Bird Reports (2012)

Polemere NR (31 Dec) – Red-crested Pochard reported (via Geoff Holmes)

Priorslee Lake (31 Dec) – male Scaup still (Jim Almond and Paul Spear)

Long Mynd (31 Dec) – Red Kite south of the Mynd (Jon Cartwright)

Edgerley (30 Dec) – 18 Pintail and 9 Whooper Swans were the highlights on the floods (Rodney Farmer)

Trench Pool 30 Dec) – Two 2nd win Yellow-legged Gulls in the pre-roost with 700 Black-headed Gulls (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Lake (30 Dec) – 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3ad, 1 3rd win) (Jim Almond) Also 25 Greater Black-backed Gulls moving through, with max of 19 on the water together (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Lake (29 Dec) – at 1.45pm: male Scaup, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls + a 3rd winter (Martin Grant)

Horsehay Pool (29 Dec) – 1st win Yellow-legged Gull (Kris Webb)

Horsehay Pool (28 Dec) – Yellow-legged Gull (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Lake (28 Dec) – male Scaup still in the morning, also 4 Gadwall (Kris Webb)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (28 Dec) – the same 1cy Caspian Gull as yesterday (but different to Tom Lowe’s recent 1cy bird) was in the field opposite the landfill site this afternoon. Also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 3cy). Approx 500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 800 Herring Gulls, 15+ Great Black-backed Gulls (Dawn & Pete)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (28 Dec) – 15+ Great Black-backed Gulls (Kris Webb)

Market Draton (27 Dec) – 4 Mandarin (3m,1f) on the Shropshire Union Canal, just south of the aqueduct over the River Tern (Ian Barthorpe)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (27 Dec) – 1cy Caspian Gull in the afternoon. Also an adult Yellow-legged Gull (Dawn Balmer & Pete Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (26 Dec) – Scaup (Kris Webb)

Chelmarsh Res (26 Dec) – Black necked Grebe still, also 2 Goldeneye (m & f), 9 Goosander and 5 Little Grebe (Yvonne C)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (24 Dec) –  4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 ad, 1 3rd cal yr) (Dawn Balmer & Pete Wilson)

Venus Pool (24 Dec) –  21 Snipe (Dawn Balmer & Peter Wilson)

Edgerley (23 Dec) – 2 adult Whooper Swans on the vast floods in the mornng. Another group of 9 adults seen in the afternoon (Rod Farmer)

Venus Pool (23 Dec) – 2 Waxwings briefly, in a tree by the main hide (Geoff Holmes)

Edgerley (21 Dec) – 78 Curlew on the floods (Rod Farmer)

Fenns and Whixall Mosses (21 Dec) – male Hen Harrier, young Merlin, Short eared Owl and Green Woodpecker – 11am to 4pm (Phil Boardman)

Chelmarsh (21 Dec) – Black necked Grebe still, also 2 Waxwings briefly by the scrape hide.

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (21 Dec) – Bird showing several characteristics of 3rd-winter American Herring Gull in the field opposite the tip. Also a sub ad Caspian Gull and a couple of Yellow-legged Gulls (Kris Webb) Update: bird now identified as a European Herring Gull.

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (21 Dec) – 1st winter Caspian Gull, also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adults, 2nd winter, 3rd winter). Also c3,000 Lesser Black-backs/Herring Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Shrews, Meole Village (19 Dec) –  Alexandra Avenue – A solitary Waxwing posing in cherry tree and 9 redpoll feeding in birch tree (Tim Warrick)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (17 Dec) – 40-50 Waxwings in trees and bushes on the west side of Arlington Way at midday (Steve Mulcock)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (17 Dec) – c30 Waxwings outside Aldi at 2pm, drinking from puddles (Tony Wenger)

Condover (16 Dec) – Common Crane flew north over Little Berriewood, Condover at 1.40pm (via Nigel Barratt)

Fenns Moss (16 Dec) – Ringtail Hen Harrier at 9.40am, also 2 Common Snipe (Howard Prince)

The Mere, Ellesmere (16 Dec) – 24 Goosander, 6 Goldeneye and 3 Yellow-legged Gull in the roost (James Grundy)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (16 Dec) – 6 Waxwings in a tree outside Homebase at 2.30pm before flying south over The Range (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (16 Dec) – 8.15-11.15am, approx 80% iced over: c245 Black Headed Gulls, c84 Lesser Black-backed gulls, c56 Herring Gulls, 2 Gadwall, 35 Tufted ducks, 6 Pochard (Tony Beckett)

Bridgnorth (15 Dec) – 5 Waxwings feeding in a garden (Linda Munday)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (15 Dec) – c15 Waxwings still (Jim Almond)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (14 Dec) – 94 Waxwings in an oak along the stream between Arlington Way and  the houses on Shillingston Drive at 1.50pm., before dropping into gardens. Also c70 Waxwings feeding in berry-laden hedges aroung the end of Dunelm Mill, showing well (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (13 Dec) – c100 Waxwings in the trees next to Dunelm (Geoff Hall)

Priorslee Lake (13 Dec) – 3.30pm: Brief views of a Ring billed Gull hybrid (may have been the same bird as last year – flew off east to roost), also present 1800 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 500 Black-headed Gulls, 100 Herring Gulls, 3 Greater Black-backed Gulls and a Common Gull (Tom Lowe)

Ruyton-XI-Towns (13 Dec) – 8 Waxwings eating apples in a garden (Will Jones)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (13 Dec) – c100 Waxwings in the Tesco area (Martin Harrison)

Chelmarsh (13 Dec) – at 10am: Black-necked Grebe and drake Scaup both still present, also drake Goldeneye, 6 Goosander and 4 Gadwall.  Just south of Chelmarsh village: 25 Brambling with other finches (Richard Moores)

Whixall Moss (12 Dec) – Male and female Hen Harriers in the afternoon on Whixall and Fenns Mosses (Paul Burgess)

Shrewsbury, Arlington Way area (12 Dec) – c50 Waxwings by Tesco (via Dawn Balmer)

Trench Pool (11 Dec) – 1.30-2.30pm: Mute Swans 35 (10 cygnets), Wigeon 1 male, Goldeneye 1 female, Shoveler 2 males, Tufted Duck 40, Mallard 40, Common Gull 1, Herring Gull 6, Lesser Black-backed Gull 163, Black-headed Gull 128, Coot 165, Moorhen 6, Cormorant 1, Canada Goose 4 (Martin Grant)

Shrewsbury (10 Dec) – 30+ Waxwings were in a tree on Sundorne Rd near the Coracle pub and a few minutes later a similar number, which I presumed to be different birds, were perched in a tree on waste ground next to the Tesco Park and Ride car park (Geoff Holmes)

St Georges, Trench (10 Dec) – male blackcap in my back garden (Toni Gordon)

Whixall Moss (9 Dec) – Male Hen Harrier 12.15 -12.40pm, hunting over Whixall & Fenns Mosses, at one stage mobbed by a female Merlin. c25 each of Shoveler and Wigeon on the floods (Howard Prince)

Shrewsbury (9 Dec) – Large flock of Waxwings opposite Halescott Junior school, near Tim Brookshaws, at lunchtime (David)

Shrewsbury (9 Dec) – c50 Waxwings flying by around the railway yard opposite the Wood Street and Ellesmere Road junction at 11.30am (Richard Vernon)

Shrewsbury (9 Dec) – 132+ Waxwings on the NE side of Shrewsbury on the B5062 Sundorne Road opposite The Coracle pub at 10.45am (Tom Lowe)

Severn Valley CP (8 Dec) – 2 Waxwings in the morning.

Shrewsbury (8 Dec) – 102+ waxwings in trees at junction of Corndon Road and Sundorne Road (Helen Griffiths & Jamie MacLauchlan)

Little Stretton (8 Dec) – 8 Waxwings in trees along the railway line, viewble from Crown Lane. No sign of any in Church Stretton (Mike Shurmer)

Shrewsbury 8 Dec) – 50+ Waxwings on Sundorne Road near the Coracle pub (Jim Almond)

Shrewsbury (8 Dec) – Waxwings on Featherbed Lane, opposite Tim Brookshaw dealership (Martin Harrison)

Venus Pool (8 Dec) – 3 Gadwall to the left of the member’s hide in the morning (Dawn Micklewright)

Chelmarsh (7 Dec) – in the roost – 2nd-winter Caspian Gull, 9 Yellow-legged Gulls (5 adults, a near-adult, a 3rd-winter and 2 2nd-winters), 4,200+ Lesser Black-backs, 250+ Herring Gulls, c20 Great Black-backs, 3,000+ Black-heads and 5 Common Gulls. Black-necked Grebe and 1w.drk Scaup both still present, fishing along the dam, and 80 Goosanders roosted (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (7 Dec) – 33 Waxwings in Harlescott at 3.40pm, in a tree opposite Aldi car park in Arlington Way (Geoff Holmes)

Edgerley (7 Dec) – Spotted Redshank still at midday, location as given below (Tom Lowe)

Church Stretton (7 Dec) – waxwings reported feeding on rowans in Helmeth Road (via John Arnfield)

Edgerley (6 Dec) – Spotted Redshank moved to SJ349179.  From Nesscliffe drive towards Melverley and take right turn just past Royal Hill Pub. Bird was visible from second gateway on the left-hand side of lane (Rod Farmer)

Burford, nr Tenbury (6 Dec) – 2 Waxwings briefly out of the office window feeding on Rosehips but flew off after a few minutes towards Tenbury (Dave Barnes)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (6 Dec) – 2nd winter Caspian Gull, also 7 Yellow-legged Gulls (4 adults, a near-adult and 2 2nd-winters), 3,500 Lesser Black-backs, 500 Herring Gulls and a Common Gull (Tom Lowe)

Buildwas (6 Dec) – on the floods, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adults and a 3rd-winter) (Tom Lowe)

Coundlane (6 Dec) – 500 Lapwings still by the river (Tom Lowe)

Edgerley (5 Dec) – Spotted Redshank on receeding floods in the afternoon (Rodney Farmer)

Albrighton WV7 (5 Dec) – c12 Waxwings feeding on the rowan in our garden, stayed for a while on the tv aerial the flew off  (Aly Waygood)

Newport (5 Dec) – 5 Waxwings near the old canal (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (5 Dec) – 3 Whooper Swans again in the morning, though gone by early afternoon. Also present, at least 41 Snipe (many feeding close to the main hide), 150+ Teal, 87 Mallard, 55 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck and 2 Pintail (Geoff Holmes)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (5 Dec) – sub adult Caspian Gull at 3.25pm, also Yellow-legged Gull and a Waxwing.

Shrewsbury (4 Dec) – 9 Waxwings still by Wood Street and Ellesmere Road junction at approx 2.30pm (Richard Vernon)

Shrewsbury (3 Dec) – still c50 Waxwings feeding in garden on corner of Ellesmere road and Wood Street, SY1 2PN at 10.30am (Dave Barrow)

Newport (2 Dec) – flock of 40-50 Waxwings in my garden for the past two days, been around Newport for the past week (Charlotte Nadin)

Shrewsbury (2 Dec) – still c50 Waxwings feeding in garden on corner of Ellesmere road and Wood Street, SY1 2PN (Richard Vernon)

Venus Pool area (2 Dec) – small flooded pasture field that was free of ice, fairly close to VP. Approx 214 Teal, 56 Mallard, 2 Pintail (drakes), 20 Wigeon, 23 Goosander, 45 Canada Geese and 3 Mute Swan. Also a Green Sandpiper called a couple of times (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (2 Dec) – 1st winter drake Scaup at 8-9.30am at least, also Black-necked Grebe still. Drake Pochard, 3 Gadwall (1m), 146 Tufted Ducks and a Kingfisher (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Floods (2 Dec) – 3 Pintail (1m), 3 Shovelar and 2 Teal. With 10 Snipe and a Stonechat around the margins (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Moss (1 Dec) – Male Hen Harrier 2.30-3.30pm (Paul Johnston)

Shrewsbury (1 Dec) – c50 feeding in garden on corner of Ellesmere road and Wood Street, SY1 2PN (Richard Vernon)

Priorslee Lake (30 Nov) – between 14.20 and 15.20, Lesser Black-backed Gulls 1750, Black-headed Gulls 370, Herring Gulls 76, Greater Black-backed Gull 1 adult, Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult also noted Pochard 6 males, Gadwall pair, Goldeneye 1 female, Canada Geese 4, Great-crested Grebe 1 (Martin Grant)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (30 Nov) – Adult Caspian Gull, 11 Yellow-legged Gulls (4 adults, 2 near-adults, 2 3rd-winters, 2 2nd-winters & a 1st-winter), 3,000+ Lesser Black-backs. Nearby, the extensive riverside floods between Leighton and Buildwas were being used by the gulls to bathe, and as well as a couple of the same Yellow-legged Gulls, there were also 2 (not-so-) Common Gulls down there (Tom Lowe)

Horsehay (30 Nov) – flock of 30-40 Waxwings flew north over Horsehay Village Golf Course late afternoon (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (30 Nov) – 15 Waxwings at 3.45pm in the trees behind Oxon Hall. Last seen heading south east towards Bicton Heath (Martin Harrison)

Ludlow (29 Nov) – 10 Waxwings outside Tuffins at 1pm (Paul Burgess)

Shrewsbury (29 Nov) – 16 Waxwings feeding in gardens in Parr Lane, Bayston Hill (Jason Buckley)

Venus Pool (29 Nov) – 3 adult Whooper Swans. No sign of the Common Scoter on the fishing pool (Tom Lowe)

Hampton Loade (28 Nov) – 1 Chiffchaff (Waterworks), 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Mandarin, 1 Redpoll (Keith Bates)

Ludlow (28 Nov) – 2 Waxwings outside Tuffins at 3p.m. Just after you turn into Foldgate Lane there are several small rowan trees on your left – birds feeding here and perching in the large trees on the right. Still lots of pink berries around (Chris Bateman)

Shrewsbury (28 Nov) –  on the old A5 (now the B4380) just next to the roundabout junction with the A458 to Bridgnorth, a flock of c30 Waxwings perched in a tree, then flew off to the north (Martin)

Ludlow (28 Nov) – 15 Waxwings in the Castleford Road/Keepside Close area for about 30 minutes early afternoon – flew off high to the south. Then at around 3.15 about 40 Waxwings flew over the area heading east (Matt Schofield)

