kite low SW over east end of fishing lake, 4x Oystercatcher, drake Teal, pr Gadwall, 104x Tufted Duck, 6x Little Grebe, 27x G C Grebe (@TheMoorehen). No further sign of Whimbrel early evening, but 1x Willow Warbler, 8x Gadwall, 2x Goldeneye, 11x Sand Martin, several Swallows (SR)

Chasewater
Whimbrel over north this morning also Oystercatcher

Drayton Bassett Pits
1x Whimbrel on North Pit 


Werrington
2x Red Kite over NE at 13:00 (SB)

By Steve Brown

Branston Gravel Pits
Common Scoter on sandy pit, 10x Ruff, 18x Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, 7x Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 3x Snipe, 18x Shelduck, 14x Gadwall, 2x Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, 2x Blackcap, 2x Raven, Swallow & c60 Sand Martin, also Comma, Jack Pike in ditch, numerous Alderflies & 2x Slender Groundhopper (JWo)

Common Scoter at Branston today by Jon Woodcock

Silverdale CP
2x Willow Warblers in song also Wheatear (BC LC ST)

Knypersley Resv
1x Blackcap, 24x Chiffchaff (GBr)

Blithfield Res
3x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper (JS)

Doxey Marshes
2x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Little Egret, 2x Raven & 2x Shelduck (@martinggrant). Also Sedge Warbler on Tillington Flash at 18:40hrs, Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, 8x LRP flew over N, 9x Shoveler, 2x Shelduck, 2x Little Egret, 3x Swallow, 3x Snipe (DSc)


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Belvide Res
Osprey in a tree west end at 09:18, immature male Goshawk through at 13:50, also Ruff and the female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still and singing Willow Warbler. Osprey again at West End having caught a fish and landed along West Lane 18:35hrs to 18:50hrs at least (@BelvideBirding)

Branston GP
12+ Little Grebe, 15x Gadwall, c50x Teal, 20x Shelduck, 4x Ruff, 10x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 12x Redshank, 14x Sand Martin, 2x Raven, Blackcap, 1x Green  Sandpiper. (DSc)

Silverdale CP
Male Ring Ouzel at The Void (LC BC)

Gailey 
Egyptian Goose again tonight plus 2x Goldeneye, Tawny Owl and 10+ Swallows (SR)

Berryhill
Tree Pipit early morning, 2x Wheatear (RT NDP)

Westport Lake
Blackcap top pool this morning (DK). Also 7+ Mallard ducklings this afternoon. 

Cannock Chase
Stonechat, 2x Raven, 5x Yellowhammer. Also Slow Worm, 2x Common Lizard, Smooth Newt, 2x Green Tiger Beetle, 2x Slender Groundhopper (JW)
Male Wheatear in Sherbrook Valley......(RSw)

Toads spawning (JW)


Slender Groundhopper (JW)

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Tuesday 7th April 2015

Belvide Res
Osprey flew north at 13:10 also the female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup, 2x Blackcap, 30x Teal, 2x Wigeon & 4x Fieldfare (BB)

Oakamoor
2x drake Mandarin Duck with a female upstream of the weir on the River Churnet (KK)

Cannock Chase
Tree Pipit, 2x Stonechat, Yellowhammer, Swallow (MC)

Cheddleton - Consall
3x Wheatear, 2x Swallow, Raven, 2x Mandarin (DSc)

Monday, 6 April 2015

Monday 6th April 2015

Belvide Res
1381x Meadow Pipit through north also Merlin, the female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still

Gailey
1x Peregrine, 1x Tawny Owl, 1x Green Woodpecker, Swallow, sev Chiffchaffs (SR)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Avocet, also 4x Redshank, 2x Black-tailed Godwit & 4x Cetti's Warbler at 14.00 (TJa)

Whitemoor Haye
1x drk Mandarin, 1x Wheatear (JAl)

Iverley
Osprey over north at  12:30

Merelake
Osprey over north at 13:10 (as per MBa)

Madeley
Hobby through at 11:30 (Trish Jackson)

Fradley
Pair of Little Ringed Plover on the Tesco pool (TJa)

Berryhill
1861x Meadow Pipit over north, 6x Curlew, 16x Swallow, GBB Gull, 2x Wheatear, 52x Redwing, 15x Fieldfare, 5x Redpoll, Little Grebe (RT NDP KH) - Osprey north over the mast at 16:10 also 11x Buzzard and 5x Raven this afternoon (RT).

