Saturday, 25 March 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017

Branston Gravel Pits
Some birds where seen but sadly some idiots decided to go walking off the public footpaths and wander all over the breeding grounds of critically endangered birds like Lapwing, Snipe & Redshank.
We ask people to please keep the the path for a reason, it's a working gravel pit and a dangerous place to wander, and importantly the breeding birds on site, 
Not only did they wandering around breeding sites with large lenses but they also had a dog which wasn't even on a lead!


video


Chasewater
Juv Iceland Gull dropped in just after 7pm, also Velvet Scoter still (@CWG_sightings)

Doxey Marsh
Avocet (but flew off late afternoon @shakerstu) and 3x Water Pipit still (NJS CJW)

Drayton Bassett Pits
2x Great White Egret still, also pair Garganey

Tucklesholme
Sand Martin, 5x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 2x White Wagtail (@tucklesholme) 

Gailey Resv
2x Sand Martin, 4x Pochard, Goosander, 4x Oystercatcher, Green Woodpecker (@TheSnapper1978)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still at 11:30 then flew to Revidge side of the road (RPo)

Himley Hall
Adult Whooper Swan at 12:00 (AdMc)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday 24th March 2017

Chasewater
Brent Goose still present plus Velvet Scoter  (@CWG_sightings) - Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, Goldeneye, Goldeneye (@chrisvaghela)

Middleton Lakes
Avocet, Redshank, Oystercatcher, 2x Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, pair Garganey, Great White Egret (@RSPBMiddleton)

Stafford
40x Waxwing briefly on the outer edge of Wildwood (JHo)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit still and a Avocet (@Huwgo_Boss) - Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Cetti's Warbler (@DoxeyBirder)

Radford Meadows
Great White Egret at 17:00 (@CliveDavies1)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Black-necked Grebe, 2x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 6x Ruff, 17x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2x Water Rail, 17x Shelduck, 6x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 3x Sand Martin, Tawny Owl, 5x Redpoll, 20x Fieldfare, 8x Chiffchaff, Peacock Butterfly, 2x Comma (JWo)

Black-necked Grebe - Jon Woodcock

Croxden GPs
2x LR Plover at 17:30 (@printean)

Denstone
Red Kite over east at 15:00 (TEy)

Tucklesholme
5x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 1x Redshank (@tucklesholme)

Consall
2x Mandarin Duck, Dipper, 8x Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 6x Mistle Thrush, Raven, Willow Tit, 25x Lesser Redpoll, 10x Siskin (DSc)

Trentham Gardens
Singing Willow Warbler. 5x Mandarin. 2x Goosander, Grey Wagtail (MPa)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Chasewater Res
Brent Goose in powerboat compound, also Velvet Scoter, c10 Sand Martin , drake Pintail and Shoveler (@CWG_sightings)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
14x Sand Martin and Great White Egret (@peterforbes17)

Doxey Marshes
Little Ringed Plover & Dunlin (@richard_rafe) also 2x Water Pipit, 2x Oystercatcher (@DoxeyBirder) also 2x Sand Martin, 2x Little Egret, 12x Fieldfare (@HughieKing)

Whitmore
Caspian Gull at Bent Lane (@richard_rafe)

Gailey Res
Egyptian Goose, 2x Goldeneye, 3x Pochard, 4x Oystercatcher (@TheSnapper1978)

Tucklesholme
4x LRP, 6x Ringed Plover, Little Egret, 5x Chiffchaff (JWo)

Barton Marina
Little Egret, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Chiffchaff (JWo)

Berryhill
2x Wheatear & Red-legged Partridge (N/K)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 2x Shoveler, 45x Wigeon (@Clive_Davies1)

Brown Edge
24x Raven flew over Broad Lane (GBr)

UPDATED 19.40

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Whitmore Bent Lane
3w Caspian Gull still and LR Plover (@tighthead22)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, 6x LR Plover,  Dunlin. 3x Redshank on Jubilee (@atkinson_steve)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
5x Whooper Swan briefly in Blithe Bay at 13:30 (GJM) - still at 16:00 in fields off Newton Hurst Lane also 80x Sand Martin off Beech Tree Point also 2x Wheatear below the dam (RCB)

Berryhill
11x Wheatear still from the pallet stacks track at 14:00 (@tontjac_tony)

