Friday, 31 December 2010

31st December - Sightings

Tamworth - 11 Waxwings by Tameside NR Pool (R Henderson)
Kingsbury - 9 Bewick's Swan still in usual field (Birdguides) The recently reported Lesser-White Fronted Goose is believed to relate to a Canada x Greylag hybrid. This bird has has a small white patch by the bill and an eyering but is far too large. Certainly no Lesser White Front has been seen yet by any of the locals. Please let me know if you know any differently! (A Archer, D Hutton et al)
Coton - 82 Pink-Footed Geese dropped in 3.20pm and roosted. Also 7 Bewick's roosted (J Harris, P Hyde) The goosefest continues!
Alvecote - Pink-Footed Goose, 89 Goosander (site record) (A Archer)
Ladywalk - Bittern (D Long). Chiffchaff (J Harris)

Thursday, 30 December 2010

30th December - Sightings

Bewick's Swans - Coton - Dave Hutton

Kingsbury - 9 Bewick's Swan, Pink-Footed Goose still in usual field with Mute Swans and Canadas but no sign of White-Fronted Geese (A Archer) The Bewick's once again at Coton today as well.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

29th December - Sightings

White-Fronted Goose - Dave Hutton

Kingsbury - 55 European White-Fronted Goose, 1 Pink-Footed Goose still in field south of KWP entrance (D Hutton et al) 9 Bewick's Swans still (J Wesson et al) Lesser White Fronted Goose (presumed escape) reported with Canada flock (Birdguides)
Middleton - Bittern flew from by RSPB Play Area (G Williams) At least the 7th Bittern in the Tame in last week!
Whitacre Heath NR - Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker by Flashes in small willows (J Wesson)

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

28th December - Sightings

Kingsbury - 9 Bewick's Swan still in field opposite KWP entrance (J Allen et al) Merlin seen to catch a Skylark (per S Cawthray) The swans were later joined by 53+ Eurasian White-Fronted Geese, 1 Pink-Footed Goose, 1 Greylag Goose (this bird showed pinkish orange beak and was very small. Likely to be bird reported as White-Front at Coton on 24th December) (A Barnsley et al) The Pink-Footed Goose seen earlier at Kingsbury Mill Meadow (TP, J Allen)
Tamworth - 34 Waxwing still on Falcon, Wilnecote (TP, J Allen)
Coton - Bittern, Goosander this morning (J Allen) 2 Smew (redheads) (A Barnsley) 9 Bewick's Swans roosted. Also Mediterranean Gull (ad winter plum) roosted. 17 Goosander (P Hyde et al)
Dosthill NR - 3 possibly 4 Bittern mid afternoon. 9 Goosander over. Curlew over (TP, J Allen et al) Flock of wild geese heard early afternoon presumably were the White-Fronts later at Kingsbury (G Williams)
Ladywalk - 2 Bittern, Scaup on river, Brambling (S Cawthray et al)

Monday, 27 December 2010

27th December - Sightings

Kingsbury - 9 Bewick's Swan still (J Allen et al)
Coton - 9 Bewick's Swan roosted again. Also Bittern, 7 Goosander, 4 Shelduck, Yellow-Legged Gull(ad) (J Allen et al) Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker (D Lawrence)
Tamworth - 40+ Waxwing Falcon Road, Wilnecote. Also Little Egret along Brook (P Burton)
Dosthill NR - 3 Bittern, Woodcock, 20 Goosander + 14 South (J Harris, P Hyde)
Bassett - 300 Wigeon (J Harris, P Hyde)

Saturday, 25 December 2010

25th December - Sightings


Kingsbury - 9 Bewick's Swans still (J Allen)
Coton - 9 Bewick's Swans roosted again. Also 2 Smew (redhead), 12 Goosander, 2 Shelduck, Little Egret (J Allen et al) Bittern flew in front of hide, Peregrine (M Hodson)

Friday, 24 December 2010

24th December - Sightings

Coton - Bittern flew from left of hide across lake early afternoon and seen again many times till dusk, 2 Smew (redheads), 5+ Goosander, Little Egret, 9 Bewick's Swans at dusk (TP, Bobby D et al) Earlier report of White-Fronted Goose referred to a hybrid.
Kingsbury - 9 Bewick's Swan still (TP et al)
Ladywalk - Scaup (fem) on river with Tufted Ducks. Bittern on reserve (S Cawthray)
Tamworth - 30+ Waxwing Wilnecote in tree in Falcon Road (P Burton)

Nearby  Great White Egret by Hartshill Sewage Farm and nearby River Anker (S Haynes)

Thursday, 23 December 2010

23rd December - Sightings

Kingsbury - up to 9 Bewick's Swans still in field 200m South of KWP Entrance (P Hyde, J Harris) Also 108 Skylark (J Harris)
Coton- Same  9 Bewick's Swans (5ads, 4 imm) 1.50pm - 2.35pm then flew back towards Kingsbury (P Hyde, J Harris) Also Smew (redhead), 4 Goosander, Little Egret, Dunlin (P Hyde)
Dosthill NR - 4 Curlew, 2 Goosander over (P Hyde)
Bassett North - Shelduck (P Hyde)
Lea Marston - 8 Shelduck (P Hyde)
Whitacre Heath NR - Woodcock, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit (J Harris)
Tamworth - 80+ Waxwing in trees along path at Wilnecote NR (P Burton) 4 Waxwing Overwoods Rd, Wilnecote (Birdguides)

Nearby 21 Waxwing Grendon around St Nicholas Estate Road (Bobby D)

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

22nd December - Sightings

Bewick's Swans (2ads, imm) and Mute Swans - Dave Hutton

Kingsbury - 8 Bewick's Swan (4 ads, 4 Imm) still in field between A4097 Roundabout and KWP main entrance (S Cawthray, TP et al) At least one bird is ringed - I would be grateful if anyone who can read it sends me details!
Tamworth - 35+ Waxwing at junction of Tempest Street and Halford Street (M Hodson)
Lea Marston - Green Sandpiper on river (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

21st December - Sightings

Kingsbury - 8 (4ad, 4 imm) Bewick's Swans on Bodymoor Heath Lane between A4097 roundabout and main KWP entrance in field with Mute Swans (Lee Hanson, Ben Eaton) 4+ still present at dusk (S Haynes)
Alvecote - 3 Curlew in field adjacent to Teal Pool parking area (A Barnsley)
Middleton - unconfirmed report of Bittern flew from central reservation of A4091 near Middleton hall entrance towards Middleton Village late morning (Birdguides)

Yesterday 20th December:

Middleton - Woodcock, Little Egret, Brambling (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

19th December - Sightings

Dosthill NR - 1 Bittern still on ice (J Allen)
Coton - 6 Curlew, Dunlin (A Barnsley)

Saturday, 18 December 2010

18th December - Sightings

Dosthill NR - 2 Bittern in flight over reeds 12.05pm (S Pick, T Pick)
Coton - 2 Yellow-Legged Gull (Ad, 3rd Win) in roost (J Allen)

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

15th December - Sightings

Coton - Bittern c3pm in flight left of hide. Up to 4 Smew (3 Redheads, 1st Win Male). 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls (ads) in roost (G Mant, C Cook)
Dosthill NR - Bittern still. Whooper Swan(ad) on river still (G Mant) Smew (1st Win Male) (G Williams)
Dosthill - Glaucous Gull (2nd Win) still on Main Lake (G Mant)
Tamworth - 9 Waxwing Wilnecote flew NW over Magnus, Tame Valley Ind Estate (K Sargent)
Alvecote - 54 Goosander in area (J Morgan)

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

14th December - Sightings

Dosthill - Glaucous Gull (2nd Win) on Main Lake this afternoon (P Hyde et al)
Dosthill NR - Whooper Swan(ad), Bittern still (P Hyde)
Coton - Bittern flew to reeds viewed from hide this evening (S Cawthray)

The Glauc is almost certainly the 2nd-winter that was at Throckmorton (Worcs) on Sunday and at Didcot 2 weekends ago.It does have a sepia brown iris which looks very dark at more than 80 yards. However close up the pupil can just be made out. The Bill tip is pale with messy grey not jet black sub-terminal band, also blotchey (not barred) brown on ivory white plumage. At a distance it could be mistaken for the sort of pale 1st years that you see from Feb onwards.  (Info from Steve Whitehouse)

Sunday, 12 December 2010

12th December - Sightings

Dosthill NR - Bittern again at North End, Smew (1st Win Male) (J Allen) Also Whooper Swan (ad) on river and commuting to Bassett North (Many Obs) Peregrine (M Pollock)
Tamworth - 19 Waxwing on Goldcrest off Overwoods Road 2pm onwards (M Pollock)
Bassett - 3 Brambling with large Chaffinch flock (D Baker)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

11th December - Sightings

Bassett North - Smew (1st Win Male), 4 Little Egret, Redshank (G Williams)
Dosthill NR - Whooper Swan (ad) on river again (TP, J Allen, C Cook) Also Goosander, 23+ Goldeneye.
Alvecote - 10 Goosander Mill Pool (TP, J Allen)
Tamworth - 15 Waxwing Hockley Road in Car Park behind Care Home and Shops (M Pollock)
Ladywalk - 5 Goosander, 3 Chiffchaff along river (J Wesson)

