Thursday, 5 March 2015

Thursday 5th March 2015

Belvide Res
Female Velvet Scoter still off the dam also the 3x Scaup still.

Silverdale CP (The Void)
YL Gull, 2x Stonechat, 12x Goosander (NDP)

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit, pair of Stonechat, 3x Little Egret, 7x Shoveler, Shelduck, 2x Barnacle Geese (DS)

Blithfield Res
Oystercatcher on the causeway (DS)

Curlew this morning (DS)

Raven over Basford this afternoon (BC)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wednesday 4th March 2015

Belvide Rs
Female Velvet Scoter still present off the dam, also 3x Scaup (2x drake & female) (@BelvideBirding)

Chasewater Res
3rd winter Caspian Gull & 2x adult Mediterranean Gull in roost this evening (@CWG_sightings)

Hanley Forest Park
Immature male Smew still present this afternoon (NJS)

Burston Wetland
4x Whooper Swan into roost again, flying in from the south at 18.25 (DC)

Branston Gravel Pits
6x Ruff, 3x Ringed Plover, 2x Oystercatcher, 14x Golden Plover, 12x Snipe, 3x Curlew, 4x Redshank, 356x Lapwing, 40x Shelduck, 8x Gadwall, 20x Wigeon, 3x Shoveler & Water Rail (JW)

Madeley Sewage Works
2x Little Egret (TJa)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Belvide Res
1st winter female Velvet Scoter still also 3x Scaup ( 2 drakes and female)

Blithfield Resv
3x Caspian Gulls (adult, 2w & 1w) and 2x Yellow-legged Gulls (1w & 2w) (GJM)

In the roost - 3w Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull and adult Mediterranean Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Hanley Forest Park
Immature drake Smew still present this morning (NJS)

Trentham Gardens
Little Egret & 2x Oystercatcher (BRi)

Monday, 2 March 2015

Monday 2nd March 2015

Great Northern Diver showing well by Speedboat club this morning (PLo)

Belvide Resv
1w fem Velvet Scoter still present plus 3x Scaup (2 drks)

Scaup by Nigel Talbot

Branston Gravel Pits
7x Ringed Plover, 8x Redshank, 10x Ruff, 15x Snipe, 70x Golden Plover, c400x Lapwing, 15x Curlew, Little Egret, 29x Shelduck, 4x Shoveler, 8x Gadwall, 13x Wigeon, 40x Tufted Duck, Tawny Owl, c250x Linnet. (JW)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday 1st March 2015

Belvide Res
1st winter female Velvet Scoter still this afternoon between Scott and Chappell Hide also 3x Scaup (2 drakes and female) still.

3x adult Mediterranean Gulls (@CWG_sightings)

Swallows Mire Milford
27x Tufted Duck, 2x Goosander, 5x Wigeon, GC Grebe, Greylag Goose, Nuthatch (JWH)

Doxey Marshes
Single Cetti's Warbler & 3x Little Egret (GHa)

2x Oystercatcher (TEy)

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Saturday 28th February 2015

Blithfield Res
Adult Kittiwake on the dam at 10:10 then flew NW also 3rd winter Caspian Gull, 2x YL Gull (sec/win & th/win (GJM MPR)

Belvide Res
3x Scaup still (2 drakes + female)

Branston GPs
4x Ringed Plover, 50x Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, 3x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 3x Curlew, 27x Shelduck, 14x GBB Gull (AJa)

3x adult Med Gull (CWG_sightings)

Stoke Radial Park
Jack Snipe, 10x Snipe, 2x Willow Tit, 25x Lapwing, Redpoll, Chiffchaff (DC)

Swallow Moss
Male Hen Harrier at 16:30 (RS)

34x Pochard, 6x Goldeneye, 3x Oystercatcher, Raven and roosting Tawny Owl (SR)

No sign either the Pink-footed Goose or Tundra Bean Goose and far fewer geese present (PJ)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Friday 27th February 2015

Great Skua flew through north at 17:20, Juv Great Northern Diver still at 14:15 also 2x adult Med Gull (CWG_sightings)

Belvide Res
3x Scaup (2x drake & female) still this morning (NT)

Haney Forest Park
Immature drake Smew still present this morning

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit still (SW)

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Thursday 26th February 2015

2w Caspian Gull in roost plus 2x adult Mediterranean Gulls and juv Great Northern Diver still (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide Resv
3x Scaup (2 drk)

Doxey Marsh
4x Water Pipit still also 4x Little Egret, 10x Goosander, 2x Kingfisher (BC LC)

