Thursday, 19 January 2017

Thursday 19th January 2017

Doxey Marshes
5x Whooper Swan at Tillington Flash this morning (@RegDavies5) - still at 10:12 from Cresswell Flash (NGr) - Great White Egret on Boundary Flash at 12:20  also drake Scaup (BG) - Later Great White Egret over at 12:50 (HF, SE)

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
Bewick's Swan & 21x Whooper Swan Tad Bay this afternoon (@ArthurBladon)

Cannock Chase
60x Waxwing at Dry Pit feeding in trees away from the road (CBe) - Waxwing briefly at 12.30 near Freda's Grave Memorial (VEm)

Chasewater Res
5x Shelduck on main lake, also Velvet Scoter & 4x Pintail, in the roost 5x Yellow-legged Gull (CWG_sightings)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 3x Redshank, c300x Lapwing, Little Egret, 13x Gadwall, 12x Pochard, 7x Shoveler, c70x Teal, c20x Little Grebe, c20,000x Starlings, 7x Skylark, 15x Lesser Redpoll (JWo)

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Cannock Chase
15x Waxwing still around Freda's Grave

Lichfield
One Waxwing near the Fire Station (@SimcockPete)

Doxey Marsh
Drake Scaup still on Tillington Flash, Water Pipit still south of Octagonal hide (@DoxeyBirder)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter and Pintail still (@CWG_sightings)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Community Noticeboard

North Staffs RSPB Meeting - 18th January 2017 at 19.30

Jeff Clarke talk titled Mersey Beat

Meetings held at the Medical Institute (Conference Centre), Hartshill
For further information please contact Geoff Sales (Group Leader) Tel: 01782 618152

Whitmore
3x Tundra Bean Geese & 10x Pink-footed Geese still at Bent Lane this morning (@keelebirder)

Newcastle
10x Waxwing at Queens Gardens this afternoon but highly mobile (@brianbeecee)

Stafford
c15 Waxwing at Beaconside near junction with Parkside Avenue this afternoon (HWi)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Redhead Smew and Bittern again roosted at 16:00 (BB)

Dosthill NR
Scaup present this afternoon (GWi)

Chasewater Res
Velvet Scoter and Pintail til dusk. In roost adult Mediterranean Gull and Yellow-legged Gull (CWG_sightings)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Ruff, 3x Redshank, 5x Snipe, 10x Curlew, c350x Lapwing, Golden Plover heard, Kingfisher, 2x Pintail, 9x Shelduck, 13x Pochard, 47x Wigeon, 12x Gadwall, 7x Shoveler, 118x Teal, 15x Lesser Redpoll, c8x Goldcrest, c80x Fieldfare, c30,000x Starling, c10x GBBG (JWo, DSc)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
6x Shelduck, 2x Stonechat, 5x Pintail earlier but flew off 11:15 (@onionsargey) also 205x BHG, 69x LBBG, 1x GBBG & 1st winter Mediterranean Gull (@RSPBMiddleton) also c100 Golden Plover, 10x Shelduck, Stonechat. Meadow Pipit, Goldeneye, c200 Greylag Geese, c200 Lapwing (MSc)

Westport Lake
2x Water Rail, Goldeneye, Goosander, Wigeon, 3x Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher & 20x Pochard (SGM)

Codsall
Little Egret on field at junction of Spring Lans & Watery Lane

Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday 16th January 2017

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still

Aqualate
2x Scaup still midday

Lichfield
40x Waxwing still opposite Debenham's car park

Chasewater
Juv Glaucous Gull and adult YL Gull in the roost (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Redhead Smew and Bittern again roosted at 15:55

Branston Gravel Pits
Caspian Gull (ad), 3x Yellow-legged Gull (ad), c20x GBBG, 32x Golden Plover, c400x Lapwing, 3x Redshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, 5x Snipe, 16x Curlew, 2x Pintail, 2x Egyptian Geese, 7x Shelduck, 5x Pochard, 12x Gadwall, 55x Teal, 12x Wigeon, 26x Shoveler, Little Egret, c10,000x Starlings (JWo)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday 15th January 2017

