Latest Sightings

 

March 23rd

Clifton: Avocet on main pit (Andy Warr).

Grimley: female Common Scoter still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning (Patch Hopcroft & Andy Warr) and still present this evening. Also 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still.

 




Female Common Scoter at Grimley. Pictures: Brian Stretch


Holt: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still in field on north side of Sling Pool with 41 Eurasian Wigeon SO.827.625 (Andy Warr). Please view only from public rights of way.

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake and Avocet on south lake (Andy Warr).

 

West Midlands Bird News

 

March 22nd

Grimley: female Common Scoter at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this evening and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still (Brian Stretch).

Holt: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still in field on north side of Sling Pool with 53 Eurasian Wigeon this evening but distant SO.827.625 (Brian Stretch). Please view only from public rights of way.


March 21st

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull still at the Flashes.


March 20th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits this morning (Brian Stretch).

Holt: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still in field on north side of Sling Pool with 45+ Eurasian Wigeon this morning but distant SO.827.625 (Brian Stretch). Please view only from public rights of way.

Longdon Marsh: no sign of Great Grey Shrike SW of Longdon Village and south of Longdon Marshes Road at Hill Court Farm NR by late afternoon (Andy Warr).

Westwood Pool: adult drake Greater Scaup again this morning but no sign of Black-necked Grebe (Wayne Dutton) - Private permit only.


March 19th

Longdon Marsh: Great Grey Shrike still SW of Longdon Village and south of Longdon Marshes Road at Hill Court Farm NR in hedgerow along west side of scrape field (Andy Warr).

 


Great Grey Shrike at Longdon Marsh. Pictures: Andy Warr


Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake (Andy Warr).

Shernal Green: 12 Waxwings in field behind canal (Carolyn Butterworth).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull still at the Flashes (Mike Wakeman).

Westwood Pool: Black-necked Grebe this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private permit only.

 


Black-necked Grebe at Westwood Pool. Picture: Andy Warr


March 18th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock at midday (Gary Palmer) and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still this morning but again no sign of drake Garganey (Patch Hopcroft) SO.837.613Note: there are no public rights of way to the gravel pits at Wagon Wheel Lane; access is at the discretion of the local farmer so please keep to paths and field edges. Park sensibly in Grimley village (before the church) and walk past the Wagon Wheel pub through open gate on left and continue along concrete track to sewage works, then bear left, then right and continue through next gate (please keep closed) and the gravel pits are on the right; the Wigeon flock is usually on the farthest pit, the north pit.

Holt: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) relocated in field NE of Sling Pool with 53 Eurasian Wigeon this evening but distant SO.827.625 (Brian Stretch). Please view only from public rights of way.

Longdon Marsh: Great Grey Shrike still SW of Longdon Village and south of Longdon Marshes Road at Hill Court Farm NR in hedgerow along west side of scrape field this morning (Andy Warr, Gert Corfield & Paul Rhodes).

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake (Fergus Henderson).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull still at the Flashes this morning (Gert Corfield).


March 17th

Defford: Ring Ouzel in private garden then chased off by Blackbird and thrushes (Kathy Lane). 

Grimley: drake Garganey at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits early afternoon (Pete & Marjo Lewis) but no further sign late afternoon/this evening. Also 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still (Pete & Marjo Lewis) and drake Pintail briefly (Patch Hopcroft). Again no sign of first-winter female American Wigeon today.

Kemerton Lake NR: adult Mediterranean Gull this afternoon (RAP).

Longdon Marsh: Great Grey Shrike SW of Longdon Village and south of Longdon Marshes Road at Hill Court Farm NR in hedgerow along west side of scrape field showing on & off this afternoon (Andy Warr).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull still at the Flashes (JT Belsey).


March 16th

Bredon's Hardwick: 2 male Ruff with Lapwings on river meadows behind main pit early morning and Eurasian White-fronted Goose still (RAP).

Grimley: Greater Scaup (1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits late afternoon but no sign of American Wigeon - Wigeon numbers greatly reduced (Nick Skilbeck).

Pershore: 2 Black-tailed Godwits flew around Avon Meadows NR at 9.30am (Tim Hutton).

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake (Barry Tuck). 

Upton Warren NR: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls still at the Flashes.


March 15th

Longdon Marsh: female Pintail (Mick Woodward).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull still at the Flashes (Des Jennings).


March 14th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock this afternoon and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still (Andy Warr) SO.837.613Note: there are no public rights of way to the gravel pits at Wagon Wheel Lane; access is at the discretion of the local farmer so please keep to paths and field edges. Park sensibly in Grimley village (before the church) and walk past the Wagon Wheel pub through open gate on left and continue along concrete track to sewage works, then bear left, then right and continue through next gate (please keep closed) and the gravel pits are on the right; the Wigeon flock is usually on the farthest pit, the north pit.

 


First-winter female American Wigeon at Grimley. Picture: Andy Warr


Holt: adult Mediterranean Gull on Sling Pool with Black-headed Gulls late afternoon then flew off (Terry Norledge).

Upton Warren NR: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at the Flashes this evening (per JTB).

Westwood Pool: 8 Waxwings by gate house at 8am then flew and landed in tree by high school then flew east and lost to view (Wayne Dutton).


March 13th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock from c11am and still present this afternoon until c4.15pm when flew off high south by itself and lost to view and no further sign in area by early evening. Also 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still SO.837.613Note: there are no public rights of way to the gravel pits at Wagon Wheel Lane; access is at the discretion of the local farmer so please keep to paths and field edges. Park sensibly in Grimley village (before the church) and walk past the Wagon Wheel pub through open gate on left and continue along concrete track to sewage works, then bear left, then right and continue through next gate (please keep closed) and the gravel pits are on the right; the Wigeon flock is usually on the farthest pit, the north pit.

 


First-winter female American Wigeon at Grimley. Picture: Brian Stretch


Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull at the Moors Pool this morning then flew towards the Flashes (Alan Giles) and again at the Moors Pool at midday (Terry Hinett).

Westwood Pool: adult drake Greater Scaup still this afternoon (Terry Hinett) - Private permit only.


March 12th

Bredon's Hardwick: Eurasian White-fronted Goose still on main lake (Andy Warr).

