Monday, 6 July 2015

Monday 6th July 2015

Quail singing Leaton Lane in field behind dump plus Yellow Wagtail, also Green Sandpiper at the Mere (@broadwayeight)

Burston - Aston
2x Green Sandpiper, 5x Yellow Wagtail, 14x Tree Sparrow, 2x Yellowhammer, 15x Skylark, Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Reed/Sedge Warbler, Water Rail, 6x Linnet, 4x Juv Mandarin on the river (DCo)

1x Hobby (MFoz)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sunday 5th July 2015

Belvide Res
Quail calling distantly near west end, also Greenshank, 12x Little Ringed Plover, 8x Common Sandpiper & Green Sandpiper (BB)

Burton on Trent
2x Red Kite around the St Georges Park area this evening (KSG)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Greenshank on north pit this afternoon (SPi via TVB)

Blithfield Res
10x Black-tailed Godwit in Tad Bay (RPo)

Doxey Marshes
2x Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat & Shelduck (HKi)

Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Kingfisher, c5 Common Tern, also Common Darter, Painted Lady & Bee Orchid (JWo)

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Saturday 4th July 2015

Belvide Res
Black Tern at west end also a Dunlin

Uttoxeter Quarry
7x Green Sandpiper, 7x Common Sandpiper, 8x Oystercatcher, Curlew, 3x Goosander, Pochard, Shelduck, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Gull (RPo)

Blithfield Res
Ruff, 2x Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2x Ringed Plover, 8x LR Plover, 3x Little Egret, Wigeon, 6x Shoveler, 26x Teal, 8x Common Tern, 111x GC Grebe (RPo)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Friday 3rd July 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
White-winged Black Tern on Jubilee Wetlands this afternoon (GWi per TVB)

Blithfield Res
Moulting male Ruff Tad Bay also 2x Greenshank (RCB)

Gailey Res
2x Spotted Flycatcher, Common Tern, Grey Wagtail, Stock Dove, Buzzard & Sparrowhawk (@chrisveghela)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Hobby, 3x Redshank, Ringed Plover, 5x Curlew, 146x Lapwing, 21x Teal, 2x Shelduck, 7x Pochard, 17x Gadwall, Common Tern, Lesser Whitethroat, also Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Comma, Ringlet & Southern Hawker (JWo)

Apedale CP
Tawny Owl, 3x Curlew, Green Woodpecker, Common Blue, Ringlet, Small Heath, Large Skipper & Painted Lady (JMa)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Thursday 2nd July 2015

A further sighting of a Bee-eater at Meerbrook on the 27 June which flew NW between 15:30 - 16:00 (BLi)

Belvide Resv
6x Common Sandpiper, 11x LRP, 112x Tufted Duck, 8x Pochard, 6x Shoveler (@BelvideBirder)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Trent Washlands
4x Little Egret, Oystercatcher (AJa)

Ford Green
2x Marsh Tit reported at end of boardwalk by the visitor centre also possible Grizzled Skipper (JJo)

Cannock Chase
Hobby, Woodcock (MCo)

Knypersley Resv
1x Hobby and 1x Kingfisher (GBr)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tuesday 30th June 2015

Hobby mid morning (PAD)

Blithfield Res
3x Redshank, Ringed Plover, Hobby (RCB)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Redshank, LR Plover, 25x Tree Sparrow, 3x Yellow Wagtail (@BirderAlrewas)

Spotted Flycatcher, 2x Reed Warbler, Peregrine (JDu)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Monday 29th June 2015

Westport Lake
9x Sand Martins flew over south, 8x Greylag Geese, 1x Grey Wagtail, 2x Reed Warblers and 8x Tufted Duck (NJS)

Belvide Resv
2x Green Sandpipers, 6x Common Sandpipers, Curlew, Hobby and Little Egret (@WMBC)

Branston Water Park
4x Common Tern, 6x Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (JWo)

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sunday 28th June 2015

Alrewas Arboretum
Grasshopper Warbler reeling in nearby scrub (SCo)

Gailey Res
5x Common Sandpiper, 46x Greylag Geese, 3x Common Tern & 2x Spotted Flycatcher (SRi)

River Dove, Ellastone
4x Yellowhammer, Dipper, Mandarin Duck, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail & 2x Raven (RPo)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Saturday 27th June 2015

Uttoxeter Quarry
**BEE-EATER** flew over at 14:20 heading west also 3x Green Sandpiper, 2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover (TJa, JOa, DRo)

