Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Brickworks field early morning, sunny : Wigeon 6, Teal 107, Shoveler 12, Snipe 10+, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper on Swag, (KMC)... The Swag etc 1145 - 1315, cloudy 16c : Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail 7, Cormorant 9, Mute Swan 3, Heron 3, Teal 8, Tufted 5, Lapwing 101, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, LBb / Herring Gull 100+, House Martin 2, Dunnock, Jackdaw 12, Starling 80+, Red Admiral at Rushall... Linley Wood 1430 - 1530 : Nuthatch 2, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail 2, Pied Wagtail, Rook over, Chaffinch 2, House Martin 2, Buzzard. (GWR)
Kestrel today, distant Buzzard & fox yesterday.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Field near Ibstock brickworks : Latest consensus would appear to be that the possible American Wigeon still present today is a dark-headed form of Eurasian Wigeon..... Also at the brickworks field 1020 - 1110 (overcast, 14c): Snipe 6, Lapwing 60, Teal 50+, Shoveler 12, Wigeon 4, Heron, Mute Swan juv, Raven over, Buzzard, Swallow 2, Red Fox. At The Swag 1130 - 1200 : Yellow-legged Gull adult, Herring Gull 31, Greylag, Cormorant 5, Tufted 3, Teal 4, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 3, Raven mobbed a Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, House Martin 2, Goldfinch 6, Vapourer moth.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday 26th September 2016

0930 - 1120 drizzle, 12c : Pied Wagtail 10, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit 3 over, House Sparrow 12, Starling 70+, Goldfinch 10, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 48, Mute Swan 4, Heron, Cormorant 9, Teal 6, Tufted 3, Moorhen 6, Coot 15, a few Herring. LBb & Bh Gulls, Sparrowhawk,etc. Kingfisher across Swan Pool at 1525. Brickworks field - possible American Wigeon again, Snipe 3, Lapwing 26, Heron, Wigeon 8, Teal 60+, Shoveler 4, Long-tailed Tit small flock, Pied Wagtail, Robin.
Snipe this morning.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunday 25th September 2016

0940 - 1130 sunny/showers/cool breeze, 14c : Possible American Wigeon on Brickworks field. Cormorant 8, Mute Swan 3, Heron, Greylag 2 over, Lapwing 94, Teal 6, Shoveler, Tufted 2, LBb Gull 20, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 7, House Martin 2, Blackcap f, Chiffchaff 3, Willow Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit 2, Goldfinch 2, Blackbird, etc. Also Comma 2, Speckled Wood 4, Common Darter 2. At the brickworks field floods : possible American Wigeon or hybrid Eurasian, Little Egret, Shoveler 4, Wigeon 6, Teal 20, Gadwall 2, Swallow 2, Buzzard 2.
Little Egret, female Blackcap & possible American Wigeon (on right of pic) today.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Saturday 24th September 2016

0950 - 1115 fairly cloudy, 16c : Com. Sandpiper, Lapwing 39, Wigeon, Shoveler 2, Teal 4, Tufted 4, Moorhen 6, Cormorant 8, Mute Swan 3, Heron 2, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 5, Meadow Pipit to s., Starling 47, House Martin 4, Chiffchaff 2 in song, Goldfinch 10, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk, Collared Dove 2, etc. Swallow 3 at Aldridge Fri. 23rd Sept.
Common Sandpiper & Wigeon today.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Thursday 22nd September 2016

1000 - 1115 sunny, 17c, full list : Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 36, Cormorant 9, Heron, Mute Swan 4, Canada Geese 150+, Teal 4, Shoveler, Tufted 6, Mallard 50+, Coot 16, Moorhen 7, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 7, Chiffchaff 3 (2 in song), Jackdaw 2, Magpie 4, C Crow 4, Wood Pigeon 20+, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit 2 over, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit small flock, LBb Gull 37, Herring Gull 7, Bh Gull 100+, Robin 2, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, Starling 10, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk. Also Red Fox, Speckled Wood & Common Darter dragonflies 2. At Linley Wood at least one Tawny Owl was calling at 2300.
Starling & Carrion Crow.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday 19th September 2016

