Thursday, 31 December 2015

31st December - Sightings

Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver still Whitacre Pool (Many Obs) Also Bittern again 12.30pm from Feeding Station Hide (P Lichfield)

30th December - Sightings

Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver still Whitacre Pool (Many Obs)

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

29th December - Sightings



Bittern - Adam Archer

RSPB - Great-White Egret left roost this morning and returned this evening. Also Short Eared Owl Fisher's Mill and later over Play Meadow (Many Obs)
Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver still Whitacre Pool. Also Bittern again from Riverwalk Hide. 2 Short-Eared Owl North End(Many Obs)
Alvecote - Short Eared Owl Mill Pool area late afternoon (R Smith, T Barter)

Monday, 28 December 2015

28th December - Sightings

RSPB - Short-Eared Owl (G Prescott, G Williams) Great-White Egret left roost 7.56am with 42 Little Egret (S Pick, T Barter) Also around reserve Pink-Footed Goose, Barnacle Goose (or hybrid), 3 Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, Goosander. 200+ Golden Plover over (S Atkinson, G Williams et al)
Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver still Whitacre Pool (Many Obs) report of Siberian Chiffchaff along entrance track this morning (per Twitter) Also Short-Eared Owl, Peregrine, 2 Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, 3 Goosander, Shelduck (P Sofley et al)
Wishaw - 6 Grey Partridge Wiggins Hill Road (P Casey)

Sunday, 27 December 2015

27th December - Sightings

Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver still Whitacre Pool (Many Obs)
RSPB - 26 Golden Plover (G Williams)

26th December - Sightings



Great-Northern Diver - Dave Hutton

Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver still Whitacre Pool (Many Obs) Also Great White Egret over reserve (K Whiston et al). Bittern from Riverwalk Hide. Willow Tit "B" Feeders (P Lichfield)
RSPB - Pink-Footed Goose still with Greylags along with escaped Snow Goose and Bar-Headed Goose. Also 8 Shelduck, 3 Stonechat (R Strong, G Williams)

Thursday, 24 December 2015

24th December - Sightings

Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver(juv) still Whitacre Pool (TP et al) From reserve Car Park walk down Fishery Lane and view Diver from bridge over river Blythe and look over to fishing pools. 2 Short-Eared Owl still (S Allison)
RSPB - Great-White Egret flew into roost 4.15pm. Also Short-Eared Owl 3.45pm (G Williams)

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

23rd December - Sightings

Ladywalk - Great-Northern Diver Whitacre Pool (J Harris per P Sofley) From reserve Car Park walk down Fishery Lane and view Diver from bridge over river Blythe and look over to fishing pools. Possibly present several weeks (per S Haynes)

Also 2 Short-Eared Owl at North End this evening. 2 Woodcock, Marsh Tit, Chiffchaff (per P Sofley)

RSPB - Great-White Egret left roost 7.49am with 43 Little Egret (S Pick) Also Pink-Footed Goose, Snow Goose with Greylags on stubble at North End of reserve. Green Sandpiper North Pit. Stonechat, 5 Shelduck Jubilee Wetlands (S Pick)

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

22nd December - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret, 46 Little Egret left roost this morning (S Pick)

21st December - Sightings

Wishaw - c600 Golden Plover (C Hiles)
RSPB - Great-White Egret, 36 Little Egret roosted (W Eley) Short-Eared Owl Play Meadow 3.40pm (R Davis)
Ladywalk - Long-Eared Owl, 2 Short-Eared Owl, 6 Woodcock in evening (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 20 December 2015

20th December - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Short-Eared Owl hunting Play Meadow (per RBA) Great-White Egret reported leaving roost in morning (per S Pick) Also 2 Stonechat, 2 Goosander, 2 Shelduck Jubilee Wetlands. c20 Meadow Pipit North Pit on potatoes (S Pick, TP)
Ladywalk - 2 Short-Eared Owl viewable over Whitacre Heath NR. Willow Tit, Marsh Tit on 'B' Feeders. 4 Goosander on Main Pool (P Lichfield et al)

19th December - Sightings

RSPB - 28 Little Egret to roost. Also 2 Peregrine (per RSPB)

18th December - Sightings

Dosthill - Green Sandpiper (S Atkinson)
RSPB - 2 Stonechat (S Atkinson)

16th December - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker (m,f).  9 Goosander, 2 Pochard, 106 Teal, 84 Wigeon, 41 Shoveler, 7 Little Egret. Also 2 Barn Owl, 2 Woodcock at dusk (per P Sofley)
Wishaw - 27 Golden Plover (C Hiles)

15th December - Sightings

Ladywalk - Peregrine, 5 Little Egret (per P Sofley)
RSPB - Pink-Footed Goose at dusk still.Also 4 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck (S Atkinson) Barn Owl North Pit (per RSPB)

Monday, 14 December 2015

14th December - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret, Pink-Footed Goose, Barn Owl, 350+ Greylag Goose, 243 Teal, 223 Mallard, 127 Tufted Duck, 157 Coot, 41 Shoveler, 6 Goldeneye, 4 Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Woodcock (S Cawthray, G Williams, RSPB et al)
Wishaw - 46 Golden Plover (C Hiles)
Ladywalk - Short-Eared Owl at North End. Also seen at Whitacre Heath (per P Sofley)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

13th December - Sightings

Coleshill GPs - Great-White Egret flew South down River this afternoon. Also Short-Eared Owl still (G J Mant, M Radford)
Kingsbury South - 9 Little Egret (TP)

12th December - Sightings

RSPB - 33 Little Egret in roost (S Pick)
Coleshill GPs - Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl (Many Obs)

Friday, 11 December 2015

11th December - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret, 35 Little Egret left roost this morning (S Pick)
Coleshill GPs - Short-Eared Owl still 3.30pm (S Wood)

9th December - Sightings

Wishaw - 250 Golden Plover, 8 Grey Partridge (D Baker)

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

8th December - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret left roost at 7.42am. Also Woodcock (S Pick)
Coleshill GPs - 2+ Short-Eared Owl still (Bobby D)

Monday, 7 December 2015

7th December - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Sandpiper, Woodcock (P Forbes)
Coleshill GPs - 3 Short-Eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl (Many Obs)
Wishaw - 600 Golden Plover (G A Williams)
RSPB - Great-White Egret roosted at 4.45pm with 40 Little Egret (C Cook, W Eley)

Kingsbury - Merlin Richard's Meadow last week (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 6 December 2015

6th December - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret flew into roost from East 4.16pm. Also 25+ Little Egret,  1+Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, 400+ Greylag Goose over with the escaped Snow Goose (TP, J Allen, S Cawthray)
Coleshill GPs - Short-Eared Owl still (D Hutton et al)
Hams Hall - Woodcock (D Mallon, D Hutton)

Saturday, 5 December 2015

5th December - Sightings

Alvecote - Great-White Egret on floods between Mill Pool and Railway Pool. Also Peregrine, 2 Stonechat (A Archer)
Hams Hall - Siberian Chiffchaff Hams Hall by Outfall (D Hutton, D Mallon0
Coleshill GPs - Jack Snipe (D Hutton, D Mallon)
RSPB - No sign of the reported Mergansers (G Williams)

Friday, 4 December 2015

4th December - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret left roost to East at 7.25am with 37 Little Egret (S Pick) It roosted in evening with 33 Little Egret (K Thorpe) report of 2 Red-Breasted Merganser (pr) in afternoon on Jubilee Wetlands (per A Archer)
Coleshill GPs - Short-Eared Owl still (A Russell)
Alvecote - 2 Pink-Footed Goose again(R Smith)

Thursday, 3 December 2015

3rd December - Sightings

Coleshill GPs - Short-Eared Owl still (S Atkinson)
RSPB - Stonechat, 2 Shelduck (S Atkinson)

Just out of area: the Great-White Egret flying over Hopwas bridge over the Tame flying towards Tamworth 3pm at 30m ahead just above car height (P Jenkins)

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

2nd December - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret roosted in heronry from 4.18pm. It had earlier left the roost 7.24am. Also up to 36 Little Egret, 3 Woodcock (S Pick) The GWE also roosted the last two nights but didn't arrive until c4.45pm when basically dark! (S Pick)

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

1st December - Sightings

Coleshill GPs - 3 Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl in evening (S Cawthray)

30th November - Sightings

RSPB - 2000+ Starling roosted Jubilee Wetlands (per RSPB) Snow Goose (blue phase) again with c100 Greylag Goose on potato field (G A Williams)

29th November - Sightings

Wishaw - 550 Golden Plover (C Hiles)

28th November - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Shelduck Jubilee Wetlands. Stonechat, Peregrine North Pit (S Pick)

27th November - Sightings

Wishaw - 300 Golden Plover (C Hiles)

Thursday, 26 November 2015

26th November - Sightings

Coleshill GPs - Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl this evening briefly (Many Obs)
Wishaw - 35 Golden Plover, 73 Lapwing (C Hiles)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

25th November - Sightings


Short-Eared Owl - David Taylor

RSPB - Bittern flew to small pool South of Fisher's Mill. 3 Dunlin, Stonechat, Goldeneye Jubilee Wetlands (S Atkinson)
Coleshill GPs - 1 Short-Eared Owl still very close to path along bank (D Taylor)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

