Bird Reports (2016)

Church Stretton (31 Dec) – First brambling (female) for the season. Still only two reed buntings. Circa 20 goldfinch singing locally. Very late season.  (D E Richardson)

Shrewsbury (31 Dec) – 17 Waxwings at Heron Drive, Shrewsbury pm. Returned to the same tree 3 times but flighty. Loads of berries so should return. (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (31 Dec) – Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, G S Woodpeckers, Goldcrest and Happy New Year to one and all. (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Shrewsbury (31 Dec) – Two separate flocks Waxwings Shrewbury, this am, 21 on Lancaster rd and 7 at Aldi CP. nice one Dave C (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Shottaton (30 Dec) – 5-6 Golden Plover at the Shottaton crossroads in the winter wheat on the Ruyton road this afternoon (William Jones via @sosbirds)

Shrewsbury (30 Dec) – 11 Waxwings in Smithfield road, near the HSS hire shop, on our way to the Theatre Severn panto! (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

Oswestry (29 Dec) – A lone waxwing again in Oswestry today, feeding on Rowan berries in Middleton Road by the railway bridge per Dan Knight. (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (28 Dec) – One Brambling on the field at VP this afternoon with numerous Yellowhammer & Reed Buntings. Male Pintail still present on the poolawn (Dawn Micklewright via @sosbirds)

Buildwas (28 Dec) – Green sandpiper, snipe, 16 goosander (Glenn Bishton)

Leighton (28 Dec) – Green sandpiper, snipe, 16 goosander (Glenn Bishton)

Oswestry (27 Dec) – Waxwing in Oswestry today, flew towards the town centre per Dan Wright (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

Bayston Hill (26 Dec) – Around 140 lapwing – probably with some golden plover amongst them – near railway line. This flock is a regular winter occurrence and is often seen from lyth hill. Good to see them again and in good numbers (Peta Sams)

Chelmarsh (26 Dec) – 2 stonking adult YLG into roost at Chelmarsh this evening. Barnacle Goose still with Greylags (Craig Reed via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (24 Dec) – 3 Goosander 1 BTGodwit 1 Curlew, Raven, Siskin, Redpoll, Shelduck, 200 Lapwings, 3 Goldcrest Sphawk, 10 Comm gulls (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Chetwynd Pool (20 Dec) – Long-tailed Duck still at Chetwynd Pool today: also 15 Goosander, 28 Shoveler & 1 Kingfisher (Martin G Grant via @sosbirds)

Lyth Hill (18 Dec) – 140 Golden Plover over Lyth Hill 12.50 then going to feed on adj’t winter cereal to N. Pos regular event, as few seen last week (Maurice Baker via @sosbirds)

Ellesmere (16 Dec) – Both 1stW male and female LTD still on the mere, ellesmere at 11.00 also a pair of Mandarin on far bank (Anthony Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Trench Pool, Telford (15 Dec) – Long-tailed Duck yday, making it 3 in Shropshire on the same day! (Tom Lowe)

Whitemere (11 Dec) – The two 1w Long tailed Ducks are now present on Whitemere, 3 x 1w Scaup also. (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Cound (11 Dec) – 2 Whooper Swans with 43 Mute in usual field by river viewed from A458 Cound (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (10 Dec) – Visit to Venus Pool this morning yielded Shoveler, Shelduck, Kingfisher, Nuthatch & Greater Spotted Woodpecker! (Kelvin Thomson via @sosbirds)

Springfield Mere. Shrewsbury (10 Dec) – Drake mandarin which seems to be resident still, 3 weeks since I first saw him (Dave Chapman via @sosbirds)

Trench Pool (6 Dec) – Velvet Scoter still Trench Pool today 13-00 @sosbirds also Grey Wagtail, M 2F Goosander, Lt Grebe, 4M Shoveler, M Bullfinch, Goldcrest. (Martin G Grant via @sosbirds)

Highley (5 Dec) – 7 goosanders (5m,2f) on the R.Severn nr. Highley station and the Ship Inn (Paul Bateman)

Colemere (3 Dec) – Long tailed Duck x 2 one on Colemere, one still on the Mere. At least 3 Scaup on Whitemere. (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (1 Dec) – 90% frozen VP but lots of duck sitting on the ice inc GW Teal, 250 Teal, 140 Mallard, 98 Wigeon, 30 Shover and 2 Pintail. (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (29 Nov) – 2cy Ring-billed Gull Chelmarsh Resr on dam from 1605 +5YLGs. 6 Tundra Beans (3ads 3juvs) on west bank still (Tom Lowe via @sosbirds)

Isombridge (28 Nov) – 10 x Curlew feeding on field Isombridge 15-45 today. (Martin G Grant via @sosbirds)

Cherrington & Meeson (27 Nov) – 23 corn buntings counted today between Cherrington & Meeson, including 11 on wires at Meeson Heath.  Several birds singing.  Also one seen from the car along B5062 by turning for Moortown, near Crudgington (Steve Jaggs)

Venus Pool (24 Nov) – Drake Green-winged Teal (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

The Mere, Ellesmere (20 Nov) – Long-tailed Duck and Mandarin still present (Mike Stokes via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (19 Nov) – The 6 tundra bean geese were at Chelmarsh again this pm along with c.350 grey-lags and a barnacle type goose. At 15:00 they flew off over the dam wall to feed in adjacent fields. The Cetti’s warbler was also present again, but this time it was by the Causeway close to MSS’s bench. (Steve Haycox)

Colemere (19 Nov) – morning. 12 Goldeneye, 8 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and a Raven (B&M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (15 Nov) – At a murky VP 118 Teal, 67 Mallard, 31 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 5 Tufted, 3 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, Little Egret and Blackwit still. (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Priorslee Lake (14 Nov) – 1w drk Scaup at 1110 and 2cy YLG with handful of LBBs (Tom Lowe via @sosbirds)

Cound Stank (11 Nov) – male Hen Harrier bseen briefly over fields west of cound stank mid am today. Not been seen on VP reserve since 8.30 am Thursday (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

The Mere, Ellesmere (11 Nov) – Long tailed Duck still present (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (13 Nov) – At least 9 Meadow Pipits on main reserve (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (12 Nov) – heard a Cetti’s Warbler this afternoon at Chelmarsh, to the left of the Ringing Hide in the phrag/willow scrub. Also, at least 3 Water Rails calling on the Scrape. 10 Goosander, 4 Gadwall on the reservoir. (Steve Haycox).

Ironbridge (11 Nov) – Peregrine perched westernmost cooling tower, Ironbridge power station (Glenn Bishton)

Battlefield, Shrewsbury (11 Nov) – Red kite at Battlefield Incinerator 1.35p.(Simon Tudor)

Venus Pool (10 Nov) – Hen Harrier, brief appearance, arable field  Venus Pool(South east corner) 3.29 – 3.30. Also Black tailed Godwit. (Richard Eyres)

Wall Farm (9 Nov) – Stonechat pair, Peregrine, Fieldfare, Redwing, Barn Owl hunting 11-45 am (Martin Grant via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (9 Nov) – 3 Dunlin now flown – flushed by Peregrine. 1 Black tailed Godwit still present (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (9 Nov) – green sand., Common sand, pochard (Brian Lyon via @sosbirds)

Priory Gardens/Townsend Close, Ludlow (8 Nov) – Black Redstart – possibly first winter male. (Barbara Daniels)

Mason’s Bank SWT (6 Nov) – group of 30 or so Golden Plover in field just past SWT’s Mason’s Bank (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (3 Nov) – male Hen Harrier hunting the arable field. (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds). ALSO Nick Nandan (4 Nov), Helen Griffiths (6 Nov), Jim Almond (9 Nov) .

Stirchley Village, Telford (2 Nov) – great view of 5 low flying Whooper Swans heading SE. (Harvey Sherwood)

Venus Pool (31 Oct) – a good count of 205 Lapwing. Also 16 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Wigeon, 41Shoveler, 18 Teal, Kingfisher & Water Rail. (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (29 Oct) – 15 Goosander along the dam (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (29 Oct) – 22 Curlew 1 Firecrest 6 Goldcrest 1 Green Sandpiper 2 G S W 1 Barnacle and 300+ Greylag geese 1 Yellow-Legged Gull (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (28 Oct) – 30ish golden plover just dropped into VP (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool, (26 Oct) – Good count of 143 Wigeon at VP today. also 2 Shelduck, 39 Shoveler, 30 Teal. 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and Redshank still. (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Ironbridge (25 Oct) – Harris hawk hunting along Severn Gorge, Ironbridge. (Glenn Bishton)

Wellington (25 Oct) – Ring Necked Parakeet flying South over Tee Lake (Tim Preston via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (24 Oct) – 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 11+ Snipe, 56 Wigeon, 45 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 2 Water Rail.(Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Oswestry Old Racecourse (22 Oct) – good numbers of Song Thrush and Bullfinch gorging on Rowan berries along with few Mistles and 1 Redwing. Flock of 23 Redwing seen pm flying west over Carreg-y big . Spectacular Autumnal tree colours all round, several plants still flowering incl. harebell, foxglove and vetches with ivy feeding many bees. (Harvey Sherwood)

Venus Pool (22 Oct) – Dunlin Redshank & 2x Black Tailed Godwits. (Kev Wardlaw via @sosbirds).

