Monday, 30 September 2013

Monday 30th September 2013

Found today at Blithfield , Telescope wide angle lens in one of the hides. Contact , Colin 07791 574054


Belvide Res
2x Jack Snipe were again at the west end this afternoon, also 2x Dunlin and 7x Golden Plover were present, the 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was present this afternoon, 7x Shelduck were new arrivals, also 68x Wigeon and 2x Goldeneye were noted, an imm female Peregrine was present early afternoon (Belvide Blog)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Jubilee Wetlands 2x Little Stint, 3x Ruff, 36x Dunlin, 8x Ringed Plover, 2x Greenshank, 5x Snipe, 6x Little Egret, 4x Pintail, 125x Wigeon over, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, 7x House Martin 2x Common Gull - Newreedbed pit Garganey (JH PHy)

Branston GP
Black-tailed Godwit, 25x Golden Plover, 2x Ruff, 19x Snipe, 11x Curlew, 5x Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 5x Shoveler, 3x Wigeon, Great Black-backed Gull & Peregrine (JWo)

Parkhall Country Park
Crossbill over this morning (PJo)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
2x Little Stint at 11.00 (SBa) - 1st winter Little Gull at 14:00 (RCB)
Also Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Curlew, 31 Ringed Plover, 13 Dunlin, Redshank, Goosander, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Common Tern & Pintail (SE&HF)

Alrewas GP
Greenshank, 36x Tufted Duck, 41x Wigeon, Whitethroat & Snipe (SCo)

Whitemoor Haye
125x Tufted Duck, 7x Shoveler, 4x Pochard, 52x Teal, 2x Snipe, Black-necked Grebe (SCo)

Hanchurch Woods
40x Crossbill, 70x Siskin & 7x Raven (NP)

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sunday 29 September 2013

Black Bank
3x Redwing over south at 08:15 during a visible migration watch (NP)

Westport Lake
2x Teal, 2x Wigeon on main lake, vis mig saw, c75 Meadow Pipit, 6x Swallow, c20 Pied Wagtail, 3x Starling, 2x Crossbill, 2x Redwing, 33x Jackdaw & 1x Skylark (NJS, CJW)

Whitemoor Haye
Black-necked Grebe still this am (Kay)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
2x Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, c30 Ringed Plover, 8x Dunlin, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 7x Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, Yellow Wagtail (GJM)

Bradley in the moors
Wheatear (TE)

Doxey Marsh
Barnacle Goose from the hide (PB)

Snipe one this evening (TE)

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Saturday 28 September 2013

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Jublilee Wetlands - 2x juv Little Stint, 4x Ruff, 10x Dunlin, 9x Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 15x Little Egret, 3x Pintail, Hobby, Rock Pipit, Wheatear, Stonechat, (JHa)
North Pit 2x Common Gull (1st and 2nd winter) and 2x Snipe, Grey Wagtail on the river (JHa)

Branston GPs
3x Ruff, 5x Black-tailed Godwit, 5x Curlew, 2x Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Golden Plover, Little Egret, 2x Wigeon, Hobby, Green Woodpecker (NB KB)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Little stint, Ruff, 2x Greenshank, 35x Ringed Plover, 8x Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 5x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Grey Wagtail, 2x YL Gull, 3x Goosander, 300+ Linnet (SE HF)

Hales (Coal Brook)
2x Ruddy Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, 3x Wigeon (RW)

Uttoxeter Quarry
45x Snipe, 2x Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 17x Wigeon (AB)

Counslow Wood
2x Crossbill this afternoon (AB)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still and a Little Stint flew through

Friday, 27 September 2013

Friday 27 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
Rock Pipit showing well on the dam (RB) also Tree Pipit high over the dam this pm (GJM)
2x Little Stint, 35x Ringed Plover, 10x Dunlin, Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 6x Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Grey Wagtail (SE)

Rock Pipit by Steve Edwards

Little Stints by Steve Edwards

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Little Stint on Jubliee Wetlands, also Black-tailed Godwit, 4x Ruff, 11x Dunlin, 12x Ringed Plover, 12x Snipe, 3x Pintail, 9x Little EgretRock PipitWheatear Stonechat, 2x Hobby over new reedbed pit,  The  Curlew Sandpiper later re-identified as a Dunlin (JHa)

Branston Gravel Pits
Grey Plover, Golden Plover, 8x Ruff, 2x Dunlin, 11x Snipe, 4x Green Sandpiper, 6x Black-tailed Godwit, 11x Curlew, 2x Little Egret, 2x Common Gull, 5x Wigeon, 3x Pochard, 2x Water Rail (JWo)
Grey Plover at Branston by Jon Woodcock

