Saturday, 30 April 2016

Saturday 30th April 2016

1030 - 1145 sunny, cool breeze, 9c : Wheatear 2, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat 2, Blackcap m, Willow warbler 3, Swift 2, House Martin 5, Sand Martin 6, Swallow 6, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher 2, GC Grebe 4, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Song Thrush 2, Herring Gull 14, LBb Gull 5, Heron. Also Speckled Wood, Small White 2, Green-veined White, Orange Tip 2m & f.
Orange Tip male this morning.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Friday 29th April 2016

Early morning, sunny, cold NW : Common Sandpiper 6, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Gadwall m. (KMC) At 1200 : Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail, GC Grebe 4, Herring Gull 11, & a few Swallows. Lesser Whitethroat and Wheatear (on southern side horsefield) still present. (GWR)
Dunnock & Swallow on 15th April.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Thursday 28th April 2016

1500 - 1530 showers, 7c : Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 5, Willow Warbler, Swallow 50+, Sand Martin 40+, House Martin 6, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull 54, Herring Gull 9, Heron, GC Grebe 4, Mute Swan pair, Mallard with 5 ducklings, Buzzard.
Common Sand. & Grey Wag.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday 27th April 2016

1130, sunny but only 4c : little of interest, Com Sand, Lapwing 2, Oystercatcher, Heron, GC Grebe 4, Swallows & Sand Martins 10, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler, House Sparrow! Also a Small Tortoiseshell braving the chill.
Com.Terns on 22nd April.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday 25th April 2016

0920 - 0940 showery, 6c : Oystercatcher 2, Common Sandpiper 2, Lapwing, Heron 2, GC Grebe 4, Swallow & House & Sand Martins 25+, Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sunday 24th April 2016

0900 light cloud, 4c : Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Lapwing, Oystercatcher 2, Cormorant, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush 2.
Bullfinch & Linnet on 12th April.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday 22nd April 2016

0930 - 1100 overcast, cold easterly, 9c : Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 2, Reed Bunting m, Linnet 2, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow 25+, Sand Martin 20+, House Martin 6, Common Tern 2, Oystercatcher 2, LR Plover 2, Heron, Swan pair, GC Grebe 4, Jackdaw 6, Jay 2 over.
Blue Tit amongst willow catkins.
Distant record shot of Yellow Wagtail this morning.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Morning, sunny & fine 10c : Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail over, GC Grebe 6, Lesser Whitethroat. (KMC). 1330 - 1430 to 14c : Common Tern, Sand Martin 14, Swallow, House Martin 3, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler 3, Heron, Lapwing, Oystercatcher 2, LR Plover 2, Herring Gull 3, LBb Gull 14, Buzzard. Also Speckled Wood, Orange Tip m, Small White, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2. (GWR)
Common Tern, Lesser Whitethroat & Speckled Wood today.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tuesday 19th April 2016

0850 sunny, 9c : Greylag 7, Lapwing, Oystercatcher 2, LR Plover, Bh Gull 60, LBb Gull 15, Mute Swan pair.... Linley Wood 1500 sunny to 14c : Jay, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff. Also Brimstone m, Orange Tip 2m, Small White 3, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell.
Gadwall and Coot with 2 of 3 chicks, 16th April.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Monday 18th April 2016

0930-1000 overcast 6c : Whitethroat, Swallow 10, House Martin 3, Sand Martin 6, Little Ringed Plover 4, Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail, LBb Gull 9, GC Grebe 6, Mute Swan pair, Heron, Linnet 2, Goldfinch 3, Sparrowhawk.
Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat & Sedge Warbler, all playing hard-to-get on 17th April.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sunday 17th April 2016

0850 - 1030 sunny, to 10c : Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap 2m, Willow Warbler 6, Chiffchaff 4, Swallow 4, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch pair, Linnet 3, Chaffinch 2m, Reed Bunting pair, Long-tailed Tit pair, Kestrel 2. Also Small Tortoiseshell 5 & Peacock.
Swallows, Sand & House Martin 15th April.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Saturday 16th April 2016

0930 - 1030 sunny breaks, 3c (snow at 0700) : Whitethroat, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff, Swallow 12, House Martin 3, Sand Martin 3, Coot with 3 chicks, Gadwall 2, Greylag, GC Grebe 4, Oystercatcher 2, Little ringed Plover, Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Collared Dove 2, Linnet 4.
Common Sandpiper yesterday.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday 15th April 2016

