Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday, 18th April 2014

Belvide Resv
1w fem Velvet Scoter, 1w drk Long-tailed Duck, 4x Scaup (two drks)

Blithfield Resv
8x Wheatear, 4x Common Sandpiper, 2x Common Tern, 5x LRP (MCh, PBe).

Drayton Bassett Pits
Glossy Ibis still this morning on Jubilee Wetlands

Doxey Marshes
Common Sandpiper, LRP, 2x Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Whitethroat, 3x Willow Warblers, 4x Sedge Warblers, 2x Reed Warblers, White Wagtail, Goosander (RSw).
This evening - 2x Common Sandpiper, 2x White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 2x Goosander, Little Egret, LRP (SPe)

Tittesworth Resv
Male Redstart plus Arctic Tern thru at 10:30hrs (SGib)

National Arboretum, Alrewas
Male Redstart, 1x Lesser Whitethroat (SCo)

Alrewas GP
1x fem Scaup, 8x Gadwall, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat (SCo)

Branston GPs
14x Redshank, 2x Dunlin, Ruff, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Curlew, 34x Shelduck, Cetti's WarblerLesser Whitethroat (AJ)

Uttoxeter Quarry
14x White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 2x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 2x Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 2x Wheatear, Whitethroat (EF)

Croxall GP
1x Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher (SCo)

Whitemoor Haye
6x Gadwall, 4x Redshank, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 1x LRP (SCo)

Hulme, Stoke-on-Trent
Whinchat still off track between Malthouse Lane and Salters Lane, also 9x Wheatear.
SJ 941458 (RT, NP, DW)

Silverdale CP
10x Fieldfare (JHu), 1x Wheatear, 2x Whitethroats (PJ)

Audley
2x Lesser Whitethroats (JHu)

Berryhill
8x Whitethroat, 8x Wheatear (NP RT)

Cannock Chase
Redstart, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit, 5x Wheatear, Cuckoo (MPi)
2x Male Redstart, Cuckoo (CW GW)

Old River Dove
2x Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 10x Sand Martin, 3x Goosander (AJ)

Trent Washlands
Garden Warbler (AJ)

Barlaston Downs
4x Blackcap, 1x House Martin, 8x Willow Warbler, 2x Raven (MJa)

BLOG UPDATED 21:53 on 18/4/14

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thursday 17 April 2014

Drayton Bassett Pits
Jubilee Wetlands - Glossy Ibis, 4x Avocet (moving between North Pit), Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, 15x Ringed Plover, 6x Dunlin, 4x LR Plover, Redshank, 2x Common Tern, 2x White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtails over - North Pit - Med Gull, 2x Oystercatcher - new reedbed Snipe
Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3x Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, 4x Sedge Warbler (as per JH)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
2x Common Sandpiper on the causeway this morning (RCB)

Hulme
Male Whinchat off the track between Malthouse Lane and Salters Lane SJ 941458 also 4x Wheatear, 4x Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail (RT)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Swift this afternoon (SN) - male Ring Ouzel in field south of plantation behind Southeast bay

Branston GPs
14x Redshank, 6x LR Plover, 3x Ruff, 3x Green Sandpiper, 3x Curlew, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Dunlin, Snipe, 10x Gadwall, 19x Shelduck, Pochard, 2x White Wagtail, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine (JWo)

Trent Washlands
Female Wheatear, 2x Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2x House Martin, 3x Willow Warbler (AJ)

Clay Mills
Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2x Redshank, Shelduck (AJ)

Doxey Marshes
Tillington Flash - 12:00hrs 2x Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, LRP, 2x Gadwall, Willow Warbler and House Martin (DSc)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Cannock Chase
Female Ring Ouzel in Sherbrook Valley.
Cuckoo calling mid day at top of Abrahams Valley (AR)

Drayton Bassett Pits
Glossy Ibis to 07:30 and again 11:00 to 14:55 at least on Jubilee Wetlands also Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, 13x Ringed Plover, Med Gull, 3x Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Yellow Wagtail (FM KT)

