Bird Reports (2011)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (31 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still in the morning.

Cound area, nr S’bury (31 Dec) – 8 Whooper Swans still in field near Riverside Inn in amongst Mute Swans (Jim Almond)

Prees Heath Common (31 Dec) c250 Golden Plover feeding on stubble with c500 Lapwing, distant and difficult to see. Also c30 Skylark (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (31 Dec) – 4 Green Sandpiper (Tom Lowe)

Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury (31 Dec) – Little Egret flew low over Parrs Lane (Jason Buckley)

Cound area, nr S’bury (30 Dec) – 4 Whooper Swans still in field near Riverside Inn in amongst Mute Swans, view from A458.

Chelmarsh Reservoir (29 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still, also 23 Goosader (9 drakes) (Jason Kernohan and Mark Peacock) Water Rail heard near the causeway (Yvonne C)

Sturt Common, Wyre Forest (29 Dec) – 8 Common Crossbill (3 males) feeding in larches (Jason Kernohan and Mark Peacock)

Priorslee Lake (28 Dec) – near-adult Caspain Gull at Priorslee Lake, present 11am-1.05pm, also at least 9 Yellow-legged Gulls (David Fairhurst) 3cy Caspian Gull and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adult types and a 3cy) in the afternoon (Dawn Balmer)

Priorslee Flash (28 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still.

Brim Pool, Dudmaston (28 Dec) – 9 Gadwall (Steve Haycox)

Prees Heath Common (28 Dec) c250 Golden Plover and a similar number of Lapwing in the sheep field, best viewed from the airfield though quite distant (Howard Prince)

Cound area, nr S’bury (28 Dec) – 3 Whooper Swans still in field near Riverside Inn in amongst Mute Swans, view from A458 (Dawn)

Whixall Moss (27 Dec) – Adult male Hen Harrier late afternoon over Fenns and Whixall Moss. Also Short eared Owl at the rear of Furbers, 1 Common Snipe and 1 Raven (Howard Prince) Also two Willow Tits calling in the Willows behind the cottage by the bridge over the canal, next to the junction with the Prees Branch and 7 Shoveler on the floods (Will Jones)

Melverley (27 Dec) – 24 Whooper Swans (7 juvs) at Melverley in the usual fields before flying East over a couple of fields to the flooded fields, seen from the road between the Royal Hill and Edgerly. SJ351180 (John & Andy Morris)

Wrekin (27 Dec) – Flock of Crossbills near summit (Maurice)

Romsley and Bowhills (27 Dec) – 2 Brambling, 2 Siskin, 240 Linnet (Keith Bates)

Poole Hall, Alveley (27 Dec) – 2 Snipe, 17 Siskin (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (27 Dec) – 2 Green Sandpiper (Dawn Balmer)

Priorslee Flash (26 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still.

Chelmarsh (25 Dec) – 1 Jack Snipe, 1 male Shoveler, 2 Snipe. 31 Goosander, 3 Teal, 4 Herring Gull (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (25 Dec) – Green Sandpiper seen from the Memorial Hide (Bob Corbett)

Whixall (25 Dec) – Canal floods, 10.15-11.45am – 100+ Wigeon, c500 Canada Geese, c500 Lapwing, c150 Teal. The recent rain has wetted the mosses to the extent that many of the paths have standing water and the canal floods are now extensive (Howard Prince)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (24 Dec) – Little Egret on the Rea Brook between Meole Village and Meole Estate.

Chelmarsh Reservoir (23 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still (bird news services)

Chelmarsh (22 Dec) – 1 Redpoll, 14 Goosander, 55 Tufted Duck, 71 Coot, 55 Greylag Goose, 116 Canada Goose (Keith Bates)

Severn Valley CP, Alveley (20 Dec) – Great Grey Shrike opposite the hide at 1pm (Bob Hart)

Priorslee Flash (20 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still at 3pm (Martin Grant)

Whixall Moss (20 Dec) – Short-eared Owl at 4.10pm, hunting near the pools on the moss, close to the path from Furber’s (Steve France)

The Buttery, nr Kynnersley SJ687166 (18 Dec) – 2 Whooper Swans on the farm reservoir with flock of 29 Mute Swans also 9 Wigeon, 151 Mallard and 14 Canada Geese. Access is from the Preston-on-Wealdmoors to Kynnersley road park at the end of The Dukes Drive by the first house as you enter the Kynnersley village. Walk 3/4 mile down the lane until you come to a lane to the farm on your left. Take the left and the reservoir is a few yards on the left. There was also a flock of 12 Bullfinch where you park at the end of the lane (Martin Grant)

Whixall Moss (18 Dec) – Pink-footed Goose flew over (Howard Prince)

Cross Lane Head, near Bridgnorth (17 Dec) – 2 Ring-necked Parakeets flew south at 11am, callind (Pete Deans)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (17 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still at 3pm (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Flash (17 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still at 3pm (Yvonne C)

Edgmond (17 Dec) – 18 Siskin feeding on alder, 63 Golfinch on alder and burdock, 139 Fieldfare on hawthorn, 169 Starling on pasture plus one male Stonechat (Glenn Bishton)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (15 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still, also adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 young Great Black-backs amongst c1400 LBBGs (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (12 Dec) – No sign of the Caspian Gull at 2.30pm today but 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 2cy) with c300 LBBGs and a remarkable 11 Great Black-backs (including 8 adults) (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Flash (11 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still

Priorslee Lake (11 Dec) – Caspian Gull again, briefly at 1pm (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (10 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still.

Titterstone Clee Hill (10 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still in the morning, also 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat,  several Raven and a possible Snow Bunting near the trig point heard briefly, but could not locate (Andy Latham) No sign by late afternoon.

Priorslee Flash (10 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still (Jim Almond)

Titterstone Clee Hill (9 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still (Paul Burgess). From the car park walk past the anti vehicle measures for about 150m and go left and down to where the stones and scree give way to the bracken.

Chelmarsh Reservoir (9 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still.

Priorslee Flash (9 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still at 3.45pm (Andy Wilcox)

Titterstone Clee Hill (8 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still, location as given previously.

Priorslee Flash (8 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose flew over Priorslee Lake with Greylag at 8.30am. Then seen at Priorslee Flash (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (7 Dec) – Kittiwake (1w) in the roost, also a probable adult Caspian Gull, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls, 2,000+ LBBG, single Common Gull, 40 Goosander and the Red-throated Diver (Richard Moores)

Cressage (7 Dec) – 2 Whooper Swans east of Cressage near The Riverside pub (Richard Moores)

Shrawardine (7 Dec) – Little Egret and five drake Teal on a small pool just north of Shrawardine Castle at SJ388167 (Richard Moores)

Priorslee Flash (7 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still (Paul Burgess)

Titterstone Clee Hill (7 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still.

Church Stretton (2 Dec) – Short-eared Owl flew over A49 near the turn for Cardingmill Valley (James Gale)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (6 Dec) – Red-throated Diver still and a near adult Caspian Gull in roost. Please keep to public rights of way.

Wood Lane (6 Dec) – 300 Lapwing and a Water Rail (Paul Burgess)

Titterstone Clee Hill (6 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still. Location as per yesterday.

Priorslee Flash (6 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still with Greylag (Martin Grant)

Fenns Moss (5 Dec) – male Hen Harrier in the afternoon (via Howard Prince)

Titterstone Clee Hill (5 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still. Bird is now well below buildings where spoil heaps meet bracken, to right of path with concrete posts going downhill from huge concrete block with half circle out of top (Kev Joynes)

Priorslee Flash (5 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still in the afternoon (Jim Almond)

Titterstone Clee Hill (4 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still at 12.15pm (Martin Ryder) From the car park walk past the anti vehicle measures for about 150m and go left and down to where the stones and scree give way to the bracken.

Cound (4 Dec) – Whooper Swans with 20 Mute Swans, at Cound – in field north side of A458, opposite new houses (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Flash (4 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose still present at 11.30am (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (4 Dec) – c120 Teal and 6 Ravens. Canal floods and fields, c1200 Lapwings, c275 Canada Geese, c30 Wigeon, c 40 Teal and 4 Ravens (Howard Prince)

Brown Clee (3 Dec) – 4 Crossbill on eastern side of hill at 12pm (Andrew Breed)

Priorslee Flash (3 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose with Greylags still, also a 1st-w Great Black-backed Gull and 8 Goosander over (J Reeves)

Priorslee Lake (3 Dec) – Adult Caspian Gull 11:10-12:00 at least, also 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Great Black-backed Gulls (J Reeves)

Titterstone Clee Hill (3 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still (Paul Burgess). From the car park walk past the anti vehicle measures for about 150m and go left and down to where the stones and scree give way to the bracken.

Whixall Moss (3 Dec) – Female Merlin hunting over the Cranberry beds area and two Woodcock over Morris’ car park. No Short Eared Owl seen, Tawny Owl calling (Howard Prince)

Priorslee Flash (2 Dec) – Tundra Bean Goose with Greylags

Titterstone Clee Hill (2 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still present all day, just down from the summit.

Titterstone Clee Hill (1 Dec) – Female Desert Wheatear still present all day, just down from the summit.

Titterstone Clee Hill (30 Nov) – Female Desert Wheatear still present all day near the car park just down from the summit, also Snow Bunting still.

Titterstone Clee Hill (29 Nov) – Female Desert Wheatear still near the car park and the old quarry buildings. From the A4117 (Ludlow to Bewdley road) take the road signed ‘Dhustone’ just outside Clee Hill village. Follow this to the car park just below the summit.

