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Vicky Harper wrote:

Does anybody have any news on the reported possible Snowy owl being spotted in Shropshire? Reported on bird guides.





Yeah saw the report Vicky but can't find anything on Twitter etc. One was reported yesterday evening too near a railway underpass near York.



I saw the one reported in York. As neither of the stafford or shropshire one's have been confirmed I'll have to hope it turns up in Manchester sometime soon. I can dream!!

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Vicky Harper wrote:

Does anybody have any news on the reported possible Snowy owl being spotted in Shropshire? Reported on bird guides.





Yeah saw the report Vicky but can't find anything on Twitter etc. One was reported yesterday evening too near a railway underpass near York.

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Does anybody have any news on the reported possible Snowy owl being spotted in Shropshire? Reported on bird guides.

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Still eleven Hawfinch at St Peters Church, Adderley village, at 10.30am this morning

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Eleven Hawfinch at St Peters Church, Adderley Village, this morning between 11.30-12.30

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Six Hawfinches at St Peters Church Adderley Village yesterday afternoon at 14.30pm - thanks to Phil Stockton for the sighting

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Four Hawfinch still at St Peters Church Adderley Village this morning...

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16 Hawfinches in the trees at St Peters Church Adderley village at 08.25am this morning

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Sightings from 3pm to 3.15pm
There are now 6 Pink-footed Geese along with the single ringed Barnacle Goose at Tittenley (in amongst Greylags and Canada Geese). Joined today by a pair of Egyptian Goose and a male Pochard

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Four Pink-footed Geese and one Barnacle Goose amongst 100+ Greylags at Tittenley Pool at 1pm this afternoon. Barnacle is ringed (left leg) but I was unable to see the ID.

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Great White Egret still present and settling down to roost at southern end of Tittenley Pool tonight around 20.15pm

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Great Egret still there showing well and easy to see from the road this morning from 07.15 to 09.00am, along with both Little Egrets. Occasionally its getting some rough treatment from the local Grey Herons.
Also a pair of Hobby's in the area

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Great White Egret on Tittenley Pool today (Shavington Estate, near Market Drayton/Adderley). Has been there since 08.00am and was still there at 20.20pm this evening. Two Little Egrets also. Tittenley Pool is private access only but the Great Egret has been at the southern end of the pool most of the day and is visible from the road.

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Mike Chorley wrote:

A skeleton crew today, with only myself and Mike A, but a good day none-the-less, starting with a good local year tick for me as a Ring-necked Parakeet flew over the car as we were parked on The Coppice planning our trip. Despite some unexpected diversions and delays due to road works, road closures and recalcitrant parking machines, we made it to The Dingle by 9.40 to find the Night Heron lurking in a low conifer, but almost all in view. We watched it almost continuously for 50 minutes and, as people have said, it gave some very good close views. Apart form a short period when it went and skulked under the boardwalk. biggrin I was pleasantly surprised to get some reasonable shots on my trusty second-hand Olympus.

We took the roundabout route to East Anglia today, to give the rest of the group a view of the bird. Not as obliging as recently, as it was skulking on the island, but luckily it did so in one of the few gaps in the vegetation.biggrin





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A skeleton crew today, with only myself and Mike A, but a good day none-the-less, starting with a good local year tick for me as a Ring-necked Parakeet flew over the car as we were parked on The Coppice planning our trip. Despite some unexpected diversions and delays due to road works, road closures and recalcitrant parking machines, we made it to The Dingle by 9.40 to find the Night Heron lurking in a low conifer, but almost all in view. We watched it almost continuously for 50 minutes and, as people have said, it gave some very good close views. Apart form a short period when it went and skulked under the boardwalk. biggrin I was pleasantly surprised to get some reasonable shots on my trusty second-hand Olympus.

We took the roundabout route to East Anglia today, to give the rest of the group a view of the bird. Not as obliging as recently, as it was skulking on the island, but luckily it did so in one of the few gaps in the vegetation.biggrin



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Night Heron still present at the Dingle 0830-1015hrs today



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Finally got round to seeing the Black-crowned Night Heron today in Shrewsbury. It was showing ridiculously well upon arrival, allowing great photographs. I stayed for one and a half hours before retreating to a local hostelry and thereafter the train home. A few photographs attached.

