Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wednesday 17th December 2014

Hanley Forest Park, Stoke-on-Trent
redhead Smew present till dusk and showing well. Bird also present yesterday. (GBr)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 19x Curlew, c100 Great Black-backed Gull, c150 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 36x Herring Gull, Little Egret, 13x Shelduck, 25x Wigeon, 5x Pochard, 7x Gadwall & Cetti's Warbler (JWo)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tuesday 16th December 2014

Hybrid Ring-billed Gull x LBBG again in the roost at 15:15 (@Midlandsbirder)
2x Caspian Gull (2nd winter and probable adult)  3x adult YL Gull, adult Med Gull also in the roost

Belvide Res
3rd winter Caspian Gull again in the roost

Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday 15th December 2014

Great Northern Diver still off Target Point, 2x Caspian Gull ( 1st  and 2nd winter ) in the roost also 2x adult Med Gull

Branston GP
Adult Caspian Gull, 108x GBBG, 8x Ruff, 18x Curlew, Redshank, 61x Lapwing, 13x Shelduck, c40x Wigeon, 13x Gadwall, 6x Pochard, 13x Little Grebe, c30x Skylark, 6x Yellowhammer (JW)

Belvide Resv
3w Caspian Gull in roost

Ring-necked Parakeet flew south at 09:10

Peregrine hunting over town centre at 09:20 (AB)

Parkhall CP
Little Grebe, 2x Willow Tit, Kingfisher, 3x Goldcrest, Treecreeper (SSt)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday 14th December 2014

Blithfield Resv
Ad Caspian Gull in Tad Bay roost, 17x Goosander, 9x Goldeneye (@rpintean)

Belvide Resv
2x Caspian Gull (3w + 1w) plus adult LBBG x Ring-billed Gull hybrid (same bird roosted at Chasewater last night) (@BelvideBirding)

Juv Great Northern Diver, 2x Caspian Gulls (adult + 2w), ad Mediterranean Gull, 4x Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adults + 2w) (@CWG_sightings)

Caverswall - Blythe Bridge
Yellowhammer, 10x Lapwing, 7x Meadow Pipit, 12x Fieldfare, 7x Redwing, 2x Kestrel (AR)

Radial Park
16x Snipe, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Kingfisher, 10x Mipit, 4x Reed Bunting, 4x Bullfinch, 2x Kestrel, Treecreeper  (DC)

Westport Lake
imm drake Smew still present plus Chiffchaff, 2x Goosander briefly and a Little Grebe.

Smew by Steve Seal

Silverdale CP
Female Shoveler (PC)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Saturday 13th December 2014

Westport Lake
Redhead Smew again present today

Smew by Steve Seal

8x Ruff on floods north of Alrewas (SC)

2x Caspian Gull (2nd winters) in the roost also adult Med Gull

Belvide Res
1st winter and 3rd winter Caspian Gull again in the roost

Barlaston Downs
40x Siskin, 6x Stock Dove (AR)

Knypersley Resv
Water Rail again present (GBr)

Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday 12th December 2014

Belvide Res
3x Caspian Gull  (1st, 2nd and 3rd winter) again in the roost

Alton - Denstone
Kingfisher and 2x Grey Wagtail along the old Uttoxeter Canal (AR)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Redshank, 20x Curlew, c30x Lapwing, 12x Shelduck, 7x Pochard, 5x Gadwall, 26x Wigeon, 5x Shoveler, 13x Little Grebe, Peregrine, c12x Skylark, 4x Yellowhammer. (JW)

Manifold Valley
4 or 5 Marsh Tit and a single Willow Tit (TEy)
Marsh Tit by Terry Eyre

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Thursday 11th December 2014

Belvide Res
3x Caspian Gull in the roost (1st, 2nd and 3rd winter)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wednesday 10th December 2014

Tittesworth Res
Dark-bellied Brent Goose still

Belvide Res
1st winter and 3rd winter Caspian Gull again in the roost

1st winter Scaup reported on Pretty Pigs Pool (RSm)

Westport Lake
Drk Pintail late PM

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tuesday 9th December 2014

Adult Bewick's Swan this afternoon

Branston Gravel Pits
18x Curlew, 2x Redshank, c200x Lapwing, Snipe, 9x Shelduck, 48x Wigeon, 9x Pochard, 5x Gadwall, 12x Little Grebe, 6x GBB Gull (JW)

