Thursday, 14 December 2017

Thursday 14th December 2017

Radford Meadows
161x Teal, 72x Wigeon, Little Egret, 8x Snipe (@Clive_Davies1)

Alvecote
Gannet on Pretty Pigs lake (per @TameBirding)

Middleton Lakes
Barnacle Goose North Pit, Woodcock Dosthill NR, Great White Egret, 6x Goldeneye, 24x Shelduck (@atkinson_steve)

Silverdale CP
2x Caspian Gull on The Void (@philjo61, @DKelsall3)

Brackley Pastures
Little Egret, 10x Yellowhammer, 5x Redpoll, 6x Snipe (JWo)

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

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Kidsgrove
Little Egret flew NE over Tesco at 14:45 (SSe)

Chasewater
Ad Glaucous Gull, 2x ad Caspian Gull, ad Med Gull, 2x YL Gull in the roost

Barton under Needwood
Blackcap along Captains Lane (JWo)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Tuesday 12th December 2017

Keele 
Still at least 2x Hawfinch this morning (@keelebirder)

Audley Meadows

25x Golden Plover (@PeterDobson20)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Sub adult Caspian Gull at deep end (MPR, GJM)

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull, ad Caspian Gull, 4w YL Gull

Doxey Marsh
2x Egyptian Geese, 25x Golden Plover, 4x Stonechat, Barn Owl (@DoxeyBirder)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 18c Curlew, 30x Golden Plover, 5x Redshank, 4x Ruff, 27x Snipe, Dunlin, YL Gull, Goldeneye, 150x Teal, 33x Gadwall, 32x Wigeon, 23x Shoveler, 27x Little Egret, Little Egret, c20,000 Starling (JWo)

YL Gull by Jon Woodcock

Whittington Farm
c1000 Linnet, c300 Chaffinch, 2x Brambling, Redpoll, Stonechat, Peregrine, Little Owl (JLi)

Berryhill
2x Jack Snipe, 6x Golden Plover, 14x Snipe, 3x Stonechat (RT)

Blythe Bridge
2x Blackcap still in Mahonia bush Stallington Lane (AR)

Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday 11th December 2017

Rudyard Resv
Goldeneye, 8x Goosander at dam end, 61x Wigeon, 89x Teal, 2x Willow Tit at north end (SSe)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
4x ad Bewick's Swan and 2x ad Whooper Swan briefly in Blithe Bay this morning (GJM)

Tittesworth Water
Brambling, 3x Stonechat (@stephengibson42)

Codsall
A Bittern seen from the east bound train at 15:27 flying NW approx. 400m east of Codsall station (@ChrisCameron57)

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull, ad Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull 

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 51x Snipe, 18x Curlew, 10x Golden Plover, 4x Ruff, 4x Redshank, 2x Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Goldeneye, 56x Gadwall, 150x Teal, 32x Wigeon, YL Gull, 3x Little Egret, Barn Owl, 20,000x Starling (JWo)

Blythe Bridge
2x Blackcap in Mahonia bush Stallington Lane (ARa)

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday 10th December 2017

Great Haywood
Probable American Robin reported at mid day in Little Tixall Lane in garden by Mill Lane mini roundabout SJ998228

Hales Hall Pool Cheadle
11x Goosander (@rpintean)

Leek
A Twite reported in the Mount area of Leek (HSm)

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull,  2x ad Caspian Gull, ad Kittiwake, and 4x YL Gull in the roost. 2w Iceland Gull flew off SW at 15:15

Hopton
Brambling (TOh)

Newcastle
Red Kite over Bunny Hill, Clayton (Scott)

Churnet Valley
Great White Egret seen opposite sewage farm at Cheddleton at 11:00 (OHa) and later flew from Cheddleton station towards Consall at 14:43 also 2x Mandarin, Dipper. 140x Pied Wagtail at Cheddleton Sewage farm (DSc)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Saturday 9th December 2017

Whitemoor Haye
Merlin, 76x Wigeon, 67x Pochard, Goldeneye (@BirderAlrewas)

Keele
Hawfinch still this morning (@tonyjac_tony)

i54
Green Sandpiper, 12x Snipe, Goosander. 2x Stonechat (@i54foz)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Fem Pintail, 14x Golden Plover, 12x Snipe, 76x Teal (@rpintean)

Brancote Water Works Stafford

2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Chiffchaff, 10x Goldcrest (@RobSwift5)