Whitmore
10x Pink-footed Geese with the 3x Tundra Bean Geese at Bent Lane flood (@keelebirder)

Lichfield
25x Waxwing, opposite Debenhams car park (@JimPanda)

Chasewater Res 
Immature Velvet Scoter still 15:20 also juvenile Glaucous Gull at 16.25 (@TheSnapper1978) also  adult Mediterranean Gull and 4x Yellow-legged Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Aqualate Mere
2x Scaup still plus 5x Pintail (@Ian_m_grant)

Branston Gravel Pits
Pair Pintail, 16x Shoveler, 12x Gadwall, 6x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 3x Green Sandpiper, 3x Snipe, Curlew, 3x Shelduck, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2x Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl and a Muntjac Deer (DSc)

Radford Meadows
309x Wigeon 89x Teal  Little Egret (@RegDavies5)

Hanchurch Woods
c10 Brambling still at  feeding station top car park in mixed flock (@nutcracker1965)

Whitemoor Haye
95x Mute Swan, 3x Little Egret, c200 Lapwing, 3x Lesser Redpoll (@TheSnapper1978)

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Saturday 14th January 2017

Chasewater
Adult Glaucous Gull, Velvet Scoter still (@TheSnapper198)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still (@Keelebirder)

Belvide Resv (@TheSnapper1978)
Redhead Smew still

Aqualate
Adult and 1w drake Scaup (@Ian_m_grant)

Newcastle
20x Waxwing still Queens Gardens/Barracks Road (@mjwstaffs)

Gailey Resv
1w drake Scaup still on sailing lake (@TheSnapper1978)

Branston Gravel Pits
Little Egret, Shelduck, 20x Wigeon, 20x Gadwall, 28x Shoveler, 14x Curlew, 7x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 4x Green Sandpiper, 4x Snipe, Jack Snipe, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, c40 Fieldfare, c70 Redwing, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll. adult Yellow-legged Gull, c30 Herring Gull & c100 LBBG (DSc)

Brookleys Lake
56x Mandarin Duck, femail Pintail (@rpintean)

Cannock Chase
22x Waxwing at Freda's Grave, 2x Stonechat (Sherbrook Valley),  2x Tawny Owl (JWo)

Rudyard
2x Little Egret, 20x Brambling, 15x Siskin (DGo)

Knypersley Resv
1x Little Egret, 14x Pink-footed Geese over (GBr) 

Weaver Hills
Skylark 6x Meadow Pipit 25x Fieldfare 2x Raven 3x Buzzard (TEy)

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday 13th January 2017

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still along Windsor Holloway at Whittington Bridge by sewage works this afternoon (@scaupface)

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
Adult Caspian Gull, 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine, 10x Chiffchaff on Duckley Reach (GJM, MPR)

Branston Gravel Pits
Adult Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4x Common Gull, c50 GBBG, c30 Herring Gull, c150 LBBG, c500 BHG, also Green Sandpiper, 15x Curlew & Tawny Owl (DSc)

Gailey Res
Scaup still, also Tawny Owl, 2x Little Grebe, 15x Pochard (@chrisvaghela)

Chasewater Res
Velvet Scoter still present

Newcastle
15x Waxwing still at Queens Gardens / Barracks Road this afternoon (@brianbeecee)

Whitemoor Haye
280x Lapwing, 4x Golden Plover, 4x Stock Dove, 16x Tufted Duck, 3x Goldeneye, 168x Wigeon (@BirderAlrewas)

Radford Meadows
117x Greylag Geese, 3x Shoveler, 379x Wigeon (@RegDavies5)

I54
5x Snipe, 12x Teal, 2x Grey Wagtail (JDu)

Westport Lake
Female Peregrine (DKe)