Bignall Hill
1x Wheatear, Peregrine, 31x Pied Wagtail, 24x Meadow Pipit, 40x Skylark (JMa)

Belvide
1x White Wagtail with 50x Pied Wagtail (@BelvideBirding)

Branston GP
Long-tailed Duck, 2x Dunlin, LRP, Ringed Plover, 2x Redshank, 12x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, 12x Shelduck (DSc)

Updated 22/03 @ 15.55


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 19.30
North Staffs RSPB Indoor Meeting
at
Medical Institute (Conference Centre) in Hartshill
Talk by Mark Sisson - Black-browed Albatrosses in Falklands
For Further Information Please Contact
Geoff Sales (Group Leader) on 01782 618152

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Smew, Black-tailed Godwit, 15x Sand Martin & Curlew, 2x LR Plover (@paulsmith15363)

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint, Long-tailed Duck, 2x Mediterranean Gulls, Yellow-legged Gull, 5x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, 8x Ruff, 7x Curlew, 18x Redshank, 17x Shelduck, 7x Gadwall, 6x Shoveler, 18x Little Grebe, 20x Redpoll, Tawny Owl, 6x Sand Martin (JWo)

Mediterranean Gull - Jon Woodcock

Whitmore Bent Lane
2x Redshank on Bent Lane Flood this morning also Kittiwake briefly, Curlew, 3w Caspian Gull still, 4x YL Gull  (DK)

Chasewater Res
Dunlin, 2x Greylag Geese, Velvet Scoter & 30x Sand Martin (@CWG_sightings)

Cuckoo Bank
c30 Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Snipe &  Green Woodpecker (@GrantHames)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher (@DoxeyBirder)

i54
Wheatear, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, 50x Meadow Pipit, 60x Fieldfare (Foz JD)

Wolseley NR
Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Goosander (A&S)

Middleton Lakes
2x Avocet, 2x Cetti's Warbler (Rich) 

Updated 0930 22/3


Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday 20th March 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Smew, Common Sandpiper (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater
10x Sand Martin, 3x Oystercatcher (@GrantHames) - 2w YL Gull in the roost, Velvet Scoter still (@CWG_sightings)

Gailey Resv
2x Egyptian Geese, 4x Shoveler, 2x Goldeneye, 4x Oystercatcher (@TheSnapper1978)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sunday 19th March 2017

Middleton Lakes
2x Garganey, 2x Avocet, LR Plover, 6x Ringed Plover, Redshank, 6x Cetti's Warbler (@ArthurBlaydon) - also now 4x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, Sand Martin (@wizz15)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
8x Sand Martin (@NigelCarp2008)

Westport Lake
Kittiwake and 3x Sand Martin thru (@DKelsall3)

i54
2x Peregrine (136jamie)

Uttoxeter Quarry
4x Sand Martin, 2x Goldeneye, 6x Goosander, 3x Shelduck, 25x Snipe, Chiffchaff (@rpintean)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit, LR Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 4x Goosander (@geoffSales1) - 2x Water Pipit at 12:50 (@julianallen2009)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still, 8x Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Goldeneye (JJO) - 3w Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull, 30x Sand Martin (@CWG_sightings)

Gailey Resv
2x Egyptian Geese still, 2x Oystercatcher (RSo)

Cuckoo Bank
2x Wheatear, 4x Curlew, 2x Willow Tit, (@CWG_sightings)

Dimmingsdale
100x Siskin, 2x Redpoll, 2x Brambling, Willow Tit, Chiffchaf (TEy)

Endon Sewage Works
Male Merlin over south this morning (GBr)

Berryhill
Wheatear still on the Palletstacks mound (@PhilLocker)

Old River Dove
(Marston on Dove)
5x Yellowhammer, Skylark (VWi)

Branston WP
1x Water Rail, Little Egret (Rich)

Branston GP
26x Shelduck, 7x Skylark, 5x Redshank, Wheatear, LRP (Rich)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Saturday 18th March 2017

Doxey Marsh
5x Water Pipit from the Octagonal hide at 09:30

Gailey Resv
3x Egyptian Geese with 24x Grey Lags opposite car park (@TheSnapper1978)

Sugar Loaf farm Iverley
Sand Martin, Corn Bunting, 2x Peregrine (@StourBirder)

Middleton Lakes
3x LR Plover, 4x Avocet, 2x Garganey on Jubilee (@Ochruros & atkinson_steve) - also 2x Ringed Plover, 2w YL Gull (@TameBirding)

