Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Whimbrel north shore, Hobby thru, Brambling in plantation, 2x Wheatear (@BelvideBirding)

Middleton Lakes
12x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Dunlin (@DaveHobbyHutton)

Berryhill
Male Whinchat between Viewpoint and Tiddlers Pool (IBu), Swift over, 14x Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat 13x Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 4x Sedge Warbler (RT. IBu.)

i54
LR Plover, 3x Whitethroat, Water Rail, 6x Yellowhammer, 2x Green Woodpecker (@154foz)

Black Bank / The Void
4x Grasshopper Warbler, 3x Sedge Warbler, 2x Wheatear, (philjo61)

Shoal Hill
Whinchat in paddocks NE of car pack from Mansty Lane, 5x Wheatear, 3x Reed Warbler at pool above the common, Garden Warbler (TheSnapper1978)

Hanchurch Woods
Cuckoo, 4x Tree Pipit, c80 Redpoll, 2x Whitethroat (RWh)

Baldwins Gate

6x Brambling (RWh)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Redshank, Wheatear, 5x Yellow Wagtail, Goldeneye, 8x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 3x Sedge Warbler, (@BirderAlrewas)

North Staffs Moors (various sites)
6x Ring Ouzel, 52x Wheatear, 2x Grasshopper Warbler, Yellow Wagtail & a flock of 21x Ravens (NDP)

Branston Gravel Pits
Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, 4x LRP, 2x Redshank, 4x Shelduck & Large Red-Damselfly (JWo)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Shoal Hill Common
4x Wheatear, Garden Warbler, 2x Whitethroat (@TheSnapper1978)  -  Fullmoor Lane Yellow Wagtail, 3x Wheatear, Whitethroat (@TheSnapper1978)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Whimbrel north shore to 09:20 only, 2x ad Med Gull briefly, 5x Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler (@BelvideBirding)

Middleton Lakes
45x Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Dunlin (@ArchieRaven)

Berryhill
15x Wheatear, Redstart, 12x Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler (RT. NDP)

Cuckoo Bank
Whimbrel over (@MartynYapp)

Black Bank
Whitethroats, Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker (@philjo61)  -  Whinchat & Redstart on fence between High Lane and Silverdale CP plateau (@jvphbirding)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Whitethroat, 2x Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 4x Goldeneye, 8x Goosander, Pochard, 9x Gadwall (@rpintean)

Iverley Sugar Loaf Farm
Whinchat, 6x Wheatear, Whitethroat (@StourBirder)

Gailey
Common Tern, Whitethroat, Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper (@TheSnapper1978)

Cheadle
5x Wheatear at Trimpos west of JCB (@rpintean)

Hanchurch Woods
4x Tree Pipit, 2x Crossbill, 15x Redpoll (TRo)

Aqualate
Marsh Harrier this afternoon (PJo)

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday 21st April 2017

Berryhill
1x Little Grebe, 1x Water Rail, 3x Wheatear, 1x Whitethroat, (@PhilLocker)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Whimbrel, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 8x Common Sandpiper, 3x Common Tern, 4x Wheatear, 9x White Wagtail, 2x Whitethroat (@NigelCarp2008)

Bignall Hill, Red Street.
8x Wheatear, male Stonechat, 3x Fieldfare, high numbers of Skylark (@JohnMathers1)

River Sow Meadows
2x Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, male Goosander & 2x Fallow Deer Stags (@RobSwift5)

Sugar Loaf Farm, Iverley
Redstart. 4x Wheatear, 15x House Martin, 2x Sand Martin (@StourBirder)

Cuckoo Bank 
Redstart, Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler (@GrantHames)

Stafford 
Swift over Common Road (JJH)

Coombes Valley
3x Pied Flycatcher (c/o the warden)


Middleton Lakes
47x Black-tailed Godwit, 4x Common Tern, 2x Dunlin (@atkinson_steve)

Highgate Common
Tree Pipit present (HKi)

Branston
3x Whitethroat, 2x Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2x Curlew, 2x Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 20x Teal (JW)

Cannock Chase
1x rufous Cuckoo this morning (DNe)

Uttoxeter Quarry
1x Pink-footed Goose, 4x Goldeneye, 4x Goosander, 4x Gadwell (@rpintean)

Chasewater
tristis Chiffchaff still present on the bog at Norton (@CWG_sightings)



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Thursday 20th April 2017

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Green-winged Teal still present this morning, also 62x Black-tailed-Godwit, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 5x Goosander  (@RSPBMiddleton) also 3x Garganey, 2x Avocet, Little Egret, 2x Redshank, 2x Egyptian Geese, 2x Med Gulls, 1 Dunlin, Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 81 Black-tailed Godwits, Common and Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Ringed Plover (PMo)

Far Coley Farm, Coley (NE of Great/Little Haywood)
2 Raven over and a Lesser Whitethroat singing (PMo)

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
3x Arctic Tern, 3x Black Tern briefly this morning (MPR GJM)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Arctic Tern present this morning (@BelvideBirding). Water Pipit this afternoon from Chappell Hide

Highgate Common
4x Tree Pipit,3x Swift & Cuckoo (@HughieKing)

Silverdale CP
2x Wheatear (DAd)

Branston
3x Ringed Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, 11x Redshank, 5x Shoveler, 16x Gadwall, 12x Teal, 10x Great C Grebe, Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler (JW)

Alders, between Rocester and Hollington
A number of Yellowhammer present (DSto)

Coombes Valley RSPB
1x Pied Flycatcher (MBr)

Tucklesholme
2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Sand Martin, 2x Ringed Plover (@tucklesholme) also 6x Wheatear, Whinchat, Dunlin, 2x Redshank, 12x Little Ringed Plover  (DOu)

Doxey Marshes
1x Common Tern, Caspian Gull, Lesser Whitethroat (NGr)

Gailey
1x Wigeon, Common Sandpiper (@TheSnapper1978)

Chasewater
probable tristis Chiffchaff Norton Bog and fem Redstart Cuckoo Bank (@CWG_sightings)

Whittington
1x Whinchat, 1x Lesser Whitethroat, 1x Redstart, 6x Wheatear (@StourBirder)

Sugar Loaf Farm, Iverley
1x Hobby (@StourBirder)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Black-tailed Godwit still on Jubilee Wetlands also Green-winged Teal again present, Grasshopper Warbler (@DaveHobbyHutton)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Great White Egret on north shore this afternoon (@BelvideBirding) also 10x Common Sandpiper, 2x Reed Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Common Tern (@GrantHames)

Berryhill
3x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Wheatear, Little Grebe (DWa)

Cannock Chase
5x Tree Pipit (DEm)

Burton Washlands
Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warbler (@GeoffSt)

Silverdale CP
Cock Redstart near the Void tonight (PJ)

Gailey
Fem Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Common Sandpiper, 4x Oystercatcher (@TheMoorehen)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Community Noticeboard

North Staffs RSPB Indoor Meeting
19th April 2017 at 19.30

Micheal & Paula Webster - Living Wild with Birds in South America

Meetings held at the Medical Institute (Conference Centre), Hartshill
For further information please contact Geoff Sales (Group Leader) Tel: 01782 618152

Berryhill
7x Wheatear on fields below pallet stack this morning (DVi/PSa)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Whimbrel this morning, also 5x Black-tailed Godwit & 2x Common Sandpiper (@RSPBMiddleton) also Greenshank, 3x Avocet, 3x Redshank, 4x Little Ringed Plover (@onionsargey)

Cuckoo Bank 
3x Wheatear & Grasshopper Warbler (@GrantHames)

Fullmoor near Penkridge
Red Kite and 5x Wheatear (1 Greenland male) (@fisherandbirder)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
3x Common Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, 4x Common Sandpiper, Redstart, 4x Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail (@paulsmith15363)

Trentham Gardens
2x Oystercatcher; 3x Tufted Duck; 2x Goldcrest; Grey Wagtail; Mandarin Duck; 10x House Martin. (MPa)

Branston Gravel Pits
Redstart, Reed Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x White Wagtail, 2x Curlew, 2x Common Sandpiper, 16x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, 9x LRP, 55x Lapwing, Water Rail, 19x Little Grebe, 12x Shelduck, c50x Tufted Duck, 27x Gadwall, 16x Teal, 6x Shoveler, 345x BHG, Raven, 3x Red Admiral, Nursery Web Spider (JWo)

Silverdale CP
Common Sandpiper, 10x Linnet, Whitethroat (SGM)

Cannock Chase
Tree Pipit and one Cuckoo near the Scout Huts this morning (CMa)

Whitmore Haye
4x Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 2x White Wagtail (CMa)

Wolseley Bridge
Raven, Goosander (PMo)

Blithfield Reservoir (WMBC Members Only)
4x Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Common Tern, pair Goldeneye, 2x Oystercatcher, Shelduck (PMo)

RSPB Coombes Valley
Redstart around Clough Meadow this evening (KFo/MBr)

Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday 17th April 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Plover still on north shore, Swift at 10:25 (@BelvideBirding)

Tuckleshome
Temminck's Stint still (JJH. SJH. BM) - also Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 6x LR Plover, 2x Ringed Plover.

