Friday, 31 May 2019

31st May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) -  2 Oystercatcher chicks, 2 Redshank [West Scrape], 3 Redshank [East Scrape], 2 Yellow Wagtail, brood of 6 Shelduck [North Pit]  (J Hexall).

Thursday, 30 May 2019

30th May

RSPB Middleton - Hobby over Drayton Bassett, Pochard [North Pit], Yellow Wagtail [West Scrape], Cuckoo (M Smiles).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - 3 plus Willow Tit fledged, brood of 4 lapwing (P Softley).

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

29th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - Peregrine through, Dunlin, Snipe (M Smiles).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Dunlin (P Softley).
Alvecote - Red Kite (R Smith).
River Anker nr Polesworth - Yellowhammer (M Scott).

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

28th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - Whinchat (f), Yellow Wagtail [Jubilee Wetlands], Cuckoo [Dosthill NR] (M Smiles). Dunlin (G Williams).
KWP - Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Egyptian Geese, 9 Common Tern, Cuckoo, pr Shelduck with 8 ducklings (C Waring).

Monday, 27 May 2019

27th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - Sanderling [Jubilee Wetlands] (G Williams).

Sunday, 26 May 2019

26th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 2 Hobby, Cuckoo, Raven, 3 Egyptian Geese (S Atkinson).

Update to yesterdays post - The Orange ringed Redshank is back at Marsh Lane as of yesterday - Thanks to Graham Rowling for the information and the majority of this bird's sighting history.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

25th May

Further to the post of 21 April eventually got a picture of the Redshank at RSPB Middleton on 12 May showing the lower rings.  All 4 coloured rings are Orange and had a response from the Ringer today. Bird was originally rung in Chichester Harbour Sept 2015. Each year since then it has spent Spring/early Summer at Marsh Lane NR where it was last sighted on the 23rd of Feb this year. Interesting that it has chosen to move to Middleton this year.

Friday, 24 May 2019

24th May

Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Cuckoo, 2m Pochard, Little Egret, Otter (P Lichfield).

Thursday, 23 May 2019

23rd May

KWP - 2 Red Kite over (J Scragg), Red Kite over motorway and probably one of the 2 birds, Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, Egyptian Goose (C Waring).
RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 5 (4m) Pochard [Dosthill NR] (S Atkinson).
Hams Hall - Red Kite, Peregrine (P Taylor).

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

22nd May

RSPB Middleton - Cuckoo, 2 Snipe (M Smiles).

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

21st May

RSPB Middleton - 5 Dunlin, Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail (M Smiles), Hobby, 2 Raven, Egyptian Goose (S Atkinson).
Birchmoor - Quail (R Smith).
KWP - 7 Common Tern, Egyptian Goose, Cuckoo, Little Egret (C Waring).

Monday, 20 May 2019

20th May

RSPB Middleton - 8 Avocet, 4 Redshank, Cuckoo, Hobby (K Sargent).
Birchmoor - Quail (R Smith, A Archer).

Sunday, 19 May 2019

19th May

RSPB Middleton - Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 8 Avocet (M Smiles). Pink-footed Goose, 3 Cuckoo, 6 Common Tern, Hobby (D Corfield).
Shuttington - 3 Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer (M Scott).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher (S Allison), 2 Garganey, Water Rail (S Frost).
Shustoke Res - 8 Common Tern (J Kenny).

Saturday, 18 May 2019

18th May

Shustoke Res - 2 Black Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper (D Hutton). Tern still present at 11.50 (P Andrews).
RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 2 Dunlin, Pink-Footed Goose, 3 Yellow Wagtail (M Smiles), 7 Common Sandpiper, 8 Avocet (S Atkinson). Black Tern.
Alvecote - Common Sandpiper, Common Tern (M Scott).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Greenshank, 2 Garganey (P Lichfield).
Garganey at Ladywalk NR - Pete Lichfield 

Friday, 17 May 2019

17th May

Alvecote - 2 Black Tern (B Duckhouse, M Scott, J Watts), Common Sandpiper, Little Egret (M Scott).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Menbers only) - Greenshank, Ringed Plover, 7 Raven, 2 Water Rail, Cuckoo, 2 Garganey (P Softley).
RSPB Middleton (Staffs) -  Greenshank (M Smiles), 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Avocet, 3 Egyptian Geese (S Atkinson), 7+ Common Sandpiper later (T Perrins), Dunlin.
KWP North - Cattle Egret flew into Cliff Pool at 7.25pm.
Shustoke Res - 2 Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover, 2 White Wagtail (J Kenny).

