Bird Reports (2013)

Child’s Ercall (31 Dec) – 52 Corn Bunting were in poplars next to a not-very-weedy stubble field near Child’s Ercall (Steve Jaggs)

Chelmarsh Res (31 Dec) – 2 pairs of Mandarin ducks, also adult Yellow-legged Gull (bns)

Venus Pool (31 Dec) –  The family of 4 Bewick’s Swans flew in at 3.29pm (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (31 Dec) – 2 1st win fem Scaup still (Ian Grant)

Tee Lake (31 Dec) –  3 Goosander, 2 fem and one male. First time I’ve seen them here (Tim Preston)

The Mere, Ellesmere (30 Dec) – juv Great Northern Diver still in the morning, sticking to the far bank (Richard Vernon) Still present in the afternoon (bns)

Candles Landfill (30 Dec) – Yellow-legged Gull present. 12 Goosander at Horsesay Pool (Dawn Balmer)

Priorslee Lake (30 Dec) – 2 Scaup still (Dawn Balmer)

Ludlow (30 Dec) – 60+ flock of Siskin & Redpoll feeding at top of riverside alders by Ludlow castle, also Grey Wagtail (Martin Clay)

Kinsley Wood (29 Dec) – Two-barred Crossbill male on alders with Crossbills and Siskins. Parking at SO287734,  walk anti-clockwise, the birds are just beyond the seat that overlooks Knighton town at approx SO288729 (bns)

The Mere, Ellesmere (29 Dec) – juv Great Northern Diver still late morning, distant from road and staying underwater for long periods (Dave Barnes/ Howard Prince) Still present at 2pm. Also 52 Goosander (Dawn Balmer)

Wyre Forest (29 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still in larches along the north of the wide grassy ride at Postenplain SO747793 Also 20 Common Crossbills (bns)

Whitemere, Ellesmere (29 Dec) – 3 Little Egret and 19 Goosander (Dawn Balmer)

Venus Pool (29 Dec) – Water Rail heard to the right of Fen Hide (Bob Corbett)

Tremlows Big Wood (29 Dec) – Crossbill over (Howard Prince)

Newcastle (west of Clun) (28 Dec) – 20+ Common (Mealy) Redpolls recently with 130+ Lesser Redpolls (bns)

The Mere, Ellesmere (28 Dec) – juv Great Northern Diver still, showing well at midday (Tom Lowe)

Wyre Forest (28 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still around Postenplain area, but very elusive and mobile (Craig Reed)

Venus Pool (28 Dec) – c20 Reed Buntings and 4 Yellowhammer in the hedgerow along the seed field (Tim Jones)

Broseley (27 Dec) – female Merlin over (Terry Arch)

The Mere, Ellesmere (27 Dec) – juv Great Northern Diver (Gerry Thomas)

Upton Magna (26 Dec) – 30 Golden Plovers on field near the Rea. Seen three times previously (Nicola Pacult)

Wyre Forest (26 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still,  at top of clearing this morning (Gert Corfield)

Priorslee Lake (26 Dec) – 2 Scaup imm/fem again (bns)

Coundlane (26 Dec) – family of 4 Bewick’s still also 7ad Whooper Swans (bns)

Wyre Forest (24 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still (bns)

Venus Pool (23 Dec) – 8 Whoopers and 4 Bewick’s late afternoon. Also, 100+ Teal, 15 Shoveler, 20+ Tufted Duck, and a Curlew (Helen Griffiths)

Horsehay Pool (23 Dec) – Adult Kittiwake in the afternoon (bns)

Polemere (23 Dec) – Shelduck, 95 Teal, 65 Wigeon and 50 Mallard (James Grundy)

Priorslee Lake (23 Dec) – Scaup again (bns)

Priorslee Lake (22 Dec) – Scaup imm/fem again, also adult Caspian Gull at 2.25pm (bns)

Wyre Forest (22 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) NNW of Pound Green Common in larches early afternoon SO750793 (Andy Warr)

Prees Heath Common (21 Dec) – c1750 Lapwings in flight 10.30am (Howard Prince)

Hawkstone Park (21 Dec) – 2 Woodcock were flushed whilst setting the nets mid-morning. The highlight of the day though, was undoubtedly, counting an amazing 41 Woodcock out from their woodland roosts to feed on the neighbouring farmland at dusk (Allan Heath & Shropshire Ringing Group)

Chelmarsh (21 Dec) – Ring-necked Parakeet seen briefly in flight over the Reservoir, close to clubhouse in the morning. Tawny Owl heard calling, also one seen at Eardington and 19 Partridge sp. flying away across a field at Hampton Loade just after first light (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (21 Dec) –  4 Bewicks’s Swans in to roost at 4.15pm (2 ad, 2 juv) (Chris Cameron)

Wyre Forest (20 Dec) – male Two-barred Crossbills again, in valley by the stream late morning (bns)

Coundlane (20 Dec) – family of 4 Bewick’s, 7ad Whoopers and 76 Mutes at 2.45pm (Tom Lowe)

Horsehay Pool (20 Dec) – The juv Iceland dropped in briefly at 1.45pm followed by a 3w Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (20 Dec) – Ring-necked Parakeet remains at Chelmarsh, pretty reliable first light by the boat club (Martyn Owen)

Candles Landfill (19 Dec) – A new brighter-billed ad Caspian Gull & 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2w+1w) at 3.30pm (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (18 Dec) –  4 Bewicks’s Swans in to roost at 3.50pm (2 ad, 2 juv) (bns)

Wyre Forest (18 Dec) – 2 Two-barred Crossbills (1m) NNW of Pound Green Common in the morning (Des Jennings) Also male near the two red water tanks early afternoon and c25 Crossbills (Paul Legge)

Venus Pool (17 Dec) – More duck at Venus Pool/Cound Fishery today with 234 Teal and 121 Wigeon. Also, 6 Little Grebe, Goldeneye, and 15 Grey Partridge (Geoff Holmes) 5 Bullfinch at VP (Paul Burgess)

Wyre Forest (17 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) showed briefly by the stream at 12.40pm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (15 & 16 Dec) –  4 Bewicks’s Swans at dusk (2 ad, 2 juv). Also on 16th, 2 Tawny Owls heard from the car park (Helen Griffiths)

Wyre Forest (16 Dec) – 2 Two-barred Crossbills near the red water tanks, Postenplain area. Park at Earnswood car park (bns)

Wyre Forest (15 Dec) – female Two-barred Crossbill in oak behind the log pile in the morning. 3 (2m) also seen SE of the log pile in the pylon clearing in the afternoon (bns)

Horsehay Pool (14 Dec) – Leucistic large species gull, probably Lesser Black-backed Gull, again in the afternoon. Also 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 3w, 2ad) (Jim Almond)

Whixall Floods (14 Dec) -Sacred Ibis on the floods. Other birds of note were a pair of Pintail (Martin George)

Wyre Forest (14 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) (Liz Clipson)

Horsehay Pool (13 Dec) – Leucistic large species gull, probably a Lesser Black-backed Gull (Jim Almond)

Candles Landfill (13 Dec) – juv Iceland Gull briefly, also 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, near ad, 1w) (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (13 Dec) – 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad,2w,1w) at 1pm. The 1w Viking Gull was there 3-3.20pm when it flew off towards Belvide (J Reeves)

Wyre Forest (13 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) in larches in the valley, c400 yards from log pile (Paul Jones)

Wyre Forest (12 Dec) – 2 Two-barred Crossbills (1m) and c60 Common Crossbills at Blackgraves Copse (Kain Prestwood) 

Priorslee Lake (12 Dec) – 12.20-1.40pm: 2 Scaup (imm/fem) roosting with Tufted Duck to the right of the layby. Also, adult Yellow-legged Gull,  c478 Lesser Black-backed, c30 Herring and c5 Great Black-backed Gulls (reduced from yesterdays nos), 211 Coot, 4  Pochard (3 drake) and a pair of Teal (Gary Crowder)

Priorslee Lake (11 Dec) – Scaup imm/fem, also adult 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (Gary Crowder)

Wyre Forest (11 Dec) – 2 male Two-barred Crossbills in the valley with c40 Crossbills (Chris Thomson)

Horsehay Pool (10 Dec) – ad Caspian Gull (Jim Almond)

Wyre Forest (10 Dec) – 2 Two-barred Crossbills (1m) in the valley at 1pm (John Ridley). Video here by Philip Parsons on 7 Dec

Wyre Forest (8 Dec) – male Two-barred Crossbill with Common Crossbills at 1.10pm. In trees at the bottom of the valley, then in yew tree by stream before briefly dropping down to drink. Take left hand path down the valley from the log piles to SO746791 (Jim Almond). One north of the log piles early afternoon (James Grundy) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Edgerley (8 Dec) – 30+ Curlew in the morning, one of several flocks currently in the Severn/Vyrnwy confluence area (Rod Farmer)

Cound Lane (8 Dec) –  4 Bewick’s Swans and 8 Whooper Swans still (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (7 Dec) –  Green Sandpiper at Cound Stank Bridge and first Linnets for some time in arable field at VP, with 6 present (Graham Walker)

Wyre Forest (7 Dec) – 2m Two-barred Crossbills, showing well in spruce trees in the valley by the stream and yew tree at 12.20 (Martyn Owen) At least 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still in the morning (Pete Nickless) One female Two-barred Crossbill and two more calling late pm in larches by the stacked logs (Steve Haycox) 

Candles Landfill (6 Dec) – 2 ad Caspian Gulls (one with a green ring (code not read) suggesting a German/Polish border origin), 8 Yellow-legged Gulls (5 ads, 3w, 2w, 1w), 80+ GBBGulls, c1,000 Herring Gulls and 2,000+ LBBGulls. Also a presumed 1w Viking Gull (hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull) and 2 ad hybrid Herring x LBBGulls (Tom Lowe)

Wyre Forest (6 Dec) – 2m Two-barred Crossbills still at SO748791 and coming down to drink in the stream with 15 Crossbills (John Ridley)

Venus Pool (4 Dec) –  The 4 Bewicks flew in at 4pm and a nice display by c1500 starlings before they roosted at the back of the pool (Geoff Holmes)

Wyre Forest (4 Dec) – 2 Two-barred Crossbills (1m) again (bns) 

Wyre Forest (3 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still. Seen at SO748791 and then at SO746792 in the pylon clearing (Andy Warr)

Wyre Forest (2 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still in the morning. Also present 60+ Crossbills, 200+ Siskins, c20 Lesser Redpolls – mainly along the powerline ride (Tom Lowe). At 1.30pm: 4 (2m) either side of the ridge by small stream (Paul Rhodes) Parrot Crossbill fem reported at midday in larches either side of ridge (bns) SO748791 

Cound Lane (2 Dec) –  4 Bewick’s Swans and 8 Whooper Swans still, with 91 Mute Swans at 12.50pm (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (2 Dec) – 240 Lapwing, 2 Snipe. Also Redpoll and probable Mealy Redpoll briefly in silver birches (Martin Ryder)

Ceri Forest (1 Dec) – 10 Common Crossbill, 1 Merlin, 8 Buzzard, 7 Stonechat (Paul Burgess)

Wyre Forest (1 Dec) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) showing well with Common Crossbills again in the morning near the log piles (Mike Stokes) 4 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) showing well in the afternoon (Craig Reed) 5 (3m) at 1.30pm at SO746792 (bns)

Cound Lane (1 Dec) –  4 Bewick’s Swans and 8 Whooper Swans still (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (30 Nov) –  4 Bewick’s Swans and 8 Whooper Swans (Jim Almond)

Wyre Forest (30 Nov) – 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) with 35 Common Crossbills in larches at Postensplain along the ride southeast of the wood store (Shrops) Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4199 SO743784. Present for third day and also seen north of Buttonoak and just north of Pound Green Common at SO752792 (Worcs)  (Brett Westwood)

Whixall Moss (30 Nov) – Jack Snipe flushed from path at 3.10pm (Howard Prince) The Redpoll passage at Whixall now seems to be slowing considerably with only 2 Lesser Redpolls trapped and ringed today. Also seen on the Moss, a Woodcock and c10 Redpoll. Canal floods: Redshank and Water Rail (Allan Heath)

Priorslee Lake (29 Nov) – 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull and 4 GBB Gulls (2 1w & 2 ads) amongst just a couple of hundred large gulls. Also a Shelduck briefly (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (29 Nov) – circa 80 Golden Plovers over in the morning (Terry Arch)

Cound Lane (28 Nov) –  4 Bewick’s Swans and 8 adult Whooper Swans (Helen Griffiths & Ian Grant) Little Egret flew over Cound Lane towards VP at 10.45am (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (28 Nov) – Mealy Redpoll in the silver birch and Bean Goose on the island (Ian Grant)

Venus Pool (27 Nov) – 4 Bewick’s swans (2 ad, 2 juv), for half an hour in the afternoon (Helen Griffiths)

Cound Lane (27 Nov) –  Family of 4 Bewick’s with the 8 adult Whooper Swans & 83 Mutes at 2.15pm (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (27 Nov) –  2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls, +930 LBB Gulls and 95 Herring Gulls (Tom Lowe)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley (27 Nov) – 250 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 2 Raven, 8 Yellowhammer, 14 Reed Bunting, 20+ Linnets, 20 Skylarks. On wetland: 200+ Teal, 4 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 2 Snipe (Martin Grant) SJ680179

Venus Pool (24 & 26 Nov) – between c 4 & 4.30pm an impressive display by a “cloud” of Starlings performing over the pool – probably in excess of 2,000 (Helen Griffiths)

Cound Lane (26 Nov) –  8 ad Whooper Swans still, with 80 Mute Swans. 8 Whoopers flew off to Venus Pool at 1pm. Green Sandpiper along Cound Brook (Martin Grant)

Condover Park (25 Nov) – group of 14 Crossbill flew SW over at 9.45am – very vocal (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (25 Nov) –  8 ad Whoopers on the fishing pool early afternoon, before flying off (Jim Almond)

Whixall (24 Nov) – male Hen Harrier late afternoon (Jim Almond)

Long Mynd (24 Nov) – flock of Brambling, Green Woodpecker and 2 Stonechat at Pole Cottage. Best viewed from outside the perimeter fence (Dave Pearce)

Whixall (23 Nov) – male Hen Harrier and 2 Short eared Owls 3-3.30pm (Jim Almond) Ringing produced another 4 Common (Mealy) Redpolls, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Blackbirds, 2 Robins, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Chaffinches, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Wren and 1 Jay. Also a skein of 72 Pink-footed Geese overflew NW at c1.15pm. Floods: 4 Pintail, pair Gadwall, c80 Shoveler and Sacred Ibis (Allan Heath)

Long Mynd (23 Nov) – ringtail Hen Harrier quartering between Pole Cottage and the Gliding Club (Mike Shurmer)

Wood Lane (23 Nov) – Sacred Ibis, 12 Snipe (log book)

Candles Landfill (23 Nov) – ad+1w Yellow-legged Gulls with 1500 LBB Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (23 Nov) – 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls, 600 LBB Gulls, 5 GBB Gulls and 2 ad hybrid LBB x Herring (Tom Lowe)

Polemere (23 Nov) –  55 Wigeon and 20 Teal (Mike Shurmer)

Coundlane (23 Nov) –  8 ad Whoopers still, with 77 Mute Swans (Tom Lowe)

Brown Clee (23 Nov) –  250 Brambling in a beech wood (Martyn Owen)

Coundlane (22 Nov) –  8 ad Whoopers still (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (22 Nov) –  drake Pintail (Jim Almond)

Horsehay (22 Nov) – 1.30-2:30pm: probable adult Caspian Gull briefly, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 GBB Gulls (1w), Kingfisher, 12 Goosander (J Reeves)

 Priorslee (22 Nov) – 2.40-3.45pm: 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls (3ad+1w), GBB Gull and the Ring-billed x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (22 Nov) –  10 Gadwall (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (21 Nov) –  4.30pm: 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (4ad+3w), 2600 LBB Gulls, 60 Herring Gulls, ad GBB Gulls 11 Common Gulls, 3000 Black headed Gulls, 2 Dunlin, 4 Goldeneye, 44 Goosander (Tom Lowe)

