Bird Reports (2015)

Measbury Marsh (31 Dec) – Green Sand in flooded field by canal at Maesbury Marsh. 2 Kingfishers, 31 Siskins, Lesser Redpoll & 30 Skylarks (Anthony Griffiths)

Venus Pool (26 Dec) –  14 Pintail and 1 Goldeneye amongst numerous Wigeon and Teal (Alex Berryman) 20 pintail (9m 11f), 2f goldeneye, 305 lapwing & a marsh tit (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (23 Dec) – male Hen Harrier, fem Merlin, 5 Stonechats. Whixall floods – an interesting dark Canada Goose with 250+ Canada Geese (possibly Todds), also 23 Shoveler (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (23 Dec) – Still masses of ducks & geese, plus 285 lapwing, at least 8 pintail, & 1 ad whooper swan (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (22 Dec) – Yellow-legged Gull (4w) (Kris Webb)

Trench Pool (21-23 Dec) – Yellow-legged Gulls seen daily, all adults except for one 1w (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (26 Dec) –  14 Pintail and 1 Goldeneye amongst numerous Wigeon and Teal (Alex Berryman)

Whixall Moss (23 Dec) – male Hen Harrier, fem Merlin, 5 Stonechats. Whixall floods – an interesting dark Canada Goose with 250+ Canada Geese (possibly Todds), also 23 Shoveler (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (23 Dec) – Still masses of ducks & geese, plus 285 lapwing, at least 8 pintail, & 1 ad whooper swan (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (22 Dec) – Yellow-legged Gull (4w) (Kris Webb)

Trench Pool (21-23 Dec) – Yellow-legged Gulls seen daily, all adults except for one 1w (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (21 Dec) –  2 female Goldeneye and at least 7 male Pintail and 4+ females (Mark Wilson)

Melverley (20 Dec) – many Whooper and Mute Swans on the expansive flood waters in the Melverley/Edgerley area. Some can be seen in fields north of the Pentre-Melverley road, 400m beyond the Royal Hill pub (Rodney Farmer)

Venus Pool (20 Dec) –  8 pintail (4m 4f), 2f goldeneye + wigeon, teal, shoveler, snipe (Helen Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (16 Dec) – Cettis Warbler has been present for a month (Kris Webb)

Ellesmere (15 Dec) – 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull. Also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (1w, 3w, 3 adults) in the roost (Kris Webb)

Trench Pool (11 Dec) – 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. One was a different bird to the 2 adults present here on 11 Dec (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (13 Dec) – 3 Pochard (Mark Wilson)

Trench Pool (11 Dec) – 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and adult Common Gull (Kris Webb)

Priorslee Lake (11 Dec) 8 Gadwall (Kris Webb)

Telford Crematorium (11 Dec) – 1st winter Med Gull (Kris Webb)

Ellesmere (11 Dec) – 3 Yellow-leged Gulls (2ad & 1w), 70+ Herring Gulls (big increase), 200+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls (down), c150 Common Gulls, 1500ish Black-headed Gulls, 17 Goldeneye (Anthony Griffiths)

Waters Upton (10 Dec) – 650 Golden Plover and 250 Lapwing (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (7 Dec) – Egyptian Goose flew in at midday (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane (5 Dec) – male Mandarin, Kingfisher, 9 Shelduck (B Jones)

Venus Pool (5 Dec) – male Pintail, 2 female Goldeneye (Helen Griffiths)

Catherton Common (4 Dec) – a Jack Snipe and 5 Common Snipe flushed (Jason Kernohan)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (3 Dec) – Great Northern Diver at 1.30pm. Flew to the north at 2pm (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Flash (1 Dec) – adult Kittiwake in the morning (Ed Wilson)

Church Stretton (1 Dec) – Woodcock flew into Rhagleth Wood, seen whilst walking on the footpath above Gaerstone Farm (David John)

Venus Pool (26 Nov) – 3 Goldeneye (1m), 1 Goosander (redhead), 3 Gadwall (2m), c50 Wigeon, 5+ Bramblings, 7+ Snipe and a Little Grebe (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall floods (26 Nov) – Pink-footed Goose, also Cackling Goose and 6+ Pintail (Martyn Owen)

Newport (24 Nov) – Short-eared Owl 3.55-4.25pm at Islington, Newport SJ752202. Also seen on and off for past two weeks (Martin Grant)

Chelmarsh (23 Nov) – adult Caspian Gull on the dam in the afternoon (Martyn Owen)

Whixall Moss (22 Nov) – Short-eared Owl from 1.30pm, with 2 seen from 3pm (Paul Johnston)

Long Mynd (22 Nov) – Snow Bunting flew over, heading north, but couldn’t be relocated. location (Mike Stokes)

The Mere, Ellesmere  (22 Nov) – report of a possible phalarope at 3.30pm (reported to Anthony Griffiths)

The Mere, Ellesmere  (22 Nov) – no sign of the Common Scoters this morning (Dawn Micklewright)

The Mere, Ellesmere  (21 Nov) – In the evening; 6 female Common Scoters, male Mandarin, 3 Little Egret, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Kingfishers (Anthony Griffiths)

Venus Pool (21 Nov) – 3 Goldeneye, 1m & 2f, at midday (Mark Wilson)  Late morning, 3 goldeneye, 2 gadwall, a marsh tit, plenty of redwings & fieldfares, and a dunlin (departed NW c12 noon) (Helen Griffiths)

The Mere, Ellesmere (20 Nov) – Quiet roost, just one ad Yellow-legged Gull, over 30 Herring Gull is up on previous days, as are the 75+ Canada Geese, 14 Goldeneye & 9 Goosander (Anthony Griffiths)

Venus Pool (20 Nov) – Pair of Goldeneye this morning to lunchtime, at times flying around the pool before retuning to feed (Terry Arch). A curlew & 2 goldeneye, 1m 1f, at Venus Pool early pm, and 98 wigeon on Cound Fishery (Helen Griffiths)

Chelmarsh (19 Nov) – Barnacle Goose (unringed) off the dam (Martyn Owen)

Severn/Vyrnwy Confluence (15 Nov) – 3 Green Sands noted on the WeBS count (Patrick Lanaway)

Polemere (15 Nov) – Garganey again (Jim Almond)

Polemere (11 Nov) – Garganey again (Dave Barrow)

Venus Pool (8 Nov) – at least 2 Brambling along the field hedge near oak tree (Dawn Micklewright)

The Mere, Ellesmere (7 Nov) – this pm 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 800 LBB Gulls, 20 Common Gull and 500+ Black-headed Gulls also 8 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Swallow! (Anthony Griffiths)

Whixall floods (6 Nov) – 2 male Pintail, c40 Shoveler and 22 Wigeon on the floods. Collared ringed Greylag Goose, the collar is bright orange with black lettering or numbers (Howard Prince)

Shrewsbury (6 Nov) – Mandarin, male unringed, at Mereside at 12.30 (Tom Lowe)

Whixall / Fenns Mosses (4 Nov) – Short Eared Owl seen near post 8 at 4:15pm (Tony Deanmount)

Priorslee Lake (4 Nov) – Caspian Gull (sub-adult) at 2.30pm (Allan Gaunt)

Knighton Res (31 Oct) – Redshank and 2 Green Sandpipers (Dave Barnes)

Whixall / Fenns Moss (31 Oct) – Short-eared Owl seen from post 8 at 4pm (bns)

Whixall / Fenns Moss (30 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike again, near post 18 (Anthony Griffiths)

Polemere (30 Oct) – Garganey (James Grundy)

Whixall Moss (29 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike still, but very mobile (Paul Rutter)

Tee Lake (29 Oct) – 7 Goosander (2 male, 5 redheads), also at Dothill Pool 11 Goosander (3 male, 8 redheads) (Martin Grant)

Whixall / Fenns Moss (25 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike still (bns)

Bettws Hill Wood, near Anchor (24 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike at 4pm (David Stafford)

Coalbrookdale (19 Oct) – 80 Redwing flying east at 6pm (Glenn Bishton)

Black Hill, Clun (18 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike re found at 5pm on east facing new-brash clearfell flank showing well on dead stick trees (David Stafford)

Whixall & Fenns Mosses (18 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike still on Fenns Moss at 10.15am, near the old works before moving out onto the Moss. Also overflying single Golden Plover. 4 Pinkfeet overflew Whixall Moss at 9.20am (Howard Prince) Great White Egret on Whixall Moss at 1.50pm, bird flew towards Bettisfield Village (Allan Heath)

Venus Pool (18 Oct) – Flock of Golden Plover over (Kain Prestwood)

Ellesmere (17 Oct) – 4 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Herring Gull, c1000 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 400+ Black Headed Gulls. No sign of the possible Baltic Gull or White-winged Black Tern (Anthony Griffiths)

Fens Moss (17 Oct) – Great Grey Shrike near the weather station (Howard Prince)

Black Mountain (17 Oct) – Shropshire Border – Short Eared Owl at 3.20pm. High bird harried by corvids over sheepfields close to Badger Moor plantations (David Stafford)

Titterstone Clee (17 Oct) – 1 Wheatear & 2 Stonechat (all unringed) below summit. Also, flock of 11 Redwing over heading south. Common Snipe flushed on Catherton Common (Jason Kernohan)

Venus Pool (17 Oct) – 50 Golden Plover (Jenni Hood)