Friday, 10 December 2010

10th December - Sightings

Dosthill NR- Whooper Swan later on river (P Hyde et al). Smew (1st Win Drake), Bittern (G Williams)
Alvecote - Scaup (imm male), 14 Shelduck, 150 Wigeon Mill Pool (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - Pintail, Peregrine, 3 Goosander, Marsh Tit (D Daniel)

Thursday, 9 December 2010

9th December - Sightings

Dosthill NR  - Bittern still (Bobby D) Please note Dosthill NR is in Staffs. Pics here.
Dosthill - 2 Curlew over main lake (Bobby D) Yellow-Legged Gull (J Harris)
Coton - Curlew at dusk (J Harris) Little Egret (Bobby D) 3 Smew (Birdguides)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

8th December - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Brambling, 2 Marsh Tit (S Cawthray)
Dosthill NR - Shelduck, 18 Goldeneye (S Cawthray)
Whitacre Heath NR - 3 Woodcock, 3 Curlew over (J Wesson)

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

7th December - Sightings

Dosthill NR - Bittern (per TP) Report of Caspian Gull (J Harris)
Kingsbury - Woodcock (G A Williams)
Shustoke - Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 500+ Coot (P Forbes)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

5th December - Sightings

Goosanders - Alvecote - P Lathbury

Alvecote - 6 Pink-Footed Geese still nr M42 (J Allen, A Barnsley) Also 12 Goosander, 200+ Wigeon (P Lathbury)
Tamworth - 12 Waxwing Hockley Road behind Wilnecote Primary School (M Pollock)
Coton - 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls (ads) in roost. Also Smew (redhead), 2 Goosander (J Allen, A Barnsley)
Lea Marston - Scaup (fem/imm) on River North of Roadbridge with Tufted Ducks. Also 2 Green Sandpiper (S Haynes)
Hams Hall - 2 Chiffchaff by outfall (S Haynes)

Saturday, 4 December 2010

4th December - Sightings

Pink-Footed Geese - Adam Archer

Alvecote 6 Pink-Footed Geese still in fields at M42 end (TP, A Archer) Also 4 Grey Partridge, Brambling, 6 Goosander, 13 Shelduck. Caspian Gull (3rd win) mid afternoon Mill Pool (J Allen, R Smith)
Shustoke - 2 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 120 Shoveler, 450 Coot (P Forbes)
Tamworth1 Waxwing still Overwoods Road, Hockley flew off towards Gorsey Bank Road area 11.30am (M Pollock)
Coton - Smew (redhead) (G Rowling) 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls (Ad, 3rd Win) in roost (J Allen)

Friday, 3 December 2010

3rd December - Sightings

Shustoke - report of 2 Knot this morning (per L Johnson) but later just 2 Dunlin in same place (Many Obs) Also Redshank, 18 Goosander, 6 Curlew over (Many Obs)
Kingsbury - Redshank, 2 Little Egret, Curlew over, 300+ Wigeon on river Tame (R Henderson)
Dosthill NR - Hen Harrier ringtail again this afternoon (G Williams) Also Goosander, 30+ Goldeneye on river (Bobby D, G Williams)

Thursday, 2 December 2010

2nd December - Sightings

Dosthill - Water Pipit on mound on Main Lake (S Cawthray) Also 32 Goldeneye, Goosander, 2 Water Rail, 2 Snipe along river (S Cawthray)
Alvecote - 6 Pink-Footed Geese still by M42 with Canadas (S Haynes, Bobby D)
Shustoke - Dunlin (P Forbes) Pintail (m) (S Haynes)
Coton - 5 Goosander on river near Kingsbury road bridge (M Hodson) 2 Smew (redheads) from Hide (C Cook)

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

1st December - Sightings

Dosthill - 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls(ads), 1100 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, 300 Herring Gulls on ice (A Dean)
Shustoke - Knot, 3 Grey Plover Over, Green Sandpiper, 17 Goosander, 152 Shoveler, 70 Pochard, 120 Tufted Duck (P Forbes et al)
Alvecote - 6 Pink-Footed Goose with Canadas by M42 for a few days (per S Haynes)
Kingsbury - Hen Harrier over meadow 3.01pm, 4 Goosander over, Little Egret, Redshank (S Cawthray)
Coton - Smew (m), 8 Curlew at Dusk, large Gull Roost including Yellow-Legged Gull(ad) (S Cawthray et al)

Monday, 29 November 2010

29th November - Sightings

Coton - 2 Caspian Gulls (ad, 3rd Win), 4 Yellow-Legged Gulls (3ads, 3rd Win), 260 Herring Gull, 120 Common Gull in roost. Also Little Egret, 2 Goosander (A Dean) Smew (redhead) yesterday afternoon (A Barnsley)
Kingsbury South - 11 Goosander on river. Yellow-Legged Gull (3rd Win) Bodymoor Heath Water (A Dean)

Sunday, 28 November 2010

28th November - Sightings

Coton - 5 Waxwings c12pm then flew North (per TP)
Wilnecote - 2 Waxwing Overwoods Road (Martin Hodson)

Saturday, 27 November 2010

27th November - Sightings

Kingsbury South - 1+ Mealy Redpoll with c200 Goldfinch and a few Siskin/Lesser Redpoll around Swann Pool Car Park. 3 Goosander (all m), Little Egret by river (TP)
Shustoke - Smew(redhead) (P Forbes)
Alvecote - Scaup (fem/imm) still Mill Pool in NW Corner. Hooded Merganser Gilman's Pool (A Archer)
Fisher's Mill - 12 Goosander on river (G Williams)

Friday, 26 November 2010

26th November - Sightings

Alvecote - No sign of reported Red-Breasted Merganser (Many Obs) Scaup again on Mill Pool by bridge (J Morgan)
Ladywalk - Tawny Owl, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, 3 Water Rail, 3 Goosander, Brambling, Marsh Tit (S Cawthray)
Wishaw - 300 Golden Plover, 32 Skylark, Peregrine (S Cawthray)
Kingsbury - 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 4 Grey Wagtail on river (P Casey)
Fisher's Mill - Yellow-Legged Gull (Bobby D)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

25th November - Sightings

Alvecote  - Scaup(fem) still Pretty Pigs Lake. Red-Breasted Merganser, 5 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 5 Shelduck Mill Pool (J Morgan)

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

24th November - Sightings

Wishaw - 300+ Golden Plover Wishaw Lane (Ross Johns)
Alvecote - No sign of Scaup Pretty Pigs Lake but 5 Goosander (up to 40 recently), 4 Shelduck (S Haynes)
Shustoke - 15 Goosander (P Forbes)
Ladywalk - 3 Green Sandpiper, Pintail(fem) (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

23rd November - Sightings

Alvecote (Staffs) - Scaup (juv/fem) Pretty Pigs Lake (J Morgan)
Bassett North - Grey Plover North Pit (J Mallinson)
Wishaw - 644 Golden Plover, 271 Lapwing Blindpit Lane (S Haynes)
Kingsbury - 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank Cliff Pool (S Cawthray)

Monday, 22 November 2010

22nd November - Sightings

Alvecote - 2 Little Egret, Shelduck, escaped Hooded Merganser (m) again (S Haynes)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

21st November - Sightings

Kingsbury - Hen Harrier (Ringtail) still (R Henderson) Also seen yesterday. 2 Little Egret in area (Many Obs)

Saturday, 20 November 2010

20th November - Sightings

Coton - 4 Pintail on pool adjacent to A4097 (A Barnsley)

Thursday, 18 November 2010

18th November - Sightings

Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser (fem) still (Many Obs)

17th November - Sightings

Kingsbury - Goosander (m) Cliff Pool (Martin Hodson)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

16th November - Sightings

Alvecote - 29 Goosander, Little Egret (S Haynes)
Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser still (J Harris)
Kingsbury - Redshank, Goosander(m), Shelduck Cliff Pool (Phil Stocks)
Fisher's Mill - 3 Woodcock (J Harris)
Bassett North - Dunlin (J Harris)

Monday, 15 November 2010

15th November - Sightings

Red-Breasted Merganser - Dave Hutton

Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser (fem) still (Many Obs)
Alvecote - Goosander Mill Pool. Peregrine Laundry Lane. Chiffchaff Alvecote Priory (J Morgan)
Over Whitacre - 37 Golden Plover (S Haynes)
Wishaw - 325 Golden Plover Wiggin's Hill (S Haynes)

Sunday, 14 November 2010

14th November - Sightings

Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser (fem) still (Many Obs) Little Gull (1st Win) in roost until 4.25pm then flew north . 6 Goosander over (M Griffiths)
Bassett North - 2 Little Egret (J Allen)
Kingsbury - Red-Crested Pochard Cliff Pool (Birdguides)

Saturday, 13 November 2010

13th November - Sightings

Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser still at North East corner and showing very well at times (Many Obs)

Friday, 12 November 2010

12th November - Sightings

Red-Breasted Merganser - Dave Hutton

Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser still (Many Obs)
Dosthill - Caspian Gull(ad), 7 Yellow-Legged Gull (5 ads, 3rd Win, 1st Win), Hen Harrier (ringtail), Peregrine, 5 Dunlin over (A Dean, P Hyde)
Kingsbury - Hen Harrier (ringtail) Cliff Pool 2.30pm (P Casey)  Same as Dosthill.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

11th November - Sightings

Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser (fem/imm) still (J Oates) Pic here.
Kingsbury - Hen Harrier (ringtail) hunting Cliff Pool late afternoon (C Cook)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