Colemere (20 Nov) – fem Common Scoter still at 4.30pm, plus Barnacle. Gull roost: 2ad Yellow-legged Gulls, 850 LBB Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls, 1w GBB Gull. No roost at The Mere (Tom Lowe)

Coundlane (19 Nov) –  8 ad Whoopers still (Jim Almond)

Cound (18 Nov) – Great Grey Shrike flew over my car by the Riverside Inn, heading south, at 8am. Turned around but couldn’t see it anywhere (Martyn Owen)

Whixall (18 Nov) – 4 Common (Mealy) Redpoll rung (bns)

Colemere (16 Nov) – fem Common Scoter. Also 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls and a Barnacle with the Canadas (Tom Lowe)

Whixall (16 Nov) – Another excellent days ringing resulted in a catch comprising of 49 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Common (Mealy) Redpoll, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Wren (Allan Heath) Floods: 2 Redshank, 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe. Moss: 13 Snipe, 5 Raven (Howard Prince) Short eared Owl at 4.50pm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (16 Nov) – on opening the gate the trees/bushes around the car park etc erupted with a huge flock of Fieldfare/Redwing – in excess of 2k. Also present, Tundra Bean, 1w Common Gull, Green Sandpiper briefly, otherwise birds as yesterday (Mark Wilson)

Long Mynd (16 Nov)No sign of the Great Grey Shrike someone reported as a probable in Cow Ridge area on 8 Nov. Good views of fem Merlin (Mike Shurmer)

Black Hill (16 Nov)2 Crossbills (Mike Shurmer)

Coundlane (16 Nov) –  8 ad Whoopers still (Jim Almond)

Coundlane (15 Nov) –  6 ad Whoopers still with 52 Mutes. Also, 200 LBBGs in field by A458 opposite Venus Pool (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (15 Nov) – 2 drake Pochard, fem Goldeneye still, plus a pair of Gadwall (Mark Wilson)

Coundlane (12 Nov) – 6 Whooper Swans still with 47 Mute Swans at Coundlane (Geoff Holmes)

Venus Pool (12 Nov) – 2 Goldeneye (Geoff Holmes)

Edgerley (12 Nov) – 2 Whooper Swans on floodwater. Also a Grey Wagtail and 30+ Meadow Pipits (Rodney Farmer)

Whixall Moss (11 Nov) – female Merlin 2:30-2:50pm. The Sacred Ibis still on the floods (John Reeves)

Cound (11 Nov) – 6 adult Whooper Swans in the usual roadside field (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (11 Nov) – Red-breasted Merganser female and drake Common Scoter at 8am. Plus Ring-necked Parakeet, and the first Pochard (11) and Goldeneye (2) of the winter (Martyn Owen) Red-breasted Merganser flew off mid morning (spooked by shooting) (Jim Almond) 1st winter Kittiwake in the morning (John Reeves)

Cantlop (10 Nov) – 11,290 Woodpigeons SW over 7.20-8.50am (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Moss (9 Nov) – a mixed catch of 51 birds included a juv ‘Coues’s’ Arctic Redpoll, 2 Common (Mealy) Redpolls and 32 Lesser Redpoll. Also 2 Ruff and Sacred Ibis on the Canal Floods (Allan Heath)

Long Mynd (8 Nov)Great Grey Shrike reported as a probable seen in Cow Ridge area (info via Mike Shurmer)

Melverley (8 Nov) – Little Egret and Med Gull on the floods (Andy Morris)

Whixall Floods (7 Nov) – juvenile Ruff and Sacred Ibis still (Andy Morris)

Condover Park (4 Nov) – male Merlin dropped into a hawthorn close by us at 7.45am (Nigel Barratt)

Longnor (4 Nov) – 1w Caspian Gull at 10.45 in a field by the A49 c1ml SSE of Dorrington at Micklewood Farm with c40 LBBGs and a Herring Gull SJ482013 (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (4 Nov) – several 100+ flocks Wood Pigeon S & SW over Shrewsbury at 7.15am (Chris Cameron)

Whixall Floods (3 Nov) – (11.15am-2pm) Juvenile Ruff and escaped Sacred Ibis. On the Moss: female Brambling near Roundthorne Bridge (Howard Prince)

Condover Park (3 Nov) – c20 godwits in a loose v formation flew over high, heading south at 10am, probably Black-tailed (Nigel Barratt)

Shrewsbury (3 Nov) – Merlin over Old River Bed, Shrewsbury 12.40pm, mobbed by crows (Chris Cameron)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley (3 Nov) – flock of 200+ Fieldfare. Also c20 Teal, Shoveler, Snipe and Little Grebe on the Wetland (Mike Shurmer) SJ680179

Venus Pool (3 Nov) – Little Egret, 42 Lapwing & male Sparrowhawk (Mike Shurmer)

Whixall Moss (2 Nov) – Short eared Owl on Fenns Moss at 3.45pm. Andy Latham had a male Hen Harrier on Fenns at 3pm (Howard Prince) 3 Common (Mealy) Redpoll ringed, along with 47 Lesser Redpoll (including a Norwegian ringed control). Also a Common Redpoll seen in birch trees along the Morris’s Bridge approach track. The Sacred Ibis still present on the Canal Floods (Allan Heath)

Whixall Moss (1 Nov) – 8.00-9.45am: 1 female Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Common Snipe, 7 Ravens, 1 Green Woodpecker, c75 Lesser Redpoll in flight near Morris Bridge. A Short eared Owl has been seen recently by volunteers working on the Fenns Moss (Howard Prince)

Whixall Floods (1 Nov) – 8.00-9.45am: escaped Sacred Ibis, c325 Teal, c20 Shoveler, c20 Wigeon, 1 juvenile Ruff, 2 Common Snipe, c35 Lapwing (Howard Prince)

Polemere (1 Nov) – no sign of Mandarin (Dave Barrow)

Whixall Floods (31 Oct) – Ruff (Len Gibbons) Sacred Ibis and a single Barnacle Goose (Allan Heath)

Leighton (31 Oct) – Little Egret on the Severn at Leighton. At Coundlane: 35 Mute Swans by the A458 (Tom Lowe)

Candles Landfill (31 Oct) – 2w Caspian Gull, 8 Yellow-legged Gulls (4ads 4w 3w 2w 1w) and an ad GBB Gull amongst c700 LBB Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Floods (30 Oct) – Ruff and Sacred Ibis still (Jim Almond)

Polemere (30 Oct) – pm: male Mandarin, 19 Teal, 12 Wigeon, 38 Mallard and a Tufted Duck (Graham Walker & Geoff Holmes) No sign of Mandarin on 1 Nov (Dave Barrow)

Whixall (30 Oct) – pm: Tundra Bean Goose, 2 Shelduck, 25 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 17 Tufted, 3 Pochard, 4 Snipe and Green Woodpecker. 51 species in all (Graham Walker & Geoff Holmes)

Wall Farm (29 Oct) –  ringtail Hen Harrier and a Garganey. Garganey also seen on 27 Oct (John Porter) Please park on the farm drive by the wall.

Whixall (27 Oct) – 2 Ruff (Jim Almond) Juvenile Ruff and Sacred Ibis on the now extensive canal floods. Common (Mealy) Redpoll trapped and ringed (Paul Ashworth) on the Moss (Allan Heath)

Venus Pool (26 Oct) – Tundra Bean Goose still (Jim Almond)

Catherton Common (24 Oct) – 2 Jack Snipe flushed from boggy pools (Jason Kernohan)

Venus Pool (24 Oct) – Little Egret, Kingfisher, 6 Snipe, 120 Lapwing, Water Rail heard, duck numbers down (Geoff Holmes)

Whixall (21 Oct) – Peregrine, 4 Snipe, large flock (c200) Shoveler/Wigeon/Teal at distance, 2 Stonechat, 10 Mistle Thrush, Raven, Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Paul Johnson)

Cantlop (20 Oct) – fem/juv Merlin flew SE across the field in front of our house, near Cantlop Wood, in the afternoon (Tom Lowe)

Colemere Wood (20 Oct) – 2 Brambling feeding on sorbus with Redwing flock (Jim Almond)

Whixall (20 Oct) – Juvenile Ruff and at least 2 Dunlin on the canal floods. 3 Crossbills over the Moss heading north and Willow Tit along the approach track from Morris’s Bridge (Allan Heath)

Venus Pool (20 Oct) – 22 Snipe (Chris Cameron)

Venus Pool (19 Oct) – Tundra Bean Goose, Kingfisher, Water Rail heard, female Sparrowhawk hunting seed field (Martin Ryder)

Bridgnorth (19 Oct) – 3 Goosander (Jason Kernohan)

Catherton Common (18 Oct) – a Wheatear and a male Stonechat (Jason Kernohan)

Venus Pool (18 Oct) – 3 Mandarin (1f) at 9am. Also Tundra Bean Goose again (bns)

Venus Pool (17 Oct) – juv Ruff, Ringed Plover and Kingfisher. Trout Lake: 2 Little Grebe, 7 Wigeon and 2 Skylark over (Martin Ryder & Paul Burgess)

Condover (17 Oct) – Briefly 530 Golden Plovers and 180 Lapwings in the same field between Condover and the A49 until 11.05am when they were flushed and last seen heading west over Lyth Hill, so unsure as to whether the Ruff was still with them. Please view from your car! Another 40 Lapwings and a 1w Common Gull in a potato field at nearby Boreton (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (16 Oct) – Ringed Plover and 41 Snipe until a fem Sparrowhawk flushed them (Tom Lowe)

Condover (16 Oct) – Ruff in a recently drilled field between Condover and the A49 with 470 Golden Plover and 180 Lapwings. An ad Common Gull was in a similar field between Condover and Cantlop (Tom Lowe)

Cantlop (15 Oct) – 27 Fieldfares in the garden (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (15 Oct) – 2 Tree Sparrows just inside the arable field. Also Curlew, Green Sand and Ringed Plover (Graham Walker) Ringed Plover, Kingfisher and 4 Meadow Pipits bathing and preening in front of main hide (Martin Ryder) Pintail drake, 18 Snipe, 6 Wigeon, Ringed Plover, Kingfisher (Martin George) Tundra Bean Goose again late afternoon (bns)

Chelmarsh (14 Oct) – 1w Med Gull in the roost. Also present, Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Pintail, Chiffchaff (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (14 Oct) – Wood Sandpiper appeared from the island vegetation at 11.10am. Elusive, but did show briefly on near shore. Also present, Ringed Plover, 20+ Snipe and Common Gull (Pete Nickless)

Adderley (13 Oct) – Great White Egret at Tittenley Pool near Adderley, found by Gerry Thomas and still present at 11am. Also c100 Cormorant (Howard Prince) Still present at 4.15pm. Had been absent for over an hour before flying in. Also present juvenile Peregrine, female Pintail over, 31 Cormorant (Martin Ryder)

Fenns Moss (13 Oct) – 7 Whooper Swans flew NE at 9.50am (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (13 Oct) – Sacred Ibis until 9.08am, when flew off high to the north (Paul King). Ringed Plover, Water Rail heard, Kingfisher, 58 Lapwing flew in and around pool 6.15pm but didn’t settle (Martin Ryder)

Stokesay (13 Oct) – Again no sign of Glossy Ibis by Stokesay Castle late afternoon (bns)

Stokesay (12 Oct) – No sign of Glossy Ibis by Stokesay Castle by mid morning (bns)

Whixall Moss (12 Oct) – 100+ Redpoll, 1 Chiffchaff and a Crossbill over (Martin George)

Venus Pool (12 Oct) – 3 Crossbill over (Martyn Owen) Water Rail heard twice, 2 adult and 2 1w Common Gull, Kingfisher, 21 Snipe, 25 Lapwing flew in 6pm, 3 Fieldfare over (Martin Ryder)

Colemere (11 Oct) – a single Fieldfare along the lanes (Martin George)

Stokesay (11 Oct) – Glossy Ibis still by the pool next to Stokesay Castle Car Park (Mike Shurmer)

Redwing Sightings (11 Oct) –  Redwings over in the morning (Martyn Owen) Over all day, odd ones and little groups heading south over Lt Berriewood, Condover on the tail of a brisk northerly (Nigel Barratt) 30+ at Colemere in the evening (Martin George)

Redwing Sightings (10 Oct) – 30 Redwings flew west over Venus Pool at 2pm (Tom Lowe) Heard at 8pm over Wellington (Jenni Hood) Over Shrewsbury during the evening (Graham Walker, Martin George)

Venus Pool (10 Oct) – 4 Snipe, 1w Common Gull, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk (Martin Ryder) Female Mandarin (log book) Ruff dropped in at 6.30pm (Graham Walker)

Candles Landfill (10 Oct) – 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (2ad, 3w, 2w, 1w) ad a 1w Great Black-backed Gull (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (10 Oct) – 5 Curlew, Little Egret. Also 5 Common Gull and 8 Herring Gull amogst a large gull roost (Martyn Owen)

Stokesay (10 Oct) – Glossy Ibis still by the pool next to Stokesay Castle Car Park today (bns)

Stokesay (9 Oct) – Glossy Ibis again by the pool next to Stokesay Castle Car Park today (bns)

Chelmarsh Scrape (9 Oct) – 21 Common Snipe and 46 Teal (Martin Ryder)

Stokesay (8 Oct) – Glossy Ibis still by the pool next to Stokesay Castle Car Park. Said by farmer to have been present for three weeks (Martyn Owen, Paul Burgess). Flew north at 6.15pm (Martin George)

Venus Pool (8 Oct) – Garganey and Bean Goose still (Graham Walker)

Lyth Hill (7 Oct) – a mixed flock of c200+ lapwings and golden plovers flying over a ploughed field at the east end of Lyth Hill. At 1pm 54 golden plover separated out into a group and flew off west (Maurice Baker)

Polemere (7 Oct) – Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebe, 14 Stock Dove, 20+ Starlings, 6+ Meadow Pipits in adjacent field (Martin Ryder)

Stokesay (7 Oct) – Glossy Ibis still by the pool next to Stokesay Castle Car Park at 9.25am (Simon Holloway) Still present at midday (Graham Walker) Still by pool at 6pm (bns)

Venus Pool (7 Oct) – 2 Grey Wagtail on the pool, 6+ Chiffchaff scattered around and 2 Garganey in the log book yesterday (Martyn Owen)

Stokesay (6 Oct) – Glossy Ibis by the pool next to Stokesay Castle Car Park (bns) Still present at 4pm

Venus Pool (6 Oct) – Tundra Bean Goose still (bns)

Whixall Moss (5 Oct) – 1 Golden Plover, c250 Teal, c45 Wigeon, c40 Shoveler, c1,800 Canade Geese in flight from North over Fenns and then dropping in to the floods. 28 Skylarks flying South in one flock, 6 Common Snipe, I Kestrel (Howard Prince)

Whixall Floods (5 Oct) – c1,800 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 7 Wigeon, c 1,200 Teal, c 150 Lapwing, 1 Common Buzzard (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (5 Oct) – Tundra Bean Goose still (Dawn Micklewright) Tundra Bean Goose, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Kingfisher, 4 female Goosander, female Redstart, Jay (Martin Ryder)

Candles Landfill (4 Oct) – 1w Yellow-legged Gull amongst c1200 very mobile LBBGs, and there were 4 adult hybrids too, all Herring x LBBG types (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (4 Oct) – a juv male Peregrine flew north over the pool at 4.50pm making a duck count easier than usual: 1 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, c30 Wigeon and 110 Teal emerged from their hiding places. A noisy juv Greenshank and a Green Sand also present  (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (4 Oct) – Sacred Ibis in the afternoon (Mike Shurmer)

Venus Pool (4 Oct) – No sign of Spoonbill in the morning (Dawn Micklewright) Tundra Bean Goose in front of Memorial Hide early afternoon (Dave Chapman) Tundra Bean Goose, Greenshank, 7 Snipe, Redstart, juv Common Gull and Kingfisher (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (3 Oct) – Spoonbill still in the morning (Martyn Owen)

Betton Strange (2 Oct) – at 7.05pm a Long or Short-eared Owl flew across Pitchford Road near Betton Strange (Tom Lowe)

Cantlop (2 Oct) – 89 Golden Plover in a field between Pitchford and Cantlop (Tom Lowe)

Candles Landfill (2 Oct) – 11.45am: the long-staying 1w Caspian Gull, along with a smart 2w Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (2 Oct) – in the morning: Spoonbill, Little Egret, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, juv Common Gull, Redstart. Briefest flight view of probable Bean Goose. Kingfisher reported (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (1 Oct) – 7.15am: Spoonbill, Little Egret, Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 4 x 1w Common Gull (Martin Ryder) Spoonbill feeding in front of members’ hide, 8am (Martyn Owen) 12.30pm: Spoonbill,  juv Garganey, Green Sand and Little Egret. At least 3 Redstarts in the top field favouring the fenceposts by the heavily-laden crabapple tree midway between the car park and the oak tree (Tom Lowe) Spoonbill and Little Egret still in the evening and showing well. Also a probable Bean Goose in with the Greylag flock (Martin George)

Venus Pool (30 Sep) – Spoonbill still at midday (Jim Almond) Med Gull on trout lake. Spoonbill still and Redstart, in the afternoon(Martyn Owen)

The Wall Farm (30 Sep) – No sign of Glossy Ibis in the morning (Martin Grant)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley TF3 6EQ (29 Sep) – Glossy Ibis seen in flight from the hide at 4.35pm (Jon Porter, via Martin Grant) No futher sign by 7.30pm (Jim Almond) Jack Snipe flushed from windmill field scrapes in the morning (Wall Farm)  Please park on the farm drive by the wall.