Whitemoor Haye 16.40 - 18.50
1x Pintail, 25x Wigeon, 4x Snipe, 3x Shoveler, c230 Lapwing, 2x Grey Partridge, c119 Coot, 31x Teal & several Tree Sparrows (SC)
c50 Pink-footed Geese over NW at 09:15 (RT)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still

2x adult Yellow-legged Gulls this evening (ABa)

Cheslyn Hay
Spotted Flycatcher by pool accessed from Mill Lane (SB)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Thurday 26 September 2013

Blithfield Res
Rock Pipit on the causeway briefly this morning (GJM)

c110 Pink-footed Geese over NW at 09:40 also 13x Snipe, 8x Golden Plover, Redstart, Wheatear, 3x Yellow Wagtail (RT)

Branston Water Park
8x Wigeon, 15x Gadwall, 6x Pochard, Kingfisher, 2x Chiffchaff (JWo)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Black-necked Grebe, 2x Little Grebe, Snipe, 43x Teal, 2x Gadwall, 8x Wigeon, 166x Coot (SC)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only)
5x Ruff, 3x Greenshank, 2x Redshank, 14x Dunlin, 10x Snipe, c50 Ringed Plover & Raven (RBe)

Gailey Res
Arctic Tern juv briefly then flew off west at 14:40

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still

Alsager's Bank
Yellow Wagtail at 09.50 (JPo)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Red-backed Shrike - One was apparently reported yesterday and photographed on Cannock Chase but with no location or any other info, can anyone help with this sighting please.
Further information that the Red-backed Shrike was seen in Sherbrook Valley at around 18.00.

Also a Wryneck was seen in a garden in Perton on the 22nd for around 20mins (via county recorder).


Cannock Chase
No sign of Red-backed Shrike in the Sherbrook Valley area

Blithfield Res (permit only)
4x Ruff, 2x Greenshank, 2x Redshank, 51x Ringed Plover, 10x Dunlin, 5x Curlew, Snipe, 3x Common Tern, 4x Yellow Wagtail, Goldeneye, Goosander (SE HF)

Branston GPs
6x Black-tailed Godwit, 5x Ruff, 8x Green Sandpiper, 7x Golden Plover, Greenshank, 23x Snipe, 17x Curlew, 531 Lapwing, 3x Water Rail, 2x Little Egret, Pochard, Cetti's Warbler (JW)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still

Hobby, Wheatear, Green Woodpecker (PB DW) also 2x Crossbill and YL Gull (RT)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Monday 23rd September 2013

Belvide Resv
Fem Garganey still present

Whitemoor Haye
2x Black-necked Grebe at 08.30 on lake viewable from main road  (GFWB)

Blithfield Resv
2x Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Greenshank, 2x Redshank, 5x Ruff, 2x juv Common Tern, Little Egret and a Little Gull, 40+ Ringed Plover, 12x Dunlin (Richard Berry)

Little Gull at Blithfield today by Richard Berry

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sunday 22 September 2013

Note about Blithfield - If you do happen to see any behaviour that you don't think is right or anyone doing something that is adversely having an affect on the birds/wildlife at Blithfield, then there are contact numbers in the hides for you to ring to report such actions. WMBC Voluntary wardens can't be on site all the time, so it maybe necessary on occasions if you do witness something, to ring the relevent people. Thanks

Blithfield Resv
3x Greenshank, 1x Redshank, 5x Ruff, 41x Ringed Plover, 13x Dunlin, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 3x Wheatear, 3x Curlew, Grey Wagtail, 9x Goosander (SE & H)
This evening - One Spotted Redshank, 5x Ruff, 2x Little Egret and Tree Pipit over (MPR)

Belvide Res (permit only)
2x Female Common Scoter this morning

Whitemoor Haye
Black-necked Grebe one still on pool viewable from road.
This evening 3x Greenshank and a Snipe (Barrie and Anita Staley)

Black Bank
During visible migration watch 14x Snipe over, 3x Crossbill, 2x Yellow Wagtail, complete details on (NP)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still

Branston GP's
4x Green Sandpipers, 10x Curlew, Little Egret, Raven, Common Gull (AJa)

Doxey Marshes
A Pectoral Sandpiper flushed from "new" scrape during Snipe count this morning, flew towards Belvide c11:15hrs. Also 119 Snipe from same field, 17x Gadwall, 15x Wigeon, 2x Kingfisher, numerous Swallows, House Martins, Chiffchaffs and several Willow Warblers (M Boote)