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thursday 12th January 2017

Whitmore
3x Tundra Bean Geese still along Bent Lane this morning (@WestMidsBirding)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still present at Windsor Holloway this morning (JFo)

Penkridge
c40-50 Waxwing heading  towards Wolgarston High School this morning (@136jamie)

Newcastle
15x Waxwing still at Queens Gardens / Barracks Road this morning (@brianbeecee)

Hanchurch Woods
c20 Crossbill, 60 Siskin (BB,JB) - 12x Brambling opposite feeders at 11:30 (NGr)

Branston Water Park
4x Teal, 3x Little Grebe, 8x Wigeon, Shelduck (DSc)

Marley Pit
25x Goosander (DSc)

Branston Gravel Pits
25x GBBG & adult Yellow-legged Gull, 40x LBBG, 5x Ruff, 2x Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 13x Curlew, c100 Lapwing, pair Pintail, 20x Gadwall, 2x Shelduck, 40x Teal, Little Egret, Water Rail (DSc)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wednesday 11th January 2017

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Adult Caspian Gull still this morning (@BelvideBirding)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit near Octagonal hide, drake Scaup still Boundary Flash (@DoxeyBirder)

Newcastle
5x Waxwing still Barracks Rd/Queens Gardens (BCa)

Cannock Chase
30x Waxwing at Tackeroo (MPi. JWo.) and later between 40 and 50 (CBl)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
4x adult Caspian Gull, also adult and 2w YL Gull (GJM)

Weston
c500 Golden Plover and c400 Lapwing viewable from the A51 layby (HWi)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still Fly Bay

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still also PF Goose, Pintail (@grantprice20 & DVi.)

Newcastle
10x Waxwing still Barracks Road opposite bus station

Hanchurch Woods
20x Brambling still at the feeding station (@grantprice20. & CBa.)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Adult Caspian Gull, Bittern roosted at 15:50,  Smew and Common Sandpiper still (@BelvideBirding)

Castle Ring
30x Crossbill at Castle Ring end of track running towards Upper Longdon (GBu)

Branston Gravel pits
3x Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 6x Ruff, 16x Curlew, Snipe, 74x Golden Plover, 409x Lapwing, 4x Pochard, 18x Gadwall, 2x Shelduck, 10x Shoveler, c30x GBBG, Tawny Owl, c30,000x Starling (JWo)

Monday, 9 January 2017

Monday 9th January 2017

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still this morning.

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still (@Take-Ded_Aim)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still around Windsor Holloway this afternoon (KBa)

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint still present (@nappytick)

Doxey Marsh
Drake Scaup still on Boundary Flash (@DoxeyBirder)

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sunday 8th January 2017

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese & Pink-footed Goose with Greylag flock moving between the flood and field opposite (@MartynYapp)

Tundra Bean Geese - Dave Kelsall

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still 12:00-12:30 at least showing well by bridge over River Stour (@TheSnapper1978)

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint still, 13:18, Greenshank, 10x Ruff, Dunlin, Redshank, 3x Pintail, 3x Shelduck, Little Egret (@rpintean) also 18x Shoveler, 16x Gadwall, Peregrine, c400 Lapwing, 26x Golden Plover, Sparrowhawk, 16x Snipe, Kingfisher, Siskin, 12x Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting (DSc)

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Common Sandpiper, Smew & 15x Siskin (@NigelCarp2008)

Hanley
30x Waxwing in Charles Street & 11x Waxwing in Bucknall New Road (RT)

Newcastle
11x Waxwing at Queens Gardens (@keelebirder, @PhilLocker)

Kidsgrove
14x Waxwing in a tree opposite Aldi in Kidsgrove 9.25 road called Long Row til 09.40 then flew towards town centre (DVi) also 30x Waxwing at bottom of Gloucester Road, next to Liverpool Road, just after railway bridge (ALo)

Cannock Chase
c15 Waxwing around Tackeroo this morning (@shakerstu) also 30x Crossbill at Castle Ring today (@nappytick) also 62x Waxwing bottom end of Pepper Slade (JWo)