Craven Arms (29 Sep) – Glossy Ibis near the River Onny (SO4383).

Venus Pool (29 Sep) – Spoonbill still at 8am (Mark Wilson) Spoonbill, Ruff, juv Garganey and Greenshank late afternoon (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (28 Sep) – Spoonbill flew in at 10.50am (Dave Chapman) Greenshank at 6pm, Spoonbill, juv Garganey, fem Pintail, 5 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher. Sparrowhawk through and a Swallow along the lane (Chris Cameron) Spoonbill still present at 7pm (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (28 Sep) – 3 Little Egret on Res (log book)

Venus Pool (27 Sep) – juv Garganey (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (27 Sep) – 4 Pintail, Hobby, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 40 Lapwing, 37 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 6 Snipe (log book)

Chelmarsh (26 Sep) – 2 Black-necked Grebes and 3 Common Scoter (2f, 1m) late morning. Also 3 Pintail, 2 Little Egret, juv Hobby, Kingfisher (Martyn Owen) BNGs and Scoters still present at 3.45pm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (25 Sep) – 3 Pintail, Little Egret, 6 Wigeon (Martyn Owen)

Catherton Common (24 Sep) – 9 Stonechat, with 11 at Titterstone Clee (Terry Hinett)

Attingham Pak (21 Sep) – Hobby, 3 Jay, 4 Green Woodpecker (Martin Clay)

Chelmarsh (19 Sep) – Ruff again (Tony Crossman)

Chelmarsh (18 Sep) – Ruff again (Tony Crossman)

Venus Pool (18 Sep) – juv Black-tailed Godwit (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (17 Sep) – 2 Little Egret, Water Rail (Martyn Owen) Ruff earlier (Tony Crossman)

Venus Pool (17 Sep) – Garganey still

Venus Pool (16 Sep) – juvenile black tailed godwit and 2 ringed plover in the morning (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (15 Sep) – Garganey (J Reeves) Garganey, 2 Ringed Plovers, Hobby, Little Egret (ringed) and 2 Kingfishers (Jim Almond) 2 Ringed Plover at 5.40pm (Chris Cameron)

Whixall Floods (13 Sep) – 2 juv Dunlin in the evening. Sacred Ibis at Wood Lane (Martyn Owen)

Condover (13 Sep) – Hobby through the farmyard this morning at Lt Berriewood (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (13 Sep) – Ringed Plover and Common Sand (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (12 Sep) – 2 Little Egret, 2 Green Sand, Kingfisher, Reed Warbler (Martyn Owen)

Candles Landfill (12 Sep) – 11.30am: one of the juv Caspian Gulls and at least 4 juv Yellow-legged Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (12 Sep) – Common Sand and the ringed Little Egret (no details on origins yet) (Tom Lowe)

Condover (12 Sep) – lots of migrants first thing on Condover Park, mainly meadow pipits with some yellow wagtails. 2-300 swallows were feasting on a massive crane fly hatch – notable how they followed the sheep around the field as they stirred up the grub. All gone by 9.30am (Nigel Barratt)

Titterstone Clee (12 Sep) – 4 Wheatear (unringed) and 7 Stonechat (Jason Kerohan)

Venus Pool (10 Sep) – Ringed Plover, Greenshank and Kingfishers,  in the morning (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (9 Sep) – early morning: 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Egret (inc colour ringed bird), Yellow Wagtail and 12 Snipe (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (8 Sep) – Adult winter Med Gull 4.50-4.55pm, when flew off (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (8 Sep) – Little Egret, 4 Snipe, Greenshank, Kingfisher at 9am (Bob Corbett) 2 Greenshank late afternoon (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (7 Sep) – All day birdwatch, highlights amongst a total of 78 species seen – 1 Whinchat, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 1 Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Gull, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 50+ Chaffinch, 15+ Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Peregrine (juv), 1 Hobby, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay (Tom Lowe, Jim Almond and others) Full report here

Cantlop (6 Sep) – Wheatear in field behind the house in the evening (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Floods (6 Sep) – 3 Ruff, Ringed Plover and the Sacred Ibis (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (6 Sep) – 2 Spotted Flycatchers on wire fence next to disabled car park also female Reed Bunting there. Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, drake Gadwall, Snipe and 120+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Lapwing, Green Woodpecker and juv Great Spotted Woodpecker (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (6 Sep) – Osprey still (J Reeves)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (5 Sep) – Osprey over the scrape at 11.30am and again at 12.55. Also Hobby present (Terry Hinett)

Titterstone Clee (5 Sep) – 5 Whinchat and 14 Stonechat (Terry Hinett)

Candles Landfill (5 Sep) – the original juv Caspian Gull (same as 22-27 Aug) present, long with 9 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 ads, 2s, 2 1s, 3 juvs), c15 Herring Gulls and c800 Lesser Black-backs (Tom Lowe)

Horsehay Pool (5 Sep) – 1w Med Gull showing well just opposite the chip shop at lunchtime (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (5 Sep) – 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, several Snipe early evening (Martin Ryder & Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (4 Sep) – juv Osprey (blue ring) caught a fish early evening, Little Egret and Kingfisher also on Res. Water Rail, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Snipe and 20 Teal on the scrape (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (4 Sep) – Spotted Flycatcher on fence near North Hide, Greenshank, Little Egret, Blackcap, 3 Snipe early morning (Martyn Owen) Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Greenshank, 7 Snipe mid morning (Mike Stokes) Hobby, 2 Snipe, 2 Wigeon, Sparrowhawk early afternoon (Martin Ryder) At least 15 Chiffchaff around the top field with more around Pool (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (3 Sep) – Juvenille Osprey fishing Res at 1pm, caught fish on about tenth attempt. On the scrape: Water Rail, 4 Green Sandpiper, 60 Teal, 25 Lapwing and 6 Snipe (Tony Crossman)

Venus Pool (3 Sep) –  Corn Bunting on wire adjacent to top field. Also, flock of 60 Goldfinch and Raven over (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (2 Sep) –  2 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 2 Little Egret plus Hobby. Also 2 Wigeon, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail (Martin Ryder and Tom Lowe)

Candles Landfill (2 Sep) – 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 ads, a 2s and a juv) (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (1 Sep) –  Kingfisher, 7 Snipe, 55 Lapwing, 10 Cormorant. 2 Little Egret flew in 7.57pm. 2 Tawny Owl calling from woods just west of reserve (Martin Ryder) Noted in log book: 2 Hobby, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank.

Venus Pool (31 Aug) –  At 8am: Kingfisher, 2 Dunlin, 3 Little egret. One of the Little Egret was rung – left: red B, right: yellow K. (Martyn Owen) Greenshank, Hobby, fem Pintail, 2 Dunlin at midday (JH) Female Pintail and 2 Dunlin late afternoon (Martin Ryder) Hobby through at 6.25pm. Also a Snipe present (Chris Cameron)

Whixall Canal Floods (31 Aug) – 3 or 4 juv Ruff and a Common Snipe at 10.30am. Viewing is typically tricky (Martyn Owen) Moss: 1 juv Hobby, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Common Snipe, c80 Common Teal. Floods: c20 Shoveler, c25 Common Teal, c40 Lapwing (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (31 Aug) – 6 Green sandpiper and 2 Snipe at 6.30am (Martyn Owen)

Titterstone Clee (31 Aug) – 5 Stonechats, 6 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail (‘birderwolf’)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (30 Aug) – Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 60 Teal, 25 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher and 10 Snipe (Tony Crossman)

Catherton Common (30 Aug) – 2 adult Whinchats, also 2 Stonechats (Jason Kernohan)

Titterstone Clee (30 Aug) – 6 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 7 Kestrels (Jason Kernohan)

Venus Pool (30 Aug) – Hobby plus second bird reported. Kingfisher, Greenshank flew in 7.15pm, 3 Green Sandpiper joined by further 4 Green Sandpiper at 7.20pm total 7 then 5 flew out 7.40pm, 2 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 3 Little Egret roosting, single flew in 7.55pm followed by two more at 8.05pm. Also Tawny Owl calling from wood S.W. of reserve at 8.15pm (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (29 Aug) – 2 Little Egret (Tony Crossman)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley (29 Aug) – 6 Yellow Wagtails dropped into the wetland in the morning (Mike Shurmer) SJ680179

Candles Landfill (29 Aug) – a new juv Caspian Gull. Also 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls (3 ads and 5+ juvs) and a couple of intriguing Lesser Black-backs (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (29 Aug) – Hobby and Kingfisher in the morning (Terry Arch). 2 Dunlin and a Hobby in the evening (Mike Shurmer)

Condover (28 Aug) – Osprey over at 6.10pm, flew south (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (28 Aug) – 1 Dunlin, 3+ Redstart, 1 Curlew, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, pair of Raven (Mike Stokes) Greenshank and Dunlin still late afternoon (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (27 Aug) – Cackling Canada Goose roosted overnight with mixed flock of 200+ Canadas and Greylags but was first to fly out with two Canadas at 6.15am. The 3 Little Egrets also roosted and flew out together at 6.58am. 2 Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron also present (Martin Ryder) Dunlin, Greenshank and Cackling Canada Goose at 11am (Jim Almond) 2 Little Egrets in to roost at 6.50pm (Chris Cameron)

Candles Landfill (27 Aug) – the juv Caspian Gull again briefly at12.05pm. Also 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls (3 ads, 1s, 4+ juvs), the juv Great Black-back, c800 Lesser Black-backs and c10 Herrings. 2 Yellow Wags flew over (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (26 Aug) – Hobby, 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, Water Rail (DR)

Venus Pool (26 Aug) – 2 Hobby over the Pool at 11.15am (Bob Corbett) In the evening: 3 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (25 Aug) – 2 Greenshank and 3 Little Egret, early morning only (Ian Loftus) 1 Dunlin and 2 Greensand at 5pm (Jim Almond) In the evening: A moulting ad Black-tailed Godwit, and at 8.25pm a Cackling Canada Goose flew in with the Canadas (presumably previously at Priorslee). At dusk, unseen Green Sand and Dunlin were heard (Tom Lowe)

Candles Landfill (23 Aug) – the juv Caspian Gull and 13 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adults, a 3s, 2 2s, 2 1s, 5 juvs) (Tom Lowe)

Condover (23 Aug) – Hobby flew north over Little Berriewood, Condover at 6pm (Nigel Barratt)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley (22 Aug) – Hobby hawking insects at dusk and chasing a bat (David Heath) 12 Snipe and 10 Teal in the afternoon (Mike Shurmer)

Candles Landfill (22 Aug) – juv Caspian Gull at lunchtime amongst c1,500 Lesser Black-backs. Also 9+Yellow-legged Gulls (2+ads, 2 2s, 2 1s, 3+ juvs), c10 Herring Gulls and a fresh juv Great Black-back. Juveniles of 5 spp of large gull! If anyone goes down there please let reception know when you arrive and follow all instructions (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (21 Aug) – Greenshank briefly at 3.30pm. 3 Green Sand and 1 Common Sand (Jim Almond) Snipe, Greensand and Common Sand in the evening (Chris Cameron)

Venus Pool (19 Aug) – Hobby through (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (18 Aug) – 2 Little Egret (Tony Crossman)

Wood Lane NR (17 Aug) – Juv Arctic Tern (Jim Almond) Little Egret (Brian Purslow)

Venus Pool (17 Aug) – Juv Common Tern,  5 Greensand, 2 Common Sand (Jim Almond) Greenshank in morning (log book)

Venus Pool (16 Aug) – 2 Redstart, 4 Green Sandpiper (Mike and Rob Stokes)

Wood Lane NR (16 Aug) – Sacred Ibis (log book)

Venus Pool (15 Aug) – 2 Little Egret and a Kingfisher in the morning (Martyn Owen) Greenshank late afternoon (Jim Almond) 6 Greenshank reported earlier, also 2 Hobby (log book)

Venus Pool (14 Aug) – Kingfisher, Greenshank, Green Sand, Common Sand (log book)

Chelmarsh (13 Aug) – juv/1st w Mediteranean gull in the evening in a good sized roost comprising around 1,000 lesser black backed gull, 1 herring gull and 1,500 black-headed gull. Also, a vocal ring necked parakeet around the boat club, before flying to the south. A redshank was on the dam along with 2 common sandpiper (Martyn Owen)

NW Shrewsbury (11 Aug) – 2 Crossbill south over Mytton Mill, Fitz (Patrick Lanaway)

Venus Pool (11 Aug) – Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper at 9.30am. Stoat in front of main hide (Bob Corbett) 3 Little Egret and numerous Sand Martins at 4pm (Chris Cameron)

Wood Lane NR (10 Aug) – Sacred Ibis (Barry and Meryl Jones)

Venus Pool (10 Aug) – Redstart, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper. Kingfisher at Cound Bridge (Mike Stokes)

Wood Lane NR (9 Aug) – Sacred Ibis again (Brian Purslow)

Venus Pool (9 Aug) – Ruff, Common Sandpiper (Michael Murphy) 7.15pm – Ruff still and 3 Green Sandpiper flew in 6.10pm. Also present; Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 18 Lapwing, 6 Grey Heron and 6 Cormorant (Martin Ryder)

Candles Landfill, Telford (9 Aug) – Caspian Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls early afternoon (Michael Murphy)

Wood Lane NR (8 Aug) – Sacred Ibis, Little Egret, 2 Hobby (Brian Purslow)

Titterstone Clee (8 Aug) – 1 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 10 Wheater (Terry Hinett)

Candles Landfill (8 Aug) – c700 Lesser Black-backs, 8 Yellow-leggeds (ad, 3s, 2s, 1s, 4 juv) and just 3 Herrings (2s, 2 juv) (Tom Lowe)

Wood Lane (7 Aug) – 42 Curlew, also a young Fox (Paul Burgess)

Shrewsbury (6 Aug) 120+ Swifts feeding over field west of Ellesmere Rd, north Shrewsbury in the evening, being hassled by Hobby (Patrick Lanaway)

Whixall Floods (4 Aug) – Green Sandpiper (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (4 Aug) – Little Egret, Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper (J Reeves)

Wood Lane (4 Aug) – 2 Crossbill over (J Reeves)