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Saturday 21 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
Common Crane back in Tad Bay this morning also 5x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Ruff, 21x Ringed Plover, 10x Dunlin, Pintail, Goldeneye, Mandarin (RP)
Additional - 11x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Greenshank, Redshank, 41x Ringed Plover, 5x Pintail, 2x Wheatear, YL Gull, 4x Common Tern, Goosander (SE HF)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Ruff, 2x Greenshank, Ringed Plover, 10x Snipe, Hobby, 4x Shelduck, 24x Shoveler, Lesser Whitethroat (RP)
In addition - Wheatear, 7x Egyptian Geese, 36x Shoveler, 52x Teal, Goosander (AB)

Wheatear by Andy Barker

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still at the west end

Cannock Chase
3x Spotted Flycatchers, Green Woodpecker (IBu)

Friday, 20 September 2013

Friday 20 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit early morning only (GJM PDH)  also Grey Plover again this afternoon  33x Ringed Plover, 9x Dunlin, 5x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Greenshank, RedshankRuff, 4x Common Tern (GJM)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3x Hobby, 3x Shoveler, Redstart (EF)

Cannock Chase
c100 Siskin, c 300 House Martin, Whitethroat (MJ)

Osprey over town centre at 16:00 (PD)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still at the west end

Visable Migration
Over 1200x Meadow Pipit in a combined count through this morning at Berryhill (RT) and Blackbank (NP)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Jubilee Wetlands - 7x Little Egret, 2x Hobby, Whitethroat (JH) Wheatear, Ringed Plover (GAW)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Thursday 19 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
Common Crane again in Tad Bay at 14:00

Doxey Marsh
22x Snipe, Hobby, Kingfisher (MJ)

Alrewas GP
2x Kingfisher, 149 Lapwing, 38x Tufted Duck, 8x Great Crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail & several Chiffchaff (SCo)

Whitemoor Haye
57x Coot, 63x Tufted Duck, 12x Great Crested Grebe, 3x Greenshank, 12x Teal, c250 Lapwing, Hobby & several Tree Sparrow (SCo)

c200 Swallows at 18.30 followed by a Hobby, also 40x Siskin (TEy)

Aqualate Mere
Hobby through today (SPe)

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
Common Crane again at 13:30
17x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Ruff, 3x Greenshank, Redshank, 28x Ringed Plover, 17x Dunlin, Hobby, Peregrine, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtails (RCB)

Whinchat, Wheatear, 2x Snipe, Golden Plover, 4x Whitethroat (RT)

Wheatear by Jim Rushton
Belvide Res
Female Garganey still at the west end

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Little Stint still on Jubilee Wetlands

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
Common Crane again in Tad bay at 15:00 (MCh). Also 9x Black-tailed Godwits (GJM)

Doxey Marsh
Osprey flew west over at 07:30 (GH)

Rudyard Res
Ist winter Med Gull down at the shallows (PS)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Fem Garganey, 3x Dunlin, 2x Ringed Plover, 1x LRP, 3x Hobby, juv Shelduck, adult Yellow-legged Gull (Belvide Blog)

Drayton Bassett Pits
Jubilee Wetlands - juv Little Stint, 3x Dunlin, 2x Ringed Plover, Snipe, 1w Yellow-legged Gull, Whitethroat.
North Pit - Goosander, 140x Lapwing (JH)

A Knot present

Monday, 16 September 2013

Monday 16 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
Common Crane again in Tad Bay at 09:00 and 11:00
9x Black-tailed Godwit (GJM) Also 2x Greenshank, 2x Ruff, 1x Ringed Plover (GFWB)

Belvide Resv
Fem Garganey again today

Hammerwich Village
Hobby chasing finches over the brassica fields west of village 1100hrs (Roy Smith)

2x Hobby, 50x Siskin, 14x Meadow Pipit (TE)

Branston GPs
Golden Plover, 7x Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 4x Ringed Plover, 4x Dunlin, Ruff, 12x Curlew, 6x Green Sandpiper, Hobby, 3x Pochard, 7x Shoveler, 2x Little Egret, Cape Barren Goose on Sandy Pit (JWoodcock)

Westport Lake
Reed Warbler still present this morning plus two Gadwall

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sunday 15th September 2013

ACCESS TO BLITHFIELD RESV - Please remember access to the reservoir is strictly by permit only, purchased from the WMBC. Will members please remember to use their keys to open the gates and not climb over them. Non permit holders can view the end of Tad Bay from Newton Hurst Lane

