Thursday, 31 January 2013

31st January - Sightings

Dosthill (Warks) - 2 Long-Tailed Duck still (Birdguides)
RSPB - 9 Little Egret over Fisher's Mill late evening (J Allen) 15 Little Egret in Heronry roost Middleton Hall (S Cawthray)
Lea Marston - Little Egret Birmingham Road (K Wimbush)
Ladywalk - Siberian Chiffchaff (ringed) still. Also Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine, Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 28 Goosander (K Wimbush et al)
Tamworth - Pintail(m) Stoneydelph Lake (Roger Lancaster)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

30th January - Sightings

Dosthill (Warks) - 2 Long-Tailed Duck still. Also Jack Snipe, Peregrine (Bobby D)
RSPB - Great-White Egret again in flight over Fisher's Mill 14:30hrs. It flew over canal towards Middleton Hall (A Anscomb)
Ladywalk - 2 Siberian Chiffchaff still. Also 3 Mealy Redpoll Sainsbury's Hide feeders, 3 Chiffchaff, Woodcock, Peregrine, 32 Goosander, 300+ Teal (P Sofley, A Anscomb et al)

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

29th January - Sightings

Siberian Chiffchaff (or integrade) - D Hutton
Siberian Chiffchaff - Dave Hutton 
RSPB - GREAT-WHITE EGRET again late morning Dosthill NR (G A Williams) Bittern Fisher's Mill in flight (J Fincham)
Ladywalk - 2+ Siberian Chiffchaff still (D Hutton) The ringed bird reported previously as a Siberian may be an integrade due to yellow hints on the supercillium and elsewhere (A Dean, D Hutton)

Monday, 28 January 2013

28th January - Sightings

RSPB - Great-White Egret reported again Fisher's Mill this morning (J Mallinson per J Harris) Also seen in flight on Dosthill side in afternoon (N Martin)
Coton - 3 Little Egret (J Hoyle, J Bates)
Hams Hall - Firecrest still (D Hutton)
Ladywalk - 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, Mealy Redpoll (D Hutton, Bobby D)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

27th January - Sightings

Siberian Chiffchaffs - Dave Hutton

Ladywalk - 2 Mealy Redpoll , 10 Lesser Redpoll still on Car Park Feeders. Mealy Redpoll Sainsbury's Hide Feeders which is a pale bird and presumably different. 2 Siberian Chiffchaff ,2 Common Chifchaff by river (Many Obs)
Shustoke - Common Scoter (m) still (J Allen)
RSPB - Green Sandpiper Dosthill NR (J Allen)
Dosthill (Warks) - 2 Long-Tailed Duck still on East side (J Allen)
Alvecote - 24 Tree Sparrow still (A Archer)
Hams Hall - Firecrest still (D Baker) The pale chiffchaff sp seen here this year (see yesterday for pic) may also be a Siberian but has yet to be heard calling (per D Hutton)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

26th January - Sightings

Common Scoter, Firecrest, 'Pale' Chiffchaff and Mealy Redpoll - Dave Hutton

Shustoke - Common Scoter (m) still (D Hutton et al)
RSPB - 2 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper North Pit (G Williams)
Dosthill (Warks) - 2 Long-Tailed Duck still. Also Peregrine, 30 Lesser Redpoll (J Morgan et al) report of Great-White Egret over to South 13:30hrs (J Day per J Harris)
Hams Hall - Firecrest still c100 yards from Edison Road bridge by river in area around bench (D Hutton, TP et al) Also pale Chiffchaff sp still in area(D Hutton)
Kingsbury South - 7 Goosander Hemlingford Water (TP)
Ladywalk - 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Mealy Redpoll still (Many Obs)

Siberian Chiffchaffs

Alan Dean has written up some notes on the Ladywalk Siberian Chiffchaffs including sonograms. Please see here.

