Bird Reports (Sep 2009 – Dec 2010)


Priorslee Flash (31 December) – Adult Mediterranean Gull at 11.05am then flew towards Priorslee Lake (Kris Webb)

Cound (31 December) – Bewick’s Swans and Whooper Swans still present with Mute Swans in fields by the A458 (Richard Camp)

Hampton Loade (31 December) – Bittern on the River Severn (reported to SVCP Rangers)

Priorslee Lake (30 December) – 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull at 2.15pm (Tom Lowe)

Tenbury Wells (30 December) – Bittern on the River Teme still today, but water levels much higher and it was ranging widely upstream looking for suitable feeding areas. Not seen until 2pm. A female Mandarin also present (Dave Barnes)

Cound (30 December) – 8 Bewick’s Swans (6ad, 2juv), 3 Whooper Swans and 76 Mute Swans in fields by the A458 at 3.40pm (Tom Lowe)

Tenbury Wells (29 December) – Bittern on the River Teme still today, seen at 8.10am downstream of the main road bridge (Dave Barnes)

Whixall Moss (29 December) – Very quiet on the moss, fifteen overflying Wigeon the only birds of note. The floods are extensive but mainly frozen, thirteen Teal and six Wigeon in a small area of open water (Howard Prince)

Cound (28 December) – 8 Bewick’s Swans (6ad, 2juv), 3 Whooper Swans and 60+ Mute Swans in fields by the A458 this morning (Jim Almond)

Hampton Loade (28 December) – Drake Red-crested Pochard still on the River Severn, seen 200m north of Hampton Loade (Jim Almond)

River Severn – Highley Bridge to Hampton Loade (27 December) – 1 Brambling, 2 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 19 Coot, 27 Siskin, 16 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 1 escaped Bar-Headed Goose, 367 Mallard. Severn frozen over for a mile north of Pitt’s Island, thaw commencing (Keith Bates)

Priorslee Lake (27 December) – 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull on the ice at 2.57pm (bird news services)

Bromfield (27 December) – Red Kite over the A49 at 1.45pm. Also a Goldcrest using a garden feeder at Burford (Judith Dunkling)

River Severn south of Highley (26 December) – 6 Curlew flying over, 6 Mandarin, 8 Goosander, 4 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot. Severn frozen over at the county border (Keith Bates)

Hampton Loade (26 December) – Drake Red-crested Pochard still on the River Severn, seen one mile north of Hampton Loade (bird news services)

Cound (26 December) – 3 Whooper Swans still in fields by the A458 (Jim Almond)

Hampton Loade to Bridgnorth (25 December) – 1 presumably escaped male Red-Crested Pochard (Haye Corner, ie. confluence with Mor Brook), 1 Chiffchaff (Quatford), 3 Goldeneye, 64 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 107 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 2 Mandarin, 23 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 26 Goosander, 1 hybrid Canada x Greylag amongst 350 Canadas and 100 Greylags. Severn frozen over at Lower Forge and near Quatford (Keith Bates)

Long Mynd (25 December) – Ringtail Hen Harrier at 3pm then flew south over Haddon Hill (Seamus McCann)

Aston on Clun (24 December) – Eagle Owl reported by the B4368 about a mile east of Aston on Clun, near Crowsmoor Farm, at dusk. (Tom Lowe) (Possible escape – one missing from All Stretton in Nov – please report any further sightings of this bird)

Bridgnorth (24 December) – Drake Red-crested Pochard still on the River Severn, seen one mile south of Bridgnorth.

Tenbury Wells (24 December) – Bittern on the River Teme again today, seen from the main road bridge (Dave Barnes)

Venus Pool (24 December) – Still a huge finch flock in the arable field – at least 2000 birds.  Many Brambling and Yellowhammer, also one Corn Bunting on the 23rd and a couple of Tree Sparrows at the weekend (Helen Griffiths)

Broseley (24 December) – Waxwing feeding on apples and berries in the garden (Terry Arch)

Cound (24 December) – 6 Whooper Swans in fields by the A458 (bird news services)

Severn Valley Country Park (24 December) – 3 Wigeon, 1 Woodcock, 2 Goosander, 2 Siskin, 3 Coot (Keith Bates)

River Severn – Hampton Loade to Bridgnorth (23 December) – 2 Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, 25 Wigeon, 6 Brambling, 41 Tufted Duck, 40 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 9 Coot, 12 Siskin, 58 Greylag Goose, 510 Canada Goose (all at Hampton Loade). 1 Mandarin and 3 Redpoll also reported (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (23 December) – 5 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 2 Wigeon, 37 Tufted Duck, 90 Coot, 10 Great Crested Grebe (Keith Bates)

Bridgnorth (22 December) – Drake Red-crested Pochard on the River Severn near the south end of the Bylet Island

Telford (22 December) – Woodcock flew over the garden this afternoon (Paul King)

Ellesmere (21 December) – 20+ Waxwings in the main town centre car park (Ash Hugo)

Tenbury Wells (20 December) – Bittern on the River Teme again today, seen at 1pm just upstream of the main road bridge. PLEASE VIEW ONLY FROM THE WORCESTERSHIRE BANK AND DO NOT CLIMB DOWN (Dave Barnes)

Whitcliffe Common (20 December) – Woodcock in the woods (Matt Schofield)

Ellesmere (19 December) – 20 Waxwings in the main town centre car park (Alan Heath)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (19 December) – 50-60 Waxwings still at the park and ride park today (Jim Almond)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (18 December) – 50-60 Waxwings at the retail park at 3.00pm (Jim Almond)

Bridgnorth (18 December) – 7 Waxwings in gardens on Wenlock Road at 2pm (bird news services)

Whittington (18 December) – 12 Waxwings in a garden on the left before the Cricket Club (Paul Burgess)

Mere Close, Newport (18 December) – 10 Waxwings present, but mobile (K Williams)

Ellesmere (18 December) – 16 Waxwings in the main town centre car park (Paul Burgess)

Bridgnorth (18 December) – Small group of Waxwings near to the new houses by the agricultural market and the A458 (Linda Munday)

Oswestry (17 December) – 6 Waxwings feeding in an apple tree halfway down cabin lane, right by the side of the road (Graham Shearer)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (17 December) – 15 Waxwings at the retail park at 1.30pm (Jim Almond)

Whittington (17 December) – 1 Waxwing (bird news services)

Ludlow (16 December) – 7 Waxwings still in Parys Road at 4pm (Chris Bateman)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (16 December) – The roost, 3.40 till dark: 310 Herring Gull, c1500 LBb Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 possible Caspian Gull (seen briefly in poor light), 156 Goosander, Curlew (at least two heard), 3 Wigeon (1 male) and 1 Goldeneye (in late) (Martyn Owen)

Tenbury Wells / Burford (15 December) – At least 100 Waxwings in the area. 135 reported later in the afternoon (Dave Barnes)

Tenbury Wells (15 December) – Bittern still present on the River Teme upstream of the road bridge (Dave Barnes)

Wellington, Telford (14 December) – 4 Waxwings in a silver birch in front of the main entrance to TCAT at 3.30pm SJ665112 (Martin Grant)

Tenbury Wells (14 December) – 100 Waxwings in the park feeding on hawthorn (Jenny Steel)

Tenbury Wells (14 December) – Bittern still by the River Teme upstream of the bridge (Jenny Steel)

Gobowen (13 December) – 2 Little Egret by a small stream at Iron Mills 1 mile east of Gobowen (Allan Dawes)

Norton (13 December) – 5 Waxwings in a tree by the A442 at 3.30pm (Linda Munday)

Burford (12 December) – 101 Waxwings present (Dave Barnes)

Tenbury Wells (12 December) – Bittern still by the River Teme. PLEASE VIEW ONLY FROM THE WORCESTERSHIRE BANK AND DO NOT CLIMB DOWN (Dave Barnes)

Oswestry (12 December) – 200+ Waxwings feeding on Hawthorn bushes on and around Mile End Roundabout opposite the Travelodge still this morning (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (12 December) – 7 Ravens and c20 Lesser Redpolls the only birds of note on the moss this afternoon. The floods are frozen, a few Teal and Mallards in the ditch the only wildfowl seen (Howard Prince)

Severn Valley Country Park (12 December) – 3 Goosander, 4 Siskin. Severn south of Highley – 1 Mandarin, 33 Goosander (Keith Bates)

Oswestry (11 December) – 200+ Waxwings feeding on Hawthorn bushes on and around Mile End Roundabout opposite the Travelodge at 12pm (Steven Harris)

Melverley (11 December)– 20+ Whooper Swans with 20+ Mute Swans in fields this afternoon at Melverley from SJ329184 (John and Andrew Morris)

Venus Pool (11 December) – Male Mandarin duck on the fishing pool adjacent to Venus Pool at 11.15am (Jim Almond)

Highley (11 December) – Diver species seen fishing on the River Severn 200 metres north of the Severn Valley Country Park bridge, then flew north at 9.30am (Keith Bates)

Tenbury Wells (10 December) – Bittern still under the last arch on the Shropshire side of the River Teme and also upstream of the bridge. PLEASE VIEW ONLY FROM THE WORCESTERSHIRE BANK AND DO NOT CLIMB DOWN (Dave Barnes)

Priorslee Lake (10 December) – 12.30-2.30pm, 1 ad Caspian Gull, also (presumably last weeks) possible 3rd-w Caspian present briefly before flying off, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 ad, 1 3rd-w) and 1 Great Black-backed Gull amongst good numbers off Lesser Black-backed Gulls and c20 Herring Gulls (J Reeves)

Ludlow (10 December) – c24 Waxwings still around the housing estates in the Parys Road area this morning (Chris Bateman)

Severn Valley Country Park (12 December) – 5 Goosander, 1 Redpoll, 6 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting. Also, 1 dead Heron (Keith Bates)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (9 December) – 6 Waxwings at the park ‘n’ ride car park (Chris Bateman)

Shrewsbury (9 December) – 10+ Waxwings by the Crown Pub (seen across the river from the path between The Quarry and the English Bridge) (Andy Morris)

Ludlow (9 December) – 20 Waxwings just south of the Police Station at 8.05am, though mobile (bird news services)

Venus Pool (9 December) – The finch flock in the arable field really is an impressive spectacle. At least 200 Chaffinch, 100 Brambling, 50 Yellowhammer, 30 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 20 Reed Bunting, 3 Tree Sparrows and a Lesser Redpoll. Most of the Yellowhammer were in the oats at the end of the field nearest the car park, whilst nearly all the Brambling were in the linseed at the Cound Stank end. The other thing I noticed was the apparent absence of Greenfinch (Geoff Holmes)

Wood Lane (8 December) – Woodcock this morning (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (8 December) – Ringtail Hen Harrier at 11am (bird news services)

Severn Valley Country Park (8 December) – 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Goosander, 20 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting (Keith Bates)

Oswestry (8 December) – 200+ Waxwings at the back of the Maesbury Road Industrial Estate. Good views from the disused railway line. The birds are feeding on hawthorn by the track side, perching in the tall poplars and drinking on the roofs of containers next to the track (Allan Dawes)

Tenbury Wells (8 December) – Bittern still this morning under the last arch on the Shropshire side of the River Teme. PLEASE VIEW ONLY FROM THE WORCESTERSHIRE BANK AND DO NOT CLIMB DOWN (Dave Barnes)

Battlefield, Shrewsbury (8 December) – 20+ Waxwings on Berwick Grange Estate at 1pm (Geoff Holmes)

Fort Pendlestone, Bridgnorth (8 December) – Little Egret by the River

Severn Valley Country Park (7 December) – 65 Golden Plover in flight, 1 Jack Snipe, 42 Siskin, 1 Redpoll (Keith Bates)

Tenbury Wells (7 December) – Bittern on the right bank of the River Teme, seen from the road bridge in Tenbury Wells, present 12.00-2.30pm at least (Dave Barnes)

Newport (7 December) – 70 Waxwings at midday commuting between Waitrose car park and a garden at the Stafford Road/Broadway junction (Jim Almond)

Oswestry (7 December) and at 3pm – in the trees by Aldi, Maesbury Road, behind P and B Tyres on the Industrial Estate (Paul Burgess and bird news service)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (7 December) –Waxwing (bird news services)

Shrewsbury (6 December) – 2 Waxwings calling from a garden towards the east end of Parrs Lane (Jason Buckley)

Chelmarsh (5 December) – 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 42 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 5 Cormorants and 75+ Goosander. Scrape frozen over, but good numbers of Reed Buntings roosting in the Blackthorn and Phrag. Reservoir 30% frozen (Steve Haycox)

Oswestry (5 December) – 100 Waxwings at the Maesbury Road Industrial Estate at 2pm. Turn off Maesbury Road signed ‘Household Waste’. The birds are in the tall trees by PB Tyres, dropping to feed out of sight in the compound (via Allan Dawes)

Newport (5 December) – 40 Waxwings in Waitrose car park at 8.50am. By late afternoon, 71 commuting between the car park and Stafford Road/Broadway junction (Ian Grant and Jim Almond)

Ludlow (5 December) – 50+ Waxwings still around the housing estates (bird news sevices)

Newport (4 December) – 25 Waxwings by the entrance to Waitrose car park at 1.20pm, 42 present at 2.30pm (Ian Grant)

Ludlow (4 December) – Waxwings still around the Parys Road/St Margaret Road housing estates in Ludlow (turn towards Ludlow at the Tuffins/Travelodge roundabout on the A49, take the first right into Parys Road and keep going – to Travis Perkins and beyond. Look up side roads, in large oaks etc and any garden with a rowan tree) (Chris Bateman)

Venus Pool (4 December) –Quite a spectacle at Venus Pool this morning – there is a huge flock of finches in the arable field.  Difficult to assess numbers, but probably between 500 and 1,000 birds feeding in the field and swirling around. Main flock is mostly chaffinches and a large number of bramblings, but there are also yellowhammers, reed buntings, linnets and goldfinches in the field hedgerows (Helen Griffiths)

Caynham, Ludlow (3 December) – 3 Waxwings feeding on apples in a tree in a Caynham garden at around 8am (Iain Prentice)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (3 December) – Waxwings still in Park and Ride at 2pm (Marilyn Morton)

Priorslee Lake (3 December) –2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls present 12:30-13:30 at least, also a possible 3rd winter Caspian Gull reported (J Reeves)

Shrewsbury (3 December) – 2+ Waxwings in tall leaf covered tree along Featherbed Lane at 1.15pm (Pete Nickless)

Oswestry (3 December) – No sign of any Waxwings in Middleton Road area at 10am today (Allan Dawes)

Telford (3 December) – Numerous Fieldfare and Redwing feeding on berries in the layby near the motorway services off junc 4 of M54 heading towards Shifnal (Marilyn Morton)

