Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Cannock Chase
10x Crossbill at Abraham's Valley (@Clive_Davies1)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Whooper Swan still from S bend beyond Sittles Farm (@julianallen2009)

Branston GPs
18x Curlew, 8x Ruff, Dunlin, Stonechat (@julianallen2009)

Brankley Pastures
21x Snipe (JWo)

Chasewater
2x ad YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tuesday 16th January 2018

Keele
3x Hawfinch by church car park at 13:00 (@Jackhaye)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Great White Egret, 11x Goosander, Goldeneye, Little Egret, c1000 Lapwing, (EFo)

Checkley
At least 2x Hawfinch at St Mary & All Saints Churchyard this afternoon (@SteveJTurner76)

Chasewater
1w Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull in the roost, Peregrine north of lake

Branston GPs
18x Curlew, 8x Ruff, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Dunlin, 300x Lapwing, 2x Little Egret, 150x Teal, 2x Goldeneye, 25x Little Grebe, 6x Pochard, 16x Gadwall, Hybrid Ruddy Shelduck/Shelduck, 250x GBB Gull, 2x ad YL Gull, Peregrine (JWo)

Hybrid Shelduck species by Jon Woodcock

Kingsley
8x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church (NMc)

Monday, 15 January 2018

Monday 15th January 2018

Radford Meadows
3x Little Egret, 304x Wigeon, 320x Lapwing, 300x Teal (@Clive_Davies1)

Kingsley
4x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church at 12:00 (@Clive_Davies1)

Chasewater
4x YL Gull in the roost

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday 14th January 2018

Keele
3x Hawfinch still around the university entrance near St Johns church (@keelebirder)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Whooper Swan from Sittles bend also 1 to poss 2 Great White Egret, 700x Lapwing, 34x Pochard, 6x Goosander, 2x Goldeneye, 102x Wigeon, 5x GBB Gull (@BirderAlrewas)

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret, 322x Lapwing, 168x Teal, 84x Wigeon (@Clive_Davies1)

Rudyard Resv
Hawfinch briefly south of the dam (MSt per SSe)

Madeley
Hawfinch at the church also 3x Chifchaff at the sewage works (@philjo61)

i54
70x Yellowhammer, 48x Skylark, Stonechat, Green Woodpecker (@i54jamie)

Gailey Resv
Pink-footed Goose with the Grey Lags (@TheSnapper1978)

Kingsley - Please keep off the graves and headstones
4x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church (ABa)

Alrewas GPs
128x Wigeon, Pochard, 3x Chiffchaff (@BirderAlrewas)

Whitmore Bent Lane
Pink-footed Goose, YL Gull (@philjo61)

Iverley - Whittington
Female Merlin, 2x Corn Bunting, 50x Yellowhammer, 60x Linnet, Little Owl (@StourBirder)

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

Branston GPs
5x Little Egret, 18x Curlew, 2x ad YL Gull, c25,000 Starling roosted (DSc)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Saturday 13th January 2018

Berryhill
2x Jack Snipe (@nutcracker1965)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Whooper Swan (@BirderAlrewas, @julianallen2009)  -  Also 84x Wigeon, 23x Pochard, Stonechat, Golden Plover, Peregrine, (@BirderAlrewas)

Tixall bridge - Shugborough
Great White Egret by ditch at 12:30 (CBu)

Chasewater
Ad Med Gull between island and railway at 14:35 (@TheSnapper1978)  - Juv Iceland Gull, 5x YL Gull in the roost

Branston GPs
1st win/juv Iceland Gull 13:45 to 14:20 then lost to view, Merlin, 8x Ruff, 16x Curlew, Redshank, 2x Dunlin, 280x GBB Gull, 2x ad YL Gull, 3x Little Egret, (DSc)

Friday, 12 January 2018

Friday 12th January 2017

Kingsley
13x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church at mid day (AEa)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret still

Dimmingsdale
5x Woodcock, 4x Mandarin (TEy)

Chasewater
3w Caspian Gull, 5x YL Gull, ad Med Gull

Blithfield Resv (WMB members only)
40x Goosander roosting in Tad Bay at 16:30  also Little Egret (RCB)

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Thursday 11th January 2018

Doxey Marsh
2x Little Egret, c200 Golden Plover, 2x Barnacle Geese (@richard_rafe)