0845 - 0945 drizzle, 8c : Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover 2, Oystercatcher 3, Lapwing 2, Shoveler pair, Great Crested Grebe 3, Mute Swan 5, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap m, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Swallow 50+, Sand Martin 25+, Bullfinch f, Reed Bunting pair, Long-tailed Tit pair, probable White Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Coot 9, Moorhen 4. House Martin 2 at 1430.
Dunlin yesterday.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thursday 14th April 2016

0930 - 1030 overcast, cold breeze, 9c : Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff, Swallow 12+, Sand Martin 10, House Martin 2, Linnet 3, Pied Wagtail 2, Shoveler pair, GC Grebe 3, Lapwing 3, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk. At 1400 a Dunlin, Sedge Warbler, Heron & Meadow Pipit were present and also the Lesser Whitethroat. At 1900 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Teal & the Dunlin were present.
Jay & Grey Wagtail on 8th & 10th April respectively. (GWR)

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wednesday 13th April 2016

0830 - 1010 sunny to 9c : Gadwall 4, GC Grebe 4, Lapwing, Oystercatcher 2, Swallow 2, Willow Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 4, Rook 3, Long-tailed Tit 2, Linnet 4, Chaffinch m, Reed Bunting pair, Green Woodpecker, Skylark 2, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush in song. Also Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock & a few hoverflies..... Linley Wood 1430 - 1530, sunny 14c : Ring-necked Parakeet noisily flew in, landed briefly in tree then flew towards Park Lime Pits, Jay 2, Nuthatch, Buzzard 3, Chiffchaff. Also Small White 2, Brimstone 3m, Orange Tip 2m, Peacock 5 & Small Tortoiseshell 3.
Tortoiseshells & Peacock this morning. (GWR)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Tuesday 12th April 2016

0815 - 1000 light cloud, 7c, water levels high : Wheatear 2, Redstart, Chiffchaff 4, Willow Warbler 7, Sand Martin 12, Swallow 7, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing, Gadwall 2, Mute Swan 4, Greylag 2, Heron, Great Crested Grebe 2, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove 2, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Bullfinch pair, Reed Bunting pair, Long-tailed Tit 2, Green Woodpecker.
Distant record shots of Redstart & Wheatears today.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Monday 11th April 2016

1430 - 1600 cloudy/rain, 15mph Easterlies, 12c : A notable influx of Little Gulls to the Midlands, with 9 adults & 1 sub-adult seen at Stubbers Green (and 13 birds at Ryders Mere), House Martin 2, Sand Martin 6+, Swallow 8+, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Oystercatcher 2, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker.
Little Gulls today at Stubbers.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sunday 10th April 2016

0900 - 0945 sunny but windy, 6c : Blackcap pair, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff, Linnet pair, Bullfinch pair, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Greylag, GC Grebe pair, Goosander pair, Lapwing, Oystercatcher 2, Song Thrush, Buzzard. Also Small Tortoiseshell. ...At 1530 : Swallow 3 & Grey Wagtail.(GWR)
Barns Lane pool & Greylag on Friday 8th April.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Friday 8th April 2016

1050 - 1115 cloudy 7c : Redstart male still in bushes near concrete overflow pipe (and again at 1325), Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing, Cormorant, Mute Swan pair, GC Grebe 3, Herring Gull 3, LBb Gull 15. . ... Barns Lane pool 0915 - 1030 : Willow Warbler 4 in song, Chiifchaff 5+ in song, Bullfinch pair, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 3, Pied Wagtail 2, Greylag Goose, Jay 3, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush in song, Blackbird 4, plus usuals. (Osprey at nearby Clayhanger).
Hasty and distant shot of Redstart this morning atop a dead elder branch, before the bird flew to cover.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Thursday 7th April 2016

Early morning : Redstart male in trees near stables (KMC). 0845 - 1015 & 1400, showery 5c - 9c : An influx of warblers including Willow Warbler at least 6, Chiffchaff 8+, Sand Martin 5, Little Ringed Plover 2, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 2, GC Grebe 3, Teal 6, Heron, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Reed Bunting m, Pied Wagtail 3, Skylark, Song Thrush, Chaffinch 2m, Goldfinch 3, Greenfinch 2, Long-tailed Tit 4, Jackdaw 14, LBb Gull 50, Herring Gull 6, Buzzard 2, plus usual stuff.(GWR)
Pied Wagtail and Starling today.