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)

Common Crane feeding on stubble fields off Newlands Lane WS15 3JD 08:00hrs (M Chilvers) and present later in Tad Bay on and off during the day. Also Little Stint, 3x Ruff, Greenshank, 21x Dunlin, 27x Ringed Plover, 3x Wheatear, 20+ Yellow Wagtails, Little Egret, 4x Common Tern (SE&H)

The Blithfield Crane today by Steve Edwards

Belvide Resv 
The female Garganey was still at the west end. The first Goldeneye of the autumn was at the west end also a juvenile Shelduck and 311 Canada Geese were counted. Twenty Dunlin flew thru in small groups, also 4 Ringed Plover and one LRP were present. An imm Peregrine caught a Starling this morning, also a Hobby was noted. A Vis Mig watch off the dam between 0700-0800 hrs produced 110 Meadow Pipit, 178 Swallow, 74 House Martin, 5 Chaffinch and 2 Greenfinch. Belvide Blog 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Saturday 14 September 2013

ACCESS TO BLITHFIELD RESV - Please remember access to the reservoir is strictly by permit only, purchased from the WMBC. Will members please remember to use their keys to open the gates and not climb over them. Non permit holders can view the end of Tad Bay from Newton Hurst Lane

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
Common Crane in Tad Bay to 07:05 then flew to fields north of Tad Bay before flying off north at 07:15 (DT)
Common Crane back in Tad Bay at 11:25 also Spotted Redshank morning only (RCB)
Common Crane flew towards the causeway at 15:45 also Little Stint, 6x Ruff, 3x Greenshank, 30x Ringed Plover, 15x Dunlin, 4x Common Tern, Pintail, 2x Goosander (RP)
Common Crane still in Tad Bay to 17:30 at least (DA)
Additional - Swift, 25x Yellow Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, 10x Goosander, 44x Wigeon (RCB)

Common Crane by Steve Gibson

Common Crane by Richard Powell

Whitemoor Haye
2x Black-necked Grebes on the Main lake this morning also 30+ Tree Sparrow, 6x Grey Partridge (SC)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Little Stint, 6x Ruff, Greenshank, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 18x Shoveler, 63x Teal,  2x Egyptian Geese, Kingfisher (RP)

4x Ringed Plover and a Dunlin on the north shore (HK)

Westport Lake
Little Egret flew over at 09:45 (JJ CS JS)

10x Crossbill, 2x Mandarin (DC)

Belvide Resv
Female Garganey still at west

Friday, 13 September 2013

Friday 13 September 2013

ACCESS TO BLITHFIELD RESV - Remember, access to Blithfield Res is strictly by permit only, purchased from the WMBC. Details are here. Please will all members use their keys to open the gates and not climb over them. It will be assumed anyone climbing over a gate is a non-permit holder. If the Crane is still present, non permit holders can view from the end of Tad Bay on Newton Hurst Lane. Bailliffs and WMBC Vol Wardens will be on site tomorrow if the Crane is still present.

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Common Crane at top end of Tad Bay at 16:15 (GJM) and still present at 18:35
Little Stint still also Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Black Tern, 6x Ruff, 28x Dunlin, 24x Ringed Plover, 2x LR Plover, 3x Greenshank, 6x Curlew, 2x Hobby, 2x Spotted Flycatcher, 3x Wheatear, 12x Yellow Wagtail, Little Egret, 4x Common Tern (SE HF)

Common Crane by Andy Barker

Crane by Steve Edwards

Uttoxeter Quarry
Little Stint still also 5x Greenshank, 14x Shoveler (EF)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Garganey still at the west end

Coalbrook Hales
2x Ruddy Shelduck (DA)

Maer Hills
12x Crossbill (DA)

Burston Water Meadows
10x Shoveler, 3x Wigeon (ST)

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Thursday 12 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Spotted Redshank this morning (GJM PDH)
Spotted Redshank still this afternoon also 4x Ruff, 2x Greenshank (RCB)

Westport Lake
Goshawk over low at 10:15 flying west to east (JJ CJB)

Parrots Drumble, Talke
3x Spotted Flycatcher (NR)

Belvide Resv (permit only)
Garganey still present

Branston GP's
16x Curlew, 8x Green Sandpiper, 2x Snipe, 7x Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Shoveler, 3x Little Egret, Peregrine, Hobby, Kingfisher (JWo)

