Friday, 31 May 2013

Friday 31st May 2013

Fem Marsh Harrier flew over AM (RCB)

Blithfield Res
Turnstone on causeway 14:30hrs, also 8x Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Yellow Wagtail (SE & HF)

Turnstone at Blithfield by Steve Edwards

Uttoxeter Quarry
15x Common Tern, 2x LRP (SE & HF)

Highgate Common
2x Tree Pipit (DP)

Croxden Quarry
2x Oystercatcher (AB)

Branston GP's
40x Shelduck, 8x Gadwall, Curlew, 5x Redshank, 1x Common Tern, 4x Raven (DSc)

Spotted Flycatchers today seen at Gradbach (RCB), Meerbrook (picture below by MTu) and Oakamoor (RPo and AR).

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Thursday 30th May 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only) Please note that the track from Admaston Reach towards Blithe Bay is unsuitable for road vehicles.

2x Avocet in Blithe Bay this morning (GJM,MPR) Still early evening.
Turnstone, 3x Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 9x Teal (GJM)
Arctic Tern, 8x Ringed Plover, 2x LR Plover early evening (RCB)

Fem Marsh Harrier, 2x Hobby, 2x Common Tern (SE&HF)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Black Tern still this morning with 2x Common Tern, also Grey Wagtail and Ringed Plover (DFo)

2x Wheatear this morning (RT)

Cuckoo, Mandarin, Shelduck (GS)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
2x Black Tern still at 11:05

Branston GPs
Hobby, 10x Ringed Plover, 6x LR Plover, 8x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 41x Shelduck, 5x Gadwall, 2x Common Tern, c160 LBB Gull, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat, 8x Reed Warbler, 100s of Swifts and hirundines  (JWo)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Black Tern one this evening also 12x Common Tern, Sanderling, 20x Ringed Plover, 5x LR Plover, 6x Oystercatcher, Curlew, 6x Goosander, 2x Shelduck  (ABa)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Tuesday 28th May 2013

Uttoxeter Quarry
Sanderling 1, Ringed Plover 8, Oystercatcher 5, LRP 5, Common Sandpiper 5, Yellow Wagtail 3, Sedge Warbler 3 (AB)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Sanderling on North Pit this pm

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Wood Sandpiper top of Blithe Bay and still present til 18.20 at least (GJM)
Also 5x Sanderling (GJM, MPR)

Branston Gravel Pits
7x Ringed Plover, 4x LRP, 3x Oystercatcher, Curlew, 8x Redshank, 4x Common Tern, 4x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 2x Wigeon, 36x Shelduck, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, (JWo)

Monday, 27 May 2013

Monday 27th May 2013

Belvide Res
No sign today of the SPOTTED SANDPIPER.

Whitemoor Haye
2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Garden Warbler, Common & Lesser Whitethroat (SCo)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Sanderling, 11x Ringed Plover, 1x Curlew this am (RP). Also at 09.30, two Ruddy Shelduck, a Little Stint and a number of Little and Ringed Plovers observed (DPa)

Blithfield Res
10+ Sanderling through today, also a Little Tern present north of the causeway from 13.17 to 15:40 at least, 2x Arctic Terns.  At least 5+ Sanderling (pic attached of two), and 1 Dunlin, 4 Common Tern, 1 Hobby. (GJM, RP)

Little Tern at Blithfield by Richard Powell

and Sanderling (RPo)

Branston Gravel Pits
18x Ringed Plover, 4x LRP, 14x Redshank, 41x Shelduck, 3x Gadwall, 2x Wigeon, 2x Common Tern (JWo)

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sunday 26 May 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
S/pl SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the dam 13:20 (SN)  Still at 19:20.

Spotted Sandpiper by Steve Nuttall

and Roger Clay

Nr Knotbury
Fem Marsh Harrier quartering the moors NW of Knotbury on the Derbs/Staffs border (SS)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Whimbrel over also 6x Ringed Plover, 7x LR Plover, 7x Common Sandpiper, 6x Oystercatcher, 5x Goosander, 2x Shelduck  (ABa)

Doxey Marsh
3x Common Tern, 7x Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, 3x LR Plover, Redshank (RJS)

Whimbrel over at 12:00 also Spotted Flycatcher (PTh)

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Saturday 25th May 2013

possible Honey-Buzzard distantly flying over to the North at midday.

