Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Sunday, 20th April 2014

The Stafford Branch of the WMBC, in conjunction with BTO Staffordshire and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is undertaking a Lapwing breeding survey across the county this spring. To make this a success, we would be really grateful for any sightings of breeding activity - anything from displaying birds, pairs on territory, sitting birds or chicks/juveniles.

If you see any birds between now and the end of June, please email either of the contacts below, or enter your sightings on BTO Birdtrack.

Thanks in advance for participating.

Nick Pomiankowski:
Scott Petrek:  

Blithfield Resv (permit holders only)
12x Arctic Tern, 1x drk Common Scoter off Beech Tree Point (RPo, MPR) Increased to 31x Arctic Tern at 11:30 (RP)
Also 150x Swallow, 60x House Martin, 4x Yellow Wagtail, 2x LR Plover (RCB).
48x Arctic Terns late PM plus Yellow Wagtail (JWo)

Belvide Res (permit only)
9x Arctic Tern at 10:45 also the 1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 4x Scaup. 
10x Arctic Tern at 17:15hrs plus adult Little Gull.

Two pictures by Nigel Talbot of Arctic Terns at Belvide today

2x Arctic Terns

1x Arctic Tern 19:00hrs

Drayton Bassett Pits
1x Glossy Ibis, Avocet, Mediterranean Gull, 2x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (per JHa)

Westport Lake
1x Arctic Tern 17:00 to 17:30hrs (CJW, PJ)

Uttoxeter Quarry
38x Arctic Tern at 13:00 (RP). Also 30+ Arctic Tern at 19:15hrs, 2x Dunlin, 4x White Wagtail, Whitethroat, Ringed Plover (PLo)

Three photos by Richard Powell of the Uttoxeter Arctic Terns

Branston GP
imm/fem Marsh Harrier at 17:00hrs (AB). 3x Arctic Terns flew thru at 17:40hrs

Whitemoor Haye
2x Redshank, LR Plover, Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Sparrow (SC)

15x Arctic Tern through Himley Great Pool at 14:00

1w Little Gull and 3x Arctic Tern mid day

Endon SW
2x House Martin, 30+ Swallows, 1x White Wagtail (GBr)

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