Recent Bird Reports

This page covers reports received during 2017. 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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Venus Pool (7 Apr) – LRP, Common Sand, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, Blackcap and Willow Warbler. (Geoff Holmes)

Batch Valley (7 Apr) – My first Redstart of the year singing as I went through the moth trap (Mike Shurmer)

Venus Pool (7 Apr) – Night Heron (Michael Murphy)

Cardingmill Valley (7 Apr) – Fem type ring ouzel half way up valley a nice surprise on a family walk. Also stacks of Willow Ws (Michael Murphy)

River Morda (7 Apr) – Just seen my first of the year alongside the River Morda. Also saw my first orange tip. (John Clarke)

Bagley Marsh (5 Apr) – Sacred  Ibis at a smallpool I’m not sure how rare or interesting this is but I have photos and can give the exact location if anyone is interested. (Derek Clifford)

Shooting Box, Long Mynd (3 Apr) – Short-eared Owl (David & Katherine Stafford)

Titterstone Clee (1 Apr) – Ring Ouzel. (Paul King)

Shawbury (30 Mar) – 2 Swallow. (Brian lyon)

Whixall Floods (27 Mar) – Two Green Sandpipers and one Wood Sandpiper c.10:30am. (Robin Sutton)

Colemere (27 Mar) – Twelve Waxwing feeding on last of mistletoe berries in bush by gate from main carpark c.4:30pm. (Robin Sutton)

Leighton Meanders (26 Mar) – First few Sand Martin at usual Leighton Meanders river bank site. (Harvey Sherwood)

Attingham Park (26 Mar) – Lesser Spot WP drumming early morning in Attingham Park veteran trees, no visual. (Harvey Sherwood)

Attingham Park (26 Mar) – lesser spotted and greater spotted woodpeckers both at AttinghamPark NT (Tris Pearce)

Diddlebury (25 Mar) – Thirty plus Fieldfare still around Corve flood meadows (Harvey Sherwood)

Venus Pool (25 Mar) – 2 x Sand Martin 10:02 am  (Michael Wall)

Cardington (23 Mar) – Chiffchaff singing in garden (Steve Paling)

Colemere (17 Mar) – 30+ Sand Martin, 2 singing Chiffchaff and a Kingfisher (Andy Morris)

Shrewsbury (17 Mar) – around 30 waxwing seen on Luciefelde Road and South Hermitage. Flew off toward cemetery area (Nigel Jones)

Stirchley (15 Mar) – First Blackcap singing in garden shrubbery Stirchley Village 6pm (Harvey Sherwood)

Ironbridge (15 Mar) – Blackcap and chiffchaff gave several burst of song (Glenn Bishton)

Harmer Hill (14 Mar) – Two Chiff Chaff in song. 40+ Fieldfare flying North. (Harvey Sherwood)

Cardington (12 Mar) – Pair of bramblings in garden (Steve Paling)

Black Hill (11 Mar) – Great Grey Shrike; still on south facing young Spruce plantation (David Stafford)

Venus Pool (11 Mar) – 4x Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Redwing, Oystercatcher (Kev Wardlaw)

Polemere (Mar 11) – The usual fare at Polemere… breeding getting going (blackbird with food) but winter flocks still evident (inc 120 linnet) (James Grundy)

Hawkstone Golf Club (11 Mar) – Black Redstart still showing at Hawkestone golf club today (Ian Baggely via Jim Almond)

Choulton (9 Mar) – Chiffchaffe singing this morning (Pete Jennings)

Wilderly Hill (25 Feb) – C 60 Golden Plover & 7 Snipe .(Dave Pearce)

Holly Banks NR (20 Feb) – Little Egret (Gareth Egarr)

Priorslee Lake (7 Feb) – Water rail calling, 2 male pochard (Glenn Bishton)

Little Bolas (6 Feb) – 1600 lapwing 300 golden plover in winter-sown wheat and flight (Glenn Bishton)

Wroxeter (6 Feb) – 900 fieldfare in fallow field and sheep pasture (Glenn Bishton)

Wall Farm (4 Feb) – 830+ Golden Plover (Jonathan Porter)

Chelmarsh (22 Jan) – Common Scoter drake still on Chelmarsh res viewed from the causeway end. (Jim Almond)

Shrewsbury (21 Jan) – 20+ waxwings at Hatfields Jaguar garage 15.30 today.Feeding on small rowans. Very flighty. (Cathy Mills)

Ellesmere (21 Jan) – Glaucous gull, 1stW again in roost at 15.40 (Anthony Griffiths)

Whitemere & Ellesmere (20 Jan) – LTD still on whitemere this pm. Ellesmere roost, 2 YLG and 1 GBBG only highlights (Anthony Griffiths)

Cranmere Bog (21 Jan) – 6 Tundra Bean Geese still at The Big, Cranmere, Shrops and one Egyptian Goose (no rings) (Gary Palmer)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (16 Jan) – Drake Common Scoter, and a drake Pochard which is now probably rarer here! (Martyn Owen)

Cound (16 Jan) – Whopper and Bewick in usual field adjacent A458 (Roger Gibb)

