Recent Bird Reports

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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)

Whixall Moss (30 Nov) - Male Hen Harrier in the afternoon, hunting over Whixall Moss from 3.15pm until 3.50pm when it dropped in to roost on Fenn's Moss. Also female Sparrowhawk and c40 roosting Linnet (Howard Prince)

Shifnal (27 Nov) - 2 Goldeneye on new lake at Monument Fishery (Steve Gill)

Trench Pool (24 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still (Dave Barnes)

Trench Pool (23 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still (Dave Barnes) photo

Long Mynd (23 Nov) - Ringtail Hen Harrier. No sign of Snow Bunting (Dave Pearce)

Devil's Dingle (23 Nov) - 38 Snipe , 1 Water Rail (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (22 Nov) - Whooper Swan adult in the morning (Roger Gibb & Paul Burgess) photos 2 adult Whooper Swans at 3.30pm (Helen Griffiths)

Long Mynd (22 Nov) - Snow Bunting near trig point at 2pm. Also Bramblings at Pole Cottage (Jamie MacLauchlan)

Trench Pool (21 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still at 11am, viewable from the Blue Pig pub (Terry Cripps)

Black Hill (19 Nov) - Great Grey Shrike at 1pm. Rockhill above Woodside, Clun on west side of Black Hill near Fiddlers Elbow. Flew off N after pestered by passerines. Re-discovered 1.30pm on bush tops and telegraph wires along the ‘dead straight’ rough track off the Rockhill / Pen-y cwm crossroads heading NEE into the conifer plantations (David Stafford)

Cound (19 Nov) - Whooper Swans in usual field between River Severn and A458 (Martyn Owen)

Trench Pool (19 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still, also 1w Yellow-legged Gull (Ian Grant)

Long Mynd (18 Nov) - 11 Brambling in finch flock at Pole Cottage and 49 Golden Plover on nearby sheep fields (Dave Pearce)

Whixall Moss (16 Nov) - c700 Common Teal in flight. Floods, c225 Lapwings, c75 Common Teal, 28 Wigeon, 1 male Pintail, c40 Shoveler (Howard Prince)

Trench Pool (16 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still (Paul Spear)

Ellesmere (15 Nov) - 2 ad Caspian Gulls in roost, also 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls and 7 Goosander (Anthony Griffiths)

Trench Pool (15 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still, 1st winter drake (bns)

Trench Pool (13 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still showing well in the morning, opposite bank to Blue Pig pub (Clive Biddulph)

Trench Pool (12 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck still (Jim Almond) photo

Trench Pool (11 Nov) - Long-tailed Duck in the morning (Ed Wilson) Still present at 4.15pm (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (11 Nov) - Drake Pintail and Kingfisher showing well (Paul Burgess) photo

Telford (9 Nov) - Brambling under feeders with finches, St Georges area (Toni Gordon)

Maesbrook (9 Nov) - Pink-footed Goose reported in flooded fields, but not many ducks on the Severn-Vyrnwy WeBS count (via Patrick Lanaway)

Ellesmere (9 Nov) - Ad Caspian Gull in the roost at The Mere at 4.40pm (bns)

Whixall Moss (9 Nov) - A bird considered to be Siberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita tristis) trapped, ringed and released at 9am. Description and photographs taken (Allan Heath with Paul Ashworth, Gerry Thomas, Bob Harris)

Whixall Moss (9 Nov) - Male Hen Harrier at 11.30am (Dave Pearce)

Titterstone Clee (8 Nov) - Northern Wheatear still (Martyn Owen) 10 Stonechats (Terry Hinett)

Candles Landfill (7 Nov) - 7 Yellow-legged Gulls; 5 adults, 3cy, 1cy (Tom Lowe)

Titterstone Clee (6 Nov) - A late Northern Wheatear (Martyn Owen)

Shrewsbury (4 Nov) - 5pm: At least 200-300 pied wagtails gathering on Harlescott P&R car park prior to roosting (Steve Mulcock)

Catherton Common (1 Nov) - Jack Snipe (Jason Kernohan)

Whixall Moss (1 Nov) - Male Hen Harrier at 2.20pm. Also a Peregrine later (Paul Johnston)

Buildwas (1 Nov) - 45 Fieldfare heading south followed twenty minutes later by second wave of 54, 100 Redwing heading west plus 35 fifteen minutes later (Glenn Bishton)

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