This page covers reports received during 2018. It is NOT intended as a “rare bird alert” but as an archive of notable (and not-so-notable) bird observations in the County. For previous years’ reports, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the page.
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Choulton (12 Jun) – Tree Sparrow – pair with six dependant young outside our kitchen window on scattered bird seed mix (Pete Jennings)
Choulton (9 Jun) – flock of at least 33 Long-tailed Tits through the garden this morning. Biggest flock I have seen since 1976! Also Goshawk hunting the feral pigeons and corvids around the farm (Pete Jennings)
Brandwood, Near Myddle (8 Jun) – Pair of peregrine falcons seen hunting a pigeon which was dropped. Disturbance with crows for several minutes whilst peregrine tried to pick it up from ground (Helen Ratcliff)
Blackhill, Clun (5 Jun) – Nightjar, also Fem Goshawk earlier and 2 singing Garden Warblers (Dave Stafford)
Church Stretton (5 Jun) – Pied Flycatchers nesting in nestbox on oak tree in garden – a return after several years’ absence (Michael Bowler)
Church Aston (5 Jun) – Hobby, hunting, 19:00 hrs. (Jamie Maclauchlan).
Battlefield, Shrewsbury (4 Jun) – Red Kite, pm. (Roger Penprase)
The Wrekin (6 May) – 7 pied flycatcher, 2 redstart, 1 wood warbler, 3 tree pipit, 3 garden warbler, 3 peregrine (Glenn Bishton)
Bridgnorth (5 May) – above the Severn, an osprey, quite low, attacked by gulls and drifted away up river (Leo Mullan)
Long Mynd (4 May) – Hobby hunting Round Hill; Whinchat, Ashes Hollow; Pair Spotted Flycatchers, Little Stretton near campsite (David Ackland)
Long Mynd, Cow Ridge (3 May) – Hobby hunting (Dave Stafford)
All Stretton, Farm Lane (2 May) – Great Egret in pond on the lane (Jonathan Allan)
Plush Hill, Long Mynd (27 Apr) – Female Whinchat (Dave Stafford)
Wrekin (23 Apr) – 5 pied flycatcher, 5 willow warbler, 1 tree pipit, 1 red kite over summit (Glenn Bishton)
Choulton (18 Apr) – Lesser Whitethroat singing (before Common Whitethroat here and not even a Willow Warbler yet!) (Peter Jennings)
Broseley Wood (16 Apr) – Still at least two brambling, one of each sex, frequenting my feeders. Also the regular bullfinch pair (Andrew Cooke)
Church Stretton (15 Apr) – 22 Brambling, including 4 stunning males in breeding plumage, 2 reed buntings, 2 siskins, 1 redpoll. 4 chaffinches. Not bad for a 30 x 30 foot viewing area! (Dave Richardson)
Leighton (14 Apr) – Egyptian goose 2, sand martin 34, little ringed plover 3, mandarin 7 (Glenn Bishton)
Buildwas (14 Apr) – Sand martin 8, linnet 120 in stubble (Glenn Bishton)
Broseley Wood (7 Apr) – Still at least 4 Bramblings around my feeders. And we’re getting well into Spring now. (Andrew Cooke)
Shrewsbury (1 Apr) – Pair of red kites in Radbrook and Quarry Park area (Nikki Haycox)
Long Mynd (22 Mar) – Red kite and female hen harrier (John Clark)
Church Stretton (20 Mar) – fieldfare has been a daily visitor to the garden for the past week. Sees off the blackbirds! (David John)
Ironbridge (18 Mar) – Female blackcap on feeders (Glenn Bishton)
Leighton (17 Mar) – Red kite sighted near river meanders just before Leighton (Joanne Aston)
River Severn, Shrewsbury (14 Mar) – 6 Goosanders (near English Bridge), American Wood Duck (100 m upstream) (Shona & Andrew Frost)
Lydbury North (11 Mar) – Three Hawfinch in the churchyard (and the trees surrounding it) along with Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Siskin – a finch extravaganza! (John Arnfield)
Clunton (5 Mar) – G. Grey Shrike still around after snow melt, often close to muck heap in the quarry by roadside hedge between Clun and Clunton (David Stafford)
Market Drayton (1-3 Mar) – over the last 3 days we have had 6+ red wings feeding in our garden. We have lived here for 16 months and have not seen them before (Chris Plimbley)
Leighton (25 Feb) – 2 Red kite, little egret, 4 mandarin, 2 teal, 7 goosander, snipe (Glenn Bishton)
Broseley (2 Feb) – Pair of Hawfinches in garden (anon.)
Rae Brook (21 Jan) – Albino magpie along the Raebrook this morning, inbetween the playing field and the back of Sainsbury’s. Definitely a magpie with no black plumage. (L. Carpenter)
Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow (14 Jan) – Good viewing of approx 15 Hawfinch in treetops but v mobile between Whitcliffe road and riverside paths (Harvey Sherwood)
Bury Ditches (14 Jan) – Short-eared Owl (Richard & Ann Pearce)
Clun/Clunton area (13 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike again seen hunting from roadside hedge between Clun and Clunton at SO312812. This location approx 1 mile North of regular Black Hill GGShrike sightings (Harvey Sherwood)
Buildwas (14 Jan) – Little egret feeding in horse paddocks adjacent to River Severn (Glenn Bishton)
Bury Ditches (10 Jan) – Crossbill – at least 28 by track between car park and hill fort in larches, beech and birch including several red males and lots of singing and calling. Also Willow Tit and Green Woodpecker (Peter Jennings).
B4368 between Clun and Clunton (6 Jan) – Great Grey Shrike in hedgerow along road below Radnor Wood – also seen before Christmas (Ed Griffiths).
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