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 4x Scaup, 2x White Wagtail

Whitemoor Haye
22x Tufted Duck, 13x Gadwall, 3x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Yellow Wagtail, Tree Sparrow & Yellowhammer this afternoon (SCo)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Bateswood CP
Grasshopper Warbler this morning (JHu)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Avocet swimming off the dam at 15:20 (RCB) and still at 17:00 also 4x Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 2x Common Tern, Sandwich Tern (RCB IDB)

Uttoxeter Quarry
9x White Wagtail, 5x Shelduck, 4x Gadwall, 5x Goosander, 2x Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 7x Snipe, Wheatear, 3x Mandarin (EF)
40x White Wagtail and 4x Yellow Wagtail (IB)

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 4x Scaup, 16x White Wagtail

Trentham - Sideway
Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 5x Blackcap, Willow Warbler (LS)

Doxey Marshes
Little Egret, several Shoveler, c5 Great Crested Grebe & Green Woodpecker (GGr)

Old River Dove
3x Yellow Wagtail, 6x Sand Martin, 2x Goosander & Oystercatcher (AJa)

Branston GP's
4x Ruff, 9x Redshank, Snipe, Oystercatcher, 3x Curlew, 29x Shelduck & Willow Warbler (AJa)

Berryhill
Redstart at Fenpark side of Viewpoint paddocks (IB)

Aqualate Mere
Marsh Tit (BRi)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Monday 14 April 2014

Cannock Chase - Cadet Huts
*** HOODED CROW *** seen during the afternoon. It dropped into a tree behind the hut for around ten minutes then flew south east (Phill Ward with C & A Bladon)

Photo of the Hooded Crow on Cannock Chase by Phill Ward. Last Staffordshire record was in 1994.

Belvide Res (permit only)
45x White Wagtail, the 1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck and 4x Scaup

Berryhill
Male Redstart at the Viewpoint paddocks also Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 4x Wheatear, 2x Curlew, Peregrine (RT NP)

Cannock Chase
3x Tree Pipit, male Redstart, 2x Siskin, 7x Willow Warbler, 5x Linnet (MJa). Also 2x Redstart at Chase Vista Valley (IBu)

Tree Pipit by Dave Fowler

Silverdale CP
2x Gadwall on the Void (PJ)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
2x Wheatear, 2x Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail at the dam also 3x Willow Warbler, 4x Blackcap (RCB)

Branston GP
Yellow Wagtail, 2x White Wagtail, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Green Sandpiper, 6x Ruff, 7x LRP, 9x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, Cetti's Warbler, 80x Sand Martin (JWo)

Drayton Bassett Pitts
Fishers Mill bridge - Lesser Whitethroat, Jubilee Wetlands - 24x Dunlin, 8x Ringed Plover, 4x LR Plover, Redshank, Common Tern, White Wagtail - North Pit - Sedge Warbler, Goosander, 2x Common Tern  (as per JH)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday 13th April 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
Glossy Ibis on north shore till 08.50, and again at 10:20 when flew east, also Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck & 11x Scaup but no sign Slavonian Grebe

Blithfield Res (permit only)
White Wagtail in field below dam & 6x Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear and several Swallows (SPt)

Doxey Marshes
4x Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, House Martin & Goosander (RSt)
also 2x Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 3x Willow Warbler, 3x Little Egret & 6x Shelduck (RSw)

Branston GP
Green Sandpiper, 2x Snipe, 10x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 34x Shelduck, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 1x Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 3x Willow Warbler (AJ & RM)
also 6x Ruff, 2x Dunlin, 4x Little Ringed Plover & 6x Curlew (JWo)

Cannock Chase (Rifle Range)
Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit, 4x Willow Warbler, Osprey over at 08.30, Brambling, Stonechat & 4x Yellowhammer (AMa)

Highgate Common
2x Tree Pipit and a Brambling (HK)

Coombes Valley
Male Pied Flycatcher on new trail by bridge

Uttoxeter Quarry
14x White Wagtail, 5x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2x Green Sandpiper, 14x Goosander, 8x Shelduck & Goldeneye (RPo)

Aston - Burston Trail
2x Green Sandpiper, Wheatear, 2x Mandarin & 2x Teal (NPo)




Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday 12 April 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
Glossy Ibis to 09:20 when it flew north also Slavonian Grebe the 1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup, 10x White Wagtail and a Whimbrel briefly.