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock this morning and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still (Laurie Ison) SO.837.613Note: there are no public rights of way to the gravel pits at Wagon Wheel Lane; access is at the discretion of the local farmer so please keep to paths and field edges. Park sensibly in Grimley village (before the church) and walk past the Wagon Wheel pub through open gate on left and continue along concrete track to sewage works, then bear left, then right and continue through next gate (please keep closed) and the gravel pits are on the right; the Wigeon flock is usually on the farthest pit, the north pit. Also no sign of any Garganey at Camp Lane Pits this morning (Laurie Ison). Also of interest: Wheatear on ploughed field adjacent to church (Keith Corbett). 

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake (Andy Warr). Also 8 Pintail (7 drakes) on south lake late afternoon (Steve Whitehouse).

Upton Warren NR: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls at the Flashes this morning and drake Pintail (Dave Jackson).


March 11th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock this morning (Liz Clipson & Rob Clipson) and still present this afternoon (many obs) and still present at dusk and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still this morning (Liz Clipson & Rob Clipson) and still present this afternoon (many obs) and still present at dusk SO.837.613Note: there are no public rights of way to the gravel pits at Wagon Wheel Lane; access is at the discretion of the local farmer so please keep to paths and field edges. Park sensibly in Grimley village (before the church) and walk past the Wagon Wheel pub through open gate on left and continue along concrete track to sewage works, then bear left, then right and continue through next gate (please keep closed) and the gravel pits are on the right; the Wigeon flock is usually on the farthest pit, the north pit. Also 3 Garganey (2 drakes) at Camp Lane Pits this morning (Liz Clipson & Rob Clipson) and then relocated just north of Camp Lane Pits on Church Farms Pits on north pit early afternoon (Phil Cooper & David Johnstone) and again on Camp Lane Pits mid-afternoon (Andy Warr & Neil Duggan) and still present this evening and female Goldeneye still (Brian Stretch).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull at the Flashes in roost this evening (Craig Reed).

Westwood Pool: adult drake Greater Scaup again this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private permit only.


March 10th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock mid-afternoon and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still (Hughie King) SO.837.613Note: there are no public rights of way to the gravel pits at Wagon Wheel Lane; access is at the discretion of the local farmer so please keep to paths and field edges. Park sensibly in Grimley village (before the church) and walk past the Wagon Wheel pub through open gate on left and continue along concrete track to sewage works, then bear left, then right and continue through next gate (please keep closed) and the gravel pits are on the right; the Wigeon flock is usually on the farthest pit, the north pit.

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake this afternoon (Sarah Loaring).

Upton Warren NR: adult Little Gull at the Flashes this afternoon but mobile and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in roost this evening (JT Belsey).


March 9th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock this morning (Andy Warr) and still present at dusk (Brian Stretch) and 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) still this morning (Andy Warr) and still present at dusk (Brian Stretch) SO.837.613.

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake this afternoon (Andy Warr).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull at the Flashes in roost this evening and adult Yellow-legged Gull (Dave Jackson).


March 8th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock early afternoon SO.837.613. Also 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits this morning (Mike Bourne).

Upton Warren NR: drake Pintail at the Flashes this morning and 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls in roost (Des Jennings).


March 7th

Bredon's Hardwick: Eurasian White-fronted Goose still with Greylag Geese (Ian Machin).

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock mid-afternoon and 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) still (Paul Rhodes) SO.837.613.

 


Greater Scaups at Grimley yesterday. Picture: Andy Warr


Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake mid-morning (Ian Machin).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull still at the Flashes (JT Belsey).


March 6th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock this morning (Andy Warr & Dave Jackson) and still present late afternoon (many obs) and 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) early morning (Andy Warr) and still present late afternoon SO.837.613. Also 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits this morning.

 


American Wigeon and Scaups at Grimley. Pictures: Brian Stretch
 

Westwood Pool: Greater Scaup (1w drake) still this morning (Terry Hinett) - Private Permit only.


March 5th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits with Eurasian Wigeon flock mid-morning (Andy Warr) and still present mid-afternoon and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 1w female) still (Edward Betteridge) SO.837.613.

Tibberton: c120 Golden Plover flew high west at 5.30pm (PF Whitehead).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull again at the Flashes this evening (Gert Corfield).


March 4th

Bredon's Hardwick: Eurasian White-fronted Goose still in field below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese this afternoon (Andy Warr). 

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) again between Grimley and Holt and just east of A443 at Top Barn Farm on playing field adjacent to University of Worcester Activity Lake with Eurasian Wigeon flock this morning then flew towards Wagon Wheel Lane Pits at 8.55am (Andy Warr) and again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit with Eurasian Wigeon flock mid-morning (Patch Hopcroft & Neil Duggan) and still present this afternoon (Craig Reed) and still present early evening feeding on causeway between pits (Phil Andrews) SO.837.613. Also 2 Greater Scaup again (1w drake & 1w female) this morning (Andy Warr) and still present this afternoon (Craig Reed) and female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake this morning (Nick Skilbeck) and 2 Great White Egrets on north lake this afternoon (Andy Warr).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull again at the Flashes this evening (Craig Reed).


March 3rd

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) again between Grimley and Holt and just east of A443 at Top Barn Farm at University of Worcester Activity Lake with Eurasian Wigeon flock early morning (Andy Warr). Please check in at reception on arrival.

Malvern Link: 9 Waxwings in tall tree with mistletoe by railway station then flew towards hills this morning (Jane Tavener).

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull at the Moors Pool on pool island at 8.30am (Alan Hambury). Also adult Mediterranean Gull at the Flashes this evening (JT Belsey).

Westwood Pool: Greater Scaup (1w drake) still this morning (Andy Warr) - Private Permit only.


March 2nd

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit with Eurasian Wigeon flock early afternoon (Mike Wakeman) and still present at dusk SO.837.613 (Brian Stretch). Also Greater Scaup (1w female) still this evening but no sign of first-winter drake Scaup - now relocated to Westwood Pool.

Ripple: Great White Egret again on north lake late morning (Sarah Loaring) and still present late afternoon (Andy Warr).

Westwood Pool: 4 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 2 x 1w drake & 1w female) still this afternoon (Terry Hinett) - Private Permit only.


March 1st

Droitwich: 20 Waxwings at Berry Hill Trading Estate in trees opposite County Building Supplies late afternoon (Terry Hinett).

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit with Eurasian Wigeon flock from c8.40am and still present this afternoon and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still SO.837.613 (many obs).