Berryhill
Jack Snipe still, 15x Wheatear, Redstart. No sign of the Ring Ouzel (RT. NDP)

Cuckoo Bank
Cuckoo this morning (@GrantHames)

Whitmore Bent Lane
16x Wheatear (NDP)

Hanchurch
2x Tree Pipit, Whitethroat (@philjo61)

Shoal Hill Common
6x Wheatear (@TheSnapper1978)

Whittington
18x Wheatear at Turbine cottage (@StourBirder)

Trentham Gardens
Pair Mandarin & Willow Warbler (CPe)

Weaver Hills
3x Wheatear, Redstart, 15x Swallow, Kingfisher, 6x Willow Warbler (TEy)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Grey Partridge, 6x Wheatear, White Wagtail, 3x Fieldfare (SRo)

Gailey
2x Yellow Wagtail, 12x House Martin, Sand Martins and large numbers of Swallows (JJH)

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sunday 16th April 2017

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
4x Whimbrel north at 08:08 (GJM)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Whimbrel at West End, also 2x Redshank, 5x LRP, Dunlin, 2x Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, 9x Wheatear, , 6x Yellow Wagtail, 20x White Wagtail, Redstart (@NigelCarp2008, @RobSwift). Grey Plover on north shore from 715pm (@BelvideBirding)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Curlew & 4x Black-tailed Godwit on Jubilee (@DaveHobbyHutton)

Gailey Res
Little Egret, 3x White Wagtail, Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper (@TheSnapper1978)

Shoal Hill Common 
7x Wheatear (@TheSnapper1978)

Whitemoor Haye
Corn Bunting, 8x Wheatear & 7x White Wagtail (@BirderAlrewas, @Jules)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still this morning (NDP) also 2x Redstart, 3x Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 8x Wheatear (RT NDP) also 2x Wheatear off the Fenpark track (IBu)

Highgate Common
Tree Pipit (@broadwayeight)

Whitmore Bent Lane
12x Wheatear (NDP)

Tucklesholme
Temminck's Stint on main pit also Wheatear and Whitethroat (@MartynYapp)

Sugar Loaf Farm, Iverley 
Osprey over WNW at 430pm (@StourBirder)

Manifold Way
5x Redstart singing (@APCbirding)

Uttoxeter Quarry
3x Common Sandpiper, 2x Goldeneye, 2x Wigeon (@rpintean)

Jack Hayes nr Light Oaks
Fem Ring Ouzel at 1140am (GBr)



Saturday, 15 April 2017

Saturday 15th April 2017

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Arctic Tern & Whimbrel thru Blithe Bay (GJM)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel at lower end of the Palletstacks track towards the cemetary (NDP) - also 5x male Redstart between the Viewpoint paddocks and top end of Palletstacks track (RT NDP), and 7x Wheatear

Red Street (Bignall Hill)
Male Ring Ouzel still, 3x Wheatear (@grantprice20)

Middleton Lakes
4x Black-tailed Godwit, 4x Dunlin on Jubilee (@Piccalilli123) - Osprey over north at 12:10 (KSu)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
2x adult sum plum Med Gull flew thru at 10:10, 6x Wheatear still (@BelvideBirding) - 2x Med Gull again 11:15 - 12:00 then flew east (MPi)

Tuckleshome
Whitethroat, 2x House Martin, 8x LR Plover, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x Egyptian Geese (JP. MP)

Knypersley
1x Common Sandpiper and 1x House Martin (GBr)

Branston
1x Reed Warbler, 1x Common Sandpiper, 2x Gadwall 20x Little.Grebe, 14x Gadwall, 9x Shoveler, 6x Teal, 14x Shelduck, Peregrine, 8x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, Ringed Plover, GBBG, 2x House Martin, 40x Linnet, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (DSc)

Gentleshaw Common
8x Wheatear & 3x House Martin (PBa)

Silverdale CP
Common Sandpiper, 2x Raven, 5x Blackcap (PSw)

Coombes Valley
Pied Flycatcher, Redstart (@JohnMathers1)

Whitfield Valley
Grasshopper Warbler (NHo)

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday 14th April 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Redstart, 9x Wheatear, 24x White Wagtail, 4x Yellow Wagtail, 1x Reed Warbler, 4x Sedge Warbler, 12x Dunlin, 3x Ringed Plover, 5x LRP, 5x Common Sandpiper (@BelvideBirding)

Middleton Lakes
4x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Dunlin, 3x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper on Jubilee (@onionsargey)

Alvecote
Great White Egret still on Pretty Pigs pool (@ArchieRaven)

Doxey Marsh
Grasshopper Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler, Oystercatcher (NGr)

Whittington
6x Corn Bunting, 2x Yellow Wagtail, 5x Wheatear, Fieldfare (@StourBirder)

Bignal Hill
Male Ring Ouzel, Wheatear, 50x Skylark (@JohnMathers)

Berryhill
2x Redstart still in paddocks around the viewpoint, 3x Wheatear on palletstack mound 17:30hrs (@andm62)

Chasewater
2x Ringed Plover, 3x LRP, White Wagtail, c250x Sand Martin (@scaupface)

Blithfield (WMBC Members Only)
Osprey at 11:45hrs, Whimbrel north at 15:50hrs, 6x LRP, 5x Common Sandpiper, 6x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Wheatear, c300x Sand Martin (@scaupface) also 4x Oystercatcher, White Wagtail, 2x Swallow (RBe)

Pattingham
7+ Wheatear, 1x White Wagtail, 1x Yellow Wagtail (@fisherandbirder)

Iverley
Osprey drifted N/NE and then over Stourbridge at 16:20 (@StourBirder)

Branston
2x Raven, 2x Mandarin, 6x Shoveler, 3x Curlew, 8x Redshank (DSc) 

Loggerheads
20x Waxwing this afternoon by Loggerheads pub (RWh)

Hanchurch Hills
Tree Pipit (RWh)

 



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thursday 13th April 2017

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
4x Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover. 2x Shelduck. Oystercatcher this morning (@merops_apiaster)

Himley Hall Pool
Whooper Swan still present this morning (IEv)

Consall Wood/Churnet Valley
4x Redstart, 2x Willow Tit, pair Mandarin, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, 8x Goldcrest, 2x Redpoll (DSc)

Audley Meadows
Redstart, 5x Yellowhammer, c92 Linnet, 2x Raven, Blackcap (@PeterDobson20)

Whittington
12x Wheatear above turbine cottage this am & Corn Bunting (@broadwayeight) also Redstart & 4x Sand Martin & Peregrine at Sugar Loaf Farm, Iverley (@StourBirder)

Silverdale CP
Common Sandpiper & 2x Green Woodpecker (SGM)

Gailey Res
2x White Wagtail also Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, 6x Oystercatcher, 2x Raven (@TheMoorehen)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Common Sandpiper, 5x Black-tailed Godwit, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow Wagtail & White Wagtail (@RSPBMiddleton)

Berryhill
Redstart again by the pool at the viewpoint (IBu).

Whitmore
Bent Lane Flood Caspian Gull also White Wagtail (@DKelsall3)

Branston Gravel Pits
Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 10x LRP, 13x Redshank, c40x Lapwing, Water Rail, 14x Teal, 10x Shelduck, 9x Gadwall, 9x Shoveler, 17x Little Grebe, 4x GC Grebe, 333x BHG, Common Gull, 2x House Martin, Raven (JWo)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Redstart also 10x Wheatear, 15x White Wagtail, 3x Yellow Wagtail (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater Res
Dunlin and White Wagtail this afternoon (@CWG_sightings)


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Chasewater
Black-necked Grebe and White Wagtail off sailing club (CWG_sightings)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, 5x Black-tailed Godwit on Jubilee (@RSPBMiddleton)

Bishop's Offley
Osprey over at 13.00 heading north-west (via GSa)

Whittington 
12x Wheatear this evening (DCo)

Tucklesholme
6x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 4x Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 10x Swallow, c30x Sand Martin (JWo)

Branston Water Park
Shelduck, 4x Blackcap, 3x Willow Warbler (JWo)

Branston Gravel Pits
Cetti's Warbler, c5x Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap, 5x Shelduck, LRP, Redshank (JWo) also 16x Little Grebe, 10x Gadwall, 6x Shoveler, Snipe, 14x Shelduck, 8x LRP, 14x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 13x Curlew, Water Rail, c500 BH Gull (DSc)

Shoal Hill Common
2x male Wheatear in ploughed field opp car park this evening (@TheSnapper1978)

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
Ringed Plover along the causeway mid morning (@merops_apiaster)

Gailey Res
Common Sandpiper, 3x Oystercatcher, 4x Raven, c7 House Martin (@TheMoorehen)

Consall
Male Redstart, pair Mandarin Duck & Tawny Owl (DSc)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Silverdale CP
Osprey flew over at 18:15hrs (PJ)

River Sow Meadows
2x Sedge Warbler & Raven (@RobSwift5). Also 7x LRP, 5x Shelduck (@Clive_Davies1)

Branston
Lesser Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper, 4x Green Sandpiper, 6x LRP, 6x Curlew, 5x Gadwall, 14x Shelduck, 17x Teal, 12x Little Grebe (JW)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday 10th April 2017