Radford Meadows
2x Sand Martin, Green Sandpiper, Little Owl, 4x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, Goosander, 47x Wigeon (@RobSwift5)

Chasewater
24x Goldeneye, 2x Sand Martin (@GrantHames)

Tucklesholme

5x Ringed Plover, LR Plover, Redshank, 2x Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (JP MP CM)

i54
Water Rail, Snipe, Kingfisher, 7x Chiffchaff, 5x Yellowhammer, 40x Skylark, 16x Teal (Foz)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still South Pit, 2x LR Plover, 6x Ruff, 12x Redshank, 6x Curlew, 6x Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 8x Gadwall, 18x Shelduck, 2x Med Gull, 22x Sand Martin, 8x Chiffchaff (DSc)

Hatherton Resv
Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (@daftoldbirder)

Endon Sewage Works
2x White Wagtail with 44x Pied Wagtail (GBr)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Gadwall, 3x Goldeneye, 54x Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler opposite National Arboretum (@AlrewasBirder)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday 17th Marsh 2017

Middleton Lakes
Pair of Garganey now on Jubilee this morning (GJM)

North Staffs Moors
Great Grey Shrike still along Reapsmoor Road this morning (SGi)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Redshank, Oystercatcher (@paulsmith15363) also Common Sandpiper, Smew, 4x Shelduck & 6x Oystercatcher (PCo)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still from the Octagonal hide area, also 2x Cetti's Warbler (DFo) also 2x Little Egret, Goosander, 12x Snipe (@nutcracker1965)

Whitmore
Male Wheatear on far bank this morning at Bent Lane (DAd)

Uttoxeter Quarry
3x Sand Martin, 7x Oystercatcher (@tonyjac_tony)

Silverdale CP
2x Greylag Geese over, female Wheatear, several Chiffchaff, single Willow Warbler (PCa)

Updated 17.00

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017

North Staffs Moors
Great Grey Shrike still present off Reapsmoor Road at 1.00pm sticking mainly to trees on farmland on edge of moor (HWi)

Great Grey Shrike - Terry Eyre

Trent Vale
c20 Waxwing flew SW over  at 11.30 towards Trentham (@nutcracker1965)

Doxey Marshes
2x Water Pipit, 3x Cetti's Warbler, 3x Chiffchaff, 3x Little Egret & 2x Oystercatcher (@DoxeyBirder) - 3x Water Pipit late afternoon (RCB)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Ruff, 3x Ringed Plover, 11x Redshank, Snipe, 85x Lapwing, 31x Shelduck, c90x Teal, 10x Gadwall, 14x Little Grebe, 2x Kingfisher, Tawny Owl, 10x Redpoll, 3x Chiffchaff, 50x Fieldfare, 10x Redwing (JWo)

Radford Meadows
5x Little Egret (@DKelsall3)

Foxley
2x Wheatear (MBa)

Trentham Gardens
3x Sand Martin & 3x Goosander (PBi)

Middleton Lakes
Drake Garganey this morning (as per GLo)


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still this morning as viewed from Reapsmoor (IB) - still this afternoon (HWi)

Biddulph
40x Waxwing still on bypass (MW & @grantprice20)

i54
Wheatear early morning (@136jamie)

Cuckoo Bank
Wheatear in field opposite Bradshores farm (@GrantHames)

Chasewater
Black-necked Grebe south shore also Velvet Scoter (@andm62)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Smew, Cetti's Warbler, 2x Redshank, Common Sandpiper (PSw)

Tucklesholme
5x Ringed Plover (JP, MP)

Parkhall CP
2x Chiffchaff, 2x Willow Tit (SSt)

Branston GP
Long-tailed Duck, 5x Curlew, Ruff, 15x Redshank, 3x Ringed Plover, 33x Shelduck, Tawny Owl, 3x Sand Martin, 3x Chiffchaff, Redpoll (DSc)

Knypersley Res
Chiffchaff & 15x Goosander (GBr)

Gailey Res
8x Pochard, 3x Chiffchaff & 4x Oystercatcher (PCo)

Updated 19.40

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday 14th March 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Black-necked Grebe still from Scott hide also Smew still (@BelvideBirder)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret, 4x Shelduck, 100x Wigeon (@Staffordbirder)