Cound (27 Nov) – on the floods at Coundlane there is a huge flock of 500+ lapwing with several golden plover (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (27 Nov) – common scoter still present on the fishing pool next to Venus Pool at 3pm. Also at VP, 32 common snipe outside the North (Members’) hide (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (27 Nov) – Female Common Scoter on the fishing pool by Venus Pool, in the afternoon. Still present at 1.10pm. It was quite anxious and flighty so may not stick around too long. Also, a male Merlin was hunting over the fields (Martyn Owen)

Chetwynd Pool, Newport SJ7420 (27 Nov) – A good selection of wildfowl at dusk. Goosander 15 (7m), Shoveler 30, Gadwall 12, Tufted Duck 11, Mallard 17, Coot 2, Grey Heron 1, Great-crested Grebe 1 (Martin Grant)

Priorslee Lake (27 Nov) – Goldeneye still, also 3 Gadwall (1m) (Ed Wilson)

Butter Cross Dingle, Alveley (25 Nov) – male Lesser-spotted Woodpecker with a mixed tit flock (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (25 Nov) – 20 Redpoll and 5 Siskins behind the member’s hide in birch trees (Tony Emery)

Priorslee Lake (25 Nov) – 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Gadwall (1m) in the morning (Allan Heath)

Shrewsbury (25 Nov) – at least 26 Waxwings feeding on berries in the area around Allgold Drive off Portland Crescent at Belvidere (Rob Stokes)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (25 Nov) – no sign of the Azorean type gull by dusk (4.30pm). There were 5 adult and a 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gulls amongst the 3,200 Lesser Black-backs, and the Black-necked Grebe was showing fairly well towards the shallow end with 4 Little Grebe. No sign of Great Northern Diver (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (24 Nov) – juv Great Northern Diver still, near the dam. Also Black necked Grebe still present, showing well near the sailing club at 11.30am (Yvonne C)

Colemere (23 Nov) – 47 Waxwings in a tree at Colemere Farm, by the turn for Mill Lane at 3pm (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (23 Nov) – juv Great Northern Diver, also a Black necked Grebe (present with Coots in front of Res hide). Rock Pipit flew over, calling, to the south east at 10.35am (Martyn Owen & Andy Latham) 5 Yellow legged Gulls were in the roost as well as a very good candidate for an Azorean Gull, Larus (michahellis) atlantis (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (23 Nov) – 1 Waxwing at Mereside Community Centre Car Park in the morning (Tom Lowe)

Cantlop (23 Nov) – Otter crossed Pitchford Road, near Cantlop Bridge (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (20 Nov) – 50 Waxwings at Centurion Business Park, Harlescott at 10am (Andrew Breed)

Shrewsbury (19 Nov) – 10 Waxwings flew east over the Admiral Duncan pub, Baschurch, at 11:30am.

Shrewsbury (19 Nov) – c45 Waxwings in Centurion Business Park, Harlescott at 3pm. Park on left just inside main gate, walk away from the main gate to last building on left, Waxwings are using the trees on the left. Not many berries left now so will soon move on (Richard Camp)

Little Wenlock, Telford (19 Nov) – Not many gulls at Priorslee Lake, however the fields opposite Candles landfill site contained around 3000 Lesser Black-backs along with at least 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, a handful of Great Black-backs and 300 Herring Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (18 Nov) – 16 Waxwing in the cinema car park Old Potts Way, at 11.30 am. Feeding in bush on the other side of Old Potts Way. They keep flying between the two areas (Bernard Roberts)

Shrewsbury (18 Nov) – 28 Waxwings still at the Centurion Business Park, Harlescott at 3pm (SJ508154) (Martin Grant)

 Holmer Lake (18 Nov) – 15+ Goosander (Tony Emery)

Chelmarsh (17 Nov) – Woodcock flew from undergrowth between the entrance gate and the old hide, 3 Common Snipe on the scrape, 4 Goosander and 2 Little Grebe on the Res (Allan Heath)

Shrewsbury (17 Nov) – 25 Waxwings reported at the Centurion Business Park, Harlescott (SY1 4EH) (via Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (16 Nov) – 9am a drake Mandarin and duck Goldeneye. The Mandarin was chased away from the dam area by Coots, but was not seen to fly off. The Goldeneye was still present at 9.45am (Ed Wilson)

Shrewsbury (16 Nov) – 6 Waxwings on Sutton Way outside St.Giles Church Hall. SY26EF (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (16 Nov) – 7 Waxwings still at the Centurion Business Park, Harlescott in the afternoon (Pete Nickless)

Shreswbury (16 Nov) – Otter swimming below the footbridge between Frankwell Car Park and the Town Centre (Rob Vaughan)

Cheswardine (15 Nov) – 2 Waxwings flew over Coplea, Cheswardine, late morning (Allan Heath)

Shrewsbury (15 Nov) – c18 Waxwings still frequenting the Sorbus trees around the Centurion Business Park (Rob Stokes)

Shrewsbury (14 Nov) – 12 Waxwings at Centurion Business Park, Harlescott at 1pm (Andrew Breed)

Ludlow (14 Nov) – 7 Waxwings still  present Castleford Road/Keepside Close area. Only visible when not feeding – mainly on a large tree in a back garden in Castleford Road and on a TV aerial of house on Keepside Close. Not visible when feeding in the back gardens (Matt Schofield)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (14 Nov) – still 2 Brambling with a flock of c100 Greenfinch and 40+ Linnets at SJ673173 (Matin Grant)

Telford (14 Nov) – No sign of the 24 Waxwings reported yesterday in Long Row Drive (Matin Grant)

Telford (13 Nov) – 24 Waxwings in Long Row Drive at 10.45am. Approx grid ref SJ668087

Bucknell (13 Nov) – 3 Hawfinch flew low over Weston Road at 11am. Appeared to have been associated with large flock of thrushes and Bullfinch feeding on berries and hips along railway embankments. Also single Waxwing seen and heard flying low over Meole Crescent this afternoon at 1.30pm. Headed towards church (Steve Wilson)

Ludlow (13 Nov) – 7 Waxwings still around the Leisure Centre/Castleford Road area, off Bromfield Road, in the morning (Matt Schofield)

Ludlow (12 Nov) – 7 or 8 Waxwings at 2pm on Bromfield Road opposite the Leisure Centre (Matt Schofield)

Cantlop (11 Nov) – Black Redstart showing well all day on the house roof (see directions below) (Tom Lowe)

Oswestry (10 Nov) – 2 Waxwings by the turning into Aston Close (Graeme Shearer)

Cantlop (10 Nov) – Black Redstart present all day on our garage roof, last seen at 4.45pm as light faded. We are about 5mls SSE of Shrewsbury off Pitchford Road down a track behind Cantlop Garage/Condover Computers (about 250yds south of the Cantlop crossroads). Ours is the last house and there’s room for a couple of cars to park by the cowshed on the way in. SJ518051. Just don’t block the track or spend too long looking through my neighbours bedroom windows please! (Tom Lowe)

Tibberton (10 Nov) – Male Brambling in garden (Roger Gibb)

Titterstone Clee (3 Nov) – male Ring Ouzel near the working quarry, 2 Stonechat (1m,1f) near the radar station and 49 Raven over the summit (Jason Kernohan and Mark Peacock)

Shray Hill (3 Nov) – Redshank at 11.30, searching for food in a flooded field off the B5062 between Shray Hill and Crudgington. (SJ648187) (Roger Gibb)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (31 Oct) –  Flock of 80+ Greenfinch, 8 Redpoll, 4 Brambling, 6 Linnets, 3 Yellowhammer in wild bird set a side and stubble field view from road at SJ674174. Also from the Wall Farm hide 111 Teal, 30 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swans, 400+ Fieldfare, 150+ Starlings, 200+ Woodpigeon, female Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards (Martin Grant)

Cockshutt, nr Crose Mere (30 Oct) – Woodcock (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (28 Oct) – fem Brambling (via Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (28 Oct) – ringtail Hen Harrier (James Gale)

Titterstone Clee (26 Oct) – Ring Ouzel around the derelict quarry buildings at 1pm (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh Res (26 Oct) – 26 Shoveler (Martyn Owen)

Monkmoor (24 Oct) – Swallow over the sewage works at midday (Sandy Hill)

Moreton Wood (21 Oct) – approx 25 Fieldfare circling over at 15.12. Flew south after a few minutes (Pete & Hazel Hale)

Kerry Ridgeway, Upper Short Ditch, Montgomeryshire (20 Oct) – just over the County border. Great Grey Shrike seen at 1pm, observed catching, impaling and eating Shrew. Location: Through the new green and yellow barrier, over the brow and in the small group of short pines dead ahead by the T junction on the track. The regular Crossbill and Golden Plover flocks in the area too (David Stafford)

Titterstone Clee Hill (13 Oct) – 1 Wheatear and 3 Stonechat (Dave Barnes)

Broseley (13 Oct) – c24 Redwing over and a further 12 feeding. Also c20 Jays over, flying low in a westerly direction (Terry Arch)

Telford (11 Oct) – 2 Whooper Swans flew over Telford College at 10.30am, heading SE (Jenni Hood)

Kerry Ridgway (9 Oct) – c200 Golden Plover at Two Crosses area of Mason’s Bank. Also Wheatear and Stonechat present (Mark Wilson)

Chelmarsh (6 Oct) – 2 Whooper Swans (Ian Barrie)

Venus Pool (6 Oct) – Pintail (Jim Almond)

Long Mynd (6 Oct) – c70 Golden Plover at the north end of the Long Mynd, between the Port Way and Haddon Hill (Martin George)

Titterstone Clee (6 Oct) – 1 Northern Wheatear was north west of summit car park. At one point 31 Ravens were up over the summit. Also 6 Common Buzzards and 3 Kestrels. A single Stonechat was near the active quarry works (Jason Kerohan and Mark Peacock)

Chelmarsh (4 Oct) – Little Egret, a couple of Goosander, 134 Tufted Ducks, 18 Great Crested Grebes and a Green Sand (Tom Lowe)

Kerry Ridgway (4 Oct) – c100 Golden Plover present, then flew towards the Long Mynd (Mark Wilson)

Bridgnorth (2 Oct) – Osprey over pools near Colemore Green. Flew round the pools twice then went towards River Severn (John Hall)

Venus Pool (2 Oct) – 2 ad Whooper Swans dropped in at 8.15am, joining 4 Wigeon (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Moss (2 Oct) – 6 Pintail and 7 Wigeon flew south over the Moss whilst another 12 Wigeon were on the extensive canal floods as well as an escaped Yellow-billed Pintail (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (2 Oct) – 8 Pintail and 19 Wigeon (Tom Lowe)

Colemere (2 Oct) – An adult Yellow-legged Gull was with c200 Lesser Black-backs in a field south of Colemere tip (Tom Lowe)

Cockshutt (2 Oct) – 1w Caspian Gull was amongst c500 Lesser Black-backs following a plough behind Wackley Farm, on the A528 between Cockshutt and Burlton (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Floods (1 Oct) – at least 700 Canada Geese, 100 Greylag, 1 Swallow plus an escaped Orinoco Goose (Paul Rutter)

Weald Moors (1 Oct) – just south of the Rodway bridge, extensive water on both sides of the road: 1 imm shelduck, 2 wigeon, 170 lapwing, 2 common gull (Steve Jaggs)

 Wall Farm (1 Oct) – looking east from the wild flower meadow (opp side of road to the hide): 105 teal, 27 wigeon, 1 shoveler, 18 lapwing, 3 grey heron (Steve Jaggs)

Shrewsbury (18 Nov) – 16 Waxwing in the cinema car park Old Potts Way, at 11.30 am. Feeding in bush on the other side of Old Potts Way. They keep flying between the two areas (Bernard Roberts)

Shrewsbury (18 Nov) – 28 Waxwings still at the Centurion Business Park at 3pm (SJ508154) (Martin Grant)

 Holmer Lake (18 Nov) – 15+ Goosander (Tony Emery)

Chelmarsh (17 Nov) – Woodcock flew from undergrowth between the entrance gate and the old hide, 3 Common Snipe on the scrape, 4 Goosander and 2 Little Grebe on the Res (Allan Heath)

Shrewsbury (17 Nov) – 25 Waxwings reported at the Centurion Business Park (SY1 4EH) (via Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (16 Nov) – 9am a drake Mandarin and duck Goldeneye. The Mandarin was chased away from the dam area by Coots, but was not seen to fly off. The Goldeneye was still present at 9.45am (Ed Wilson)

Shrewsbury (16 Nov) – 6 Waxwings on Sutton Way outside St.Giles Church Hall. SY26EF (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (16 Nov) – 7 Waxwings still at the Centurion Business Park in the afternoon (Pete Nickless)

Shreswbury (16 Nov) – Otter swimming below the footbridge between Frankwell Car Park and the Town Centre (Rob Vaughan)

Cheswardine (15 Nov) – 2 Waxwings flew over Coplea, Cheswardine, late morning (Allan Heath)

Shrewsbury (15 Nov) – c18 Waxwings still frequenting the Sorbus trees around the Centurion Business Park (Rob Stokes)

Shrewsbury (14 Nov) – 12 Waxwings at Centurion Business Park at 1pm (Andrew Breed)

Ludlow (14 Nov) – 7 Waxwings still  present Castleford Road/Keepside Close area. Only visible when not feeding – mainly on a large tree in a back garden in Castleford Road and on a TV aerial of house on Keepside Close. Not visible when feeding in the back gardens (Matt Schofield)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (14 Nov) – still 2 Brambling with a flock of c100 Greenfinch and 40+ Linnets at SJ673173 (Matin Grant)

Telford (14 Nov) – No sign of the 24 Waxwings reported yesterday in Long Row Drive (Matin Grant)

Telford (13 Nov) – 24 Waxwings in Long Row Drive at 10.45am. Approx grid ref SJ668087

Bucknell (13 Nov) – 3 Hawfinch flew low over Weston Road at 11am. Appeared to have been associated with large flock of thrushes and Bullfinch feeding on berries and hips along railway embankments. Also single Waxwing seen and heard flying low over Meole Crescent this afternoon at 1.30pm. Headed towards church (Steve Wilson)