Tittesworth Res
3x Whimbrel, Lesser Whitethroat, White Wagtail, 2x Common Terns, 5x LRP, 3x Common Sands, 2x Oystercatcher (SG)

White Wagtail (Steve Gibson)

Whimbrel (Steve Gibson)

Branston GP's
6x Redshank, 15x Ringed Plover, 41x Shelduck (NJS)

Alrewas GP
2x Oystercatchers, several Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (SCo)

Croxall Lakes
2x LRP, 1x Common Sand, 1x Kingfisher (SCo)

Whitemoor Haye
1x Sedge Warbler, 3x Redshank, 1x Garden Warbler (SCo)

Knypersley CP
1x Pied Flycatcher (GBr)

Kingsley (Churnet Valley)
Hobby and 4x Raven (DSc)

Cannock Chase
1x Hobby, 1x Redstart (JCh)....Also 3x Cuckoo, 6x Tree Pipit, 3x Garden Warbler, Green Hairstreak, 6+ Green Tiger Beetle, Muslin Moth, Spider-hunting Wasp (see pict).(JWo)

Green Tiger Beetle

Spider-hunting Wasp

Friday, 24 May 2013

Friday 24 May 2013

Uttoxeter Quarry
Quail called twice briefly from the track north of Leasowes fm pit at 1515. Also 1x Ringed Plover, 7x LRP, 6x Common Tern, 1x Ruddy Shelduck (AB)

3x Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 2x LR Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Common Tern (KSt)

Branston GP's
8x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 3x Ringed Plover, 30x Shelduck, 2x Shoveler, 1x Mandarin (DSc)

Trentham Gardens
2x Common Tern, 6x Mandarin, Kingfisher (SE HF)

Stoke on Trent
Hobby over Cocknage road this morning (AM)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Thursday 23 May 2013

M6 Keele Services - Jnc 16
Hobby flew over east  at 16:20 (PFo)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Peregrine 1, Willow Tit 1, Common Tern 6, Oystercatcher 3, Curlew 1 (ABa)

Spotted Flycatcher (SE, EF)

Doxey Marshes

3 Ringed Plover, Redshank, Dunlin, 2 Common Tern (SE, EF)

Belvide Res
1 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP and 1 Dunlin were on the north shore. A pair of Wigeon were new arrivals. A couple of Hobby were seen several times this afternoon. 9 Common Tern were counted (Belvide Blog)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Late News

Wryneck in a private garden at Trentham on the 18th May

Belvide Res
An evening visit produced a Sanderling on the north shore, also 2 LRP. Single Arctic and Common Tern were also present. 44 GC Grebe, 3 Pochard and a single Teal were noted. Belvide blog

Silverdale CP
Probable Greenland Wheatear female this evening (STu)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Branston GPs
12x Ringed Plover, 4x LR Plover, 5x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, 2x Mandarin, 29x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, Shoveller, 2x Common Tern, 8x Reed Warbler, 4x Sedge Warbler (JWo)
Additional - 2x Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Kingfisher (AJa)

Uttoxeter Quarry
9x Common Tern, 5x Common Sandpiper, 7x LR Plover, 2x Curlew, 4x Oystercatcher, 3x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, Hobby (ABa)

Doxey Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit still this morning (RCB)

Spotted Flycatcher still this afternoon (RCB)

Spotted Flycatcher (SE HF)

Monday, 20 May 2013

Monday 20 May 2013

Blithfield Res  (permit only)
2x Sanderling, 2x Arctic Tern, 23x Common Tern (GJM)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper on North Pit briefly also Sanderling, Garganey, 4x Dunlin, 18x Ringed Plover (JH PP)

Doxey Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit, 2x LR Plover, 2x Redshank, Goosander (SE HF PB)

Black-tailed Godwit by Steve Edwards

28x Crossbill (SE HF)

2x Whinchat still at the Tiddlers Pool meadow also a Wheatear (RT NP)

Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Common Terns 3 Common Sandpipers, (DFo)

Pied Flycatcher, 2x Garden Warbler (DB)

Woodseat near Rocester
Spotted Flycatcher (EF)

JCB Cheadle
3x Wheatear (AB)

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sunday 19 May 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only)
2x Common Cranes at the top of Blithe Bay 16:30 to 17:25 then flew off Northwest.