Shrewsbury (2 December) – 3 Waxwings c.5 miles south of Shrewsbury on the north side of Dorrington, by the Bridge Inn briefly at 4pm. Then they flew west over the A49 towards Stapleton (Tom Lowe)

Ludlow (2 December) – 200+ Waxwings now around the area where Bromfield Road joins the A49 at the north end of Ludlow. Very mobile, some feeding in a hawthorn right next to the A49 flyover – but generally not many feeding opportunities for them in this area (Matt Schofield)

Oswestry (2 December)– Still more than 100 Waxwings in Middleton Road feeding on the sorbus tress by the railway bridge at 1pm (John Clarke)

Severn Valley CP (2 December) – Woodcock, 4 Snipe and a Siskin (Keith Bates)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (2 December) – 15 Waxwings in Park and Ride at lunchtime. Interestingly 4 or 5 were feeding in an alder tree and about 10 were repeatedly swooping down into a field next to the car park, There were none on the berry laden rowans in the middle of the car park (Tim Hill)

Church Stretton (2 December) – 20 Waxwings at about 10am on Easthope Road, briefly feeding in sorbus trees next to the Co-op then flew off after a few minutes in the direction of Battlefield (John Arnfield)

Ludlow (2 December) – 200 Waxwings flew over not far from Ludlow Leisure Centre at about 9.40am. They headed off towards the town centre (Matt Schofield)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (2 December) – Ring-necked Parakeet feeding from a nyger feeder in the garden on the south edge of the village this morning (Tim Hill)

Severn Valley CP (1 December) – Jack Snipe, 3 Goosander, 3 Redpoll and 8 Siskin (Keith Bates)

Harlescott, Shrewsbury (1 December) – One Waxwing over Morrison’s car park (Andy Walker)

Battlefield, Shrewsbury (1 December) – Two on Berwick Grange Estate (Frank Harley)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (1 December) –10 Waxwings flew in at 1.10pm from the tall poplar tress adjacent to the bypass. They fed on berries for a couple of minutes then perched in the poplars again before flying off behind them, over the bypass. They then returned an hour later (Helen Griffiths)

Granville CP, Telford (1 December) – 10 Waxwings (then flew off towards Asda), 100+ Redwings, 6 Bullfinch, 20 Redpoll, Tawny Owl, 3 Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard (Stuart Edmunds)

Hope Bowdler (1 December) – 9 Waxwings at 10.40am (Tom Lowe)

Priorslee Lake (1 December) – At 10am: 1st winter Med Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 3 1st year Greater Black-backed Gulls, 800 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 500 Black-headed Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls and a drake hybrid Mallard x Pintail (Tom Lowe)

The Rock, Telford (1 December) – 9 Waxwings at 8.30am in a tree by No 45 Damson Drive. 11 present at 9.25am (bird news services)

Oswestry (1 December) – 20 Waxwings at Maesbury Road Industrial Estate on Guelder Rose in compound by Paul James Scaffolding (Alan Heath)

Oswestry (1 December) – 150 Waxwings in the Sainsbury’s/Middleton Road area, but mobile (Alan Heath)

Whitchurch (1 December) – One Waxwing perched in a Lime tree at Whitchurch Infants School briefly, viewed from Brook Road (Alan Heath)

Stokesay (30 November) – 7 Waxwings in evergreens in Stokesay Castle grounds at dusk

Ludlow (30 November) – 60 Waxwings by the River Teme though mobile (bird news services)

Oswestry (30 November) – 120+ Waxwings off Middleton Road, opposite the tax office, at 10.30am (Paul Burgess)

Madeley (30 November) – 3 Waxwings still in Glendinning Way area, flew over garden at 9.15am (Pete Nickless)

Whitchurch (30 November) – One Waxwing over Station Road this morning from the direction of the Industrial Estate, however, there doesn’t seem to be any suitable berry trees there (Alan Heath)

Severn Valley CP (29 November) – 2 Green Sandpiper, Woodcock, Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting and 2 Siskin (Keith Bates)

Oswestry (29 November) – 70 Waxwings in Sainsbury’s car park near Middleton Road at 3pm (bird news services) 38 Waxwing visible in tall trees near SE corner of Sainsbury’s car park. Feeding on rowan in cul de sac on the opposite side of the old railway line. Flew off to the west at 3.45. Plenty of berries on this tree and two others trees by railway bridge in Middleton Rd (Allan Dawes)

Ludlow (29 November) – 30 Waxwings in the Parys Road area at 12pm (Martyn Owen)

Chelmarsh (29 November) – Reservoir 10% frozen – 4 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 11 Goosander, 21 Teal and 176 Tufted Duck present. Woodcock flushed from the eastern side. 2 Water Rail in the scrape area (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (29 November) – At least two Brambling at the feeding station (Paul Burgess)

Oswestry (29 November) – 30 Waxwings in Sainsbury’s car park near Middleton Road at 9am (bird news services)

Whixall Moss (28 November) – Ringtail Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl and Stonechats (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (28 November) – In to roost at 3.45-4.30pm: 161 Goosander and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. 2 Water Rail and several Common Snipe near the hide (Jim A / Yvonne C)

Wem (28 November) – 11 Waxwings in a garden on Soulton Way / Church Road briefly at 2.00pm SJ523292 (bird news services)

Ludlow (28 November) – 60 Waxwings opposite Shukers at 2.00pm (Robert Martin) 16 Waxwings on Bowdler Close just off Parys Road at 1.00pm (bird news services)

Shrewsbury (28 November) – 20 Waxwings at junction of Sutton Way and Mereside at 12.30pm, flew east towards the park (David Edwards)

Madeley (28 November) – 3 Waxwings in a back garden on Glendinning Way at 12.30pm (Pete Nickless)

Ludlow (28 November) – 20 Waxwings on Parys Road still this morning (bird news services)

Hadnall (27 November) –6 Waxwings at the petrol station near Painsbrook Lane (Ian Baggley)

Battlefield, Shrewsbury (27 November) – 8 Waxwings at Tesco at 2.30pm (Ian Baggley)

Priorslee Lake (27 November) – 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls this morning (Jim Almond)

Ludlow (27 November) – 70 Waxwings at the junction of Parys Road and Shearman Road at 12.20pm (Chris Bateman)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (27 November) – Approx 25 Waxwings at the park and ride at 10.30am (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (27 November) – 3 Golden Plover over Whixall Moss with a flock of c80 Lapwing (Alan Heath)

Newport (26 November) – 23 Waxwings near Waitrose car park (Pete Jordan via Martin Grant)

Whitchurch (26 November) – 1 Waxwing flew over Station Road at 8.20 this morning (Alan Heath)

Hortonwood, Telford (25 November) – 12 Waxwings at Hortonwood 35 opposite MOCAP, SJ688138, at 10am. Only a small tree with berries and chased off by Mistle Thrush, probably best to look in the general area (Martin Grant)

Chelmarsh (24 November) – 47 Goosander, 1 Snipe, 41 Reed Bunting, 1 Siskin, 73+ Tufted Duck (Keith Bates)

Severn Valley CP (24 November) – 81 Siskin, 1 Redpoll (Keith Bates)

Priorslee Lake (24 November) – Adult Yellow-legged Gull (Jim Almond)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (24 November) – 9 Waxwings in Sainsbury’s car park at 10.30am, then flew off (bird news services)

Whitchurch (24 November) – 12 Waxwings for about 20mins this morning at c08:20 in trees behind Whitchurch Infants School, viewable from neighbouring Bridgewater Park housing estate. Tried to feed in Rowan but hardly any berries, hence gave up and moved off. Strictly no access to school grounds (Alan Heath)

Meole Brace, Shrewsbury (23 November) – 23 Waxwings in the Meole Brace park and ride car park at 12.30 today. They were there until 12.45 when they were disturbed by a peregrine flying over (Brian Hunt)

Hope Bagot (22 November) – 9 Waxwings (bird news services)

Ludlow (22 November) – 18 Waxwings (bird news services)

Ellesmere (21 November) – One adult and one third winter Yellow-legged Gulls present (Jim Almond)

Battlefield, Shrewsbury(21 November) – 2 Waxwings in the Tesco car park this morning (by Zone B) at 10.45. They had a quick feed before flying towards Battlefield Andy Morris)

Worfield, near Bridgnorth (20 November) – 7 Waxwings near 16th tee late afternoon. View only from footpath along south side of golf course SO765942 (bird news services)

Venus Pool (20 November) – Whooper Swan with 14 Mute Swans, 5 Gadwall, 16 Pochard, male Brambling and 2 drake Pintail on the fishing pool (Helen Griffiths)

Whixall Moss (20 November) – Ringtail Hen Harrier on Whixall Moss. On the floods – 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Snipe and 250 Lapwing (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (19 November) – Green Sandpiper this morning (Paul Burgess)

Shifnal (18 November) – Waxwings eating Rowan berries at Manor Close at 11.45am (Marilyn Morton)

Venus Pool (17 November) – 3 Dunlin present late afternoon. No sign on the morning of the 18th. (Helen Griffiths)

Stirchley, Telford (16 November) – At midday, Juv/fem Black Redstart on roofs of Sandino Court Housing Association Buildings (Pete Nickless)

Walcott Waste SJ5811 (16 November) – At midday, 300 Golden Plover, 85 Lapwing, 120 Starlings and a male Hen Harrier (Bob Parker)

Charlton (16 November) – 100 Linnet and 5 Skylark in a stubble field (Bob Parker)

Venus Pool (15 November) – Whooper Swan flew in with 25 Mute Swans at 4.30pm (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (15 November) – Little Egret at 11.30am, also a Shelduck, 30+ Wigeon, 14 Snipe, 14 Moorhen, 2 Marsh Tits and 2 squealing Water Rail (Helen Griffiths)

Turfmoor, approx SJ348189 (14 November) – 8 Whooper Swans on flooded field behind Berwyn House this morning (Allan Dawes)

Venus Pool (14 November) – Pink-footed Goose flew in with Greylag Geese at 2.25pm (Dawn Micklewright)

Ludlow (14 November) – No sign of the Great Grey Shrike in the orchard at Elton at 2.30pm today (bird news services)

Bury Ditches (13 November) – Great Grey Shrike showed briefly at the western end of the Hill Fort at approx SO326836 (Richard)

Ludlow (13 November) – Great Grey Shrike in the orchard at Elton (Martin Kirkham)

Trench Pool (10 November) – Yellow-legged Gull present today (SJ6812), also seen on the 4 and 5 November (Martin Grant)

Shrewsbury (10 November) – Waxwing over Harlescott Grange this morning (Mike Stokes)

Venus Pool (9 November) – 100 Golden Plover flew over. Grey Wagtail (Paul Burgess)

Shrewsbury (9 November) – Approx 20 Waxwings near Sainsburys car park at the Meole Brace Retail Park at 12.15pm, then flew off towards the Park and Ride car park (Jason Buckley) No sign of any from 2.20-2.45pm (Dave Barrow)

Chelmarsh (8 November) – 1st winter Little Gull at 3.30pm then flew north. Adult Yellow-legged Gull in roost (bird news services)

Newport (7 November) – One Waxwing in Waitrose car park at 10.30am and present until 1.30pm when it flew off (Pete Jordan via Martin Grant, Jim Almond, Paul King)

Whixall Moss (7 November) – Short-eared Owl hunting over both Whixall and Fenn’s Moss this morning (Howard Prince) No sign in the afternoon (Bob Harris)

Chatwell (6 November) – Great Grey Shrike at Yell Bank, SO508970 (via Geoff Holmes)

Brown Clee (6 November) – A flock of 28 Crossbill in flight over the woodland on the northeast slope, also three Brambling (2m, 1f) feeding under a beech tree (Martyn Owen)

Venus Pool (6 November) – 3 Brambling, 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Marsh Tits, 5 Yellowhammer and 2 displaying Raven (Paul Burgess)

Ellesmere (6 November) – 12 Goosander and 3 Goldeneye (Paul Burgess)

Church Stretton (5 November) – 5 Waxwing reported flying SSW along the railway at Church Stretton station at midday. A Hawfinch also seen to fly east over the railway and A49 towards the Hazler Road area at 3.10pm (Tom Lowe)

Whixall Moss (5 November) – Ringtail Hen Harrier this afternoon (Len Gibbons via Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (4 November) – Adult Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adult and a 1st winter), 2400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 40 Herring Gulls and 15 Goosander (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (31 October) – Black-tailed Godwit (Paul King)

Nr Church Stretton (30 October) – Four or five Hawfinch in Ash trees in Brokenstones Lane in Woolston this afternoon (Geoff Hall)

Whixall Moss (30 October) – Ringtail Hen Harrier and a male Merlin (Ian Grant)

Colemere (30 October) – Adult Yellow-legged Gull (Ian Grant)

Wood Lane (30 October) – A Redshank, 150 Lapwing etc (Wood Lane website)

Shrewsbury (26 October) – Ten Golden Plover in the field by Sevendale Nursery opposite Venus Pool at 11.45am (Paul King)

Whixall Moss (25 October) – Great Grey Shrike and ringtail Hen Harrier in the area of the weather monitoring station this afternoon (Paul Rutter)

Clun (23 October) – Fem/1st winter Black Redstart 8 miles north west of Clun at Anchor SO175847, at 10.00am(bird news services)

Priorslee Lake (22 October) – 389 Fieldfare over, also 6 Redwing (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (21 October) – 1487 Fieldfare over, mostly flying west. Also 25 Redwing (Ed Wilson)

Coton, Kingsnordley, Wooton (21 October) – 1 Blackcap, 1 Redpoll, 3 Siskin, 173 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing (Keith Bates)

Polemere (20 October) – 5 Whooper Swans (bird news services)

Venus Pool (20 October) – Goshawk, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Common Buzzard, a drake Mandarin Duck and 2 Common Gull (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (20 October) – 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 1 Siskin, 60 Fieldfare, 24 Teal (Keith Bates)

Wood Lane (13 October) – Greenshank, 36 Common Snipe etc (Wood Lane website)

Wood Lane (12 October) – Mediterranean Gull, Black-tailed Godwit and 25 Common Snipe (Wood Lane website)

Wrekin (11 October) – Male Crossbill in the pine belt on the left just before the summit. Several groups of Redwing over east, Brambling east with Chaffinch, several small groups of Skylark over and a few Meadow Pipits. Plus all the usual woodland species seen (Andy Latham)

Whixall Moss (10 October) – Ringtail Hen Harrier on Fenn’s Moss plus a pair of Stonechat and a Common Snipe. c75 Teal and 50 Shoveler on Whixall Moss. The floods are partly back on the approach to Morris’ Bridge where there were 12 Wigeon, c50 Mallards, c20 Lapwing, c75 Canada Geese and a Grey Heron (Howard Prince)