Friday, 25 January 2013

25th January - Sightings

Dosthill (Warks) - Long-Tailed Duck still (J Harris)
Ladywalk - 2 Mealy Redpoll Car Park feeders. 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Common Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper (S Cawthray et al)
RSPB - Red Kite over (J Harris)
Shustoke - Common Scoter(m) still (Many Obs)
Hams Hall - 6 Chiffchaff (J Harris)

Thursday, 24 January 2013

24th January - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Scoter(m) (Many Obs) possible Iceland Gull (B Jones)
RSPB - Bittern still Dosthill NR (C Cook)
Dosthill(Warks) - 2 Long-Tailed Duck (C Cook)
Ladywalk - 2-3 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF again (P Hyde, A Dean)

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

23rd January - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Scoter(m) (Many Obs)
RSPB - Bittern still Dosthill NR (G Williams)
Dosthill(Warks) - 2 Long-Tailed Duck (J Harris, G Williams)
Ladywalk - 3 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (1 Ringed) (per S Cawthray)
Hams Hall - 8 Chiffchaff at Outfall (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

22nd January - Sightings

Shustoke - Common Scoter(m) (S Haynes)
RSPB - Bittern still Dosthill NR (G A Williams)
Whitacre Heath - 350 Jackdaw in pre-roost Cottage Lane (K Wimbush)

Monday, 21 January 2013

21st January - Sightings

Shustoke - Scaup(fem), 30 Goosander (S Cawthray) 3 Dunlin  (P Forbes)
Ladywalk - 2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (1 ringed) still and Woodcock (A Dean)
Whitacre Heath - 17 Reed Bunting in garden (K Wimbush)
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck still (A Dean)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

20th January - Sightings

Shustoke - 2 Dunlin from Car Park (P Forbes)

Saturday, 19 January 2013

19th January - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF with 1 Chiffchaff still (TP et al) Best viewed on bridge over river near Car Park.
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck still (C Cook et al)

Friday, 18 January 2013

18th January - Sightings

Dosthill - Brambling(m), 2 Bloackcap (m,f) at garden feeders (John Whitehurst)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

17th January - Sightings

Firecrest and Siberian Chifchaffs - Dave Hutton

Wishaw - Hen Harrier (ringtail) Wishaw Lane. 130 Golden Plover (S Cawthray)
Ladywalk -  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (A Archer, D Hutton et al) There are 3 birds in area as both today's birds are unringed and one earlier in the week was ringed. Also Pintail(m), 2 Peregrine (Many Obs)
Hams Hall - Firecrest again 200 yards from Edison Road bridge. 7+ Chiffchaff in area (D Hutton)
Dosthill (Warks) - Long-Tailed Duck, Great-Northern Diver still ( J Harris)
RSPB - 4 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Pochard, 2 Shelduck, 30+ Teal, Blackcap Hall Lake (R Henderson)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

16th January - Sightings

Ladywalk - 2 Bittern at dusk (P Sofley) No sign of any Siberian Chiffchaff today (Many Obs)
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck still (A Anscomb)
Shustoke - Great-Northern Diver still (A Anscomb)
RSPB - Bittern Dosthill NR.Also c80 Redpoll (G A Williams)
Dosthill (Warks) - Great-Northern Diver still (G A Williams)
Wishaw - 30 Golden Plover (G A Williams)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

15th January - Sightings

Ladywalk -  SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (A Dean et al) 1 bird is 100 yards from Car Park either side of river. The second is by the gate 200 yards further on. Also Bittern from Riverwalk hide. Waxwing still in Car Park area (Many Obs)
Hams Hall - Common Sandpiper, 7 Chiffchaff (per J Harris)
Dosthill (Warks) - Long-Tailed Duck, Great-Northern Diver still ( J Harris)
RSPB - 11 Little Egret over to South at Dusk (W Eley)

Monday, 14 January 2013

14th January - Sightings

RSPB - 9 Whooper Swan(ads)  North Pit till 12.30pm then flew south (S Cawthray). Also Barn Owl, 2 Stonechat (pr), Hybrid Ferruginous/Pochard, 5 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Peregrine (S Cawthray, G Williams)
Shustoke - Great-Northern Diver still (1 appears to have left) (S Haynes)
Ladywalk - presumed Siberian Chiffchaff again seen and heard 100 yds from Car park, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Peregrine (S Cawthray)

Sunday, 13 January 2013

13th January - Sightings

Ladywalk - presumed Siberian Chiffchaff still this morning by river 100yds from car park though elusive (Many Obs) Also Waxwing in area still (Many Obs)
Hams Hall - Firecrest still north of Edison Road bridge by river (Many Obs)
Tamworth - 2 Mandarin (pr) Stoneydelph Lake (P Burton)
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck still (M Yapp, K Donaghy)
Coton - Mediterranean Gull(ad) in roost (M Yapp, K Donaghy)
Dosthill (Warks) - Long-Tailed Duck, Great-Northern Diver still ( J Harris)

