Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday 25th January 2015

Chasewater
Adult Iceland Gull, 3rd winter Caspian Gull, 3x YL Gull (@CWG_sightings)


Adult Iceland Gull at Chasewater tonight (SBN)

3w Caspian Gull at Chasewater in the roost (SBN)

Blithfield Res
3x White-fronted Geese in Tad Bay this afternoon (VEm)

Aqualate
1st winter drake Scaup still also Cetti's Warbler (IG)

Cannock
3rd winter Caspian Gull at the APC depot briefly this afternoon (SR)

Belvide Res
2nd winter Caspian Gull, Barnacle Goose, 71x Goldeneye, 53x Pochard, 2x Little Grebe, Raven & Peregrine (BB)

Whitemoor Hayes
281x Mute Swan, 1400x Lapwing, 121x Wigeon, 14x Teal, 60x Tree Sparrow, 10x Yellowhammer, 90x Linnet, 2x Goldeneye, Grey Partridge, 2x Raven & 120x Golden Plover (SCo)

Alrewas GP's
49x Tufted Duck, 13x Shoveler, 355x Wigeon, Kingfisher & 2x Gadwall (SCo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
c3 Tree Sparrow by farm, also c5 Stonechat & Oystercatcher (TVB)

Essington Quarry
10x Little Grebe, 2x Gadwall, 16x Greylag Geese (RKS)

JCB Lake, Rocester
8x Goosander (TEy)

Endon SW
1x Chiffchaff, 1x Raven, 114x Pied Wagtail (GBr)

Shoal Hill Common
2x Goosander over, 3x Green Woodpecker, fem Stonechat, 1x Raven (SR)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Saturday 24th January 2015

Chasewater Res
Adult Iceland Gull & 2x adult Mediterranean Gulls this evening, also possible juvenile Thayer's Gull (CWG_sightings)

Aqualate
Bittern flew in front of the hide early morning also 1st winter drake Scaup, 12x Pintail (IG)

Westport Lake
Imm drake Smew still

Belvide Res
Little Egret, 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull & Barnacle Goose (BB)

Radford Meadows
Shelduck, Little Egret, 300x Lapwing, 120 Teal & 6x Shoveler (SPe)

Hem Heath Woods
Green Woodpecker, 5x Goldcrest & 3x Nuthatch (ARa)

Knypersley Resv
2x Water Rail, 5x Goosander, 1x Tawny Owl (GBr)

Friday, 23 January 2015

Friday 23rd January 2015

Chasewater
Great Northern Diver off the sailing club. Also in the roost - Adult Iceland Gull, 2w Caspian Gull, 3x adult Yellow-legged Gulls, adult Mediterranean Gull, white-winged Herring Gull, leucistic Black-headed Gull and Great Northern Diver still (@CWG_sightings)

Blithfield Resv
3x White-fronted Geese in St Stephen's Bay (TJa)

Westport Lake
imm drk Smew still present (SBN)

Branston Gravel Pits
9x Ruff, 18x Curlew, Redshank, c400 Lapwing, 79x Tufted Duck, c80 Wigeon, 35x Pochard, 12x Gadwall, Common Gull & Peregrine (JWo)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Chasewater
Adult Iceland Gull late afternoon (JJH CM). Also Great Northern Diver reported by the dam this morning

Belvide Res
1st winter Mediterranean Gull roosted again, also a adult Yellow-legged Gull, Barnacle Goose remains and a single Little Egret (BB)

Westport Lake
Immature male Smew still present this morning (IWo BC LC)

Ford Green/Chatterley Valley
Green Sandpiper at north end of valley, also 6x Lesser Redpoll, Green Woodpecker, 4x Teal & Little Grebe (JJo)

Dimmingsdale
8x Woodcock over between 17.05 & 17.25 (TEy)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Chasewater
Adult Iceland Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 2x adult YL Gull, 2x adult Med Gull (CWG_Sightings)

Blithfield Res
3x White-fronted Geese still in Blithe Bay (GJM)