The Belvide Glossy Ibis today (by Nigel Talbot)


1w drake Long-tailed Duck at Belvide (photo by Staffsbirdnews)

Codsall - Brewood
Lesser Whitethroat singing this morning.

Doxey Marsh
Reed Warbler, 3x Sedge Warbler, 4x Blackcap, 2x Willow Warbler, 7x Swallow, 4x Sand Martin, 3x Little Egret, 6x Shelduck, 3x Gadwall, Peregrine over town centre (RSt)

Aqualate
Common Tern, 3x House Martin, c300 Swallow/Sand Martin, 3x Goldeneye, 4x Oystercatcher, Tawny Owl, 2x Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Cetti's Warbler (RSw)

Branston GPs
6x Ruff, 8x Redshank, LR Plover, 28x Shelduck, Cetti's Warbler (AJ)
Also Lesser Whitethroat, 5x White Wagtail and 2x Yellow Wagtails (CJW)

Trent Washlands
Little Egret, 6x Sand Martin (AJ)

Westport Lake
Cormorant, 3x Blackcap, 16x Sand Martin, 4x Swallow (AR)

Whitemoor Haye
10x Gadwall, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Little Ringed Plover, Blackcaps, Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammers (SCo)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Friday 11 April 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
Glossy Ibis to 08:45 then flew off NW. Also the 1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup.
Slavonian Grebe still off the dam this afternoon, also the Glossy Ibis again at 19:10 along the north shore.

Westport Lake
2x Pink-footed Geese this morning (NJS, CJW)

Silverdale CP
Male Pied Flycatcher just north of building 4B on industrial estate by south footpath emtrance to the Void at 12.30 - SJ 812470 - (NP)

Branston GPs
16x Redshank, 8x Ruff, 8x Curlew, 3x Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 15x Gadwall,16x Shelduck, 6x Shoveler, Cetti's Warbler, 25x Sand Martin, Swallow (JWo)

Bateswood
2x Pink-footed Geese on the lake (JH)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
North Pit 3x Common Tern, adult Med Gull  - Jubilee Wetlands  Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin - Also Cuckoo and Common Tern yesterday (GW JH FM)

Cannock Chase
2x Tree Pipit, Brambling, 2x Siskin, Swallow, 4x Willow Warbler (MJ)
Long-eared Owl, Woodcock (RW)

Alrewas GPs
12x Gadwall, 2x Shelduck, Goldeneye, Sedge Warbler (SCo)

Arboretum
3x Kingfisher, Sand Martin , Swallow (SCo)

Whitemoor Haye
4x Redshank, 6x Gadwall, 2x LR Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, Yellowhammers, Tree Sparrows, Corn Bunting, Goldcrest (SCo)


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thursday 10th April 2014

Berryhill
Whitethroat present this morning also 2x Wheatear (RT, NP) Male Redstart late morning

Westport Lake
Common Sandpiper present this morning (PLo)

Wetley Moor
c8 Brambling (inc 3x males), c15 Willow Warbler & c10 Chiffchaff (RBu)

Knypersley Resv
1x Willow Warbler, 1x Redpoll, 1x Swallow, 7x Blackcap, 4x Brambling (GBr)

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w fem Velvet Scoter still, plus 1w drk Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup, 2x Glossy Ibis this morning, present from 10.00 til 11.20 when 2nd bird flew off, and Slavonian Grebe in SE bay
Osprey over north at 17:45

Doxey Marsh
3x Little Egret, LR Plover, 10+ Swallow, House Martin (CH)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w female Velvet Scoter still also 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup and 13x White Wagtail

Drayton Bassett Pits
4x Avocet, Common Sandpiper, 4x Dunlin (GW, KSa)

Branston GP
4x Ruff, 17x Redshank, 8x Curlew, 3x Green Sandpipers, 3x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, Raven, male Redstart, 24x Shelduck (AJa, DSc)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Egyptian Geese, 3x LRP, 1x White Wagtail, 20+ Sand Martin, 2x Shelduck (MSa)

