Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday 18th October 2018

Berryhill
Ring-necked Parakeet over North at 09:20 (RTo, DWa)

Ford Green-Whitfield Valley
30x Golden Plover over south (JJo)

Hanchurch Woods 
15x Crossbill over (NDP)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret still (Dosthill NR and on JW),  4x Pintail, 2x White Wagtail, 2x Stonechat, 4x Goosander, Pochard, Egyptian Goose, 3x Snipe, (SAt) - Also Merlin reported

Chartley
Red Kite on the Stafford Road (EFo)

Tucklesholme
Stonechat by the north lake, 2x Cetti's Warbler along river bank (SGa)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit, 2x Great White Egret, Little Egret, 9x Stonechat, 4x Cetti's Warbler, 8x Water Rail, Redpolls, Siskins, No sign of the Cattle Egret (MBo, PDy, DTo)



Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Hatherton Resv
Willow Tit, Cetti's Warbler (SB)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret one north end of Dosthill NR, and the second on JW,  Golden Plover, Pochard and 170x Lapwing  JW and a Green Sandpiper on East scrape, 4x Pintail new reed pool, Redshank Canal Scape, 5x Cetti's Warbler, Goosander,  (SAt)

Trentham Gardens
8x 1w Goosander still on the Trent, 4x Mandarin, 2x Little Egret, Water Rail, 2x Little Grebe (PFo)

Berryhill
Wheatear at the mast, 6x Brambling, 2x Golden Plover, 2x Stonechat (RTo, DWa)

Doxey Marsh
Cattle Egret on Tillington Flash (Doxey Birder)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Juv Black Tern and drake Common Scoter still

Audley Meadows
180x Linnet, 40x Skylark, 11x Tree Sparrow (PDo)

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Whitemoor Haye
Merlin high over main lake also Short eared Owl before heading off to Elford, 4x Egyptian Geese, 250x Lapwing, 171x Cormorant, (alrewas birder)

Radford Meadows
Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, c100 Teal, 24x Wigeon, 8x Shoveler, 84x Lapwing (CDa)

Middleton Lakes
55x Golden Plover over at 11:45 (MPi)  -  2x Great White Egret, 4x Little Egret, 2x Green Sandpiper, 4x Stonechat, 100x Wigeon, 2x Egyptian Geese, Cetti's Warbler (MSc)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Juv Black Tern, drake Common Scoter

Croxall GPs
2x Egyptian Geese and 3x Goosander on river (alrewas birder)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Wheatear, 5x Stonechat, 2x Snipe, 3x Cetti's Warbler, Mandarin, 10x Water Rail, 2x Swallow (MBo, DTo, DBa)

Branston WP
50x Gadwall, 10x Wigeon (JWo)

Burston
2x Stonechat, Kingfisher, 2x Teal (MPa)

Silverdale CP
Jack Snipe, 29x Snipe (PJo)

Cannock Chase   Pepper Slade - Parrs Warren
Hawfinch, 30x Brambling, Siskins, Redpoll, (ABl)

Branston GPs  (Ashy Pit)
Little Egret, 3x Egyptian Geese, 6x Pintail,  50x Shoveler, c200 Lapwing, 5x Curlew, 2x Ruff, c70 GBB Gull,  2x Stonechat on sheep fence, 
distant view of c600 Starlings murmurating over Sandy Pit (DSc)

Monday, 15 October 2018

Monday 15th October 2018

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Black Tern this am (per DCa)  -  Common Scoter still (DBa)

Hulme - Werrington
c500x Pink-footed Geese over NW in 4 skeins (DWa)

Westport Lake
9x Whooper Swan over SE at 10:05 (DKe)

Trentham Gardens
8x 1w Goosander on the Trent, Little Egret (PFo)  -  3w YL Gull, 3x Little Egret (DKe)

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Sunday 14th October 2018

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Great White Egret present to 09:45 only, Spotted Redshank on north shore, drake Common Scoter still

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Stint still Admaston Reach with 9x Dunlin, 2x Ringed Plover, Tad Bay 2x Pintail, 2x Goosander (RPo)