Chasewater Res
Velvet Scoter still present this morning (@nutcracker1965)

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 347x Wigeon, 115x Teal, 2x Shoveler & 150x Lapwing (@RobSwift5)

Uttoxeter Quarry
12x Golden Plover, 11x Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 4x Shoveler (@rpintean)

I54
2x Stonechat, 2x Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker (Foz, JDu)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret still on Jubilee, also c50 Golden Plover, 2x Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler (MSc)

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Saturday 7th January 2017

Gailey Resv
1w drake Scaup on sailing lake (@TheSnapper1978)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese still, 2x Pintail, Pink-footed Goose (@philjo61)

Branston GPs
Temminck's Stint still on Southern Pit (CJW NJS) also 3x Shelduck, Greenshank, 2x Green Sandpiper, 2x Redshank, 6x Ruff, Dunlin, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, c20,000 Starling, 12x Golden Plover with 100x Lapwing, 10x Snipe, 20x Gadwall, 40x Teal, 18x Shoveler, Tawny Owl, 2x Stonechat, c80 Redwing & 2x Lesser Redpoll (DSc)

Kidsgrove
30x Waxwing in front of Aldi's car park (ALo)

Kinver
30x Waxwing in gardens at Hillboro Rise (@SBridgeRantBoy)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret

Cannock Chase
10x Waxwing Tackeroo car park.

i54
Jack Snipe, 3x Stonechat, Brambling, Redpoll (MFo)

Hanley
28x Waxwing at junction of Potteries Way and Bucknal New Road (@rpintean)

Chasewater Res
Velvet Scoter til dusk. 2x adult Yellow-legged Gull found (@CWG_sightings)

River Sow Meadows 
Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, 147x Wigeon, 450x Lapwing, 34x Siskin & 250x Fieldfare (@RobSwift5)

Friday, 6 January 2017

Friday 6th January 2017

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x Tundra Bean Geese, 2x Pintail & Pink-footed Goose (NDP)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still (@Dumblederry) also 12x Waxwing flew through to North at 16:15, 1st winter Caspian Gull, 2x adult Yellow-legged Gull in roost (@CWG_sightings)

Cannock Chase
23x Waxwing at Tackeroo (GJM) also Brambling & Yellowhammer (@ArthurBladon)

Goldenhill
16x Waxwing at Colclough Lane (@birdmidlands)

Newcastle
6x Waxwing still Queens Gardens/Barracks Road

Biddulph
7x Waxwing still present (SSe)

Hixon Airfield
450x Golden Plover & Stonechat (RCB)

Hanchurch Woods
6x Brambling by the feeder (DVi)


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Thursday 5th January 2017

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint still on south Pit this morning, also 2x Redshank, 6x Curlew, 3x Green Sandpiper, 2x Snipe, Little Egret, 11x Goosander, 18x Gadwall, Kingfisher, c30,000x Starling, 5x Meadow Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker (JWo) also 48x Wigeon, 50x Teal, Shelduck, Pochard, 16x Curlew roosted with 100x Lapwing, 6x Snipe (DSc)

Branston Water Park
3x Shelduck, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (JWo)

Tucklesholme
Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Little Egret, 2x Goosander, Kingfisher (JWo)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still by bridge at 13.20 (@atkinson_steve)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret still on Jubilee (@RSPBMiddleton)

Westport Lake
Long-tailed Duck & 2x Little Grebe (@stephengibson42)

Hanchurch Woods
6x Brambling still at the feeding station (@tighthead22)

Newcastle
11x Waxwing between the Ironmarket and Barracks Road at midday (LC)

Stafford
8x Waxwing opposite Weeping Cross health clinic on Bodmin Avenue early afternoon.