1230 - 1330 overcast after rain, 14c : Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 28, Cormorant 9, Heron, Mute Swan 3, Tufted 4, Moorhen 5, LBb Gull 80, Herring Gull 18, Pied Wagtail 4, Starling 70+, Chiffchaff 2, 1 still in song, Goldfinch 4, Jackdaw 6, etc
Naturalised Monkey Flower (mimulus sp.).

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Tuesday 13th September 2016

1130 - 1230 hazy sun, 23c : Swallow 15+, House Martin 12 at Rushall, Chiffchaff / Willow Warbler 6, Bullfinch 2, Greenfinch, Goldfinch 4, Linnet, Pied Wagtail 2, Lapwing 20, Cormorant 6, Heron 2, Mute Swan 3, Greylag, Teal 3, Collared Dove 2, Buzzard 2, etc. Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood 7, Small White 3, Common Hawker 2, Common Darter 5.
Comma and mating pair of Common Darters today.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Saturday 10th September 2016

1645 - 1700 drizzly, 14c : very quiet, only 8 geese! - Mute Swan 4, Lapwing 46, Swallow 12, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit 9, & a few larger gulls... a raptor put the lapwings & gulls up but we were unable to locate it.
5th September.

Friday 9th September 2016

1300- 1330 cloudy, 17c : Cormorant 5, Greylag 3, Canada Geese 570, Lapwing 40, Yellow-legged Gull 2 adults, LBb Gull 250, Herring Gull 70, Bh Gull 310. (KMC)
Greylag geese etc on 7th Sept.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Wednesday 7th September 2016

1130 - 1230 cloudy but warm, 21c : Raven 4 over to south-east, Greylag 4, Cormorant 6, Heron, Mute Swan 2, Teal 3, Tufted 2, Lapwing 22, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 4, Swallow 20+, House Martin 6, Hobby chasing House Martin briefly, Chiffchaff 3, LBb / Herring Gull 60, Collared Dove 4, Buzzard 2. Also seen - Comma (photo's), Speckled Wood 6, Small White 2, Vapourer moth.
Linley Wood 1430 - 1500 overcast 20c : Tawny Owl giving several calls, Buzzard, Nuthatch 2, Raven & Rook over, Swallow & House Martins 10, Long-tailed Tit foraging flocks, Chiffchaff 2, Speckled Wood 3, Sycamore moth caterpillar (photo).

Monday, 5 September 2016

Monday 5th September 2016

1430 - 1520 generally overcast, warm breeze, 18c : Greylag, Cormorant 6, Heron 2, Mute Swan 4, Gadwall pair, Tufted, Moorhen 6, Lapwing 31, Raven, Swallows & House Martins 25+, Pied Wagtail 2, Buzzard, usual gulls etc. Also seen : Speckled Wood 2, Small White 3, Brown Hawker.
Young crows today.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Saturday 3rd September 2016

1700 - 1800 rain stopped, breezy, 16c : Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 4, Cormorant 5, Tufted 5, Pied Wagtail 4, Heron, House Martin 12, Swallow 20+, Chiffchaff, LBb Gull 80+, Herring Gull 14. At Rushall a mixed flock of Long-tailed Tit 15, Great Tit 4, Blue Tit 10+, Chiffchaff 2 & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lapwing 2 & Rook over.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Friday 2nd September 2016

1630 - 1700 sunny, breezy, 17c : Lapwing 88, Cormorant 5, Heron, Greylag, Tufted 6, Moorhen 6, Herring Gull 8, LBb Gull 80, Pied Wagtail 4, Swallow 2, House Martin 5, Chiffchaff.
Dark form of LBb Gull (poss. Baltic?).

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.