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret on main lake with 14x Little Egret, Goldeneye, 250x Lapwing, Golden Plover, 80x Linnet (alrewas birder)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Great White Egret still, 7x Pintail, Little Egret (RPo)

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret, Jack Snipe (RRa)

Branston GPs
Little Egret, 3x Pintail, 65x Shoveler, 40x Gadwall, 26x Wigeon, 86x Pochard, 2x Ruff, 6x Curlew, 2x Green Sandpiper, 3x Yellow leg Gull, c80 GBB Gull, Chiffchaff, (DSc)

Trentham Gardens
Ring necked Parakeet again near the bridge also 14x Mandarin (PJS)

Tittesworth Water 
Merlin (JOa)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Saturday 13th October 2018

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Drake Common Scoter still, Rock Pipit late morning before flying towards the dam

Radford Meadows
2x Greenshank, 109x Teal, 21x Wigeon, 4x Shoverler, Peregrine (RSw)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Stint in Blithe Bay but very elusive in windy conditions (GJM)

Middleton Lakes
Greenshank thru, 2x Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper East Scrape, 4x Pintail Reedbed Pool, Great White Egret, Greenshank JW  (Mercian Birding)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Great White Egret, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 2x Curlew, 16x Goosander, (EFo)

Himley Great Pool
Feral Red-breasted Goose, (SEd)

Branston GPs
4x Little, Egret, 3x Egyptian Geese, 6x Pintail, 60x Shoveler, 40x Gadwall, 26x Wigeon, 70x Pochard, (f) Goldeneye, 7x Ruff, 3x Dunlin, Curlew, Snipe, 20x  GBB Gull, Common Tern, House Martin thru, 8x Redwing. (DSc)


Friday, 12 October 2018

Friday 12th October 2018

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Drake Common Scoter still

Middleton Lakes
2x Dunlin, 2x Golden Plover, 3x Great White Egret (Mercian Birding)

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thursday 11th October 2018

Radford Meadows
102x Teal, 24x Wigeon, 3x Shoveler (CDa)

Hanley
2x Whooper Swan low over Commercial Road heading east (STu)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Rock Pipit briefly (GJM)

Branston GPs
8x Red-crested Pochard (4m, 1mm male, 3x fem inc a fem leucistic) on South Pit,
71x Pochard, 21x Wigeon, 4x Pintail, 50x Shoveler, 12x Gadwall, 100x Teal, 3x Shelduck, 3x Egyptian Geese, 6x Ruff, 3x Dunlin, 200x Lapwing, 2x Little Egret, 2x Water rail,  60x Little Grebe, Common Tern, 3x YL Gull, 20x GBBG, 2x Common Gull (ad). (JWo)


Red-crested Pochards by Jon Woodcock

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret, Little Egret, 30x Lapwing, 16x Wigeon (RRa)

Silverdale CP
Fem Mandarin and a Stonechat (TRo)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Berryhill
15x Crossbill over south during vis mig (NDP)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Drake Common Scoter still

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret, Hobby thru, Common Gull, 4x Redpoll (DBi)

Cannock Chase
3x Brambling (Pepper Slade), c100x Siskin, c15x Redpoll, 1000's of Harlequin Ladybirds, Also a good crop of Beech Nuts this year. (JWo)


Brambling by Jon Woodcock

Croxden Quarry
2x ad YL Gull this evening (ABa)

Middleton Lakes
4x Great White Egret and 49x Little Egret roosted,  2x Green Sandpiper, 3x Snipe, c50x Golden Plover, 3x Stonechat (Mercian Birding)

Branston GPs
2x Little Egret, 112x Little Grebe, 4x Pintail, 49x Shoveler, 24x Wigeon, 37x Gadwall, 67x Pochard, 2x Goosander, 150x  Lapwing,  4x Ruff, 3x YL Gull, 40x GBB Gull (DSc)



Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Dimmingsdale
c200 mixed flock of Siskins, Linnets, Goldfinch (TEy)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Drake Common Scoter still, Pintail, Goldeneye