10th November - Sightings

Shustoke - Red-Breasted Merganser (fem/imm) with Pochard at North Bank (S Haynes et al)
Fisher's Mill - Jack Snipe (G Williams)
Kingsbury - Hen Harrier ringtail early afternoon (Ron Thomas)
Kingsbury South - 9 Little Egret (Ron Thomas)
Middleton - Chiffchaff Silt Pool (P Hyde)

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

9th November - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Hen Harrier (ringtail) still (A Dean, G Williams) Also 2 Little Egret (A Dean)
Dosthill - 3 Yellow-Legged Gulls (2 ad, 1st Win) on Main Lake. Also 2 Curlew, Dunlin over (A Dean)
Kingsbury South - Goosander(f) over Bodymoor Heath Water and Yellow-Legged Gull (3cy) still present (A Dean)

Nearby a Rough-Legged Buzzard (juv) briefly at Marsh Lane NR (J Oates et al) Gripping record shot below by John Oates. Let's hope it finds the Tame to its liking this winter!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

7th November - Sightings

Bassett North - Pink-Footed Goose with Greylags (M Inskipp) Hen Harrier (ringtail) again this afternoon. Also 3 Little Egret (TP)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

3rd November - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Caspian Gull (1st Win), Brambling, 2 Redpoll (S Cawthray) The Caspian is the same bird as 29th October at Dosthill.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

2nd November - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Hen Harrier (ringtail) still (Birdguides)

Monday, 1 November 2010

1st November - Sightings

Hen Harrier - Bob Duckhouse

Ladywalk - Bittern main reedbed, 21 Waxwing over towards Hams Hall (S Cawthray)
Alvecote - Goosander (fem) Upper Pool, Woodcock edge of wood beyond Decoy Pool (J Morgan)
Fisher's Mill - Hen Harrier (ringtail) again today before dropping into reedbed c3pm (per Nick Martin, Bobby D)

31st October - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Dunlin, 2 Goosander, 2 Jack Snipe (A Barnsley, S Cawthray)
Wishaw - 20 Grey Partridge (7 Blindpit Lane, 13 Wiggin's Hill) (D Baker)
Coleshill GP - Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper (P Forbes)
Bassett South - 5 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin (G Williams)
Fisher's Mill - 6 Siskin, Redpoll (G Williams)
Kingsbury - 3 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Goosander, 67 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 3 Kingfisher (S Cawthray)
Hams Hall - Little Owl (S Cawthray)

Saturday, 30 October 2010

30th October - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Hen Harrier (Ringtail) 4pm landed briefly having flown in from Dosthill (Dean Baker)
Bassett North - Hen Harrier 4.20pm (D Baker) Redshank, Green Sandpiper (G Williams)
Bassett South - 2 Stonechat (m,f) (G Williams)
Coleshill GPs - Jack Snipe (P Forbes)

Friday, 29 October 2010

29th October - Sightings

Dosthill - Caspian Gull (1st Win) on Main Lake (A Dean) Pic here.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

27th October - Sightings

Kingsbury - 3 Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray, K Sargent)
Shustoke - 47 Pochard, 100 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing (S Cawthray)
Fisher's Mill - 2 Stonechat (m,f), Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 3 Siskin, Golden Plover over, Dunlin over (S Cawthray) 1+ Brambling (G Williams)
Bassett South - Stonechat (G Williams)
Lea Marston - 12 Redpoll, 6 Skylark (S Cawthray)

Monday, 25 October 2010

25th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Brambling, Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Fisher's Mill - Rock Pipit (Birdguides)

24th October - Sightings

Coton - Rock Pipit over (S Haynes)
Whitracre Heath NR - Redpoll (J Wesson) Also report of Barn Owl (per J Wesson)

Saturday, 23 October 2010

23rd October - Sightings

Wishaw - Hen Harrier (Ringtail) over blindpit Lane 3.15pm (S Haynes et al) Also Woodlark in stubble with Skylarks for second day though elusive (J Alton, S Cawthray, S Haynes). 15+ Golden Plover, 200+ Skylark, Green Sandpiper, Corn Bunting (Many Obs)

Friday, 22 October 2010

22nd October - Sightings

Coton - Mandarin, Merlin (S Haynes)
Lea Marston - Brambling, 3 Green Sandpiper (S Haynes)
Wishaw - 400 Starling, 200 Skylark, 5 Corn Bunting, 65 Pied Wagtail, 45 Lapwing, Golden Plover (S Haynes)

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

20th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - 330 Fieldfare, 12 Siskin/Redpoll (S Cawthray)
Shustoke - 120+ Cormorant, c80 Fieldfare, c20 Redwing, c20 Siskin, 12+ Meadow Pipit (P Forbes)

19th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Pintail (S Cawthray)
Middleton - Green Sandpiper (J Mallinson)
Bassett South - Wheatear (J Mallinson)
Shustoke - Scaup(f) still, c50 Pochard. Barn Owl nearby recently (P Forbes)

18th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Bassett South - 2 Stonechat (pr) (J Harris)
Bassett North - Little Egret (J Harris)

Sunday, 17 October 2010

17th October - Sightings

Scaup - Dave Hutton

Shustoke - Scaup (fem)  (S Cawthray et al)
AlvecoteRed Kite over South late morning. Possibly landed in Robey's Wood (A Archer)
Ladywalk - Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 3 Water Rail, Pintail, 8 Goosander, 208 Shoveler, 5 Swallow, 12 Redwing, 30 Pied Wagtail (S Cawthray et al)
Kingsbury - 4 Little Egret (S Cawthray)
Wishaw - 200 Skylark, 120 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting, 15 Meadow Pipit (S Haynes)
Bassett South - 2 Stonechat (pr), Goldeneye (G Williams)
Fisher's Mill - Stonechat, 2 Brambling(G Williams)

16th October - Sightings

Alvecote - Goldeneye Pretty Pigs Lake. 50 Fieldfare over nearby fields (J Morgan)
Wishaw - 250+ Skylark (TP, J Allen)

Friday, 15 October 2010

15th October - Sightings

Coton - 45 Fieldfare over to SW (S Haynes)
Shustoke - 5 Goldeneye (S Haynes, S Cawthray)
Wishaw - 200 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 8 Corn Bunting, Peregrine (ad m), 4 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - 5 Goosander, Pintail(m), 200 Teal, 150 Gadwall, 100 Shoveler, 80 Wigeon, Little Egret (S Cawthray)
Whitacre Heath - 6 Redwing, 8 Swallow (J Wesson)
Bassett South - 11 Golden Plover, 1+ Redpoll over (G Williams)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

13th October - Sightings

Dosthill - Stonechat (Bobby D)
Kingsbury - 2 Green Sandpiper on river (Bobby D)

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

12th October - Sightings

Rock Pipit - Bob Duckhouse

Shustoke - Rock Pipit (P Forbes et al)
Coton - 21 Redwing (Bobby D)
Fisher's Mill - 6 Golden Plover over (G Williams)

Monday, 11 October 2010

11th October - Sightings

Alvecote - Stonechat Mill Pool (J Morgan)

10th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Black Tern (juv) still (P Forbes)
Ladywalk - 11 Redwing, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Pintail, 248 Teal (P Sofley)
Whitacre Heath - Wheatear, Stonechat (R Whitcomb)

Friday, 8 October 2010

8th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Black Tern still (P Burton)
Bassett North - Whitethroat (J Harris, J Mallinson) Also seen yesterday. 3 Golden Plover (J Mallinson)
Whitacre Heath - Whinchat (per logbook)

Thursday, 7 October 2010

7th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Black Tern (juv) mid afternoon at least (TP et al)
Wishaw - 150+ Skylark in stubble off Blindpit Lane (TP)
Ladywalk - Greenshank, Curlew (S Cawthray)

6th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - 4 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 3 Chiffchaff (S Cawthray) The new footpath and hide are now open.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

1st October - Sightings

Tamworth - Wheatear (M Priest)
Shustoke - Common Scoter (m) at west end (Birdguides)

Thursday, 30 September 2010

30th September - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Greenshank, 2 Dunlin (G Williams)
Bassett North - Pintail (G Williams)
Ladywalk - 9 Goosander, 2 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray)

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

29th September - Sightings

Shustoke - 8 Little Gulls (Ad, 2nd Win, 6 1st Win), Wheatear, 65 Swallow (S Cawthray, S Haynes et al)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

26th September - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Scoter (fem/imm) (P Forbes et al)
Ladywalk - Spotted Flycatcher, Goosander, Dunlin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 14 Swallow, 10 House Martin (M Pollock, S Cawthray)
Hams Hall  - 2 Green Sandpiper (M Pollock)

Saturday, 25 September 2010

25th September - Sightings

Middleton - 2 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Kingsbury - Greenshank, 6 Little Egret Cliff Pool (J Allen)
Kingsbury South - Yellow-Legged Gull (3rd Win) still Bodymoor Heath Water (TP)

Friday, 24 September 2010

24th September - Sightings

Alvecote - Greenshank, 6 Snipe Teal Pool (J Morgan)
Shustoke - 3 Black Terns, Common Tern (P Forbes, M Griffiths)
Kingsbury - 4 Greenshank, 6 Little Egret, c120 Shoveler (P Burton)