Biddulph
40x Waxwing still this morning on the bypass (@p147180r)

Cannock Chase
2x male Wheatear in Sherbrook Valley (GJM)

Middleton Lakes
LR Plover on Jubilee (per GW)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 6x Sand Martin, 3x Chiffchaff, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 14x Redshank, 5x Snipe, 8x Curlew, 22x Shelduck, 17x Gadwall, 10x Shoveler, 4x Wigeon, c150x Teal, 2x Common Gull, c80x Fieldfare, c50x Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, Tawny Owl. (JWo)

Pendeford Mill NR
2x Little Egret, Raven, Chiffchaff (PCo)

Updated 15/03 18.20


Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday 13th March 2017

North Staffs Moors
Great Grey Shrike on Swallow Moss at 13.20 off Reapsmoor Road (@HughThetree) also 3x Wheatear & 2x Stonechat (BB, JB)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Adult Mediterranean Gull on Jubilee Wetlands this morning (@RSPBMiddleton)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Summer plumage Black-necked Grebe from Scott hide, Smew still (@BelvideBirding)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker this morning (EFo)

Ford Green/Chatterley Valley
Little EgretChiffchaff, Snipe, Water Rail (JJo)

Audley Meadows
9x Yellowhammer, 2x Chiffchaff, 60x Linnet, RL Partridge, Siskin (@PeterDobson20)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still, 2x Chiffchaff (@CWG_sightings)

River Sow Meadows
Green Sandpiper, 2x Little Egret, 2x Oystercatcher (@RobSwift5)


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sunday 12th March 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Ringed Plover, Smew, Common Sandpiper this morning (@BelvideBirding)

Aqualate
Black-necked Grebe this morning (@Ian_m_grant)

Whitmore Haye
2x Grey Partridge this morning, also 5x Gadwall, 162x Wigeon, Goldeneye, Redshank, 300x Fieldfare/Redwing, 3x Mistle Thrush, Oystercatcher (@AlrewasBirder)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still Windsor Holloway (DCo)

Berryhill
Wheatear still & Chiffchaff (@PhilLocker)

Chasewater Res
Velvet Scoter still ,Sand Martin & Yellow-legged Gull (@julianallen2009)

Doxey Marshes
Little Ringed Plover, Water Pipit, 2x Little Egret, 3x Cetti's Warbler, 3x Shelduck, 4x Goosander, 3x Chiffchaff, 2x Gadwall (GHa)

Copmere
6x Pintail, 3x Shoveler, 3x Goosander, 109x Tufted Duck, 60x Wigeon & 20x Goldeneye (DEm)

Rocester
2x Chiffchaff, 2x Goosander (TEy)

Tucklesholme
Male Wheatear, 2x Ringed Plover (@julianallen2009)

Hanchurch Woods
15x Brambling around the feeding station this afternoon (TRo) also Woodcock & 10x Crossbill (RSu)

Fradley
3x Chiffchaff (JWo)

Whitmore
9x Mandarin on Bent Lane Flood (DAd)

Branston Gravel Pits
Green Sandpiper, 7x Ruff, 11x Curlew, 6x Redshank, 3x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher (DSc).

Updated 20:45

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday 11th March 2017

Tucklesholme
Temminck's Stint, 5x Ringed Plover, 3x Chiffchaff, 4x Yellowhammer, 2x Raven (J&MPass)

Middleton Lakes
3x Avocet, 3x Plover, 3x Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, 14x Shelduck (@onionsargey)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
7x Chiffchaff, Smew still, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler (@BelvideBirder)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Sand Martin, Cetti's Warbler, 14x Redshank, 7x Ruff, c8 Snipe, 2x Green Sandpiper, 31x Shelduck, 3x WaterRail, Peregrine, Long-tailed Duck, 26x Wigeon, 20x Gadwall, 16x Shoveler, 6x Ringed Plover, 10x Curlew, Common Gull, Little Egret, Tawny Owl, c100 Fieldfare, 4x Redpoll, 6x Goldcrest (DSc)

Gailey Resv
3x Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, 7x Gadwall, 15x Pochard, 116x Tufted Duck (@TheMoorehen)

Biddulph
40x Waxwing still on bypass between Sainsburys and bottom roundabout (@robmachin)

i54
12x Chiffchaff, 50x Skylark, 5x Greenfinch, 50x Lapwing (@136jamie)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret, 4x Oystercatcher, 421x Wigeon, 150x Teal, 4x Shelduck, 4x Goosander (@RobSwift5)

