Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday May 23rd

There have been few recent notable sightings apart from continuing good numbers of breeding warblers, odd records of Hobby and, it seems, a good showing of Cuckoos, compared to recent years. At Ladywalk, a new brood of six Goosanders appeared along the river and four pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were very vocal whilst feeding young.

Today's news

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: A small inland movement of Sanderlings and Little Stints was reflected at Jubilee Wetlands. Two Little Stints, a Sanderling and six Dunlins were present mid-morning at least (RSPB).
Warks: A female Marsh Harrier flew south at Fisher's Mill at 1835hrs (Julian Allen).

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday May 19th

News for yesterday (18th)

Ladywalk NR
A useful ringing session provided three re-trapped Cetti's Warblers. Two Ladywalk birds were a female which was ringed as adult in 2013 and still survives plus a male hatched last year. The third was ringed at Tring (Herts) per Dave Clifton.

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: A Curlew was an unusual visitor for mid-May; it was chased off by Avocets. Also the same first year Little Gull seems to have returned and was on Jubilee north.. Three Dunlins too (Steve Pick).

Today's news

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: Ten Avocets plus eight chicks were present plus a Hobby and two Cuckoos (RSPB).

A small number of Arctic Tern records were strung south-east - north west through Midland counties today. Perhaps Shustoke Res might be worth checking. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday May 17th

A rather wet day by all accounts.

Ladywalk NR
A presumed migrant Spotted Flycatcher was near B Hide today with three Cuckoos, including a rufous morph, two Water Rails and two drake Shovelers (Pete Sofley).

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: The Avocets were effectively sheltering their young today. Also three Redshanks and a Dunlin (Steve Atkinson).

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Tuesday May 16th

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin and 12 Ringed Plovers on Jubilee today (Steve Pick, Tom Perrins). Also a second brood of Avocets appeared during the morning and by this evening there were three chicks and maybe one to come. The first brood of four are doing well (Steve Pick).

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monday May 15th

Ladywalk NR
A brood of just one Goosander appeared on the river today. Normally pretty good at parenting, perhaps the other eggs were predated. Also a Hobby and five Black-tailed Godwits flew over (Pete Sofley).

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Saturday May 13th

Alvecote Pools
Warks: Two Ravens and four Sedge Warbler territories were estimated around Teal and Mill Pool (Bob Duckhouse).

All breeding bird counts are gladly received by the County Recorders. Thanks Bob.

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: Four Avocet chicks are present with Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin (Adam Archer, Tom Perrins, Karl Sargent).

Reed Warbler by Dave Hutton

Warks: Two Dunlin were on Fisher's Mill today (Dave Hutton).

Friday May 12th

Alvecote Pools
Warks: Dunlin

Red Kite over to the east late afternoon (Steve Atkinson).

Kingsbury WP
Little Gull, presumably the Middleton bird, on Cliffe Pool (Steve Pick).

Middleton RSPB
Staffs: Three Turnstones, Greenshank, four Dunlins, two Common Sandpipers and Black-tailed Godwit. The first three Avocet chicks showed today, hopefully more to follow. Drake Garganeys were on West Pit and North Pit  (Steve Atkinson & Steve Pick).

A nice capture by Mark Priest
Incorrporating a slight drizzle of mud to celebrate today's Masterchef final

Warks: A Red Kite flew over the car park area at 1700hrs (John Harris).