Ludlow (13 Nov) – 7 Waxwings still around the Leisure Centre/Castleford Road area, off Bromfield Road, in the morning (Matt Schofield)

Ludlow (12 Nov) – 7 or 8 Waxwings at 2pm on Bromfield Road opposite the Leisure Centre (Matt Schofield)

Cantlop (11 Nov) – Black Redstart showing well all day on the house roof (see directions below) (Tom Lowe)

Oswestry (10 Nov) – 2 Waxwings by the turning into Aston Close (Graeme Shearer)

Cantlop (10 Nov) – Black Redstart present all day on our garage roof, last seen at 4.45pm as light faded. We are about 5mls SSE of Shrewsbury off Pitchford Road down a track behind Cantlop Garage/Condover Computers (about 250yds south of the Cantlop crossroads). Ours is the last house and there’s room for a couple of cars to park by the cowshed on the way in. SJ518051. Just don’t block the track or spend too long looking through my neighbours bedroom windows please! (Tom Lowe)

Tibberton (10 Nov) – Male Brambling in garden (Roger Gibb)

Titterstone Clee (3 Nov) – male Ring Ouzel near the working quarry, 2 Stonechat (1m,1f) near the radar station and 49 Raven over the summit (Jason Kernohan and Mark Peacock)

Shray Hill (3 Nov) – Redshank at 11.30, searching for food in a flooded field off the B5062 between Shray Hill and Crudgington. (SJ648187) (Roger Gibb)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (31 Oct) –  Flock of 80+ Greenfinch, 8 Redpoll, 4 Brambling, 6 Linnets, 3 Yellowhammer in wild bird set a side and stubble field view from road at SJ674174. Also from the Wall Farm hide 111 Teal, 30 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swans, 400+ Fieldfare, 150+ Starlings, 200+ Woodpigeon, female Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards (Martin Grant)

Cockshutt, nr Crose Mere (30 Oct) – Woodcock (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (28 Oct) – fem Brambling (via Martyn Owen)

Long Mynd (28 Oct) – ringtail Hen Harrier (James Gale)

Titterstone Clee (26 Oct) – Ring Ouzel around the derelict quarry buildings at 1pm (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh Res (26 Oct) – 26 Shoveler (Martyn Owen)

Monkmoor (24 Oct) – Swallow over the sewage works at midday (Sandy Hill)

Moreton Wood (21 Oct) – approx 25 Fieldfare circling over at 15.12. Flew south after a few minutes (Pete & Hazel Hale)

Kerry Ridgeway, Upper Short Ditch, Montgomeryshire (20 Oct) – just over the County border. Great Grey Shrike seen at 1pm, observed catching, impaling and eating Shrew. Location: Through the new green and yellow barrier, over the brow and in the small group of short pines dead ahead by the T junction on the track. The regular Crossbill and Golden Plover flocks in the area too (David Stafford)

Titterstone Clee Hill (13 Oct) – 1 Wheatear and 3 Stonechat (Dave Barnes)

Broseley (13 Oct) – c24 Redwing over and a further 12 feeding. Also c20 Jays over, flying low in a westerly direction (Terry Arch)

Telford (11 Oct) – 2 Whooper Swans flew over Telford College at 10.30am, heading SE (Jenni Hood)

Kerry Ridgway (9 Oct) – c200 Golden Plover at Two Crosses area of Mason’s Bank. Also Wheatear and Stonechat present (Mark Wilson)

Chelmarsh (6 Oct) – 2 Whooper Swans (Ian Barrie)

Venus Pool (6 Oct) – Pintail (Jim Almond)

Long Mynd (6 Oct) – c70 Golden Plover at the north end of the Long Mynd, between the Port Way and Haddon Hill (Martin George)

Titterstone Clee (6 Oct) – 1 Northern Wheatear was north west of summit car park. At one point 31 Ravens were up over the summit. Also 6 Common Buzzards and 3 Kestrels. A single Stonechat was near the active quarry works (Jason Kerohan and Mark Peacock)

Chelmarsh (4 Oct) – Little Egret, a couple of Goosander, 134 Tufted Ducks, 18 Great Crested Grebes and a Green Sand (Tom Lowe)

Kerry Ridgway (4 Oct) – c100 Golden Plover present, then flew towards the Long Mynd (Mark Wilson)

Bridgnorth (2 Oct) – Osprey over pools near Colemore Green. Flew round the pools twice then went towards River Severn (John Hall)

Venus Pool (2 Oct) – 2 ad Whooper Swans dropped in at 8.15am, joining 4 Wigeon (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Moss (2 Oct) – 6 Pintail and 7 Wigeon flew south over the Moss whilst another 12 Wigeon were on the extensive canal floods as well as an escaped Yellow-billed Pintail (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (2 Oct) – 8 Pintail and 19 Wigeon (Tom Lowe)

Colemere (2 Oct) – An adult Yellow-legged Gull was with c200 Lesser Black-backs in a field south of Colemere tip (Tom Lowe)

Cockshutt (2 Oct) – 1w Caspian Gull was amongst c500 Lesser Black-backs following a plough behind Wackley Farm, on the A528 between Cockshutt and Burlton (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Floods (1 Oct) – at least 700 Canada Geese, 100 Greylag, 1 Swallow plus an escaped Orinoco Goose (Paul Rutter)

Weald Moors (1 Oct) – just south of the Rodway bridge, extensive water on both sides of the road: 1 imm shelduck, 2 wigeon, 170 lapwing, 2 common gull (Steve Jaggs)

 Wall Farm (1 Oct) – looking east from the wild flower meadow (opp side of road to the hide): 105 teal, 27 wigeon, 1 shoveler, 18 lapwing, 3 grey heron (Steve Jaggs)

Chelmarsh (30 Sept) – from the log book: on Sunday 30th Sept a Great White Egret was on the reservoir at 8.30am but flew off high north at 9am (TC) (report via Tom Lowe on 4 Oct)

Venus Pool (30 Sep) – from the log book: Osprey flew south over the main hide at 4.50pm (report via Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (29 Sept) – Osprey reported over south Shrewsbury at 3pm. Flew over the council depot at the north end of Pitchford Road, near the A5/A458 junction (report via Tom Lowe)

(Oct – apologies for the delay with reports due to holiday)

Venus Pool (25 Sep) – In the afternoon: 1 dunlin, 5 snipe, 4 wigeon, plenty of shoveler and teal (not counted), c 20 swallows, 4 house martins and a couple of late sand martins (Helen Griffiths)

Coalbrookdale (24 Sep) – 40-50 House Martins took shelter for a couple of hours on window sills during persistent heavy rain (John Powell)

Venus Pool (21 Sep) – Great White Egret did a circuit of VP at 4.52pm before heading south. Also a report of Little Egret in the log book at 12.15pm (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Floods (21 Sep) – 2 Ruff and a Ringed Plover (Tom Lowe)

Colemere Tip (21 Sep) – 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, 1w, 3w) (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (21 Sep) – Little Egret on the Res in the evening (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh (20 Sep) – Little Egret on the dam. Tawny Owl calling in the evening (Yvonne C)

Alberbury (17 Sep) – Hobby in flight (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall Floods (17 Sep) – juvenile ruff, ringed plover, dunlin and five snipe (Martyn Owen)

Condover Park (16 Sep) – Hobby (Nigel Barratt)

Titterstone Clee (15 Sep) – 12 Northern Wheatear around the summit area (un-ringed so most likely passage birds). 3 Stonechat (1m, 1f, 1 juv) below the summit car park. 5 Kestrels, 3 Common Buzzards and 7 Ravens around the summit area. 1 Northern Wheatear near the working quarry. 2 Stonechats (1m, 1f) at Catherton Common (Jason Kernohan & Mark Peacock)

Polemere (15 Sep ) – Dunlin and 5 Yellow Wagtails (Dawn Balmer & Peter Wilson)

Lea Cross (15 Sep) – Yellow-legged Gull in field by Lea Cross Tavern (Dawn Balmer & Peter Wilson)

Venus Pool (15 Sep) – Garganey still (Dawn Balmer & Peter Wilson)

Attingham (13 Sep) – Hoopoe flushed at 8am in fields by the River Severn – approx one mile from the B5061 opposite Attingham park. Flew in the general direction of Venus Pool. It is not an easy area to access with no public footpaths (via Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (13 Sep) – Garganey still (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (12 Sep) – Garganey at 7.45pm (Jim Almond)

Bridgnorth (10 Sep) – Ring-necked Parakeet still being seen in High Town area (Steve Wright)

Polemere (9 Sep) – 8 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Little Grebe and a Dunlin in the afternoon (Paul Burgess)

Long Mynd (8 Sep) – Merlin (Nigel Barratt)

Wrekin (7 Sep) – Firecrest, associating with a small Long-tailed Tit flock on Neve’s Castle side of the Wrekin (J Shutt)

Venus Pool (5 Sep) – excellent views of a hobby hunting, and catching, dragonflies late morning (Helen Griffiths)

Broseley (4 Sep) – Lesser Whitethroat in the garden (Terry Arch)

Condover Park (2 September) – Mistle Thrush flock feeding on rowan berries peaked at 37 (Nigel Barratt)

Shrewsbury (2 Sep) – Swift over Monkmoor Road end of sewage works at midday. Feeding amongst a sizeable flock of hirundines (Sandy Hill)

Bridgnorth (2 Sep) – Swift with House Martins over the River in the morning (Steve Wright)

Wood Lane (30 Aug) – Great White Egret. Flew out at 7.15pm (Paul Burgess)

Priorslee Lake (30 Aug) – Black Tern at 4.30pm (A Harper) Still present this evening (Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh (30 Aug) – Hobby, 4 Green Sandpiper (TC)

Whixall (30 Aug) – Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobby, Greenshank (Jack Shutt)

Chelmarsh (29 Aug) – Sky full of House Martins after the rain. Hobby, Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 15 Teal (TC)

Chelmarsh (28 Aug) – Greenshank (TC)

Fenns Moss (28 Aug) – juv Marsh Harrier still, also a Hobby, Green Woodpecker, 5 Stonechat, 2 Raven (Phil Boardman)

Chelmarsh (27 Aug) – Osprey at 10.50am, flew over scrape towards the Res. Hobby over the hide, carrying a bird. Water Rail, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 12 Teal (TC)

Whixall Floods (27 Aug) – Greenshank (Jim Almond)

Broseley (26 Aug) – Lesser whitethroat in Pound Lane during the evening (John Powell)

Whixall Floods (26 Aug) – Black tailed Godwit and Greenshank (Jim Almond)

Condover Park (25 Aug) – Hobby (Nigel Barratt)

Whixall Moss (23 Aug) – juv Marsh Harrier, Hobby. No sign of Spotted Redshank on the floods. 11 Snipe present (Jim Almond and J Reeves)

Chelmarsh (22 Aug) – Juv Cuckoo in front of the hide, being fed by a Reed Warbler (TC)

Wood Lane (21 Aug) – 31 Curlew, 4 Common Snipe and a Common Sand. The Curlew are showing well any time after 17:00h (Paul Burgess)

Long Mynd (21 Aug) – 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat and 2 Redstart at the top of Ashes Hollow (Jack Shutt & Will Jones)

Whixall Floods (21 Aug) – Juv Spotted Redshank. Favouring the right side near the willows when viewed (which is restricted to say the least due to the hedge) from the tow path. Also here a yellow wagtail, hobby, green sandpiper and a wheatear (Martyn Owen)

Colemere (21 Aug) – Fem/juv Common Scoter until 3.30pm at least (Martyn Owen). No sign of the Scoter on 22 Aug.

Venus Pool (19 Aug) – Juv Garganey still in the afternoon (Jim Almond) 

Wood Lane (18 Aug) – Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Common Sandpiper (WL website)

Venus Pool (18 Aug) – Juv Garganey still at 6.15pm (Martin Ryder)

Polemere (17 Aug) – 7 Black-tailed Godwit flew east. 10 Yellow Wagtail and a Common Sandpiper (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (17 Aug) – Juv Garganey, Little Egret and Snipe. Green Sandpiper flew through (Dawn Micklewright)

Venus Pool (16 Aug) – Juv Garganey still (J Reeves) Wasp Spiders still with male and female seen (Helen Sandford)

Wood Lane (15 Aug) – Hobby (WL website)

Chelmarsh (15 Aug) – afternoon/evening: 2 adult common tern, 2 juv greenshank, 2 wigeon (m & f) and 3 snipe (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (15 Aug) – Juv Garganey still in the morning (Andy Latham)

Wood Lane (14 Aug) – Ruff in the afternoon (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (14 Aug) – No sign of juv Garganey. Little Egret still (Pete Nickless)

Whixall Floods (14 Aug) – No sign of Garganey early morning but hard to see all Teal in flooded field. 2 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Green Sand present (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Floods (13 Aug) – 5 Green Sand, 1 Common Sand and 1 (poss 2) Garganey. Garganey on flooded field on right hand side of road as approach Morris’s Bridge. One very well marked juv bird and a very poorly marked adult? Viewing hard as at back of flood and fading light so poorly marked bird needs checking out in good light to be sure was Garganey. Also 3 Swift (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (13 Aug) – juv Garganey at 12.45pm, from the main hide (Martyn Owen) Still present at 7.30pm, plus a Little Egret. Whimbrel reported flying through during the evening.