Doxey Marshes
Redshank, 3x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, 2x Cetti´s Warbler (ABo)

Brookleys Lake
Chiffchaff, 14x Mandarin Duck (@rpintean)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Chiffchaff, 2x Curlew, 2x Mandarin, 30x Wigeon (@rpintean)

Croxall
6x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Shelduck, 4x Goosander (JWo)

Fenton Park
15x Waxwing on south side (MH)

Whitemore
3x Mandarin Duck at Bent Lane Flood (DAd)

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday 10th March 2017

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Avocet & Redshank on Jubilee Wetlands   -  Dosthill NR Great White Egret in reeds (@atkinson_steve)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still, 3x ad YL Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Rock Pipit over the causeway also a Dunlin (@scaupface)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still Ashy Pit (JWo)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Thursday 9th March 2017

Biddulph
c80 Waxwing on Meadows Way between Sainsbury's and bottom roundabout this morning (MW)

Elford GPs
Great White Egret on North Pit at 07:10 before flying towards Whitemoor Haye.

Stoke
30x Waxwing in Spark Street (@StaffsWildlife)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still this afternoon, 7x Ruff, 7x Redshank, 10x Curlew, 3x Ringed Plover, 25x Shelduck, 10x Gadwall, 16x Little Grebe, 6x Shoveler, 2x YL Gull  (JWo)

Middleton Lakes
Avocet, 11x Shelduck, 7x Oystercatcher on Jubilee (@RSPBMiddleton)

Doxey Marsh
2x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck. 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Cetti's Warbler (@DoxeyBirder)

Chasewater
2w Caspian Gull, 5x ad YL Gull, Velvet Scoter, Redshank, Ringed Plover (@CWG_sightings)

Aqualate
Juv Glaucous Gull in the roost also Great White Egret (PJo)

Dimmingsdale
2x Crossbill, 100x Siskin (TEy)

Downie Road, Bilbrook
2x Ring-necked Parakeet (PCo)



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still along Windsor Holloway this morning (@WestMidsBirding)

Biddulph
8x Waxwing seen at Bosley Brook this morning (@Brookshistory)

Barton-under-Needwood
Blackcap this morning (JW)

Chasewater
4x YLG, Velvet Scoter, 2x Greylag Geese (@CWG_sightings)

Brown Edge
1x Waxwing at the "rocks" (per GBr)

Updated 20:45 9/3/17

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Branston Gravel Pits
Long-tailed Duck, 9x Redshank, 6x Ringed Plover, 8x Ruff, 9x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, c150x Lapwing, Snipe, 2x Yellow-legged Gull, 2x Goosander, 23x Shelduck, 12x Wigeon, c80x Teal, 6x Gadwall, 3x Pochard, 15x Shoveler, 17x Little Grebe, 5x Great Crested Grebe, Raven, Tawny Owl, 6x Buff-tailed Bumblebee (JW)

Doxey Marshes
Pintail, Little Egret and 2x Cetti's Warbler (DE)

Trent Washlands
Cetti's Warbler today (@grs_st)

Aqualate Mere
5x Oystercatcher 2x Cetti's Warbler & 2x Otter (@carlpaultrner)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Male Stonechat, Bittern & Smew (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater Res
5x Yellow-legged Gull & Velvet Scoter (@CWG_sightings)

Radford Meadows
3x Oystercatcher, Redshank, 8x Pintail, 25x Shoveler, 2x Gadwall, Shelduck, c200 Lapwing (@Clive_Davies1)

Croxall Lakes
3x Redshank, c4 Oystercatcher, 2x Goldeneye, Little Egret (MSc)

Whitfield Valley
Little Egret and a female Goosander (JJ)

Westport Lake
Shelduck, Chiffchaff, 2x Water Rail, 2x Shoveler, 6x Cormorant, Goldeneye (CJW)

Updated 10.05 08/03/17

Monday, 6 March 2017

Monday 6th March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Tuesday 2nd May 19.00
Fradswell Village Hall
'A World Without Boundaries - The Rutland Water Osprey'
A talk by Tim Mackrill
 Pre-bookable Tickets £5 each inc nibbles
More info contact: Jakkie 01889 502358