Thursday, 23 September 2010

23rd September - Sightings

Coton - Arctic Tern through (Bobby D)
Ladywalk - 2 Little Egret, Water Rail, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew (D Daniel, S Cawthray)
Shustoke - Goosander (P Forbes)
Fisher's Mill - Siskin over (J Harris)
Kingsbury - Black Tern (juv) still often on Broomey Croft Pool (Bobby D)

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

22nd September - Sightings

Alvecote - up to 31 Black Tern on Mill Pool this afternoon by 6pm. 8 still present late evening. Also Green Sandpiper, Greenshank over, Pintail (J Morgan, Bobby D, TP et al) This is the largest flock of black terns in area for many years.
Ladywalk - Jack Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (S Cawthray)
Middleton - Green Sandpiper (J Mallinson)
Bassett North - Green Sandpiper (J Mallinson)
Bassett South - Ruff, 5 Redshank, 2 Little Egret (J Mallinson)

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

21st September - Sightings

Kingsbury - Black Tern(juv), 2 Greenshank, Ruff, 7 Little Egret, 112 Shoveler Cliff Pool (A Archer et al)
Fisher's Mill - Spotted Flycatcher in hawthorn hedge (J Harris)
Bassett South - Pintail, Little Egret, Dunlin (J Harris)
Shustoke - Little Gull (juv) this afternoon (per Birdguides)
Ladywalk - 2 Curlew, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Reed Warbler (S Cawthray)

Monday, 20 September 2010

20th September - Sightings

Kingsbury - Black Tern(juv), 3 Greenshank, Ruff, 8 Little Egret Cliff Pool (K Sargent)
Wishaw - 7 Grey Partridge, Golden Plover over, Peregrine, Wheatear Wiggin's Hill (S Haynes)
Shustoke - Little Gull(juv) still (P Forbes)
Middleton - 2 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Coton - 47 Wigeon (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 19 September 2010

19th September - Sightings

Kingsbury - Black Tern, 8 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, Ruff Cliff Pool (S Cawthray)
Shustoke - Little Gull(juv) still (P Forbes)

Saturday, 18 September 2010

18th September - Sightings

Shustoke - Little Gull(juv) still (Many Obs)
Bassett North - 1+ Greenshank, Little Egret, Peregrine (TP, J Allen)
Middleton - Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP, J Allen)
Kingsbury - 2 Greenshank, Ruff, 3 Little Egret, Peregrine, 50+ House Martin, 50+ Swallow Cliff Pool (T & S Pick, TP, J Allen)

Friday, 17 September 2010

17th September - Sightings

Shustoke - Little Gull(juv) still (Many Obs) Peregrine, Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)
Kingsbury - 7 Little Egret, Greenshank Cliff Pool (J Allen)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

16 September - Sightings

Shustoke - Little Gull (Juv) still, Hobby (Many Obs)
Lea Marston - Green Sandpiper (Bobby D)
Kingsbury - 7 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank Cliff Pool (Bobby D) 11 Little Egret roosted (W Egmont)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

15th September - Sightings

Leach's Petrel - Bob Duckhouse

- Leach's Petrel from hide 1.26pm at least (Bobby D et al) Flew off high ENE at 3.45pm (Birdguides)
Shustoke - Little Gull(juv) still (Many Obs) 2 Swift, 200+ House Martin (Bobby D) Little Stint briefly (P Forbes)
Kingsbury - 9 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank Cliff Pool (Tony Hyde)
Ladywalk - 2 Dunlin, Redshank, 2 Curlew, 3 Green Sandpiper, Hobby (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

14th September - Sightings

Shustoke - Little Gull (juv) still (P Forbes, J Oates et al) Hobby (S Cawthray)
Bassett North - Hobby, 3 Greenshank, Ruff, Little Egret (J Mallinson)
Kingsbury - 11 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank 2 Ruff (S Cawthray)
Middleton - Green Sandpiper Hall Lake(R Henderson) 2 Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 4 Green Sandpiper on Flash (R Henderson)
Whitacre Heath - 2 Curlew (R Henderson)

Monday, 13 September 2010

13th September - Sightings

Kingsbury - Honey Buzzard over Cliff Pool to West at 2.45pm (K Sargent) Also 7 Little Egret, Ruff, Greenshank (K Sargent) 11 Little Egret to roost (W Egmont)
Shustoke - Little Gull (juv) (S Haynes)
Tamworth - 2 Greenshank, Curlew Tameside NR (R Henderson)
Middleton - 2 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (R Henderson)
Ladywalk - Pintail, 2 Curlew, 4 Green Sandpiper, 189 Teal (P Sofley)

Sunday, 12 September 2010

12th September - Sightings

Shustoke - Black Tern (juv), Common Tern (juv) (TP)
Kingsbury South - Common Tern(ad), Yellow-Legged Gull(3cy) Bodymoor Heath Water, Common Tern(ad) Swann Pool (TP)
Bassett North - Pintail, 3+ Greenshank, Hobby (TP)

Saturday, 11 September 2010

11th September - Sightings

Shustoke - Black Tern (juv) this morning (P Forbes) Joined this afternoon by Arctic Tern(juv), Common Tern (juv) (TP) Also 2 Common Sandpiper (P Forbes, TP)
Kingsbury - Greenshank, 7 Little Egret Cliff Pool this afternoon(TP) 10 Little Egret roosted (W J Egmont)
Coleshill - Greenshank Quarry (P Forbes)

Friday, 10 September 2010

10th September - Sightings

Kingsbury South - Spotted Redshank(juv) Hemlingford Water early morning on beach by car park but soon disturbed and flew north (A Dean) Black Tern(juv) Bodymoor Heath water in morning only (A Dean)
Dosthill - Greenshank, Hobby Main Pit (A Dean)
Ladywalk - Whimbrel from Riverwalk Hide 6.45am for a few minutes then flew North calling (D Daniel)
Shustoke - Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)
Coleshill - Greenshank, Snipe at Quarry (P Forbes)
Kingsbury - 2 Ruff, Greenshank, 8 Little Egret Cliff Pool in evening (W J Egmont)

Thursday, 9 September 2010

9th September - Sightings

Ladywalk - 3 Little Stints through toward Whitacre Heath NR. Also this morning 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Swift, Pintail (S Cawthray et al)
Tamworth - Merlin(m), Hobby, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper Tameside NR (R Henderson)
Wishaw - 4 Whinchat, Wheatear Wiggin's Hill Lane (S Haynes)
Bassett North - 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, LRP, Ringed Plover (J Allen)
Whitacre Heath NR - 2 Green Sandpiper (J Wesson)
Middleton - Green Sandpiper, Water Rail Hall Lake (J Allen)
Kingsbury - Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Snipe (A Barnsley)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

8th September - Sightings

Kingsbury South - Black Tern Hemlingford Water (S Haynes) Black Tern(ad), 4 Common Tern, YL Gull(3cy), GBB Gull(3cy), Common Sandpiper Bodymoor Heath Water (A Dean).
Shustoke - Grey Plover over nearby to South East 8.00am. Greenshank (S Haynes)
Kingsbury - 2 Black Tern (juvs), 4 Little Egret Cliff Pool (K Sargent et al)
Dosthill - Black Tern (juv), 5 Hobby, 2 Greenshank, YL Gull(ad) (A Dean)
Fisher's Mill - 4 Little Egret, Greenshank (A Dean)
Coton - Little Egret, 11 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (A Dean)

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

7th September - Sightings

Kingsbury - Black Tern (juv), Greenshank Cliff Pool (K Sargent)
Bassett North - Wood Sandpiper still, 3 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 3 Pintail, 4 Hobby (J Fincham)
Shustoke - Osprey over SW(K Wimbush) Little Egret, 7 Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)
Coleshill - Greenshank heard at GPs (Bobby D)

Monday, 6 September 2010

6th September - Sightings

Little Stint - Dave Hutton

Shustoke - Little Stint this afternoon (D Hutton et al) This was bird reported earlier as a Sanderling. Also today 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, 7 Common Tern (S Cawthray, P Forbes)

Kingsbury - 3 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 2 Little Egret, Yellow Wagtail Cliff Pool (K Sargent, W Egmont)

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Sightings - New Email Address


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Hopefully this should resolve issues with some people not being able to email the previous address successfully. However I will continue to check the previous address as well!