Doxey Marsh
Drake Scaup on Boundary Flash (AHa)

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
4x Goosander, 4x Goldeneye, Little Egret, Shelduck, 5x Snipe, Bullfinch, Peregrine, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (PDa)

Hixon Airfield
100x Golden Plover and a Stonechat early pm (RCB)

Cannock Chase
6x Waxwing around the Trackeroo car park this afternoon

Chasewater
3x YLG (2 adults, 3w) in roost.

Uttoxeter
10x Waxwing in Lidl car park at 15:00 (KJo)

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still along Windsor Holloway by River & sewage works (@pmandrews1973)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret on Jubilee (@atkinson_steve)

Newcastle
13x Waxwing along the Ironmarket opposite Leek United Building Society also in School St at 14:00 (BC LC)

Hanchurch Woods
9x Brambling at the feeding station (@JohnMathers1)


i54
1x Snipe, 1x Jack Snipe, 30x Linnet (JDu)

Marley Pit
20x Goosander, 1x Little Egret (JWo)

Branston WP
Shelduck, 10x Wigeon (JWo)

Barton Marina
42x Wigeon, 2x Goosander (JWo)

Hare Hills / Horsepasture Covert
c300x Redpoll, c45x Brambling, 25x Crossbill (GJM, GWR)

Chasewater
1x Velvet Scoter, adult Caspian Gull, 2x adult YLG (@CWG_sightings, GWR)

Highup Road, Leek
15x Brambling from pull in (TJa)

Radford Meadows
290x Wigeon, 77x Teal, 1x Little Egret (CDa)



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Biddulph
12x Waxwing near Biddulph Arms Pub still (@tonyjac_tony, ALo, GPr)

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint still on South Pit, 8x Ruff, 16x Curlew, 3x Redshank, 2x Green Sand, Jack Snipe, 5x Shelduck, Raven (JWo)

Newcastle
4x Waxwing briefly at Queen's Gardens at 12.10 (@SteveJTurner76)
4x Waxwing briefly outside Higherland surgery at approx 13.00 then headed towards Shrewsbury Road (@JohnMathers1)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still along Windsor Holloway this afternoon

Westport Lake
Long-tailed Duck, 2x Goldeneye, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull & Peregrine (DKe)

Monday, 2 January 2017

Monday 2nd January 2017

Branston Gravel Pits
Temminck's Stint on South Pit this afternoon, also Common Sandpiper, 5x Redshank, 8x Ruff, 2x Green Sandpiper and 16x Curlew, Snipe, c200 Lapwing, 3x Shelduck, 20x Gadwall, Peregrine, 2x Raven, 10x Lesser Redpoll, 16x Fieldfare, 3x Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff & Cetti's Warbler (DSc)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still also Common Scoter (MartynYapp)

Westport Lake
Long-tailed Duck still (@AlrewasBirder)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret on North Pit (@atkinson_steve)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still by sewage works along Windsor Holloway also 4x Chiffchaff (@StourBirder)

Gailey Res
Cetti's Warbler along A5 side of fishing lake (JJH) also 2x Goosander, 6x Great Black-backed Gull, Tawny Owl, c20 Siskin (@TheSnapper1978)

Biddulph
7x Waxwing 250m from the Biddulph Arms (SSe, DVi)

Waxwing - Steve Seal

Iverley - Sugar Loaf Farm
5x Corn Bunting, Lesser Redpoll (@StourBirder)

Doxey Marshes
8x Goosander, Kingfisher, 3x Stonechat, Common Gull, 2x Snipe, 3x Buzzard, Water Rail, Bullfinch (GHa)

Knypersley 
1x Woodcock, 50+ Redpoll, 7x Siskin, 1x Little Owl, 6x Goosander, 1x Brambling (GBr). 12x Brambling on main road between visitors centre and pool car park (SSe)

i54
3x Stonechat, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 50x Skylark (Foz JDu)

Croxall Lakes
10x Goosander, c20 Teal, Little Grebe Goldeneye, Pochard, Wigeon (KBi)

Blithfield Res (WMBC Members Only)
Brambling at the feeding station by Education Centre (DPa)

Silverdale CP
Water Rail on the Void this afternoon (@philjo61)

Ford Green NR
Water Rail this afternoon (DVi)

Rocester
4x Goosander & Kingfisher (TEy)


Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Years Day 1st January 2017

Community Noticeboard

Stafford Branch WMBC  starts the New Year with a presentation by the well known speaker and photographer, Jim Almond. Jim will be talking about birding in North Norfolk including sites not oftn visited. Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 745pm at Perkins Sports and Social Club ST16 3UB. Follow the arrows past reception to the wooden building on your left.