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members only)
Scandinavian Rock Pipit along the causeway this morning also a British race Rock Pipit  on the dam this afternoon (GJM)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Adult Summer Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening, Bittern, Smew, Cetti's Warbler and Common Sandpiper still (@BelvideBirding)

Middleton Lakes
Avocet on Jubilee (@RSPBMiddleton)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still (@backtothewind)

Chasewater Res
4x Yellow-legged Gull, Velvet Scoter & Oystercatcher (@CWG_sightings)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still on Ashy Pit this afternoon, also 7x Ruff, 16x Curlew, 3x Ringed Plover, 5x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, c200x Lapwing, 2x Yellow-legged Gull, 3x Common Gull, 19x Shelduck, 4x Gadwall, 6x Shoveler, 10x Wigeon, Kingfisher, 2x Raven, 7x Skylark (JW)

Trentham Gardens
Wigeon, 8x Gadwall, 4x Mandarin (JWa)

Barton Marina
Brambling, 6x Redpoll. (JW)


Updated 20.55

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunday 5th March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Twitching on the Scilly Isles at 7.45, Tuesday 7th March to the Stafford Branch,WMBC.  We meet at the Perkins Sports and Social Club, Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB: drive past reception and follow arrows until you reach the wooden building on you left. Members and non-members welcome, admission £2 including refreshments.

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Bittern and Smew still both from Scott hide, a Pink-footed Goose flew south (@rpintean) -2x Sand Martin thru at 14:35 and 16:30, Juv Glaucous Gull roosted at 18:00hrs (@BelvideBirding)

Stoke-on-Trent
1x Stonechat in Etruria Village (@MaxShearwater)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still present (DC)

Chasewater Res
Caspian Gull, 2x Yellow-legged Gull, Velvet Scoter, 2x Sand Martin (@CWG_sightings)

Bent Lane NR
Adult Iceland Gull again, Oystercatcher, Brambling, 4x Stock Dove, Little Grebe, 3x Snipe, 39x Coot (@nutcracker1965)

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret still from S bend in ditches (@julianallen2009) also 50x Lapwing, 12x Tufted Duck, 8x Pochard, 5x Goldeneye, 101x Wigeon & Stonechat (@BirderAlrewas)

Lichfield
40x Waxwing again on Sante Fay opposite Saxon Fenny pub at 14:00

Updated 19.10

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Saturday 4th March 2017

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still Windsor Holloway (@nutcracker1965)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Bittern still left of Scott hide, Smew, 2x Jack Snipe, 6x Curlew, 6x Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper (@NigelCarp2008)

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret in flight from south bend also Stonechat (@TameBirding)

Branston Gravel Pits
15x Little Grebe, 6x Shoveler, 9x Pochard, 2x Goosander, Water Rail, 2x Oystercatcher, 6x Ringed Plover, 10x Golden Plover, 7x Ruff, c150 Lapwing, 5x Redshank, 16x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, 5x Common Gull, 8x Skylark, 2x Grey Wagtail, 2x Kingfisher, c60 Fieldfare, c80 Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, 6x Lesser Redpoll (DS)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret, 21x Shoveler, 6x Pintail, 440x Wigeon, 200x Teal, 75x Lapwing (@Clive_Davies1)

Uttoxeter Quarry
37x Curlew, 100x Golden Plover, 5x Oystercatcher, 3x Goldeneye, 6x Goosander, 21x Wigeon, Egyptian Goose (@rpintean)

Whitmore Bent Lane
Oystercatcher, c70 Snipe, YellowLegged Gull, 4x Shoveler (DA)

Hanchurch Woods
c6 Redpoll, 4x Crossbill & 2x Snipe (TR)

Tittesworth Res
148x Curlew, 6x Oystercatcher, 3x Shelduck, 10x Goosander, 52x Lapwing, 21x Tufted Duck Mandarin (@stephengibson42

Blithfield Res (WMBC members only)
2x Pintail, c250x Wigeon, 100+ Cormorants, 5x Gadwall, 2x Oystercatcher (JW)


Hatherton Reservoir 
Cetti's Warbler & Green Woodpecker (@daftoldbirder)

Chucklesholme
3x Shelduck, 50+ Linnet, 2x Oystercatcher (MPa)

Barton North Pit
1x Goldeneye, 20x Wigeon (MPa)

Updated 12:35 5/3/17

Friday, 3 March 2017

Friday 3rd March 2017

Community Noticeboard I

Twitching on the Scilly Isles at 7.45, Tuesday 7th March to the Stafford Branch,WMBC.  We meet at the Perkins Sports and Social Club, Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB: drive past reception and follow arrows until you reach the wooden building on you left. Members and non-members welcome, admission £2 including refreshments.