Maybank, Newcastle-under-Lyme
c80 Pink-footed Geese flew over calling and were visible against the clouds 20:00hrs (NJS)

Tittesworth Res
Brent Goose still also Little Egret (HD)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Monday 8th December 2014

Belvide Resv
2x Little Egret at west end and Shelduck (@BelvideBirder)

Westport Lake
2x Goldeneye, 7x Pochard, 2x Herring Gull

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sunday 7th December 2014

Tittesworth Resv
Dark-bellied Brent Goose in field west of north end of resv with Canada Geese (@rpintean)

Tittesworth Brent Goose. Photos (top) Steve Gibson and Richard Powell

Belvide Resv
2x Caspian Gull (2w & 3w) in roost tonight

Adult Iceland Gull, 1w Caspian Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull. Also Herring Gull with white wings and increased numbers of Common, GBBG and argentatus Herrings after day of NW winds (@CWG_sightings, JA)

redhead Smew still present plus 7x Pintail (@Ian_m_grant)

Silverdale CP
1x imm drk Shoveler, 2x Goosander, 3x Teal, 34x Mallard, 3x Tufted Duck, 1x adult Yellow-legged Gull (photo below) (PJ)

Bates Wood, nr Newcastle-u-Lyme
3x Goosander, 1x Wigeon, 50-60 Redpoll (PJ)

Doxey Marshes
2x Cetti's Warbler, 13x Goosander, Stonechat, 6x Water Rail, 4x Chiffchaff (PDy, DFo)

Deep Hayes CP
2x Mandarin, 12x Goosander and 1x Little Grebe (RSu)

Barn Owl, Little Owl, 2x Stonechat, 2x Water Rail, Woodcock, c300 Redwing, c200 Fieldfare, c800 Starling (RT)

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Saturday 6th December 2014

2w Caspian Gull in roost tonight (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide Resv
3x Caspian Gulls in roost (1w 2w 3w) (@BelvideBirding)

Brookleys Lake
126x Mandarin, 2x Goosander (@rpintean)

Redhead Smew again mid day

Westport Lake
1w drk Smew again today from 11:30hrs (IR) and still present at 15.15 (SMi, PLo et al)

Smew by Steve Gibson

Smew by Chris Bromley

Doxey Marshes
Water Rail, Shelduck, 15x Snipe, 34x Teal & Cetti's Warbler (LOU)

Cetti's Warbler by Lou

Whitemoor Haye
1300x Lapwing, 65x Wigeon, 12x Tufted Duck, 322x Mute Swan, 19x Cormorant, 8x Teal, 9x Grey Partridge, Snipe, 10x Tree Sparrow & 3x Yellowhammer (SCo) 

Alrewas GP
41x Teal, 5x Goldeneye, 199x Wigeon, 64x Tufted Duck, Snipe, Little Grebe & 2x Grey Wagtail (SCo)

Barn Owl at 20.45 north of village, on road sign on roundabout at junction of A53 & A5128 (NDP)

Dunstall Sawmill Pool
1x Green Sandpiper, 2x Teal, 5x Mandarin (4m)  (Chaz M)

Knypersley Resv
2x Water Rail, 3x Greylag Geese (GBr)

Lyme Valley Park, Newcastle-u-Lyme
Dipper on the stream by the car park opposite the hospital on A34 (GSa)

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday 5th December 2014

Belvide Resv
Two Caspian Gulls (1w 2w) in the roost tonight

Branston Gravel Pits
10x Ruff, 6x Redshank, Dunlin, 19x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 12x Golden Plover, 653x Lapwing, 11x Shelduck, 49x Wigeon, 11x Pochard, 6x Gadwall, 7x Shoveler, Little Egret & 12x Little Grebe (JWo)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Thursday 4th December 2014

2x Caspian Gull (adult and 1st winter) in the roost

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Bittern at the conservation pool this morning from the west hide view the top corner (PS)

Westport Lake
Redhead Smew at 13.00 (SMi)
Smew by Simon Middleton

Ford Green/Chatterley Valley
Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, Gadwall, Little Grebe, 10x Reed Bunting, 6x Meadow Pipit (JJ)

Doxey Marshes
10x Goosander, Kingfisher, Stonechat & Treecreeper (PDy)

