Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Wednesday 31st August 2016

1045 - 1155 cloudy, 18c : Greylag, Cormorant 8, Heron 2, Tufted 3, Mute Swan 4, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull 8, Lesser Black-backed Gull 50, Lapwing 61, Pied Wagtail 9, House Martin 11, Swallow 2, Collared Dove 4, Jackdaw 55, Buzzard.
Spotter plane out on the hunt for rarities today...

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Tuesday 30th August 2016

1000 - 1100 sunny & fine, 19c : Kingfisher on boat, Lapwing 11, Cormorant 7, Heron 3, Mute Swan 4, Pied Wagtail 6, Chiffchaff 3, Blackcap, Swallow, Buzzard 3. Also seen - Speckled Wood 8, Green-veined White, Small White, Vapourer moth.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday 28th August 2016

At dusk (2000 hrs), clear, 17c : Swift 2 hawking insects, Swallow 3, Buzzard, Heron, a few large gulls.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Saturday 27th August 2016

1530 - 1600 downpour, 18c : Hobby flying along Westgate, Cormorant 5, Heron, Mute Swan 4, Lapwing 5, Pied Wagtail 2, LBb / Herring Gulls 200+, Swallow 5, Chiffchaff in song. House Martin 15 at Rushall.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thursday 25th August 2016

1045 - 1130 overcast, misty, 17c (rain later) : Pied Wagtail 13, Lapwing 16, Cormorant 8, Mute Swan 4, Heron 2, Moorhen 6, Chiffchaff / Willow Warbler 7, Blackcap 2m, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler amongst tit & Chiffchaff flock, Long-tailed Tit 14, Great & Blue Tits 7, Wren 2, Robin juv, Linnet 2, Goldfinch 6. Kingfisher at 1445. Also seen - Vapourer moth 2. During the early afternoon a Black Tern was found by Kevin Clements flying around the Swag. It flew off at about 1440 north-west when a Hobby flew in.
Black Tern this afternoon.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday 24th August 2016

1345 - 1430 hot & sunny, 22c : Chiffchaff 3, 2 still in song, Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff 2, Swallow 5, Buzzard, Heron, Cormorant 4, usual gulls & a few Lapwing. House Martin still 9 or 10 at Winterley Ln nests. Also seen - Red Admiral, Peacock, Hedge Brown 2, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood 8. Brown Hawker 3, Common Hawker, Common Darter 3.
Sleeping swan today.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday 22nd August 2016

0945 - 1100 cloudy, breezy, 17c : Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Swift 15, Swallow 3, Sand Martin 3, House Martin 4, Cormorant 5, Lapwing 12, Heron, LBb / Herring Gull 150+, Collared Dove 5, Canada Goose 369 ! Also seen - Vapourer moth, Speckled Wood, Brown Hawker, Common Hawker. At 2015 a fox and 25+ hirundines were present, mainly Swallows.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Saturday 20th August 2016

0930 - 1030 blustery showers, 16c : Little Grebe 1st of year, Cormorant 5, Mute Swan 4, Heron, Tufted 3, Moorhen 5, Coot 20+, Lapwing 19, LBb Gull 20, Herring Gull 40, Collared Dove 9, Jackdaw 30, Swift 5, Swallow 4, Sand Martin 5, House Martin 2, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail, Linnet 2, Buzzard light form, Long-tailed Tit 5, Starling 20+, etc. At 1700 a Grey Wagtail, Greylag Goose & 6 Swifts were present.
A pink-dyed Herring Gull & Little Grebe this morning.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Friday 19th August 2016

1630 - 1700 some sun after all day rain, 16c : Cormorant 6, Heron 2, Mute Swan 4, LBb Gull 36, Herring Gull 7, Lapwing 24, Moorhen 5, Swallow 12, Sand Martin 5, House Martin 2, Swift 7, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch m, Jackdaw 35, Collared Dove 6, etc.
Hybrid Canada Goose today.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Wednesday 17th August 2016

