Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Tuesday 19th Februaryn 2019

Middleton Lakes
4x Whooper Swan, 31x Golden Plover, 4x Ringed Plover, 5x Oystercatcher, Great White Egret, Cetti'sWarbler, 2x Egyptian Geese, Stonechat, 13x Shelduck, Peregrine, (CWa, SAt, MSc,)  -  5x Goldeneye on Dosthill NR, drake Pintail, 31x Goosander, on North pit, (SAt)

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret, 2x Little Egret, Great White Egret, 200x Golden Plover, 500x Lapwing, 3x Goosander, 4x Snipe (DBa)  -  Also male Merlin at 15:00 (NGr)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2x Glaucous Gull, 2x Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull

Monday, 18 February 2019

Monday 18th February 2019

Drayton Bassett
6x Whooper Swan from Portleys Lane (RSt)

Middleton Lakes
Avocet, 4x Ringed Plover, 13x Golden Plover, 600x Lapwing, 3x Pink-footed Geese, 4x Egyptian Geese, Stonechat (SCa)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Redhead Smew (site first), Ringed Plover, 6x Oystercatcher, 2x Green Sandpiper, 5x Curlew, 2x Goldeneye, 8x Shelduck, 9x Goosander, (NDP)

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Water Pipit, 2x Pochard, 3x Goosander, 50x Teal, Shelduck, 300x Lapwing (GPr)

Chasewater
2x Adult Iceland Gull, 2w Glaucous Gull, 3x ad YL Gull

Cannock Chase
10x Crossbill, Bramblings, 3x Stonechat, (DBa)

North Staffs Moors
3x Dipper on the Dane, 3x Goosander, Crossbill, (JMa)

Branston GPs
6x Ringed Plover, 406x Golden Plover, 450x Lapwing, 7x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 14x Curlew, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, 22x Snipe, 26x Shelduck, 78x Shoveler, 14x Pochard, 2x Goldeneye, 15x Wigeon, 26x Gadwall, 130x Teal, 2x Egyptian Geese, 28x Little Grebe, 2w Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Little Egret, Kingfisher, c800+ Jackdaw, 2x Tawny Owl (+4 at Dunstall Hall), 55x Linnet, 3x Green Woodpecker (JWo)


Caspian Gull By Jon Woodcock

Staffs

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Sunday 17th February 2019

Whitemoor Haye
2x Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Ruff, 34x Golden Plover, 125x Wigeon, 2x Egyptian Geese, Peregrine, 70x Linnet, (BirderAlrewas)

Drayton Bassett
4x Whooper Swan still by Portleys Lane (JAl)

Gailey Resv
3x Oystercatcher, 163x Golden Plover, 485x Lapwing, 45x Pochard, (IMo)

Knypersley Resv
3x Willow Tit one on the bridge and two at the end of the arboretum, 6x Goosander (GBr)

Doxey Marsh
167x Snipe, 7x Jack Snipe, 14x Golden Plover, 250x Lapwing, 5x Water Pipit, 2x Cattle Egret, 2x Great White Egret, 3x Little Egret, 2x Stonechat, 5x Goosander, 3x Shelduck, 7x Water Rail, (GPr, MBo, RRa)

Middleton Lakes
Pink-footed Goose, 2x Ringed Plover, 3x Golden Plover on JW, 3x Goosander, 4x Egyptian Geese on North Pit  (JAl) -  also Dunlin on JW

Elford-Fisherwick
Corn Bunting (BirderAlrewas)

Chasewater
2x Iceland Gull, 4x Caspian Gull, Ad Med Gull, 2x YL Gull

Alvecote
Little Egret, 5x Goosander, 4x Shelduck, Water Rail (MSc)

Croxall
Great White Egret over north of Alrewas (AlrewasBirder)

Branston GPs
2x Egyptian Geese, 20x Shelduck, 60x Shoveler, 14x Wigeon, 2x Goldeneye, 300x Golden Plover, 800x Lapwing, 7x Ruff, Oystercatcher, 2x Redshank, 19x Curlew, 4x Ringed Plover, 5x Snipe, Ad Med Gull, Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler (DSc)