Westport Lake
Imm drake Smew still

Belvide Res
3x Little Egret, 53x Goldeneye, Goosander & 5x Lesser Redpoll (BB)

Trentham Gardens
2x Little Egret, 2x Goosander, 4x Mandarin, Barnacle Goose, 21x Cormorant, Common Gull, 3x Kingfisher, (RT)

Caverswall-Weston Coyney
Little Egret again on River Blithe late morning (SC)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Tuesday 20th January 2015

Westport Lake
Imm drk Smew again present (SBN)

Aqualate
1st winter drake Scaup again present (RCB)

Belvide Resv
1w Mediterranean Gull roosted, plus adult Yellow-legged Gull, 3x Little Egret, 1x Barnacle Goose (Belvide Blog)

Branston GP
9x Ruff, 3x Snipe, 2x Redshank, 18x Curlew, c350x Lapwing, 2x Water Rail, 4x Little Egret, 4x GBBG, 79x Wigeon, 34x Pochard, 15x Gadwall, 4x Shelduck, Raven (JWo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
30x Little Egrets in roost, Woodcock in woodland, Oystercatcher, c25 GoldeneyeGoosanderGreen Sandpiper (TVB)

North Staffs Moors
150x Pink-footed Geese over The Roaches, 120x Pink-footed Geese over Goldsitch Moss (SPe)

Pink-footed Geese over the Moors by Scott Petrek


Monday, 19 January 2015

Monday 19th January 2015

Chasewater
3w Glaucous Gull roosted plus 3x Caspian Gulls (1w 2w adult), 4x Yellow-legged Gulls (2x adult 2w 3w), hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Blithfield Resv
Marsh Tit, 71x Goosander roosted in Tad Bay, 288x Great C Grebes (site record), c47x Golden Plover (RB)  

Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent
Imm drk Smew still present 16:00hrs

Aqualate Mere
1w drk Scaup still plus Bittern


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday 18th January 2015

Chasewater
4x Caspian Gull (2 adults, aub adult, 2w), 5x Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adults, 3w, 2x 2w), 3w Glaucous x Herring hybrid (@CWG_sightings)

Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent
Imm drk Swew present to 10:00hrs at least (SBN)

Aqualate
1w drake Scaup, 2x Pintail, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit and an Otter (JJH SJH BM)

Uttoxeter Quarry
male Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, 17x Snipe, 2x Goosander, 8x Pochard (@rpintean)

Blithfield Resv
3x White-fronted Geese still at top end of Blithe Bay beyond Willows (JJH SJH BM)

Doxey Marsh
2x Stonechat, Kingfisher, 2 x Little Egret, 2x Shelduck, 2x Shoveler, 20x Teal, 6x Goosander ( AB & TT )

Rocester JCB
12x Goosander (TEy)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Saturday 17 January 2015

Chasewater
Adult Caspian Gull, Adult and 3rd winter YL Gull, adult Med Gull (CWG_Sightings)

Hanley Forest Park
Imm drake Smew still (LC)

Blithfield Res
3x White-fronted Geese still east side of Blithe Bay (RP)

Aqualate
1st winter drake Scaup still (JJH)

Croxden Quarry
Black-tailed Godwit (RP)

River Sow Meadows Stafford
2x Raven, 2x Goosander, 9x Snipe + at the water Works -  Chiffchaff, 3x Grey Wagtail & 150x Pied Wagtail. (RS)

Stoke on Trent
Single Tree Sparrow on feeders at Campbell Road allotments (AS)

Aston - Burston
Jack Snipe, 25x Snipe, 79x Lapwing, 35x Teal, 16x Linnet, Kingfisher (DC)

Friday, 16 January 2015

Friday 16th January 2015

Chasewater
Adult Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2x adult Med Gulls and white-winged Herring Gull in the roost (@CWG_sightings)

Stoke-on-Trent
imm drk Smew at Hanley Forest Park again 16:10hrs (LOL)

