Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday 18th October 2017

                                                           Notice Board

                     Middleton Lakes are hoping to stage a Bio Blitz in June 2018.
                     Anyone who is knowledgeable in insects, plants or birds and
                     is prepared to help out please contact the following:-
                                      Richard.FennGriffin@rspb.org.uk
                                                   07875218645


Chasewater 
3x Sandwich Tern at 07:45 (@Clive_Davies1) - 3x Common Scoter mid day (@GrantHames)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
6x Dark bellied Brent Geese to 09:05 when they flew south, femail Common Scoter and drake Scaup still (@BelvideBirding)

Blackbank 
5x Hawfinch over at 08:00 (NDP)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Cattle Egret Tad Bay then flew SE (MPR, GJM)

Doxey Marsh
Cattle Egret on Boundary Flash (MBo, SGa. @DavidBate17)

Pool Hall
Cattle Egret by Smestow Brook above Pool Hall viewable from S&W towpath

Middleton Lakes
11x Whooper Swan and a Hawfinch flying south (@RSPBMiddleton)

Branston GPs
6x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 12x Curlew, 65x Gadwall, 4x Shelduck, 14x Common Gull, (DSc)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Blackbank
Hawfinch over south at 07:45 (NDP)

Westport Lake 
Hawfinch over west this morning (CW)

Berryhill
Hawfinch over SW at 08:33 (RT)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still on dam by sailing club (@DavidBate17)

Chasewater
Leach's Petrel (@julianallen2009) - Short-eared Owl this evening (@grunpybirder)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Great White Egret, drake Scaup, Rock Pipit north shore (@BelvideBirding)

Branston GPs
3x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 76x Gadwall, 176x Teal, 26x Shoveler, 58x Litle Grebe, Little Egret, 3x Water Rail, YL Gull, 6x Stonechat, 20x Skylark, c150 Meadow Pipit (JWo)

Meadow Pipit by Jon Woodcock

Whitemoor Haye
4x Little Egret, 2x Goldeneye, 20x Tree Sparrow (@AlrewasBirder)

Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday 16th October 2017

Uttoxeter Quarry
6x Ruff, 2x Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 90x Teal, 8x Wigeon, 3x Shoveler (@rpintean)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still on dam wall (@peterforbes17) - adult Caspian Gull in Tad Bay from 12:30 to 13:00 then flew (@rpintean)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Drake Scaup still in SE bay

Rocester 
Pair of Ring Ouzels reported by the Churnet bridge

Berryhill
Ring Ouzel low west over the Viewpoint at 16:40 (DBu)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sunday 15th October 2017

i54
7x Stonechat (@i54jamie)

Gailey Resv
20x Golden Plover, 11x Siskin, 5x Redpoll (@TheSnapper1978)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Drake Scaup, 3x Rock Pipit thru, single Brambling, 9x Siskin (@BelvideBirding)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still in Mickledale Bay then flew to the dam (@julianallen2009)

Swallow Moss
14x Stonechat (DCh)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret and 36x Little Egret roosted tonight also eclipse Pintail (@atkinson_steve)

Branston GPs
Vis Mig 08:30 to 12:00 - 3x Brambling, Rock Pipit, 37x Redpoll, 25x Siskin, 28x Skylark, 48x Redwing. Also, present 55x Little Grebe, 2x Peregrine, 18x Golden Plover, 2x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 15x Curlew, ad YL Gull, 4x Swallow thru south at 17:30 (DSc)

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday 14th October 2017

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret, 12x Little Egret, 2x Goosander, 4x Cetti's Warbler, (@atkinson_steve)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
5x Hawfinch thru this morning (@BelvideBirding)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret (@paul_birkin)

Cannock Chase
8x Crossbill top end Abraham's Valley (@peterforbes17)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret at 17:00 from from Walton canal bridge (@RobSwift5)

Whitemoor Haye
22x Little Egret, Redshank, 2x Goldeneye, Common Tern, 11x Pochard,  (@BirderAlrewas)

Trentham Gardens
16x Mandarins, Dipper (MPa)

Alvecote
2x Cattle Egret roosted at pond behind Pretty Pigs pub (JWo)

By Jon Woodcock


Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still Mickledale Bay

Little Haywood
3x Ring-necked Parakeet over at 08:20 (DNe)