Bury Ditches (3 Aug) – 10 Crossbill (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (3 Aug) – Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Bridges (3 Aug) – Crossbill in the pub garden (Patrick Lanaway)

Buildwas (1&2 Aug) – Little Egret on the River Severn just along from Buildwas towards Leighton (Wendy Powell)

Boningale (31 July) – Juvenile redstart feeding in association with several whitethroat, garden warbler and blackcap on insects in oil-seed rape adjacent to hedgerow, plus little owl, redpoll nearby (Glenn Bishton)

Chelmarsh (29 July) – 4 common tern (2ad, 2juv), little egret, common sandpiper and 22 great crested grebe (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (29 July) – Otter seen from the North (member’s) Hide at 8.30am (Bob Corbett) 2 Little Egrets, 3 Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Oystercatcher. No further sign of the Otter during the evening. 2 Reed Warbler (Jim A & Martin R)

Venus Pool (28 July) – Otter feeding in front of Memorial Hide at 2pm (Tracey Smallman). Little Egret, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper at 2pm (Chris Cameron)

Venus Pool (27 July) – 3 Little Egrets, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond) 2 Dunlin in the morning (log book)

Venus Pool (26 July) – 4 Black-tailed Godwits (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (25 July) – 2 Little Egrets. Common Tern briefly (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (25 July) – Common Sandpiper, Water Rail by the old hide, 3 Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane (24 July) – Black-tailed Godwit (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (23 July) – 10 Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Aston Pigott SJ338059 (20 July) – Bee-eater seen at 9.50am over Aston Pigott (Worthen) flying towards Aston Rogers, chased by swallows (Stephen Bacon)

Nr Whitchurch (20 July) – 1 Grasshopper warbler singing near canal in sedge just north of Grindley Brook locks. Also, 10-15 Crossbills over Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel at 10.45am (Paul Rutter)

Wood Lane (20 July) – 31 Curlew (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (20 July) – Water Rail by the old hide, 3 Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane  (19 July) – Med Gull family not seen since 14th. Green Woodpeckers have 3 fledged young (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (18 July) – Little Egret on the Res (Tony Crossman)

Whittington (18 July) – Sacred Ibis still, 800m past Jack Mytton pub, along canal in field (Brian Purslow)

Hampton Loade (16 July) – Little Egret along the River Severn near Hampton Loade, early afternoon (Jason Kernohan)

Chelmarsh (15 July) – 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher,  Egret on the Res (Tony Crossman)

Whittington (14 July) – Sacred Ibis still, as per earlier location (Mick Wall and Jon)

Venus Pool (13 July) – Redshank in the afternoon (Helen Griffiths)

Candles Landfill (12 July) – Amongst the 400+ Lesser Black-backs there were 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, 3cy, 2cy) and 2 Herring Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (12 July) – Colony of lesser black-backed gulls nesting on the roofs of Stadco, Harlescott Lane, Battlefield. 13 adults (with others in the air nearby) and 3 juvs from separate broods. Two of the juvs were quite young downy individuals and the other almost full size (Geoff Holmes)

Whittington (12 July) – Sacred Ibis still on the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal, close to the village of Hindford. Feeding amongst the sheep (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (11 July) – Water Rail, 3 Green Sandpipers (Tony Crossman)

Chelmarsh (7 July) – Water Rail, Garden Warbler, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Whitethroat, 2 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher (SC, log book)

Whittington (11 July) – Sacred Ibis for 2nd day 800m past Jack Mytton pub, along canal in field (bird news services)

Wood Lane 11 July) – Redshank, also 5 Med Gulls still (2 ad, 3 juv) (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (9 July) – 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, Water Rail, 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Oystercatcher (Joe & Greg, log book) 1 Little-ringed Plover, 6 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper (Tony Crossman)

Venus Pool (9 July) – Cuckoo flying over the Pool (Helen Griffiths)

Wood Lane (9 July) – 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Curlew, 5 Med Gulls still (2 ad, 3 juv) (Paul Burgess & Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (7 July) – Water Rail, Garden Warbler, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Whitethroat, 2 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher (SC, log book)

Venus Pool (7 July) – Greenshank, green sandpiper, two yellow wagtails, & the oystercatcher pair with three newly-hatched chicks (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (5 July) – Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper (log book)

Wood Lane (5 July) – 5 Med Gulls still (2 ad, 3 juv) (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (3 July) – 3 Hobby one being a juv, Green Woodpecker calling and numerous Swifts low and calling (Phil Bordman)

Wood Lane (2 July) – 3 Med Gulls have successfully fledged (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (1 July) – 18 Curlew, Green Sandpiper (Tony Crossman)

Chelmarsh (26 & 28 Jun) – Little-ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher (Tony Crossman)

Chelmarsh (25 Jun) – Cuckoo, 2 Oystercatcher (Tony Crossman)

Chelmarsh (23 Jun) – 90 Tufted Ducks, 10 Great-crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing with 1 chick (Tony Crossman)

Chelmarsh (21 Jun) – Cuckoo, Oystercatcher (Tony Crossman)

Severn Valley CP (17 Jun) –  female or immature Pied Flycatcher, 2 male Reed Warbler, 3 male Reed Bunting (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (17 Jun) – Cuckoo, pair Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher (Tony Crossman)

Lt Berriewood, Condover (16 Jun) – 7 Oystercatchers high over and flying west at 9.15pm (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (16 Jun) – Common Tern in the afternoon (Jenni Hood)

Chelmarsh (16 Jun) – Cuckoo (Graham & Mary, log book)

Wooton/Kingsnordley/Coton (14 Jun) – Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Tufted Duck (Keith Bates)

Cold Hatton Heath (12 Jun) – no sign of Black Redstart today. 2 Corn Bunting present (Jim Almond & J Reeves)

Severn Valley CP (12 Jun) –  female Mandarin with 1 immature, 2 male Reed Warbler, 1 male Reed Bunting (Keith Bates)

Tibberton (11 Jun) – Cuckoo at 4:15am, also red kite, whitethroat and willow warbler (James Gale)

Cold Hatton Heath (11 Jun) – Black Redstart (1st sum male) in the road, picking up what I assume were ants. Two and a half kms east of the A442 from Cold Hatton Heath, by the named entrance to Meeson Grange, and by a ‘dead-end’ sign. SJ653208 (Steve Jaggs) Still present at 8.30pm, and said to have been present for the last 10 days (Martin and Ian Grant)

Candles Landfill (11 Jun) – 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, 4cy, 3cy, 2cy), 6 Herring Gulls, 500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at midday (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (11 Jun) Garganey pair early afternoon (Jim Almond) Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Little Grebe in the afternoon (Martin Ryder) Pair of Garganey still present at 9pm after emerging from vegetation (Jim Almond)

Shrewsbury (9 Jun) – male Merlin above the A49 between the Meole Brace roundabout and McDonalds heading south at 8:10 pm (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (8 Jun) – drake Pintail asleep on island opposite the Memorial Hide, also four juvenile Cormorant. In the evening: Cuckoo and Reed Warbler (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (8 Jun) – Cuckoo (Steven Harris)

Venus Pool (6 Jun) Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the Norfolk Drain (to right of the path to the Memorial Hide) (Mark Wilson)

Hopesay (4 Jun) – 7+ singing Redstarts between Sibdon Carwood and Hopesay Hill. Also 2 singing near to Basford SO 393856 and a further 2 west of Hopesay village (Paul Bateman)

River Severn, Leighton (2 Jun) – Hobby actively hunting over River Severn and surrounding woodland (Glenn Bishton)

Bridgnorth (1 Jun) – Cuckoo calling in the woodland by High Rock (Steve Wright)

Wood Lane (31 May) – Whinchat (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (30 May) – Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Skylark in song, female Kestrel hunting top fields, small party of eight House Martins heading north (Martin Ryder)

Long Lane (30 May) – 13 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin (J Reeves)

Long Lane (29 May) – Sanderling and 2 Dunlin (Andy Latham)

Bridgnorth (26 May) – Ring-necked Parakeet by Innage Gardens (Steve Wright)

Whixall Moss (26 May) – Short-eared Owl, 7 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (26 May) – Marsh Harrier at 6.50pm (log book)

Stokesay Court (26 May) – male Reeves’s Pheasant (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (25 May) – 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail (Dawn Balmer)

Venus Pool (24 May) – 2 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (23 May) – 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin (Jim Almond)

Long Lane (23 May) – 2 Sanderling, a Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover (Tom Lowe)

Long Mynd (21 May) – Wood Warbler singing in Batch Valley (Mike Shurmer)

Wood Lane NR (19 May) – 17 Black-tailed Godwit at 7.30pm (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (19 May) – 2 Yellow Wagtails (Chris Cameron)

Whixall (18 May) – 5 (max) Hobby on the Moss. The floods are extensive again, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, 2 male Teal, 2 male and 1 female Shoveler of note (Howard Prince)

Arlescott, nr Broseley (18 May) – Dotterel fem in bright summer plumage, also fem Wheatear (Glenn Bishton, Rachael Piper & group from Severn Gorge Countryside Trust)

Chelmarsh (17 May) –  Greenshank on shore of Res (Martyn Owen)

Edgerley (17 May) – 3 terns on floodwater opposite Royal Hill (Richard Vernon)

Long Lane SJ635151 (17 May) 1 Dunlin and a Shoveler (Martyn Owen) Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plovers at 1pm (Tom Lowe)

Wood Lane (17 May) – 2nd-summer Med Gull (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (17 May) – Arctic Tern at 8am (Jim Almond) Still present at 2pm (Martin Ryder)

Whixall (16 May) – up to 8 Hobby on the Moss, also 2 Cuckoo and 2000+ Swifts (Phil Boardman)

Bowbrook, Shrewsbury (16 May) – Shelduck with 6 Mallard plus Lapwing on flooded field pool (Martin Ryder)

 Long Lane (16 May) – 2 LRPs were the only small waders on arrival, but at 8.40pm a flock of 4 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plovers appeared from nowhere ahead of a heavy shower. 170+ Lesser Black-backs passed through in dribs and drabs on their way to roost, along with a couple of young Herrings and a 1s Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Polemere (16 May) – 2 Yellow Wagtail, female Goosander flew in 8.25pm to roost, Whitethroat, good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins with single House Martin hawking over water (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (16 May) –  White Wagtail at 8am, but no waders or terns (Martyn Owen)

Long Lane SJ635151 (16 May) 3 Dunlin and 13 Ringed Plover. Also 2 hare (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (16 May) – Arctic Tern at 6.20am, also 1 Dunlin (Martyn Owen) Arctic Tern still at 4.45pm and a Common Sand (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (15 May) –  2 Whimbrel at 5am (Ron Kinrade) Turnstone, 8 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, Redshank and Common Sandpiper on the dam, 2 Common Tern on buoys. A further 2 Dunlin flew through with a Ringed Plover. 6 Dunlin were on the scrape (MO/JA/MS) Turnstone, 8 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin and a Common Sand still on the dam at 8.30pm and an Arctic Tern was fishing with 2 Commons. Nothing now on the scrape although there had been an LRP earlier and a Cuckoo was singing at dusk (Tom Lowe)

 Long Lane SJ635151 (15 May) – Knot (sum plum) at 4.30pm, 63 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 7 Sanderling (MS/JA/MO/TL)

Venus Pool (15 May) – 8am: Sanderling and 27 Dunlin. Black Tern and 3 Arctic Tern through at 8.25am (Martyn Owen) 5 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and  White Wagtail late morning (Martin Ryder) Later, 2 Sanderling, 37 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. 5 Common Terns flew high NW at 12.20 and at 12.45 there was an Arctic Tern feeding on the Trout Pool (TL/JA/MS/MO/MR) At 7.30pm: Sanderling, Common Tern, 13 Dunlin (Jim Almond)

Polemere (15 May) – Yellow Wagtail (Paul Burgess)

Colemere (15 May) – 2 Common Terns (JA/MS)

Wood Lane NR (15 May) – 7 Common Tern (log book)

Chelmarsh (14 May) – Whimbrel flew towards the scrape early evening. 2 Common Sandpiper and an Oystercatcher (Martyn Owen)

Long Lane flood SJ635151 (13 May) – 21 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, Curlew, Skylark, Whitethroat (Martin Ryder)

Nr Wrockwardine (13 May) – Hobby through (Martin Ryder)

Wood Lane NR (13 May) – Ringed Plover and 3 Little ringed Plover (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Floods (13 May) – Redshank and Dunlin (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (13 May) – 4 Little Ringed Plover and 6 Shelduck (Martyn Owen) Hobby, female Sparrowhawk, 3 LRP. Good numbers of Swifts through, Whitethroat, Blackcap (Martin Ryder)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley (13 May) – Great White Egret on the marsh (Wall Farm) No sign by late morning/afternoon/evening (Jim Almond & Martin Ryder)

Brown Clee (12 May) – male redstart in the gorse bushes by the nature trail on lower south slopes (Sarah Munn)

 Venus Pool (12 May) – Common Sand and 4 LRPs, also 150 Swifts during a shower (Tom Lowe)

Polemere (12 May) – Wheatear still also female Goosander again. Good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins going through with odd House Martin. Heavy downpour resulted in arrival of 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow Wagtail also 3 LBB Gull briefly (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (11 May) – 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin swelled to 3 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin during a couple of heavy showers, then all left by 4pm. Also Hobby, Common Sand, 4 LRPs and 50+ Swifts amongst the hirundines (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (11 May) – 3 Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Cuckoo (Martyn Owen)

Wood Lane NR (10 May) – 3 Common Sandpipers (Paul Burgess)

Wrekin (10 May) – 4 Wood Warbler, 3 Tree Pipit, Redstart and several Pied Flycatcher (Glenn Bishton)

Chelmarsh (10 May) – Whimbrel on the dam until 4.20pm when if flew northeast. 2 Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipe also present (Martyn Owen)

Polemere (10 May) – female Wheatear in horse paddock for 5th day. Also present Swift, 2 House Martin, 18 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher (now sitting), 2 Linnet, Skylark in song (Martin Ryder)

Whixall Floods (10 May) – redshank, common sandpiper, oystercatcher and a garden warbler (Martyn Owen)

Wood Lane (10 May) – 2 LRP, 6 shelduck (Martyn Owen)

Crosemere (10 May) – 2 corn bunting, garden warbler and 2 yellow wagtail (Martyn Owen)

Battlefield roundabout ‘pond’ (10 May) – 2 LRP and a dunlin (Martyn Owen)

Long Lane flood SJ635151 (10 May) – 2 shelduck, 4 dunlin, 3 ringed plover and a few lapwing including some recently hatched youngsters  (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (10 May) – Great White Egret flew west away from the Lake at 7:40am (Ed Wilson)

Venus Pool (9 May) – 2 Dunlin and Common Sandpiper (Richard Vernon & Jim Almond) In the evening: still 2 Dunlin and a Common Sand, as well as a fem Wigeon, fem Goosander and c200 each of Swallows and Sand Martins (Tom Lowe)

Ellesmere (9 May) – 400 House Martins, 200 Swallows, 100 Sand Martins and 100 Swifts low over the water. Smaller numbers of hirundines were over the other meres, with a higher proportion of Sand Martins in those flocks (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (8 May) – 10 Swift, 30+ Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Heron, 4 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 LRP, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Blackcap (Martin Ryder)

Polemere (8 May) – Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, 3 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh Scrape (8 May) – 2 Terns (poss Arctic) on Res. Cuckoo, 4 Snipe and 2 Oystercatcher on scrape (Tony Crossman)

Wood Lane NR (8 May) – Common Tern (Jim Almond & Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh Scrape (6/7 May) – Marsh Harrier (prob 2nd sum male) came in to roost at 8.55pm on 6th. Flew out at 8.05am on 7th, high to the north. Also on 7th – Arctic Tern on Res. 1 Curlew, 2 Snipe and 2 Oystercatcher on scrape, 50 Pied Wagtail in to roost (Tony Crossman, John Rogers, Clive Biddulph)