Upton Warren NR: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls again at the Flashes this evening (Des Jennings).

Westwood Pool: 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) still this morning (Terry Hinett) - Private Permit only.


February 28th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) relocated in field on north side of Top Barn Activity Lake at 9am then flew off south-east and again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit mid-morning (Andy Warr) and still present early afternoon and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still (
many obs).
 






 




First-winter female American Wigeon at Grimley. Pictures: Andy Warr
 

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull again at the Flashes this evening (JT Belsey).


February 27th

Grimley: AMERICAN WIGEON (first-winter female) at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on south pit late afternoon with c40 Eurasian Wigeon but distant and 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still, plus 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

 






First-winter female American Wigeon (lower duck in all pictures) at Grimley. Pictures: Andy Warr


February 26th

Upton Warren NR: adult Mediterranean Gull again at the Flashes this evening (JT Belsey).


February 25th

Bredon's Hardwick: Eurasian White-fronted Goose still in field below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese (Paul Rhodes). Also 2 Great White Egrets in ditch south of main pit mid-afternoon then 1 flew off west towards Ripple (Gavin Peplow).

Evesham: male Merlin reported over Blackberry Way at midday (Edward Betteridge).

Salwarpe: 2 Pintails flew over village this morning (Dave Walker).

Upton Warren NR: Caspian Gull (1w) at the Flashes this evening then flew off north and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (Craig Reed, Matthew Smith and Mike Wakeman).


February 24th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning and 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake this morning (Sarah Loaring & Andy Warr) and still present at 2.30pm (Sue Hyde).

Upton Warren: adult Yellow-legged Gull at the Flashes at 5.30pm (JT Belsey).


February 23rd
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February 22nd

Bredicot: 82 Golden Plover still with Lapwings in fields by railway bridge (Terry Hinett).

Bredon's Hardwick: Eurasian White-fronted Goose still in field below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese (Terry Hinett).

Upton Warren NR: adult Kittiwake at the Moors Pool briefly this afternoon then flew off west (John Ridley, John Sirrett & Des Jennings).


February 21st

Upper Bittell Reservoir: Crossbill flew over this morning (Paul Rhodes).


February 20th

Bredon's Hardwick: Eurasian White-fronted Goose still in field below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese late afternoon (Brian Stretch).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning and 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

Ripple: Great White Egret still on north lake late afternoon (Brian Stretch).

Westwood Pool: 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) still this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


February 19th
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February 18th

Bredon's Hardwick: adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose still in fields below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese (Paul Rhodes).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit (John Sirrett & Ed Lea). Also 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Ed Lea).

Lower Bittell Reservoir: 2 Red-crested Pochards (drake & female) (Josh Toogood).

Ripple: Great White Egret on north lake this morning (Andy Warr).

Upton Warren NR: Mediterranean Gull (2w) at the Flashes this evening (Craig Reed).


February 17th

Eymore Wood: 2 Crossbills at 10am (Ian Machin).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Upton Warren NR: 11 Golden Plover at the Flashes this afternoon (JT Belsey).


February 16th
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February 15th
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February 14th

Bredon's Hardwick: adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose still in fields below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese and Great White Egret still (Andy Warr). 2 Great White Egrets between Bredon's Hardwick and Mitton in fields adjecent to River Avon (Sarah Loaring).

Eymore Wood: 16 Crossbills (Ian Whitehouse).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Nick Skilbeck).

Westwood Pool: 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) still and 3 Pintail (2 drakes) (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


February 13th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).


February 12th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit (Peter Johnson).

Westwood Pool: 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) still (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.

Worcester: 3 Waxwings still in city centre on Farrier Street between The Butts and railway bridge in berry trees at The Whitehouse Hotel car park this morning (Sue Hyde) but no further sign late morning or mid-afternoon.


February 11th

Evesham: juvenile Iceland Gull reported in flight over fields opposite Evesham football ground at 8am, plus Mediterranean Gull (1w) 8am to 9am and Yellow-legged Gull (Edward Betteridge). Gull flock present for several days.

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and 3 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Worcester: 3 Waxwings still in city centre on Farrier Street between The Butts and railway bridge in berry trees at The Whitehouse Hotel car park this morning (Magnus McLeod) and still present at 3pm (Peter Johnson).


February 10th

Grimley: 3 female Goldeneye at Camp Lane Pits early afternoon (Patch Hopcroft).

Westwood Pool: 3 Greater Scaup (adult drake, 1w drake & 1w female) this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.

Worcester: 3 Waxwings in city centre on Farrier Street between The Butts and railway bridge in berry trees at The Whitehouse Hotel car park mid-afternoon (Andy Warr).


February 9th

Bredicot: 262 Golden Plover with Lapwings in fields by railway bridge at midday (Terry Hinett).

Bredon's Hardwick: adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose still in fields below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese and Great White Egret still (Terry Hinett).


February 8th

Grimley: Short-eared Owl at Camp Lane Pits on east side at c8am (Stuart Brown). Also 2 female Goldeneye still (Mike Bourne).

Longdon Marsh: c200 Pintails this morning (Mike Bourne).


February 7th

Bredon's Hardwick: adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose in fields below 5-bar gate with Greylag Geese and Great White Egret again on main pit (Steve Whitehouse).

Evesham: 5 Waxwings viewable from Blackberry Way in trees along brook at 4.20pm but distant and may have flown off east (Edward Betteridge).

Westwood Pool: 2 Greater Scaup (adult drake & 1w drake) still this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.

Worcester: 100+ Golden Plovers east of M5 in field by Worcester Six Business Park this morning (Pete & Marjo Lewis).


February 6th

Longdon Marsh: no sign of Lesser Yellowlegs on floods by mid-afternoon. Also presumed drake Green-winged Teal x Eurasian Teal south of Longdon Marshes Road at Hill Court Farm NR viewable from screen at cSO.826.351.


February 5th

Longdon Marsh: LESSER YELLOWLEGS with Lapwings on floods mid to late afternoon viewable WNW of village but very distant and elusive; park sensibly in village and view only from bridleway.


February 4th
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February 3rd
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February 2nd

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit (Mike Inskip) and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Mike Bourne).

Lower Moor: Long-eared Owl at river meadows (RAP).

Nafford: Great White Egret flew in to John Bennett NR at 10.45am and Black-tailed Godwit flew over at 11am (Tim Hutton).


