Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Keele
6x Hawfinch at the bottom of Clockhouse Drive this morning (@percywiseman) - one Hawfinch still at the Uni at 14:15 (@stephengibson42)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit still from the Octagonal hide, 28x Shoveler, Goosander, 4x Stonechat (@grantprice20)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Redshank, 300x Golden Plover, 3x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Goosander (EF)

Trentham Gardens
Hawfinch in Yew tree NW corner of the lake, 2x Goldeneye, 6x Mandarin (RT)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret still, 2x Stonechat (MSc)

Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday 20th November 2017

Rudyard Lake
6x Goosander, 61x Teal, 14x Wigeon,  3x Willow Tit, 12x Cormorant (SSe)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
1st winter Kittiwake in the roost

Marley Pits
10x Goosander (JWo)

Chasewater
Caspian Gull and 5x YL Gull in the roost

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday 19th November 2017

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Adult Kittiwake west over deep end, (MPR, GJM)) - First record for nearly 3 years

Uttoxeter Quarry
41x Golden Plover, Redshank, 2x Dunlin, 2x Green Sandpiper, 13x Snipe, 47x Teal, Water Rail (@rpintean)

Aqualate Mere
1st winter drake Scaup, juv Marsh Harrier (@Ian_m_grant)

Tutbury
Ring-necked Parakeet over Ferrers Avenue (DKa)

Brookleys Lake
82x Mandarin Duck, Water Rail (@rpintean)

Keele
6x Hawfinch (@keelebirder)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit, Jack Snipe, 2x Cetti's Warbler, 8x Goosander, Little Egret (@andm62)

Rudyard Lake
Female Merlin chasing Finches along farm track at north end (SSe)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, Pintail, Brambling, 6x Ruff, 4x Dunlin, 3x Redshank, 3x Green Sandpiper, 17x Curlew (DSc)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
2x Whooper Swan to 09:00 only)

Whitemoor Haye
5x Little Egret, 3x Goldeneye, 56x Wigeon, 15x Pochard,  (BirderAlrewas)

National Arboretum - Croxall GPs
7x Goosander, Cetti's Warbler, 20x Goldcrest (@BirderAlrewas)

Chasewater
2x Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull, ad Med Gull

Doxey Marsh
2x Little Egret, 10x Goosander, 4x Stonechat, 4x Gadwall (TOh)

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday 18th November 2017

Whitemoor Haye
Merlin thru this morning (@BirderAlrewas)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
2x Whooper Swan still

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still (@RobSwift5)

Ashwood Nurseries
Hawfinch over SW at 11:10 (@MidlandsBirder)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 8x Ruff, 16x Curlew (@TameBirding) - also 2x Green Sandpiper, 4x Redshank, 3x Dunlin, 2x Goldeneye, 67x Wigeon, 2x Egyptian Geese, Little Egret (DSc)

Chasewater
Ad Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull in the roost

Radford Meadows
89x Wigeon, 40x Teal, Little Egret (@Clive_Davies1)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
7x Goosander, 9x Egyptian Geese, Peregrine, Barnacle Goose, Little Egret (DP

Rudyard Lake
2x Willow Tit at north end (GSa)

Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday 17th November 2017

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still from Walton Canal bridge early morning (@RobSwift5)

Middleton Lakes
3x Great White Egret still

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
2x Whooper Swan still at west end

Chasewater
2x Caspian Gull, 5x YL Gull in the roost

Berryhill
2x Short-eared Owl at 16:30 (AJo)

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Thursday 16th November 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
2x Whooper Swan still at west end

Blackbank
5x Hawfinch east at 08:30 (NDP)

Whitwick - Poole Hall
6x Hawfinch commuting to a copse on the Staffs side (@BirderGaz)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x ad YL Gull, 3x Pink-footed Geese, 16x Tree Sparrow (@DKelsall3)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret, Dunlin, Egyptian Geese, 4x Goldeneye, Goosander, 15x Cormorant, Cetti's Warbler, (@atkinson_steve)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 60x Golden Plover, 8x Ruff, 6x Redshank, 4x Dunlin, 17x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 262x Teal, 76x Wigeon, 47x Gadwall, 14x Shoveler, 6x Pochard, 4x Shelduck, 34x Little Grebe, 2x YL Gull, Brambling, (JWo)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Blackbank
Hawfinch over at 07:40 (NDP)