Venus Pool (7 May) – Sedge Warbler in the hedge alongside the disabled parking area, in the evening (Richard & Ann Pearce)

Venus Pool (7 May) – Osprey, flew towards the river at 5.20pm (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Canal (6 May) – Spotted Flycatcher by the canal towpath (Richard & Ann Pearce)

Dothill, Telford (6 May) – Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Whixall Moss (6 May) – 2 Cuckoo, 3 Snipe, Raven, 5 Hobby – spending most of their time on Fenns (Phil Boardman)

Polemere (6 May) – in the evening; Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, Cuckoo heard, Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, female Goosander (Martin Ryder)

Long Mynd (6 May) – 2 Hobby (Nigel Barratt)

Hawkstone Park (5 May) – Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Green Woodpecker all recorded during Dawn Chorus event. Also a singing male Wood Warbler, at least six Redstart and several Pied Flycatcher (Allan Heath)

Chelmarsh (5 May) – Grasshopper Warbler ringed in the morning. 2 male Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher present. No sign of Gropper in the evening (Tony Crossman)

Wood Lane NR (5 May) – Kittiwake reported at 1.30pm. Flew back in mid afternoon, then out again (Jim Almond). Kittiwake present again at approx 8pm (log book)

Whixall (5 May) – 2 Redshank, 11 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper on the floods. 1 Hobby on the Moss (AL, DH, MS)

Shrewsbury (5 May) – Black Redstart at farm next to Albright Hussey Manor hotel, and visiting hotel car park. 9.50am (Jason Kernohan)

Long Lane SJ635151 (5 May) – 1 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin (J Reeves)

Wrekin (5 May) – 4 Wood Warbler, 2 Redstarts, pair of Pied Flycatchers. All within the first bend area of main track (Mike Stokes)

Long Lane SJ635151 (4 May) – Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and a Curlew. Also 6 Ringed Plover still at 4.30pm (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane NR (4 May) – 8 Dunlin (Yvonne C & Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (4 May) – Osprey over at 5.30pm, heading north (Ian Barrie) Grasshopper Warbler again, reeling near scrape hide at 11.30am (Yvonne C & Jim Almond) A Dunlin and also Cuckoo again at 9.45am (Tony Crossman)

Whixall (4 May) – 6.00am – 9.15am: female Marsh Harrier (Fenns), Red Kite (Fenns), Grasshopper Warbler (Whixall), 2 female Wheatear (Fenns), Cuckoo (calling single males on both Fenns and Whixall) (Howard Prince) 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin and White Wagtail on the floods. 2 Cuckoo on the moss late evening  (Yvonne C & Jim Almond)

Polemere (4 May) – Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 40+ Sand Martin, House Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Oystercatcher, all late afternoon (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (4 May) – Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew and 2 Oystercatcher (Jim Almond)

Long Lane SJ635151 (4 May) – 6 Ringed Plover in the morning (Andy Latham)

Wrekin (4 May) – 3 Wood Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, male Pied Flycatcher and Redstart pair (Jim Almond)

Tilstock (4 May) – Cuckoo heard for the past week, also 3 Wheatear today (James Gale)

Long Mynd (4 May) – male Whinchat in the valley down from Pole Cottage (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (3 May) – 2 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, lots of Tree Pipits and 2 Hobby over at the westen end, 20+ Buzzards (Phil Boardman)

Venus Pool (3 May) – 2 Yellow Wagtail (1m) and 4 Little Ringed Plover (Jason Kernohan)

Wrekin (3 May) – 2 Wood Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, several Pied Flycatchers and Redstart (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (2 May) – 2 Arctic Terns (Tony Crossman)

Polemere (2 May) – drake Garganey associating with Teal and still present at 8.50pm. Also White Wagtail, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, male Reed Bunting, 14 Swallow, 14 Starling. A Vixen with cub at the far side of Pool. Towards dusk Vixen took what appeared to be either a Coot or Moorhen (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (2 May) – Grasshopper Warbler again, reeling near scrape hide at 7.20pm. Then heard again 8.15-9.20pm, also Cuckoo and Woodcock (J Reeves)

Chelmarsh (1 May) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling near scrape hide 8.20-9.20pm at least, also Cuckoo, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher and Reed Warbler (Yvonne C & Jim Almond)

Wood Lane NR (1 May) – drake Garganey at 7pm (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (1 May) – Whitethroat, Blackcap and Willow Warbler all in song. 4 LRP. Family of Canada Geese with 5 Goslings (Martin Ryder)

Shrewsbury (1 May) – Swifts, at least a dozen ‘screamers’ in a big dog fight over The Mount at 7.45pm (Nigel Barratt)

Long Lane SJ635151 (1 May) – 2 Whimbrel still opposite floods, in field by the B5063, at 5pm (J Reeves) No sign of Whimbrel at 7.30pm, but Skylark and 2 Curlew (Martin Ryder)

Whixall (1 May) – pair of Med Gulls, 2 Cuckoo, 2/3 Hobby, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, Numerous Whitethroats, 2/3 Hobby, a few pairs of Stonechat, 4 Wheatear (Mike and Rob Stokes)

Wheathall, south of Condover (30 Apr) – No sign of Bee-eater at 5pm at Berriewood stud farm or the Ind Estate SY5 7NN (bns)

Wood Lane NR (30 Apr) – 2 adult Med Gulls on island with numerous Black-headed Gulls, 2.45-3.45pm (Peter and Christopher Challinor)

Wheathall, south of Condover (30 Apr) – Bee-eater briefly at 12.45am on wires Berriewood stud farm SY5 7NN (bns)

Wheathall, south of Condover (30 Apr) – Bee-eater still at 9.55am. Moved from the Ind Estate to the fences by the airfield buildings near Berriewood Farm (David Edwards)

Long Lane SJ635151 (30 Apr) – 3 Whimbrel opposite floods in field by the B5063, until at least 6.45am (J Reeves)

Wheathall, south of Condover (29 Apr) – Bee-eater on wires at Berriewood stud farm, south of Condover at 4.25pm (Tom Lowe) Present up to 6.45pm, in tree along the north perimeter fence of Condover Industrial Estate (SJ 50308 03849), opposite stud farm (SY5 7NN)

Stiperstones (29 Apr) – Ring Ouzel (bns)

Broseley (29 Apr) – 9 Wheatear and 2 Skylark on Pound Lane (John Powell)

Devil’s Dingle (28 Apr) – Lesser Spotted Woodpecker ‘drumming’ and observed over period of 30 minutes, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler, pair Redstart, 2 Wheatear (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (28 Apr) – Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (Glenn Bishton)

Ercall Wood (29 Apr) – Wood Warbler (Pete Nickless)

Dudmaston Hall (28 Apr) – male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker all recorded at during Dawn Chorus event (Allan Heath)

Venus Pool (28 Apr) – male Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat. At 4.40pm a Carrion Crow stole and flew off with a Little Ringed Plover egg (Martin Ryder) 5 Yellow Wagtail at 3pm (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh Scrape (28 Apr) – Cuckoo, 2 Reed Warblers, Common Sandpiper (Yvonne C)

Long Mynd (28 Apr) – male Whinchat at Pole Cottage at 2.15pm (Rob Vaughan)

Titterstone Clee summit (28 Apr) – Ring Ouzel female by the derelict quarry buildings (bns)

Wrekin (27 Apr) – a walk up the main path and along the track by the nest boxes produced 3 singing Wood Warblers, 1 singing Redstart and 5 Pied Flycatchers. 2 Tree Pipits at the summit. Also seen, 2 Redpolls and 1 Siskin (Ed Wilson)

Cantlop (27 Apr) – Grey Plover. Calling bird flew east over Cantlop Wood at 11am (Tom Lowe)

Tilstock (26 Apr) – 3 Dunlin on flood behind the village hall (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Moss (26 Apr) – calling Cuckoo, 1 Whitethroat and male + female Tawny Owls (call only) and Green Woodpecker (Phil Boardman)

Venus Pool (26 Apr) – adult Mediterranean Gull at 2.20pm. Also, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, Common Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (26 Apr) – 3 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 7 Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail, Water Rail, Cuckoo, Reed and Sedge Warbler singing (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Floods (26 Apr) – Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper (Martyn Owen) Yellow Wagtail and Dunlin (Paul Rutter)

Wood Lane NR (26 Apr) – 2 LRP (Martyn Owen)

Whitemere (26 Apr) – Common Sandpiper on jetty (Martyn Owen)

Battlefield, Shrews (26 Apr) – Common Sandpiper on a small pond near Battlefield roundabout (Martyn Owen)

Nedge Hill (26 Apr) – at least 19 Wheatear at Naird Lane – some in the two fields down to the horses and some in the field on the other side of the lane. Lots of Swallows chasing insects across the grass fields (Richard Camp)

Long Lane Floods SJ635151 (26 Apr) – c10 each of ringed plover and dunlin this evening (J Reeves)

Long Lane Floods SJ635151 (26 Apr) – nr sum plumage Spotted Redshank present til 6.15am when flew north (J Reeves)

Long Lane Floods SJ635151 (25 Apr) – Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin at 6.10pm (J Reeves)

Polemere (25 Apr) – male White Wag in the horse paddock briefly, but no sign of yesterday’s 1st-summer possible Blue-headed Wagtail. Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Warbler singing (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (25 Apr) – 7 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover flew in together at 7.30pm. Previously seen were 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Shelduck, 75 Mute Swan, 100+ Sand Martin, 30+ Swallow, 3 House Martin, 3 Swift, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 25+ Linnet, 16 Stock Dove. The pair of Great Crested Grebe now have one egg (Martin Ryder) Hobby and Yellow Wagtail at 5.35pm (Pete Nickless)

Whixall Floods (24 Apr) – 3 Redshank. Also a Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail and Willow Tit (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (24 Apr) – 3 Grass Snakes curled up together on black plastic sheet to left of main hide late morning (Martin Ryder & Helen Griffiths) 5 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, 2 male 1 female Blackcap plus a further male at Cound Stank. 73 Mute Swans present in the evening (Martin Ryder) 

Polemere (24 Apr) – Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and 3 Wigeon around the pool and an intriguing Bluish-headed Wagtail in the horse paddock (Tom Lowe)

Long Lane Floods SJ635151 (24 Apr) – 3 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP and 2 Dunlin on the floods, Lesser Whitethroat in the hedge (J Reeves)

Priorslee Lake (24 Apr) – 5 Common Sandpipers (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (24 Apr) – 2 LRPs 1 Common Sandpiper (Mike and Rob Stokes) Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart and Sedge Warbler (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (23 Apr) – pair of Mandarin in the field by Cound Stank. At VP, Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Wheatears (Pete Nickless) 1 Lesser Whitethroat car park/top field, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, White Wagtail. Redstart heard singing distantly far end of top field though not seen (J Reeves) Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, White Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, male Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting (m&f), 3 Skylark, 25+ Linnet, 2 Great Crested Grebe displayng (Martin Ryder)

Bridges (23 Apr) – 10 Pied Flycatchers and 6 Redstarts (Pete Nickless)

Bury Ditches (23 Apr) – 2 Tree Pipits (Pete Nickless)

Nedge Hill (22 Apr) – male Whinchat in the bottom Horse Paddocks at lunch time. Also 20 Wheatear, male Blackcap and Willow Warbler (Ian Grant)

Venus Pool (22 Apr) – male Mandarin in at 9.30am (Paul Burgess). 4 Swifts with hirindines and a White Wagtail (J Reeves) 65 Mute Swan, 2 Curlew, White Wagtail, Pochard 2 drake 1 duck. No further sign of Arctic Tern (Martin Ryder)

Whixall Moss (22 Apr) Short-eared Owl at 6.30pm. 3 White Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail on the floods (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (21 Apr) – Whimbrel and Arctic Tern (Jim Almond)

Wyre Forest (21 April) – 5 Crossbill (3f) on the north edge of the Wyre Forest in Fastings Coppice at midday (Jon Cartwright)

Beckbury (21 Apr) – 3 Corn Bunting still, singing by the road to Badger (Yvonne C)

Polemere (21 Apr) –  2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck and a Yellow Wagtail (James Grundy)

Whixall Moss (20 Apr) – Marsh Harrier over Fenns Moss late evening. Whixall Moss: 8+ White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail  (Paul Rutter)

Whixall & Fenns Mosses (20 Apr) 6-9am – 4+ calling Cuckoo, c12 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, numerous Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler (Howard Prince)

Higher Heath (20 Apr) – fully fledged juvenile Robin in garden (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (20 Apr) – Arctic Tern still (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (20 Apr) – Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat (Yvonne C)

Edgerley (20 Apr) – Cuckoo calling (Rod Farmer)

Arscott, Pontesbury (20 Apr) – Cuckoo heard from the golf course (Dave Barrow)

The Wrekin (20 Apr) – 11+ Tree Pipit, 3 pairs of Pied Flycatcher, 7 Redstart and a male Wheatear (J Reeves)

Whixall Moss (20 Apr) – Cuckoo, 30+ Willow Warblers, 5 Whitethroat, 3 male Brimstones ( Rob Stokes )

Cherrington (19 Apr) – Cuckoo (Steve Jaggs)

Whixall, Fenns Mosses (19 Apr) – 2 Hobby, Cuckoo calling (old railway line), Short-eared Owl, Woodcock, Green Woodpecker (Phil Boardman)

The Mere, Ellesmere (19 Apr) – 6 Arctic Tern (Jim Almond)

Devil’s Dingle  (19 Apr) – 3 Whitethroat, 2 Redstart, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover pair (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall (19 Apr) – 2 Pintail (m & f) on floods, 2 Wheatear on fields nr Prees branch of canal (Paul Rutter)

Leighton (19 Apr) –  2 Common Sandpiper, 60 Sand Martin (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas  (19 Apr) – 120 Sand Martin, 2 male Redstart in song, 1 Common Sandpiper (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool  (19 Apr) – male White Wag, Arctic Tern still, Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpipers (Tom Lowe) In the evening; 2 Arctic Tern, Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 90+ BH Gull (Martin Ryder)

Colemere (19 Apr) -Wheatear on Mere field (Paul Burgess)

Trefonen (19 Apr) – male Pied Flycatcher and several Redstart (Allan Dawes)

Bridges (19 Apr) – Pied Flycatcher (m & f), Redstart (m & f), Dipper, Grey Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch, Bullfinch (m & 2f), Curlew, Raven (Martin Ryder) 5 Pied Flycatchers (Steve Haycox)

Titterstone Clee summit (19 Apr) – 9am; 2 Ring Ouzels (m & f) by the derelict quarry buildings. Another female on the Titterstone Incline. 20 Wheatears over a wide area. 2 Stonechats by Quarry Farm (Steve Haycox)

Naird Lane, Nedge Hill (19 Apr) – Lesser Whitethroat in hedgerow on  and 10+ Wheatear and four Yellowhammer in fields in Redhill Lane, Telford (Mick Wall)

Chelmarsh Res (19 Apr) – Water Rail, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 16 Goosander (Yvonne C) 2 LRP  (Tony Crossman)

Chelmarsh (18 Apr) – Red Kite briefly in the evening and an Arctic tern drifted through without lingering at 18.10. Two Common Sandpiper were on the dam early morning, increasing to 7 by the evening (Martyn Owen) 2 Water Rail, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatche (Tony Crossman)

Bridges (18 Apr) – 7 Pied Flycatcher (5m, 2f), 3 Redstart, 2 Dipper, Tree Creeper, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Nuthatch & Raven (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (18 Apr) – 2 Arctic Terns (Jim Almond) Early evening; 3 Arctic Terns. Also Wheatear and 52 Mute Swans (Martin Ryder)

Stiperstones (18 Apr) – Red Grouse, Yellowhammer & 4 singing Willow Warblers at Gatton (Helen Griffiths)

Nedge Hill (18 Apr) – 21 Wheatears, Common Redstart, Common Whitethroat (Pete Jordan)

Whixall Floods (17 Apr) – Spotted Redshank and Greenshank still. Very little on Moss in strong winds although a couple of Willow Warblers along access (Pete Nickless)