Chelmarsh (12 Aug) – Great White Egret at 10.15am, on the dam. Then flew north at 10.35am (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee (10 Aug) – a party of 6 Little Egrets flew north over Priorslee at 9.10am heading towards the Weald Moor area (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh (8 Aug) – Sanderling on the dam at 5.30pm. Also Redshank, Common Sand, 7 Green Sand and a Wheatear (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Floods (7 Aug) – at 7pm: 3 black tailed godwit, 30 snipe, 2 common sandpiper, 3 green sandpiper, 4 (3 juv) yellow wagtail, c 100 pied wagtail (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Moss (7 Aug) – Immature Marsh Harrier, first seen at 2pm in flight being mobbed by a Hobby, seen again (and possibly a second bird) at 2.40pm when mobbed by a Raven. The second bird was quite distant and flying much higher so cannot be 100% certain that it was Marsh Harrier. Also two Hobby and 29 Common Teal of note. One Common Sandpiper on the floods (Howard Prince)

Whixall Floods (5 Aug) – at 7pm: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sand, 3 Green Sand, 3 juv Yellow Wagtail (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (4 Aug) – at least 2 juv Spotted Flycatcher (Jim Almond)

Whixall (2 August) – 5 Hobby, also Short-eared Owl from 8.15pm (Phil Boardman)

Wood Lane (2 August) – 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Paul Burgess)

Whixall (2 August) – 2 Dunlin, 2 juv LRP and lots of Lapwing on the floods in the evening (Paul Rutter)

Chelmarsh (2 August) – 5 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Jim Almond)

Colemere (31 July) – 3 Common Terns. Dunlin and Common Sandpiper at Wood Lane (Jim Almond)

Highley (31 July) – 9 Mandarin on the Severn south of Highley (Keith Bates)

Childs Ercall (29 July) – 5 calling Quail at the disused airfield 5-6pm (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (27 July) – 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper and c15 Lapwing (Tim Jones)

Venus Pool (25 July) – 2 Hobby at 5pm (Paul Burgess)

Childs Ercall (24 July) – at least 5 calling at airfield still in the evening (J Reeves)

Childs Ercall (23 July) – 2 still singing at airfield plus 3 Corn Bunting, in the evening (Paul Rutter)

Childs Ercall (22 July) – in the evening: no Quail heard but 4+ Corn Bunting, 4 Yellow Wagtail, and a Hobby (Martin and Ian Grant)

Childs Ercall (22 July) – in the morning: at least 2 Quail calling and an excellent view of a male down to 10′. Plenty of Corn Buntings (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (21 July) – Osprey circled low over Venus Pool and Cound Fishery for c5 mins from 12.25 hrs without diving, it then drifted north (Geoff Holmes)

Childs Ercall (21 July) – at least 3 Quail calling in Barley field at Childs Ercall airfield. Access down the disused runway at SJ662238, birds were at SJ665238 also Corn Buntings and Yellow Wagtail (Martin Grant)

Whixall Moss (20 July) – 2 Short-eared Owls at 7.30pm (Phil Boardman)

Grindley Brook (15 July) – pair of Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby & female Sparrowhawk (Geoff Hall)

Venus Pool (14 July) – 3 black-tailed godwits until at least 12.45pm, 2 common terns, 2 little grebes, 1 juv redstart & 1 juv whitethroat (both along hedge/fence between car-park and big oak tree). Also, 1 marsh tit, a singing reed bunting, a singing yellowhammer, and 9 lapwing (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Floods (8 July) – 1 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, c70 Lapwing (Howard Prince)

Wood Lane (5 July) – 15 Black Tailed Godwit in evening (Paul Burgess)

Wood Lane (4 July) – 11 Curlew, 16 Shelduck, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank  (Paul Burgess)

Ruyton-xi-Towns (4 July) – Osprey flew over high SW (Will Jones)

Chelmarsh (3 July) – young Cuckoo being fed be Reed Warblers in front of the hide, Green Sandpiper, 8 Curlew and 4 Oystercatcher (TC)

Chelmarsh (2 July) – Hobby, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher (TC)

Chelmarsh (1 July) – Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo, female Teal (TC)

Chelmarsh (30 June) – juv Purple Heron – Reservoir, no more details on location (TC)

Wood Lane (28 June) – Wood Sandpiper (Brian Powis, reported on 4th July via Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (27 June) – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher over together (from Golf Course), rufous Cuckoo (TC)

The Wyke, Broseley (25 June) – post-breeding flock of 30 lapwing plus a resident breeding pair in reecntly ploughed fireld, 2 quail calling from wheat field, 13 whitethroat (Glenn Bishton)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (25 June) – 5 little ringed plover (resident pair plus three adults), 1 lesser whitethroat and 1 garden warbler in song (Glenn Bishton)

All Stretton (24 June) – Osprey over the old Shrewsbury road just south of All Stretton at 2.15pm (Tom Lowe)

Minsterley / Worthen (20 June) – Quail calling near Grimmer Farm (Allan Dawes)

Wrekin (20 June) – Spotted Flycatcher near car park (John Powell)

Long Mynd (19 June) – Whinchat (Steven Harris)

Bridgnorth (18 June) – Ring-necked Parakeet at 8.30pm heard then seen flying in Innage Lane, near the Fire Station (Steve Wright)

Long Mynd (18 June) – along Ashes Hollow from the Portway to the camp site; at least 2 birds singing of the following: whinchat, stonechat, tree pipit, whitethroat. One each of garden warbler and grey wagtail. Also dozens of willow warblers and meadow pipits (Paul Bateman)

Craven Arms (12 June) – Hawfinch (fem) in garden, feeding under nyjer feeder (Jenny Steel)

Whixall Moss (10 June) – Hobby and 3 pairs of Stonechat, also 2 Raft spiders on the main dragonfly pools (Rob Stokes)

Chelmarsh Res (8 June) – No sign of Gannet (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh Res (7 June) – Gannet not seen 5.40-6.40pm – though there is a small area by Sailing Club that is not visible from the causeway (Yvonne C)

Wood Lane (6 June) – Common Tern (Paul Burgess)

Asterton (6 June) – Hobby over the road at 8.10am (Nigel Barratt)

Chelmarsh Res (6 June) – Gannet still at 3pm, 200 yards offshore (Paul Burgess)

Holmer Lake, Stirchley (6 June) – Black Swan still (Martin Ryder)

Wyre Forest (5 June) – on the Shropshire side of Dowles Brook; 2 spotted flycatchers nr Coopers Mill also marsh tit and garden warbler and dipper near nest site on the Worcs side. Nearby, tree pipit singing (Paul Bateman)

Chelmarsh Res (5 June) – Gannet still at 6.30pm, showing well from causeway at north end, plunging for fish many times (unsuccessfully) (Yvonne C)

Holmer Lake, Stirchley (4 & 5 June) – Black Swan (Marilyn Morton)

Whixall Moss (4 June) – 4 hobbies, 5 cuckoos, 1 great-spotted woodpecker, 1 green woodpecker (Phil Boardman)

Chelmarsh Res (4 June) – Gannet still at 5.30am and until 1.00pm at least (Yvonne). Male and a female Cuckoo in flight together over the Scrape. The female was of the rufous phase (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (3 June) – Gannet at 5.20pm (Yvonne C). On the scrape: Ringed Plover (TC)

Whixall Floods (3 June) – 8 adult Ringed Plover and Cuckoo heard (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (3 June) – drake Mandarin still at 6.20pm (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (2 June) – 3 Ringed Plover and a drake Mandarin (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (1 June) – Insect news: 5 Red-veined Darter (4m, 1f) approx 50m in front of the main hide (Jim Almond)

Catherton Common (30 May) – Hobby over 7.30pm for a few minutes feeding on dragonflies (Dave Barnes)

Wood Lane NR (30 May) – Red Kite over at 6.30pm (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (30 May) – Osprey flew in at 10.10 and out at 10.30am (Paul Burgess). Insect news: 3 Red-veined Darter (2m, 1f) approx 50m in front of the main hide (Jim Almond)

Whixall Floods (27 May) – Two male Mandarin Ducks (Andy Latham)

Aldersley, Prees (27 May) – One, probably two calling male Quail. Also present Yellow Wagtail and Skylark (Howard Prince)

Buildwas, River Severn (26 May) – 3 Hobby hunting mayflies, damselflies and other small insects over River Severn (Glenn Bishton)

Aldersley, Prees (26 May) – Two calling male Quail and a single Little Owl at 21.35 (Howard Prince)

Shrewsbury (25 May) – White Stork flew across the Shrewsbury by pass, near the A488 roundabout at approx. 1.15pm. It appeared to be heading north-east (Josie Owen)

Aston Munslow, Corvedale (25 May) – White Stork at 9.45am circling on the thermals above Severn Edge Equine Clinic (Iain Prentice)

Chelmarsh (25 May) – Cuckoo and Curlew (TC)

Wellington (22 May) – Glossy Ibis seen briefly at a private pool at Rowton, near Wellington  (via Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (22 May) – Greenshank, Redshank, Cuckoo, male Gadwall, pair of Shoveler (TC)

Priorslee Lake (21 May) – No sign of Black Tern.

Chelmarsh (21 May) – Greenshank (present since 18th), Cuckoo, pair of Shoveler, 1 Lapwing chick (TC)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (20 May) –  14 Buzzard, saw one of 3 Cuckoos and 2 Hobbys passed low over the water (James Gale and Lucy Mather)

Arlescott & Wyke, Broseley (20 May) – Cuckoo (1), 22 whitethroat and 17 yellowhammer in song, mainly low-level hawthorn hedgerows, lesser whitethroat (1) (Glenn Bishton)

Bromfield (20 May) – Firecrest at SO447764 west of Bromfield. Minor road from A4113 towards Onibury. Where road crosses small stream and strip of woodland. Feeding in ivy at roadside. Goldcrest, treecreeper and marsh tit also present (Allan Dawes)

Priorslee Lake (20 May) – Black Tern at 5:30am and still at 6:45am. Also Grasshopper Warbler reeling for 3rd out of 4 days – but only heard before 5:15am (Ed Wilson) Black Tern still at 8.15pm (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh (20 May) – Greenshank and Dunlin(TC)

Wrekin (19 May) – 21 Crossbill (1 male plus females and juveniles) at summit, wood warbler (4 singing males), pied flycatcher and redstart actively engaged in breeding, tree pipit at summit (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall Flods (19 May) – 24 Black tailed Godwits in the field on the right as approaching Morris’ Bridge. C75 each of Swallow and House Martin. 1 Shelduck, 2 Teal (pr), 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Mute Swans (Howard Prince) No sign of Black-tailed Godwits at 2pm.

Wood Lane (19 May) – 5 Dunlin (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (19 May) – Hobby chasing Sand Martins in the morning (Andy Latham)

Bettisfield Moss (19 May) – two cuckoo and, in SE corner by the canal, a Spotted Flycatcher (Bob Harris)

Chelmarsh (17 May) – Dunlin, 2 Little-riged Plover (displaying) (TC)

Venus Pool (16 May) – Osprey over at 2.40pm. Distinctive, with a very tatty left wing (Terry Arch)

Whixall (16 May) – 4 Hobby and 3 Cuckoo (Pete Nickless)

Chelmarsh (16 May) – 2 commic terns on bouys on reservoir. Dunlin and 1 Lapwing young (TC)

Bridges (15 May) – Male Common Redstart and pair of Pied Flycatcher in Drive Coppice, Bridges (K&D Williams)

Chelmarsh (15 May) – Dunlin, Little-ringed Plover, Gadwall male and 2 Lapwing young (TC)

Chelmarsh (14 May) – 4 Arctic Terns, Little-ringed Plover, Gadwall male and 4 Lapwing young (TC)

Wellington (13 May) – Harris Hawk flew down onto the hard shoulder of the M54 between junctions 5 and 6 (Richard Camp)

Chelmarsh (13 May) – 4 Lapwing young (TC)

River Severn Buildwas to Leighton (13 May) – Spotted flycatcher (1), lesser whitethroat (1), sedge warbler (2), garden warbler (3), redstart (two occupied nests with eggs), little ringed plover (3), oystercatcher (two pairs), 6 lapwing with three young, curlew (pair), common sandpiper (2), goosander (Glenn Bishton)

Priorslee Lake (12 May) – No sign of the Common Scoters from 7-8.30am (Paul King)

Brown Clee (12 May) – six wheatear, a pair of tufted duck on one of the pools and a red kite. Within woodland on the northern and eastern slopes were at least ten redstart, seven tree pipit, three garden warbler and three pairs of pied flycatcher (Martyn Owen)

Whixall (12 May) Floods: 1 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Wheatear. Moss: Short Eared Owl, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Hobby, c75 Swifts. Canal: 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Howard Prince)

Aldersey, Prees (12 May) – 2 calling Quail (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (12 May) – 2 Dunlin (TC)

Wood Lane NR (11 May) – 2cy Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (11 May) – 600+ hirundines over (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (11 May) – 2 drake Common Scoter (Andy Latham) Still at 2.45pm (Martin Ryder) Still present at 8.00pm (Paul King)

Long Mynd (11 May) – male Dotterel still at 11am (Bryan R) Still at 3.30pm, in the first sheep field on the right after Pole Cottage. Hobby, Whinchat and 2 Redstart at Pole Cottage (Martyn Owen)

Little Wenlock (11 May) – Lesser whitethroat (3 males in song) in dense gorse scrub, reed warbler (2), yellow wagtail, lapwing (2) (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (10 May) – summer plummaged Dunlin (Martin Ryder)

Long Mynd (10 May) – male Dotterel on the Long Mynd in the first sheep field on the right coming from Church Stretton at 10am. Nothing but a Wheatear on the airfield (Tom Lowe). Male still at 5.30pm. Also Hobby, Whinchat and Cuckoo (Andy Latham) Pole Cottage – Hobby perched in roadside tree (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Moss (10 May) – 10 Whitethroats, 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo and a Red Kite overhead (James Gale)

Chelmarsh (10 May) – Common Tern (Martyn Owen)

Aston Eyre (10 May) – 3 Hobby together, then headed south (Martyn Owen)

Upper Netchwood (10 May) – 2 Grey Partridge (Martyn Owen)

Condover (6 May) – c40 Fieldfare still around at Berriewood (Nigel Barratt)

Titterstone Clee (6 May) – 2 Whinchat.