Whitmore Bent Lane
2x Redshank (@DKelsall3)

Trentham Gardens
Hawfinch flew to Cedars at NW corner of the lake (@domhall)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Great White Egret North shore at 13:35 (@broadwayeight) - also 2x Whooper Swan late afternoon

Silverdale CP
Caspian Gull on the Void also Ad and 3w YL Gull (@DKelsall3)

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Pink-footed Geese still (@tonyjac_tony)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still from Octagonal hide, 4x Stonechat, (@DoxeyBirder, @tonyjac-tony)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still from Walton Bridge (DP)

Monday, 13 November 2017

Monday 13th November 2017

Stoke
4x Ring-necked Parakeet still off Diarmid Road Hanford (CBa)

Upper Longdon
3x Hawfinch in Beech trees on main track to fishing pool late morning

Whitmore Bent Lane
4x Pink-footed Geese at 13:00 (NDP)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, 14x Shoveler, 7x Gadwall, (@grantprice20) - also 3x Water Pipit still from the Octagonal hide, 11x Water Rail, 3x Cetti's Warbler, 5x Stonechat, (MBo, PDy)

Silverdale CP
Ad YL Gull (@DKelsall3)

Branston GPs
8x Ruff, 5x Dunlin, 4x Redshank, 16x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Pintail, Goldeneye, 86x Wigeon, 48x Gadwall, 277x Teal, 15x Shoveler, 35x LittleGrebe, Little Egret, Peregrine, c4000 Starling, 2x Stonechat,  (JWo)

Chasewater
1cy Caspian Gull, 2x ad YL Gull, GBB Gull, 12x Goldeneye, (@Rewilding85)

Hixon Airfield
c250x Golden Plover (RCB)

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunday 12th November 2017

Tittesworth Water
2x drake Pintail, 55x Teal, 48x Wigeon, 21x Cormorant (@stephengibson42)

Hales Hall Pool
17x Goosander (@rpintean)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Whooper Swan dropped in at 08:40

Blackbank
Merlin south at 09:15 (NDP)

Whitmore Bent Lane
Whooper Swan at mid day, 2x Pink-footed Geese still (@philjo61)

Whooper Swan By Phil Jones

Lichfield
Great White Egret over SW early afternoon (@BirderAlrewas)

Upper Longdon

2x Hawfinch still but elusive (@julianallen2009)

River Sow Meadows Stafford
Great White Egret still, Little Egret, 166x Wigeon, (@RobSwift5)

Radford Meadows Stafford
Little Egret, 150x Teal, 100x Wigeon (@RobSwift5)

Branston GPs
8x Ruff, 17x Curlew, 15x Snipe, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper, 2x YL Gull, 60x GBB Gull, Little Egret, 2x Egyptian Geese, 71x Wigeon, 59x Gadwall, (DSc)

Chasewater
3x Caspian Gull and a Med Gull in the roost

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Saturday 11th November 2017

Middleton Lakes
3x Great White Egret this morning, c200 Golden Plover (@atkinson_steve)

Tucklesholme
2x Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (JJH)

Whitemoor Haye
9x Little Egret, Goldeneye. (@BirderAlrewas)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret and 2x Water Pipits still, 2x Cetti's Warbler, 10x Gadwall,  (@philjo61, @PhilLocker )

Water Pipit by Phil Jones

Whitmore Bent Lane
2x Pink-footed Geese (@nutcracker1965)

Bateswood NR
4x Jack Snipe, 32x Snipe (PJo)

Gailey Resv
50x Golden Plover, 30x Siskin, 3x Redpoll (@TheSnapper1978)

Chasewater
2x ad Caspian Gull and 3x ad YL Gull in the roost

Dimmingsdale
Woodcock and a Brambling (TEy)