Berryhill
Grasshopper Warbler reeling early morning and briefly mid morning also 4x Wheatear (RT PW NP)

Lichfield
Wheatear on the Fosseway disused railway (BR)

Cauldon
Ring Ouzel, 3x Willow Warbler, 2x Curlew (DC)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup, 11x White Wagtail

Cannock Chase
Tree Pipit singing old quarry area this morning, also male Redstart in hawthorns opposite Takeroo (RCB)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Jubilee Wetlands, Greenshank, 5x Ringed Plover, 4x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Curlew, 2x Redshank, male White Wagtail & Sand Martin, on north pit, adult Med Gull, Little Egret & 5x Goosander (JHa)
also Wheatear at Jubilee wetlands (MWa)
also Glossy Ibis but shortly moved south (BVa, JMa)
John Mallinson

Dimmingsdale
3x Swallow, 2x Brambling, 5x Chiffchaff, 2x Willow Warbler (TEy)

Doxey Marsh
3x Swallow, 3x Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap, Willow Tit (PD)

Branston WP
2x Willow Warbler, 6x Blackcap (JWo)

Yoxall
2x Swallow (JWo)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Monday 7th April 2014

Blithfield Resv
Pair of Common Scoter plus adult Little Gull reported (GJM)
Common Scoter pair still this afternoon off Barn Farm Bay also a House Martin (RCB)

Belvide Resv
1w fem Velvet Scoter, 1w drk Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup and 11x White Wagtail.

Branston GP
Adult Kittiwake briefly then flew south (photo below), 2x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 23x Redshank, 12x Curlew, 6x LRP, Ringed Plover, 16x Shelduck (JWo)



Drayton Bassett Pits
Drake Garganey and Grey Plover on North Pit also 10x Dunlin, Green Sandpiper (GW)

Whitemoor Haye
This evening - 21x Wigeon, 6x Gadwall, 2x Teal, 7x Redshank, 3x LRP, 3x Oystercatcher, 12+ Swallow, 15+ Tree Sparrow, 12+ Yellowhammer, 1x Grey Partridge, 2x Egyptian Geese (SCo)

Stone - Barlaston Downsbanks
Brambling, 4x Willow Warbler, 6x Chiffchaff, Blackcap (MJa)

Blythe Bridge
Red Kite over the A50 Roundabout this morning (GH)

Woodseaves to Norbury and along to Gnosall along the Shropshire Union Canal
2x Blackcap (I)



Spring is in the air with these two young Tawny Owls showing in the county today

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sunday 6th April 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w female Velvet Scoter still also the 1w Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup, 11x White Wagtail.
2x Brambling at the feeding station (JJH)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Osprey at 12:48

Endon SW
3x Swallow, 1x Willow Warbler, 1x Raven (GBr)

Berryhill
Jack Snipe early morning, 3x Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap (RT NP)

Audley
1x Water Rail (bought in by the cat. Bird was released unhurt! per PJ)



Saturday, 5 April 2014

Saturday 5 April 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w female Velvet Scoter still also House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup

Doxey Marsh
Sedge Warbler at Cresswell Flash (IG)

Uttoxeter Quarry
6x White Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 4x Green Sandpiper, 6x Goldeneye, 4x Goosander (RPo)

Whitemoor Haye
3x White Wagtail tonight (TPe)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Red Kite over North pit at 14:55 also adult Med Gull on North pit. (JJH SJH)

Knypersley
2x Blackcap and 23x Chiffchaff (GBr)

Alton
2x Swallow (TEy)

Berryhill
Grasshopper Warbler this morning (AJ)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Friday 4 April 2014

Belvide Resv
A dark morph Arctic Skua flew over to NW at 09:35hrs

Berryhill
Male Ring Ouzel at 08:55 300m north of the mast on mound  mast side of the Palletstacks track (RT DB) Still showing to at least 11:30.

Cheadle
Female Ring Ouzel in field at Trimpos early afternoon.