Barton under Needwood
Stonechat off Causer Road (JWo)

Catholme
24x Goosander, 2x Shelduck (JWo)

Croxall
From the NA 2x Oystercatcher, 14x Goosander, Little Egret, 20x Teal (JWo)

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saturday 16th February 2019

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret behind Sittles Farm, 3x Oystercatcher, 5x Pochard, Goosander, 3x Shelduck, 129x Wigeon, 3x Egyptian Geese, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrows, (BirderAlrewas)

Gailey Resv
Green Sandpiper over, 2x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, 61x Pochard, 50x Golden Plover, 3x Oystercatcher, 7x Redpoll (SRi)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret on North Pit, 4x Egyptian Geese, Curlew, 3x Ringed Plover, Redshank, 14x Oystercatcher,  400x Lapwing, 11x Shelduck, 3x Pink-footed Geese on JW, Goosander on the river, (SAt, MercianBirding)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
48x Golden Plover, to 11:45 only, 8x Oystercatcher, Woodcock, 7x Shelduck, 

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck on Black Meadows Pit, 15x Curlew, 300x Golden Plover, 3x Ringed Plover, 4x Ruff, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, 600x Lapwing, 2x Little Egret, 18x Wigeon, 20x Shelduck, 32x Gadwall, 50x Shoveler, 2x Goldeneye, Goosander thru, 2x ad Med Gull, 3x Common Gull, 35x Linnet (DSc)

Holden Lane
Little Egret, 19x Goosander (JJo)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret, 2x Little Egret, Stonechat, 20x Teal, 5x Shoveler, 2x Shelduck, (KBe)

Drayton Bassett
4x Whooper Swan still from Portleys Lane (JJH, SJH)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2x Glaucous Gull (ad and 2w), ad Med Gull, 2x YL Gull

Tittesworth Water
4x Oystercatcher, 24x Snipe, 54x Lapwing, 2x Little Egret, 8x Pochard, 9x Wigeon, 3x Mandarin, 7x Goosander, 21x Common Gull, (SG, WLH, IB, CT)

Croxall
From the NA 3x Redshank, 4x Goosander, 3x Shelduck, 2x Little Grebe,  (BirderAlrewas)

i54
6x Golden Plover (MFo)

Friday, 15 February 2019

Friday 15th February 2019

Cannock Chase
Red Kite over west end of Abraham's Valley at 11:15 (DNe)

Alvecote
Great White Egret, Cetti's Warbler, 6x Goosander, Kingfisher, (MSc)

Holden Lane
38x Goosander (JJo)

River Sow Meadows
Green Sandpiper, 50x Wigeon, 20x Teal, 2x Stonechat (RSw)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2w Glaucous Gull, 3x Caspian Gull, 2x ad YL Gull

Berryhill Botteslow Flash
2x Little Egret

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck, Marsh Tit, 2x Woodcock, 20x Snipe, 4x Ringed Plover, 7x Ruff, Dunlin, 3x Green Sandpiper, 4x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 19x Curlew, 435x Golden Plover, 850x Lapwing, 25x Shelduck, 76x Shoveler, 10x Wigeon, 14x Gadwall, 14x Pochard, 3x Goldeneye, 190x Teal, 2x Egyptian Geese, 2x Little Egret, 2x Water Rail, 29x Little Grebe, 3x YL Gull, Tawny Owl, 30x Linnet, Buff-tailed Bumblebee, 2x Pipistrelle Bats (JWo)

Ringed Plover by Jon Woodcock

Long-tailed Duck by Jon Woodcock




Thursday, 14 February 2019

Thursday 14th February 2019

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 4x Egyptian Geese, 3x Pink-footed Geese, 10x Shelduck, Goosander, (SAt)