Gailey Resv
Ad Med Gull thru west at 13:25, 70x Golden Plover, 11x Redpoll (@TheSnapper1978)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 18x Curlew, 7x Ruff, 3x Dunlin, Redshank, Goldeneye, Little Egret (DSc)

Silverdale CP
Ad Caspian Gull at The Void, (@philjo61)

By Phil Jones

Amington
Hawfinch in garden 12:30 to 13:00 (@TameBirding)

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

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret together in flight at 16:30 (ISh)

Blythe Bridge
Blackcap in Mahonia bush Stallington Lane (ARa)

Friday, 8 December 2017

Friday 8th December 2017

Keele
Woodcock flying near to the Observatory (@KeeleNat Hist) - also 4x Hawfinch still this afternoon (@keelebirder)

Silverdale CP
Ad Caspian Gull, YL Gull, 5x GBB Gull this afternoon (@DKelsall3)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
3w Caspian Gull, 49x Pink-footed Geese (MPR,GJM)

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull, 2w YL Gull in the roost

Dimmingsdale
2x Woodcock (TEy)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 43x Golden Plover, 8x Ruff, 18x Curlew, 4x Dunlin, 4x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 15x Snipe, 64x Gadwall, 42x Wigeon, 28x Little Grebe, 2x Goldeneye, 3x Little Egret, YL Gull, c20,000x Starling (JWo, DSc)

YL Gull by Jon Woodcock

Staffs

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Thursday 7th December 2017

Radford Meadows
3x Little Egret, 138x Wigeon, 8x Shoveler (@Clive_Davies1)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, 8x Shelduck, 4x Goldeneye, Goosander, Cetti's Warbler (@atkinson_steve)

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

Branston GPs - Are working gravel pits, visitors must keep to footpaths and not go over border fences into any workings or pits.

Probable pair of American Wigeon - underwing not yet clinched, Long-tailed Duck still, 8x Ruff, 4x Dunlin, 18x Curlew, 6x Redshank, 15x Snipe, 60x Gadwall, 60x Wigeon, 150x Teal, 32x Little Grebe, Barn Owl,  c20,000 Starling, 3x Little Egret, (JWo, DSc)

By Jon Woodcock

Staffs

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Radford Meadows
Dunlin, Little Egret, 70x Wigeon, 51x Teal (@Clive_Davies1)

Rudyard Resv
6x Goosander, 2x Willow Tit (SSe)

River Sow Meadows
Little Egret, 250x Wigeon, Stonechat (MPa)

Keele
4x Hawfinch still at bottom of Clockhouse Drive also 6x Golden Plover nearby (RPa)

Whitemoor Haye
Redshank, 3x Gadwall,59x Wigeon, 2x Stonechat, 30x Skylark, Little Owl calling north of Alrewas (@BirderAlrewas)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, Little Egret, 3x Pintail, 4x Goosander, YL Gull, 30x Golden Plover, 3x Stonechat, 2x Cetti'sWarbler (@richard_rafe)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Tuesday 5th December 2017

Radford Meadows
Pink-footed Goose, Little Egret, 109x Wigeon, 45x Teal (@Clive_Davies1)

Whitemoor Haye
5x Goldeneye, 68x Wigeon, 54x Pochard, (@BirderAlrewas)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, 2x Water Pipit, 2x Little Egret, 4x Goosander, Cetti's Warbler (@richard_rafe)

Manifold-Warslow
Mobile group of Hawfinch still (@domhall)

Branston GPs
2x Dunlin, 6x Redshank, 8x Ruff, 18x Curlew, Goldeneye, 57x Wigeon, 122x Teal, 73x Gadwall, Little Egret, 23x Shoveler, 34x Little Grebe, 10x Redpoll, Peregrine, c20,000 Starling (JWo)

Croxall GPs
3x Little Egret, 120x Teal, 31x Shoveler, 4x Goldeneye (@BirderAlrewas)

Monday, 4 December 2017

Monday 4th December 2017

                                                                 Notice Board
                      There will be a Stafford branch WMBC meeting on Tuesday 5th December
                       at Perkins Engines Social Club, Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB.
                       Speaker will be Neil Glenn commencing at 19:45 - Birding the Arctic Circle.