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (6 May) – Garden warbler (3 males in song), whitethroat (1), little ringed plover (3), passage female wheatear (Glenn Bishton)

Wrekin (6 May) – 2 Wood Warblers and at least 4 Pied Flycatchers, but no sign of Redstart this evening (Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh (6 May) – Dunlin and 2 Little ringed Plover (TC)

Whixall Moss (6 May) – Garden Warbler, Hobby, 3 Groppers, pair of Whinchat, 4 Sedge Warblers, stacks of Whitethroats, 3 Garden Warblers, 3 Hobby, 4 Cuckoo, 5 Stonechats (Mike Stokes) 1 Hobby, 3 Cuckoo, 7 male Shoveller, 5 Teal (4m), 1 Whitethroat. Whixall Floods – 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe. Canal – 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (5 May) – Hobby, Cuckoo, Dunlin and Little ringed Plover (TC)

Whixall Moss (5 May) – Glossy Ibis at 12.50pm, flying north (Phil Boardman). Glossy Ibis over at 12.50pm, may have landed on pools at Moss Cottages end. Also 4 Hobbies, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Whimbrel and 2 pair Stonechats (including recently fledged young) (Graeme Risdon) Cuckoo at 6.30am (Paul Burgess) 

Ironbridge (5 May) – Osprey flew upriver at 7.30am (Pete Nickless)

The Wrekin (5 May) – Pied flycatcher (several investigating nest holes), redstart (2 males in song), wood warbler (2), willow warbler (6 males), garden warbler (1), tree pipit (3 males in song near summit), swift over (Glenn Bishton)

Chelmarsh (4 May) – Little Egret and 3 Yellow Wagtail (TC)

Postensplain area of Wyre Forest (4 May) – 2 Tree Pipits were singing and displaying. 2 Garden Warblers near the Roxel facility. Also noted, 4 singing Willow Warblers, 4 singing Chiffchaff and 1 ♂ Blackcap (Jason Kernohan)

Venus Pool (3 May) – Hobby at 4:30pm, 2 lesser whitethroat, 2 whitethroat, 4 yellow wagtail (J Reeves)

Nedge Hill (3 May) – on lower horse fields 4 Wheatear (2m, 2f), Kestrel male, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Buzzard, Song Thrush pair, Lapwing 2, Pied Wagtail pair (Martin Grant)

SVCP Alveley (2 May) – 1 male Pied Flycatcher, 1 Swift, pair of Goosander (Keith Bates)

Wrekin (2 May) – 1 wood warbler, 1 redstart, 3 (2 seen) tree pipit and 2 pied flycatcher heard (J Reeves)

Oswestry (2 May) – Hobby over the town centre at midday. Also over Maesbury Marsh at 2.15pm.

N of Wart Hill SO48C (2 May) – Wood Warbler heard, also Redstart and Willow Warbler (John Tucker)

Chelmarsh (1 May) – Marsh Harrier female at 6.05pm hunting scrape. Still present at 6.20, landed in reeds at far end (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (1 May) – Marsh Harrier female at 3.10-4.15pm (Pete Nickless)

Whixall Moss (30 April) – Marsh Harrier (female 3cy), up to 5 Hobbys,  1 Cuckoo, 4 Swifts, 2 House Martins and a leucistic Black-headed Gull (Phil Boardman)

The Wrekin (30 April) – 2 Pied Flycatcher 250m up the main track, also male Redstart.

Newport (30 April) – 2 Swifts. (1 May) 3 Swifts over Harper Adams University College (James Gale)

Venus Pool (30 April) – Cuckoo, female Merlin and 2 Lesser Whitethroat in the morning (Rob Stokes) Whimbrel in the afternoon, also a lesser whitethroat, 4 little ringed plovers, 4 lapwing, 2 oystercatcher, 3 gadwall, pair shelduck, mallard with 4 ducklings, 40+ hirundines, and a male kestrel at Cound Stank (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (29 April) – Channel Wagtail and 3 Yellow Wagtails on north marsh. 1 Little ringed Plover (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (28 April) – Whimbrel over at 3.45pm. Also 2 Cuckoo present (Paul Rutter)

Condover Park (28 April) – Hobby over (Nigel Barratt)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (28 April) – 9 wheatear (5m, 4f) on passage, feeding as loose flock on invertebrate rich short turf, Redstart pair – male displaying at tree hole, plus pair of Little ringed Plover (Glenn Bishton)

Newport (28 April) – Swift over (James Gale)

Church Stretton (28 April) – Male Pied Flycatcher, edge of Rectory Wood (Tim Hill)

Priorslee Lake (28 April) – male Wheatear and a Swift (Phil Walters)

Tibberton (27/28 April) – Cuckoo (Steve Jaggs)

Chelmarsh (27 April) – 2 Arctic Terns near dam in the afternoon (Jim Almond) Grasshopper Warbler still in the evening, and Common Sandpiper on scrape (Yvonne C)

Wem (26 April) – Cuckoo calling near cricket club at 11.45am (Malcolm Fletcher)

Venus Pool (26 April) – Swift at 11.30am (Jim Almond) Late pm – 14 yellow wagtails and 7 swifts (Helen Griffiths)

Chelmarsh (26 April) – 3 Swift (TC)

All Stretton (26 April) – Cuckoo at Lower Wood (Chris Travus)

Wood Lane (25 April) – 2 Black Terns and 4 Common Tern.

Chelmarsh (25 April) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling again. 2 Dunlin on scrape, Common Sandpiper on dam (Yvonne C)

Prees Heath (25 April) – Hobby over A41 at 5.40pm (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (25 April) – Swift through in the afternoon (Helen Grifffiths) female Merlin, 3 Little-ringed Plover, pair Gadwall, 9 Yellow Wagtail and a Common Tern (Mike Stokes)

Priorslee Lake (24 April) – Swift with hirundines at 4pm (J Reeves)

Picklescott (24 April) – c15 summer plumage Golden Plover on spring barley above The Stitt (Nigel Barratt)

Whixall Moss (24 April) – 2 or 3 Cuckoos at Fenns Moss next to the old railway line in the afternoon. Still calling at 7.30pm (Phil Boardman)

Priorslee Lake (24 April) – Grasshopper Warbler heard briefly in W end (Ricoh) hedge at 5:30am and then presumed same in the reeds by the Wesley Brook outflow 8-9am. 2 Common Sandpipers also present and a Sedge Warbler in the reeds along the N side. 1 Swallow and 3 House Martins flew through (Ed Wilson)

Whixall Moss (23 April) – c2 Whitethroat and a Cuckoo, also Willow Tit carrying nest material at 1.30pm (Rob Stokes)

Chelmarsh (22 April) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling at 8.40pm, heard from scrape hide. 5 Common Sand on res and 3 on scrape. c40 Goosander on res, 4 Curlew in to roost on scrape. At 8am – 7 Common Sandpipers on res, 2 on the scrape, also 2 Skylark (Yvonne C and Jim A)

River Servern Highley to Arley (22 April) – 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Goosander (2♂), 3 Mandarin (2♂), 1♂ Redstart, 15 singing Blackcaps, 12 singing Chiffchaffs and 4 singing Willow Warblers. Pair of Marsh Tit by SVCP bridge on east side (Jason Kernohan)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (22 April) – pair of little ringed plover, 1 common sandpiper (Glenn Bishton)

Darnford Valley (22 April) – 3 Male Pied Fly (2 seen), 7-8 Redstart and a Green Woodpecker (Geoff Hall)

Whixall Moss (22 April) – Hobby at 7.30pm over the fields near Roundthorn Bridge, flying south (Bob Harris)

Wood Lane NR (21 April) – 2 Black-tailed Godwit in the evening (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (21 April) – Cuckoo singing at 12.15 and 2.30pm on Whixall and Fenns Mosses (Phil Boardman)

Wrekin (21 April) – singing Wood Warbler at 5pm, two thirds of the way back down the hill (Sandy Hill)

Chelmarsh (20 April) – 12 Common Sandpipers on the dam (Yvonne C)

The Wrekin (20 April) – 1 or 2 male ring ouzel still below the needles eye but very mobile. Also 2 pied flycatcher (J Reeves)

Wood Lane NR (19 April) – 12 Redshank in at 7.10pm, Green Sandpiper also present (Paul Burgess)

The Wrekin (19 April) – 2 Ring Ouzel below Needle’s Eye.

Chelmarsh (19 April) – Little-ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher (Jim Almond)

Allscott area (18 April) – Cuckoo singing and showing well, also 3 Yellow Wagtail (Jack Shutt)

Postensplain, Wyre Forest, Shrops (18 April) – a Garden Warbler was singing near the Roxel Facility. A flock of 38 Lesser Redpoll were perched up in trees along the ride. 6 singing Chiffchaffs, 4 singing Willow Warblers and a Blackcap (Jason Kernohan)

Bridges (18 April) – Pied Flycatcher (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (18 April) – 2 redstart in hedgerow towards oak tree, 1 white and 2 pied wagtail, Reed Warbler singing and showing from the memorial hide in the reed bed opposite. Willow warbler singing and good numbers of house martins (Andy Latham)

Titterstone Clee (17 April) – 4 Ring Ouzel (3m,1f) ,14 wheatear, 2 swallow (Andy Latham)

Priorslee Lake (17 April) – Brent Goose flew in at 10.15am, still present at 10.50am (John Isherwood) No sign at 3.45pm (Paul King)

Venus Pool (17 April) – channel wagtail, 5 white wagtail, 4 yellow wagtail. Redstart in the hedgerow towards oak tree (Andy Latham)

Shrewsbury (17 April) – Goosander female with 12 young on the River Severn (Rob V)

Bridgnorth (16 April) – Goosander female with 8 newly hatched young on the River Severn by the Bylet Island (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (16 April) – Channel Wagtail, 5 White Wagtail and 4 Yellow Wagtail still late afternoon (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (16 April) – Reed Warbler singing by causeway (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh (15 April) – Spotted Redshank from the scrape hide. Present at 7.45am, spent several hours asleep on the island before departing at 2.45pm (log book – TC)

Allscott area (15 April) – over 100 hirundines late evening (mostly Sand Martins, rest Swallow, 2 House Martins), 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 1 LRP, 13 Shelduck, Corn Bunting singing (Jack Shutt)

Caer Caradoc (15 April) – a group of six Ring Ouzel amongst gorse bushes on the east side of Caer Caradoc, also four Wheatear, male Redstart singing (Seamus McCann)

Nedge Hill horse fields (15 April) – 2 male Redstart top field on fence line along footpath, Wheatear male bottom field towards airfield (Martin and Ian Grant)

Ruyton-xi-Towns (15 April) – male Redstart in the hedges just north of village and a Whitethroat singing (Will Jones)

Bridges (15 April) – 5 Pied Flycatcher. Pole Cottage – male Redstart, Stonechat. Asterton – Tree Pipit, Pied Flycatcher and Stonechat (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (15 April) – male Redstart and Reed Warbler (Mike Stokes) male Redstart by the gate leading to Cound Brook, 1 Yellow Wagtail, at least 1 singing Sedge Warbler, 1 House Martin, 4 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, plus several Willow Warblers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Yellowhammer & 4 Little Ringed Plover (Will Jones)

In the afternoon: Channel wagtail still, 4 yellow, 5 white & pied wagtail, male wheatear in top field, male redstart, 2m and 1f blackcap, 2 chiffchaff, 1 willow warbler in top hedgerow. Green Sandpiper, swallows and sand martins on the pool (Andy Latham)

Channel Wagtail, 5 White Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, male Redstart, 3 LRP, 2 Snipe, 40+ Sand Martin, 3 Swallow (Martin Ryder)

Late afternoon: at least 8 yellow wagtails – one of which was a channel wagtail, pair of wheatear in the arable field,  male redstart in hedge between car park and big oak tree, 3 green woodpeckers – two on Fishing Pool side of causeway, and one in fields at Cound Stank (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (15 April) – 2 male Blackcap, 1 male Stonechat, 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 4 Curlew, 6 Teal, 2 Raven (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (14 April) – 2 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Teal, 2 Skylark (log book – TC)

The Wrekin (14 April) – 5 Pied Flycatcher in song, redstart (1), tree pipit (2), willow warbler (6), plus marsh tit, goldcrest, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker all engaged in territorial activity, plus siskin, lesser redpoll and crossbill (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (14 April) – Osprey over the pool between 3.30 and 3.45pm. After circling / hovering for 10 mins or so, it plunged but failed to catch, then landed on a fence post next to the North Hide (Jim Almond). Osprey, Channel Wagtail, 4 male White Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, male Redstart, Wheatear male and female, Green Sandpiper, 2 LRP, Goosander drake and 2 duck, 40+ Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin (Martin Ryder)

Polemere (14 April) – Willow Warbler in song, 1 House Martin, 2 Swallow (Martin Ryder)

Horsehay Pool (14 April) – A male Pied Flycatcher actively hunting over water’s edge at 7.12pm, Swallows also present (Phil Walters)

Devil’s Dingle. Buildwas (13 April) – 3 Willow Warbler (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (13 April) – Male Merlin again very low across field adjacent to car park then towards feeding station at 11.42am. Common Sandpiper still present plus 2 LRP and 1 Curlew. 2 Raven over. In the evening – 1 Snipe, 6 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 1 House Martin (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (12 April) – 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Swallow, 3 Gadwall, 7 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, Kestrel, Buzzard and 6 Greylag (log book – TC)

Sharpstone Quarry (12 April) – Two tree sparrows in the hedgerow (Roger Norton)

Venus Pool (12 April) – Osprey at 4.30pm, soaring over VP. It gained height and glided northwards. (3 buzzards were also soaring overhead) (Jim Almond & Paul Bell) 2 pairs of LRP, one common sandpiper, a few sand martin through, a yellow wagtail over and a male common redstart on the fence line by the main hide (Martyn Owen) Redshank heard from car park on arrival but not seen. Similarly Yellow Wagtail heard but not seen. 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Mistle Thrush, Jay, female Blackcap seen plus male in song, 3 Willow Warblers in song from Causeway. Heavy downpour brought down 3 Swallow and 4 Sand Martin. No sign of Channel Wagtail (Martin Ryder)

Titterstone Clee (11 April) – Water Pipit in near breeding plumage at 2.30pm. Drive to top car park turn right to access old quarry just past derelict buildings (Chris Cook)

Titterstone Clee (11 April) – A Greenland type Wheatear was between the trig point and the decommissioned aerial, also 6 Northern Wheatear. 1 Willow Warbler singing by the farm and a pair of Stonechat by the NATS building. No sign of any Ring Ouzels (Steve Haycox)

Venus Pool (11 April) – 2 yellow wagtails – one of which looked good for channel wagtail, 1 ringed plover, 4 little ringed plover, 1 common sandpiper, peregrine through, 80 sand martin heading north, 4 Swallow, 1 house martin, 2 snipe, 2 lapwing, pair shelduck, 1 wheatear (Fishing Pool side of lowest point on causeway), 2 mistle thrush, 1 willow warbler, 2 blackcap, 1 raven, blackcap and chiffchaff in song (Helen Griffiths, Martin Ryder, Paul King, Mike Stokes)