Parkhall Lake
Great White Egret briefly at 11:00 before being moved on by Gulls (MKe)

By Martin Kessel

Stafford
Hobby over Lodgefield Park at 10:15 (ABa)

Trentham Gardens
5x Little Egret (record count) 10x Little Grebe, 4x Mandarin (HFo)

Iverley
Merlin at Sugar Loaf Farm (SBi)

Newcastle
2x Kingfisher at Lyme Valley Park (MPa)

Silverdale CP
Jack Snipe at The Void (PJo)

Branston GPs
7x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 2x Curlew, 4x Snipe, 227x Lapwing, 6x Pintail, 32x Wigeon, 60x Pochard, 46x Shoveler, 114x Teal, 51x Gadwall, 3x Egyptian Geese, Shelduck, Little Egret, Water Rail, Common Tern, 83x Little Grebe, 4x YL Gull, 2x Common Gull (juv), 75x GBB Gull, (JWo)

Penkridge
Barn Owl hunting in large field between Moor Hall Lane and Otherton Airfield at 18:30 (JSm)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, 2x Green Sandpiper

Monday, 8 October 2018

Monday 8th October 2018

Berryhill
Vis mig 07:30 to 10:30 included 2830x Redwing over east to west, Ring Ouzel, 253x Fieldfare, 2x Golden Plover (RTo)

Ford Green
14x Teal, 8x Wigeon, 2x Shoveler, Little Grebes, Kingfisher (JJo)

Dimmingsdale
50x Redwing, 10x Linnet. 6x Siskin (TEy)

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Sunday 7th October 2018

Whitemoor Haye
150x Linnet along rough track, Dunlin on new workings, Goldeneye, (ABi)

Blackbank
Vis mig included 125x Siskin and 2x Brambling over (NDP)

Gailey Resv
Cetti's Warbler still (IMo)

i54
Little Egret, Peregrine, 2x Snipe, 35x Skylark, 80x Linnet, 8x Yellowhammer (MFo)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Whooper Swan at west end to 17:00 only, drake Common Scoter still off the dam

Branston GPs
3x Little Egret, 4x Ruff, 6x Pintail, 24x Wigeon, 70x Shoveler, 39x Gadwall, 8x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 2x YL Gull, c100 GBB Gull, 2x Stonechat (DSc)  -  Gannet over Small Meadows towards Barton at 16:11 (JWo) Also a Redwing over Barton (JWo)

Gannet by Jon Woodcock



Parkhall CP
14x Golden Plover (DWa)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Great White Egret, 5x Little Egret (ABa) - in addition drake Pintail, Green Sandpiper, 9x Goosander, 12x Barnacle Goose (PJo)

Westport Lake
Little Egret thru (CWa)

Trentham Gardens
2x Little Egret, 3x Mandarin (PBi)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret, Common Gull, Cetti's Warbler (RRa)

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Saturday 6th October 2018

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Jack Snipe on north shore, Black-tailed Godwit, 1w Med Gull

Tucklesholme
Greenshank, LR Plover (MYa)

Bignall  End
Wheatear in a Boon Hill garden this afternoon before moving to adjacent field (MJW)

Silverdale CP
2x Stonechat, Snipe, 75x Lapwing (PJo)

Trentham Gardens
Ring-necked Parakeet in trees on west shoreline, Little Egret, Goosander (JBr)

Branston GPs
124 Little Grebe, 4x Little Egret, 2x Pintail, 30x Wigeon, 49x Gadwall, 72x Shoveler, 62x Pochard, Water Rail, 200x Lapwing, 3x Ruff, 2x Curlew, 3x ad YL Gull, Common Gull, 60x GBB Gull, Stonechat (DSc)

Friday, 5 October 2018

Friday 5th October 2018

Keele
5x Golden Plover in field between the Uni and Lymes Lane (ALa)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret, 2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Snipe, (RSPB)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Greenshank, 2x YL Gull, 2x Egyptian Geese, 3x Goosander, Shoveler, 5x Shelduck (RBe)