Belvide Res
3x Caspian Gull in the roost ( 1st winter, 2nd winter, 3rd winter )

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Blithfield Res
Bewick's Swan briefly Blithe Bay late morning then flew off SE also a Knot (GJM)

Swallow Moss
Adult male Hen Harrier at 13:50 - different bird from the 2w male reported 30/11  (RT NDP)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Ruff, 19x Curlew, 6x Redshank, 824x Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 13x Shelduck, 12x Shoveler, 12x Little Grebe, 5x Pochard, 24x Wigeon, 2x Gadwall, 2x Little Egret, Goldcrest & c30 Yellowhammer in hedge at Small Meadows (JWo)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Monday 1st December 2014

Hanchurch Woods
Great Grey Shrike still, take track NW from Lower car park to view clearfell. (SE HF)

Belvide Res
Redhead Smew again at west end. 3rd winter Caspian Gull again in the roost.

Doxey Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, 2x Goosander, 2x Water Rail, Wigeon, Shoveler, Fieldfare (MT DF)

Cetti's Warbler by Mick Turner


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sunday 30th November 2014

Hanchurch Woods
Great Grey Shrike again this morning relocated at 11:05 on the top track. Park in the main car park and walk back past the cottage to view along the track. Showing on and off again from 12:45 until last message received at 13:45hrs (BC LC ST AS DR)

Belvide Resv
Ad Caspian Gull in the roost plus Corn Bunting, 2x Little Egret, 2x Pintail, 3x Goosander, 90x Golden Plover, Chiffchaff and Peregrine (@Kevin_Clements et al)

2x Caspian Gulls in the roost (adult and 2w), 2x adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2x adult Yellow-legged Gulls (@CWG_sightings)

Adult Bewick's Swan and the redhead Smew still

3x Woodcock, 2x Brambling, 12x Redpoll, 32x Fieldfare, 9x Redwing. Green Woodpecker (TE)

Doxey Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, Snipe, 2x  Goosander, 14x Shoveler, Wigeon (DF)

Cetti's Warbler by Dave Fowler

Cannock Chase
4x Stonechat, 4x Green Woodpecker, 30x Reed Bunting, 200x Fieldfare, 200x Redwing, (AH)

Knypersley Resv
1x Water Rail heard plus Woodcock (GBr)

 River Sow Meadows
10x Snipe, 118x Lapwing, 38x Wigeon, 25x TealGoosander, 90x  Fieldfare, 4x Mistle Thrush, 120x Greenfinch, 3x Grey Wagtail, 5x Skylark. (RS)

Swallow Moss
2nd winter male Hen Harrier

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Saturday 29th November 2014

Hanchurch Woods
Great Grey Shrike showing well to 10:15 at least. Take track NW from lower car park for about 100m to view clearfell on the left. (NDP et al)

 Great Grey Shrike showed well at times this morning (SBN)

Gailey Res
3x Brent Geese on sailing lake bottom right hand corner near spill weir (SR) Later flew off west at 12:15.

Belvide Res
3x Juvenile Brent Geese at west end 12:30 - 12:46 then flew off SE.

2x adult and one 2nd winter Caspian Gull, 3x adult YL Gull and white winged Herring Gull again in the roost. (JA)

Whitemoor Haye
100x Lapwing, 100x Pochard, 32x Wigeon, 39x Teal, 6x Goldeneye, 331x Mute Swan, 20x Yellowhammer, 25x Tree Sparrow, Golden Plover (SC)

Doxey Marsh
3x Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, 2x Goosander, 104x Lapwing, Snipe, 16x Shoveler, 6x Wigeon, Kingfisher, 20x Fieldfare, 2x Nuthatch (AR)

Tittesworth Res
1x Goldeneye, 2x Gadwall, drk Pintail, 42x Wigeon, 29x Teal, 4x Siskin (SGi)

Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday 28th November 2014

Hanchurch Woods
Great Grey Shrike briefly at Swynnerton Old Park at 11:00 in clearfell. From the forestry lodge go downhill to the lay-by on the left hand side. The bird is feeding in a new clearfell opposite the lay-by. Again in clearfell at 14:30 (SE, HF)

Great Grey Shrike by Steve Edwards

Blithfield Res (Permits)
5x Common Scoter this morning (GJM)