Pole Cott, Long Mynd (11 April) – Male Common Redstart (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (11 April) – Tundra Bean Goose still, with 2 Greylag. Also present, 2 Common Sandpiper and 5 Gadwall (log book – TC)

Chelmarsh (10 April) – Mallard with 17 ducklings, also present, 5 Gadwall and 4 Swallow (log book – TC)

Venus Pool (10 April) – Ringed Plover, also 2 Little ringed Plover (Jim Almond)

Melverley (10 April) – 10 Tree Sparrows (Rodney Farmer)

Venus Pool (9 April) – Redshank flew in early evening followed by Curlew. 1 LRP seen. No sign of drake Pintail. 4 Sand Martins flew through heading north. Redstart in hedge between car park and big oak tree above trout pool. Also saw 3 Chiffchaff and had 1 Blackcap briefly in song (Martin Ryder) 3 male Redstart, 3 Little ringed Plover, 1 House Martin and 2 Swalllow (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (8 April) – Hirundines through in flocks of 22, 12, 13, 8, 10, 14, 6 all heading north. Mostly Sand Martins but also at least 4 House Martins and 1 Swallow. Male Merlin seen from the Causeway at 4.50pm. Also around Causeway – Willow Warbler briefly in song, 2 Blackcaps in song and Chiffchaff. 2 LRPs and drake Pintail still present (Martin Ryder) Male Redstart from the causeway close to the sluice (Martin and Ian Grant)

Nedge Hill (8 April) – 7 Lapwings, 2 Skylarks to the west. Down the road and the horse fields were Chiff Chaffs 5 singing, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler seen but not singing, Skylark singing, Wheatear male, Jays 2 [one with tail missing], Kestrel male and Green Woodpecker (Martin and Ian Grant)

Whixall (8 April) – Floods: 6 Teal, 2 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 6 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear (fem), 4 Willow Tits (canal hedgerow near Prees Junction) Whixall Moss: 1 Oystercatcher heard, 6 Curlew, 2 Common Buzzards. Fenns Moss: 2 Stonechat (pair), 4 Curlew (Howard Prince)

Wood Lane NR (7 April) – 2 Med Gulls on far island (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (7 April) – c20 Swallows through at midday, 2 Little-ringed Plover and drake Pintail (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (7 April) – 20+ Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 7 Chiff Chaff, 2 Blackcap at 12.15pm, all hirundines had gone once the rain stopped (Martin Grant)

Pole Cott, Long Mynd (7 April) – White Wagtail (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (5 April) – male Redstart from Fen Hide with a Willow Warbler in song nearby. Also 4 Chiffchaff singing around reserve. Drake Pintail and Little Ringed Plover still present (Martin Ryder)

Wootton Castle (5 April) – White Wagtail at 11.05am (Chaz Counter)

Priorslee Lake (4 April) – 2 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins and 2 Meadow Pipits at midday (Martn Grant)

Chelmarsh (3 April) – Osprey at 1.30pm. 2 Oystercatcher on scrape (TC) 

Long Mynd (3 April) – 4 Ring Ouzel (2m, 2f) seen 2:45-3:00pm at the top of Townbrook Hollow, following the road towards the trig point (Matt Bruce)

Wood Lane (3 April) – 2 Swallows (Paul Burgess) 6 Snipe, 6 Oystercatcher, 400+ Black-headed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 32 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Martin Ryder)

The Mere, Ellesmere (3 April) – 110+ Sand Martin, 2 Swallow. No sign of Black Swan. At Colemere – Swallow (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (3 April) – 3 new Green Sandpiper in front of North Hide (Martin Ryder) Swallow (Jim Almond)

The Mere, Ellesmere (2 April) – c80 Sand Martins over the water. Black Swan still present; first noted Friday 30th (David Farncombe)

Venus Pool (2 April) – Pintail drake and Little Ringed Plover with a further 2 LRPs dropping in – stayed two minutes then flew off north-east (Martin Ryder)

Titterstone Clee (1 Apr) – 2 Ring Ouzel, by the derelict buildings below the car park

Bridgnorth (1 Apr) – Ring-necked Parakeet, Well Meadow field area (Yvonne C)

Wood Lane (31 Mar) – 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls flew in 5.20pm and still present 6.20pm also 1 Common Gull, 11 Herring Gull, 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Snipe, Goosander duck (Martin Ryder)

Whixall Moss  (31 Mar) – Mistle Thrush. Water Rail heard (Martin Ryder)

Priorslee Lake (31 Mar) – a House Martin briefly with c15 Sand Martin. 1 or 2 Brambling in trees along N shore. Also a Willow Warbler at Priorslee Flash singing from the east side (Ed Wilson)

Titterstone Clee (31 Mar) – 2 Ring Ouzel, by the derelict buildings below the car park.

Buildwas-Leighton (30 Mar) – Little-ringed plover (4), lapwing (8) on spring-sown wheat, oystercatcher (2), green sandpiper (3), goosander (11), swallow (4), sand martin (6) and fieldfare (17) moving northwest (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (30 Mar) – Dunlin flew in at 11.45am. Pintail drake still present. Peregrine flew through south-west to north-east at 5.42pm followed by 4 Sand Martins heading north at 5.48pm (Martin Ryder)

Titterstone Clee (30 Mar) – male Ring Ouzel still.

Ruyton-xi-Towns (30 Mar) – Willow Warbler of the year singing in the woods beside the Perry just to the north of the village (Will Jones)

Titterstone Clee (29 Mar) – 2 Ring Ouzel, one by the derelict buildings below the car park, the other on the slopes below. Also 3 Wheatear (2m, 1f) and a Stonechat pair (Jason Kernohan) 2 fem Black Redstart, 2 male Ring Ouzel, 8 Wheatear (Martin Ryder) 2 male Ring Ouzel and a fem Black Redstart in the evening (Mike Stokes)

Titterstone Clee (28 Mar) – Female Black Redstart and 2 Ring Ouzel, by the derelict buildings below the car park.

Allscott area, Telford (28 Mar) – Sedge Warbler.

Venus Pool (27 Mar) – Red Kite over top field, mobbed by corvid at 11.30am (John and Sandra Hall) Also Little-ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and drake Pintail (Martin Ryder)

Ford (27 Mar) – Swallow (Daniel Arthur)

Titterstone Clee (27 Mar) – Ring Ouzel, male, by the derelict buildings below the car park at 11am (bird news serv) 9 Wheatear (7male, 1stw male, 1fem) and Stonechat pair. No sign of Ring Ouzel in the afternoon, human disturbance in the area (Jason Kernohan)

Upton Magna (27 Mar) – 2 Swallows (Maria)

Venus Pool (26 Mar) – 2 Little-ringed Plover, also Green Sandpiper still (Paul Rutter)

Ercall Heath (26 Mar) – Swallow seen near a fishing pool (Steve Jaggs)

Venus Pool (26 Mar) – Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 18 Teal, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker (Martin Ryder)

Priorslee Lake (25 Mar) – Osprey at 5.30pm (Patrick)

Whixall Moss (25 Mar) – 1 Jack Snipe, 2 pairs Stonechat, 3 Ravens, 5 Buzzards, 1 Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker. Floods – c40 Lapwings, 12 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 3 Curlew (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (25 Mar) – 2 Oystercatcher, Snipe, 5 Lapwing, 6 Canada Geese, 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Pochard drake, 6 Shoveler, 5 Shelduck, 28 Teal, Pintail drake flew in 6.30pm, 2 Sand Martin flew through 6.45pm (Martin Ryder)

Marsh Green area (24 Mar) – 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 43 Canada Geese, 9 Greylag Geese, Chiffchaff in song (Martin Ryder)

Wall Farm (24 Mar) – pair Gadwall, pair Shoveler, 2 Snipe, 6 Lapwing,  2+ Skylark, Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (24 Mar) – Osprey over at 5.20pm (Paul Burgess)

Craven Arms (24 Mar) – Osprey over the Corvedale road by Ludlow turning approx 2 miles from Craven Arms (Geoff Hall)

Atcham (24 Mar) – Osprey over, headed off north west. Also 2 Sand Martin (Roger Norton)

Titterstone Clee (24 Mar) – 3 Red Kites, 5 male Wheatear and a further 2 Wheatear (1m,1f) also present near the working quarry. 2 Stonechats (1m,1f) were near the NATS building. 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel and 7 Ravens also at the summit (Jason Kernohan and Mark Peacock)

Sharpstone Quarry (24 Mar) – Tree Sparrow (Roger Norton)

Chelmarsh (23 Mar) – Long-eared Owl reported, perched on railings.

Venus Pool (23 March) – Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 16 Teal, 2 Skylark, 120+ Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff in song (Martin Ryder)

Cound Stank (23 March) – Pair Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker heard, Chiffchaff in song (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (22 Mar) – Redshank, female Sparrowhawk flew in front of Main Hide, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, Tufted Duck drake, 4 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Black-headed Gull, Reed Bunting fem, Skylark, 3 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff singing (Matin Ryder)

Titterstone Clee (21 March) – 20 Wheatear – mostly males. Chiffchaff singing by the farm. Just 1 Stonechat (male) by the NATS building. Also, 3 Wheatears by the working quarry (Steve Haycox)

Venus Pool (21 Mar) – Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, Curlew, Pintail drake, 2 Shoveler, 5 Shelduck, 14 Teal (Martin Ryder)

Longnor (21 Mar) – 2 Dipper, 2 Robin, 6 Rook, 2 Jackdaw, Wren,2 Wood Pigeon, Great Tit, Blackbird, Chiffchaff in song (Martin Ryder)

Long Mynd (21 Mar) – Stonechat m&f, 4 Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 2 male Reed Bunting, 6 Raven, 5 Buzzard (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (20 Mar) – 1 Curlew, 1 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Lapwing, 12 Goosander, 6 Greylag Goose (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (20 Mar) Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe displaying, 11 Sheduck, 6 Tufted Duck, 22 Teal, 2 Sand Martin also reported (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (19 Mar) – 22 Curlew in to roost at 6-6.30pm. 56 Goosander on Res, Chiffchaff by causeway (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (19 Mar) – 12 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, male Bullfinch, 74 Linnet, 30+ Chaffinch, 6+ Greenfinch, male Reed Bunting, 35 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Shoveler drake, 5 Shelduck, 23 Teal, Marsh Tit (Martin Ryder)

Black Hill (18 Mar) – Great Grey Shrike still present in clearfell. Also 3 Crossbills, Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven, 4 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Coal Tit (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (18 Mar) – Male Pintail at 9.30am (Ian and Martin Grant) Ringed Plover at 11am (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (17th Mar) –  just before the storm at 2pm, 3 Bramblings and 2 Chiffchaffs singing (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (17 Mar) 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Sand Martin (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (17 Mar) Wheatear, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 14 Shelduck, 18 Teal, 78 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, 25+ Linnet, male Bullfinch, 6 Reed Bunting, 7 Skylark (Martin Ryder)

Cound Stank (17 Mar) – Pair Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (16 Mar) – Sand Martin over the scrape (TC)

Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow (16 Mar) – Firecrest still. Showed only briefly during three hours. Also present Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff singing. Also 2 drake Goosander, Mute Swan and Mallard on the river (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (16 Mar) one Redshank, one Green Sandpiper and one Curlew. The drake Pintail and all the Wigeon seem to have left (Martin Ryder)

Priorslee Lake (16 Mar) – 2 adult Little Gulls and an adult Kittiwake (J Reeves) Kittiwake still at 3.30pm (has fishing line hanging from bill) Little Gulls now gone (Andy Latham) Kittiwake flew off at 5.35pm trailing fishing line (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (15 Mar) – Adult Kittiwake dropped in at 9.29am and left after six minutes. It returned at 10.05am and departed a second time at 10.12am. Also present at 9am was a Redshank which was later joined by two more birds. Also: 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 70+ Linnet, Green Woodpecker (Martin Ryder)

Titterstone Clee Hill (15 Mar) – In the Working Quarry area 3 Wheatear. 2 ad males and a 1stw male. At the Old Quarry a Istw male. Four birds in total (Terry Hinett)

Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow (15 Mar) – Firecrest still present in the morning. Park in the layby at the common, walk across the common to the footpath above the river, turn left, but before you reach the ravine on the right – the bird was showing here. There are a few young Yew trees and a some holly bushes, the crest was feeding in the large Beech trees below the footpath (Andy Latham)

Black Hill, Clun (15 Mar) -Great Grey Shrike still in the large clearfell, walk up past the barrier bear right at the fork and check the clearfell on the left. Several Crossbill too, some singing (Andy Latham)

Colemere (14 Mar) – Little Gull (reported to Paul Burgess)

Wood Lane (14 Mar) – 4 Redshank (Paul Burgess)

Priorslee Lake (14 Mar) – 10.40-11.30 Chiffchaff singing, Siskin 4, Long-tailed Tits 2 pairs, Bullfinch 2 pairs, Willow Tit, Reed Bunting male, Buzzard (Martin Grant)

Nedge Hill (14 Mar) – 9.45-10.30, Lapwing 3 displaying, Green Woodpecker 2 yaffling, Skylark 4+ singing, Bullfinch male, Yellowhammer male, Jay 2, Red-legged Partridge pair, Buzzard (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (14 Mar) – 2 Grey Partridge, 7 Buzzard, 24 Lapwing, 5 Wigeon, Snipe, 200+ Linnet, male Sparrowhawk (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (14 Mar) – Juv Goshawk flew across pool at 9.55am. Other birds – Pintail drake, 2 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 14 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 284 Black-headed Gull, 11 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (13 Mar) – 4 Redshank (TC)

Venus Pool (13 Mar) – Redshank (log book)

Venus Pool (12 Mar) – Pintail drake, 4 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 12 Shelduck, 26 Teal, 14 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 15 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, 300+ Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 50+ Starling, Raven calling and tumbling. Cound Stank – Grey Wagtail male and female. Also Kingfisher reported (Martyn Ryder)

Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow (11 Mar) – Firecrest seen along top path below main layby about 10am (Ian Baggley and RSPB Shrops group)

High Vinnals, Herefordshire (11 Mar) – Great Grey Shrike seen well in the open area by the watchtower on High Vinnals, probably just over the border into Herefordshire (RSPB Walsall Group)

Venus Pool (11 March) – 2 Grey Partridge (Martin Ryder)

Isombridge (10 March) – 2 Grey Partridge, 8 Stock Dove (Mick Wall)

Ellesmere (11 March) – 3 Whooper Swans at 3.15pm (Richard Vernon)

Benthall Edge Wood, Ironbridge (11 March) – Siskin (1), lesser redpoll (1). Marsh tit (3), goldcrest (3), plus great tit, blue tit, coal tit, nuthatch and treecreeper all engaged in territorial song and activity, great spotted woodpecker drumming, green woodpecker calling and two kingfisher (suspect pair) on River Severn below woodland (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (10 March) – Red Kite flew over in a south-east to north-westerly direction (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (9 March) – Chiffchaff in song near the feeding station (Martin Ryder) Peregrine reported.