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5th September - Sightings

Bassett North - Wood Sandpiper, 5+ Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Hobby, Peregrine (TP et al)
Alvecote - Mandarin Pretty Pigs Lake (per Birdguides)
Middleton - 32 Teal Hall Lake (TP)
Shustoke - 1st Win Mediterranean Gull again in roost. Also 2 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern (P Forbes)

Friday, 3 September 2010

3rd September - Sightings

Bassett North - Wood Sandpiper, Redshank, 3 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Hobby, 2 Raven (J Harris)
Alvecote - 2 Little Egret Pretty Pigs Lake (per Birdforum) 3 Pintail Mill Pool (J Morgan)
Shustoke - 1st Win Med Gull this evening (S Cawthray)

Thursday, 2 September 2010

2nd September - Sightings

Bassett North - Knot, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper,2 LRP, Hobby (S Cawthray)
Fisher's Mill - 2 Pintail, 9 Wigeon (S Cawthray)
Shustoke - Spotted Flycatcher, Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 3 Common Tern (P Forbes)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

1st September - Sightings

Lea Marston - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, 20 Chiffchaff (S Haynes)
Bassett North - Knot, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Redshank (G Williams)
Ladywalk - Hobby, Little Owl, Little Egret, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Curlew (S Cawthray)
Shustoke - 5 Dunlin, 3 Spotted Flycatcher (P Forbes, K Wimbush)
Coleshill - 2 Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Snipe at Quarry (P Forbes)

31st August - Sightings

Ladywalk - Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Curlew, Snipe, Spotted Flycatcher (S Cawthray)
Alvecote - Ruff, Redshank (per birdforum)
Coleshill - Whinchat, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe (P Forbes)

Monday, 30 August 2010

30th August - Sightings

Whitacre Heath NR - Wheatear (J Wesson)
Shustoke - 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, 200 Swallow (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 29 August 2010

29th August - Sightings

Bassett North - 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover (TP)
Middleton - Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)

Saturday, 28 August 2010

28th August - Sightings

Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Kingsbury South - Yellow-Legged Gull (2nd Sum) Bodymoor Heath Water (TP)
Whitacre Heath NR - Greenshank , Green Sandpiper Main Pool. 6 Yellow Wagtail River Pool (J Weson)
Alvecote - Redstart (Birdguides)

Alan Dean notes the following about the YL Gull:

"The YLG at B H Water is the same individual that has been in the area all year. I have photographed it on various occasions to monitor and illustrate its development in appearance and moult. It’s now moulted majority of coverts, tertials and p1 to p6. P7 and p8 are in pin and p9 and p10 are old. Thus it’s now close to 3W plumage, despite the date (YLG moult a bit earlier than e.g. HG, as you’ll know). The change in appearance from clear 2S plumage in June ( to current appearance in August – close to 3W plumage ( - can be seen in these images on my website. Earlier images show it in 2W plumage. It’s been very useful to be able to monitor a known individual right through from 2W to 3W "

Friday, 27 August 2010

27th August - Sightings

Bassett - report of Curlew Sandpiper circling pits 12.46pm (per Birdguides)
Wishaw - 6 Wheatear Wiggin's Hill Lane (S Haynes) 6 Grey Partridge Blindpit Lane. This includes a white youngster (G A Williams)
Ladywalk - Spotted Flycatcher, Greenshank, 4 Curlew, 4 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray)

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

25th August - Sightings

Ladywalk - 3 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Swift (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

24th August - Sightings

Coleshill - 7 Green Sandpiper, Hobby at GPs (P Forbes)

Monday, 23 August 2010

23rd August - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Hobby, 4 Curlew, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Shustoke - 4 Whimbrel over, 3 Spotted Flycatcher (P Forbes)

Sunday, 22 August 2010

22nd August - Sightings

Greenshank - Whitacre Heath NR - Jeff Wesson

Whitacre Heath NR
- 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Hobby, 3 Spotted Flycatcher River Pool. Greenshank Flashes. 2 Green Sandpiper Main Pool (J Wesson et al)
Shustoke - Turnstone (ad sp), 4 Common Sandpiper this evening (P Forbes, S Cawthray, TP)

21st August - Sightings

Middleton - Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Whitacre Heath NR - 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper on River Pool (P Casey)

20th August - Sightings

Whitacre Heath NR - 4 Curlew, Hobby (J Wesson)
Shustoke - Wheatear, Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)

Thursday, 19 August 2010

19th August - Sightings

Bassett North - 1+ Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, LRP, Peregrine, Yellow-Legged Gull(3rd Sum), Hybrid Shelduck sp (TP)
Middleton - 4 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Ladywalk - Greenshank, 4 Curlew, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (P Sofley)

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

17th August - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - 4 Green Sandpiper, Wigeon (TP)
Middleton - 4 Green Sandpiper, 7 Teal Hall Lake (TP)
Shustoke - Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Wishaw - 3 Grey Partridge Blindpit Lane (C Cook)
Kingsbury - Little Egret, Hobby Cliff Pool (K Sargent)
Bassett North - 4 Greenshank, 4 LRP (G Williams)

Monday, 16 August 2010

16th August - Sightings

Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Water Rail (K Sargent, S Cawthray, S Haynes)
Bassett North - 4 Teal, Shoveler, Hobby (K Sargent)
Fisher's Mill - Garganey (eclipse male), Snipe (S Cawthray)
Shustoke - Greenshank this evening (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - Marsh Harrier (fem/imm), Little Egret this evening (P Sofley)

Sunday, 15 August 2010

15th August - Sightings

Middleton - 2 Whinchat in potato field by Church Lane (C Cook)

Saturday, 14 August 2010

14th August - Sightings

Shustoke - 2 Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - Peregrine, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (up to 6 in recent days still) (S Cawthray)
Bassett North - Common Sandpiper, Wigeon (TP)

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

11th August - Sightings

Whitacre Heath NR - 2 Green Sandpiper (per birdforum)
Ladywalk - Ring-Necked Parakeet over (P Sofley et al) A nice reward for the work party!

10th August - Sightings

Kingsbury - Mandarin(f), Common Sandpiper Cliff Pool (B Jones per Warwickshire Birding)
Fisher's Mill - Wood Sandpiper still on back pool (B Jones per Warwickshire Birding)

Monday, 9 August 2010

9th August - Sightings

Ladywalk - 4 Curlew, 6 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Cuckoo (imm) (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 8 August 2010

8th August - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Wood Sandpiper this morning(per G Williams) and Wood Sand still this evening on back pool (S Cawthray) Green Sandpiper along river (J Wesson) Marsh Harrier (fem/imm) flew north c4.30pm (Bobby D) Greenshank (G Williams)
Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake. 2 Green Sandpiper on Flash (TP et al) 2 Greenshank Silt Pool this morning (G Williams)
Kingsbury - Mandarin (f) again Cliff Pool (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - Redstart (juv) , 7 Green Sandpiper (per S Cawthray)
Bassett North - Black-Tailed Godwit, Peregrine (G Williams)

Saturday, 7 August 2010

7th August - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - Greenshank (Bobby D)
Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (J Allen)

Friday, 6 August 2010

6th August - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - 3 Ruff (G Williams, Bobby D) 4 Ruff this afternoon (Birdguides)
Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP) 1+ Greenshank Silt Pool tho mobile (S Cawthray)
Whitacre Heath NR - 4 Curlew (J Wesson)

Thursday, 5 August 2010

5th August - Sightings

Bassett North - Golden Plover, Peregrine (G Williams)
Whitacre Heath NR - Green Sandpiper on River Pool (Jon M)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

4th August - Sightings

Alvecote - Redstart(m) still in hedge parallel to Laundry Lane (Bobby D)
Middleton - Turtle Dove purring, 6 Green Sandpiper (Bobby D)
Ladywalk - Cuckoo, Hobby, Snipe, Common Sandpiper,4 Curlew, Little Egret, 7 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray, P Sofley)

3rd August

Ladywalk - 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby, 4 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray)

Another Turtle Dove seen out of area at Maxstoke (P Sofley)

Monday, 2 August 2010

2nd August - Sightings

Alvecote - Redstart(m) still Laundry Lane (per birdforum)
Bassett North - 3 Black-Tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (J Mallinson)

Sunday, 1 August 2010

1st August - Sightings

Bassett North - Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Fisher's Mill - Greenshank, 3 Little Egret (S Cawthray)
Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake (Many Obs)
Alvecote - Report of Garganey on Mill Pool this afternoon. No sign this evening but Teal, Pochard, 2 Shelduck (TP) Also male Redstart Laundry Lane (S Haynes et al)

Saturday, 31 July 2010

31st July - Sightings

Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake (TP)
Coleshill - 4 Green Sandpiper at GPs (TP)

Friday, 30 July 2010

30th July - Sightings

Middleton - 2 Red-Crested Pochard (female type), 5 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake (Bobby D et al)
Alvecote - Dunlin Mill Pool (Bobby D)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

29th July - Sightings

Coleshill - 4 Green Sandpiper at GPs (D Hutton)

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

28th July - Sightings

Lea Marston - Black Tailed Godwit from railway bridge (TP)
Ladywalk - Hobby (S Cawthray)

27th July - Sightings

Whitacre Heath NR - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (J Wesson)
Shustoke - Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 21 Common Tern (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

26th July - Sightings

Whitacre Heath NR - 3 Black-Tailed Godwit (J Wesson)
Lea Marston - Little Egret (Birdguides)
Shustoke - 25 Common Tern (Birdguides)

Hopefully my broad band is now fixed!

Tame Valley Information

I am having intermittent broadband issues at the moment so this site is being updated less often than I would like, so bear with me! Also some people have sent me emails that haven't got through, so if any of your news is missing can you resend it to me or leave a comment on this post.

Also Steve Cawthray informs me the Ladywalk Work Parties are starting again from this (and every) Wednesday at 5pm onwards. Give him a shout if you are interested in helping out. There are exciting plans for the reserve.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

25th July - Sightings

Whitacre Heath NR - Black-Tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 3 Curlew (J Wesson) 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper in evening (Paul C)
Fisher's Mill - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit (S Cawthray)
Middleton - 4 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret(S Cawthray, G Williams)
Bassett North - Little Gull(1st Sum) still (S Cawthray) 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Redshank (juv) (G Williams)
Bassett South - Common Sandpiper ( G Williams)

The 2 Godwit were different to those on 23rd July which were ringed.