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, 3x Little Egret, 6x Shelduck, 4x Goosander, 8x Shoveler, Common Gull, 2x Stonechat (GPr)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Grey Partridge, 2x Goosander, 2x Oystercatcher, 490x Lapwing,  (DAb)

Borrowpit Lake
Little Egret, 12x Goosander, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail,  (MSc)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still on Ashy Pit, 11x Curlew, 7x Ruff, 3x Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, Golden Plover, 3x Little Egret, 2x Goldeneye, 400x Lapwing, 2x Egyptian Geese, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, (CEc)

Branston Water Park
3x Goosander, Shelduck, 6x Pochard, 2x Little Grebe (JWo)

Barton Marina
54x Wigeon, Pochard (JWo)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2w Glaucous Gull, 3x Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull

Whitfield Valley
Barn Owl at 16:30 (JJo)

Berryhill Botteslow Flash
Golden Plover, GBB Gull, Goosander, 21x Teal (RTo)

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Barton under Needwood
Red Kite over SE (per JWo)

Patshall
Red-breasted Goose on the Staffs/Shrops border on the golf course at Patshall Park hotel (Cris Hall)

Trentham Gardens
Ad  YL Gull, Ring-necked Parakeet (PFo)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Ringed Plover (DJa)

Brankley Pastures
7x Snipe, Tawny Owl (JWo)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2w Glaucous Gull, 2w Caspian Gull, ad Med Gull, 7x YL Gull in the roost

Branston GPs
2x Little Egret, 18x Shelduck, 30x Shoveler, c600x Lapwing, 17x Curlew, 2x Redshank, 6x Ruff, Snipe, Cetti's Warbler (DSc)

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Endon STW
Barn Owl at 05:30 (GBr)

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret still, Great White Egret,  Little Egret, 4x Goosander, 14x Shoveler, 90x Teal, 4x Gadwall, Oystercatcher, 200x Golden Plover, 400x Lapwing, Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail, (GPr)  -  Short-eared Owl still

Middleton Lakes
2x Pink-footed Geese, 3x Golden Plover (GWi)

Cannock Chase
Great Grey Shrike still in clearing Abraham's Valley (DNe)

Trentham Gardens
Oystercatcher (DEm)

Beech
Red Kite just east of the A519 (PMo)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2x Caspian Gull, ad YL Gull in the roost

Stafford
9x Raven above Park Avenue (AHa)

Branston GPs
8x Ruff, 3x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 2x Green Sandpiper, 17x Curlew, 60x Golden Plover, 732x Lapwing, Snipe, 18x Shelduck, 4x Goldeneye, 11x Pochard, 48x Shoveler, 23x Wigeon, 10x Gadwall, 150x Teal, 2x Egyptian Geese, Little Egret, 3x Water Rail, 35x Little Grebe, 3x YL Gull, 2x GBBG, 5000x Starling, Stonechat, Tawny Owl (JWo)

Monday, 11 February 2019

Monday 11th February 2019

Westport Lake
c45 Pink-footed Geese over NNW at approx. 08:00 also 30x Pochard, 20x Goosander, 2x Goldeneye (CWa)

Black Bank
46x Pink-footed Geese over east at 08:20 also a Jack Snipe (NDP)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Great White Egret flew SW at 15:05, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, 

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret, 2x Great White Egret, 300x Golden Plover, Short-eared Owl from 17:00, (JAl)
- Also 1200x Lapwing, 500x Golden Plover, Oystercatcher, 6x Goosander, 3x Cetti's Warbler, 2x Shelduck, (MBo)

Branston WP
Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 2x Goosander, 2x Pochard, 7x Teal (JWo)

Barton Marina
37x Wigeon (JWo)

Middleton Lakes
3x Great White Egret, Little Egret, 2x Stonechat, 3x Cett's Warbler, 8x Goosander, 500+ Lapwing (MSc)

Trentham Gardens
Dipper, 2x Shoveler, 3x Pochard, 60x Lapwing (MPa)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2w Glaucous Gull - juv reidentified as a 2w bird, 6x YL Gull, 2w Caspian Gull 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Sunday 10th February 2019

