Recent Bird Reports

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Gobowen (30 Jan) - Little Egret by the River Perry today. Reported to have been present for a week (David Hudson)

Telford (29 Jan) - ad Caspian Gull & 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 2x1w) late morning (Tom Lowe)

High Ercall (28 Jan) - c100 Golden Plover displaying over stubble. Also c200 lLapwing (Stuart Edmunds)

Polemere (26 Jan) - Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper (Dave Barrow)

Coundlane (25 Jan) - 2 ad Bewick's Swans, 9 Whooper Swans (Jim Almond)

Crudgington (25 Jan) - Substantial flock of Golden Plover, estimated at 1200-1500 last couple of days (Jon Porter)

Linley Hill & Stiperstones (24 Jan) - 3+ Bramblings with Chaffinches in beech trees Linley Hill SO360950. Male Merlin at dusk near Birchope SO374957. Male Red Grouse near Shepherd's Rock, Stiperstones (Pete Lewis)

Long Mynd (24 Jan) - male Merlin hunting at Boiling Well. 2 Red Grouse also seen (Dave Pearce)

Telford (24 Jan) - 1w Caspian Gull in field opposite the crematorium until 1.15pm when it flew towards Granville Landfill Site (bns)

Polemere (23 Jan) - female Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper (Mark Wilson) photos

Atcham (23 Jan) - The long resident injured Pink-footed Goose still present (Martyn Owen)

Shrewsbury (22 Jan) - Kingfisher seen twice at Burrs Field (via twitter)

Atcham (21 Jan) - 2 Bewick's Swans and 12 Whoopers in fields 800m downstream of Atcham Bridge, St Eata's side of River (Terry Cripps)

Polemere (21 Jan) - Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper, also 150+ Teal (James Grundy)

Market Drayton (20 Jan) - c150 Golden Plover in flight over fields south of Sandford nr Market Drayton (Dave Barnes)

Shrewsbury (20 Jan) - 15 Goosander between English Bridge and Coleham footbridge (John Powell) photo

Shrewsbury (18 Jan) - 100+ Golden Plover at Bayston Hill (John Clark)

The Mere, Ellesmere (18 Jan) - 1w Little Gull and Med Gulls in the roost again (Anthony Griffiths & Robert Dowley) photo

Shrewsbury (18 Jan) - Pink-footed Geese heard over Heath Farm, but not seen (Chris Cameron)

Polemere (18 Jan) - 2 Water Rail and Green Sandpiper (via Dawn Balmer)

Catherton Common (17 Jan) - Jack Snipe flushed at Upper Marshes. A pair of Stonechat also of note as both un-ringed (Jason Kernohan)

The Mere, Ellesmere (17 Jan) - 1w Little Gull and 1w Med Gull in the roost (Anthony Griffiths) photo

The Mere, Ellesmere (16 Jan) - 1w Little Gull in the roost. Also ad Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull (Robert Dowley)

The Mere, Ellesmere (15 Jan) - 2 1w Med Gulls in the roost. Also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad,1w). Woodcock flew over the road south of Cockshutt (John Reeves)

Edgerley (13 Jan) - 27 Whooper Swans (inc 6 juveniles). Another group also heard trumpeting in the distance (Rodney Farmer) photo

Benthall (12 Jan) - Flock of 50+ fieldfares (with a few redwings) in field at The Vineyards. Also yellowhammers and jay. The Vineyards is between Benthall Hall and Much Wenlock, on the Shropshire Way (John Powell)

Venus Pool (11 Jan) - 2 Bewick's Swans and 6 Whooper Swans in at 5pm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (10 Jan) - Chiffchaff to left of hide, 6 Redpoll, 20+ Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker (Mark Wilson) photo

Whitemere (10 Jan) - Little Egret (Graham Walker)

 The Mere, Ellesmere (10 Jan) - c20 Goldeneye, 115 Cormorants, 52 Wigeon and 20 Great Crested Grebe (Graham Walker)

Wood Lane (10 Jan) - Oystercatcher (Graham Walker)

Coundlane (9 Jan) - 2 ad Bewick's swans in the afternoon (James Grundy)

Coundlane (8 Jan) - 2 ad Bewick's Swans, 9 Whooper Swans at midday (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool & Coundlane (7 Jan) - 2 adult Bewick's swans and 2 adult whooper swans at VP this morning, joined briefly by 4 more adult whoopers. Later, 13 whoopers at Coundlane - the usual family of 8, 1 lone adult, and 4 other adults which seemed particularly wary. Later, two Bewick's, 12 whoopers and c 40 mutes in to roost (Helen Griffiths)

Condover Park (7 Jan) - Male Merlin again (Nigel Barratt)

Priorslee Lake (5 Jan) - At 3pm: 600 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 200 Herring Gulls, 72 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls and a 3cy Caspian Gull hybrid  (Tom Lowe)

Whitchurch (5 Jan) - Starling murmuration at 3.50pm (Sylvia Walker)

Venus Pool (3 Jan) - male goldeneye, pair pintail, 120+ wigeon, 140+ teal, c40 shoveler, pair pochard, c40 snipe (Helen Griffiths)

Ellesmere (2 Jan) - 121 Pintail and adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost at 4.10pm (Robert Dowley)

Long Mynd (2 Jan) - 95 Golden Plover over the north end at 10.30am (Maurice Baker)

Priorslee Lake (2 Jan) - 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2ads, 3cy, 2cy) and adult Common Gull (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (2 Jan) - No sign of the Greenland White-fronted Goose (bns) 2 Marsh Tit by the main hide (Mark Wilson)

Chetwynd Pool, Newport (2 Jan) - No sign of the Smew. 6 Goosander present (3m) (Ian and Martin Grant)