Branston GPs
34x Golden Plover, Greenshank, Ruff, 50x Little Grebe, 49x Gadwall, 30x Shoveler, 20x Wigeon, 100x Teal,  40x GBB Gull, ad YL Gull, 25x Redpoll (DSc)


Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday 13th October 2017

Westport Lake
Juvenile Shag on model boating lake early morning then flew off NW (CWa)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still (@waynej72)

Stafford
Great White Egret visible from canal towpath near Walton on the Hill (JWi)

Cannock Chase
12x Crossbill in Abrahams Valley (@DavidBate17)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret and 16x Egyptian Geese on JW (@RSPBMiddleton)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret (@Clive_Davies1)

Branston GPs
2x Ruff, Redshank, 49x Gadwall, 25x Shoveler, 118x Teal, 12x Wigeon, 5x Shelduck, 44x Little Grebe, YL Gull, 6x Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler (JWo)

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Thursday 12th October 2017

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret (plus a 2nd reported), Green Sandpiper (@atkinson_steve)

Westport Lake
Scaup still (@JohnMathers 1)

Berryhill
2x Greenland Wheatear (RT)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still at dusk (@phillward303)

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Westport Lake
Scaup and Common Scoter still (@DKelsall3)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope briefly in Mickledale Bay, new bird much darker (GJM) - Imm Gannet flew thru deep end early afternoon (MPR)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still but mobile (ARa)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Westport Lake
Common Scoter and Scaup still (@DKelsall3)

Chasewater
1w Med Gull from the west shore (@nessie_w)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still (NGr)

Monday, 9 October 2017

Monday 9th October 2017

Tittesworth Water
Black-tailed Godwit, 9x Pintail, 15x Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, (@stephengibson42)

Trentham Gardens
10x Mandarin, 5x Wigeon, 5x Teal, 10x Tufted Duck, 4x Swallow, Kingfisher (@tighthead22)

Westport Lake
Scaup and Common Scoter still (@DKelsall3)

Ford Green
Drake Common Scoter, 5x Wigeon, 2x Shoveler, Peregrine 20x Redwing, (JJo)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Stint still north shore (@paulsmith15363)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, Greenshank, Dunlin, 15x Egyptian Geese (@atkinson_steve)

Gailey Resv
Rock Pipit along the causeway and on pontoon briefly at 18:10 before flying south (TheSnapper1978)

Dimmingsdale
22x Redwing over west at 07:30 (TEy)

Alvecote
2x Cattle Egret at Pretty Pigs pool (MSc)

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday 8th October 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
7x Hawfinch flew west this morning - 3 at 08:24 and a further 4 at 08:48, also Rock Pipit flew NW at 10:10, Little Stint still (@BelvideBirding)

Tittesworth Water
6x Whooper Swan 07:45 to 08:30 only (JOa)

Knypersley Resv
15x Redwing over this morning (GBr)

Branston GPs
2x Little Egret, 2x Egyptian Geese, 17x Curlew, 2x Redwing, 45x Gadwall, 36x Shoveler, 110x Teal, (DSc)

Gailey Resv
Merlin over south at 11:40 (@TheSnapper1978)

Chasewater
2x Knot, 2x Redpoll (@Rewilding85)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret still near Walton Bridge opposite canal boats (VEm)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still (@obesbloke)

Middleton Lakes
2x Great White Egret, Pintail, 2x Little Egret, also a Whitethroat, (CMa)

Aqualate
Marsh Harrier (@grs_st)

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saturday 7th October 2017

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still in Mickledale Bay this morning (@amnesia91) - in Dougies Bay at 12:30 (@TheSnapper1978)

By Phil Jones

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Stint still, 46x Redwing thru, Short-eared Owl flew thru ESE at 11:50 (@BelvideBirding)

River Sow Meadows
Great White Egret, 7x Redwing, 45x Wigeon, 4x Redpoll (@RobSwift5)

Tittesworth Water
A Ruff still early afternoon (JOa)

i54
4x Stonechat, 35x Skylark, 14x Yellowhammer (@i54foz. i54jamie)

Rocester
27x Barnacle Geese flew in to a field near JCB (TEy)

Alrewas
3x Egyptian Geese still north of Alrewas west of A38 (@BirderAlrewas)