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo this morning  between Katyn and Sherbrook Valley (@Clive_Davies1) - 2x Wheatear, 2x Stonechat, 8x Willow Warbler (KBe)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher & Kingfisher (PCo) - also 2x Wheatear (@BelvideBirding

Silverdale CP
Male Ring Ouzel on the Void at 14:20 (SGM)

Whitmore Bent Lane
2w Caspian Gull, 2w YL Gull, Wheatear, 3x White Wagtail (@DKelsall3)

Middleton Lakes
4x Black-tailed Godwit, 4x Oystercatcher, 4x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Ringed Plover, 4x Cetti's Warbler, 12x Shelduck (MSc)

Doxey Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit, 2x LR Plover, Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 4x Cetti's Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler (@DoxeyBirder)

Stowe Pool Lichfield
2x Common Sandpiper (SDa)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday 9th April 2017

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
8x Sandwich Tern flew thru west this morning, also 2x Wheatear at West End and Red Kite though this afternoon (@BelvideBirding)

I54
Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker also 6x Common Tern flew through west at 10:20 (@I54foz)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Egyptian Geese, 7x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker & Wheatear (@ArchieRaven)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit, 2x Cetti's Warbler, Little Ringed Plover, 2x Little Egret & Sedge Warbler (@nutcracker1965)

Knypersley Res
4x Water Rail at end of arboretum (GBr)

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo, Tree Pipit (BAS/AMS)

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
Yellow Wagtail - one on dam wall (BAS/AMS) also Wheatear on the sheep pasture near the causeway , late afternoon. (JB)

Silverdale CP
Wheatear & 2x Raven (@philjo61)

North Staffs Moors
Osprey Middle Hills heading NW at 16:30 (DGo)

Branston
4x Ringed Plover, 2x Green Sandpiper, 1x Common Sandpiper, 6+ Little Grebe (DSc)

Watery Lane, Codsall
Swallow, Blackcap, 2x Chiffchaff (PCol)

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret flying south along river & dropped in behind landfill site at 15.15 (DJL, JNL)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Saturday 8th April 2017

Dimmingsdale
2x Blackcap, 3x Chiffchaff, 2x Red-legged Partridge (TEy)

Cannock Chase
Ring Ouzel near shooting butts at 07:00

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Black-necked Grebe & 1w drake Smew still (@BelvideBirding)

Cheadle
Red Kite over this morning (@Take_Ded_Aim)

Himley Great Pool
Whooper Swan still at 10:30 (@TheMoorehen)

Branston 
Pr Mandarin and 3x Yellow Wagtail. Also Great White Egret flew over to south, 8x Shoveler, 36x Teal, 1x Curlew, 1x Ruff, 5x Dunlin (DSc)

Doxey Marshes
1x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 2x Cetti's Warbler, 4x LRP, 1x Water Pipit in flight, 3x Little Egret, 4x Snipe, 14x Shoveler, 2x Shelduck, 1x Goosander (JLo, DSc)

Gailey
2x Shoveler, 7x Blackcap, Raven (@TheSnapper)

i54
1x Water Rail, 2x Green Woodpecker, 1x Redwing (JDu)

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday 7th April 2017

Middleton Lakes
Common Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, LR Plover, Garganey, Avocets on Jubilee (@RSPBMiddleton)

Alvecote
Great White Egret on Pretty Pigs Pool (@Alvecote)

Tittesworth
LR Plover, White Wagtail (@stephengibson42)

Trentham Gardens
8x Mandarin Duck; 4x Tufted Duck (MPa)

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday 6th April 2017

Hanchurch Woods
Tree Pipit and 6x Crossbill (@tighthead22)

Doxey Marsh
2x Reed Warbler, 60x Swallow, 20x Sand Martin, 3x Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret (NGr)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Osprey thru at 15:00, Smew still, Yellow Wagtail, 2x White Wagtail (@BelvideBirding)

Branston Gravel Pits
Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 2x Green Sandpiper, 8x LRP, 1x Ringed Plover, 15x Redshank, 60x Lapwing, 20x Shelduck, 12x Gadwall, 11x Shoveler, 40x Teal, 480x BHG, 16x Little Grebe, 5x GC Grebe, 30x Linnet, 3x Blackcap, 5x Willow Warbler, c60x Sand Martin, 14x Large Bee-fly, Orange Tip (JWo)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Wednesday 5th March 2017

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still late morning (@PhillLocker)

Himley Hall
1x Whooper Swan still

Middleton Lakes
4x Avocet, 3x LRP, 4x Redshank on JW (@atkinson_steve) also 5x Oystercatcher, c4 Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap, 15x Shelduck, Goldeneye, Linnet, Redpoll, Green Woodpecker (MSc)

Branston
13x Shoveler, 4x Gadwall, 8x Little Grebe, 2x Swallow, 1x House Martin (DSc)

Trentham Gardens
40x Sand Martin and Willow Warbler (JWa)

Croxall along the river
Redshank, 2x LRP, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Goosander (1m2f), 2x Gadwall, 4x Shelduck, 2x Little Egret, 4x Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler (junction pit), c20x Sand Martin, 2x Blackcap, 2x Green Veined White (JWo)

Alrewas Gravel Pits
2x Goldeneye (m and f), 6x Great Crested Grebe (JWo)

Doxey Marsh
3x Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, Willow Warbler (GJo)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Hixon
Yellow Wagtail on the airfield (RCB)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still present (Trev)

Branston Gravel Pits
3x Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 12x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x Ruff, 12x Redshank, c60x Lapwing, 20x Shelduck, 13x Gadwall, 5x Shoveler, 4x Blackcap, 2x Grey Wagtail, 20x Linnet, 2x Swallow, c100x Sand Martin, c6x Willow Warbler, 3x Orange Tip, 3x Speckled Wood, 11x Large Bee-fly (JWo)

Gailey
3x Shoveler, 5x Swallow, 28x Sand Martin (@TheSnapper1978)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Garganey, 4x Avocet, 2 x LRP, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Egyptian Goose, 2x Blackcap, Swallow, 4x Cetti's Warbler (@chrisvaghela)

Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday 3rd April 2017

Middleton Lakes
Garganey & 2x Avocet on Jubilee (@onionsargey)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still off Reapsmoor Road (DSc. CBa)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel at 08:20 appeared to fly off east later relocated at 13:30

Steve Edwards

Branston Gravel Pits
Common Sandpiper, 5x Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 10x Little Ringed Plover, 17x Redshank, 2x Ruff, 8x Curlew, 2x Water Rail, 21x Shelduck, 20x Gadwall, 6x Shoveler, c40x Teal, 101x Tufted Duck, c16x Little Grebe, 25x Linnet, c50x Sand Martin, White Wagtail, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, 5x Willow Warbler, 2x Speckled Wood, 8x Large Bee-fly, 12x Peacock, 4x Small Tortoiseshell, 5x Comma, Bank Vole (JWo)

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday 2nd April 2017

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Goshawk flew thru south west at 9.20am, also Smew still (@BelvideBirding)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still  near the road

Westport Lake
13x Sand Martin, Swallow & Lapwing (KSt) also Curlew & 2x House Martin (@DKelsall3)

Endon Sewage Works
White Wagtail, 2x Swallow, Sand Martin, Oystercatcher, 3x Chiffchaff & 2x Red-legged Partridge (GBr)

Tucklesholme
Blackcap, 4x LRP, and 5x Sand Martin (@tucklesholme)

Junction Pit 
Cetti's Warbler (in nat arboretum) also Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler (@BirderAlrewas)

Doxey Marshes
Water Pipit, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, several Cetti's Warbler (@bluetailphoto)

Highgate Common
3x Willow Warbler, 2x Blackcap, Swallow, Yellowhammer, 7x Chiffchaff, 4x Jay, Green Woodpecker (@HughieKing)

Hanchurch Woods
4x Crossbill also 6x Redpoll, 2x Willow Warbler (TRo)

Branston
4x Green Sandpiper, 40x Shelduck, 8x Shoveler, 2x Ruff (DSc)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Saturday 1st April 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Common Tern, House Martin, 250x Sand Martin, 5x Swallow, Smew (@BelvideBirder)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still along Windsor Holloway (KBa)

Westport Lake
Sandwich Tern at 10:00 (@PhilLocker)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still (@nutcracker1965)

Doxey Marsh
5x Water Pipit, 2x Willow Warbler, 8x Swallow, 2x Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler (@andm62)

Middleton Lakes
Sedge Warbler (@RSPBMiddleton)

i54
House Martin. 3x Swallow, 3x Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, 4x Blackcap, 2x Kingfisher, Water Rail (@i54foz @136jamie)

Himley Great Pool
Whooper Swan still (@Lacemoat)

Dimmingsdale
2x Chiffchaff, Brambling, 30x Siskin, Redpoll, 3x Red-legged Partridge (TEy)

Croxall along the River
2x Oystercatcher, 2x Shelduck, Goosander, 2x Gadwall, 15x Teal, Little Egret, Kingfisher (JWo)

Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday 31st March 2017

Middleton Lakes
2x Avocet, Great White Egret on Jubilee, also Willow Warbler (@RSPBMiddleton)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still at 11:15 (@SandraW27864991)

Chasewater
30x Waxwing in Paget Drive (@CWG_sightings)