Titterstone Clee Hill (28 Nov) – Female Desert Wheatear, Snow Bunting and male Ring Ouzel.

Chelmarsh Reservoir (28 Nov) – Red-throated Diver still. Please keep to public rights of way.

Chetwynd Park Pool (28 Nov) – 3 Greater White-fronted Geese, c.200 Canada Geese, c.40 Greylags, pair of Gadwall and 8 (1 drake) Goosander (Ed Wilson) No access to site, park in layby off Chetwynd Road and view pool over the wall.

Venus Pool (27 Nov) – 211 Teal (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (27 Nov) – Short Eared Owl briefly at dusk flushed by crow, 3 Siskin, Reed Bunting, Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Snipe, small flock of Lapwing, large flock of Fieldfare, Peregrine late afternoon, 40 finches (linnets? poor light), Raven (Paul Johnston)

Titterstone Clee Hill (27 Nov) – Female Desert Wheatear still present (Mike & Rob Stokes) Also 2 Snow Bunting (Tom Lowe) Ringtail Hen Harrier at the summit (BNS) Short-eared Owl hunting at 4.52pm and Desert Wheatear still foraging on ths slopes late afternoon (Pete and Majo Lewis)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (27 Nov) – Adult Little Gull, Red-throated Diver still and possible Caspian Gull in the afternoon. Please keep to public rights of way.

Bridges (27 Nov) – 6 Red Kites flying together (Richard Pearce)

Leighton (27 Nov) – Pink-footed Goose still by the River Severn (J Reeves)

Titterstone Clee Hill (26 Nov) – Female Desert Wheatear (previously reported as possible Pied) in the area of the disused quarry buildings west of the car park, present all day. From the A4117 (Ludlow to Bewdley road) take the road signed ‘Dhustone’ just outside Clee Hill village. Follow this to the car park just below the summit.

Chelmarsh Reservoir (26 Nov) – Red-throated Diver still. Please keep to public rights of way.

Venus Pool (26 Nov) – 207 Teal (Jim Almond)

Titterstone Clee Hill (25 Nov) – Possible female Pied Wheatear in the area of the disused quarry buildings west of the car park in the afternoon (Jason Kernohan)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (25 Nov) – Red-throated Diver all day, until at least 3pm. Viewable from Sailing Club end of Res, please keep to public rights of way (various)

Cound (25 Nov) – 2 Whooper Swans 400yds east of Cound turning, viewable from the A458 (Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (24 Nov) – Red-throated Diver, from 3.30-4.30pm at least (Martyn Owen)

Brown Clee (24 Nov) – Short-eared Owl at 3.50pm near Abdon Burf summit (Paul Barker) 21 Crossbill (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (24 Nov) – 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (5 adults & a 2nd-winter) amongst 700 Lesser Black-backs at 3-3.30pm (Tom Lowe)

Brown Clee (22 Nov) – 2 Snow Bunting seen and heard in flight over the wireless station at Abdon Burf (SO593866) in a easterly direction, then lost to view, then heard again in flight a couple of minutes later flying in a southerly direction towards the other Radio Masts near Boyne Water (SO593844) (Paul Barker)

Edgmond (20 Nov) – 161 fieldfare and 20 redwing feeding hawthorn berries, 195 starling on grazing land, 42 pied wagtail mainly in sweetcorn stubble, male and female stonechat in wildbird seed cover, 10 reed bunting mainly feeding on chicory seed, 2 treesparrow, 31 skylark, 31 meadow pipit plus yellowhammer (5), chaffinch (31), goldfinch (19) and greenfinch (3) feeding in various stubble and hedgerows (Glenn Bishton)

Allscott (20 Nov) – Snow Bunting flew over, calling, heading west (Andy Latham)

Leighton (20 Nov) – Pink-footed Goose by the River Severn (Andy Latham)

Whixall Moss (19 Nov) – c400 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Common Snipe, 3 Stonechat. On the Canal floods – c40 Wigeon, c75 Teal, c600 Lapwing (Howard Prince)

Priorslee Lake (17 Nov) – 3rd-winter Caspian Gull (Andy Latham)

Priorslee Lake (16 Nov) – 1,600 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Caspian Gulls (adult and 3rd-winter), 8 Yellow-legged Gulls (5 adults, 2 2nd-winters, 1st-winter), 30+ Herring Gulls and 4 Great Black-backed Gulls. Also 2 drake Wigeon (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (16 Nov) – Whooper Swan flew on to the Trout Pool at 10.30 with the Canada Geese, where 55 Wigeon were counted. While in front of the hide were 60+ Teal, 5 Shoveler, 22 Lapwing and a Green Sandpiper (Martin Grant)

Chelmarsh (14 Nov) – Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Also 4 Goosander, 2 Wigeon, 3 Pochard and a Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid (Martyn Owen)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (13 Nov) – Male Merlin and female Sparrowhawk (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (13 Nov) – 96 Teal (Jim Almond)

Whixall Floods (13 Nov) – 1 Ruff, 2 Common Snipe, c800 Lapwing, 7 Pintail, c60 Wigeon, c100 Mallard, 6 Raven (Howard Prince)

Shottaton Crossroads (13 Nov) – Flock of 4-500 Golden Plover and Lapwing at Shottaton Crossraods on the A5 (Jack Shutt)

Wood Lane (12 Nov) – 27 Teal, 22 Common Snipe, 5 Common Gull, 1 Redshank (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (12 Nov) – Two 1st winter Little Gulls 7.50-8am (Martyn Owen)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (12 Nov) – No sign of the Steppe Grey Shrike again. Male Merlin near the hide and 200 Golden Plover flying distantly towards Newport (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (11 Nov) – 3 Scaup on the fishing pool (Martyn Owen)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (11 Nov) – No sign of the Steppe Grey Shrike this afternoon (Andy Latham)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (9 Nov) – Steppe Grey Shrike today, views are very distant from the hide. Park only on the farm drive by the wall and view from the hide only.

Lawley Common, Telford (9 Nov) – Harris Hawk perched on a lamp post in Lawley Drive (Richard Camp)

Aldersey, Prees (6 Nov) – c200 Golden Plover with c1200 Lapwing on a grass field at Aldersey Prees, near to the junction with Brades Road (Howard Prince)

THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO THE FIELD BY THE SHRIKE AFTER 6 NOV  – view from the hide only

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (6 Nov) – Steppe Grey Shrike today, views are distant. Please follow on site instrustions, parking in the field (£3.50 per car – money goes to poppy appeal). 

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (5 Nov) – Steppe Grey Shrike still at all day and still at dusk, views are distant. Also seen: Peregrine, Corn Bunting, 2-300 mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare and large numbers of Starling (Andy Latham) 

Titterstone Clee (5 Nov) – Mael Ring Ouzel in the morning, west (downhill) from the derelict quarry buildings at grid reference SO59288 77376. Feeding among the gorse and occasionally within hawthorn trees surrounding the nearby house (Martyn Owen)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (4 Nov) – Steppe Grey Shrike still at 4pm, views are distant. Please follow on site instrustions, parking in the field (£3.50 per car – money goes to poppy appeal).

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (3 Nov) – Steppe Grey Shrike still this morning, views are distant. Also Whooper Swan flew over (Andy Latham)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (2 Nov) – Steppe Grey Shrike still at midday. Also 2 Crossbill flew over, immature male Merlin and c150 Fieldfare (Martin Grant)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (1 Nov) – Steppe Grey Shrike still at 4pm, views are distant. Please follow on site instrustions, parking in the field (£3.50 – money goes towards the upkeep of the wetland).

Venus Pool (1 November) – 13 Grey partridge in the arable field in the morning (Pete Deans)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley, grid ref SJ680179, satnav TF6 6EQ (31 October) – Steppe Grey Shrike still, views are distant. Please follow on site instrustions, parking in the field (£3.50 – money goes towards the upkeep of the wetland). Female Merlin and adult male Merlin also seen.

Wall Farm, Kynnersley SJ680179 (30 October) – Steppe Grey Shrike in hedge beyond sown field this evening. Present for two days at least, previously reported as Great Grey Shrike.

Farm, Kynnersley (30 October) – Great Grey Shrike still in hedge beyond sown field this morning at 7.30am (Jack Edge)

Venus Pool (29 October) – Whooper Swan on the Trout Pool (Jim Almond)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley SJ680179 (29 October) – Great Grey Shrike still present until 4.30pm at least, in the hedge beyond the ploughed field, distant views from the hide. Also Juv Peregrine through and a Merlin hunting the area (Andy Latham, Pete Nickless, J Reeves)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (28 October) – Great Grey Shrike at 12.30pm visible from the hide (John Porter. Still present at 3pm, viewed from the Cherrington road above the wetland looking over the freshly seeded field with 2 new five bar gates. The views are distant; seen sitting up on top of the hedgerow bordering the freshly ploughed field. Also merlin in the same hedgerow (Andy Latham) The owners of Wall Farm allow SOS members access to the hide but request that you please park on the farm drive, close to the stone wall to allow access to tractors – not on the grass verges of the narrow lane. To get to the hide walk back towards Wall Farm cottages until you come to a wicket gate on your right, the hide is through the gate down the field and along the footpath running alongside the hedgerow. Wall Farm grid ref: SJ680179

Black Hill (25 October) – Great Grey Shrike still present at midday in location described on 23rd. Also a group of 3 juv Crossbill feeding in conifers (Seamus McCann)

Long Mynd (24 October) – Snow Bunting still present in the morning (Richard Vernon).  Grid ref SO430956