Silverdale CP - The Void
5x Stonechat, 1st W YL Gull (@philjo61)

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret still  on JW south (@Rewilding85)

Friday, 6 October 2017

Friday 6th October 2017

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still (@chrisvaghela) - also 124x Wigeon, Ruff, Redstart (@scaupface)

Stoke on Trent
C80 Pink-footed Geese west over Meir Park at 12:15 (ARa) also 22x Pink-footed Geese west over Bucknall  at 15:20 (RT)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Stint still (@BelvideBirding)

Alrewas
3x Egyptian Geese in field east side of the A38 between village and the river (@BirderAlrewas)

Whitemoor Haye
12x Little Egret (DAb)

Branston GPs
4x Green Sandpiper, Barnacle Goose, Cetti's Warbler (DSc)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Thursday 5th October 2017

Tittesworth Water
Ruff this morning (PBa per JOa)

Westport Lake
Scaup still (@DKelsall3)

Doxey Marsh.
Great White Egret still also a Wheatear (@richard-rafe)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope still in Mickledale Bay (@MRPittaway)

Alvecote
2x Cattle Egret flew into the Staffs sector late afternoon from Laundry Lane Warks (@TameBirding)

Branston GPs
Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 3x Ruff, 18x Curlew, 3x Green Sandpiper, 44x Gadwall, 52x Shoveler, 117x Teal, 4x Wigeon, Barnacle Goose, 2x Egyptian Geese, 70x Little Grebe, 4x Little Egret, 3x Redpoll, Siskin, 10x Goldcrest, 12x Swallow. (JWo. DSc)

Chasewater
3w Caspian Gull in the roost also a number of YL Gulls (@CWG_sightings)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Wednesday 4th October 2017

Westport Lake
Scaup still (@DKelsall3)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
Juv Little Stint, 5x Ringed Plover, Dunlin (@BelvideBirding)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Grey Phalarope in Mickledale Bay at 15:50 (HF,SE)

Doxey Marsh
2x Great White Egret, very mobile (@richard-rafe)

Alvecote
Red-crested Pochard east end of Pretty Pigs pool (@birdsofalvecote)

Middleton Lake
Pair of Marsh Harriers and Great White Egret at mid day (REy)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Middleton Lakes
Rock Pipit thru south, Redstart, 2x Marsh Harrier over JW, Curlew Sandpiper, 2x Dunlin, (@RSPBMiddleton)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still also Little Egret (@DavidBate17)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Monday 2nd October 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Little Stint still (@paulssmith15363)

Westport Lake
Black-necked Grebe and Scaup still (@DKelsall3)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret still also a Ruff (@richard_rafe and MPa)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sunday 1st October 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Little Stint still on north shore (@BelvidBirding)

Doxey Marsh

Great White Egret still Cresswell Flash (MJa and @richard_rafe) - also Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff (MJa) - GWE still this afternoon but mobile (ISh)

GWE by Ian Sheridan

Westport Lake
Female type Scaup and Black-necked Grebe still (@philjo61)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Little Stint by the causeway also Dunlin and Ringed Plovers (@nessie_w)

Branston GPs
6x Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 18x Curlew, 2x Egyptian Geese, 46x Gadwall, 100x Teal, 15x Wigeon, 43x Shoveler, 5x Shelduck, 15x Siskin (DSc)

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Saturday 30th September 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Little Stint still north shore (@BelvideBirding)

Whitemoor Haye
2x Goldeneye, 11x Pochard, 15x Tree Sparrow, Little Egret (@BirderAlrewas) - Ruff, Green Sandpiper (@TameBirding)

Doxey Marsh
Great White Egret Boundary Flash 09:30 (@richard_rafe)

Alvecote Pools
2x Whooper Swan on Pretty Pigs pool (MSc)

Branston GPs
4x Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, 4x Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 2x Curlew, 26x Shoveler, 32x Gadwall, 89x Teal, Cetti's Warbler (DSc)

Friday, 29 September 2017

Friday 29th September 2017

Middleton Lakes
Marsh Harrier, 40x Snipe, 2x Ruff  on JW, 2x Great White Egret, Dunlin nearby (@Piccalilli123)