Whitemoor Haye
378x Lapwing, 49x Wigeon, 111x Pochard, 6x Goldeneye, 17x Golden Plover, 304x Mute Swan, 15x Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow (SC)

Branston GP
Adult Caspian Gull and 4x adult Yellow-legged Gulls in roost. Also 7x Ruff, 4x Redshank, 20x Golden Plover, Snipe, 446x Lapwing, Little Egret, 8x Shelduck 8x Shoveler, 16x Pochard, 17x Wigeon, 3x Gadwall, Peregrine, 12x Yellowhammer, 11x Skylark, c80x Chaffinch (JW)

Adult Caspian Gull in fading light tonight at Branston (JW)

Junction pit
1 Snipe, Chiffchaff singing (SC)

Alrewas GPs
78x Tufted Duck, 2x Goldeneye, 19x Wigeon, Little Grebe (SC)

1 Egyptian Goose in with Canada Geese in field by quarter mile bridge (SC)

Belvide Res
3rd winter Caspian Gull again in the roost also 6x YL Gull

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thursday 27th November 2014

Belvide Resv
2x Caspian Gull in roost (adult + 3w), 8x Yellow-legged Gull (permit holders only)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Belvide Res
8x Common Scoter (one drake) off the dam this morning.
3rd winter Caspian Gull again in the roost also 5x YL Gull (BG)

Blithfield Res
Female Common Scoter at the deep end (GJM)

Doxey Marshes
Kingfisher, c40 Teal, Buzzard, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler, 6x Goosander, c40 Lapwing, 2x Bullfinch, 5x Grey Heron & 6x Cormorant (PLG)

Tittesworth Res
Male Pintail in the morning (GDe)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Tuesday 25th November 2014

Chasewater Res
Adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost plus 4x Yellow-legged Gulls (@midlandsbirder)

Belvide Res (Permits)
3rd winter Caspian Gull roosted this evening, also Little Gull, 5x Yellow-legged Gulls & the leucistic Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Little Egret remains at the west end (BB)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Ruff, 4x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 18x Curlew, 88x Lapwing, 10x Shelduck, 15x Pochard, 14x Wigeon, 8x Shoveler, 2x Gadwall, 12x Little Grebe, 2x Little Egret, Common Gull, c30 Yellowhammer in hedge between small meadows and Barton telephone exchange (JWo)
Yellowhammer by Jon Woodcock

Monday, 24 November 2014

Monday 24th November 2014

Parkhall CP
3x Woodcock (SSt)

Chatterley Valley\Ford Green
Green Sandpiper, Gadwall, 3x Little Grebe, 2x Goosander & Barn Owl (JJo)

Whitemoor Haye 14:20 to 16:15
201x Lapwing, 102x Golden Plover, 31x Wigeon, 27x Cormorant, Curlew, 20x Tree Sparrow, 15x Yellowhammer, 2x Goldeneye, 305x Mute Swan (SC)



Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Silverdale CP
135x Pink-footed Geese over south Blackbank at 08:30hrs. Also 3x Brambling (NDP)

Westport Lake
68x Pink-footed Geese flew over S/SE at 08:55hrs. Also 2x Goosander and a Chiffchaff (SBN)

The flock of 68 Pink-feet over Westport this morning

Croxall Lakes
90x Pink-footed Geese heading E 09:35hrs. Also a Little Egret present (@Ochruros)

Endon SW
70x Pink-footed Geese over to East at 10:00hrs. Also 81x Lapwing, 1x Raven (GBr)

Aqualate Mere
Redhead Smew still at far end (@Ian_m_grant)
2x Cetti's Warbler heard - An Otter swam across in front of the hide. Also Peregrine and 2000+ Starlings (PJ BC LC KB)

Goldsitch Moss
Male Hen Harrier before drifting off over Gradbach (RT)

Short-eared Owl from Drystone Edge (RT)

Doxey Marshes
11x Goosander, 6x Shoveler, c35 Snipe, 8x Bullfinch, Goldcrest, c100 Fieldfare, 28x Redwing, c1500 Starling & Cetti's Warbler (RSw)

Adult and 3rd winter Caspian Gull, 2x Adult YL Gull, Adult/4th winter Herring Gull showing white primaries, 2000x Starling in the roost (JA)

Radford Meadows
100x Golden Plover, 700x Lapwing (CD)

Barn Owl again at 16:25 also Woodcock (IBu BC LC)