Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Wednesday 6th May 2015

Blithfield Res
Summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit at Admaston Reach viewable from the causeway (RCB)

Belvide Resv
Ad fem Velvet Scoter and Arctic Tern

Tucklesholme
Cuckoo, 2x Redshank, 4x Ringed Plover, 10x LR Plover, 2x Common Tern, 6x Shelduck, Lesser Whitethroat, c10x Swift. (JWo)

Westport Lake
1x Oystercatcher, 2x LRP, 1x Common Sandpiper, 1x Sedge Warbler, 2x Garden Warbler (NJS)

Cannock Chase
6x Redstart, 4x Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit (JJO)

Berryhill
Whinchat, 6x Wheatear (NDP)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Westport Lake
1x Willow Warbler, 14x Blackcap, 2x Garden Warblers, 1x Reed Warbler (NJS)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Common Sandpiper, 5x Dunlin, 12x LR Plover, 3x Ringed Plover, 13x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 7x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 35x Shelduck, 2x Garden Warbler, 2x Cetti’s Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler, 3x Reed Warbler, c80x Swift and  100’s of Hirundines over South Pit, May Blossom – 1st this year. (JWo)

Common Sandpiper by Jon Woodcock

Blithfield Res
Osprey at 10:30 2x Arctic Tern, 12x Common Tern, 20x Swift (@chrisvaghela)
Still 2x Arctic Tern this evening, c150 Swift, Dunlin, 2x LR Plover, 2x Shelduck (RCB)

Cannock Chase
8x Tree Pipit, 3x Redstart, 2x Cuckoo, 2x Stonechat  (@chrisvaghela)

Belvide Resv
Fem Velvet Scoter still plus Osprey flew W at 09:55hrs

Biddulph Valley
1x Hobby (PMo)

Oakamoor
2x Muntjac on north bank pasture upstream of weir 0550hrs (KK) 

Monday, 4 May 2015

Monday 4th May 2015

We received an email this morning regarding poor behaviour on a well watched site, please be aware of your actions and nesting birds at any sites during this time of year.

"This morning three photographers walked straight across the area where Lapwings appear to be nesting, two were dressed in camouflage clothing, one being red-brown in colour, the other had a huge lensed camera, he had short hair, receding at the front and going bald on top and wore red-tinted glasses, I shouted that they were in a bird-nesting area but they ignored me and the two continued down to the bottom fence.
The other guy walked back up into the reed where Sedge Warbler & Reed buntings seem to be nesting, I shouted at him again, he waved apologetic hand & moved away again.
I've given rough descriptions in case anyone recognizes them, there fieldcraft was non-existent"

This is always a sensitive subject at this time of year and there are many excellent wildlife photographers out there who wouldn't stand for this kind of behaviour, I don't want to give the site away because of nesting species but please guys be aware of your surroundings and be sensitive to nesting birds at this time of year.

Belvide Res
Sanderling on North shore, also 3x Dunlin & Velvet Scoter still present (BelvideBirding)

Tucklestone
Dunlin, 2x Oystercatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo, 2x Shelduck, 2x Redshank, Red-legged Partridge & Arctic Tern (MPa)

Whitemoor Haye
Grasshopper Warbler, 3x Sedge Warbler, 2x Common Tern, Oystercatcher, 2x Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear, 8x Shelduck, Goldeneye, 20x Yellowhammer, 5x Tree Sparrow, Corn Bunting & Green Woodpecker (SCo)

Gailey Res
2x adult Peregrine over sailing lake at 08.10, also 3x Common Tern, Garden Warbler & plenty of Swifts (@TheSnapper1978)

Old River Dove
Cuckoo, 2x Goosander, 6x Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 12x Whitethroat, Yellowhammer & c25 Sand Martin (AJa)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, 6x Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 8x Redshank, 24x Shelduck, 2x Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler & Yellow Wagtail (AJa)

Alrewas GP
6x Common Tern & 56x Tufted Duck (SCo)


Biddulph Grange
1x Pied Flycatcher (PMo)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Iverley
Possible Black Kite drifted SE over the old dump at 12:30

Silverdale CP
Black Redstart still this morning in the NW corner of the void, Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler, 7x Whitethroat (SSe)

By Steve Seal

Belvide Res
Black Tern from 10:25, Arctic Tern, 2x Turnstone on shingle Island

Tittesworth Res
Bar-tailed Godwit this morning

Uttoxeter Quarry
2x Hobby, 2x Common Tern, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 6x Sedge Warbler, 5x Reed Warbler, 2x Swift, 5x Egyptian Geese (PRo)

Tucklesholme
2x Greenshank (@MartynYapp)

Blithfield Res
Osprey in Tad Bay at 14:48 (RPo) - 25x Common Tern, Oystercatcher (AJ RM) - Ringed Plover (SB) - 39x Shelduck, Redshank, 15x Swift (JWo)

Osprey by Jon Woodcock

Cannock Chase
10x Crossbill, Cuckoo, 6x Tree Pipit, 5x Siskin, Garden Warbler (AJ RM)

Blake Hall Fisheries Cheadle
7x Common Tern (RPo)