Saturday, 12 January 2013

12th January - Sightings

Ladywalk - presumed Siberian Chiffchaff still by main gate 200yds from car park (J Harris) Still present 1330hrs either side of river (D Hutton, P Hyde et al) Waxwing Car Park (D Hutton et al)
Alvecote - 12 Tree Sparrow, 22 Yellowhammer, 50 Reed Bunting in stubble field at the junction of Linden Lane and Polesworth Lane (A Archer) Do not enter field.
Hams Hall - Green Sandpiper, 5+ Chiffchaff (Many Obs)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (Michael Clarke)

Friday, 11 January 2013

11th January - Sightings

Tamworth -up to 44 Waxwing at Mile Oak, midway along Allton Ave (A Barker, J Fincham) 10 Waxwing Hockley Road, Dosthill (G A Wiliiams)
Lea Marston - 2 Long-Tailed Duck again (RBA)
Wishaw - 4 Grey Partridge off Peddimore Lane (G A Wiliams)
RSPB - Woodcock Dosthill NR (G A Williams)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

10th January - Sightings

Ladywalk - Brambling(fem) by Car Park. Peregrine, 2 Water Rail (K Wimbush et al) Yesterday 4 Chiffchaff (including one with bullfinch type call) by padlocked double gate after car park(P Sofley)
Tamworth - 45 Waxwing again Wiilnecote for 10 minutes this morning at Shelton Street/Tinkers Green Road roundabout before they flew towards Hockley (P Burton) 22 Waxwing at Allton Avenue, Mile Oak this morning (Birdguides)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

9th January - Sightings

Dosthill (Warks) - Long-Tailed Duck, Great-Northern Diver still (A Barker, J Harris)
RSPB - Long-Tailed Duck New Reedbed Pool (J and P Hughes) No doubt the Dosthill bird.
Hams Hall - Firecrest still 70 yds East of Edison Road Bridge (M Silverman)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (M Silverman)
Ladywalk - Jack Snipe, 38 Common Snipe, Mealy Redpoll, Water Rail (S Cawthray)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

8th January - Sightings

Bodymoor - Whooper Swan still (Many Obs)
Dosthill (Warks) - Great-Northern Diver, Long-Tailed Duck still (G Williams)
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck still (Many Obs)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (Many Obs)
Kingsbury South - 100+ Pochard (K Sargent)
Kingsbury - Green Sandpiper, 2 Goosander Cliff Pool (K Sargent)

Monday, 7 January 2013

7th January - Sightings

Bodymoor - Whooper Swan still (Many Obs) 500 Fieldfare (S Cawthray)
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck(Many Obs)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (Many Obs) 38 Goosander roosted (S Haynes)
Hams HallFirecrest still (Many Obs)
RSPB - 3 Pintail, Oystercatcher North Pit (G Williams) Oystercatcher Bodymoor Pit (S Cawthray)
Wishaw - 3 Grey Partridge, 26 Golden Plover, 200 Fieldfare (S Cawthray)
Kingsbury - Green Sandpiper Cliff Pool (S Cawthray)
Alvecote - 2 Jack Snipe, c12 Tree Sparrow (Bobby D)

Sunday, 6 January 2013

6th January - Sightings

Bodymoor - Whooper Swan still (J Allen et al)
Dosthill (Warks) - Great-Northern Diver still on West side (J Allen, P Jeynes et al) Long-Tailed Duck again. 22 Goldeneye (M Priest)
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck, Scaup(fem) still (TP, J Allen, P Jeynes et al)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (Many Obs)
Hams Hall - 5+ Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper(Many Obs) Firecrest still13:45 North of road bridge (per Birdforum)
Alvecote - 25+ Tree Sparrow, Jack Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck (A Archer)