1430 sunny, 23c : Cormorant 6, Heron 2, Lapwing 13, LBb Gull 200+, Herring Gull 88, Swallow, Pied Wagtail.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Monday 15th August 2016

1030 - 1150 sunny, 21c : Lapwing 19, Heron 2 (5 at 1615), Mute Swan 4, Moorhen 2, Tufted 3, Cormorant, Buzzard, Blackcap m, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff 2 still in song, Willow Warbler 3, 1 in sub-song, Swallow 5, House Martin 2, Collared Dove, Stock Dove 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Jackdaw 35. Also seen - Large White 2, Green-veined White 3, Small White common, Speckled Wood 8, Meadow Brown 10+, Hedge Brown 9, Common Blue 4m, Vapourer 2, Shaded Broad Bar, Square Spot Rustic, Cinnabar larvae, Common Hawker, Brown Hawker 3, Common Darter 2.
Little Egret - 2 reported during the afternoon, 1 still present at 1615 (record shots enclosed). Thanks to Gaz Clements for the heads up.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Saturday 13th August 2016

1500 - 1530 cloudy, 19c : Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 3, Cormorant 4, Heron 2, Mute Swan pair + 2juvs, Buzzard, LBb Gull 250+, Herring Gull 50+, Lapwing 7, Swallow, Sand Martin 2, Collared Dove 3.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Wednesday 10th August 2016

1500 - 1520 cloudy, 18c : Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull 269, Herring Gull 39, Bh Gull 150+, Cormorant 12, Heron, Lapwing 41, Collared Dove, Swallow 2, Whitethroat. At Linley Wood 1430 - Bullfinch, Chifchaff, Swift 2 over, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood 2, Common Hawker dragonfly, Red Fox.
Some of the crowded scenes at Stubbers earlier.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Tuesday 9th August 2016

1130 - 1200 generally cloudy, 16c : Lapwing 66, Moorhen 4, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Heron, Cormorant 3, Herring Gull 3, LBb Gull 33, Pied Wagtail 3, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Sand Martin 12, Swift 5, Greenfinch 4, Goldfinch 12, etc.
Comma, Small Tort., Holly Blue & Ringlet on 4th August.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Monday 8th August 2016

0900 - 0930 overcast, windy, 16c : Cormorant 2, Lapwing 17, Heron 2, Pied Wagtail 5, Swift 8, Sand Martin 20, House Martin 2, Collared Dove 5, Goldfinch 6. etc
Little Ringed Plover on 16th July.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Saturday 6th August 2016

0915 - 1000 sunny, 19c : Kingfisher, Heron 3, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Moorhen 6, Coot 20+, Lapwing 22, LBb Gull 4, Pied Wagtail 2, Swift 4, Swallow 2 House Martin 4, Sand Martin 3, Collared Dove 4, Jackdaw 20, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin juv., Wren, House Sparrow, Linnet 2, Greenfinch, Goldfinch 3, Buzzard. Also seen - Green-veined White 2, Large White, Hedge Brown 2, Meadow Brown, Brown Hawker 3.
Kingfisher & Song Thrush today.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Thursday 4th August 2016

1100 - 1220 sunny breaks, windy, 20c : Yellow-legged Gull adult, Herring Gull 5, LBb Gull 30, Bh Gull 150+, Kingfisher, Cormorant 6, Heron 2, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Moorhen 5, Lapwing 8, Starling 12, Collared Dove 11, Stock Dove, Swift 2, Sand Martin 5, Swallow, Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler 5, Blackcap f, Linnet 2, Goldfinch 12+. Also seen - Holly Blue 2, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet worn, Hedge Brown 4, Speckled Wood 2, Gv White 2, Large White, Small White 6+, Vapourer moth, Brown Hawker. Raven over Aldridge Branton Hill on 3rd August.
Yellow-legged Gull & Stock Dove today

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

1000 - 1030 Dull & drizzly, 17c : Cormorant 3, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Lapwing 12, Teal 2, LBb / Herring Gull 61, Bh Gull 66, Moorhen 4 + chick, Swallow 2, Jackdaw 5, Wren. House Martin 4 at Winterley Lane nests.