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Thursday 15th January 2015

Hanley Forest Park, Stoke-on-Trent
Imm drk Smew present at 07:50hrs - still at 15:15 (SG DK)

Cannock
2nd winter Glaucous Gull in field opposite APC depot and Kingswood pool briefly this afternoon

Chasewater
2nd winter Glaucous Gull again in the roost, also adult and 2nd winter Caspian Gull, adult Med Gull, 1w and 2w YL Gull (CWG_Sightings)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Wednesday 14th January 2015

Chasewater
2w Glaucous Gull again, adult Caspian Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2w Yellow-legged Gull, white-winged Herring Gull but conditions/viewing poor in variable wind (@CWG_sightings)

Blithfield Res
3x White-fronted Geese again in fields west of Blithe Bay with c400 Canada Geese (RCB)

Belvide Resv
1w Mediterranean Gull in roost and 2x adult Yellow-legged Gulls

Tittesworth
Bittern flew from conservation area to main resv opposite 1st car park at 11:08 (WLH PL)

Caverswall
Little Egret on flood water behind cricket club at dusk (SC)

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Tuesday 13th January 2015

Chasewater
2nd winter Glaucous Gull, adult Caspian Gull (CWG_ Sightings)

Silverdale CP
4x Goosander, Raven, 30x Redwing (BC LC)

Hanley Forest Park
Imm drake Smew still

Hulme
Short-eared Owl off Malthouse Lane SJ941458, also 43x Golden Plover, c270 Lapwing, Stonechat (RT)

Branston Gravel Pits
9x Ruff, 18x Curlew, Redshank, c500x Lapwing, 2x Snipe, 9x Shelduck, 10x Shoveler, 11x Gadwall, 33x Pochard, 58x  Wigeon, 21x Tufted Duck, c200x Teal, 10x Little Grebe (JWo)

Weston Coyney
Little Egret and Kingfisher on River Blithe between Weston Coyney and Caverswall this pm (SCo)

Blithfield Res
14x Egyptian Geese flew out of Blithe Bay this morning (RCB)

Monday, 12 January 2015

Monday 12th January 2015

Hanley Forest Park
Imm drake Smew still early afternoon and returned to the site on 9th January (per GBr)

Chasewater Res
2nd winter Glaucous Gull on jetty, 3rd winter Iceland Gull, 3rd winter & adult Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull

Dimmingsdale
16x Woodcock over 16:50 to 17:10 (TEy)

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sunday 11th January 2015

Chasewater
2w Glaucous Gull, 6x Caspian Gulls (1w, 2x 2w, 3w, 2x adult), adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2x adult Mediterranean Gulls and white-winged Herring Gull (@CWG_sightings)

 Glaucous Gull at Chasewater by Phil Jones

Aqualate
1st winter drake Scaup still (IG)

Belvide Resv
3x Little Egret, 4x Yellow-legged Gulls, 128x Wigeon, 17x Shoveler (@Kevin_Clements)

Brookleys Lake
98x Mandarin, drk Pintail, 2x Siskin (@rpintean)

Hanley Forest Park
Imm Smew again present (GBr)

Stockton Brook Pumping Station
Chiffchaff and Willow Tit (GBr)

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Saturday 10th January 2015

Chasewater
2w Glaucous Gull, 3x Caspian Gulls (1w 3w Ad), 2x adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2x Yellow-legged Gulls, white winged Herring Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Blithfield Resv
Tad Bay - adult Caspian Gull, 5x adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 40x Goosander roosted. Oystercatcher and Peregrine at causeway (@rpintean)

Belvide Resv
1w Mediterranean Gull and 3x Yellow-legged Gulls in roost, 3x Little Egret, 25x Golden Plover, 48x Pochard (@Kevin_Clements)

Aqualate
1st winter drake Scaup still, 3x Pintail, Goosander (IG)

Branston GP
1x Ringed Plover, 1x Green Sandpiper, 1x Ruff, 4x Snipe (SBN)

Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday 9th January 2015

Chasewater
2nd winter Glaucous Gull, 3rd winter Iceland Gull, 2x Caspian Gull (adult & 2nd winter) adult Med Gull, 2x adult YL Gull (CWG-Sightings)

Branston GPs
2x Ruff, 18x Curlew, 536x Lapwing, 6x Shelduck, 24x Gadwall, 59x Wigeon, 4x Shoveler, 24x Pochard, 29x Tufted Duck, 148x Teal, Water Rail in the ditch, 5x Little Grebe. (JW)
 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Thursday 8th January 2015

Chasewater
Adult Iceland Gull, imm Glaucous Gull (probably 2nd winter) 3x Caspian Gull (1w, 2w adult) 2x adult Med Gull, 4x YL Gull (CWG-Sightings)

Belvide Res
2nd winter Caspian Gull  in the roost

Swallows Mire Milford
4x Goosander, 31x Wigeon, 17x Teal, 9x Tufted Duck, 2x Raven (JH)

Doxey Marsh
Barn Owl over Creswell Flash at 16:50 also Little Egret, Shelduck, 2x Water Rail, 3x Snipe (DS)

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Yarnfield - Stone
Barn Owl flew across Yarnfield Lane on Stone side of the M6 bridge at 06:50 (PF)

Belvide Res
5x YL Gull,  3x Little Egret, 20x Shoveler (BB)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Tuesday 6th January 2015

Chasewater
Glaucous Gull (probable 2nd winter), 3x Caspian Gull (adult, 1st and 2nd winter) 2x YL Gull (CWG-sightings)

Belvide Resv
3x Little Egret, Golden Plover, 158x Lapwing, 3x Goosander, 4x Yellow-legged Gulls roost (@Kevin_Clements)

Branston Gravel Pits
Woodcock (Small Meadows at dusk), Merlin, 18x Curlew, Redshank, 9x Snipe, c450x Lapwing, 2x Little Egret, 26x Pochard, 64x Wigeon, c170x Teal, 20x Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, 5x Shelduck, 11x Gadwall, 10x Shoveler, 11x Little Grebe, 2x Goldcrest, 28x GBB Gull. (JW)

Radford Meadows
Little Egret on scrape nearthe BMW garage (CD)

Monday, 5 January 2015

Monday 5th January 2015

Chasewater Res
4x Caspian Gulls (1st winter, 2x 2nd winter & adult), no sign of Glaucous Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide Res
1st winter Mediterranean Gull in roost this evening

Branston WP
c40 Shoveler, 10x Pochard (JW)

Notice

The next indoor meeting of the Stafford branch of the WMBC is on Tuesday 6th January. Details are below and apparently the speaker, Jim Almond is thoroughly recommended. 


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sunday 4th January 2015

Chasewater
In the roost in foggy conditions - Imm Glaucous Gull (juv or 2w), 2x Caspian Gulls (1w 2w), hybrid Ring-billed x L B B Gull and white-winged Herring Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide
2x Little Egret, 3+ Water Rail, Peregrine, 173x Wigeon, 259x Teal, 30x Gadwall, 12x Shoveler, 31x Pochard (@Kevin_Clements)

Blithfield Resv
3x White-fronted Geese in Tad Bay plus 15x Redpoll (MPR)

Whitemoor Haye
58x Wigeon, 600x Lapwing, 100x Golden Plover, 40x Tree Sparrow, 50x Yellowhammer, 229x Mute Swans, 14x Teal (@BirderAlrewas)

Aqualate
1st winter drake Scaup (photo below by IG) still also Cetti's Warbler (IG)
 

River Sow Meadows
115x Wigeon , 2x Shoveler, 4x, Little Grebe, 17x Mistle Thrush, 125x Fieldfare, 60x Redwing, 227x Lapwing, 21x Snipe, 16x Lesser Redpoll (RS)

Radford Meadows
Little Egret by the river bank (CD)

Cotton Dell NR
Dipper (KK)

Knypersley Resv
3x Water Rail, 1x Woodcock, 7x Goosander (GBr)

Silverdale CP
2x Stonechat, 4x Goosander (PC)

Croxall
2x Little Grebe, Goosander, Wigeon ,Teal (KB)

Notice

The next indoor meeting of the Stafford branch of the WMBC is on Tuesday 6th January. Details are below and apparently the speaker, Jim Almond is thoroughly recommended. 


