Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Blithfield Res
Little Stint still, Osprey, 25x Ringed Plover, 6x Greenshank, 9x Dunlin, 8x Redshank, 4x Ruff, 2x Whinchat, Redstart, 3x Wheatear, Hobby, 9x Yellow Wagtail (SE HF)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Spotted Redshank still on north pit also 2x Garganey, 5x Ruff

Croxall
Whinchat by river at 09:40

Endon SW
1x Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Chiffchaff (GBr)

Branston Gravel Pits
Garganey, 5x Ruff, 8x Curlew, 7x Green Sandpiper, 4x Snipe, 294x Lapwing, 2x Little Egret, 8x Shoveler, 5x Pochard.
Insects : Brown Argus, 2x Dock Bugs, 2x Slender Groundhopper, 22-spot Ladybird & numerous Long-winged Coneheads (JWo)
Slender Groundhopper by Jon Woodcock

Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday 1st September 2014

Westport Lake
3x Sandwich Tern through south at 07.45, also 5x Pintail, 11x Wigeon & 2x Swift (SBN)

Blithfield Res
Little Stint still also Osprey (GW CW)

Branston GP
fem/juv Marsh Harrier flew west over Dunstall Wood 17:50pm (RBA)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Spotted Redshank on north pit also 2x Pintail, Ruff, 3x Hobby (TP as per TVB JH)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday 31st August 2014

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Cattle Egret at 09:00 but no sign this afternoon, also 23x Little Egret (as per TVB)
Also 2x Garganey, 4x Gadwall, Redshank, Snipe, Ruff, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, 2x Willow Warbler (GWR)
Garganey by Gaz Robinson

Blithfield Res
2x Osprey, Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, 6x Greenshank, 4x Redshank, 5x Ringed Plover, Hobby, Goldeneye, c300 Lapwing, Little Grebe (MJa)
Also 2x adult Yellow-legged Gull, 10x Common Tern, 3x Oystercatcher, 19x Ringed Plover, 6x Little Ringed Plover, juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 22x Dunlin, 3x Turnstone, 2x Ruff & 3x Common Sandpiper (SRi)

Branston GP's
Garganey still, also 5x Ruff, 16x Curlew, 4x Little Egret (SBN)

Wetley Moor
2x Whinchat (DB)

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saturday 30th August 2014

Blithfield Res
Osprey, Little Stint, 2x Black Tern, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 5x Dunlin, LR Plovers, 3x Oystercatcher, Hobby, Ruddy Shelduck, Little Egret, (JJH SJH) - 2x Whinchat, 3x Wheatear, 2x Yellow Wagtail (JJH JA SJH)
3x Turnstone
Also 2x Ruff, 4x Greenshank, 3x Yellow-legged Gull, c15 Ringed Plover, 23x Dunlin (TP et all)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Hobby, 4x Little Egret, 2x Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Goosander, Shoveler, 4x Teal (RP)

Berryhill
10x Tree Pipit over, 2x Tree Sparrow, 5x Redstart, juv Cuckoo still, Wheatear, 2x Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 4x Cormorant, Green Woodpecker (RT NP). Also juv Cuckoo still this evening (IBu)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday 29th August 2014

Blithfield Res
2x Osprey, 2x Turnstone in Tad Bay, also 2x Black Tern off the causeway and 3x Greenshank (SW)
Little Stint still and Curlew Sandpiper.
Additional - Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 16x Dunlin, 16x Ringed Plover, 9x LR Plover, 7x Common Tern, Hobby, 3x Wheatear, 5x Common Sandpiper, 4x YL Gull, Goosander, Little Owl, Yellow Wagtail, Little Grebe, Swift, 3x Oystercatcher (SE HF)
This evening - 4x Dunlin, 1x Little Stint, 1x Curlew Sandpiper, 1x Black-tailed Godwit, 1x Black Tern (IBu)
PLEASE NOTE - At Blithfield, if you are in Tad and Blithe Bay, please use the hides provided to avoid disturbance to the birds. When walking between the hides, especially in Blithe Bay, stay well back from the shore line as the waders are easily flushed. Vol Wardens will be on site tomorrow to monitor the situation. It has been reported that photographers are getting too close to the waders again this year. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Aqualate
3x Hobby, (showing for at least 2 hours) 20x Swift, Greenshank, Marsh Tits, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Tern, Kingfisher (BC LC RCB)

Branston GP's
1x Garganey, 6x Ruff, 2x Common Sandpiper, 11x Green Sandpiper, 9x Curlew, 3x Snipe, 228x Lapwing, 6x Little Egret, 18x Pochard, 9x Shoveler, c30x Little Grebe (JW)

River Sow Meadows
3x Hobby (2 juvs), Little Egret, Kingfisher, 175x Linnet, 3x Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (RS)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thursday 28th August 2014

Blithfield Res (permits)
Bar-tailed Godwit & Grey Plover through Blithe Bay this morning also Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel through early afternoon and 2x Black Tern (adult and juv)  (GJM)

Gailey Res
Juvenile Little Gull on sailing lake this afternoon

Whitemoor Haye
5x Black Tern  till dusk also 26x Tree Sparrow, 167x Lapwing, 6x Swift (SCo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Garganey, Ruff, Green Sandpiper & Mandarin Duck (TPe)

Alrewas GPs
2x Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 7x Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (SCo)

Ingestre
Little Egret (1st patch record), 3x Spotted Flycatcher, 4x Lesser Whitethroat, 3x Whitethroat, 2x Willow Warbler, 6x Chiffchaff, 2x Blackcap, 7x Mandarin (RCB)

Westport Lake
6x Wigeon, 6x Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Swift, 2x Stock Dove & 2x Kingfisher (JJo)

Silverdale CP
Redstart, Swift (NP)

Berryhill
5x Redstart, juv Cuckoo, 2x Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 2x Tree Pipit, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher (RT)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday 27th August 2014

Blithfield Res (permit)
Osprey, 2x Hobby, 7x Curlew, Knot, Little Stint, c20 Ringed Plover, 3x Oystercatcher, Wheatear (GWR)
Also 5x Little Ringed Plover, 11x Dunlin, 2x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Yellow-legged Gull, Redshank, 3x Ruff, 4x Greenshank, 6x Yellow Wagtail, Little Owl, Redstart, Goldeneye, Little Egret, 2x Snipe, 34x Barnacle Geese, Wigeon, 6x Goosander, 4x Common Tern & 4x Common Sandpiper (SEd, HFo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Garganey, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 140x Lapwing, 12x Little Egret, 45x Teal, Stonechat, Hobby (FM per TVB)

Aqualate Mere
Juvenile Marsh Harrier & 2x Hobby (BCa)

Berryhill
4x Redstart, Juv Cuckoo still, Wheatear, Tree Pipit, 2x Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker (RT NP)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Branston GP
9x Curlew, 11x Green Sandpiper, 3x Common Sand, 3x Ruff, 1x Water Rail, 1x Garganey, fem Redstart, Snipe, 7x Little Egret, 7x Pochard, 137x Teal, 36x Little Grebe (JW and ATa).

Blithfield Resv
Fem/imm Marsh Harrier flew south thru Tad at 16:25hrs (MPR)

Belvide Resv
Black Tern from 08.00 til 09.15 also, 22x Common Tern, 2x juvenile Ruff, 3x Greenshank, 4x Curlew, 5x Ringed Plover, 3x Little Ringed Plover, 5x Dunlin, 3x Common Sandpiper, 8x Yellow Wagtail, 12x Swift, 78x Teal, 15x Shoveler & 270x Mallard (Belvide Blog)

Bateswood NR
Whimbrel flew SW calling, then circled an flew N at 07.50 (JHu)

Doxey Marshes
Whinchat, Little Egret, 230x Lapwing, 3x Reed Warbler (SPe)

Whitemoor Haye
Female Common Scoter this evening, also, c40 Pied Wagtail, 4x Gadwall, c25 Tree Sparrow, 7x Yellowhammer, 54x Lapwing, Snipe, Chiffchaff, male Peregrine, 56x Tufted Duck, 161x Coot & 49x Mallard ( SCo)

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday 25th August 2014

Blithfield Res
Little Stint still, Knot, 6x Ruff, 11x Dunlin, 5x Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Osprey, Hobby, Wheatear. (IG)
Sandwich Tern briefly in Blithe Bay at 16:45 then flew towards causeway also juv Caspian Gull in Tad Bay at 15:40, Whimbrel through Blithe Bay, 4x YL Gull (JAl)
Sandwich Tern still at deep end at 17:22 (RP)
Knot at the deep end (2nd bird), 2x Whinchat, 3x YL Gull (RCB)

Belvide Res
Bar-tailed Godwit at west end before flying off at 11:50 also 2x Arctic Tern through at 08:10.

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Ruff, 2x Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2x Green Sandpiper, 4x Little Egret, Stonechat, 3x Yellow Wagtail, 20x Swift (TP per TVB JH)          

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday 24th August 2014

Blithfield Res (permits)
Glossy Ibis in Tad Bay at 11:00 from Forward hide (MJa) - Glossy Ibis flew west at 15:15
Little Stint & 9x Ruff this morning (GJM)
15x Dunlin, 5x Greenshank, 10x Ruff, 12x LRP, 19x Ringed Plover, 33x Barnacle geese, Osprey, 4x Black tailed Godwit, Redshank, 3x Common Sandpiper, 144x Great Crested Grebe, Hobby, 3x Pochard, Goldeneye, 7x Goosander, Little Egret, 2x Whinchat, 12x Yellow Wagtail (SE HF MJa GJM)
Also Yellow-legged Gull & 4x Oystercatcher (JWo)
Glossy Ibis by Nick Smith

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Redstart, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret & 2x Kingfisher (RPo)

Berryhill
6x Redstart, juv Cuckoo still, Tree Pipit, 2x Spotted Flycatcher, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, (RT NP)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Spotted Flycatcher, Garganey, Stonechat, Ruff, 2x Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, Swift, Green Sandpiper & Little Ringed Plover (TVB)

Cannock Chase
4x Raven, 3x Common Redstart, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, a few Chiffchaff, and a Common Lizard in the Chase Corner to Brocton area.
Common Lizard by Graham Weston

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday 23rd August 2014

Middleton Lakes RSBP
Whinchat at the river screen this morning (DHu)
Stonechat (Jubilee Wetlands west side) ,2x Peregrine, Kingfisher, Common Tern, 2x Little Egret, 30x Grey Lag Geese, 40x House Martin, 3x Sand Martin, Reed Warbler, 3x Chiffchaff (GWR)

Stonechat by Gaz Robinson

Belvide Res
Juvenile Caspian Gull present till 11.15 then flew west also, 4x Greenshank, 2x Redshank, 11x Ringed Plover, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 5x Dunlin, 3x Common Sandpiper, 54x Teal, 14x Shoveler, Common Tern, 2x Hobby & immature Peregrine (Belvide Blog)
Greenshank by Nigel Talbot

Westport Lake
5x Raven, 2x juvenile Reed Warbler & Swift (JJo)

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday 22 August 2014

Blithfield Res
Osprey, 5x Greenshank, 4x Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Ruff, 2x Green Sandpiper, 5x Common Sandpiper, 11x Dunlin, 17x Ringed Plover, 19x Little Ringed Plover, 5x Yellow-legged Gull, Little Egret, 29x Common Tern, 3x Shelduck, 3x Goosander, 33x Barnacle Geese, 2x Whinchat, 9x Wheatear, 2x Redstart, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Owl, 3x Swift, 2x Hobby & 2x Peregrine, 8x Spotted Flycatcher, 15x Yellow Wagtail (RB SE HF GJM MPR)
Additional - Wood Warbler, Reed Warbler, Knot, Goldeneye (GJM MPR)

Belvide Res
Juv Caspian Gull at west end late afternoon

Juv Caspian Gull by Steve Nuttall


Branston Gravel Pits
Garganey (female on south pit), Redstart (female in hedge by the working pit), 5x Ruff, 5x Common Sandpiper, 2x Green Sandpiper, 9x Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, Snipe, 2x Little Egret, Mandarin (female), 139x Teal, 8x Pochard, 6x Shelduck, 34x Little Grebe. (JW)

Redstart by Jon Woodcock

Berryhill
6x Redstart, 4x Wheatear, Whinchat, Juv Cuckoo still, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 2x Snipe (RT)
 
 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Thursday 21 August 2014

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Black-tailed Godwit, 5x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 4 juv Shelduck, 7x Common Tern (5 juv), Whinchat, Stonechat, 2x Yellow Wagtail and Swift Jubilee wetlands. (JH)   

Blithfield Res
Juv Marsh Harrier through Tad Bay at 14:50

Belvide Res (permits)
4x Greenshank, 4x Dunlin, 4x Common Sandpiper, 3x Little Ringed Plover, c12 Yellow Wagtail, 15x Swift & Spotted Flycatcher (Belvide Blog)                              

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Belvide Res
4x Egyptian Geese, 4x Greenshank, Redshank, Dunlin, 5x Common Sandpiper, 3x LR Plover, Snipe, 12x Yellow Wagtail, juv YL Gull, Peregrine, 2x Lesser Whitethroat (Belvide Blog)

Blithfield Res
2x Black tailed Godwit, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Ruff, Greenshank, Turnstone, Dunlin, 4x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3x Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Whinchat, Chiffchaff, Swift, 29x Barnacle Geese, 6x Goosander, 3x Little Egret, Kingfisher (RB)

Whinchat by Richard Berry
 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Belvide Res
2x adult Honey Buzzard over to the south at 13:15.

Blithfield Res
19x LR Plover, 14x Ringed Plover, 6x Dunlin, 6x Oystercatcher, 3x Greenshank, 2x Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, 10x Goosander, Goldeneye, 4x YL Gull, 6x Spotted Flycatcher, 9x Wheatear, Redstart, Little Owl, Hobby, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, 29x Barnacle Geese, Cape Shelduck, 6x Swift, 3x Yellow Wagtail (SE HF)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Greenshank, 6x Green Sandpiper, 3x Ruff, Dunlin, 9x Curlew, 2x Common Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 9x Little Egret, Water Rail, 38x Little Grebe, 6x Pochard, 17x Shelduck, 14x Shoveler, c100 Teal & Swift (JWo)

Berryhill
3x Whinchat, 4x Redstart, 6x Wheatear, Juv Cuckoo still, Green Woodpecker, (RT)

Whitemoor Haye
61x Lapwing, 34x Tree Sparrow, c157 Pied Wagtail, 3x Swift, Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff & Little Egret (SCo)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday 18 August 2014

Blithfield Res
Black Tern still off the causeway at 16:00 (GW CW)

Berryhill
Whinchat from the Palletstacks track, juv Cuckoo still, 8x Wheatear, 6x Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat (NP RT)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday 17th August 2014

Cannock Chase
6x Stonechat, female Redstart & 2x Spotted Flycatcher (GWe, CWe). Also possible Common Crane seen from Stafford to Rugeley road near to rear of Shugborough Hall. Bird in flight on right hand side on the Chase side. (Bird not a Heron, neck straight out in front and legs pushed out straight to rear) (ABa)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Whinchat, 3x Little Egret, Common Tern, 95x Lapwing, Green Woodpecker & Kestrel, also, Clouded Yellow, Holly Blue & Red Admiral (GWR)

Blithfield Res (permits only)
2x Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 4x Oystercatcher, Greenshank, Black Tern, Swift, Yellow Wagtail & Wheatear (MPi). Also Ruddy/Cape Shelduck, 34x Barnacle Geese, 1x Turnstone, 2x Raven, 9x Goosander (MJa)

Endon SW
1x Yellow Wagtail, 61x Pied Wagtail, 6x Grey Wagtail, 25+ Chiffchaffs, 2x Willow Wrb, 2x Whitethroat (GBr)

Berryhill
Juv Cuckoo still around Lapland Bunt paddock west of the scrape, also 5x Redstart, 2x Tree Pipit, 2x Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 4x Kestrel, 6x Raven (RT)

Adderley Green
Spotted Flycatcher at Springfield (SS)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday 16th August 2014

Blithfield Res (permits)
Black Tern, Whinchat, 2x Wheatear, 2x Yellow-legged Gull, 3x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper & Little Egret
The Whinchat at Blithfield today (SBN)

Branston Gravel Pits
Female Garganey, 11x Little Egret, 10x Green Sandpiper, 3x Ruff & 2x Black-tailed Godwit

