Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sunday 21st April 2019

0845 - 1200 sunny to 20c : Peregrine, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk 2, Snipe 8, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing, GC Grebe 4, Cormorant 5, Heron 3, Teal 7, Greylag 3, GS Woodpecker, Rook 2, Jay 2, Stock Dove 2, Pied Wagtail 2, Swallow 3, Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, Willow Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap 4m & 2f, Linnet 6, Reed Bunting 10.

Also Brimstone m&f, Orange Tip 25+, Small & Gv Whites 10, Speckled Wood 9, Peacock 10+, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Metallic Longhorn moths 9, Small Green Dock Beetles 25+.  (RP / GWR)


Probable Goshawk this morn. (GWR)

Friday, 19 April 2019

Friday 19th April 2019

1500 - 1600 sunny, 22c : Little Egret, Gadwall pair, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 2, Common Tern 2, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap, Swallow, Linnet pair.  (GWR).  Brimstone m & f (RP).

Also Orange Tip 5, Small & Green-veined Whites 3, Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 3.   Brimstone 3m & Holly Blue at Linley Wood.


Orange Tip female today (GWR)

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wednesday 17th April 2019

1000 - 1215, sunny to 12c : Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 4, Common Tern 3, Lapwing 2, LR Plover 2, Oystercatcher, Little Grebe, GC Grebe 3, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Swallow 2, Sand Martin 2, GS Woodpecker, Blackcap 6, Willow Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 3, Bullfinch m, etc. (RP / GWR)

Also Peacock 2, Speckled Wood 3, Orange Tip 6+, Small White 2.



Yellow Wag & Com Terns today

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Tuesday 16th April 2019

1100, overcast 9c : LR Plover, Greylag 4, Shoveler, Teal 4, Cormorant 4, Little Egret, Swallow, Blackcap 3m, Willow Warbler 5 in song, Chiffchaff, Linnet 3, Reed Bunting. (GWR)  Whitethroat seen yesterday, and Snipe (RP).

Peacock on 1st April.

Litter Swan

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Sunday 14th April 2019

0930 fairly sunny, 6c : LR Plover 5, Lapwing, Goosander 6f, Teal 12, Gadwall 2, Tufted 32, GC Grebe 2, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail 2, Pied Wagtail 4, Meadow Pipit 2, S Martin 10, Swallow 6, Col Dove 4, Blackcap 10 (3f), Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 3, Mistle Trush, Linnet 4, Reed Bunting, etc (RP)



Friday, 12 April 2019

Friday 12th April 2019

0940 - 1120 fairly sunny, still a cold wind, to 8c : Blackcap f & 6m, Chiffchaff 3, Willow Warbler 3, Swallow 5, Sand Martin 6, House Martin 2, Raven over, Gadwall pair, Teal pair, Tufted 32, Cormorant 3, Heron 2, Mute Swan pair, Little Egret, GC Grebe 2, LR Plover 2, Lapwing 2, Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail 5, Collared Dove 2, Stock Dove 2, Mistle Thrush pair, GS Woodpecker, Herring Gull, LBb Gull 4, Sparrowhawk, House Sparrow 3, Reed Bunting m, Crow/Jackdaw/Magpie/Wood Pig/Buzzard/Blackbird/Robin/Wren/Dunnock/Starling/Greenfinch/Bullfinch/Linnet/Chaffinch/Goldfinch/Moorhen/Coot/Mallard/Canada Geese/Bh Gull/Great Tit/Blue Tit/Lt Tit  (51 species).   Also Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood & a Fox. (GWR)

Pied Wagtail 13 present at 1700, with approx 60 hirundines (alL 3 sp.) (RP)





             Grebe, Greylag, Heron & Jay seen this week (GWR).


Thursday, 11 April 2019

Thursday 11th April 2019

0930 - 1100 sunny to 8c : Blackcap 7 in song, Chiffchaff 5, Willow Warbler 2, House Martin 4, a few Sand Martins & Swallows, LR Plover, GS Woodpecker, Raven over, Wigeon pair, Teal 12, Cormorant 3.  Fox.


Female Blackcap & Coot 7th April (GWR)

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Sunny but brisk easterlies, to 11c : Common Tern, Common Sand., Lapwing 2, Little Egret, Teal 8, Blackcap.  Raven 2 at Rushall. Also Small White & Orange Tip.  (GC / GWR)


Common Sand. & Goosander

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Tuesday 9th April 2019

1515 - 1620 overcast/light sun, breezy, 10c : Tern species (photo), Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 2, Gadwall f, Mallard with 12 ducklings, Little Egret, House & Sand Martins 30+, Swallow 6, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard 6, Pied Wagtail 5, Linnet. (GWR)




Monday, 8 April 2019

Monday 8th April 2019

1200 - 1300 fairly cloudy & breezy, 10c : Goosander 8f (all seen earlier on Rushall canal), Wigeon pair, Gadwall 3, Teal 2, Greylag 2, Cormo 3, Lapwing 2, Raven, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Linnet pair, Fox.  (GWR / PPN)

Chiffchaff (RP)

Linnet (GWR)

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Sunday 7th April 2019

0915 - 1100 cloudy, cold wind, 7c : Willow Warbler, Blackcap 5m & 1f, Chiffchaff 3, Goldcrest 2, Swallow 5, Sand Martin 6, Reed Bunting 2, Linnet 2, LR Plover 2, Oystercatcher, Goosander 5f, Gadwall 4, Teal 22, Wigeon pair, Cormorant 4, GS Woodpecker 2, Jay 2, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail 3, Fox 2.  ( RP / GWR)


Swallows today (GWR)

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

1030 - 1115 cloudy, breezy, 7c : LR Plover 2, Oystercatcher, Greylag 3, Wigeon pair, GC Grebe 2, Jay 2, Mistle Thrush 2, Blackcap 2m, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.  Wheatear & Little Owl at Aldridge in fields alongside canal.  2 Ravens at Rushall.