Black Hill, Clun (16 Oct) – In 3 hours from 1500-1800, the following were of interest- Crossbill 20, Redwing 80, Fieldfare 25, Brambling 1, Ring Ouzel 1, Willow Tit 1, Chiffchaff 2. No sign of GG Shrike or S/E Owl (Allan Gaunt)

Ellesmere (15 Oct) – Possible ad Baltic Gull again in roost. Also White-winged Black Tern roosting on island (Anthony Griffiths)

Condover (15 Oct) – Flock of c20 Redwings west over Lt Berriewood at 8.30am (Nigel Barrett)

Long Mynd (15 Oct) – 120+ Fieldfare (via twitter)

Black Hill, Clun (14 Oct) – South facing clearfell patch. Great Grey Shrike at 5pm agitated by flock of Mistle Thrushes. Short Eared Owl hunting in day light at 5.30pm which startled and flushed 5 Snipe. Also 1 Woodcock at twilight (David Stafford)

Stiperstones (14 Oct) – juv Cuckoo (Natural England)

The Mere, Ellesmere (14 Oct) – juv White-winged Black Tern still in the afternoon (Mike Stokes)

Titterstone Clee (14 Oct) – 4 Ring Ouzels, 1 Fieldfare and 1 Wheatear (Martyn Owen)

Telford (14 Oct) – Possible adult Baltic Gull at the Crematorium at 5.30pm (tiny p10 mirror, no vis primary moult) (Tom Lowe)

Wittingslow (14 Oct) – 2 House Martins (twitter)

Telford (14 Oct) – Redwings heard over Wellington during the night (Jenni Hood)

The Mere, Ellesmere (13 Oct) – Great White Egret seen well at 11.40am, moving left to right over far side, flew behind island (Clive Biddulph + 2 others) Also juv White-winged Black Tern still (Anthony Griffiths)

Shrewsbury (12 Oct) – Woodcock over the A5 (James Grundy)

Long Mynd (11 Oct) – Ring Ouzel male at Ashes Hollow at 2pm (Robert Martin)

Devils Dingle (11 Oct) – Green Sandpiper (Glenn Bishton)

Condover (10 Oct) – A late Swallow through (Nigel Barrett)

Whixall Moss (10 Oct) – Yellow-browed Warbler caught and ringed in the morning (Bob Harris)

Wood Lane (10 Oct) – Osprey over at 10.30am (B&M Jones)

Shifnal (9 Oct) – c.50 Golden plover over field off Upton Lane (Steve Gill)

Ellesmere (8 Oct) – 2 ad YLG, 1500+LBBG, 4 HG, 300+ BHG and only one Common Gull in the roost (Anthony Griffiths)

Priorslee Lake (8 Oct) – 4 ad Yellow-legged Gulls at 6.05pm with 330 LBBGs (Tom Lowe)

River Severn, Leighton (7 Oct) – Little egret, 20 Goosander (Glenn Bishton)

Wellington (7 Oct) – Redwing flew past. also Peregrine, 6+ Chiff Chaffs in the trees in front of Telford College (Jenni Hood)

Ellesmere (4 Oct) – adult Yellow legged Gull in roost, also 1000+LBBG, 10+HG, 10 Common Gulls (1st of season) 200+ BHG (Anthony Griffiths)

Venus Pool (4 Oct) – 2 male Mandarin, then flew towards fishing pool (Roger Gibb)

Venus Pool (2 Oct) – drake Pintail (Mark Wilson)

Ironbridge (28 Sep) – 2 Otters in the River Severn opposite the Rowing Club. One tried to snatch a Wood Pigeon which was taking a drink at the water’s edge. The Wood Pigeon escaped unhurt. (John Powell)

Ellesmere (27 Sep) – 2cy Med Gull in the roost, also c1500 LBBG, 4 Herring Gulls, 50+ BHGull, 10+ Wigeon (Anthony Griffiths)

Polemere (26 Sep) – 2 Green Sandpipers (James Grundy)

Long Mynd (25 Sep) – Hen Harrier at Round Hill and male Merlin at Callow top (Dave Pearce)

Long Mynd (25 Sep) – Female Marsh Harrier at Wildmoor. Male Merlin near sheep fields (David Stafford)

Venus Pool (25 Sep) – several Wigeon and a Pintail (Mark Wilson)

Ercall Heath (25 Sep) – first Stonechat of the autumn. Also Peregrine (Steven Jaggs)

Wood Lane (22 Sep) – male Mandarin (B&M Jones)

Long Mynd (21 Sep) – male Merlin at the top of Light Spout Hollow, also c25 Pied Wagtails at the gliding station (Dave Pearce)

Venus Pool (20 Sep) – pair of Mandarin (Jim Almond)

Maesbury (19 Sep) – 3 Hobbies together over the garden, including at least 1 juv (Anthony Griffiths)

Telford (Sep) – Wryneck, died after being caught by a cat in a Telford garden (via Martyn Owen)

Leighton (17 Sep) – Little Egret feeding in grassland adjacent to River Severn (Glenn Bishton)

Whitchurch (17 Sep) – Osprey flying south over Whitchurch mid morning (Howard Prince)

Tibberton (16 Sep) – male Redstart (Roger Gibb)

Long Mynd (15 Sep) – Hen Harrier hunting near Robin Hood’s Butts at 5pm (Pete & Marjo Lewis)

Knighton Res (15 Sep) –  2 Green Sand still, 1 new-in juv Redshank (1st in 3 years) (Dave Barnes)

Venus Pool (15 Sep) – 3 Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Roger Gibb)

Severn/Vyrnwy confluence (13 Sep) – Spotted Redshank, Green Sand & Hobby the highlights of WeBS survey (Patrick Lanaway)

Kerry Ridgeway (12 Sep) – Shropshire Border. Flocks of 60 mixed Pied and White Wagtail with juvs by Sarn Carpark, 14 Tree Sparrows nr Badger Moor with 250 Goldfinches on thistle field and 17 Golden Plover on field by Square Plantation at Lower Short Ditch (David Stafford)

Whixall floods (13 Sep) – Moulting male Mandarin among the Mallards, several Shovellers, 3 Snipe. Over 1500 Canadas flying over (Bob Harris)

Cantlop (13 Sep) – juv Tree Sparrow under garden feeders (Tom Lowe)

Wood Lane (9 Sep) – Little Egret (B & M Jones)

Titterstone Clee (6 Sep) – 2 adult Wheatears (both un-ringed), plus 16 Ravens performing well over the summit (Jason Kernohan)

Whixall floods (3 Sep) – 4 Ruff and 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Paul Rutter)

Whixall floods (2 Sep) – Black-tailed Godwit with Lapwings at 3pm. Also Hobby on southern edge of Moss (Derek Sparkes)

Whixall floods (1 Sep) – 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 250 Lapwing, plus juvenile Peregrine in the evening (Paul Rutter)

Cantlop (1 Sep) – Single adult Yellow-legged Gull with c200 LBBGs in field (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (31 Aug) – Greenshank, Ruff, 2 terns, 6 Little-ringed Plover, sandpipers (Brian Griffiths) 7 Ringed Plover and 2 Common Terns through (ad/1sum), plus the juv Common Tern (Jim Almond)

Whixall floods (31 Aug) – 3 Black Tailed Godwit (2 ad, 1juv), 1 Dunlin, Common Sand, Hobby, 6 Snipe, 242 Lapwing (Anthony Griffiths)

Wood Lane (29 Aug) – 4 Whimbrel flew over (James Grundy)

Whixall floods (29 Aug) – 2 Yellow Wagtail (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (29 Aug) – 2 Wood Sandpipers, departed at 10am (Paul King)

Maesbury (28 Aug) – adult Hobby over again (Anthony Griffiths)

Venus Pool (28 Aug) – juv Common Tern still (Mark Wilson)

Venus Pool (27 Aug) – Ruff and juv Common Tern (Tim Preston)

Ellesmere (27 Aug) – Ellesmere roost tonight: 38 LBBG and 53 BHG,  175 Coots (Anthony Griffiths)

Venus Pool (25 Aug) – Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Common Tern, Little ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Pintail (James Grundy)

Maesbury (25 Aug) – adult Hobby over (Anthony Griffiths)

Bridgnorth (24 Aug) – Little Egret flying up the River Severn over the bridge at 6.50am (Len Mullan)

Long Mynd (23 Aug) – Hobby at Wildmoor Pool 7.30pm. Short Eared Owl between Boiling Well & Pole Cottage 8.40pm (David Stafford)

Bridgnorth (10-20 Aug) – Little Egret on a shingle bank between the two bridges (Nigel Brown)

Wood Lane (23 Aug) – Osprey over at 9.10am, flew towards Ellesmere (B&M Jones)

Venus Pool (23 Aug) –  2 Little ringed Plover still, plus Spotted Flycatcher family. Tree Pipit over Polemere (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (22 Aug) – Hobby, 4 Green Sand, 1 Common Sand, 1 Snipe, 2 juv LRP, 2 Little Egret and a female Teal (Jason Kernohan)

Wall Farm (20 Aug) –  female + 2 juv Stonechat on bullrushes from hide. Also Redstart + 2 Spotted Flycatchers from the double gate at top of footpath (Martin Grant)

Knighton Res (20 Aug) – 2 Green Sandpipers (Dave Barnes)

Whixall Floods (17 Aug) – 3 Green Sandpiper and 3 Ruff (Paul Rutter)

Whixall (13 Aug) – Late report of a juv Purple Heron at a pond in private garden on 13 Aug (via Bob Harris)

Whixall Floods (16 Aug) – Wood Sandpiper still, though distant. Also 6 Ruff (Mike Stokes & Damon Howells)

Venus Pool (15 Aug) – Dunlin (log book)

Whixall Floods (15 Aug) – Wood Sandpiper still showing well (Andy Morris)

Whixall Floods (14 Aug) – Wood Sandpiper showing well on first pool on left as approach the floods at 4.20pm (Paul Rutter)

Chelmarsh (14 Aug) – Black Tern, also juv Arctic Tern (bns)

Titterstone Clee (12 Aug) – 14 Wheatear and 15 Stonechat (Terry Hinett)

Uffington (10 & 12 Aug) – African Grey Crowned Crane wandering on Church Road. Flew in direction of the river (via Shrops Wildlife Trust) 12 Aug – Seen in Uffington churchyard (Tim Warrick) Present in Mill Lane, viewed from back of the churchyard (Martin Ryder)

Clun (11 Aug) – Spotted Flycatcher near Clun Castle (Dawn Balmer)

Whixall Floods (11 Aug) – 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Snipe, c80 Lapwings (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (10 Aug) – Whimbrel at 6.50pm (Jenni Hood)

Whixall Moss (9 Aug) – Marsh Harrier and Hen Harrier (ring tail) on area to north east of weather station 2pm approx. Also Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. Red Kite over field immediately to north of Marl Allotment site (Paul Johnston)

Whixall (9 Aug) – 10+ Green Sands at Whixall floods, also Willow Tit and Barn Owl. Hobby over Ellesmere marina (Marc Hughes)

Earl’s Hill (8 Aug) –  Tree Pipit flew over Earl’s Hill summit calling at 7.45am (Dawn Balmer)

Venus Pool (7 Aug) – juv Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Egrets (Mark Wilson)

Wem (6 Aug) – Little Egret on the river Roden at Aston (Derek Sparkes)

Sheriffhales (6 Aug) – Hobby circling at Shifnal / Sheriffhales crossroads on A5 at 4.10pm (Mike Cooper)

Wall Farm (4 Aug) – Little Egret, 2 Jay, 3 Buzzard (inc juvenile) (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (4 Aug) – Little Egret, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Malcolm Dixon)

Whixall Floods (4 Aug) – 1 Dunlin, c70 Lapwings, 1 female Teal with 8 well grown young (Howard Prince)

Condover (2 Aug) – Short-eared Owl quartering rough ground at Berriewood on the old aerodrome at 9pm. Then settled in a hawthorn in fading light (Ched & Nigel Barratt)

Aldersey, Prees (2 Aug) – Minimum of 2 calling male Quail at 8pm this evening (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (2 Aug) – Marsh Harrier at Chelmarsh at 1.30pm (Graham Pagett)

Knighton Res (1 Aug) – Little Egret (Dave Barnes)

Brown Clee (31 July) – 2 Crossbills and Hobby, also 17 Ravens and 3 Wheatears (Ian Whitehouse)

Titterstone Clee (31 July) –  21 Wheatears, also 4 Stonechats, Peregrine, 110 Linnets and 80 Meadow Pipits (Ian Whitehouse)

Titterstone Clee (30 July) –  10 Wheatear and 6 Stonechat (Terry Hinett)

Hadnall (29 & 31 July) – Marsh Harrier female over fields between A49 N of Hadnall and RAF Shawbury (Ian Baggely)

Wood Lane (28 July) – 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Garden Warbler (B&M Jones)

Long Mynd (28 July) – 400 metres below light spout waterfall in CardingMill valley, a Dipper flew downstream (David John)

Colemere (27 July) – 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, 2cy, juv) at Colemere tip. Also, 6+ Green Sandpipers on Whixall floods (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (27 July) – 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little-ringed Plovers and a Little Egret (Jim Almond) Also male Redstart in the hedge near the big oak (Graham Walker)

Venus Pool (26 July) – no sign of drake Common Scoter at 5.10am, but 2 Kingfisher, 4 Green Sandpiper and Reed Warbler (Martin Ryder) 2 Dunlin (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (25 July) – drake Common Scoter on fishing pool (bns)

Shrewsbury (25 July) – Hobby over the Shrewsbury bypass between the river and the Emstrey R/A at 3pm (Nigel Barratt)

Leighton (19 July) – Little Egret on River Severn (Glenn Bishton)

Knighton Reservoir (19 July) – Little-ringed Plover (Dave Barnes)

Venus Pool (18 July) – Black-tailed Godwits, Little-ringed Plover, Common & Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Reed & Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker (Phil Jones)

Venus Pool (17 July) – Redshank (Mark Wilson)

Chelmarsh (17 July) – 3 Green Sandpipers on the scrape (Jason Kernohan)

Whixall Floods (16 July) – 8 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Floods (15 July) – 2 summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, viewed from gates on approach road to Moss car park (Clive Biddulph)

Venus Pool (15 July) – 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper & 3 Little ringed Plover (Graham Walker)

Shrewsbury (13 July) – 4+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls fledged from Stadco, Harlescott. Probably only the third Shrops record of breeding (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Floods (11 July) – 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black tailed Godwit (Graeme Risdon)

Condover (30 June) – A female Redstart feeding fledged young at Berriewood. Our first confirmed site breeding record (Ched & Nigel Barratt)

Meadowley (29 June) – Red Kite rising on thermals over Meadowley, (SO665925) at 3pm, then drifted off west (Mike Wootton)

Aldersey, Prees (26 June) – Male Quail called at 10.22pm (Howard Prince)

Tibberton (23 June) – Quail calling at 10pm between Tibberton & Cherrington (Steve Jaggs)

Upper Fenemere (19 June) – Three Curlew calling from a field’s edge at Upper Fenemere this morning (via twitter)

Catherton Common (16 June) –  3 Singing Tree Pipits at Catherton Common near Cramer Gutter and a Wood Warbler singing from woodland at Catherton Marshes (Jason Kernohan)

Newport (16 June) – 2 Cuckoo heard and watched just off A41 outside Newport. Heading south (Stuart Edmunds)

Wellington (16 June) – Cuckoo (Jenni Hood)

Whixall Floods (15 June) – Over the last week the floods have been quiet: highlights include 3 LRP, two singleton Ringed Plovers, 1 Redshank, pair of Tufted Duck (Paul Rutter)

Shrewsbury (14 June) – Osprey over Rowton Castle at 7.40am (Jamie Maclauchlan)

Venus Pool (14 June) – Male Pintail, Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebes, 4 singing Reed Warblers (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Floods (13 June) – 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Curlew, Pr Shoveler with 10 young (Howard Prince)

More (13 June) – Spotted Flycatcher nest building in Wisteria in More near Bishops Castle (Jenny Steel)

Wrekin (10 June) – Pied Flycatcher male and f/Imm, male Redstart (Mike Cooper)

Shrewsbury (10 June) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling from old river bed near Herongate (Mike Stokes)

Aldersey, Prees (9 June) – 1 calling male Quail, 1 Barn Owl in flight, 1 Hare (Howard Prince)

Ironbridge (8 June) – Osprey flew up river at 8.45am (bns)

Venus Pool (8 June) – Redshank, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Gadwall (Martin Ryder)

Bridgnorth (6 June) – Goosander with three young (Andy Thomas)

Condover (5 June)  – Oystercatcher pair flew south, calling over Lt Beriewood, Condover at 18.30 (Ched Barratt)

Fenemere (5 June) – Curlew calling (via twitter)

Ref Marsh Warbler – see snippets

Condover (4 June) – Hobby over our yard at Lt Berriewood, Condover at 4pm – chased by the local swallows (Ched & Nigel Barratt)

Venus Pool (4 June) – Osprey flying over the pool for about 5 mins, at 8.30am (Mark Fletcher)

The Humbers, Telford (4 June) – male Yellow Wagtail (Peter Challinor)

Whixall Floods (3 June) – 4 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 4 Shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Grebe (very rare here). Still present 6 Shoveller and c11 Teal, c12 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 4 Greylags, 34 Canadas, 79 Mallards, one Heron. Three Pied Wags, plus several Swallow and House Martin – no gulls. Juvenile coot and moorhen. Cuckoo heard calling towards Bettisfield, Hobby immediately on the Moss from Morris Bridge (Bob Harris)

Long Mynd (1 June) – male Whinchat near Wildmoor Pool (Ched & Nigel Barratt)

Morville (31 May) – Osprey north along Mor Brook at 12.15pm (Tom Lowe)

Whixall (31 May) – 3 Ringed Plover still on the floods (Paul Rutter)

Telford (31 May) – Turnstone reported flying over Lawley (via Martyn Owen)

Ellesmere (30 May) – Turtle Dove heard at Lower Frankton (Chris Challinor)

Wem (30 May) – Common Crane flew over (bns)

Whixall (30 May) – 7 Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin on the floods (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (29 May) – Pintail still (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (27 May) – Pintail (Brian Lyon)

Whixall (26 May) – 1 Little ringed Plover and Redshank on the floods. Been quiet over the last few days (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (25 May) – Evening – Curlew, Reed Warbler, female Blackcap, 2 Little Grebe, pair Shelduck, few Swift still going through. Redhead Goosander over. Oystercatcher pair appear to have three eggs as revealed on nest changeover (Martin Ryder)

Devil’s Dingle (24 May) – Oystercatcher pair with 2 recently hatched chicks (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (24 May) – Drake Mandarin Duck flew in 7.45pm also 2 redhead Goosander. Greylag pair with 6 goslings, Canada Goose pair with 4 goslings. Mallard female with 10 ducklings. 2 Grey Heron (Martin Ryder)

Wood Lane (24 May) – Little Stint recorded in the log book as present at 3pm. No sign early evening (Dawn Micklewright)

Chelmarsh (22 May) – Common Tern and 3 Oystercatchers (Ian Whitehouse)

Craven Arms (May) – report of a White Stork in the Corve Street area on two ‘recent’ dates; awaiting further info (via Martyn Owen)

Shrewsbury (18 May) – Hobby over Coton Hill, at 6.15pm, panicking the House Martins (Patrick Lanaway)

Whixall Moss (16 May) – 2 Dunlin; no sign of the male Ruff (Paul Rutter)

Lower Fenemere (15 May) – Cuckoo calling (via twitter)

Weald Moors (13 May) – Cuckoo calling near Buttery Bridge (via twitter)

Whixall Moss (15 May) – male Ruff (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (15 May) – 3 Cuckoo, 2 male and 1 female (Paul King)

Whixall Moss (14 May) – Kingfisher. No sign of the Wood Sandpiper (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Moss (13 May) – Wood Sandpiper still present and Redshank at 7pm. Hobby, 3 Cuckoo and Wheatear on the mosses (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Moss (12 May) – Wood Sandpiper (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Moss (11 May) – 1st sum Little gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and Yellow Wagtail (Paul Rutter)

Tibberton (10 May) –  Several quail heard near Wall Lane off B5062 (Roger Gibb)

Bridges (10 May) – Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Cuckoo & calling Curlew (via twitter)

Venus Pool (10 May) – Temmincks Stint at 11.25am. Disturbed by a crow and flew high at 11.40am (Geoff Holmes) 2 Hobby over (Mike Stokes)

Wrekin (10 May) – Spotted Flycatcher (Mike Stokes)

Maesbury Marsh (9 May) – Honey Buzzard drifted west over the Montgomery Canal between Queen’s Head and Maesbury Marsh (bns)

Bicton Heath (9 May) – Little ringed plover on flooded fields in the evening (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (9 May) – 2 Hobby at 7pm, heading north following hirundine flock and seemingly together (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (8 May) – Evening – Cuckoo calling, Reed Warbler singing. Large numbers of House Martins and Sand Martins going through. Smaller numbers of Swallow with the odd Swift. Grey Heron. 4 female Goosander flew in during heavy downpour. Canada Goose pairs with three and two goslings. Female Mallard with 7 ducklings (Martin Ryder)

Whixall Moss (7 May) – 3 Hobbys and 2 Cuckoos (Phil Boardman)

Venus Pool (7 May) – early morning; 6 Shelduck and Whitethroat singing. Last hour before dusk; female Sparrowhawk hunting Sand Martins over pool. Cormorant over and female Goosander into roost (Martin Ryder)

Whixall Moss (7 May) – 3 Hobbys, also 2 Cuckoos calling (Phil Boardman)

Venus Pool (6 May) –  2 Hobby chasing hirundines then flew off high NE 2.50pm. A third Hobby hunting low over pool 3.55pm. 1 Common Sandpiper still. Large numbers of Swifts and Sand Martins going through (Martin Ryder)

Ironbridge (5 May) – 9 Swift (Glenn Bishton)

Venus Pool (5 May) – 8.30-9.30am – Large number of Sand Martins still going through plus 6 Swallow, Swift and House Martin. Waders – 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, Lapwing. Late morning saw 30+ Swift, 10+ Swallow and 6+ House Martin go through. Also Peregrine (Martin Ryder)

Devil’s Dingle, Buildwas (4 May) – 7 Garden Warbler in song (Glenn Bishton)

Shrewsbury (4 May) – 2 Swifts back over Spa Street tonight (Graham Walker)

Whittingham (4 May) – Rough-legged Buzzard. Seemed to be an adult, but lacking a few primaries. It came from the woods on the Halston Hall Estate, we saw it from the lane that leads from Babbinswood to Kinsall, near Perrymoor Farm (Nigel Snow)

Whixall (4 May) – This am; minimum of 3 Hobby. Four calling male Grasshopper Warblers, three of which are on Whixall. 1 Snipe.
Canal, calling Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler (Howard Prince) At 6pm: 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Black tailed Godwit, female Whinchat and Cuckoo (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (3 May) – Cuckoo, 5 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, LRP. Willow Warbler and Blackcap in song (Martin Ryder)

Polemere (3 May) – Whitethroat, Blackcap and Skylark in song, 2 Linnet, Little Grebe and Lapwing display flighting (Martin Ryder)

Long Mynd (3 May) – No sign of any Dotterel this morning (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (3 May) – No sign of the Black necked Grebes this morning (Jim Almond)

Whixall (2 May) – Moss, female Whinchat, 3 calling male Cuckoo. Floods, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers  (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (2 May) – 2 summer plummaged Black necked Grebes, 10.30am (Jim Almond) Still present at 8.30pm (Tom Lowe) As well as the two Black-necked Grebes, also present this evening were 3 Common Sandpipers and a male Yellow Wagtail (Martin Ryder)

Long Mynd (2 May) – 9 Dotterel in sheep field between Pole Cottage and the Gliding Station (Andy Morris)

Nedge Hill, Telford (2 May) – Ring Ouzel, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear (Martin Grant)

Whixall Floods (2 May) – Grasshopper Warbler at the rear of Furbers Scrapyard, female Whinchat, 3 calling Cuckoos. Floods, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (1 May) – In the evening; male Cuckoo seen and calling, male Kestrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, Reed Warbler in song (Martin Ryder)

Shifnal (1 May) – Cuckoo seen between Shifnal and Albrighton (Jenni Hood)

Bridgnorth (1 May) – 5 Swifts (Bob Corbett)

Whixall Floods (30 Apr) – 2 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, still 1 female Pintail (Paul Rutter)

Shrewsbury (30 Apr) – singing Lesser Whitethroat at Bowbrook (Martin Ryder)

Whixall (30 Apr) – 2 Dunlin, Green Sand, Common Sand, Redshank, 8 Curlew, Stonechat (Ian Whitehouse)

Tilstock (30 Apr) –  1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 LRP on floods behind Tilstock village hall this evening (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (30 Apr) – Swift, House Martin and large numbers of Sand Martins going through. Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff in song. Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP’s, Oystercatcher and 3 Little Grebes. In the evening; only extras Snipe, Shelduck pair, 2 Oystercatcher, Grey Heron, 3 Blackcap in song, Green Woodpecker (Martin Ryder)

Leighton (30 Apr) – 7 Common Sandpiper, Little ringed Plover, 1 House Martin (Glenn Bishton)

Bridges (29 Apr) – 9 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Dipper, 4 Treecreeper, 5 Nuthatch, 3 Red Kite over (Paul Burgess)

Wall Farm (29 Apr) – Little Egret, 6 Wheatear, 2 Swift, 20 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 16 Lapwing (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (29 Apr) – Whimbrel through at 6.30pm (Jim Almond and Martin Ryder Also Wood Sandpiper at at 9.50am, for 15 mins but then flushed by Lapwing and not seen again by 10.45am. Also pesent Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Oystercatcher (Martin Ryder)

Whixall floods (29 Apr) – 13 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (Paul Rutter)

Wood Lane (28 Apr) – Bar-tailed Godwit again, also Common Sandpiper (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (28 Apr) – Garden Warbler near the main hide (Malcolm Dixon)

Whixall floods (27 Apr) –  4 Black tailed Godwits, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, pr Pintail and pr Gadwall (Howard Prince and Jim Almond)

Devil’s Dingle (27 Apr) – Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat (1 male song), Redstart (1 male song), Whitethroat (several male song) (Glenn Bishton)

Wood Lane (27 Apr) – Bar-tailed Godwit still, though distant and elusive (Jim Almond)

Whixall floods (26 Apr) – 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, also still 10 Dunlin and Redshank at 4pm (Paul Rutter)

Wood Lane (26 Apr) – Bar-tailed Godwit still. Also, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 6 Dunlin (B&M Jones) Bar-tailed Godwit still at 6.50pm when spooked by a Buzzard and not relocated. Also present 2 adult Med Gulls, Dunlin, 4 Snipe and Grey Heron (Martin Ryder) 4 Med Gulls (2ad, 2s, 1s) (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (26 Apr) – Garden Warbler, Dunlin, Swift & Common Sandpiper in the morning. Log book: Cuckoo heard a few times 7.35am (Dawn Micklewright)

Wood Lane (25 Apr) – Bar-tailed Godwit (bns)

Whixall Moss (25 Apr) – 16 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, Cuckoo and Wheatear (Paul Rutter)

Long Mynd (24 Apr) – 3 male Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, 7 Redstart, Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Wheatear and 3 Stonechat in upper Callow Hollow (Dave Pearce)

Venus Pool (24 Apr) – Whinchat late morning. Also, reed and sedge warblers, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, garden warbler, c50 sand martins, a few swallows, 3 little ringed plover, 2 green woodpecker, mistle and song thrushes (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (24 Apr) – Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, Redstart, Kestrel, Curlew, Wheatear, Reed Bunting, Adder (Andrew Cutts)

Venus Pool (23 Apr) – 2 Greenshank (Terry Arch)

Long Mynd (22 Apr) – Cuckoo calling in Owlet area/ lower Ashes Hollow (Andrew Morton)

Whixall Moss (22 Apr) – Swift over (Bob Harris)

Hem Wood (22 Apr) – Cuckoo (Stuart Edmunds)

Craven Arms area (22 Apr) – No sign of the Hoopoe today (Jim Almond)

Craven Arms area (21 Apr) – Hoopoe seen east of Craven Arms. Visitors welcome but by invite only to limited numbers; please email the farm owner to say when you would like to visit and the location of farm will be given, contact email  jeanette.styles’at’

Venus Pool (21 Apr) – Lesser Whitethroat singing & showing well (Rob Stokes)

Wem (21 Apr) – At least 26 Fieldfare near Aston (Derek Sparkes)

Wrekin (21 Apr) – 1 Wood Warbler, 26 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaf, 3 Blackcap, 7 Redstart, 6 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Tree Pipit, 2 Marsh Tit, male Wheatear, fly over Goshawk. 42 species seen in 3 hours (Clive Biddulph)

Bridges (21 Apr) – 8 Pied Flycatchers (6m) (Paul Burgess)

Whittington (21 Apr) – Wheatear at the Bowling Club (Andy Cawthray)

Cantlop (21 Apr) – Redstart in paddock (Tom Lowe)

Long Mynd (21 Apr) – upper Callow Hollow area – Whinchat, male Stonechat, two male Reed Buntings, male Yellowhammer, three Red Kites, eight Buzzards, displaying Sparrowhawk (Andrew Morton)

Long Mynd (21 Apr) – Cuckoo in Carding Mill Valley (Tom Lowe)

Titterstone Clee (21 Apr) – 3 Ring Ouzels (Roger Gibb)

Wroxeter (20 Apr) – Female Goosander with 9 young on River Severn (Terry Cripps)

Long Mynd (20 Apr) – Reed Bunting, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Skylark & Redstart (Phil Harvey)

Long Mynd (19 Apr) – 8 Ring Ouzels in Jonathan’s Hollow, also Whitethroat and Redstart (Dave Pearce)

Long Mynd (19 Apr) – Whinchat and 7 Ring Ouzels below The Jinlye Guest House in Batch Valley (Mike Surmer)

Whixall Moss (19 Apr) – Grasshopper Warbler heard. Also Whitethroat and Blackcap (Dawn Micklewright)

Titterstone Clee (19 Apr) – 5 Ring Ouzels, many Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail. 10:30-11:30am. Seen 5mins west of old quarry, slightly lower down (Jon)

Wood Lane (19 Apr) – 2 Blackcaps, 3 Shelduck 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Goldcrest, 32 Tufted Ducks, 2 Oystercatchers, 15 Common Snipe, 1 Med Gull (B&M Jones)

Whixall Moss (18 Apr) – Cuckoo at about 4pm, just west of the base nr, next to the dragonfly pools (Phil Boardman)

Polemere (18 Apr) – 8 Yellow Wagtails and 2 White Wagtails (Paul Burgess)

Clunton Coppice (18 Apr) – Wood Warbler, Redstart and several Pied Flycatchers (Dave Pearce)

Titterstone Clee (18 Apr) – 2 Ring Ouzels on the west side (Steve Haycox)

The Wrekin (18 Apr) – 3 Pied Flycatcher (2m), 2 Wood Warbler (3rd heard) and several Tree Pipit (Damon Howells)

Polemere (18 Apr) – White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 25+ Buzzards (James Grundy)

Bridges (18 Apr) – Redstart, also Pied Flycatchers (Mike Jeavons)

Whixall Floods (18 Apr) – 4 Little Ringed Plover (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Moss (18 Apr) – Wheatear, Swallow, Stonechat, Curlew, Kestrel, Buzzard, G S Woodpecker, Reed Bunting. Also Fox, Slow Worm, Common Lizard, Orange Tip and Brimstone butterfly (Paul Shearer)

Withington (17 Apr) – Garden Warbler in song near the Church (Martin Ryder)

Brown Clee (17 Apr) – 2 Ring Ouzels and 5 migrant Song Thrushes at the southern summit (Ian Whitehouse)

Titterstone Clee (17 Apr) – 5 Ring Ouzels, 28 Wheatear (Ian Whitehouse)

Meadowley (17 Apr) – our House Martins arrived today and have already begun repairing last year’s nests (Mike Wootton)

Bridges (17 Apr) – 5 singing male Pied Flycatcher, 2 singing male Redstart, Dipper & Curlew (Mike Shurmer)

Venus Pool (17 Apr) – Swift, Garden, Sedge & Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail and House Martin (Graham Walker)

Long Mynd (17 Apr) – c10 Wheatear in sheep fields (Paul Bateman) Several Redstarts (Dave Barnes)

Catherton Common (17 Apr) – Cuckoo calling (Dave Barnes)

Fenemere (17 Apr) – 2 Curlew over Fenemere… singing well (twitter)

Newport (17 Apr) – 2 Swifts over (Helen Tarry)

Wood Lane (16 Apr) – adult Med Gull, 1+ Common Sand, pair Oystercatchers (Derek Sparkes)

Whixall Floods (16 Apr) – 3 Little Ringed Plover on ‘dry’ side of road. 2 pairs of Oystercatchers on wet side (Derek Sparkes)

Upton Magna (16 Apr) – 7 Wheatear (1 Greenland race) in potato field (Martin George)

Nedge Hill (16 Apr) – 2 Wheatear, 10 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker at The Nedge (Martin Grant)

Long Mynd (16 Apr) – Cuckoo in the upper part of the Carding Mill Valley. One reported in the same place on the 10th (John Arnfield) Tree Pipit in Batch Valley (Mike Shurmer)

Berriewood, Condover (16 Apr) – Wheatear on the aerodrome at Berriewood (Nigel Barratt)

Wall Farm (16 Apr) – pair of Garganey and 2 Little Egret from hide (Martin Grant)

Long Mynd (16 Apr) – Great Grey Shrike still, seen at the very top of the Burway (Kevin Skidmore)

Long Mynd (15 Apr) – Great Grey Shrike in hawthorn on west flank of Newpool Hollow (Dave Pearce)

Bridges (15 Apr) – 7 Pied Flycatchers (Dave Pearce)

Devils Dingle (15 Apr) – 8 Willow Warbler in song, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Glenn Bishton)

Whixall Moss (15 & 16 Apr) – Cuckoo. Reed Warbler in and lots of Willow Warblers overnight. Also 3 House Martins (Bob Harris)

Wyre Forest (15 Apr) – Tree Pipit singing near Postensplain (Jason Kernohan)

Whixall Floods (14 Apr) – Ruff tonight on floods. Still 3 Pintail too (Paul Rutter) 1 Whimbrel flew from the floods onto the Moss calling at 8.02pm. Also 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Shelduck, pr Pintail, c60 Teal (Howard Prince)

Cantlop (14 Apr) – pair of Mandarin again (Tom Lowe)

Severn Valley CP area (14 Apr) – pair of Mandarin Ducks and 6 Goosanders on River Severn between Highley and Hampton Loade today. Several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps (John Powell)

Brown Clee (14 Apr) on the NE slope/summit: 15 Willow Warblers, 2 Tree Pipits and Redstart in song. Wheatear (Ian Whitehouse)

Broseley (13 & 14 Apr) – c40 Fieldfares in a field of sheep in Pound Lane (John Powell)

Shifnal (14 Apr) – Wheatear on embankment around irrigation reservoir off Upton Lane, east of Shifnal. Also, 2 Swallows over fields (Steve Gill)

Titterstone Clee (14 Apr) – 5 Ring Ouzels, including 3 males in the afternoon (Dave Barnes)

Venus Pool (13 Apr) – Wheatear. Also 2 Grey Wagtail on Cound Brook (Terry Cripps)

Polemere (13 Apr) – Wheatear and 5+ White Wagtail (James Grundy)

Earls Hill, Pontesford (12 Apr) – male Redstart seen at Earls Hill Nature Reserve (Kevin Heede)

Venus Pool (12 Apr) – In the morning; 3+ Willow Warblers, c 40 Linnets, 2 Little Ringed Plover, and c30 Sand Martins over fishing pool (Helen Griffiths) 6 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Little Ringed Plover (Dawn Micklewright) substantial Linnet passage with c150 west from 3-3.45pm. Red Kite and Peregrine through (Chris Cameron)

Bridges (12 Apr) – Pied Flycatcher (Paul King)

Titterstone Clee (12 Apr) – Ring Ouzel (Paul King)

Venus Pool (11 Apr) – In the evening; 2 Yellow Wagtails, Marsh Tit, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrushes, c100 Sand Martins, 5 Swallows, Sparrowhawk (m), Oystercatcher pair (Helen Griffiths)

Ironbridge (11 Apr) – Blackcap, gave several song bursts (Glenn Bishton)

Ratlinghope (11 Apr) – male Redstart on post near Ratlinghope (Jon)

Whixall Floods (11 Apr) – Greenshank (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (11 Apr) – Yellow Wagtail (Dawn Micklewright) 100+ Sand Martins at about 7pm (Jon)

Long Mynd (10 Apr) – male Ring Ouzel on slopes running SW from The Jinlye into Batch Valley. Also Willow Warblers singing in Batch Valley (Mike Surmer)

Venus Pool (10 Apr) – Red Kite, Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Snipe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, Pintail, 2 Shelduck, 2 Green Woodpecker. 49 species (Geoff Holmes)

Shrewsbury (10 Apr) – Willow Warbler singing near St. George’s Church, Frankwell (Martin Ryder)

Cantlop (10 Apr) – Tree Pipit over (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Moss (10 Apr) – Red Kite through at 12.50pm, followed by a second bird at 1pm. One male Wheatear on the floods (Paul Rutter)

Ford (10 Apr) – House Martin back in Ford this morning prospecting nest sites (Andy Morris)

Titterstone Clee (9 Apr) – 2 male + 1 female Ring Ouzels in gulley just beyond derelict quarry buildings from carpark. Also seen: 2+ Wheatears, Ravens, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails from car park area and Stonechat from road up to car park (Simon Bloomer, John Hipwood, Blake May)

Whixall (9 Apr) – Moss, 1 Willow Tit, 2 singing Willow Warblers, 2 pairs Stonechat, calling Water Rail and Green Woodpecker. Floods, 10 Shelduck, 1 m Gadwall, c30 Shoveler and c45 Teal (Howard Prince)

Cantlop (9 Apr) – male Yellow Wagtails high north over the house at 12.20pm and 2.40pm. Also Swallow & juv Red Kite plucking prey (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (9 Apr) – 4 Oystercatcher (Dawn Micklewright)

Bridges (9 Apr) – Pied Flycatcher, also Swallow and Peregrine (Alex Reiss)

Titterstone Clee (8 Apr) – Ring Ouzel (Tony Webb). 2 Ring Ouzels (Neil Duggan)

Wood Lane (7 Apr) – Med Gull (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Floods (7 Apr)  1 Little Egret, 16 Shelduck, 2 male Pintail, c60 Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatchers (Howard Prince)

Brown Clee (7 Apr) – 2 Ring Ouzels on west flank of Abdon Burf in and around gorse below the new fenceline. Also Great Grey Shrike near derelict quarry buildings. Pair of Stonechat on wet heath south of Clee Burf (Paul Bateman)

Craven Arms (6 Apr) – Osprey over the A49 at 1.37pm, heading due north veering NW (David Stafford)

Whixall Moss (6 Apr) – 2 Ospreys over (2.10pm and 4.50pm), also 1 House Martin (Phil Boardman)

Bewdley (6 Apr) – Osprey over Bewdley flying north over the Shrops border at 1pm (Liz Clipson)

Craven Arms (6 Apr) – Osprey over

Upton Magna (6 Apr) – Osprey flying with purpose in the area of A5/Upton Magna at c12.30pm flying towards Shrewsbury (Richard Vernon)

Black Hill (6 Apr) – Great Grey Shrike again, at 7.40pm, on south facing clear fell patch (David Stafford)

Venus Pool (6 Apr) – 2 Little-ringed Plover (Jim Almond) Red Kite over (Mike Jeavons)

Whixall Floods (6 Apr) – 3 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 20 Lapwings, c60 Shoveler, c40 Teal, 4 Shelduck (Howard Prince)

Wyre Forest (6 Apr) – female Brambling at Postenplain (Sean Cole)

Blakemere (5 Apr) – Mandarin Duck male on the canal with a female Mallard at 7pm (Paul Burgess)

Welshampton (5 Apr) – 80+ Fieldfares still in the Welshampton and Hampton Wood area (Robert Dowley)

Cantlop (5 Apr) – Swallow, also Curlews heard from garden (Tom Lowe)

Brown Clee (5 Apr) – House Martin, 2 Swallow, Wheatear, c100 Brambling (Ian Whitehouse)

Titterstone Clee (5 Apr) – Ring Ouzel reported, 3 Wheatear, 18 Stonechat, 151 Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (Ian Whitehouse)

Polemere (5 Apr) – 4 Swallows (Bernard Roberts)

Ellesmere (4 Apr) – female Goldeneye and brimstone butterfly at the Mere (Ian Barthorpe)

Wood Lane (4 Apr) – Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Mediterranean Gull. Two male and female Goldeneye at Colemere (Ian Barthorpe)

Devils Dingle (4 Apr) – male wheatear, 1 Swallow (Glenn Bishton)

Polemere (2 Apr) – 75+ Golden Plover flying over in the morning, appearing to land in distant fields (Andy Morris)

The Mere, Ellesmere (1 Apr) – 1 Swallow, c60 Sand Martins at 5pm (Robert Dowley)

Priorslee Lake (1 Apr) – 10-11am: 1 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 pairs Gadwall, 10 Great Crested Grebe (Martin Grant)

Venus Pool (31 Mar) – Swallow, Sand Martin, Black-tailed Godwit, Pintail and a few Chiffchaffs in song (Michael Murphy & Jim Almond)

Titterstone Clee (30 Mar) – fem Ring Ouzel near the summit at dusk (Dave Pearce)

Brown Clee (30 Mar) Great Grey Shrike still, near te transmitter station at 10am (Jon)

Cranmere Bog (30 Mar) – Pink-footed Goose in field near the Bog (Richie Moores)

Ellesmere (29 Mar) – 1w Little Gull and ad Yellow0legged Gull in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Devil’s Dingle (29 Mar) – 2 Little ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, several Chiffchaff, Red Kite hunting over site moving west (Glenn Bishton)

Buildwas (29 Mar) – Little ringed Plover, Oystercatcher (pair), Lapwing (Glenn Bishton)

Leighton (29 Mar) – Red Kite, probably individual seen two hours earlier at Devil’s Dingle, 9 Fieldfare, 11 Goosander (Glenn Bishton)

Ludlow (28 Mar) – female Black Redstart Townsend Close/Priory Gardens – seen at 8.45am, still around 10.00 showing intermittently from my window (Barbara Daniels)

Titterstone Clee (27 Mar) – 2 Ring Ouzel, Goshawk NW, Peregrine, 5 Wheatear, 10 Stonechat (Ian Whitehouse)

Brown Clee (27 Mar) – Red Kite, 2 Stonechat (Ian Whitehouse)

Titterstone Clee (26 Mar) – Ring Ouzel, White Wagtail, Wheatear late morning (Grant Hames) 4 Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear and a pair of Stonechats at 3pm. Ouzels originally by derelict buildings below car park but moved on down and north by walkers (Clive Biddulph)

Polemere (26 Mar) – Greenland White-fronted Goose again (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (25 Mar) – 48 Shoveller, 3 male Gadwall, male Pintail, 3 Oystercatchers, 10 Shelduck, 49 Mute Swans 6.15-7.30pm (Mike Cooper)

Titterstone Clee (25 Mar) – 4 Ring Ouzel below the car park, also 4 Wheatear (Rob Clipson)

Polemere (25 Mar) – Ruff still. Also Greenland White-fronted Goose again (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (24 Mar) – Black-tailed Godwit at 4.35pm. Also 5 Fieldfare (Jenni Hood)

Priorslee Lake (23 Mar) – no sign of the Ring-necked Duck at midday or early evening at the Lake or the Flash. 3 pairs of Gadwall, 6 pairs GC Grebe, c20 Tufted Duck. At the Flash; c40 Tufted Duck and 70+ Magpies roosting on the island (Mike Cooper)

Whixall Moss (23 Mar) – Peregrine soaring high over, Stonechat, 4 displaying Curlew, several clling Chiffchaff, Raven, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker (Paul Johnston)

Polemere (22 Mar) – Ruff (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (22 Mar) – Hen Harrier around the scrape at 6pm (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (22 Mar) – 6 Black-tailed Godwits (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (22 Mar) – Ring-necked Duck, drake still (Jim Almond)

Priorslee Lake (21 Mar) – Ring-necked Duck, drake, at midday (John Reeves) Still present at dusk (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (21 Mar) –  Corn Bunting, Red Kite, Dunlin, Snipe, Green Woodpecker – 50 species counted (Phil Jones) 3 House Martins in the evening (Jenny Jones)

Shifnal (20 Mar) – 345 Golden Plover in field off Upton Lane (Steve Gill)

Bourton (20 Mar) – female Black Redstart reported in a private garden (via Martyn Owen)

The Mere, Ellesmere (20 Mar) – adult Med Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Titterstone Clee (18 Mar) – male Wheatear in the main quarry. Also 3 Skylark and a pair of Stonechat (Di & Keith Williams)

Venus Pool (18 Mar) –  Hen Harrier (bns)

Polemere (17 Mar) – Wheatear , Chiffchaff, Sand Martin, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 16 Pied Wagtail (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (17 Mar) –  Hen Harrier briefly late afternoon. 10 Whooper Swans (Jim Almond)

Bucknell Hill (17 March) – 2 Brambling (Len Lewis)

Polemere (16 Mar) – male Wheatear in hedge at 4.10pm (Dave Barrow)

Venus Pool (16 Mar) –  Hen Harrier, 3 Chiffchaff, Water Rail, c10 Corn Bunting, 10 Snipe, Shelduck, 50+ Yellowhammer, 30+ Reed Bunting (Geoff Holmes)

Cantlop (16 Mar) – Stonechat in garden (Tom Lowe)

Shrewsbury (16 Mar) – male Blackcap singing in garden (Graham Walker)

Trench Pool (15 Mar) –  adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3+ Chiffchaff (Kris Webb)

Venus Pool (15 Mar) –  Hen Harrier, also 22 Corn Bunting (several singing) (Helen Griffiths)

Bridges (15 Mar) – 3 Curlew (Dan Wrench)

Polemere (14 Mar) – Greenland White-fronted Goose again, 12.10pm (bns)

Venus Pool (14 Mar) –  Sand Martins and Hen Harrier (bns)


The Mere, Ellesmere (13 Mar) – Sand Martin and adult Med Gull in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Venus Pool (13 Mar) – 12 Sand Martins low over the Pool at 12.30pm (Helen Griffiths)

Wood Lane (13 Mar) – Sand Martin at 9.45 am, also 1 Redshank, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 9 Shelduck and 10 Teal (B&M Jones)

Whixall Moss (12 Mar) – Chiffchaff heard on main track onto Moss from Morris bridge – in willow scrub area on left hand side (Peter Bowyer)

Venus Pool (12 Mar) – 3 Sand Martins, Hen Harrier, 22 Corn Bunting, 50+ Yellowhammer, 40 Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe 2 Curlew, Raven (Geoff Holmes)

Long Mynd (11 Mar) – 32 Golden Plover at Duckley Napp (Dave Pearce)

Venus Pool (11 Mar) – Hen Harrier again hunting over the seed field, also Merlin and Sparrowhawk. Corn Bunting flock still present. Towards dusk 10 Whooper Swan, Green Sandpiper and 2 drake and 2 duck Goosander flew in. 63 Mute Swans, Shelduck, Little Grebe (Martin Ryder)

Culmington (10 Mar) – Little Egret and 2 Dippers along the River Corve (Dave Pearce)

Whixall (10 Mar) – Little Egret on the floods and in the ditch in front of Fields Farm (Janice Docherty via Howard Prince)

Whittington (10 Mar) – Curlew flying over The Stanyards (Andy Cawthray)

Venus Pool (9 Mar) – ringtail Hen Harrier again. Also Water Rail, 22 Corn Bunting, 4 Curlew, pair Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Little Grebe, 9 drake 1 duck Pochard, 2 House Sparrow, Reed Buntings. No sign of Stonechat (Martin Ryder & Phil Harvey)

Kerri Ridgeway (8 Mar) – flock of c600 Fieldfare at Mason’s Bank (Mark Wilson)

Leighton (8 Mar) – 3 Oystercatcher, 11 Goosander, 2 Red Kites (Glenn Bishton)

Black Hill, Clun (8 Mar) – Great Grey Shrike on south facing clear fell at 1pm. Flew off due east over spruce forest at 3pm, not seen afterwards. Also flock of 30 Lesser Redpoll and 6 Stonechats (David Stafford)

Venus Pool (8 Mar) – At least 22 Corn Buntings, several of which were singing. Also, a Curlew, a pair of Oystercatchers, and a pair of Shelduck (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (8 Mar) – male Hen Harrier again, first on Whixall Moss at the rear of Furbers at 9.15am, before flying onto Fenns Moss towards the old railway line (Howard Prince)

Fenns Moss (7 Mar) – male Hen Harrier again, by the old railway line. Stonechat, Morris Bridge area (Bob Harris)

Venus Pool (7 Mar) – ringtail Hen Harrier again (Rod Baggott) Stonechat (Mike Jeavons)

Brown Clee (6 March) Great Grey Shrike still – in hawthorn trees to the right of the access track, opposite the pond, 100-200m from the summit (Ian Barrie)

Newport, Telford (6 Mar) – possible African Chaffinch in a garden again (Martin Grant & Martin Ryder)

Newport, Telford (5 Mar) – possible African Chaffinch in a garden again (Jim Almond) See here for location details

Venus Pool (5 Mar) – ringtail Hen Harrier again (bns)

Venus Pool (4 Mar) – ringtail Hen Harrier again (Tony Webb)

Newport, Telford (4 Mar) – possible African Chaffinch in a garden again (Kris Webb)

Newport, Telford (3 Mar) – possible African Chaffinch photographed in a garden, for the third day (Kath Owen)

Venus Pool (1 Mar) – ringtail Hen Harrier again (Jim Almond)

Wall Farm Crudgington (1 Mar) – Curlew, Lapwing and 20+ Wigeon. An Otter caught on the camera trap (Stuart Edmunds)

The Mere, Ellesmere (28 Feb) – adult Med Gull in the roost (Martyn Owen)

Brown Clee (28 Feb) – Great Grey Shrike in hawthorn scrub near Abdon Burf summit (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (28 Feb) – 2 drake Common Scoter in the morning (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (28 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier again. Also 17+ Corn Bunting (seen perched together, top field), 100+ Yellowhammer, Merlin and Sparrowhawk (Jim Almond & Craig Reed)

Church Stretton (27 Feb) – Little Egret still at Coppice Leasowes (Dave Richardson)

Venus Pool (27 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier again (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (26 Feb) – Short-eared Owl flushed from edge of track near midway of old rail line at 5.30pm. Returned to cover and not up by 6pm. At 5.45pm male Hen Harrier hunting & direct flying from SW to NE and back again til stays to ground at 5.55pm (Derek Sparkes)

Venus Pool (26 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier again (Dave Powner & Paul Burgess)

The Mere, Ellesmere (26 Feb) – 3 Med Gulls and an adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Venus Pool (25 Feb) – ring tail Hen Harrier again, also 4+ Corn Buntings with large flocks of Yellowhammers & Reed Buntings (Richard Eyres)

The Mere, Ellesmere (25 Feb) – 4 Med Gulls in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Church Stretton (24 Feb) – Little Egret on the marshy pasture just north of Coppice Leasowes (west side of A49) (Barrie Raynor)

Venus Pool (24 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier again (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Floods (24 Feb) – 4.45pm 16 Curlew, c100 Wigeon, c250 Teal (Howard Prince)

Shifnal (24 Feb) – 4 Goosander (1 drake, 3f) on irrigation reservoir adj. railway, off Upton Lane, east of Shifnal. Five on 25 Feb (Steve Gill)

Polemere (21 Feb) – Curlew (Lewis Cowper)

Venus Pool (21 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier again, at 3.25pm over top field and quarry. Male Merlin briefly over hedgerow of top field (Martin Ryder & Roger Gibb) Corn Bunting (Mike Jeavons)

Venus Pool (20 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier again, over top field in the afternoon (Richard Pearce)

Whixall Moss (20 Feb) –  17 Pintail, c110 Wigeon, c225 Teal, c40 Shoveler. 2 Shelducks, 2 Oystercatchers. Mosses very quiet (Howard Prince)

Colemere (20 Feb) – Jack Snipe again (bns)

Polemere (20 Feb) – fem Goldeneye and Green Sand still. No sign of the White-fronted Goose – only 7 Greylag present. c60 Wigeon, c40 Teal, pair Goosander, 4 Snipe, c1000 Starlings, c40 Fieldfare (Mark Wilson)

The Mere, Ellesmere (19 Feb) – 2 Med Gulls (Robert Dowley)

The Mere, Ellesmere (18 Feb) – pale herring /hybrid gull (Robert Dowley)

Chelmarsh (18 Feb) – 1w Little Gull in the roost (bns)

Trench Pool (18 Feb) – adult Caspian Gull again in the afternoon (bns)

Hales/Chipnall (15 Feb) –  Tundra Bean Goose with Greylags on Shrops/Staffs border, between Hales & Chipnall, approx SJ727323 (Steven Turner)

Venus Pool (15 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier again, over top field at 1.30pm (Dawn Micklewright and Paul King)

The Mere, Ellesmere (15 Feb) – 3w Caspian Gull in roost; also 3w Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gulls (bns)

Polemere (14 Feb) – Greenland White-fronted Goose on the bank on the far side from the hide (Mark Wilson)

Venus Pool (14 Feb) – 2 Corn Bunting with c.60 Yellowhammer and 10+ Reed Bunting at edge of field.  On the Pool; Oystercatcher, c.400 Lapwing, 4 Common Snipe, 23 Wigeon and 16 Shoveler (Jason Kernohan)

Trench Pool (12 Feb) – juv Glaucous Gull in the roost (Kris Webb)

Trench Pool (11 Feb) – 1w Caspian Gull again, also a 3w Caspian Gull late afternoon (bns)

Trench Pool (10 Feb) – 1w Caspian Gull again late afternoon (bns)

Polemere (10 Feb) – adult Greenland White-fronted Goose still (James Grundy) No sign in the afternoon (Tom Lowe)

Prees Heath Common (9 Feb) – 5-600 Lapwings in fields close to the Common SJ561375 (John Wilkinson)

Venus Pool (8 Feb) – ringtail Hen Harrier in the field (David Jones)

Wood Lane (8 Feb) – Merlin hunting, put up flock of Lapwings (Dave Pearce)

Colemere (8 Feb) – Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 8 Goosander and 8 Siskin (Dave Pearce)

Whixall Moss (8 Feb) – Male Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl flushed from post 18 looking towards canal entrance. Harrier flew parallel to canal from Shrops into Wales. 12 Pintail on the floods (Clive Biddulph and Paul Johnston)

Trench Pool (7 & 8 Feb) – 1w Caspian Gull (Kris Webb)

Fenns Moss (7 Feb) – 2 Short-eared Owls flushed from the pathside (Howard Prince)

Polemere (7 Feb) – adult Greenland White-fronted Goose still at 11am (log book) Also Green Sandpiper (Tom Lowe)