Black Hill, Clun (22nd Oct) – Great Grey Shrike on south side young spruce plantation next to clearfell patch – also flock of 23 Siskins (David Stafford)

Anchor (21 Oct) – Two good views of hunting female hen harrier (same bird) about 2 miles south of Anchor village near xmas tree plantations. (Harvey Sherwood)

Venus Pool (20 Oct) – Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Vp till 5:35 and a Whooper Swan flew in at 5:40 and seen on the fishing pond from car park (Gary Crowder via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool & Cound Fishery (20 Oct) – Whooper swan on Cound Fishery c5.30pm. Whitefront, 1f goosander, 3 blackwits, kingfisher, & many shoveler, wigeon & lapwing at VP. (Helen J Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Church Stretton (19 Oct) – First sighting of blackcap (male) for this season in the garden; also first sighting of female reed bunting (Dave Richardson)

Dearnford Lake, Whitchurch (18 Oct) – Afternoon: 119 Coot (and I’ll have missed some), 21 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe of which adult and two juveniles very flighty – good if you’ve not seen a grebe in flight before, 15 moorhen, 34 Mallard, only 13 Canadas, and 6 mute swans. Nineteen Black-headed gull. No teal, shoveller or wigeon (Bob Harris)

Condover (14 Oct) – YBW in garden opp post office 1030 (Tom Lowe via @sosbirds)

Tee Lake, Telford (10 Oct) – 24 Goosander, all females (Tim Preston via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (10 Oct) – 5 Little Egrets in morning (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (9 Oct) – Single Black-tailed Godwits arrived at 16:44 & 16:53. At least 15 Snipe visible (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (9 Oct) – Peregrine high 15:25 then Swallow north (from upper field) (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Tibberton (9 Oct) – c40 P-f geese heading NW over Tibberton @ 10.40. Seemed odd direction but perhaps readjusting after ‘surfing’ the easterlies. (Stephen Jaggs via @sosbirds)
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Venus Pool (8 Oct) – 27 Snipe 3 blackwits 2 green sands,1 male pintail and 1 pochard this mornings (Dave Chapman via @sosbirds)

Various locations (4 Oct) – 2 Wheatears in old quarry by carpark Titterstone Clee 11.00hrs. Swallow near Bitterley. Juv. Hen Harrier over heather moor south side Abdon Burf, Brown Clee Hill 16.00hrs. (also large Peregrine, presumed female, a few minutes later) (Pete and Marjo Lewis)

Leighton (2 Oct) – Little Egret (Glenn Bishton).

Venus Pool (1 Oct) – 3 blackwit in front of memorial hide (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds).

Brown Moss, Whitchurch (30 Sep) – Pectoral Sandpiper, Snipe, 20 Teal, about 7-8 Shovellers, a few Dabchicks, plus the usual common waterfowl. Still some Swallows about STILL PRESENT 2 Oct. (Stephen Barlow).

Little Ness (29 Sep) – Osprey (Pearce Environment via @sosbirds).

Wood Lne NR (21 Sep) – Pectoral Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Greenshank and Kingfisher (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Whixall Floods (21 Sep) – Wood Sandpiper and 2-3 Ruff (Mike Stokes via @sosbirds).

Wood Lane NR (21 Sep) – Pectoral Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Greenshank and Kingfisher (B & M Jones via  @sosbirds).

Brown Clee (18 Sep) – Hundreds of swallow/house martin feeding and passing southward over the hill all day. Sparrowhawk frustrated in repeated failed predation chases over top pool. 15 Soaring Raven at altitude over summit. I Red Kite seen feeding on the wing repeatedly dropping and recatching some carrion! 3 Kestrel hovering. Several Black Darter; Brown Hawker and Emperor dragonfly around the various Brown Clee pools. (R Gilbert/H Sherwood)

Titterstone Clee (14 Sep) – imm. Merlin, hawking low over grassland below summit area (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds).

Wood Lane NR (13 Sep) – 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Snipe , 300 Lapwings and a Kingfisher (B & M Jones via @sosbirds).

Wellington (12 Sep) – At least 3 Redwings his afternoon (Jenni Hood).

Venus Pool (12 Sep) – 6 Common Terns just arr. Venus Pool. Harassed by BHGs & Rook (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds).

Venus Pool (12 Sep) – Black-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover and Dunlin still present at VP early pm. (Jim Almond via  @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (12 Sep) – Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Pied Wagtail & Snipe. (@dothilllnr).

Wood Lane NR (11 Sep) – Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Snipe, 200 Canada Geese, 20 Greylag Geese, 300 Lapwing and 2 Ravens (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (11 Sep) – Black Tailed Godwit, also Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Green Sand. (Kev Wardlaw).

Bucknell (11 Sep) – House Martin still nest feeding young (Martin Sherwood)

Ruyton-XI-Towns (10 Sep) – Dead puffin fledgling picked up this morning (William Jones via @sosbirds)

Shelton, Shrewsbury (10 Sep) – Family of Spotted Flycatchers in garden (Michael Harris)

Stiperstones (9 Sep) – mature Hen Harrier hunting on the eastern slopes for about 45 min just after 10.15 am. Absolutely clear view and positive identification closest 30 yds. Much of its flight was at 20 ft. (Rob Park)

Long Mynd (9 Sep) – Ring tail Hen Harrier on the Mynd between Pole Cottage & Pole Bank approx. 7.10 pm ( Geoff Hall via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh (9 Sep) – This afternoon at Chelmarsh: 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 24 Lapwing and 16 Teal on Scrape. 1 Little Egret on main reservoir (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (9 Sep) – 300 Lapwings, Kingfisher, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Snipe, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chifchaff, Teal and Ravens (B&M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (9 Sep) – Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit juv Ringed Plover and 2 Green Sand (Jim Almond via @sosbirds).

Venus Pool (7 Sep) – Greenshank & 2 Green Sandpiper (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh (7 Sep) – 2 Little Egret on main reservoir. 2 Green Sand, 1 Snipe, 8 Lapwing and 30 Teal on Scrape (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Telford Town Park (5 Sep) – Possible Wryneck calling in trees next to Park, identified from distinctive call – no visual poss. (Martin Sherwood)

Church Stretton (5 Sep) – c50 House Martins feeding over town mid-am (Dave Richardson)

Venus Pool (4 Sep) – 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Juv Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank & 1 Hobby through, a Shoveler (Dawn Micklewright via @sosbirds)

Catherton Common (4 Sep) – 1 Wheatear (unringed) and Red Kite over. (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (1 Sep) – 6 Black-tailed Godwits – present all day apparently (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Whixall (1 Sep) – 8 ruff and a water rail (Paul Rutter)

Alveley (31 Aug) – Wryneck in garden at 2pm, (Tom Lowe via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (31 Aug) – 1cy Med Gull. Also s Greenshank and two Green Sandpiper (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

South of Whixall Moss (31 Aug) – Juvenile Hen Harrier, heading NE. (Bob Harris)