Chetwynd Pool, Newport (1 Jan) - 2 Smew reported at 1pm, on the west side, viewed from the road. (bns) No sign at 4pm, though light fading (Ian Grant) If you saw the Smew, please could you contact Martyn Owen (County Recorder)

Venus Pool (1 Jan) - Greenland White-fronted Goose with Greylags in field across the lane from the reserve at 9am. Flew onto Pool at 10am and again in the afternoon (various) Flew off NE at 4pm (Will Jones) photo

Coundlane (1 Jan) - 89 Mute Swans and 9 Whoopers (7 juvs) by A458 (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh (31 Dec) - 2 Water Rail (Terence Cripps)

Ellesmere (30 Dec) - 1st winter Med Gull in roost. Also present, 4 Pintail, 56 Wigeon, 30 Tufted Duck, 14 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander, 12 Shoveler, 29 Teal (Andy Morris)

Coundlane (30 Dec) - 12 Whoopers (7 juvs) by A458 still (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (30 Dec) - 2cy Caspian Gull and 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls on the ice at 10.55am. Also 3 Wigeon (Tom Lowe)

Whitemere (30 Dec) - 19 Tufted Duck, 11 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 20 Teal (Andy Morris)

Wood Lane (30 Dec) - Water Rail, 2 Shelduck, 8 Common Snipe at a frozen Wood Lane (Andy Morris)

Colemere (30 Dec) - 5 Pintail, 29 Goosander, 15 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 11 Shelduck. 78 Teal (Andy Morris)

Whixall Moss (29 Dec) - male Hen Harrier seen on and off around 3-4pm, also Peregrine (David Bebb and Paul Arrowsmith)

Tern Hill (29 Dec) - 3-5000 Starling mumeration (Dave Barnes)

Venus Pool (29 Dec) - Beautiful light this afternoon, 3 Pintail the highlight. Good numbers of dabbling duck, pool largely frozen (Dawn Balmer)

Coundlane (29 Dec) - 12 Whoopers (7 juvs) by A458 still (Dawn Balmer)

Polemere (29 Dec) - Female Goldeneye, also 48 Wigeon (Dawn Balmer)

Whixall Floods (29 Dec) - Just after dawn, about 65% frozen: 8 Pintail, 164 Canada Geese, 68 Wigeon, 232 Teal, 27 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 88 Mallard, 57 Shoveller, 1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Fieldfare, Redwing, 20 Reed Bunting, 250 Lapwing (Bob Harris)

Whixall Moss (29 Dec) - Woodcock flushed, one Curlew heard (Bob Harris)

Purslow Bridge (27 Dec) - Little Egret reported. Flew off downstream along the Clun (via John Tucker)

Ellesmere (26 Dec) - 92 Pintail, 20 Goosanders, 1 Yellow-legged Gull in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Ellesmere (24 Dec) - 98 Cormorant, 27 Goosander, 12 Goldeneye (Dawn Balmer)

Ellesmere (21 Dec) - 1w Med Gull in the roost (Anthony Griffiths)

Long Mynd (20 Dec) - 20+ Bramblings at Pole Cottage (Geoff Hall)

Chelmarsh (20 Dec) - Ring-necked Parakeet in wood on west shore. 3 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost (Craig Reed)

Coundlane (19 Dec)  - Whooper Swans still (Terry Arch) photo

Candles Landfill (19 Dec) - 1cy Caspian Gull hybrid (Tom Lowe)

Polemere (19 Dec) - Female Goldeneye (Dave Barrow)

Condover (19 Dec) - Male Merlin over the fields south at Little Berriewood, Condover at 3.30pm (Nigel Barratt)

Priorslee Lake (19 Dec) - Cetti's Warbler still (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (17 Dec) - Cetti's Warbler still (Ed Wilson)

Melverley (13 Dec) - 15 Whooper Swans, 7 Mute, 12+ Wigeon, 50+ Greylag, 120+ Lapwing on floods, but limited access due to floods rising (Andy Morris)

Whixall and Fenns Moss (12 Dec) - Fem/imm Merlin perched, also male Hen Harrier around 3-4pm (Chris S)

Coundlane (11 Dec)  - 2 Adults and 6 juv Whooper Swans still (via twitter)

Coundlane (10 Dec)  - 9 Whooper Swans - 3 Adults, 6 juvs (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (10 Dec) - 2cy Caspian Gull in pre roost, also 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3ads, 3w), adult hybrid Herring x LBB (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (8 Dec) - Cetti's Warbler still (Ed Wilson)

Fenns Moss (6 Dec) - Male Hen Harrier flew over the old railway line onto Fenns Moss at 9am (Howard Prince)

Priorslee Lake (6 Dec) - Cetti's Warbler still. Calling (short, explosive) for best part of half hour about mid way along northern shore. Views brief - very active and always low (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (4 Dec) - Cetti's Warbler in North East corner in the copse/reeds just through swing gate off the dam.. Persistently calling and showing briefly (Jim Almond & Martin Grant)

Coundlane (4 Dec)  - 2 Adults and 6 juv Whooper Swans at around midday, the same birds that were at VP (Helen Griffiths)

Venus Pool (4 Dec)  - 1 Adult and 6 juv Whooper Swans in the morning, departed at 11am. Also, Peregrine, 48 Wigeon, 50+ Reed Bunting, 50+ Yellowhammer, 2 House Sparrows and an extremely pale Buzzard (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (3 Dec) - Warbler with a 'tack' call heard and seen briefly near the Wesley Brook outflow and the two fishing platforms in the NW area (Ed Wilson)

Coundlane (2 Dec) - Whooper Swan with 20 Mute Swans at 12.30pm (Martin Grant)

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