Thursday, 16 May 2019

16th May

Ladywalk NR (WMBC Menbers only) - 2 Red Kite, 2 Raven, 2 Peregrine (P Softley), 2 Hobby, Cuckoo, 4th brood of Goosander (4) (P Lichfield).
RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 4 Black Tern (T Hyde). 
KWP North - 4 Black Tern in Cliff Pool logbook at 12:45,  Cattle Egret on Cliff Pool and flew to roost at 8.15pm

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

15th May

Ladywalk NR (WMBC Menbers only) - 2 Hobby, Cuckoo (P Lichfield).
RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 12 Avocet, 6+ Redshank, drake Goosander (S Atkinson). 
KWP North - Cattle Egret on Cliff Pool reed bed fence preeing from before 5.30pm to 8pm when it flew to roost.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

14th May

Ladywalk NR (WMBC Menbers only) - Hobby, Cuckoo, 2 Redshank (P Lichfield), Peregrine (P Forbes).
RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - Dunlin, 12 Avocet, 4 Redshank, Pink-footed Goose, Cuckoo (M Scott). 
KWP North - Egyptian Goose, 8 Common Tern (C Waring), Cattle Egret [Cliff Pool].

Cattle Egret at KWP Cliff Pool

Monday, 13 May 2019

13th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - Wood Sandpiper [East Scrape], Whinchat [between the screens], 8 Avocet, 5 Redshank (K Sargent). Drake Garganey [Jubilee North], 2 Dunlin & Wood Sandpiper still on East Scrape at dusk and Whinchat relocated to fenceline between Jubilee and North Pit (S Atkinson).
KWP (North) - Osprey over Broomey Croft heading South at 12.20pm (J Milne).
Bodymoor Heath -  Honey Buzzard over the Dog and Doublet heading North (G A Williams).
Wood Sandpiper at RSPB Middleton - Karl Sargent
Wood Sandpiper at RSPB Middleton - Steve Atkinson

Sunday, 12 May 2019

12th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 2 Dunlin, 7 Avocet, Snipe [East Scrape], Cuckoo (R Strong), Wood Sandpiper, 2 Avocet (10 in total) [North Pit], 4 Redshank (D Corfield). 
RSPB Middleton (Warks) - Wheatear (f) access road entrance (R Strong). drake Garganey [Fishers Mill].
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Menbers only) - 2 Hobby, Peregrine, Water Rail, Redshank, 2 Raven (S Cawthray).

Saturday, 11 May 2019

11th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 10 Avocet, 2 Dunlin [East Scrape], Grey Plover, [North Pit but mobile], 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Pink-footed Goose (S Atkinson), 1st W Mediterranean Gull [East Scrape] (K Sargent).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Spotted Flycatcher [Car Park] (P Lichfield), 2 Hobby (P Softley).
Alvecote - Spotted Flycatcher, Goosander (f), 3 Common Tern (M Scott), Black-tailed Godwit (A Archer).