Berriewood, Condover (6 Feb) – Jack Snipe at 3.30pm. Flushed from a muck heap on the aerodrome, it then dropped into a ryegrass field. Our first site record for Berriewood (Nigel Barratt)

Colemere (6 Feb) – 2w Caspian Gull briefly, before flying off towards Wood Lane. On the meres there was a total of 57 Cormorant and 56 Great-crested Grebe, including 51 on The Mere (Kris Webb)

Wood Lane (6 Feb) – 19 Shelduck today. 35 noted in the log book for 5 Feb (Kris Webb)

The Mere (6 Feb) – Glaucous x Herring Gull type, also adult Yellow legged Gull in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Wykey (5 Feb) – Little Egret (via Will Jones)

The Ercall (5 Feb) – Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the Ercall woods, beside the path skirting the eastern side of the quarry opposite The Wrekin (Mike Waller)

The Wall Farm, Kynnersley (5 Feb) – 100 Corn Buntings around the stubbles and seed mixtures. Also 78 Teal and 2 Snipe on the ice (Mike Shurmer)

The Mere (5 Feb) – 3 Yellow legged Gulls (2 ads & 2w) in the roost (Robert Dowley)

Trench Pool (4 Feb) – 1st winter Little Gull in the evening. Also fem Pintail and 19 Shoveler (Kris Webb)

The Mere, Ellesmere (4 Feb) – 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (Robert Dowley)

Polemere (4 Feb) – adult Greenland White-fronted Goose flew in with Greylags and Canada Geese at 8.30am, remained half an hour bathing and preening then flew out again to feed in adjacent field. Goldeneye also still present (Martin Ryder)

Trench Pool (3 Feb) – Probable 2w Thayer’s Gull in the morning (Kris Webb).  1w Caspian Gull in the afternoon, no sign of Thayer’s (Jim Almond)

Polemere (3 Feb) – Greenland White-fronted Goose showing well on the near bank. Also Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper (James Grundy)

Venus Pool (3 Feb) – 225 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 95 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, c20 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 79 Mute Swan on Cound Fishery (Geoff Holmes)

Trench Pool (2 Feb) – juv Iceland Gull in the roost, also 1w Caspian Gull (Kris Webb)

Oswestry (2 Feb) – Little Egret flying over Whittington to Gobowen road nr River Perry, Fern Hill Farm at 8.30am (Andy Cawthray)

Shrewsbury (1 Feb) – c.120 Golden Plover on winter barley at the junction of the A49 and the Condover turn just south of Bayston Hill. Also 30-40 Lapwings at 12.20pm (Nigel Barratt)

Trench Pool (1 Feb) – 2w Caspian Gull at 1.55pm (Kris Webb)

Cole Mere (1 Feb) – flocks totalling c200 Siskin and Redpoll (via Shrops Wildlife Trust)

Shrewsbury (31 Jan) – 8 Goosanders under the English Bridge – 6 male and 2 female (Patrick Perry)

Gobowen (30 Jan) – Little Egret by the River Perry today. Reported to have been present for a week (David Hudson)

Telford (29 Jan) – ad Caspian Gull & 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 2x1w) late morning (Tom Lowe)

High Ercall (28 Jan) – c100 Golden Plover displaying over stubble. Also c200 lLapwing (Stuart Edmunds)

Polemere (26 Jan) – Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper (Dave Barrow)

Coundlane (25 Jan) – 2 ad Bewick’s Swans, 9 Whooper Swans (Jim Almond)

Crudgington (25 Jan) – Substantial flock of Golden Plover, estimated at 1200-1500 last couple of days (Jon Porter)

Linley Hill & Stiperstones (24 Jan) – 3+ Bramblings with Chaffinches in beech trees Linley Hill SO360950. Male Merlin at dusk near Birchope SO374957. Male Red Grouse near Shepherd’s Rock, Stiperstones (Pete Lewis)

Long Mynd (24 Jan) – male Merlin hunting at Boiling Well. 2 Red Grouse also seen (Dave Pearce)

Telford (24 Jan) – 1w Caspian Gull in field opposite the crematorium until 1.15pm when it flew towards Granville Landfill Site (Kris Webb)

Telford (24 Jan) – hybrid ring-billed Gull x Lesser-black-backed Gull at Telford Crematorium, back for it’s forth winter. Also the Cackling Canada Goose (poss minima) is feeding in the fields with Canada Geese in the same area (Kris Webb)

Polemere (23 Jan) – female Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper (Mark Wilson)

Atcham (23 Jan) – The long resident injured Pink-footed Goose still present (Martyn Owen)

Shrewsbury (22 Jan) – Kingfisher seen twice at Burrs Field (via twitter)

Atcham (21 Jan) – 2 Bewick’s Swans and 12 Whoopers in fields 800m downstream of Atcham Bridge, St Eata’s side of River (Terry Cripps)

Polemere (21 Jan) – Goldeneye and Green Sandpiper, also 150+ Teal (James Grundy)

Market Drayton (20 Jan) – c150 Golden Plover in flight over fields south of Sandford nr Market Drayton (Dave Barnes)

Shrewsbury (20 Jan) – 15 Goosander between English Bridge and Coleham footbridge (John Powell)

Shrewsbury (18 Jan) – 100+ Golden Plover at Bayston Hill (John Clark)

The Mere, Ellesmere (18 Jan) – 1w Little Gull and Med Gulls in the roost again (Anthony Griffiths & Robert Dowley)

Shrewsbury (18 Jan) – Pink-footed Geese heard over Heath Farm, but not seen (Chris Cameron)

Polemere (18 Jan) – 2 Water Rail and Green Sandpiper (via Dawn Balmer)

Catherton Common (17 Jan) – Jack Snipe flushed at Upper Marshes. A pair of Stonechat also of note as both un-ringed (Jason Kernohan)

The Mere, Ellesmere (17 Jan) – 1w Little Gull and 1w Med Gull in the roost (Anthony Griffiths)

The Mere, Ellesmere (16 Jan) – 1w Little Gull in the roost. Also ad Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull (Robert Dowley)

The Mere, Ellesmere (15 Jan) – 2 1w Med Gulls in the roost. Also 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad,1w). Woodcock flew over the road south of Cockshutt (John Reeves)

Edgerley (13 Jan) – 27 Whooper Swans (inc 6 juveniles). Another group also heard trumpeting in the distance (Rodney Farmer)

Benthall (12 Jan) – Flock of 50+ fieldfares (with a few redwings) in field at The Vineyards. Also yellowhammers and jay. The Vineyards is between Benthall Hall and Much Wenlock, on the Shropshire Way (John Powell)

Venus Pool (11 Jan) – 2 Bewick’s Swans and 6 Whooper Swans in at 5pm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (10 Jan) – Chiffchaff to left of hide, 6 Redpoll, 20+ Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker (Mark Wilson)

Whitemere (10 Jan) – Little Egret (Graham Walker)

 The Mere, Ellesmere (10 Jan) – c20 Goldeneye, 115 Cormorants, 52 Wigeon and 20 Great Crested Grebe (Graham Walker)

Wood Lane (10 Jan) – Oystercatcher (Graham Walker)

Coundlane (9 Jan) – 2 ad Bewick’s swans in the afternoon (James Grundy)

Coundlane (8 Jan) – 2 ad Bewick’s Swans, 9 Whooper Swans at midday (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool & Coundlane (7 Jan) – 2 adult Bewick’s swans and 2 adult whooper swans at VP this morning, joined briefly by 4 more adult whoopers. Later, 13 whoopers at Coundlane – the usual family of 8, 1 lone adult, and 4 other adults which seemed particularly wary. Later, two Bewick’s, 12 whoopers and c 40 mutes in to roost (Helen Griffiths)

Condover Park (7 Jan) – Male Merlin again (Nigel Barratt)

Priorslee Lake (5 Jan) – At 3pm: 600 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 200 Herring Gulls, 72 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls and a 3cy Caspian Gull hybrid  (Tom Lowe)

Whitchurch (5 Jan) – Starling murmuration at 3.50pm (Sylvia Walker)

Venus Pool (3 Jan) – male goldeneye, pair pintail, 120+ wigeon, 140+ teal, c40 shoveler, pair pochard, c40 snipe (Helen Griffiths)

Ellesmere (2 Jan) – 121 Pintail and adult Yellow-legged Gull in the roost at 4.10pm (Robert Dowley)

Long Mynd (2 Jan) – 95 Golden Plover over the north end at 10.30am (Maurice Baker)

Priorslee Lake (2 Jan) – 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2ads, 3cy, 2cy) and adult Common Gull (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (2 Jan) – No sign of the Greenland White-fronted Goose (bns) 2 Marsh Tit by the main hide (Mark Wilson)

Chetwynd Pool, Newport (2 Jan) – No sign of the Smew. 6 Goosander present (3m) (Ian and Martin Grant)

Chetwynd Pool, Newport (1 Jan) – 2 Smew reported at 1pm, on the west side, viewed from the road. (bns) No sign at 4pm, though light fading (Ian Grant). If you saw the Smew, please could you contact Martyn Owen (County Recorder)

Venus Pool (1 Jan) – Greenland White-fronted Goose with Greylags in field across the lane from the reserve at 9am. Flew onto Pool at 10am and again in the afternoon (various) Flew off NE at 4pm (Will Jones)

Coundlane (1 Jan) – 89 Mute Swans and 9 Whoopers (7 juvs) by A458 (Yvonne C)

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