Branston GPs
551x Golden Plover, 10x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 2x Ringed Plover, 17x Curlew, Snipe, c500x Lapwing, 26x Shelduck, 5x Gadwall, 3x Shoveler, c20x Wigeon, Tawny Owl, c200x Linnet. (JW)

Tawny Owl by Jon Woodcock

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wednesday 25th February 2015

Chasewater Res
Adult Iceland Gull, 2x Caspian Gull (adult & 2nd winter), 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull & adult Mediterranean Gull, also Great Northern Diver & 23x Goosander (@CWG_sightings)

Belvide Res
2x Mediterranean Gull, 2x Scaup, Little Egret, 6x Goosander, Barnacle Goose & Peregrine (BB)

Hanley Forest Park
Immature drake Smew still present today (GB)
Smew by Graham Allbut

Doxey Marshes
Water Pipit, 2x White-fronted Geese, 4x Little Egret, 8x Goosander, 6x Shoveler & 4x Shelduck (AB)

Swallow Moss
Ringtail Hen Harrier at 17:35 (MN)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday 24th February 2015

Belvide Res
Pair of Scaup and Green Sandpiper this afternoon (TJ)

Hanley Forest Park
Immature drake Smew still present at 15.10
also 2x Wigeon earlier (PE)

Doxey Marshes
Water Pipit still present late afternoon, left of octagonal hide below railway line

Great Northern Diver still, adult and 1w Caspian Gull, adult and 2w YL Gull (CWG_sightings)

Branston Gravel Pits
9x Ruff, 19x Curlew, Green Sandpiper, c70 Golden Plover, Snipe, 2x Redshank, c400 Lapwing, 21x Shelduck, 7x Gadwall & 24x Wigeon (JW)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Monday 23rd February 2015

Hanley Forest Park
Drake Smew & Goosander present this morning (BC, LC)

Belvide Res
Pair of Scaup still this afternoon, Little Egret, 1w Mediterranean Gull, Green Sandpiper (@Kevin_Clements)

Blithfield Res
Adult Caspian Gull in the roost - different bird from last night (GJM)

Doxey Marshes
3x Water Pipits between Octagonal hide and railway 13:05hrs (PLo)

Badderley Green, Stoke-on-Trent
A Little Egret flew over this morning (GBr)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sunday 22nd February 2015

Pair of Scaup from Scott Hide, also Little Egret, 61x Shoveler, 2x Goosander, Shelduck & 5x Oystercatcher (BB)

1st winter drake Scaup still (IG)

Blithfield Res
2x Caspian Gulls (1x adult & 1x 2nd winter), also 3x Yellow-legged Gulls (2x adults & 1x 1st winter) (GJM, MPR)

Hanley Forrest Park
1st winter drake Smew again at 09:55 (photo below) (PJ)

Chasewater Res
Great Northern Diver and 2x Yellow-legged Gulls this morning (RKS). In the roost - two adult Iceland Gulls, 2w Caspian Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2w Yellow-legged Gull and Great Northern Diver (@CWG_sightings)

Doxey Marshes
4/5 Water Pipit in usual place, 3x Little Egret, 2x Stonechat, 7x Goosander, 5x Wigeon, 2x Shelduck, 40x Lapwing & Water Rail (RS)

Branston Gravel Pits
7x Ruff & a Egyptian Goose on south pit (SBN)

River Trent Colwich
3x Snipe, Little Grebe, 2x Grey Wagtail, 12x Teal, 50x Fieldfare, 30x Redwing, 3x Mistle Thrush (AHo)

Stafford Town Centre,
Peregrine hunting over Asda at 10:35am (AB)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Saturday 21st February 2015

Redhead Smew this morning, also a juvenile Glaucous Gull roosted this afternoon (IG)

Belvide Res
2x Scaup (drake & female) at west end, also Little Egret, Water Rail, 2x Oystercatcher & Green Woodpecker (BB)

Chasewater Res
2x adult Mediterranean Gulls & a 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Doxey Marshes
c3 Water Pipit between octagonal hide and railway line, also Cetti's Warbler, 2x Barnacle Geese & 2x Stonechat (SR)

Peregrine, 6x Gadwall, 30x Pochard, 3x Goldeneye, 2x Oystercatcher (SR)

Uttoxeter Quarry
8x Curlew, 2x Oystercatcher, 7x Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 15x Goosander, 5x Goldeneye, 10x Pochard, 75x Wigeon (RP)

Trentham Lakes
Little Egret this afternoon (ST)

River Sow Meadows, Stafford
95x Wigeon, 225x Lapwing, 180x Golden Plover, 5x Snipe & 200x Fieldfare (RS)