Cannock Chase
Wheatear and Willow Warbler near to Katyn Memorial (@Clive_Davies1)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike in tree beside road (@SandraW27864991)

i54
Common Tern, Green Woodpecker, Water Rail, Blackcap (Foz)

Tittesworth Res
2x Little Grebe, Willow Warbler, 9x Sand Martin, 7x Barnacle Geese (@stephengibson42)

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

Chasewater
3x Black-necked Grebe off sailing club 1030, and south shore 14:45hrs. Also LRP, Willow Warbler (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Ringed Plover, Sandwich Tern till 1538 then flew. Also 1w drake Smew (@BelvideBirder)

Essington
4x Swallow, 2x Sand Martin, 3x Chiffchaff (@TC)

Radford Meadows
5x Little Egret, 5x Shelduck, 50x Wigeon (@Clive_Davies1)

Doxey Marshes
3x Water Pipit, 3x Cetti's Warbler, 2x LRP (@PeterDobson20) - Little Egret, Swallow (REy)

Gailey
23x Golden Plover, drk Shoveler, 2x Goldeneye, 6x Sand Martin (@Snapper)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Wednesday 29th March 2017


Middleton Lakes
100x Sand Martin (@atkinson_steve)

Burton
Swallow over the Maltings Wetmore Road (@rpintean)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still Windsor Holloway (JJH, BMW)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3w Caspian Gull still, 2x YL Gull (@DKelsall3)

Radford Meadows
5x Little Egret, 3x LR Plover, Shelduck, 100x Teal, 43x Wigeon (@Clive_Davies1)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Willow Warbler, 120x Sand Martin, Smew (@BelvideBirder)

Doxey Marsh
4x Water Pipit, 4x Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine (NGr)

Combridge, S of Rocester
1x Whooper Swan, 6x Swallow (EFo)

Cheddleton - Consall
1x Brambling, Redpoll, 5x Chiffchaff, 2x Blackcap (DSc)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tuesday 28th March 2018

Himley Great Pool
Whooper Swan, 25x Sand Martin & Shoveler this morning (@broadwayeight)

Doxey Marshes
c4 Water Pipit, Little Egret, Avocet, Sand Martin (@richard_rafe) - also House Martin, 20x Sand Martin mid afternoon, 3x Cetti's Warbler (NGr) also Little Ringed Plover (@nutcracker1965)

Whitmore 
Bent Lane, new 3rd winter Caspian Gull also 3rd winter YL Gull (NDP)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
16x Sand Martin, Common Sandpiper, Smew, 6x Oystercatcher, 2x Shelduck, 2x Blackcap (@NigelCarp2008) also Osprey flew thru north at 2pm, c100 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow (@BelvideBirding)

Stoke on Trent
35x Waxwing between Spark Street & Epworth Street (@LizClipson)

Chasewater Res
Oystercatcher and 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull this evening (@CWG_sightings)

Ford Green NR
Little Egret, 7x Sand Martin, and 2x Raven (JJo)

Trentham Gardens
40x Sand Martin (DFo)

Barton Marina
Brambling (JWo)

Monday, 27 March 2017

Monday 27th March 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Swallow thru also Smew still and 8x Sand Martin (@paulsmith15363)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still this morning

Kidsgrove.
Swallow over (@andm62)

Doxey Marsh
Avocet still, Water Pipit, 2x LR Plover, Swallow (@chrisvaghela)

Lichfield
30x Waxwing in grounds of the King Edward V1 school at 10:00 (RGa)

Whifield Valley/Ford Green
Little Egret, Goosander, 2x Shoveler (JJ)



Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunday 26th March 2017

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still at Windsor Holloway this morning (DCo)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still (GJM)

Himley Hall Pool
Whooper Swan still present this morning (DCo)

Radford Meadows
2x Shelduck, Little Egret, c40 Wigeon, Little Ringed Plover, 15x Lapwing, 12x Teal (@staffordbirder)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still from the Octagonal hide (LS)

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017

Branston Gravel Pits
Some birds where seen but sadly some idiots decided to go walking off the public footpaths and wander all over the breeding grounds of critically endangered birds like Lapwing, Snipe & Redshank.
We ask people to please keep the the path for a reason, it's a working gravel pit and a dangerous place to wander, and importantly the breeding birds on site, 
Not only did they wandering around breeding sites with large lenses but they also had a dog which wasn't even on a lead!


video


Chasewater
Juv Iceland Gull dropped in just after 7pm, also Velvet Scoter still (@CWG_sightings)

Doxey Marsh
Avocet (but flew off late afternoon @shakerstu) and 3x Water Pipit still (NJS CJW)

Drayton Bassett Pits
2x Great White Egret still, also pair Garganey

Tucklesholme
Sand Martin, 5x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 2x White Wagtail (@tucklesholme) 

Gailey Resv
2x Sand Martin, 4x Pochard, Goosander, 4x Oystercatcher, Green Woodpecker (@TheSnapper1978)

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still at 11:30 then flew to Revidge side of the road (RPo)

Himley Hall
Adult Whooper Swan at 12:00 (AdMc)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday 24th March 2017

Chasewater
Brent Goose still present plus Velvet Scoter  (@CWG_sightings) - Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, Goldeneye, Goldeneye (@chrisvaghela)

Middleton Lakes
Avocet, Redshank, Oystercatcher, 2x Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, pair Garganey, Great White Egret (@RSPBMiddleton)

Stafford
40x Waxwing briefly on the outer edge of Wildwood (JHo)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit still and a Avocet (@Huwgo_Boss) - Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Cetti's Warbler (@DoxeyBirder)

Radford Meadows
Great White Egret at 17:00 (@CliveDavies1)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Black-necked Grebe, 2x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 6x Ruff, 17x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2x Water Rail, 17x Shelduck, 6x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 3x Sand Martin, Tawny Owl, 5x Redpoll, 20x Fieldfare, 8x Chiffchaff, Peacock Butterfly, 2x Comma (JWo)

Croxden GPs
2x LR Plover at 17:30 (@printean)

Denstone
Red Kite over east at 15:00 (TEy)

Tucklesholme
5x LRP, 5x Ringed Plover, 1x Redshank (@tucklesholme)

Consall
2x Mandarin Duck, Dipper, 8x Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 6x Mistle Thrush, Raven, Willow Tit, 25x Lesser Redpoll, 10x Siskin (DSc)

Trentham Gardens
Singing Willow Warbler. 5x Mandarin. 2x Goosander, Grey Wagtail (MPa)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Chasewater Res
Brent Goose in powerboat compound, also Velvet Scoter, c10 Sand Martin , drake Pintail and Shoveler (@CWG_sightings)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
14x Sand Martin and Great White Egret (@peterforbes17)

Doxey Marshes
Little Ringed Plover & Dunlin (@richard_rafe) also 2x Water Pipit, 2x Oystercatcher (@DoxeyBirder) also 2x Sand Martin, 2x Little Egret, 12x Fieldfare (@HughieKing)

Whitmore
Caspian Gull at Bent Lane (@richard_rafe)

Gailey Res
Egyptian Goose, 2x Goldeneye, 3x Pochard, 4x Oystercatcher (@TheSnapper1978)

Tucklesholme
4x LRP, 6x Ringed Plover, Little Egret, 5x Chiffchaff (JWo)

Barton Marina
Little Egret, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Chiffchaff (JWo)

Berryhill
2x Wheatear & Red-legged Partridge (N/K)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 2x Shoveler, 45x Wigeon (@Clive_Davies1)

Brown Edge
24x Raven flew over Broad Lane (GBr)

UPDATED 19.40

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Whitmore Bent Lane
3w Caspian Gull still and LR Plover (@tighthead22)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, 6x LR Plover,  Dunlin. 3x Redshank on Jubilee (@atkinson_steve)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
5x Whooper Swan briefly in Blithe Bay at 13:30 (GJM) - still at 16:00 in fields off Newton Hurst Lane also 80x Sand Martin off Beech Tree Point also 2x Wheatear below the dam (RCB)

Berryhill
11x Wheatear still from the pallet stacks track at 14:00 (@tontjac_tony)

Bignall Hill
1x Wheatear, Peregrine, 31x Pied Wagtail, 24x Meadow Pipit, 40x Skylark (JMa)

Belvide
1x White Wagtail with 50x Pied Wagtail (@BelvideBirding)

Branston GP
Long-tailed Duck, 2x Dunlin, LRP, Ringed Plover, 2x Redshank, 12x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, 12x Shelduck (DSc)

Updated 22/03 @ 15.55


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 19.30
North Staffs RSPB Indoor Meeting
at
Medical Institute (Conference Centre) in Hartshill
Talk by Mark Sisson - Black-browed Albatrosses in Falklands
For Further Information Please Contact
Geoff Sales (Group Leader) on 01782 618152

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Smew, Black-tailed Godwit, 15x Sand Martin & Curlew, 2x LR Plover (@paulsmith15363)

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint, Long-tailed Duck, 2x Mediterranean Gulls, Yellow-legged Gull, 5x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, 8x Ruff, 7x Curlew, 18x Redshank, 17x Shelduck, 7x Gadwall, 6x Shoveler, 18x Little Grebe, 20x Redpoll, Tawny Owl, 6x Sand Martin (JWo)