Shrewsbury (10 October) – Black Swan at Greyfriars Bridge (Kate Halliday)

Wood Lane (8 October) – A Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 25 Curlew and 12 Common Snipe (Wood Lane website)

Stiperstones (6 October) – Wheatear and 5 Red Grouse (1 adult, 4 juv) – Bob Parker

Venus Pool (6 October) – Juv Common Tern at 1.30pm (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane (5 October) – A Ruff, 32 Curlew, 46 Common Snipe and a Green Woodpecker (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (5 October) – 1st winter Mediterranean Gull (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (4 October) – Ringtail Hen Harrier hunting Whixall and Fenn’s Moss (Richard Vernon)

Wood Lane (4 October) – A Ruff, 24 Curlew, 11 Common Snipe and a Peregrine (Wood Lane website)

Venus Pool (3 October) – 2 Black Terns on the trout pool during the afternoon (Jim Almond)

Telford (3 October) – Brambling in a garden in the Shawbirch area, then flew off towards Apley (Andy Latham)

Venus Pool (29 September) – Juv Black Tern still on the trout pool (Jim Almond) Common Tern on vp and trout pool 2-3.45 at least (Paul Burgess).  Sandwich Tern 6.30-7pm (Mike Stokes) Peregrine flew over the top field in the evening (Ray Easton)

Priorslee Lake (28 September) – No sign of the Juv Common Scoter this morning (Andy Latham)

Priorslee Lake (27 September) – Juv Common Scoter (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (27 September) – Juv Black Tern on the trout pool again today and still present at 7pm (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (27 September) – Mediterranean Gull in the roost. Also 1 Little Egret and 1 Dunlin (TC)

Wood Lane (26 September) – 2 Pintail, 36 Curlew, 7 Snipe, 18 Teal and 250 Lapwing (Wood Lane website)

North Telford (26 September) – Juv Gannet flew over the Queen’s Head pub at Horton at 4pm. Flying at approx 50ft, heading N/NE (Toni Gordon)

Venus Pool (26 September) – Juv Black Tern on the trout pool at 4.30pm, also reported by fishermen as being present yesterday (Jim Almond)

Colemere (22 September) – 8 Black Terns present at 4.50pm (Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh (21 September) – Mediterranean Gull on the reservoir (bird news services) Curlew Sands gone, 1 Dunlin on the scrape (TC)

Priorslee Lake (20 September) – Possible juv Scaup seen at midday (Richard Vernon)

Chelmarsh (20 September) – 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers and 2 Dunlin still (TC)

Venus Pool (19 September) – A Curlew Sandpiper (Andrew Breed)

Chelmarsh (19 September) – 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers still and 2 Dunlin, all on the scrape (Yvonne C),  3 Water Rail (Paul King)

Titterstone Clee (17 September) – Black Redstart in the quarry below the large dome (bird news services)

Coton/Kingsnordley (18 September) – flock of 109 Red-legged Partridge (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (15/16/17 September) – 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 15 Snipe and 3 Wigeon. Three Little Egret on the reservoir. 16th as yesterday, plus a Hobby (TC)

Hampton Loade (15 September) – 644 House Martin moving south (8.30-9.00am) (Keith Bates)

Wood Lane (14 September) – Redshank, Curlew, 17 Snipe, 8 Teal and 8 Lapwing (Wood Lane website)

Chelmarsh (14 September) – The sky full with thousands of House Martins moving through at 11.00am (TC) Also 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, a Dunlin, a Water Rail and a Kingfisher. 1 Gadwall and three Little Egret on the reservoir (Martyn Owen)

Telford (12 September) – Juv Corncrake caught by a cat in the St Georges/Priorslee area. Taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for treatment (Mike Haley) Update – bird sadly died during the night of 14 Sept

Chelmarsh (12 & 13 September) – 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers on the scrape, also a Dunlin and 3 Wigeon. 3 Gadwall (2m 1f) and two Little Egret on the reservoir. 13th – As yesterday, plus a Wheatear sleeping on the hide roof all afternoon (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh (11 September) – 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers present all day, also a Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, juv Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher and 3 Common Snipe (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (11 September) –  9am – 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers on the scrape. Also a Little Egret on the reservoir (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (11 September) – 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Snipe (Paul Burgess).  Also 47 Lapwing, 45 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 1 Kingfisher and a Hobby hunting dragonflies (Geoff Holmes)

Whixall Moss (11 September) – 2 Hobby, 4 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard and a Raven (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (10 September) –  2 juv Curlew Sandpipers arrived at 7.30pm, also present a Green Sandpiper and 5 Common Snipe (Yvonne C and TC)

Wood Lane (5 September) –  5 Greenshank, 7 Common Snipe and 5 Grey Heron (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (5 September) – Greenshank in the evening (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (5 September) –  3 Wigeon, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, juv Water Rail, 6 Snipe, redhead Goosander and 40 Teal (TC)

Titterstone Clee Hill (4 September) – Black Redstart still. Seen on the rocks to the north of the derelict buildings then later on the derelict buildings (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (4 September) – Female Marsh Harrier flew through at 10am, also Greenshank and Little Egret present (Jim Almond)

Titterstone Clee Hill (3 September) – Male Black Redstart still on the derelict buildings (bird news services)

Venus Pool (3 September) – 34 Shoveler and 5 Wigeon new in. 55 Lapwing also present and a Peregrine flew through (Geoff Holmes)

Wollerton (3 September) – Hobby hunting over the new pools by the Hodnet bypass at Wollerton (Gareth Egarr)

Chelmarsh (2 September) –  Hobby, 3 Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, Sparrowhawk and and 20+ Teal (TC)

Bridgnorth (2 September) – Little Egret still, flying over river by Well Meadow field (Will Jones)

Wood Lane (1 September) –  26 Curlew, a Little Egret, 10 Snipe etc (Wood Lane website)

Chelmarsh (1 September) –  4 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 4 Kingfishers, 2 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 27 Cormorant and 20 Teal (TC)

Chelmarsh (31 August) – 2 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin and 2 fighting Water Rail (TC)

Venus Pool (30 August) – 3 Common Redstart in the top field (Jim Almond)

Cound (30 August) – Hobby by The Riverside Inn, also at least 50 Goosander on the river (bird news services)

Chelmarsh (30 August) – 3 Little Egret, 105 Tufted Duck and a Reeve’s Pheasant by the hide (Steve Haycox)

Bridgnorth (30 August) – Little Egret still, opposite Well Meadow field (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (29 August) – A juv Whiskered Tern present early evening, also a Dunlin (Jim Almond)

Aston Munslow (29 August) – Hobby over (Andy Latham)

Titterstone Clee Hill (29 August) – Wryneck still at 12.20pm at approx SO594773. Seen in the shrubbery just below the farm track that runs to the west off the main road towards the summit. Black Redstart also on the derelict buildings (Simon Holloway)

Priorslee Lake (29 August) – Turtle Dove flew over to the west (Ed Wilson)

Brown Clee Hill (28 August) – A male Redstart, a Wheatear and a Peregrine (David Mitchell)

Titterstone Clee Hill (28 August) – Wryneck at 7.20am onwards at approx SO594773. Seen on the grass and gorse just off the track that runs to the west off the main road towards the summit. In the afternoon it moved to near the road just below the main plateau car park. (JA, YC, PK, DM).  Black Redstart reported on the derelict buildings at approx 6am.

Titterstone Clee Hill (27 August) – Wryneck near the summit, just south of derelict buildings. Also Black Redstart and Merlin (bird news services)

Bridgnorth (27 August) – Little Egret again on the exposed river bed opposite Well Meadow field (Steve Wright)

Venus Pool (27 August) – 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper (Andrew Breed)

Cound nr Shrewsbury (27 August) – A Hawfinch over The Riverside Inn at midday (bird news services)

Priorslee (27 August) – Greenshank flew through (Ed Wilson)

Venus Pool (26 August) – A Common Tern (Jim Almond)

Wrekin (25 August) – Opsrey briefly in a tree near the car park before it flew down the eastern side of the hill, presumably towards the River Severn (Andy Latham)

Higher Heath (23 August) – Spotted Flycatcher loosely associating with a tit flock in Twemlows Big Wood (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (23 August) – A juv Sparrowhawk (Andrew Breed) Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler (John Price)

Woolston (23 August) – Hobby (Geoff Hall)

Titterstone Clee Hill (22 August) – Wryneck at approx SO594773. Seen on the track that runs to the west from the main road towards the summit. Also 3 Whinchat and 3 Common Redstart (Geoff Laight)

Chelmarsh (22 August) – Hobby, 2 Little Egret and 3 Green Sandpiper (TC)

Bourton (22 August) – 2 Hobbies present (Geoff Hall)

Venus Pool (21 August) – A Spotted Flycatcher in the trees to the right of the Memorial Hide along with several Willow Warbler (Roger Gibb) Also 1 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper present.

Chelmarsh (21 August) – Juv Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler etc (caught during ringing)

Ludlow (21 August) – Hobby (Geoff Hall)

Aston on Clun (21 August) – Hobby over (John Tucker)

Venus Pool (18 August) – 1 Dunlin, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler and at least 5 Chiffchaff. Most of the warblers were seen along the footpath separating VP from the fishing pool. One of the Spotted Flys was also here with the other seen at the south end of the reserve near Cound Stank (Geoff Holmes)

Whixall Moss (18 August) – 4 Hobby, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Willow Tit (Howard Prince)

Wood Lane (17 August) – Greenshank present this evening (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (17 August) – 3 Ruff flew in then out again (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (16 August) – 2 Redshank and 2 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (TC) 3 Little Egret present at 7.00pm (Andrew Breed)

Stiperstones (16 August) – 10 Red Grouse seen from the path to the summit (Geoff Hall)

Chelmarsh (15 August) – 4 Little Egret together on the reservoir shore, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, and a Garden Warbler (TC)

Berrington Pool (15 August) – Osprey at 4.21pm, dived unsuccessfully (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (15 August) – Osprey circled the trout fishery and made several unsuccessful dives at 4.15pm (Dawn Micklewright) Also, a Little Egret present in the evening (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (14 August) – Osprey at 3.45pm, drifted off south. Also juv Peregrine through and Kingfisher present (Paul King)

Chelmarsh (14 August) – 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper (TC)

Atcham (14 August) – 1 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 8 redhead Goosander and a Barnacle Goose with the Canada Geese (Jim Almond and Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh (13 August) – 3 Little Egret – two flew off north and one stayed on the reservoir. Also 1 Greenshank and a Kingfisher (TC)

Bridgnorth (12 & 13 August) – River Severnadult Yellow-legged Gull (bird news services)

Venus Pool (11 August) – Greenshank (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (10 August) – 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a juv Green Woodpecker near main hide and the female Pintail still.

Chelmarsh (10 August) – 2 Greenshank flew in at 9pm, also present: 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and 4 Teal (TC)

Chelmarsh (9 August) – 2 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing and 66 Greylag (Keith Bates)

Hampton Loade (9 August) – 5 redhead Goosander and 1 escaped Bar-Headed Goose with 126 Canada Goose (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (8 August) – Juv Long eared Owl on the fence by the causeway in an emaciated condition. Taken into care but later died (via TC)

Llanymynech Rocks (7 August) – 14 Crossbill over and at least 9 Spotted Flycatcher on or near the rocks (Jim Almond and Yvonne C)

Bridgnorth (7 August) – Little Egret in shallow area of the river opposite Well Meadow field near bypass bridge (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (7 August) – Late afternoon: Common Sandpiper, juv Little ringed Plover, female Pintail and a Peregrine flew through (Martin Ryder)

Chelmarsh (6 August) – Long eared Owl seen on a post by a garden in the evening, then flew off over a field towards Reserve (resident reported to TC) Also reported today – 1 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 1 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Lapwing, 113 Greylag Goose, 156 Coot, 20 Great Crested Grebe (Keith Bates)

Hampton Loade (6 August) – 9 Mandarin (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (3 August) – Little ringed Plover and a juv Green Woodpecker near the hide (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (2 August) – 2 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, Kingfisher and a male Pochard (TC)

NW of Whitchurch (1 August) – Family party of 5 or 6 Spotted Flycatcher not far from Grindley Brook, also a Little Owl (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Moss (1 August) – 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Snipe, c100 Lapwing, 4 Teal and 2 Shoveler (Howard Prince)

Tibberton (30 July) – Quail calling between Tibberton and Cherrington at 5pm this evening (Steve Jaggs)

Venus Pool (30 July) – 2 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe (flew in and out again), Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and 2 Little ringed Plover (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (30 July) – 2 Dunlin and 5 Green Sandpiper (Yvonne C)

Eardington (29 July) – 8 Grey Partridge not far from the sewage works (RP – Chelm log book)

Venus Pool (28 July) – Redshank, Common Sandpiper and Little ringed Plover (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (26 July) – 3 Dunlin, Little Egret, Common Tern, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper (Yvonne C)

Wood Lane (26 July) – 8 Black-tailed Godwit, male Sparrowhawk and 9 Reed Warbler (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (25 July) – Reservoir: Little Egret, 14 Grey Heron, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Tufted Duck with 3 young left. 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 ad and 2 juv Oystercatcher on the scrape (Yvonne C) Juv Grasshopper Warbler and juv Cuckoo both ringed today (log book)

Whixall Moss (24/25 July) – A calling Water Rail, 1 juv Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Snipe, 70 Lapwing, 4 Teal and 2 Shoveler (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (24 July) – Little Egret and 6 Common Tern. 4 Snipe and 4 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (TC)

Chelmarsh (23 July) – Reservoir: 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (three adults, one 2nd sum, one juv) in the roost at 9.10pm, also a Common Gull, 240 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and c1,000 Black Headed Gulls plus several families of Goosander. On the scrape: 4 Green Sandpiper and 51 Lapwing and 300 hirundines roosted in the reed bed (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (23 July) – Green Sandpiper, male Sparrowhawk, female Pintail and eclipse drake Shoveler (Martin Ryder)

Venus Pool (22 July) – 27 Black-tailed Godwits at midday (Jim Almond).  No Godwits present later on, a Peregrine flew through twice, 2 Green Sandpiper and female Pintail also present (Martin Ryder )

Upton Cressett (22 July) – No sign of the Turtle Dove this evening (Martyn Ryder)

Upton Cressett (21 July) – Turtle Dove ‘purring’ at 5pm. In small oak tree near church at SO656924 then moved off into larger oak trees alongside footpath running SE towards Criddon and Chetton (Mike Wootton)

Venus Pool (21 July) – 40 Black-tailed Godwit present late afternoon and evening (Geoff Holmes)

Priorslee Lake (21 July) – At least 14 Common Sandpiper (Ed Wilson)