Friday, 10 May 2019

10th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - White Wagtail (K Sargent), 2 Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Avocet [East Scrape], 20 Dunlin [total from both Scrapes], Common Sandpiper, Grey Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail [North Pit] (Many Obs but to mention a few - K Sargent, S Atkinson, D Corfield, M Scott, J Hextall), 2 Hobby, 2 Raven, Peregrine (S Atkinson). Knot appeared to leave the reserve at 7.30pm.
Shustoke Res - Black Tern (P Forbes).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Grey Plover left reserve at 7am, Marsh Harrier, Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, Otter again (P Softley, P Lichfield).
Cliff - Hobby over the Funky Bear (J Hextall).
Marsh Harrier at Ladywalk NR - Pete Lichfield
Grey Plover at RSPB Middleton
Knot at RSPB Middleton - Dave Chetwynd

Thursday, 9 May 2019

9th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 2 Knot [Jubilee], 33 Dunlin [Scrapes] drake Garganey, Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover [North Pit] (S Atkinson), KITTIWAKE [East Scrape] (C Owen). Tonight - 2 Knot still, Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Pink-footed Geese (T Hyde), Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail and 32 Dunlin.
RSPB Middleton (Warks) - Wheatear entrance road (J Harris).
Shustoke Res - Arctic Tern (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - 19 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel through, Peregrine, Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray), Hobby, Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail (P Softley, P Lichfield).
Dunlin at Ladywalk NR - Pete Lichfield
Kittiwake at RSPB Middleton - Steve Atkinson
Knot at RSPB Middleton - Steve Atkinson

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

8th May

I don't know where to start so if I've got anything or anyone incorrect I apologise.

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - TEMMINCKS STINT (M Royston) and still there at dusk, Knot [East Scrape] Black Tern [Dosthill NR], 3 Cuckoo, 2 Common Sandpiper (D Corfield), 3 Grey Plover, Little Stint, 2 Black Tern, Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail [Jubilee and East Scrape] (S Atkinson), drake Garganey (S Cawthray), 23 Dunlin (T Perrins), 5 Knot and 6 Bar-tailed Godwit circled Jubilee Wetlands at 2pm & 2 Knot and 2 Turnstone circled North Pit at 2.15pm (J Harris).
RSPB Middleton (Warks) - 2 Wheatear entrance road (S Cawthray).
Shustoke Res - Black Tern, 5 Arctic Tern (B Duckhouse) - all still present at 8pm plus White Wagtail (J Kenny).
KWP South - 5 Black Tern [Bodymoor Heath Water] (M Pollock) - increased to 9 by 6pm (J Scragg).
Alvecote - 7 Dunlin [Mill Pool] (T Perrins).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - 4 Knot, 40 Dunlin, 10 Redshank, 2 Cuckoo (P Softley)

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

7th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper, 2 Raven, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Cuckoo (M Scott), TEMMINCKS STINT [East Scrape], Black Tern [Jubilee North], Dunlin (T Perrins), Mediterranean Gull (P Hyde).
Shustoke Res - Dunlin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Sandpiper (P Forbes).
KWP North -  Black Tern at 8:15am [Canal Pool] (N Ward).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Dunlin, Cuckoo, Otter (R Walker).

Monday, 6 May 2019

6th May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail (S Atkinson).
RSPB Middleton (Warks) - Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler [Hall Lake] (T Perrins).
Shustoke Res - c500 Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (S Cawthray).
KWP North - Dunlin, Common Sandpiper [Cliff Pool] (T Perrins).

Sunday, 5 May 2019

5th May

Alvecote - 4th May - 2 Yellow Wagtail, Goosander, Today - Raven, 2 Common Tern, Little Egret (M Scott).
RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Dunlin, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Common Sandpiper (D Corfield) 2 Yellow Wagtail.
RSPB Middleton (Warks) - Wheatear [Ploughed field at start of entrance track] (D Corfield).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Greenshank, Redshank, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Egyptian Goose (J Kenny)

Congratulations to Ladywalk NR who won yesterday's West Midlands All Day Bird Race with 102 species including Pied Flycatcher (S Frost) at Church Pool Covert.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