24th November - Sightings

Coleshill GPs - 3+ Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl, Jack Snipe (S Cawthray)
RSPB - 41 Little Egret roosted in heronry (S Pick)
Ladywalk - Short-Eared Owl (one of Coleshill birds), Siberian Chiffchaff, Little Owl, Goosander (S Cawthray, P Sofley et al)

Monday, 23 November 2015

23rd November - Sightings

Coleshill GPs - 3 Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl this evening (Bobby D, C Cook et al)
Water Orton - Common Sandpiper downstream on Outflow from A446 nr Water Orton lights (C Cook)
RSPB - Mealy Redpoll with Lesser Redpoll on riverside trail this morning (K Thorpe)
Wishaw - 367 Golden Plover (C Hiles)
Ladywalk - unconfirmed report of Siberian Chiffchaff (per Birdguides)
Hams Hall - report of Great-White Egret (per Birdguides)

Sunday, 22 November 2015

22nd November - Sightings





Short-Eared and Barn Owls - Dave Hutton

Coleshill GPs - 2+ Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl (D Hutton, TP et al). Access from end of Gorsey Lane. View from bank looking across river.
RSPB - Redshank Jubilee Wetlands. 4 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper North Pit (G Williams et al) 1000+ Starling (S Atkinson)
Ladywalk - Willow Tit "B" Hide Feeders still (D Hutton)

Saturday, 21 November 2015

21st November - Sightings

Alvecote - 2 Stonechat still (TP, S Allison)
Coleshill GPs - 3 Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl this evening (D Hutton, D Mallon)
Wishaw - 17 Golden Plover (C Hiles)
RSPB -  2 Goldeneye, Redshank, 5 Redpoll, Siskin, Peregrine. Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker on feeders (T Hollier)

20th November - Sightings

Ladywalk - Short-Eared Owl at dusk at North End (D Eaton)

Thursday, 19 November 2015

19th November - Sightings

Alvecote - 2 Pink-Footed Goose still. Also 2 Stonechat (Bobby D) Great-White Egret Mill Pool - photgraphed (R Smith)
Lea Marston - Short-Eared Owl from Railway Bridge (D Baker)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

18th November - Sightings

RSPB - 41 Little Egret roosted in Heronry. Also Woodcock over Feeder Pool (S Pick)
Alvecote  - 2 Pink-Footed Goose Railway Pool with Canada Geese. One present from 16th (per S Haynes)
Coleshill GPs - Green Sandpiper (D Baker)
Ladywalk - 2 Short-Eared Owl hunting meadow between Ladywalk and Whitacre Heath NR (S Cawthray) Also both Willow Tit and Marsh Tit  at both feeding stations (P Lichfield et al)
Wishaw - c300 Golden Plover (C Cook)
Kingsbury South - Aythya hybrid still Hemlingford Water (C Cook)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

17th November - Sightings

RSPB - Green Sandpiper North Pit (C Cook) Woodcock over Horse Paddock (C Hiles) No sign of Shrike today.
Wishaw - 168 Golden Plover (C Hiles)

Monday, 16 November 2015

16th November - Sightings





Great-Grey Shrike - Gaz Robinson (Upper) and Karl Sargent (Lower)

RSPB - Great-Grey Shrike again North Pit. View hedge on West Side from double benches (K Thorpe, K Sargent et al) The bird flew high off to East over Dosthill at 12.35pm (G Robinson et al) The last twitchable bird in the Tame was in 1979 (per S Haynes) Also today 3 Shelduck, Goldeneye, Peregrine,2 Stonechat, 6 Siskin (G Williams)

Ladywalk - Short-Eared Owl 3.30pm North of "B" Pools hunting by picnic table along footpath (P Sofley) Willow Tit, Marsh Tit on "B" Pool feeders (P Lichfield)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

15th November - Sightings

Ladywalk - 174 Shoveler, 145 Mallard, 117 Cormorant, 110 Wigeon, 108 Coot, 92 Teal, 76 Gadwall 44 Tufted Duck. Also  possible Water Pipit "B" pools (B Eaton)

Saturday, 14 November 2015

14th November - Sightings

RSPB - 38+ Little Egret roosted in Heronry (S Pick)

Friday, 13 November 2015

13th November - Sightings


Aythya Hybrid - Alan Dean

RSPB - 2 Stonechat between the screens (S Atkinson) 29 Little Egret roosted in Heronry (S Pick)
Coleshill GPs - Barn Owl (A Russell)
Coton - Kittiwake(ad) in roost (A Dean)
Kingsbury South - Aythya hybrid superficially resembling a Redhead Hemlingford Water (A Dean)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

12th November - Sightings

Coleshill GPs - Hen Harrier(Ringtail) mid-afternoon (S Cawthray). Also yesterday 1+ Short-Eared Owl, Barn Owl (per P Sofley) Access from Gorsey Lane.
RSPB - Short-Eared Owl still Jubilee Wetlands (per Birdguides)
Hams Hall - unconfirmed report of Siberian Chiffchaff (per Birdguides)

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

11th November - Sightings

RSPB - Short-Eared Owl North Pit (K Thorpe)
Ladywalk - Hen Harrier (Ringtail) late afternoon (per P Sofley)

10th November - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)
RSPB - Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker Canal Meadow. Also Golden Plover (flock), Jack Snipe, Stonechat around reserve (per RSPB)
Kingsbury South - report of Great-White Egret with 10 Little Egret Hemlingford Water on island (per S Haynes)


Late News - RSPB - Great-Grey Shrike  on 28th October and photographed (M Scott) Also reported on 26th October (per RSPB) Sadly not reported to a wider audience at the time.


8th November - Sightings

RSPB - Green Sandpiper North Pit. 120 Golden Plover Jubilee Wetlands. Also 200 redwing, 100 Fieldfare, Goldeneye, Stonechat, Siskin, 3000 Starling (S Atkinson, J Kenny)
Alvecote - Common Swift Mill Pool for 15 minutes early afternoon (A Archer)

7th November - Sightings

RSPB - 400 Golden Plover, 5000 Starling, 2 Goldeneye (S Pick)

6th November - Sightings

RSPB - 7000 Starling roosted Fisher's Mill (per RSPB)
Ladywalk - 2 Woodcock (per P Sofley)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

4th November - Sightings

Coton - Red-Crested Pochard (M Pollock)

2nd November - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Brambling Canal Meadow (per RSPB)

Saturday, 31 October 2015

31st October - Sightings

RSPB - Merlin North Pit (J Allen) Also 300 Golden Plover, c5000 Starling, Stonechat. Brambling Dosthill NR (S Pick) probable Water Pipit in flight by river near bridge (J Allen, S Cawthray)

28th October - Sightings

Ladywalk -  Tree Sparrow flew over feeding station at hide A around midday. First record in a number of years. Also 7 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper,2 Little Egret,50+ Redpoll/Siskin, Marsh Tit, 2 Ad Peregrine (ads) (per P Sofley)
Hams Hall  Blackcap,2 Chiffchaff,4 Goldcrest,Treecreeper,8 Siskin,Redpoll,18 Bullfinch (per P Sofley)

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

27th October - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Bearded Tit still this morning at Dosthill NR but flew across river later (to main part of reserve). 15 Golden Plover, 15 Snipe Jubilee Wetlands. 4 Goldeneye Dosthill Main Pit but no sign of Short-Eared Owl (G Williams)

If anybody would like to provide a description of the Bearded Tits I will pass it on to the Staffs/Warks County recorders or send it directly!

Monday, 26 October 2015

26th October - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Bearded Tit viewable from East Screen towards Fisher's Mill c12.00pm later flew to North End of Jubilee Wetlands (G A Williams et al) Short-Eared Owl in flight along edge of Dosthill Main Pit 4.50pm and later seen on High ground near Dosthill Village (Dosthill Tip?) (J Morgan) Also 40+ Golden Plover, 120+ Lapwaing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Goosander (per RSPB)

25th October - Sightings

RSPB - Bittern again in morning (per J Allen) Also Ruff, Redshank (J Allen)
Ladywalk - Brambling on feeders (Mick Smith)

24th October - Sightings

RSPB - Bittern flew across New Reedbed Pit c4.15pm (S Pick) Also Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Stonechat, Goosander. 1000+ Starling roosted (S Pick)
Kingsbury - 26 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool (J Allen) Some of the egret now appearing to be using the Middleton Heronry to roost as they have done in previous winters.