Nedge Hill (17 Apr) – Redstart on the fence of bottom horse field, Whitethroat by 5 bar gate also 10 Wheatear with another 5 Wheatear in the field next to the road (Ian Grant)

Titterstone Clee (17 Apr) – Ring Ouzel male at 4.30pm (bns)

Ironbridge (17 Apr) – male willow warbler in song (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (17 Apr) Arctic Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, c100 Sand Martin, 34 Mute Swans, 2 Wheatear in top field (Jim Almond) At 2pm; Female Redstart 40y past large oak in top field, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler from Fen Hide, 3 Common Sandpipers (Mike Stokes)

Nedge Hill (17 Apr)8 Wheatear, 2 resident Swallows and 2 Chiffchaff, also 6+ Skylarks and 3 Linnet (Martin Grant)

Chelmarsh Res (16&17 Apr) – 2 Oystercatcher (Tony Crossman)

Whixall Moss (16 Apr) – Cuckoo (Andrew Pattison)

Isombridge (16 Apr) – Yellow Wagtail, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, Swallow (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (16 Apr) – Whimbrel and Curlew in the morning (Rob Stokes). 2 Arctic Tern, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Martin Ryder) Common Tern at 12.30pm and Arctic Tern at 5pm (Helen Griffiths) Arctic Tern still at 7.15pm, also Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond)

Beckbury (16 Apr) – 3 Corn Bunting singing on the road to Badger (Yvonne C)

Brockton, SE of Telford (16 Apr) – 320 Golden Plover still (summer plumaged) at Haven Hills (Yvonne C)

Long Lane SJ635151 (16 Apr) – At 3pm; 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, Stock Dove pair, 4+ Skylark, 5 Teal (Martin Grant) Several Ringed Plover and Dunlin still present. Skylark in song (Martin Ryder)

Nedge Hill (16 Apr) – male Common Redstart, male Common Whitethroat, 25+ Wheatear, Willow Warbler. Viewed from the five bar gate leading to horse paddocks (Ian Grant) At 4pm; 3 Yellow Wagtails with horses in lower horse fields. Common Whitethroat, 24+ Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare and 2 Swallows in field from five barred gate (Martin Grant)

Whixall Floods (16 Apr) – Spotted Redshank still (Bob Harris) Spotted Redshank still in the afternoon, also 3 Dunlin (Jim Almond)

Whixall Floods (15 Apr) – Spotted Redshank still, also 1 Greenshank and Yellow Wagtail (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (15 Apr) – Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 House Martins (Jim Almond) 2 Green Sandpiper flew in 7.40pm, Yellow Wagtail, 70+ Sand Martin, few Swallow, 2 LRP, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher (Martin Ryder)

Polemere (15 Apr) – 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Wigeon (Martin Ryder)

Long Lane Floods SJ635151 (15 Apr) – 10 Ringed plover and 5 Dunlin (J Reeves)

Edgerley (14 Apr) – 32 Tree Sparrows in the garden (Rod Farmer)

Nr Higford, NE of Norton (14 Apr) – 70 Corn Buntings feeding in recently sown field. 2 Wheatear, 22 Meadow Pipit, several Swallow and 65 Fieldfare in autumn-sown cereal (Glenn Bishton)

Brockton, SE of Telford (14 Apr) – 320 Golden Plover (summer plumaged) at Haven Hills (Yvonne C)

Wood Lane (14 Apr) – 2 Med Gulls until 2.30pm, 3 White Wagtails at 3pm (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (14 Apr) – In the morning: 1 dunlin, 2 LRPs, 2 oystercatchers, 4 lapwing, 4 or 5 yellow wagtails, swallows, sand and house martins, singing chiffchaff, & singing willow warbler, all in the morning (Helen Griffiths) In the afternoon: Dunlin, 7 Yellow Wagtail, many Pied Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 8 Snipe, Little Grebe, 2 House Martin, many Sand Martin and Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 42 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 2 Green Woodpecker, 30 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch (Martyn Ryder)

Whixall Floods (14 Apr) – Spotted Redshank still present early evening (Jim Almond)

The Mere, Ellesmere (14 Apr) – Arctic Tern early evening (Andy Latham) Common Tern at 1pm (Mike and Rob Stokes)

Priorslee Lake (14 Apr) – 2 Swallows and 80 House Martins (Yvonne C)

White Mere, Ellesmere (14 Apr) – Arctic Tern flew through at 7.45am and a Dunlin did a couple of circuits before flying off south (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (14 Apr) – Arctic Tern flew south through at 7.10am and there were 2 Common Sands on the “prom” (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh Res (13 Apr) – 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Sparrowhawk, Blackcap male (Tony Crossman)

Polemere (13 Apr) – Black tailed Godwit (summer plumaged), Swallows, 2 Oystercatcher, Shoveller, Tufted Ducks, Wigeon and Teal (David Jones)

Whixall Floods (13 Apr) – Spotted Redshank still present 8am to 11am at least. Also there, male and female Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, Snipe and Chiffchaff  (Martin Ryder) Still at 3pm (bns)

Whixall Moss (13 Apr) – Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Curlew, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel (Martin Ryder)

Long Lane Floods SJ635151 (13 Apr) – 47 Blackwit briefly in morning but flew west after 10 mins. 6 Ringed plover, 3 Redshank and 1 Dunlin also present. 3 Swallows flew through (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (13 Apr) – 2 Yellow Wagtails in the evening (Paul Burgess) 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Yellow Wagtail (Mick Wall)

Ironbridge (13 Apr) – male Blackcap feeding on crumbs on bird table and male Brambling simultaneously feeding on sunflower seeds on ground (Glenn Bishton)

Chelmarsh Res (12 Apr) – Short eared Owl in the evening, briefly in flight above hawthorn scrub near the fisherman’s car park and then to the south. Also Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 White Wagtail and a Common Gull on the dam. Around 10 Swallow passed through and a Water Rail was on the scrape (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Canal Floods (12 Apr) – Spotted Redshank (black summer plumaged) at 3.45pm along with a Common Redshank, 9 Pintail and a few Swallows (Tom Lowe) Still present at 7pm (Paul Burgess)

The Mere, Ellesmere (12 Apr) – 1w Med Gull late afternoon, also c250 Sand Martins and c70 Swallows (Tom Lowe)

Colemere (12 Apr) – Common Tern (Tom Lowe)

Polemere (12 Apr) – 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Little Grebe (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (11 Apr) – 30+ hirundines – most were sand martins, but also several swallows and 2 house martins. Also, 2 singing chiffchaffs, a singing willow warbler, 2 little ringed plover, two oystercatcher and at least 12 snipe (Helen Grifffiths)

Priorslee Flash (11 Apr) – pair Shoveler, 4 Sand Martins. At Priorslee Lake – Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martins (Martin Grant)

Middle Pool, Trench (11 Apr) – House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, pair Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiff Chaff. At Trench Pool – 12 Sand Martin (Martin Grant)

Wood Lane (10 Apr) – Sand Martin (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh Scrape (10 Apr) – Swallow, 3 Water Rail, Snipe, Common Gull (Tony Crossman)

Venus Pool (10 Apr) – 2 Little Ringed Plover and a Swallow (Helen Griffiths) Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, 17 Lapwing and 2 Oystercatcher (Martin Ryder) 2 House Martins along with 2 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins at 5pm (Jenni Hood)

Ellesmere (9 Apr) – Ring Ouzel near the children’s play area at The Mere early morning (bns)

Venus Pool (9 Apr) – Willow warbler singing, 2 chiff chaff. A merlin flew over at 4.30pm (Jenni Hood)

Shrewsbury (9 Apr) – Ring-necked Parakeet in Coton Hill area again (Mike Stokes)

Long Lane Floods SJ635151 (9 Apr) – 6 Redshank, 18 Teal (Martin Grant)

Chelmarsh Scrape (8 Apr) – House Martin, 2 Water Rail, Snipe, 3 Pochard, 3 Lapwing (Tony Crossman)

Preenshead, Coalport (8 Apr) – Woodcock in wet woodland (Glenn Bishton)

Titterstone Clee (8 Apr) – 2 Ring Ouzel on lower east slope (bns)

Venus Pool (8 Apr) – Little Ringed Plover, also 2 Sand Martins over the pool. Entries in the logbook report Osprey at 7am and again at 2.45pm (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Scrape (7 Apr) – Water Rail (Tony Crossman)

Venus Pool (7 Apr) – Osprey in the evening.

Titterstone Clee (7 Apr) – 9 Ring Ouzel and 2 Wheatear (Mike and Rob Stokes)

Polemere (7 Apr) – female Wheatear on grass by pool to south of hide. Also 2 Lapwing, 1 drake Shoveler, 44 Teal, 8 Tufted Ducks,  52 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant (Dave Barrow)

Titterstone Clee (6 Apr) – 5 Ring Ouzel on the lower south slope below the quarry, in the morning.

Polemere (6 Apr) – 2 Oystercatcher still (Martin Ryder)

Horsehay (5 Apr) – male Wheatear feeding on short turf (Glenn Bishton)

Little Wenlock (5 Apr) – 200 Fieldfare plus 10 Redwing, also two males Skylark in song (Glenn Bishton)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (5 Apr) – Little Ringed Plover, male Chiffchaff gave a burst of song, 24 Redwing, 1 Green Sandpiper  (Glenn Bishton)

Polemere (5 Apr) – Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Snipe, Yellowhammer, 2 flocks of Starlings one of 300 and one of 400 flew through also Peregrine reported. No sign of drake Garganey (Martin Ryder)

Long Mynd (3 Apr) – 4 Ring Ouzels (Mike Shurmer)

Aston-on-Clun (3 Apr) – Swallow over (John Tucker)

Whixall Moss (3 Apr) – House Martin over (Pete)

Venus Pool (3 Apr) – 2 Sand Martins over Cound Fishery, by VP (Helen Griffiths) 1 Sand Martin and 9 Meadow Pipit. Also Wheatear reported (Martin Ryder)

Horsehay Pool (3 Apr) – hybrid Ring-billed x Lesser Black-backed Gull briefly late afternoon, but no sign of Mandarin Ducks (Martin Ryder)

Polemere (3 Apr) – drake Garganey (via Dawn Balmer)

Whitcliffe (2 Apr) – Great Grey Shrike seen at 10.40am in flight over clear fell area flying towards Ludlow, near county boundary at SO493743 (Rob Stokes)

Hopesay (2 Apr) – Woodcock at Perry Gutter (SO398829) also seen on 25 Mar (John Tucker)

Priorslee Lake (1 Apr) – Adult Kittiwake to at least 5.20pm (John Isherwood) No sign by 6.45pm (Jim Almond)

Horsehay Pool (1 Apr) – pair of Mandarin ducks still (Jim Almond)

Broseley (31 Mar/1 Apr) – 200+ Fieldfare/Redwings in sheep field off Pound Lane. Also 6 Lapwings (some usually nest there) and small flock of Starlings (John Powell)

Venus Pool (31 Mar) – Sand Martin (Yvonne C)

Whitcliffe (31 Mar) – Great Grey Shrike in clearfell, viewed from the upper Whitcliffe road. Gorsty area Shr/Here border (Dave Pearce)

Horsehay Pool (31 Mar) – pair of Mandarin ducks still (Rob Stokes)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (30 Mar) – Little ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 6 Siskin, 2 Redwing and 192 Meadow Pipit (Glenn Bishton)

Craven Arms (30 Mar) – Wheatear along the B4368 near Craven Arms (J Reeves)

Polemere (30 Mar) – Summer plumage drake Garganey in NW corner. Also 65 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 44 Teal, 5 Tufted Ducks and a pair of Shoveler (Dave Barrow) Garganey still present at 2.15pm (J Reeves)

Horsehay Pool (30 Mar) – pair of Mandarin ducks still (J Reeves)

Kinlet (30 Mar) – 100 Fieldfare flew over B4363 (Jon Cartwright)

Buildwas (29 Mar) – 14 Lapwing (several pairs), 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher (courtship display), 14 Fieldfare, Skylark in song, 1 Chiffchaff, Pink-footed Goose still, plus Harris Hawk (escapee) (Glenn Bishton)

Horsehay Pool (29 Mar) – pair of Mandarin ducks (Paul Spear)

Shrewsbury (28 Mar) – Ring-necked Parakeet in gardens in Coton Hill again.

Priorslee Lake (28 Mar) – 1w Med Gull late morning. In the afternoon: juv Glaucous, subad Caspian, ad Yellow-legged Gull and what I believe to be last year’s hybrid Ring-billed x Lesser Black-back, with identical bill pattern but in clean-headed summer plumage this time (Tom Lowe)

Candles landfill  (28 Mar) – Glaucous Gull, juv Iceland Gull and a 2w Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Walcot (28 Mar) – Ring-necked Parakeet at top of tree in garden for c5 mins at 1pm, flew off east (Jack Shutt)

Shrewsbury (26 Mar) – Ring-necked Parakeet in gardens in Coton Hill.

Shrewsbury (26 Mar) – 200+ Redwing with 4 Fieldfares at Shrewsbury Town FC car park (on grass adjacent) (David Jones)

Brookside, Dorrington (24 Mar) – 12+ Brambling feeding in the snow with chaffinches, goldfinches and a tree sparrow (Nigel Barrett)

Meole Village, Shrewsbury (24 Mar) – 20,000 Starlings at 6pm before going to roost in trees near the railway line (Jim Almond)

Cherrington (24 Mar) –  12 Corn Buntings in with the sheep at Cherrington Manor Farm. In the same area on 23 Mar, 28 Teal were in a flooded field between Cherrington & Tibberton by the R. Meese (Steve Jaggs)

Chelmarsh Res (21 Mar) – by 6.45pm the gull roost consisted of 370 Lesser Black-backs, 120 Herrings, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2w & 1w), 3 Common Gulls and 50 Black-heads. 7 Curlew flew over and 3+ Gadwall were on the scrape (Tom Lowe)

Long Lane Wellington (20 March) – on the floods; 133 Lapwing, 17 Golden Plover, 1 Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Teal, c600 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 1 Herring Gull (Martin Grant)

Priorslee Flash (19 Mar) – drake Scaup still (bns)

Candles Landfill (18 Mar) – a 3w Caspian Gull until 4.40pm when it flew off (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (18 Mar) – the juv Iceland Gull again at 4.05pm. 1w Med Gull reported earlier (Tom Lowe)

Wyre Forest (16 Mar) – male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on the Shrops side of Dowles Brook (Pete Nickless)

Venus Pool (16 March) – 2 chiffchaff late morning, one of which was singing (Helen Griffiths)

Candles Landfill (16 March) – The juv Iceland Gull in the morning, along with a 1w Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (14 Mar) – Iceland Gull at 1pm. Then seen again at c5pm, also at least 4 Yellow-legged gulls and an ad caspian at c5.30pm (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (13 March) – at dusk; 13 curlew, 150+ lapwing, 9 whooper swans, 26 gadwall, c 40 wigeon, 2 goldeneye & c 50 fieldfares (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (12 Mar) – 1w Iceland Gull, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls, GBb Gull, Gadwall, Shoveler & Wigeon  (John Isherwood) 1w Iceland Gull present until 5pm when it flew off, also 3 Common Gull (J Reeves)

Priorslee Flash (12 Mar) – drake Scaup still (John Isherwood)

Polemere NR (12 Mar) – 63 Wigeon, 1 Goosander, 7 Canada Geese, 72 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Ducks (Dave Barrow)

Wellington (11 Mar) – Woodcock flew over garden at 6:40pm (J Reeves)

Ercall Heath, nr Tiberton (11 Mar) – fem Merlin flushed from a hedge (James Gale)

Linley Brook (6 Mar) – Otter found dead on the B4373 Broseley to Bridgnorth road, late evening, having been dead only a few minutes (Pete Deans)

Candles Landfill (6 Mar) –  1w Caspian Gull in the field west of Dog in the Lane and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad 2w 1w) (Tom Lowe)Google