Mediterranean Gull - Jon Woodcock

Whitmore Bent Lane
2x Redshank on Bent Lane Flood this morning also Kittiwake briefly, Curlew, 3w Caspian Gull still, 4x YL Gull  (DK)

Chasewater Res
Dunlin, 2x Greylag Geese, Velvet Scoter & 30x Sand Martin (@CWG_sightings)

Cuckoo Bank
c30 Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Snipe &  Green Woodpecker (@GrantHames)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher (@DoxeyBirder)

i54
Wheatear, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, 50x Meadow Pipit, 60x Fieldfare (Foz JD)

Wolseley NR
Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Goosander (A&S)

Middleton Lakes
2x Avocet, 2x Cetti's Warbler (Rich) 

Updated 0930 22/3


Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday 20th March 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Smew, Common Sandpiper (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater
10x Sand Martin, 3x Oystercatcher (@GrantHames) - 2w YL Gull in the roost, Velvet Scoter still (@CWG_sightings)

Gailey Resv
2x Egyptian Geese, 4x Shoveler, 2x Goldeneye, 4x Oystercatcher (@TheSnapper1978)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sunday 19th March 2017

Middleton Lakes
2x Garganey, 2x Avocet, LR Plover, 6x Ringed Plover, Redshank, 6x Cetti's Warbler (@ArthurBlaydon) - also now 4x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, Sand Martin (@wizz15)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
8x Sand Martin (@NigelCarp2008)

Westport Lake
Kittiwake and 3x Sand Martin thru (@DKelsall3)

i54
2x Peregrine (136jamie)

Uttoxeter Quarry
4x Sand Martin, 2x Goldeneye, 6x Goosander, 3x Shelduck, 25x Snipe, Chiffchaff (@rpintean)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit, LR Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 4x Goosander (@geoffSales1) - 2x Water Pipit at 12:50 (@julianallen2009)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still, 8x Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Goldeneye (JJO) - 3w Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull, 30x Sand Martin (@CWG_sightings)

Gailey Resv
2x Egyptian Geese still, 2x Oystercatcher (RSo)

Cuckoo Bank
2x Wheatear, 4x Curlew, 2x Willow Tit, (@CWG_sightings)

Dimmingsdale
100x Siskin, 2x Redpoll, 2x Brambling, Willow Tit, Chiffchaf (TEy)

Endon Sewage Works
Male Merlin over south this morning (GBr)

Berryhill
Wheatear still on the Palletstacks mound (@PhilLocker)

Old River Dove
(Marston on Dove)
5x Yellowhammer, Skylark (VWi)

Branston WP
1x Water Rail, Little Egret (Rich)

Branston GP
26x Shelduck, 7x Skylark, 5x Redshank, Wheatear, LRP (Rich)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Saturday 18th March 2017

Doxey Marsh
5x Water Pipit from the Octagonal hide at 09:30

Gailey Resv
3x Egyptian Geese with 24x Grey Lags opposite car park (@TheSnapper1978)

Sugar Loaf farm Iverley
Sand Martin, Corn Bunting, 2x Peregrine (@StourBirder)

Middleton Lakes
3x LR Plover, 4x Avocet, 2x Garganey on Jubilee (@Ochruros & atkinson_steve) - also 2x Ringed Plover, 2w YL Gull (@TameBirding)

Radford Meadows
2x Sand Martin, Green Sandpiper, Little Owl, 4x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, Goosander, 47x Wigeon (@RobSwift5)

Chasewater
24x Goldeneye, 2x Sand Martin (@GrantHames)

Tucklesholme

5x Ringed Plover, LR Plover, Redshank, 2x Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (JP MP CM)

i54
Water Rail, Snipe, Kingfisher, 7x Chiffchaff, 5x Yellowhammer, 40x Skylark, 16x Teal (Foz)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still South Pit, 2x LR Plover, 6x Ruff, 12x Redshank, 6x Curlew, 6x Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 8x Gadwall, 18x Shelduck, 2x Med Gull, 22x Sand Martin, 8x Chiffchaff (DSc)

Hatherton Resv
Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (@daftoldbirder)

Endon Sewage Works
2x White Wagtail with 44x Pied Wagtail (GBr)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Gadwall, 3x Goldeneye, 54x Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler opposite National Arboretum (@AlrewasBirder)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday 17th Marsh 2017

Middleton Lakes
Pair of Garganey now on Jubilee this morning (GJM)

North Staffs Moors
Great Grey Shrike still along Reapsmoor Road this morning (SGi)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Redshank, Oystercatcher (@paulsmith15363) also Common Sandpiper, Smew, 4x Shelduck & 6x Oystercatcher (PCo)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still from the Octagonal hide area, also 2x Cetti's Warbler (DFo) also 2x Little Egret, Goosander, 12x Snipe (@nutcracker1965)

Whitmore
Male Wheatear on far bank this morning at Bent Lane (DAd)

Uttoxeter Quarry
3x Sand Martin, 7x Oystercatcher (@tonyjac_tony)

Silverdale CP
2x Greylag Geese over, female Wheatear, several Chiffchaff, single Willow Warbler (PCa)

Updated 17.00

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017

North Staffs Moors
Great Grey Shrike still present off Reapsmoor Road at 1.00pm sticking mainly to trees on farmland on edge of moor (HWi)

Great Grey Shrike - Terry Eyre

Trent Vale
c20 Waxwing flew SW over  at 11.30 towards Trentham (@nutcracker1965)

Doxey Marshes
2x Water Pipit, 3x Cetti's Warbler, 3x Chiffchaff, 3x Little Egret & 2x Oystercatcher (@DoxeyBirder) - 3x Water Pipit late afternoon (RCB)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Ruff, 3x Ringed Plover, 11x Redshank, Snipe, 85x Lapwing, 31x Shelduck, c90x Teal, 10x Gadwall, 14x Little Grebe, 2x Kingfisher, Tawny Owl, 10x Redpoll, 3x Chiffchaff, 50x Fieldfare, 10x Redwing (JWo)

Radford Meadows
5x Little Egret (@DKelsall3)

Foxley
2x Wheatear (MBa)

Trentham Gardens
3x Sand Martin & 3x Goosander (PBi)

Middleton Lakes
Drake Garganey this morning (as per GLo)


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Swallow Moss
Great Grey Shrike still this morning as viewed from Reapsmoor (IB) - still this afternoon (HWi)

Biddulph
40x Waxwing still on bypass (MW & @grantprice20)

i54
Wheatear early morning (@136jamie)

Cuckoo Bank
Wheatear in field opposite Bradshores farm (@GrantHames)

Chasewater
Black-necked Grebe south shore also Velvet Scoter (@andm62)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Smew, Cetti's Warbler, 2x Redshank, Common Sandpiper (PSw)

Tucklesholme
5x Ringed Plover (JP, MP)

Parkhall CP
2x Chiffchaff, 2x Willow Tit (SSt)

Branston GP
Long-tailed Duck, 5x Curlew, Ruff, 15x Redshank, 3x Ringed Plover, 33x Shelduck, Tawny Owl, 3x Sand Martin, 3x Chiffchaff, Redpoll (DSc)

Knypersley Res
Chiffchaff & 15x Goosander (GBr)

Gailey Res
8x Pochard, 3x Chiffchaff & 4x Oystercatcher (PCo)

Updated 19.40

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday 14th March 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Black-necked Grebe still from Scott hide also Smew still (@BelvideBirder)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret, 4x Shelduck, 100x Wigeon (@Staffordbirder)

Biddulph
40x Waxwing still this morning on the bypass (@p147180r)

Cannock Chase
2x male Wheatear in Sherbrook Valley (GJM)

Middleton Lakes
LR Plover on Jubilee (per GW)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 6x Sand Martin, 3x Chiffchaff, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 14x Redshank, 5x Snipe, 8x Curlew, 22x Shelduck, 17x Gadwall, 10x Shoveler, 4x Wigeon, c150x Teal, 2x Common Gull, c80x Fieldfare, c50x Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, Tawny Owl. (JWo)

Pendeford Mill NR
2x Little Egret, Raven, Chiffchaff (PCo)

Updated 15/03 18.20


Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday 13th March 2017

North Staffs Moors
Great Grey Shrike on Swallow Moss at 13.20 off Reapsmoor Road (@HughThetree) also 3x Wheatear & 2x Stonechat (BB, JB)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Adult Mediterranean Gull on Jubilee Wetlands this morning (@RSPBMiddleton)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Summer plumage Black-necked Grebe from Scott hide, Smew still (@BelvideBirding)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Sand Martin, Green Woodpecker this morning (EFo)

Ford Green/Chatterley Valley
Little EgretChiffchaff, Snipe, Water Rail (JJo)

Audley Meadows
9x Yellowhammer, 2x Chiffchaff, 60x Linnet, RL Partridge, Siskin (@PeterDobson20)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still, 2x Chiffchaff (@CWG_sightings)

River Sow Meadows
Green Sandpiper, 2x Little Egret, 2x Oystercatcher (@RobSwift5)


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sunday 12th March 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Ringed Plover, Smew, Common Sandpiper this morning (@BelvideBirding)

Aqualate
Black-necked Grebe this morning (@Ian_m_grant)