Whixall Moss (24 October) – Immature Peregrine at 13.30 flying low towards then over bird netting area. Good numbers of Fieldfare over woodland (Paul Johnston) 

Black Hill (23 October) – Great Grey Shrike still present. From the parking area take the access track towards the summit, when the path branches take the right hand track until you reach the clearfell area (via Andy Latham)

Long Mynd (23 October) – Snow Bunting still at 2.30pm (Mike Stokes and Seamus McCann) Grid ref SO430956

Wood Lane (22 October) – 14 Common Snipe (Paul Burgess)

Long Mynd (22 October) – Snow Bunting at 4pm on the Portway up from Duckley Nap. Then flew to land on the trail where Mott’s Road meets the Portway. In Bilbatch was a flock of c100 Fieldfares and the flock of Golden Pover (100+) is still at the location reported last Sunday (Seamus McCann)

Fenns Moss (22 October) – Hen Harrier (adult female) in the area where the peat hand cutting continues. Also 3 Stonechat and a Crossbill reported flying over the entrance near Morris’s Bridge (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (20 October) – Possible 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull reported at 3.30pm before flying north (bird news services)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (18 October) – 2 Tree Sparrow (Keith Bates) Drake Mandarin on the Res, 2 Water Rail on the scrape (Yvonne C) Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Snipe on the scrape (Tony C)

Whixall Moss (17 October) – Female Merlin chasing Reed Buntings. Also two pairs of Stonechat and a Common Snipe on Fenns Moss (Howard Prince)

Ludlow (16 October) – Female Black Redstart on the roofs around the Bull Ring in the Town Centre at 10.30am (Simon Holloway)

Chelmarsh (16 October) – Female Goldeneye on res and a Barn Owl by track to farm at 8pm (Yvonne C, Jim A)

Titterstone Clee Hill  (16 October) – c400 Fieldfare and a few Redwing in to roost in trees near road to summit at 6pm (Jim A, Yvonne C)

Black Hill near Clun (15/16 October) – Great Grey Shrike, using a relatively new clear fell on the south west side of the hill. Not seen on 19 Oct. (via Geoff Holmes)

Brown Clee (15 October) – 2 Ring Ouzel (an adult and a 1st winter) feeding in hawthorn and on the ground with around 100 Redwing and 30 Fiieldfare at grid ref SO8579986874. Also at least 3 Brambling there (Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (15 October) – Male Hen Harrier at north end of Long Mynd not far from the flock of Golden Plover (Hugh Blofield)

Long Mynd (15 October) Juv Hen Harrier at 4pm quartering the ground on Wild Moor. Also still present is the flock of 100+ Golden Plover (Seamus McCann)

Whixall Moss (15 October) – 2 late Swallow (Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (15 October) – 10 Blackbirds and a Red Kite at Pole Cottage (Martyn Owen)

Uffington (14 October) – Hobby catching insects over the River Severn near Uffington. Also numerous Redwing over Newport last night (James Gale)

Moreton Wood (14 October) – 20 Fieldfare flying south over Moreton Wood (SJ 619 349) today at 11:25 and another group of 25 at 15:36 (Pete Hale)

Priorslee (14 October) – 14 Redwing over (Glenn Bishton)

Long Mynd (14 October) – At least 200 Golden Plover in an area where heather has recently been cleared at the north end of the Long Mynd not far off the All Stretton to Ratlinghope road. Also between there and Pole Cottage 3 Red Grouse, 1 Red Kite and two small flocks (20-30) of Redwing heading south (Matt Schofield)

Shrewsbury (14 October) – 35-40 Redwing over Bayston Hill at 9.10am (Jason Buckley)

Pant (14 October) – Flock of 50 Redwing over in the morning (Stuart Thomas)

Bridgnorth (14 October) – c45 Redwing over at 8am (Yvonne C)

Cross Houses (13/4 October – Several Redwing heard flying over last night and this morning (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (13 October) – 23 Golden Plover. Left at 11am and appeared to land in the fields on the other side of the A458 (Helen Griffiths)

Maesbury (13 October) – Good numbers of Redwing over at 8pm. On 14th – 300 REdwing over and a few Fieldfare (Stuart Thomas)

Ercall Heath (11 October) – 2 Merlin on farmland at Ercall Heath near Childs Ercall, in the morning. Also a Green Sandpiper heard (Stephen Jaggs)

Chelmarsh (11 October) – 4 Mandarin (2m, 2f/juv) on the reservoir (Martyn Owen)

Polemere NR (11 October) – At least one white wagtail, a flock of c50 Skylark and a Wheatear probably of the Greenland form (leucorhoa) on the fence in front of the hide and in the horse padock (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (10 October) – 29 Redwings present. Also 7 more on the 11th (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh (9 October) – 3rd winter Caspian Gull on the reservoir from 3.30-4pm at least (Jim Almond)

Highley (9 October) – 6 Mandarin (4m,2f) on the River Severn near The Ship Inn (Yvonne C, Jim A)

Chelmarsh (9 October) – Peregrine over the scrape and Res. 2 Kingfisher on the scrape (TC)

Harper Adams Uni College Farm, Edgmond (8 October) – 1 Wheatear, 44 Meadow Pipit, 30 Skylark, 10 Linnet (Glenn Bishton)

Chelmarsh Res (7 October) – Rock Pipit on the dam near the pontoon, at 4.15pm (Martyn Owen) Flew off high approx 6.15pm (Jim Almond) Water Rail by the scrape hide (log book)

Eyton upon the Weald Moors (7 October) – 11 Golden Plover flew east over the A442 at Long Lane in the morning, heading towards the Weald Moors (Stephen Jaggs)

Priorslee Flash (30 September) – Wryneck seen on a wall by the footpath along the west side of the Flash at 9.45am. Not relocated all afternoon (Ed Wilson)

Venus Pool (25 September) – Cetti’s Warbler sang from around the far shore, possibly near the hide, but not seen. Also 1 Wigeon, 1 Redpoll, 1 Common Sandpiper and several groups of Swallow moving through (J Reeves) 4 Black Tern, flew NW before the rain arrived. Hobby, Swallows through, Pintail, 3 Chiffchaffs around the car park, several Meadow Pipit and Skylark through S/SW (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (24 September) – Ringtail Hen Harrier flew over mid morning heading S/SW. Probable Cetti’s Warbler seen fron the Memorial hide. A mixed bird flock in the willows by the cow drink included Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaffs etc, Gadwall on the pool and Common Sandpiper (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (20 September) – Grey Plover present at 3pm. Flew off at 3.10pm (Helen Griffiths)

Chelmarsh (20 September) – Water Rail in front of the old hide (Yvonne C)

Buildwas (20 September) – Juv Gannet flying relatively low approx 1 mile outside of Buildwas just before Leighton bank, heading roughly N/NW at 1.35pm (Jason Buckley)

Wood Lane NR (18 September) – 5 Pintail, 1 Water Rail (Wood Lane website)

Venus Pool (18 September) – Ruff still (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (16 September) – Cetti’s Warbler heard again, Ruff and Dunlin also present (Jim Almond) Brent Goose on the trout pool in the afternoon, Common Redstart in the hedge running towards the large oak (Geoff Holmes)

Wood Lane NR (15 September) – Egyptian Goose.

Chelmarsh (15 September) – Grey Phalarope flew out at 9.30am. Greenshank still (TC)

Long Mynd (15 September) – 3 Golden Plover roosting on the airfield, at least 3 white wagtail around the gliding club with about ten of ‘ours’ (yarrellii), one male Merlin, 5 Wheatear, a Snipe flushed from the pools behind Pole Cottage and 10-15 Red Grouse including a party of five on the road between the turning for Bridges and Pole Cottage (Martyn Owen)

Colemere (14 September) – 7 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 ads, 2 2cy and 2 1cy) in amongst the Lesser Black-backed Gulls in a field by the tip (Tom Lowe)

Whitemere (14 September) – 2 Arctic Tern in the afternoon (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (14 September) – Grey Phalarope still at the far end of the scrape at 6pm, Greenshank also present (Yvonne C) In the morning – 2 Greenshank reported, being attacked by a Peregrine (TC)

Venus Pool (14 September) – Juv Sabine’s Gull at 8.30am. Also singing Cetti’s Warbler at the rear of the pool to the right (Martyn Owen) Sabine’s Gull flew off at 9.00am. Cetti’s Warbler still. In the evening: Ruff, 2 Ringed Plover and a Little Egret (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (13 September) – Grey Phalarope at the far end of the scrape, sometimes hidden from view behind the island, still present at 7.30pm. On the reservoir: an adult Arctic Tern, roosting on a pontoon near the sailing club (Martyn Owen) Phalarope reported as having dropped in late the previous evening (TC)

Trench Pool (13 September) – Arctic Tern still at 7.30pm (Andy Latham)

Whitemere (13 September) – Black Tern and Arctic Tern at 10.30am (Rob Stokes)

Whitemere (12 September) – Arctic Tern in the evening (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (12 September) – 1 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Shelduck (Andy Latham)

Trench Pool (11 September) – Arctic Tern (Dave Tromans)

Pulverbatch (11 September) – Spotted Flycatcher on Habberley Road (Graham Taylor)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (11 September) – Hobby, Little Egret and 2 Snipe (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (11 September) – 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and 3 Shelduck (Andy Latham)

Whixall Moss (10 September) – Juvenille Cuckoo (Bill Nevett)

The Mere, Ellesmere (10 September) – Juv Arctic Tern early afternoon (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (9 September) – 2 Hobbys hunting over the scrape for an hour (D Saunders)

The Mere, Ellesmere (8 September) – Juv Black Tern in the morning (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (8 September) – 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Little Egret (Andy Latham)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (6 September) – Hobby (TC)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (4 September) – Hobby again. Juv Ruff reported as still present in the morning, but then scared off by a fox (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (4 September) – 3 Ruff and 3 Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (3 September) – Hobby hunting dragonflies over the scrape for over an hour in the afternoon. Juv Ruff, Green Sandpiper and a Snipe on the scrape. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard calling from the hedge of trees that runs up the side of the stubble field (Jim Almond & Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (3 September) – 3 Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane NR (1 September) – No sign of Curlew Sandpiper. 45 Curlew and 1 Common Sandpiper present.

