Recent Bird Reports

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Wood Lane (22 Apr) - drake Garganey still

Chelmarsh Res (21 Apr) - 2 Reed Warbler (JR log book)

Wood Lane (21 Apr) - drake Garganey still (Dawn Micklewright)

Shifnal Sewage Works (20 Apr) - male Yellow Wagtail and male Grey Wagtail (Jenni Hood)

Wood Lane (20 Apr) - drake Garganey (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (20 Apr) - 3 Yellow Wagtails on the island (Chris Cameron) 13 Yellow Wagtails in the evening (Mike Stokes)

Leighton (20 Apr) - African Spoonbill on River Severn by Leighton Hall (escapee with red ring on leg). Flew off in direction of Cressage, possibly VP, at 11.30am (Clive Biddulph) photo

Devil's Dingle (20 Apr) - 2 LRP, 1 Common Sandpiper (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall Moss (20 Apr) - 2 Grasshopper Warblers this morning; one on Moss at Roundthorne end and one along canal near the toll house. Also a Cuckoo and 2 Ravens on the Moss. 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck and an Oystercatcher on the floods (Howard Prince)

Long Mynd (20 Apr) - 10 Ring Ouzels, on slopes between The Jinlye guest house and Batch Valley. Redstart in area (Dave Pearce)

Knighton Res (20 Apr) - male Common Redstart (Dave Barnes)

Ellesmere (20 Apr) - Lesser Whitethroat calling from hedgerow in village of Lee (Richard Vernon)

Buildwas (19 Apr) - 5 LRP, 1 Common Sandpiper. Leighton; 3 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 1 male Redstart. Devil's Dingle; 2 LRP, 1 Common Sandpiper (Glenn Bishton)

Tibberton (19 Apr) - female Whinchat in rape field on the western side of Tibberton late afternoon (Steve Jaggs)

Long Mynd (19 Apr) - 10 Ring Ouzels this evening, on slopes running southwest from The Jinlye into Batch Valley. Also first Tree Pipit of the year on the Long Mynd at Novers Hill in the morning. Several singing Redstarts too (Mike Shurmer)

Polemere (19 Apr) - 2 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (19 Apr) - Lesser Whitethroat still (Dawn Micklewright) Early afternoon; Garden Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, LRP, House Martin, few Swallow, 50+ Sand Martin. Red Kite also reported (Martin Ryder)

Whixall Moss (19 Apr) - 2 Common Whitethroat (Dawn Micklewright)

Chelmarsh (18 Apr) - 4 Common Sand, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat (Rob C log book)

Whixall Moss (18 Apr) - Grasshopper Warbler at Roundthorne end, Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat on the Moss. 2 LRP, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers on the floods (Howard Prince)  1 Cuckoo on the Moss, 2 Garden Warbler singing on the canal (Robert Harris)

Devils Dingle (18 Apr) - 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 4 Little ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher (Glenn Bishton)

Long Mynd (18 Apr) - 12 Dotterel still in first sheep field beyond Pole Cottage this morning (Mike Stokes) Flew from the field at approx 12.15pm (Yvonne)

Bridges (18 Apr) - 6 Pied Flycatcher (4m) and male Redstart (Yvonne)

Sambrook (18 Apr) - 2 male Whitethroat (Rob Stokes)

Venus Pool (18 Apr) - 2cy Med Gull (Michael Murphy) Green Sandpiper (log book)

Long Mynd (17 Apr) - Dotterel still in sheep field between Pole Cottage and Glider Station at 8pm (Martin Ryder)

Long Mynd (17 Apr) - 12 Dotterel in field just below Pole Cottage (Rob Stokes) photo

Chelmarsh scrape  (17 Apr) - Cuckoo (A Harper log book)

Whixall Moss (17 Apr) - 2 male singing Cuckoos, 2 Oystercatchers, c20 Curlew (Howard Prince)

Nedge Hill (17 Apr) - Wheatear, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Swallows, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Martin Grant)

Titterstone Clee (17 Apr) - 2 Ring Ouzels still (bns)

Chelmarsh scrape  (16 Apr) - Wheatear, 1 Common Sand (log book)

Venus Pool (16 Apr) - 6 Yellow Wagtails late afternoon (Helen Griffiths) Redstart, Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap (Steve Mulcock)

Oswestry (16 Apr) - one flew northeast over the golf course at 6.20pm (bns)

Bridges (16 Apr) - 6 Pied Flycatcher (4m) and 2 Redstarts, 3 Treecreeper (Michael Murphy)

Polemere (16 Apr) - 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Oystercatcher and 5 Lapwing (James Grundy)

Titterstone Clee (16 Apr) - Ring Ouzels on the southwest slope beyond quarry buildings (bns)

Bridges (15 Apr) - 3 Pied Flycatcher (2m) and 2m Redstarts, one seen from the pub gardens (Keith and Di Williams)

Nedge Hill (15 Apr) - 4 Wheatear, Willow Warbler and Blackcap (Ian Grant)

The Wall Farm,  Kynnersley (15 Apr) - Black-tailed Godwit, also 20 Shelduck, 40 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 9 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 4 Blackcap, 2 Swallow, Raven, Tawny Owl nr cottages and pair of Teal on the marsh (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (15 Apr) - Yellow Wagtail, 3 LRPs, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap (Jim Almond)