Venus Pool (21 July) – In the morning – 2 Black-tailed Godwit, female Pintail and Shoveler (Martyn Ryder)

Chelmarsh Scrape (21 July) – Common Tern, 4 Green Sandpiper and a Snipe (log book)

Venus Pool (20 July) – 2 Black-tailed Godwit feeding near the Memorial Hide (Jim Almond)

Wrekin (19 July) – Common Crane reported flying over the summit of the Wrekin (report via Geoff Holmes)

Venus Pool (19 July) – 3 Black-tailed Godwit still present and a Green Sandpiper (Geoff Holmes)

Wood Lane NR (18 July) – 9 Crossbills over (Alan Heath)

Tilstock (18 July) – 1+ Quail calling intermittently from a barley field in Tilstock during the evening. Field is behind Brook Farm and can be accessed from public footpath off Tilstock Lane. Path is almost opposite the turn off to the village hall (Paul Rutter)

Cound (18 July) – Pair of Spotted Flycatcher with recently fledged young, from the bridge over the Cound Brook near the tennis courts in Cound Village (Geoff Holmes)

Whixall Moss (18 July) – A calling Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Snipe, 8 Lapwing, c20 Teal inc 4 well grown juveniles and a Slow Worm (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (18 July) – Common Tern and a Tufted Duck with 7 young on reservoir. 2 Green Sandpiper, 45+ Lapwing, 2juv +2ad Oystercatcher on the scrape (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (18 July) – 3 Black-tailed Godwit flew in at 8.53am. Female Pintail still present at the back of the pool, viewable from the Memorial Hide (Martin Ryder) Godwits still present at midday (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (17 July) – A Hobby in the afternoon.  Also 1 Green Sandpiper, Lesser Whitethroat, c30 Swifts, c35 Lapwing and a Common Redstart (caught by ringers) (Howard Prince)

Prees Heath (17 July) – Hobby over (Yvonne C and Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Scrape (17 July) – 3 Common Tern over scrape, then headed to reservoir. Also juv Water Rail present (TC)

Shrewsbury (16 July) – Red Kite over Meole Brace at 10am (Tim Hill)

Venus Pool (16 July) – 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and a female Pintail (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Scrape (15/16 July) – Tufted Duck with 7 young, 3 Green Sandpiper, 47 adult/juv Lapwing + 4 chicks, 2 ad Oystercatcher + 2 chicks (TC)

Chelmarsh Scrape (14 July) – 200-300 Pied Wagtail in to roost (TC)

Venus Pool (13 July) – Redshank (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh Scrape (12 July) – Juv Water Rail moving between the reed beds in front of the hide, also Kingfisher perching on stick by hide (log book)

Cheswardine (11 July) – Quail calling from the large corn field adjacent to the canal at Goldstone near Cheswardine at 5.40pm (Martin Ryder)

Prees (10 July) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing this evening in the Aldersey area of Prees at approx SJ545326 (Yvonne C and Jim Almond)

Harmer Hill (8 July) – Quail heard in a field planted with wild flowers at SJ482224, in the basin of what was once Harmer Mere (John Tucker)

Priorslee Lake (7 July) – 3 Common Tern (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh Scrape (6 July) – 1 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher chicks and 4 Lapwing chicks (Yvonne C)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (5 July) – 3 Common Tern (Keith Bates)

Prees (5 July) – In the Aldersey area – 2 Little Owl (Paul Rutter)

Tibberton (5 July) – Quail calling between Tibberton and Cherrington this evening (Steve Jaggs)

Priorslee Lake (5 July) – Common Sandpiper (one also present on 2nd and 4th July) also 2 Green Sandpiper flew from the lake towards Priorslee Flash (Ed Wilson)

Woolston (4 July) – Pair of Spotted Flycatcher, seem to be nesting on the farm (Geoff Hall)

Prees (3 July) – Two Quail calling this evening from the Aldersey area of Prees, from the field directly opposite Upper Lacon Farm. Little Owl also seen (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (3 July) – A Common or Arctic Tern present (TC)

Chelmarsh (2 July) – 2 ad & 2 juv Oystercatcher, 2 Green Sandpiper (2 others also reported), 3 ad & 2 juv Lapwing, 8 Greylag Goose, 53+ Tufted Duck (Keith Bates)

Eardington East (2 July) – male Corn Bunting (Keith Bates)

Bridgnorth (1 July) – Lesser-spotted Woodpecker in the Cemetery this evening (Steve Wright)

Whixall Moss (28 June) – 10 Black-tailed Godwit present in the afternoon on the pool that is reached after turning right from the main path leading from Furber’s (Peter Jordan)

Venus Pool (28 June) – At 8.50pm: 2 Green Sandpiper, 13 Curlew, 1 juv Little ringed Plover and 4 juv Black headed Gull (Martin George)

Chelmarsh (28 June) – A Common or Arctic Tern present at 10am (TC)

Harnage (27 June) – Red Kite over at 1pm (Frank Hinde)

Wood Lane (25 June) – Redshank (Paul Burgess)

Atcham (25 June) – 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Little ringed Plover, Sand Martins, Swifts, Swallows and House Martins (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh (25 June) – Grasshopper Warbler reeling from hedge near car park. On scrape: 2 Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher pair with 3 young, Lapwing pair with 3 young (Yvonne C)

Prees (22 June) – Quail calling from a grass field at the rear of Prees Cricket and Recreation Club (Brades Road) at 10pm. The Aldersey/Pepper Street area of Prees is a traditional site for the species, this is the road that runs from c1mile South of Prees Village to Quina Brook, Brades Road is off this road. Any field in the area with cereal crops is worth checking out. Please do not enter fields (Howard Prince)

Chelmarsh (21 June) – Oystercatcher pair with 3 newly hatched chicks, 3 Lapwing chicks (TC)

Haughmond Hill (20 June) – pair of Spotted Flycatcher by the first small pool from the car park along the Geo-trail.

Venus Pool (20 June) – Redshank, Little ringed Plover, Kingfisher, 4 Oystercatcher (2ad, 2juv) (Roger Gibb)

Chelmarsh (20 June) – Common Tern (log book) Green Sandpiper, 3 newly hatched Lapwing chicks, Oystercatcher (Yvonne C)

Leegomery, Telford (17 June) – Red Kite at 1.30pm (Frank Hinde)

Bridgnorth (16 June) – Red Kite at 5.30pm (Steve Wright)

Oakengates, Telford (16 June) – Red Kite at 1.00pm. Flew off south towards Dawley (Sue and Dave Courtnell)

Chelmarsh (16 June) – Common Tern (Martyn Owen)

Priorslee Lake (16 June) – Common Tern through at 5.25am, 2 juv Grey Wagtail on the concrete ramp, a few Reed Warbler in song, Lesser Whitethroat heard calling with what sounded like a begging juv, 1 Common Whitethroat still singing, burst of song from a Garden Warbler, 9 Blackcap still in song, a Long-tailed Tit party of at least 23 birds, Willow Tits heard calling again back by Teece Drive gate after song and juveniles seen and heard earlier in SE (M54 slip area) (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh (15/16 June) – No sign of the Wood Sandpiper. 2 Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper and Cuckoo present (TC)

Chelmarsh (14 June) – Wood Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper still present this evening (Yvonne C)

Priorslee Lake (14 June) – Family party of 5+ Willow Tits in the trees alongside the M54 sliproad (J Reeves)

Chelmarsh (13 June) – Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher (TC/Steve Haycox)

Upton Cressett (13 June) – Turtle Dove in a Sweet Chestnut tree alongside Upton Cressett Hall SO656923 (Mike Wootton)

Long Mynd (12 June) – 2 summer plumage Golden Plover still on the Gliding field and 2 Curlew over (Yvonne C)

Wood Lane NR (9 June) – Common Tern present (log book)

Chelmarsh (7/8 June) – Hobby flew through, also Green Sandpiper, pair of Cuckoo, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Little-ringed Plover present (TC)

Hampton Loade (5 June) – 1 adult female Mandarin with 7 newly fledged young and 5 eclipsing adult males (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (5 June) – 1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Lapwing, 14 Tufted Duck. 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Little Ringed Plover also reported (Keith Bates)

Roddington (5 June) – 2 pairs of Corn Bunting plus a male singing (Bob Parker)

Venus Pool (5 June) – Black Swan arrived at 8am (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (5 June) – 6 Hobby, 2 pairs of Stonechat, 2 male and 1 female ‘bubbling’ Cuckoo. 1 Oystercatcher on the floods that have almost dried up (Howard Prince)

Severn south of Highley (4 June) – 1 adult female Mandarin with one fortnight old young and 2 eclipsing adult males (Keith Bates)

Whixall Moss (3 June) – 5 Cuckoo including two pairs in display flight, Whinchat pair, Stonechat pair, a few pairs of Reed Bunting and several Curlew (Robert Harris)

Eardington (2 June) – 2 Corn Bunting and 2 Yellow Wagtail (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (2 June) – 1 fem Mandarin, 2 Oystercatcher, pair of Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Lapwing, 2 Greylag (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (31 May) – Little Egret (Jim Almond) photo

Whixall Floods (31 May) – Oystercatcher on the floods plus 2 Cuckoo and a female Stonechat on the Moss (Howard Prince)

Moortown (30 May) – Corn Bunting singing in a small oak to the right of the lane (Toni Gordon)

Whixall Moss (26 May) – 4 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, 3 pairs of Stonechat, 2 pairs of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer and several Reed Bunting. Species count of 26  (Karen Jones and Trevor Crook)

Whixall Floods (23 May) – 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Shelduck – all viewed from the towpath (Howard Prince)

Clunton Coppice (23 May) – Spotted Flycatcher near Cuckoo Corner and a pair of Pied Flycatcher feeding young 200m up the road from the car park (Toni Gordon)

Bridgnorth (23 May) – Little Ringed Plover by the river, also a Kingfisher and a pair of Grey Wagtail (Steve Wright)

Chelmarsh (23 May) – Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, 2 Oystercatcher, 38 Great Crested Grebe, 65 Lesser Black-backed Gull, male Pochard and 6 Lapwing (Yvonne C)

Bridges (22 May) – Spotted Flycatcher near where the path runs alongside a garden, plus the usual Pied Flycatchers around (Richard Pearce)

Whixall Moss (22 May) – Fem/Imm Marsh Harrier and 2 Hobby reported  (via Howard Prince)

Whixall Floods (22 May) – 2 Ringed Plover (Paul Rutter) Also a male Wigeon and an Oystercatcher. No sign of the Black-tailed Godwit (Howard Prince)

Whixall Moss (18 May) – 4 Hobby and 3 Cuckoo. Also white-faced darter and four spotted chaser as well as green hairstreak around in good numbers (Stuart Thomas)

Whixall Floods (18 May) – Grasshopper Warbler still 500m from the canal junction (Paul King).  Little Egret still on the floods (Stuart Thomas)

Wood Lane (17 May) – Sanderling and 4 Ringed Plover flew in at 6pm. Flew off together at 7pm (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss and Floods (17 May) – Little Egret and Black-tailed Godwit on the floods, also 2 or 3 Hobby on the Moss and a Cuckoo (Mike Stokes and Damon Howells) Egret and Godwit still present at 7pm, also 2 Grasshopper Warbler singing by the canal 500m from Toll House (Howard Prince)

Whixall Moss and Floods (16 May) – Hobby on the Moss and Black-tailed Godwit still on the floods (Paul Rutter)

Venus Pool (16 May) – 3 Common Tern moved through, departing high north west at 11.04am (Paul King)

Wrekin (15 May) – 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher etc (SOS field trip)

Long Mynd (15 May) – 3 Whinchat and a Hobby (Yvonne C and Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (15 May) – 4 Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail, Curlew etc (Jim Almond and Yvonne C)

Whixall Floods (15 May) – Ringed Plover (Jim Almond) Black-tailed Godwit and a Yellow Wagtail (Howard Prince)

Whixall Moss (15 May) – 4 Hobby, 3 male Cuckoo, pair of Stonechat, female Wheatear and Marsh Harrier (Howard Prince)14 Hobby at 1.00pm (Paul King).  Grasshopper Warbler singing just beyond Prees Canal Branch at 9pm (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Floods (14 May) – Drake Garganey still (bird news services)

Whixall Moss (13 May) – Little Egret, 8 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, Buzzard and lots of Curlew (Graeme Shearer)

Priorslee Lake (13 May) – 12 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Cormorant etc (Ed Wilson)

Shrewsbury (13 May) – female Marsh Harrier flew south over Mytton Mill at 5.50pm (bird news services)

Whixall Floods (13 May) – Wood Sandpiper at 1.30pm but not seen at 5.30pm. Also 3 Black-tailed Godwit on fields by the road before the canal. Drake Garganey reported by someone as present in the morning (Paul Rutter)

Wood Lane (12 May) – In the evening – 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (12 May) – At 1.30pm 2 Honey Buzzard (1 pale and 1 dark phase) circled over the moss for 10 mins before gaining height and flying off north west (Pete Nickless) Marsh Harrier low over the pools near the weather station (Yvonne C) 2 or 3 Hobby and 4 Cuckoo near the weather station late afternoon (Mike Stokes)

Whixall Floods (11 May) – Drake Garganey still this evening, with 3 Teal in second field viewed from the canal towpath walking towards the marina junction (Mike Stokes and Jim Almond)

Wood Lane (11 May) – 3 summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit by the pool (on private land) behind the reserve, viewed through the hedge by the road early evening (Richard Vernon) 2 Black-tailed Godwit still in the evening (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (11 May) – Immature Marsh Harrier (bird news services)

Whixall Floods (10 May) – Drake Garganey on the floods, viewed from the canal towpath walking towards the marina junction (Brian Hunt)

Whixall Moss (10 May) – Male Whinchat, 4 Cuckoo and 2 Sedge Warbler (Paul Rutter)

Whixall Floods and Moss (9 May) – 3 Ruff on the floods. 9 Hobby, Willow Tit, Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Common Whitethroat. Also on Fenns Moss – Tree Pipit and Cuckoo (Howard Prince)

Wood Lane (9 May) – Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Black-tailed Godwit on a pool behind the reserve, seen through the hedge by the road (Alan Heath)

Wood Lane (8 May) – Whimbrel from 2.15-2.45pm, also Cuckoo and 2 Little-ringed Plover. Both Lapwing and Oystercatcher have chicks. No sign of Bar-tailed Godwit from 1.00-4.30pm (Yvonne C) 3 Black-tailed Godwits noted in the log book in the morning by B Purslow.