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Saturday 3rd January 2015

Chasewater
1w Caspian Gull in the roost and 2x adult Yellow-legged Gulls (@CWG_sightings)

Blithfield Resv
Ad Caspian Gull in the roost, 3x adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 67x Goldeneye (MPR)

Belvide Resv
Possible adult Caspian Gull , 3x adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 2+ Little Egrets, 140x Wigeon, 12x Shoveler (@Kevin_Clements)

Aqualate
1st winter drake Scaup still (IG)

Rickerscote Marsh
382x Teal, 6x Wigeon, 8x Shoveler, 2x Gadwall (SPe)

Radford Meadows
2x Little Egret (SPe)

Wetley Moor
Barn Owl at 16:30 (DS)

Friday, 2 January 2015

Friday 2nd January 2015

Chasewater
3x Caspian Gull (Adult, 1w, 2w) in roost, adult Yellow-legged Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Cotton Dell NR
Red Kite over SE at 09:15 (KK)

Whitemoor Haye
106x Wigeon, 3x Goldeneye, Little Egret, 200x Golden Plover, 40x Yellowhammer, 10x Tree Sparrow, 205x Mute Swan (SC)

Alrewas Gps
174x Wigeon, 32x Teal, 4x Goldeneye, 5x Chiffchaff (SC)

Croxall
Kingfisher - river, Goosander - river (SC)

National arboretum
Drake goldeneye - river, Little Grebe - river (SC)

Belvide Res
3rd winter Caspian Gull again in the roost, also Yellow-legged Gull, Med Gull, 4x Little Egret, 133x Wigeon, 11x Shoveler (@Kevin_Clements)

Chatterley Valley
2x Barn Owl at 16:20 (JJ)

Silverdale CP
8x GBBG, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 15x Goosander on the Void (PJ)

Blithfield Res
3x White-fronted Geese in Blithe Bay till 15:00 then flew south (SE HF)

Copmere
Adult YL Gull in the roost (AH)

Aqualate
Otter in front of the hide at 13:10 (AF)

Doxey Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, 8x Goosander, 4x Shoveler, 20x Teal (M)

Westport Lake
No sign of SMEW today (nor at Hanley Forest park or Holden Lane pool) but 2w Yellow-legged Gull briefly (DK)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Thursday 1st January 2015

Blithfield Res
3x White-fronted Geese and 3x Ruff at the deep end (MPR GJM)

Whitemoor Haye
Redhead Smew on the lake this morning, 70x Golden Plover, 500x Lapwing, 141x Wigeon, 5x Goldeneye, 30x Yellowhammer, 10x Tree Sparrow, 223x Mute Swan (SC)

Westport Lake
1st winter drake Smew still at 10:10

Aqualate
Bittern flew past the hide also Pintail, Water Rail (IG)

Chasewater
Probable adult Caspian Gull on the Jetty also 5x YL Gull

Belvide Res
3rd winter Caspian Gull, 2x YL Gull, 3x Little Egret, 3x Water Rail, 2-3 Kingfisher (JJH SJH BM)

Cheddleton to Consall
Red Kite east at 13.35, also Little Grebe, pair Mandarin Duck, 50x Lapwing, 5x Goldcrest, 2x Willow Tit, 3x Treecreeper, Raven, 12x Siskin & 3x Lesser Redpoll (DSc)

Doxey Marsh
2x Little Egret, 4x Water Rail, Stonechat, 11x Goosander, 214x Teal, Kingfisher (SPe)

Alrewas GPs
3x Goldeneye, 3x Chiffchaff, 2x Goldcrest (AT)