Radford Meadows
Little Egret, 83x Teal, 7x Gadwall, 6x Shoveler, 5x Chiffchaff, Water Rail, 2x Swallow & 115x Meadow Pipit over (RSw)

River Sow Meadows
Green Sandpiper, drake Goosander, 3x Raven & Blackcap (RSw)

Baggeridge CP
Raven, Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker, 3x Nuthatch, Treecreeper, male Brimstone (IMo)

Thorswood
2x Red-legged Partridge, 7x Curlew, 5x Lapwing, 1x Raven (TEy)

The Roaches
12x Red Grouse, 3x Curlew (JW)

Dimmingsdale
2x Swallow, 2x Sand Martin, 2x Mandarin, 4x Chiffchaff (TEy)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sunday 5th April 2015

Whitemoor Haye
2x Black-necked Grebe on the main lake this evening (@Julianallen2009)
also 2x Ruff & 4x Redshank (SCo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Avocet & 2x Mediterranean Gull (GWi)
also 2x Black-tailed Godwit at north end of Jubilee Wetlands (@TameBirding)

Scholar Green
Osprey over north at 18:22 (MBa)

Doxey Marshes
4x Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, Fieldfare & Redwing (GBr)

Gailey Res
7x Shoveler, 4x Teal, 5x Goldeneye, 4x Oystercatcher, 15x Golden Plover, 7x Snipe, c16 Swallow, 2x House Martin, Blackcap, Willow Tit, Brambling & lots of Meadow Pipits over (SR, IM)

Belvide Res
House Martin this morning (NTa)
also Velvet Scoter, Scaup, Little Egret, 3x Shelduck, 2x Sand Martin, 7x Swallow, 2x Curlew & Peregrine (BB)

Berryhill
1112x Meadow Pipit over north  also 14x Cormorant, 3x Swallow, 3x Wheatear, 2x Redpoll, Curlew,  20x Fieldfare, 2x Redwing, Goldcrest (RT NDP KH)


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Saturday 4th April 2015

Cannock Chase
Short-eared Owl in the Sherbrook Valley area (JWo)
Short-eared Owl by Jon Woodcock

Doxey Marsh
5x Little Egret, 11x Goosander, 3x Swallow, Curlew, Redshank, 4x Snipe,3x Chiffchaff, 4x Shelduck, 8x GC Grebe, Cetti's Warbler heard (RSw)

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter & drake Scaup still present

Gailey
Red Kite lingering 14:40hrs at least, plus 1x Tawny Owl, 2x Little Owl, 4x Oystercatcher, 5x Goldeneye, 1x Swallow (SR)

Phonescoped shot of the Tawny Owl at Gailey today by SR

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Mandarin Duck, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Ringed Plover, 4x Curlew (NJS, CJW)

Whitemoor Haye
14x Wigeon, 6x Teal, 35x Tufted Duck, 2x Goldeneye, 190x Mute Swan, 4x Gadwall, 3x Oystercatcher, c50 Linnet, 2x Redshank, c100 Fieldfare & Ringed Plover (SCo)

Alrewas GP
30x Wigeon, 2x Goldeneye & Little Egret (SCo)

Croxall Wides
2x Sand Martin (SCo)

Tucklesholme Quarry
10x Redshank, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 4x Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Corn Bunting with Yellowhammers & 15x Shelduck (SCo)

Dimmingsdale
2x Swallow, 4x Chiffchaff, 2x Green Woodpecker, 6x Buzzard & 2x Mandarin Duck (TEy)

Newcastle
Little Egret over at 08:30 (LC)

Berryhill
Stonechat near Palletstacks (NDP KH)

Knypersley Resv
2x Swallow, 11x Chiffchaff (23x this time last year), 5x Goosander, 8x Buzzard plus fully fledged Woodpigeon young (GBr)