Community Noticeboard II

2nd Staffordshire Birders' Conference
Sunday March 5th 2017
Connecting Birders across Staffordshire
Oulton Village Hall, Kibblestone Road, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8ND

Tickets are just £6, or £3 for under-25s
The event is being facilitated by RSPB North Staffs Local Group: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/northstaffordshire
Tickets available for purchase at the Group's indoor meetings in January and February 2017.

Tickets can also be ordered using BACS (direct bank transfer) for collection on the day – contact Geoff Sales on 01782-618152, 07397-169452, or gsales@madasafish.com

Chasewater Res
3x Yellow-legged Gull in roost (@CWG_sightings)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Redshank, Great White Egret, c90 Teal, 5x Oystercatcher (@RSBPMiddleton)

Whitmore - Bent Lane
40x Teal, 2x Shoveler, Oystercatcher, 6x Lapwing, 2x Herring Gull, 260x LBBG (DS)

Radford Meadows
3x Oystercatcher, 2x Little Egret, 2x Pintail, 4x Goosander, 19x Shoveler, 47x Lapwing, c450 Wigeon, 185x Teal (@Clive_Davies1)

Westport Lake
2x Shoveler, 3x Pochard (NJS)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Twitching on the Scilly Isles at 7.45, Tuesday 7th March to the Stafford Branch,WMBC.  We meet at the Perkins Sports and Social Club, Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB: drive past reception and follow arrows until you reach the wooden building on you left. Members and non-members welcome, admission £2 including refreshments.

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Juvenile Glaucous Gull roosted at 5.20pm. Bittern and Smew still (@BelvideBirding)

Biddulph
c20 Waxwing at Smokies Way this morning (@robjmachin)

Branston GP
Kittiwake, 2x Yellow-legged Gull (ad, 3w), c2000x BGH, GBBG, 2x Redshank, 7x Ruff, c250x Lapwing, 4x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Goosander, 18x Shelduck, c100x Teal, 5x Pochard, 5x Gadwall, 20x Wigeon, c14x Shoveler, 2x Water Rail, Kingfisher, 15x Skylark, Treecreeper, 3x Goldcrest, Tawny Owl (JWo, DSc)

Doxey Marshes
3x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher (@DoxeyBirder)

Chasewater Res
5x Yellow-legged Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret & 2x Shelduck (@Clive_Davies1) also 2x Shoveler; 2x Shelduck; c30 Wigeon; c30 Teal; Mistle Thrush (MP)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Great White Egret on Jubilee Wetlands this morning (@johnoz99) also 2x Great White Egret on Dosthill Lake & Bittern on Fisher's Mill Lake this afternoon (MS)

Madeley
Waxwings Bridle Path and Pear Tree Drive still this morning (@percywiseman)

Biddulph
27x Waxwing on Smokies Way (ALo)

Whitmore
Bent Lane, 3x Tundra Bean Geese, 80x Linnet, 4x Shoveler, 2x Wigeon & 8x Stock Dove (@DKelsall3)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Juvenile Glaucous Gull roosted at 5.30pm. Bittern, Smew, Jack Snipe and Common Sandpiper also present (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater Res
5x Yellow-legged Gull, Velvet Scoter, Pintail & Dunlin (@CWG_sightings)

JCB Rocester
Red Kite over lake this afternoon (BB, JB)

Gailey Res
25x Pochard, 2x Goldeneye, 21x Great Crested Grebe & 5x Oystercatcher (@HughieKing)

Tucklesholme
2x Oystercatcher, 6x Ringed Plover, 4x Goosander, c30x Meadow Pipit, c50x Linnet. Also Barton North Pit: Goldeneye, 20x Wigeon (JW)

Barton
Little Egret (JW)

Branston GP
2x Ringed Plover, 5x Shelduck, 10x Pochard, c2500x BHG, c100x Lapwing (JW) also Common Gull, 6x Shelduck, 4x Ringed Plover, 12x Curlew, 2x Woodcock & Water Rail (DS)