Whitmore Haye
2x Grey Partridge this morning, also 5x Gadwall, 162x Wigeon, Goldeneye, Redshank, 300x Fieldfare/Redwing, 3x Mistle Thrush, Oystercatcher (@AlrewasBirder)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still Windsor Holloway (DCo)

Berryhill
Wheatear still & Chiffchaff (@PhilLocker)

Chasewater Res
Velvet Scoter still ,Sand Martin & Yellow-legged Gull (@julianallen2009)

Doxey Marshes
Little Ringed Plover, Water Pipit, 2x Little Egret, 3x Cetti's Warbler, 3x Shelduck, 4x Goosander, 3x Chiffchaff, 2x Gadwall (GHa)

Copmere
6x Pintail, 3x Shoveler, 3x Goosander, 109x Tufted Duck, 60x Wigeon & 20x Goldeneye (DEm)

Rocester
2x Chiffchaff, 2x Goosander (TEy)

Tucklesholme
Male Wheatear, 2x Ringed Plover (@julianallen2009)

Hanchurch Woods
15x Brambling around the feeding station this afternoon (TRo) also Woodcock & 10x Crossbill (RSu)

Fradley
3x Chiffchaff (JWo)

Whitmore
9x Mandarin on Bent Lane Flood (DAd)

Branston Gravel Pits
Green Sandpiper, 7x Ruff, 11x Curlew, 6x Redshank, 3x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher (DSc).

Updated 20:45

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday 11th March 2017

Tucklesholme
Temminck's Stint, 5x Ringed Plover, 3x Chiffchaff, 4x Yellowhammer, 2x Raven (J&MPass)

Middleton Lakes
3x Avocet, 3x Plover, 3x Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, 14x Shelduck (@onionsargey)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
7x Chiffchaff, Smew still, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler (@BelvideBirder)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Sand Martin, Cetti's Warbler, 14x Redshank, 7x Ruff, c8 Snipe, 2x Green Sandpiper, 31x Shelduck, 3x WaterRail, Peregrine, Long-tailed Duck, 26x Wigeon, 20x Gadwall, 16x Shoveler, 6x Ringed Plover, 10x Curlew, Common Gull, Little Egret, Tawny Owl, c100 Fieldfare, 4x Redpoll, 6x Goldcrest (DSc)

Gailey Resv
3x Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, 7x Gadwall, 15x Pochard, 116x Tufted Duck (@TheMoorehen)

Biddulph
40x Waxwing still on bypass between Sainsburys and bottom roundabout (@robmachin)

i54
12x Chiffchaff, 50x Skylark, 5x Greenfinch, 50x Lapwing (@136jamie)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret, 4x Oystercatcher, 421x Wigeon, 150x Teal, 4x Shelduck, 4x Goosander (@RobSwift5)

Doxey Marshes
Redshank, 3x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, 2x Cetti´s Warbler (ABo)

Brookleys Lake
Chiffchaff, 14x Mandarin Duck (@rpintean)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Chiffchaff, 2x Curlew, 2x Mandarin, 30x Wigeon (@rpintean)

Croxall
6x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Shelduck, 4x Goosander (JWo)

Fenton Park
15x Waxwing on south side (MH)

Whitemore
3x Mandarin Duck at Bent Lane Flood (DAd)

Friday, 10 March 2017

Friday 10th March 2017

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Avocet & Redshank on Jubilee Wetlands   -  Dosthill NR Great White Egret in reeds (@atkinson_steve)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still, 3x ad YL Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Rock Pipit over the causeway also a Dunlin (@scaupface)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still Ashy Pit (JWo)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Thursday 9th March 2017

Biddulph
c80 Waxwing on Meadows Way between Sainsbury's and bottom roundabout this morning (MW)

Elford GPs
Great White Egret on North Pit at 07:10 before flying towards Whitemoor Haye.

Stoke
30x Waxwing in Spark Street (@StaffsWildlife)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still this afternoon, 7x Ruff, 7x Redshank, 10x Curlew, 3x Ringed Plover, 25x Shelduck, 10x Gadwall, 16x Little Grebe, 6x Shoveler, 2x YL Gull  (JWo)

Middleton Lakes
Avocet, 11x Shelduck, 7x Oystercatcher on Jubilee (@RSPBMiddleton)

Doxey Marsh
2x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck. 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Cetti's Warbler (@DoxeyBirder)

Chasewater
2w Caspian Gull, 5x ad YL Gull, Velvet Scoter, Redshank, Ringed Plover (@CWG_sightings)

Aqualate
Juv Glaucous Gull in the roost also Great White Egret (PJo)

Dimmingsdale
2x Crossbill, 100x Siskin (TEy)

Downie Road, Bilbrook
2x Ring-necked Parakeet (PCo)



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still along Windsor Holloway this morning (@WestMidsBirding)

Biddulph
8x Waxwing seen at Bosley Brook this morning (@Brookshistory)

Barton-under-Needwood
Blackcap this morning (JW)

Chasewater
4x YLG, Velvet Scoter, 2x Greylag Geese (@CWG_sightings)

Brown Edge
1x Waxwing at the "rocks" (per GBr)

Updated 20:45 9/3/17

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Branston Gravel Pits
Long-tailed Duck, 9x Redshank, 6x Ringed Plover, 8x Ruff, 9x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, c150x Lapwing, Snipe, 2x Yellow-legged Gull, 2x Goosander, 23x Shelduck, 12x Wigeon, c80x Teal, 6x Gadwall, 3x Pochard, 15x Shoveler, 17x Little Grebe, 5x Great Crested Grebe, Raven, Tawny Owl, 6x Buff-tailed Bumblebee (JW)

Doxey Marshes
Pintail, Little Egret and 2x Cetti's Warbler (DE)

Trent Washlands
Cetti's Warbler today (@grs_st)

Aqualate Mere
5x Oystercatcher 2x Cetti's Warbler & 2x Otter (@carlpaultrner)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Male Stonechat, Bittern & Smew (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater Res
5x Yellow-legged Gull & Velvet Scoter (@CWG_sightings)

Radford Meadows
3x Oystercatcher, Redshank, 8x Pintail, 25x Shoveler, 2x Gadwall, Shelduck, c200 Lapwing (@Clive_Davies1)

Croxall Lakes
3x Redshank, c4 Oystercatcher, 2x Goldeneye, Little Egret (MSc)

Whitfield Valley
Little Egret and a female Goosander (JJ)

Westport Lake
Shelduck, Chiffchaff, 2x Water Rail, 2x Shoveler, 6x Cormorant, Goldeneye (CJW)

Updated 10.05 08/03/17

Monday, 6 March 2017

Monday 6th March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Tuesday 2nd May 19.00
Fradswell Village Hall
'A World Without Boundaries - The Rutland Water Osprey'
A talk by Tim Mackrill
 Pre-bookable Tickets £5 each inc nibbles
More info contact: Jakkie 01889 502358

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members only)
Scandinavian Rock Pipit along the causeway this morning also a British race Rock Pipit  on the dam this afternoon (GJM)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Adult Summer Mediterranean Gull roosted this evening, Bittern, Smew, Cetti's Warbler and Common Sandpiper still (@BelvideBirding)

Middleton Lakes
Avocet on Jubilee (@RSPBMiddleton)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still (@backtothewind)

Chasewater Res
4x Yellow-legged Gull, Velvet Scoter & Oystercatcher (@CWG_sightings)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still on Ashy Pit this afternoon, also 7x Ruff, 16x Curlew, 3x Ringed Plover, 5x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, c200x Lapwing, 2x Yellow-legged Gull, 3x Common Gull, 19x Shelduck, 4x Gadwall, 6x Shoveler, 10x Wigeon, Kingfisher, 2x Raven, 7x Skylark (JW)

Trentham Gardens
Wigeon, 8x Gadwall, 4x Mandarin (JWa)

Barton Marina
Brambling, 6x Redpoll. (JW)


Updated 20.55

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunday 5th March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Twitching on the Scilly Isles at 7.45, Tuesday 7th March to the Stafford Branch,WMBC.  We meet at the Perkins Sports and Social Club, Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB: drive past reception and follow arrows until you reach the wooden building on you left. Members and non-members welcome, admission £2 including refreshments.