The Mere, Ellesmere (9 March) – 2nd winter Iceland Gull in the roost in the evening (Andy Morris)

Wood Lane (9 March) – 1st winter Med Gull at 11.30.

Priorslee Lake (9 Mar) – Adult Iceland Gull present 11.30-12.45pm, also Grey Wagtail on the dam (Martin Grant)

Black Hill (8 March) – Great Grey Shrike – at first in older clearing up left fork of track but later back in usual clearfell. Also 20+ Crossbill and Red Kite (Jack Shutt)

Venus Pool (8 March) – Ruff and 2 Grey Partridge reported. Seen today: 121 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Green Sandpiper, 14 Curlew, 3 Snipe, Grey Heron, Cormorant juv, 21 Mute Swan, 19 Shelduck, Teal 17 drake 14 duck, Wigeon 6 drake 6 duck, Shoveler 4 drake 1 duck, 126 Linnet (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (7 March) – 20-30 Greenfinch, 2 Green Sandpipers, large flock of Linnets, 12 Shelduck and 8 Curlew and 3 Buzzards (Roger Gibb)

Titterstone Clee area (6 Mar) –  4 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 14 Raven at the summit and just below the summit – a pair of Stonechat, neither bird were ringed. At Catherton Common a female Reed Bunting and a Kestrel (Jason Kernohan)

Venus Pool (6 March) – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 88 Lapwing, Curlew, 2 Snipe, Green Woodpecker, 50+ Linnet (Martin Ryder) Redshank also reported.

Chelmarsh (5 Mar) – Dunlin (TC)

Wood Lane (5 March) – 1 Water Rail, 3 Siskin and a Sparrowhawk – tried to catch the Water Rail (Paul Burgess) 

Shrewsbury (5 March) – c70 Goldfinch in the evening in trees near Tesco and the recycling centre (bird news services)

Venus Pool (5 March) – Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, 32 Curlew and 21 Mute Swan at dusk (Martin Ryder)

Wood Lane (3 March) – 2 Water Rail, 4 Oystercatcher, Snipe, 130 Lapwing, 410 Black-headed Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Herring Gull, 15 Shelduck, 18 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, Shoveler drake (Martin Ryder)

Whitemere (3 March) – Goldeneye 2 drake 4 duck, Pochard duck, 46 Tufted Duck, 10 Great Crested Grebe (Martin Ryder)

Newtonmere (3 March) – 4 Red-legged Partridge, Oystercatcher (Martin Ryder)

Black Hill (2 March) – Great Grey Shrike and 11 Crossbills, seen between 9 and 11am (Mick Wall)

Horsehay (2 March) – Red kite hunting and flying low over Horsehay in southerly direction at 1pm (Glenn Bishton)

Polemere (1 March) – Pintail drake, Goosander 2 drake 2 duck, Wigeon 9 drake 8 duck, Teal 12 drake 13 duck, Shoveler drake and duck (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (1 March) – 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 42 Lapwing, 2 Gadwall, 7 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 28 Teal, 4 Bullfinch Cound Stank – Kingfisher, Yellowhammer (Martin Ryder)

The Mere, Ellesmere (1 March) – adult Iceland Gull again.

Venus Pool (29 Feb) – 2 Green Sandpiper and 21 Curlew in the evening (bird news services)

Priorslee lake (29 Feb) – 2nd winter Iceland Gull dropped in at 1.50pm (Ian Grant)

Polemere (29 Feb) – Pintail drake, 2 Goosander, Shelduck drake, 22 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Raven (Martin Ryder)

The Mere, Ellesmere (28 Feb) – adult and 3rd winter Iceland Gulls in the evening.

Black Hill, near Clun (26 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike still present (Geoff Hall)

Wood Lane NR, nr Ellesmere (26 Feb) – 1 ad Iceland Gull in the morning (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (26 Feb) – Floods – c20 Curlew, c30 Teal, c110 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler. Moss – 2 Kestrel & 4 Common Buzzards on Fenns (Howard Prince)

The Mere, Ellesmere (25 Feb) – adult Iceland Gull, ad Med gull, 1 Juv & 2 Ad Whooper Swans in the evening (Andy Latham)

Colemere (25 Feb) – 2 ad Med Gull with pre roost gathering of Black headed Gulls (Andy Latham)

Wood Lane NR, nr Ellesmere (25 Feb) – 1 Dunlin (Andy Latham)

Chelmarsh (24 Feb) – 27 Goosander (7 drakes) on the Reservoir.  5 Teal (2 drakes) and a Common Snipe on the Scrape. There was no sign of the Tundra Bean goose today (Jason Kernohan)

Priorslee lake (23 Feb) – juv Glaucous Gull, 2nd winter Caspian and a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull.

Polemere (23 Feb) – 30+ of Wigeon and Teal, pair Shoveler, Pintail drake, 4 Redpoll, 1 Redwing, pair Goosander, 200+ lapwing, 5000 Starling (Mark Wilson)

Attingham (23 Feb) – Water Rail just upstream from the footbridge where the river Tern enters Attingham Park (Bob Parker)

Venus Pool (23 Feb) – 2 Pochard drake, Wigeon 8 drake 9 duck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Bullfinch male and female, Song Thrush, 20+ Linnet, 4 Skylark, Curlew, 85 Lapwing. Also reported – 2 Chiffchaff on Causeway (Martin Ryder)

Atcham (23 Feb) – 7 adult Whooper Swans just east of Atcham, Barnacle Goose not seen (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (21 Feb) – 2 female Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Skylark singing (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (20 Feb) – Male Kestrel, Buzzard, Stock Dove, 25+ Chaffinch, Reed Bunting male 2 female,  Green Sandpiper heard. Cound Stank – Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Mallard drake and duck (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (19 Feb) – 70 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 2 Snipe, 41 Mute Swan, Teal 51 drake 26 duck, Wigeon 5 drake 4 duck, Pochard 4 drake, 4 Shelduck (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (18 Feb) – Brambling near Lena’s Hide (Trevor Rogers)

Polemere NR (18 & 19 Feb) – Drake Pintail (Trevor Rogers)

Priorslee Lake (17 Feb) – Adult Iceland Gull briefly at 1.30pm (Jim Almond)

Atcham (17 Feb) – 7 Whooper Swans still with flock of Mutes, on opposite side of the road to Attingham Park (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (16 Feb) – 86 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Oystercatcher, 50+ Rook. Trout Pool – 73 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, Goldeneye, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe (Martin Ryder)

Broseley (16 Feb) – 2 Common Redpoll reported with 6 Lesser Redpoll at Haycop.

Priorslee Lake (15 Feb) – 2nd winter Caspian Gull early afternoon (Mike Shurmer)

Polemere (15 Feb) – Pintail drake, 2 Shoveler, 16 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 40+ Lapwing, 304 Wood Pigeon (Martyn Ryder)

Shrewsbury (15 Feb) – Little Egret on the Reabrook near Sutton Farm (Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh (14 Feb) – Tundra Bean Goose with 181 Greylag Goose, 6 Wigeon, 5 Goosander, 13 Teal, 2 Redpoll, 18 Cormorant, 70 Tufted Duck (Keith Bates)

The Mere, Elesmere (14 Feb) – No sign of the Red-necked Grebe this afternoon. But a 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull and a 4th win/ad Caspian Gull present (Paul Rutter)

Priorslee Lake (14 Feb) – 2nd winter Iceland Gull early afternoon.

Black Hill, near Clun (14 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike still, around the open bracken on the far side of the clear fell.

The Mere, Elesmere (13 Feb) – No sign of Red-necked Grebe today (various) 3 Whooper Swans flew in at c17:00 to the far side of the mere, viewable from the promenade (Allan Heath)

Priorslee Lake (13 Feb) – Iceland Gull in the morning (Paul Burgess). Both the 2w and juv Iceland Gulls were on the ice at lunchtime amongst 1000+ large gulls as well as 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (the regular adult, a smart new 2w/3s and a different 1w to Saturday). No sign of any Caspians though (Tom Lowe)

Wood Lane (13 Feb) – 800 Black-headed Gull, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Canada Geese, 4 Common Gull, 2 Common Snipe, 13 Common Teal, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Herring Gull, 500 Lapwing, 200 Lesser Back-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Raven, 2 Red Legged Partridge, 26 Shelduck, 100 Starling, 1 Water Rail (Martin Ryder)

Black Hill, near Clun (13 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike still, to right of clear fell past logging activity late morning.

The Mere, Elesmere (12 Feb) – Red-necked Grebe at 5.30pm (Jim Almond and Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh village (12 Feb) – at least 2 Brambling seen in a brief look at a mixed flock of finch/buntings, close to the road in the field opposite the last building in the village (from B’north) (Yvonne C and Jim A)

Upton Magna, (12 Feb) – 2 Grey Partridge between Upton Magna and The Rea (Yvonne C and Jim A)

Venus Pool (12 Feb) – 2 Goldeneye on the Trout Pool (Jim A and Yvonne C)

Atcham (12 Feb) – Barnacle Goose still, on the large riverside field adjacent to Atcham Bridge, with Canada Geese (Yvonne C and Jim A)

Black Hill, near Clun (12 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike still (MS DH AL DH)

Ceri Forest (12 Feb) – 2 Short-eared Owls at Mason’s Bank in the afternoon (MS DH AL DH) 3 present (Paul Burgess)

Priorslee Flash (12 Feb) – Tundra Bean Goose still (Dave Western)

Priorslee Lake (11 Feb) – Juv Iceland Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult, 1st winter, 3rd winter) also a 2nd winter Caspian Gull present until 2.25pm (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (10 Feb) – probable 2nd winter Iceland gull roosted, arriving at 17:20 and settling in front of the boat club.  In the gloom it looked pretty similar to the bird recently at Priorslee. Also c130 Herring Gull, four GBB Gulls (three 1st winter, 1 adult), 2 Gadwall and two Wigeon (Martyn Owen)

Telford Central Station (10 Feb) – Waxwing heard calling from near the train station car park in the morning (Mike Shurmer)

Priorslee Lake (10 Feb) – Juv Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull, in the afternoon (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (9 Feb) – Juv Iceland Gull in the morning (Martin Ryder) 2 Iceland Gulls, juv and 2nd winter, in the afternoon (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (8 Feb) – Juv Glaucous Gull flew in at 12.30pm (Martin Grant) Juv Iceland Gull at 2.00-3.20pm at least (Ian Grant)  by Paul King

Crosemere (8 Feb) – 50+ Wigeon, 100+ Canada, 16 Greylag, 20+ Mallard, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, many gulls mostly Black Headed some Herring and Lesser Black Backed (Martin Ryder)

Whitemere (8 Feb) – Goldeneye 3 drake 3 duck, 125+ Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 200+ Black Headed (Martin Ryder)

Wood Lane NR (8 Feb) – Water Rail, 2 Redpoll, 2 Siskin, Treecreeper, 6 Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 26 Shelduck (Martin Ryder)

Colemere (8 Feb) – 2 Goldeneye, 5 Tufted, 2 Teal Newtonmere – totally frozen – 5 Red Legged Partridge (Martin Ryder)

Montgomery area (6 Feb) – 60+ Golden Plover in a field south of Montgomery (in Shrops) (Mark Wilson)

Polemere (6 Feb) – 79 Teal, 12 Wigeon (Martin Ryder)

Atcham (6 Feb) – on the large riverside field adjacent to Atcham Bridge from layby on Uffington Road looking back towards Shrewsbury, with 280 Canada Geese was a Barnacle Goose (Martin Ryder)

Leighton Flats (6 Feb) – The injured Pink Footed Goose present with 300+ Canadas. On the river were 8 drake 14 duck Goosander, 2 drake 1 duck Shoveler, 5 Wigeon (Martin Ryder)

Highley (6 Feb) – 6 Waxwing still present early afternoon, feeding on hawthorn trees by the main road just before the Severn Centre (when approaching from Bridgnorth) (Jim Almond)

Atcham (6 Feb) – 6 Whooper Swans with Mute Swans (Frank Hinde)

Lower Whitckiffe, near Ludlow (5 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike at 3.30pm. Still on the recently replanted clearfell area mostly frequenting the highest of two standing pine tree trunks (David Stafford)

Highley (5 Feb) – 6 Waxwing in the afternoon feeding on hawthorn trees along the main road by the Severn Centre (Dave Fulton)

Edgmond (5 Feb) – 208 linnet feeding in wildbird mix plus reed bunting and yellowhammer. Meadow pipit (30) and skylark (40) in stubble and winter fodder, fieldfare (35), redwing (37), starling (213) in pasture, siskin (12) on alder and male stonechat (Glenn Bishton)

Ellesmere (5 Feb) – 3 Whooper Swans (2 adult), also adult Yellow-legged Gull

Priorslee Lake (5 Feb) – Glaucous Gull early afternoon (Jim Almond)

‘North Shrops’ (5 Feb) – 2 feral Bar-headed Geese with Greylags (Rodney Farmer).  Still present on 8 Feb.