Drayton Bassett
4x Whooper Swan still just SW of the village, (TPe)

Whitemoor Haye 
6x Ruff, Oystercatcher, 2x Redshank, 3000x Lapwing, 150x Golden Plover, 173x Wigeon, 18x Pochard, 5x Egyptian Geese, 30x Skylark, (BirderAlrewas)

Pendeford Mill
23x Goosander (MFo)

Endon STW
2x Chiffchaff (GBr)

Whitmore Bent Lane
Little Egret, 26x Snipe, 18x Teal, 10x Tree Sparrow, 500x Lapwing, Mandarin, (NDP)

Branston GPs
Ruff, 15x Curlew, YL Gull, Peregrine (TPe)  -  Also  2x Redshank, 3x Ruff, 2x Green Sandpiper, 3x Goldeneye, 26x Shoveler, 19x Shelduck, 12x Gadwall, 24x Little Grebe, 2x Egyptian Geese, (DSc)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, 2x ad YL Gull

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret, Short-eared Owl from 17:30, Pintail, 8x Goosander, (RRa)

Dimmingsdale
5x Woodcock over at dusk (TEy)

Catholme
Great White Egret, 2x Green Sandpiper (JWo)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret, 2x Goldeneye on JW

Maer Hills
Mealy Redpoll at the edge of the logging tracks this afternoon (RSu)

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Saturday 9th February 2019

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret,  250x Lapwing, 4x Oystercatcher on JW, 7x Goldeneye on Dosthill NR, 2x Goldeneye on North Pit,  (SAt)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Great White Egret flew west at 09:30, Ruff still

Cannock Tip
Juv Glaucous Gull

Gailey Resv
4x Little Egret, 38x Pochard, 4x Goldeneye, Cetti's Warbler,  (SRi)

Himley Great Pool
Little Egret (SE)

Croxden Quarry
7x Jack Snipe, 20x Common Snipe (ABa)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, 2x Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull

Branston GPs
14x Curlew, 4x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Little Egret, 2x Egyptian Geese, 2x YL Gull, Common Gull, 19x Shelduck, 14x Wigeon, 46x Shoveler, 4x Goldeneye, c15,000 Starlings (DSc)

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret, Cattle Egret, Short-eared Owl  from 16:45, 8x Golden Plover, 200x Lapwing (RRa)

Radford Meadows
492x Wigeon, 150x Teal, 5x Goosander, 3x Shoveler, 2x Shelduck, Little Egret (RSw)

Friday, 8 February 2019

Friday 8th February 2019

Fradswell
Red Kite over this morning (DBu)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, 

Branston GPs
3x Little Egret, 19x Curlew, 3x Redshank, 4x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 12x Shelduck, 40x Shoveler, 3x Goldeneye, ad YL Gull, 15,000x  Starlings (DSc)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 3w Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull, Juv Glaucous Gull left at 16:30

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Thursday 7th February 2019

Radford Meadows
66x Snipe, 5x Goosander, 400x Wigeon, 150x Teal 2x Shelduck, 2x Little Egret, Woodcock,  (CDa)

Womborne
Green Sandpiper from the railway walk by stream/pools 0.5km  north of the old station (JHi, BMa)

Branston Water Park
2x Goosander, 8x Pochard, (JWo)

Barton-under-Needwood
50x Wigeon, Little Egret and 3x Pochard at the marina, Blackcap (JWo)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, ad Med Gull, 6x YL Gull in the roost

Doxey Marsh
Short-eared Owl at 17:20-17:25 between Creswell Flash and the M6 followed by a Barn Owl 17:30-17:35 between the flash and the railway, Little Egret, 2x Goosander, 40x Lapwing, Water Rail, Snipe, Cetti's Warbler (DSc)