23rd October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Pintail, 2 Goosander, 2 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, Snipe (J&J Morris)

22nd October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Pintail, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe (per P Sofley)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

21st October - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Green Sandpiper North Pit (S Atkinson)

20th October - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Sandpiper, Swallow (P Forbes)
Kingsbury - Peregrine Cliff Pool (Bobby D) 43 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool (S Pick, W Eley)
RSPB - Ruff still Jubilee Wetlands (S Pick)

19th October - Sightings

RSPB -156 Lapwing, 178 Gadwall, 108 Wigeon 184 Teal, 237 Coot, 142 Mallard, 115 Shoveler, Ruff, 4 Snipe (per RSPB) Also 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Golden Plover (P Forbes)
Alvecote - 3 Stonechat still Mill Pool (Bobby D)

18th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Pintail, 95 Teal, 89 Mallard, 83 Wigeon, 79 Shoveler, 65 Gadwall, 2 Goosander, 2 Water Rail (B Eaton et al)
RSPB - 8 Siskin,3 Lesser Redpoll, Brambling (1 on feeders), 77 Redwing in several flocks, 4 Fieldfare, 36 Skylark over, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe (G Robinson)

Saturday, 17 October 2015

17th October - Sightings

RSPB - Brambling (fem) still on feeders (TP)
Kingsbury - A record 41 Little Egret roosted tonight (W Eley per S Haynes)

Friday, 16 October 2015

16th October - Sightings

RSPB - Brambling, Redpoll, Siskin feeders. 14 Golden Plover Jubilee Wetlands (S Pick)
Ladywalk - Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, 2 Pintail (P Sofley)
Alvecote - 3 Stonechat (Bobby D)

A request from Keith Wimbush on behalf of WMBC

The West Midland Bird Club is organising a new survey of the Black Redstart in 2016. The survey will be conducted throughout the whole of the West Midland Bird Club area.
The aim of the survey is, primarily, to establish the current status of the species within the area and then to correlate the collected data to the previous survey conducted 30 years ago. I will then be producing a paper on the findings of the survey.
I have been nominated as one of the organisers of the survey and, without the help of volunteers, the whole potential of this survey cannot be achieved.
Would you please be kind enough to post an appropriate request for help on the TVB blog in an attempt to generate some interest. A previous request posted in the West Midland Bird club magazine did not produce much of a response. If candidates would initially contact me by way of email (wimbo_473@tiscali.co.uk), I can then include them within the survey framework and allocate survey areas accordingly.
Many thanks in  anticipation of your kind help.

14th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - Pintail still (K Bentley)
Wishaw - 15 Grey Partridge Curdworth Lane (C Hiles) Yesterday Merlin(fem) Wishaw Lane (S Haynes)
RSPB - Bittern still. Also Brambling feeders. 3+ Stonechat, 10+ Snipe Jubilee Wetlands (per RSPB)

Monday, 12 October 2015

12th October - Sightings

RSPB - Stonechat, 10 Golden Plover, Siskin, Redpoll, Meadow Pipit, Snow Goose (G Williams)
Whitacre Heath NR - Willow Tit on Woodland Hide feeders (H Miller)
Alvecote - 2 Stonechat Mill Pool/Teal Pool (J Morgan)

Sunday, 11 October 2015

11th October - Sightings

Spoonbills - Jon Morgan
Knot - Mark Priest

RSPB - 3 Spoonbill until c8.20pm then flew to North East (J Morgan et al) Knot Jubilee Wetlands mid afternoon at least (J Allen et al) The Spoonbills arrived at Conwy RSPB, Wales at 1.50pm!
Kingsbury - 27 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool. Also Green Sandpiper (J Allen)

The history for the Colour-Ringed Spoonbill is as below:

Ringing Date: 10-6-2015 Ringing site: Vlissingen, Sloegebied, The Netherlands 51,47N 3,68E Ageclass: pullus

9-7-2015 Borssele, Sloebos 51,43N 3,73E The Netherlands 5 km Peter Boelee
14-7-2015 Breskens, Nummer Een 51,38N 3,60E The Netherlands 11 km Jaap Poortvliet
20-7-2015 Borssele, Sloebos 51,43N 3,73E The Netherlands 5 km Kees Vliet Vlieland
27-8-2015 Oostburg, Sophiapolder 51,30N 3,33E The Netherlands 31 km Geert van Hulle
10-10-2015 Staffordshire, Middleton RSPB 52,59N -1,70E United Kingdom 390 km Steven Pick

Saturday, 10 October 2015

10th October - Sightings



Spoonbills - Steve Pick
Snow Goose - Steve Pick

RSPB - 3 Spoonbill (all Juv) c5.15pm flew over Fisher's Mill and landed on Jubilee Wetlands where they stayed till dusk. One bird was colour ringed (S Pick, J Allen, TP) Also 2 Golden Plover, Ruff, Snow Goose Jubilee Wetlands. Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (J Allen et al) The Snow Goose (blue morph) is a presumed escape and that seen recently at Marsh Lane.

Late News Yesterday

RSPB - Spotted Flycatcher again along Canal. Also 4 Stonechat (P Forbes)

Thursday, 8 October 2015

8th October - Sightings



Ruff - Karl Sargent

RSPB - 2 Ruff, Wheatear, 7 Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper  (Bobby D, K Sargent, A Archer)
Ladywalk - Pintail, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Egret (per P Sofley)

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

7th October - Sightings

RSPB - Bittern Fisher's Mill from bench 2.15pm (S Atkinson) Great-White Egret Jubilee Wetlands 3.30pm but flew south late afternoon. Also Ruff, Dunlin Jubilee Wetlands. 3 Green Sandpiper North Pit. Siskin on feeder. 2 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (S Atkinson, S Pick)
Ladywalk - Grey Plover over 1.20pm. Also 3 Black-Tailed Godwit over. Also Green Sandpiper, Pintail, 10+ House Martin/Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redpoll, 3 Siskin, 2 Chiffchaff, Marsh Tit, 2 Redwing (per P Sofley et al)
Kingsbury - Great-White Egret in evening on Cliff Pool North but didn't roost here (W Eley)

Late News - 6th October

RSPB - Great-White Egret, Garganey, Ruff, 12 Little Egret, 20+ Snipe (C Cook)

5th October - Sightings

Ladywalk - 6 Siskin, 5 Redpoll, 3 Grey Wagtail, 30 Pied Wagtail, Redwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, Pintail, 3 Goosander, Wheatear, 2 Swallow (per P Sofley)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

4th October - Sightings


Great-White Egret - Steve Pick

RSPB - Great-White Egret still this morning but commuting to Tameside NR. Also Spotted Flycatcher by Fisher's Mill Bridge. Also Dunlin (S Pick et al)
Tamworth - Great-White Egret Tameside NR (Many Obs)
Ladywalk - Pintail, 2 Goosander, Green Sandpiper, Peregrine (P Lichfield)
Kingsbury South - Peregrine(imm) (P Gurney)

Friday, 25 September 2015

24th September - Sightings




Dunlin and Stonechat - Gaz Robinson

Ladywalk - 50+ Pied Wagtail over to roost (per P Sofley)
RSPB - 2 Siskin feeders. 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit over. 4 Little Egret, Hobby, Stonechat, 4 Dunlin, Ruff (G Robinson)


THIS BLOG WILL NOW NOT BE UPDATED UNTIL 4TH OCTOBER

23rd September - Sightings

Alvecote - Wheatear in field by start of Laundry Lane. 30+ Meadow Pipit in area (J Morgan)
Ladywalk - 2 Hobby Bittern Hide (J & J Morris) Also Pintail, 90 Teal, 164 Gadwall, 51 Wigeon, 18 Shoveler (per P Sofley)

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

22nd September - Sightings

RSPB - Spotted Flycatcher on hedge on West side of North Pit. Also 4 Dunlin, Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 14 Snipe around reserve. 2 Siskin on feeders. 20 Siskin, Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Redpoll over. Also Redpoll over farm. Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (RSPB, S Pick, G Robinson)
Kingsbury - 2 Ruff Otter Pool this evening. Also 26 Little Egret roosted. Hobby (S Pick)

Sunday, 20 September 2015

20th September - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin. Mandarin(m), Common Sandpiper, Pintail, Hobby Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit (S Pick, TP) 2 Siskin, Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker on feeders (H Miller et al)

Saturday, 19 September 2015

19th September - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, Pintail, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whinchat around reserve (G Williams et al) Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Siskin feeding station (TP, G Williams) Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail (juvs) Hall Lake (TP)

Thursday, 17 September 2015

17th September - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Whinchat(m,f) on NW side of Jubilee Wetlands. Also Pintail, Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Ruff around reserve. Siskin on Heronry Feeders (R Eyres, G Williams)
Ladywalk - Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (S Cawthray)
Lea Marston - Greenshank from bridge (S Cawthray)

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

16th September - Sightings

RSPB - Whinchat, Wheatear, Pintail, Hobby, Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Ruff (G Williams)

15th September - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Ruff, Pintail Jubilee Wetlands. 2 Green Sandpiper North Pit (S Pick)
Kingsbury - 19 Little Egret Roosted Otter Pool. Also Hobby (S Pick)

14th September - Sightings

RSPB -  140 Shoveler, 136 Teal, 133 Gadwall, 218 Coot, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Garganey, Yellow-Legged Gull, 2 Ruff, Bittern reported, 2 Hobby (per RSPB)

Sunday, 13 September 2015

13th September - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper (P Lichfield)
RSPB - Garganey North Pit still. Also 2 Mandarin (2m), Pintail, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret around reserve. Hobby Silt Pool. Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker, Wheatear near Car Park (A Archer, S Pick)

Saturday, 12 September 2015

12th September - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Tern Hall Lake. Whinchat, Garganey, 2 Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 9 Wigeon North Pit. 5 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, Pintail, 12 Pochard Jubilee Wetlands. Hobby Fisher's Mill (TP, J Allen et al) Additionally Siskin Heronry Feeders. LRP Jubilee Wtelands (S Pick)

Friday, 11 September 2015

11th September - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret Jubilee Wetlands though mobile (J Fincham et al) Also Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Dunlin, 8 Little Egret on reserve. 2 Siskin Heronry Feeders (per RSPB) Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker Heronry feeders yesterday (per RSPB)
Ladywalk - Dunlin Main Pool (J & J Morris)
Kingsbury - 32 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool. 2 Barn Owl Richard's Meadow (S Pick)