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

Radford Meadows Stafford
3x LR Plover, Dunlin, 2x Shelduck, possible Greenland Wheatear, 2x Whitethroat (RSw)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel west of the viewpoint, 4x Wheatear (RT)

 
 
 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Possible Black Kite over North pit then flew NW at 13.00 - Little Gull north pit, Arctic Tern, 3x Whimbrel briefly Jubilee wetlands (TVB)

Whitemoor Haye
Osprey over at 13.10, also 2x Arctic Tern through N at 14.00 plus 30 Swift, Yellow Wagtail (NBr, KPa) - 3x LR Plover, 2x Dunlin, 3x Curlew (SmC)

Hales
Whimbrel, 2x Gadwall & Barnacle Goose (RWh)

Silverdale CP
Black Redstart still this morning (Lou) and still present 16:10 in the NW corner (NJS)
Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, LR Plover (BC LC)
Black Redstart by Lou

Doxey Marshes
Whinchat, 4x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Gadwall, 3x Shelduck, Redshank & Lesser Whitethroat (DEm)

Gailey Res
2x Shelduck, 6x Gadwall, 2x Shoveler, 3x Common Tern, Kingfisher, 2x Swift, 2x Yellow Wagtail, 5x Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler & 4x Whitethroat (@TheSnapper1978)

River Sow Meadows
2x Hobby, Kingfisher, 12x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 3x Whitethroat & Garden Warbler (RSw)

Blithfield Res
Hobby over Mickledale Bay also Osprey over the causeway 14:00 - 14:05 (RCB)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel between the viewpoint and the mast paddocks, 3x Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 23x Whitethroat (RT NDP)

Friday, 1 May 2015

Friday 1st May 2015

Gailey Res
2x Sandwich Tern over sailing lake at 07.15 then headed high East, also Common Tern, Common Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail (@TheSnapper1978)

Silverdale CP
Black Redstart in NW corner of the Void, feeding from willows in and around where path meets the Void floor (@SteveJTurner76)
also Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover & 2x Yellow WagtailStonechat & Wheatear (BC, LC)
Black Redstart by Phil Jones

Tucklesholme
2x Greenshank, 9x Little Ringed Plover, 7x Ringed Plover, Common Tern, 2x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, Lesser Whitethroat & 2x Sedge Warbler (JWo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Pair of Garganey this morning

Chasewater Res
Hobby flew South at 07.40, also 3x Little Ringed Plover & Yellow Wagtail (@scaupface)

River Sow Meadows
2x Hobby, Kingfisher, 2x Reed Warbler, 12x Sedge Warbler, 2x Whitethroat & Garden Warbler (RSw)

Blithfield Res
4x Dunlin, 2x Ringed  Plover, 3x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, 7x Wheatear & 2x White Wagtail (@scaupface)
also 4x Oystercatcher, Hobby & 6x Common Tern (Lou)
also 2x Arctic Tern this morning (GJM)

Branston Gravel Pits
5x Dunlin, 15x Redshank, 10x Ringed Plover, 10x Little Ringed Plover, 32x Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Common Tern, 2x Egyptian Geese, 36x Shelduck, 17x Gadwall, Water Rail, 2x Sedge Warbler, 3x Reed Warbler, 3x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Garden Warbler, c21 House Martin & Tawny Owl (JWo)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Curlew, 10x Tree Sparrow, 15x Yellowhammer, 5x Swift, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 10x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Dunlin, 4x Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, Grasshopper Warbler, 3x Hobby, 2x Shelduck & Grey Partridge (SCo)

Barton Turn
Lesser Whitethroat singing by canal (JWo)

Doxey Marshes
2x Common Sandpiper, 4x Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Redshank, Little Egret & Grasshopper Warbler (PGL)

Fradley
Golden Plover flew East this morning (@scaupface)

Knypersley Resv
1x Wood Warbler, 1x Cuckoo, 1x Sedge Wrb, 2x Garden Warbs (GBr)

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Thursday 30th April 2015

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still 200m SW of the viewpoint also 5x Whinchat, 2x Redstart, 17x Wheatear (RT NDP) - Ring Ouzel still mid day also 2x Golden Plover (BC LC)

Blithfield Res
Whimbrel briefly Blithe Bay then flew west (GJM)

Belvide Res
Osprey flew west at 15:05, the female Velvet Scoter still
also Hobby, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Redshank, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler & Garden Warbler (@Backtothewind)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Hobby this evening, 6x Redshank, 10x LR Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, 8x Common Tern, Wheatear, 35x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Egyptian Geese, Corn Bunting, 10x Tree Sparrow (@BirderAlrewas)

Gailey Res
Hobby this evening, also Little Egret, Yellow Wagtail & Reed Warbler (@TheSnapper1978)

Doxey Marshes
Yellow Wagtail, Swift, Common Tern, Whitethroat, 3x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Common Sandpiper & 2x Shelduck (@martinggrant) - additionally 2+ Whinchat, Grasshopper Warbler (DCo)

Stone Downs Banks
3x Yellowhammer, 2x Grey Wagtail, Blackcap (MJa)