Milford Pool
74x Wigeon, 2x Gadwall, Little Grebe, 5x Goosander & 2x Raven (RS)

Friday, 20 February 2015

Friday 20th February 2015

Adult Iceland Gull, adult Med Gull, 1w YL Gull , juv Great Northern Diver (CWG_sightings)

Blithfield Res
Pair Scaup in Tad Bay (GJM)

Burston Wetland
4x Whooper Swans flew in from the south to roost at 18:00hrs (DCo)

Wolseley Bridge - Weetman's Bridge
Little Egret beside stream alongside A513 (PPe)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Thursday 19th February 2015

Adult Iceland Gull in the roost again plus 2w and adult Yellow-legged Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Glaucous Gull in the roost

Adult Iceland Gull, adult Med Gull, 2x adult YL Gull (CWG_sightings)

Alrewas GPs
3x Goosander, 4x Goldeneye, 80x Wigeon, 2x Oystercatcher, 4x Chffchaff (JW)

Croxall / River Trent
2x Shelduck, 4x Goosander, Little Egret (JW)

Swallow Moss
Male Hen Harrier early evening

Burston Wetland
4x Whooper Swans (2x adult 2x 1st w) with Mute Swan flock  (DCo)

Little Egret in Bell Brook this afternoon (MBo)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Tuesday 17th February 2015

Tundra Bean Goose still present in field by road 13:00hrs (RBA)

Chasewater Res
Adult Iceland Gull & Great Northern Diver (@CWG_sightings)

Barton Marina
2x Oystercatcher & c70 Wigeon (JW)

Branston Water Park
Oystercatcher (JW)

Monday, 16 February 2015

Monday 16th February 2015

Tundra Bean Goose still present this morning between Hales and Chipnall near the Coal Brook (TJ)

Branston Gravel Pits
668x Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 6x Snipe, 4x Ruff, 2x Redshank, 18x Curlew, 677x Lapwing, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull, 2x Great Black-backed Gull, 30x Shelduck, 8x Shoveler, 6x Gadwall, c40 Wigeon & 31x Tufted Duck (JW)

Chasewater Res
Great Northern Diver still present at 11.30 (SB)

Blithfield Res
Pink-footed Goose with Geese flock plus c6/9 Oystercatcher (GJM)

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Sunday 15th February 2015

Hales - Chipnal
Tundra Bean Goose at 11:00 feeding with Greylag Geese on the county boundary between Hales & Chipnall where the Coal Brook crosses the road at Grid Ref SJ727323 (STu)

 Tundra Bean Goose near Hales.Photo by Steve Turner (top) and Phil Jones

Belvide Res
Drake Scaup at west end, also Little Egret, Goosander, Shelduck, 1st winter Mediterranean Gull & Yellow-legged Gull (BB)

Adult Iceland Gull over low east at 09:30 (SR)

Great Northern Diver again before flushed by water skiers (AA)
also summer plumage Mediterranean Gull (@WMBB1) and adult Iceland Gull, 2w Caspian Gull, 4x adult Mediterranean Gulls and adult Yellow-legged Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Whitemoor Haye
4x Whooper Swan again before flying off SW,also  86x Wigeon, 3x Goldeneye, 43x Pochard, 148x Mute Swan & a Redshank (SC)

Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still at 12:20 (SC)
also 4x Little Egret, 2x Stonechat, 2x Water Rail, 6x Goosander, 157x Lapwing, 5x Shelduck & Cetti's Warbler (@ScottoftheMarsh)

3x Eurasian White-fronted Geese flew over the National Arboretum and landed at Croxall at approx 10.00 (DO)

Colwich (River Trent)
5x Snipe, Oystercatcher, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail (AHo)

Short-eared Owl again also 4x Stonechat, 43x Golden Plover (RT)

Green Sandpiper, 7x Goosander, c50 Wigeon & 6x Pochard (JW)

Branston Leas
Stonechat (JW)

Branston Water Park
Oystercatcher (JW)

Branston Gravel Pits
9x Ruff, 18x Curlew, Redshank, c500 Lapwing, 4x Golden Plover & 26x Shelduck (JW)

Endon SW
1x Chiffchaff, 83x Pied Wagtail, 6x Grey Wagtail (GBr)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Saturday 14th February 2015

Belvide Res
Drake Red-breasted Merganser 14:00-14:15 before flying off east
also Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 5x Shelduck, 2x Goosander & Barnacle Goose (BB)

Red-breasted Merganser by Steve Nuttall
Doxey Marsh
Water Pipit still at 11:55

Alrewas GPs
Redhead Smew again, 204x Wigeon, 2x Little Egret, 4x Shoveler, 3x Goldeneye, 54x Tufted Duck (SC)