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

9th September - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper still North Pit (S Atkinson) Bittern Jubilee Wetlands at North End for 2nd Day (per RSPB)

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

8th September - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper still North Pit on West side. Also Pintail, Wheatear Jubilee Wetlands. Hobby Fisher's Mill (S Pick)
Kingsbury - 28 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool. Also Water Rail (W Eley)

Monday, 7 September 2015

7th September - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, Garganey still. Golden Plover over. Spotted Flycatcher Fisher's Mill by bridge (K Thorpe)

Sunday, 6 September 2015

6th September - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper North Pit. Pintail, Yellow-Legged Gull(ad), 10 Wigeon Jubilee Wetlands. Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat Fisher's Mill from bridge. Spotted Flycatcher Farm. Also 2+ Hobby over reserve (TP et al)

Saturday, 5 September 2015

5th September - Sightings


Wheatear - Steve Pick

RSPB - Wheatear, 2 Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper North Pit. Pintail, Redshank Jubilee Wetlands (S Pick)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper,Hobby, 100s of duck inc 40+ Shoveler, 20+ Teal, 10 Wigeon. 3 Little Egret (P. Lichfield)

Friday, 4 September 2015

4th September - Sightings

RSPB - Pintail, Pochard, 5 Goosander on the river, Hobby, Peregrine, 2 Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper mostly North Pit (G Williams)

Thursday, 3 September 2015

3rd September - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Pintail Jubilee Wetlands. Also Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover on reserve (G Williams)

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

2nd September - Sightings

RSPB -  Garganey, Green Sandpiper, Goosander, 3 Hobby, Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff (G Williams, S Pick)
Ladywalk - 5 Ruff 'B' Pools. Also 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher (S Cawthray et al)
Wishaw - Wheatear, Hobby Wishaw Lane (D Baker)

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

1st September - Sightings

Marston - 2 Little Stint, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Wheatear Marston Fields GPs (A Dean). Park on old Kingsbury Road and walk up Seeney Lane. View only from bridleway at the top of lane.
RSPB - Marsh Harrier near Canal Screen 11.30am. Also Peregrine and Hobby in area (D Williams)
Wishaw - Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail (C Hiles)

Monday, 31 August 2015

31st August - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, 2+ Garganey, 2 Mandarin (ecl m), 2 Ruff, 3+ Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover thru, 2 Greenshank thru, Hobby (TP et al) Whinchat North Pit (C Cook)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

30th August - Sightings

RSPB - 2+ Wood Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, up to 5 Black-Tailed Godwit, Greenshank (heard), 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Garganey, 2 Wigeon, Hobby Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit. One of the Wood Sandpiper flew South over Fisher's Mill. Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP et al)

Friday, 28 August 2015

28th August - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper still Jubilee Wetlands (per Staffs Birding)
Alvecote - Redstart Decoy Hedge (J Morgan)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

27th August - Sightings

Tamworth - 6 Spotted Flycatcher Tameside NR (S Allison)
Hams Hall - Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby plus 100+ warblers at Outfall (P Forbes)
RSPB - Whinchat (per TP)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

26th August - Sightings




Wood Sandpiper - Richard Eyres

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, Hobby, 4 Little Egret, Clouded Yellow (G Williams, S Atkinson, R Eyres)
Ladywalk - 3 Hobby, 3 Peregrine, 78 Shoveler, 39 Teal, 55 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon (P Sofley et al)
Shustoke - Arctic Tern(juv) early am. 2 Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper mid morning (P Forbes)
Alvecote - Spotted Flycatcher Old Orchard (J Morgan)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

25th August - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 3 Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 LRP, Dunlin(ad), 2 Mandarin (both eclipse males), Wigeon, 2 Snipe, Yellow Wagtail mostly on Jubilee Wetlands. 3 Hobby over reed beds. 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (K Thorpe, G Williams, TP)
Tamworth - 3 Redstart Amington at Old Warks Moors (S Allison)
Ladywalk - 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (P Sofley)

Monday, 24 August 2015

24th August - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Wood Sandpiper North Pit but flew south. Also 6 Little Egret, a few Ringed Plover, a few LRP, Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 3 Common Tern and 3 Swift around reserve (G Williams) In evening 10 Ruff Jubilee Wetlands. Garganey Fisher's Mill (C Cook)
Shustoke - Greenshank briefly (P Forbes)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

23rd August - Sightings

Alvecote - 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart Old Orchard. Yellow-Legged Gull(juv), 12 Wigeon, Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Redstart Mill Pool area (A Archer)
RSPB - 3 Ruff, 4 Little Egret Jubilee Wetlands (S Atkinson) 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Shustoke - 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 WIgeon (TP)
Ladywalk - 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 12+ Shoveler, 5 Teal, Snipe (P Lichfield ) Also Ring.Necked Parakeet again (J Fincham)

Saturday, 22 August 2015

22nd August - Sightings

Shustoke - Mediterranean Gull(juv) still (P Forbes)

Friday, 21 August 2015

21st August - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, 2 Garganey, Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, LRP Jubilee Wetlands. 4 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP, J Allen)
Alvecote - 1+ Redstart Teal Pool Hedge (J Morgan)
Ladywalk - 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (P Sofley)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

20th August - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, Black-Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Garganey, 2 Mandarin Jubilee Wetlands (P Forbes et al) Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker Heronry Wood. Tree pipit over Southern Meadow early morning (K Thorpe) Spotted Flycatcher Fisher's Mill (S Cull)
Shustoke - Mediterranean Gull(juv) still (P Forbes, Bobby D)
Alvecote - 2 Spotted Flycatcher Old Orchard. 2 Little Egret Pretty Pigs Lake (S Allison)
Ladywalk - Tree Pipit along tree line of Marsh late afternoon for 2nd Day. Ring-Necked Parakeet along River Walk. Also 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (P Sofley)

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

19th August - Sightings

Shustoke - 3 Ruff, Dunlin on weed still. Also 2 Yellow Wagtail over (D Hutton) Also Mediterranean Gull(juv), Whinchat, Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)
RSPB - Wood Sandpiper still Canal Scrape (per Birdguides)
Ladywalk - Redstart, 23 Siskin, 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler (P Sofley)
Kingsbury - Barnacle Goose Cliff Pool (P Gurney)

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

18th August - Sightings

Shustoke - 3 Whinchat nearby in Sheep Paddock. 3 Ruff this afternoon on weed (P Forbes)
Wishaw - Wheatear Wishaw Lane (D Baker)
Ladywalk - 7 Green Sandpiper (P Sofley)
RSPB - 2 Garganey Jubilee Wetlands. Also Ruff, Dunlin. 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (J Allen et al)

Monday, 17 August 2015

17th August - Sightings




Hobby and Mandarin - Steve Pick

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff Jubilee Wetlands (K Thorpe) This evening Garganey, 2 Mandarin, 4 Ruff, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (S Pick, C Cook)
Kingsbury - 24 Little Egret roosted, Hobby, 4 Pochard (S Pick)
Ladywalk - 2 Greenshank, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Hobby (J & J Morris)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

16th August - Sightings





Dunlin, Ruff and Wood Sandpiper - Mark Priest

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper Canal Scrape though mobile. Garganey still west Scrape. Also 4 Ruff, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin Jubilee Wetlands. 4 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP, J Allen, M Priest et al) An earlier report of a Curlew Sandpiper is probably erroneous and refers to a juvenile Dunlin. Please let me know if you have any evidence to the contrary!
Alvecote - Green Sandpiper Pretty Pigs Lake (S Allison)
Ladywalk - Hobby, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 12 Shoveler (P Lichfield et al)

Saturday, 15 August 2015

15th August - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey still West Scrape. Also 2 Ruff, 6 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Wigeon Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit. Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP et al)

Friday, 14 August 2015

14th August - Sightings

Alvecote - 2 Ruff Mill Pool (TP)
RSPB - Mandarin Jubilee Wetlands (S Pick)
Kingsbury - 34 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool (S Pick, W Eley) A new Tame and regional record.
Shustoke - Wheatear, Wigeon, 3 Common Tern, Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)

Thursday, 13 August 2015

13th August - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey West Scrape. 5 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Alvecote - Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper Railway Pool (Bobby D)

12th August - Sightings

Kingsbury - 28 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool (W Eley, S Pick)
RSPB - Sanderling, Ruff, 8 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Bar-Headed Goose Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit. Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (S Atkinson et al)
Alvecote - Greenshank Railway Pool/Mill Pool (J Morgan)

11th August - Sightings

Kingsbury - 22 Little Egret roosted Otter Pool (W Eley)
RSPB - 2 Oystercatcher, LRP, 6 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin,2 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (G Williams)
Alvecote - Redstart(m) in hedgerow near Orachard (J Morgan)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, LRP, 6 Little Egret (per P Sofley)

Monday, 10 August 2015

10th August - Sightings

Ladywalk - Garganey "B" Pools still. Also Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (P Lichfield)

Sunday, 9 August 2015

9th August - Sightings

Ladywalk - Garganey "B" Pools (P Lichfield)
RSPB - 3 Black-Tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands. 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (K Sargent)
Shustoke - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, Peregrine, Hobby (P Forbes)