Gobowen (15 Jan) – Pair of little egret. River Perry 09:10, (Andy Cawthray)

Wood Lane NR (15 Jan) – Water Rail, Oystercatcher, Curlew, 2 Chiffchaff, 40 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 50 Lapwings, GSP Woodpecker and 2 Goldcrest (B & M Jones)

Oswestry (15 Jan) – 5 waxwings now at morrisons, Oswestry by old railway station, after weeks of checking all these bushes they’ve finally arrived (Anthony Griffiths)

Chetwynd Pool (15 Jan) – 11-00 Long-tailed Duck, female Scaup, 8 Goosander (Martin G Grant)

Oswestry (Jan 15) – Waxwing, 5  now feeding in main car park and showing well, (Anthony Griffiths)

Fenns Moss (14 Jan) – Male Hen Harrier today (Steven Savage)

Cole Mere (14 Jan) –  The 3 Scaup still on Colemere this pm. Decent roost on the mere – 2 ad YLG but no white winger. (Jim Almond)

Market Drayton (14 Jan) – 27 Waxwings returned to my back garden Ellesmere Grove / Farcroft Drive Market Drayton Guess same flock as last week (Dave Barnes)

Venus Pool (14 Jan) – 3 Whoopers using VP as a roost flew out at 0757 (Mark Wilson)

Cranmere Bog (12 Jan) – 6 Tundra Bean Goose on the water. (D Banks)

Venus Pool (11 Jan) – 4 (3m 1f) Brambling plus 2 Corn Bunting at Venus Pool. 2 GWTeal reported by others c.0915 (Michael Murphy)

Whitemere, Colemere (11 Jan) – 2 Long tailed duck still on Whitemere. 3 Scaup on Colemere, 1 ad drake, m/f 1st winter. (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (10 Jan) – 4 Brambling & 4+Corn Buntings but no Pine Bunt or GWTeal. 93 Mute Swans Coundlane but no wild swans (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (8 Jan) – 5 waxwing Heron drive Shrewsbury this morning, 40 mins between visits , worth sitting tight (Dave Chapman)

Venus Pool (8 Jan) – Drake Green-winged Teal at VP. Distant but appears to be the December bird. (Jim Almond)

Clive (7 Jan) – flock of 50 lapwings at Shooters Hill (MattA)

Venus Pool (7 Jan) – 4 Bewicks and 3 Whooper swans this morning (Jim Almond)

Buildwas (6 Jan) – Red kite hunting. Possibly same bird seen at Leighton 28.12.16. (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (6 Jan) – Pine Bunting showed well in usual hedge 9.30 – 10.15 (Helen Griffiths) then heavy rain, no more reports. (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (5 Jan) – 3 Whooper Swans 8.15, no sign Pine Bunting so far. (Jim Almond)

Chetwynd Pool (4 Jan) – Long-tailed Duck back mid-day + 13 Goosander 6 Shoveler. (Martin G Grant)

Shrewsbury (4 Jan) – 4 waxwing on rowan at Lancaster rd/ fitzalan rd corner this a.m  (Dave Chapman)

Shrewsbury (4 Jan) – 9 Waxwing in Shrewsbury near Aldi this morning (Geoff Holmes)

Market Drayton (3 Jan) – C40 Waxwings in my Market Drayton back garden now feeding on Rowan berries! Garden tick of course (Dave Barnes)

Whitemere, Colemere, Whixall (3 Jan) – 2 lt duck Whitemere and 2 scaup colemere. Usual male hen Harrier Whixall (Paul Rutter)

Cleobury Mortimer (3 Jan) – Dipper on Jan 3rd on the River Rea nr Mawley Hall. (Paul Bateman)

Venus Pool (2 Jan) – Pine Bunting showing well c 100m from the gallery line and currently settled on top of crop! (Jim Almond)

Shrewsbury (2 Jan) – Waxwing x5 Heron Drive Shrewsbury 1030hrs 02/01/17. (Terry Cripps)

Monkmoor (2 Jan) – Waxwings Abbots Road Monkmoor. Scared off by Sparrowhawk this morning. (Kain)

Oswestry (1 Jan) – I have been watching a flock (40/50 birds) of waxwings all morning (01/01/2017) outside my parents house in Oswestry, Shropshire (Cabin lane, SY11 2LL) (Ashley Roberts)

Hanwood (1 Jan) – 20 waxwings Hanwood, by The Cock Inn (Jim Almond, Mike Shurmer)

Venus Pool (1 Jan) – Female Pine Bunting at VP in the morning, found by Simon Davis (Yvonne Chadwick)


Records published here are unconfirmed and are provided for information only. Access to sites named is not granted by its mention on this page – please do not trespass on private property. For some sites details are given on the Guide to Shropshire Birding Sites page. Records of birds should be sent to the County Bird Recorder Martyn Owen. For more information on submission of records click here. Locations of rare breeding birds should be submitted to the County Recorder but will not be published due to the risk of disturbance.

You can also submit your records to the Shropshire Email Bird List. Please do not reveal any location information about breeding rare birds or other sensitive species. For more information on such records, please read this SOS policy statement.

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