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Middleton Lakes
4x Whooper Swan briefly, 9x Pochard, 5x Shelduck, Common Gull, 2x Egyptian Geese, Cetti's Warbler on JW, 6x Pochard, 2x Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler on North Pit, 3x Egyptian Geese, 9x Goldeneye, Dosthill NR (SAt)

Madeley Pool
Little Egret (TrJa)

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret, (The second Cattle Egret eaten by a Fox), 2x Great White Egret, 4x Little Egret, 300x Golden Plover, 800x Lapwing, 2x Curlew, 4x Cetti's Warbler,  8x Goosander, Peregrine, 4x Cetti's Warbler, (MBo)  -  Also Short-eared Owl (SEd)

By Steve Edwards

Leek
Dipper on the Churnet river by Sainsburys (STu)

Trentham Gardens
Dipper, 4x Little Egret (PFo)

Branston GPs
16x Curlew, 14x Ruff, 3x Redshank, 12x Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 150x Lapwing, Peregrine, Stonechat, Little Egret, Gadwall, Pochard, Shoveler, (CEc)  -  Also 40x Shoveler, 12x Gadwall, 2x Pochard, 10x Shelduck, 100x Teal, 2x GBBG, (JWo)

Reeds being taken from the Sandy Pit to be replanted at Tucklesholme by Jon Woodcock

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Oystercatcher on the causeway (PMo)

Wolseley
8x Goosander, Little Egret (GTo)

Barton North Pit
Great White Egret (JWo)

Tucklesholme/Branston Leas
Great White Egret, 7x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, 10x Gadwall, 80x Teal, 2x Lapwing, Kingfisher, Stonechat, 30x Linnet (JWo)

Branston Water Park
Water Rail, 2x Goosander, Shelduck, 8x Pochard, 20x Teal (JWo)

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Rushton
Great White Egret off Banbridge Lane by stream (SSe)

By Steve Seal

Trentham Gardens
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in trees at south end behind café, Dipper flew from Longton Brook along the Trent towards the Park Drive bridge, 14x Gadwall, Goosander, 3x Shoveler, 2x Pochard, Kingfisher, 5x Little Grebe, Common Gull, (RTo)

Silverdale CP
4x Shelduck flew over The Void (STu)

Brinepit/Ingestre
Woodcock flushed, 10x Pink-footed Geese over, Peregrine, 103x Lapwing, Chiffchaff (RCB)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck, 8x Ruff, 3x Redshank, 20x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 100x Lapwing, Snipe, Little Egret, 20x Shelduck, 62x Shoveler, 5x Wigeon, 7x Pochard, 180x Teal, 18x Gadwall, 16x Little Grebe, 2x Water Rail, 4x YL Gull, 6x GBBG, 2x Common Gull, Peregrine, c20,000x Starling, 15x Linnet, 5x Lesser Redpoll, c1500x Jackdaw/Rooks on the Sheep field next to the Sandy Pit. (JWo)

Hanchurch
2x Crossbill, Brambling, 6x Snipe (NDP)

Fradley/Fradley Junction
3x Woodcock flushed also 6x Siskin (PMo)

Monday, 4 February 2019

Monday 4th February 2019

                                           3rd Staffordshire Birders Conference
                                                     Sunday 10th March 2019
                                          Connecting Birders across Staffordshire
                        Oulton Village Hall Kibblestone  Road, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8ND
                    For tickets and further info please contact Geoff Sales on 01782-618152,
                                           07397-169452 or sgeoff31@gmail.com

Cannock Chase
Abraham's Valley  Great Grey Shrike still at top end of valley, Green Sandpiper in stream 100 yards up from Trout pool, 10x Crossbill, (DBa, JSm)

Middleton Lakes
2x Whooper Swan at JW (GWi)

Rudyard Lake
Curlew, Redshank, 12x Snipe, Woodcock, 4x Willow Tit, 8x Brambling, 18x Redpoll, 7x Goosander, 79x Teal, 28x Wigeon, 2x Kingfisher (SSe)

Trentham Gardens
2w YL Gull this morning (DKe)

Biddulph Moor
5x Curlew over (SSe)