Berriewood (15 Apr) - around the aerodrome at Berriewood; a male Wheatear, a singing Redstart, 3 Swallows over, a pair of Curlews on territory and nest building Linnets (Nigel Barratt)

Whixall (15 Apr) - 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper and another wader that, at distance, looked like a Green Sand or Godwit (Bob Harris)

Long Mynd (14 Apr) - Cuckoo in Batch Valley (Mike Shurmer)

Venus Pool (14 Apr) - 2 Yellow Wagtails in the field, 3 LRP, Lesser Whitethroat in hedge, early evening (Rod Baggott) Med Gull and 2 LRP early morning (Martyn Owen) 3 LRP and 2 Lesser Whitethroat late afternoon (Jim Almond/Michael Murphy)

Titterstone Clee (14 Apr) - 2 Ring Ouzels in rocks at the back of the car park (Paul Burgess/Jim Almond) photo

Whixall (13 Apr) - Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Curlew, 2 Swallows, 6 Teal on the floods. Moss; 2 Wheatear (m&f), 1 Raven, 7 Curlew, 5 Willow Warblers, 5 Shoveler, c20 Teal (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (13 Apr) - 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Yellow Wagtail and a Llittle ringed Plover (Helen Griffiths)

The Wall Farm,  Kynnersley (13 Apr) - Black-tailed Godwit on the floods, also 2 Wheatear and House Martin (Wall Farm & Jon Porter)

Bridges (13 Apr) - male Pied Flycatcher and male Redstart (Dawn Micklewright)

Titterstone Clee (13 Apr) - 2 Ring Ouzels (m&f) in the disused mine workings just below the car park (Craig Reed & Jim Almond) photo

Eardington (12 Apr) - c20 House Martins and 5 Swallow at Eardington Reserve (Kain Prestwood)

Titterstone Clee (12 Apr) - 4 Ring Ouzels on the southwest side, on slope below the summit at 8.30am (bns)

Polemere (12 Apr) - male Wheatear and House Martin (Michael Murphy) 3 White Wagtails, no sign of Common Sandpiper (James Grundy)

Bridgnorth (12 Apr) - Swallow (Glenn Bishton)

Shrewsbury (11 Apr) - drake Pintail still in Mereside Park (Tom Lowe)

Little Berriewood (11 Apr) - 2 House Martins over, heading north (Nigel Barratt)

Polemere (11 Apr) - 4 White Wagtails still (James Grundy)

Asterton (10 Apr) - Redstart (Dave Pearce)

Bedstone College (10 Apr) -  2 House Martins (Paul Downes)

Bushmoor (10 Apr) - c60 Golden Plover in ploughed field (Dave Pearce)

Venus Pool (10 Apr) - 2cy Med Gull, Ringed Plover, Little ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper (Helen Griffiths/James Grundy)

Polemere (10 Apr) - 5 White Wagtails (James Grundy) Little Ringed Plover (Jim Almond) photo

Stapleton (9 Apr) - one pair of Garganey still early morning, but no sign by mid morning (Robin Jukes-Hughes)

Titterstone Clee (9 Apr) - male Ring Ouzel around the old buildings late morning, also 10+ Wheatears, Kestrel, 6+ Ravens and numerous Meadow Pipits (Helen Griffiths & Jude Duffy)

Venus Pool (9 Apr) - In the morning: the Med. Gull was still present. A Little Ringed Plover flew in about 10am but flew off after about an hour to be followed by a Ringed Plover at 11.20am which was still present at midday (Martin Ryder) Ringed Plover, 2cy Med, Little Ringed Plover and pair of Grey Partridge (Jim Almond)

Polemere (9 Apr) - No sign of the Greenshank today (Dawn Balmer)

Mitchell's Fold (9 Apr) - Wheatear (Dawn Balmer)

Stapleton (8 Apr) - 2 pairs of Garganey on a pond (Robin Jukes-Hughes - reported received 10 Apr)

Wyre Forest (8 Apr) - c40 Common Crossbill. Also a Tree Pipit in the cleared/re-planted area along the road/track that runs past the log store (Jason Kernohan)  Two-barred Crossbill reported, heard only, Postenplain area (bns)

Titterstone Clee (8 Apr) - Ring Ouzel male around the old mine working buildings at 8.30am, but then flushed by dog (Rob Stokes)

Long Mynd (8 Apr) - Willow Warblers singing (Mike Shurmer)

Venus Pool (8 Apr) - 2cy Med Gull, Swallow, pair Grey Partridge, Willow Warbler, 3 Snipe, Water Rail, fem Goosander and the 1st Green-winged Orchid (Graham Walker) 4 Sand Martins through, 2cy Med Gull and Swallow. Also a colour ringed Black-headed Gull - this was ringed in Oslo in June 2012 as a pullus (Dawn Balmer)

Polemere (8 Apr) - Greenshank (Dawn Balmer)

Maesbury (7 Apr) - 2 Swallows over (Graham Shearer)

Higher Heath (7 Apr) - Swallow over at 6.10pm (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (7 Apr) - Swallow and c50 Sand Martin (Martyn Owen) Redshank and Common Sandpiper (Jim Almond) photo