Saturday, 8 August 2015

7th August - Sightings

RSPB - 11 Black-Tailed Godwit, Ruff, 3 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands. 5 Green Sandpiper, Hobby Hall Lake (S Pick, J Allen) Mandarin (ecl m) (RSPB)
Ladywalk - Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 8 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 50+ Gadwall (P Sofley)

6th August - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Little Stint, 3 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray) Hobby, Siskin (RSPB)

5th August - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Little Stint, 5 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe Jubilee Wetlands (Many Obs)
Ladywalk - Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit (S Cawthray)

4th August - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Little Stint still Jubilee Wetlands. Garganey West Scrape. Also 3 Dunlin, 4 LRP, 10+ Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Mandarin (ecl m) (J allen et al) Hobby, Peregrine Dosthill (J Morgan)
Ladywalk - Hobby, Snipe (J & J Morris)

3rd August - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Little Stint, 3 Dunlin, Black-Tailed Godwit, Mandarin (ecl m), 4 Little Egret (S Pick) Yesterday 7 Dunlin, Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover, Snipe, 8 Little Egret (S Pick, S Atkinson)
Ladywalk - 2 Green Sandpiper, Wigeon (P Sofley)

1st August - Sightings

Ladywalk - Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Shoveler, Wigeon, 32 Gadwall, 15 Teal, Swift (P Sofley)
RSPB - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake. 5 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover Jubilee Wetlands (S Atkinson)

Friday, 31 July 2015

31st July - Sightings

RSPB - Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 2 LRP Jubilee Wetlands (G Williams)

Thursday, 30 July 2015

30th July - Sightings

RSPB - 7 Black-Tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP Jubilee Wetlands. 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (G Williams et al)
Shustoke - 3 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, LRP, Ringed Plover, brood of Gadwall (TP et al)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

29th July - Sightings

Ladywalk - Harrier sp (Ringtail) reported over Main Reedbed this am (per logbook) Also 3 Peregrine (juv) still (P Lichfield)
RSPB - 4 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, Hobby, 3 Little Egret Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit. 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (G Williams, S Atkinson)

28th July - Sightings

Shustoke - Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - 11 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 3 Peregrine (juv) (J & J Morris et al)
RSPB - Green Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover Jubilee Wetlands. 4 Dunlin through. Peregrine, 2 Hobby in area (R Eyres, G Williams) The second Avocet Family have left the area.

27th July - Sightings

Alvecote - Black-Tailed Godwit Mill Pool (J Morgan)
Shustoke - Common Sandpiper (Bobby D)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

26th July - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake. 3 Black-Tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grasshopper Warbler Jubilee Wetlands (S Atkinson)

Saturday, 25 July 2015

25th July - Sightings

RSPB - Turnstone, 3 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 8+ LRP, Redshank Jubilee Wetlands. 3 Green Sandpiper, LRP Hall Lake. 3 Avocet North Pit (TP)

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22nd July - Sightings

RSPB - Ruff, 5 Black-Tailed Godwit, 11 Dunlin, 11+ Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 3 Avocet, 3 LRP, 2 Little Egret, Yellow-Legged Gull(juv), 2 Broods of Gadwall (1 new) Jubilee Wetlands. 2 LRP Hall Lake (TP)
Ladywalk - 2 Crossbill over to S/E at 4.26pm (P Sofley)
Alvecote - LRP Mill Pool. Redstart on Staffs side (Bobby D)

21st July - Sightings

RSPB - 6 Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (C Doyle) 3 Hobby (per Staffs Birding)
Ladywalk - 2 Green Sandpiper (P Lichfield)

Monday, 20 July 2015

20th July - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Black-Tailed Godwit, 4 Avocet, Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 3 LRP (RSPB, S Pick) c10 Siskin between Mill Plantation and Fisher's Mill Bridge with Goldfinch (S Pick)
Shustoke - Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper on weed (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - 2 Hobby B Pools (S Cawthray) 2 Green Sandpiper (P Lichfield)

Black-Tailed Godwit Ringing Details

I have received the history of the colour ringed Black-Tailed Godwit seen on Saturday from the Iceland Wader group. Please see below:

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GN-BR 15.07.13 Langhús, Fljót, N Iceland
GN-BR 18.03.14 Les Marinonville, Saint-Ghislain, Belgium
GN-BR 19.03.14 Workum, Workumermeer, Friesland, N Netherland
GN-BR 8.09.14 Alkborough Flats, Humber, North Lincolnshire, E England
GN-BR 16.09.14 Alkborough Flats, Humber, North Lincolnshire, E England
GN-BR 17.10.14 Alkborough Flats, Humber, North Lincolnshire, E England
GN-BR 3.03.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 6.03.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 8.03.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 14.03.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 15.03.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 17.03.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 01.04.15 Landje van Geijsel, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 04.04.15 Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 05.04.15 Bovenkerkerpolder, Amstelveen, Noord Holland, W Netherlands
GN-BR 18.07.15 Middleton Lakes, Warwickshire, C England

Sunday, 19 July 2015

19th July - Sightings

RSPB - 10 Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Grasshopper Warbler (S Atkinson)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

18th July - Sightings

RSPB - 12 Black-Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 2 Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Snipe Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit. 6 Green Sandpiper, 4 LRP Hall Lake (TP, J Allen et al) One of the Godwits was colour ringed (Blue above Red right leg and Green above Black left leg)
Alvecote - Yellow-Legged Gull(juv) Pretty Pigs Pool. 5 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, Green Sandpiper, 12 Yellow Wagtail Mill Pool (A Archer)

Friday, 17 July 2015

17th July - Sightings

RSPB - 26 Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, Dunlin, Snipe, 3 Avocet (2 Juvs now flying), 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Hobby Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit (J Hughes, G Williams) 9 Siskin Canal Meadow (K Thorpe)
Ladywalk - Hobby in dead tree B Pools (J & J Morris)
Alvecote - 2 Yellow-Legged Gull (ad,juv) Mill Pool. Also Redstart in area (A Archer)

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

15th July - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Green Sandpiper, Redshank Hall Lake. 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands. 2 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper North Pit this afternoon (S Atkinson)
Ladywalk - Common Scoter(fem) reported (per P Sofley Also Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (P Lichfield)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

14th July - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Ruddy Shelduck late morning Jubilee Wetlands (G Williams) but not later (G Robinson) These were probably the same as seen at Stanwick, Northants early am. Also Spotted Flycatcher by farm. 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 6 Shelduck, 25+ Common Tern Jubilee Wetlands. 2 Avocet still. 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper Hall Lake (G Williams, G Robinson, S Cawthray)

Monday, 13 July 2015

13th July - Sightings

RSPB - Black-Tailed Godwit, 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 2 Redshank, 6 Ringed Plover, 35 Common Tern, 3 Little Egret (G Williams)

Sunday, 12 July 2015

12th July - Sightings

RSPB - 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Ladywalk - Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (P Lichfield)

Saturday, 11 July 2015

11th July - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 7 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, Little Egret, Hobby Jubilee Wetlands. 2 Avocet + 2 young North Pit (S Pick)

10th July - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Whimbrel briefly this evening Jubilee Wetlands. Also 2 Dunlin. 5 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (S Pick)
Ladywalk - Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper (P Lichfield)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

9th July - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 10 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 16+ Ringed Plover, 7 LRP, 2 Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Common Gull, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 brood of Gadwall (2 new) Jubilee Wetlands (TP, S Pick) 5 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (S Pick)
Ladywalk - Black-Tailed Godwit New Bay (P Lichfield)

8th July - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Greenshank, 5 Black-Tailed Godwit, 20 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Avocet + 2 Young, 2 Redshank, 4 LRP, 7 Oystercatcher, 150 Sand Martin Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit (S Pick)
Kingsbury South - Yellow-Legged Gull(ad) back again Bodymoor Heath Water for its 7th Winter (A Dean) See here.

Monday, 6 July 2015

6th July - Sightings

RSPB - Greenshank North Pit still (K Thorpe)
Ladywalk - 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, 8 Shoveler, Wigeon, Water Rail (P Sofley)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

5th July - Sightings

RSPB - Greenshank, 2 Avocet + 2 Young North Pit. 1+ Green Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 broods of Gadwall Jubilee Wetlands. 3 Green Sandpiper, brood of Gadwall Hall Lake. The family party of 5 Avocet seem to have left the reserve (S Pick, TP)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, 8 Shoveler, Peregrine (P Lichfield)

Saturday, 4 July 2015

4th July - Sightings

RSPB - No sign of White-Winged Black Tern today (Many Obs) 4 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP) 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover Jubilee Wetlands (J Allen)
Ladywalk - 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, White Wagtail (P Lichfield)

Friday, 3 July 2015

3rd July - Sightings





White-Winged Black Tern - Steve Pick (Upper) and Bob Duckhouse(Lower)

RSPB - WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN c8.20pm at least Jubilee Wetlands. This evening it was showing well from the 2 benches on the North East shore (G Williams et al) The second reserve record after one on 01/08/2005.