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A skeleton crew today, with only myself and Mike A, but a good day none-the-less, starting with a good local year tick for me as a Ring-necked Parakeet flew over the car as we were parked on The Coppice planning our trip. Despite some unexpected diversions and delays due to road works, road closures and recalcitrant parking machines, we made it to The Dingle by 9.40 to find the bird lurking in a low conifer, but almost all in view. We watched it almost continuously for 50 minutes and, as people have said, it gave some very good close views. Apart form a short period when it went and skulked under the boardwalk. biggrin I was pleasantly surprised to get some reasonable shots on my trusty second-hand Olympus.

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Dingle Gardens in the Quarry, Shrewsbury.

Third visit to see the Black Capped Night Heron and third time lucky, On arrival the bird was visible feeding in the undergrowth around the perimeter of the pond and supprisingly mobile flying across the pond to feed in different areas, At times affording very close views

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After seeing the news coming out for weeks and weeks, a call from a long time twitching mate who I used to go out with spurred me on to visiting Shrewsbury today. Neither of us had seen a Night Heron for a couple of years and given the photo opportunities that this one seems to give I accepetd his offer of a morning out with open arms. With the routefinder on my pc flagging it up at only 45 miles away too, it was a no-brainer smile We contacted each other at 5.30am, he drove to me for 7am and we were at Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, walking to The Dingle at 8.30am. This all coincided with a massive parkrun in the park, at least 1000 people and loudspeakers blaring out, lots of folk mulling around in The Dingle, but amazingly the adult Night Heron was sat on the edge of the pond by the path, just a couple of metres away

We took lots of pictures and I was glad when it flew a bit further away so I could digiscope the whole bird rather than just its head!! I even phonescoped it through my scope with passers-by's phones for them, as they were really interested in the bird. As I say lots of runners & their supporters came in, so lots had a look through my scope and I took them a photo too biggrin We decided to leave as several more birder/photographers were turning up and as we did the bird flew over to the island & disappeared into cover, then it started spitting with rain - perfect timing! Were were home by 11am, mission accomplished smile

On the journey home, in answer to the post below, I spotted a Red Kite being mobbed by corvids by the side of the A49. This was in the general area of Hadnall, c.5mls NNE of Shrewsbury if that helps, Curt. Also I have lots of birding mates in Shropshire, many around Shrewsbury and they do see Red Kites quite regularly smile



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Saw a red kite at eye level yesterday up on the roof at work (battlefield just north of Shrewsbury) first one I ve seen here but don't know if it's unusual for the area?

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I also enjoyed superb views of the Night Heron yesterday between 9 and 10 am as it sat atop of a bush in full sun. It spent sometime sleeping but it also preened at time.  I went by train and its only a 15 minute walk to the Dingle from the station.  What super area the Dingle is.

A super smart bird and well worth the effort although some birders have been and have not seen it but that's birding.

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Fabulous views of the Night Heron sat out in the open at 12.15 today at Dingle Gardens, Shrewsbury biggrin, a lifer for me. Thanks to the previous 2 posters for spurring me to go and see the bird.
Cheers Ian

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Wednesday 17th May. 17.00 hrs.

With Ian Lyth.

Re Night Heron.

I think the bird must have finished reading the "Night Heron Behaviour Manual" between Chris G's departure and our arrival as it was nowhere to be found on two circuits of the pond.

Ian eventually found it skulking under the bushes on the island ... fortunately he had also carried his scope round with him which allowed us to get good views of the bird preening for around 20 minutes before it retreated farther in and out of sight.

Roger.

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Finally succumbed to temptation,and headed down to Shrewsbury,to show my wife the beautiful Dingle Gardens in Quarry Park.Imagine my surprise,when,there was the long-staying Night Heron sat under an Azalea bush about three feet from the path! wink                                                                                                                                                                            What a spectacular looking bird,which was initially so close,the long-lense photographers had to go round to the other side of the lake to get their pictures!  The heron was awake and alert at all times ( approximately 2pm, it obviously hasn't read the books, which mainly describe it as a crepuscular species! ). Eventually, it noticed some small fish topping on the other side of the lake, and it flew over to the opposite bank. For such an elegant bird, it's fishing technique appeared somewhat clumsy - yet effective.....after a few moments stalking,it lunged forwards, plunging it's head and neck under the water....it's wings flailing wildly on the surface, apparently grasping the bank side vegetation with it's feet. Seconds later, it emerged with a nice 5" roach, which it quickly swallowed head first.