February 1st

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit (Terry Hinett).

Ripple: 23 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on south pit (Gert Corfield).


January 31st
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January 30th

Bredon Hill: 3 Short-eared Owls still in summit area (RAP).

Bromsgrove: 2 Waxwings along A38 in trees by layby just WSW of Morrison's (Gert Corfield).


January 29th

Bromsgrove: 11 Waxwings along A38 at Hilton Hotel by main entrance (Gert Corfield).

Hagley: adult Mediterranean Gull flew low over Milestone Drive at 12.15pm (P Jones).


January 28th

Bredon Hill: 4 Short-eared Owls in summit area and 7 Bramblings (RAP).

Mucknell: Merlin this morning (Paul Rhodes).


January 27th

Croome Park: Great White Egret (RAP).

Grimley: 3 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 2 1w females) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Stoulton: 15 Golden Plovers east of church (Paul Rhodes).


January 26th
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January 25th

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around stonemason's yard late morning (Chris Lane).


January 24th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret dropped down over main pit (Sarah Loaring). 2 Great White Egrets on fishing pool (RAP).


January 23rd
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January 22nd

Bredon Hill: 2 Short-eared Owls near summit briefly at midday then flew south (Alan Chambers).

Kidderminster: 2 Waxwings off Oxbow Way 10am to 10.30am then flew over canal towards Springfield Park (Sean Cole).

West Hagley: juvenile Iceland Gull again north of Brake Mill Pool in fields (Andy Shaw).


January 21st

Droitwich: 11 Waxwings in town centre (Wayne Dutton).

Grimley: 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Ed Lea).

West Hagley: juvenile Iceland Gull again north of Brake Mill Pool in fields late morning (D.Banks).


January 20th

Grimley: 2+ Greater Scaup (1w drake and 1+ 1w female) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this afternoon and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

West Hagley: juvenile Iceland Gull again in fields north of Brake Mill Pool viewable from footpath mid-morning (Terry Hinett & Chris Jackson).

 


Waxwing at Betjeman Court, Kidderminster on January 18th. Picture: Lee Hudson


January 19th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret again on river meadows (RAP).

Hartlebury: 19 Waxwings still at Hartlebury Trading Estate in trees and rowan by north entrance at 9am but no sign at 11am (Michael Southall).

Kidderminster: 19 Waxwings still at Borrington Road this morning but very mobile - berries at Betjeman Court almost depleted and birds are often ranging to gardens at Longfellow Green (Mick Cooper).

West Hagley: juvenile Iceland Gull along lane to Brake Mill Pool in field on right just before railway bridge late morning (Terry Hinett).

Worcester: 10 Waxwings on Bath Road in tree very close to Bath Road Chippy at midday (Barrie Wheal) and 14 Waxwings present late afternoon (Mike Metcalf).

Wyre Forest: 2+ Mealy Redpolls along disused railway track from Dry Mill Lane car park in silver birches with 300 Lesser Redpolls at midday cSO.765.763 (Pete & Marjo Lewis).


January 18th

Hartlebury: 23 Waxwings at Hartlebury Trading Estate in trees and rowan by entrance this afternoon (Jason Kernohan).

Holt: 2 drake Pintails at east end of Sling Pool this morning (Mike Bourne).

Kidderminster: 37 Waxwings again at Borrington Road/Tennyson Way junction this afternoon (Rob Clipson).

Redditch: juvenile Glaucous Gull at Arrow Valley Lake on water early morning (Mark Islip per Neil Duggan).

Westwood Pool: 2 Greater Scaup (adult drake & 1w drake) still this morning and female Goldeneye still (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


January 17th

Grimley: 3 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 2 1w females) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit (Nick Skilbeck).

Kidderminster: 38 Waxwings at Borrington Road/Tennyson Way junction this morning (John Ridley) and 37 Waxwings still on Borrington Road 11.50am to 12.10pm then flew off west and no further sign (Ian Machin).

Upton Warren NR: adult Caspian Gull at the Flashes in roost this evening (JT Belsey).

Westwood Pool: female Goldeneye this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


January 16th

Grimley: 3 Greater Scaup (1w drake and 2 1w females) at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit early afternoon and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

Kidderminster: 29 Waxwings off Borrington Road at Betjeman Court feeding on berries at 3.30pm (John Cox).

Ripple Pits: 2 Goldeneyes (1 drake) still on south lake late afternoon (Brian Stretch).

Stoke Prior: 7 Waxwings in private garden this morning then flew off (Sarah Rea).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around stonemason's yard and refectory this morning (Paul Rhodes).


January 15th

Eymore Wood: 6+ Crossbills at cSO.783.799 (Rob Clipson).

Upton Warren NR: Greater Scaup (adult drake) at the Moors Pool this morning then flew south (Dave Jackson).

Westwood Pool: 2 Greater Scaup (drake & 1w drake) still this morning (Wayne Dutton & Terry Hinett) - Private Permit Only.


January 14th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit (Patch Hopcroft & Ed Lea). Also 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft, Mike Bourne & Ed Lea).

Ripple: Goldeneye still (Davy Thomas-round).

Westwood Pool: 2 Greater Scaup (drake & 1w drake) still this morning and 3 drake Pintail (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit Only.


January 13th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret again along River Avon this afternoon (Sarah Loaring).

Upton Warren: 2 Whooper Swans at the Moors Pool this morning then flew off SE (Alan Hambury).

Westwood Pool: 2 Greater Scaup (drake & 1w drake) still this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit Only.

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around stonemason's yard this morning (Ian Loftus).


January 12th

Lower Bittell Reseervoir: female Goldeneye early afternoon and drake Pintail (Roy Porter).

Westwood Pool: 2 Greater Scaup (drake & 1w drake) at dusk (Steve Whitehouse) - Private Permit Only.


January 11th

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around stonemason's yard showing well by yellow skip (Phil Bottom).


January 10th
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January 9th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret still at south end of lake early afternoon (Dave Owen).


January 8th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this afternoon and drake Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Laurie Ison).


January 7th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret in fields of east of Fleet Lane this morning (Paul Rhodes).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning and 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Ripple: Great White Egret again on south lake this morning and 5 White-fronted Geese flew over south lake at 12.20pm and headed south (Andy Warr).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around stonemason's yard at 9am (Rob Clipson).

Worcester: 125 Golden Plovers east of M5 in field by Worcester Six Business Park this morning (Rob Clipson).