Common Cranes flying off by Richard Powell
Great White Egret at 10:15 (per RBA)

Between Great Bridgeford and Woodseaves
Great White Egret on small pool briefly at midday (IBu)

Whitemoor Haye
Turnstone one still this morning.

Branston GPs
3x Common Sandpiper, 2x LR Plover, 4x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 36x Shelduck, 4x Gadwall, 2x Shoveller, Yellow Wagtail, 10x Reed Warbler, 8x Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Green Woodpecker (AJa)

Doxey Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 3x LR Plover.
2x Common Tern at 18:00(PDy)

2x Whinchat at the Tiddlers pool meadow also a Greenland Wheatear (RT KH)

Cuckoo, 2x Spotted Flycatcher, 2x Common Tern (SGi)

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Saturday 18 May 2013

Blithfield Res (permit only
Whooper Swan still at the deep end at 14:50 also a Sanderling at 14:00
Additional - Hobby and 15x Common Tern from the causeway (RPo)

Whooper Swan by Richard Powell

Uttoxeter Quarry
Sanderling one late afternoon also 3x Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 6x Goosander, Shoveller (RPo)

Whitemoor Haye
Turnstone this morning (MYa)
Turnstone flushed at 19;00, 3x LR Plover, 3x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Little Owl, Grey Partridge, 4x Shelduck, 127x Mute Swan (SCo TPe)

Yoxall (St Georges wood)
Spotted Flycatcher and a Marsh Tit (MP)

Whinchat, female Redstart, 5x Wheatear (PB KH)

Doxey Marsh
Bar-tailed Godwit this evening.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Friday 17 May 2013

Branston GPs
Temmink's Stint still at the new workings this morning (SWo PNe)
Temmink's Stint still late afternoon also Greenshank, 5x Redshank, Dunlin, 8x LR Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, 4x Oystercatcher, 2x Common Tern, 32x Shelduck, 11x Gadwall, Shoveller, 3x Mandarin, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (JWo)
Temmink's Stint still at 18:15

Temmink's Stint by Jon Woodcock

4x Whinchat between Tiddlers Pool and the Viewpoint also 4x Wheatear (including 2x Greenland types and a Hobby (RT KH)

Cannock Chase
Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Tree Pipit (SE HF)

Whitemoor Haye
Turnstone, 2x Common Sandpiper, 2x LR Plover, 2x Redshank, 5x Common Tern (TPe SCo)

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Thursday 16 May 2013

Branston GP
Temminck's Stint on the new workings, Greenshank on the Sandy Pit 20:30 (DSc)

Gailey Res
Arctic Tern one on the sailing lake at 14:15.

Rudyard Lake
Spotted Flycatcher, 2x Redstart, Garden Warbler (NG)

Doxey Marsh
Whinchat by Tillington flash at 12:15 (SE HF)
2x Common Tern on Boundary flash at 18:45 (TT)

Whinchat by Steve Edwards

Cuckoo calling at 11:00 (DSa)

Parkhall CP
Cuckoo on golf course side (SSt)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
Purple Sandpiper still at west end on shingle island at 16:30 also a Black Tern, 7x Sanderling, Turnstone, 2x Garganey and 1st summer Arctic Tern still.

Purple Sandpiper by Steve Edwards

Arctic Tern by Steve Edwards

Black Tern by Steve Edwards

Blithfield Res (permit only)
10x Sanderling, 40+ Dunlin, 5x Arctic Tern, 40+ Common Tern (GJM MPR).
Evening update - 1x Ringed Plover, 13x Sanderling, 40+ Dunlin, 5x Arctic Tern, 60+ Common Tern (GJM, MPR)

Uttoxeter Quarry
18:00hrs Sanderling, 2x Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, LRP, 4x Ringed Plover, 2x Common Sand, 7x Goosander (DSc)

Branston GP
4x Turnstone, Sanderling, 9x Ringed Plover, 3x Dunlin, 8x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, 2x Common Tern, 30x Shelduck, 3x Mandarin (JWo)

Turnstones at Branston by Jon Woodcock

Whitemoor Haye
2 Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, 8 Ringed Plover, Dunlin this evening (TPe)

Gailey Res
Bar-tailed Godwit one in field opposite sailing club this evening.

