Saturday, 31 October 2009

31st October - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Garganey still, Goosander (Redhead) over (S Roper, TP et al)
Bassett North - Merlin reported (per TP) 5 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin (J Allen et al)
Kingsbury - Green Sandpiper Cliff Pool (TP)

Friday, 30 October 2009

30th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Yellow-Legged Gull(ad) this pm (L Johnson)
Fisher's Mill - GLOSSY IBIS (1W) at 7.45am - 8.15am then flew North (Alan Dean) Garganey (J Harris)
Dosthill - Yellow-Legged Gull(ad), Little Egret, 2 Goldeneye (A Dean)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

29th October - Sightings

Bassett North - GLOSSY IBIS landed at North End 10.15am till early afternoon at least(G Williams et al) Also 26 Golden Plover, Redshank, Jack Snipe (G Williams)
Alvecote - Red-Crested Pochard (f) still Mill Pool. Also 2 Little Egret, 4 Raven (A Archer)
Fisher's Mill - GLOSSY IBIS flew in 3.10pm (WMBC) Also 2 Little Egret, Pale Pipit sp but elusive (G Williams)

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

27th October - Sightings

Alvecote - 4 Little Egret, Red Crested Pochard (f), Pintail (m) (A Archer)
Bassett North - GLOSSY IBIS circling over Spoonbill Pit 2.45pm - 3.07pm then flew towards Drayton Manor. Rock Pipit North Pit. Also 69 Golden Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat in area (A Archer)
Fisher's Mill - Garganey still (A Archer)

Monday, 26 October 2009

26th October - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - GLOSSY IBIS (1st Win) this morning still, Garganey, 2 Stonechat (J Harris, G Williams)
Dosthill NR - Red-Crested Pochard (f) (G Williams)
Dosthill - 2 Stonechat (J Harris)
Bassett North - Ringed Plover (Bobby D)

Sunday, 25 October 2009

25th October - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - BITTERN, Garganey still, Peregrine (Juv) this morning (Simon Roper) GLOSSY IBIS (unringed) flew in from North at 4.30pm and roosted in reeds (out of view) (J Allen, Steve Taylor)
Bassett North - Report of ringtail Hen Harrier (per S Roper) Also 5 Little Egret, Shelduck, 3 Stonechat (S Roper, TP, J Allen et al)

Saturday, 24 October 2009

24th October - Sightings

Whooper Swans - Drayton Bassett North Pit - Richard Powell

Bassett North - 2 Whooper Swans (ads) flew onto North Pit 11.45am until 1.45pm then flew NW. Also 35 Golden Plover on pit and 40 over South, Yellow Legged Gull(ad), Ringed Plover(juv) (R Powell, J Harris)
Fisher's Mill - Garganey, 2 Little Egret (R Powell) Glossy Ibis reported in flight (per J Harris)

Friday, 23 October 2009

23rd October - Sightings

Bassett South - GLOSSY IBIS (Unringed 1st Win) still, 2 Stonechat (J Harris)
Bassett North - 2 Pintail, 25 Golden Plover, Stonechat (J Harris)
Fisher's Mill - Garganey reported still (per J Harris)
Kingsbury - 2 Little Egret Roosted again. Also report of Hen Harrier(m) circled and flew north (Logbook)

Thursday, 22 October 2009

22nd October - Sightings

Bassett Area - 1 GLOSSY IBIS reported early morning (per P Locker) but no further sign by late afternoon. Again on Fisher's Mill at 5.35pm (RBA) 2 Green Sandpiper North Pit (P Locker)
Shustoke - 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls (ads) again in roost. Once again no sign of possible Franklin's Gull (per RBA)
Kingsbury - 2 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool, Barn Owl Cliff Pool (W Egmont)

IBIS NEWS: It now seems there was only 1 ringed bird (L9M). The Saturday bird has been confirmed with this ring combination (E Phillips per S Nuttall et all). The reference to EPJ seems to refer to a rotation of L9M ( E FOR M P FOR 9 AND J FOR L).