Loynton Moss NR
Red Kite over at 14:30 (BCa, LCa)

Gunn Hill
2x Red Grouse, Stonechat (SSe)

By Steve Seal

Chasewater
Ad and juv Glaucous Gull, ad Iceland Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, ad Med Gull, 4x YL Gull

Radford Meadows
435x Wigeon, 71x Teal, 2x Little Egret (CDa)

Doxey Marsh
Cattle Egret, 2x Great White Egret, Little Egret, Short-eared Owl showing at 16:45 (RRa)

North Staffs Moors
2x Short-eared Owl (TEy)

Blithbury
Woodcock flying along hedge at Stonyfield Lane (PMo)

Burton Washlands
5x Goosander, Common Gull (MSc)

Lichfield Stowe Pool
Little Grebe still by the hut (SDa)

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Sunday 3rd February 2019

                                                    WMBC BELVIDE RESERVE
             Work will start on Monday 4th February (weather permitting) to replace the steps on
             the Scott Hide with a fully compliant access ramp.
             This work is scheduled to take all week during which time the hide will be out of action.
             Steps on the Gazeboe Hide will also be replaced but this will only lake one day.
             Our apologies for any inconvenience caused during works.

Doxey Marsh
Common Gull, Goosander, 2x Gadwall, Shelduck, 2x Stonechat, 2x Water Rail, (GPr)  -  2x Cattle Egret still

Whitemoor Haye
3x Brambling along the rough track, 600x Lapwing, 9x Egyptian Geese, 20x Yellowhammer, 2x Snipe, several Tree Sparrow, 41x Wigeon, (BirderAlrewas)  - also 3x Great White Egret, Peregrine (JAl)

i54
2x Jack Snipe, 9x Common Snipe, 2x Green Woodpecker (MFo)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Cattle Egret, Ruff, 3x Goosander

Croxall
Great White Egret on River Trent (BirderAlrewas)

Trentham Gardens
17x Gadwall,  2x Kingfisher, 6x Little Grebe, Water Rail from Kingfisher hide, (PBi, DWa) - also Dipper, 3x Shoveler, 2x Wigeon (DKe)

Silverdale CP
Jack Snipe, Water Rail, 6x Common Snipe, Stonechat (PJo)

Westport Lake
2x Goldeneye, 17x Goosander


By Steve Seal

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, 5x YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck, 50x Shoveler, 20x Wigeon, 16x Gadwall, 150x Teal, 30x Pochard, Goldeneye, Shelduck, 14x Curlew, 3x Ruff, Redshank, 2x Snipe, 3x YL Gull, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, c20,000 Starling (DSc)

Stoke on Trent
Barn Owl in fields off Woodpark Lane, Lightwood (Andm)

Alrewas Arboretum/Croxall
6x Goosander, 6x Shelduck, 12x Teal, Little Grebe (JWo)

Rocester
Dipper on the Churnet just down from the bridge by JCB Finance (JDr)

Alrewas GPs
82x Wigeon, 4x Pochard, 3x Chiffchaff (BirderAlrewas)

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Saturday 2nd February 2019

                                                       WMBC BELVIDE RESERVE
             Work will start on Monday 4th February (weather permitting) to replace the steps on
             the Scott Hide with a fully compliant access ramp.
             This work is scheduled to take all week during which time the hide will be out of action.
             Steps on the Gazebo hide will also be replaced but this will only take one day.
             Our apologies for any inconvenience cause during works.