Westport Lake
2x Common Sandpiper 17:40 (PTh)

Radford Meadows
2x Shelduck, 70+ Swift (RDa)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Belvide Res
Arctic Tern, 9x Common Tern, 4x Common Sandpiper, 2x LRP, 1x Redshank & 2x Hobby (Belvide Blog)

Branston Gravel Pits
Curlew, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x LRP, 10x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 8x Gadwall, 2x Wigeon, 33x Shelduck, 4x Sedge Warbler, 8x Reed Warbler (JWo)

Hanchurch Woods
Cuckoo and a Crossbill this morning (NP)

Trentham Gardens
Arctic Tern adult late morning, 2x Common Tern, 6x Mandarin and c60 House Martin (RT)

Whitemoor Haye
Whimbrel one this morning (TPe)

Black-tailed Godwit one from the main hide (JMo)

Doxey Marsh
Wood Sandpiper still from the metal hide this afternoon.

Hobby over being mobbed by Swallows

Tittesworth Res
Pied Flycatcher this morning also Garden Warbler & Whitethroat (MTu)

Churnet Valley (near Oakamoor)
2x Redstart, 3x Mandarin, Dipper (DSt)

Monday, 13 May 2013

Monday 13 May 2013

Doxey Marsh
Wood Sandpiper one from the metal hide also Whimbrel, 10x Dunlin, Redshank, 4x Oystercatcher, 2x LR Plover (SEd  HFo)

Whimbrel by Heather Forbes

Wood Sandpiper by Steve Edwards

Wood Sandpiper by Kevin Skidmore 

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Little Stint one over Dairy House Reach at 09:00 also 4x Whimbrel, Sanderling, 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull, 4x LR Plover, 10x Ringed Plover, 2x Arctic Tern, 7x Common Tern, 2x Hobby, Goosander, Peregrine, Wheatear (GJM MPR)
Additional -  6x Dunlin, 16x Common Tern (HDe)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Whimbrel, 4x Common Sandpiper, 6x LR Plover, 6x Oystercatcher, Ruddy Shelduck, Cape Shelduck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Yellow Wagtail (SEd  HFo)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Turnstone (farside of the South Pit), 3x Whimbrel (Sandy Pit then flew north), 2x LRP, 10x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 26x Shelduck, 3x Gadwall, 2x Wigeon, Green Woodpecker (JWo)

Whitemoor Haye
Med Gull adult, Arctic Tern and Common Tern through, 9x Ringed Plover, 6x Dunlin, 5x Redshank, 2x Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail (TPe)

Radial Park
2x Willow Warbler , 1x Grasshopper Warbler  , 1x M 1x F Wheatear , 2x Whitethroat & 6x Lapwing (MFe)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sunday 12 May 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
Great White Egret one flew east at 07:20 and over south at 09:40, and on the north shore at 12:10 before flying North. Arctic Tern 1st summer still.

Blithfield Res (permit holders only)
3x Whimbrel in field above St Stephens Bay and Sanderling (MY).

Great White Egret flew over to the NE at 08:10hrs (Birdguides)

Westport Lake
Black-necked Grebe still present at 15.30 (Karl)
Black-necked Grebe at Westport Lake - by Ann P-B

picture by Michael Turner

 picture by Dave Kelsall

Doxey Marshes
1x Wood Sandpiper, 8x Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Redshank, 1x Greenshank from Tin hide 07:30 (TT). Wood Sandpiper still present 15:15hrs. (DFo)

Greenshank by Dave Fowler at Doxey today

Uttoxeter Quarry
16:20 - 18:20 - 1x Sanderling, 1x Dunlin, 10x Common Sand, 6x Oystercatcher, 1x Hobby (AB, NSN)

Whinchat one at Tiddlers Pool also 3x Wheatear (RT KH)

Arctic Tern mid morning

Whitemoor Haye
25+ Tree Sparrow, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 89 Mute Swan, several Yellow Wagtail & Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck (SCo). Also a Sanderling and 4x Dunlin during the evening. (SCo)

Croxall GP
several Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap & Sedge Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common TernKingfisher, 1 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover (SCo)

Spotted Flycatcher (NP)

National Arboretum
Cuckoo (SCo)

2x Pied Flycatchers (AB, NSN)

Croxden Quarry
Sedge Warbler (first site record!), several Reed Warblers (AB, NSN)