Endon SW
1x White Wagtail with 20x Pied Wagtail, 2x Chiffchaff (GBr)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Friday 3rd April 2015

Uttoxeter Quarry
3x Common Scoter (2 drakes&female), 17x Swallow, 3x Sand Martin, Green Sandpiper, 16x Snipe, 5x Goldeneye, 6x Wigeon, 13x Teal, 2x Chiffchaff, 2x Redwing (RPo)

Common Scoters by Richard Powell

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still

Gailey
House Martin, 3x Swallow, 10x Sand Martin, 1x Tawny Owl, 4x Goldeneye, 4x Oystercatcher, 10x Fieldfare (IBu, SR)

Uttoxeter
Adult female Osprey (satellite-tagged) near Scounslow Green 07:00-09:00 then near Bramshall at 10:00

Oakamoor
Adult female Osprey (satellite tagged) this afternoon

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Thursday 2nd April 2015

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter still also drake Scaup, Redshank, Curlew, 2x Swallow, 3x Sand Martin

Burntwood
Osprey north over Wembley Lane at 13:05 (GHa)

Blithfield Res
Osprey in Tad Bay at 14:20, also 8x Oystercatcher, 4x Goldeneye, 2x Goosander, 3x Wigeon, Shelduck, 2x Raven, c20 Meadow Pipit plus Muntjac Deer, Tree Bumblebee (JW)

Doxey Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, 2x Little Egret, Water Rail, 4x Chiffchaff (GHa)

Barton-under-Needwood
Blackcap, also Hairy-footed Flower Bee (1st this year) (JW)

Cannock Chase
12x Skylark, 20x Meadow Pipit (RWi)

Berryhill
424x Meadow Pipit over north between 07:00 and 08:00 also a Wheatear (RT NDP)

Aston-Burston
2x Swallow, 2x Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, Water Rail, 2x Shelduck, 8x Tree Sparrow, 2x Raven, 30x Stock Dove, 46x Teal, 18x Reed Bunting, 2x Red-legged Partridge, Goosander & Kingfisher (DCo)

Ford Green
Kingfisher, drake Goosander & 4x Chiffchaff (JJo)

Keele
c400 Golden Plover in field by cemetery (NDP)

Marchington Woodland
Female adult Osprey (satellite-tagged) went to roost at 20:00

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wednesday 1st April 2015

Branston
leucistic Blackbird in small sheep paddock just before Travelodge on A38 northbound at 15:00 (JW)

Leucistic Blackbird by Jon Woodcock

Doxey Marshes
Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, 2x Sand Martin, 3x Little Egret, 2x Snipe & 5x Goosander (SE, HF). Also Cetti's Warbler calling (MF)

Greenshank by Steve Edwards

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still

Croxall
4x Goosander, Shelduck, 6x Shoveler, 32x Teal, Curlew, 11x Snipe (IWh)

Fradley
2x LR Plover, 3x Ringed Plover, 3x Snipe (IWh)

Branston Gravel Pits
10x Ruff, 10x Redshank, 3x LR Plover, 37x Shelduck, 9x Gadwall, Cetti’s Warbler, Tawny Owl, Swallow, 10x Sand Martin. (JW)
Newcastle (Wolstanton)
9x Raven over SW at 14:40 (KSt)

Whitmore Haye
Wheatear & 15x Fieldfare (IWh)

Berryhill
2x Wheatear, Swallow, Little Grebe, 8x Raven, 3x Snipe, 3x Chiffchaff, Peregrine, 26x Fieldfare (RT)

Essington Quarry
2x Swallow at 17:30 (DBa)

Barton-under-Needwood
Goosander - female on village pond (JW)

Hanley
3x Peregrine around BT building (RT)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tuesday 31st March 2015

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter still off the dam also drake Scaup, Swallow, Sand Martin, 2x Shelduck, 5x Oystercatcher & Dunlin (BB)

Branston Gravel Pits
7x Ruff, 8x Redshank, 4x Ringed Plover, 3x Little Ringed Plover, 35x Shelduck, 11x Gadwall, 2x Sand Martin & Grey Wagtail (JWo)