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

21st October - Sightings

Bassett South - GLOSSY IBIS (1st Win Unringed) still this morning at least (J Harris et al) Also Peregrine, Garganey (J Harris)
Fisher's Mill - Garganey still (RBA). Presumed same bird as Bassett. Jack Snipe (J Harris)
Bassett North - Common Sandpiper, 2 Pintail, 7 Golden Plover, Chiffchaff (J Harris) GLOSSY IBIS flew south over North Pit 4.47pm (RBA)
Shustoke - 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls (2 Ads) in roost this evening but no sign of possible Franklin's Gull (L Johnson)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

20th October - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - GLOSSY IBIS (unringed 1st Win) till late afternoon the flew north presumably to roost(J Oates et al) Garganey still (J Oates et al)
Bassett North - GLOSSY IBIS (Ringed 1st Win) flew from Channel towards North Pit at 4.55pm (A Archer) A two Ibis day!!
Shustoke - No sign of possible Franklin's gull at dawn but most gulls had already left roost. Yellow-Legged Gull (ad) (L Johnson)

However possible Franklin's gull again this evening in roost but again not until light was almost gone (L Johnson, S Haynes et al) Bird has 'Obvious dark hood, dark back, looks short bodied and short billed'. Opinions are currently divided. Let's hope it returns in better light tomorrow!

Monday, 19 October 2009

19th October - Sightings

Glossy Ibis - Fisher's Mill - Bob Duckhouse

Glossy Ibis - Fisher's Mill - Lee Johnson

Glossy Ibis - Fisher's Mill - Steve Nuttall

Fisher's Mill - GLOSSY IBIS till 3.50pm at least. Also seen today at Drayton Bassett Pits on North Pit and Spoonbill Pit (per RBA et al) Unbelievably this a new unringed individual. 3 birds in 3 days! Also Garganey, 4 Little Egret over north, Peregrine south, 95 Golden Plover, Brambling, Redpoll, Chiffchaff (L Johnson, S Haynes et al)
Bassett South - 2 Stonechat (L Johnson)
Bassett North - 2 Golden Plover over, 6 Little Egret (L Johnson)
Ladywalk - Bittern this morning in flight over 'B' Pools (S Cawthray)
Kingsbury - 3 Pintail Cliff Pool (K Sargent)
Shustoke - Possible Franklins gull in roost at Dusk but getting too dark to confirm (S Haynes) Small gull with dark mantle with extensive white tertial crescent. Lacked attentuation of Common Gull. Unfortunately bird was asleep.

L9M was first seen flying over Chew Valley Lake (with N4C) on 26 September before settling at Catcott Lows, Somerset, on 3 October (per M Grantham)

Sunday, 18 October 2009

18th October - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - GLOSSY IBIS present c9am at least (M Doughty) Unfortunately no further sign by 11.30am at least. Possibly the same bird was seen over Willington (Derbys) at c10.25am (RBA) Also today Garganey, Redpoll, Brambling, Dunlin, Little Egret, 12+ Meadow Pipit (M Doughty, TP et al)
Bassett area - Rock Pipit over, Jack Snipe, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 3 Stonechat (S Nuttal et al)
Ladywalk - Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, Peregrine, Chiffchaff (S Cawthray)
Kingsbury - 2 Little Egret roosted Cliff Pool (S Cawthray)

STOP PRESS - the Glossy Ibis today was colour ringed (white) with 'L9M' so amazingly there have been 2 different ibis at Fisher's Mill. Yesterday's bird was again a white ring with 'EPJ'.

More photos from yesterday here.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

17th October - Sightings

Glossy Ibis - Fisher's Mill - Bob Duckhouse

Fisher's Mill
- GLOSSY IBIS (1st Win) (G Williams et al) First seen c1.10pm in flight over Fisher's mill towards Dosthill NR. Later relocated back on the front edge of Fisher's Mill c2.25pm (P Sofley, P Hyde, TP et al). Present until 6.05pm then flew north and possibly landed at north end of Drayton Bassett pits (Many many obs!).

It has been seen both sides of the county Boundary and is the first for Warks and 3rd for Staffs. The bird is colour ringed (White EPJ) and is probably from Coto Donana, Spain. Details to follow.