Cannock Chase
Garden Warbler, Redstart, Coal Tit, Yellowhammer, Grey Wagtail, Cuckoo (MJa)

Brookleys Lane
Whooper Swan (photo below) and two Mandarin (AB, NSN)

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Saturday 11 May 2013

Doxey Marsh
Garganey male from the Tin hide at 08:00 also Gadwall, Greenshank, 2x Redshank, 2x Dunlin, 9x Shelduck, 20x Swift (DSc)
2x Garganey reported by 08:40 but no further sign at 10:15

Belvide Res (permit only)
Arctic Tern 1st summer still also Turnstone at west end, 5x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Sanderling and a ringtail  Hen Harrier thru at 17.05

Uttoxeter Quarry
Common Sandpiper x11, Little Ringed Plover x11, Dunlin x2, Oystercatcher x6, Ringed Plover x2, Common Tern x3, Mandarin x1, Goldeneye x1, Shelduck x2, Goosander x2 (ABa)

Bishops Wood village
87x Crossbill at 08:00, also a Cuckoo - SJ753315 (RWh)

Old River Dove
Cuckoo, 6x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Sedge Warbler, 4x Yellowhammer, 4x Swift (AJa)

Cannock Chase
2x Cuckoo, 10x Tree Pipit, 9x Crossbill also Green Hairstreak butterfly (DSc)

2x Greenland Wheatear also a Cuckoo (RT)

Friday, 10 May 2013

Friday 10 May 2013

Trent Washlands
3x Whimbrel flew over NW and then Burton town centre at 10:25 (DSc)

Doxey Marsh
Greenshank, 2x Redshank, 2x LR Plover, 2x Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Yellow Wagtail, 4x Shelduck, 100+ House Martin, 30x Swift (MJa) Also Hobby  over at 17.30 and Ringed Plover on Cresswell Flash (SEd, HFo)

Greenshank at Doxey today by Steve Edwards

Branston GPs
7x Redshank, 4x LR Plover, 2x Dunlin (photo below), Common Tern, 7x Gadwall, 28x Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, 3x Lesser Whitethtroat,  Green Veined White, 2x Cuckoo Bees (Nomada species) (JWo)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Arctic Tern 1st summer this afternoon.

Whitemoor Haye
4x Oystercatcher, 4x Redshank, Dunlin, 2x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, Corn Bunting (JAl)

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Thursday 9th May 2013

Branston Gravel Pits
Peregrine, 2x Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, 7x Redshank, 4x LRP, 2x Wigeon, 30x Shelduck, 4x Gadwall (JWo)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Hobby, 5x Oystercatcher, Dunlin, 2x Ringed Plover, 4x Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail, 8x Yellow Wagtail, 12x Swift, Garden Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler (ABa)

Park Hall CP
Cuckoo on the golf course side of park (SSt)

Newcastle (Lymedale business centre)
Hobby one flew south over the horse paddocks this evening also 3x Reed Warbler around the fishing ponds (STu)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Belvide Res (permit only)
Possible Black Kite flew over this afternoon also a Gannet flew west at 16:00. Also a Bar-tailed Godwit on the North shore.

Gailey Res
Firecrest male singing in garden north side of sailing club c200 yards from clubhouse (IMo)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Ringed Plover 1, Dunlin 2, Common Sandpiper 5, Oystercatcher 6, Curlew 1, Common Tern 2, Ruddy Shelduck 1, Cape Shelduck 1 (ABa)

Whitemoor Haye
4+ Blackcap, 8 Redshank, 3 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Wheatear & several Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow & Yellow Wagtail (SCo)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Tuesday 7th May 2013

Westport Lake
Whooper Swan on main lake this morning til 07.00 at least (NJS)

Doxey Marshes
Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Greenshank & Little Ringed Plover (MTu)
Little Egret one from the metal hide this evening (ROw)

Aqualate Mere
Drake Garganey this morning (Birdguides)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Ruddy Shelduck, 3x Common TernMandarin, 5x Common SandpiperGoldeneye (SE & HF)

Ruddy Shelduck at Uttoxeter Quarry by Heather Forbes

Cannock Chase
2x Wood Warbler (MTu)

Wood Warbler today by Michael Turner

Churnet Valley
5x Pied Flycatcher, 8x Redstart, 6x Garden Warbler, Mandarin, Raven (DSc)