Hanchurch Hills
3 male & 2x female Brambling (RS)

Monday, 30 March 2015

Monday 30th March 2015

Copmere
Drake Garganey still present at mid day but very elusive (ST)

Gailey Res
Immature female Merlin at 13.50, House Martin, 2x Sand Martin, Swallow, 2x Raven, 2x Oystercatcher, 12x Snipe, 5x Goldeneye, 4x Teal, 2x Gadwall, 6x Little Grebe. 7x Great Crested Grebe & 60x Fieldfare (IMo)

Blithfield Res
Swallow over the dam this morning (RCB)

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter & drake Scaup still present, also 22x Sand Martin & Black Swan (BB)

Silverdale CP
2x Goosander on the Void also 3x Chiffchaff, Raven (BC LC)

Ipstones Edge
Tree Sparrow, Skylark (DS)

Hoar Cross
Merlin - Roost Hill also Mandarin over (JW)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sunday 29th March 2015

Belvide Res
Kittiwake through at 10:30 also the female Velvet Scoter still off the dam and drake Scaup. Three adult Kittiwakes flew thru at 12:40hrs


Blithfield Res
Little Ringed Plover, Swallow, 2x Goldeneye, 2x Shoveler, 9x Wigeon, 28x Teal & 5x Gadwall (@rpintean)

Copmere
Drake Garganey still (DBl)

Doxey Marsh
3-5 Little Egret, 3x Sand Martin, 2x Cetti's Warbler (PDy)

Whitemoor Haye
185x Mute Swan, 28x Teal, 2x Redshank, Corn Bunting, 15x Wigeon, 5x Goldeneye, 2x Oystercatcher & 30x Yellowhammer (SCo)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Saturday 28th March 2015

Copmere
Drake Garganey still at 07:30 also Sand Martin, 2x Little Egret, Chiffchaff (RWh). Garganey still 14:00hrs (GJB)

Gailey Res
Swallow, 4x Oystercatcher, 12x Snipe, 4x Goldeneye, 6x Gadwall, Tawny Owl, 8x Chiffchaff & Lesser Redpoll, 11x Fieldfare (SR)

River Sow Meadows Stafford
2x Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 20x Lapwing, 5x Chiffchaff, Little Grebe, 14x Wigeon (RSw)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x LR Plover, 4x Green Sandpiper, 9x Oystercatcher, 2x Snipe, White Wagtail, 7x Goldeneye, 5x Goosander, 5x Shelduck, 18x Wigeon, 8x Teal (RP)

Doxey Marsh
Swallow, 10x Sand Martin, 8x Goosander (NGr)

Whitemoor Haye
203x Mute Swan, 18x Wigeon, 2x Grey Partridge, 4x Goldeneye (@BirderAlrewas) 

Branston GP
1x Golden Plover, 5x LRP, 6x Ringed Plover, 39x Shelduck, 3x Green Sandpiper, 19x Redshank, 11x Ruff, 11x Curlew (NJS)

Aqualate Mere
3x Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker, Goldeneye (GJB)

Endon Sewage Works
1x White Wagtail, 1x Chiffchaff (GBr)

Blithfield Res
8x Sand Martin, Wheatear, Chiffchaff (RCB)

Knypersley Resv
5x Goosander, 3x Chiffchaff, 1x Pochard (GBr)

Cannock Chase
Stonechat (JW)

Friday, 27 March 2015

Friday 27th March 2015

Copmere
Drake Garganey still present this morning (PLo) and still this afternoon (NJS, SE & HF)



Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Avocet on North Pit at 08.00 (Birdguides)

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter still off dam this morning, also drake Scaup, male Wheatear at West End, Little Egret & 7x Sand Martin (@NigelCarp2008)
also 2x Shelduck, 56x Shoveler, Little Egret, 11x Sand Martin & 15x Chiffchaff (BB)

Tuckleshome
5x LR Plover, 2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, 14x Shelduck, 3x Sand Martin,  (SPe)

Silverdale CP
2 to 3x Wheatear, Stonechat, 6x Chiffchaff, 10x Goosander (BC LC)

Upper Leigh
2x Curlew (TJ)