Ludlow (31 August) – 3 vocal juv Hobby over Parys Road (Paul Barker)

Wood Lane NR (31 August) – Curlew Sandpiper flew in at 7.50am (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (30 August) – Arctic Skua juvenile still, mid morning. Please only view from public rights of way and do not walk across the dam which is private property. Yellow Wagtail on the dam.

Venus Pool (30 August) – juv Spotted Redshank still. Also 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond) Water Rail also reported.

Chelmarsh Reservoir (29 August) – Arctic Skua juvenile still, late morning.

Venus Pool (29 August) – juv Spotted Redshank still. Also 3 Ruff, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (28 August) – Arctic Skua juvenile still present mid afternoon, mugging gulls and showing well at times. Also 61 Goosander. At the Scrape: Green Sandpiper, c20 Teal and a Kingfisher (Jason Kernohan)

Venus Pool (28 August) – juv Spotted Redshank still. Also 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (27 August) – Arctic Skua juvenile still (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (27 August) – juv Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (26 August) – Black-necked Grebe juvenile, also Arctic Skua juvenile still (Martyn Owen) Both birds still present at 8.00pm.  Please only view from public rights of way and do not walk across the dam which is private property. BnGrebe can be viewed from the causeway at the north end of the reservoir.

Venus Pool (26 August) – 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (25 August) – Arctic Skua juvenile still present at 10am (Rob Stokes)

Atcham (25 August) – Little Egret by the River Severn between Shrewsbury and Atcham (Will Jones)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (24 August) – Arctic Skua, juvenile at 5pm. Initially located on the water in the centre of the Reservoir it regularly took off to pursue the lesser black-backed and black headed gulls that were trying to roost. On numerous occasions forcing them to disgorge their food. Please only view from footpaths that bound the site (Martyn Owen) Still present at 7.40pm.  Also Little Egret.

Venus Pool (24 August) – 1 Greenshank, Little Egret, 5 Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpiper (Richard Vernon)

Wood Lane (22 August) – Egyptian Goose, Bar-headed Goose and two Barnacle Geese (Paul Burgess)

Long Mynd (21 August) – 3 Red Kites (Andrew Breed)

Wood Lane (21 August) – Bar-headed Goose, present for three days (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (21 August) – Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper and 52 Goosander (Yvonne)

Cloverley Hall, near Whitchurch (20 August) – Spotted Flycatcher nest with two young at the hall. It was 8 feet up in a fissure on a Yew Tree trunk. The adults were still feeding the young on the 20th August (Chris Burchell)

Wood Lane (20 August) – Egyptian Goose (Will Jones)

Venus Pool (20 August) – 4 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (19 August) – Passage juvenile Wheatear around lake (Glenn Bishton)

Polemere (18 August) – Greenshank and Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Buildwas (15 August) – 34 female and juvenile Goosander on River Severn at Buildwas, 5 adult Sand Martin still provisioning young in three nest burrows, 8 Chiffchaff calling across site (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (15 August) – 3 Ruff, Greenshank and 2 juv Little ringed Plover (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (14 August) – 3 Ruff (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (11 August) – Green Sandpiper, Tree Pipit and a fly through Curlew (Ed Wilson)

Wood Lane (10 August) – 3 Dunlin and 34 Curlew (Paul Burgess)

Wood Lane (8 August) – Little Egret (Brian Purslow)

Venus Pool (8 August) – 4 Little Egret and 2 Greenshank (Paul Burgess)

Priorslee Lake (7 August) – 2 Common Sandpiper (Ed Wilson)

Venus Pool (6 August) – Greenshank still (Jim Almond)

Bettisfield (6 August) – At least three Quail calling from a barley field (Robert Harris)

Venus Pool (4 August) – Turnstone in the afternoon and still present at 8pm. Also Ruff, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little ringed Plover and 1 Snipe (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (4 August) – morning: Greenshank showing well in front of the old hide, also 7 Green Sandpipers present. No sign of Greenshank in the evening (TC)

Venus Pool (3 August) – 7.30pm: Ruff, Dunlin and Green Sandpiper still. Also Greenshank and Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (3 August) – In the morning: Ruff, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and 5 Grey Heron (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (2 August) – Greenshank, Dunlin and 2 Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Hough Pool (1 August) – Hobby seen and Quail heard during the evening in the area of Hough Pool between Prees Green and Soulton (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (29 July) – Greenshank, Redshank, 2 Dunlin and 3 Green Sandpipers (TC)

Chelmarsh (24 July) – 4 Green Sandpipers, 1 Little ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank early morning (TC) 2 Little Egrets (Res), 1 Water Rail,
9 Cormorants, Reed Warbler still singing, 1 Teal and a tern on one of the bouys (Steve Haycox)

Chelmarsh (21 July) – 4 Common Tern (2ad, 2juv), 1 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper. On the scrape – a juv Little ringed Plover and 3 Green Sandpiper (Martyn Owen)

Wood Lane NR (20 July) – Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 35 Curlew.

Severn Valley CP (20 July) – 1 Little Egret, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Coot families (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (20 July) – 4 Common Tern, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Teal, 7 Lapwing, 85 Tufted Duck (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (17 July) – 2 Black-tailed Godwits (Jon Cartwrighht)

Severn Valley CP (17 July) – 1 adult male with 5 near-adult-sized immature Goosander, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mandarin, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Coot families (Keith Bates)

Severn south of Highley (17 July) – 1 Little Egret, 15 Mandarin, 2 Redstart, 3 Common Sandpiper (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (16 July) – 2 Grey Partridge (Jim Almond) 1 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, 1 broken-winged Curlew, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Teal, 9 Lapwing (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (10 July) – 4 Common Tern on the reservoir and a Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Paul Barker)

Wood Lane (9 July) – Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit in at 9pm (Paul Burgess)

Buildwas (9 July) – Quail heard calling in riverside hay meadow immediately upsteam of E.ON nature reserve at Buildwas abbey (Michael Haley)

Ruyton XI Towns (5 July) – Quail heard singing from the fields north of Ruyton the last two nights (Will Jones)

Whitchurch (4 July) – Probable Osprey flew over Whitchurch heading west (Paul Rutter)

Polemere NR (4 July) – Female Garganey in the afternoon, also Yellow Wagtail over (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (4 July) – Black tailed Godwit and 4 Little ringed Plover (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (4 July) – No sign of any Little Egret (Martyn Owen)

Leighton (3 July) – 4 Litttle Egret at 5pm in the area where the River meanders, feeding in the shallow margins of river in aquatic vegetation and open water along margins. Still there at 7pm when 3 flew to rest at top of a hawthorn tree (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (3 July) – 2 male Quail calling from winter sown barley, between 4pm and 8pm (Glenn Bishton)

Between Buildwas and Leighton (3 July) – 1 male Yellow Wagtail and recently fledged young, 10 male Reed Bunting singing, 5 male Skylark, 5 male Sedge Warbler, 1 male Garden Warbler, 3 adult Little ringed Plover and 3 adult Oystercatcher (Glenn Bishton)

Chelmarsh (3 July) – 8 Little Egret, 5 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, 61 Great crested Grebe, 69 Tufted Duck and 2 Little ringed Plover (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (2 July) – 2 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 4 Little ringed Plover (Paul Burgess)

Overley Hill (2 July) – Female Marsh Harrier west of Telford flew north over the A5 at Overley Hill at 5.32am (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (1 July) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the causeway (NW end), 5 Common Tern and Common Sandpiper on reservoir, Little ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew with a broken wing and 8 young Lapwing on the scrape (Yvonne C)

Buildwas/Leighton (1 July) – 2 Little Egrets (half a mile north of Buildwas), 2 Common Sanpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher and Yellow Wagtails (John Isherwood)

Ruyton XI Towns (30 June) – Pair of Spotted Flycatchers nesting over a garage with at least 3 young in the nest, visible from the house (John Slowley)

Venus Pool (29 June) – Adult Spotted Flycatcher feeding two downy young in birches next to the Norfolk drain. Also, Red Kite, juv Little ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Black tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail, singing Reed Bunting, singing Reed Warbler, two young Great crested Grebes, and a family of Chiffchaffs (Helen Griffiths)

Childs Ercall (28 June) –  2 Quail calling fairly regularly for a couple of hours around the middle of the day about a kilometre SE of Childs Ercall. One from a hay meadow and the other in a wheat field (Steve Jaggs)

Venus Pool (27 June) – 3 Common Tern through in the afternoon (Martyn Owen)

Brockton Grange (27 June) – Quail calling in oats field immediately SW of Brockton Grange (Brockton near Madeley) observed from minor track that runs past the Grange. Healthy population of Corn Buntings in area (Pete Nickless)

Severn Valley CP (26 June) – 3 young Mandarin on the River Severn (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (25 June) – 2 adult and 3 young Red Grouse on the road before the glider station (Nigel Barrett)

Chelmarsh (23 June) – 4 Common Tern. 2 Common Sandpipers on the dam (Yvonne C)

Tilstock (23 June) – 10.00-10.30pm: at least 8 Quail singing from between the Horseshoe Pub and approx 500m along the road to Whixall. Birds in all sorts of fields ranging from hay meadow, barley and even grassy cow fields (Paul Rutter)

Chelmarsh (22 June) – 8pm: 12 Common Tern, Common Sand on dam, 7 Lapwing chicks and 2 Oystercatcher (Yvonne C)

Wood Lane (21 June) – 3 young and 3 adult Little ringed Plover, 3 young and 4 adult Oystercatcher.