Cannock Chase
3x Spotted Flycatcher, 4x Redstart, c50 Siskin (MJa)

Ringing News
Rich Powell writes - Details of a ringed Mediterranean Gull at Uttoxeter Quarry in July are as follows

Sincères salutations,
                Req Colour:   White
           Req Ring Code:   3AAH

             => Individual:   70046

12/09/2013                                                                                                                                                              Summary of rings for individual:                          70046
  Colour    Code of ring   Leg          Ringing scheme  Metal ring           Age of bird       Ringing date   Ringing location  Ringer
  White     3AAH                             Copenhagen                    6J3408                 pullus  16/06/2013  Valdemarsslot slotsø, Fyn, DENMARK 55,01N 10,39E                  Hansen, Lars
Sightings for individual:                                       70046
  White       3AAH      p           27/07/2013  Uttoxeter Quarry, Staffordshire, GB  52,58N 2,03W  Powell, Richard
  White       3AAH      p           06/09/2013  West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire, GB  53,22N 3,11W  Wollen, Phil
  White       3AAH      p           06/09/2013  West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire, GB  53,22N 3,11W  Williams, Stephen
  White       3AAH      p           10/09/2013  West Kirby, Wirral, Cheshire, GB  53,22N 3,11W  Rothwell, Hazel
       Total number of sightings :                              4

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Blithfield Resv (permit holders only)
Black Tern, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, 4x Ruff, Common Sandpiper, c20x Ringed Plover, c15x Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Little Egret (JWo)

Belvide Resv
Fem Garganey still

Hanchurch Woods
70x Crossbill this morning (NP)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Little Stint, 2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine (EF)
Little Stint still this evening also Hobby, 14x Goosander (RP)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Little Stint still this morning

Belvide Res (permit only)
Juv Black Tern still, female Garganey, adult YL Gull

Monday, 9 September 2013

Monday 9 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Little Stint this morning also 35+ Yellow Wagtails (GJM) 7x Ruff  and 13x LR Plover this evening (GJM MPR)
3x Curlew Sandpiper, 7x Ruff, 3x Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint still, 27x Dunlin, 36x Ringed Plover, 2x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3x Little EgretYL Gull, Hobby, 4x Pintail, 2x Wheatear, 2x Raven (SE HF)
Great Skua flew up Blithe Bay, landed then flew off north at 12:00

Little Stint by Steve Edwards

Knypersley Res
Osprey one flew northeast at 07:56 (GB)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Juv Black Tern still also female Garganey, 2x Whinchat

Branston GPs
3x Curlew Sandpiper, 4x Ruff, 12x Green Sandpiper, 14x Curlew, 13x Ringed Plover, 13x Snipe, 4x Little Egret, 40x Little Grebe, 10x Shoveler (JW)

Whinchat, 2x Redstart, 4x Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, 2x Little Owl (RT)

Redstart by Jim Rushton

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sunday 8 September 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
Juv Black Tern still and a Tree Pipit over

Blithfield Res (permit only)
7x Curlew Sandpiper, 3x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Ruff, 2x Greenshank (MYa)
Additional - 21x Ringed Plover, 20x Dunlin, Hobby, YL Gull, 6x Goosander (JW)

Uttoxeter Quarry
3x Greenshank, 3x Green Sandpiper, 2x Snipe, Pintail, 2x Gadwall, 14x Shoveler, 5x Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Tit, 29x Teal, juv Peregrine (AB)

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Saturday 7 September 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
Adult female Garganey still also juv Black Tern, Osprey through south at 17:10

Branston GPs
3x Curlew Sandpiper still

Hobby one over north shore at 16:00 also 2x Ringed Plover (HK)

Whinchat, 3x Tree Pipit, Redstart, 2x Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, 2x Raven (RT)

Coal Brook Hales
250x Grey Lag Geese, 70x Teal, 7x Snipe, 8x Curlew, 4x Gadwall, Mandarin, 350x Swallow, 2x Raven (NP)
3x Green Sandpiper, 2x Hobby, 6x Raven, Teal up to 120 (ST)

16x Crossbill (NP)

Endon Sewage Works
Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Common Whitethroat, c6 Chiffchaff, 70x Swallow & 10x House Martin (GB)

40x Crossbill (DC)

Alton area
Hobby, 2x Raven, Tawny Owl (TE)