Cannock Chase
3x Cuckoo, 3x Wheatear, 20x Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker, 5x Kestrel, 2x Stock Dove Adder juv male, Common Lizzard (JMa)


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wednesday 29th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Arctic Tern, 20x Common Tern, 2x Whinchat, 9x Wheatear, 10x Swift, 8x White Wagtail,2x Yellow Wagtail, 3x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Garden Warbler (SE HF)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel 200 metres SW of the Viewpoint, 2x Whinchat, Redstart, 12x Wheatear, Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail (RT)  - Peregrine (GPr)

Gailey 
4x Swift (SR)

Tucklesholme
2x Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 10x Ringed Plover, c9 Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, Peregrine, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler & Wheatear (JWo)
Greenshank by Jon Woodcock

North Staffs Moors
2x Wood Warbler, 3x Pied Flycatcher (JJo)

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter, 6x Shelduck, 19x Common Tern, 10x Common Sandpiper, 12x Dunlin, Redshank & 6x Garden Warbler (BB)

Hanchurch Woods
Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler, 2x Raven (BC LC)

Stone Downs Bank
Swift, 2x Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, c8 Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker, c6 Swallow, Garden Warbler, 4x Blackcap & 2x Grey Wagtail (MJa)

Whitmore Bent Lane
13x Wheatear, 3x Yellow Wagtail (NDP)

Cannock
Red Kite over Wedges Mills at 16:50 (DA)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tuesday 28th April 2015

Tucklesholme
2x Greenshank, 6x Redshank, 3x Dunlin, 2x Ruff, 8x Ringed Plover, c18x LR Plover, 7x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, 2x Wheatear, 3x Garden Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Common Tern (JWo)

Greenshank by Jon Woodcock

Blithfield Res
Whinchat in Ten Acre Bay, 6x White Wagtail still, 7x Wheatear (RCB)
Whimbrel  Blithe Bay this evening. Also 25x Common Tern, 3x Arctic Tern (GJM)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 9x Redshank, 2x Ringed Plover, 6x LR Plover, 32x Lapwing, Common Tern, 12x Gadwall, 36x Shelduck, 2x Cetti’s Warbler, 3x Sedge Warbler, 2x Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 3x Reed Warbler, 100’s of Sand Martin over the South Pit, 3x Speckled Wood.

Astonfields Balancing Lakes
2x Shelduck (LBu)

Dimmingsdale
Garden Warbler ringed for the BTO by Keith Clowes

Garden Warbler by Terry Eyre

Whitmore Bent Lane
14x Wheatear (NDP)

Berryhill
Whinchat, Redstart, 9x Wheatear (DWa)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
3x Whinchat (TVB)

Doxey Marsh
Jack Snipe, 6x LR Plover, Redshank, 3x Dunlin, 2x Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 2x Common Tern (GBe)

Cannock Chase
3x Tree Pipit, 4x Cuckoo, 5x Redstart, 2x Garden Warbler, Wheatear (MPi)

Dilhorne-Caverswall
2x Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 2x Blackcap (AR)

Barton Marina
12x House Martin Speckled Wood (JWo)


Monday, 27 April 2015

Monday 27th April 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
5x Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Garganey (TVB)

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, 6x Common Sandpiper, 11x Little Ringed Plover, 3x White Wagtail & 3x Yellow Wagtail (BB)

Hales
3x Black-tailed Godwit still present this evening (&SteveJTurner76)

Cannock Chase
3x Cuckoo, 2x Tree Pipit, Wheatear, 2x Mandarin, Garden Warbler, Tawny Owl 12x Green Hairstreak, Green Tiger Beetle, 3x Common Heath Moth (GWR)

Green Hairstreak & Cuckoo by GazWR

Berryhill
3x Whinchat, Redstart, 15x Wheatear, Green Woodpecker (RT NDP)

Whinchat by Steve Edwards
 
Gailey
First Reed Warbler of the year plus Green Woodpecker (SR)

Silverdale CP
2x Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, LR Plover, Raven (BC LC)

Knypersley Res
Sedge Warbler (NHo)

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sunday 26th April 2015

Tucklesholme
Wood Sandpiper, 2x Whimbrel through, 29x Dunlin, 13x Ringed Plover, 3x Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (@Ochruros)

Whitemoor Haye
15x Dunlin, 5x Redshank, 4x LR Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Mandarin, 2x Shelduck (@BirderAlrewas)
Pair of Mandarins, Egyptian Goose (SWo)

Doxey Marshes
Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, 10x Swift, 5x Dunlin, 3x Common Sandpiper, 4x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Common Tern & 6x Shelduck (RSw)
Dunlin by Rob Swift

Uttoxeter Quarry
Greenshank, 2x Ringed Plover, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Wheatear, 2x Yellow Wagtail, Goldeneye & 14x Goosander (@rpintean)

Tittesworth
2x Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3x LR Plover, 4x Common Sandpiper, 2x Garden Warbler (SGi)

Radford Meadows
White Wagtail, Wheatear, 3x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Shelduck & Grey Wagtail (RSw)