Kingsley
7x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church (AEa)

Radford  Meadows
239x Wigeon, 232x Teal, 214x Lapwing, Little Egret, (@Clive_Davies1)

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

Branston GPs
18x Curlew, 8x Ruff, 5x Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, 300x Lapwing, Woodcock, Dunlin, 200x Teal, 35x Shoveler, 26x Wigeon, 18x Shelduck, 22x Gadwall, 12x Pochard, 28x Little Grebe, 2x Water Rail, Stonechat, 3x Little Egret, c20,000 Starling (JWo)

Silverdale CP
5x Goosander,  (PCa)

Stafford
Peregrine over Tesco's (ABar)

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wednesday 10th January 2018

Codsall
Merlin flew north over Chillington Drive at 10:36 (@BelvideBirding)

Parkhall Lake Weston Coyney
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, at 14:15, 2x Little Egret still, (MHu per NGr)

Rudyard Lake
12x Goosander, Water Rail, 59x Teal, 18x Wigeon, 21x GC Grebe, 11x Siskin, 4x Redpoll, (SSe)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret, 4x Little Egret, 4x Pochard, 5x Goldeneye, Stonechat (@ramblingwalker1)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, 3x Little Egret, 3x Stonechat, c350 Golden Plover, Cetti's Warbler (NGr)

Leek
c5000 Starling murmuration 16:15 - 16:30 near to Springfield Road and around the trees behind Leek firestation (IB)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Kingsley
18x Hawfinch at St Werburgh's church (@PeterDobson20)

Monday, 8 January 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

Middleton Lakes
Firecrest again by the river culvert NE corner of JW, 20x Pink-footed Geese flew SW, (@RSPBMiddleton)  -  2x Great White Egret, one on JW and one North Pit, 2x Little Egret, 2x Goosander, 10x Shelduck (@Rewilding85)

Milford
Great White Egret by River Sow Holdiford Road (@Clive_Davies1)

Keele University
Hawfinch over Church Plantation at 13:00 (@Jackhaye)

Kingsley
6x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church (@RobSwift5, CBa)

Cannock Chase
5x Crossbill on path from Upper Longdon and Castle Ring near pool (PBe)

Radford Meadows
5x Pink-footed Geese in field 200m short of the boat club (@CliveDavies1)

Rudyard Lake
Little Egret, 2x Brambling, 3x Willow Tit, Water Rail, 14x Siskin, Kingfisher (SSe)

Chasewater
2w Iceland Gull, 2x Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull, 

Branston GPs
17x Curlew, 8x Ruff, 4x Redshank, Dunlin, 250x Lapwing, 3x Little Egret, 27x Little Grebe, 3x Goldeneye, 5x Pochard, 150x Teal, 2x Barn Owl, Peregrine,  (JWo)

Tawny Owl by Jon Woodcock

Staffs

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunday 7th January 2018

Whitemoor Haye
6x Whooper Swan with Mutes, 70x Wigeon, 9x Pochard, 4x Goosander, 4x Yellowhammer, 400x Lapwing, Peregrine, (@BirderAlrewas) - Great White Egret in flight over back pits at 12:05 (@TheSnapper1978)  -  13x Whooper Swans later, 20x Tree Sparrow, 30x Skylark (@thevicar70)

Kingsley
6x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church (@GladwynB

Ingestre
40x Pink-footed Geese over NW at 09:00 (@roger_broadbent)

Radford Meadows
15x Pink-footed Geese over east at 09:35, 5x Egyptian Geese, 9x Goosander, 450x Wigeon, Stonechat, 45x Lapwing,  (@RobSwift5)

Doxey Marsh
10x Goosander, 50x Lapwing, 2x Water Rail, (@grantprice20) - Pinkfeets with Greylags on Creswell flash, 5x Egyptian Geese flew towards the M6, Little Egret, c1000 mixed Lapwing and Golden Plover near M6 (GHa)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
5x Whooper Swan dropped in at 11:15 (@NigelCarp2008) - 2 more Whoopers dropped in at mid day, Hawfinch again at 14:00 onwards

By Christopher Blackburn

Baldwins Gate
80x Pink-footed Geese over NW at 09:05 also Jack Snipe at the Sewage farm (RWh)

