Monday, 30 June 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

For those who are interested in attending the funeral of Bill Brydges it will take place at Carmountside, Stoke on Trent on 5th July 2014 at 10.00, flowers or donations to Christie's Hospital are welcome.


Belvide Res (permit only)
Female Red-crested Pochard at West end, plus Black-tailed Godwit

Blithfield Res (permit only)
3x Little Egret, 2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Dunlin, 2x LRP, Grey Wagtail, Ruddy Shelduck & 3x Oystercatcher (RBe)

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday 29 June 2014

Alrewas GPs
8x Common Scoter (3 drks) near the viaduct at the north end. Also 2x Sedge Warbler, 2x Common Tern (SCo)
Part of the Common Scoter flock at Alrewas today by Stuart Collins

Middleton Lakes
2x Black-tailed Godwit, LRP, Ringed Plover, Snipe, 4x Oystercatcher, Cettis Warbler, 5x Little Egret, 4x Common Tern, 5x Shoveler, c8 Teal & 10x Gadwall (JWo)

Blithfield Resv
Greenshank, Redshank, 8x Oystercatcher, 3x Common Sandpiper, 3x Little Egret (RCB GJM)
Summer plum Black-tailed Godwit (RCB)

Whitemoor Haye
Yellowhammer, 3x Common Tern, 15x Tree Sparrow (SCo)

Old River Dove
2x Cuckoo, 2x Common Tern, 8x Yellow Wagtail, 5x Yellowhammer, c40x Sand Martin (AJa)

2x Redstart at the Palletstacks, 1st southbound migrants here. (RT)

Sideway Radial Park-Primrose Hill
18x Whitethroat, 12x Sedge Warbler, 7x Reed Warbler, 2x Garden Warbler, 3x Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker (DC)

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Saturday 28th June 2014

Branston GPs
13x Black-tailed Godwit on Sandy Pit, 2x LRP, 2x Curlew, 4x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 28x Shelduck (AJa)

Drayton Bassett Pits 
13x Black-tailed Godwit on Jubilee Wetlands from 16:00hrs (SP)

Whitemoor Haye
5x Oystercatcher, 4x Common Tern, 35x Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Teal (SCo)

Cannock Chase
1x Cuckoo, many Tree Pipits, Five-spot Burnet, 3x Slow Worms - see picture below (JWo)

Friday, 27 June 2014

Friday 27 June 2014

Blithfield Res
Drake Common Scoter in Tad Bay at 10:00 (SW)

Branston GPs
22x Shelduck, 31x Teal, imm Peregrine, 5x Redshank, 4x Curlew, Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher (DSc)

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Thursday 26 June 2014

Sad news this morning of the passing of Bill Brydges a Staffs birder known by most in the birding community, our thoughts are with his family RIP.

Uttoxeter Quarry
Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, 2x Sedge Warbler, Kingfisher (AM)

Enville Estate
2x Kingfisher on main pool , 2x Spotted Flycatcher by cricket pitch (BM)

Whitemoor Haye
40x Tree Sparrow, 2x Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail (SC)

Alrewas GPs
Hobby, 2x Common Tern (SC)

Croxall Wides (new river section viewed from arboretum)
Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2x Kingfisher, fem Goosander with min 3 Young (SC)

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Wednesday 25th June 2014

Branston GP
4x Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Ringed Plover, 4x Redshank, 5x Oystercatcher, 22x Teal, 24x Shelduck, Garden Warbler, 5x 5-spot Burnet, Dock Bug, Twin-lobed Deerfly plus many Ringlet, Meadow Brown (JW)

Blithfield Resv
Ruddy Shelduck in Tad Bay, also 12x Little Egrets, 3x Common Sandpipers, 3x LRP, 30x Common Tern (SE&HF)

Churnet Valley
Cuckoo, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher (AM)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Blithfield Resv
Summer plumage Ruff, 8x Little Egret, 3s YLG (TD)

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Common Sandpiper (TD)

Monday, 23 June 2014

Monday 23 June 2014

2x Spotted Flycatcher over the R. Manifold (GT)

Barlaston-Stone Banks
2x Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler (MJ)

Newstead - Rough Close
Red Kite again in field opposite the Cuckoo pub on Barlaston Road (MJ)

Whitemoor Haye
50x Tree Sparrow,Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Sedge Warbler
Red Admiral, Tortoishell, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Common Blue Damselfly (SC)

Trent Washlands
2x Little Egret, 2x Sedge Warbler (AJ)

Highgate Common
2x Cuckoo in trees around the main pond, (DP)

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sunday 22nd June 2014

Alrewas GP
1x Sedge Warbler, 3x Garden Warbler, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Common Tern (SCo)

Croxall Wides
19x Lapwing, Gadwall (SCo)