Berryhill
5x Whinchat, Redstart, 12x Wheatear (RT NDP) - Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2x Sedge Warbler, 16x Whitethroat (RT)

Coal Brook Hales
4x Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Oystercatcher (DBa)

Croxall
Red Kite at 18:00 (SWo)

Silverdale CP
Yellow Wagtail on west shore (PJ), Grasshopper Warbler this morning (PCa)

Cannock Chase
c7 Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit & Redstart (Lou)
Cuckoo by Lou

Hanchurch Woods
Tree Pipit in clear fell behind Woodman's Cottage (TRo)

Ford Green
2x Wheatear between Ford Green & Holden Lane pool (JJo)

Cuckoo Bank
3x Whinchat (@Nessie_w)

i54, Coven Heath
3x Sedge Warbler, 1x Wheatear, 4x Whitethroat, LRP, Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper (MF)

Ipstones Edge
Tree Pipit (TEy)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday 25th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Probable adult Whiskered Tern for a few minutes during heavy rain (@MartynYapp)
8x Swift, 2x LR Plover, 4x Common Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, 6x Wheatear, 4x White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, 30x Shelduck (RCB)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper still (TVB)

Hanchurch Woods
Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Crossbill, Swift, Whitethroat, Blackcap (RWh)

Whitemoor Haye
13x Dunlin, Ruff, 2x Common Sandpiper, Grasshopper Warbler (SC TP JA)
70x Yellowhammer, 15x Tree Sparrow, 4x LR Plover, 2x Ringed Plover, 5x Redshank, 4x Oystercatcher, 2x Common Tern, 2x Corn Bunting, 4x Egyptian Geese (@BirderAlrewas)

Chatterley Whitfield
Grasshopper Warbler, Kestrel, 2x Blackcap, Chiffchaffs (NHo)

Cannock Chase
2x Cuckoo (GP)

Berryhill
2x Whinchat early morning, 7x Wheatear, 18x Whitethroat (RT)

Doxey Marsh
4x LR Plover, 3x Common Sandpiper, 2x Common Tern (PB DW)

Radford Meadows Stafford
3x LR Plover (PB DW)

Silverdale CP
Common Sandpiper and LR Plover on the void (PC)


Friday, 24 April 2015

Friday 24th April 2015

Radford Meadows Stafford
Green-winged Teal still on scrape SW of the canal, also Common Sandpiper (GWR). Still present 17:10hrs
Photo by Gaz R

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper still present this afternoon plus 3x Wheatear (TVB)

Blithfield Res
Whimbrel over the dam at 10.20 (GJM)

Belvide Resv
Fem Velvet Scoter still, Whimbrel briefly, Osprey flew NW at 09:35hrs 

Tucklesholme
2x Ruff, 3x Green Sandpiper, 4x Ringed Plover, 13x LR Plover, 3x Wheatear, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3x Sedge Warbler, 4x Shelduck, 6x Gadwall. (JW)

Ruff by Jon Woodcock

Gailey
4x Shoveler, 2x Common Tern, Common Sandpiper (SR)

Brinepit Lock
Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (RCB)

Doxey Marshes
2x Common Sandpiper, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Swift & Dunlin (@Huwgo_Boss)

Silverdale CP
3x Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 4x Wheatear, 3x Whitethroat, Blackcap (BC LC, NDP)

Oakamoor
5x House Martin over park, pair of Dipper and pair of Mandarin Duck on river (KK)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Radford Meadows Stafford
Green-winged Teal still at 07:00 on far scrape SW of the canal before flying to Rickerscote marsh/pool also 3x LR Plover, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat (RSw)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands (TVB)

Whitemoor Haye
Avocet this evening, also Little Gull still present & White Wagtail (@TameBirding)
also Green Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 4x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, possible Channel Wagtail, c20 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear & Common Tern (JWo)
also Sedge Warbler, 5x Tree Sparrow & 10x Yellowhammer (SCo)
Med Gull, 5x Wheatear, Peregrine (SRo)

Record shot of the Avocet by Jon Woodcock

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, Ruff, 2x Common Sandpiper, 6x Little Ringed Plover & 6x Common Tern (BB)

Tucklesholme
2x Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2x Common Tern, 8x Ringed Plover, c14 Little Ringed Plover, 4x Redshank, 2x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, c3 Whitethroat & 2x Sedge Warbler (JWo)

Branston Gravel Pit
Lesser Whitethroat, c5 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 5x Reed Warbler, 4x Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 7x Redshank, Oystercatcher, Common Tern, 31x Shelduck, 22x Gadwall, Tawny Owl & Green Tiger Beetle (JWo)

Alrewas Arbouretum
Grasshopper Warbler still just outside entrance (SCo)

Coombes Valley RSPB
Whitethroat, 2x Redstart, 6x Pied Flycatcher & 2x Kestrel (AMa)

Chatterley Valley
Sedge Warbler at Ford Green this morning (JJ)

Oakamoor
Drake Mandarin upstream of the weir (KK)

Silverdale CP
LR Plover and Grasshopper Warbler (BC LC) - 2x Whinchat, 2x Whitethroat, 2x Linnet, 4x Lapwing (SGM)