January 6th

Bredicot: c40 Golden Plover still in fields (Mike Bourne).

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret still along River Avon below main pit (Sarah Loaring).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and drake Goldeneye on River Severn by Camp Inn (Nick Skilbeck). Also 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Mike Bourne and Nick Skilbeck).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: 2 adult Caspian Gulls in roost at 4pm and 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (Graham Fellows).


January 5th

Bricklehampton: 80 Golden Plover flew east at 2pm (Tim Hutton).

Eymore Wood: female Crossbill in larches above top car park at 11am (Alan Hambury).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit (Terry Hinett & R.Nash). Also 2 drake Goldeneye at Camp Lane Pits (R.Nash).

Hewell Grange: Bittern this morning - heard only (Alan Giles) - Permit only.

Worcester: Black Redstart still at Worcester Cathedral showed well at west end at 3pm (John & Julie Stroud).


January 4th

Bredicot: 252 Golden Plover with Lapwings in fields this morning (Terry Hinett).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: 8 Pintail (1 drake) early morning (Clive Lee).

Worcester: Black Redstart still at Worcester Cathedral viewed from inside Cathedral in Rememberance Garden looking through Cloister windows mid-morning (Francis Peplow).


January 3rd

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret still this morning (RAP).

Chaddesley Corbett: Waxwing still along A448 again at Rowberry's Nursery in car park this morning (Alan Hambury).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit late afternoon and 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Gary Palmer).

Hagley: female Pintail on Brake Mill Pool this morning (Terry Hinett).

Worcester: Black Redstart still at Worcester Cathedral viewed from inside Cathedral in Rememberance Garden looking through Cloister windows (Alan Harris).


January 2nd

Bredon's Hardwick: 2 Great White Egrets on main pit at 10.45am (Alan Chambers).

Chaddesley Corbett: 2 Waxwings still along A448 in bush next to The Fox Inn this morning (Sean Cole) and 3 Waxwings briefly at 11.55am (P Jones).

Egdon: 57 Golden Plovers in fields (Paul Rhodes).

Evesham: Waxwing still just north of A46 southern bypass off Charity Crescent opposite Majestic Wine in Strawberry Field pub car park this morning (Neil Duggan) and still present early afternoon.

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (1w female & 1w drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and up to 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft & Ed Lea).

Lickey Hills: 4+ Crossbills (1 male) just beyond visitor centre in pine trees near pond briefly this morning (Richard Clifford).

 


Female Crossbill on Lickey Hills: Picture: Richard Clifford


Tardebigge: 4 Waxwings flew over Tardebigge pub towards Bromsgove this morning (Alan Giles).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around mason's yard briefly at around midday (Brian Trott).

 


Black Redstart at Worcester Cathedral. Picture: Brian Trott


January 1st

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret still along River Avon below main pit (Sarah Loaring).

Chaddesley Corbett: 2 Waxwings along A448 at Rowberry's Nursery in car park this morning (Chris Jackson & Ray Chance).

 






Waxwing at Chaddesley Corbett. Pictures: Chris Cook


Evesham: Waxwing still just north of A46 southern bypass by Majestic Wine/Morrison's petrol station/Busy Bees this morning (Chris Cook & Alan Chambers).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: 2 Caspian Gulls: 1w in pre-roost from 2.30pm; adult from 3pm until dark (Graham Fellows).

Westwood Pool: female Goldeneye still this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private permit only.


December 31st

Evesham: Waxwing just north of A46 bypass by Majestic Wine/Morrison's petrol station/Busy Bees this afternoon (Gavin Peplow).

Far Forest: 2 Waxwings at Pound Bank feeding on berries in garden (David Harper).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and drake Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Kidderminster: Waxwing in town centre by car park behind Poundland at c1pm - heard only (Sean Cole).


December 30th
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December 29th

Grimley: 2 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Laurie Ison & Mike Bourne).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral around south-east side (Keith Corbett).


December 28th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit and drake Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Craig Reed & Patch Hopcroft).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around kitchens/mason's yard (Craig Reed & Peter Coggins).


December 27th

Bredicot: 194 Golden Plover with Lapwings in fields at midday (Terry Hinett).

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret still along River Avon but mobile (Sarah Loaring).

Ripple: 2 Goldeneye on south lake at 1.30pm and Merlin (Ann Phelpstead).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: 2 Caspian Gulls (adult & 1w) in pre-roost late afternoon (Graham Fellows).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at south-east end around mason's yard at 12.45pm (John & Julie Stroud).


December 26th

Hagley: adult Yellow-legged Gull at Brake Mill Pool this morning (P Jones).


December 25th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret along River Avon this morning (Sarah Loaring).


December 24th
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December 23rd

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this afternoon and 2 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Westwood Pool: Yellow-legged Gull (2w) in roost this evening (Steve Whitehouse) - Private permit only.


December 22nd

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret in fields behind main pit mid-afternoon (Francis Peplow).

Hewell Grange: 2 Crossbills this morning but mobile, plus Merlin and 24 Golden Plover flew over (Alan Giles) - Permit only.

Ripple: Great White Egret again on south lake along west shore from 4.10pm, plus drake Goldeneye still and drake Pintail (Steve Whitehouse).


December 21st
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December 20th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret still on main pit at south end early afternoon (Ian Hull).


December 19th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret again around main pit 10.45-11am then lost to view (Sarah Loaring) 

Eymore Wood: c20 Crossbills in larches along green path early afternoon (Christopher Bill).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning and 4 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

Ripple: DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge calling at dawn when moved south and no further sign - heard only. From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. No sign of Great White Egret by mid-morning.

Queenhill: no sign of Cattle Egret on west side of River Severn with cattle just north of Churchend Farm this morning.

Westwood Pool: adult Yellow-legged Gull in roost this evening (Steve Whitehouse) - Private permit only.

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral around east end (Laurie Ison).


December 18th

Grimley: drake Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits early morning (Ian Loftus) and 4 Goldeneye (2 drakes) late morning (Laurie Ison).

Ripple: 2 DUSKY WARBLERS still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge calling and showing along ditch edge until 7.45am when moved south and 1 DUSKY WARBLER showing in hedge at north end of coppice early afternoon (Andy Warr). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. Also Great White Egret on small pool at north end of north lake late morning (Andy Warr).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral on NE side this morning (Mike Metcalf).


