Bird Reports (2020)

This page covers reports received during 2020. It is NOT intended as a “rare bird alert” but as an archive of interesting bird observations in the County. For previous years’ reports, return to Bird Reports and select the year from the menu.

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Warren Hill, Long Mynd (1 Sep) – Linnet – flock of 180; Hobby – 1 juvenile; Wheatear – 3;  Meadow Pipit – 15 (Pete Jennings)

Oswestry (6 Aug) – Hobby seen stooping, catching prey and eating it on the wing at Aston Cill Lock, Montgomery Canal (Ewan Grainger)

The Wrekin (16 Jun) – Redstart (possible pair) in woodland on the Wrekin 10.10a.m. From the top heading down the steep part on the right hand side

Bridgwalton, nr Bridgnorth (31 May) – Five Oystercatchers seen feeding on the mud area at the new quarry pools, one of these a juvenile! (Kerry Edwards)

Choulton (21 May) – a group of four Little Egrets flew south down the Onny valley (Pete Jennings)

Nr Cross Houses (20 May) – 2 oyster catchers on scrape between Garden Centre and Severn (John Crark)

Boreton (19 May) – 5 stock doves in field at Boreton; yellow wagtail nearby (John Clark)

Church Stretton (9 May) – Stock dove in garden for 5th successive day (DE Richardson)

Church Stretton (4 & 5 May) – 5 house martins 4 May and 3 swifts 5 May over garden (DE ERichardson)

Church Stretton (5 May) – First Swift of the season (for me) today. Friend reported a pair returning to a nest box in Stretton yesterday (John Arnfield)

Choulton (23rd Apr) – Lesser Whitethroat singing in our garden today. (Pete Jennings)

Eaton Constantine (20 Apr) – female Hawfinch in garden at feeding station (Chris Adey)

Choulton (19 Apr) – female Swallow arrived, 15 days after arrival of male. Also steady passage of birds heading north obserted for first time this year (Peter Jennings)

Long Mynd (19 Apr) – Five male Wheatears (one singing) and one female at Warren Hill, Long Mynd, this afternoon (Pete Jennings)

Bowbrook, Shrewsbury (17 Apr) – pair of swallows hunting for insects at the front of our house, late afternoon (Jack Parry)

Oswestry (17 Apr) – Red Kite, am (Graeme Shearer)

Church Stretton (17 Apr) – Red Kite over the town early this morning. Not usually seen over the built-up area itself (John Arnfield)

Cruckmeole (10 Apr) – three swallows -about four days earlier than most years.  (Brenda F).

Broseley (16 Mar) – Red Kite on the outskirts of Broseley (TF12). It was alone and looked like a youngster. It’s the first one I’ve seen in the area. (Andrew Morgans)

Kempton (12 Mar) – Great Egret on flooded field by the road at Kempton. Doubtless wandered from Walcot Lake (Pete Jennings)

Kempton (7 Feb) – Flock of 21+ Lapwings (Peter Jennings).

Nordley (29 Jan) – 14:15h  3 x Red Kites circling at approx 30m high across the Broseley to Bridgnorth B4373 road at Nordley. Wonderful sight to see! (Mark Lloyd)

Dudmaston (26 Jan) – Great white egret on the cormorant roost tree, Big Pool, before it flew off towards the River, my guess to Hay Corner (Steve Haycox – from shropshirebirds list)

Cross Houses and Berrington (4 & 5 Jan) – A weekend of flocks – 100 plus fieldfares at Brompton, 200 plus rooks at Lower Brompton, 30 plus Goosander at small reservoir at Berrington, 40 plus mute swans on field by garden centre Cross Houses (John Clark)

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