Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Branston GP
3x Ruff, 8x Curlew, 5x Green Sandpiper, 301x Lapwing, 4x Redshank, 8x Pochard, 11x Common Tern, 20x Shelduck, 12x Teal, Water Rail.
Insects - c10x Purple Hairstreak, Spotted Longhorn Beetle, 2x Brown Argus, 2x Common Blue, Latticed Heath, Yellow-tail Moth, Emperor Dragonfly and numerous Brown Hawkers egg laying (JW)
Common Grasshopper and (bottom) Lattice Heath

Top - Brown Argus and Purple Hairstreak

Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday 21st July 2014

Radial Park/Sideway
Peregrine with a juv Black-headed Gull kill, also 3x Reed Warbler, 2x Sedge Warbler, 3x Stock Dove & Green Woodpecker (DCo)

Sanderling on the pit below the viewpoint

Branston GPs
2x Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Reed Warbler (AJ)

Trent Washlands
2x Little Egret (AJ)

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday 20th July 2014

Knypersley Resv
2x drk Common Scoter (GBr)

Blithfield Resv
Drk Common Scoter at Deep End (SBN)

Branston GP
2x Curlew, 1x Whimbrel, 3x Ruff and 2x juv Redstarts on path towards the water park (DOu)

Drayton Bassett Pits
Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 2x Grasshopper Warblers (news kindly forwarded by JHa)

Hobby over at 08:45 (IH)

Old River Dove
7x Yellow Wagtail, 6x Yellowhammer, 3x Grey Wagtail, 3x Raven (AJa)

Whitemoor Haye
35x Tree Sparrow,3x Oystercatcher, 3x Common Tern, 2x Yellowhammer (SCo)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturday 19 July 2014

Bevide Res - visitors please note that there is heavy flooding in Horsebrook Lane.

Blithfield Res
2x Turnstone briefly, Black Tern north of the causeway, 4x Whimbrel through and 23x Dunlin (GJM MPR)
Black Tern still late afternoon at the deep end also additionally 4x Redshank, Greenshank, 3x Ringed Plover, 3x LRP, 6x YL Gull, 3x GBB Gull (RPo)
LBB Gull (2S) bearing green ring with white lettering (K.ARW) was found to have been ringed in the Netherlands (RSw)

Family group by Rob Swift

Belvide Res
Little Egret, 2x Goosander, 6x Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Kingfisher (JJH)

Drayton Bassett-Middleton Lakes RSPB
Great White Egret still also Whimbrel, 7x LRP, 2x Ringed Plover, 3x Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 3x Snipe, 2x Redshank, Oystercatcher, 5x Little Egret, Grasshopper Warbler

3x Spotted Flycatcher, 7x Common Tern and 2x Common Sandpiper (SR)

Juvenile Hobby late afternoon (IH)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Black Tern on main pit

Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday 18 July 2014

Drayton Bassett-Middleton Lakes RSPB
Great White Egret still on Jubilee Wetlands at 10:30 (SW) Still at 20:45 also Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, 8x Dunlin, 11x LRP, Ringed Plover, 2x Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret. (TVB as per JH)

Blithfield Res
Black Tern north of the causeway also 2x Ruff, Greenshank, Redshank, 10x Dunlin (RCB)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Ruff, 9x Curlew, 6x Green Sandpiper, 2x Ringed Plover, 2x LRP, 12x Pochard, c12x Common Tern, 8x Shelduck, 13x Teal, Lesser Whitethroat, Insects: 7x Long-winged Conehead (3 nymphs), c30+ Roesel’s Bush Cricket, c16x Essex Skipper, 3x Southern Hawker, Small Copper, numerous Green Leaf-hopper and Peacock Butterfly. (JW)

                          Top - Small Copper and Essex Skipper. Bottom - Roesel's Bush Cricket

Great White Egret this afternoon

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thursday 17th July 2014

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Great White Egret flew from the Jubilee Wetlands towards the new reed bed at 13.35, later flushed back to Jubilee Wetlands at 15.05, also on Jubilee 4x Little Egret, 2x Teal, 3x Little Ringed Plover, 3x Oystercatcher & Common Sandpiper on north pit (JHa)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wednesday 16th July 2014

Middleton Lakes RSPB
immature Marsh Harrier, over north pit at 10.00 (CCo)

Whitemoor Hayes
Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, 3x Yellowhammer & 8x Tree Sparrow (AM, GP)

Tittesworth Res
Little Egret, Scaup, 9x Goosander this morning (GAl)