**BEE-EATER** flew NW between 15:30 and 16:00hrs (BLi)

Cannock Chase
1x Welsh Clearwing, 3x Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Bog Bush Cricket, 6+ Large Skipper, 4x Tree Pipit and juv Stonechat (JW)

Bog Brush Cricket by JW
Welsh Clearwing by JW

Friday, 26 June 2015

Friday 26th June 2015

Belvide Res
Little Tern still this evening from Scott Hide also Little Stint NW shore mid afternoon (BB)

Little Tern by Steve Nuttall

10x Crossbill over south at 07:25 (@StourBirder)

Branston Gravel Pits
4x Green Sandpiper, 3x Oystercatcher, Curlew, 3x Ringed Plover, 3x Redshank  5x LR Plover, Common Tern, 10x Teal, 2x Shelduck + 7 ducklings, 3x Pochard, 9x Gadwall, 3x Shoveler, 5x Mandarin, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Garden Warbler, 2x Cetti’s Warbler, Insects:- 6x Ringlet (1st this Year). (JWo)

Green Sandpiper by Jon Woodcock

Ringlet by Jon Woodcock

3x Hobby this evening (RCB)

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Thursday 25th June 2015

Branston GP
3x Green Sandpipers (KJo)

Cannock Chase
2x Redstart, 6x Tree Pipit, 4x Green Woodpecker, 1x Lesser Redpoll, 6x Small Pearl-bordered Fritillery, 3x Large Skipper (GWR)

Small P B Frit by GWR today on the Chase
Croxall Lakes
3x Oystercatcher, 4x Common Tern, 2x Gadwall, 2x Lesser Whitethroat plus Adonis Ladybird, Harlequin Ladybird, Cinnabar, Painted Lady, Common Blue and 3x Bee Orchid (JWo)

Common Tern at Croxall by Jon Woodcock
Also Bee Orchid
and Adonis Ladybird

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Hanchurch Woods
6x Crossbill (top clearing) 18x Siskin (inc juvs), 2x Cuckoo, 2x Spotted Flycatcher (NDP)

Westport Lake
Hummingbird Hawkmoth around car park area (SGi)

Belvide Res
Adult Med Gull 12:40 - 13:00 then flew north also Goldeneye

Adderley Green (Stoke)
Hobby over also Hummingbird Hawkmoth (SSt)

Red Kite seen over Rowley Park at 16:25 and 16:35 (ABa)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Osprey reported south over Merelake at 10.30 (MB)

Coven/Codsall Wood
7x Reed Warbler, Cuckoo, 2x Common Tern & 20x Buzzard (JDu)

1x Grasshopper Warbler reeling (MF)

6x Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, 6x Shoveler - Bee Orchids (SPe)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Monday 22nd June 2015

A notice to say the funeral of Eric Phillips will take place tomorrow at Gornal Crem at 1.30pm

A reminder that the West Midland Bird Club AGM will take place on Tuesday 23rd June at 7.30pm at the Tamworth Carnegie Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN.
With a talk from Tracey Doherty on the Tame Valley Wetland Partnership.

Branston Gravel Pits
3x Ringed Plover, 5x Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 24x Lapwing, 3x Shoveler, 9x Teal, 5x Shelduck, 5x Gadwall, Lesser Whitethroat, Meadow Brown, Snout Moth, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Twin-lobed Deerfly, Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum bicinctum) & Black-tailed Skimmer (JWo)
Meadow Brown - Jon Woodcock

Whitemoor Haye
2x Redshank, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 30x Tree Sparrow, Goldeneye, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer & Grey Partridge (SCo)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sunday 21st June 2015

Westport Lake
9x drake Common Scoter this morning (NJS)

Steve Gibson

Steve Seal
1x Common Sandpiper, 46x Greylag Geese, brood of 8x Gadwall, 2x Common Tern, Spotted Flycatcher (@TheSnapper1978)

Whitemoor Haye
Redshank, 1x LRP, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Common Tern (@BirderAlrewas)

Junction Pit
Cetti's Warbler (@BirderAlrewas)

Croxall Wides
1x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, 1x Common Sandpiper (@BirderAlrewas)

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Saturday 20th June 2015

A reminder that the West Midland Bird Club AGM will take place on Tuesday 23rd June at 7.30pm at the Tamworth Carnegie Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN.
With a talk from Tracey Doherty on the Tame Valley Wetland Partnership.