Ford Green
8x Wigeon, 6x Teal, 2x Shoveler (DVi)

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret, 1-2w Caspian Gull on Boundary Flash, 2x Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 6x Stonechat, 8x Water Rail, 3x Cetti's Warbler, Pintail (MBo, APr)

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Thursday 4th October 2018

Knypersley Resv
Black Tern over main lake, 2x Willow Tit, Siskin (GBr)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret on North Pit, Redshank on JW, Green Sandpiper and Shelduck still, 4x Pintail on reedbed pool, Peregrine over Dosthill NR (SAt)

Radford Meadows
55x Lapwing, Shoveler, 12x Wigeon, 34x Teal (CDa)

Chasewater
Juv Scaup Slurry Pool, 2x Stonechat, Ringed Plover

Branston GPs
7x Ruff, 10x Green Sandpiper, 11x Curlew, 140x Lapwing, 6x Pintail, 20x Wigeon, 41x Pochard, 3x Shelduck, 77x Shoveler, 16x Gadwall, 170x Teal, Egyptian Goose, 6x Little Egret, 121x Little Grebe, Common Tern, 2x YL Gull, 54x GBB Gull, (JWo)  Also Stonechat along Ashy Pit fence (DSc)


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Red Kite over Duckley Plantation (GJM)

Knypersley Resv
Hobby over 16:30 - 17:15 (JGr)

Brankley Pastures
15x Yellowhammer (JWo)

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Trentham Gardens
1w Med Gull, 2x Little Egret, 4x Mandarin (RTo)

Branston GPs
2x Redshank, 4x Ruff, 12x Curlew, 4x Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 186x Lapwing, 6x Pintail, 58x Pochard, 30x Wigeon, 3x Shelduck, 39x Gadwall, 75x Shoveler, 244x Teal, Egyptian Goose, 5x Little Egret, 4x Water Rail, 89x Little Grebe, Common Tern, 2x GBBG, (JWo)



Monday, 1 October 2018

Monday 1st October 2018

Middleton Lakes
10x Golden Plover, 3x Dunlin on JW (RBa)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, 4x Snipe, Cetti'sWarbler, Water Rail (DBa)

Cheadle
Barn Owl over rough grassland 21:10 to 21:20 behind MOT centre Brookhouse industrial estate (JBr)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Great White Egret, 4x Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 10x Goosander, 15x Wigeon (EFo)

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Sunday 30th September 2018

Rudyard Lake
Pintail, Goosander, 6x Snipe, 38x Teal, Blue morph Snow Goose (RPo)

Middleton Lakes
3x Great White Egret - 2 on North pit and one on JW, Hobby over, 2x Goosander, (SAt, AH)

Dimmingsdale
9x Mandarin, 10x Siskin, 2x Little Grebe (TEy)

Tucklesholme
Great White Egret still, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, 2x Stonechat (Kay)

Branston GPs
Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 6x Pintail, 6x Wigeon, 75x Shoveler,  40x Gadwall, 2x Peregrine, 4x Ruff, 3x Green Sandpiper, 4x Snipe, 8x Curlew, juv Med.Gull, 4x Common Gull, 2x Yellow legged Gull, 30x GBB Gull, Common Tern, Wheatear. (DSc)


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Saturday 29th September 2018

Gailey Resv
Cetti's Warbler still, also Stonechat by Abbey Foods complex (SRi)

Radford Meadows
Great White Egret, also Red Kite over east at 09:45 (RSw)

Blackbank
5x Great White Egret over west 08:15-08:20, (NDP)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Great White Egret Blithe Bay (GJM)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Red Kite over at 11:00, Arctic Tern, Goldeneye, 45x Wigeon, Redwing

Werrington
Red Kite over at 13:30 (DBl)

Knypersley Resv
3x Pintail, 3x Goosander, Willow Tit (GBr)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret in riverside roost, 3x Dunlin, 3x Hobby, 4x Pintail, 11x Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 7x Egyptian Geese, Stonechat (Mercian Birding)