Tutbury
12x Pink-footed Geese with Canada flock by the River Dove (MPR)

Hanchurch
14x Crossbill, Peregrine (@andm62)

Chasewater
Great Northern Diver still (@KeithW27a)  -  2x Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still (RobSwift5)

Middleton Lakes
Redhead Smew, Pintail, 2x Stonchat (MSc, @TameBirding)  -  Red Kite over (@Rich1063)

Wrinehill
Grey Partridges with large flock of Redlegs along Checkley Lane (TRo)

Croxall GPs
113x Teal, 32x Shoveler, Goldeneye, (@BirderAlrewas)

JCB South Lake
Great White Egret over at 13:30 (EFo)

Branston GPs
10x Whooper Swan till dusk, 17x Curlew, 6x Ruff, Dunlin, 2x Redshank, 30x Shoveler, 9x Shelduck, 28x Gadwall, 3x Pochard, 2x Goldeneye, 5x Little Egret, Peregrine, Woodcock, 200x Lapwing, ad YL Gull, 160x GBB Gull, (DSc)

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Saturday 6th January 2018

Berryhill
32x Pink-footed Geese over NW at 08:35, further 100x over NW at 10:47 (@nutcracker1965)

Chasewater
Great Northern Diver still off the dam (@ArthurBladon) - Ad Med Gull, 4x YL Gull in the roost

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
170x  Pink-footed Geese over north at 09:50, a further 120x over N at 11:10, 86x over N at 14:30, Hawfinch still at 14:20

Uttoxeter Quarry
400x Pink-footed Geese over in two skeins, a further 60x over NW at 11:00, 70x more NW  at 11:09, Whooper Swan NW at 10:30 (@rpintean)

Gailey Resv
4x Gadwall, 3x Goldeneye, Peregrine thru (@TheSnapper1978)

Radford Meadows
Pintail, 3x Goosander, 416x Wigeon, 300x Teal, 9x Shoveler, (@Clive_Davies1)

i54
160x Pink-footed Geese thru (@154foz)

Prestwood
90x Pink-footed Geese over NW at 10:15 (AHa)

Stone
200x Pink-footed Geese over west  (DEm) - 300x Pinkfeet over west this afternoon (GSa)

Stretton
260x Pink-footed Geese over SW at 11:26 (DSc)

Stoke on Trent
300x Pink-footed Geese over Sandford Hill west at 10:30 and a further 200x at 10:40 (CSi)

Keele
500x Pink-footed Geese in three skeins between 11:00 and 12:00, 2x Hawfinch still around the church(@keelebirder)

Audley - Mill End
2x Pink-footed Geese next to Mill pool at 11:30 (JHu)

Ford Green NR
100x Pink-footed Geese over NW (JJo)

Kingsley
7x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church (@rpintean)

Silverdale CP
2x ad YL Gull on the Void (@philjo61)

Branston GPs
17x Curlew, 8x Ruff, 2x Redshank, Dunlin, 2x Green Sandpiper, 4x Little Egret, 11x Pochard, 200x Teal, (DSc) - c35,000 Starling in the roost

Whitemoor Haye
800x Lapwing, 36x Pochard, Goldeneye, 88x Wigeon, 3x Goosander, Green Sandpiper, Peregrine, 12x Yellowhammer, 4x Tree Sparrow (@BirderAlrewas)

Friday, 5 January 2018

Friday 5th January 2018

Chasewater
Great Northern Diver (@richevans1306)  -  Ad Caspian Gull, 2x ad Med Gull, 3x YL Gull in the roost

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Hawfinch still from 13:20

Dimmingsdale
150x Pink-footed Geese over in two skeins at 14:30 (TEy)

Kingsley
9x Hawfinch at St Werburgh's church (@ArthurBlaydon)

Stafford
Blackcap on Witney Rd Baswich (ABa)

Churnet Valley Cheddleton-Consall
215x Lapwing, 18x Siskin, Willow Tit, Snipe, 2x Grey Wagtail (DSc)

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Thursday 4th January 2018

Kingsley
6x Hawfinch still at St Werburgh's church (JJo)

Doxey Marsh
4x Goosander, 7x Shoveler, (@grantprice20)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Hawfinch still from car park