24th July - Sightings

Bassett North - Little Gull (1st Sum) still on Spoonbill Pit. Also Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 4 Shoveler, 5 Shelduck in area (TP)
Middleton - 4 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP) Green Sandpiper Flash (TP)
Whitacre Heath NR - Black-Tailed Godwit (P Satch)
Ladywalk - Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Tit (S Cawthray)

23rd July - Sightings

Bassett North - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit , Little Gull(Birdguides)

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

20th July - Sightings

Bassett North - Little Gull (1st Sum) still on Spoonbill Pit for 14th Day (G Williams) Please note this private area should only be viewed from canal towpath.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

17th July - Sightings

Ladywalk - Little Egret, 2 LRP, 3 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 6 Oystercatcher, 200 Swift, Tree Sparrow, Marsh Tit (S Cawthray)

16th July - Sightings

Shustoke - 24 Common Tern (S Cawthray)

15th July - Sightings

Ladywalk - Redshank, Little Egret, 6 Oystercatcher, Curlew (S Cawthray)

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

14th July - Sightings

Shustoke - 2 Common Sandpiper, 16 Common Tern (S Cawthray)
Coton - 188 Mute Swan (S Cawthray)
Kingsbury - 2 Little Egret, LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, 60 Lapwaing, 4 Common Tern (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

13th July - Sightings

Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper (Bobby D)

Monday, 12 July 2010

12th July - Sightings

Kingsbury - 2 Common Sandpiper Cliff Pool, 3 Little Egrets over (Bobby D)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper (Bobby D)
Ladywalk - Curlew, Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Oystercatcher (S Cawthray)

11th July - Sightings

Bassett North - Little Gull(1st Sum) still, Garganey(imm/fem),Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 6 Teal (J Allen)
Middleton - 7 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP, J Allen)

Saturday, 10 July 2010

10th July - Sightings

Ladywalk - Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 LRP, Little Egret, Goosander, Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray, J Wesson)
Whitacre Heath NR - 3 Green Sandpiper (J Wesson)
Wishaw - Quail calling from Blindpit Lane (per Warwickshire Birding)

Friday, 9 July 2010

9th July - Sightings

Middleton - 8 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (S Cawthray)
Fisher's Mill - Little Egret (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew (S Cawthray)
Bassett North - Little Gull (1st Sum) still (per birdforum)

8th July

Kingsbury - 2 Grasshopper Wbr, Little Egret (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

6th July - Sightings

Bassett North - Little Gull (1st Sum) North Pit (J Fincham, S Cawthray et al)
Bassett South - Little Egret (G Williams)

Sunday, 4 July 2010

4th July - Sightings

Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake (TP)

Saturday, 3 July 2010

3rd July - Sightings

Middleton - 6 Green Sandpiper (J Allen)
Kingsbury - Mandarin(f) still Cliff Pool (J Allen)

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

29th June - Sightings

Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, Hobby (S Cawthray)

Monday, 28 June 2010

28th June - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper (P Sofley)
Fisher's Mill - Med Gull (ad), 1st Sum Common Gull (A Dean) Up to 2 Meds (1+ ad, 2nd Sum) seen erratically during summer throughout area but probably just wandering birds (Many Obs)
Kingsbury South - Yellow-Legged Gull (2nd Sum) , GBB Gull (2nd Sum) Bodymoor Heath Water (A Dean) The Yellow Legged is thought to have been around since the beginning of the year and is now associating with a LBB Gull.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

27th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - Mandarin(f) still Cliff Pool late afternoon then flew towards Canal Pool. Also 3 Teal, Shoveler (J Allen)
Middleton - 6 Green Sandpiper, Wigeon(f), Shoveler(m) on Hall Lake (TP, J Allen)

Friday, 25 June 2010

24th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - Mandarin(f) Otter Pool in evening (W J Egmont) Also seen on 22nd June at Cliff Pool (per Warwickshire Birding)

Sunday, 20 June 2010

20th June - Sightings

Bassett North - Black-Tailed Godwit, Wigeon(m), 12 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 3 Broods of Gadwall (TP, J Allen)

Saturday, 19 June 2010

19th June - Sightings

Bassett North - 4 Black-Tailed Godwit, Wigeon(m), 6 Teal, 12 Shoveler, Redshank (J Allen)

Thursday, 17 June 2010

17th June - Sightings

Bassett North - Wood Sandpiper on North Pit (G Williams) 2 Yellow-Legged Gulls (nr ad, 2nd Sum), 2 Redshank this evening (J Allen)

Late News for Yesterday 16th June:

Fisher's Mill - prob Med Gull(juv) (G Williams)
Bassett North - Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 2 Redshank (S Cawthray, G Williams)

Monday, 14 June 2010

14th June - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Goosander (pr), 4 Peregrine hunting (pr + 2 Juvs) (S Cawthray)

13th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - 3 Teal, Shoveler Cliff Pool (J Allen)

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

9th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - Grey Plover(1st Sum) still Cliff Pool (Many Obs) Also Med Gull (P Burton)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

8th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - Grey Plover (1st Sum) still Cliff Pool. Also Redshank (S Cawthray)

Monday, 7 June 2010

7th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - Grey Plover (1st Sum) still Cliff Pool (Many Obs)
Bassett North - Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover (A Dean)

Sunday, 6 June 2010

6th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - Grey Plover Cliff Pool still, Pochard(f) (K Sargent et al) Barnacle Goose (S Cawthray)
Bassett North - Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover (J Allen)

5th June - Sightings

Bassett North - Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover (J Allen)
Middleton - Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker (J Harris)
Ladywalk - Spotted Flycatcher(S Cawthray)

Friday, 4 June 2010

4th June - Sightings

Kingsbury - Grey Plover Cliff Pool late evening (C Cook) This bird showed no breeding plumage so is probably a 1st Summer bird?

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

1st June - Sightings

Bassett North - 9 Dunlin, 10+ Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wigeon (2m), Shoveler(m) (TP)

Monday, 31 May 2010

31st May - Sightings

Bassett North - Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Wigeon (2m), 4 Shoveler(3m,f) (TP, J Allen)

Sunday, 30 May 2010

30th May - Sightings

Bassett North - 6 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover (G Williams, J Allen)

Saturday, 29 May 2010

29th May - Sightings

Bassett North - 2 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, Redshank (TP, G Williams)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

26th May - Sightings

Bassett North - Ruff(m) still, Redshank, 12 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin (J Harris)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

25th May - Sightings

Bassett North - Ruff, 5 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover, 2 Wigeon (2m), Shoveler(m), 3 Yellow Wagtail (G Williams)
Shustoke - Red Kite c6.25pm (S Cawthray) Honey Buzzard over to North West c7.15pm (P Sofley, S Cawthray)

Monday, 24 May 2010

24th May - Sightings

Bassett North - 4 Sanderling on North Pit this morning (G Williams et al ) Not Temminck's Stint as initially reported. This evening 4 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, Ruff, 47 Ringed Plover (S Cawthray, J Harris)
Dosthill - 1st Sum Med Gull on main lake (A Dean)

Saturday, 22 May 2010

22nd May - Sightings

Ladywalk - Spotted Flycatcher (S Cawthray)
Coleshill - Wood Sandpiper at GPs this morning but not later (S Cawthray, B Kington)
Coton - Some Black Terns reported in evening (per J Harris)

Monday, 17 May 2010

17th May - Sightings

Bassett North - 9 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Hobby (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 16 May 2010

16th May - Sightings

Bassett North - 6 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover (TP)
Coleshill - 4 Ringed Plover at GPs (J Allen)

Saturday, 15 May 2010

15th May - Sightings

Bassett North - 2 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Wigeon(2m) (TP)
Coleshill - 3 Dunlin at GPs (Birdforum)

Friday, 14 May 2010

14th May - Sightings

Coleshill - 2 Temminck's Stint at GPs still (Many Obs) Also Whinchat briefly (D Hutton)
Bassett North - Turnstone Spoonbill Pit (G Williams)

Thursday, 13 May 2010

13th May - Sightings

Coleshill - 2 Temminck's Stint still at GPs (Many Obs)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

12th May - Sightings

Temmick's Stint and Wood Sandpiper - Adam Archer

Bassett North
- Whimbrel (G Williams) Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (J Allen)
Coleshill - 3 Temminck's Stint on GPs till 6.30pm at least (S Cawthray et al) Also Wood Sandpiper still (Many Obs) From the A446 Coleshill ByPass take Gorsey Lane (signposted towards station and Industrial Estate) and park at end by Quarry Entrance. Take the public footpath and view from bank after 300 yards. Do not view from edge of pit.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

11th May - Sightings

Grey Plover - Adam Archer

- Wood Sandpiper, Grey Plover at GPs. Also Marsh Harrier thru at 11.20am, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret (Bobby D et al) Marsh Harrier also 10.30am along R. Blythe in town (RBA)
Bassett North - 4 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover (J Allen)

Monday, 10 May 2010

10th May - Sightings

Coleshill - Grey Plover still 10.00am at GPs (B Kington per J Harris)

Sunday, 9 May 2010

9th May - Sightings

Coleshill - Grey Plover (Summer Plum) this evening at GPs (P Forbes et al) Also 2 Common Sandpiper (Many Obs)
Bassett North - Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Wigeon (Many Obs)

Saturday, 8 May 2010

8th May - Sightings

Bassett North - Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (TP, J Allen, C Cook)