Upper Longdon
4x Hawfinch still but mobile (@ArthurBlaydon)

Keele
Still several Hawfinch near the Clockhouse (MPa)

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull and 2w YL Gull in the roost
                         
                           

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Berryhill
Jack Snipe still (@nutcracker1965)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Hawfinch in reservoir plantation briefly then flew west

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret and Water Pipit still, 2x Stonechat (@julianallen2009)

Upper Longdon
3x Crossbill Sp in flight (@TameBirdig)

Hanchurch
16x Crossbill (NDP, @philjo61)

Brookleys Lake
208x Mandarin Duck - new county record count (@rpintean)

Uttoxeter Quarry
258x Golden Plover, 31x Snipe, 57x Teal, 7x Goosander (@rpintean)

Keele
5x Hawfinch still at bottom of Clockhouse Drive also 60x Golden Plover nearby (TRo)

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull and ad YL Gull in the roost

Radford Meadows
3x Little Egret, 71x Wigeon, 35x Teal (@Clive_Davies1)

Branston GPs
18x Curlew, 6x Ruff, 3x Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 12x Snipe, Golden Plover, 50x Gadwall, 60x Wigeon, 150x Teal, 24x Shoveler, YL Gull, 20x GBB Gull, 12x Redpoll (DSc)

Stone
2x Little Egret by Scotch Brook just north of the Mill Restaurant  (AAp)

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Keele
3x Hawfinch still at bottom of Clockhouse also 130x Golden Plover nearby still (@nutcracker1965, TRe)

Whitemoor Haye
137x Wigeon, 37x Pochard, 2x Goldeneye, 25x Tree Sparrow, 2x Stonechat (@BirderAlrewas)

Cannock Tip
Juv Glaucous Gull (@CWG_sightings

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull, ad Caspian Gull, ad YL Gull

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 17x Curlew, 6x Dunlin, 4x Ruff, c100 Golden Plover, 3x Redshank, 52x Gadwall, 55x Wigeon, 25x Shoveler, 20x GBB Gull , c15,000 Starling roosted, (DSc)

Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday 1st December 2017

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret flew NW along river at 08:15 (@RobSwift5)

Whitmore Bent Lane
250x Pink-footed Geese over NW at 12:25 (@DKelsall3)

Hawfinch
6x Hawfinch still also c140x Golden Plover (@kevinburrows10, @keelebirder)

Stoke on Trent (Bentilee)
80x Pink-footed Geese over NW at 15:05 also 4x Goosander over west at 13:20 (@nutcracker1965)

Hanchurch Woods
250x Pink-footed Geese over NW, 22x Crossbill, 3x Brambling (HF,SE)

Chasewater
3x Caspian Gull, 2x YL Gull in the roost

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 8x Ruff, 5x Redshank, 18x Curlew, 4x Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 79x Gadwall, 150x Teal, 77x Wigeon, 22x Shoveler, 4x Mandarin, 36x Little Grebe, c15,000 Starling (JWo)

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thursday 30th November 2017

Batewsood CP
Green Sandpiper along SW shore (@jvphbirding)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still from Octagonal hide, 2x Little Egret, 3x Stonechat (Da) - also Great White Egret still, 4x Goosander, Little Egret, (@richard_rafe)

Keele
5x Hawfinch still at bottom of Clockhouse Drive (@DKelsall3)

Chasewater
4x Caspian Gull in the roost

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 17x Curlew, 6x Ruff, 2x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 12x Snipe, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, 3x Mandarin, 61x Gadwall, 51x Wigeon, (DSc)

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Rudyard Lake
38x Wigeon, 75x Teal, 5x Goosander, 15x Siskin, 3x Kingfisher (SSe)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, 3x Cetti's Warbler (@richard_rafe)

Wolseley Centre
Great White Egret to 11:30 only (@derek_lees)

Keele
3x Hawfinch still by Clockhouse Drive, also 13x Golden Plover (@chrisvaghela)

Silverdale CP
Ad Caspian Gull, 2x ad YL Gull, 2x Goosander (@DKelsall3)

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull west of the Island, also in the roost 3x Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull.