Blithfield Reservoir
Greenshank, 11x Dunlin, 4x Common Sandpiper, 8x Oystercatcher (1x Juv), Yellow-legged Gull, 4x Little Egret, numerous Common Terns, Spotted flycatcher, Forest Bug. (JW)

Yellow-legged Gull by Jon Woodcock

Greenshank by Jon Woodcock

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Blithfield Res
4x Black-tailed Godwit, 6x Redshank, Greenshank, 21x LRP, Dunlin, 2x Common Sandpiper, 8x Oystercatcher, 4x Little Egret, 2x Spotted Flycatcher, Peregrine, 2x Kingfisher, Ruddy Shelduck (SE HF)

Spotted Flycatcher by Steve Edwards

Branston GPs
2x Ruff, 5x Curlew, 2x LRP, 6x Ringed Plover, Redshank, 8x Green Sandpiper, 2x Oystercatcher, 9x Common Tern (5x Juvs), 8x Shelduck (4x Juvs), 2x Pochard, 10x Tufted Ducklings, Insects: c8x Roesel’s Bush Cricket, 4x Essex Skipper, Emperor Dragonfly, 2x Common Darter, c14x Peacock, Yellow Ophion. (JWo)

Roesel's Bush Cricket by Jon Woodcock

Trent Washlands
Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Common Tern, Reed Warbler (AJ)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Monday 14 July 2014

Branston GPs
2x Ruff, 2x LRP, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x Curlew, YL Gull, 2x Common Tern (AJ)

2x Redstart, 2x Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Tit, Goosander, 4x LRP, 4x Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Pochard (ARa)

Whitemoor Haye
3x Oystercatcher, 3x Common Sandpiper, 4x Common Tern, Yellowhammer (SCo)

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday 13th July 2014

Westport Lake
3x Sandwich Terns flew over to the north 06:45hrs (NJS)

Belvide Resv
16x Common Scoter (15drks) at 08:45hrs
Common Scoter by Nigel Talbot

Blithfield Res
8x Little Egret, Dunlin, 2x Greenshank, 6x Common Sandpiper, 38x Little Ringed Plover, 2x Spotted Flycatcher, 3x Raven, 5x Oystercatcher, c40 Common Tern & Ruddy Shelduck (RSw)

Stoke on Trent
Red Kite flew low over Cobridge towards the Festival Park early afternoon (PJo)

Doxey Marshes
5x Little Egret, Kingfisher, Mandarin Duck, 2x Greenshank & Green Sandpiper (RSt)

Old River Dove
6x Yellow Wagtail, 4x Yellowhammer, 2x Grey Wagtail & 3x Kingfisher ( AJa, RMa)

Trent Washlands
3x Little Egret (AJa, RMa)

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Saturday 12 July 2014

Uttoxeter Quarry
Redstart, 2x Green Sandpiper, 8x Common Sandpiper, 2x LRP, 7x Oystercatcher, 32x Common Tern, 2x Goosander (RP)

Scaup, Little Egret, LRP, 4x Common Tern, 3x Common Sandpiper (SG)

Blithfield Res
Ruddy Shelduck, 37x LRP, 2x Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 8x Common Sandpiper, 5x Oystercatcher, 8x Little Egret, Kingfisher (SE HF)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Friday 11 July 2014

Blithfield Res
Whimbrel through Blithe Bay also Greenshank and juv Med Gull (GJM)

Redstart, Hobby and Peregrine (RT)

Aqualate Mere
Great White Egret from 11:00 til 12.30 before flying off SE (GBe)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Thursday 10th July 2014

Tittesworth Resv
Drake Lesser Scaup mid afternoon then flew off late afternoon to NW with two Tufted Ducks.
Also this evening - drake Scaup, Little Egret and 4x Common Tern (SGi)

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
Ruff on North Pit also 2x Greenshank and 2x Curlew on Jubilee Wetlands (GW as per JH)

Cannock Chase
Hobby, Sonechat, 2x Emperor Moth caterpillars, 7x Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet, 4-spotted Chaser, 8+ Black Darter, 2x Slow Worm, 3x Common Lizard (JW)

Emperor Moth caterpillars (JW)

Four-spotted Chaser (JW)

Black Darter (JW)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Uttoxeter Quarry
Drake Common Scoter at 12:30 and 17:20 (RPo)
Also Green Sandpiper, 4x Common Sandpiper, 7x LRP, 4x Oystercatcher, Redshank (SE, HF)

Common Scoter by Steve Edwards

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Ruddy Shelduck, Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Little Egret, 3x Common Sandpiper & 26x Little Ringed Plover (SE, HF)