Branston GP's
1st winter Little Gull on south pit til midday only, also 5x ruff, 15x Redshank, 3x Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, 2x Curlew, 23x Shelduck, 84x Teal, Shoveler, 12x Gadwall, 5x Wigeon, 2x Blackcap, Cettis Warbler, 6x Redwing & 3x Wheatear (DSc)

Alvecote Pools
4x Common Scoter at 16.50 on pretty pigs pool, viewable from the public car park (R Smith)

Parkhall CP
11x Chiffchaff, 5x Willow Warbler, 4x Blackcap, 2x Willow Tit, Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine (SSt)

Silverdale CP
Swallow, Willow Warbler (PCa)

Caverswall/Blythe Bridge area
Swallow, 4x Skylark, 2x Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer, 3x Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, 8x Linnet, 2x Stock Dove & 2x Goldcrest (ARa)

Dimmingsdale
Swallow, 2x Willow Warbler, 5x Chiffchaff (TEy)

Doxey Marsh
2x Little Egret, 2x Shoveler, Goosander (BR)

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Thursday 3 April 2014

Belvide Resv
Sandwich Tern on north shore till 10:45 but not since also the 1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup

Berryhill
Male Ring Ouzel at 08:10 around the viewpoint paddocks but mobile. Also Willow Warbler, Blackcap (RT KH)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Osprey sat in tree at the Broompits viewable from lay by (RCB)

Branston GPs (Fully working pit. Must keep to public footpaths at all times)
Drake Common Scoter (South Pit), two 1st summer Little Gulls, Common Tern, 8x Swallow, c10x Sand Martin, 6x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 7x Curlew, 2x LRP, 4x Ringed Plover, 13x Redshank, 23x Shelduck, 6x Wigeon (JWo)




Common Scoter and Little Gull at Branston GP by Jon Woodcock

Uttoxeter Quarry
House Martin, Swallow, plenty of Sand Martins, 4x LRP, 4x Green Sandpiper, 6x Goldeneye (RPo)

Dimmingsdale
Swallow, 4x Mandarin, 4x Chiffchaff (TEy)

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Blithfield Res (permit only)
2x adult Little Gull in Blithe Bay mid day and later increasing to 5 before appearing to fly east at 17:05. Osprey flew up Tad Bay at 18:10 (GJM)

Belvide Res (permit only)
1w female Velvet Scoter still also 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup and adult Little Gull

Chasewater
Glossy Ibis roosted at 19:35hrs but no sign juv Glaucous Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Doxey Marshes
Water Pipit by sluice gate, Green Woodpecker (site rarity) 2x Raven, 3x Little Egret, 10x Shoveler, 6x Gadwall, 4x Water Rail calling, 4x Goosander & 6x Shelduck (AHa)

Branston GP
60x Teal, 27x Shelduck, 5x Ruff, 7x Redshank, Ringed Plover, Blackcap and Cetti's Warbler singing.(DSc)

Needwood
80x Fieldfare flew north 18:30hrs (DSc)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Tuesday 1st April 2014


Happy BK day to everyone today. 

Today's page is dedicated to the memory of John Gulley "Gupta"

Tixall Wide
A 9th anniversary celebration walk by Roger Broadbent saw a Kingfisher (but not a funny one), 2x Blackcap, 5x Snipe, 5x Chiffchaff, 4x Curlew and 2x Mandarin nearby

Belvide Resv
1w fem Velvet Scoter, 1w drk Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup, White Wagtail

Bateswood CP
Redshank on shore til 07.05 & 2x Crossbill E at 07.12 (JHu)

Parkhall CP
2x Raven, 11x Chiffchaff, 2x Willow Warbler, 2x Green Woodpecker

Cannock Chase (Upper Longdon - Cadet Huts-Butts)
6x Crossbill, 100+Redpoll, c15 Brambling, c20 Siskin, 4x Yellowhammer, 3x,Green Woodpecker (CS). 4x Crossbill at Trig Point (AWa)

Drayton Bassett Pits
Yellow Wagtail over heading north late afternoon also Adult Med Gull, Willow Tit, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x LR Plover, 2x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, 4x Shelduck, 2x Goosander (JH)