Doxey Marsh
Woodcock near the Octagonal hide (GPr) - Short-eared Owl still, Little Egret, Water Rail (APr)

Whitemoor Haye
18x Grey Partridge, 150x Linnet, 11x Egyptian Geese, 54x Wigeon, Pochard (BirderAlrewas)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Cattle Egret still early morning, Ruff, 55x Pochard, 4x Pintail, 2x Pink-footed Geese

Crakemarsh
10x Whooper Swan (EFo)

Knypersley Resv
Red Kite over at 13:00, 2x Pintail, 2x Goosander, Woodcock, Water Rail (GBr)

Westport Lake
25x Goosander, 2x Goldeneye (DKe)

Tittesworth Water
3x Little Egret, 4x Shoveler, Pintail, 140x Teal, 8x Pochard, 12x Goosander, 5x Wigeon, 6x Snipe, 5x Lapwing (SG, IB, CT)

i54
2x Golden Plover, 100x Lapwing (JDu)

Madeley STW
Little Egret, Woodcock (NDP)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost

Cannock Chase
4x Crossbill, Kingfisher (RSw)

Fradley
Mandarin on the frozen canal (JWo)

By Jon Woodcock

Branston GPs
2x Egyptian Geese, 8x Shelduck, 62x Shoveler, 14x Wigeon, 2x Goldeneye, 4x Snipe, 3x Curlew, 3x ad YL Gull, 4x GBB Gull, 30x Linnet, c20,000 Starlings (DSc)

Friday, 1 February 2019

Friday 1st February 2019

                                                  WMBC BELVIDE RESERVE
            Work will start on Monday 4th February (weather permitting) to replace the steps on
            the Scott Hide with a fully compliant access ramp.
            This work is scheduled to take all week during which time the hide will be out of action.
            Steps on Gazebo Hide will also be replaced but this will only take one day.
            Our apologies for any inconvenience caused during works.

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
75x Pink-footed Geese over north at 10:00 (CDa)

Swynnerton
115x Pink-footed Geese over NW at 13:10 (PMo)

Red Street
11x Snipe (JMa)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2w Caspian Gull, 6x YL Gull in the roost, 18x Goosander, 23x Pochard

Branston Water Park
2x Egyptian Geese, 4x Pochard, 6x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 2x Little Egret (JWo)

Barton Marina
Oystercatcher, 58x Wigeon, 2x Pochard, 4x Little Egret (JWo)

Branston GPs
24x Little Grebe, 6x Shelduck, 14x Wigeon, 52x Shoveler, 16x Gadwall, 22x Pochard, Goldeneye, 5x Ruff, 6x Curlew, Snipe, Redshank, 4x YL Gull, Common Gull, Peregrine, c15,000 Starlings (DSc)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Red-necked Grebe, the 3x Cattle Egret roosted

Gailey Resv
36x Pochard, 2x Goldeneye, 5x Gadwall, 8x Little Grebe, nearby at Otherton 40x Golden Plover, Merlin, 2x Goosander (CVa)

Cannock Chase
15x Waxwing briefly at Strawberry Hill (CVa)

Doxey Marsh
Short-eared Owl again at 17:00, 2x Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, 83x Teal, 10x Goosander, 16x Shoveler, 5x Snipe (RSw)

Silverdale CP
1w Caspian Gull on The Void (DKe)

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Thursday 31st January 2019

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Red-necked Grebe still

Doxey Marsh
Short-eared Owl still this afternoon (GPr)

Radford Meadows
132x Wigeon, 31x Teal, 4x Goosander (CDa)

Middleton Lakes
Redhead Smew on south side of JW between  the two screens, Great White Egret, Little Egret, 350x Wigeon, 17x Pochard, 140x Teal, Goldeneye, 4x Goosander, 17x Shelduck, (MSc)

Westport Lake
39x Goosander, Goldeneye (DKe)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck, Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, 6x Curlew, 60x Lapwing, 11x Shelduck, 67x Shoveler, 15x Pochard, 10x Wigeon, 6x Gadwall, 100x Teal, Goldeneye, 24x Little Grebe, Little Egret, 5x Yellow-legged Gull, 8x GBBG, 2x Common Gull, c20,000 Starling, 3x Tawny Owl, (JWo)

YL Gull by Jon Woodcock

Long-tailed Duck by Jon Woodcock



Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Ford Green
Water Rail, Willow Tit (JJo)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck, 8x Ruff, Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, 16x Curlew, Snipe, 250x Lapwing, 14x Shelduck, Goldeneye, 8x Pochard, 45x Shoveler, 4x Gadwall, 150x Teal, 35x Little Grebe, YL Gull, Stonechat (JWo)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, ad Med Gull, ad YL Gull