December 17th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret again flew north along River Avon (Sarah Loaring) and again on main pit this afternoon (Andy Warr).

Eymore Wood: 2 Crossbills (1 male) at 11.05am (Geoff Laight).

Grimley: Greater Scaup (juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this afternoon and drake Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Queenhill: CATTLE EGRET still on west side of River Severn in field with cattle just north of Churchend Farm this morning but mobile and best viewed from public footpath on west side of river running north from just east of Queenhill Church SO.861.369. Also viewable occasionally from east side of river.

 


Cattle Egret at Queenhill Rough. Picture: Andy Warr


Ripple: Great White Egret again flew east just east of south lake at 9.55am, drake Goldeneye still and Merlin through (Phil Andrews). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge.


December 16th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this afternoon (Paul Rhodes & Andy Warr). 

Queenhill: CATTLE EGRET still on west side of River Severn in field with cattle just north of Churchend Farm this morning and still present early afternoon and best viewed from public footpath on west side of river running north from just east of Queenhill Church SO.861.369. Also viewable on and off from east side of river.

Ripple: Great White Egret still at south end of south lake late morning (Paul Rhodes). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge.

Worcester: 106 Golden Plovers east of M5 in field by Worcester Six Business Park near large yellow crane this morning (Pete & Marjo Lewis).


December 15th

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit early afternoon (Terry Hinett). Also drake Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits at 3.30pm and Merlin (Mike Bourne).

Ripple: 1+ DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge showed briefly at 8.05am and showed well at 8.50am and calling frequently (Ed Lea) and DUSKY WARBLER again at dusk (Andy Warr). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. Also Great White Egret still at south end of south lake and drake Goldeneye still (Roger Scase).

Uckinghall/Queenhill: CATTLE EGRET on west side of River Severn in field with cattle just north of M50 opposite houses near fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) viewable from public footpath on east side of river late morning and still present this afternoon (Paul Bateman and Roger Scase). Second county record; first acceptable record was at Besford and Bredon's Hardwick from October 25th to December 27th 1993.


December 14th

Grimley: drake Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits at 3.30pm (Ceri Jones).

Ripple: DUSKY WARBLER reported still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge mid-morning but no sign of any Dusky Warblers at dawn or dusk. From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. Also Great White Egret still along south shore of south lake this morning and still present along south shore at 1pm and drake Goldeneye still on south lake (Ceri Jones).

Westwood Pool: 7 Goldeneye (3 drakes) this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private permit only.


December 13th

Ripple: 1+ DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge again roosted this evening (Andy Warr). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. Also Great White Egret this morning (Sandy Saunders) and still present along south shore of south lake mid-afternoon (Andy Warr).


Great White Egret at Ripple: Picture: Andy Warr


December 12th

Clifton: 45 Golden Plovers circled over fields east of A38 at 2.40pm (Steve Whitehouse).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit late afternoon and drake Goldeneye at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

Gwen Finch NR: Bittern flew along north side of reserve from east side of nearest pool viewed from fishermans car park on south side of River Avon at 3.35pm (RAP).

Ripple: 1+ DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge calling and showed briefly early morning but very elusive and mobile and 2 DUSKY WARBLERS calling again at 4pm (Steve Whitehouse). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side.


December 11th

Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret in field west of main pit briefly this afternoon then flew south in to Gloucestershire (Gavin Peplow).

Grimley: 2 Greater Scaup (juvenile female & juvenile drake) at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit late morning (Brian Stretch).

Hawford: Merlin flew over this morning (Dave Walker).

Ripple: 2 DUSKY WARBLERS still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge calling early morning but very elusive and no further sign until late afternoon when both birds calling again but no showing. From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. Also Siberian Chifchaff still (Martin Flack) and drake Goldeneye still on south lake (Phil Andrews). Of interest: what is presumably the male EASTERN BLACK REDSTART present at Ripple on December 6th has been relocated on Tewkesbury Abbey late this morning (Gavin Peplow).

 


Siberian Chiffchaff at Ripple on December 11th: Pictures: Martin Flack


December 10th

Ripple: DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge early morning calling and showing briefly (Nick Skelbeck & Jared Tibbetts). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side.

Stoulton: 30 Golden Plover with Lapwings in fields west of village (Paul Rhodes).


December 9th

Grimley: juvenile drake Greater Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this afternoon (Patch Hopcroft).

Ripple: DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge calling and showed well at 8am (Pete & Marjo Lewis). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. Also drake Goldeneye still on south lake mid-morning (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral around NE corner of main tower mid-morning (Francis Peplow).


December 8th

Nafford: Great White Egret in field between Gwen Finch NR and John Bennett NR at 4pm on December 8th SO.942.422 (John Hodson & John Buckley).

Ripple: drake Goldeneye still on south lake but no sign of any Dusky Warblers (Barry Tuck).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: 2 White-fronted Geese and still present late afternoon (Francis Peplow).


December 7th

Bredicot: 150+ Golden Plover with Lapwings in fields early afternoon (Terry Hinett).

Clifton: drake Goldeneye on north pit and drake Pintail (Adam Holliday).

Ripple: 2 DUSKY WARBLERS still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge early morning and calling frequently but generally very elusive and no sign of male Eastern Black Redstart by 9am (many obs). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park (GL20 6ER) on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Strictly no access to coppice along east side. Also Siberian Chifchaff still, drake Goldeneye and drake Pintail (Paul Rhodes).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: Caspian Gull (1w) this evening.

Westwood Pool: 6 Goldeneye (3 drakes) this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private permit only. 

Worcester: Black Redstart still on south side of Worcester Cathedral viewable from College Green this morning.


December 6th

Ripple: DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge very briefly at dawn then moved south towards coppice and again roosted in bramble patch at dusk (Andy Warr). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park on left and walk south along public footpath under M50 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake cSO.871.368. Also male EASTERN BLACK RESTART along east shore on beach near south end of south lake late afternoon (Rob Prudden) and still present at dusk when went to roost in coppice at south end (Andy Warr). Please note there is strictly no access to coppice.

 


male Eastern Black Redstart at Ripple at dusk. Pictures: Andy Warr


December 5th

Ripple: DUSKY WARBLER still in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge very briefly this morning but extremely elusive and no further sign until dusk when bird went again went to roost - heard only. Also Siberian Chiffchaff still and male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (many obs). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park on left and walk south along public footpath under M5 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake c
SO.871.368.