The Wall Farm,  Kynnersley (7 Apr) - 13 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 5 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 4 Greylag, also 48 Mute Swans at The Buttery (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (6 Apr) - 2cy Med Gull (Jim Almond) photo

Leighton (5 Apr) - Little ringed Plover. Also Green Sandpiper and 3 Oystercather at Devil's Dingle (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall (5 Apr) - Floods: 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Curlew, 2 Lapwings. Moss: c12 Curlew, 3 Ravens, 2 Willow Warblers (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (4 Apr) - adult Kittiwake for five mins at 1.40pm, before flying south (Rob Stokes)

Titterstone Clee (4 Apr) - Yellow Wagtail dropped in briefly near the working quarry. 6 Wheatear near the summit (Jason Kernohan)

Chelmarsh (4 Apr) - Osprey over, heading north. Also Ring-necked Parakeet at 4.10pm between the main road and Dinney Farm (Jim Almond)

Polemere (4 Apr) - Female Merlin through. White wagtail amongst the Pied Wagtails (James Grundy)

Wyre Forest (3 Apr) - 21 Common Crossbills at Postenplain, but no sign of the Two-barred Crossbills (Jason Kernohan)

Trench Lock Pool (2 Apr) - Little Gull at 10.30 and still present at 11.15 (Ed Wilson) No sign at 4pm (Jim Almond)

Titterstone Clee (1 Apr) - Ring Ouzel still around the summit.

Cound (31 Mar) - Osprey reported south of Upper Cound in the morning (via Mike Shurmer)

Wyre Forest (31 Mar) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills still (bns)

Bridges (30 Mar) - c6 Brambling. (No sign of the Ring Ouzel at Titterstone Clee) (Dawn Micklewright)

Buildwas (29 Mar) - 9 Sand Martin investigating nest burrows, male Wheatear in stubble field, 3 Chiffchaff in song, 5 Skylark in song, 3 Lapwing on site, Oystercatcher pair, 2 Goosander (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall Floods (29 Mar) - 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew. Whixall Moss; 8 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Snipe (Howard Prince)

Titterstone Clee (29 Mar) - 2 Ring Ouzel still near the trig point.

Titterstone Clee (28 Mar) - 4 Ring Ouzel around the trig point. White Wagtail and c10 Wheatear (Martyn Owen)

Berriewood (27 Mar) - fem Merlin chasing a Skylark (Nigel Barratt)

The Wall Farm,  Kynnersley (27 Mar) - On the floods; 17 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 41 Mute Swans, 11 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 9 Teal (Martin Grant)

Candles Landfill (27 Mar) - adult Iceland Gull again (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (26 Mar) - c20 sand martins, 1 swallow, 1+ chiffchaff, 4 dabchick, 1 water rail, 1 curlew & c10 stock dove (Graham Walker)

Trench (25 Mar) - Willow Warbler singing at Middle Pool (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Flash (25 Mar) - adult Kittiwake at midday (John Isherwood)

Wood Lane (24 Mar) - 1w or 2w Iceland Gull late afernoon, probably the 1w that has been reported recently (Geoff Holmes)

Uptom Magna (24 Mar) - large flock of c227 Linnets at Upton Magna (concrete road)  (Martin George)

Titterstone Clee (24 Mar) - male Wheatear, also a male White Wagtail with 5 Pied Wagtail, all visible by or around main car parking area (Pete & Marjo Lewis)

Shrewsbury (23 Mar) - Osprey over Meole Village (Dave Chapman)

Wyre Forest (23 Mar) - 30+ Brambling at Postenplain in a mixed finch flock (bns) Two-barred Crossbills still. Also 5 Brambling, including a singing male (Sean Cole)

Venus Pool (23 Mar) - c40 Sand Martins, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Wigeon, Gadwall pair, Snipe, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Pied Wagtail (Jim Almond)

Bromfield (22 Mar) - Swallow over (Dave Pearce)

Titterstone Clee (22 Mar) - Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail and 3 Pied Wagtail (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (22 Mar) - a Swallow, c20 Sand Martins, Kestrel, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Grebes and a Water Rail seen from the Members' hide (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (22 Mar) - 3 Green Sandpipers on the floods, 2 singing Chiffchaff alongside the canal, mosses very quiet. No sign of the Little Egrets at Roundthorne flood (Howard Prince)

The Wall Farm,  Kynnersley (21 Mar) - On the floods; 12 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 17 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 21 Mute Swans, 12 Greylag, male Wigeon, pair Teal (Martin Grant)

Long Mynd (20 Mar) - Wheatear male at Pole Cottage (Dave Pearce)

Venus Pool (19 Mar) - 2 Sand Martins (Rob Stokes) 2 Grey Partridge (flew past main hide) and 2 Water Rail (one from members hide and one from fen hide) (Graham Walker)

Titterstone Clee (19 Mar) - a single male Wheatear (Jason Kernohan)

Catherton Common (19 Mar) -  a Jack Snipe, Common Snipe and a male Stonechat (Jason Kernohan) photo

Venus Pool (18 Mar) - 3 Sand Martins (Graham Walker)