Branston GPs
Garganey still ashy pit 16:00, 5x L.ittle Egret, 66x Shoveler, 30x Wigeon, 6x Pintail, 40x Gadwall, 54x Pochard, 3x Water Rail, Peregrine, 11x Curlew, 4x Green Sandpiper, 4x Ruff, 3x Snipe, Common Tern, c60 Linnets, (DSc)

Tucklesholme
Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper, 3x Goosander, 2x Stonechat (DSc)

Chasewater
Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper

Friday, 28 September 2018

Friday 28th September 2018

Berryhill Botteslow Flash
c80 Pink-footed Geese over west at 09:45 (RTo)

Middleton Lakes
15x Golden Plover, Great White Egret on JW south (Mercian Birding)  -  also Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 2x Pintail, 4x Egyptian Geese on JW, Goosander on the river (SAt)

Newcastle
c60 Pink-footed Geese SE over Westlands at 10:25 (CSt)

Keele
c120-150 Pink-footed Geese over NW at 10:59, 2nd group of c100 over NW at 11:15 (JBr)

Branston GPs
Garganey, 3x Ruff, 2x Green Sandpiper, 11x Curlew, 250x Lapwing, 3x Snipe, 6x Pintail, 59x Pochard, 79x Shoveler, 52x Gadwall, 150x Teal, 12x Wigeon, 98x Little Grebe, 6x Water Rail, Common Tern, 6x Little Egret, 9x GBB Gull, (JWo, DSc)

Garganey by Jon Woodcock

Hanchurch Woods
11x Crossbill, 6x Fieldfare (JMa)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Greenshank, 4x Curlew, 10x Ringed Plover, 5x Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Little Egret, YL Gull, Wheatear (RCB)

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Thursday 27th September 2018

Croxall
Cetti'sWarbler main path (GSt)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit, 2x Whinchat, Great White Egret, 2x Little Egret, Hobby (GPr)  -  Also 4x Stonechat, 2x Cetti's Warbler (MBo)

Cannock Chase
3x Fieldfare near Tackaroo car park this morning (DNe)

Barton North Pit
6x Little Egret (JWo) 

Tucklesholme
2x Stonechat, YL Gull, Cetti's Warbler, 30+ Hornet. (JWo)

YL Gull by Jon Woodcock


Branston Leas - along the River
Greenshank, 3x Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Cetti's Warbler. (JWo)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret still on North Pit (AndyR)

Branston GPs
2x Ruff, 5x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 5x Little Egret, 4x Pintail, 65x Shoveler, 15x Wigeon, 40x GBB Gull, Common Gull, Common Tern, (DSc)


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Cuckoo Bank
Whinchat, Wheatear, Stonechat (GHa)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, Ringed Plover, Pintail

Gailey Resv
Cetti's Warbler still, 1w Med Gull, 9x Shoveler, 8x Gadwall (SRi)

Branston GPs
3x Ruff, 10x Curlew, 2x Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 133x Lapwing, 5x Little Egret, 6x Pintail, 45x Pochard, 12x Wigeon, 78x Shoveler, 134x Teal, 4x Shelduck, 39x Gadwall, 130x Little Grebe, Common Tern, GBB Gull, YL Gull, 3x Stonechat, c80x Linnet, 1x Peregrine. (JWo)

By Jon Woodcock

Silverdale CP
60x Lapwing (PCa)

Whittington Farm
120x Meadow Pipit over SW, 300x Swallow roosting in maize, Peregrine (JLi)

Monday, 24 September 2018

Monday 24th September 2018

Uttoxeter
Ring necked Parakeet off Demontfort Way early morning (DDa)

Middleton Lakes

Great White Egret still (PFo)

Chasewater
Grey Phalarope still in centre of lake

Doxey Marsh
4x Whinchat, 2x Stonechat (GPr)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
4x Pink-footed Geese on north shore, Whinchat, Wheatear, Stonechat, Goldeneye

Barton under Needwood
Gannet reported flying over north at 17:20 (MCa per JWo)

Whittington Farm
4x Stonechat, Little Owl, 110x Meadow Pipit over SW, (JLi)