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Bittern still this morning (@BelvideBirding)

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still west of the A449 along Windsor Holloway (@LizClipson)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
10x Dunlin (@rpintean)

Croxall
7x Goldeneye, 12x Pochard, Shelduck, 28x Tufted Duck, 9x Snipe (@MartynYapp)

Knypersley Resv
8x Brambling, 3x Goosander (@Cheshirebirds)

Whitemoor Haye
533x Wigeon, 22x Pochard, 2x Goldeneye, c500 Lapwing, Redshank (@BirderAlrewas)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still (@TheSnapper1978) - Ad Caspian Gull, Ad Med Gull, 2x YL Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Kidsgrove
c28 Waxwing between Second Avenue and Woodshutts Street (ALo)

Gailey Resv
Shoveler, 6x Pochard, Teal, Tawny Owl (@TheSnapper1978)

Uttoxeter Quarry
24x Goosander, 6x Pochard, 2x Gadwall, 2x Snipe (@rpintean)

Biddulph

6x Waxwing still 250m north of Biddulph Arms. (SSe)

Westport Lake
Long-tailed Duck still (BC LC)

Dimmingsdale
19x Woodcock at dusk also 16x Mandarin, 3x Tawny Owl (TEy)

Hanchurch Woods
4x Brambling around car park opposite woodcutters cottage (TRo)

Whitmore Bent Lane
3x YL Gull, Tree Sparrow, Wigeon, 250x Grey Lag Geese (DAd

Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Years Eve 31st December 2016

Community Noticeboard

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support over 2016, this is your blog and it wouldn't exist without all your contributions via text, email & Twitter.
Also congratulations to Dave Emley who has received a British Empire Metal (BEM) in the Queens New Year Honours list for his services to Higher Education & Natural History, a well deserved honour i'm sure you'll agree.


Great Skua by Brian Carthy - Voted Staffs bird of 2016 by our Twitter followers

Happy New Year everyone & a bird filled 2017

Biddulph
One Waxwing on Rowan Trees just down from the Biddulph Arms along main road (ALo)

Chasewater Res
Adult Glaucous Gull in roost plus adult Caspian Gull & Velvet Scoter (@julianallen2009)

Radford Meadows
53x Teal 2x Shoveler 233x Wigeon 2x Snipe 14x Lapwing (@RegDavies5)

i54
Stonechat, Water Rail, 2x Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, (Foz)

Gailey Res
Drake Shoveler, drake Pochard, Common Gull, Tawny Owl (@TheSnapper1978)

Dimmingsdale
Brambling, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin & Green Woodpecker (TEy)

Tucklesholme
Grey wagtail,  Stonechat, 35x Teal, 4x Wigeon, 9x Gadwall, 118x Lapwing, Dunlin  5x Goosander 15x Golden Plover (JPa MPa)

Friday, 30 December 2016

Friday 30th December 2016

Biddulph
3x Waxwing still 300m north of Biddulph Arms

Talke Pits
c30 Waxwing at Pit Lane by PW Metal Finishers (@Timjpreston)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Caspian Gull Tad Bay, Jack Snipe, 4x Dunlin, Stonechat (@scaupface)

Whitemoor Haye
400x Wigeon. 600x Lapwing, 65x Linnet, 4x Gadwall, 4x Shoveler, Tree Sparrow (BirderAlrewas)