Whixall (18 Mar) - 3 Little Egrets in wet fields adjacent to canal between Platt Lane & Roundthorn Bridges in the afternoon (Peter Bowyer) No sign at 5.15pm (Howard Prince)

Wood Lane NR (17 Mar) - juv Iceland Gull early afternoon (Rob Stokes) photo by (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (17 Mar) - Redshank (Jim Almond)

The Wall Farm,  Kynnersley (17 Mar) - still many birds on the floodwater; Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon and Lapwing  (Mike Shurmer)

Betton Moss ST678361 (15 Mar) - male Chiffchaff singing, Barn Owl. At feeders; 14 Brambling, 2 Willow Tit (Paul Bell)

Whixall Moss (14 Mar) - Mealy Redpoll with c20 Lesser Redpoll in alders along canal towpath (bns)

The Mere, Ellesmere (14 Mar) - juv Iceland Gull in roost, also 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (14 Mar) - pair of Grey Partridge on recently ploughed arable field (Graham Walker)

Horsehay Pool (13 Mar) - 1w Caspian Gull again late afternoon (bns)

Leighton (11 Mar) - a Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper (bns)

Titterstone Clee (11 Mar) - Wheatear and 3 Stonechat around the working quarry area (Terry Hinett)

Wem (reported 10 Mar) - small egret species seen just south of Wem whilst travelling on a train a few days ago (Paul Rutter) If anyone local can confirm, please let us know.

The Mere, Ellesmere (10 Mar) - juv Iceland Gull in the roost again (bns)

Wyre Forest (10 Mar) - 2+ Two-barred Crossbills (female & 1+ male) still at SO746790 in the morning but mobile, plus c40 Crossbills, 10+ Brambling, 80+ Siskin and 30+ Lesser Redpoll (Brian Stretch)

Knighton Res (9 Mar) - pair of Egyptian Geese (Dave Barnes)

Condover (9 Mar) - Chiffchaff singing in the Light Green Wood at Berriewood (Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (9 Mar) - Probable Siberian Chiffchaff from Fen Hide again (still not calling). Also Common Chiffchaff singing nearby (Ian Grant)

Polemere (8 Mar) - Green Sandpiper and Goosander (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (8 Mar) - Common Chiffchaff singing (James Grundy)

Horsehay Pool (7 Mar) - adult Iceland Gull at 2pm (Ian Grant)

Long Mynd (6 Mar) - 80 Golden Plover at the Gliding Station, 11.30am. Also Red Grouse and Red Kite (Terry Cripps)

Horsehay Pool (6 Mar) - 1w Iceland Gull at 4pm (Jim Almond)

Candles Landfill (6 Mar) - 1w Iceland Gull at 1.30pm, also 2w Yellow-legged Gull. 1w Caspian Gull again in the afternoon (Tom Lowe) photo

Wall Farm, Kynnersley (4 Mar) - 25 Shelduck and an Oystercatcher on the floods (Martin Grant)

Long Mynd (4 Mar) - 5 Golden Plover amongst the cut heather near Duckley Nap, before flying in direction of the Stiperstones (David John)

Horsehay Pool (3 Mar) - 2w Iceland Gull flew west over (bns)

Candles Landfill (3 Mar) - 1w Caspian Gull. Also, 2w Iceland Gull again at 10.45am, but mobile (Tom Lowe) photo

Venus Pool (3 Mar) - Probable Siberian Chiffchaff seen from Fen Hide again (Paul Burgess) photo

Venus Pool (2 Mar) - 2ad Whooper Swans (Chris Cameron) Probable Siberian Chiffchaff seen in the taller reeds in front of Fen Hide. Also 2 Water Rail and a male Sparrowhawk nest building (Martin Ryder)

Wrekin (2 Mar) - c35 Common Crossbills near the summit (Frank Hinde)

Long Mynd (1 Mar) - Short-eared Owl and Brambling at Pole Cottage at 5.30pm (Dave Pearce)

Westbury (1 Mar) - huge Starling murmuration again. Birds arrived alittle later, at 5.40pm (Mark Wilson) photo

The Mere, Ellesmere (1 Mar) - 2 adult Med Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (1 Mar) - Probable Siberian Chiffchaff seen from Fen Hide again (Ian Grant)

Shirlett High Park (1 Mar) - 16 Crossbills (Yvonne C)

Coundlane (1 Mar) - 2ad Whooper Swans (Ian Grant)

Candles Landfill (28 Feb) - 2 Iceland Gulls (ad+2w) over tip amongst mobile gull flock (Tom Lowe)

Coundlane (28 Feb) - 2ad Whoopers, 87 Mutes & male Peregrine. 320 Lapwings at Cressage (Tom Lowe)

Leighton (28 Feb) - 2w Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Westbury (28 Feb) - huge Starling murmuration again (Dave Chapman)

Candles Landfill (28 Feb) - 2 Iceland Gulls (ad+, juv {2w??}) and a Caspian Gull (1w) (bns)

Candles Landfill (27 Feb) - 2 Iceland Gulls (ad+2w), 3 Caspian Gulls (ad, 2w, 1w) and a 2w YLG (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (27 Feb) - juv Iceland Gull in the roost (bns)

Titterstone Clee (27 Feb) - 4 Stonechats and a number of Meadow Pipits (Terry Hinett)