Friday, 6 September 2013

Friday 6th September 2013

Blithfield Resv (permit only)
Two juvenile Arctic Skuas at the Deep End flew through at 10:50hrs also 7x Curlew Sandpiper, 3x Sanderling, 3x Ruff,  3x Black-tailed Godwit, 20x Ringed Plover, 21x Dunlin, 2x Greenshank, 6x Snipe, 3x Common Sandpiper, LR Plover and a Swift over the causeway (GJM)
Curlew Sandpiper up to 13 this evening (RCB)
3x Curlew (SW)

Branston GP's
3x Curlew Sandpipers, 17x Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sand, 9x Green Sands, 8x Snipe, 9x Curlew, 2x Little Egret, 5x Gadwall, 20x Shoveler, Hobby (JW)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Single Ruff & Dunlin were the only waders, also a single Common Sandpiper was noted, the 2x female Garganey remain, also 17x Wigeon and 227x Tufted Duck were counted, 4x Yellow Wagtail a Whitethroat and 3x Sedge Warbler were at the West End  (Belvide Blog)

Garganey at Belvide by Steve Nuttall

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Thursday 5th September 2013

Westport Lake
3x Pintail, 6x Wigeon, Shoveler on main lake this morning, also Yellow Wagtail over (NJS, CJW)

7x Tree Pipit south and a Redshank NW this morning (NP)

Branston GPs
3x Curlew Sandpiper, 8x Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 11x Curlew, Ringed Plover, 4x Little Egret, Hobby, 41x Little Grebe, 14x Shoveler, (JW)

Curlew Sandpipers by Jon Woodcock

Belvide Res (permit only)
2x female Garganey still at the west end also juv Whinchat

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Cannock Chase
2x Spotted Flycatcher, 1x female Yellowhammer, 2x Redstart & Hobby (MJa)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Great Skua flying around the deep end at 19.45 plus 3-4 Curlew Sandpiper (GJM, MPR)

Doxey Marshes
Marsh Harrier hunting on Tillington Flash, seen from hide at 17.40-18.30 (RSt)

3x Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Redstart (NP RT)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Cattle Egret in Tad Bay this evening but flew off at 20:10 (MPR)
3x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Ruff, 3x Greenshank, 2x Redshank, 18x Ringed Plover, 5x Dunlin, Whinchat, 2x Yellow Wagtail, Little Egret (RCB)

Belvide Res (permit only)
2x female Garganey still at the west end also a Whinchat c100m  west of the West end hide

Croxden Quarry
1st winter Med Gull on the old lagoon also ad YL Gull (AB)

Branston GP
6x Green Sandpipers, 5x Shoveler, 180+ Teal, Water Rail, 35+ Little Grebe, Little Egret, Yellow Wagtail and esc Cape Barren Goose still (DSc)

Gadwall, 4 Mandarin, 50+ Teal and 25 Curlew this evening (STu)

Monday, 2 September 2013

Monday 2nd September 2013

Branston GP's
Juv/1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 3x Yellow-legged Gulls with c200 LBBG's, 2x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Ruff, 10x Snipe, 6x Green Sandpiper, 12x Curlew, 15x Shoveler, Gadwall, 2x Little Egret, 37x Little Grebe (JW)

Belvide Resv (permit only)
2x female Garganey where at the west end, also 3x Pintail, 5x Wigeon, 143x Teal, 1x Pochard and 35x Shelduck where counted, the juvenile Whinchat was showing well 100 yards west of the West End hide, 3x Dunlin flew through also 3x Common Sandpiper where present, 2x Hobby were noted (Belvide Blog)
Whinchat at Belvide by Steve Nuttall 

Uttoxeter Quarry 
Greenshank x4, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper x2, Goosander x26, Teal x30 & Wigeon (ABa)
Greenshank by Andy Barker

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Sunday 1 September 2013

BLITHFIELD RESV - WMBC members are reminded that there is strictly no vehicular access on the exposed foreshore by order of the water company at Blithfield.
Anyone doing so may have their permits cancelled. Please keep to the perimeter tracks but take care when doing so. Thanks (Blithfield Birders Group)


Belvide Res (permit only)
Osprey one through south early morning

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Osprey, Whinchat, Ruff, 12x LR Plover, 6x Ringed Plover, 12x Dunlin (SC). Also 1w Mediterranean Gull (JA) and Little Stint still present up to 10:00hrs (GJM)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Greenshank, 6x Dunlin, Hobby (JWo)

2x Little Egret, Greenshank, 3x Common Sandpiper, 2x Kingfisher (JW)

Ipstones Edge
A Golden Plover with a flock of 28x Lapwing (TE, DP)

Golden Plover by Terry Eyre