Saturday, 9 August 2014

Saturday 9 August 2014

Branston GPs
Great White Egret again at 10:40, also Greenshank, 6x Green Sandpiper, 9x Snipe, 3x Ruff, 1x Dunlin, 7x Little Egret, 13x Curlew, path to the water park included, female Redstart & female Sparrowhawk (DOu & SBN)

2x Marsh Harrier quartering the far side of the mere this morning

Blithfield Res
Common Scoter at the deep end viewed from concrete bay. Also 2x Redshank, 2x Black-tailed Godwit, 1x Green Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, 3x Ruff, 30x Barnacle Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, 1x Little Egret (SBN & SE/HF)

Belvide Res
Juvenile Garganey on the north shore

North Staffs Moors
First confirmed breeding of Whinchat since 2005. Also 13x Wheatear (11 juvs + 2 females). 16x Spotted Flycatcher in the plantation at Swallow Moss and a further 6x Spotted Flycatcher nearby at Revidge, 4x Stonechat, 4x Redstart (RT NP)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Ruff, Dunlin, 2x Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3x Green Sandpiper, 3x Snipe, Shelduck, 4x Swift, Stonechat, also 4x Clouded Yellow (GWi)

Knypersley Resv
Hobby over resv this morning (GBr)

Old River Dove
2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Egret & 3x Yellow Wagtail (AJa)

Trent Washlands
3x Little Egret (AJa)

Dragonfly News
Chasewater - A male Keeled Skimmer was on the north shore/bog. Only the second site record, the first being a male from 17th to 27th August 2001. There is a hint of a possibility that there may be a small population surviving unnoticed at Chaseweater and yet there appears to be only one other Staffordshire record this century. (GE)

Keeled Skimmer at Chasewater by Graham Evans (story on Chasewater website)