Wood Lane (7 May) – Bar-tailed Godwit again late afternoon (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (6 May) – Hobby flew through at 9.45am (Jim Almond)

Long Mynd (6 May) – Early morning – Common Redstart at Pole Cottage. On the Gliding Club airfield, five Greenland Wheatear and singing Whitethroat, but no Dotterel (Tom Lowe)

Church Stretton (5 May) – Cuckoo on the Golf Course (Chris Travis)

Venus Pool (5 May) – Hobby flew through, 2 Little ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 5 Shelduck, Oystercatcher with three young and Lapwing with young.

Venus Pool (4 May) – Ruff present at 3.30pm, for 15 mins only (Malc Wright)

Wood Lane (4 May) – Bar-tailed Godwit (Jim Almond)

Long Mynd (4 May) – No sign of any Dotterel on the Gliding Club airfield this morning or this afternoon (Martyn Owen and Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (4 May) – Oystercatcher have three young.

Nortoncamp Wood nr Craven Arms (3 May) – 3 Pied Flycatcher (2m, 1f) and numerous warblers etc (Matt Schofield)

Long Mynd, Ashes Hollow from Little Stretton (3 May) – 3 Whinchat singing and 6 Common Redstart (Tom Lowe)

Stokesay (3 May) – Pair of Dipper (Matt Schofield)

Bridges (3 May) – 2 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Dipper feeding young (Richard Camp)

Long Mynd (3 May) – 2 Dotterel still at 4.15pm in the corner of the Gliding Club airfield by the entrance gate (Dave Barrow)Whinchat also present.

Whixall Moss (3 May) – 4 Hobby, 3 calling Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, calling Water Rail and a pair of Stonechat. Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler along the canal towpath and 2 Oystercatcher on the floods (Howard Prince)

Long Mynd (3 May) – 2 Dotterel still at 7.30am in the corner of the Gliding Club airfield by the entrance gate also 2 Golden Plover (Ed Birch)

Bowhills Dingle, Bowhills and Romsley (3 May) – male Common Redstart and 4 House Martin (Keith Bates)

Wood Lane (2 May) – Black-tailed Godwit (Wood Lane website)

Clunton Coppice (2 May) – at least 3 Wood Warbler near to the car park, 2 Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap and several Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff (Jim Almond)

Black Hill (2 May) – Tree Pipit displaying (Jim Almond)

Long Mynd (2 May) – 2 Dotterel still present at 18.15 when they did however take flight & moved further up the gliding field landing in and area of partial bracken near the wind sock (Geoff Hall)

Long Mynd (2 May) – 2 Dotterel still in the early afternoon in the corner of the Gliding Club airfield by the entrance gate (bird news services)

Long Mynd (2 May) – 2 Dotterel on the Midland Gliding Club airfield in the corner by the entrance gate at 7.35am, also 6 Wheatear. 2 Common Redstart at Pole Cottage (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (1 May) – 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little ringed Plover and 6 Lapwing (Keith Bates)

Eardington east (1 May) – male Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swift and 1 House Martin (Keith Bates)

Whixall Moss (1 May) – At least 11 Hobby, 3 Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Willow Tit along the canal towpath  (Howard Prince)

Alveley (1 May) – Cuckoo and Lesser Whitethroat (Keith Bates)

Whixall Moss (30 April) – Immature Marsh Harrier at 10.00am then flew towards Fenns Moss, also 2 Hobby (bird news services)

Chelmarsh (30 April) – Dunlin, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, Oystercatcher, 2 Little ringed Plover and Kingfisher (TC)

Highley, River Severn south of (30 April) – Male Mandarin, 5 Goosander and 2 Swift (Keith Bates)

Highley, Borle Brook (30 April) – Male Mandarin (Keith Bates)

Venus Pool (29 and 30 April) – 3 Dunlin flew in on 29 April, 1 still present the following day along with a Ringed Plover and two Little ringed Plover (Jim Almond)

Wood Lane (29 April) – Black-tailed Godwit (Wood Lane website)

Chelmarsh (29 April) – Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whirethroat, 1 Pochard, 1 Whitethroat and 7 Lapwing (Keith Bates) 4 Little ringed Plover fighting (TC)

Cranmere area (28 April) – 10+ Corn Bunting, 12 Linnet, 9 Yellowhammer and a Pink-footed Goose (Yvonne C)

Earl’s Hill (28 April) – Lots of Garden Warbler, 4 Common Redstart and a Sparrowhawk but no Pied flys or Wood Warbler (Rob Stokes)

Chelmarsh (28 April) – Marsh Harrier hunting reed beds from 6.30-7.45pm. Also Water Rail, Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap, Pochard and fem Goosander (TC)

Shrewsbury (27 April) – Female Goosander with 11 quite small ducklings on the Severn in Shrewsbury just upstream of the Welsh Bridge. Also an almost pure white Mallard with five normal coloured ducklings just downstream of Welsh Bridge (Colin Wright)

Wood Lane (27 April) – A White Wagtail with 5 Pied Wagtails, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and 2 Little ringed Plover. 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Red legged Partridge on the fields (Richard Vernon)

Whixall Moss (26 April) – 2 Cuckoo, four Tawny Owl calling and a Grasshopper Warbler in hawthorns by the canal heading towards Bettisfield (Howard Prince)

Cronkhill, Cross Houses (25 April) – Red Kite (Helen Griffiths)

Cranmere Bog (25 April) – 4 Yellow Wagtails and a Pink footed Goose (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (25 April) – 2 Dunlin, Garden Warbler, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher

Chelmarsh (25 April) – Cuckoo, 2 Water Rail and several singing Sedge Warbler (TC)

Nedge Hill (25 April) – Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat and Blackcap (Andy Latham) 17 Wheatear later (YC/JA)

Isombridge area (25 April) – Several Corn Bunting, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 6 Swift (Jim Almond/Yvonne C)

Eyton (25 April) – 2 Grey Partridge (Paul King)

Priorslee (25 April) – 3 Common Sandpiper and a Swift (Andy Latham)

Atcham (25 April) – Common Sandpiper, 4 Goosander and 10+ Sand Martin excavating holes in bank (Yvonne C/Jim Almond)

Earl’s Hill (25 April) – Around the foot of the hill: Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Buzzard and a Hooded Crow on the top of the hill with other Carrion Crows and Jackdaws feeding (Bernard Roberts)

Venus Pool 24 April) -Common Tern (Helen Griffiths) 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 3 Common Sandpiper and 4 Little Ringed Plover (Paul Burgess)

Long Mynd (24 April) – Cuckoo at Pole Bank (Tom Lowe) 2 Redstart and 6 Raven at Pole Cottage (Mike Stokes)

Chelmarsh (24 April) – Common Sandpiper, Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Little ringed Plover, 11 Goosander and 4 Teal (TC)

Colemere (24 April) – No sign of adult male Common Scoter early this morning (Mike Stokes)

Colemere (23 April) – Adult male Common Scoter present in the evening (Jim Almond)

Churchmoor Hall, Church Stretton (23 April) – 2 Crossbill (Tom Lowe)

Chelmarsh (22 April) – 2 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover and a Water Rail (TC)

Shrewsbury (22 April) – 4 Swifts over the centre of town viewed from the Gateway Centre at 6pm (Martin George)

Polemere (22 April) – 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing in the area, 2 Yellow Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper and a fem Goosander (Jim Almond)

Whixall – Furber’s floods (21 April) – 2 adult Med Gulls, 8 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Little ringed Plover (Paul Rutter and Bob Harris)

Whixall Moss (21 April) – 2 Short eared Owls in the area between the weather station and the portaloo during evening. Also a Cuckoo calling from Fenn’s Moss (Howard Prince)

Corvedale – Munslow to Broadstone (21 April) – Tree Pipit, 5 Redstarts (4 singing males), 5 Blackcaps and 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats (Tom Lowe)

Venus Pool (20 April) – 3 Sedge Warbler (from log book)

Chelmarsh (20 April) – Cuckoo and a Ringed Plover (TC)

Whixall – Furber’s floods (20 April) – 1 Ruff, 3 Dunlin and a Little ringed Plover (Paul Rutter)

Wrekin (20 April) – 2 Wood Warblers, 3+ singing Common Redstarts, 4+ singing Pied Flycatchers, 2+ Tree Pipits, Tawny Owl, 2 pairs of Green Woodpecker and a female Lesser spotted Woodpecker along the track that goes straight on where the main path bends sharply to the right before the halfway house, with another drumming further down the main path near the nest boxes. (J Reeves)

Chelmarsh (19 April) – Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 6 Teal and 2 Curlew in to roost (TC)

Oswestry (19 April) – Black Redstart in a field and garden behind Oswestry College (Paul Burgess)

Priorslee Lake (19 April) – Swift, 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 150 Sand Martin, 7 Blackcap singing and a Common Sandpiper (Martin and Ian Grant)

Venus Pool (19 April) – 6 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 House Martin, 12 Common Buzzard soaring together and a Red Kite flew over at 5.40pm. Total of 55 species recorded. (Geoff Holmes)

Chelmarsh (18 April) – Cuckoo, 2 Goosander, 2 Lapwing and 6 Teal (TC)

Whixall (18 April) – A Ruff, Little ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail on the floods at Furber’s in the morning. On Fenns Moss, three Tree Pipits (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (18 April) – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little ringed Plovers, 16 Linnet and 1 Blackcap (Paul Burgess). In the evening – 2 House Martin and 4 Yellow Wagtail (Jim Almond)

Chelmarsh (17 April) – Common Sandpiper (TC)

Whixall – Furber’s floods (17 April) – A Ruff and a Green Sandpiper on the floods in the morning (Howard Prince)

Venus Pool (17 April) – A Green Sandpiper and Barnacle Goose late morning. Also a Cuckoo flew overhead near Cound Stank – located it a while later on wires near The Glebe farm (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (16 April) – At least 12 Yellow Wagtails present (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (15 April) – Osprey present briefly in the morning (VP log book)

Lower Hordley (14 April) – Osprey seen hovering over a pool (Allan Dawes)

Venus Pool (14 April) – Osprey present 3-3.30pm, caught a fish. Also 3 Little ringed Plover, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (13 April) – Osprey caught a fish again this evening. (VP log book)

Venus Pool (12 April) – Osprey 12.20-12.45pm, 6 Yellow Wagtails, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little ringed Plover, Oystercatcher (Yvonne C) Osprey returned at 5.00pm and caught a fish on its fifth attempt (Paul Rutter)

Caer Caradoc (12 April) – 2 male Ring Ouzels at the summit (Peter Rodgers)

Oswestry (11 April) – House Martin (Graeme Shearer)

Venus Pool (11 April) – Marsh Harrier at 3.30pm, hunting the far reed bed for 20 mins then left to the nort. Also Osprey caught a fish at 10.00am and returned several times from 3.15pm onwards. Also present, a Common Sandpiper, Blackcap and 4 Yellow Wagtails (Jim Almond)

Brown Clee (11 April) – 2 Crossbill, 2 Tree Pipit plus a few Redpoll and Siskin (Paul Barker)

Titterstone Clee (11 April) – Black Redstart at summit and 4 Ring Ouzel in the quarry this morning (bird news services)

Bridges (10 April) – At least 2 male Pied Flycatchers, a male Common Redstart and 2 Dipper. Also a striking pale morph Common Buzzard (Jim Almond/Yvonne C)

Titterstone Clee (10 April) – Black Redstart (imm male?) on the fence of the first large compound at the summit. Common Redstart in the dingle down from the main car park. 2 Ring Ouzel (1m 1f), many Wheatear, a House Martin, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Raven (PN, PB, JR, JH, JA, YC)

Oswestry (10 April) – Ringtail Hen Harrier just east of Oswestry alongside the A5 at 10am (J Reeves)

Venus Pool (10 April) – Osprey at 8.00am but got mobbed by gulls and soon left. Returned and caught small Roach at 9.30am. Black-tailed Godwit was also there but left in the commotion at 8am and didn’t return. Also present Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher (Andy Latham/Jim Almond) Osprey returned at 11am (J Reeves) Little Egret present (Paul Burgess)

Whixall Moss (9 April) – Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier and ringtail Hen Harrier (Bob Harris)

Venus Pool (9 April) – Osprey caught a Roach at 6.25pm. Also 6 Yellow Wagtails dropped in at 7pm (Jim Almond)

Titterstone Clee (9 April) – Black Redstart beneath the smaller radar dome at 3.30pm (Martin Grant) Also a Tree Pipit (Tom Lowe)

Titterstone Clee (9 April) – Black Redstart by the smaller radar dome early this morning. Also 5 Ring Ouzel in quarry area and a male Common Redstart near the old barns (Mike Stokes, Andy Latham, Richard Vernon)

Chelmarsh (8 April) – Evening – Barn Owl, 5 Curlew, Tawny Owl, 2 Oystercatcher, 200+ Sand Martin, 1 Sparrowhawk and 100+ Pied Wagtail (TC)

Mortimer Forest (8 April) – Tree Pipit at Bringewood Road clearing (Paul Barker)

Naird Lane, Nedge Hill (8 April) – Male Common Redstart this afternoon in field on the opposite side of road to horses, also Little Owl in horse field (Pete Nickless)

Titterstone Clee (8 April) – Black Redstart reported by the smaller radar dome, but not seen. 4 Ring Ouzel still in the quarry (Roger Gibb)

Atcham (8 April) – Common Sandpiper and 3 male Goosander seen from the Atcham road bridge also a Blackcap singing in the trees over the Attingham estate wall by the Atcham layby (Martin George)

Wrekin (8 April) – Pied Flycatcher singing near the Halfway House also 2 Green Woodpeckers, several Blackcaps and Willow Warblers (J Reeves)

Whixall (7 April) – Little Ringed Plover on the canal floods and Great Grey Shrike on Fenns Moss adjacent to the old railway line, near Chapel lane (Len Gibbons via Howard Prince)

Wood Lane (7 April) – Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 16 Common Snipe, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher and a Speckled Teal (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (7 April) – Male Common Redstart on the bottom fence of the sheep field on the left hand side of the causeway (as viewed from top field) (Yvonne C)

Ludlow/Oswestry/Whittingdon (6 April) – Osprey. Satellite tagged Scottish bird was at Ludlow at 6pm, Oswestry at 7pm and roosted at Whittingdon. He left the county, heading north early the following morning.

