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.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Friday 29th July 2016

1000 - 1100 cloudy, 19c : Lapwing 3, Little Ringed Plover juv, Cormorant 2, Heron 2, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Tufted 4, Moorhen 4, LBb Gull 27, Bh Gull 111, Collared Dove 6, Sedge Warbler 2 + 3 juvs (photo), Sand Martin 3, Swallow, Swift, Buzzard, etc. Also seen Meadow Brown, Hedge Brown, Brown Hawker 2, Small White numerous.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Monday 25th July 2016

1000 - 1100 sunny breaks, breezy, 18c : Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swift, SWallow 3, House Martin, Sand Martin 12, Collared Dove 3, Linnet pair, Jackdaw 5, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail 3, Lapwing 19, Heron 2, Cormorant, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Moorhen 4 + chick, LBb Gull 12, Bh Gull 100+, Buzzard 2, etc.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Thursday 21st July 2016

1230 - 1330 sunny & fine, 24c : Common Sandpiper 2, Lapwing 37, Oystercatcher, Common Tern, LBb / Herring Gull 25, Bh Gull 100+, GC Grebe, Heron 2, Cormorant, Mute Swan 2 + 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Willow Warbler still in song, Chiffchaff 3, Swallow 3, Green Woodpecker 1 + 2 juvs, Jackdaw 13, Robin 2 juvs, Wren, Dunnock, Linnet 2, Goldfinch 3, Greenfinch. Also seen - Six Spot Burnet 4, Speckled Wood 3, Ringlet 8, Hedge Brown 25+, Meadow Brown 6, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Green-veined White 2, Small & Large Whites numerous, Brown Hawker 2, Broad-bodied Chaser m.
Cormorants & Heron on 18th July. .

Monday, 18 July 2016

Monday 18th July 2016

1020 - 1140 sunny, 22c : Cormorant 2, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Heron 2, Moorhen 3, Coot 20+, Lapwing 5, Black-headed Gull 51 + another 150 in the air, LBb Gull 10, Swift 12, Swallow 7, House Martin, Willow W/Chiffchaff 6 incl. young birds, Whitethroat pair, Linnet, Goldfinch 2, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit 5, Wren 2, Blackbird 2, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk. Also seen - Comma, Red Admiral 2, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Hedge Brown numerous, Ringlet numerous, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 5, Small Skipper 2, Small & Large Whites numerous, Brown Hawker 4, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Spotted Longhorn Beetle 3, Meadow Grasshopper 10+. A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over Barns Lane at 1950 towards the Swag. Site species number 100 for the year!
Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tort & Spotted Longhorn Beetle today.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Saturday 16th July 2016

1730 - 1800 overcast, 20c : Little Ringed Plover 2, Oystercatcher, Lapwing 3, Heron, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Tufted 5, Mallard 60+, Canada Geese 300+, Coot 10, Moorhen 2, Common Tern, Bh Gull 56, LBb Gull 16, Herring Gull 3, Swift 7, Swallow 3, Blackbird 5, Wren, also Small White 2.
Four Oystercatchers (2 juv. birds) at Aldridge (Branton Hill) on 11th July.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sunday 10th July 2016

1150 - 1300 sunny breaks, 19c : Heron 2, Mute Swan 2 + 2y, Cormorant, GC Grebe 2, Canada Goose 200+, Mallard 80+, Tufted 9, Lapwing 22, Coot 15+, Bh Gull 35, LBb Gull 3, Sand Martin 15+, a few Swallows & Swifts, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, GS Woodpecker, Jay, Stock Dove, Dunnock, Blackbird, Wren, Buzzard, etc. Also seen - Hedge Brown (Gatekeeper) 3, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 4, Ringlet 15+, Large Skipper 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2.
Hedge Brown (males) today.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Linley Wood 1345 - 1515 fairly sunny, 19c : Cormorant over, Heron 2 over, Swift 3, House Martin 6, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch m + juv, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, a few Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls over. Also seen - Ringlet, Small White 4, Large White 3, Brown Hawker.
Cinnabar moth near Linley Wood 23rd June.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Tuesday 5th July 2016

1015 - 1145 sunny between cloud, 17c : Cormorant, Lapwing 14, GC Grebe, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Tufted 15, Pied Wagtail 3, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin 3, Swallow, Song Thrush, Stock Dove 5, Rook over, Goldfinch 3, Greenfinch, Linnet, Buzzard, Black-headed Gull 18, Lesser Black-backed Gull 5, usual waterfowl. Also seen - Ringlet 21, Meadow Brown 9, Speckled Wood 5, Large Skipper 3, Small Skipper, Small Heath, Small White, Common White Wave, Latticed Heath, Yellow Shell, O. Lacunana micro 4, Blue Tailed Damselfly.
Ringlet & Small Heath.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Sunday 3rd July 2016

1530 - 1600 fairly sunny, 18C ; Common Tern, a few Bh & LBb Gulls, GC Grebe 2, Heron, Mute Swan pair + 2 young, Swallow 3, Swift 5, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Wren, plus usual geese & ducks. Also seen - Ringlet 2 & Cinnabar.
Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moth on 23rd June.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Wednesday 29th June 2016

1330, rain, 15c : good numbers of House Martins, Swifts and Swallows flying low, Whitethroat, Heron, Mute Swan pair + 2y.
Moths at Stubbers Green - Cinnabar, Common Wave, 5-Spot Burnet, Yellow Shell.