December 4th

Ripple: 2 DUSKY WARBLERS in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge this morning but very elusive and no further sign until dusk when 1 bird went to roost (Andy Warr). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park on left and walk south along public footpath under M5 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake c
SO.871.368.

Upton Warren NR: Black-tailed Godwit still at the Moors Pool this evening (Dave Jackson).


December 3rd

Ripple: DUSKY WARBLER in undergrowth along east side of south lake c200 yards south of M50 bridge this morning and still present late afternoon but very elusive (Andy Warr) - first record for Worcestershire. Also Siberian Chiffchaff (Andy Warr). From Uckinghall take Ferry Lane west on to rough track and park in fishermens car park on left and walk south along public footpath under M5 bridge and then continue along east side of south lake c
SO.871.368.

Upton Warren NR: Black-tailed Godwit roosted at the Moors Pool this evening (Craig Reed).

Worcester: Black Redstart (probable male) at corner of High Street and Fish Street on St. Helen's Church mid-morning (Ian Miller).


December 2nd


Ripple: drake Goldeneye still and female Pintail (Steve Whitehouse).

Upton Warren NR: no sign of juvenile female Hen Harrier at the Moors Pool.


December 1st

Upton Warren NR: juvenile female Hen Harrier still at the Moors Pool flew along west shore and over fields towards Flashes at 8.10am and again at the Moors Pool late morning and then over the North Moors early afternoon but no sign this evening. Also Black-tailed Godwit briefly (many obs).


November 30th


Ripple: probable LESSER SCAUP (juvenile drake) still on south pit with Tufted Ducks this morning but often distant and mobile.

Upton Warren NR: juvenile female Hen Harrier still at the Moors Pool again quartering reedbeds from c7.50am (Des Jennings) and still present around Moors Pool/North Moors mid to late morning, then at the Flashes mid-afternoon and appeared again to roost at the Moors Pool this evening (many obs). Please park sensibly; do not park in front of west gate and do not drive along causeway unless disabled and/or you have spoken to JT Belsey. If Moors Pool car park is full please park at the sailing centre.

 




Juvenile female Hen Harrier at Upton Warren: Pictures: Vern Wright


November 29th

Bredon Hill: 5 Crossbills in Lalu Farm area and c25 Brambling still (RAP).

Bricklehampton: female Merlin perched in tree just north of Shailer's Farm at 11.30am before flying fast and low east and perching in the tree/hedgerow near Lower Field Barn. Also c15 Golden Plover in flight (Tim Hutton).

Lower Moor: c450 Golden Plover (RAP).

Ripple: probable LESSER SCAUP (juvenile drake) still on south pit with Tufted Ducks this morning but often distant and mobile (Brian Stretch, Andy Warr & Steve Whitehouse).

 


Probable Lesser Scaup at Ripple: Pictures: Andy Warr.


Upton Warren NR: juvenile female Hen Harrier at the Moors Pool late afternoon then roosted on east side this evening (JT Belsey).

Westwood: 4 Goldeneye (2 drakes) this morning (Steve Whitehouse) - Private permit only.

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral around south and east sides at 2.30pm (John & Julie Stroud).


November 28th

Grimley: juvenile drake Greater Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning (Brian Stretch) and still present this afternoon (Patch Hopcroft).

Ripple: no sign of any Greater Scaup on north pit late afternoon but possible immature Lesser Scaup on south pit with Tufted Ducks at dusk (Brian Stretch).


November 27th

Bredon Hill: 30+ Brambling north of Lalu Farm at 3pm but mobile (Alan Chambers).

Clifton: drake Goldeneye on north pit this morning and 40+ Golden Plover east of A38 (Adam Holliday). 

Ripple: 3 Greater Scaup (1w drake & 2 1w females) at north end of north pit this morning (Andy Warr). Also drake Goldeneye still (Davy Thomas-round).

 


Greater Scaups at Ripple: Picture: Andy Warr


Upton Warren NR: Black-tailed Godwit at the Moors Pool this morning (Dave Jackson).

Walton Hill: Crossbill flew over summit at 9.15am - heard only (P. Jones).


November 26th

Grimley: female Goldeneye again at Camp Lane Pits (Mike Bourne) and still present this afternoon (Ed Lea).

Ripple: drake Goldeneye on south pit this afternoon (Alan Chambers & Davy Thomas-round).

Throckmorton: female Red-crested Pochard on lagoon this afternoon (Francis Peplow).

Upper Wolverton: male Merlin flew towards Windmill Hill at 12.15pm (Paul Rhodes).


November 25th

Bredicot: 135 Golden Plovers in fields with 300 Lapwings this afternoon (Terry Hinett).

Upton Warren NR: 17 Bar-tailed Godwits flew over the Moors Pool early morning (Alan Hambury).


November 24th

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November 23rd

Malvern Hills: Snow Bunting still on Worcestershire Beacon below summit on east side (Chris Gray & Phil Bottom).

Upton Warren NR: female Goldeneye at the Moors Pool this morning (Andy Pitt).


November 22nd

Malvern Hills: 1+ Snow Bunting still on Worcestershire Beacon around summit but mobile.


November 21st

Upton Warren NR: drake Goldeneye at the Moors Pool at north-east end this morning (Andy Pitt).


November 20th
 

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning but no sign of juvenile female Goldeneye at Camp Lane Pits (Laurie Ison).

Malvern Hills: 2 Snow Buntings still on Worcestershire Beacon on north-east side of summit this afternoon (many obs).

Upton Warren NR: no sign of drake Goldeneye at the Moors Pool this morning.

Westwood Pool: drake Goldeneye this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


November 19th

Malvern Hills: 2 Snow Buntings still on Worcestershire Beacon on east side of summit this morning (Rob Clipson) and still present at 2.45pm (Neil Duggan & Paul Hands).


November 18th

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning and juvenile female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Malvern Hills: 2 Snow Buntings still on Worcestershire Beacon around summit this morning. 

Ripple: probable Scaup (female) on pits and drake Goldeneye (Sarah Loaring).

Stoulton: 3 probable White-fronted Geese flew high WSW over Windmill Hill at 11.30am (Paul Rhodes).

Upton Warren NR: drake Goldeneye still at the Moors Pool this morning (JT Belsey).


November 17th

Upton Warren NR: drake Goldeneye still at the Moors Pool this morning (Neil Duggan).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral around pinnacles at east end at 12.30pm (John Cox).


November 16th

Bredicot: 71 Golden Plovers in fields with 300 Lapwings early afternoon (Terry Hinett).

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning and juvenile female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

Malvern Hills: 2 Snow Buntings still on Worcestershire Beacon around summit this morning. 

Upton Warren NR: drake Goldeneye still at the Moors Pool this morning (Des Jennings).

Worcester: Black Redstart still on Worcester Cathedral at west end on scaffolding early afternoon (Ian Miller).


November 15th

Malvern Hills: 2 Snow Buntings still on Worcestershire Beacon around summit feeding on track near trig point (Scott Fletcher, John & Lee Drinkwater and Alan Harris).

Upton Warren NR: drake Goldeneye at the Moors Pool this afternoon (JT Belsey).

 

Westwood Pool: no sign of drake Red-crested Pochard this morning but 3 Goldeneye still (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


November 14th

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit mid-afternoon and juvenile female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

Malvern Hills: 2 Snow Buntings still on Worcestershire Beacon around summit this morning and still present this afternoon (many obs).

 


Snow Buntings on Worcestershire Beacon. Pictures: Brian Stretch
 

Westwood Pool: drake Red-crested Pochard this afternoon (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


November 13th

Bredon's Hardwick: Merlin hunting Skylark and Linnet flock over field north of small fishing lake SO.912.359 (Andy Warr).

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit mid-afternoon (Andy Warr).

Malvern Hills: 2 Snow Buntings on Worcestershire Beacon around summit this afternoon.

Upton Warren NR: 2 female Goldeneye circled the Moors Pool at 7.30am then flew south and Crossbill over Lifestyles at 11.51am then flew NW (Dave Jackson).


November 12th

Caunsall: Whooper Swan along River Stour on riverbank with 2 white feral geese viewable from canal towpath accessed north from Caunsall road bridge near A449 junction (Terry Webb).

Grimley: female Goldeneye at Camp Lane Pits this morning (Patch Hopcroft).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: Great Northern Diver briefly late morning and Brent Goose briefly.

Worcester: Black Redstart on Worcester Cathedral at west end on pinnacles and scaffolding late morning (RAP) and still present around south side this afternoon (many obs).


November 11th
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November 10th

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning (Brian Stretch).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: no sign of Purple Sandpiper by 8am and no sign of Whooper Swan. Also drake Goldeneye off dam (Keith Reilly).


November 9th

Upper Bittell Reservoir: PURPLE SANDPIPER on north shore viewable distantly from dam wall this afternoon and still present at dusk. Please keep strictly to public rights of way. The fifth county record and the first since 1988. The previous four have all occurred at Bittell: 1 on October 31st 1940; 1 on May 19th 1949; 1 on September 16th 1981; 1 on August 24th 1988. Also Whooper Swan mid-afternoon (John Sirrett).

 


Purple Sandpiper at Upper Bittell Reservoir. Picture: Graham Fellows


November 8th

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November 7th

Grimley: 11 Whooper Swans: 6 (3 adults & 3 juveniles) arrived at Camp Lane Pits late morning and then flew off NE at 4.05pm and 5 flew very high NE at 2.15pm, plus juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this afternoon and 2 female Goldeneye (adult & juvenile) (Brian Stretch).

 


Whooper Swans at Grimley. Picture: Brian Stretch


Upton Warren NR: 8 Whooper Swans (6 adults & 2 juveniles) arrived at the Moors Pool at 9.30am (Stuart Andrews) and still present late afternoon.
 




Whooper Swans at Upton Warren NR. Pictures: Stuart Andrews


Westwood Pool: 3 Pintail (1 drake) this morning and 2 Goldeneye (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


November 6th

Upper Bittell Reservoir: 5 Whooper Swans briefly late morning then flew off SE.

Walton Hill: 5 Whooper Swans flew east at 9.40am (P Jones).


November 5th

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning (Patch Hopcroft) and still present this afternoon (Ed Lea) but no sign this evening (Andy Warr).

Upton Warren NR: juvenile female Scaup still at the Moors Pool this morning.

Westwood Pool: Goldeneye and 2 Pintail (Steve Whitehouse) - Private Permit only.


November 4th

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit this morning (Brian Stretch & Mike Bourne) and still present early afternoon (Patch Hopcroft). Also Great White Egret again in Brick Pits Wood mid-morning (Mike Bourne) and still present early afternoon (Patch Hopcroft). Belated report of 2 Whooper Swans at Camp Lane Pits at dusk on Wednesday 2nd (per MB).

Malvern Hills: Crossbill flew over North Hill calling at 9.40am (Steve Whitehouse).

Upton Warren NR: juvenile female Scaup still at the Moors Pool this morning (Dave Jackson).


November 3rd

Bredon Hill: Ring Ouzel still on northern escarpent below summit tower this afternoon (Francis Peplow).

Grimley: juvenile drake Scaup at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on north pit early morning (Brian Stretch) and still present early afternoon and Great White Egret in tree above north pit (Steve Whitehouse). Also Water Pipit still at Camp Lane Pits calling in flight around north end this morning and female Goldeneye (Brian Stretch).

Kemerton Lake NR: 2 Goldeneye mid-afternoon and 5 Pintail (RAP).

Upton Warren NR: juvenile female Scaup still at the Moors Pool this morning (Adrian Kirton & Alan Giles).

Westwood Pool: adult Caspian Gull in roost then flew east at 4.30pm (Wayne Dutton) - Private Permit only.


November 2nd

Clifton-on-Teme: 8 Crossbills flew SSW at 7.50am (Joe Sparey).

Grimley: 2 Red-crested Pochard (1 drake) at Camp Lane Pits around central submerged willows this morning but elusive (Brian Stretch) and still present early afternoon (Patch Hopcraft and Mike Wheeler). Also Water Pipit again on Hippo Pool at c8.45am then flew west (Gavin Peplow) and present again early afternoon (Patch Hopcraft and Mike Wheeler). No sign of Smew (redhead) at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits by 8.30am.

Upton Warren NR: juvenile female Scaup still at the Moors Pool this morning (Des Jennings).


November 1st

Grimley: Smew (redhead) at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits late afternoon (Mike Inskip & Roger Maskew) and still present at dusk (Steve Whitehouse). Also Great White Egret on Heronry Pool (Mike Inskip & Roger Maskew).


 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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