Branston GPs
17x Curlew, 8x Ruff, Dunlin, 4x Goldeneye, 3x Pochard, 15x Little Grebe, Stonechat, Little Egret (DSc)

Chasewater
4x YL Gull, ad Med Gull in the roost

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Chasewater
Juv Shag circled the Slurry pool early morning before drifting off west

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret this morning (@Clive_Davies1)

Parkhall Lake
2x Little Egret at mid day (CSi)

Whitemoor Haye
77x Wigeon, 5x Goldeneye, 19x Pochard, Peregrine, 3x Yellowhammer (@BirderAlrewas)

Audley Meadows
30x Skylark, 50x Linnet, 40x Chaffinch, 3x Tree Sparrow (PDo)

Kingsley
4x Hawfinch still St Werburgh's church (DWa, Tr, AEa)

Westport Lake

2x YL Gull GBB Gull, (@DKelsall3)

Chasewater
4x YL Gull in the roost

Croxall GPs
200x Teal, 24x Pochard, 12x Shoveler, 2x Goosander, 2x Gadwall, Little Owl, (@BirderAlrewas)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, 7x Little Egret, 7x Shelduck, 3x Goldeneye, Goosander (JWo)

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Madeley
Hawfinch still at the church car park (@perceywiseman)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret, Willow Tit (@richard_rafe)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Pintail, 15x Pochard, 2x Goosander, 400x Wigeon, 150x Teal, Oystercatcher, (@Thewyrewagtail)

Kingsley
3x Hawfinch still St Werburgh's church (@PhilLocker)

Iverley-Whittington
18x Corn Bunting, 50x Yellowhammer, Little Owl, Peregrine, 12x Redpoll (@StourBirder)

Alvecote
3x Red-crested Pochard at Pretty Pigs pool (@birdsofalvecote)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Peregrine, 93x Wigeon, 27x Pochard, Goldeneye, 690x Lapwing (@BirderAlrewas)

Chasewater
3x YL Gull

Baswich
Great White Egret still near Walton Bridge (@Scottofthemarsh)

Monday, 1 January 2018

Monday 1st January 2018

                   West Midland Bird Club Stafford Branch Meeting on Tuesday 2nd January
                                            A talk on Scilly Pelagic Magic by Jim Almond                                                                 At Perkins Social Club Tixall Road, Stafford ST163UB
                                                         19:30 for a 19:45 start
                                               
Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Hawfinch flew south from plantation at 08:30 and from car park this afternoon

Kingsley
5x Hawfinch at St Werburgh's church at 09:15 (@rpintean) - up to 6 present at 12:00

By Terry Eyre

Madeley
Hawfinch in Yews at church car park (@percywiseman)

Keele
Hawfinch at the church (@Birdin43)

Uttoxeter Quarry
200x Golden Plover, Dunlin, 2x Gadwall (@rpintean)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret on North Pit (JJH) - 4x Great White Egret flew off to roost also 22x Goosander roosted North Pit (@Piccalilli123)

Stoke on Trent
40x Pink-footed Geese over Royal Stoke hospital at 13:00 (JBr)

Alton
2x Hawfinch at St Peter's church at 13:15 (@Malk2k12)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Great White Egret, 52x Golden Plover, 97x Wigeon, 19x Pochard, Goldeneye, 4x Grey Partridge, 700x Lapwing, 8x Tree Sparrow, 3x Yellowhammer (@BirderAlrewas)

Hanchurch Woods
22x Crossbill, 3x Brambling, 88x Siskin (HF, SE)

National Arboretum
Cetti's Warbler at Junction Pit (@BirderAlrewas)

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret, 5x Goosander, c400 Lapwing (@CliveDavies1)

Enville
2x Hawfinch (@scaupface)

Tittesworth Water
80x Siskin, 5x Redpoll, 5x Pochard, 8x Snipe (@stehengibson42)

Branston GPs - 71 species
100x Golden Plover, 18x Curlew, 8x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 3x Snipe, 44x Gadwall, 100x Teal, 2x Goosander, 3x Goldeneye, 120x GBB Gull, Stonechat (DSc)

Chasewater
2x ad YL Gull, 2x ad Med Gull in roost, 2x Little Egret flew north