Monday, 25 May 2015

Monday 25th May 2015

Norbury Junction
Turtle Dove in Alder by the canal aqueduct late morning (MGo)

Whittington
At least 2x Quail singing to the east of Handkerchief Barn from bridlepath at SO 859818 also 2x Corn Bunting, Cuckoo, 4x Yellowhammer, Yellow Wagtail (GWR)

Whitmore - Bent Lane
4x Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 9x Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler (NDP)

Cannock Chase
Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler (GW CW)

Oakamoor
2x Hobby this afternoon also Green Woodpecker (KK)

Blithfield Res
2x Sanderling on the causeway mid afternoon, 2x Ringed Plover, 1x Yellow Wagtail (SE&HF)

Sanderling at Blithfield today by HF

Hanchurch Hills
Tree Pipit, Cuckoo, Garden Warbler (BC LC)

Whitemoor Haye
1x Common Tern, 1x Oystercatcher, 1x Peregrine, 20x Tree Sparrow, 2x Yellow Wagtail, 1x LRP, 2x Redshank (SCo)

Junction Pit
1x Cetti's Warbler, 1x Oystercatcher (SCo)

Croxall Wides
1x Goosander with young, 42x Mute Swan, 2x Shelduck, 1x Raven (SCo)

Alrewas GP
2x Garden Warbler, 2x Common Tern (SCo)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sunday 24th May 2015

Whittington
2x Quail still calling off A449 by bridleway to Handkerchief Barn (@LizClipson). Also 3x Corn Bunting, 2x Yellowhammer, 1x Yellow Wagtail, 1x Wheatear (GWR)

 Corn Bunting at Whittington today by GWR

Middleton Lakes
1x Garganey still also Sanderling (@TameBirding)

Gailey
5x Grey Wagtail (family party), 3x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Lesser Whitethroat (@The Snapper1978)

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Whittington
Quail in 1st field on left along bridle path from A449 to Handkerchief Barn (EGP). Do not obstruct bridle path.

Cannock Chase
1x Redstart, 3x Cuckoo, 4x Tree Pipit, 2x Yellowhammer, 2x Linnet (GWR)

North Staffs Moors
10x Spotted Flycatcher, 4x Hobby, 7x Cuckoo, 6x Redstart, 4x Tree Pipit, Dippers, Grey Wagtails (RT NDP)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday 22nd May 2015

Belvide Res
Little Stint on north shore (BB)
Steve Nuttall

Gailey Res
Cuckoo, Hobby & Green Woodpecker (@TheSnapper1978)

Branston Gravel Pits
Greenshank, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 11x Redshank, 6x Ringed Plover, 12x Little Ringed Plover, 26x Lapwing, 19x Gadwall, 25x Shelduck, 2x Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Raven, & Kingfisher, also Dingy Skipper, Burnet Companion, Small Copper, Wasp Beetle, Think-kneed Flower Beetle, Azure Damselfly, Large Beefly, Roesel's Bush Cricket (JWo)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Thursday 21st May 2015

Tucklesholme
Dunlin, 2x Ringed Plover, 6x LR Plover, 3x Common Tern, 3x Shelduck, Garden Warbler, c100x Banded Demoiselle (JWo)

Cannock Chase
2x Cuckoo, 6x Redstart (PPa)

Doxey Marsh
 3x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Ringed Plover,  Dunlin and  Hobby. (CHa)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
1st summer Caspian Gull on Jubilee Wetlands (TVB)
 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Blithfield Res
Turnstone & 3x Ringed Plover (SEd)
Steve Edwards
Belvide Resv
2x Sanderling at midday (RBA)

Cannock Chase
2x Redstart, 3x Spotted Flycatcher, c5 Tree Pipit & c4 Cuckoo (JWo)

Oakamoor
Pair of Mandarin Duck upstream of weir (KKi)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Avocet chicks fledged this evening with 5x adults present also 21x Ringed Plover, 4x Dunlin, 2x Common Sandpiper (TVB)

Blithfield Res
3x Sanderling Blithe Bay (GJM MPR)

Chasewater Res
Dunlin, 3x Ringed Plover, 5x Common Tern, c500 Swift, c100 Sand Martin (@Scaupface)

Gailey Res
Hobby this afternoon (TheSnapper1978)