Berrington/Condover (18 June) 2 Quail calling at dusk between Berrington and Condover, in adjacent wheat fields – at SJ511073 and SJ 515074 (Helen Griffiths)

Chelmarsh (16 June) – 8.30pm: Grasshopper Warbler reeling, a Little ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 7 Lapwing chicks and 2 Oystercatchers (Yvonne C)

Tilstock (15 June) – One or two Quail still. Can be heard from along Dig Lane (Paul Rutter)

Ellerdine Heath, north of Telford (14 June) – Red Kite at 5.15pm, circling where a field was being silaged (Malcolm and Jamie Fletcher)

Whixall Moss (14 June) – 3 Cuckoo, 4 Stonechat, 2 Hobbys and a Green Woodpecker (Phil Boardman)

Chelmarsh (14 June) – 5 Common Tern (Keith Bates)

Hampton Loade (14 June) – Fem Goosander with 9 immatures (Keith Bates)

Severn Valley CP (14 June) – A pair of Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 ad & 7 juv Coot (Keith Bates)

Child’s Ercall (14 June) – At least one Quail singing in a large field between the village and the old airfield between 8pm and 9pm, also Corn Bunting and several Yellow Wagtails. Corn Bunting also seen at Tibberton (J Reeves)

Tilstock (13 June) – One, or probably two Quail still. Can be heard from along Dig Lane (Paul Rutter)

Severn Valley CP (11 June) – A pair of Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 ad & 7 juv Coot (Keith Bates)

Hampton Loade (11 June) – 5 adult Mandarin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 late migrant Reed Warbler (Keith Bates)

Bromfield (11 June) – 4 Grey Partridge just west of Bromfield (Matt Schofield)

Tibberton (10 June) – Quail heard at 10.45pm from an oat field (Steve Jaggs)

Tilstock (10 June) – Quail heard at 9.45pm (Paul Rutter)

Shrewsbury (9 June) – Red Kite over Belvidere Paddocks flying west towards the Town Centre (Maurice Baker)

Chelmarsh (9 June) – 8.30-10pm: Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the hide, Tawny Owl perched on the far hide, 10 Curlew, 6 newly hatched Lapwing chicks, a Little ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher (Yvonne C)

Wappenshall Moor SJ666157 (7 June) – 2 Quail calling from a Barley field (John Isherwood)

Whixall Moss (5 June) – 3 Cuckoos and 4 Hobbies around the east end of Fenns Moss. On Whixall Moss – two Green Woodpeckers, Garden Warblers and a Treecreeper (Phil Boardman)

Bayston Hill (5 June) – Red Kite over Grove Lane area at 9.30am (Sue Davies)

Venus Pool (5 June) – No sign of Temminck’s Stints. Black tailed Godwit still present.

Venus Pool (4 June) – 2 Temminck’s Stints, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Little ringed Plover. Temminck’s Stints present at 6pm but being harrassed by Little ringed Plovers so very mobile (Paul Burgess)

Condover (2 June) – Quail calling 11.45pm at Berriewood (Nigel Barrett)

Venus Pool (30 May) – Sanderling (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane NR (29 May) – 7 Reed Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little ringed Plover and a pair of Shelduck with 8 young (Paul Burgess)

Upton Cresett (28 May) – 2 Quail heard in crop field at Upton Cressett, SO655924 and later single calling from crops at Meadowley, SO667926 (Mike Wooton)

Chelmarsh (26 May) – 15 Dunlin and 3 Little ringed Plover (TC)

Wood Lane NR (24 May) – Cuckoo, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin (Wood Lane website)

Chelmarsh (23, 24, 25 and 26 May) – A Ringed Teal – escapee (TC)

Acton Burnell (22 May) – 4 Spotted Flycatcher (Paul King)

Bridgnorth (22 May) – Goosander with 12 young (Yvonne C)

Kemberton, Telford (21 May) – Quail calling in a field early afternoon (Pete Deans)

Wood Lane (22 May) – 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher and 6 Shelduck (Alan Heath)

Ruyton XI Towns (22 May) – Pair of Spotted Flycatcher in a garden (Will Jones)

Venus Pool (21 May) – Dunlin (Andrew Breed)

Chelmarsh (20 May) 2 Little ringed Plover and 3 Oystercatcher (log book) A Knot and two seperate Marsh Harrier sightings also reported recently.

North of Oswestry (20 May) – Red Kite at 3.45pm between Gobowen and St Martins (S Harvey)

North of Oswestry (18 May) – Red Kite at 5.00pm between Gobowen and St Martins (Sue Heard)

Wood Lane (18 May) – Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin (Richard Vernon)

Chelmarsh (17 May) – Spotted Redshank and Ringed Plover (TC)

Church Stretton (16 May) – Female Merlin flew across the 6th tee of the Golf Course at 2.15pm into a very strong NW wind (Nigel Barratt)

Dudmaston Hall (15 May) – Hobby hawking over the River Severn at Dudmaston Hall, watched from 4-5pm (Steven Savage)

Bridges (15 May) – Male Pied Flaycatcher (Richard Pearce)

Ludlow (15 May) – Pied Flycatcher in trees next to the river at the end of Temeside Estate (Scott Reid)

Venus Pool (14 May) –  2 Ringed Plover and 2 Little ringed Plover (Richard Vernon)

Priorslee Lake (14 May) – 3 Whimbrel flew north west at 7.15am. Black-tailed Godwit flew through, low west at 5.25am (Ed Wilson)

Whixall Moss (14 May) –  2 Oystercatcher (one incubating), 2 Shelduck, 5 Curlew, c20 Swifts and 1 male Cuckoo – mobbed whilst in flight and perched, by Meadow Pipits (Howard Prince)

Clunton Coppice (14 May) – 3 Wood Warbler alond the main east/west track (John Tucker)

Ironbridge (10 May) – Goosander with ten young (Bob Herrick)

Whixall Moss (10 May) – 4 or 5 Hobby in the afternoon (Kev Joynes)

Chelmarsh (9 May) – Sanderling on the dam in the evening – still present at 8pm. Also a White Wagtail, Cuckoo and 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 18 Great crested grebe (inc at least one pair nesting the phragmites) (Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (7 May) – 3 Dotterel on the Gliding Club field this morning

Wood Lane (6 May) – 2 Ringed Plover (Paul Burgess)

Long Mynd (6 May) – 3 Dotterel on the Gliding Club field at 6.45pm, still present at 8pm (Phil Ward)

Long Mynd (5 May) – 2 Dotterel on the Gliding Club field at 10.30am

Long Mynd (4 May) – 6 Dotterel by the Gliding Station at 4.00pm (Paul Burgess)

Long Mynd (4 May) Dotterel in the sheep field between Pole Cottage and the Glider Station before being spooked by an overflying Red Kite. Also seen were Wheatear, Hobby and at least one Whinchat singing in Ashes Hollow plus Common Whitethroat, a pair of Stonechat and a single male (Paul Bateman)   Cuckoo, Common Redstart and Red Grouse at Pole Cottage early morning (Pete Nickless)

Chelmarsh (4 May) – Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo and Common Sandpiper (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (4 May) – No sign of the Ruff. 3 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher and 2 newly hatched Lapwing (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (3 May) – Ruff, 5 Little-ringed Plover and a few Swift. Common Sandpiper in the morning (Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (3 May) – 5 Dotterel on the gliding station field at 7.20am. Several still present in the evening.

Ellesmere (2 May) – 3 Black Terns at the Mere at approx 6pm.

Long Mynd (2 May) – The 9 Dotterel were flushed by an aircraft at 9.30am, not relocated by 11.30am. An Osprey flew north over Ashes Hollow (Andy Latham)  In the afternoon – 2 Dotterel in the sheep field north west of the gliding station (bird news services)

Venus Pool (2 May) – Ruff and 2 Greenshank (Andy Latham)

Long Mynd (2 May) – 9 Dotterel by the Gliding Station at 6am (Richard Vernon)

Bridgnorth (2 May) – 3 Swift, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher (Steve Wright)

Chelmarsh (1 May) – Marsh Harrier again. Left roost at 6.40am. Flew north at approx 8am (TC)

Venus Pool (1 May) – Channel Wagtail at 4.45pm (Richard Vernon)

Long Mynd (1 May) – 9 Dotterel still on the Glider Airfield at 8.30pm (Andy Latham)

Long Mynd (1 May) – 9 Dotterel on the sheep field from 3.00pm. Flew to the Glider Airfield at 5.20pm (Phil Ward)

Moreton Say (1 May) – Cuckoo calling at 7am (Pete Hale)

Chelmarsh (30 April) – Marsh Harrier hunting in the evening, then roosted on the Reserve (TC)

Whixall Moss (30 April) – Common Crane flew over, Grasshopper Warbler, female Whinchat and 3 Hobby (Paul Burgess)

Isombridge (30 April) – Pair of Grey Partridge, 18 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Lesser Whitethroat and a Cuckoo (Andrew and John Morris)

Venus Pool (29 April) – 5 Bar-tailed Godwits in the morning, but flew east 10.10am (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (29 April) – Cuckoo near the car park (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (29 April) – 2 Hobby and a Grasshopper Warbler (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (27 April) – 5 Hobbys and a Cuckoo (Phil Boardman)

Allscott Cricket Club (27 April) – 10-15 Yellow Wagtail, Dunlin briefly and a Hobby flew through at dusk (J Reeves)

Clunton Coppice (27 April) – 2 Wood Warbler and 2 Garden Warbler (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (27 April) – Wood Sandpiper on the dam then flew to the south west shore, still present at 8.50am (John Isherwood)

Chelmarsh (26 April) – Grasshopper Warbler heard to the left of the main scrape hide, also Green Sandpiper and Little ringed Plover (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (26 April) – Swift over (Bernard Roberts)

Polemere (26 April) – Lesser Whitethroat calling opposite the car park. Pair of Yellow Wagtail and 6 Goosander (Richard Vernon)

Chelmarsh (25 April) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 2 Little ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo.  Good number of Sedge Warbler singing but no Reed Warbler yet (Steve Haycox)

Wood Lane (25 April) – White Wagtail, 3 Little ringed Plover and a male Gadwall (Richard Vernon) Little Egret and Common Sandpiper also reported.