Westbury (26 Feb) - huge Starling murmuration still. Estimated at 500,000 birds. Still arriving at 6pm (Mark Wilson) photos

Tern Hill floods (26 Feb) - c325 Golden Plover and c275 Lapwings at 1.15pm (Howard Prince)

The Mere, Ellesmere (25 Feb) - Caspian Gull ad in the roost (bns)

Priorslee Lake (25 Feb) - adult Iceland Gull at 4,45pm. Caspian Gull at 4.20pm (bns)

Priorslee Lake (24 Feb) - female Scaup (Paul King) Adult Iceland Gull at 5.15pm, also 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (bns)

Wyre Forest (24 Feb) - 3 Two-barred Crossbill (2m) still at Postensplain (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Westbury (23 Feb) - huge Starling murmuration still last night. Has been growing over the past few weeks (R Taylor)

Wyre Forest (23 Feb) - male Two-barred Crossbill (2m) still, singing at Postensplain. Also Mealy Redpoll (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Ludlow (23 Feb) - Water Rail on dried up River Teme overflow next to old mill where ASE Kitchens used to be in. Approach the railing next to mill quietly as the bird runs to the bushes upon sighting you. Seen regularly this weekend since the river level subsided, and left the mud again (Scott Reid)

Haughmond (23 Feb) - 3 Common Crossbills with finch flock at midday. Flock mobile in high wind. Possible otter spoor by stream on main path (Chris Cameron)

Telford Crematorium (22 Feb) - ad Iceland Gull in field by crematorium at 2.55pm (bns)

Tern Hill floods (22 Feb) - still 600 Golden Plover and 950 Lapwings at midday (Howard Prince)

Wyre Forest (22 Feb) - 3 Two-barred Crossbill (2m) still in the Postenplain area (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Haughmond Hill (21 Feb) - mixed flock of Crossbills, Redpoll and Siskin at SJ5465,1413 feeding on larches at 11am (John Speake)

The Mere, Ellesmere (20 Feb) - Iceland Gull juv in the roost, also 2 ad Med Gulls and ad Yellow-legged Gull (bns)

Venus Pool (20 Feb) - 8 Meadow Pipit from Causeway. Sparrowhawk and Water Rail briefly from Fen Hide, Treecreeper beside Memorial Hide, Goldcrest beside Main Hide (Martin Ryder)

Oswestry (20 Feb) - Kittiwake flew northeast over golf course late afternoon (bns)

Venus Pool (19 Feb) - Chiffchaff again from Fen hide (Dawn Balmer)

Wyre Forest (18 Feb) - Probable Parrot Crossbill female at SO746791. From log pile at SO746788 take left hand track down through the wire gates, over stream, then half way along the track up the hill is where the bird was feeding with c10 Common Crossbills. It was only feeding on pine, and would fly in, cut a cone off with its bill, then fly off and pin the cone to the branch to eat. It was attacking the Commons quite viciously and after about 40 mins showing on/off (11.30-12.10), it flew off towards the stream. The general Crossbill flock is very mobile (about 60 birds) so it could be anywhere. Also 3 Two-barred Crossbills still present (2m). Wellies needed, parking at SO743784 (Craig Reed) photo

Venus Pool (18 Feb) - Probable Siberian Chiffchaff again (Fen hide). Looks good to me but all features not seen and no calls heard (Geoff Holmes) Pair of Oystercatcher (Kain Prestwood) photo

Coundlane (17 Feb) - 4 Bewick's and 15 Whoopers. Also on the floodwater; 3 Goldeneye, Little Grebe, 20 Goosander, 4 Shelduck, 200 Lapwing and GBB Gull (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (17 Feb) - No sign of Velvet Scoter female in the morning. 3 Scaup still present (bns)

Telford Crematorium (17 Feb) - 1w and possible 3w Caspian Gulls (bns) Please keep to public rights of way

Polemere (16 Feb) - Green Sandpiper (Dawn Balmer)

Wyre Forest (16 Feb) - 2 Two-barred Crossbill (1m) still in the Postenplain area (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Sutton Maddock (16 Feb) - c100 Lapwing nr A442 and Shell garage (Jon Cartwright)

The Mere, Ellesmere (15 Feb) - Female Scaup in the afternnon, Kittiwake in the roost (Rob Dowley) photo

Wyre Forest (15 Feb) - 2 male Two-barred Crossbill in the wide ride with power lines, Postenplain area SO749792 with c20 Common Crossbills (Rob C via web) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Priorslee Lake (15 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still (Ian Grant and Dawn Balmer)

The Mere, Ellesmere (13 Feb) - Firecrest at 8.40am. On the cemetery side of the Mere, in a yew tree left of the staircase-sculptured tree trunk (bns)

Priorslee Lake (13 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still (bns)

Priorslee Lake (12 Feb) - Adult Med Gull, also Velvet Scoter female still (bns)

Venus Pool (11 Feb) - probable Siberian Chiffchaff, in bramble patch near the main hide (Rob Stokes) photos

Priorslee Lake (10 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female showing well near the layby at 10am (Tom Lowe)

Wyre Forest (9 Feb) - 2 Two-barred Crossbill (1m) still in the Postenplain area with 50 Common Crossbills (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Coundlane (9 Feb) - family of 4 Bewick's, 8 ad Whoopers, 119 Mute Swans and 200 Lapwings at 11.45am (Tom Lowe)