Branston Gravel Pits
9x Redshank, 12x Little Ringed Plover, 4x Oystercatcher, 25x Shelduck & 19x Gadwall (JWo)

Berryhill
Greenland Wheatear and Hobby (RT)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Monday 18th May 2015

Belvide Res
3x Sanderling, Turnstone, 6x Dunlin, 6x Ringed Plover (BB)

Blithfield Res
4x Turnstone over Mickledale Bay plus 3x Arctic Tern (GJM)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday 17th May 2015

Blithfield Res
2x Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, one 2nd c/y YL Gull and two 3rd c/y YL Gull (GJM MPR)

Uttoxeter
Red Kite alongside A518 just outside the town (SBe)

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Saturday 16th May 2015

Blithfield Res
2x Turnstone in Portfields Bay also Ringed Plover (RCB)

Belvide Res
2x Arctic Tern at 11:15, also 12x Common Tern & Dunlin (BB)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Jubilee Wetlands - Little Gull, Wood Sandpiper, pair Garganey, Ruff (TVB)

Stoke on Trent
Hobby over Adderley Green this morning (SSt)

Aqualate Mere
2x Hobby this morning (WCo)

Hartshill CP
Peregrine (BC LC)

Friday, 15 May 2015

Friday 15th May 2015

Belvide Res
46x Black-tailed Godwit on north shore from 11:15, also Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper & 6x Oystercatcher (BB)

Branston Gravel Pits
8x Ringed Plover, 7x Little Ringed Plover, 7x Redshank, 18x Shelduck & 3x Raven (JWo)

Tucklesholme
5x Little Ringed Plover & Redshank (JWo)

Silverdale CP
Male Merlin on the Void at 12:15 (As per NDP)

Chasewater
Little Stint still and showing well
Little Stint by Phill Ward

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Thursday 14th May 2015

Chasewater Res
Little Stint today plus a Sanderling
Little Stint by Phil Ward


Cannock Chase
3+ Spotted Flycatchers, 5+ Tree Pipit, Redstart, Cuckoo (DSc)

Blithfield Resv
34x Tern sp at North end with one definite Arctic Tern (1445hrs) (DSc)

Branston Gravel Pits
Sanderling, 2x Greenshank, Dunlin, 10x Ringed Plover, 14x LR Plover, 8x Redshank, Oystercatcher, Pochard, 5x Gadwall, 24x Shelduck, Cetti’s Warbler, Tawny Owl. (JW)

Sanderling by Jon Woodcock
Stoke-on-Trent
Red Kite over Bentilee 0900 then flew N (PCal)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Belvide Res
Red Kite over to the NW at 14:45, Little Egret, Redshank, Dunlin, 3x Common Sandpiper, 2x Ringed Plover (BB)

Doxey Marsh
Redshank, Dunlin, 3x LR Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, 10x Gadwall, c90 Swift, c50 House Martin, 3x Shelduck, Snipe (RT MB)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Wood Sandpiper & Sanderling still present (TVB)

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Tuesday 12th May 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Sanderling & Wood Sandpiper on Jubilee Wetlands this morning (per TVB)

Belvide Resv
Turnstone and Sanderling still present. 

Branston Gravel Pits
Sanderling, 5x Dunlin, Curlew, 15x Ringed Plover, 13x Little Ringed Plover, 7x Redshank, c25 Lapwing, Oystercatcher, 13x Gadwall, 41x Shelduck, 3x Garden Warbler, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, 3x Sedge Warbler, 4x Reed Warbler, 2x Raven, Large Bee-fly & Red & Black Froghopper (JWo)

Tucklesholme
2x Ringed Plover, 8x Little Ringed Plover 2x Shelduck & 2x Garden Warbler (JWo)

Silverdale CP
2x Garden Warbler, Whitethroats, 2x Raven, Dingy Skipper (BC LC)

Dingy Skipper by Brian Carthy

Monday, 11 May 2015

Monday 11th May 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Wood Sandpiper on Jubilee Wetlands this afternoon (per TVB)

Belvide Res
Turnstone, Sanderling, 3x Dunlin & 4x Ringed Plover at West End this afternoon but no sign of the Velvet Scoter (@BelvideBirding)