Venus Pool (30 Aug) – Black-tailed Godwit departed east at 19:12. Greenshank, 2x Green Sandpiper & Snipe still present. Numerous hirundines. (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (30 Aug) – Spotted Flycatcher, 40 Lapwings, Curlew, Goldcrest, Mandarin, 100 Canada Geese, 2 Ravens and 23 Greylag Geese (B&M Jones via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (30 Aug) – 1cy Med Gull. Also a Little Egret and a Hobby (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (30 Aug) – Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 2 Green Sand, at least 10 Snipe (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (28 Aug) – Common tern & black tern (Paul King via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (27 Aug) – Bar-tailed Godwit!!, 2 juv Med Gull, Greenshank and 2 Green Sand this pm. (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (27 Aug) – Osprey, Goosander, Sparrow-hawk, 2 Buzzards, Raven, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker and Kingfisher (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (27 Aug) – Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and 2 x Juv Med Gull (Ian Grant via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (26 Aug) – 2 Redstarts, 2 Ravens, Kingfisher, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and 45 Lapwings (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh (25 Aug) – Juvenile Black Tern and Arctic Tern (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (25 Aug) – single Ruff, Greenshank, Green Sand and juv Med Gull (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (24 Aug) – F Goosander, 4x Common Snipe. No Green Sandpiper for 1st time in about 20 visits  Also Greenshank & 3 Little Egrets (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (23 Aug) – At least 4 Little Egrets at Venus Pool, Also Common Sandpiper. (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Scrape (23 Aug) – 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and 8 Teal present late afternoon (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Much Wenlock (21, 22 & 23 Aug) – 3 Whimbrel seen flying high & calling; traveling south west over Farley Road  at 08:45 23/08/2016. A large movement of swallows and house martins on Sunday 21/8 & 2Monday 22/8 these continued throughout the day. Tuesday 22/8 swallows and house martins still passing through during evening (Reg Dixon)

Church Stretton (21 Aug) – Two dippers seen on the stream running parallel to Russels Meadow (David John)

Venus Pool (17 Aug) – Highlight an Osprey drifted over east end of pool and circled the boating/trout lake at 17:45-50 then disappeared towards the Wrekin. Green sandp 2 very noisy (second bird dropped in?), L Egret 2 Snipe 4 Teal 5. Hundreds of swallows and house Martin feeding high over the pool plus 4 sand martins (Mike Cooper)

Maesbury (15 Aug) – Just heard a Nightjar churring on farmland nr Maesbury, bizarre location and timing. Migrant? but why singing? (Anthony Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (15 Aug) – Little Egret, 3 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, LRP, c40 Lapwing, 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Gadwall and 6+ Little Grebe. Also, c300 Greylag including 3 with orange neck collars – SAL, SDJ and HSC. Also, 300+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Knighton Reservoir (15 Aug) – Marsh Harrier at 07.45 (1st site record) + Common Sand & 1 Green Sand (Dave Barnes via @sosbirds)

Newport (14 Aug) – One Male Ring-necked Parakeet in private gardens along Strine Brook, Newport, this afternoon. Last sighting from Mere Close, heading north towards Newport By-pass at 6.12pm. (Keith and Dianne Williams)

Venus Pool (11 Aug) – redshank, LRP,Snipe,green sandpiper (Carl Turner via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (11 Aug) – juv, Yellow wagtail, LRP, redshank, greensand, 9 Little grebes (Paul King via @sosbirds) ,

Venus Pool (9 Aug) – Juv redshank & a green sandpiper (Helen J Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (9 Aug) – 1 Ringed.Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Sparrow-hawk, 3 Buzzards, Blackcaps and Chiffchaff (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Shrewsbury (9 Aug) – 2 Curlews or Whimbrels east over A49 by Shrewsbury sewage works (from car) at 19:03 (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (8 Aug) – 3 black-t godwits at VP 9.00 (Carl Turner via @sosbirds)

Nesscliffe (8 Aug) – Osprey flying over (Tris Pearce Wildlife via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (7 Aug) – this morning: 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper & 2 snipe (Dawn Micklewright via @sosbirds)

East of Venus Pool (6 Aug) – flushed all gulls & 8 Oystercatchers (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (6 Aug) – c 50 each LBB & BH Gull and 1 Common Gull (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Apley (3 Aug) – Hobby flying over Severn Hospice, Apley today from Apley Woods (Julie Burroughs)

Venus Pool (2 Aug) – Black Tailed Godwit (Tim Preston via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Scrape (30 Jul) – 3 Green Sandpipers, 18 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail and 1 Teal (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss (30 Jul) – Hobby. Also Lapwing chick with parents. (Andrew Booth)

Venus Pool (30 Jul) – 2 Green Sandpipers briefly but one flew north (Chris Cameron via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (30 Jul) – 14 Curlew 140 Lapwings 80 Canada Geese 30 Greylag Geese 40 Lesser B B 70 Blackheaded Gulls and a Herring Gull (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (29 Jul) – 5 x Black-tailed Godwit reported at VP first thing – flew out at 8am, before I got here!   (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (29 Jul) – c50 swift – flew about for 10 mins then headed off south (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds)

Stanwardine (27 Jul) – Two Peregrine Falcons flying NW over Stanwardine in the Fields and contact calling. (Paul Cronin)

Whixall Moss Floods (26 Jul) – juv Whinchat in field beside layby. Female type Redstart in Willows behind the flood. (Gary Crowder via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss Floods (26 Jul) – at least one Green Sand, a Dunlin and a Redshank. Also Hobby over and another another over Coton.  (Gary Crowder via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (26 Jul) – 20+ LBBGs and 100+ BHGS thro VP this pm, a juv Med Gull in tow with the latter. Med has a green ring but always behind vegetation! (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (25 Jul) – 3 redshank 1 greens (Roger Gibb via @sosbirds)

Ellesmere (22 Jul) – One adult plus one juvenile LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Cremorne Gardens, in tree behind children’s play area 0915hrs (Terry Cripps & John Wain)

Stanwardine (20 & 21 Jul) – 0630 on Wednesday 20th AND Thursday 21st July, Peregrine Falcon flying north and calling (Paul Cronin)

Near Ellesmere (16 Jul) – Corncrake reported calling, heard from Llangollen Canal ‘just above Ellesmere’ near a bridge and a wheat field (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (15 Jul) – Lesser spotted woodpecker, 1340 from feeder hide (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (12 Jul) – 23 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and a pair of Bullfinch (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (11 Jul) – Little egret 1, Common sandp 1. Kingfisher male showed very well in front of main hide. Blackcap, white throat and at least 1 reed warbler singing. 3 stock doves (Mike Cooper)

Wood Lane NR (7 Jul) – Red Kite, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Garden Warbler and Blackcap (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (7 Jul) – little egret, gcg, dabchick, com sand, 3 green ‘pecker, redstart, w’throat, reed warbs & bunts, 30+ swifts, 50-ish hse martins. Also, kingfisher, c15 swallows, young coots & moorhens, & most, if not all, of the juv shelducks (Helen J Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (6 Jul) – 2 Hobby, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Common Sand, Oystercatcher and still 12 juv Shelducks 2 of which now flying! (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (6 Jul) – 1 common Sandpiper Kingfisher Little ringed plover 2 Ravens 1 juv Redstart 4 Cormorants 1 Oystercatcher (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Whixall Floods (5 Jul) – Glossy Ibis still at Whixall floods and two POSSIBLE Wood Sandpipers (too distant without scope). (Mike Stokes via @sosbirds)

Whixall Floods (3 Jun) – The Glossy Ibis still at Whixall floods at 13.40 plus 2 Black-tailed Godwits (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss (3 Jun) – Glossy ibis still at Whixall Moss. Left side flooded fields as u approach (Rober Gibb via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Scrape (3 Jul) – 3 Green Sandpipers were present on the scrape yesterday afternoon (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (2 Jul) – 4 little ringed plover, 2 common sandpiper and water rail amongst the highlights (James Grundy via @sosbirds)

Battlefield, Shrewsbury (27 Jun) – Red Kite circling over the Incinerator at Battlefield, 8.10 a.m. For approx. 5 minutes (Simon Tudor)

Wrekin (26 Jun) – Enjoyed watching wood warbler feeding young in the nest at the Wrekin this morning (James Grundy via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (19 Jun) – a drake Common Scoter on the fishing pool (Geoff Holmes via @sosbirds)

RAF Shawbury (16 Jun) – 2 Grey Partridge southern end of airfield, Peregrine Falcon on mast at northern end of airfield and Red Kite northern end of airfield (Brian Lyon)

Bridgnorth (13 Jun) – Ring-necked Parakeet, 11am on Well Meadow (Nigel Brown)

Dolgoch Quarry (12 Jun) – Spotted Flycatcher (Harvey Sherwood)

Chelmarsh (7 Jun) – Crane. Circling over Hampton loade near chelmarsh for about ten minutes. Then flew north up river Severn towards Bridgnorth. Time 12.20 pm (Richard Owen)

Bomere Heath (31 May) – Red Kite seen hunting over fields/woodland between Bomere Heath and Albrighton village for last fortnight. Pair on one occasion (Harvey Sherwood)

Wrekin (30 May) – Grey Wagtails nest building, Wood Warblers still singing strongly around the slopes, Chiffchaff notably quiet, several Redstarts in song, Pied Flyc feeding nest boxes, 3 pair Spotted Flyc on upper deciduous slopes showing well, several Tree Pipit singing near summit (Harvey Sherwood)

Buildwas (30 May) – Little ringed plover pair with two young on shingle bed of River Severn, Leighton. Three redstart pairs adjacent to River Severn, one with four nestlings in isolated hawthorn (Glenn Bishton.)