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

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 8x Ruff, 8x Redshank, 18x Curlew, 6x Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 59x Gadwall, 86x Teal, 79x Wigeon, 35x Little Grebe, c10,000 Starling (JWo)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret, 69x Wigeon, 35x Teal, 2x Stonechat (@Clive_Davies1)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Pink-footed Geese still, 16x Skylark, 9x Tree Sparrow (@tighthead22)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still  at 12:00 in ditches  near the original metal hide, 38x Teal, 16x Shoveler,  (@grantprice20) - also Little Egret, Water Pipit, 3x Stonechat (@DoxeyBirder)

Hanchurch
8x Crossbill (@GeoffSales1)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
2x fem/imm Common Scoter and Common Sandpiper at the deep end this morning (MPR)

Keele
5x Hawfinch at bottom of Clockhouse Drive and a further 2 towards Keele Hall (PSw) - also 3x Hawfinch adjacent Lymes Road @(DKelsall3)

Wolseley Centre
Great White Egret, 2x Goosander, (@derek_lees)

Branston GPs
2x Little Egret, 2x Mandarin Duck, 18x Curlew, 8x Ruff, 6x Redshank, 8x Golden Plover, 6x Dunlin, 12x Snipe (DSc)

Monday, 27 November 2017

Monday 27th November 2017

Keele
5x Hawfinch still behind the Clockhouse (JJo)

Chasewater
2x Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull in the roost

Cannock Chase
100+ Siskin, 3x Green Woodpecker, Sherbrook Valley (@DavidBate17)

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 8x Ruff, 6x Redshank, 20x Golden Plover, 5x Dunlin, 17x Curlew, 2x Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 73x Wigeon, 62x Gadwall, 200x Teal, 2x Goldeneye, 21x Shoveler, 36x Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2x Stonechat, YL Gull, 20x GBB Gull, c10,000 Starling, (JWo)

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunday 26th November 2017

Whitemoor Haye
5x Goldeneye, 62x Wigeon, 30x Skylark, 15x Tree Sparrow, 2x Stonechat (@BirderAlrewas)

Gailey Resv
Water Rail, 30x Siskin (@TheSnapper1978)

Keele
3x Hawfinch still at Clockhouse (@andm62) - 6x present at 11:30 (NDP)

By Nick Pomiankowski

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret, 3x Goosander, 58x Wigeon (@Clive_Davies1)

Chasewater

Ad Caspian Gull and ad Med Gull in the roost

Branston GPs
Long-tailed Duck still, 8x Ruff, 5x Dunlin, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Little Egret, 70x Wigeon, 74x Gadwall, 2x Goldeneye, 23x Shoveler, 2x Stonechat, c14,000 Starling in the roost (DSc)

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Saturday 25th November 2017

Keele University
6x Hawfinch rear of the Clock house (@Bevroberts47) - 7+ still this afternoon (@keelebirder)

Dimmingsdale
Brambling (TEy)

By Terry Eyre

Gailey Resv
Egyptian Goose, c30 Siskin from the hide (@TheMoorehen)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Plover briefly Blithe Bay (GJM)

Whitemoor Haye
Great White Egret flew over back of the pool, 63x Wigeon, Goldeneye, (@BirderAlrewas)

Aqualate
2x Whooper Swan this afternoon (@Ian_m_grant)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Pink-footed Geese, Peregrine (@philjo61)

Radford Meadows
5x Little Egret, 123x Teal, 74x Wigeon, Little Owl,  (@RobSwift5)

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

Caverswall
Barn Owl again at Cookshill this evening (BB, JB)

Branston GPs
8x Ruff, 16x Curlew, 3x Redshank, 3x Dunlin, 2x Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Little Egret, 61x Wigeon, 53x Gadwall, c15,000 Starling went to roost (DSc)





Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday 24th November 2017

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Possible Pale Bellied Brent Goose at the deep end (GJM)

Ford Green NR
5x Goosander (JJo)

Radford Meadows
74x Wigeon, 17x Teal, 3x Shoveler, (@Clive_Davies1)

Chasewater
Caspian Gull, 2x YL Gull, 3x Med Gull in the roost

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Middleton Lakes
13x Goldeneye on JW also Great White Egret (@atkinson_steve)

Whitmore Bent Lane
Water Pipit, 2x Pink-footed Geese, 23x Skylark, 16x Tree Sparrow (@DKelsall3)

Keele
Still several Hawfinch at bottom of Clockhouse Drive (MJW)

Chasewater
2x Caspian Gull, 4x YL Gull

Branston GPs

Long-tailed Duck still, 8x Ruff, 7x Redshank, 17x Curlew, 6x Golden Plover, 4x Green Sandpiper, 3x Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Pintail, 56x Gadwall, 147x Teal, 70x Wigeon, Goldeneye, 2x Mandarin, 29x Little Grebe, Little Egret, 6x GBB Gull, Stonechat, (JWo)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Trentham Gardens
Hawfinch briefly in NW corner, and one in Yew by main bridge also Goldeneye (@tighthead22)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret (@richard_rafe

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