Upper Longdon
3x Hawfinch, also c6x Tawny Owl (JWo)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 16x Curlew, 5x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 2x Dunlin, 9x Egyptian Geese, 110x Wigeon, 26x Gadwall, 3x Goldeneye, imm Peregrine, 15x Redpoll (DSc)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Friday 10th November 2017

Chasewater
2x adult Caspian Gull, 2x 1w YL Gull  in roost

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, Pintail, 6x Redshank, 5x Dunlin, 8x Ruff, 17x Curlew, 2x Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 2x Goldeneye, 2x Shelduck, 107x Wigeon, 46x Gadwall, 400x Teal, 25x Shoveler, 31x Little Grebe, Little Egret (JWo)

Long-tailed Duck by Jon Woodcock

Pintail by Jon Woodcock

Staffs

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Thursday 9th November 2017

Tittesworth Water
c40 Whooper Swan over SE at 09:00 (JOa)

Wychnor Park
4x Hawfinch over SW at 10:45 (@Tonydotlufc)

Upper Longdon
6x Hawfinch flew round but only one settled (RBe)

By Richard Berry

Ingestrie
100x Golden Plover over this afternoon (RCB)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
30x Golden Plover, 2x Dunlin, 2x Goosander, 2x Shelduck (RBe)

Chasewater
Ad Caspian Gull and 3x YL Gull in the roost

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still near the Octagonal Hide

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret still

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wednesday 8th November 2017

Doxey Marsh
5x Water Pipit near the Octagonal Hide, Great White Egret, Barn Owl (@DoxeyBirder

By Ian Sheridan

Whitmore Bent Lane
2x ad YL Gull at 14:00 before flying off also Pink-footed Goose (DKelsall3)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, Jack Snipe, 300x Golden Plover, 3x Dunlin on JW, 2x Hawfinch flew over NE

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still from Walton Bridge, c100 Wigeon (MPa)

Tucklesholme
2x Stonechat, Goosander, 40x Linnet, 2x Kingfisher (JWo)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tuesday 7th November 2017

                                                            Notice Board
                      There will be a WMBC Stafford Branch meeting at Perkins Social Club,
                  Tixall Road, Stafford tonight at 19:30. Speaker Keith Offord on Sky Dancers.
                         
Tittesworth Water
4x Pintail, 4x Gadwall, 38x Wigeon (@stephengibson42)
               

Monday, 6 November 2017

Monday 6th November 2017

Blackbank
5x Hawfinch over (NDP)

Harehills
5x Hawfinch over west at 10:05 (GJM)

Cuckoo Bank
2x Hawfinch over, Peregrine, 9x Yellowhammer (GrantHames)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, 2x Little Egret, 4x Goosander (@richard_rafe)

Hanchurch Woods
22x Crossbill (HF,SE)

Berryhill
Short-eared Owl at 16:30 (RT)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
315x Golden Plover Tad Bay (GJM)

Cannock Chase
10x Crossbill  Abraham's Valley (@DavidBate17)

Chasewater
In roost, 2x Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull, ad Med Gull

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 7x Ruff, 17x Curlew, 2x Redshank, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, 95x Wigeon, 350x Teal, 21x Shoveler, 22x Gadwall, 35x Little Grebe, 3x Little Egret, 5x GBB Gull, (JWo)

Curlews by Jon Woodcock

Middleton Lakes
3x Great White Egret roosted in Willows on JW

Sunday 5th November 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
7x Whooper Swan flew thru south at 09:50

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit still from Octagonal hide also Woodcock flushed (@nutcracker1965)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still (@RobSwift5)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Adult Caspian Gull  still Tad Bay, 84x Golden Plover (@rpintean)

Upper Longdon
Hawfinch still (@julianallen2009)

Aqualate
Marsh Harrier at 16:00 (RWh)

Bottomhouse
Female Hen Harrier by A523 at 13:00 (KWh)

Chasewater
6x Hawfinch overhead, 1st winter Caspian Gull, ad Med Gull, 2x YL Gull