Wood Lane (26 May) – Red Kite again today and Cuckoo perched in tree in front of lapping hide (B&M Jones)

Wood Lane (25 May) – Red Kite, 2 Oystercatcher +2 chicks, 2 Great Crested Grebe and plenty of Black-headed gulls with chicks (B&M Jones)

Wood Lane NR (23 May) – Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier, 2 LRP, 2 Med Gulls and 2 Oystercatcher+2 chicks (B&M Jones via @sosbirds)

Broseley (23 May) – Two Cuckoos heard in Pound Lane this morning, one from the direction of the Severn Gorge, and the other a few minutes later from the Bridgnorth Road direction. Also Whitethroats, a Yellowhammer, and a pair of Red-Legged Partridges in a field of rape (John Powell)

Cross Houses (22 May) – Cuckoo this eve between X Hses & Berrington (Helen Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Pole Bank (22 May) – Short Eared owl hunting over Pole bank, 7.15am. Disappeared in direction of Pole Bank cottage.Viewed for 5 minutes plus (Steve and Bridget Paling)

Whixall Floods (22 May) – 2pm: 4 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 1 Redshank (Jim Alomd via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh (20 May) – 4 Yellow Wagtails dropped in at scrape early afternoon (Jason Kernoham)

Between Yeaton and Baschurch (19 May) – Short-eared Owl showing very well (William Jones)

Wall Farm (19 May) – Cuckoo pair (Martin G Grant)

Crudgington Lane SJ64423 (18 May) – Sanderling and Ringed Plover this PM on flooded field (Clive Biddulph)

Various (16 May) – Stokesay pool, pair coots eight chicks, kite: Clunton Bridge, peregrine, garden warbler, blackcap, pied flycatcher: Clunton Coppice, 4 singing wood warblers, 3 tree pipits, nest building whitethroat: Clun village, 13 house martins collecting mud: Rhos fiddle, 2 pairs stonechats: Mason’s Bank, 2 pairs stonechats: Long Mynd below Wildmoor Pool, 2 pairs whinchats

Whixall & Fenns Mosses (16 May) – 7 hobbys, feeding over pools just northwest  of the n r base . at midday  an over flying  ospray  going north, peregrine, green woodpecker, lots of whitethroats .tree pipits 4 stonechats (Phil Boardman)

Long Mynd (15 May) – First Gropper of the year (Mike Stokes
via @sosbirds)

Wall Farm (15 May) – Marsh Harrier this afternoon. Also two cuckoos together outside hide, feeding on caterpillars, perching on reedmace. Yellow Wagtail (Jon Porter)

Whixall Floods (15 May) – 4 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 LRP.
(Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Berriewood, Condover (13 May) – Willow Tit seen and heard calling ‘fish-stew’ in the Light Green Wood.

Betton Moss (12 May) – 0413hrs, Roding woodcock during a dawn chorus count (Paul Bell)

Priorslee Lake (12 May) – two ad Black Terns still on present this morning. Plus a Common Sand (Gary Crowder via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (12 May) – Turnstone (Brian Lyon via @sosbirds)

Lydbury North (11 May) – Hobby: one in morning (Pete Jennings)

Venus Pool (11 May) – Little tern at 11:29 am (Carl Turner)

Priorslee (11 May) –  Common Terns peaked at five at Priorslee but had all left by 0725 – Black Tern still present (Gary Crowder via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (10 May) – Sanderling & Garganey still present plus (is this a record for site) 25!! Common Terns!! (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Cole Mere (10 May) – 13 Black Terns on Cole Mere (Andt Latham via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (9 May) – drake Garganey still present mid afternoon, 1 Common Sand.(Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Furbers Floods (8 May) – Eight LRP on Furbers (not so flooded) fields this morning. Also Redshank and two Oycs. (Bob Harris via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (8 May) – Garganey still at vp this morning (Dawn Micklewright via @sosbirds)

Meretown, Newport (8 May) – short-eared owl hunting over fields. Reckon that’s just within the border GR SJ75592057 (Carl Turner via @sosbirds)

Wall Farm (7 May) – 2 Cuckoos showing well this morning. Also Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler (J Porter)

Whixall Moss (7 May) – 3 hobbies, 3 little ringed plover and 3 ringed plover this morning (James Grundy via @sosbirds)

Clunton Cppice (7 May) – Report of a possible female Red-backed Shrike is clearfell today (Martyn Owen via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (7 May) – drake Garganey at VenusPool (Tom Lowe via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss (6 May) – Marsh harrier this evening, over by the old works. No SEO, but calling cuckoo. (Bob Harris via @sosbirds)

Betton Moss, Market Drayton (6 May) – Lesser whitethroat singing from old hedge by lane (A Bell)

Betton Moss, Market Drayton (5 May) – Mandarin duck flushed from nest box by pond – 9 eggs. Drake on pond (A Bell)

Shrewsbury (5 May) – Red Kite seen from B4380 by Sutton Road turn, 2 p.m. (Wendy Powell)

Wrekin (5 May) – 7 pied flycatcher (3 male 4 female) 3 females nestbuilding, 6 male redstart, 2 wood warbler (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (5 May) – 18 swift, 3 little ringed plover, 4 common sandpiper (Glenn Bishton)

Wrekin (5 May) – Pair of Pied Flycatchers nest building in one of the bird boxes. Wood Warblers seen and heard (John Powell)

Severn Valley Country Park, Alverley (5 May) – Garden Warbler singing & showing well this afternoon (Jason Kernohan via @sosbirds)

Tibberton (5 May) – cuckoo calling, 18.00 (Roger Gibb via @sosbirds)

Whixall Floods (4 May) – 6:00am – 8 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank (Robin Sutton)

Long Mynd & Stiperstones (4 May) – no sign Dots on mynd this am but Hobby there and 2 more on Stiperstones (2 Red Kite here too) (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Whixall (4 May) – 6am – 8 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank (Paul Rutter)

Whixall (3 May) –  8.30pm – 13+ Dunlin, 7+ Ringed Plover, 4+ LRP, 1 Redshank, 1 Common sand (Paul Rutter)

Priorslee Lake (3 May) – At least 30 Swifts hawking over road (Mike Cooper)

Meadowley (SO668925) (3 May) – Single red kite drifting at moderate height heading south east (Mike Wootton)

The Wrekin (2 May) – very elusive Wood Warbler this afternoon. (Mike Stokes via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (2 May) – 2 Dunlin and 1 LRP (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (2 May) –  fairly quiet early afternoon. Highlight a Hobby through at 1.45, 4 swifts, 1 common sand.(Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (1 May) –  1 Dunlin and 4 Common Sand at VP this evening (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Cardingmill Valley (1 May) – One cuckoo on seen and heard calling above reservoir (David John)

Radbrook (30 Apr) – Whitethroat in suburban garden quite distant from open countryside (Richard Pearce)

Venus Pool (30 Apr) – 4 Yellow Wagtails and 6 Common Sandpiper (Brian Lyon via @sosbirds)

Bridgnorth (30 Apr) – Male blackcap seen today, in back garden of town property, Never seen one before in my garden , in 30 years (Peter Randell)

Bicton Heath (30 Apr) – 2 common sandpiper and oystercatcher on floods (James Grundy via @sosbirds)

Kingslow (28th Apr) – Hobby over near Pattingham on Staffordshire border (David Stafford)

Whixall (30 Apr) – 3 redshank, 2 LRP, 2 common sand

Priorslee Lake (29 Apr) –  Cetti`s Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 pairs Gt C Grebe, 3 Pied Wagtail (Martin G Grant via @sosbirds)

Priorslee Lake (29 Apr) – male Pied Flycatcher, 100+ Sand Martin, 6 Swallows, 2 House Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, 11 Blackcap (Martin G Grant via @sosbirds)

Newton (28 Apr) – Single red kite low over hedge off A442 at SO739972 (Mike Wootton)

Wood Lane NR (28 Apr) – 1 L R P, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 6 Blackcaps and a Willow warbler (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (28 Apr) –  3 common sandpipers & a Dunlin this morning (Dawn Micklewright via @sosbirds)

The Wrekin (28 Apr) – M and F Redstart; also Goldcrest, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and pair of Nuthatches foraging on the ground (John Powell)