Whitemoor Haye
1st summer Little Gull, 4x Little Ringed Plover, 4x Redshank, Mandarin Duck, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Sparrow & Oystercatcher (SCo)

Park Hall
Male Cuckoo in the wetlands area this morning (SSt)

Silverdale CP
2x Wheatear, 2x Garden Warbler (BC LC)

Yoxall
1x Cuckoo (KJo)

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sunday 10th May 2015

Fradley
1x Greenland Wheatear, 1x Wheatear (@scaupface)

Silverdale CP
1x Hobby at 1145hrs on the Void (PCa)

Old River Dove
2x Grey Partridge, 5x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Yellowhammer, c50x Sand Martin (AJa)

Trent Washlands
Oystercatcher, Lesser Whitethroat (AJa)

Endon SW
1x fem Whinchat, 1x Peregrine (GBr)

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Saturday 9th May 2015


Cannock Chase
5x Redstart, Stonechat, 3x Cuckoo, 7x Tree Pipit, c70 Swift, 7x Green Woodpecker, 6x Yellowhammer, Garden Warbler (JJH MJa SJH BM TCC)


Westport Lake
16x Swift, 1x Sedge Warbler, 1x Lesser Whitethroat (NJS, CJW)

Barton/Catholme Area
500+ Swift

Rugeley Bypass
100+ Swift

Branston GP
8x Dunlin, 2x Common Tern, 100+ Swift (NJS, CJW)

Stafford
Hobby over Asda at 13:25 (ABa)

Silverdale CP
Dunlin on the Void at 15:20 (PCa)

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter still

Berryhill
12x Wheatear (including 7x Greenlands) (RT)

Friday, 8 May 2015

Friday 8th May 2015

Blithfield Res
Greenshank, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Oystercatcher, c23 Common Tern, 16x Shelduck & Yellow Wagtail (JWo)

Whitemoor Haye
Corn Bunting, 9x Yellowhammer, 4x Tree Sparrow, 5x Linnet, 5x Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Shelduck, 20x Greylag Geese, 2x Reed Bunting & c10 Skylark (GWR)

Cannock Chase
4x Cuckoo & a Curlew flew through at 07.30 around Sherbrook Valley area (CDa)

Westport Lake
12x Swift this afternoon (SGi). Oystercatcher and Common Sandpiper this morning (NJS)

Drayton Bassett Pits
Osprey flew NW over North Pit. Arctic Tern on Jubilee Wetlands

Belvide Resv
Ad fem Velvet Scoter still at 13:00hrs

Brown Lees
12x Swift at the chapel (NHo)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Thursday 7th May 2015

Belvide Resv
Fem Velvet Scoter still

Berryhill
Whinchat, 10x Wheatear, 36x Whitethroat, 7x Sedge Warbler, 3x Garden Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler 2x Little Grebe  (RT NDP) - also Hobby (Lou)

Hobby by Lou

Cannock Chase
2x Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler, Blackcap (GWR)

Silverdale CP
2x Garden Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler (BC LC)

Uttoxeter Quarry
3x Whimbrel this evening (PLo)

Trent Washlands
2x Sedge Warbler, 2x Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (AJ)

Tucklesholme
12x LR Plover, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x Shelduck, 3x Common Tern, 2x Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat.(JWo)
  
Branston Water Park
5x Common Tern on shingle island, Sedge Warbler, 3x Reed Warbler. (JWo)

Croxall
2x Garden Warbler, several Blackcap, 3x Whitethroat, 2x Swift, 2x Oystercatcher and Bullfinch male and female. (JJH.)

Aston - Burston
Whinchat, 4x Yellow Wagtail, 3x Wheatear, 4x Sedge Warbler, 8x Whitethroat, 2x Swift, female Goosander with 9 young on the river, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, 2x Grey Wagtail, female Mandarin (DCo)

Whitemoor Haye
3x White Wagtail, 15x Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear (TVB)
 
 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Blithfield Res
Summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit at Admaston Reach viewable from the causeway (RCB)

Belvide Resv
Ad fem Velvet Scoter, Arctic Tern,  18x Common Tern

Tucklesholme
Cuckoo, 2x Redshank, 4x Ringed Plover, 10x LR Plover, 2x Common Tern, 6x Shelduck, Lesser Whitethroat, c10x Swift. (JWo)

Westport Lake
1x Oystercatcher, 2x LRP, 1x Common Sandpiper, 1x Sedge Warbler, 2x Garden Warbler (NJS)

Cannock Chase
6x Redstart, 4x Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit (JJO)

Berryhill
Whinchat, 6x Wheatear (NDP)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Westport Lake
1x Willow Warbler, 14x Blackcap, 2x Garden Warblers, 1x Reed Warbler (NJS)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Common Sandpiper, 5x Dunlin, 12x LR Plover, 3x Ringed Plover, 13x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 7x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 35x Shelduck, 2x Garden Warbler, 2x Cetti’s Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler, 3x Reed Warbler, c80x Swift and  100’s of Hirundines over South Pit, May Blossom – 1st this year. (JWo)

Common Sandpiper by Jon Woodcock

Blithfield Res
Osprey at 10:30 2x Arctic Tern, 12x Common Tern, 20x Swift (@chrisvaghela)
Still 2x Arctic Tern this evening, c150 Swift, Dunlin, 2x LR Plover, 2x Shelduck (RCB)

Cannock Chase
8x Tree Pipit, 3x Redstart, 2x Cuckoo, 2x Stonechat  (@chrisvaghela)

Belvide Resv
Fem Velvet Scoter still plus Osprey flew W at 09:55hrs

Biddulph Valley
1x Hobby (PMo)

Oakamoor
2x Muntjac on north bank pasture upstream of weir 0550hrs (KK) 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Monday 4th May 2015

We received an email this morning regarding poor behaviour on a well watched site, please be aware of your actions and nesting birds at any sites during this time of year.

"This morning three photographers walked straight across the area where Lapwings appear to be nesting, two were dressed in camouflage clothing, one being red-brown in colour, the other had a huge lensed camera, he had short hair, receding at the front and going bald on top and wore red-tinted glasses, I shouted that they were in a bird-nesting area but they ignored me and the two continued down to the bottom fence.
The other guy walked back up into the reed where Sedge Warbler & Reed buntings seem to be nesting, I shouted at him again, he waved apologetic hand & moved away again.
I've given rough descriptions in case anyone recognizes them, there fieldcraft was non-existent"

This is always a sensitive subject at this time of year and there are many excellent wildlife photographers out there who wouldn't stand for this kind of behaviour, I don't want to give the site away because of nesting species but please guys be aware of your surroundings and be sensitive to nesting birds at this time of year.

Belvide Res
Sanderling on North shore, also 3x Dunlin & Velvet Scoter still present (BelvideBirding)

Tucklestone
Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo, 2x Shelduck, 2x Redshank, Red-legged Partridge & Arctic Tern (MPa)

Whitemoor Haye
Grasshopper Warbler, 3x Sedge Warbler, 2x Common Tern, Oystercatcher, 2x Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear, 8x Shelduck, Goldeneye, 20x Yellowhammer, 5x Tree Sparrow, Corn Bunting & Green Woodpecker (SCo)

Gailey Res
2x adult Peregrine over sailing lake at 08.10, also 3x Common Tern, Garden Warbler & plenty of Swifts (@TheSnapper1978)

Old River Dove
Cuckoo, 2x Goosander, 6x Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 12x Whitethroat, Yellowhammer & c25 Sand Martin (AJa)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, 6x Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 8x Redshank, 24x Shelduck, 2x Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler & Yellow Wagtail (AJa)

Alrewas GP
6x Common Tern & 56x Tufted Duck (SCo)


Biddulph Grange
1x Pied Flycatcher (PMo)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Iverley
Possible Black Kite drifted SE over the old dump at 12:30

Silverdale CP
Black Redstart still this morning in the NW corner of the void, Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler, 7x Whitethroat (SSe)

By Steve Seal

Belvide Res
Black Tern from 10:25, Arctic Tern, 2x Turnstone on shingle Island

Tittesworth Res
Bar-tailed Godwit this morning

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Hobby, 2x Common Tern, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 6x Sedge Warbler, 5x Reed Warbler, 2x Swift, 5x Egyptian Geese (PRo)

Tucklesholme
2x Greenshank (@MartynYapp)

Blithfield Res
Osprey in Tad Bay at 14:48 (RPo) - 25x Common Tern, Oystercatcher (AJ RM) - Ringed Plover (SB) - 39x Shelduck, Redshank, 15x Swift (JWo)