Ludlow (8 Feb) - Little Egret on the floods by the rugby club in the afternoon (Dave Pearce)

Chelmarsh (8 Feb) - Iceland Gull (1w or 2w) in the roost (Martyn Owen)

The Mere, Ellesmere (8 Feb) - 2w Caspian Gull and 3 adult Med Gulls late afternoon (bns)

Priorslee Lake (8 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female still and 3 Scaup (Dave Barnes)

Priorslee Lake (7 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female still (bns)

Horsehay Pool (6 Feb) - 2w Caspian Gull breifly at 3.15pm. Also 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (Tom Lowe) photos ad Caspian Gull briefly at 4.20pm (bns)

Priorslee Lake (6 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female still (Tom Lowe) VS and 3 Scaup at 1.50pm (bns)

Telford Crematorium (6 Feb) - 2w Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe) Please keep to public rights of way

Chelmarsh (6 Feb) - no sign of the Black-necked Grebe this morning (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (5 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still (bns)

Chelmarsh (4 Feb) - Black-necked Grebe at dam end of Res (Jason Kernohan)

Cound Lane (4 Feb) - c60 mute swans, 3 whoopers but no bewicks. Peregrine on the ground (Paul Bateman)

Brown Clee (4 Feb) - a couple of Brambling, possibly more in beeches, on NE flank west of Harewood at SO607867. No sign of Snow Bunting at summit (Paul Bateman)

Horsehay Pool (4 Feb) - adult Caspian Gull breifly before flying west early evening (bns)

Wyre Forest (4 Feb) - at least 1 Two-barred Crossbill (m) still in the Postenplain area in larches along power line ride SO749792 (Chris Thomson)

Priorslee Lake (4 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still (bns)

Priorslee Lake (3 Feb) - 1ad/nr ad yellow-legged gull 4-4:45pm, also a 1w viking, or possibly a dark iceland (favour the former) flew towards belvide at 4:45, unfortunately didn't notice it on the water (J Reeves)

Telford Crematorium (3 Feb) - adult Caspian Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull at 3pm (Tom Lowe) photo Please keep to public rights of way

Brown Clee (2 Feb) - Snow Bunting at summit (Mr & Mrs Haywood)

nr Alveley (2 Feb) - 25 Brambling amongst large finch and bunting flock in set a side field from footpath between Birdsgreen and Bowhills (Steve Haycox)

Westbury (2 Feb) - huge Starling murmuration still (via web)

Priorslee Lake (2 Feb) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still at 1.30pm (Yvonne C)

Coundlane (2 Feb) - c300 Lapwings, 4 small waders flying with Lapwings, Peregrine, 59 Mute Swans (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (1 Feb) - smart male Goldeneye, displaying to a fem Tufted Duck, early afternoon (Helen Griffiths)

Wyre Forest (1 Feb) - at least 2 Two-barred Crossbill (1m) still in the Postenplain area with 12 Common Crossbills (Phil Andrews) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Polemere (1 Feb) - Green Sandpiper (James Grundy)

Wyre Forest (30 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbill (2m) in the wide ride with power lines, Postenplain area SO749792 (John Ridley) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Priorslee Lake (30 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still (bns)

Wood Lane NR (29 Jan) - 2 Water Rail regularly seen (Paul Burgess) photos

Priorslee Lake (29 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still (bns)

Stiperstones (Jan) - Pipit species considered by the observer to be larger than a Meadow Pipit, seen on the summit ridge at SO365981 on 26 Jan (reported to Geoff Holmes)

Priorslee Lake (28 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female and 3 Scaup still (bns)

Kinlet (28 Jan) - Brambling feeding under garden feeders (Jon Cartwright)

Telford Crematorium (27 Jan) - New 1w Caspian Gull at 12.45pm, amongst 1200 large gulls in field by Telford Crematorium by the A5. Also the Cackling Goose (Tom Lowe) Please keep to public rights of way photos

Candles Landfill (27 Jan) - adult Yellow-legged Gull (Tom Lowe)

Wyre Forest (27 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbill (2m) in the wide ride with power lines, plus 20 Common Crossbill, Postenplain area SO749792 (Paul Bateman) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Priorslee Lake (27 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female still. Also 2 Scaup (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (26 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female still. Also 2 Scaup (Ian Grant)

The Mere, Ellesmere (25 Jan) - presumed 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull in the roost (Rob Dowley) photo

Coundlane (25 Jan) - family of 4 Bewick's, 7 ad Whoopers and 113 Mute Swans (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (25 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female still. Also 2 Scaup (Tom Lowe) photo by Tim Jones

Venus Pool (25 Jan) - Oystercatcher (Dawn Micklewright)

Wyre Forest (25 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbill (2m) in the wide ride with power lines, Postenplain area SO749792 (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Venus Pool (24 Jan) - Oystercatcher (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (24 Jan) - Velvet Scoter still (bns)

Priorslee Lake (23 Jan) - Velvet Scoter still at 8.30am (Rod Baggott) Still at 1.45pm (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Flash (22 Jan) - Velvet Scoter at 3.20pm (Paul Spear)