Polemere (28 Apr) – 1x Yellow Wagtail,2xWheatear,2x Common Sandpiper (Terry Cripps)

Kingsnordley, nr. Alveley (28 Apr) – Cuckoo (Keith Bates)

Whixall Floods (27 Apr) – 2 LRP, 2 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, Mosses 1 SEOwl (still!) , 2Cuckoo ( 1 with a sore throat!) 2 Whitethroat (Anthony Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Whixall (27 Apr) – No sign of Ruff but 2 Dunlin, 2 LRP, 1 common sand and 1 cuckoo (Paul Rutter)

River Severn, Buildwas to Cressage Bridge (27 Apr) –  Common Sandpiper 22+, Little Ringed Plover 6+, Oystercatcher 2, Goosander 28+ (plus female with 17 small ducklings), Grasshopper Warbler 1 singing, Redstart 5 males 2 females, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Common Whitethroat 1, Sand Martin 300+, Yellow Wagtail 1, Mandarin 5, Stock Dove 85 at Buildwas and Kingfisher 1 (Simon Davies)

Whixall (26 Apr) – Ruff still present with 1 ringed plover in the evening (Paul Rutter)

Wood Lane NR (26 Apr) – 1 Dunlin,2 Com Sandpipers, 2 G C Grebe, 1 Goldcrest, 2 G S Woodpeckers, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Oystercatchers (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss (26 Apr) – male Ruff, Common Sandpiper, singing Cuckoo, White Wagtail (Simon Davies)

East Wall (25 Apr) – Red Kite spotted flying over the B4371 between East Wall and Wall under Haywood (Adam Weston)

Whixall (25 Apr) – Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat singing at various locations between Marina and Whixall Floods (Robin Sutton)

Whixall Moss (25 Apr) – 1 ruff, 2 LRP (Paul Rutter)

Wood Lane NR (25 Apr) – 2 L R P, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 G C Grebe, 2 Reed Buntings, 3 Kestrels, G S Woodpecker (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Buildwas (24 Apr) – Red kite flying over fields and River Severn, West of Buildwas Bridge (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall Moss (24 Apr) – 1 Short eared owl, 3 LRPs; 1 cuckoo (Paul Rutter)

Colemere (24 Apr) – Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler singing (Robin Sutton)

Whixall Floods (23 Apr) – Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin (Robin Sutton)

Broseley (24 Apr) – 8 Wheatears and one Lapwing in Pound Lane, in field opposite the weighbridge. Field further west had pair of kestrels, and pair of skylarks. Swallows and House Martins have just arrived (John Powell)

Priorslee Lake (24 Apr) –  Cetti’s Warbler singing spasmodically from reedbed below north-east corner this afternoon. Also Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff in song, 19 Redwing. Ed Wilson reported seeing a Willow Tit this morning (Martin Ryder)

Ellesmere (24 Apr) – 12 Sand Martins, Chiffchaff in Mere Gardens (Robert Dowley)

Venus Pool (24 Apr) – Swallow with 3 Sand Martin (Jim Almond)  At midday; 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldeneye, 64 Shoveler, 14 Shelduck, 6 Snipe & 2 Oystercatcher (Jason Kernohan)

Polemere (24 Apr) – 1 Dunlin, 2 Comm Sand, 1 Green Sand, 1m Wheatear, 2m yellow Wag. (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Shrewsbury (23 Apr) – 3.30pm, walking up Pride Hill when I saw a red kite at a fair height almost dead above the top of the hill. (Brian Mason)

Polemere (23 Apr) – Green and common sandpiper and 5 yellow wagtail (James Grundy via @sosbirds)

Minton Batch (23 Apr) – 3 Whinchat, 3 Siskin, 3 Crossbill, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit & 14 Redstart (Mike Stokes via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (23 Apr) – 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Reed Buntings, Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Ravens and many Black-headed Gulls (B&M Jones via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (22 Apr) – 1 Redstart, 1 Common Sandpiper, Gadwall m+F, 2 Reed Buntings (B & M Jones via @sosbirds)

Minton Batch, Long Mynd (22 Apr) – 3 Ring Ouzel (2 male, 1 Female), 3 Whinchat (2 male, 1 Female). Redstart (4 Male), Red Kite, 3 Siskin. The hawthorne bushes had loads of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Meadow Pipits. Also 5 Stonechat from car driving over the top (Clive Biddulph)

Titterstone Clee (22 Apr) – 4 Ring Ouzels this morning (Ian Whitehouse via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss (22 Apr) – Common sandpiper, 4 LRP, dunlin, yellow wagtail, 2 whitethroat, sedge warbler and commic tern over (heard only) (James Grundy via @sosbirds)

Pulverbatch (21 Apr) – Cuckoo seen +heard 1100hrs (Terry Cripps)

Clunton Coppice (21 Apr) – 6 wood warblers, 2 pied fly and 2 tree pipits highlights of morning walk (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Coton Hill, Shrewsbury (20 Apr) –  First Swift and House Martin back this evening (Patrick Lanaway via @sosbirds)

Newport (20 Apr) – 1st 4 Swifts of the year over tonight (HelenLT via @sosbirds)

Wrekin (20 Apr) –  a few Pied Flycatchers and a few Tree Pipits. No Redstarts or Wood Warblers though. (Mike Stokes via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss (20 Apr) – Cuckoo calling this morning. (Bob Harris via @sosbirds)

Rattlinghope and Bridges (20 Apr) – Pied fly, redstart, Dipper, Red kite, Wheatear, Curlew, Meadow pipit (Roger Gibb via @sosbirds)

Lt Berriewood, Condover (19 Apr) – Flyover calling Yellow Wagtail (Nigel Barratt)

RAF Shawbury (19 Apr) – Corn Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Red Kite, Yellowhammer and Wheatear all on the base with the usual suspects (Brian Lyon)

Lt Berriewood, Condover (17 Apr) – A Lesser Whitethroat rattling away in a roadside hedge at Berriewood, Condover this morning. Also four House Martins over last night in a mixed flock with several Swallows.(Nigel Barratt)

Lt Berriewood, Condover (17 Apr) – 6 Wheatears on the aerodrome (3m3f), two singing Redstarts in field boundary oaks and the Light Green Wood full of singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warblers and a pair of Bullfinches feeding on sloe blossom (Nigel Barratt)

Devil’s Dingle (17 Apr) – 2 Little ringed plover, 1 male whitethroat , 6 willow warbler (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall & Fenns Mosses (16 Apr) – Two Short-eared Owls this evening, one on Whixall Moss, one on Fenns Moss (Howard Prince)

Broseley (16 Apr) – fifteen Wheatears in a field off Bridgnorth road, opposite Deans farm this morning (Terry Arch)

Venus Pool (16 Apr) – Lesser Whitethroat and pair of Redstart in hedge of top field. (Dawn Balmer via @sosbirds)

Chelmarsh Resvr (15 Apr) – Arctic Tern (Jim Almond via @sosbirds).

Venus Pool (14 Apr) – Whitethroat & Lesser Whitethroat at 09.40 today in top field hedge (Rob Stokes)

Ellesmere (14 Apr) – Male & female Common Scoter on The Mere (Paul Masset via @sosbirds)

Soudley Woods (14 Apr) – Lesser spotted woodpecker & 2 Tree pipits singing (David Pearce)

Nairn Lane Telford (14 Apr) – Ring ouzel poss2: 5 wheatear, redstart (Roger Gibb via @sosbirds)

Lt Berriewood, Condover (14 Apr) – Redstart singing in hawthorns this morning (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (14 Apr) – Male yellow wagtail on left hand island accompanied by pied wagtail (Paul Bell)

A458 Bridgnorth by-pass (13 Apr) – single red kite casually circling overhead at 14:45hrs (Mike Wootton)

Nedge Hill (13 Apr) – Ring Ouzel (Paul King via @sosbirds)

Venus Pool (13 Apr) – Reed warbler – heard & seen well from the Fen hide (Helen Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Whixall (13 Apr) – 3 ringed plover, 2 dunlin, 1 redshank (Paul Rutter)

Granville NR, Telford (13 Apr) – Iberian Chiffchaff still singing frequently & showing really well until 12.20 hrs at least (Paul Massey via @sosbirds)

Wood Lane NR (12 Apr) – 5 Black-Tailed Godwits, 1 LRP, 50+ Sand Martin’s, 1 Common sandpiper, 1 Willow Warbler, 14 Tufted and 2 Chiffchaff (B&M Jones via
@sosbirds)

Bridges (12 Apr) – Five male Pied Flycatchers and a lot of Tree Creepers showing this am (Bernard Roberts)