Titterstone Clee (5 April) – 3 Ring Ouzel still in the quarry area (SO594778) also 6 Wheatear and 6 Raven at Random (Steve Haycox)

Chelmarsh (5 April) – 4 Chiffchaff singing and 2 Oystercatcher (Steve Haycox)

Titterstone Clee (4 April) – 5 Ring Ouzel (3m 2f) still in the quarry area (SO594778) at 2.30pm. Also 2 Wheatear and Raven present (Geoff Hall)

Fenns Moss (4 April) – 2 ringtail Hen Harriers this morning but no sign of the Great Grey Shrike. A Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher on the canal floods (Howard Prince)

Whixall Moss (3 April) – Male Marsh Harrier near the weather station, a female Hen Harrier and also an Osprey perched in a birch tree consuming a fish (Rob Stokes)

Venus Pool (3 April) – 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtails, 1 Wheatear, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 5 Tree Sparrow (Paul Burgess)

Titterstone Clee (3 April) – 2 male Ring Ouzel in the quarry area below the radar station at 2.00pm (sighting from Bird News Services)

Fenns Moss (3 April) – Great Grey Shrike in the area in front of the Old Works, also Chiffchaff, Wheatear, Swallow and Willow Warbler (Howard Prince)

Naird Lane, Nedge Hill (3 April) – Male Common Redstart still on new fence adjacent to upper horse fields (SJ721077) at 9.00am, though no sign at 4.00pm (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (2 April) – Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear in field by the causeway, Little ringed Plover, Swallow, 2 singing Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warbler – 1 singing (Mike and Rob Stokes and Will Jones)

Titterstone Clee (2 April) – Male Ring Ouzel and several Wheatear in the quarry area at 3pm (Andy and John Morris)

Priorslee Lake (2 April) – White Wagtail on dam at 8.30am. Also at the lake, 1 Wheatear, 3 Sand Martin and a Willow Tit (John Isherwood)

Nedge Hill (2 April) – Male Common Redstart on new fence adjacent to upper horse fields (John Isherwood)

Titterstone Clee (1 April) – 4 Ring Ouzel (3m 1f) in the quarry area below the radar station (Jim Almond)

High Ercall/Crudgington area (31 March) – 6 Corn Bunting feeding on a winter cereal field opposite the turning for Moortown on the High Ercall to Crudgington road (Geoff Hall)

Newport (28 and 29 March) – Whooper Swan again at 17.45 in fields behind The Rubens, Pave Lane with 45 Mute Swans (Martin Grant)

Titterstone Clee (29 March) – Male Ring Ouzel in the quarry area (Jim Almond)

Polemere (28 March) – 2 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 14 Teal, 40 Wigeon, 3 pairs of Goosander, 15 Canada Geese, 12 Tufted Duck, pair of Stock Dove, 2 Buzzard 6 Mallard, Snipe, 2 Lapwing (Lewis Cowper)

Wood Lane (28 March) – 2 Little Ringed Plover present (Paul Burgess)

Hopesay SO389832 (28 March) – Great Grey Shrike still present at the top of Burrow Hill Fort (SO383831). Park near church in the village and follow Shropshire Way (Jim Almond)

Wall Farm (28 March) – Marsh Harrier over wetland, viewed from hide. See here for info on access to Wall Farm. (sighting from Bird news services)

Newport (27 March) – Whooper Swan present again this evening in fields behind The Rubens, Pave Lane with 45 Mute Swans (Pete Jordan via Martin Grant)

Cranmere (27 March) – Pink footed Goose still present (Yvonne C)

Hopesay SO389832 (26 and 27 March) – Great Grey Shrike at the top of Burrow Hill Fort (SO383831). Park near church in village and follow Shropshire Way (Andy, Yvonne, Paul, Dawn)

Venus Pool (26 March) – 1 Swallow, c.10 Sand Martin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, the female Scaup still present with 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 2 drake Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Grey Wagtail (Jason Buckley)

Titterstone Clee (25 March) – 20+ Wheatear present (Jason Buckley)

Newport (25 March) – Whooper Swan in fields behind The Rubens, Pave Lane (via Paul King)

Nedge Hill (24 March) – 10 Wheatear in the field at the end of the footpath alongside the horse paddocks at SJ725077 (Martin and Ian Grant)

Duke’s Drive Kynnersley SJ682164 (24 March)  – 2 Shelduck, Shoveler, Grey Heron, Fieldfare, Tawny Owl calling, 30 Canada and 2 Greylag Geese (Roger Gibb)

Cranmere (23 March) – Pink footed Goose in field near The Bog (Yvonne C)

Tibberton (22 March) – 2 Wheatear on a recently cultivated field between Tibberton & Cherrington this afternoon (Steven Jaggs)

Venus Pool (22 March) – A Swallow this morning, also several Sand Martins, a pair of Gadwall, the Scaup, 3 Great crested Grebe, several displaying Lapwing, 7+ Snipe, 110 Black headed Gulls and a Red Kite, heading south west (Helen Griffiths)

Nedge Hill (22 March) – 4 Wheatear at the bottom end of the horse field, 3 more on the north side of Naird Lane. 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Skylark singing and a calling Green Woodpecker (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (22 March) – 4 Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, several Chiffchaff, pair of Gadwall, 23 Tufted Duck and 8 Linnet (Ed Wilson)

Fenns Moss (21 March) – Ring tail Hen Harrier ranging widely over Fenns Moss from 11am this morning. Short eared Owl seen earlier by Sue Coates (Howard Prince)

Crudgington/High Ercall area (21 March) – 3 Corn Buntings in song (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh (20 March) – Woodcock, 2 Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff, Lapwing, 5 Teal, 4 Greylag Geese and 5 Tufted Duck (Keith Bates)

Dudmaston all pools (19 March) – 7 Teal, 1 Goosander, 15 Tufted Duck, 4 Great crested Grebe, 18 Greylag and 41 Canada Geese. (Keith Bates)

Long Mynd (19 March) – male Wheatear also a pair of Stonechat approx 500yds from Pole cottage (Richard Vernon)

Venus Pool (18 March) – 8 Sand Martin and a Little Ringed Plover. Also Scaup and a Peregrine that caught and ate half of a Curlew (Andy Latham).

Severn Valley CP (17 March) – 2 Snipe, 2 Goosander, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Coot. (Keith Bates)

Priorslee Lake (17 March) – Chiffchaff (Martin Grant)

Fenns Moss (17 March) – Great Grey Shrike (viewed from SJ496371 looking NE) and ring tail Hen Harrier (Howard Prince).

Venus Pool (15 March) – Scaup (Maurice Baker)

Venus Pool (14 March) – Chiffchaff singing (Helen Griffiths)

Furbers Floods at Whixall Moss (14 March) – Canada Goose 15, Mallard 35, Curlew 32, Teal 99, Coot 9, Moorhen 3, Lapwing 45, Wigeon 72, Shoveller 63 and Black-headed gull c60 (Bob Harris).

Whixall Moss (14 March) – Short eared Owl, male Sparrowhawk and ringtail Hen Harrier (Jim Almond).

Brown Clee (14 March) – 18 Ravens together NW of Abdon Burf “enjoying” the wind and a pair of Crossbills at dam end of Boyne Water (John Macintosh).

Whixall Moss (12 March) – two Short-eared Owls – one dark and the other quite pale also 4 Woodcock and 2 Stonechat (Jim Almond)

Whixall Moss (11 March) – two Short-eared Owls both birds hunting the area to the rear of Furbers (Howard Prince).

Polemere (9 March) – 40 Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Ducks, a pair of Shelduck and three pairs of Goosander (Jim Almond) see Jim Almond’s blog for pictures

Whixall Moss (8 March) – Great Grey Shrike & male Stonechat between weather station & Roundthorn bridge (Rob).

Whixall Moss (7 March) – at least five drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, pair of Ravens courting overhead, Harrier sp. seen from a distance, three Kestrel and two Buzzard. On the floods themselves were Shoveller, Wigeon, Teal , Canada Geese, two Shelduck, c40 Lapwing, Black-headed Gulls, 28 Curlew (Bob Harris)

Whixall/Fenns Moss (7 March) – Common Crane present on Fenns Moss at 7.50am viewed from SJ486363 having presumably roosted. The bird was quite vocal regularly calling, it flew off the mosses at 9.10am and appeared to land in fields near the Morris Bridge car park. Also seen a ring-tail Hen Harrier on both Fenns and Whixall, numerous Green Woodpeckers calling but not seen and c20 Curlews (Howard Prince).

Whixall Moss (6 March) – Common Crane flew from the direction of the Moss at 2.00pm and landed in the field. It spent the next four hours there with some Canada Geese until it flew onto the Moss at 5.50pm to roost by one of the small pools. It called for a few minutes when in the field and again when it was flying to roost. Parking at Furbers/Morris Bridge car park, the field it was in is the large one on the right just after the bungalow when heading towards the Moss (Yvonne C/Barry Vivian). Also a Short-eared Owl on far side of Fenns Moss, two Willow Tits close to the canal. (Barry Vivian)

Wood Lane (5 March) – 12 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 17 Common Snipe, male and female Reed Bunting, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, male and female Sparrow Hawk, c. 300 Lapwing and 6 Shelduck (Paul Burgess)

The Hem Farm near Shifnal (5 March) – 250 Golden Plover in a field on the right just past the farm approx SJ730055 (Yvonne C).

Hadley Park Road, near Woodpecker Close, Telford (4 March) – Peregrine perched on top of street light at 0700 alongside bemused looking crow (Toni Gordon)

Venus Pool (4 March) – Robin apparently lacking any red/brown pigmentation. Overall it was very greyish with a dirty-white breast where it should be red. There was just a little pink on its upper throat (John Andrews).

Whixall Moss (4 March) – Ring tail Hen Harrier at 6pm in the area to the rear of Furbers also 17 Curlews in to roost at 6.10pm (Howard Prince).

WalkmillBridge, Market Drayton (4 March) – Little Egret seen on the River Tern (SJ672335) (reported to Gareth Egarr).

Priorslee Lake (28 February) – Little Grebe calling, 5 Herring Gulls, Mistle Thrush in song, 22 Magpie emerged from the roost, 2 parties of at least 22 Siskins (Ed Wilson).

Priorslee Flash (28 February) – Water Rail in reeds alongside Derwent Drive (Ed Wilson).

Bury Ditches (27 February) – 4 Crossbill (3m1f) by car park entrance (Geoff Hall)

SU Canal, Hindford  (25 February) – Little Egret feeding in gutters adjacent to canal between ‘Mad Jacks’ and the lock towards St Martins also a flock of some 200-225 Goldfinches with other finches at the crossroads just down from the pub (Neville Smith).

The Wrekin (23 February) – Firecrest loosely associated with Goldcrests etc. approx 250mtrs upon left in Holly bush, also Tawny Owl calling and Crossbill flew over (Paul King).

The Wrekin (22 February) – Firecrest showing well just beyond the toilet block on the right hand side in first ivy covered tree (Paul Rutter).

Chetwynd Pool (21 February) – 75% ice but there were 2 Egyptian Geese and 2 male 2 female Goosander (Martin Grant).

Whixall Moss (14 February) – 2 Merlin on the moss, 35 Shoveler, 14 Pintail, 49 Wigeon and 79 Teal on the floods (Chris Griffin).

Bury Ditches (13 February) – 40+ Crossbill and a Brambling (Paul Rutter).

Dukes Drive at SJ650168 (13 February) – Little Egret, flock of c200 Lapwing and a Red Legged Partridge (Martin Grant) also at 10.15am a Common Crane was in a field just north of the drive (Andy Latham).

Whixall floods by Furbers (21 February) – 8 Coot, 51 Wigeon, 143+ Teal, 57 Mallard, 30 Shoveler, 11 Pintail, 5 Canada Geese. and 2 Mute Swan (Robert Harris).

Whixall Moss (19 February) – Great Grey Shrike was present again at 10.45am viewed from SJ482359 (post 17) looking towards the canal (Howard Prince).

Whixall Moss (18 February) – Short eared Owl hunting at 4.42pm (Andy Latham).

Whitemere (18 February) –Red-breasted Merganser still present (Paul Rutter).

The Wrekin (18 February) – Firecrest is still present about 300mtrs up the path on the left showing well, also a Tawny Owl and a Nuthatch (Andy Latham).

Priorslee Flash (16 February) – 2 Redpoll, 9 Goldfinch and 4 Siskin in alders (Ed Wilson).

Priorslee Lake (16 February) – 5 Great Crested Grebes, Heron, 5 Mute Swans, 7 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall: both pairs still present, 26 Mallard, 44 Pochard, 55 Tufted Ducks, Water Rail in the Wesley Brook, 6 Moorhens, 151 Coots, c.750 Black-headed Gulls, c.450 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, c.20 Herring Gulls, 12+ Siskins, 23 Linnets, and 9 Reed Buntings (Ed Wilson).

Alderley lane, Wem (16 February) – 4 Whooper Swans still present (Richard Vernon).

Melverley (15 February) – 21 Whooper Swans (Andy Latham).

Whitemere (15 February) -2 Smew (Barry Vivian).

Colemere (15 February) – Red-breasted Merganser (Barry Vivian).

Whixhall Moss (15 February) – very quiet, the flooded fields had Wigeon, Teal, Pintail and Shoveler (Barry Vivian).

Alveley, Poole Hall (15 February) – 7 Goosander (Keith Bates).

Burrow Hill, west of Hopesay (14 February) – about 30-40 Crossbill (Sandra Spence).

Dudmaston (all pools) (14 February) – 7 Goldeneye, 8 Siskin, 36 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, escaped Snow Goose with 7 Greylag Goose, 164 Canada Goose (Keith Bates).

Whixall Moss (14 February) – 2 Merlin on the moss, 35 Shoveler, 14 Pintail, 49 Wigeon and 79 Teal on the floods (Chris Griffin).

Alveley, Poole Hall (13 February) – 35 Lapwing (Keith Bates).

Severn Valley Country Park (13 February) – 8 Goosander and 2 Coot (Keith Bates).

River Severn , south of Highley (13 February) – 2 Goosander (Keith Bates).

Bury Ditches (13 February) – 40+ Crossbill and a Brambling (Paul Rutter).

Dukes Drive at SJ650168 (13 February) – Little Egret, flock of c200 Lapwing and a Red Legged Partridge (Martin Grant) also at 10.15am a Common Crane was in a field just north of the drive (Andy Latham).

Wall Farm (13 February) – Common Crane in field between the road and the hide early morning

River Clun just upstream of Purslow Bridge (13 February) – Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (John & Liz Tucker).

Whitemere (13 February) – Smew and Red-breasted Merganser (Ian Grant)

Whixall Moss (13 February) – ringtail Harrier (Ian Grant)

Kingsnordley (12 February) – 6 Golden Plover (Keith Bates).

Whixall Moss (12 February) – Common Crane (Len Gibbons).

Chelmarsh Reservoir (11 February) – 8 Snipe, 14 Goosander, 37 Greylag Goose, 30 Canada Goose, 18 Cormrorant, 17+ Tufted Duck and 45+ Coot (Keith Bates).

River Severn , Hampton Loade (11 February) – 4 Goosander and a Little Grebe (Keith Bates).

Severn Valley Country Park (11 February) – Goosander, Redpoll, Siskin and 2 Coot (Keith Bates).