Wrekin (23 April ) – Wood Warbler heard, also two Tree Pipits at the summit (Steve Wright)

Venus Pool (23 April) – Female Marsh Harrier flew over SE at 9.45am. Lesser Whitethroat by the car park entrance (Richard Vernon) In the evening: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat and a Dunlin (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (22 April) – Osprey caught a fish on second attempt then flew off south about 9.30am. Two Bar-headed Geese flew in at 9.45am (Maurice Baker)

Whixall Moss (22 April) – 2 Grasshopper Warblers and several Common Whitethroats (Rob Stokes)

Long Mynd (21 April) –  Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the evening by Boiling Well (Geoff Hall)

Wrekin (21 April) – Male Ring Ouzel below Needle’s Eye (bird news services)

Long Mynd (21 April) –  Pair of Ring Ouzel. Flock of Golden Plover in the sheep field just before the Gliding Station (approx SO405919). Wheatears near the entrance to the G. Station and Cuckoo calling at the rear of the Station (Bernard Roberts)

Bridges SO397963 (21 April) – Pied Flycatchers and Common Redstarts (Bernard Roberts)

Ludlow (21 April) – 2 Swift (Simon Holloway)

Venus Pool (20 April) – 15 Yellow Wagtail in the evening (Helen Griffiths)

Clunton Coppice (20 April) – Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher (John Tucker)

Bettisfield (19 April) – Red Kite by the canal at 7.30 (Ken Robbins)

Venus Pool (19 April) – Male Whinchat on the fence adjacent to the quarry, also a male Wheatear. Lesser Whitethroat in the top hedge (Martyn Owen) Sedge Warbler (Bob Parker)

Wrekin (19 April) – Common Redstart and Pied Flycatcher on the left of the main path just before the hairpin bend (Martin Grant)

Ercall (19 April) – Wood Warbler opposite the Buckatree (Martin Grant)

Nedge Hill (19 April) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling about half way along left hand hedge (looking down from Naird Lane) adjacent to middle horse field (with neither ponies or horses in it). Also 26 Wheatear, mainly in lower horse fields (John Isherwood)

Tibberton (19 April) – 16 Corn Buntings in the top of an ash tree in the evening (Stephen Jaggs)

Venus Pool (18 April) – 3 Wheatear around the fields and around 15 Yellow Wagtail including a ‘channel wagtail’ (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Moss (18 April) – Ringtail Hen Harrier over the car park, a pair and another male Stonechat on the Moss (Howard Prince)

Wrekin (18 April) – Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher on the left of the main path just before the hairpin bend (Martin Grant)

Bridgnorth (17 April) – 2 Little ringed Plover on the shingle opposite Well Meadow field (Steve Wright)

Sibdon, E of Aston on Clun (17 April) – Grey Partridge heard at SO405822, also Tree Sparrow colony at SO418831 (John Tucker)

Bridges (17 April) – 2 pairs of Pied Flycatcher and 3 Common Redstart (Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (17 April) – Ringtail Hen Harrier, Willow Warbler and a pair of Stonechat in the Pole Cottage area, also 30 Golden Plover in the sheep field to the west of the road to the Gliding Club (Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (16 April) – 3 Ring Ouzel (2 fem, 1 male) (Seamus McCann)

Venus Pool (16 April) – Brent Goose (Jim Almond)

Hartlebury, nr Bridgnorth (16 April) – 11 Yellow Wagtail (8 male) and 23 Wheatear in a newly sown field (Yvonne C)

Nedge Hill (16 April) – Lesser and Common Whitethroats in the hedge on north side of pony field and at least 15 Wheatear in the bottom fields (Ed Wilson)

Whixall Moss (16 April) – 2 Cuckoo calling in the morning (Bob Harris)

Telford Central Station (15 April) – 11 Waxwing in a birch near the platform at 10.30am (Colin Wright)

Chelmarsh (15 April) – 25 Goosander, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, pair of Gadwall, 4 Teal and a Sedge Warbler (Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (14 April) – A spectacular aerial display from 120 Golden Plover in the evening – over the sheep fields area, between Pole Cottage and the gliding station (Helen Griffiths)

Ragleth Wood, Church Stretton (14 April) – 2 male Pied Flycatcher (John Bent)

Wrekin (14 April) – Male Ring Ouzel just beyond the trig point (bird news services)

Priorslee Lake (14 April) – 4 Common Sandpiper on the dam, Reed warbler singing and seen in the west end reed bed (Ed Wilson)

Romsley and Bowhills (13 April) – 2 male Redstart (Bowhills Dingle), 3 Curlew, 4 Lapwing (recolonised breeding site), 1 Swallow (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (12 April) – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little ringed Plover, 1 Snipe and 30 Sand Martin (Steve Wright)

Wood Lane (11 April) – 4 Black-tailed Godwit still (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (10 April) – Common Crane flying northwest over the moss. Also singing Cuckoo in the woodland to the west and several Stonechat on the moss (Paul Johnston)

Earl’s Hill (10 April) – Snow Bunting close to the trig point near the summit at 6pm, also a male Wheatear. Redstart on bushes down the slope (Dawn Balmer) 

Coton, Kingsnordley & Wooton (10 April) – 1 very early Whitethroat, 1 Curlew (unusual), 2 Lapwing (recolonised breeding site), 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 1 escaped Snow Goose with 28 Greylag Goose (Keith Bates)

Cantlop Wood (9 April) – Cuckoo singing in the evening (Tom Lowe)

Nedge Hill (9 April) – Male Ring Ouzel (John Isherwood)

Chelmarsh (9 April) – 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Swallow, 2 Curlew, 38 Tufted Duck, 4 Lapwing, 1 Greylag-Canada pair. Another Oystercatcher and a Little Ringed Plover also reported (Keith Bates)

Wrekin (9 April) – 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Common Redstart and a Tree Pipit (J Reeves)

Severn Valley CP (9 April) – 3 Mandarin, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Goosander, 2 Reed Bunting, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps in profusion, 3 Coot (Keith Bates)

Wood Lane (8 April) – 4 Black-tailed Godwit.

Long Mynd (8 April) – c200 Golden Plover, mostly in summer plumage (Bob Parker)

Venus Pool (8 April) – Channel Wagtail at 8.45am (Paul Burgess)

Titterstone Clee (8 April) – Ring Ouzel near derelict buildings, early afternoon (bird news services)

Nedge Hill (8 April) – At 10am: Male Ring Ouzel in the lower horse field with thoroughbred horses (as opposed to ponies). Also 2 Wheatear in the same field and 2 Common Redstart in the hedge on the way down (John Isherwood) In the evening: 5 Wheatear and 4 Common Redstart (Mike Stokes)

Wrekin (8 April) – 2 Pied Flycatcher, also 2 Tree Pipit in song at the summit (Ed Wilson)

Black Hill (8 April) – 6 Tree Pipit and some Crossbill (John Tucker)

Nedge Hill (7 April) – Male Common Redstart in hedgerow (Ed Wilson) Female Ring Ouzel reported.

Titterstone Clee (7 April) – Male Ring Ouzel on the quarry slope just east of the main car park (Paul Barker)

Priorslee Lake (7 April) – Redshank over. Lesser Whitethroat in song opposite the lake in the scrub to the east (Ed Wilson)

Wood Lane (7 April) – 4 Black-tailed Godwit.