Venus Pool (12 Apr) – late morning – Black-tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, Pair Wigeon still, mating grass snakes (Martin Ryder via @sosbirds)

Whixall Floods (12 Apr) – 1 Spoonbill, 1 White Wagtail, 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper. No sign of the Channel Wagtail or Water Pipit (Howard Prince)

Church Stretton (12 Apr) – 2 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, only 2 brambling today, (one calling yesterday), 1 Collared Dove (an unusual bird for this garden), 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 blackbird, 2 Dunnock (Dave Richardson)

Priorslee Lake (12 Apr) – male Wheatear at 7:10am. No Little Gulls or Terns (Gary Crowder via @sosbirds)

Bury Ditches (12 Apr) – Cracking day; covered in singing Willow Warblers & Tree Pipits (Tom Lowe via @sosbirds)

Titterstone Clee (12 Apr) – Three peregrines displaying to each other at 12:00, 8 wheatears, 3 stonecahats (Dave Richardson)

Whixall Floods (11 Apr) – spoonbill showing well this am,depite the rain (Nick Nandan via @sosbirds)

Telford (10 Apr) – Iberian Chiffchaff still singing and showing well at Granville country park, Telford! (Jim Almond via @sosbirds)

Ellesmere (10 Apr) – Mandarin drake still showing well at Ellesmere (Andy Cawthray via @sosbirds)

River Severn (10 Apr) – Red Kite observed for 5 min or more drifting over loop in river, not far from the sewage works. Single Common Sandpiper also seen along riverbank in this area for the first time this year (Sandy Hill)

Callow Hollow (9 Apr) – two male Ring Ouzels feeding (David Pearce)

Devil’s Dingle (9 Apr) – 4 willow warbler, 1 blackcap, 7 chiffchaff, 1 green sandpiper, 2 oystercatcher (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (9 Apr) – 1 common sandpiper, 80 sand Martin, 2 oystercatcher (Glenn Bishton)

Leighton (9 Apr) – 2 swallow flying west up river, 130 sand martin, pair mandarin (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall & Fenns Mosses (8 Apr) – AM. Floods – Spoonbill, 1 Water Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Blue/Grey headed Wagtail. Fenns Moss – Short eared Owl. 7pm. 2 Short Eared Owls on Whixall Moss. 7.30pm – Floods – Spoonbill, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Blue/Grey headed Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers (copulating) (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (8 Apr) – Pair Little Ringed Plover (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds)

Whixall Moss (8 Apr) – juv spoonbill still present (Mark Wilson via @sosbirds)

South Telford (7 Apr) – Observed a single Red Kite low over woodland adjacent to the north side of Queens Way (A4169) between roundabout at top of Jiggers Bank and junction with Cherry Tree Hill (Dave Larkin)

Venus Pool (7 Apr) – Huge count of 82 stock doves on the newly-ploughed arable field at VP today (Helen Griffiths via @sosbirds)

Buildwas (7 Apr) – 4.00p.m. and 5.45p.m. Red Kite. South of Buildwas Bridge SJ640038 (Brian Andrews)

Whixall Floods (7 Apr) – 18.00 – 18.30 – 1 Spoonbill, 1 Water Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Blue Headed Wagtail, I Short Eared Owl (overflew floods), 1 Green Sandpiper (Howard Prince)

Titterstone Clee Hill (6 Apr) – male Ring Ouzel near working quarry this afternoon but fairly elusive (Jason Kernohan, via Twitter)

Whixall (6 Apr) – 1.30pm. Spoonbill for third day. Also 1 Water Pipit, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Redshank, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Oystercatcher (Howard Prince).

Venus Pool (6 Apr) – Male common redstart – it was in the laneside hedge of the seed field near the far end. Also a good number of swallows very high over the pool, several chiffchaffs and at least one willow warbler (Rita Kirkman).

Between Ditton Priors & Monkhopton (6 Apr) – Osprey reported (by ‘phone) this am, heading north west (Helen Griffiths, via Twitter).

Whixall floods (5 Apr) – Water Pipit + Spoonbill (Damon Howells),

Whixall Moss (5 Apr) – Short-eared Owl and Marsh Harrier (Damon Howells, found by Mike Stokes)

Whixall (5 Apr) – Spoonbill still present in floods but dozing. Also seen the smart Water Pipit, 2 Redshank, 2 Green Sand and male Yellow Wag. (Jim Almond, via Twitter).

Whixall Floods (5 Apr) – 1st summer Spoonbill, now roosting behind hedge, viewable from canal towpath (Anthony Griffiths).

Lt Berriewood, Condover (5 Apr) – Swallow, 10.30 am. (Nigel Barratt).

Devil’s Dingle (5 Apr) – Green sandpiper, little ringed plover, 2  wheatear, 5 singing chiffchaff (Glenn Bishton).

Long Mynd (4 Apr) – Two Red Kites and two Ravens feeding on a sheep carcass on the edge of the Long Mynd, Inwood, SO46279638 (Mags Cousins)

Titterstone Clee (4 Apr) – 6 Wheatear, 3 Swallow (Clive Biddulph)

Stiperstones (4 Apr) – 1 Short Eared Owl, 1 Red Grouse, 2 Swallow (Clive Biddulph)

Long Mynd (4 Apr) – Male Merlin flushed 2 Golden Plover from sheep field by Glider station (Clive Biddulph)

Condover (4 Apr) – A female on the aerodrome at Berriewood, Condover at 9.30am (Nigel Barratt)

Wood Lane (4 Apr) – 6 Oystercatchers, 4 Reed Buntings, Chiffchaff, 1 LRP, 8 Sand Martins and a Kingfisher (B&M Jones)

Telford (4 Apr) – first Willow Warbler in song at Hinkshay balancing pools and many Chiff Chaff singing all over Telford Town Park (Harvey Sherwood)

Whixall floods (3 Apr) – The paler Water Pipit (now in really good plumage), 2 Redshank and 2 Green Sandpiper (Mike Stokes)

Whixall Moss (3 Apr) – Short-eared Owl hunting from 5.15pm (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (3 Apr) – 1 Little ringed Plover. Also a large bat species (Mike Stokes)

Telford (3 Apr) – first Blackcap on silkin way near old Stirchley railway platform (Harvey Sherwood)

Titterstone Clee (2 Apr) – Ring ouzel around quarry buildings, also 2 wheatear (Rob Clipson)

Clunton Coppice (2 Apr) – 2 Willow Tits (Ian Lewington)

Venus Pool (2 Apr) – Willow Tit showing well near the hide (Jim Almond)

Whixall floods (1 Apr) – Single Water Pipit on the floods at 5.45pm (paler bird). Single Willow Tit alongside the canal. Mosses quiet (Howard Prince)

Lawley (1 Apr) – A lone Swallow atop the Lawley yesterday, and two Chiffchaff nearby (John Tucker)

Shifnal (1 Apr) – Barnacle goose a surprise patch tick. With greylags in field next to irrigation pond off Upton La, north of A464, Shifnal (Steve Gill)

Telford (31 Mar) – first Chiffchaff Stirchley /Dawley nature walk near Silkin way (Harvey Sherwood)

Lawley (31 Mar) – Swallow atop the Lawley and two Chiffchaffs nearby (John Tucker)

Long Mynd (31 Mar) – male Ring Ouzel and c5 Wheatears in Cardingmill Valley, on the edge of the golf course (via John Arnfield)

Brown Clee (30 Mar) – Ring Ouzel found the radar compound at Abdon Burf (Richard Moores)

Whixall Moss (30 Mar) – Short Eared Owl at 8.15pm. 2 Wheatear on Fenns Moss. Single Swallow over the floods (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (30 Mar) – A house martin & 2 swallows with c25 sand martins (Helen Griffiths)

Titterstone Clee (30 Mar) – 1 Wheatear plus Stonechat (pair). Catherton Common 6 Stonechat (4 male) (Jason Kernohan)

Upton Magna (30 Mar) – Mixed flock of Brambling and Corn Bunt near entrance to CJ’s between Upton Magna & Withington (Damon Howells)

Whixall Floods (29 Mar) – 2 Water Pipits, 1 Redshank (Howard  Prince)

Whitemere (29 Mar) – 6 Swallows, c250 Sand Martins (Howard Prince)

Hadley, nr Whitchurch (29 Mar) – 1 Red Kite (Howard Prince)

Caer Caradoc (29 Mar) – Ring Ouzel, Wheatear, Stonechat & nest building Goldcrest (Yvonne Carrington)