Newcastle (Pool Dam)
Adult Caspian Gull this morning before flying off towards Walley's landfill (NDP)

Blithfield Res
Adult Mediterranean Gull at deep end roost from Watery Lane at 15.40, also a leucistic Black-headed Gull (RP)

Chasewater Res
Pair of Red-breasted Merganser seen off the dam this morning, Great Northern Diver flew out at midday, adult Mediterranean Gull near the island this afternoon, also Oystercatcher seen (@CWG_sightings)

Whitemoor Haye
4x Whooper Swan still at 12:15 (NJS) - and at 13:05 (JJH SJH)
5x Oystercatcher, 121x Wigeon, 2x Goldeneye, 31x Pochard, 223x Mute Swan, Treecreeper (SC)

 Family party of four Whopper Swans still at Whitemoor today (NJS)

Uttoxeter Quarry
64x Golden Plover, 4x Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, 5x Goldeneye, 8x Goosander, 20x Pochard, 75x Wigeon, 2x Kingfisher (RPo)

Middleton Lakes RSPB
Jubilee Wetlands 2x Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper (GW)

Jack Snipe this morning (NDP)

13x Pink-footed Geese, Jack Snipe, 2x Green Sandpiper, 25x Snipe, 4x Goosander, Shelduck, 33x Teal, 69x Lapwing, 8x Tree Sparrow, 5x Stock Dove (DCo)
Croxall wides (new river workings viewed from national arboretum)
2x Redshank, 5x Goosander (SC)

Friday, 13 February 2015

Friday 13th February 2015

Doxey Marshes
Water Pipit still this afternoon, 300 mtrs left of the small hide (TJ)

Whitemoor Haye
4x Whooper Swan still this morning (MPi)
also  30x Yellowhammer, 15x Tree Sparrow and a single Grey Partridge (SP)

Great Northern Diver still also adult Med Gull, 2x adult YL Gull (CWG_sightings)

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Thursday 12th February 2015

Chasewater Res
Adult Mediterranean Gull, Great Northern Diver & leucistic Black-headed Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Doxey Marshes
2x Water Pipits & 2x Little Egrets (JA)

Whitemoor Haye
15x Whooper Swans still present (JA)

Belvide Res
Merlin, 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, Oystercatcher, 79x Pochard & Green Woodpecker (BB)

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Wednesday 11th February 2015

Chasewater Res
2nd winter Caspian Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2x adult Mediterranean Gull plus Great Northern Diver & leucistic Black-headed Gull (@CWG_sightings)

Doxey Marshes
2x Water Pipit this morning, 100m south of Octagonal hide looking towards railway (CRe)

Blithfield Res
Adult summer plumaged Med Gull in the roost (GJM)
also 3x Eurasian White-fronted Geese west side of Blithe Bay, 26x Barnacle Geese, 9x Goosander & 7x Goldeneye (JWo)

Trentham Gardens
2x Little Egret, Mandarin Duck & 2x Goosander (MJW)

Jackson's Bank
4x Tawny Owl (JWo)

Ford Green
3x Linnet, Lesser Redpoll & 2x Little Grebe (JJo)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Tuesday 10th February 2015

Juv Great Northern Diver still this afternoon

Doxey Marsh
2x Water Pipit, Water Rail, 2x Little Egret, 6x Goosander, 3x Shelduck, 20x Teal (MTu)

Water Rail by Mick Turner

Branston Gravel Pits
2x Oystercatcher, 9x Ruff, 18x Curlew, Redshank, 4x Golden Plover, 9x Snipe, c450x Lapwing, 31x Shelduck, 4x Shoveler, 11x Gadwall, 28x Wigeon, Pochard (JW)

Monday, 9 February 2015

Monday 9th February 2015

Doxey Marsh
3x Water Pipit at 13:30, 1x Jack Snipe, 5x Snipe, 2x Little Egret, 4x Shelduck, 12x Goosander, 4x Pochard, 5x Stonechat, 2x Barnacle Geese, 2x Water Rail (SE&HF)

Water Pipit at Doxey today by Steve Edwards

Weston Coyney
20x Pink-footed Geese over, heading West at 08.30 (COL)

Cannock Chase
3x Brambling at Penkridge Bank (SBa)

Juv Great Northern Diver again this afternoon (CWG_sightings)

Whitemoor Haye
15x Whooper Swan, 276x Mute Swan, 40x Yellowhammer, 10x Tree Sparrow, 800x Lapwing, male Peregrine, 116x Wigeon, 4x Oystercatcher, 4x Goldeneye & a Goosander over (SCo)