Barton under Needwood
Blackcap (JWo)

Berryhill
Short-eared Owl reported briefly along the top mounds this afternoon

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Tuesday 29th January 2019

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Little Egret, 8x Goosander, 2x Gadwall, 3x Shelduck  Greenfinch, (GPr)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, ad YL Gull also Juv Glaucous/Herring hybrid

Berryhill
Woodcock in long scrub by the egg sculpture (AJo)

Stone
Woodcock flushed from scrub on the golf course (PMo)

Monday, 28 January 2019

Monday 28th January 2019

Merelake
Red Kite circling one mile north of Talke (MBa)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Red-necked Grebe still

Tittesworth Water
Jack Snipe, 24x Common Snipe, Pintail, 13x Wigeon, 66x Teal, 112x Lapwing, 133x Common Gull, Little Egret, (SGi)

Dosthill NR
2x juv Whooper Swan over North at 13:30 (SCa)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, 2x Caspian Gull, 2x YL Gull

Barton Marina
Little Egret, 58x Wigeon, 3x Pochard, Shoveler, - Marley Pit 3x Goosander (JWo)

North Staffs Moors
2x Stonechat (TEy)

By Terry Eyre
Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still on Ashy Pit, 2x Little Egret, 6x Curlew, 4x Ruff, Redshank, 300x Lapwing, 8x Shelduck, 24x Shoveler, Pochard, Gadwall, Teal, Little Grebe, Peregrine, Stonechat (CEc)

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Sunday 27th January 2019

Doxey Marsh
2x Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, 2x Water Pipit, 550x Lapwing, 2x Goosander, Common Gull (GPr)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Lesser Scaup still off the causeway (AEv)

Middleton Lakes
2x Pink-footed Geese, Great White Egret, 2x Goldeneye, (PAn)

Rocester
Redhead Smew still on JCB south lake also 17x Goosander (PRo)

Westport Lake
36x Goosander, 2x Goldeneye

Kingswood
Ad and 1w YL Gull

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull, 3x Caspian Gull, 5x YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost

Callowhill (near Blithfield)
14x Little Egret in field (MPR, GJM)

Catholme
5x Great White Egret from the footpath also Little Egret (JWo

By Jon Woodcock

Little Haywood
Little Egret in field opposite Seven Springs CP entrance (KSt)

Alrewas Arboretum
Goosander (JWo)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still on Ashy Pit, 2x ad YL Gull, 4x Ruff, c20,000 Starlings roosted (DSc)

Berryhill Botteslow Flash
Pochard, Goosander, 17x Teal, Wigeon (RTo)

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Saturday 26th January 2019

Cannock Chase
Great Grey Shrike still at 10:30 (IBu)

Middleton Lakes
Pink-footed Goose at Dosthill NR (SAt)  - Bittern flew from north end of Dosthill NR and landed in reeds opposite 1st screen (GWi)

Kingswood
1w Caspian Gull, 2w Caspian Gull at Poplars Landfill

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Red-necked Grebe still and 3x Cattle Egret still, 3x Pink-footed Geese, Oystercatcher, Redshank, 7x Golden Plover

Gailey Resv 
2x Goldeneye, 9x Pochard, 110x Golden Plover, 250x Lapwing (IMo)

Rocester
Redhead Smew still on JCB south lake (JJo)

Chasewater
Ad Iceland Gull, 2x 1w Caspian Gull, 6x YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost

Branston GPs
6x Ruff, 5x Curlew, 3x Redshank, 200x Lapwing, 12x Shelduck, 44x Shoveler, 2x Goldeneye, Common Gull, 3x ad YL Gull (DSc)

Doxey Marsh
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret

Lyme Valley Park
2x Kingfisher, Greenfinch (MPa)