Whitemoor Haye
Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, 6x Oystercatcher, 1x Grey Wagtail (SCo)

Brankley Pastures
Spotted Flycatcher, 3x Yellowhammer plus Ringlet, Small Heath and Meadow Brown (AJa and RMa)

Newstead, Stoke-on-Trent
Grass cutting opposite the Cuckoo public house attracted 10x Buzzard, 2x Kestrel and a Red Kite (BJa)

Westport Lake
1x Nuthatch (first record since 2011)

Doxey Marsh
Little egret, 7x Reed Warbler, 11x Sedge Warbler, 2x Grasshopper Warbler
17x Banded demoiselle damselfly, 9x Emperor dragonfly, 2x Common darter, 2x Black tailed skimmer, 6x Four spotted chaser, 7x Broad bodied chaser, 3x Brown hawker (DG)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Saturday 21 June 2014

Westport Lake
Three Sandwich Terns lingered briefly before heading north 06:55hrs (SBN)

Blithfield Res
Redshank, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 4x LRP, 3x Oystercatcher, 4x Little Egret, Kingfisher, Shelduck (2 ads + 6 juvs), Goosander ( ad + 8 juvs), Ruddy Shelduck, 2x Raven. (RS)

Female Crossbill also Lesser Whitethroat on Old road to Leek (SG)

Meir Heath
Red Kite over the cricket ground (AR)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Friday 20 June 2014

Branston GPs
10x Redshank, Cetti’s Warbler, 2x Garden Warbler, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Common Tern, 24x Teal, 28x Shelduck, 8x Gadwall, Bank Vole climbing in top of Blackthorn Bush, Insects:- Rhinoceros Beetle (Sinodendron cylindricum) female in Black Meadow Wood, 5x Ringlet 1st this year, Small Heath, Common Blue Butterfly, 3x Red Admiral, Yellow Shell Moth, Cucumber spider. The following very numerous:- Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Blue Damselflies. (JW)

Tawny Owl chicks by Jon Woodcock

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Thursday 19 June 2014

Whitemoor Haye
40x Tree Sparrow, 4x Common Tern, Oystercatcher (SCo)

Trent Washlands
2x Little Egret, Cuckoo, 2x Sedge Warbler, 2x Garden Warbler (AJ)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Beacon Hill - Hopton Pools
15x Skylark, 5x Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer, 4x Stock Dove, 4x Linnet 2x Raven (DCo)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Blithfield Resv
First returning Green Sandpiper seen today (GJM)

Belvide Resv
Cuckoo flew over West End hide, 1st summer Hobby, Curlew flew over north, 2x Shelduck, 6x Red-legged Partridge Belvide Blog

Old River Dove
8x Yellow Wagtail, 3x Yellowhammer, Common Tern (AJ)

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
6x Ringed Plover on Jubilee Wetlands (JH)

Monday, 16 June 2014

Monday 16th June 2014

Westport Lake
1x juv Peregrine, 7x Greylag Geese, 1x Reed Warbler, 1x Whitethroat (SBN)

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sunday 15 June 2014

Whitemoor Haye
4x Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail, several Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow (SC)

Corn Bunting (SC)

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Saturday 14 June 2014

Peregrines in Stoke on Trent
A pair of Peregrines have bred in the city centre on the BT building in Hanley and have produced 5 young birds. Attempts in previous years have ended in failure.
Thanks are owed to the Brewood Ringing Team for their help in producing the right conditions at the nest site also to staff at BT.

Chatterley Valley/Ford Green
Tree Pipit (JJ)

Doxey Marsh
2x LRP, Cormorant, 6x Reed Warbler, 8x Sedge Warbler, 2x Cinnabar Moth, 9x Banded demoiselle, 2x Beautiful demoiselle, 4x Broad bodied chaser, 2x Four spotted chaser, Common darter, 2x Emperor dragonfly (DG)

Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday 13 June 2014

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
Snipe and GBB Gull (as pre JH)

Hobby this afternoon (RT)

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Thursday 12 June 2014

Belvide Res
Grey Plover on shingle island at west end

Trent Washlands
6x Little Egret, Cuckoo, Oystercatcher, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Garden Warbler (AJ)

Cuckoo (SGM)

Swallow Moss
Cuckoo (BB JB)

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Cannock Chase
3x Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit, Large Skipper and 2x Small Heath (GWR)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Tuesday 10th June 2014

Branston GP
Ringed Plover, 4x LRP, 2x Oystercatcher, 9x Redshank, 27x Shelduck, 25x Gadwall, 8x Teal (JW)

Monday, 9 June 2014

Monday 9th June 2014

Blithfield Res
Osprey, Peregrine, 2x Hobby, 2x Shelduck (MJ)
Red Kite over north at 08:45 (JHi)

2x Spotted Flycatcher (BB, JB)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sunday 8 June 2014