Aqualate
at least one immature Marsh Harrier still present (IGr)

Belvide Res (permits)
2x Greenshank & Common Sandpiper
Greenshank by Nigel Talbot

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Turnstone & 4x Ringed Plover til 12.12 then flew west, also Ruff, Common Sandpiper & 4x Snipe, Arctic Tern, Common Tern & 7x Swift

Dosthill NR
Female\immature Marsh Harrier at 12.57 (JHa)

Croxall Lakes
4x Little Egret, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 2x Green Sandpiper (K)

Knypersley Resv
1x Spotted Flycatcher, 4x Raven, 15+ Swallow, 15+ Chiffchaff, 1x Willow Warbler. Also the male Mute Swan has died of old age (GBr)

Berryhill
Cuckoo & Swift (BB) 5x Redstart, Tree Pipit (NP KH)
The Juv Cuckoo favours fence posts west of the "Lapland Bunting" paddock (or c250 metres west of the scrape). Sometimes gets flushed by dog walkers and moves to the fence line viewed uphill ( looking south) from the viewpoint.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday 15 August 2014


Blithfield Res
Turnstone over Beech Tree Point (GJM).
Black Tern, 12x LR Plover, 9x Ringed Plover, 9x Dunlin, 7x Common Sandpiper, 4x Ruff, 5x Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Whinchat, Redstart, 3x Wheatear, 6x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Spotted Flycatcher, 4x YL Gull, 9x Goosander, Goldeneye, 31x Barnacle Geese, Little Owl , 2x Grey Wagtail, Peregrine, (SE HF)

Turnstone by Steve Edwards

Berryhill
Sandwich Tern over east at 08:00, Whinchat, 3x Redstart, 3x Tree Pipit, juv Cuckoo still on posts 250m west of the scrape, 4x Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Peregrine (NP RT)

Juv Cuckoo by Jim Rushton

Weston Coyney
2x Wheatear near River Blithe (BB)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Thursday 14 August 2014

Blithfield Res
Black-necked Grebe, Juv Black Tern still, 3x Ruff, 2x Green Sandpiper, 7x Dunlin, 12x LR Plover, 9x Ringed Plover, 7x Oystercatcher, 4x Common Sandpiper,
2x Redstart, 3x Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Hobby, 4x YL Gull, 2x Goosander, 31x Barnacle Geese, Cape, Shelduck (SE HF)
Juv Black-necked Grebe still in Tad Bay at 20:00 also Little Grebe and Peregrine on a kill (RCB)

Branston Gravel Pits
15x Little Egret, 2x Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 8x Green Sandpiper, 15x Curlew, 2x Ruff, Common Gull, 9x Shelduck, 5x Shoveler, 8x Pochard, 34x Little Grebe & 3x Common Tern.
Insects: c6 Migrant Hawker, 3x Brown Argus, c5 Common Blue & Small Copper (JWo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
North pit Common Sand, Green Sand, 12x Snipe, 2x Little Egret, 3x Common Tern, Wheatear Jubilee wetlands Juv Shelduck, Snipe, Swift, Yellow Wagtail. (as per JH)
 
Berryhill
Whinchat at the Palletstacks, juv Cuckoo again west of the scrape, 5x Redstart, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker (RT)

Denford - Cheddleton
2x Spotted Flycatcher (inc juv) along the Caldon canal (AR)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Blithfield Res
Juv Black Tern, 29x Common Tern, 2x YL Gull, 3x Ruff, 9x Ringed Plover, 4x LR Plover, 3x Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Shelduck (juv) Yellow Wagtail, Little Egret, Goosander, 2x Hobby, Peregrine (RBe)
Record shot of the Black Tern by Richard Berry

Belvide Res
Little Egret, 5x Ringed Plover, 2x LR Plover, 2x Dunlin, 8x Common Sandpiper, 2x Curlew, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Tit ( Belvide Blog )

Whitemoor Haye
4x Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 141x Lapwing, 63x Pied Wagtail, 46x Tufted Duck, 5x Swift, 2x Common Tern, several Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammer (SC)

Berryhill
Juv Cuckoo on fence posts 250 metres west of the scape (RT)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Tuesday 12th August 2014