House Martins 3rd April

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

0930 - 1100 misty start then sunny (heavy hailstorm early afternoon) 5c : House Martin 2, Sand Martin 10, Swallow 3, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff 5, Blackcap 2m, Oystercatcher, LR Plover, Gadwall m, Wigeon pair, Teal 4, Mistle Thrush pair, Song Thrush.  (RP / GWR)



Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

1300 - 1400 rain stopped, 7c : LR Plover 2, Willow Warbler, Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 3, Sparrowhawk, Little Grebe, Wigeon pair.


Quarry on 26th March

Monday, 1 April 2019

Monday 1st April 2019

0915 - 1045 becoming sunny 6 - 10c : Swallow, Sand Martin 5, Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 5, Goldcrest, LR Plover, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Goosander 4f, Wigeon pair, Teal pair, Cormorant 7, Heron, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard 3, GS Woodpecker f, Mistle Thrush 2, Fieldfare 40 then flew east, Linnet pair, Reed Bunting. (GWR)  Also Peacock & Small tortoiseshell.



LRP & Sand Martin today (GWR)

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Sunday 31st March 2019

Barr Beacon 0900 : Golden Plover 25, Lapwing 2, Pied Wagtail 2, Skylark, Yellowhammer.

Stubbers Green 0930 - 1130 light cloud, easterlies 6 - 9c : Sand Martin 11, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff 6, Blackcap m, Goldcrest, Little Ringed Plover 3, Lapwing 2, Little Grebe, GC Grebe 5, Wigeon pair, Goosander f, Gadwall pair, Tufted 47, Cormorant 6, Heron 3, LBb Gull 4, Herring Gull, Pied Wagtail 5, Meadow Pipit, Raven 4, Buzzard 3, Stock Dove, Collared Dove 3, etc.  (RP / GWR)



          Record shot of distant Golden Plovers this morning

Friday, 29 March 2019

Friday 29th March 2019

0920 - 1030 sunny, 12c ; Reed Bunting pair, Linnet, Blackcap in song, Chiffchaff 3 in song, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail 3, Lapwing 2, GC Grebe 2, Wigeon pair, Tufted 42, Fox.   Also Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma. Orange Tip at Winterley Lane.

Hayhead Wood & canal 1030 - 1300 sunny 17c : Skylark 4, Nuthatch 3, Chiffchaff 3, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush,  Heron, Mute Swan, Mallard 6, Moorhen 4, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant, Kestrel, Reed Bunting 2, Rabbit.   Also Small Tortoiseshell 6, Peacock 4, Comma, Brimstone male.

Marsh Marigold, Wood Anemone, Bluebell, Lesser Celandine, Dog Violet, Speedwell species, Charlock, Sallow, and Blackthorn all in flower, with Ramsons not far behind.




              Speckled Wood, Wood Anemone and Comma today.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Wednesday 27th March 2019

1030 - 1145 overcast, breezy, 9c : Little Egret, Cormorant 5, GC Grebe 3, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Wigeon pair, Pied Wagtail 2, Collared Dove 5, Jay, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush pair, Song Thrush 2, Reed Bunting pair.

Redwing 11th March (RP)

Goldfinch 12th March (GWR)

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Tuesday 26th March 2019

1000 - 1200 fairly sunny, 10c : Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting, Jay 2, Rook 2, GS Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail 3, GC Grebe 4, Cormorant 2, Heron 2, Lapwing 3, Herring Gull 4, Wigeon pair.

Blackcap yesterday (RP)


Grey Wagtail yesterday (GWR)

Monday, 25 March 2019

Monday 25th March 2019

0930 - 1230 sunny & fine, NW breeze, 9 - 11c : Little Ringed Plover, Blackcap m, Chiffchaff 5, Grey Wagtail 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit 2, Goldcrest, Wigeon pair, Shoveler 3, Teal 2, GC Grebe 6, Cormorant 3, Lapwing 7, Buzzard 3, Sparrowhawk, etc.  4 Reed Buntings present in the afternoon.

Also Red Fox, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Peacock & Bee-fly (bombylius major).  (RP / GWR)


L R Plover today (GWR)



Bee-fly and Meadow Pipit (RP)

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Sunday 24th March 2019

0900 - 1100 sunny, breezy, 9c : Wigeon 2, Goosander 2, Teal 4, GC Grebe 4, Cormorant 2, Lapwing 7, Raven 4, Buzzard 6, Pied Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit, Collared Dove 6, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff 3 in song, Greenfinch 4.  (GWR)

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock.



Ravens this morning.