Saturday, 18 April 2015

Saturday 18th April 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Black-winged Stilt from the viewing screen at 10:25, also 2x Avocet (per TVB)
also a female Marsh Harrier flew over North (@MartynYapp)

This is the first record of Black-winged Stilt in Staffordshire for 20 years and the 5th record in total.
1968 - Belvide Resv An adult 11th to 16th June.

1987 - Belvide Resv Two juveniles from 1st to 7th September (probably those raised at Holme, Norfolk)
1991 - Croxall Lakes A male seen on 28th April, from 2nd to 5th May, again on 9th and 10th and at least to 13th.
1995 - Blithfield Resv - Two adults on 11th May.
2015 - Middleton Lakes RSPB - Two on 18th April.


The Black-winged Stilts at Middleton Lakes today (NJS)
Whinchat early morning by the pallet-stacks, also Ring Ouzel still present, 15x Wheatear, 7x Whitethroat, House Martin (RT, NDP) - also 3x Whinchat by the scrape, 2x LR Plover on pond off Renown Close (PB DW) - Osprey over at 14:30 (JOa)

Radford Meadows
Wood Sandpiper early morning, also 5x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Wheatear & Willow Warbler (RSw)

Record shop of the Wood Sandpiper by Rob Swift

Blithfield Res
Avocet in Ten Acre Bay at 07:55 (PB JH) - then flew north at 09:30 (GJM, MPR)

Burston - Aston
Little Ringed Plover, male Whinchat & Whitethroat (BB, JB)

Branston Gravel Pits
Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 5x Mandarin Duck, 8x Redshank, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 4x Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Brimstone, Peacock, Orangetip, Green-veined White (CJW, NJS)

Trent Washlands
Garden Warbler present this morning (AJa)

Wolseley Centre
Garden Warbler by car park (@ScottoftheMarsh)

Whitemoor Haye
c40 Yellow Wagtail & Wheatear this evening (@TameBirding)

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit, 4x Redstart, 4x Stonechat, 3x female Wheatear, 4x Raven & c20 Willow Warbler around the Sherbrook Valley area (DBa, JSm)

Belvide Res
3x Common Tern through at 06.20, also a Hobby in the afternoon (@NigelCarp2008)

Doxey Marshes
Several HouseMartins, White Wagtail, 2x Little Ringed Plover, Goosander, 3x Reed Warbler & Sedge Warblers well distributed (DEm)