Friday, 7 May 2010

7th May - Sightings

Bassett North - Little Gull(ad) on Spoonbill Pit this evening (J Allen)
Fisher's Mill - Peregrine (Bobby D)
Kingsbury - Hobby (Bobby D)
Ladywalk - Hobby (S Cawthray) Marsh Harrier reported yesterday (per S Cawthray)

Thursday, 6 May 2010

6th May - Sightings

Kingsbury South - 500+ Swift, 100+ House Martin (TP)

5th May - Sightings

Bassett North - Greenshank (J Harris)

Monday, 3 May 2010

3rd May - Sightings

Ladywalk - Osprey over towards Shustoke c10.30am (S Cawthray) Also White Wagtail on Marsh (S Cawthray)
Bassett North - Arctic Tern, 2 Dunlin (TP) Area now partially flooded.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

2nd May - Sightings

Shustoke - Partial Albino Swift with white undersides with c250 Swift this morning (P Sofley)
Fisher's Mill - Marsh Harrier (imm fem) 10-55 - c11.30am (S Cawthray) Also 3 Dunlin (S Cawthray)
Bassett North - Marsh Harrier (imm fem) till 12.05pm then disappeared over Tamworth (A Archer, TP, et al) Also Greenshank, 11 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Wigeon (2m), Common Sandpiper (Many Obs)

Saturday, 1 May 2010

1st May - Sightings

Ladywalk - Wood Warbler singing in Riverwalk Copse 4.00pm at least (S Cawthray, TP, L Johnson et al) This is about 100 yards before the hide. The first twitchable bird in the Tame since 2001.
Bassett North - Garganey(m) still, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail (P Sofley)

Friday, 30 April 2010

30th April - Sightings

Bassett North - Garganey(m) still, 2 Wigeon, Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover (G Williams, TP)
Kingsbury South - 500+ Swift (TP)
Ladywalk - Hobby (P Sofley)

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

28th April - Sightings

Kingsbury - Sandwich Tern 6.45am - 6.55am on Cliff Pool then flew East (K Sargent)
Shustoke - Sandwich Tern c10.30am then flew North (S Cawthray) Also 80 Swift, 7 Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - Marsh Harrier imm male c6pm-8.3opm at least on Marsh (J Alton, S Cawthray et al)
Bassett North - 5 Dunlin (J Allen, G Williams) Garganey(m) (G Williams)

Monday, 26 April 2010

26th April - Sightings

Bassett North - Garganey(m), 3 Dunlin, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail (S Cawthray)

Most summer migrants (including all the regular warblers) are now in at their usual sites, albeit in fairly low numbers in some cases.

Nearby a male Blue-Headed Wagtail at Caldecote Hall 8.30am but not since. Also 7 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear (Bobby D et al)

Please note regular unconfirmed reports from Alvecote reported to the Bird News services a day or more after the event are not included unless confirmed. County Recorder please take note.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

25th April - Sightings

Shustoke - Red Kite over South East at 1.00pm. Also 6 Common Sandpiper (S Bradley) 6 Dunlin briefly this evening (P Sofley)
Tamworth - report of White Stork over Rugby Club (RBA) Any further details?

Nearby a Wood Warbler this morning at Baddesley off Waste Lane but no sign this evening. Unfortunately news was not relayed to me till too late.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

24th April - Sightings

Bassett North - 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wigeon (2m), Yellow Wagtail (TP) report of 3 Little Gulls around midday but not later (or earlier) (B Kington)
Fisher's Mill - Cuckoo, Little Egret, 2 Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (Many Obs)

Friday, 23 April 2010

23rd April - Sightings

Kingsbury - 2 Common Sandpiper Cliff Pool (J Allen)
Shustoke - Common Sandpiper (L Johnson)
Bassett North - Garganey(m), 3 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (J Allen)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

22nd April - Sightings

Ladywalk - Garden Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Goosander (L Johnson)
Shustoke - Late report of Osprey regular by Small Pool Last week sometime (per S Haynes)
Bassett North - 2-3 Whinchat in hedge west of North Pit, WHimbrel (DAD)
Kingsbury South - 6 Common Tern Bodymoor Heath Water (TP)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

21st April -Sightings

Coleshill - 7 Little Egret at GPs (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

20th April - Sightings

Tamworth - 2 Arctic Terns reported still Borrowpit Lake 7am (RBA) Later observers saw 2 Common Terns (Many Obs)
Bassett North - Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail this morning(L Johnson) 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper this evening (J Allen)
Dosthill NR -6 Reed Warbler (L Johnson, S Cawthray)
Fisher's Mill - Greenshank then flew North, 3 Dunlin (L Johnson)
Ladywalk - Black-Tailed Godwit, Whimbrel till mid afternoon only (S Cawthray, Bobby D) Also Curlew (S Cawthray)
Kingsbury South - 14+ Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail in mowed grass by track to Hemlingford Water, 300+ Sand Martin, 20 House Martin (TP, M Yapp)
Kingsbury - Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern, 3 Swift Cliff Pool (L Johnson) Black-Tailed Godwit till 12.30pm then flew South (per LJ) This is presumed to be Ladywalk bird.

7+ Grasshopper Warblers, 10+ Cetti's Warblers singing in Tame today (Many Obs)

Monday, 19 April 2010

19th April - Sightings

Kingsbury - 4 Swift, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Bobby D, S Cawthray)
Kingsbury South - 11 Yellow Wagtail Kingsbury Mill Meadow. 4 Common Sandpiper Hemlingford Water on "beach". 500+ Sand Martin in area (TP)
Tamworth - 2 Arctic Tern Borrowpit Lake (per S Cawthray). This is the lake by the Snowdome.
Wishaw - Wheatear Blindpit Lane (J Mallinson)
Bassett North - 3 Dunlin (J Mallinson)
Shustoke - Lesser Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper (L Johnson)
Ladywalk - Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo (P Sofley)

Sunday, 18 April 2010

18th April - Sightings

Bassett North - Goosander, Dunlin, Snipe (G Williams)
Bassett South - Pintail (G Williams)
Kingsbury - Garden Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers (TP) Redstart reported from path to SITA Hide (RBA)
Shustoke - report of Great-White Egret over 6.35pm (RBA)

Saturday, 17 April 2010

17th April - Sightings

Yellow Wagtail - Kingsbury - Adam Archer

Bassett South
- Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat by canal (TP, J Allen)
Bassett North - Green Sandpiper (TP)
Kingsbury - 6 Yellow Wagtail on Kingsbury Mill Meadow (A Archer)
Middleton - Common Tern on Hall Lake (A Archer)
Fishers Mill - Wheatear from entrance track(per TP)

Friday, 16 April 2010

16th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - report of Blue-Headed Wagtail by Car Park near Mini Railway briefly 12.00pm (Birdguides) Unfortunately not reported until after dark. Any more info anyone? 5 Yellow Wagtails on meadow by Hemlingford Water (G A Williams)
Bassett North - 7 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 4 Goldeneye, Snipe (J Fincham, J Harris)
Bassett South - Black-Tailed Godwit, Garganey(m) (J Fincham, J Harris)
Dosthill - 4 Yellow Wagtail over (J Harris)
Coton - Lesser Whitethroat (Bobby D)

The first Grasshopper Warblers today at 2 sites in the Valley.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

15th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - Blue-Headed Wagtail (m), 3 Yellow Wagtails in car park of Hemlingford Water (not Bodymoor Heath Water as originally reported to New services) (Bobby D) Present at 4.45pm but not again by 6.30pm. This area is open to disturbance by walkers etc.
Shustoke - Arctic Tern present till c6pm at least (S Cawthray et al)
Alvecote - 2 Garganey (pr) still railway pool. Also 2 Green Sandpiper (A Archer et al)

Late News: First Whitethroat on 11th April at Fisher's Mill (G Williams)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

14th April - Sightings

Alvecote - 3 Garganey (pr + f) this evening on Teal Pool, 2 Green Sandpiper (A Archer, Bobby D, TP) Wholly unconfirmed report of 2 Tree Pipits over (RBA)
Kingsbury South - Arctic Tern Swann Pool dropped in c6.20pm (TP) 2 Yellow Wagtails Hemlingford Water on Car Park (TP)
Bassett North - Yellow Wagtail, Goldeneye (L Johnson)
Shustoke - Common Sandpiper (L Johnson)

Monday, 12 April 2010

12th April - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray) Marsh Harrier on 9th April for 2+ hours (per S Cawthray)

Sunday, 11 April 2010

11th April - Sightings

Kingsbury - 2 Mediterranean Gulls (both 2nd Sums) Cliff Pool c2pm-c3pm then flew off (K Sargent et al)

Just out of area a Hobby at Maxstoke Priory (P Sofley)

Friday, 9 April 2010

9th April - Sightings

Kingsbury - Redstart(m) in hedge on path to SITA hide mid afternoon (David Dennis per J Harris) No sign this evening but 1 Common Sandpiper Cliff Pool (J Allen, Bobby D)

8th April - Sightings

Kingsbury - 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Tern Cliff Pool (K Sargent)

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

7th April - Sightings

Little Gull - Shustoke - Robert E Duckhouse

- Little Gull (ad) (P Forbes et al) Present 2pm at least but not this evening. Also White Wagtail (Bobby D)
Kingsbury - 3 Common Sandpiper Cliff Pool (Bobby D)