Easily the best views of this species I've ever had in the UK. If anyone gets the chance, and the bird sticks around, I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Shrewsbury, to see this remarkable bird in somewhat surreal surroundings.

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Whixhall Moss (10.30-14.30)

1 Cuckoo, 1 Snipe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Curlew, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Reed Buntings, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Shoveler, 6 Teal and 2 Jays.

Black Headed Gulls constantly patrol the moss and appear to trying to set up a small colony on a pool by the public path.

Small groups of Swallows were moving across the moss throughout my visit, all appeared to be heading South.



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Monday 2nd Jan 2017
Called on at Venus Pools NR on way back from Gloucestershire with Simon Gough and Chris Chandler.

Thought we may have had the Pine Bunting at one point and 2nd opinions that were sought on site seemed to point to it being our target, but it turns out it wasn't, thanks for your help on that one Ian.

Birds of note...
C100+ Yellowhammer
C40-50 Reed Bunting
4 Corn Bunting
1 Brambling
1 Bullfinch male
Plenty of Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch around too
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker



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Whixall Moss

Visited this NNR reserve for a couple of hours today, first visit in pleasant, sunny weather. Walked down the canal and then on to Whixall Moss itself, staying on public paths as we are not permit holders. We probably only touched less than ten per cent of the total NNR area. It's huge.

Not an ideal time for birding and to be honest it was very quiet with only an adult Hobby (prolonged views), a couple of Kestrel and several Buzzard of note along with Greylag Goose and Canada Goose on flooded fields/pools on the other side of the canal.

Still, several Butterfly and Dragonfly species were seen and it was a useful reccy for a future visit.

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Whixhall Moss

10.00-16.00

1 juv & 1 adult Hobby, with the youngster perched on post and making frequent sorties to catch insects then returning to the post to eat its catch.

Also, 2 Kestrels, 1 juv Yellow Wagtail(Along the margins of mossland pool), 3 Ravens, a flock of 5 Meadow Pipits, 3 Reed Buntings, 2prs Stonechats + 1m,

10 Lapwings (Flushed off a pool by a crow).

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a couple of pictures of the Iberian chiffchaff from myself this morning.
a lifer & as rob says this bird was notably different from the one in preston. a lovely bird & worth the trip smile



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Popped down here with Karen F, John R and Mike A as part of our day out. Great views of the bird back and forth along the woodland edge behind the owl from 11.00 until 12-00. Seemed to stay for longer on each circuit. Interesting to see how the whole bird quivered when it gave those Wood Warbler-like trills at the end of each burst of song. I don't remember that from birds I've seen in the past.

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Early morning visit with Steve Burke, Simon Gough and Chris Chandler.

Myself and Simon put our exceptional bird identification skills into action straight away. wink

- Iberian Chiffchaff
Well seeing as though this one is deemed to be the real thing then this one is the Lifer rather than last week's atypical Chiffchaff.
Bird was heard singing straight away and was notably different, being much quicker and almost warbling towards the end of the song. Quite elusive despite being vocal but it did stop in a few visible locations but only briefly.
It was noticeably a tad greener / yellower, the underparts were clean looking, the yellow on the supercilium was very obvious again, and it's bill was indeed quite fine, more obvious when singing.