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 7x Ruff, 16x Curlew, 3x Green Sandpiper. Redshank, Dunlin, 40x Gadwall, 2x Goldeneye (DSc)


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017

Aqualate
Marsh Harrier at 09:30 (@RobSwift5)

Gailey Resv
8x Hawfinch flew NW at 10:45, 10x Golden Plover, 2x Goosander, 13x Redpoll. Yellowhammer (@TheSnapper1978)

Cannock Chase
Flock of 27x Raven over Oldacre Valley (@CliveDavies1)

Berryhill
Jack Snipe still (@nutcracker1965)

Uttoxeter Quarry
115x Golden Plover, 3x Ruff, 3x Green Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, 17x Wigeon (@rpintean) - also Redshank, 40x Teal, Goosander (ABa)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only
Merlin flew south at 13:15, 3x Dunlin, 5x Shelduck

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Adult Caspian Gull Tad Bay also Common Sandpiper still (GJM)

Radford Meadows
126x Wigeon, 30x Teal, 6x Shoveler, Little Egret (Clive_Davies1)

Aqualate
Drake Scaup at 11:30 (PJo)

Branston GPs
8x Ruff, 2x Oystercatcher, 17x Curlew (DSc)

Tittesworth Water
9x Goosander, Brambling, 4x Pochard (IB, LH)

Middleton Lakes
Hawfinch, Great White Egret, 40x Golden Plover, 3x Goldeneye, Cetti's Warbler (MSc)

Friday, 3 November 2017

Friday 3rd November 2017

Blackbank
2x Hawfinch at 07:30 and 07:45 (NDP)

Codsall
Hawfinch  north over Moatbrook Avenue at 08:55 (@BelvideBirding)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
4x Hawfinch over NW also Hawfinch flew east from the West End Hide

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Hawfinch NW, Little Egret south, 2x Yellowhammer, 10x Tree Sparrow (@DKelsall3)

Doxey Marsh

2x Great White Egret still, 3x Water Pipit from the Octagonal hide at 13:00 (@brianbeecee)

Cannock Chase
2x Crossbill briefly Hare Hills at 08:00 (GJM - Hawfinch at the Glacial Boulder early morning then flew west (@scaupface)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
4x Jack Snipe, c350 Golden Plover, 2x Green Sandpiper (@scaupface)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still, 3x Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (@RobSwift5)

Branston GPs
10x Ruff, 18x Curlew, Oystercatcher, 6x Golden Plover, Redshank, Dunlin, Pintail, 13x Shelduck, 26x Gadwall, 92x Wigeon, 35x Shoveler, 275x Teal, 2x Goldeneye, YL Gull, 35x GBB Gull, (JWo, DSc)

Pintail  by Jon Woodcock

Staffs

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Holden Lane Pool
44x Pink-footed Geese flew east at 09:45 (@SteveJTurner76)

Cuckoo Bank
Hawfinch over at 09:12 also 9x Yellowhammer (@GrantHames)

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret from the steel hide at 13:30, one later flew onto Doxey Flash, 3x Water Pipit from Octagonal hide, 2x Little Egret, 23x Snipe. 5x Cetti's Warbler (MBo)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
12x Hawfinch flew south also Crossbill over

Gailey Resv
5x Hawfinch flew west at 10:45, 70x Golden Plover, 4x Goosander, Brambling, Yellowhammer. (@The Snapper1978)

Upper Longdon
3x Hawfinch (HF, SE)

Doxey Marsh
At least one Water Pipit still at 13:45 by Octagonal hide (@DoxeyBirder)

No Man's Green
2x Hawfinch south at 10:30 (@scaupface

Baggeridge CP
3x Hawfinch over (@Midlandsbirder)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still at 16:40 from Walton Bridge (RCB)

Caverswall Scrape
22x Snipe (COs)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still also 7x Ruff, 16x Curlew, Redshank, 80x Wigeon, 38x Shoveler, 36x Gadwall, 18x Redpoll (DSC)

Chasewater
1w Caspian Gull, 2w YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost