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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Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow (9 Nov) –  Three Hawfinches perched, and then noisily chasing each other, in area of hornbeam & beech (Barbara Daniels)

Shrewsbury (6 Nov) – Woodcock, between Drawwell Street and Hereford Road around 09:30 (Ron ?)

Wall Farm (5 Nov) – Marsh Harrier at the farm today. Also Merlin, Peregrine and Golden
Plover. (Jonathan Porter)

Blackhill, Clun (5 Nov) – Snow Bunting; Forest track beside grassed-over clear-fell above Sowdley Wood (Dave Stafford)

Shrewsbury (1 Nov) – Night Heron still at the Dingle (Peter Banner)

Dryton (30 Oct) – Red kite hunting over farmland (Glenn Bishton)

Leighton (30 Oct) – Little egret feeding in River Severn. Probably same bird observed over Ironbridge heading west previous day (Glenn Bishton)

Ironbridge (29 Oct) – Little egret high over Ironbridge heading west (Glenn Bishton)

Shrewsbury (17 Oct) – Night Heron present at The Dingle (Peter Banner)

Blackhill, Clun (15 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike  (Dave Stafford)

Bourton, Corvedale (12 Oct) – Hobby actively hunting hedgerows (Harvey Sherwood)

Shrewsbury, Mousecroft Community Wood (9 Oct) – Night Heron at pond (relocated Dingle bird?)  (Terry Cripps)

Bridgnorth (16 Sep) – Two ospreys flying south over river. Over Friars street 2.00 pm. (Len Mullins. Richard Owen)

Clun (16 Sep) – Tree Sparrow > 12 in mixed flock on edge of freshly mucked stubble field on back of Weston Hill, and single flock of > 30 moving along weedy laneside hedgerow verge NE of Llanllwd towards Badger Moor. (Dave Stafford)

Tittenley Pool, Shavington (2 Sep) – Great White Egret (David Cotterill)

Black Hill, Clun (30 Aug) – 9 Spotted Flycatchers beside clear fell all feeding together from edge of scrub facing evening sunshine. (Dave Stafford)

The Dingle, Shrewsbury (26 Aug) – Night Heron still showing (Colin Gill)

Wall Farm (25 Aug) – Cetti’s Warbler  3pm also Marsh Harrier, Whinchat, Kingfisher, Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart (Jonathan Porter)

Wall Farm (21 Aug) – Greenshank in front of hide in evening (Jonathan Porter)

Leighton (15 Aug) – Little egret, hobby (Glenn Bishton)

Shrewsbury (The Dingle) (2 Aug) – Night Heron still present (Peter Fox)

Venus Pool (28 Jul) – Osprey and 8 Black-tailed Godwits (Alan Williams)

Near Pattingham, on Shropshire side of border (26 Jul) – Black Redstart seen in bushes and on fence on equestrian premises (Rhoda Stocking)

Shifnal area (25 Jul) – My first and second Spotted Flycatchers (separate locations) for 2017 on Hatton Grange Estate (Harvey Sherwood)

Buildwas (9 Jul) – Little egret, 3 little ringed plovers, 2 common sandpiper, lapwing (Glenn Bishton)

Colemere (2 Jul) – 6 common scoter 7am today. 4 male 2 female (Robert Machin)

Wood Lane NR (30 Jun) – Redshank, Gadwall + 6 ducklings, 36 Lapwings, 2 LRP, 1 Shelduck 1 Curlew (B&M Jones)

Priorslee Lake (29 Jun) – Sandwich Tern this evening after I had left!! (seen by Clive Biddulph and 3 other birders) (Jim Almond)

Wellington (29 Jun) – red kite at 3 p.m. today over Admaston Road, TF1 3NL. It was being mobbed by crows (Elisabeth Cholmondeley)

Dudmaston (25 Jun) – Osprey (north side of A442 opposite main National Trust entrance drive) (Dave Stafford)

The Dingle, Shrewsbury (23 Jun) –  Night heron still present (Glenn Bishton)

Whittington Castle (11 Jun) – Sacred Ibis (Gerald Roberts).

Wrekin (3 Jun) – Red Kite over farmland at foor of Wrekein (Sharon Turley).

Shrewsbury (28 May) – Night Heron still at quarry (under decking) (Patrick Lanaway).

Bayston Hill (16 May) – Pair of Yellow Wagtails near the pond at Bayston Hill Community Garden (Geoff Harris)

Lyth Hill (10 May) – Cuckoo heard calling (Geoff Harris)

Lyth Hill (7 May) – 2 Whimbrel flew north over Lyth Hill CP at 8.00am (Nigel Barratt)

Leighton (7 May) – 2 hobby hunting insects, displaying and harrying sparrowhawk’s, 2 sparrowhawk’s displaying and soaring, buzzard sky-diving, kestrel, 2 redstart song with a nest with five eggs, sedge warbler, little ringed plover.(Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (7 May) – 3 sedge warbler 4 garden warbler in song. (Glenn Bishton)

Plaish (6 May) –
2 peregrines flying in close proximity. Parted in opposite directions and ignored a thrush flying between them (Steve & Bridget Paling).

Long Mynd (6 May) – two Dotterel at the Glider Station to the right of the track going in Malcolm Loft via John Arnfield).

Cardington (5 May) – 5 Swifts (Steve & Bridget Paling).

The Wrekin (2 May) – 9 pied flycatcher, 4 redstart, 1 tree pipit in song (Glenn Bishton)

Shrewsbury (2 May) – night heron still at the Dingle (Steven Dawes)

Wall Farm (1 May) – Dunlin 2, Redshank, Shoveler, Cuckoo, Corn Bunt pair, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear4, Lapwing 31 + 8 chicks (Martin Grant)

River Onny at Choulton (1 May) – Goosander female plus 4 small young (Peter Jennings)

Whixall Floods (1 May) – Ruff, Redshank, 2 LRP, White Wag, Cuckoo on the Moss (Jim Almond)

Colemere (30 Apr) – 2 black terns! (Jim Almond)

Lydbury North (29 Apr) – 1 Greenland Wheatear (Peter Jennings)

Venus Pool (29 Apr) – 1 Redshank, 3 LRP & a common sandpiper at VP (Dawn Micklewright)

Radbrook, Shrewsbury (29 Apr) – Red Kite (Phil Harvey)

Plowden Woods (27 Apr) – 3 singing Wood Warbler, 2 singing Tree Pipit (Peter Jennings)

Oswestry (27 Apr) – Hobby flying over A483 through the grounds of Sweeney Hall (Rhys Jenkins).

Long Mynd (26 Apr) – Female Ring Ouzel in Batch Valley on the slopes below Jinlye. 5th successive year for them here. (Mike Shurmer).

Shrewsbury (26 Apr) – Night Heron still in The Quarry in am (Patrick Lanaway).

Shrewsbury (26 Apr) – 3 common sandpiper and 2 greylag geese spotted on sand bank river severn at top of the mount. (Adam Weston)

Long Mynd (26 Apr) –  6 Greenland Wheatear on Gliding Stn field last night with 2 more in close vicinity (Geoff Hall).

Leighton (23 Apr) – 3 redstart in song, 2 little ringed plover, 2 common sandpiper (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (23 Apr) – 1 whitethroat singing from oil seed rape, 1 common sandpiper, 1 little ringed plover, 120 sand Martin (Glenn Bishton).

Shrewsbury (23 Apr) – Night Heron still present in The Dingle Shrewsbury Quarry Gardens (Graham Walker)

Long Mynd (22 Apr) – Short-eared Owl and Whinchat (Rob Vaughan).

Long Mynd (21 Apr) – 8pm 3 Ring Ouzels top of Lightspout Hollow feeding (Dave Pearce).

Whixall Floors & Moss (21 Apr) – Wood sandpiper still on floods and first cuckoo seen and heard on the moss earlier (Dave Chapman).

Titterstone Clee (21 Apr) – Red Grouse calling – no sign of Shore Lark in 4 hours – unlucky or moved on? (Mark Wilson)

Long Mynd (20 Apr) – Flock of 40 Golden Plover (John Arnfield).

Devils Dingle (16 Apr) – 4 little ringed plover, common sandpiper, 3 lapwing, 2 oystercatcher, 4 passage wheatear, 2 willow warbler, peregrine (Glenn Bishton).

Atcham (16 Apr) – Osprey (Jim Almond).

Broseley (15 Apr) – Pound Lane, Broseley. Number of wheatears in field opposite weighbridge has risen to 30 today! (John Powell).

Whixall Floods (14 Apr) – wood sand still present at whixall floods, also 2 lrps (Damon Howells).

Broseley (13 Apr) – 15 Wheatears in the field by the weighbridge in Pound Lane, Broseley this afternoon; also skylark and two lapwings. (John Powell).

Venus Pool (14 Apr) – decent number hirundine thru this morn inc good %age swallow – followed closely by my 1st Hobby of the year (Mark Wilson).

Buildwas (11 Apr) – 2 little ringed plover, 1 common sandpiper, 2 lapwing, 2 oystercatcher, 52 sand Martin, 2 female mandarin duck. (Glenn Bishton).

High Rock, Bridgnorth (11 Apr) – Peregrine, above River Severn (Richard Owen).

Wood Lane NR (11 Apr) – 3 Little Egrets (B&M Jones).

Wall Farm (8 Apr) – Exciting viewing of Sparrowhawk actively hunting the snipe around pool fringes in front of hide. 44 lapwing on windmill fields. (Martin Sherwood)

Condover (9 Apr) – Singing male Redstart (Nigel Barratt).

Titterstone Clee (4 Apr) – 7 Wheatear (Terry Hinett).

Bagley Marsh, near Ellesmere (4 Apr) – Sacred Ibis (Derek Clifford).

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 small pool 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)


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