Wetley Moor
Grasshopper Warbler x2, Whitethroat c10, Willow Warbler x15 & Curlew (RBu)

Birches Head
3x Grasshopper Warblers, 2x Reed Warbler & 4x Whitethroat in fields at the bottom of Birches Head Road opp Fish Pond Way at 13:30 (NG)

Gailey Res
Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Garden Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler, 3x Reed Warbler, 4x Little Grebe, 5x Gadwall (IMo)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Redshank, 4x Oystercatcher, Hobby, Little Owl, Shelduck, 3x Common Tern, Snipe, 92x Mute Swan and several Yellow Wagtails (SCo)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Monday 6th May 2013

Two White Stork flew N mid morning (Birdguides)

Westport Lake
Whimbrel thru to the N 06:40hrs (NJS, GAS)

Doxey Marshes
3x Black-tailed Godwit (NJS, GAS)
2x LR Plover, Greenshank, 3x Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 4x Shelduck, House Martins (MJa)
This PM - Wood Sandpiper on Tillington Marsh, 2x Dunlin on Cresswell Flash (SE and HF)

Greenshank by Dave Fowler

Whitemoor Haye
Whimbrel , Snipe , 4x Oystercatchers ,2x Redshank ,  2x LRP , 3x Ringed Plover , 3x Dunlin , 2x Common Terns & Yellow Wagtail (JAL)...Also 2x Common Tern & Lesser Whitethroat (JWo)
Additional - Hobby, Corn Bunting, 3x Tree Sparrow, 7x Yellow Wagtail, 6x Gadwall, Little Owl (SCo)

Branston Gravel Pits
Whimbrel (on Black Meadows Scrape see pict below), 5x LRP, 7x Redshank, 32x Shelduck, 4x Mandarin, 4x Gadwall, Wigeon, 3x Lesser Whitethroat (JWo)
Branston Water Park
4x Common Tern. (JWo)

Cannock Chase
2x Wood Warbler (DFo)
4x Cuckoo, Tree Pipits, 3x Green Woodpecker (MJa)
Additional - Redstart, Garden Warbler (RSt)

Kingsley Moor
White Stork in fields at Greenhead farm alongside the A52 AT 12:30 (TEa) but no further sign at 18;30 (ABa)

Coombes Valley
2x Pied  Flycatcher (AMa)

2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, male Pied Flycatcher (GBr)

Bottom House near Waterhouses
2x Oystercatcher (TEy)

Corn Bunting by the sports field entrance (MPa)

Old River Dove
Cuckoo, 5x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Yellowhammer, 30x Sand Martin, 4x Sedge Warbler, Kingfisher (AJa)

3x Raven, 2x Curlew, 8x Linnet (TEy)

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sunday 5th May 2013

Drayton Bassett GP's
Wood Sandpiper on north pit also 3x Dunlin (JAL)
also 1st winter Mediterranean Gull today

Churnet Valley at Kingsley
Fem Marsh Harrier flew thru to the North at 19:35hrs (DSc)

Doxey Marshes
3x Black-tailed Godwit, 1x Greenshank, 2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover in front of metal hide 12.30, also 5x Dunlin, 2x Redshank & 5x Sedge Warbler  (HKi)
Wood Sandpiper between metal hide and railway on pool at 17:55hrs

Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit at Doxey today by Hughie King

Wood Sandpiper at Doxey by Hughie King

Whitemoor Haye
Whimbrel, 3x DunlinLRP, Ringed Plover, 3x Wheatear, 5x Yellow Wags, 2x Grey Partridge, 30x Tree Sparrow (JAl, TPe)

Blithfield Resr 
Bar Tailed Godwit, 3x LRP, Wheatear,10x Yellow Wag in Blythe Bay this evening (JAl)

Drk Scaup still present.

Cannock Chase
Turtle Dove one at the car park opposite Whitehouse early evening (BGu)
2x Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit & 2x Shelduck (SCo)

Tree Pipit on the Chase this morning by Stuart Collins
Male Pied Flycatcher & Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (DBu)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Saturday 4 May 2013

Belvide Res  (permit only)
Little Tern one at 11:40 also Arctic Tern, drake Scaup, drake Garganey and a Jack Snipe.