Westport Lake
1x White Wagtail, 1x Common Sandpiper, 5x Grey Wagtails, 3x Willow Warbler, 1x Shoveler (CJW)

Belvide Resv
A 1st summer and juv Yellow-legged Gull at west end. Also 1x Little Egret, 12x Ringed Plover, 2x LRP, 2x Dunlin, 7x Common Sandpiper, 23x Teal, 4x Shoveler, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Yellow Wagtail, 4x Grey Wagtail and 10x Swift (Belvide Blog)

Little Egret at Belvide today by Steve Nuttall


Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday 11th August 2014

Blithfield Res
39x LR Plover, 11x Ringed Plover, 11x Dunlin, 6x Common Sandpiper, 4x Ruff, 5x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, 10x Goosander, 2x Little Egret, Hobby Little Owl, Ruddy Shelduck, Wigeon, 10x Swift, Grey Wagtail (SE HF)
Additionally - 5x YL Gull, 26x Barnacle Geese (RCB)

Belvide Res (permits only)
Sanderling on north shore this afternoon, also 11x Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, 422x Lapwing, 7x Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat & 3x Swift (Belvide Blog)

Branston Gravel Pits
Female Garganey on south pit, also 4x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3x Ruff, 12x Curlew, 11x Little Egret, 8x Common Tern, 8x Pochard, 3x Shoveler, 11x Shelduck & c30 Little Grebe (JWo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Wood Sandpiper from the river screen this evening (TVB)

Berryhill
6x Redstart (NDP)

Uttoxeter Quarry
5x Common Sandpiper, 4x Green Sandpiper, c15 Yellow Wagtail, Willow Tit & Redstart (NDP)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday 10th August 2014

Tittesworth Res
Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Shoveler, Little Egret, Raven & Peregrine (SGi)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Garganey, Mandarin North Pit - 3x Ruff, Common Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands, also Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper from river screen (DHu, TP, JA,)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Hobby, 2x Green Sandpipers, 8x Common Sandpipers, 2x Common Tern, 4x Goosander (PJ, PL)

Blithfield Res
Arctic Tern, Whinchat, Wheatear, 4x Ruff, 7x Dunlin, 3x Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby, Little Egret, Yellow Wagtail (MY)

Whitemoor Hayes
2x Common Sandpiper, c80 Sand Martin, 6x Swift & 18x Tree Sparrow (SCo)

Westport Lake
7x Teal on main lake this morning (SBN)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Saturday 9 August 2014

Branston GPs
Great White Egret again at 10:40, also Greenshank, 6x Green Sandpiper, 9x Snipe, 3x Ruff, 1x Dunlin, 7x Little Egret, 13x Curlew, path to the water park included, female Redstart & female Sparrowhawk (DOu & SBN)

Aqualate
2x Marsh Harrier quartering the far side of the mere this morning

Blithfield Res
Common Scoter at the deep end viewed from concrete bay. Also 2x Redshank, 2x Black-tailed Godwit, 1x Green Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, 3x Ruff, 30x Barnacle Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, 1x Little Egret (SBN & SE/HF)

Belvide Res
Juvenile Garganey on the north shore

North Staffs Moors
First confirmed breeding of Whinchat since 2005. Also 13x Wheatear (11 juvs + 2 females). 16x Spotted Flycatcher in the plantation at Swallow Moss and a further 6x Spotted Flycatcher nearby at Revidge, 4x Stonechat, 4x Redstart (RT NP)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Ruff, Dunlin, 2x Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3x Green Sandpiper, 3x Snipe, Shelduck, 4x Swift, Stonechat, also 4x Clouded Yellow (GWi)

Knypersley Resv
Hobby over resv this morning (GBr)

Old River Dove
2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Egret & 3x Yellow Wagtail (AJa)

Trent Washlands
3x Little Egret (AJa)

Dragonfly News
Chasewater - A male Keeled Skimmer was on the north shore/bog. Only the second site record, the first being a male from 17th to 27th August 2001. There is a hint of a possibility that there may be a small population surviving unnoticed at Chaseweater and yet there appears to be only one other Staffordshire record this century. (GE)


Keeled Skimmer at Chasewater by Graham Evans (story on Chasewater website)