Blithfield Res
21x Common Tern, 10x Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 21x Shelduck, 11x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 2x Teal, Spotted Flycatcher (RPo)

Quail again in hay field near Sugar Loaf farm (@StourBirder)

Pendeford Hall Farm (Coven)
27x Buzzard in one field (JDu)

Friday, 19 June 2015

Friday 19th June 2015

A reminder that the West Midland Bird Club AGM will take place on Tuesday 23rd June at 7.30pm at the Tamworth Carnegie Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN.
With a talk from Tracey Doherty on the Tame Valley Wetland Partnership.

Tittesworth Res
Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Common Tern + 2y, 6x Oystercatcher + 2y, Redshank (@stephengibson42)

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Thursday 18th June 2015

Branston GPs
8x LR Plover, 2x Ringed Plover, 5x Redshank, 39x Lapwing, 2x Oystercatcher, 23x LBB Gull, 6x Teal, Pochard, 12x Gadwall, 7x Shelduck + 8 ducklings, Mandarin, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, 3x Garden Warbler, 2x Cetti’s Warbler, Insects: 2x Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, 2x Large Skipper, 6+ Common Blue Butterfly, 2x Brown Argus, Latticed Heath, 4x Silver Y Moth, numerous Roesel’s Bush-cricket nymphs and Volucella bombylans.

Painted Lady by Jon Woodcock

Belvide Res
Black-necked Grebe still in Gazebo Bay

Coven area
2x Tawny Owl, 2x RL Partridge, Lesser Whitethroat (JDu)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Wednesday 17th June 2015

A reminder that the West Midland Bird Club AGM will take place on Tuesday 23rd June at 7.30pm at the Tamworth Carnegie Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN.
With a talk from Tracey Doherty on the Tame Valley Wetland Partnership.

A green Parrot species found in a garden at Branston at 20:00 last night was taken into care by the RSPCA who would like to locate the original owner before rehoming. Anyone have any information to enable the owner to be located.

Belvide Res
Black-necked Grebe still present in Gazebo Bay, also 2x Ringed Plover, 7x Little Ringed Plover & Cuckoo (BB)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Lower Penn
Night Heron flew over Dimmingsdale Pool at 14:30hrs (SMcM). Off Langley Road, Wolverhampton by Dimmingsdale Garden Centre, the other side of Pool Hall Fisheries (thanks to @chrisvaghela for directions)

Belvide Resv
Black-necked Grebe still from Chappell hide. Also 1s Mediterranean Gull, Cuckoo, Ringed Plover, 100x Lapwing, 8x Shelduck, 5x Teal and Wigeon (@BelvideBirder)

Fem Long-tailed Duck on sailing lake (@TheSnapper1978). Also 6x Common Tern

Monday, 15 June 2015

Monday 15th June 2015

Blithfield Res
White-winged Black Tern in Blithe Bay area, this is the 6th record for Blithfield and the first ever in Spring/Summer, also present Red Kite, Hobby & Little Egret (GJM, MPR)

WWBT by @Staffsbirdnews

White-winged Black Tern at Blithfield by Jon Woodcock

White-winged Black Tern at Blithfield by Jon Woodcock

Honey Buzzard over village then drifted East towards Hagley, also Red Kite, Hobby & Quail this morning (@StourBirder)

Belvide Res
Black-necked Grebe in Gazebo Bay

Gunstone Pond, Whitehouse Lane
1x Cuckoo (JDu)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sunday 14th June 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Avocet chicks have hatched from second nest, this is the 2nd ever brood in Staffs (SPi via TVB)

2x Curlew, Hobby, 17x Linnet & 63x Lapwing (JDu)

Hobby at north edge of Carr Bank Woods (KKi)

Belvide Res
Ringed Plover on north shore, also Cuckoo, Wigeon, 4x Teal, 7x Shoveler, 19x Pochard, 80x Gadwall, 2x Shelduck, 15x Great Crested Grebe, 4x Little Grebe, 58x Lapwing & 6x Little Ringed Plover (BB)

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Saturday 13th June 2015

Blithfield Res
Black Tern still this morning (GJM)  -  Green Sandpiper Tad Bay probably first returning record (RCB)

Quail still opposite the dump at Sugar Loaf farm this afternoon (CLN)

Trent Washlands
3x Little Egret (AJa)

Belvide Res
Arctic Tern mid afternoon

Friday, 12 June 2015

Friday 12th June 2015

Blithfield Res
Black Tern north of the causeway (GJM) - still early afternoon also Little Egret (RCB)

Belvide Res
Red Kite, Hobby, 2x Cuckoo, 2x Black-tailed Godwit & 6x Yellow Wagtail (BB)