Also 20 Black-Tailed Godwit with 3 left late evening (G Williams) Mediterranean Gull (2nd Sum) late evening (TP, J Allen, A Archer) Also Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover (TP et al)

Yesterday - Mediterranean Gull in evening. Also 18 Ringed Plover, 6 LRP, 4 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 9 Avocet (S Pick)

Shustoke - 7 Common Sandpiper (D Baker)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

2nd July - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 8 Little Egret, 2 Shoveler, 3 Teal (P Lichfield)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

1st July - Sightings

Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper, Redshank, LRP, 5 Little Egret, 2 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal, Mandarin, Wigeon, 8 Juv Goosander, Curlew (per P Sofley)

30th June - Sightings


Mediterranean Gulls (S Pick)

RSPB -2 Mediterranean Gull (ad) briefly - flew in from the south touched down on Jubilee Wetlands for a couple of minutes then headed North. Also 20+ Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 9 Avocet, 4 Redshank. Cuckoo still calling Silt Pool. Green Sand Hall Lake (S Pick)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 3 Shoveler (P Lichfield)

Monday, 29 June 2015

29th June - Sightings

RSPB - Green Sandpiper on reserve. 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (K Thorpe)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret (P Sofley)

Sunday, 28 June 2015

28th June - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Green Sandpiper, Gadwall + 9 Young  Hall Lake (TP)
Alvecote - Common Redstart (juvenile) in Old Orchard. Also Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret (A Archer)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

27th June - Sightings

RSPB - Green Sandpiper Hall Lake. Curlew North Pit. Green Sandpiper, Hobby, 3+ Grasshopper Warbler, Gadwall + 4 young (new brood) Jubilee Wetlands. 8 Avocet around site (TP, J Allen)

Friday, 26 June 2015

26th June - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (Many Obs)

Thursday, 25 June 2015

25th June - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover Hall Lake (Bobby D, TP et al)
Ladywalk - Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, LRP, Pochard,  3 Little Egret, 5 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall (P Sofley)

24th June - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Red Kite over Middleton Hall to West (K Thorpe)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 4 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, Goosander + 8 young (S Haynes)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

23rd June - Sightings

RSPB - 9+ Avocet still. The 3 young from the first brood can now fly. Also Curlew (S Pick)

22nd June - Sightings

Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper (P Sofley)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

21st June - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake still. Also 7+ Teal, Pochard(m), 10 Avocet on site (J Allen)

Saturday, 20 June 2015

20th June - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake. Also brood of Gadwall (TP) Also Black-Tailed Godwit Jubilee Wetlands and 10 Avocet still on site (S Atkinson) A further 3 Godwit sp this evening (presumably Black-Tailed) (S Pick) Hobby over Heronry (A Russell)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

17th June - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Dunlin Jubilee Wetlands (S Pick) 10 Avocet on site in recent days (5 ads + 5 Young).

15th June - Sightings

RSPB - Mediterranean Gull (sum plum) over Fisher's Mill (K Thorpe)
Ladywalk - 3 Little Egret, Wigeon, 2nd brood of Gadwall (per P Sofley)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

14th June - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Chicks did hatch from second Avocet nest before it was inundated and are present this morning (S Pick) The second ever brood in Staffs!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

13th June - Sightings

RSPB - sadly (once again) rising water levels this evening have flooded out a second Avocet nest just before they were expected to hatch (per S Pick)

12th June - Sightings

RSPB - 5 adult Avocet and 3 Young still during week. The adults have walked the remaining 3 young to the East Scrape (Many Obs) Red Kite over (K Thorpe)

Monday, 8 June 2015

8th June - Sightings

Ladywalk - Brood of 6 Gadwall in New Bay. Also Wigeon, Pochard, 6+ Little Egret, Shoveler(m) (per P Sofley)
RSPB - 2 Common Sandpiper still. Also 4 Avocet young and first LRP young today (G Williams)

Sunday, 7 June 2015

7th June - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Pr Gadwall + 7 Young Jubilee Wetlands. The 4 Avocet young still present (G Williams, TP et al)
Ladywalk - Mandarin(m) 'B' Pools. Also 2 Pochard (2m), Teal(m) (P Lichfield) 3-4 broods of Goosander along River Tame in general area (per S Haynes)

Saturday, 6 June 2015

6th June - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin (G Williams et al)

Thursday, 4 June 2015

4th June - Sightings

RSPB - Mandarin (m) Jubilee wetlands. Avocets + 4 Avocet young still North Pit (G Williams et al)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

2nd June - Sightings

Shustoke - Little Tern, Arctic Tern (1st Sum) early evening but flew off (S Cawthray et al)
RSPB - Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 500+ Lesser Black-Backed Gull (K Sargent et al)

Sunday, 31 May 2015

31st May - Sightings

RSPB - Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail Jubilee Wetlands (G Williams, K Sargent, S Pick)

30th May - Sightings

RSPB - Turnstone, 6 Sanderling, Avocets + 4yg (G Williams et al)
Ladywalk - 4 Little Egret, Drake Goosander (on river), Wigeon (f) (P Lichfield)

Friday, 29 May 2015

29th May - Sightings

RSPB - 6 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands (G Williams) Greenshank on 27/05 (per G Williams)
Ladywalk - 2 Dunlin, 4 Little Egret 'B' Pools. 3 Goosander main pool (per P Sofley) On 28/05 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret (P Lichfield) On 27/05 Goosander, 2 Wigeon, Shoveler, 2 Cuckoo (P Sofley)

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

26th May - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Garganey(pr) on river. Brood of 9 Shelduck North Pit. 2 Dunlin (G Williams)

Monday, 25 May 2015

25th May - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey(m) now on river by Southern Meadow then flew towards Fisher's Mill. Also 2 Wigeon, Teal, 8 Avocet (inc 4 young), 3 Dunlin (G Williams)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

24th May - Sightings

RSPB - Sanderling (sum plum) Jubilee Wetlands (A Archer et al) Garganey(m) Hall Lake (S Cawthray et al)

Saturday, 23 May 2015

23rd May - Sightings




Avocets on Patrol (Mark Priest)

RSPB - 4 Avocet + 4 young still North Pit. Also Pochard, 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Cuckoo around reserve (S Atkinson et al)

Friday, 22 May 2015

22nd May - Sightings

RSPB - Barnacle Goose, Avocets + 4 yg, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail (S Pick)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

21st May - Sightings

RSPB - Caspian Gull (1st Summer) this evening Jubilee Wetlands (TP, J Allen) Also Ruff, 4 Avocet + 4 Young, 2 Teal, 2 Pochard, 2 Wigeon North Pit. 2 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, Cuckoo Jubilee Wetlands (K Thorpe, TP et al) Whinchat (M Priest)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

20th May - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Avocet now with 4 young still North Pit (Many Obs) Also 2 Yellow Wagtail (S Pick)
Ladywalk - Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Shoveler, 2 teal, 30+ Gadwall. Also recently Common Sandpiper, Mandarin, 2 Wigeon, Goosander (per P Sodley)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

19th May - Sightings



Avocet with young (S Pick)

RSPB - 21 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper (S Pick) Ruff, Curlew (per logbook)

I am also please to announce that 3 Avocet chicks have fledged this evening which represents the first successful breeding for Staffordshire. There have been up to 5 Adult Avocet present.

Monday, 18 May 2015

18th May - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Barnacle Goose flew onto Jubilee Wetlands this evening. Also Garganey(m), 2 Wigeon North Pit. 6 Dunlin, 10+ Ringed Plover Jubilee Wetlands (TP et al)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

17th May - Sightings

RSPB - Ruff, Barnacle Goose North Pit. Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover Jubilee Wetlands. Garganey(m) Fisher's Mill. Also 2 Cuckoo, Hobby, Grasshopper Warbler (K Sargent et al)

Saturday, 16 May 2015

16th May - Sightings

RSPB - Little Gull, 2 Garganey(m,f), Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, 16 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands (A Archer, S Atkinson et al) Unconfirmed report of Purple Sandpiper yesterday (per logbook) Any detail gratefully received of what would be a site first!
Alvecote - Osprey (per S William)

Friday, 15 May 2015

15th May - Sightings

Kingsbury - Garganey(m), Common Sandpiper Otter Pool (P Casey)
Alvecote - Hobby Mill Pool (J Morgan)

Thursday, 14 May 2015

14th May - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper still. Also Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 3 Yellow Wagtail (G Williams)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

13th May - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, Sanderling, 14 Dunlin (per RBA, G Williams)

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

12th May - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Sanderling, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, 11+ Dunlin, 29+ Ringed Plover Jubilee Wetlands. Goosander(m) North Pit (G Williams, K Thorpe, TP, S Pick et al)

Monday, 11 May 2015

11th May - Sightings

RSPB - Wood Sandpiper, Garganey(m), 6 Dunlin, Wheatear Jubilee Wetlands (K Sargent, G Williams et al) 2 Red Kite between Drayton Bassett Village and reserve this morning (P Gurney)

Saturday, 9 May 2015

9th May - Sightings

RSPB - Arctic Tern, Garganey(m) Fisher's Mill. 5 Dunlin Jubilee Wetlands (per S Cawthray)
Kingsbury - Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray)

Friday, 8 May 2015

8th May - Sightings

RSPB - Arctic Tern, Dunlin Jubilee Wetlands.Mediterranean Gull(2nd Sum), 2 Dunlin North Pit (K Sargent et al) Report of Osprey over this morning (J Harris per S Cawthray)
Wishaw - 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear Wishaw Lane (S Cawthray)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

7th May - Sightings

RSPB - 12 Dunlin Jubilee Wetlands. Garganey(m), Wigeon(m) North Pit (S Pick)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

5th May - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey(m), Dunlin, Goosander, 3 Wigeon North Pit. 3 Dunlin Jubilee Wetlands (S Pick)