4th May

TOTAL =  97 (updated 21:40)
Green - Seen
Red - Not Seen

1             Arctic Tern
2             Avocet
3             Barn Owl
4             Bar-tailed Godwit 
5             Blackbird
6             Blackcap
7             Black-headed Gull
8             Black-tailed Godwit
9             Blue Tit
10           Bullfinch
11           Buzzard
12           Canada Goose
13           Carrion Crow
14           Cetti's Warbler
15           Chaffinch
16           Chiffchaff
17           Coal Tit
18           Collared Dove
19           Common Gull
20           Common Sandpiper
21           Common Tern
22           Coot
23           Cormorant
24           Cuckoo
25           Curlew
26           Dunlin
27           Dunnock
28           Egyptian Goose
29           Feral Pigeon
30           Gadwall
31           Garden Warbler
32           Garganey
33           Goldcrest
34           Goldfinch
35           Goosander
36           Grasshopper Warbler
37           Great Black-backed Gull
38           Great Crested Grebe
39           Great Spotted Woodpecker
40           Great Tit
41           Great White Egret
42           Green Sandpiper
43           Green Woodpecker
44           Greenfinch
45           Greenshank
46           Grey Heron
47           Grey Plover
48           Grey Wagtail
49           Greylag Goose
50           Herring Gull
51           Hobby
52           House Martin
53           House Sparrow
54           Jackdaw
55           Jay
56           Kestrel
57           Kingfisher
58           Lapwing
59           Lesser Black-backed Gull
60           Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
61           Lesser Whitethroat
62           Linnet
63           Little Egret
64           Little Grebe
65           Little Ringed Plover
66           Long-tailed Tit
67           Magpie
68           Mallard
69           Meadow Pipit
70           Mediterranean Gull
71           Mistle Thrush
72           Moorhen
73           Mute Swan
74           Nuthatch
75           Oystercatcher
76           Peregrine
77           Pheasant
78           Pied Wagtail
79           Pink-footed Goose
80           Pochard
81           Raven
82           Redshank
83           Reed Bunting
84           Reed Warbler
85           Ringed Plover
86           Robin
87           Rook
88           Ruff
89           Sand Martin
90           Sedge Warbler
91           Shelduck
92           Shoveler
93           Skylark
94           Snipe
95           Song Thrush
96           Sparrowhawk
97           Starling
98           Stock Dove
99           Swallow
100         Swift
101         Tawny Owl
102         Teal
103         Treecreeper
104         Tufted Duck
105         Turnstone
106         Water Rail
107         Wheatear
108         Whimbrel
109         Whinchat
110         Whitethroat
111         Wigeon
112         Willow Tit
113         Willow Warbler
114         Wood Pigeon
115         Wren
116         Yellow Wagtail
117         Yellowhammer

Friday, 3 May 2019

3rd May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - 3 Wheatear, Whinchat [North Pit] 2 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Cuckoo (D Corfield).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Greenshank, Dunlin, Redshank, Cuckoo (P Lichfield).
Shustoke Res - 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern (S Cawthary).

Thursday, 2 May 2019

2nd May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - drake Garganey [West Scrape], 3 Snipe, Whimbrel until 07:10 (M Smiles), 2 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Avocet, 2 Common Sandpiper (S Atkinson, M Smiles), 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Cuckoo, c.35 Swift (S Atkinson).
Ladywalk NR (WMBC Members only) - Whinchat [EON Meadow], Hobby (S Cawthray). Greenshank, Redshank, Cuckoo (P Lichfield).

This Saturday, May 4th, is the West Midlands Spring all day Birdrace. Approx 20 reserves/sites will be competing for the coveted prize - 6 months of bragging rites. RSPB Middleton and Ladywalk NR will be fielding strong teams as usual, but the more the merrier so come and join us. I intend to start in the RSPB carpark at 7am. Hope to see some of the regulars plus a few new faces on the reserve. 
Whimbrel at RSPB Middleton - Mark Smiles
Garganey at RSPB Middleton - Mark Smiles

Greenshank at Ladywalk NR - Pete Lichfield

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

1st May

RSPB Middleton (Staffs) - drake Garganey [North Pit], Jack Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Avocet, Redshank [East Scrape], 3 Cuckoos (M Wiltshire).
Alvecote - Greenshank (B Duckhouse).
Amington Fields - Hobby (T Perrins).