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Ruff, 8x Green Sandpiper, 2x Redshank, 12x Ringed Plover, 3x Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, 8x Shelduck, 5x Pochard, 23x Teal
Insects: 2x Common Darter & numerous Gatekeeper & Small Skipper (JWo)

Ruff by Jon Woodcock

Tittesworth Res
Pochard, Little Egret, 2x Cormorant, 2x Oystercatcher & c3 Common Tern (ARa)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Blithfield Res
Blithe Bay 7x Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Common Sandpiper, 5x LRPs, Redshank, 3x Little Egret, 7x Goosander, YL Gull - Tad Bay 14x Black-tailed Godwit flew in at dusk (RSw)

Red Kite over Wolstanton south at 10:20 (KSt)

Monday, 7 July 2014

Monday 7th July 2014

Drayton Bassett - Middleton Lakes RSPB
North Pit 4x Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 6x Oystercatcher, 2x LRP (GW as per JH)

Westport Lake
1x Oystercatcher at 06:05hrs and Nuthatch again calling on car park.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday 6 July 2014

Hanchurch Woods
4x Spotted Flycatchers & 2x Crossbill.
Insects : Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 3x Purple Hairstreak, 26x Ringlets, 12x Small Skipper, 30x Bordered White & 4x Red Admirals (NDP, JBr)

Uttoxeter Quarry
Redstart, Black-tailed Godwit, 3x Green Sandpiper, 6x Common Sandpiper, 5x Little Ringed Plover & Willow Tit (RPo)

Blithfield Res (permit only)
Female Common Scoter this morning.
Black-tailed Godwit, 5x Little Egret, c12 Common Sandpiper, 7x Shelduck, c40 Common Tern & 2x Oystercatcher (JWo)

Doxey Marshes
4x Little Egret, Kingfisher & 7x Reed Warbler (RSt)

Knypersley Resv
1x Common Tern at 06:05hrs briefly (GBr)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Saturday 5th July 2014

Blithfield Res
40x LRPs, 18x Common Sandpiper, 10x Oystercatcher, 2x Green Sandpiper, juv Redstart (RCB)

Branston GPs
13x Shelduck ,26x Teal, Hobby, 4x Curlew, 2x LRP, 6x Ringed Plover, 6x Redshank, 3x Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Cetti's Warbler, 3x imm Green Woodpecker (DS)
Westport Lake
1x LRP, 1x Nuthatch (SBN)

Belvide Resv
15x LRP and a Common Sandpiper (Belvide Blog)

Silverdale CP
Several Essex Skippers were still present (SBN)

Essex Skipper at Silverdale CP (©SBN)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Friday 4 July 2014

Blithfield Resv
2x Black tailed Godwit, 26x LRP, 3x Common Sandpiper, 5x Oystercatcher, YL Gull, 20x Common Tern, 5x Little Egret and Ruddy Shelduck still in Tad Bay (RS)
2x Spotted Flycatcher opposite the Educational centre at 15:30 (SW)

Branston GPs
6x Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 2x Oystercatcher, 3x LRPs (SW)

2x Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (BRu)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Thursday 3 July 2014

Blithfield Res
Female Common Scoter in Tad Bay (GJM) - no sign at 14:00 (TJ)
Ruddy Shelduck Tad Bay, 2x Little Egret, near adult YL Gull, 5x Common Sandpiper, 3x Oystercatcher, 13x LR Plover Blithe Bay (TJ)

Drake Red-crested Pochard from the hide.

Lower Leigh
3x Spotted Flycatcher on the Green (JS)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Blithfield Res
Ruddy Shelduck still in Tad Bay also adult YL Gull

Trent Washlands
4x Little Egret & 4x Oystercatcher (AJa)

The young Peregrines now flown nest (MWa)
By Martyn Whalley

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Belvide Red (permit only)
2x Roseate Terns still in front of Gazebo hide at 15.05 and stay until 18:50hrs when flew high SW

Roseate Tern by Steve Nuttall

Hanchurch Woods
2x Crossbill & 4x Spotted Flycatcher (NDP)

Branston Gravel Pits
Black-tailed Godwit, 2x Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4x LRP, 5x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, Cettis Warbler, 25x Shelduck, Pochard, Shoveler, 27x Teal & Little Egret.
Insects:- 2x Gatekeeper, c8 Small Skipper 7x Five-spot Burnet & 6x Brown Hawker (JWo)
Five-spot Burnet Moth by Jon Woodcock

Doxey Marshes
5x Little Egret & 6x Little Ringed Plover (PDy)

Westport Lake
3x Pochard & 29x Tufted Duck (SGi) and Nuthatch again.

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)