Cannock Chase
Sherbrook Valley area, 2x Cuckoo, 2x Hobby, several Tree Pipit, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker & Great Spotted Woodpecker (IWo)
also Short-eared Owl at south end at 19.00 plus 2x Stonechat (DCo)
 
Tucklesholme
Common Tern, 2x Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 11x LR Plover, 8x Ringed Plover, 4x Redshank, 3x Sedge Warbler (IW)

i54, Coven Heath
2x LRP (MF)

Brown Lees
Swift (NH)

Gailey Res
Tawny Owl still present (SCo)

Doxey Marsh
2x Ruff, Redshank, 4x LR Plover, 3x Common Sandpiper (SRo)

Blithfield Res
Greenshank still Blithe Bay, 4x Common Tern (SRo)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Whitemoor Haye
Whimbrel, 2x Greenshank, 1st sum Little Gull, 20x Yellow Wagtail, possible Channel Wagtail still, Wheatear, Peregrine (JAl)
2x Common Tern, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (JW)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Whimbrel on Jubilee wetlands

Doxey
7x Sedge Warbler 2x Ruff, Little Ringed Plover,  Reed Warbler (LH)

Alrewas Arboretum
Grasshopper Warbler reeling in scrub near old road near entrance, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2x Oystercatcher, 2x Shelduck, Grey Wagtail, 3x Whitethroat. (JW
Wychnor
Lesser Whitethroat singing along canal

Berryhill
Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 6x Wheatear, Redstart (RT NDP)

Silverdale CP
Grasshopper Warbler, 2x LR Plover, Wheatear, 3x Whitethroat, Blackcap (BC LC). Also Sedge Warbler (PJ)

Knypersley Resv
2x Pied Flycatcher, 6x Willow Warbler, 20x Chiffchaff, 15x Blackcap, 4+ Swallow, 3x House Martin, 2x Shoveler (scarce local bird) (GBr)

Catholme (along path)
2x Wheatear, 8x Whitethroat, 4x Brimstone, 6x Green Veined White (JW)

Burston - Aston
2x LRP, 2x Whitethroat, 3-5x Green Sandpiper, 2x Mandarin, 5x Yellowhammer, 2x Goosander, Snipe, Raven (DCo)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Whitemoor Haye
Black Tern present this evening, also Little Gull, 20x Yellow Wagtail, 5x Common Gull, 20x Yellowhammer, 20x Tree Sparrow, 5x Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, 4x Oystercatcher, 4x Shoveler, possible Channel Wagtail still (SCo)

Radford Meadows
Green-winged Teal still present this afternoon (@Ian_m_grant)

Belvide Res
Pair of Garganey north shore and female Velvet Scoter still (@BelvideBirding)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Curlew Sandpiper from the west screen

Blithfield Res
Greenshank in Blithe Bay mid day (GJM)

Trentham-Hanford
2x Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 5x Whitethroat (LS)

Gailey Res
Common Sandpiper, 2x Shoveler, 2x Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail & Green Woodpecker (SR, @TheMoorehen)

Newcastle
Raven over Basford mid day (LC)

Berryhill
10x Wheatear (MP RT) No sign of the Ring Ouzel

Westport Lake
3x Common Sandpiper, 1x LRP (NJS)

Doxey Marsh
23x Sedge Warbler, 4x Reed Warbler, 2x Whitethroat, 2x Groppers, 2x Willow Warbler, 6x Little Egret, 2x Ruff, 2x Common Sands, 14x Blackcap, 4x Cetti's Warbler, 4x Little - ringed Plover, 2x Garden Warbler, 3x Raven, 4x Shelduck, 8x Gadwall, 2x Water rail - in front main hide (Mike Boote)

Hanchurch
Cuckoo, Tree Pipit (RSu)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Monday 20th April 2015

Radford Meadows
Green-winged Teal still present this afternoon, also 5x Little Ringed Plover & Yellow Wagtail (RSw)

Westport Lake
Grasshooper Warbler reeling early AM again (NJS)

Belvide Res
Osprey flew through at 18.40 (NTa), also female Velvet Scoter still, Wheatear, 5x Yellow Wagtail, 8x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler & 3x Whitethroat (BB)

Cheadle
Osprey over north late morning (DBl)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still early morning, Whinchat, 13x Wheatear (RT NDP)

Branston Gravel Pits
Sedge Warbler, 3x Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3x Oystercatcher, 11x Redshank, 6x Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 25x Lapwing, Water Rail, 2x Wigeon, 36x Shelduck, 14x Gadwall, Raven & Tawny Owl (JWo)

Tucklesholme
Wheatear, 4x Ruff, 5x Green Sandpiper, c22 Little Ringed Plover, 6x Ringed Plover, 7x Redshank & 2x Shelduck (JWo)

Cannock Chase
1x Cuckoo, pair Redstart, 3x Tree Pipit (IBu). Also Hobby (@daftoldbirder) 

Gailey
2x Shoveler, 1x Tawny Owl, 1x Wheatear (SR)