Wood Lane (4 Mar) Water Rail showing well, also Grey Wagtail, 3 Siskin c50 Common Snipe, 26 Shelduck, male Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and 2 Goldcrest (Paul Burgess) 

Tern Hill (3 Mar) – flooded field adjacent to the A41, north of Tern Hill: 3 Whooper Swans, 7 Mute Swans, 2 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, c80 Golden Plover and c110 Lapwing (Howard Prince)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley (3 Mar) – 25-30 Waxwings briefly, in hedgerow trees beyond the farm (bns)

Kerry Ridgeway (3 Mar) – Large flock of Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow and a few Chaffinch in the field opposite the Dog & Duck Cottage a mile and a half short of Bishop’s Moat, just inside the County border (Mark Wilson)

Edgerley (2 Mar) – 200+ Common Teal (Rodney Farmer)

Whixall Canal Floods (2 Mar) – 12 Pintail (9 males), c50 Shoveler, c25 Wigeon and1 Raven. Very quiet on the mosses (Howard Prince)

Long Lane (1 Mar) on flood water at Long Lane between Crudgington and Wellington (SJ635151) 18 Shelduck, 2 Dunlin,  1 Golden Plover (J Reeves)

Priorslee Lake (28 Feb) – at 1.45pm there were c500 large gulls including the 2w Glaucous Gull, the 2w Iceland Gull, a 1w Caspian Gull and an ad Yellow-legged Gull, an ad Common Gull and the drake Scaup (Tom Lowe)

Horsehay Pool (28 Feb) – another ad Yellow-legged Gull, and on Candles landfill site there were ad & 1w Yellow-legged Gulls  (Tom Lowe)

Long Lane (28 Feb) – at 11am c300 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 8 GBb Gull, 35 LBb Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 150 Black headed Gull, 25 Shelduck (Paul King)

Noneley (27 Feb) – large flock of 300+ Lapwing in a flooded field near Noneley (about 500 metres NW of Sleap airfield) at SJ475274 (Martin George)

Condover (27 Feb) – female Merlin at Nortin, along the Condover road (Nigel Barratt)

Ellesmere (27 Feb) – 2 adult Med Gulls and an adult Caspian Gull roosted on The Mere (bns)

Horsehay Pool (27 Feb) – 2nd-winter glaucous gull seen briefly (J Reeves)

Long Lane (27 Feb) – on flood water at Long Lane between Crudgington and Wellington (SJ635151) 25 Shelduck, 3 Dunlin, 240 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover and pair Teal (Martin Grant)

Prees Heath (26 Feb) – flock of c300 Lapwings flying over Prees Heath Airfield at 8.20am, with at least 6 Golden Plover in the flock (Howard Prince)

Tern Hill (26 Feb) – 3 adult Whooper Swans still present on the flooded field adjacent to the A41 N of Tern Hill, also c35 Golden Plover with c30 Lapwings (Howard Prince)

Condover (24 Feb) – female Merlin at Condover, over Lt Berriewood (Nigel Barratt)

Whixall Floods (24 Feb) – c30 Shoveler & Common Teal, c20 Wigeon, 9 Pintail (7m) at midday. Whixall Moss very quiet, 2 Ravens and 1 Common Snipe the only birds of note (Howard Prince)

Dudmaston (23 Feb) –  no sign of last week’s Scaup today. 3 Goldeneye present on Big Pool (Steve Haycox)

Priorslee Flash (23 Feb) – drake Scaup still present at 5pm (Richard Vernon)

Tern Hill (23 Feb) – 3 adult Whooper Swans on flood water alongside A41 at Tern Hill (Allan Heath)

Priorslee Flash (22 Feb) – drake Scaup (J Reeves)

Candles Landfill (22 Feb) – a new 2w Glauc, the big white juv Glauc (reported over previous weeks as a 2w due to its paleness), and the other 2w Iceland Gull from last week (Tom Lowe)

Buildwas (21 Feb) – 1w Caspian Gull until 10.15am when flew off +5 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, 2 3w, 2w, 1w) and a 1w Common Gull (Tom Lowe)

Candles Landfill (21 Feb) – same 1w Caspian Gull until 12.05pm when flew south +3 Yellow-legged Gulls (3w & 2 2w), an adult hybrid Herring x LBBG, and a leucistic 1w Herring Gull amongst c2,500 gulls (noticeable reduction in numbers of Herrings and GBBGs) (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (21 Feb) – juv Iceland Gull at 3pm (same as at Candles in previous weeks) (Jim Almond)

Horsehay Pool (21 Feb) – a new 2w Iceland Gull at 3.15pm (different from the 2w of last week based on pattern of bill, mantle and primaries) (Jim Almond via Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (20 Feb) – drake Pintail asleep on one of the islands. Also 20 Linnet and 2 Green Woodpeckers (Martin Ryder)

Condover (19 Feb) – c60 Golden Plover over Condover golf course (Tim Warrick)

Whixall Moss (19 Feb) – female Merlin at 3pm (Paul Burgess)

Horsehay Pool (19 Feb) – Iceland Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Paul King)

Venus Pool (17 Feb) – early morning, 13 Whooper, 8 Bewick’s and c20 Mute Swans. Later Barnacle Goose flew in with Canadas but they only stayed briefly. 60+ Snipe and 2 Oystercatcher present but no sign of drake Scaup (Martin Ryder) 8 Bewick’s Swans flew back in at 5pm (Dawn Micklewright)

Dudmaston (16 Feb) – drake Scaup, 55 Tufted Ducks, 10 Goosander, 1 Cormorant and a Kingfisher. Dudmaston (NT) is open this and next weekend (23/24th) for its annual ‘Snowdrop Walk’ (Steve Haycox)

Venus Pool (16 Feb) – drake Scaup (from 3.45pm onwards) with the Tufted Ducks. Also 2 fem/imm Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatchers and about 25 Snipe (Dawn Balmer)

Polemere (16 Feb) – 45 Wigeon, 50 Teal (Dawn Balmer)

Venus Pool (15 Feb) – Water Rail, 6 adult 2 juvenile Bewick’s flew in at dusk (Martin Ryder)

Edgerley (15 Feb) – several thousand Lapwing (huge flock) – visible from the Royal Hill Pub on fields just across the river (Rod Farmer)

Shrewsbury (15 Feb) – 2 Waxwings feeding on rowan by Greenfields Primary School on Ellesmere Road. Please do not park by the school as you will get a ticket (Richard Vernon)

Venus Pool (14 Feb) – 2 Redpoll, 100+ Lapwing, 75+ Snipe, 3 Shelduck, 2 Raven. Trout Lake – 50+ Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, 3 GC Grebe (Martin Ryder)

Candles Landfill/Horsehay Pool (13 Feb) – Iceland Gull 1: a new 2w on the pool twice briefly from 3pm. Caspian Gull 3: a 4w seen on the tip and the pool (first seen yesterday on the pool), and two 1w (both seen before). Yellow-legged Gull 8+: 2 adults, a 4w, 2 3w, 3+ 2w. Hybrid 1: an adult presumed Herring x Lesser Black-back (Tom Lowe)

Horsehay Pool (12 Feb) – 4w Caspian Gull (Jim Almond)

St George’s, Telford (12 Feb) – 5 Waxwings on Dorran Close and Hollybirch Grove, but mobile (bns)

St George’s, Telford (11 Feb) – 5 Waxwings by St. George’s Infant School in the afternoon, but mobile (bns)

 Wellington (11 Feb) – 10 Shelduck [3 on 1st Feb], 5 Wigeon and a female Pintail at Long Lane, Wellington on flooded field at SJ636151 (Martin Grant)

Buildwas (10 Feb) – Juvenile Iceland Gull until 9.40, then flew. Ad w Kittiwake, on the floods then flew towards the river being pursued by a imm LBB Gull. Not relocated. Also present, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 2w) and a 3w Caspian Gull (Andy Latham) The 3w Caspian Gull dropped onto the floods opposite Buildwas village hall around 11.25am, and there were also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2w & 1w), no sign the Kittiwake or Iceland Gull from earlier in the morning (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (10 Feb) – 5 Whooper Swans in the morning, also 6 Goldeneye and 6 Goosander (Martin George)

Venus Pool (10 Feb) – 2 Goldeneye, 7 Pochard, 6 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 16 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 52+ Snipe, 30+ Lapwing, Buzzard, 70+ Jackdaw including flock of 60+. 3 adult and 2 juvenile Bewick’s Swans flew in 4.48pm followed five minutes later by a further 3 adults (Martin Ryder)

Wroxeter (9 Feb) – at 11.20 the 8 Bewick’s were in the same place as Martyn described, visible through a gap in the trees from the church, or more distantly from the riverside lane between Wroxeter and the B4380 (Tom Lowe)

Wood Lane (9 Feb) – Oystercatcher, 5 Snipe, 3 Siskin and a Common Gull. Also, 3 Goosander and 4 Common Gull on The Mere, Ellesmere (Martin Ryder)

Shrewsbury (9 Feb) – 8 pairs of Goosander on the river at Greyfriars Bridge (S Mulcock)

Venus Pool (8 Feb) – 2 Brambling and 3 Redpoll in mixed feeding flock with Goldfinch and Chaffinch. 2 Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush. Raven, Shelduck and 2 Goldeneye. Black-headed Gull behaving like Skua harrying Lapwing causing it to drop food whilst feeding in field adjacent to Fen Hide. 140+ Lapwing. 3 adult and 2 juvenile Bewick’s Swans flew in 4.45pm (Martin Ryder)

Candles Landfill (8 Feb) – 2 Caspian Gulls (ad & 3w), 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 2w) and the juvenile Iceland Gull. Also 2nd winter Glaucous Gull (same as at Priorslee Lake in the morning) (Kris Webb, John Reese, Dave Kelsall)

Priorslee Lake (8 Feb) – 2nd winter Glaucous Gull in the morning (Kris Webb)

Candles Landfill (7 Feb) – juv Iceland Gull (same as last week), briefly around 2pm. Also a 1w Caspian Gull (a new bird) (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (7 Feb) – 3 Redpoll, 15 Linnet, 16 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, Goldeneye, 7 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 8 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler. Trout Lake – 133 Wigeon, 4 GC Grebe, 1 Little Grebe (Martin Ryder)

Candles Landfill (6 Feb) – 2 Glaucous Gulls – Juv & 2w (same bird as at the weekend). Also the sub-adult Caspian Gull and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2ad & a 2w) More on Kris’s blog (Kris Webb)

Condover Park (6 Feb) – female Merlin at 7.45am (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (6 Feb) – male Sparrowhawk, 8 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye, 11 Pochard, 18 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 180+ Lapwng, 58 Snipe, Raven, 2 Mistle Thrush and male Bullfinch (Martin Ryder)

Shrewsbury (5 Feb) – 5 Waxwings eating berries on a small shrub in the garden (Ron Oliver)

Priorslee Lake (5 Feb) – 1st winter Caspian Gull late afternoon (same bird as on 12 Jan). Also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 10 Gadwall (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (5 Feb) – Golden Plover with 260+ Lapwing then flew off calling with part of Lapwing flock. Raven, Mistle Thrush and LBB Gull over. Male Bullfinch. On pool Little Grebe, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Pochard, 5 Wigeon, 62 Snipe, 133 BH Gull (Martin Ryder)

Wroxeter (5 Feb) – 6 adult and 2 juv Bewick’s Swans in an arable field in the meander between Brompton and Wroxeter. The only place they could be seen from was near Wroxeter church, although distant (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (4 Feb) – 6 adult and 2 juv Bewick’s Swans flew in at 4.25pm, followed later by 13 Whoopers (Mick Wall) Early afternoon produced: pair Goosander, 2 female Goldeneye, 10 drake 2 duck Pochard, pair Wigeon, 150+ Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker with 34 LBB, 30 BH and 5 Herring Gulls over (Martin Ryder)  by Paul King

Leighton (4 Feb) – 2w Glaucous Gull again at 11am (Andy Latham)

Richard’s Castle (3 Feb)Great Grey Shrike reported at All Saints Church, SO495708. Track leading east 50m north of church. This site is north of Richards Castle in Shropshire (via Geoff Holmes)

Candles Landfill (3 Feb) – 2w Glaucous Gull in the morning. Flew off at 9.45am, then relocated at Leighton where a pale hybrid (poss Glaucous x GBb Gull) was also seen. At 10.15 the Glaucous flew west along the river, then at 2pm it was seen from the hide at VP, drifting towards Telford amongst a group of large gulls. Also Orinoco Goose at Leighton again (Andy Latham)

Coundlane (3 Feb) – adult Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (3 Feb) 2.35pm a Barnacle Goose flew in with Canadas. Towards dusk the 6 adult and 2 juvenile Bewicks and at least 2 Whooper Swans arrived. Also seen a lone Siskin feeding in alders near Fen Hide and 150+ Lapwing on the pool (Martin Ryder, Mick Wall, Helen Griffiths)

The Mere, Ellesmere (2 Feb) – 2w Glaucous Gull in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Venus Pool (2 Feb) – 2 adult White-fronted Geese flew in with Greylags at 11.20am. Also 4 Whooper Swans on arrival but these flew out at 9.15am. Also present, drake Pintail, Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye, 8 drake 2 duck Pochard, 70 Lapwing, 40+ Snipe, 60+ Linnet (Martin Ryder) The two Whitefronts flew out at c4.10pm and the 8 Bewick’s Swans (6 adults & 2 juvs) flew into the Trout Lake at 4.20pm (via Tom Lowe)

Candles Landfill (1 Feb) – 2.45pm: 3 Caspian Gulls; a yellow-ringed adult, along with another adult and the pale-billed 1st-winter (last seen 14th Jan). Also a coarsely-marked juv Iceland Gull for a few minutes. There were also an adult and 2 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (1 Feb) – Pink-footed Goose with the Greylag Geese and an Orinoco Goose with the Canada Geese (Helen Griffiths & Paul Burgess)

Polemere NR (31 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (31 Jan) – 4 Whooper Swans, 2 Goldeneye, 4 drake Pochard, 12+ Gadwall, Shelduck, 40+ Snipe, 50+ Lapwing, 200+ Greylag, 2 male Bullfinch, 70+ LBB and 3 Herring Gull over (Martin Ryder)

Polemere NR (30 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (Paul Burgess)

Tilstock (30 Jan) – c15 waxwings briefly next to the Horshoes pub at 3pm, before flying off north (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (30 Jan) – 4 Waxwings flew across the causeway trilling and a Water Rail briefly from Fen Hide. 70 + LBB Gulls and 5 Herring Gulls over. Also seen, 2 Goldeneye, 3 drake Pochard, many Gadwall, 30+ Snipe, 30+ Lapwing and a male Bullfinch (Martin Ryder)

Polemere NR (29 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal and Redshank still, also 80+ Lapwing (Martin Ryder)

Shrewsbury (29 Jan) – 8 waxwings, in or near the Priory Girls School (via Geoff Holmes)

Priorslee Lake (29 Jan) – drake Scaup still (Paul King)

Venus Pool (28 Jan) – 13 Whooper Swans and 8 Bewick’s Swans flew in at 4.50pm. Also there, 22 Gadwall, 26 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon, 100+ Teal (not counted), 40 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 60+ Snipe, 1 Mute Swan.- present on arrival at c11.15am, but flew off to the north at 12.30pm (Helen Griffiths)

Polemere NR (28 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still and 135 Lapwing (Martin Ryder)

Newport (27 Jan) – 28 Waxwings in Greenacres Way (SJ739192) at 11.15 (Martin Grant)

Priorslee Lake (27 Jan) – drake Scaup still (bns)

Polemere NR (27 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still and a Dunlin. Also 90 Lapwing over (Martin Ryder)

The Mere, Ellesmere (26 Jan) – female Scaup and a Shelduck (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (26 Jan) – drake Scaup still (Andy Latham)