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Bittern and Smew still both from Scott hide, a Pink-footed Goose flew south (@rpintean) -2x Sand Martin thru at 14:35 and 16:30, Juv Glaucous Gull roosted at 18:00hrs (@BelvideBirding)

Stoke-on-Trent
1x Stonechat in Etruria Village (@MaxShearwater)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still present (DC)

Chasewater Res
Caspian Gull, 2x Yellow-legged Gull, Velvet Scoter, 2x Sand Martin (@CWG_sightings)

Bent Lane NR
Adult Iceland Gull again, Oystercatcher, Brambling, 4x Stock Dove, Little Grebe, 3x Snipe, 39x Coot (@nutcracker1965)

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret still from S bend in ditches (@julianallen2009) also 50x Lapwing, 12x Tufted Duck, 8x Pochard, 5x Goldeneye, 101x Wigeon & Stonechat (@BirderAlrewas)

Lichfield
40x Waxwing again on Sante Fay opposite Saxon Fenny pub at 14:00

Updated 19.10

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Saturday 4th March 2017

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still Windsor Holloway (@nutcracker1965)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Bittern still left of Scott hide, Smew, 2x Jack Snipe, 6x Curlew, 6x Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper (@NigelCarp2008)

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret in flight from south bend also Stonechat (@TameBirding)

Branston Gravel Pits
15x Little Grebe, 6x Shoveler, 9x Pochard, 2x Goosander, Water Rail, 2x Oystercatcher, 6x Ringed Plover, 10x Golden Plover, 7x Ruff, c150 Lapwing, 5x Redshank, 16x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, 5x Common Gull, 8x Skylark, 2x Grey Wagtail, 2x Kingfisher, c60 Fieldfare, c80 Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, 6x Lesser Redpoll (DS)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret, 21x Shoveler, 6x Pintail, 440x Wigeon, 200x Teal, 75x Lapwing (@Clive_Davies1)

Uttoxeter Quarry
37x Curlew, 100x Golden Plover, 5x Oystercatcher, 3x Goldeneye, 6x Goosander, 21x Wigeon, Egyptian Goose (@rpintean)

Whitmore Bent Lane
Oystercatcher, c70 Snipe, YellowLegged Gull, 4x Shoveler (DA)

Hanchurch Woods
c6 Redpoll, 4x Crossbill & 2x Snipe (TR)

Tittesworth Res
148x Curlew, 6x Oystercatcher, 3x Shelduck, 10x Goosander, 52x Lapwing, 21x Tufted Duck Mandarin (@stephengibson42

Blithfield Res (WMBC members only)
2x Pintail, c250x Wigeon, 100+ Cormorants, 5x Gadwall, 2x Oystercatcher (JW)


Hatherton Reservoir 
Cetti's Warbler & Green Woodpecker (@daftoldbirder)

Chucklesholme
3x Shelduck, 50+ Linnet, 2x Oystercatcher (MPa)

Barton North Pit
1x Goldeneye, 20x Wigeon (MPa)

Updated 12:35 5/3/17

Friday, 3 March 2017

Friday 3rd March 2017

Community Noticeboard I

Twitching on the Scilly Isles at 7.45, Tuesday 7th March to the Stafford Branch,WMBC.  We meet at the Perkins Sports and Social Club, Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB: drive past reception and follow arrows until you reach the wooden building on you left. Members and non-members welcome, admission £2 including refreshments.


Community Noticeboard II

2nd Staffordshire Birders' Conference
Sunday March 5th 2017
Connecting Birders across Staffordshire
Oulton Village Hall, Kibblestone Road, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8ND

Tickets are just £6, or £3 for under-25s
The event is being facilitated by RSPB North Staffs Local Group: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/northstaffordshire
Tickets available for purchase at the Group's indoor meetings in January and February 2017.

Tickets can also be ordered using BACS (direct bank transfer) for collection on the day – contact Geoff Sales on 01782-618152, 07397-169452, or gsales@madasafish.com

Chasewater Res
3x Yellow-legged Gull in roost (@CWG_sightings)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Redshank, Great White Egret, c90 Teal, 5x Oystercatcher (@RSBPMiddleton)

Whitmore - Bent Lane
40x Teal, 2x Shoveler, Oystercatcher, 6x Lapwing, 2x Herring Gull, 260x LBBG (DS)

Radford Meadows
3x Oystercatcher, 2x Little Egret, 2x Pintail, 4x Goosander, 19x Shoveler, 47x Lapwing, c450 Wigeon, 185x Teal (@Clive_Davies1)

Westport Lake
2x Shoveler, 3x Pochard (NJS)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Community Noticeboard

Twitching on the Scilly Isles at 7.45, Tuesday 7th March to the Stafford Branch,WMBC.  We meet at the Perkins Sports and Social Club, Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB: drive past reception and follow arrows until you reach the wooden building on you left. Members and non-members welcome, admission £2 including refreshments.

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Juvenile Glaucous Gull roosted at 5.20pm. Bittern and Smew still (@BelvideBirding)

Biddulph
c20 Waxwing at Smokies Way this morning (@robjmachin)

Branston GP
Kittiwake, 2x Yellow-legged Gull (ad, 3w), c2000x BGH, GBBG, 2x Redshank, 7x Ruff, c250x Lapwing, 4x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Goosander, 18x Shelduck, c100x Teal, 5x Pochard, 5x Gadwall, 20x Wigeon, c14x Shoveler, 2x Water Rail, Kingfisher, 15x Skylark, Treecreeper, 3x Goldcrest, Tawny Owl (JWo, DSc)

Doxey Marshes
3x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher (@DoxeyBirder)

Chasewater Res
5x Yellow-legged Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Radford Meadows
4x Little Egret & 2x Shelduck (@Clive_Davies1) also 2x Shoveler; 2x Shelduck; c30 Wigeon; c30 Teal; Mistle Thrush (MP)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Great White Egret on Jubilee Wetlands this morning (@johnoz99) also 2x Great White Egret on Dosthill Lake & Bittern on Fisher's Mill Lake this afternoon (MS)

Madeley
Waxwings Bridle Path and Pear Tree Drive still this morning (@percywiseman)

Biddulph
27x Waxwing on Smokies Way (ALo)

Whitmore
Bent Lane, 3x Tundra Bean Geese, 80x Linnet, 4x Shoveler, 2x Wigeon & 8x Stock Dove (@DKelsall3)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Juvenile Glaucous Gull roosted at 5.30pm. Bittern, Smew, Jack Snipe and Common Sandpiper also present (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater Res
5x Yellow-legged Gull, Velvet Scoter, Pintail & Dunlin (@CWG_sightings)

JCB Rocester
Red Kite over lake this afternoon (BB, JB)

Gailey Res
25x Pochard, 2x Goldeneye, 21x Great Crested Grebe & 5x Oystercatcher (@HughieKing)

Tucklesholme
2x Oystercatcher, 6x Ringed Plover, 4x Goosander, c30x Meadow Pipit, c50x Linnet. Also Barton North Pit: Goldeneye, 20x Wigeon (JW)

Barton
Little Egret (JW)

Branston GP
2x Ringed Plover, 5x Shelduck, 10x Pochard, c2500x BHG, c100x Lapwing (JW) also Common Gull, 6x Shelduck, 4x Ringed Plover, 12x Curlew, 2x Woodcock & Water Rail (DS)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Community Noticeboard

2nd Staffordshire Birders' Conference
Sunday March 5th 2017
Connecting Birders across Staffordshire
Oulton Village Hall, Kibblestone Road, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8ND

Tickets are just £6, or £3 for under-25s
The event is being facilitated by RSPB North Staffs Local Group: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/northstaffordshire
Tickets available for purchase at the Group's indoor meetings in January and February 2017.

Tickets can also be ordered using BACS (direct bank transfer) for collection on the day – contact Geoff Sales on 01782-618152, 07397-169452, or gsales@madasafish.com

Chasewater
At least 6x YLG in roost (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide
Bittern showing on/off this afternoon. Smew still present (@BelvideBirding)

Cuckoo Bank
40+ Skylark, 1x Yellowhammer (GHa)

Madeley
15x Waxwing Bridle Path and Pear Tree Drive this afternoon (TJA)

No news from Bent Lane today

Updated 19:30hrs 28/2/17

Monday, 27 February 2017

Monday 27th February 2016

Community Noticeboard

2nd Staffordshire Birders' Conference
Sunday March 5th 2017
Connecting Birders across Staffordshire
Oulton Village Hall, Kibblestone Road, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8ND

Tickets are just £6, or £3 for under-25s
The event is being facilitated by RSPB North Staffs Local Group: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/northstaffordshire
Tickets available for purchase at the Group's indoor meetings in January and February 2017.

Tickets can also be ordered using BACS (direct bank transfer) for collection on the day – contact Geoff Sales on 01782-618152, 07397-169452, or gsales@madasafish.com

Chasewater
adult / subadult Glaucous Gull in roost, also 1x Velvet Scoter and 2x Pintail (@CWG_sightings)

Branston GP
2x Ruff, 2x Ringed Plover, 14x Curlew, Redshank, 2x Water Rail, 8x Gadwall, 6x Pochard, 4x Shelduck, 26x Shoveler, 3x YLG. Also Little Egret at Barton Marina, two Oystercatchers at Branston WP but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck (JW)

Westport Lake
2x Shoveler, 5x Pochard (NJS)

Newcastle-u-Lyme
10x Waxwing in grounds of Harplands Hospital (on Hilton Rd) at 1720hrs (JHu)

Pendeford Mill NR
3x Little Egret, 2x Goosander, 3x Raven, 30+ Siskin, 4x Little Grebe (PCollins)

Bent Lane Nature Reserve
Adult Caspian Gull (DK)

Updated 19:50hrs 27/2/17

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday 26th February 2017

Community Noticeboard

2nd Staffordshire Birders' Conference
Sunday March 5th 2017
Connecting Birders across Staffordshire
Oulton Village Hall, Kibblestone Road, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8ND

Tickets are just £6, or £3 for under-25s
The event is being facilitated by RSPB North Staffs Local Group: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/northstaffordshire
Tickets available for purchase at the Group's indoor meetings in January and February 2017.