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

6th April - Sightings

Avocets - Kingsbury - Bob Duckhouse

- 2 Avocet Cliff Pool till c4pm only (K Sargent et al) Sandwich Tern flew South through BroomeyCroft Poll c4.10pm (Bobby D, Dennis Woodward)
Bassett North - 5 White Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret (TP, J Allen) 2 Avocet till 1.30pm when flew South (to KWP) (Peter Rollin)
Picadilly - Wheatear on waste ground (Bobby D)
Lea Marston - Little Egret from bridge (J Allen)
Shustoke - Wheatear(f) (L Johnson)

Monday, 5 April 2010

5th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - Common Tern Bodymoor Heath Water (D Hutton, TP)
Bassett North - 2 Wheatear, White Wagtail, 3 Green Sandpiper (J Allen)
Whitacre Heath NR - Green Sandpiper, Little Egret (J Wesson)
Hopwas - Ring Ouzel (m) at Packington (M Priest) The bird was in the second field behind the Pig Farm until 3.30pm when it decided to disappear. Access is via parking on lay-by on the main road out of Hopwas and then cross the road and take the footpath into the wood until you come to the first new crop field.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

4th April - Sightings

Bassett North - 6 Wheatear, 30 Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, 4 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 12 LRP (S Cawthray) 3 White Wagtails early evening (J Allen)
Kingsbury - Albino Black-Headed Gull Canal Pool (S Cawthray)

Saturday, 3 April 2010

3rd April - Sightings

Shustoke - Wheatear(f), 2 White Wagtail, House Martin, LRP over (L Johnson, TP)
Kingsbury - Sandwich Tern Cliff Pool 12.30pm but not later (per Bobby D) This is one of many inland records today. If the observer reads this can he provide me with further details.
Whitacre Heath NR - Jack Snipe from Scrape Hide (Simon Roper)

Friday, 2 April 2010

2nd April - Sightings

Shustoke - Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Wheatear(f), 2+ House Martin (D Hutton, C Cook)
Bassett North - Peregrine, Little Egret (TP)
Lea Marston - Green Sandpiper, Little Egret from railway bridge (C Cook)

Thursday, 1 April 2010

1st April - Sightings

Shustoke - report of Red Kite 1.15pm (R Henderson) 2+ House Martin with hundreds of Sand Martins/Swallows, Willow Warbler (D Hutton)
Middleton - Willow Warbler Mill Plantation(G Williams)
Ladywalk - Willow Warbler, 12 Goosander, Marsh Tit, 50 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow (S Cawthray)
Dosthill - 2 Wheatear, White Wagtail (per Warwickshire Birding)

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

31st March - Sightings

Shustoke - Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 2 House Martin, 100 Swallow, 300 Sand Martin (L Johnson)
Dosthill - 2 House Martin, 60 Sand Martin, 2 Wheatear, 30 Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipits (G Williams)

Monday, 29 March 2010

29th March - Sightings

Fisher's Mill - 16 Black-Tailed Godwit flew South (G Williams)
Ladywalk - House Martin, 20 Swallow, 50 Sand Martin, Green Sandpiper, 13 Golden Plover over (P Sofley)

Sunday, 28 March 2010

28th March - Sightings

Bassett North - Common Tern, Little Egret this evening (J Allen) The tern is the earliest ever in the valley and comes after one yesterday at Blithfield.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

27th March - Sightings

Tamworth - 50 Sand Martins over River Tame by Dunstall Lane (R Henderson)
Bassett North - Wheatear(f) (J Harris per S Cawthray)

Just outside area a report of Red Kite Seen at Furnace End 8.45am (per P Sofley)

Friday, 26 March 2010

26th March - Sightings

Coleshill - 30 Golden Plover on fields along R. Blythe south of town (P Sofley)
Ladywalk - 3 Swallow (see comment)

Thursday, 25 March 2010

25th March - Sightings

Bassett North - 2 Little-Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 20 Shelduck, Hybrid Shelduck sp (K Sargent)
Ladywalk - Brambling, Marsh Tit, 15 Redpoll ( S Cawthray) Also 10+ Chiffchaff - part of a big recent influx into Midlands.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

24th March - Sightings

Coton - Wheatear from hide (Bobby D)
Hams Hall - Wheatear Faraday Avenue next to Wincanton building (P Sofley)
Ladywalk - Brambling (f) still (P Sofley)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

23rd March - Sightings

Ladywalk - Brambling still, 3 Sand Martin, Peregrine (Tim Jones, R Henderson)
Water Orton - 4 Green Sandpiper on River Tame (R Henderson)
Hams Hall - 2 Common Sandpiper (R Henderson)
Lea Marston - Wheatear Haunch Lane (J Gallety per Warwickshire Birding)

Monday, 22 March 2010

22nd March - Sightings

Ladywalk - Brambling still, Willow Tit, 16 Goosander, 32 Sand Martin, 2o Golden Plover over, Little Egret(M Pollock, S Cawthray)
Whitacre Heath NR - 2 Lesser Redpoll, Marsh Tit at Feeding Station (M Pollock)
Lea Marston - Little Egret (M Pollock)
Middleton - 4 Little Egret (M Pollock)
Kingsbury - 50 Sand Martin, Wheatear, Peregrine (per KWP logbook)
Fishers Mill - report of Grey Partridge (per KWP logbook)
Bassett - report of Avocet, Green Sandpiper (per KWP logbook)

Sunday, 21 March 2010

21st March - Sightings

Wishaw - Wheatear (m) still Blindpit Lane (TP et al)
Ladywalk - Brambling(f) still at feeding station (TP)

Saturday, 20 March 2010

20th March - Sightings

Bassett North - 2 Little-Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper (J Allen)
Ladywalk - Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Sand Martin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine, Brambling(f) on feeders, Little Egret (P Sofley)

Friday, 19 March 2010

19th March - Sightings

Shustoke - 4 Sand Martin (A Dean)
Ladywalk - Brambling, 2 Redshank, 5 Snipe (S Cawthray)
Coleshill - Wheatear nr Packington Landfill (A Dean)
Whitacre Heath - report of Red Kite over village (per P Sofley)
Wishaw - Wheatear by Bee Hives (G Williams)
Bassett North - Rock Pipit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover 2 Curlew over (J Harris per S Cawthray)

Thursday, 18 March 2010

18th March - Sightings

Coton - 6 Sand Martin late afternoon (S Cawthray)
Kingsbury South - 10 Sand Martin late afternoon (S Cawthray)

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

17th March - Sightings

Tamworth - 3 Waxwings still this morning 200yds South of B5000 Sheepcote Lane roundabout (RBA)
Whitacre Heath NR - report yesterday of Mealy Redpoll Feeding Station (J Harris per Whitacre Heath website)
Kingsbury - Smew (Redhead) Cliff Pool in evening (RBA)
Ladywalk - Mandarin(m) B Pool 6pm. Also 2 Woodcock, 7 Curlew, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 12 Goosander (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

16th March - Sightings

Tamworth - 3 Waxwings Glascote (RBA)
Ladywalk - Curlew, Redshank (L Johnson)
Whitacre Heath NR - Marsh Tit (L Johnson)
Lea Marston - Little Egret, Curlew by river (L Johnson)

Monday, 15 March 2010

15th March - Sightings

Wilnecote - 4 Waxwings still (RBA)
Ladywalk - Bittern still showing very well from Hide B. Also 3 Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 2 Curlew, 12 Goosander, 5 Oystercatcher (P Sofley, S Cawthray)
Alvecote - 3 Little Egret, Jack Snipe, 7 Goosander (S Cawthray, A Archer)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

14th March - Sightings

Alvecote - 1 Little-Ringed Plover still Pretty Pigs Lake. Also 10 Goosander, Little Egret in area (A Archer)
Wilnecote - 4 Waxwings still (RBA)
Bassett North - Smew (RH), 2 Pintail (2m), 2 Little Egret, 2 Redshank (J Allen)
Lea Marston - Curlew, Little Egret from Railway Bridge (N Trotman)

Saturday, 13 March 2010

13th March - Sightings

Wilnecote - 4 Waxwings still (Many Obs)
Dosthill - Med Gull(ad), Yellow-Legged Gull(2ndWin) on Main Lake(RBA)
Bassett South - 2 Smew (pr), Pintail(f) (L Johnson)
Bassett North - 2 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret North Pit (L Johnson)
Alvecote - Unconfirmed report of 2 Little Ringed Plover Pretty Pigs Lake (RBA)

Friday, 12 March 2010

12th March - Sightings

Wilnecote - 4 Waxwings still (RBA)
Kingsbury - Smew (redhead) Cliff Pool (W J Egmont)

Thursday, 11 March 2010

11th March - Sightings

Curlew - Lea Marston - Roger Henderson

Wilnecote - 4 Waxwings still near Health Centre (RBA)
Kingsbury - Smew(m) Cliff Pool South (K Sargent) Green Sandpiper Cliff Pool (Bobby D)
Hams Hall - Peregrine (Bobby D)

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

10th March - Sightings

Wilnecote - 4 Waxwings now (RBA)
Lea Marston - 4 Curlew, Little Egret by river (L Johnson, TP)
Alvecote - Long-Eared owl roosting in private area early morning.
Bassett North- Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Snipe, Pintail, Hybrid Shelduck sp for its 13th year (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - Bittern flew from main reedbeed to in front of Hide B (C Cook)