Monday, 4 May 2015

4th May - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey(m) Fisher's Mill. 3+ Cuckoo 2 Wigeon (S Atkinson, T Hollier et al)
Wishaw - 2 Wheatear (C Hiles)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

3rd May - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Black Tern reported flying south mid morning (per TP). Also Black-Tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 3 Wigeon, 2 Goosander (TP et al)
Kingsbury South - c10 Yellow Wagtail, Hobby Mill Meadow (TP)
Wishaw - Merlin(fem) Blindpit Lane (C Hiles)

Saturday, 2 May 2015

2nd May - Sightings

RSPB - Little Gull(1st Sum), Arctic Tern North Pit in morning(G Williams) 3 Whimbrel landed briefly Jubilee Wetlands c5.30pm  before flying off to North. Also Black-Tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 2 Wigeon. 2 Garganey still Fisher's Mill (S Pick, G Williams) possible Black Kite over early afternoon (G Williams)
Kingsbury South - 35+ Yellow Wagtail Mill Meadow (TP)
Shustoke - 5 Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)

Friday, 1 May 2015

1st May - Sightings

RSPB - 4 Whinchat (male,2fem near River Screen, fem North Pit). Also 2 Garganey(m,f), 2 Black-Tailed Godwit Fisher's Mill. 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad,2nd sum) North Pit. Black-Tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Wigeon, 3 Goosander Jubilee Wetlands/North Pit (TP et al)
Ladywalk - Dunlin (P Lichfield) Also 2 Goosander, 2 Wigeon, 5 Pochard (P Sofley) The Mandarin and Garganey still 28/29th April (per Logbook)

Thursday, 30 April 2015

30th April - Sightings

RSPB - Osprey early afternoon Also Whinchat, Black-Tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, 5+ Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, 8 Swift (P Forbes et al)

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

29th April - Sightings

RSPB - 2 Whinchat (m,f), Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Hobby Jubilee Wetlands. Wheatear, 2 Goosander North Pit (S Pick et al)
Ladywalk - Whinchat, Wheatear, Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail (S Cawthray et al)
Kingsbury South - 12 swift, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Common Tern Hemlingford Water (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

28th April - Sightings



Whinchat - Gaz Robinson

RSPB - 3 Whinchat (2m,f) all day (J Oliver et al) This evening Whimbrel through, Black-Tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (A Archer)
Shustoke - c10 Common Sandpiper (P Forbes)
Ladywalk - Whinchat(f) from 'B' Hide (J & J Morris)

Monday, 27 April 2015

27th April - Sightings

RSPB - 5 Whimbrel , Black-Tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker around reserve. 2 Garganey Fisher's Mill (pr) (P Forbes, D Roberts, TP et al) The Whimbrel and Godwit had gone this evening.
Ladywalk - Mandarin , Dunlin, 2 Goosander, 2 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 32 Gadwall (per P Sofley) Garganey reported on 26/04 (per logbook)
Shustoke - 6 Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo (D Hutton)

Sunday, 26 April 2015

26th April - Sightings

Tamworth - Cuckoo flew over Woodlands Road c1.20pm. This shows the merits of hanging out washing! (TP)
RSPB - 2 Garganey (pr) still Fisher's Mil. 10 Dunlin Jubilee/North Pit (J Allen)
Shustoke - 7 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin (P Forbes)
Kingsbury South - 13 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail Mill Meadow (S Pick)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

25th April - Sightings

RSPB - Curlew Sandpiper still Jubilee Wetland but no further sign since early morning. Also 3 Dunlin. 2 Garganey(pr) Fisher;s Mill. Hobby reported (S Pick et al)

Friday, 24 April 2015

24th April - Sightings


Curlew Sandpiper - Gaz Robinson

RSPB - Curlew Sandpiper still. Also 3 Wheatear (J Morgan et al)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

23rd April - Sightings

RSPB - Curlew Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands from bench. Also Cuckoo (S Cawthray et al) The Curlew Sandpiper is presumably the bird from Tuesday.
Kingsbury South - Whinchat Mill Meadow near bridge to Church. Also 12 Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat (Bobby D et al)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

22nd April - Sightings



Whimbrel - Steve Pick

RSPB - 2 Whimbrel, Greenshank Jubilee Wetlands. 6+ Grasshopper Warbler (K Sargent et al)
Shustoke - Arctic Tern (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - 3 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 4 Snipe, 3 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 30 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat (per P Sofley)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

21st April - Sightings

Shustoke - Greenshank briefly this morning (P Forbes)
RSPB - Curlew Sandpiper till 6.50pm but not later (D Baker et al) 5+ Grasshopper Warbler this evening. Also 2 Green Sandpiper, Goosander (TP)
Kingsbury South - 7 Yellow Wagtail Mill Meadow (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - 3 Grasshopper Warbler (S Cawthray) Also Cuckoo (P Lichfield)
Wishaw - Wheatear (D Baker)
Whitacre Heath - Red Kite over village (K & L Wimbush)

The Curlew Sandpiper seems to have been present all day but went unreported until late afternoon which is a shame.

Monday, 20 April 2015

20th April - Sightings


Whinchat - Mark Priest

RSPB - Lesser Whitethroat, Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker, Avocet (D Hutton) Whinchat(m) (M Priest)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Middleton Lakes Waders


Below is a list of waders recorded at Middleton Lakes. Those marked with a * were only recorded before the RSPB started managing the site. Additionally a Kentish Plover was seen in the 1970s on a now filled in pit between Kingsbury Water Park and the reserve.
  1. Black-winged Stilt 
  2. Avocet 
  3. Oystercatcher 
  4. Pacific Golden Plover 
  5. Golden Plover
  6. Grey Plover 
  7. Lapwing 
  8. Little Ringed Plover
  9. Ringed Plover
  10. Whimbrel
  11. Curlew
  12. Black-tailed Godwit
  13. Bar-tailed Godwit
  14. Turnstone
  15. Knot
  16. Ruff 
  17. Broad-billed Sandpiper *
  18. Curlew Sandpiper
  19. Temminck's Stint
  20. Sanderling
  21. Dunlin
  22. Little Stint
  23. White-rumped Sandpiper
  24. Least Sandpiper *
  25. Pectoral Sandpiper
  26. Common Sandpiper
  27. Green Sandpiper
  28. Spotted Redshank
  29. Greenshank
  30. Wood Sandpiper
  31. Redshank
  32. Jack Snipe
  33. Woodcock
  34. Snipe
  35. Red-Necked Phalarope *
  36. Grey Phalarope

19th April - Sightings



Garganey - Fisher's Mill and Wheatear - Wishaw (Gareth Robinson)

RSPB - No sign of Black-Winged Stilts today. They appear to have relocated to Cheshire. But 3 Garganey (2m,f) Fisher's Mill. Garganey(m) Jubilee Wetlands. Garganey(m) North Pit. Also 3 Avocet, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 12 Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Arctic Tern through (A Archer et al) Whinchat(m) between 2 screens on electric fence (J Allen)
Kingsbury South - 3+ Yellow Wagtail Mill Meadow. 50+ House Martin, 2 Swift, 7 Common Tern Bodymoor Heath Water (TP)
Kingsbury - 9 Common Tern Cliff Pool. Redstart(f), 2 Grasshopper Warbler Richard's Meadow (A Archer et al)
Shustoke - 4 Swift (M Palmer)
Ladywalk - 7 Little Egret (per P Sofley)
Wishaw - 3 Wheatear Blindpit Lane (G Robinson)

Saturday, 18 April 2015

18th April - Sightings






Black-Winged Stilt - Mark Priest (upper) and Dave Hutton

RSPB - **2 BLACK-WINGED STILT ** Jubilee Wetlands mid evening at least. They are a pair and were first on Fisher's Mill c9.25am but then moved to Jubilee (R Davis et al) The only previous record in the Tame was from Alvecote in 1987. The last ones in Staffs were in 1995.

Also Garganey(m) still Fisher's Mill. 3 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper Jubilee Wetlands. 2 Goosander North Pit. 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 4+ Reed Warbler around reserve (Many Obs) Red Kite over (K Thorpe, F Mosey) Marsh Harrier(fem) over to North Late Afternoon (M Yapp)

Alvecote - Arctic Tern Mill Pool (A Archer)
Whitacre Heath - Hobby over village (K wimbush)
Coton - Garden Warbler near where hide used to be (D Hutton)

Friday, 17 April 2015

17th April - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey(m) still North Pit (per Staffs Birding) A pair have been seen recently (per RSPB) Arctic Tern North Pit (G Williams) In evening Garganey(m) Fisher's Mill. Also 2 Avocet, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-Tailed Godwit around reserve (J Allen, S Pick et al)
Wishaw - Whinchat Hempit Lane by farm (D Baker)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

16th April - Sightings

RSPB - Green Sandpiper Southern Meadow. 3 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, Whitethroat Jubilee Wetlands (TP) Also 2 Avocet (G Williams)
Wishaw - 2 Wheatear Blindpit Lane (D Baker)
Ladywalk - Garden Warbler in car park area (S Cawthray)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

15th April - Sightings

RSPB - Whimbrel Jubilee Wetlands till mid-evening at least. Also Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail (K Thorpe et al) Curlew early evening. Also Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler (D Hutton)
Lea Marston - 2 Green Sandpiper from Railway Bridge. Common Sandpiper on river (M Pollock)
Coton - possible acredula Willow Warbler near brick building by road bridge. Also 2 Whitethroat (D Hutton)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