Whitemoor  Haye
1st sum Little Gull, Little Egret, 3x Wheatear, 20x Yellow Wagtail & drake Mandarin (JAl)

Doxey Marsh
 Reed Warbler, 4x Chiffchaff, Swift, 2x Little Egret, 5x LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine, microlight flushed 78x Snipe, 2x Redshank, Blackcaps, 2x Grasshopper Warbler, 10x Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, 2x White Wagtail, 35x Sand Martin, 2x Swallow, Yellow Wagtail (Mike Boote)

Knypersley
2x Shoveler (NHo)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday 19th April 2015

Radford Meadows
Wood Sandpiper still present at 13.00 on far scrape from canal towpath looking SW, also 2x Redshank, Dunlin, 5x Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail & Wheatear (RSw)
also a drake Green-winged Teal on the scrape (@rpintean), still present at 18:15hrs at least.
Drake Green Winged Teal, Wood Sandpiper still at 19:45 also White Wagtail (NGr)


 The Radford Meadows Green-winged Teal by Richard Powell

Westport Lake
Grasshopper Warbler this morning on the old sewage works (NJS, CJW). Also 1x Swift and 1x Yellow Wagtail late PM (DK)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
No sign of the Black-winged Stilts this morning, 2x Garganey (North Pit & Jubilee Wetlands)
also 2x Whinchat along the electric fence between screens (@julianallen2009)

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter, 6x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, 8x Sedge Warbler, 2x Reed Warbler, 4x Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 6x Yellow Wagtail, 2x White Wagtail, 2x Swift, 2x Water Rail, 20x Goldeneye, 81x Gadwall, 33x Shoveler, 30x Teal, Wigeon, 29x Great Crested Grebe & 7x Little Grebe (BB)

Whitemoor Haye
49x Tufted Duck, 2x Common Tern, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck, Goldeneye, c50 Linnet, 2x Gadwall, 4x Oystercatcher, 2x Egyptian Geese, c30 Yellow Wagtail, 2x Redshank, 2x Sedge Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff & Whitethroat (@BirderAlrewas)
also possible Channel Wagtail among the c30 Yellow Wagtail although distant (@Ochuros)

Tuckleholme
4x Ruff, 3x Green Sandpiper, Wheatear, Common Sandpiper & 8x Fieldfare (@Ochruros)
also 6x Green Sandpiper,2x Oystercatcher, 4x Redshank, c10 Little Ringed Plover, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 3x  Shelduck, Whitethroat & 3x Orange Tip (JWo)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Redshank, 9x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Ringed Plover, 8x Shelduck, Reed Warbler & 2x Whitethroat (JWo)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still, 2x Whinchat, 17x Wheatear (RT NDP)

Highgate Common
3x singing Tree Pipit (@HughieKing) - Cuckoo this evening (DB)

Silverdale CP
Little Ringed Plover & 2x Whitethroat (PCa)
also 3x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Wheatear, 3x Whitethroat & yesterday a Dingy Skipper (PJ)

Doxey Marsh
Whinchat this afternoon (DBl)

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Saturday 18th April 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
2x Black-winged Stilt from the viewing screen at 10:25, also 2x Avocet (per TVB)
also a female Marsh Harrier flew over North (@MartynYapp)

This is the first record of Black-winged Stilt in Staffordshire for 20 years and the 5th record in total.
1968 - Belvide Resv An adult 11th to 16th June.

1987 - Belvide Resv Two juveniles from 1st to 7th September (probably those raised at Holme, Norfolk)
1991 - Croxall Lakes A male seen on 28th April, from 2nd to 5th May, again on 9th and 10th and at least to 13th.
1995 - Blithfield Resv - Two adults on 11th May.
2015 - Middleton Lakes RSPB - Two on 18th April.


 


The Black-winged Stilts at Middleton Lakes today (NJS)
Berryhill 
Whinchat early morning by the pallet-stacks, also Ring Ouzel still present, 15x Wheatear, 7x Whitethroat, House Martin (RT, NDP) - also 3x Whinchat by the scrape, 2x LR Plover on pond off Renown Close (PB DW) - Osprey over at 14:30 (JOa)

Radford Meadows
Wood Sandpiper early morning, also 5x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Wheatear & Willow Warbler (RSw)

Record shop of the Wood Sandpiper by Rob Swift

Blithfield Res
Avocet in Ten Acre Bay at 07:55 (PB JH) - then flew north at 09:30 (GJM, MPR)

Burston - Aston
Little Ringed Plover, male Whinchat & Whitethroat (BB, JB)

Branston Gravel Pits
Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 5x Mandarin Duck, 8x Redshank, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 4x Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Brimstone, Peacock, Orangetip, Green-veined White (CJW, NJS)

Trent Washlands
Garden Warbler present this morning (AJa)

Wolseley Centre
Garden Warbler by car park (@ScottoftheMarsh)

Whitemoor Haye
c40 Yellow Wagtail & Wheatear this evening (@TameBirding)

Cannock Chase
Cuckoo, 3x Tree Pipit, 4x Redstart, 4x Stonechat, 3x female Wheatear, 4x Raven & c20 Willow Warbler around the Sherbrook Valley area (DBa, JSm)