Whixall floods (29 Mar) – 2 Water Pipits, 1 Redshank (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (28 Mar) – House Martin (Dave Barnes) 2 Brambling in the hedge next to the trout pool (Toni Gordon)

Ellesmere (28 Mar) – 1 Swallow and 6 Sand Martin. Also the male Mandarin still on The Mere and showing well near the promenade (Anthony Griffiths)

Whitemere (28 Mar) – 7 Swallows and a large flock of c300 sand martins (Anthony Griffiths)

Venus Pool (27 Mar) – 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, a few Snipe and Lapwing, 3 Chiffs, 1 Swallow, 10+ Sand Martins, 62 Shoveler & 13 Shelduck. 5 Brambs in roadside hedge. Also 1 lesser Redpoll, c20 linnet, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Meadow Pipits and Raven (Geoff Holmes) 4 Brambling in the hedge next to the trout pool (Ian Grant)

Whixall floods (26 Mar) – 2 Water Pipits, 2 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Redshank, mosses very quiet (Howard Prince & Jim Almond)

Leighton (26 Mar) – 11 sand martin, 240 fieldfare, 10 redwing (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (26 Mar) – 7 sand martin, 11 fieldfare (Glenn Bishton)

Brown Clee (25 Mar) – 4 Crossbills (Ian Whitehouse)

Titterstone Clee (25 Mar) – Wheatear (Ian Whitehouse)

Priorslee Lake (24 Mar) –  Cetti’s Warbler singing spasmodically from reedbed below north-east corner this afternoon. Also Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff in song, 19 Redwing. Ed Wilson reported seeing a Willow Tit this morning (Martin Ryder)

Ellesmere (24 Mar) – 12 Sand Martins, Chiffchaff in Mere Gardens (Robert Dowley)

Venus Pool (24 Mar) – Swallow with 3 Sand Martin (Jim Almond)  At midday; 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Brambling, 2 Goldeneye, 64 Shoveler, 14 Shelduck, 6 Snipe & 2 Oystercatcher (Jason Kernohan)

Chelmarsh, Hampton Loade & SVCP (24 Mar) – CHELMARSH, Common Gull, Goosander, Siskin, Teal, Lapwing, late-ish Redwing. HAMPTON LOADE Swallow with Sand Martin, Goosander, Siskin. SEVERN VALLEY COUNTRY PARK Mandarin, Goosander (Keith Bates)

Priorslee Lake (23 Mar) –  Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Sand Martins and 3 Chiffchaffs (Gary Crowder)

Venus Pool (22 Mar) – First Chiffchaff and Sand Martin this morning (Geoff Holmes) Also today; a few wigeon still, 10 snipe, 6 lapwing, c10 brambling, 6 siskin, green woodpecker and sparrowhawk. 15 great crested grebes on Fishing Pool (Helen Griffiths)

Ellesmere (22 Mar) – Mandarin on The Mere (via twitter)

Long Mynd (21 Mar) – Short eared Owl at dusk, also Snipe and 2 Grouse at Boiling Well (Dave Pearce)

Whixall floods (20 Mar) – 1 Water Pipit (pale bird), 1 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Curlew, c75 Lapwings, 1 Water Rail, 1 Pintail, 7 Wigeon (Howard Prince) Little Ringed Plover – stayed for a few minutes only before heading off, 2 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk (Robin Sutton)

Shrewsbury (20 Mar) – 2 Sand Martins flew over River Severn, adjacent to the sewage works this morning. No other migrants except for visible passage of Meadow Pipits (Sandy Hill)

Venus Pool (20 Mar) – Glossy Ibis flew off towards fishing pool at 6.57am (Dawn Micklewright)

Venus Pool (19 Mar) – Glossy Ibis in the afternoon (Martin Ryder) Roosted on the middle island 7pm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (19 Mar) – Osprey, then left to the north. Also, 33 Shoveler, 8 Shelduck,13 Snipe, 15 Brambling and 2 Raven (Geoff Holmes)

Buildwas (19 Mar) – 23 goosander, 1 mandarin, curlew calling, 2 chiffchaff song, 3 skylark song, pair long-tailed tit nest building (Glenn Bishton)

Devil’s Dingle (19 Mar) – 2 chiffchaff, 252 redwing in grazing land immediately north (plus 90 fallow deer) (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall floods (18 Mar) – Water Rail seen in the ditch alongside the road (Robin Sutton)

Venus Pool (17 Mar) – Female Australian Wood Duck! Also, 3 Goldeneye, 6+ Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit and still a few Brambling. A good count of 67 Shoveler, 16 Shelduck, 25 Wigeon (Geoff Holmes)

Tibberton & Cherrington (16 Mar) – 19 Corn Bunting at dusk in stubble field between Tibberton & Cherrington (Steven Jaggs)

Venus Pool (15 Mar) – 52 species in 3 hours including 13 Shelduck, 46 Shoveler, 17 Wigeon, Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Snipe, 6 Lapwing, Water Rail, and 15 Brambling (Geoff Holmes)

Berrington (14 Mar) – male Merlin in low flight and in tree in grounds of the Hall (John Clark)

Cross Houses/Brompton (13 Mar) – 2 Whooper Swans with c50 Mute Swans in adjacent fields close to the Severn (John Clark)

Whixall floods (13 Mar) – 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Redshank, the paler Water Pipit, male Blackcap (Mike Stokes & David Stafford)

Venus Pool (13 Mar) – 3 Goldeneye, c40 Shoveler, 10 Shelduck, drake Pochard, 21 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher & a female Stonechat (Jason Kernohan)

Whixall floods (12 Mar) –  1 Water Pipit, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin. Fenns Moss, two very distant Merlin in flight (Howard Prince)

Black Hill, Clun (12 Mar) – Chiffchaff (foot of hill, east side) also Great Grey Shrike still in the south facing clearfell (David Stafford)

The Mere, Ellesmere (12 Mar) – adult Med Gull roosted, Mandarin Duck showed well (Robert Dowley)

Venus Pool (12 Mar) – 1 Redshank (Dawn Micklewright)

Condover, Shrewsbury (10 Mar) – calling Whimbrel flew over garden at 4.35pm (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (10 Mar) – 2 adult Med Gulls roosted (Robert Dowley)

Eaton Mascott, Shrewsbury (9 Mar) – ringtail Hen Harrier in a lambing field in Eaton Mascott. Flew in the direction of Church Stretton (John Clark)

Venus Pool (9 Mar) – 1 great crested grebe, 2 dabchick, c30 shoveler, pair gadwall, 8 teal, 14 shelduck, 3 goldeneye, tufted ducks, snipe and 1 common gull (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (8 Mar) – adult Kittiwake (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (8 Mar) – 15 Shelduck, 40 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Snipe, 41 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Curlew, 25+ Brambling (Geoff Holmes)

The Mere, Ellesmere (7 Mar) – adult Med Gull roosted (Kris Webb)

Colemere (5 Mar) – 2 male Scaup (Kriss Webb)

Shrewsbury (5 Mar) – Egyptian Goose just off the A458 by the turn for Preston Montford (Stuart Edmunds)

Venus Pool (5 Mar) – 14 Shelduck, c40 Shoveler, 3f Goldeneye, 1m Gadwall, 22+ Snipe, 14 Tufted Ducks, c100 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatchers (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (3 Mar) – 12 Shelduck, 36 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, 6 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 106 Lapwing, 4 Skylark, 4 Brambling (Geoff Holmes)

Whixall Floods (29 Feb) – Water Pipit still (the darker bird), 2 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper (Rob Stokes) Also male Hen Harrier on the Moss (bns)

Wyre Forest (29 Feb) – at least 3 brambling in a flock of siskins in larches along the ride that runs down from the woodshed, nr to the line of telegraph poles at Postenplains (Paul Bateman)

Whixall Floods (28 Feb) – 2 Water Pipits still, also Green Sandpiper (Anthony Griffiths) 3 Short-eared Owls, Peregrine and Merlin on the Moss in the evening (James Grundy) 15 Curlew near Furbers fields (Bob Harris)

The Mere, Ellesmere (27 Feb) – adult Med Gull, 21 Goldeneye and 109 Wigeon (Rob Dowley)

Whixall Floods (27 Feb) – Water Pipit still, 19 Pintail, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and a Short-eared Owl on the Moss (Ian Grant)

Black Hill, Clun (26 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike, Merlin, Willow Tit, 35 Crossbill (Ian Whitehouse)

Melverley (26 Feb) – Common Sandpiper on Severn, by iron bridge to Crew Green (Anthony Griffiths)