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Bar-tailed Godwit one in Blithe Bay this morning (GJM RCB)
Bar-tailed Godwit still early evening also drake Scaup, 6x Dunlin, 3x Ringed Plover, 2x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, 4x Oystercatcher, 15x Shelduck, White Wagtail, several Yellow Wagtail (RCB)

Whitemoor Haye
Whimbrel, Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper this afternoon (TPe et al) Also this evening 15+ Yellow Wagtail, 29x Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, 1x Peregrine, 1x Hobby (SCo, JAl)
Knypersley Res
Pied Flycatcher, 4x Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat (GB)

Uttoxeter Quarry
4x Common Tern, 7x Common Sandpiper, 6x Oystercatcher, 2x Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail (ABa)

Doxey Marsh
3x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x LR Plover, 3x Redshank, 3x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Goosander, 5x Shelduck, Swift, House Martins, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warbler (MJa)

2x Pied Flycatcher, 2x Redstart, 4x Willow Warbler, 3x Chiffchaff (TEy)

Downs Bank
Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker this afternoon just up the road from the carpark (PFo)

Cuckoo one present (SAk)

Silverdale CP
2x Cuckoo in coppice between the Void and Waste Farm also 3x Blackcap, 3x Willow Warbler, 2x Whitethroat (MFe)

2x Greenland Wheatear amongst 5x Wheatear (RT NP)

Friday, 3 May 2013

Friday 3 May 2013

Keele University
L No sign between 10:30 - 12:30 of the probable Iberian Chiffchaff (RT)

Radial Park
Red Kite high over heading SW 9:15, also Reed Warbler , Garden Warbler , Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Yellow Wagtails (RGi)

Branston Gravel Pits
Avocet, 9x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 3x Sedge Warbler, 4x Reed Warbler, 12x Gadwall, 28x Shelduck, Great Black-backed Gull, 2x Green Woodpecker (JWo)

Avocet by Jon Woodcock

Branston Water Park
Oystercatcher, 7x Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler (JWo)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Bar-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, 2x Dunlin, drake Scaup (GJM MPR RCB)

Doxey Marsh
Black-tailed Godwit, 3x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, 8x Sedge Warbler, 4x Whitethroat (GAl)
Also Ruddy Shelduck with 4x Shelduck, 13x Sedge Warblers and 5x Whitethroats (all singing males), 4x LRP, 3x Black-tailed Godwits (JBe)
Black-tailed Godwit by Graham Allbutt

15 Waxwings in an ash tree alongside the Trent and Mersey canal at Aston late afternoon (Birdguides)

Baggeridge CP
Male Pied Flycatcher today (HKi)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Scaup drake still

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thursday 2 May 2013

Late News for Wednesday
Keele - possible Iberian Chiffchaff sang briefly several times during the day, but was generally extremely elusive and went several hours in between songs. Also Chiffchaff with partial aberrant song still present. Dave Kelsall managed to get these photo's yesterday.

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Redstart, 2x Yellowhammer (RDa)

10am Pied Flycatcher showing well (DBu)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Scaup drake still.

Wetley Moor
Tree Pipit, 6x Whitethroat, 10x Willow Warbler (RBe)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Uttoxeter Quarry
5x Common Sandpiper, 4x Oystercatcher, Curlew, 2x Egyptian Geese, 2x Mandarin, 11x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Sedge Warbler, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 20x Common Whitethroat, Raven & Swift, 1x Goldeneye, 4x Goosander (BBo, ABa)

Churnet Valley
1x Hobby this evening (DSc)

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo, Raven, Tree Pipit (BDo)

Belvide Res (permit only)
Scaup drake still and two Egyptian Geese (KCl)

Whitemoor Haye
Drk Scaup, 3x Gadwall, 5x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 5+ Common Whitethroat, 2x Yellow Wagtail (JWo)

Doxey Marshes
2x Yellow Wagtail, 3x Sedge Warbler, 2x LRP (AW)

Croxall / Arboretum
2x Common Sandpiper, 3x LRP, Redshank, 4x Sedge Warbler, 15+ Whitethroat, 2x Shelduck, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Brimstone Butterflies.(JWo)

Alrewas Canal
5x Sedge Warbler, 10+ Whitethroat, 4x Lesser Whitethroat, 3x Brimstone,  (JWo)

Small flock of Waxwings this afternoon by the Royal Mail building on Cappers Lane (SWo)