Belvide Res
3x Common Tern through at 06.20, also a Hobby in the afternoon (@NigelCarp2008)

Doxey Marshes
Several HouseMartins, White Wagtail, 2x Little Ringed Plover, Goosander, 3x Reed Warbler & Sedge Warblers well distributed (DEm)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday 17th April 2015

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Drake Garganey north pit at 12:00 (SWo) - also Arctic Tern (per GW)

Penkridge
Hobby at Lower Drayton farm this morning

Dimmingsdale
Redstart, 4x Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap, 2x Raven (TEy)

Gailey Res
Female Common Scoter still on sailing lake this evening. Also Common Tern thru, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler and notable increase in House Martins (SR)

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still

Knypersley Res
Male Pied Flycatcher by the tower, c30 Swallow, pair House Martin, Greylag Goose (PMo)

Burston
Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, House Martins, pair Gadwall, Kingfisher (PAD)

Burton Washlands
Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2x Blackcap (RPo)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still early morning at top end of Palletstacks track also 8x Wheatear, Whitethroat, 9x Willow Warbler, 4x Blackcap (RT NDP)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thursday 16th April 2015

Gailey
Fem Common Scoter on the sailing lake early morning (SR) and still present at 11:30hrs (RCB). Also 3x Common  Sandpipers and 2x Raven (SR)

Belvide Resv
Fem Velvet Scoter and drk Scaup still also Whimbrel

Chasewater
Male Redstart and male Wheatear on passage this evening (@CWG_sightings)

Whitemoor Haye
1st summer Little Gull, Common Sandpiper, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear, 5x White Wagtail & 5x Yellow Wagtail (JAl)

Westport Lake
Osprey flew over to NNE at 19:25hrs (DK)

Berryhill Fields
4x Redstart, 20x Wheatear,  Ring Ouzel at top end of Palletstacks track (RT, NP) - Whitethroat (DF)

Silverdale CP
1x Ring Ouzel, 5x Skylark, 1x Tree Pipit, 4x Willow Warblers (PGL), 4x Chiffchaff, 2x Buzzard, 1x Wheatear (GAl)
also 2x Common Sandpiper, 4x Wheatear, Whitethroat & Sand Martin (PCa)

Parkhall CP
1x Common Sandpiper on Wetland Walk Main Pool (SST)

Caverswall
6x Wheatear on the scrape (CO)

North Staffs Moors
A migratory flock of 21x Ring Ouzels recorded at a site on the moors elsewhere 86x Wheatear, 4x Redstart, Redwing (NDP RT)

Doxey Marshes
Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, 6x Shoveler, 2x Dunlin, 5x Redshank, 3x Common Sandpiper & 2x Snipe (AB, TT)

Cannock Chase
2x Cuckoo and Tree Pipit at 12:30 (RCB)

Endon SW
2x Fieldfare this afternoon (GBr)

i54, Coven Heath
2x LRP, 1x Green Sandpiper, 4x Blackcap (MFo)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Brent Goose at deep end, 5x Black-tailed Godwit Blithe Bay, 6x LR Plover, 2x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 10x Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 12x Goosander (RCB)
Whimbrel along the dam this afternoon (TJa) - Late evening Female Common Scoter deep end, Brent Goose still  Portfields Bay, 4x Common Sandpiper on causeway (JAl)

Gailey Res
Osprey flew low south over fishing lake at 17.35 (SR),
also Ring Ouzel seen briefly in sheep field adjacent to the A5 (@chrisvaghela)
also 3x Common Sandpiper on causeway at 11.30, Sedge Warbler & Blackcap (PBe)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Whitethroat, female Redstart, Wheatear, 6x Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, Mandarin, 15x Tree Sparrow, 2x Fieldfare over (SC)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Whimbrel on jubilee wetlands (TVB)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel still in paddocks at the top of the Palletstacks track also male Redstart, Tree Pipit, 6x Wheatear, 2x Snipe (RT)
Ring Ouzel by Steve Edwards

Foxley
4x sum plum Golden Plover, Yellow Wagtail, 3x Wheatear, 14x Snipe, Tree Sparrows, Yellowhammer, Stock Doves, Linnet (MBa)

Branston Gravel Pits
Whitethroat, 2x Cetti's Warbler, White Wagtail, 17x Little Ringed Plover, 4x Ringed Plover, 7x Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, Snipe, 2x Mandarin Duck, 13x Shelduck, 12x Gadwall, 6x Willow Warbler, 8x Blackcap & Large Bee-fly (JWo) - 2x Black-tailed Godwit, this evening also Reed Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 150x Sand Martin (AJa)

Doxey Marsh
2x Reed Warbler, Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Snipe, Sedge Warbler, 3x Shelduck, Willow Warbler, Blackcap (@martinggrant)

Burton Washlands
2x Sedge Warbler between Ferry Bridge and Burton Bridge (@rpintean)

Silverdale CP
6x Wheatear at the Void (NDP)