Westport Lake
Black-necked Grebe still (@DKelsall3)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Little Stint still north shore, also late Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (@BelvideBirding)

Lichfield 
2x Little Egret along Darnford Brook near rugby club (ARu)

Branston GPs
5x Ruff, 17x Curlew, 10x Wigeon, 28x Gadwall, 115x Teal, 3x Shelduck. 3x Pochard, 47x Shoveler, 2x Egyptian Goose, 73x Little Grebe, 4x GBB Gull, 7x Little Egret, 3x Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, (JWo)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Thursday 28th September 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Little Stint still north shore (@MRPittaway)

Middleton Lakes
Little Stint on east scrape, possibly 2x Marsh Harrier, 4x Ruff, Dunlin (@RSPBMiddleton and @atkinson_steve)

Hanchurch Woods
10x Crossbill (NDP)

Coombes Valley
Hobby over mid day (MBr)

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
3x Little Stint still north shore also a Ruff - 1st w Med Gull and 3x YL Gull roosted this evening, 7x Ruff flew east at 17:05 (@BelvideBirding)

Hatherton Resv
Cetti's Warbler, Green Woodpecker (@daftoldbirder)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC nembers only)
2x Egyptian Geese, Hobby (@tighthead22)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Westport Lake
Black-necked Grebe still, 8x Wigeon, 6x Teal (@DKelsall3)

Berryhill
4402x Meadow Pipits over south 07:00 to 12:00 also 2x Redwing, 9x Siskin, 5x Lesser Redpoll. Present 2x Whinchat, 5x Stonechat, 4x Wheatear, Redstart, Whitethroat (RT, NDP)

Middleton Lakes
Wood Sandpiper, 3x Ruff, 2x Pintail, Tern species (possible Arctic), 3x Great White Egret in roost, (@Piccalilli123)

Wood Lane,  Hanbury
Marsh Tit (JWo)

Monday, 25 September 2017

Monday 25th September 2017

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
2x Little Stint north shore also 9x Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 4x Pintail, Spotted Flycatcher (@BelvideBirding)

Ford Green
2x Wigeon, Shoveler, Kingfisher (JJo)

Middleton Lakes
2x Ruff, Ringed Plover, 2x Pintail on JW (@RSPBMiddleton) - also Great White Egret still., Green Sandpiper, (@Rewilding85)

i54
Wheatear (@154jamie)

Gailey Resv
1st w Little Gull still this evening on sailing lake (@TheSnapper1978)

Ingestre
Spotted Flycatcher this evening (RCB)

Chasewater
Imm/fem Common Scoter this evening (@CWG_sightings)

Branston GPs
2x Ruff, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 16x Curlew, 25x Wigeon, 31x Gadwall, 41x Shoveler, 2x Pochard, 121x Teal, 88x Little Grebe, 7x Little Egret, 2x Egyptian Geese,  (JWo)

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday 24th September 2017

                                                         Notice Board
                                  Belvide Reservoir (WMBC members only)

Our contractor will start work tomorrow, Monday 25th September, on restoring the reserve main footpath and extending this path. Depending on weather conditions the work may take up to two weeks. During this time members must comply with all health and safety restrictions.

Middleton Lakes
Great White Egret, Ruff, 2x Pintail on JW (@TameBirding) - 3x Great White Egret in the riverside roost this evening (@(Piccalilli123)

Gailey Resv
1st w Little Gull again (?) on sailing lake at 12:20 (@TheSnapper1978)

Swallow Moss
Marsh Harrier (DCh)

Blithfield Resv (WMBC members only)
Tad Bay Marsh Harrier 12:15 to 12:25, Greenshank, Redshank, Peregrine, Admaston Reach, 45x Ringed Plover, 3x Dunlin, Dam 3x Yellow Wagtail (BAS, AMS)

Whittington
Red Kite, 4x Stonechat, Wheatear (DCo)

Branston GPs
4x Little Egret, 2x Pintail, 51x Shoveler, 55x Teal, 26x Gadwall, 8x Wigeon, 2x Pochard, 2x Peregrine, 2x Ruff, Ringed Plover, Wheatear, 10x Goldcrest (DSc)

Belvide Resv (WMBC members only)
4x Ringed Plover, 7x Tree Sparrow, Spotted Flycatcher (@154jamie)