Doxey Marshes
4x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, 3x Little Egret, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x LRP, 2x Gadwall, 10x Snipe, 1x Oystercatcher (DCo)

Dosthill NR
8x Goldeneye (JH)

Silverdale CP
Sum plumaged Brambling singing tonight (PJ)


Monday, 31 March 2014

Monday 31 March 2014

Chasewater
Two Sandwich Terns sat on buoy No. 3 at 19:35hrs also the juv Glaucous Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Branston GP
2x Avocets, 3x Green Sandpipers, 3x Snipe, 5x Ruff, 4x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, 6x Curlew, 15x Redshank, 18x Gadwall, 8x Wigeon, 23x Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Cetti's Warbler, 3x Sand Martin (JWo, PBe) Remember you must keep to the footpaths and please note it's a fully working sand quarry.

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit by pollarded willows at 12:00 also 3x Little Egret, 4x Redshank, 3x LR Plover, Snipe, 6x Shelduck, 2x Goosander, Swallow, Sand Martin, 6x Chiffchaff, Peregrine (SE HF)

Belvide Resv
1w fem Velvet Scoter, 1w drk Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup and White Wagtail 

Parkhall
Osprey over at 14:33

Cannock Chase
Ansons Bank/Trig Point -60x Redpoll, Chiffchaff and 16x Brambling (RWi)

Audley
Oystercatcher briefly in flooded field at New Farm at 10:00 (JH)

Silverdale CP
Willow Warbler this morning (JH)

Trentham Gardens
1x Little Egret (B&B)

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday 30 March 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
No sign of the Firecrest by 10:00. The 1w female Velvet Scoter still also 1w drake Long-tailed Duck and 11x Scaup

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull on raft at 08:00 also Merlin along west shore

Branston Water Park
Probable female Ring Ouzel at 17.00 near entrance (JLl)

Berryhill (visible migration)
109x Meadow Pipit, 4x Goosander, 2x Brambling, 3x Cormorant, Curlew, (RT NP KH)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Avocet, 15x Ruff (MY, KD)

Doxey Marsh
3x Little Egret, 14x Sand Martin, 2x Willow Warbler, 4x Chiffchaff (BB JB)

Trent Washlands
Little Egret, Blackcap, 2x Chiffchaff (AJa)

Barlaston Downs
Cormorant, 3x Chiffchaff, 2x Stock Dove, 6x Fieldfare, 2x Raven & Green Woodpecker (ARa)


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Saturday 29 March 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
Firecrest still present today by the second wooden bridge also the Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11x Scaup. Osprey present 18:40-1845 then flew north

Croxall Lakes
Osprey over north at 08:40 (MY & KD)

Osprey over Croxall taken today by Martyn Yapp

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Scandinavian Rock Pipit on the dam this morning (GJM MPR)

Branston GPs
2x Avocet back on Sandy Pit also 3x Ruff, 4x Redshank, 2x LR Plover, 2x Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper,3x Curlew, Cetti's Warbler, Swallow, 28x Shelduck (JJH SJH BM)

Drayton Bassett Pits
1x Mediterranean Gull, 4x Dunlin, 4x Ringed Plover, 6x Redshank, 4x Oystercatcher, LRP, 7x Goosander, 9x Goldeneye, 8x Shelduck, 2x Little Egret, White Wagtail (per JH)

Doxey Marsh
Wheatear, 3x Little Egret, 5x Goosander, 6x Shelduck, Little Grebe, 5x Chiffchaff (RS). Osprey over high late afternoon.