White Mere (11 February) – Smew (Paul Burgess)

Colemere (11 February) – 1st winter male Red-breasted Merganser (Paul Burgess)

Venus Pool (9 February) – a Merlin disturbed from a kill in the cropped area (Pete Deans).

Haughmond Hill (8 February) – Male Crossbill, also a large finch flock 300+ mainly Siskin & Goldfinch with some Redpoll (Andy Latham).

Venus Pool (8 February) – Female Scaup (Andy Latham).

White Mere (8 February) – redhead Smew (Andy Latham).

Colemere (8 February) – 1st winter male Red-breasted Merganser (Andy Latham).

Bayston Hill (7 February) – Short-eared Owl hunting low over the fields between the village and the rear of Dobbies garden centre (Jason Buckley).

Moss (7 February) – 44 Pinkfooted Geese flying North (Jim Almond).

Prees Village (6 February) – 200+ Pinkfooted Geese flying NW, birds were calling but high in fog, therefore minimum count (Howard Prince).

Shavington (6 February) – several flocks of Pinkfooted Geese flying N, as above the birds were calling but high in fog and uncountable (Alan Heath).

Fenns Moss (4 February) – Short-eared Owl (David Hopwood/Howard Prince).

Colemere (6 February) – c30 Goosander, 2 Willow Tit in the wood plus a large mixed flock Redpoll / Siskin on the Alders, easily 50+ (Jim Almond).

Wood Lane (6 February) – 3 Oystercatchers (Jim Almond).

Isombridge lane (6 February) – large flock of Curlew Longden side of fishing pool (Jim Almond).

Upton Magna, near CJs new road entrance (6 February) – 1,000 + Fieldfare plus few Redwing (Jim Almond).

Lyth Hill side of A49 (6 February) – cultivated field with at least 3,000 Lapwing plus a few Golden Plover mixed in (Jim Almond).

Colemere (4 February) – 26 Goosander and a female Read-breasted Merganser Red-breasted Merganser still present. Plenty of tit flocks with one including 5 Common Redpoll (Chris Griffin).

Colemere (3 February) – 20+ Goosander and a female Read-breasted Merganser (Paul Rutter/Richard Vernon et al).

Fenn’s Moss (3 February) – distant views of Great Grey Shrike and a Hen Harrier (Paul Rutter).

Rea Brook at Hanwood (2 February) – regular sightings of a Little Egret over the last week, also Goosanders regularly seen this winter on the brook (Roger Johnson).

Venus Pool (31 January) – Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Coots, Carrion Crows, Shoveller, Moorhen, Black-headed Gulls, Common Snipe, Canada Goose, Buzzard and a Jack Snipe (from the North Hide) (Graham Pagett).

Whixall / Fenns Moss (31 January) – Great Grey Shrike was present at 2.15pm at SJ494364. It was first seen here before flying towards Moss Cottages and was still visible at 2.30pm perched in a tall Silver Birch tree (Harold Prince).

Furbers Floods, Whixall Moss (31 January) – east side, still about 70% ice, 155 Mallard, 46 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 1 Pintail (male), 1 Moorhen, 65 Lapwing, Buzzard, Pheasant, and eleven Black-headed gulls whilst on the west side, 85% ice, were 47 Mallard, 18 Teal, 15 Pintail, 7 Shoveller (4 male), 2 Coot, 3 Snipe, 12 Canada Goose. In the area 5 Bullfinch, 30 mixed Redpoll /Goldfinch, and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 displaying Ravens and 2 Buzzards. Out on the moss itself Carrion Crows, “ Buzzard, a Ring-tail Harrier still present (seen taking a Reed Bunting), c.12 Reed Buntings, a Meadow Pipit, a Green Woodpecker, another flock of c30 Redpoll, three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a flock of 25 Woodpigeons on one of the paths (Bob Harris).

Fenns Moss (30 January) – At dusk two Merlin and the Ring tailed Hen Harrier (viewed from SJ486363) (note that 2 Short eared Owls were seen mobbing the Harrier at dusk last weekend at this site. (Howard Prince).

Dudmaston (24 January) – 156 Canada Geese, 75 Grey-lag Geese, “escaped” Snow Goose, 116 Tufted Ducks, 4 Goldeneye and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming (Steve Haycox).

Whixall Moss (23 January) – 2 Willow Tit on the walk in from Furbers bridge, a flock of c30 Redpoll in the canal side alders, on the floods, good numbers of Teal, Shoveler, Pintail (10) plus a few Wigeon and Snipe (Jim Almond).

Between Isombridge and Longdon on Tern (23 January) – flock of 25 Curlew in an adjacent field and 13 Goosander on the small pool (Jim Almond).

Whixall/Fenns Moss (21 January) – Great Grey Shrike and Hen Harrier (reported to Howard Prince).

Shrewsbury Town (21 January) – Peregrine circling over town and perching on St Alkmond’s Church steeple, 2 Little Grebe fishing in River Severn by Frankwell Car Park (Colin Wright).

Priorslee Lake (20 January) – Ad Caspian Gull (probably same bird as 19 Jan) also a Yellow-legged Gull (Andy Latham).

Cefn Coch SJ235334 (18 January) – Flock of 26 Crossbill, lots of small flocks also seen but could have been same birds.  Some brightly coloured males and one singing. Birds can often be seen from the road as the woodland is now private – still a lot of snow and ice (Allan Dawes).

Priorslee Lake (19 January) – Adult Caspian Gull (probably the adult from just before the New Year)(Andy Latham) – for the keen gull hunters Andy states his reasons for the ID as long parallel bill, long neck, high chest, long thin legs, greenish yellow in colour, small dark eye, clean white head not particulary pear shaped, but relatively flat crowned. Shade darker on the mantle than ‘argenteus’ close by. Long primary projection. Brief views of the primary patterns not enough for the detail on the inner webs of P10 but everything else fitted.

Priorslee Lake (18 January) – 2nd winter Glaucous Gull also a Yellow-legged Gull, a probable “intermedius” Lesser Black-backed Gull. At least one possible Ring-billed Gull, and several white-headed, dark-eyed, Herring Gulls (Andy Latham).

River Morda, Candy, near Oswestry (18 January) – Little Egret (John Clarke).

Chelmarsh Reservoir (18 January) – massive gull roost but only 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls.  Goosander numbers have gone down to 20. 10+ spent shotgun cartridges by the Reservoir hide, so this has probably had an effect on the number of wildfowl there (Steve Haycox).

Venus Pool (frozen) and the Fishing Pool (17 January) – 8 Shoveler, Teal, Shelduck, 7 Goldeneye, 200+ Coot, Moorhen, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, Bullfinch, Mute Swan, many Reed Bunting, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel and Black-headed Gulls (Graham).

Bury Ditches (17 January) – 2+ Crossbills (John Tucker).

Monkmoor Lagoon (16 January) – flocks of Wigeon, Teal , Canada Geese plus 2 Barnacle Geese. Also a few Water Rail (Roger Norton)

River Severn at Atcham (16 January) -15 Goosander and a male Goldeneye (Geoff Hall).

Manor Way, Shrewsbury (9 January) – flock of 25 Long-tailed Tits as seen earlier in the new Monkmoor Community Woodland where the alder, silver birch and guelder rose are becoming sufficiently established to start attracting quite a few birds including Lesser Redpoll, Goldfinches, Siskins, Bullfinches, Redwings and Fieldfares (Maurice Baker)

Chelmarsh (15 January) – highlights were a drake Gadwall on the scrape, 2 Water Rail, 9 Goosander and 55 Wigeon (Martyn Owen).

Wood Lane (15 January) – Buzzard landed within 16 feet (Paul Burgess)

Chelmarsh Reservoir (11 January) – 53 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 15 Siskin, 109+ Tufted Duck, 87+ Coot and 155 Canada Geese (Keith Bates).

River Severn at Hampton Loade (11 January) – a Wigeon, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Redpoll, 21 Goosander, 12 Canada Goose and 201 Mallard (Keith Bates).

Severn Valley Country Park (11 January) – a Peregrine, 4 Goosander, a Redpoll, 15 Siskin and a Coot (Keith Bates).

River Severn at Hampton Loade (10 January) – 1 Pink-Footed Goose, 11 Wigeon, 2 Coot, 1 Pochard, 1 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 2 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 32 Goosander, 1 escaped Snow Goose with 23 Greylag Goose, 11 Cormorant, 180 Canada Goose and 366 Mallard (Keith Bates).

Priorslee Lake (11 January) – Highlights were a Bittern flushed from N side and flew towards the NW reeds, Peregrine flying off with prey (looked like a Moorhen) chased by Buzzard, itself being chased by a Carrion Crow (Ed Wilson); later 4 Goosander, 2 Water Rail, a Common Snipe, a Woodcock and 2 pairs of Gadwall (Martin Grant) and at lunchtime superb views of the Bittern when it flew (flushed??) from the North reed bed, seemed to be heading over the M54 but doubled back, landing briefly in the SE corner. It then flew down the lake – disappearing into the NW reed bed (Jim Almond)

Venus Pool (11 January) – large mixed finch flock feeding in the top field, one Brambling amongst the 100s of Chaffinch. No sign of the Smew. A few Pochard, Wigeon and a Shelduck present (Martyn Owen).

Fenns/Whixall Moses (10 January) – Great Grey Shrike on Fenns Moss at SJ477362 which is the path near the old works which leads to the canal. It flew towards the central area of Fenns Moss. Alongside the canal a mixed flock of c.200 Lesser Redpoll and Siskin with a few Goldfinch. Little else present but one Raven, 2 Kestrels and small numbers of Fieldfares. The floods are mainly frozen, c100 Mallard, c30 Wigeon and c25 Teal on the small patch of open water (Howard Prince).

Priorslee Lake (10 January) – by the footbridge 2 Water Rail, 2 Moorhens, 1 Snipe and Blackbird, Dunnock, Wren and Robin all foraging together, also 2 other Snipe, 6 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 35 Mute Swans, c.67 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 29 Mallard, 15 Pochard, 70 Tufted Duck, 12 Moorhens, c.200 Black-headed Gulls, c.200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Tits, 18 Goldfinches and 13 Siskins (Ed Wilson).

Chelmarsh (9 January) – 52 Wigeon, 4 Pochard, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redpoll, 3 Goosander, 75+ Tufted Duck and 135+ Coot (Keith Bates).

River Severn , Shrewsbury (9th January) – between the ice floes 6 Goosanders (2 drakes) on the town side of Welsh Bridge and 7 Goosanders (3 drakes) on the town side of English Bridge (Ed Wilson).

Priorslee Lake (9 January) – Bittern seen at 1545 hrs on ground close to point where Wesley Brook feeds into the West end of the Lake also adult Yellow legged Gull, 3 Water Rail along Wesley Brook, 4 Gadwall, 3 Goosander and a Snipe (John Isherwood).

River Severn at Hampton Loade (7 January) – a Pochard, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 2 Goldeneye, a Teal, 11 Goosander, a Siskin and 257 Canada Geese (Keith Bates).

Severn Valley Country Park (7 January) – 2 Snipe, 4 Goosander, 17 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting and a Coot (Keith Bates).

between Buildwas and Leighton (6 January) – adult Barnacle Goose in with c. 210 Canada Geese (there was a Pink-footed Goose on 30 December) (Stephen France).

Muxton (5 January) – Blackcap female found alive in the road, taken home and given food and released in garden (Warren Tack)

Priorslee Lake (6 January) – 4 Common Gull, 2 ad. Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad. Great Black-backed Gull, Black-necked Grebe, 2 Wigeon & 1 Snipe (Jason Buckley and others). Also a possible adult winter Ring-billed Gull (at 3.15pm), a very-creamy Black-headed Gull with no black at all, not an albino as the bill and legs were ‘normal’ and it was creamy and not white, 3 Common Gulls, only c.35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 10 Herring Gulls. Also Little Grebe, 3 Wigeon, 2 pairs of Gadwall, drake Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 39 Mute Swans,5 Greylag x Canada Geese, 41 Canada Geese, 23 Mallard, 22 Pochard,57 Tufted Ducks, 3 Water Rails seen together upstream of the footbridge, 11 Moorhens and 272 Coots (Ed Wilson).

Polemere (5 January) – 75% ice with a central patch of water, a male Pintail, 90 Teal, 34 Wigeon and 12 Shoveler (Jim Almond).

Priorslee Lake (5 January) – Amongst the gulls all concentrated by the only available water hole in the frozen lake were 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Caspian Gull and an adult Ring-billed Gull (Richard Vernon)

Priorslee Lake (4 January) – Possible Bittern seen. Black-necked Grebe, 2 adult Common Gulls, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, c.2500 Black-headed Gulls, c.3400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and c.250 Herring Gulls also Greylag Goose (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh (3 January) – 6 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 54 Goosanders, 144 Tufted Ducks, 3 Water Rails, 6 Wigeon, a Pochard and 6 Snipe (Steve Haycox).

Melverley Green (3 January) – 25 Whooper Swans (Jim Almond) photogrphed

Priorslee Lake (3 January) – 2nd winter Caspian Gull, Black-necked Grebe (Jim Almond) also adult Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Vernon)

Venus Pool (3 January) – female Ruddy Duck & 2 Wigeon (Jason Buckley) also 3 redhead Smew on the trout pool (Jim Almond/Jason Buckley)

Fenns Moss SJ478362 (3 January) – Great Grey Shrike (moving around the area) also 3 Pintail on the canal floods with 6 Wigeon, c75 Teal and c75 Mallard (Howard Prince).

Priorslee Lake (2 January) – adult winter Ring-billed Gull (Rob Stokes via Richard Vernon).

Priorslee Lake (2 January) – 93 Tufted Duck, c.1500 gulls with 1000 large gulls amongst which were the adult Common Gull, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and c.70 Herring Gulls, later there were c.3500 gulls mostly Black-headed Gulls. Black-necked Grebe still present. (Ed Wilson) also an adult winter Ring-billed Gull (Rob Stokes via Richard Vernon)..

Ellesmere (2 January) – 12 Goosander, 7 Goldeneye, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Ravens over (Paul Burgess).

Chelmarsh (1 January) – 3 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost, 45 Goosanders, 89 Tufted Ducks, 51 Teal, 22 Snipe flushed from Baxter’s. Also 2 Water Rails (Steve Haycox).


A49 south of Bayston Hill (31 December) – large flock of Golden Plover & Lapwing (Geoff Hall).

Melverley (31 December) – 25 Whooper Swans on flooded pool with 5 Mute Swans, 32 Greylag Goose and 10 Wigeon (Andrew Morris).

Priorslee Lake (29 December) – Caspian Gull and n adult Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Vernon).

Tibberton area (29 December) – mixed flock of at least 28 Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting also 40 Skylarks in two tight groups feeding in fodder beet or young rape, also 12 Meadow Pipits, 4 Bullfinches and a Song Thrush (Stephen Jaggs).

