Sunday, 31 July 2011

31st July - Sightings

RSPB (Bassett South) - Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, 10 LRP, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Liitle Egret, Yellow Wagtail Reedbed Pool (G Williams,TP, J Allen et al) This pit is in Staffordshire despite what the Bird Info Services say!
RSPB (Bassett North) - 4 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Mandarin (ecl m) (G Williams, J Allen)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)
Whitacre Heath - Hobby, Red Kite  over Cricket Ground (K Wimbush)

Saturday, 30 July 2011

30th July - Sightings

RSPB (Bassett North) - 6 Greenshank (G Williams)
RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Greenshank (G Williams)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Teal Hall Lake (TP)

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

27th July - Sightings

RSPB (Bassett North) - Ruff, 2+ Little Egret (G Williams)
Ladywalk - 9 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 2 LRP (P Sofley, S Cawthray) Also Marsh Harrier 23/07 (per logbook)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

26th July - Sightings

Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (J Allen)
RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Common Sandpiper, LRP, Little Egret (J Allen)
RSPB (Bassett South) - 2 LRP, Common Sandpiper, Redshank Reedbed Pit (J Allen) Snipe, Ringed Plover in area (G Williams)
Ladywalk - Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Peregrine (S Cawthray)

25th July - Sightings

RSPB(Fisher's Mill) - 2 Little Egret (M Hodson)
RSPB (Bassett South ) - LRP, Snipe, Redshank, Common Sandpiper New Reedbed Pit (M Hodson)

Sunday, 24 July 2011

24th July - Sightings

Middleton - 5 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret Hall Lake (J Allen, TP) Hobby over RSPB Car Park (M Hodson)
RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, Little Egret (J Allen, M Hodson)

Saturday, 23 July 2011

22nd July - Sightings

Ladywalk - Red Kite 4.15pm-4.50pm when flew off to towards Coleshill. Also 6 Green Sandpiper (D Long)
Kingsbury  - Mandarin (eclipse male) still recently on Cliff Pool. Previously reported as a female (Dave Dennis)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

20th July - Sightings

RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Quail still calling in corn field. Also 3 Little Egret (TP)
RSPB (Bassett South) - 3 Dunlin, 8 LRP, Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank New Reedbed Pool (TP)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper, Teal Hall Lake (TP)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

19th July - Sightings

RSPB(Fisher's Mill) - Quail calling again from nearby Cornfield. Also Dunlin, Common Sandpiper. 14 Black-Tailed Godwit flew North 8.50pm and possibly landed at Bassett North (J Allen)
RSPB (Bassett South) - 2 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 2+ Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper New Reedbed Pool (J Allen)

Monday, 18 July 2011

18th July - Sightings

RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - 5 Black-Tailed Godwit through at 1.00pm, Ruff, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine, Little Egret (Bobby D)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret Hall Lake (Bobby D)
Alvecote - Common Sandpiper Mill Pool (J Morgan)

Sunday, 17 July 2011

17th July - Sightings

RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Ruff, 11 LRP, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Curlew (G Williams, S Cawthray)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (S Cawthray)

Saturday, 16 July 2011

16th July - Sightings

RSPB(Fisher's Mill) - Quail calling from corn field (G Williams) 2 Dunlin, 9 LRP, Little Egret, Common Sandpiper (TP, G Williams)

Friday, 15 July 2011

15th July - Sightings

RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, Little Egret (Bobby D, G Williams)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

14th July - Sightings

RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Ruff, 2 Dunlin (G Williams et al)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (G Williams)
Ladywalk - 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 3 LRP, Hobby, Peregrine, 3 Wigeon. 7 Shoveler and 5 Goosander both have bred this year (S Cawthray)
Shustoke - 20 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, Hobby (P Forbes)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

12th July - Sightings

RSPB (Bassett North) - 2 Black-Tailed Godwit over, 2 Little Egret, Pochard, 4 Green Sandpiper (J Morgan, G Williams)
RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Little Egret (M Hodson)

Saturday, 9 July 2011

9th July - Sightings

Kingsbury - Mandarin(f) Cliff Pool still, 2 Teal (TP)
Middleton - 6 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (TP)

8th July - Sightings

RSPB (Fisher's Mill) - Hobby (M Hodson)
Tamworth - Barn Owl late evening Tameside NR (J Morgan)

Thursday, 7 July 2011

7th July - Sightings

RSPB (Bassett North) - 2 Little Egret (J Harris)
Kingsbury - Whimbrel heard twice during night Cliff Pool(W J Egmont)


The RSPB are running a blog on Middleton Lakes RSPB which includes posts on recent sightings. Much of this is borrowed from here it appears (without credit) but it does contain some anomalies. For instance in June (see here) a Pied Flycatcher has been reported. Obviously this is a Tame Valley mega and at a funny time of year so I would presume is erroneous? Can anybody shed further light on this?

Naturally RSPB reserves are renowned for "unusual" sightings due to the number of inexperienced birders they attract. Hopefully some sense checking on their blog will take place (as happens on this blog)!

I am not knocking the RSPB by the way - what they have done at Middleton Lakes is fantastic and the more people it gets into birding and wildlife the better!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

6th July - Sightings

RSPB(Bassett South) - Black-Tailed Godwit Reedbed Pool (A Dean)
RSPB(Bassett North) - Little Egret (A Dean) Present since 2nd July.
Middleton - 2 Green Sandpiper still Hall Lake (A Dean) 

Monday, 4 July 2011

4th July - Sightings

Alvecote - 2 + Redstart (Fem/juvs) Teal Pool Hedge (J Morgan). Presumably have bred not too far away although Redstarts can move at a young age.
Kingsbury - Mandarin (f) Cliff Pool (per logbook). Also seen yesterday.

Friday, 1 July 2011

1st July - Sightings

Alvecote - Common Sandpiper Mill Pool (Bobby D)

30th June - Sightings

RSPB (Bassett North) - 5 Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (G Williams, J Allen)
Middleton - 3 Green Sandpiper Hall Lake (G Williams, J Allen)