Cheddleton Sewage Farm
1x Brambling, 5x Redwing, 2x Oystercatcher, Teal, Grey Wagtail, 12x Reed Bunting. (DSc)

Silverdale CP
Wheatear, Raven, 5x Chiffchaff (GSa)

Tittesworth Resv
No sign drake Lesser Scaup today but Little Egret, 10+ Curlew, 2x Crossbill flew west calling (CBr)

Weaver Hills
2x Swallow, 4x Sand Martin, 30x Skylark (TEy)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Friday 28th March 2014

Westport Lake
Singing Willow Warbler this morning (CJW, KSk)

Belvide Res (permit only)
The Firecrest again by the second wooden bridge in the SE Bay at 15:50. Access has been arranged to view from fields south of the wood. Also the Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11x Scaup

Branston GPs
2x Avocet still this morning also 6x Ruff, 2x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 6x Curlew (DER)
also 7x Ruff, 3x Green Sandpiper, 19x Redshank, 4x Ringed Plover, 8x Curlew, Water Rail, 12x Gadwall, 20x Shelduck, 8x Great Black-backed Gull, Cetti's Warbler, 2x Sand Martin & c6 Chiffchaff (JWo)
Jon Woodcock

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Green Sandpiper, 4x Goosander, 4x Goldeneye, Chiffchaff (BB JB)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Green Sandpiper, 4x Oystercatcher, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 4x Shelduck, Swallow, Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker & Goosander (SE, HF)

Croxden Quarry
2x Gadwall, 2x Chiffchaff (BB JB)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Thursday 27 March 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
Firecrest still early morning by the second wooden bridge in the SE bay but no further sign by dusk. 1w Velvet Scoter, 1w drk Long-tailed Duck and 11 Scaup still present

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Rock Pipit on dam at 10:00 but no further sign (GJM) Again on the dam at 15:30

Gailey Res
Rock Pipit by the sailing club early morning then flew north also 6x Sand Martin, 2x Oystercatcher (IM)

Chasewater
100+ Sand Martin (JJH)
Juv Glaucous Gull again in the roost

Tittesworth
Drake Lesser Scaup still

Cannock Chase
22x Crossbill, 2x Yellowhammer, Brambling, c120 Fieldfare (MJa)

Drayton Bassett Pits
Jack Snipe, 2x Snipe, 4x Ringed Plover, LR Plover, 4x Redshank, 2x Dunlin, Curlew (GW as per JH)

Berryhill
9x Wheatear (RT NP)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
Male Firecrest singing on west side of the plantation, later on the south side late afternoon also the Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and 11x Scaup. Adult Iceland Gull roosted tonight.

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull roosted again this evening (CWG_sightings)

Branston GPs
2x Avocet, 2x LR Plover, 4x Ringed Plover, 11x Redshank, 3x Green Sandpiper, 7x Ruff, 7x Curlew, Oystercatcher, 2x Water Rail, 4x Mandarin, 27x Shelduck, 9x Gadwall, Cetti's Warbler, 2x Sand Martin (JWo)

By Jon Woodcock

Berryhill
12x Wheatear this morning (RT)

By Dave Fowler

Whitemoor Haye
Corn Bunting, 12x Yellowhammer, 6x Tree Sparrow (DER)

Croxall
4x Oystercatcher, 3x Goosander, Curlew, 30x Redwing, Chiffchaff (DER)

Doxey Marsh
LR Plover, Redshank, 5x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, 3x Chiffchaff (SP)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Belvide Res (permit only)
4x adult Kittiwake off the NE corner of the dam at 11:45, later flew off at 13:00, 6x Grey Plover flew east at 16:05. Also 1st winter fem Velvet Scoter, 1st winter drake Long-tailed Duck, 11x Scaup

Westport Lake
Two adult Kittiwake present until 08:42 when flew north. Also 1x LRP, Swallow, up to 6x Chiffchaff and 3x Goldeneye. (NJS)

Tittesworth Res
Drake Lesser Scaup still present from car park 13:45hrs

Drayton Bassett Pits
3x Black-tailed Godwits, 6x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 6x Redshank, Dunlin, 2x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 4x Snipe, Stonechat (per JH)

Doxey Marsh
6x Shoveler, 5x Shelduck, 3x Sand Martin (BR). In addition this evening saw 6x Goosander, 5x Snipe, 2x Redshank, 5x Chiffchaff, 1x Ringed Plover (DCo)

Keele
c300 Golden Plover in field adjacent to the cemetery this afternoon (SM)

Wolseley Bridge
2 Grey Wagtail (BR)

Penkridge
2x Grey Wagtail on Penk Brook (BR)