14th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - 9+ Yellow Wagtail, c30 Pied Wagtail Mill Field (TP) Fulvous Whistling Duck Bodymoor Heath Water (L Davis)
RSPB Greenshank, Common Sandpiper North Pit. Also Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin around reserve (G Williams et al) Garganey still reported (per J Gallety)
Shustoke - 5 Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray)
Tamworth - Wheatear Amington near Amington Hall Farm (S Allison)
Wishaw - 2 Wheatear (S Cawthray)

Monday, 13 April 2015

13th April - Sightings

RSPB - Garganey(m) North Pit (G Williams) Also Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 2 Goosander, 2 Avocet, 9 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper around reserve. Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker still around Heronry Wood area (G Williams, K Thorpe et al)
Lea Marston - Green Sandpiper from railway bridge (TP)
Ladywalk - c100 Sand Martin, House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, White Wagtail, 26 Shoveler, 34 Teal, 44 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 5 Goosander (per P Sofley)

Sunday, 12 April 2015

12th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - 12 Common Tern, 50+ Sand Martin Hemlingford Water. 6 Yellow Wagtail, 41 Pied Wagtail Mill Meadow (M Pollock, S Haynes)
Ladywalk - Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 2 Wigeon, 8 Goosander (P Lichfield)
RSPB - 2 Avocet, 2 Dunlin (S Pick)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

11th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - 2 Common Tern (D Hutton) In afternoon up 11 Common Tern. Also 30 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow (TP, J Allen)
Tamworth - Redstart Moor Lane, Amington near Football pitches (S Allison, P Malys) Still present in afternoon with another bird calling but not seen (S Allison)
RSPB - 2 Avocet, Dunlin  (Sum Plum), White Wagtail, 2 Common Tern Jubilee Wetlands. Wheatear North Pit (D Hutton  et al) 3 House Martin Fisher's Mill (S Atkinson) Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker by fram (J Allen)
Ladywalk - 2+ Reed Warbler, Curlew, 2 Snipe, 9 Little Egret, 5 Goosander, Marsh Tit (P Lichfield et al)
Kingsbury - Common Sandpiper Canal Pool still. 8 Snipe Cliff Pool (W Eley)

Friday, 10 April 2015

10th April - Sightings

Whitacre Heath - Marsh Harrier (sub adult Male) over village 11:10hrs (K Wimbush)
Shustoke - Red Kite over (S Haynes)
Coton - 8 singing Willow Warbler (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 2 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 7 Little Egret, 3 Goosander (P Lichfield et al)
RSPB - Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker still vocal around Heronry Wood area. 2 Avocet, Black-Tailed Godwit on reserve (K Thorpe)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

9th April - Sightings

RSPB - Whimbrel till mid afternoon at least but not in evening (P Forbes et al) Also 2 Avocet, Curlew, Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 5 LRP, 4 Redshank, 17 Snipe, 2 Pochard, 2 Wheatear, Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker (TP et al) Sedge Warbler reported (per noticeboard)
Kingsbury South - Little Gull (1st Win) still Hemlingford Water (Bobby D)
Kingsbury - Common Sandpiper Canal Pool (Bobby D)
Coton - 3 Willow Warbler (D Baker, Bobby D)
Ladywalk - 8 Little Egret, 10 Goosander, Willow Warbler, 3 LRP, 4 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 5 Snipe, 200+ Shoveler (per P Sofley)


The All-Day Spring bird count will take place on Saturday 25th April. Middleton has a friendly competition against other Midlands reserves to see which reserve can record the most species.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

8th April - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Avocet still Jubilee Wetlands. Also 6 LRP, 6 Ringed Plover, Black-Tailed Godwit, Common Tern. Lesser Spotted woodpecker still in Heronry Wood. 200 Sand Martin roosted Silt Pool (K Thorpe)
Kingsbury South - 2 Little Gull (2nd Win, 1st Win) still (per Birdguides) 
Ladywalk - 4 Little Egret, 2 LRP, 2 Redshank, 3 Snipe, Blackcap (per P Sofley)

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

7th April - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Avocet still North Pit (K Thorpe)

Monday, 6 April 2015

6th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - 1 Little Gull Hemlingford Water (per Birdguides)
RSPB -  3 Avocet reported with just 2 again in afternoon. Also 2 Black-Tailed Godwit still and Dunlin, 2 Curlew, Ringed Plover, 8 Redshank, 3 Goosander, Pochard (J Allen et al)
Ladywalk - Bittern in flight from Riverwalk Hide 12:30pm (Steve Arkell) Also Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 8 Goosander, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, 2 Blackcap (per P Sofley)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

5th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - 2 Little Gull (1st Win, 2nd Win) Swann Pool/Hemlingford Water though mobile (D Hutton et al)
RSPB - 2 Avocet, 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull(ads), 2 LRP, Ringed Plover, Curlew, 9+ Redshank, 6 Little Egret, 2 Pintail, 8 Goosander, Pochard(m), Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow (G Williams, TP, J Allen, K Sargent et al)
Shustoke - 2 LRP (D Hutton)

Saturday, 4 April 2015

4th April - Sightings

Kingsbury South - Little Gull (2nd win) Swann Pool (TP)
RSPB - Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker again in heronry wood/farm paddock. Regularly calling and drumming and showing on and off. Do not enter wood (Many Obs) Also 2 Pintail and usual waders on reserve (J Allen et al)
Coton - Chiffchaff sp (mixed singer) back again. Also House Martin, 13 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin (D Hutton, D Mallon)
Kingsbury - Jack Snipe Cliff Pool (S Cawthray)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

2nd April - Sightings

RSPB - Willow Warbler Silt Pool. Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker behind Farm. Also LRP, 6 Redshank, 2 Pintail, Peregrine (S Cawthray et al)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

1st April - Sightings

Ladywalk - Marsh Harrier flew south (S Cawthray) Also Stonechat, Curlew, 3 Redshank, 4 Snipe, Mandarin, 30 Sand Martin, Swallow (Many Obs)
Coton - 2 Swallow (S Haynes)
Alvecote - report of Nordic Jackdaw on Warks side (per S Haynes)

31st March - Sightings

Ladywalk - Mandarin, 10 Goosander, 94 Shoveler, 53 Teal, 2 Curlew, Redshank, 5 Snipe, many Sand Martin (per P Sofley)

Monday, 30 March 2015

30th March - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Black-Tailed Godwit, Pintail, 4 Goosander, Blackcap. 15 Little Egret left heronry roost early am (K Thorpe et al)
Shustoke - 14 Golden Plover over (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk - White Wagtail in paddocks. 30 Sand Martin 'B' Pools (P Sofley)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

28th March - Sightings

RSPB - 5 Ringed Plover, LRP, 4 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Pintail, Goosander (TP, J Allen)

Friday, 27 March 2015

27th March - Sightings


Pintail - Steve Pick

RSPB - 3 Avocet still North Pit till dusk. Also Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, LRP, 3 Oystercatcher, 5 Redshank, 2 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye (P Casey, S Pick et al)

Thursday, 26 March 2015

26th March - Sightings

RSPB - 3 Avocet North Pit (per K Thorpe)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

25th March - Sightings

RSPB - 9 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 3 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret and 20 Snipe (S Pick) Grey Plover still on 24/03 (per logbook)
Ladywalk - 21 Sand Martin, Mandarin, 150+ Shoveler, 100+ Teal, Woodcock, 18 Redwing (per P Sofley)

Monday, 23 March 2015

23rd March - Sightings

RSPB - Grey Plover still this morning on Jubilee Wetlands from East Screen (per Birdguides) Also 4 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, LRP, Green Sandpiper, Pintail (K Thorpe) Late news for 14/03 of 2 Garganey (pr) on Bodymoor Pit (per S Haynes)

Please note Birdguides continue to wrongly report this (part of the site) as Warwickshire.

Ladywalk - Siberian Chiffchaff still (M Priest et al) Also Mandarin, 11 Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, Common Sandpiper (per P Sofley)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

22nd March - Sightings


Grey Plover - Sean Allison

RSPB - Grey Plover on North Pit but was on Jubilee Wetlands late afternoon (Many Obs) Also Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 6 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover (4 flew high south), 2 LRP, c10 Redshank, Pintail(m), 6 Goosander around reserve (TP, D Hutton et al) Pintail Hall Lake still (M Priest)

Saturday, 21 March 2015

21st March - Sightings

RSPB - White Wagtail, Black-Tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, LRP, 5 Redshank, Pintail Jubilee Wetlands. Pintail Hall Lake (K Sargent, TP, D Hutton, J Allen)
Ladywalk - 2 Willow Tit Hide B feeders. Curlew on Marsh (TP, J Allen)

Friday, 20 March 2015

20th March - Sightings

RSPB - 9 Wigeon, 2 male Pintail (1 North Pit, 1 Hall Lake), 6 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 4 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 9 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin (G Williams)

19th March - Sightings

RSPB - 6 Sand Martin Fisher's Mill. Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 5 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Goldeneye Jubilee Wetlands. Pintail(m) North Pit. c10,000 Starling roosted Silt Pool (K Thorpe, S Pick)
Ladywalk - Siberian Chiffchaff still in favoured riverside hawthorn 150 yards down from Car Park (P Sofley) Also Curlew, Woodcock, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker (S Cawthray et al)