Osprey by Jon Woodcock

Cannock Chase
10x Crossbill, Cuckoo, 6x Tree Pipit, 5x Siskin, Garden Warbler (AJ RM)

Blake Hall Fisheries Cheadle
7x Common Tern (RPo)

Trent Washlands
2x Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (AJ RM)

Radford Meadows Stafford
3x LR Plover, Dunlin, 2x Shelduck, possible Greenland Wheatear, 2x Whitethroat (RSw)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel west of the viewpoint, 4x Wheatear (RT)

 
 
 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Possible Black Kite over North pit then flew NW at 13.00 - Little Gull north pit, Arctic Tern, 3x Whimbrel briefly Jubilee wetlands (TVB)

Whitemoor Haye
Osprey over at 13.10, also 2x Arctic Tern through N at 14.00 plus 30 Swift, Yellow Wagtail (NBr, KPa) - 3x LR Plover, 2x Dunlin, 3x Curlew (SmC)

Hales
Whimbrel, 2x Gadwall & Barnacle Goose (RWh)

Silverdale CP
Black Redstart still this morning (Lou) and still present 16:10 in the NW corner (NJS)
Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, LR Plover (BC LC)
Black Redstart by Lou

Doxey Marshes
Whinchat, 4x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Gadwall, 3x Shelduck, Redshank & Lesser Whitethroat (DEm)

Gailey Res
2x Shelduck, 6x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 3x Common Tern, Kingfisher, 2x Swift, 2x Yellow Wagtail, 5x Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler & 4x Whitethroat (@TheSnapper1978)

River Sow Meadows
2x Hobby, Kingfisher, 12x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 3x Whitethroat & Garden Warbler (RSw)

Blithfield Res
Hobby over Mickledale Bay also Osprey over the causeway 14:00 - 14:05 (RCB)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel between the viewpoint and the mast paddocks, 3x Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 23x Whitethroat (RT NDP)

Friday, 1 May 2015

Friday 1st May 2015

Gailey Res
2x Sandwich Tern over sailing lake at 07.15 then headed high East, also Common Tern, Common Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail (@TheSnapper1978)

Silverdale CP
Black Redstart in NW corner of the Void, feeding from willows in and around where path meets the Void floor (@SteveJTurner76)
also Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover & 2x Yellow WagtailStonechat & Wheatear (BC, LC)
Black Redstart by Phil Jones

Tucklesholme
2x Greenshank, 9x Little Ringed Plover, 7x Ringed Plover, Common Tern, 2x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, Lesser Whitethroat & 2x Sedge Warbler (JWo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Pair of Garganey this morning

Chasewater Res
Hobby flew South at 07.40, also 3x Little Ringed Plover & Yellow Wagtail (@scaupface)

River Sow Meadows
2x Hobby, Kingfisher, 2x Reed Warbler, 12x Sedge Warbler, 2x Whitethroat & Garden Warbler (RSw)

Blithfield Res
4x Dunlin, 2x Ringed  Plover, 3x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, 7x Wheatear & 2x White Wagtail (@scaupface)
also 4x Oystercatcher, Hobby & 6x Common Tern (Lou)
also 2x Arctic Tern this morning (GJM)

Branston Gravel Pits
5x Dunlin, 15x Redshank, 10x Ringed Plover, 10x Little Ringed Plover, 32x Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Common Tern, 2x Egyptian Geese, 36x Shelduck, 17x Gadwall, Water Rail, 2x Sedge Warbler, 3x Reed Warbler, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Garden Warbler, c21 House Martin & Tawny Owl (JWo)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Curlew, 10x Tree Sparrow, 15x Yellowhammer, 5x Swift, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 10x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Dunlin, 4x Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, Grasshopper Warbler, 3x Hobby, 2x Shelduck & Grey Partridge (SCo)

Barton Turn
Lesser Whitethroat singing by canal (JWo)

Doxey Marshes
2x Common Sandpiper, 4x Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Redshank, Little Egret & Grasshopper Warbler (PGL)

Fradley
Golden Plover flew East this morning (@scaupface)

Knypersley Resv
1x Wood Warbler, 1x Cuckoo, 1x Sedge Wrb, 2x Garden Warbs (GBr)