Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Community Notice Board
Survey the birds at Beacon Park, Lichfield
Come to Beacon Park on Sunday 27th April, 9am to 11am, to see and survey birds with Robert Russon, a local birdwatcher.
Robert will help the group to identify the different bird species and how to recognise birdsong. The birds that are seen will be noted down, helping the RSPB to monitor bird populations.
Robert Russon, RSPB local group leader, said "Beacon Park's got a good variety of birds and we should spot a fair number at this time of year. We will be looking to see some summer visitors such as Warblers and hope to count around 25 different species of birds. Everyone's welcome to come to join me at this free event, and don't forget your binoculars!" 

Kind Regards

Katy Anne Humpage
Ranger Events & Marketing
Leisure & Parks, Lichfield District Council, Swinfen Broun Pavilion, Beacon Park, Lichfield, WS13 6QZ
01543 308856

Today's news
Dimmings Dale
Poss female TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL or Crossbill with huge white wing bars (AB) seen this evening. With about a dozen Crossbill close to the Ramblers Retreat. Bird showed two huge white wingbars on the right wing and whitish tips to the tertials. Bird first seen at 17:40, and then again at 17:50 but no further sign by dusk despite observers staying on site. Park at the Ramblers Retreat (carpark open c08:00hrs), then take the right hand track past The Old Smelting Mill keeping the lake with the Black Swans on your left. After 200yds there is a Forestry Commission gate on your right, take the track behind you at this point and follow it up through the clearfell area. The bird was in the pines at the top of this path. 

Belvide Res (permit only)
12x Arctic Tern at 11:50 also the 1w female Velvet Scoter, 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, 4x Scaup

Blithfield Res
1x Arctic Tern, 2x Common Tern, 9x Shelduck, 30x House Martin, 3x Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Goosander and drk Goldeneye (RBo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Glossy Ibis again at Jubilee Wetlands from the riverside viewing screen also Spotted Redshank

Branston GP
Black-necked Grebe on south pit, Common Sandpiper, 2x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 17x Redshank, 5x Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 29x Shelduck (JWo). Also 3x Green Sandpipers (DSc)

Black-necked Grebe at Branston GP today by Jon Woodcock

Trent Washlands
4x Little Egret, 2x Garden Warbler (AJa)

Cannock Chase
Brindley Heath - CuckooStonechat and 3x Tree Pipit (KSki)

Male Whinchat at the Viewpoint paddocks at 08:15 also female Redstart, 8x Wheatear, 2x Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 12x Whitethroat, Willow Tit, Little Owl on the disused school (RT)

Cuckoo (TEy)