Priorslee Lake (22 Jan) - Velvet Scoter still, off the dam at 11.50am (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (21 Jan) - Velvet Scoter still (bns)

Venus Pool (20 Jan) - Chiffchaff, near member's hide (Mike Jeavons) photos

Chelmarsh (20 Jan) - Caspian Gull in roost, also adult Yellow-legged Gull (bns)

Priorslee Lake (20 Jan) - Velvet Scoter at northern end in the morning (Mike Stokes & Rod Baggott)

Shrewsbury (20 Jan) - Woodcock over high point on A5 at 7.43am (Chris Cameron)

Wyre Forest (20 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbill (2m) in the wide ride with power lines with 25 Crossbills, Postenplain area SO749792 (Brian Stretch) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Tern Hill flood adjacent to A41 (19 Jan) - c675 Golden Plovers, c250 Lapwings, 2 Mute Swans (Howard Prince)

Ightfield Withymoor flood (19 Jan) - 1 Little Egret, 300 Wigeon, 150 Lapwing (Dave Barnes)

Morton Say A41 flood (19 Jan) - 6+ Golden Plovers (Dave Barnes)

Wyre Forest (19 Jan) - Two-barred Crossbill (male) in the wide ride with power lines, with 9 crossbills, Postenplain area SO745792 (Dave Pearce) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Priorslee Lake (19 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female still. Also the 3 Scaup (Dave Barnes) photos

Venus Pool (19 Jan) - 4 Bewick's Swans and 8 Whoopers showing well (Jim Almond)

Whixall canal floods (19 Jan) - c900 Lapwing, c50 Wigeon, 14 Pintail, 68 Teal, c100 Mallard, 3 Mute Swans, 10 Canada Geese and an overflying Merlin (Bob Harris)

Prees Heath (18 Jan) - c1500 Lapwings in flight 2pm (Howard Prince)

Priorslee Lake (18 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female back at the Lake this morning, near dam. Also the 3 Scaup (bns) Still present at 10.45am (Ed Wilson) Still at 2.25pm (Criag Reed) photos

Priorslee Flash (17 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female again at 4.25pm, with Tufted Duck, viewable from the first layby by parking area on the right of Derwent Drive (Andy Latham) photos

Venus Pool (16 Jan) - 4 Bewick's Swans at 4.30pm (Tom Lowe)

Edgerley (16 Jan) - 24 Whooper (18ad & 6juv), 30+ Mute, 40+ Pintail, 500+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 5 Shelduck, 8 Tufted, 9 Sholveler, 50+ Mallard, 63 Greylag, 12 Canada and 300+ Lapwing. For info only; birds are in an area where the public do not have any access (Rod Farmer) photos

Priorslee Flash/Lake (16 Jan) - No sign of Velvet Scoter in the morning (bns)

Priorslee Flash (15 Jan) - Velvet Scoter relocated to the Flash, 3.15pm (Jim Almond & Geoff Holmes) photo Still at 4pm, also Goosander pair and Kingfisher (Chris Cameron)

Priorslee Lake (15 Jan) - Velvet Scoter female at 1.15pm, to the right of the layby with Tufted Ducks and showing well at about 50m range. Also: 3 Scaup (1 1w Drake & 2 1w females), 10 (8) Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, >=181 Lesser Black-backed Gull, >=157 Black-headed Gull, 87 Tufted Duck, >=121 Coot (Gary Crowder) photo

The Mere, Ellesmere (15 Jan) - ad+2w YLGs and a single ad GBBG in a roost of c700 large gulls this evening, but didn't see the Great Northern Diver (Tom Lowe)

Bridges (14 Jan) - flock of 60+ Brambling mobile by Darnford Brook (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (14 Jan) - 1w drake Scaup and two 1w female Scaup still (Jim Almond)

Broseley (13 Jan) - on marsh at Benthall fishing pool: 1 Jack Snipe, 8 Common Snipe, Water Rail heard (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (13 Jan) - 3 drake Pintail (Martin Ryder)

Buildwas (13 Jan) - the 1w Caspian Gull and 6YLGs (2ads 3w 2w 2.1w) on the floods at 2.45pm amongst an impressive 2400 large gulls (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (13 Jan) - 1w drake Scaup and two 1w female Scaup still (Paul King) photo

Priorslee Lake (12 Jan) - 1w drake Scaup and two female Scaup still (Mike Stokes)

Wyre Forest (12 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still, seen with c20 Common Crossbills near the stream, Postenplain area. Take right hand track down from main log pile (Mike Stokes)

The Mere, Ellesmere (12 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still (bns)

Whixall & Fenns Mosses (11 Jan) - ringtail Hen Harrier at 4.25pm near canal/back of Furbers (Yvonne C) Male Hen Harrier in to roost on Fenns Moss at 4.40pm (Howard Prince/Yvonne C)

Priorslee Lake (11 Jan) - a 1w drake Scaup has joined the two female Scaup. Also Common Gull present (Tom Lowe/Dave Tromans)

The Mere, Ellesmere (11 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still. Also Goosanders, Wigeon and Goldeneyes (Chris Cameron)

Polemere (11 Jan) - Green Sandpiper still (Rod Baggott)