Priorslee Flash (6 April) – Garden Warbler in song (Ed Wilson)

Venus Pool (5 April) – 2 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Little ringed Plover (Roger Gibb)

Nedge Hill (5 April) – Male Ring Ouzel in the right hand field used by Lapwing looking west through the hedge at the kink in Naird Lane. Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff all heard. The field to the E of the same spot has been planted and in the short new growth there were 60 Wood Pigeons, 3 Feral Pigeons, 4 Stock Dove, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 11 Magpie, 8 Linnet, 9 Greenfinch and 5 Yellowhammer. Could attract other finches etc (Ed Wilson)

Bury Ditches (4 April) – Male Pied Flycatcher, Brambling and 2 singing Willow Warbler (John Tucker)

Wellington (4 April) – Red Kite over Wrekin Golf Course (Vanessa Handley)

Brown Clee (3 April) – 4 Ring Ouzel feeding on the short grass behind the compound at the summit, but mobile (Martyn Owen)

Ellesmere (3 April) – 2 Whooper Swans still (Martyn Owen)

Nedge Hill (3 April) – Male Common Redstart in the left hand corner of the bottom horse field, also 4 Wheatear (Martin and Ian Grant)

Clungunford (3 April) – Redstart, 3 male Blackcap and 5 Chiffchaff. Also several pairs of Tree Sparrow in the SO38Z tetrad area (John Tucker)

Bridgnorth (3 April) – Red Kite just east of the High Rock (Yvonne C)

Wood Lane (2 April) – Little-ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatcher and 2 Gadwall (Reserve website)

Nedge Hill (2 April) – Male Common Redstart in the left hand corner of the bottom horse field (Ian Grant)

Whixall (2 April) – No sign of the Common Crane. Two Wheatear on the fence bordering the sheep field (Mike Stokes)

Titterstone Clee (2 April) – Several Wheatear (Jim Almond/Steve Mills)

Elton (2 April) – Swallow over (Robert Martin)

Priorslee Lake (31 March) – 2 singing Willow Warbler, 1 singing Blackcap and at least 8 singing Chiffchaff (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (30 March) – 1 Little Ringed Plover and c200 Sand Martins at 7pm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (29 March) – Red Kite (Terry Arch)

Wood Lane (29 March) – Little-ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Gadwall (Reserve website)

Whixall (29 March) – Common Crane still, best viewed from Prees Cut (see 27 March for approx location) (bird news services)

Oswestry (29 March) – Swallow over Glover’s Meadow at 8.45am (Greame Shearer)

Wood Lane (28 March) – 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 12 Common Snipe and 8 Shelduck (Paul Burgess)

Whixall (28 March) – Common Crane still (Jim Almond)

Tibberton (28 March) – Willow Warbler and Corn Bunting singing on the edge of the village (Steve Jaggs)

Ceri Forest (27 March) – Ring Ouzel in the evening SO165865

Whixall (27 March) – Common Crane in a field just beyond the junction with the Prees branch canal. Viewable from the footbridge at SJ489352. Present several days (bird new services)

Lyth Hill (27 March) – 14 different singing Chiffchaffs during a two hour walk on and around Lyth Hill. Also a singing male Blackcap on the southern slope of the hill (Helen Griffiths)

Cantlop (26 March) – Male Wheatear (Tom Lowe)

Allscott (25 March) – Swallow on wires by the Duck public house (Martin Grant)

Newport (22 March) – Osprey flew over at 5.15pm heading north west (Ed Wilson)

Wood Lane (22 March) – Common Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher.

Bayston Hill (22 March) – Red Kite flew over the A49 in the direction of Lyth Hill. 2 pairs of Gadwall at Venus Pool (Richard Pearce)

Hopesay (20 March) – Great Grey Shrike still on the top of Burrow Hill Fort approx SO382831 (Jim Almond)

Wellington SJ624106 (20 March) – Red Kite over the M54/A5 nr junc 7 at 11.40am (John Morgan)

Long Mynd (19 March) – 12 Red Grouse at 6.30am (Paul Burgess)

Bridgnorth (19 March) – Pair of Sand Martin by Bassa Villa, near the River (Steve Wright)

Ellesmere (17 March) – Adult Yellow-legged Gull and Sand Martins present (Richard Vernon)

Hopesay (16 March) – Great Grey Shrike still on the top of Burrow Hill Fort approx SO382831 (Mike Stokes)

Priorslee Lake (16 March) – 4 Sand Martins, also 3 Chiffchaff (2 singing) (Martin Grant)

Trench (16 March) – 6 Sand Martins (Ed Wilson)

Upton Magna (16 March) – 4 Sand Martins (Martin George)

Ellesmere (15 March) – 4 adult Whooper Swans still on The Mere (Richard Vernon)

Wood Lane (15 March) – Redshank and Dunlin (Richard Vernon)

Hopesay (14 March) – Great Grey Shrike still on the top of Burrow Hill Fort approx SO382831 (Rob Stokes)

Ellesmere (14 March) – 4 Whooper Swans on The Mere (Alan Heath)

Venus Pool (14 March) – Male and female Gadwall dropped in at midday (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (14 March) – 49 Goosander, 3 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck and an Oystercatcher. The gull roost was very small containing c60 LBBG and 90 BH Gull. Single male Brambling, a pair of Bullfinch and 4 Curlew at the scrape (Richard Moores)

Venus Pool (13 March) – 50+ Yellowhammer (Paul Burgess)

Hopesay (13 March) – Great Grey Shrike on the top of Burrow Hill Fort approx SO382831

Hawkstone Park (12 March) – Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker trapped and ringed (Alan Heath)

Aston on Clun (12 March) – Female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker between Beambridge (SO388814) and Coston Bridge (SO392811). There is a public footpath along the south side of the river Clun (John Tucker)

Severn south of Highley (8 March) – pair of Mandarin, 3 Goosander and a Little Grebe (Keith Bates)

Tibberton (8 March) – 30+ Bramblings under feeders in a garden (Steven Jaggs)

High Vinnalls, nr Ludlow, Herefordshire (8 March) – Great Grey Shrike in the afternoon. Flying between the many small fir trees on the otherside of the hill from the car park at the top of the hill past the look out tower (Nick Fisher)

Dudmaston (7 March) – 2 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Goosander, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Siskin, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 escaped Snow Goose with 48 Greylag Goose, 39 Canada Goose (Keith Bates)

Whixall Floods (6 March) – 74 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, c40 Lapwing and c75 Teal (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (5 March) – 1 Mandarin, 1 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 31 Goosander, 7 Tufted Duck, 21 Coot, 14 Cormorant (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (4 March) – 5 Corn Bunting with a flock of c75 Reed Bunting, 30-40 Yellowhammer, 10 Brambling, several Chaffinch and Goldfinch and at least 1 Tree Sparrow. Also 7 Snipe outside the North Hide (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (3 March) – Half way down the road side hedge to Cound Brook 15+ Bramblings in a flock of Chaffinch and Goldfinch also on the pool Shelduck pair, Oystercatcher pair, 9 Wigeon, 15 Shoveler, 2 Snipe and in Alders on Cound Brook 3 Siskin (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (27 February) – 5 Dunlin in the evening (Jim Almond)

Corve Dale east of Aston Munslow SO532863 (25 February) – Male Mealy Redpoll with 13 Lesser Redpoll in birches along the public footpath by the tennis court at Broncroft Lodge in the Corve Dale east of Aston Munslow (Tom Lowe)

Albrighton (25 February) – Red Kite flying low at 12.30pm. Headed off south then west (Andy Boden)

Whixall Moss (24 February) – Male Hen Harrier (Paul Burgess)

Fenns Moss (23 February) – Ringtail Hen Harrier late afternoon. Whixall Moss was quiet. On the floods – 2000 Lapwing plus Snipe and Curlew heard (Howard Prince)

Sleap Moor SJ472273 (22 February) – 30 Bewick’s Swans and 18 Mute Swans over the far side of the field (Paul Burgess) There are no hedges – please take care not to disturb the birds.

Chelmarsh (21 February) – 1st winter Caspian Gull in the roost at 4.30pm (Paul Barker)

Sleap Moor SJ472273 (21 February) – 5 Bewick’s Swans and 14 Mute Swans (Graham Waterman) Please take care not to disturb the birds.

Sleap Moor SJ472273 (20 February) – 32 Bewick’s Swans (bird news services) Please take care not to disturb the birds.

Tibberton (19 February) – 6/7 Corn Bunting between the main road and Timberlink (Paul Rutter)

Sleap Moor SJ472273 (19 February) – 32 Bewick’s Swans (28 ad, 4 juv) and 23 Mute Swans in a field near the Sleap Brook, to the north of Brandwood. Heading from Shrewsbury on the A528 (Ellesmere Road), travel through Harmer Hill, a mile after Myddle turn right (signed Noneley/Noneley Barns).  Continue along this road for 1.5 miles from the junction, through Brandwood, just over a small bridge with metal railings and the swans are in a field to the west (or left) of this road. There are no hedges – please take care not to disturb the birds. Park in the layby at the northeast end of the field (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (19 February) – 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Paul Barker)

Cae Howell (17 February) – 107 Curlew, 290 Lapwing, 4 Wigeon, 2 Greylag Geese, 20 Mallard, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls – opposite the Royal Hill pub (Richard Moores)

Chelmarsh (17 February) – 1st winter Caspian Gull came into roost at 4.30pm, landing on the dam. Also present, 50 Herring Gulls, 300 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Greater Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Gull and a Shelduck (Martyn Owen)

Brown Clee Hill (17 February) – Short-eared Owl hunting on summit just north-east of Abdon Burf from 3pm onwards (Martyn Owen)

Cound (17 February) – 4 adult Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458 (Richard Moores)

Chelmarsh (16 February) – Great Black-backed Gulls, 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Goosander (Richard Moores)

Brown Clee Hill (16 February) – Short-eared Owl hunting on summit just north-east of Abdon Burf (Richard Moores)

Chelmarsh (15 February) – 1st winter Caspian Gull (Richard Moores)

Oswestry (12 February) – Thousands of Starlings going to roost between the junction of Malory Road and Monkmoor Road,  with 2 Sparrowhawks and a Peregrine hunting them (Graeme Shearer)

Holmer Lake, Telford (9 February) – Red Kite over the Eastern Primary at 3.30pm (Lewis Busby)

Whixall Moss (8 February) – Male Hen Harrier and male Merlin late afternoon, also 5 Pintail (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (5 February) – 4 Whooper Swans flew in at dusk (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (5 February) – 1st winter Glaucous Gull flew in at 12.30pm and left 40 mins later. 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 1st win) also present amongst very few large gulls (J Reeves)