Severn Valley Country Park (28 December) – 6 Goosander and 29 Siskin (Keith Bates).

River Severn south of Highley (28 December) – 8 Goosander and 2 Little Grebe (Keith Bates).

Ercall Heath (28 December) – 4 Bramblings in a mixed finch flock feeding in rape stubble SJ679225 (Steve Jaggs).

Dudmaston Pools (27 December) – Pools 95% frozen over 2 Goldeneye, 2 Redpoll, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Siskin, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 47 Canada Goose (Keith Bates).

Hampton Loade (27 December) – 11 Goosander (Keith Bates).

Cherrington (27 December) – 6 Corn Bunting (2 singing) on overhead wires (Steve Jaggs).

Polemere (26 December) – 43 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 146 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 43 Coot, 15 Canada Goose and 4 Moorhen (Dawn Balmer/Pete Wilkinson).

Mortimer Forest (car park at High Vinalls) (26 December) – small flock of Goldcrests, c.15 Crossbills feeding in the tall car park trees plus a few smaller groups around (Simon Holloway).

Chelmarsh (25 December) – 11 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail, 6 Snipe, 8 Goosander, 7 Siskin, 1 Lapwing, 103+ Tufted Duck, 80+ Coot and 17 Cormorant (Kevin Bates).

Hampton Loade (25 December) – Jack Snipe and a Meadow Pipit (Kevin Bates).

Brown Clee Hill (25 December) -small flock of 35 Crossbill and a Woodcock and a couple of Marsh Tits (Paul Burgess).

Priorslee Lake (25 December) – adult Common Gull on the ice, the Black-necked Grebe still present and 26 Mute Swans (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (24 December) – 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult, 2nd-winter, 3rd-winter) 1000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 60 Herring Gulls, Black-necked Grebe (Dawn Balmer/Pete Wilkinson).

Radbrook, Shrewsbury (23 December) – 3 Blackcap appeared (2 male and a female) and have remained in area since then (Colin Wright).

Priorslee Lake (23 December) – in the remaining water in the ice – Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 18 Mute Swans, 6 Greylag x Canada Geese, 55 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 35 Mallard, 41 Pochard, 75 Tufted Ducks, 311 Coots, c.380 Black-headed Gulls, 178 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 12 Herring Gulls. Buzzard flew low over the water, 2 Water Rails and 2 Common Snipe (Ed Wilson).

Chelmarsh Reservoir and Scrape (20 December) – 10 Gadwall and c80 Goosanders plus a Marsh Tit (Stephen Haycox).

Priorslee Lake (20 December) – Less ice today. Little Grebe again at W end the Black-necked Grebe along the S side today plus Water Rails in NW and NE areas again. Large gull roost again with >3000 Black-headed Gulls: but only c.50 large gulls (Ed Wilson).

Venus Pool (19? December) – Black Swan on the ice (Roger Gibb)

Priorslee Lake (17 December) – Black-necked Grebe still present (Ed Wilson)

Priorslee Lake (14 December) – Black-necked Grebe still present (Ed Wilson/Paul Burgess)

Worlteys Coppice SO604957 (13 December) – 5 Crossbills (Linda Munday)

Priorslee Lake (13 December) – both the Little and Black-necked Grebes still close at the W end also a pair of Gadwall and 3 Shoveler (2 drakes) (Ed Wilson).

Whixall floods (13 December) – Ruff, c100 Teal, 57 Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 2 male 3 female Pintail, 5 Snipe, Common Gull plus escape Speckled Teal and a Hen Harrier (Martin and Ian Grant).

Priorslee Lake (10 December) – Black-necked Grebe still present and showing well alongside the concrete ramp at the west end of the lake. (Ed Wilson).

Priorslee Lake (9 December) – Black-necked Grebe still present and showing well today in the SW corner from 1.30 onwards also an adult Yellow-legged Gull amongst the flighty Gull flock (Jim Almond).

Priorslee Lake (8 December) – Black-necked Grebe still present (Paul King/Jim Almond/Ed Wilson)

Whixall Moss (8 December) – a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Jack Snipe, a Ruff (Furbers) and a Great Grey Shrike (Welsh side beyond railway) (Paul Rutter).

Ellesmere (8 December) – 1st winter Mediterranean Gull (Paul Rutter).

Chelmarsh (5 December) – On the Scrape a Water Rail heard and a Cettis Warbler in song from the reeds to the left of the hide. From 3.15pm at least 1000 Starlings arrived and dropped into the reeds by the hide. A male Sparrowhawk also seen and on the reservoir there were 108 Goosander (Yvonne C)

Priorslee Lake (5 December) – Woodcock flushed from small copse alongside footpath at W end of the lake (Ed Wilson).

Priorslee Lake (29th November) – male Pintail (Martin & Ian Grant).

Wrekin (28 November) – Firecrest was showing well at the start of the main track on the Wrekin behind the disused toilets (Martin & Ian Grant).

Polemere (17 November) – first summer Glaucous Gull (Ken Bird).

Wood Lane (27 November) -2 Common Gulls, many Black-headed Gulls, among the large gulls an adult Yellow-legged Gull. The landfill site has c.2000 birds and many come to bathe (Richard Vernon).

Severn Valley Country Park (23 November) – 1 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting (Keith Bates). 

Hampton Loade (23 November) – 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin (Keith Bates). 

Chelmarsh (23 November) – Cetti’s Warbler, 38 Lapwing, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Redpoll, 53+ Tufted Duck, 65+ Coot (Keith Bates).

River Severn south of Highley (22 November) – 3 Mandarin, 6 Siskin and 8 Long-Tailed Tit (Keith Bates).

Dudmaston Pool (21 November) – 5 Goosander, 2 Redpoll, 12 Siskin, 6 Tufted Duck and 3 Great Crested Grebe (Keith Bates).

Chelmarsh (19 November) – Chiffchaff, Peregrine, 5 Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit and a Teal (Keith Bates).

Hampton Loade (19 November) – Brambling and a Mandarin (Keith Bates).

Wall Farm (15 November) – Short-eared Owl on, Water Rail and Stonechat (Stephen France)

Wood Lane (15 November) – female Blackcap (Richard Vernon).

Tibberton (15 November) – pair of Blackcap in garden (Steve Jaggs)

Chelmarsh (15 November) – Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Jack Snipe, 15 Common Snipe, 1 Water Rail, a Chiffchaff plus 10 Goosander on the reservoir (Paul Barker).

Venus Pool (14th November) – Little Gull (Paul King)

Bridgnorth (12 November) – male Mandarin (Terry Arch)

Chelmarsh (11 November) – Cetti’s Warbler – from the hide, in the reed bed to the left (Yvonne C)

Wrekin (10 November) – Firecrest was still present, walk up from the car park after 150m on the left is a fallen ivy covered tree, the bird was slightly higher up the path on the right hand side just before the reinforced bank. It was feeding in a ivy covered ash tree which has a obvious fork in it – seen feeding in the ivy (Andy Latham)

Fenn’s & Whixall Mosses (8 November) Great Grey Shrike in the vicinity of SJ486375 not far from disused Peat Factory also Green Woodpecker, pair Bullfinch, flock 20 & 10 Long-tailed Tits, Stonechat and flock c30 Fieldfare and Raven whilst on Whixall Moss, English side SJ4936 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 5 Stonechats, 3 Ravens, 10+ Reed Buntings, 3 Snipe, Willow Tit, Jay and 8 Long Tailed Tits plus, on Furbers Floods 200+ Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 2 Wigeon and a Stonechat (Martin & Ian Grant).

The Wrekin (8 November) – Firecrest still around (Jim Almond and Yvonne C).

Melverley (7 November) – 5 adult Whooper Swans on flooded pool (John & Andrew Morris)

The Wrekin (7 November) – Firecrest seen again. Walk up from the bottom c150-200m on the left is a obvious ivy covered tree which has fallen and is leaning at 45 degrees – it was seen in this area. A Crossbill flew over (Andy Latham).

Venus Pool (5 November) – a small flock of Golden Plover (Terry Arch) photogaphed

The Wrekin (4 November) – Firecrest 200yds up from car park, also 2 Brambling and plenty of Redwing (Andy Latham).

Chelmarsh (2 November) – Whooper Swan with 9 Mute Swans on Reservoir (Dave Fulton).

The Wrekin (2 November) – Lesser-spotted Woodpecker in with a small tit flock, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker, a flock of Redpoll 30+ and a Tawny Owl (Andy Latham).

Venus Pool (1 November) – 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, colour ringed right leg RED PKA2, 3-400 Golden Plover over, female Pintail, 12 Wigeon, 50+ Teal and a Green Sandpiper (Andy Latham).

Wood Lane (30 October) – Hottentot Teal (an escape from a collection as usually found in Africa) Mike Cole

Chelmarsh (30 October) – Juvenile Cetti’s Warbler caught and ringed which is the first ringing record from thid site for this species (Dave Fulton, Chelmarsh Ringing Group)

Whixall Moss (30 October) – Great Grey Shrike seen late morning on Welsh side of the moss by Fenn’s bank area (Richard Vernon)

Whixall Moss (28 October) – Great Grey Shrike, approach from Furbers and turn right and then look towards the left near to the pools (Andy Latham).

Tibberton (22 October) – first Brambling of the autumn flew over (Steve Jaggs)

Tibberton (21 October) – two Fieldfares (Steve Jaggs)

Priorslee Lake (21 October) – immature Great Black-backed Gull, Chiffchaff heard and seen, party of 8 Siskins, 62 Mute Swans,18 Greylag Geese seen flying over, 6 Canada Geese, 5 Wigeon, 29 Mallard,14 Pochard, 22 Tufted Ducks, 231 Coots, 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, c.100 Black-headed Gulls, c.275 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 27 Redwings (Ed Wilson).

River Onny valley (2 miles west of A49) Horderley(?) (20 October) -Common Crane at 0915 flying Southeast approximately along the course of the river Onny (Ray Hedges)

River Severn, south of Highley (20 October) – Goosander and 3 Siskin (Keith Bates)

Severn Valley Country Park (20 October) – 1 Redpoll and 2 Siskin (Keith Bates)

Allscott (20 October) – a Swallow, 32 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, Merlin, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Redshank and a Green Sandpiper (Andy Latham).

Nash (19 October) – Red Kite being mobbed by jackdaws (Paul Barker).

A49 between Church Stretton and Dorrington (19 October) – about 50 Swallows congregating on wires (John Arnfield).

Severn Valley Country Park (19 October) – Willow Tit, Goosander and 2 Redpoll (Keith Bates)

Chelmarsh (19 October) – female Stonechat, 2 Shelduck, Snipe, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit and 17 Teal (Keith Bates)

Rivern Severn, south of Highley (18 October) – female Mandarin, 2 Goosander, 2 Siskin (Keith Bates)

Severn Valley Country Park (18 October) – 12 Goosander, Redpoll and a Siskin (Keith Bates)

Dudmaston (17 October) – 1 escaped Snow Goose with 229 Greylag Goose, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 97 Canada Goose and 74 Fieldfare (Keith Bates)

Hampton Loade (16 October) – 2 Siskin, 348 Redwing, mainly flying over (Keith Bates)

Priorslee Lake (13 October) – highlights 14 Wigeon and 4 Teal (Ed Wilson).

Trench Lock (13 October) – drake Shoveler; and c.93 Tufted Ducks (Ed Wilson)

Allscott (13 October) – 42 Redwing flying s/w also a Peregrine and 3 Redshank ( Andy Latham).

Colemere to Blakemere (11 October) – along the canal towpath 4 early Fieldfares, c. 30 late Swallows, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Little Owl in oak tree by bridge 54 and a Woodcock (Paul Burgess)

Brown Clee (10 October) – 7 Redwing and 12 Mistle Thrush (Paul Barker)

Aston on Clun (9 October) – First Redwings over today, just half a dozen, and Siskins began regular over-flights (John Tucker).

Venus Pool (9 October) – Bittern showed today at around 7.15-7.45am and again at 6.15pm in the far reed bed. The Whooper Swan flew back in at 6.15pm and was still there at dusk. Two Tawny Owls were also calling from near the car park (Yvonne C)

Crudgington (9 October) – Red Kite hunting the fields near the creamery (Yvonne C)

Eyton Moor (9 October) – 250 Golden Plover with at least 1500 Lapwing (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (9 October) – Whooper Swan during the day and a Bittern was seen late afternoon flying to roost in the trees in the reed bed directly opposite the hide (Jim Almond).

Eyton Moor, Crudgington (9 October) – c1000 Lapwing, c90 Golden Plover, c60 Linnet, 18 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 2 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, 40+ Meadow Pipit, Kestrel and Heron (Yvonne C)

Venus Pool (8 October) – Little Stint was noted in the log book (no name or details given).

Chelmarsh (6 October) – Redshank (logbook)

Polemere (6 October) – Pink-footed Goose (Yvonne C)

River Severn at Atcham (22 September) – 2 Barnacle Geese amongst the Canada Geese upstream of the bridge sitting on island.(Richard Vernon).

Chelmarsh (21 September) – 6 Snipe, 34 Teal, 141+ Tufted Duck, 75+ Coot and 7 Swallow (Keith Bates).

Dudmaston Pools (19 September) – 1 escaped Snow Goose with 144 Greylag Goose, 31 Canada Goose, 1 Great Crested Grebe and just 2 Coot (Keith Bates).

Chelmarsh (17 September) – 8 Snipe, 51 Teal, 1+ Goosander, 1 escaped Snow Goose with 133 Greylag Goose and 158 Canada Goose (Keith Bates).

Venus Pool (15 September) – Green Woodpecker (Maurice Baker)

Forton Heath nr. Montford Bridge (September 14) – Red Kite heading SW – being mobbed by 5 Corvids (Steve Lowe)

Rednal (10 September) – Purple Heron still present (Jim Almond)

Rednal (9 September) – Purple Heron still in the area (Paul Burgess/Richard Camp/Pete Nickless)

Whixall Moss (9 September) – 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Hobby (Kevin Pryce).

Priorslee Lake (7 September) – juv Willow Warbler, Pochard, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipits, 8 Swallows, 2 Ravens flew over, 42 Pied Wagtail and 134 Greenfinch (Ed Wilson)

Chelmarsh (6 September) – 2 Water Rails showing well in front of the hide, 14 Teal, 2 Snipe, a Reed Warbler and male Reeves Pheasant (Steve Haycox)

Rednal (6 September) – Purple Heron still present along the tow path (Jason Buckley)

Rednal area (5 September) – Juv Purple Heron first seen on Pen-yr-Estyn Marshland subsequently seen on and from the Montomery Canal towpath (Alan Heath)

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