Chelmarsh (26 Jan) – drake Scaup still, 72 Goosander and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. 2 Whooper Swans until 4pm when they flew south (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (26 Jan) – Water Rail from Fen Hide in the morning (Pat Moore) 8 Bewick Swans flew in 4.30pm (6 ad, 2 juv), male Sparrowhawk hunting edge of seed field, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall (2m), 6 Goosander over, 4 Raven, 70+ Lapwing over, 30+ LBB Gulls over, 18 Linnet (Martin Ryder)

Polemere NR (26 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still, Water Rail and Green Sandpiper (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (25 Jan) – 8 Bewick’s swans (6 ad, 2 juv) – present on arrival at c11.15am, but flew off to the north at 12.30pm (Helen Griffiths)

Polemere NR (25 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal showing well. Also c200 Greylag & Common Teal, couple of pairs of Shoveller, c30 Wigeon, 8 Snipe, single Redshank, a few Fieldfare and Redwing in the paddock (Mark Wilson)

Shrewsbury (24 Jan) – 3 Waxwings off Washford Road, Meole Village, but mobile (Jim Almond)

Horsehay Pool (24 Jan) – 1w Caspian Gull (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (24 Jan) – Hen Harrier behind Furbers in the morning. On the floods; 40 Wideon, 16 Teal, 1m Shoveller (Robert Harris)

Priorslee Lake (24 Jan) – 28 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 25 Pochard, c99 Tufted Ducks, 1 drake Scaup, c1500 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, c500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, c100 Herring Gulls and 8 Greater Black-backed Gulls (Ed Wilson)

Polemere NR (24 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (bns)

Bromfield (23 Jan) – c12 Crossbills (mostly adult males) at a stocking nursery near Bromfield (Mike Stokes)

Polemere NR (23 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (bns)

Aston on Clun (23 Jan) – Little Egret on the Clun again (John Tucker)

Leighton (22 Jan) – Brent Goose at 11am, feeding with Canada Geese, where the River Severn meanders (Stephen France) Brent Goose and Pink-footed Goose, also the Orinoco Goose. 4 Green Sandpiper flew in at 2.15pm (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (22 Jan) – 2 goldeneye, a female pintail, merlin, peregrine, sparrowhawk and 100+ snipe (Helen Griffiths)

Chelmarsh (22 Jan) – drake Scaup still (bns)

Polemere NR (22 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (Jim Almond & Tom Lowe) 230 Greylag flew in at 4pm, but no White-fronted Geese were with them (Tom Lowe) Also Redshank and 3 Goosander (1m) (Martin Ryder)

Tibberton (21 Jan) – Jack Snipe flew over low and landed no more than 20 yards away at SJ 672 203 just out of Tibberton. 7 Lapwing over the village, landed in a frozen field near Ercall Heath (James Gale)

Polemere NR (21 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal in front of the hide. Redshank, Green Sandpiper, c16 Common Snipe, c200 Teal, c50 Wigeon, Fieldfare plus the other regulars. Highlight was 2 White-fronted Geese dropping in, initially in the field behind the paddock, then on the pool, before flying out with a few Greylag at 2.30pm (Jim Almond)

Candles Landfill (21 Jan) – a 1w Caspian Gull at 2.45pm (same bird as on 17th). Later seen on Horsehay Pool (SJ673073) at 3.45pm (Tom Lowe)

Leighton (21 Jan) – Pink-footed Goose amongst the Canadas by the river. Also an Orinoco Goose (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (21 Jan) – Scaup still, 15+ wigeon, 2 goldeneye (1m), 1 shoveller, 3+ gadwall, 2 yellow-legged gulls (ad+2w) and adult common gull late afternoon (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (21 Jan) – 3 Whooper Swans at 2.30 pm. also 70+ Snipe (Roger Gibb) Merlin through pool at 11:30, 3 Whoopers arrived at 11:45, Pipit species on ice at midday (Paul King)

Aston on Clun (21 Jan) – Little Egret on the Clun at Coston Bridge, headed off downstream towards Broome (John Tucker)

Edgerley (20 Jan) – 6 Tree Sparrow in the garden (Rod Farmer)

Ryton (20 Jan) – 1100 Linnet, plus brambling, chaffinch, greenfinch, yellowhammer and reed bunting feeding in seed mix. Sparrowhawk made five unsuccessful predatory attempts (Glenn Bishton)

Ditton Priors (20 Jan) – pair of Merlin over the village (David Munn)

Polemere NR (20 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still. Also c160-180 teal, 1 redshank, 26 snipe, wigeon, tufted duck and shoveler (Andy Latham)

Chelmarsh (20 Jan) – drake Common Scoter in the morning, still present at 11.15am. Also, the 1st winter drake Scaup still (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (19 Jan) – 4 Whooper Swans flew in at 1pm (Jim Almond)

Wrekin (19 Jan) – 7 Cranes circling close to the Wrekin at around 12.10pm (via Geoff Holmes)

Bridgnorth (19 Jan) – 7 Cranes circling over at 11.30am (John Marshall)

Pen-yr-Estyn Marsh (19 Jan) – 7 Cranes seen from the towpath near the Queen’s Head, in fields opposite Pen-yr-Estyn Marsh in the morning, then flew south (via Geoff Holmes)

Newport (18 Jan) – 3 Waxwings in garden (Martin Grant)

Candles Landfill (17 Jan) – at 2.15pm there was a rapidly swelling flock of gulls in the field opposite the end of Dog in the Lane, amongst which was a 1w Caspian Gull (the same bird as at Priorslee on Sat) and a big ad Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Leighton (17 Jan) – Pink-footed Goose amongst the Canadas by the river, along with an Orinoco Goose (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (16 Jan) – 1st winter drake Scaup, in front of the sailing club, at first light this morning. Definitely a different bird to the one present a few weeks ago. Also a Shelduck, Pochard and 3 Gadwall (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (16 Jan) – drake Scaup still (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (15 Jan) – female Merlin & Short eared owl in the afternoon (Rob Stokes)

Candles Landfill (15 Jan) – adult Caspian Gull & adult Yellow-legged Gull in a huge gull flock on field opposite the tip in the morning (Rob Stokes)

Priorslee Lake (15 Jan) – drake Scaup still (Glenn Bishton)

Polemere NR (15 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still on far side of pool, but showing well (Paul Burgess)

Candles Landfill (14 Jan) – a pale-billed 1w Caspian Gull. Also 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls (3 ads, 2w, 1w) (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (14 Jan) – drake Scaup still (Tom Lowe)

Leighton (14 Jan) – Pink-footed Goose amongst the Canadas by the river. Also an Orinoco Goose (Tom Lowe)

Polemere NR (14 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (13 Jan) – ringtail Hen Harrier at 11.10 – 11.45 when it flew off high towards the floods. Male Hen Harrier on Fenns Moss 11.30 – 11.40 in the area north of the weather station, also one Jack Snipe on Fenns (Howard Prince)

Ryton (13 Jan) – 230 Linnet feeding mainly in wildbird seed mix, plus Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting (Glenn Bishton)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (13 Jan) – 18 Snipe in unfrozen area of pool, 1 Green Sandpiper and 120 Teal (Glenn Bishton)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (13 Jan) – 1st winter Caspian Gull (bns)

Polemere NR (13 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (bns)

Brown Clee (13 Jan) – Short-eared Owl at 15:30, hunting over heather between the Abdon and Clee Burf summits. After about twenty minutes it gained height (to around 100m) and drifted west, I then lost it in the fog/snow. Also 2 Stonechat, 2 Raven and a Meadow Pipit (Martyn Owen)

Whitemere (13 Jan) – drake Scaup. No sign of the Iceland Gull in the roost at The Mere (Andy Latham)

Chetwynd Pool (13 Jan) – 22 Gadwall, 32 Shoveler, 36 Tufted, 3 Goosander (2 males) (Martin Grant)

Crudgington Moor (13 Jan) –  1st winter Whooper Swan still on a flooded field at SJ646174 (Andy Latham)

Priorslee Lake (13 Jan) – drake Scaup still (Tony Beckett)

The Mere, Ellesmere (12 Jan) – Iceland Gull in roost, also adult Yellow-legged Gull (Robert Dowley)

Priorslee Lake (12 Jan) – 1st win Caspian Gull (Kris Webb)

Whixall and Fenns Mosses (12 Jan) – ringtail Hen Harrier at 9.20am on Fenns Moss. 2 Common Snipe on Whixall Moss (Howard Prince) Male Hen Harrier at 4pm on Whixall Moss (Paul Burgess)

Edenhope Hill (12 Jan) – large amount of Yellowhammer feeding by sheep troughs at grid ref SO274886 (Mark Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (12 Jan) – drake Scaup still (bns)

Polemere NR (12 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal still (via Dawn Balmer)

Horsehay Pool (11 Jan) – 3w Caspian Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad 2w) in the afternoon. Also 2 Common Gulls (ad, 1w) 2000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 20+ Greater Black-backed Gulls, 600 Herring Gulls (Kris Webb and Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (11 Jan) – 5 Whooper Swans until c3pm when they flew off east (Helen Griffiths)

Crudgington Moor (10 Jan) –  1st winter Whooper Swan still on a flooded field at SJ646174 at midday (Martin Grant)

The Mere, Ellesmere (10 Jan) – 7 Bewick’s Swans reported (2 adults, 5 juvs) (via website)

Venus Pool (10 Jan) – 5 Whooper Swans (one with ring – details to follow). Also Pintail pair, drake Pochard and several Gadwall (Mark Wilson)

Horsehay Pool (10 Jan) – adult Ring-billed x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid. Also, a possible Glaucous x Great Black-backed Gull hybrid and 1500+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 20+ Greater Black-backed Gulls, 3-400 Herring Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull (Kris Webb)

Trench Pool (10 Jan) – 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Lake (10 Jan) – drake Scaup still (Kris Webb)

Crudgington Moor (9 Jan) –  1st winter Whooper Swan on a flooded field off Crudgington Lane (Kris Webb)

Tibberton (9 Jan) – Merlin flushed out of a hedgerow at Ercall Heath near Tibberton (James Gale)

Chetwynd Pool (9 Jan) – 25 Gadwall, 3 Goosander and 45+ Shoveler. Also 6 Little Grebe on small farm pools near Sambrook (Kris Webb)

Kinley (9 Jan) – single Brambling, 150+Chaffinch and 20 Yellowhammer in stubble (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Flash (9 Jan) – drake Scaup (bns)

Priorslee Lake (8 Jan) – drake Scaup still showing well just off the dam at 11.15aam, also the female Goldeneye at the North end of the dam (Martin Grant)

Edgerley (8 Jan) – Pink-footed Goose, 19 Whooper Swans (adults) (Jim Almond)

Polemere NR (8 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal showing well at midday (bns)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (8 Jan) – sub adult Caspian Gull in the afternoon. Also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (bns)

Chelmarsh (7 Jan) – 8 Waxwing just outside the village in the afternoon. Flew off SW down Bakehouse Lane. 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 41 Goosander on the Res (Kris Webb)

Buildwas (7 Jan) – 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (1ad and 3 2nd win) on the floods (Kris Webb)

Polemere NR (7 Jan) – drake Green-winged Teal again in the morning, although elusive amongst the tree roots on the far bank of the pool (Geoff Holmes)

Priorslee Lake (7 Jan) – Caspian Gull adult (4-4:20pm), 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls and the drake Scaup still (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (7 Jan) – 8 Bewick’s Swans flew out to the east early morning (bns)

Edgerley (6 Jan) – Brent Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 18 Whooper Swans (adults, one with a red ring), 29 Mute (adults & juveniles), 6 more swans with yellow bills in the far distance (possibly Bewick’s from voice), c300 Wigeon, c100 Teal, c50 Pintail, 11 Shelduck, 14 Goosander, c 500 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, c100 Greylag, c50 Canada, c25 Mallard (Rod Farmer)

Newport (6 Jan) – 12 Waxwings by the The Swan pub (bns)

Whixall Moss (6 Jan) –  Stonechat, Merlin, Short-eared Owl & ringtail Hen Harrier (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (6 Jan) – 2 Whooper Swans (Jim Almond) 8 Bewick’s Swans flew in to roost (bns)

Polemere NR (6 Jan) – 20 Golden Plover with a Lapwing flock, flew in at 3pm (birdforum) Green-winged Teal drake still (bird news services)

Whixall Moss (6 Jan) –  (7.30-9.00am) Very quiet, c30 Teal all of note. Whixall Floods (9.00-9.30am) 7 Pintail, c30 Wigeon, c1200 Lapwing, c20 Shoveler (Howard Prince)

Adderley (5 Jan) – 10 Waxwings briefly in a private garden in the morning (Allan Heath)

Priorslee Lake (5 Jan) – 12.00-3.00pm: female Goldeneye, pair Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 27 Tufted Duck, pair Mute Swans, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 75 Herring Gulls, 125 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Martin Grant) 3 Caspian Gulls (2ad) plus 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (2ad, 1st w, 2nd w, 3rd w) in to roost (Kris Webb)

Whixall Moss (5 Jan) – Short-eared Owl at 7.35am (Martyn Owen) female Merlin, Stonechat and Common Snipe in the morning (Howard Prince) In the evening: Short-eared Owl, male Hen Harrier and 2 female Merlin. Willow Tit nr car park (J Reeves & Ian Grant)

Whixall Floods (5 Jan) – c70 Wigeon, c60 Teal, c25 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, c1200 Lapwings and c250 Canada Geese (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (5 Jan) – 8 Bewick’s Swans (2 juv) and 2 Whooper Swans (Jim Almond) Still present at dusk (Yvonne C)

Polemere NR (5 Jan) – Green-winged Teal drake still at back of pool.

Venus Pool (4 Jan) – 2 Whooper Swans, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Gadwall and 63+ Snipe in the afternoon (Geoff Holmes)

Priorslee Flash (4 Jan) – drake Scaup relocated to here (J Reeves)

Polemere NR (4 Jan) – Green-winged Teal still (Paul King)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (4 Jan) – 2 Caspian Gulls (ad, 2w) Also 6 Yellow-legged Gull (2 1w, 2w and 2 ad) and over 60 Great black-backed Gull (Kris Webb)

Polemere NR (3 Jan) – Green-winged Teal emerged from under trees at 10.45am. Also Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Snipe (Tom Lowe) Still present under the trees at 3.50pm (Jim Almond)

Alberbury/Coedway (3 Jan) – Dark-bellied Brent Goose, c200 Pintail, c250 Wigeon, c400 Teal, 3 Shoveler, Greylag and Canada Geese seen distantly on the floods (Kris Webb & Jim Almond)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (3 Jan) – probably a 2w Glaucous Gull flew off to roost at 3.30pm (possibly flew south, ie towards Chelmarsh, rather than towards Belvide). Also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, 3w & 3 2w) amongst c2000 large gulls (probably more Herrings than LBBs but also c100 GBBs) (Tom Lowe)

Buildwas (3 Jan) – 3w Caspian Gull amongst c500 gulls on the extensive floods, also 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (3 Jan) – 2 whooper swans at dusk. Earlier, 130 lapwing, 80 snipe, 10 gadwall, a sparrowhawk, 2 green woodpeckers and a very smart peacock butterfly (Helen Griffiths)

Polemere NR (2 Jan) – Green-winged Teal present. Also 50 Common Teal, 20 Wigeon and 5 Tufted Duck. No sign of Red-crested Pochard reported (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (2 Jan) – drake Scaup still present (Kris Webb)

Candles Landfill, SW Telford (2 Jan) – sub adult Caspian Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (1st w & 2nd w) (Kris Webb)

Whixall Moss (1 Jan) – ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 or 2 Peregrine, Raven and Stonechat. Willow Tit on the approach to the Moss and c300 lapwing on the floods (Andy Latham) 2 drake Pintail on floods (Jim Almond) Male and female Hen Harriers at 3pm (Paul Burgess)

Shrewsbury (1 Jan) – Red Kite near Cound (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (1 Jan) – Kingfisher and 4 Green Sandpiper on the trout pool (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (1 Jan) – drake Scaup still, also 6 Gadwall, 4 Greater Black-backed Gulls and 26 Pochard (Rob Stokes)


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