Oakamoor
2x Goosander upstream of the weir also Mandarin (KK)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Blithfield Res
Arctic Tern early afternoon also 2x Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, LR Plover, Yellow Wagtail, 9x Willow Warbler, 3x Blackcap, 6x Chiffchaff, 12x Goosander, (RCB)

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel showing well this morning in paddocks at the top end of the Palletstacks track, also 2x Pink-footed Geese, 7x Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail (NDP RT) - Ring Ouzel still this evening (DBl)

Gailey Res
Male Ring Ouzel on the causeway this evening, also Redshank & 3x Common Sandpiper, one with a red & orange rings, red ring had X40 on it in black (SR)

Himley Hall
2x Common Sandpiper (GJo)

Silverdale CP
8x Wheatear on the Void (NDP)

Whitemoor Haye
5x Wheatear this morning (TS)

Newcastle
Male Pied Flycatcher still at Thistleberry Greenway (BB JB DA)

Branston Gravel Pits.
3x Green Sandpiper, 13x Redshank, 4x Ringed Plover, Curlew, Oystercatcher, 27x Lapwing, 2x Mandarin, 13x Shelduck, 9x Gadwall, Cetti’s Warbler, 7x Willow Warbler, 2x Blackcap, 3x White Wagtail, 6x Swallow, c150x Sand Martin, Tawny Owl, Orange Tip, 3x Brimstone (JW)

Cannock Chase
2x Cuckoo, Hobby, 3pr Wheatear, 3x Stonechat, Tree Pipit and 100s Meadow Pipit (@ArthurBladon)

Beacon Hill Stafford
12x Wheatear (DC)

Betley
Whimbrel over this evening (NC)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Monday 13th April 2015

Doxey Marsh
Osprey over towards the M6 (DBl)
White Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 8x Snipe (SE HF)

Newcastle
Male Pied Flycatcher still Thistleberry greenway opposite Dick Turpin pub 500 yards downstream (DF). Still present at 18:30hrs (IBu) and 18:45hrs (DAd)

By Dave Fowler

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Drake Garganey on north pit

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter and drake Scaup still also Redstart

Gailey
1x Common Sandpiper this evening (SR)

Penkridge
Male Ring Ouzel off Mansty Lane late afternoon (@Girlbirder24)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Redshank, 4x Oystercatcher, Goldeneye, 2x Shelduck
50x Sand Martin, Wigeon, 2x Wheatear, 2x LR Plover, 2x Egyptian Geese, Noctule Bat at dusk (SC)

Berryhill
21x Wheatear this morning also White Wagtail (RT)
 
Tetenhill Lock
Cetti's Warbler, 2x Willow Warbler (JW)

Yoxall - Meadow Lane
3x Willow Warbler (JW)

Thorney Lanes Marchington Woodlands
Curlew, 2x Willow Warbler (JW)

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sunday 12th April 2015

Newcastle under Lyme
Male Pied Flycatcher still at Thistleberry Greenway, in trees along top edge at 10.25 (PAD)
Still early afternoon opposite Dick Turpin pub 500 yards downstream (DBl)

Aqualate Mere
Arctic Tern, c300 Sand Martin, 10x Swallow & 2x House Martin (@Ian_m_grant)

Doxey Marshes
Arctic Tern flew over Cresswell Flash and headed South, also 3x Little Egret, White Wagtail (@Ian_m_grant)

Aston-Burston
Osprey northwards low over River Trent at 07.40, also Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3x Goosander, 2x Shelduck, 2x Gadwall, 2x Snipe, 12x Tree Sparrow & Yellowhammer (DCo)

Blithfield Res
Osprey over Tad Bay early evening & House Martin (JAl)

Whittington
Ring Ouzel on SE side near Turbine Cottage

Belvide Res
Velvet Scoter, drake Scaup, Common Sandpiper, 2x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Curlew, 3x White Wagtail, 3x Yellow Wagtail, female Wheatear & Little Egret (NTa)

Rocester JCB Lakes
Yellow Wagtail, 3x Blackcap, 8x Chiffchaff, 60x Swallow, 25x Sand Martin, 2x Gadwall, 2x Oystercatcher & 11x Barnacle Geese (TEy)

Radford Meadows
6x Little Ringed Plover, 6x Wheatear, 3x Shelduck, 10x Gadwall, Shoveler, 5x Swallow & House Martin (RSw)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Green Sandpiper, 3x Yellow Wagtail, 2x Little Ringed Plover, Green Woodpecker & House Martin (RSu)

Gailey Res
2x Yellow Wagtail on causeway & Tawny Owl still present (SR)

Tucklesholme
2x Green Sandpiper,20x Little Ringed Plover, 8x Ringed Plover, 3x Ruff, 7x Redshank, 11x Lapwing, 5x White Wagtail, Swallows & Sand Martins (@Huwgo_Boss)
 
Wychnor Junction
2nd year Little Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull & Yellow Wagtail (@nessie_w)

Wetley Moors
2x Raven, 3x Willow Warbler, 3x Chiffchaff & Wheatear (RBu)

Knypersley Res
3x Swallow, 2x Stock Dove & Raven over (PMo)