Consall-Cheddleton
2x Teal, 11x Mandarin Duck, Water Rail, 3x Snipe, Dipper, 11x Meadow Pipit, 30x Redwing, Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting. (DSc)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Thursday 29th December 2016

Talke Pits
c15 Waxwing at Pit Lane in tree by PW metal finishers at 14:00 (@BeeBryony) 33x Waxwing present later (CBr)

Waxwing - Les Harrison

Belvide Res (WMBC Members Only)
Juvenile Iceland Gull, Bittern & Smew (@BelvideBirding)

Westport Lake
Long-tailed Duck, 5x Little Grebe, 39x Pochard, Goosander & 2x Chiffchaff (NJS, @stevengibson42)

Gailey Res
Egyptian Goose with Canada Geese, 2x Teal & Tawny Owl (@TheSnapper1978)

Radford Meadows
c50 Snipe, 4x Goosander & 200x Wigeon (@RobSwift5)

Churnet Valley (Cheddleton to Consall)
2x Little Grebe, 20x Mandarin Duck, 3x Teal, 5x Snipe, Willow Tit, 2x Raven, Reed Bunting (DSc)

I54
3x Stonechat (JDu)

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Wednesday 28th December 2016

Biddulph
6x Waxwing at 15:00 on berry trees on the main road near the Biddulph Arms pub (SFe)

Enville
Goosander, 2x Marsh Tit, c150 Skylark, 200 Linnet, c40 Yellowhammer (@scaupface)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Bittern again roosted also Redhead Smew and Common Sandpiper still (@BelvideBirding)

Churnet Valley
12x Mandarin Duck, 5x Teal, Goosander, 2x Water Rail, 4x Snipe, Tawny Owl, 2x Raven, Lesser Redpoll (DSc)

i54
3x Stonechat, 14x Teal, Grey Wagtail, 50x Meadow Pipit (Fox JDu)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Tuesday 27th December 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope,  Smew still, juv Iceland Gull and Bittern (@BelvideBirding)

Nigel Talbot

Aqualate
1w fem Scaup (@Ian_m_grant)

i54
Jack Snipe, 4x Stonechat, 6x Snipe, 40x Linnet, 2x Grey Wagtail, 2x Water Rail, Green Woodpecker (JDu)

Radford Meadows
336x Wigeon, 75x Lapwing, Grey Wagtail (@RegDavies5)

Doxey Marsh
Scaup briefly (@nutcracker1965)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter still and 3x YL Gull (@julianallen2009)

Westport Lake
Long-tailed Duck still (BC LC)

Branston Gravel Pits
28x Shoveler, 22x Gadwall, 3x Water Rail, c200 Lapwing, 13x Curlew, Woodcock, 3x Snipe, Kingfisher, Tawny Owl, c20,000 Starlings roosted (DSc)

Monday, 26 December 2016

Boxing Day 26th Decembeer 2016

Whitmore Bent Lane
2x drake Pintail and 2x YL Gull (NDP)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Redhead Smew still (@NigelCarp2008) - Bittern still, 1w drake Scaup, 2x Pintail (@BelvideBirding)


Steve Nuttall

Whittington
Yellow-browed Warbler still (@Midlandsbirder)

Berryhill
Jack Snipe (@nutcracker1965)

Croxall
Jack Snipe, Redshank, 46x Pochard (@scaupface)

Whitemoor Haye
c150 Wigeon, c1000 Lapwing, c1500 Starling (@scaupface)

Hanchurch
3x Crossbill, 40x Siskin (@brianbeecee)

Hatherton Resv
3x Goosander (JH)

Doxey Marsh
15x Goosander, Stonechat, Water Rail, 3x Little Egret, 2x Gadwall 25x Fieldfare (BC LC)

Chasewater
Velvet Scoter, YL Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Branston GPs
28x Gadwall, 12x Shoveler, 10x Shelduck, 2x Water Rail, 2x YL Gull, 13x Curlew, Snipe, Woodcock, Cetti's Warbler (DSc)