Priorslee Lake (4 Feb) – adult Mediterranean Gull at 10.45am for about three minutes before flying off. Adult Caspian Gull at 11.30am, after disappearing for a time it was refound later. Ring-billed Gull hybrid present in the afternoon. Juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult and a 2nd winter (Martin Ryder, Roger Clay and Tom Lowe)

River Severn at Buildwas (3 Feb) – 76 Goosander, 2 Teal, 1 Pink-footed Goose (has damaged wing and is flightless, has been present on site since March 2008), Little Grebe, 410 Canada Goose, 1 Cormorant, 1 Snipe, 2 Raven, 27 Fieldfare (Glenn Bishton)

Priorslee Lake (3 Feb) – Ring-billed Gull hybrid from approx 2-3pm when it flew off high north (Roger Clay)

Priorslee Lake (2 Feb) – No sign of Glaucous Gull up until 2.20pm. Dunlin flew in but only stayed for a minute (Martin Ryder)

Priorslee Lake (1 Feb) – Glaucous Gull until 2pm when it flew east (Paul King) No further sign 2.10-4.45pm (Martin Ryder) 3 Dunlin seen in flight at midday (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Flash (31 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still with Greylags around island (Martin Ryder)

Priorslee Lake (31 Jan) – Pochard 18 drake 6 duck. Very few Gulls this morning (Martin Ryder) Caspian Gull flew in late afternoon (Jim Almond)

Polemere  (31 Jan) – 41 Golden Plovers with Lapwings in sheep field this morning (Martin Ryder)

Sturt Common  (31 Jan) – 2 Crossbill (1 male) feeding in larches (Jason Kernohan)

Melverley Green (31 Jan) – 6 Whooper Swans (Chris Johnson)

Black Hill, near Clun (30 Jan) – c30 Crossbill and Great Grey Shrike still present in trees at the back of the clear fell area (on the left 200 yds after following the right fork when walking up from the barrier) (Chris Johnson)

Ceri Forest (30 Jan) – 2 Short-eared Owls at 2.50pm. Go up over Edenhope Hill to the 5-way junction at Two Crosses, take road to Ceri Forest. On left for over half a mile is an extensive area of clearfell, the birds were hunting here. Roads pretty clear though some icy patches which may worsen over next few days. Also 3 flocks of >50 Yellowhammer around the sheep troughs up Edenhope Hill and c400 Golden Plover on 17 Jan (Mark Wilson)

Chelmarsh (30 Jan) – On the scrape: Gadwall drake and duck, Teal 3 drake 3 duck, Tufted duck, Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet Reservoir – 49 Goosander, Buzzard, Common Gull (Martin Ryder)

Priorslee Lake (30 Jan) – Juv Glaucous Gull at 3pm (Martin Grant)

Polemere (30 Jan) – 15 Golden Plover in with the Lapwing flock on field to the right of the pool (Paul Burgess)

Shrewsbury (29 Jan) – Common Redpoll reported with Lesser Redpoll in a Shrewsbury garden (Maurice Baker)

Chelmarsh (29 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still yesterday at 1610, when it flew in with around 20greylags before departing to the south ten minutes later in the same company.  Not such good news regarding the red-throated diver – I last saw it on 20th January when it was looking unwell.  Unfortunately, I found its corpse yesterday washed up on the north shore (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (29 Jan) – Male Merlin low over seed field. Trout Pool – Goldeneye 1st winter eclipse male, 26 Mute Swans, 5 Little Grebe. (Martin Ryder)

Lower Whitcliffe (29 Jan) – No sign of Great Grey Shrike today, even checked out the next clearing. Two Crossbill over (Geoff Hall)

Bridges (28 Jan) – Few Brambling still on Darnford Walk + Dipper (singing) on brook. Seven Red Kite also seen (Geoff Hall)

Polemere (27 Jan) – c.200 Lapwing with about 20 Golden Plover in the flock on field to the right of the pool (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (27 Jan) – 7 Whooper and 42 Mute Swans roosted overnight. Seen during the day – 2 Green Sandpiper, 97 Teal, 8 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 4 Buzzard with one feeding on large dead fish far side of pool near water’s edge (Martin Ryder)

Lower Whitcliffe, west of Ludlow, SO483738 (26 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike in an area of recently replanted clearfell on the north side of the road. Perching on overhead wires which cross the site (Geoff Holmes)

Venus Pool (26 Jan) – Green Sandpiper, 7 Whooper Swan.  Trout Lake – 450 Canada Geese, Goldeneye (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (25 Jan) – Barnacle goose, with c 300 Canadas, on the Fishing Pool (Helen Griffiths)

Cross Houses (25 Jan) – 7 Whooper Swans, 31 Mute Swans, 7 Skylark in first field south of village opposite turn to Venus Pool. Also at Cound – 7 Mute Swans and 2 juveniles (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (25 Jan) – 2 Green Sandpiper still, Male Sparrowhawk, 40+ Linnet (Martin Ryder)

Atham (23 Jan) – Barnacle Goose reported with Canada Geese (via Helen Griffiths)

Shirlett (23 Jan) – 25+ Crossbill, 2 Raven (Martin Ryder)

Bridges (22 Jan) – 25 Brambling still in the woodland along Darnford Brook (Mike Shurmer)

Black Hill (22 Jan) – 21 Crossbill and Great Grey Shrike still present on the far side of the usual clear fell area (on the left 200 yds after following the right fork when walking up from the barrier) (Mike Shurmer)

Black Hill (21 Jan) – 9 Crossbill (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (21 Jan) – Buzzard, Kestrel, 40 + Teal, 21 Mallard, 31 Canada Geese, 15 Fieldfare, 6 Carrion Crow, probable Stonechat (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (20 Jan) – Green Sandpiper still, 8 Shelduck, 13 Wigeon,18 Teal, 5 Shoveler. No further sign of Garganey (Martin Ryder)

Shawbury (19 Jan) – 2 Grey Partridge near Shawbury on 19 January (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (16 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still, with Graylag Geese flock in the field west of the Dam.

Edgmond (15 Jan) – 135 Linnet in wildbird mix, 85 Skylark and 1 Corn Bunting in stubble plus Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and 109 Fieldfare in pasture (Glenn Bishton)

Black Hill near Clun (15 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike still (Andy Latham)

Atcham (15 Jan) – 7 ad Whooper Swans in the fields the right off old A5 (B5061) if driving towards Wellington, with 60+ Mute Swan (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (15 Jan) – Garganey still present. Also 4 Siskin feeding in alders far side of pool, Green Woodpecker, 19 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 11 Shelduck, 21 Lapwing. Trout Pool – Green Sandpiper, 2 drake Pochard, duck Pintail (Martin Ryder)

Cound (15 Jan) – Peregrine in flight and then perched which was later seen at Trout Pool. Raven also at Cound (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (14 Jan) – Garganey at 4.20pm, feeding with 8 Teal, 6 Wigeon and 5 Shoveler (Kris Webb)

Cound, nr S’bury (14 Jan) – 2 adult Whooper Swans with Mutes (Kris Webb)

Wood Lane NR (14 Jan) – 2 Snipe, 23 Shelduck, 53 Lapwing, 7 Common Gull, 59 LBB Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 125 BH Gull  (Martin Ryder) 28 Shell Duck, 1 Water Rail, 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 GBb Gull (Paul Burgess)

Ellesmere (14 Jan) – 2ad 1juv Whooper Swan, 4 Goldeneye, 7 Pintail, 9 Goosander, 20 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 48 Cormorant, 51 Common Gull, 7 GC Grebe, Buzzard (Martin Ryder)

Whitemere (14 Jan) – 4 drake 4 duck Goldeneye, 2 drake 2 duck Pintail, 2 Wigeon, 9 Tufted Duck (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (14 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still with Greylags.

Venus Pool (13 Jan) – 3 pintail (2m, 1f), 5 wigeon, 8 shelduck, 100+ teal, 2 green sandpipers, also c25 linnets & 2 marsh tits in the big oak tree. On Fishing Pool:  8 little grebes, 2 gcgs, 6 pintail, (3m, 3f), 65+ wigeon, female goldeneye, several tufted duck and 500++ canada geese (Helen Griffiths)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (13 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still. Seen with Greylags near the dam at around 1500, it flew into the flields near the boat club then back onto the reservoir briefly before flying to the north with Greylags at dusk.  There were around 50 Canada Geese and 150 Greylag Geese present on and around the reservoir. The Red-Throated Diver is also still present. (Martyn Owen)

Stiperstones (13 Jan) – Male Hen Harrier, Red Kite, 2 Red Grouse & several Raven (Rob Stokes)

Black Hill near Clun (13 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike still (Rob Stokes)

Brown Clee (13 Jan) – 10 Crossbill (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (12 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still, with Greylag Geese flock in the field South West of the Dam. On the reservoir: Red-throated Diver still, also 30 Goosander (Terry Hinett)

Venus Pool (12 Jan) – 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 8 Shelduck, 5 Linnet. Feeding Station – 2 Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Trout Pool – 2 Pintail, Green Woodpecker (Martin Ryder)

Melverley (12 Jan) – large numbers of Wigeon, Teal, 25 Pintail, 4 Shoveler plus a few Goosander and Mallard. Thousands of lapwing have been in the area over the last fortnight, but now seem to have departed (Rodney Farmer)

Venus Pool (11 Jan) – Drake Goldeneye on Trout Pool, also 28 Wigeon. 6 Shelduck on VP (Martin Grant)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (10 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose with a flock of c.120 Graylag Geese in the field South West of the Dam at the Reservoir.  Best viewed from the first gateway/track as you go down the lane that takes you towards Hampton. On the reservoir: Red-throated Diver still, also 17 Goosander (8 drakes) (Jason Kernohan and Tony Smith)

Venus Pool (10 Jan) – 2 Green Sandpipers still. 25 Lesser Black Back Gulls over 2.55pm (Martin Ryder)

Black Hill near Clun (9 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike still. Located on open area with scattered trees north east of clearfell and access track (Andrew Morton)

Priorslee Lake (9 Jan) – An hour at the lake late morning failed to produce any of the Caspian Gulls reported recently, just 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, a peak of 36 Great Black-backs, a generous helping of dark-mantled Scandinavian Herring Gulls, and an adult Common Gull (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (8 Jan) – 3 Pochard and 17 Wigeon (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (8 Jan) – Red-throated Diver still at 15.30 near the dam and 10 Goosander at the shallow end of res at 4.15pm (Bob Corbett)

The Mere, Ellesmere (8 Jan) – Juv and 2 adult Whooper Swans in the evening.

Priorslee Lake (8 Jan) – 1st winter Caspian gull at 1.25pm.

Black Hill near Clun (8 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike. Park at barrier and walk the access track towards the summit; mobile but favouring clearfell off righthand track from fork. Also c25 Crossbill (Jim Almond)

Cound, nr S’bury (8 Jan) – 7 Whooper Swans with Mutes on Cross Houses side of Riverside Inn, Cound (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (8 Jan) – Green Sandpiper (Martin Ryder)

Darnford Brook, Bridges SO3996 (7 Jan) – 20 Brambling (Jim Almond)

High Park area nr Wild Moor, Long Mynd (7 Jan) – 10 Golden Plover flew over (Jim Almond)

Black Hill near Clun (7 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (7 Jan) – Adult male Hen Harrier flew low over Whixall Moss at 3.25pm, before spending 10 minutes quartering Fenns Moss in the vicinity of the Old Works. No sign of the Short eared Owl until dark, seven Ravens and one male Stonechat of note plus c40 Common Teal (Howard Prince)

Priorslee Lake (6 Jan) – 2 ad caspian gulls, 10+ yellow-legged gulls (most ad and 3rd-winters, at least 1 1st-w) and c10 great black-backed gulls 12:30-13:00 (J Reeves)

Priorslee Flash (6 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still with Greylag.

Whixall Moss (5 Jan) – male Hen Harrier at 3.50pm near back of Furbers (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (5 Jan) – Lesser Redpoll feeding with Goldfinch, also 22 Shelduck present (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (5 Jan) – Red-throated Diver still.

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (2 Jan) – Little Egret again.

Whixall Moss (2 Jan) – male Hen Harrier at 4.25pm flying low along tree line towards Furbers (Phil Boardman)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (2 Jan) – Red-throated Diver still at 4pm, also 79 Goosander and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. Water Rail by the ringer’s hide and a Marsh Tit on the feeders (Steve Haycox)

Whixall Moss (2 Jan) – 2 pairs Stonechat, 4 Ravens, c175 Canada Geese, 1 Wigeon, 4 Common Teal, 2 Common Snipe (Howard Prince)

Priorslee Flash (2 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still with Greylag in the morning (Jim Almond)

Cound area, nr S’bury (2 Jan) – 5 Whooper Swans still in field near Cound by A458 with Mute Swans.

Whixall Floods (2 Jan) – 100+ Wigeon, c500 Canada Geese, c200 Lapwing (another c650 on field adjacent to Prees Branch canal), c50 Common Teal, 1 Mute Swan (Howard Prince)

Prees Heath Common (1 & 2 Jan) No sign of the Golden Plover or Lapwing. Female Sparrowhawk seen to catch a Starling (Howard Prince)

Melverley Green (1 Jan) – 35 Whooper Swans, 4 Mute Swans, 9 Curlew and 41 Lapwing (Andy & John Morris)

Whixall Moss (1 Jan) – Adult male Hen Harrier late afternoon and Short eared Owl at 4.55pm on the moss near the rear of Furbers (Jim A & Yvonne C)

Wood Lane (1 Jan) – Female Sparrowhawk (flushed with prey, which from examination of plucked feathers has been identified by Alan as another Sparrowhawk), 16 Shelduck, Water Rail (in front of first hide), 1 Raven, 1 Green Woodpecker (scarce here recently), 6 Common Snipe, c350 Lapwing and 6 Lesser Redpoll (Howard P & Alan H)

Venus Pool (1 Jan) – 4 Whooper Swans (flew off at 8am and two flew over at 9am), drake Pintail and Green Sandpiper (Jim A & Yvonne C)

Cound area, nr S’bury (1 Jan) – 9 Whooper Swans in field near Cound by A458 with 33 Mute Swans, Also Kingfisher by the white bridge by Cound tennis court (Helen Griffiths)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (1 Jan) – Red-throated Diver still, near the bouys (Mike S, Rob S, Damon H)

Priorslee Flash (1 Jan) – Tundra Bean Goose still with Greylag on the island, seen from footbridge on pub side of flash at 1.30pm (Bob Corbett)

Colemere (1 Jan) – 2 fem Pintail (Yvonne C & Jim A)

Shirlett (1 Jan) – At least 12 Crossbill in the tree tops by the road (Yvonne C & Jim A)

Bridgnorth (1 Jan) – drake Mandarin (present three months) (Yvonne C)


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