Craven Arms (5 February) – Dipper in the River Onny at the Secret Hills Centre (John Powell)

Wood Lane (4 February) – Oystercatcher

Clunton Coppice (3 February) – 200+ Brambling, 200 Yellowhammer, 130 Skylark and 60 Chaffinch feeding in a stubble field (Kris Webb)

Brown Clee (3 February) – 13 Crossbills (Kris Webb)

Holmer Lake, Telford (3 February) – 55 Goosander (23 males, 32 redheads) at 11.30am (Martin Grant)

Cound (3 February) – 4 adult Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458 with 65 Mute Swans SJ567055 (Paul Burgess)

Clunton Coppice (2 February) – Looking north east into the valley from the Coppice – 140+ Ravens seen (Kris Webb)

Whixall Moss (2 February) – Male Hen Harrier late afternoon (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (2 February) – Oystercatcher (Helen Griffiths) Male Merlin (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Lake (1 February) – 1st win Glaucous Gull and 2  Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 3rd winter) present late afternoon (bird news services) 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Vernon)

Long Mynd (31 January) – Ashes Hollow (SO425937) 2 Red Grouse, Dipper, 5 Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipits and 7 Fieldfare (Stuart Edmunds)

Brown Clee Hill (29 January) – Great Grey Shrike flying between perches on dying Larches, also 4 Crossbills in the same area (Stuart Edmunds) 

Cound (28 January) – 4 adult Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458 with 20+ Mute Swans SJ567055 (Steve Lowe)

Greenfields Estate, Shrewsbury (27 January) 3 Waxwings feeding in a garden (Richard Vernon) 

Gobowen (27 January) – Little Egret flying over the Orthopaedic roundabout at 4.45pm (Graeme Shearer) 

Whixall Moss (26 January) – Male Hen Harrier late afternoon (Ian Grant)

Venus Pool (26 January) – 10-15 Redpoll by the North Hide. Ruddy Shelduck still with the Greylag Geese (Roger Gibb)

Cound (26 January) – 3 adult Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458 with 30-40 Mute Swans and a Black Swan (Roger Gibb)

Roddington, Telford (26 January) – About one mile west of Roddington – Male Hen Harrier flying north (Richard Vernon)

Shrewsbury (25 January) – 12 Waxwings still in the grounds of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (Jim Almond)

Trench Pool (24 January) – A 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull at 12.10pm (Kris Webb). The Glaucous Gull arrived at 3.45pm but left with the other large gulls at 4pm. 2 Adult Yellow-legged, 4 Herring and 2 Common Gulls also present (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (24 January) – 3 Pintail (2 drakes) at 9.30am (Dawn Micklewright)

Whixall Moss (23 January) – Short eared Owl and male Hen Harrier, late afternoon (Jim Almond)

Cound (23 January) – 4 adult Whooper Swans in fields by the A458 with 70 Mute Swans (Jim Almond)

Trench Pool (23 January) – 2 Glaucous Gulls seen at midday (Teresa Auty)

Trench Pool (23 January) – Juv Glaucous Gull at 11.30am (Paul King)

Venus Pool (23 January) – Ruddy Shelduck still (Jim Almond)

Trench Pool (22 January) – Juv Glaucous Gull, 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull and a 1st winter Common Gull (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (21 January) – Ruddy Shelduck in the afternoon (Bob Parker)

Market Drayton (19 January) – 2 Little Egrets on the River Teme, approx 200y downstream of the Buntingsdale Road bridge (Anthony Dunford)

Shrewsbury (18 January) – 12 Waxwings in the grounds of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in the afternoon (Jim Almond)

Whitcliffe SO505745, Ludlow (18 January) – At least one Hawfinch feeding on Hornbeams overlooking the bridge (Brian Hunt)

Much Wenlock (17 January) – 16 Waxwings in Oakfield Park just off the A458 opposite the primary school at 9.35am (Tom Lowe)

Aston on Clun (17 January) – Rose-ringed Parakeet on feeders in a garden. Later scared off by Rooks (John Tucker)

Cound (17 January) – 3 Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458, also a Black Swan (Tom Lowe)

Polemere (17 January) – Pink-footed Goose, 40 Greylag, 4 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck and 10 Teal (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (17 January) – No sign of the Brent Goose today (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (16 January) – Brent Goose on VP then flew on to the Trout Pool (Helen Griffiths / Jim Almond)

Condover/Bayston Hill (16 January) – 22 Golden Plover in field by the A49 (Jim Almond)

Cound (15 January) – 3 Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458 (Jim Almond)

Whixall Floods (15 January) – 2 Pink footed Geese, 46 Lapwing, 3 Shoveler, 44 Teal, 132 Canada Geese and 1 Greylag Goose (Martyn Owen)

Oss Mere (15 January) – 4 Tree Sparrow, 5 Goldeneye, 10 Tufted Duck, 14 Goosander, 17 Mallard, 11 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Coot, 6 Teal, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Woodcock (Martyn Owen)

White Mere (15 January) – 1 fem Mandarin, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Pochard, 32 Tufted Duck, 56 Mallard (Martyn Owen)

The Mere (15 January) – 3 Gadwall, 6 Goldeneye, 18 Tufted Duck, 8 Goosander, 174 Mallard, 74 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 13 Teal and 4 Great crested Grebe (Martyn Owen)

Wood Lane (15 January) – 228 Lapwing, 4 Shelduck and 4 Teal (Martyn Owen)

Colemere (15 January) – 2 Common Gull, 14 Goosander and 4 Goldeneye (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (14 January) – White fronted Goose with the Greylag flock (John Andrews) 

Whitcliffe SO505745, Ludlow (8/9 January) – 1-3 Hawfinch present on the weekend of 8/9 Jan (via Geoff Holmes)

Melverley area (13 January) – 10 Pintail, 130 Wigeon, 45 Teal, Little Grebe, 63 Curlew and 82 Lapwing on floods/river opposite Buckley Farm between Cae Howell and Pentre (Richard Moores)

Cae Howell (13 January) – 95 Wigeon and 24 Teal on the river opposite the Royal Hill pub (Richard Moores)

Leighton (13 January) – Injured (presumed broken wing) Pink-footed Goose on the floodplain by the river. The river itself held 34 Goosander, 7 Pochard, 8 Mallard and 5 Wigeon. 3 Herring Gulls and a Mistle Thrush were also in the area (Richard Moores)

Cound (13 January) – 3 Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458 (Richard Moores)

Cound (12 January) – 3 Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458, also 50 Mute Swans and 1 Black Swan (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (12 January) –  250 Herring, 10 Greater Black-backed and 3 Yellow legged Gulls in the roost. Also 3 drake Pochard, Siskin, Brambling, 60 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting, 20 Teal, Marsh Tit and a Curlew (Matyn Owen)

Shrewsbury (9 January) – 31 Waxwings at Allgold Drive, Belvidere (Stephen Wilson)

Shrewsbury (8 January) – 48 Waxwings at Allgold Drive, Belvidere at midday (Richard Pearce)

Whixall Moss (8 January) – Short-eared Owl (Paul Burgess)

Wellington, Telford (7 January) – 9 Waxwings near the roundabout of the A442 / A5223 at 11.30am. Birds feeding on berries in the car park of the Harvester Inn (Andy Latham)

Donnington, Telford (6 January) – 3 Waxwings at Harding Close in the area of the care homes at 2.15pm – opposite the Police Station (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Flash (6 January) – Adult Mediterranean Gull flew in at 10.30am then flew off east (Ed Wilson)

Shrewsbury (6 January) – 14 Waxwings still at Allgold Drive, Belvidere at 1.30pm (Richard Vernon)

Shrewsbury (5 January) – 16+ Waxwings still at Allgold Drive, Belvidere in the afternoon (Geoff Holmes)

Shrewsbury (4 January) – 19 Waxwings still at the corner of Allgold Drive off Portland Crescent (Mike Stokes)

Whixall Moss (3 January) – Short-eared Owl at 4.00pm. Large flock of Siskins, a few Redpoll and 3 Bullfinch in copse to south of weather station/side of track. A small Reed Bunting flock also nearby (Paul Johnston)

Tong (3 January) – 10 Waxwings feeding in a tree near the layby on the A41 just by Tong, alongside the ponies by the road, then flew off towards the motorway at 9.30am (Aly Waygood)

Alveley (3 January) – 13 Waxwings flew over Peacock Hill at 3.15pm. Briefly landed in trees just off Daddlebrook Road before moving west towards the church (Martyn Owen)

Shrewsbury (3 January) – 18 Waxwings at the corner of Allgold Drive off Portland Crescent (Mike Stokes)

Acton Pigott (3 January) – No sign of the Bewick’s Swans today (Tom Lowe)

Roden SJ5616 (2 January) – 3 Waxwings feeding on Sorbus in a garden opposite glasshouses. First seen on telegraph wires along B5O62 at 3pm (Ian and Martin Grant)

Whixall Moss (2 January) – Male Hen Harrier at 10.50am over Fenn’s then Whixall Moss before heading towards the floods. Willow and Marsh Tits feeding on seed put out on top of a container at the rear of Furber’s, viewable from the canal. 72 Wigeon, c50 Teal and 1 male Pintail on the floods (Howard Prince)

Acton Pigott (2 January) – 25 Bewick’s Swans feeding at 2.40pm (Frank Hinde)

Cound (1 January) – 23 more Bewick’s Swans dropped in at 8.25am – 31 Bewick’s now present plus 3 Whooper Swans, in fields by the A458 (Jim Almond)


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