Tickets can also be ordered using BACS (direct bank transfer) for collection on the day – contact Geoff Sales on 01782-618152, 07397-169452, or gsales@madasafish.com


Chasewater
Velvet Scoter off south shore and 3x 1w Caspian Gull and 5x YLG in the roost (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide
Juv Glaucous Gull roosted at 1740hrs, Bittern roosted at 1710hrs, also Smew, 11x Oystercatcher and Common Sandpiper (@BelvideBirding)

Branston GP
c2500x BHG, 3x Common Gull, 14x Shoveler, 6x Shelduck, 13x Curlew, 4x Ruff, 1x Ringed Plover, 2x Snipe (DSc) 

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese early morning (@keelebirder) - Oystercatcher, Peregrine (et al)

Drayton Bassett Pits
1x Great White Egret, 5+ Stonechat, 13x Shelduck on Jubilee Wetlands (@onionsomething)

Bent Lane, Stableford
1x Jack Snipe, 28x Snipe, 1x Stonechat, 1x Mandarin (PJ)

Barton North Pit
1x Great White Egret (@TameBirding)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still present (sev obs)

Whitemoor Haye
1x Egyptian Goose (@TameBirding)

Aqualate
1x Great White Egret still present at far end (@Ian_m_grant)

Doxey Marshes
250+ Golden Plover, 1x Pochard, 1x Pintail, 10+ Shoveler, 7x Goosander, 2x Little Egret, 4x Stonechat, 1x Cetti's Warbler, 2x Oystercatcher (GHa)

Dimmingsdale

55x Siskin, 20x Goldfinch, 2x Redpoll, 70x Meadow Pipit, Willow Tit (TEy)

Berryhill
4x Stonechat, 2x Teal, 1x Snipe (@nutcracker1965)

National Arboretum GP
1x Green Sandpiper, 2x Shelduck (@BirderAlrewas)

Endon SW
121x Pied Wagtail (GBr)

Last updated 19:55 26/2/17

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Saturday 25th February 2017

Chasewater
1x Velvet Scoter, 2x Caspian Gull (adult and 3w), 5x YLG, 1w Caspian Gull on north shore until 1630hrs when flew NE (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide
Juv Glaucous Gull roosted at 1740hrs and Bittern roosted at 1720hrs (@MaxShearwater)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still (@keelebirder)  also Peregrine (@DKelsall3)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret on Jubilee (@atkinson_steve)


Branston GPs
Kittiwake with the Gulls mid day (JJH) and stayed to 1705hrs when flew S with c1000 BHGs. 2x adult YLG roosted, 10x Shelduck, 14x Shoveler, 3x Goldeneye, 17x Curlew, 6x Ruff, 3x Common Gull (DSc)

Branston Water Park
Long-tailed Duck still (@:TameBirding) and still at 1615hrs (DSc)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still at Windsor Holloway (@Rewildings85)

Barton North Pit
Great White Egret still (DSc)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Barnacle Geese with Grey-Lags (@TameBirding)

Lordsley Quarry
140x Snipe reported this morning (NDP)

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday 24th February 2017

Branston GP
Temminck's Stint still present, 2x Woodcock, 11x Ringed Plover, 6x Ruff, 14x Curlew, 2x Redshank, 4x Snipe, Pintail, 16x Shelduck, 22x Shoveler, YLG, 10x GBBG, Grey Wagtail, 1x Stonechat (KJo, JW, DSC)

Whitemoor Haye
Female Merlin & c4 Corn Bunting at Elford (@BirderAlrewas)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Red-head Smew still. Cetti's Warbler just up from ringing station. Curlew at west end by Hawkshutts Hide (@paulsmith15363). Also adult Iceland Gull and juv Glaucous Gull roosted, with Bittern still present (@BelvideBirding, @TheMoorehen)

Gailey
2x Oystercatcher, 10x Siskin, 22x Pochard, 1x Goldeneye, 3x Gadwall (PCol)

Chasewater
1w Caspian Gull, 6x YLG, Velvet Scoter and 2x Pintail (@CWG_sightings)

Whittington, Kinver
Yellow-browed Warbler still present (@jasonbeaut)

Trentham Gardens
Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe (MPa)

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday 23rd February 2017


Belvide Res
Adult Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, ad + 2nd winter Caspian Gulls. Bittern + Smew still (BB)

Chasewater Res
Caspian Gull and 3x Yellow-legged Gull plus Velvet Scoter still (CWG_sightings)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still along Windsor Holloway mid day

Westport Lake
1x Goosander, 1x Goldeneye, 2x Shoveler

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Radford Meadows
3x Oystercatcher, 3x Little Egret, 9x Shoveler, 20x Golden Plover, 385x Wigeon, 186x Teal (@Clive_Davies1)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Bean Geese, Oystercatcher (@DKelsall3)

Branston WP
Female Long-tailed Duck on West side of lake

Whitemoor Haye
Male Merlin, 100x Wigeon. Golden Plover, Goldeneye (@BirderAlrewas)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Juv Glaucous Gull, 2w Caspian Gull, Bittern, Smew (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater
2x Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull, Velvet Scoter (@CWG_sightings)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Gailey Resv
Iw Med Gull on sailing lake at 09:55, 3x Goldeneye, 25x Pochard, 6x Gadwall, 80x Tufted Duck (@TheMoorehen)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still at Windsor Holloway

Middleton Lakes
Greenland White-fronted Goose still

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese, 1w Med Gull, 1w YL Gull (@tighthead22)

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint, Oystercatcher, Ruff, 2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Snipe, 2x Redshank, 9x Ringed Plover, 14x Curlew, Yellow-legged Gull (ad), 17x Shelduck, 20x Shoveler, 16x Gadwall, 9x Pochard, Kingfisher, 2x Stonechat..............(JWo, PBe)

Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday 20th February 2017

Branston GPs
Firecrest this afternoon. Also Temminck's Stint, 7x Ringed Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper, 6x Ruff, 10x Curlew, 12x Shelduck (JWo)

Trentham Gardens
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker near the Monkey Forest, 52x Wigeon, 3x Gadwall, 9x Tufted Duck, 4x Little Grebe (PFo)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese, Little Egret, 3x YL Gull (@DKelsall3)

Middleton Lakes
Greenland White-fronted Goose still north of North pit late morning (@BRStretch)

Chasewater
3x Caspian Gull, 2x YL Gull, 2x Med Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Penkridge
50x Waxwing at Congreve Manor (RGr)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday 19th February 2017

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Greenland White-fronted Goose & Egyptian Goose still north of north pit, also 14x Shelduck, 6x Oystercatcher, Great White Egret (@onionargey)

Whitmore
3x Tundra Bean Geese still at Bent Lane this morning also a Curlew briefly (@nutcracker1965)

Chasewater Res
Juvenile Glaucous Gull in roost tonight (@julianallen2009) also Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull. Velvet Scoter and 2x Pintail (@CWG_sightings)

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint, 14x Ringed Plover, Little Egret, 10x Shoveler, 14x Gadwall, 14x Shelduck, Water Rail, 200x Lapwing, 90x Golden Plover, 7x Ruff, 15x Curlew, 7x Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2x Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, 60x Fieldfare, 3x Stonechat, 5x Goldcrest, 3x Redpoll, 2x Siskin (DSc)

Elford
6x Corn Bunting this morning (@BirderAlrewas)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still early afternoon at Windsor Holloway

Doxey Marshes
Water Pipit, Scaup, 2x Stonechat, Little Egret, 6x Goosander, 9x Shelduck, c100 Lapwing, 2x Barnacle Geese (GHa)

Radford Meadows
c200 Lapwing, c450 Wigeon, c150 Teal, Little Egret, 177x Golden Plover & Green Sandpiper (@RegDavies5)

Croxall/Arboretum along River Trent
4x Oystercatcher, 3x Redshank, 4x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, Little Egret, 20x Teal (JWo)

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Saturday 18th February 2017

Middleton Lakes
Greenland White-fronted Goose still at north end still also Egyptian Goose and Great White Egret North Pit (@TameBirding & JJH)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still, Oystercatcher, 10x Golden Plover (@DKelsall3)

Silverdale
Juv Iceland Gull flew over The Void at 13:40 also ad YL Gull (@philjo61) - Juv Iceland Gull on Walleys Quarry at 16:40 (NDP)

Branston GPs
Female Long-tailed Duck on South Pit (DSc) also Temminck's Stint, 7x Ringed Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper, 6x Ruff, 10x Curlew, 12x Shelduck (JWo). Also Little Egret, 10x Shoveler, 45x Golden Plover, adult YLG, 2x Stonechat, 1x Mistle Thrush (DSc)

Temminck's Stint - Jon Woodcock

Uttoxeter Quarry
100x Golden Plover, 11x Curlew, 6x Oystercatcher, 12x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, 4x Gadwall, 3x Pochard (@rpintean)

Radford Meadows
Green Sandpiper, 134x Golden Plover, Little Egret, 3x Goosander (@RobSwift & RegDavies5)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter, 2w Caspian Gull, 2x YL Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Gailey Resv
25x Pochard, 2x Oystercatcher (@TheSnapper1978)

Knypersley
1x Woodcock, 1x Goosander (GBr)