Saturday, 5 January 2013

5th January - Sightings

Whooper Swan - Adam Archer

Bodymoor - Whooper Swan(ad) with 6 Mute Swans in field off A4091 as viewed from end of Bodymoor Heath Lane (G Williams et al)
Hams Hall - Firecrest still in outfall area but mobile. Also 10+ Chiffchaff (TP et al) now 2+ Firecrest late afternoon (S Haynes et al)
Dosthill (Warks) - Great-Northern Diver(juv) still at western end. Also 103 Pochard (TP)
Kingsbury - 27 Pochard Broomeycroft Pool. c70 Pochard Hemlingford Water (TP)
Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck (1st Win Male) still (TP et al)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (Many Obs)
RSPB - 5 Snipe, 5 Woodcock Dosthill NR (G Williams)

Late News:- 3/1/13 Fisher's Mill Bittern seen flying by  at 3:42 p.m from one area of reeds to another (Roger Shilton per J Harris)

Friday, 4 January 2013

4th January - Sightings

Lea Marston - 2 Long-Tailed Duck (often only 1 on view), Scaup(fem) still (many obs) Scaup (1st Win Male) + 8 Goldeneye (Dennis Jones)
Ladywalk - Mealy Redpoll at feeders (S Cawthray) Scaup(fem) this morning (Birdguides) This is possibly the bird from Lea Marston.
Hams Hall - Firecrest still at Edison Road and favouring the northern side of the bridge in roadside trees. It appears to be foraging alone. Also 10+ Chiffchaffs and 12+ Goldcrests. (K.Wimbush, RJ Thomas et al) Pale Chiffchaff still present (possibly Scandanavian) (D Jones et al)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still, 8 Goosander (Many Obs)
Dosthill(Warks) - Great-Northern Diver still this morning at least (S Atkinson)

Thursday, 3 January 2013

3rd January - Sightings

Hams Hall - Firecrest still nr Edison Road Sewage Outfall  but on opposite side of the road in large bramble patch and road side willows. Also Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker, 5+ Chiffchaff (K Sargent, S Haynes)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still. 8 Goosander (K Sargent)
Lea Marston - now 2 Long-Tailed Duck and Scaup(fem) (S Haynes, D Hutton)
Dosthill(Warks) - Great-Northern Diver(juv)  still on Main Pit. Also Ferruginous hybrid still, 77 Pochard, 11 Goldeneye but no sign of Long-Tailed Duck. This has presumably moved to Lea Marston (J Harris)
RSPB - 2 Stonechat (J Harris)
Coton - Yellow-Legged Gull(ad) in roost (J Harris)

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2nd January - Sightings

Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck(1st Win Male), Scaup(fem) still (Birdguides)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (Birdguides)
Dosthill(Warks) - Great-Northern Diver(juv)  on Main Pit (Birdguides) Still present till dusk on East Side but elusive (S Haynes, G Williams). Long-Tailed Duck(imm/fem) still, 2 Goosander, 8 Goldeneye  (Many Obs)
RSPB - Grey Plover, 7 Shelduck, 2 Goosander North Pit. 5 Little Egret in area. 5+ Yellowhammer by the Pheasant feeders near Fishers Mill public footpath. (G Williams) 2 Barn Owl Dosthill NR (G A Williams)
Tamworth - 32 Waxwing again Wilnecote on Tinker's Green Road Roundabout this morning (P Burton)
Ladywalk - Mealy Redpoll, Woodcock (S Cawthray) Bittern late yesterday (S Cawthray)
Hams Hall - Green Sandpiper on river. Pale Chiffchaff at Outfall (G A Williams)

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

1st January - Sightings

Firecrest -  Hams Hall - Dave Hutton

Lea Marston - Long-Tailed Duck (1st Win Male) still (Many Obs) Also Scaup(f) (M Yapp, K Donaghy et al)
Wishaw - Merlin Blindpit Lane 08:30 hrs (P Forbes)
Shustoke - 2 Great-Northern Diver still (Many Obs)
Hams Hall - Firecrest at Edison Road Sewage Outfall late morning at least (D Hutton et al) Also 7+ Chiffchaff at Outfall (Many Obs)
Kingsbury South - 2 Waxwing Hemlingford Water (Chris Edwards, A Archer) Little Egret Mill Meadow (J Allen, A Archer)
Dosthill (Warks) - Long-Tailed Duck (fem/imm), Ferruginous hybrid still. Also 2 Jack Snipe (G Williams)
Ladywalk - probable Siberian Chiffchaff 100m along path from car park mid-afternoon (M Yapp, K Donaghy, I Whitehouse) Some details here.
Alvecote - 8 Tree Sparrow (A Archer)