Bird Reports (2019)

Kempton (26 Nov) – Great Egret, one with 7 Grey Heron in wet field  by the B4385 (Pete Jennings)

Choulton (20 Nov) – 51 Red Kite circling over this evening. Highest count of the autumn/winter so far (Peter Jennings)

Wood Lane (11 Nov) – Pair of Egyptian Geese visible from the Heron Hide (Mike & Bridget Pritchard)

Bayston Hill (27 Oct) – Ring tailed hen harrier, 1pm (John Wain)

St Martins Moor (9 Oct) – Green Sandpiper flushed from muddy edge of Llangollen canal, 1/4 mile east of bridge 13W (SJ316357) (Mike Jones)

Choulton (5 Oct) –  Flock of ten Redwings flew over south. 1st of the autumn here. (Peter Jennings)

Butter Cross, near Alveley (22 Sep) – Turtle Dove (observer’s first SO78 record since they stopped breeding locally about 17 years ago and my first away from the river valley itself since 2 at Chelmarsh Reservoir in late summer in, I think, 1995). (Keith Bates)

Choulton (2 Sep) – cream-headed Marsh Harrier drifted slowly west over the farm at 12.30pm (Pete Jennings)

Clee Hill area (1 Aug) – Near Clee Hill quarry a female stonechat plus two young,evidence of breeding. At Titterstone Clee Hill two kestrels hunting together and an extremely late curlew singing and displaying (Paul Bateman)

Oswestry Hills (23 Jun) – Heard full curlew cry and sighted 1 curlew overhead. First this year. (Val Burton)

Boreton (14 Jun) – Female goosander with five chicks on Cound Brook (John Clark)

Plowden Wood (30 May) – Firecrest singing. Also three Wood Warblers singing (Pete Jennings).

Bridgnorth (19 May) – Two ospreys drifting over St. Leonard’s church, seemingly following the Severn upstream (Leo Mullan).

Choulton (17 May) – female/immature Marsh Harrier flew north low over cereal fields p.m. (Pete Jennings)

Market Drayton (11 May) – Yellow wagtails in fields north of the bypass and east of Longslow Road. Historically this was a good area for breeding yellow wagtails, with several pairs noted through the 1980s and early 1990s, so it was pleasing to see they were still present, especially as I have not managed to locate yellowhammer, tree sparrow or corn bunting in this area for many years. The same fields also held several singing skylarks and whitethroats, as well as small numbers of swallows, house martins and swifts (Ian Barthorpe)

Long Mynd (12th May) – At least 2 calling cuckoos (dueting) below the Long Mynd at Darnford and probably a third calling at the top of the dingle at SO416 968. 6 male stonechats, a singing male whinchat and a pair carrying nest material. A hobby hawking insects over Wildmoor (Nigel Barratt)

Condover (8th May) – Whinchat at Berriewood, Condover – a first record for the farm (Nigel Barratt)

Gatten (7th May) – Cuckoo seen and calling at Gatten below the Stiperstones yesterday at 11.30 (Nigel Barratt)

Betton (29 Apr) – a singing Corn Bunting on the Cantlop Road at SJ 098 516 (Nigel Barratt)

Ellesmere (7 Mar) – Cattle egret – fields opposite marina (Paul King)

Nonely (6 Mar) – Checked the Noneley “floods” late today for Lapwing. None there, but there were 2 Shovelers and an odd group of 10 Mute Swans and a Greylag (Martin George – from Facebook)

Various (2 Mar) – This morning a singing Chiffchaff and sitting Blackbird at Berriewood, Condover, Dippers carrying nest material at Longnor, singing Siskins and feeding Crossbills at Lodge Hill and a cracking male Goshawk down the main ride (Nigel Barratt)

Atcham (27 Feb) – Greenland White-fronted Goose, River Severn at Atcham (Alan Williams)

Atcham (23 Feb) – Greenland White-fronted Goose in field near Atcham Bridge (SJ46201022) (Paul King)

Clun to Purslow Road (1 Jan) – Driving this afternoon we had a great grey shrike perched up on the hawthorn hedge at the side of the road. We stopped for as long as we could (not the easiest of roads to stop on) but couldn’t relocate it. The OS coordinates on our iPhone app was: SO 349 811. (Steve Haycox)

Bridgnorth Road between Weeping Cross and Cross Houses (3 Feb) – Red Kite flying across road at 12:40pm. (Jo Langfield)

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