Blithfield Res
Spoonbill in Tad Bay at 12:00 and still to 16:42 at least (AW)

By Arthur Warden

by Jon Woodcock

Red Kite flew over north at 10:00 (DOu)

1x Yellow-legged Gull

Old River Dove
2x Cuckoo, 12x Yellow Wagtail, 5x Yellowhammer, Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Garden Warbler, c20 Sand Martin, 2x Kingfisher (AJ RM)

Trent Washlands
4x Little Egret, 2x Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (AJ RM)

2x Ruddy Shelduck, 1x Shelduck, 36x Tree Sparrow, 3x Oystercatcher, 2x Yellow Wagtail, Mandarin, Yellowhammer, Kingfisher (RT NP)

Doxey Marsh
Common Tern, 2x Cormorant, 6x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (DG)

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Saturday 7 June 2014

Branston GP
17:45hrs Turnstone (on Blackash Pit), Shelduck with young (first ones noted this yr), 40x Lesser B B Gull, 3x LRP, 12x Redshank, 28x Shelduck, 1x Teal, Grey Wagtail (DSc)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Oystercatcher, 12x Tree Sparrow, 4x Yellowhammer (SC)

Elford - Fisherwick
Corn Bunting (SC)

Whittington Heath
Corn Bunting off the A51 almost opposite the golf club (SC)

Friday, 6 June 2014

Friday 6th June 2014

Branston GP
12:00hrs No sign WOOD SANDPIPER, 4x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, 14x Redshank, 3x Oystercatcher, 28x Shelduck (DSc)

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Garganey North Pit also 6x Ringed Plover - Jubilee Wetlands (GW as per JH)

No sign of the QUAIL this morning

Doxey Marsh
2x Grasshopper Warbler, 5x Reed Warbler, 5x Sedge Warbler, European Hornet, 6x Large Damselfly, 2x Gold Mint Moth (DG)

European Hornet by David Griffiths

Hoar Cross, River Swarbourne
Mandarin with three juveniles (DTh)

Croxden Quarry
2s  YL Gull, 4x Woodcock, Muntjac Deer (RPo)

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Thursday 5 June 2014

Branston GP
1x Wood Sandpiper, 18x Redshank, 11x Gadwall, c40x Shelduck, 2x Shoveler, 3x Teal, 3x Lesser Whitethroat (JW)
20:10hrs update - No sign of WOOD SANDPIPER on Sandy Pit but heard calling over Blackash Pit. Also Hobby and Yellow Wagtail (DSc)

Wood Sandpiper at Branston today by Jon Woodcock

Also - 2x Burnet Companion Moths, 2x Common Blue, 3x Brown Argus, Large Skipper, Burying Beetle, 2x Ruby-tailed Wasp (see picture below), 6+ Black-tailed Skimmer (JW)

Drayton Bassett Pits
2x Dunlin, 11x Ringed Plover, 3x LRP (per JH)

Quail calling at the Viewpoint paddocks at 14:00 also a possible second bird towards the scrape. (RT). Quail still calling at Viewpoint at 20:20hrs (RT)

Wolseley Centre
1x Kingfisher (AR)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
21x Ringed Plover, 2x Dunlin (GW as per JH)

Trent Washlands
3x Little Egret, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler (AJ)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
4x Garganey still North Pit also Little Stint,Turnstone, Greenshank, 10x Ringed Plover, Dunlin (info as per JH)

Belvide Res
Turnstone on shingle Island to 16:00 then flew east

Hanchurch Woods
3x Cuckoo (2 male + female), 4x Garden Warbler, Raven - 4x Silver-ground Carpet Moth (BC LC)

Monday, 2 June 2014

Monday 2 June 2014

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x drake Garganey  also Little Stint, Sanderling, Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, 14x Ringed Plover, 3x Dunlin, 7x Teal, Pochard (info as per JH)
Drake Garganey up to 4 on North Pit this evening

Belvide Res (permit only)
Drake Common Scoter from Scott hide

Cuckoo heard briefly (NofB)

Doxey Marsh
4x Common Tern, Oystercatcher, 4x Reed Warbler, 7x Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (DG)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sunday 1st June 2014

Blithfield Resv
Spoonbill in Tad Bay briefly then flew north at 12:50hrs (RPo)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Osprey flew over east at 09:22hrs (RPo)

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
Jubilee Wetlands  Sanderling (colour ringed), 4x Dunlin, 5x Ringed Plover. North pit m Garganey (JKLA per JH TVB)                            

Old River Dove
Cuckoo, 2x Yellow Wagtail, 3x Yellowhammer, Lesser Whitethroat. (AJ)
Branston GPs
2x Little Ringed Plover, 9x Redshank, 36x Shelduck, drake Teal, Garden Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 3W c30 Sand Martin. (AJ)