Wyre Forest (11 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still SO746792 (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Broseley (10 Jan) - 4 Jack Snipe in the marsh behind the fishing pool (bns)

Wyre Forest (10 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) about halfway along clearing, with c15 Crossbills (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Fenns Moss (9 Jan) - male Hen Harrier at 4pm (Paul Burgess)

The Mere, Ellesmere (9 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still, also 2 Little Egret (Paul Burgess) photo

Whixall Moss (8 Jan) - Short-eared Owl and 2 Hen Harriers, male and ringtail, seen at back of Furbers late afternoon (Phil Boardman) photo

Wyre Forest (8 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) showing very well near the main log pile at the top of the valley leading down to the stream (Jim Almond) photo

The Mere, Ellesmere (7 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still (bns)

Polemere (6 & 7 Jan) - Green Sandpiper (Jim Almond & James Grundy)

Shrewsbury (6 Jan) - Little Egret reported in Rea Brook Valley (via Graham Walker)

Ludlow (6 Jan) - Little Egret on the River Teme at Whitcliffe Common (Peter Powell)

Venus Pool (6 Jan) - Drake Pintail again (Terry Arch) photo

Wyre Forest (6 Jan) - male Two-barred Crossbill, plus one more heard at 9am, Postenplain area (Rob Stokes)

Betton Moss (6 Jan) - 2 Willow Tits visiting feeders since 2 Dec. No Tree Sparrows present this winter (Paul Bell)

The Mere, Ellesmere (5 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still (via twitter)

Wyre Forest (5 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still, Postenplain area (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Coundlane (5 Jan) - Whoopers and Bewick's still with 50+ Mute Swans (bns)

Whixall Moss (4 Jan) - 2 Hen Harriers, male and ringtail, seen from 12.30pm on and off until 3.30pm (Phil Boardman)

Horsehay Pool (4 Jan) - adult Kittiwake again, briefly at 3pm (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (4 Jan) - 2 Scaup still (Tom Lowe)

Candles Landfill (4 Jan) - ad, 4w, 1w Yellow-legged Gulls (Tom Lowe)

The Mere, Ellesmere (4 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still (Yvonne C)

Wyre Forest (4 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still, Postenplain area. Also 30 Common Crossbill (bns)

Whixall & Fenns Mosses (3 Jan) - male Hen Harrier, first seen in flight at 1.55pm then flushed from a path at c100m at 3.20pm. Then watched for 10 minutes quartering Whixall and Fenns Mosses. Otherwise quiet, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Raven and Green Woodpecker heard (Howard Prince)

Melverley (3 Jan) - 20+ Whooper Swans (ads & juvs) on floodwater. Please note that these birds are currently located in an isolated area which is not accessible to the general public. Also present numerous Mute Swans, Goosander, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Greylag Geese, Gulls and Mallard (Rodney Farmer) photo

Horsehay Pool (3 Jan) - adult Kittiwake at 1.15pm and still at 3.30pm. Also 24 Goosander (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (3 Jan) - adult Kittiwake from Sailing Club at midday (bns)

Candles Landfill (3 Jan) - the 1w Caspian Gull and ad+1w Yellow-legged Gulls present at 4pm (Tom Lowe)

Buildwas (3 Jan) - the 1w Caspian Gull at 2.50pm then flock flushed and drifted north (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (3 Jan) - Drake Pintail still (Kain Prestwood & Dawn Micklewright) photos

The Mere, Ellesmere (3 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still (bns)

Wyre Forest (3 Jan) - Two-barred Crossbill still, Postenplain area. Also c40 Common Crossbills (bns) (Parking at Earnwood Copse off B4194 SO743784)

Priorslee Lake (3 Jan) - 2 1st win fem Scaup still (bns)

Polemere (3 Jan) - Green Sandpiper (Dawn Balmer)

Whixall Canal Floods (2 Jan) - male Hen Harrier at 3.20pm (Paul Rutter)

The Mere, Ellesmere (2 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still late afternoon (Geoff Holmes & Paul Rutter)

Wyre Forest (2 Jan) - Two-barred Crossbill male still, Postenplain area (bns)

Venus Pool (2 Jan) - Drake Pintail present. 4 Bewick's Swans in at 4.40pm (Dawn Balmer)

Coundlane (2 Jan) - 8 Whoopers and 4 Bewick's still with 57 Mute Swans early afternoon (Geoff Holmes)

Wood Lane (2 Jan) - Water Rail (Paul Rutter)

The Mere, Ellesmere (1 Jan) - juv Great Northern Diver still (PK/WJ/AL/JA/YC etc)

Wyre Forest (1 Jan) - 3 Two-barred Crossbills (2m) still (WJ/AL etc)

Priorslee Lake (1 Jan) - 2 1st win fem Scaup still (JA/AL/WJ/YC etc)

Whitemere, Ellesmere (1 Jan) - Little Egret (AL/JA/WJ/YC etc)

Coundlane (1 Jan) - 8 ad Whooper Swans and 4 Bewick's with the Mute Swans at 10am (AL/WJ/JA/YC etc)

Venus Pool (1 Jan) - 8 Whoopers and 4 Bewick's Swans early morning, then flew out. All back in late pm (Bewick's at 4.40pm) (JA/AL/WJ/YC etc)

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