Whixall Floods (25 Feb) – Water Pipit still (Helen Griffiths)

Wall Farm (24 Feb) – 2 male Stonechat, 8 Snipe, 11 Wigeon, 80 Golden Plover, Little Grebe, Raven (Martin Grant)

Black Hill, Clun (24 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike still wintering, lately around clearfell near radio mast (David Stafford)

Venus Pool (24 Feb) – 3 Pintail, 30 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck (Roger Gibb)

Whixall Floods (24 Feb) – Water Pipit still (Jim Almond)

Whixall Floods (22 Feb) – Water Pipit still (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Floods (21 Feb) – Water Pipit still (Jim Almond)

Whixall Floods (20 Feb) – 2 Water Pipits. One left of humpback bridge, other on main flood and viewed from layby (Andy Morris & Rob Dowley) Also male Hen Harrier, Curlew and Green Sandpiper (Damon Howells)

Cross Houses (20 Feb) – 2 Whooper Swans amongst Mute Swans in field opposite the turn for Venus Pool (Terry Cripps)

Venus Pool (20 Feb) – 47 species including Brambling, Goldeneye, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Snipe and Fieldfare (Phil Jones)

Clunton Coppice (16 Feb) – large flock of Chaffinches, Bramblings and Yellowhammer in hedges and stubble field along lane south of Clunton Coppice SO339802 (Helen Griffiths)

Wall Farm (16 Feb) – 115 Lapwing, 270 Golden Plover, 7 Snipe, 27 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 51 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (15 Feb) – 16 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 51 Wigeon, 38 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 6 Siskin and c25 Brambling (Geoff Holmes)

Whixall Floods (14 Feb) – Water Pipit on edge of canal floods at 3.30pm. Shown to another birder doing survey. Also two Green Sandpipers and 9+ Pintail on floods. Male Hen Harrier still present on Moss (Jon Porter)

Woolston (14 Feb) – Up to 35 Corn Buntings feeding (Anthony Griffiths)

Dudmaston (13 Feb) – 6 Goosander on Brim Pool (Jason Kernohan)

Edgmond (12 Feb) – 20 Brambling amongst large finch  flock at SJ713186 (Roger Gibb)

Venus Pool (12 Feb) – c80 goldfinch, c50 chaffinch, c25 brambling – also several reed buntings & a yellowhammer amongst a large finch flock in the arable field (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (11 Feb) – 105 Teal, 56 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 12 Wigeon, Goldeneye, 10 Snipe, 6+ Brambling, Marsh Tit, Yellowhammer and Raven (Geoff Holmes)

Venus Pool (9 Feb) – 49 species in 3.5hrs including; 51 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 300+ Lapwing, 7 Snipe, Water Rail, 12 Siskin, c25 Brambling and 2 Raven (Geoff Holmes)

Bridgnorth (7 Feb) – Black Redstart present on Cartway near the Black Boy pub (via Martyn Owen)

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (7 Feb) – 20 Corn Bunting (Andy)

Venus Pool (9 Feb) – 7 Pintail, 12 Shelduck, 11 Gadwall, c400 Lapwing, 10+ Snipe, Water Rail, Little Grebe and 20+ Brambling (Geoff Holmes)

Dorrington (5 Feb) – Dipper on the brook bordering RSPCA Gonsal Farm, near Dorrington (David John)

Crudgington Moors (4 Feb) – on floods: 450 Lapwings, 13 Golden Plover, 53 Mute Swans, 1 Shelduck, 9M 3F Gadwall, 60 Goldfinches (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (3 Feb) – Shelduck, Pintail Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye. Peregrine over disturbed Lapwing. Also 77 Mute Swans at Cross Houses (Dave Barrow)

Furbers Floods (30 Jan) – Gadwall, mixing with Shovelers, plus Stonechat, Coot, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Moorhen, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Canadas and one Cormorant.

Whixall Moss (30 Jan) – Male Hen Harrier hunting the northern perimeter of the moss from 3.30pm (Dave Pearce)

Venus Pool (26 Jan) – Oystercatcher (Helen Griffiths)

Bridgnorth (25 Jan) – Ring-necked Parakeet near Lasyard House (Robin Bennett)

The Mere, Ellesmere (24 Jan) – Adult Med Gull (Anthony Griffiths)

Colemere, Ellesmere (22 Jan) – Common Scoter still (Mark Wilson)

White Mere, Ellesmere (22 Jan) – 1w drake Scaup still at 4pm, but distant in far corner with 30+ Tufted Ducks (Anthony Griffiths)

The Mere, Ellesmere (22 Jan) – Big roost this evening; 1100 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 900 Herring Gulls, 2500 Black-headed Gulls, 75 Common Gulls, 122 Wigeon, 5 Pintail, 20 Goldeneye (Anthony Griffiths)

Shifnal (21 Jan) – ringtail Hen Harrier quartering fields south of Upton Farm off A464, Shifnal at 1pm (Steve Gill)

Venus Pool (21 Jan) – 20+ Brambling in mixed finch flock (Roger Gibb)

Betton Moss (21 Jan) – 2 Willow Tits visiting sunflower feeders (Paul Bell)

Colemere (20 Jan) – Common Scoter still (Dawn Micklewright)

Colemere (19 Jan) – male Common Scoter at midday (Allan Dawes)

Wall Farm (18 Jan) – on the floods; 180 Fieldfare, 450 Lapwing, 24 Golden Plover and a Buzzard took a Lapwing. On Wetland 150+ Teal & a Stonechat (Martin Grant)

Morville (18 Jan) – flock of 150+ lapwing at SO676939, on field alongside layby on north side of A458 near Morville. Present at 11:30am (Mike Wootton)

Chetwynd Pool, Newport (18 Jan) – 1 Egyptian Goose, 90 Shoveler, 7 Goosander (4m), 75 Canada Geese, 56 Greylag and a Raven (Martin Grant)

Fenns Moss (16 Jan) – Male Hen Harrier showing well at times. Green Woodpecker near the old railway line (Phil Boardman) [photo]

Leighton (17 Jan) –  11 Mandarin duck (5 male) on River Severn and flooded field, 6 Goosander (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (17 Jan) – 3 Pintail, Goldeneye and Wigeon (twitter)

The Mere, Ellesmere (16 Jan) – Drake Scaup. Also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost (Rob Dowley)

Fenns Moss (16 Jan) – male Hen Harrier (Phil Boardman)

Newport (15 Jan) – c100 Golden Plover on flooded field nr Stockton Grange. View from railway path (Carl Turner)

Wroxeter (15 Jan) – Long-eared Owl on roadside hedge along B4380 0.9 miles south-east of Wroxeter crossroads at 3.25am (Andy Walker)

Condover (13 Jan) – Woodcock flushed from the Light Green Wood at Berriewood, Condover at 11.45am (Nigel Barratt)

Whixall Moss (10 Jan) – male Hen Harrier at 4pm from the path directly ahead of you once you get past the trees and onto the Mosses from the Morris’ bridge car park (Andrew Booth)

Whixall Moss (9 Jan) – male Hen Harrier  (Anthony Griffiths)

Bridgnorth (8 Jan) – Ring Necked Parakeet feeding on ash tree seed, Well Meadow (Nigel Brown)

Edgerley (8 Jan) – 32 Whooper Swans on floods (Jim Almond)

The Mere, Ellesmere (8 Jan) – Oystercatcher (Martyn Owen)

White Mere, Ellesmere (8 Jan) – 1w drake Scaup distantly, with 30 Tufted Ducks (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (7 Jan) – 2 Goldeneye (Martyn Owen)

Wykey (4 Jan) – 20 Brambling between Wykey and Wigmarsh SJ384 251 (Will Jones)

Edgerley (4 Jan) – 38 Whooper Swans on floods (Jim Almond)

Telford Crematorium (2 Jan) – 4w Caspian Gull (Kris Webb)

Black Hill, Clun (2 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike beside Fiddler’s Elbow layby car park (David Stafford)

Priorslee Lake (1 Jan) – 3w Caspian Gull (Kris Webb)

Telford Crematorium (2 Jan) – 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 2 1w) and 71 GBB Gulls (Kris Webb)

Whixall Moss (1 Jan) – Male Hen Harrier on Whixall Moss. Floods – c120 Teal, c40 Shoveler, c120 Lapwings. Cetti’s Warbler reported by visiting Cheshire birders near Morris Bridge prior to Christmas together with Ring Tailed Harrier on the moss (Howard Prince and Allan Heath)

South of Clunton (1 Jan) – 18 Brambling amongst a large finch flock (Mike Stokes)


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