Dosthill - Little Egret on river (TP)
Middleton - Blackcap in Mill Plantation (P Sofley)

Friday, 16 October 2009

16th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Scoter (f/imm), but no sign of drake scoters or arctic terns (L Johnson)
Kingsbury - Arctic Tern (juv) Canal Pool (Bobby D)
Ladywalk - Black-Tailed Godwit reported, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Curlew (P Sofley)

Thursday, 15 October 2009

15th October - Sightings

Shustoke - 2 Common Scoter (both m), 2 Arctic Tern (both juv) (B Eaton et al)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

13th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Brambling, Common Sandpiper, 150 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare (P Sofley, S Cawthray)
Fisher's Mill - 3 Stonechat (fem/imm) on Fisher's Mill Meadow (J Harris) 82 Redwing and 20 Fieldfare over (J Harris)
Bassett North - 2 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (J Harris)
Wishaw - 11 Grey Partridge Wiggins Hill Road (G Williams)

Monday, 12 October 2009

12th October - Sightings

Middleton - Possible Blackpoll Warbler 12.55pm in Mill Plantation (G Williams). Searched for but not seen since.
Shustoke - Marsh Tit (L Johnson). A site first and still rare in the Tame.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

11th October - Sightings

Kingsbury - Pintail Cliff Pool (K Sargent)
Whitacre Heath NR - 3 Curlew, 22 Redwing (J Wesson)

Saturday, 10 October 2009

10th October - Sightings

Bassett North - Med Gull (1st Winter), 2 Pintail (J Allen)
Alvecote - Report of 5 Mandarin Railway Pool (RBA)

Thursday, 8 October 2009

8th October - Sightings

Alvecote - Report of Red-Crested Pochard , juv Scaup (or hybrid) on Pretty Pigs Pool (RBA)

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

7th October - Sightings

Whooper Swans - Shustoke - Bob Duckhouse

Bassett North
- 4 Whooper Swans Late morning at least (J Fincham per J Harris et al) Also today Dunlin, Pintail, Redshank, Swallow (J Harris, P Hyde)
Shustoke - 4 Whooper Swans landed c3.40pm (J Harris) Present till 5.50pm at least (Many Obs) These birds were the same as at Bassett earlier in the day and consisted of 3 adults and a ad/2nd Year bird. Also Yellow-Legged Gull(ad) in roost, Goldeneye (L Johnson) Dunlin (B Kington)
Middleton - 8 Siskin (P Hyde)
Coleshill - Reed Warbler by Quarry (B Kington)
Alvecote - Red-Crested Pochard reported Pretty Pigs Lake again (RBA)

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

6th October - Sightings

Alvecote - Red-Crested Pochard reported Pretty Pigs Pool (RBA)
Shustoke - Arctic Tern (ad) still, joined by a juvenile later. Also Peregrine (B Kington per J Harris)
Kingsbury - Possible Scaup Cliff Pool (K Sargent, Bobby D)

Monday, 5 October 2009

5th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Arctic Tern (ad) still (J Harris, L Johnson, S Haynes)
Bassett North - Pintail, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Sisikin over (J Harris)
Fisher's Mill - Siskin, Redpoll over (J Harris)
Hams Hall - 2 Redwing, 6 Meadow Pipits (P Sofley)
Wishaw - Peregrine (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Church Pool Covert (S Haynes) Spotted Crake still present in New Bay (per RBA)
Whitacre Heath - 3 Curlew (S Haynes)

Sunday, 4 October 2009

4th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Arctic Tern (ad) still (L Johnson)
Ladywalk - Spotted Crake still in New Bay this evening. Also on site Green Sandpiper, Goosander, Peregrine (TP et al)
Bassett North - 2 Pintail (TP, J Allen)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper on Flash, 30+ Meadow Pipit (TP)

Saturday, 3 October 2009

3rd October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Spotted Crake still in New Bay (WMBC) Also seen yesterday. Also Green Sandpiper. Goosander on river (TP, J Allen, A Archer)
Bassett North - No sign of Pectoral Sandpiper this morning. 2 Pintail, 2 Little Egret, Peregrine, Hobby, Green Sandpiper (TP, J Allen, J Harris, D Hutton)
Shustoke - Arctic Tern (ad) (S Haynes et al)

Friday, 2 October 2009

2nd October - Sightings

Bassett North - Pectoral Sandpiper juv early afternoon on North Pit possibly for second day (G Williams) Still present 6.30pm at least (J Allen) Also today Little Egret, 3 Pintail, Dunlin, Redshank, Stonechat (J Allen, K Sargent, G Williams)

The 'Pec' is the first in the valley since a one day bird at Fisher's Mill in May 2002.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

1st October - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - 2 Little Egret (J Harris)
Bassett North - 2 Pintail, Stonechat (J Harris)