Other birds of note...
- Chiffchaff at least 5 others seen
- Willow Warbler 2
- Blackcap 1 male
- Treecreeper 3
- Bullfinch 1 male
- Lesser Redpoll 4
- Nuthatch heard only
- Jay 2
- Song Thrush 1
- Common Buzzard 4 with 2 Sparrowhawk all circling
- Coal Tit 2
- lots of usuals



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Yeah pretty easy birding Sid. But I was chatting to someone at Haydn's Pool today who did get lost trying to get there. They tried to access from the west and Granville Rd peters out into a track which they couldn't get down to get to the end we were. He found a kissing gate at that end though and when he went through there was a wooden Eagle sculpture, talk about confusing, he thought that he may have found the place and that the owl info was misinformation. Shows how easily things can go wrong. Like you two I found it very easily, and I'm really thankful for that, and the bird performed beautifully smile



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Just a quick post to reiterate what has been said in another post, albeit not in the sightings section hence the duplication, just in case folk are looking here for news smile

Popped the short distance down to Donnington Wood on the outskirts of Telford today and on arrival I immediately heard the Iberian Chiffchaff that has been present here for a few days. Very quickly I located it flitting about feeding and singing in the trees not far from the road.........

The bird is at SJ716123, (or TF2 7NB), drive down Granville Road and there is a layby opposite the pond, walk in through the gate and the area around the wooden owl sculpture is where the bird was seen when I was there. 


Similar experience to us yesterday Paul, we stopped the car on the road between the two kissing gates and with the window open we immediately heard the bird singing.  John being the driver also had a brief glimpse.  Talk about armchair birding eh biggrin



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Just a quick post to reiterate what has been said in another post, albeit not in the sightings section hence the duplication, just in case folk are looking here for news smile

Popped the short distance down to Donnington Wood on the outskirts of Telford today and on arrival I immediately heard the Iberian Chiffchaff that has been present here for a few days. Very quickly I located it flitting about feeding and singing in the trees not far from the road. Initially three of us watched it but in the end I had the bird to myself for the last half hour of a two hour stay that saw the bird appear and disappear about 7 times, presumably to 'do' a circuit away from the main viewing area. I had excellent scoped views and even managed a few digiscoped shots. Also present were Common Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and at least 1 Goldcrest.

The bird is at SJ716123, (or TF2 7NB), drive down Granville Road and there is a layby opposite the pond, walk in through the gate and the area around the wooden owl sculpture is where the bird was seen when I was there.

A report early morning on RBA had a Ring Ouzel close by so I popped there too. Down single track lanes with floods of liquid mud to drive through! If I'd have known what the roads were like I may not have bothered! The horse fields looked good for Ring Ouzel but no sign, although I counted at least 15 Wheatears in the fields and there could have been more, there just wasn't anywhere safe to stop on the road for a proper search.



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With a free afternoon popped down the A49 for 30 miles to a place we have a permit for, Whixall Moss in North Shropshire. We normally head there for insects but a Spoonbill had been reported for a few days so we decided to go and have a look at that and do a bit of birding in the area.

On arrival we stopped in the layby on the approach road to Whixall Moss 'proper' and could see the Spoonbill was present, very distant and behind a tree/bush line left of the road on the floods that have now been purchased for conservation purposes smile The views were so bad we decided to walk along the canal towpath and over the bridge to view from the other side, closer and much better views as the bird mainly slept but occasionally preened and showed pretty well in the scope. From the canal towpath we saw the hybrid Blue-headed x Yellow Wagtail (nicknamed 'Channel' Wagtail), a smart looking bird but as a hybrid not tickable! Also in the same area were 3 White Wagtails, 3 Little Ringed Plovers and a Green Sandpiper. Not a bad little haul for this new wetland area.

A walk on Whixall Moss produced little other than lots of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, 2 pairs of Shovelers and a displaying Snipe.



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Yesterday at Brown Moss Nature Reserve (mid-day):

Little Grebe x1
Teal x14
Shoveler x9
Gadwall x3
Mallard
Canada Goose
Moorhen
Coot
Jay x1
Buzzard x2
Lots of common garden/woodland species

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At Dearnford Lake today,mid-day:

Great crested Grebe x1
Little Grebe x5
Mallard 20+
Tufted Duck 18
Shoveler x2 pairs
Coot
Moorhen x8
Canada Goose
Kestrel x1
Buzzard x1
Black headed Gull


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Originally posted by Charles Coutts today:

Visited Wroxeter Vineyard today and there is lots of House Martins around ,even one still feeding chicks in the nest,

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Had an overnight stay in Bishops Castle and watched a Red Kite come in to land in a Freshly ploughed Field.
As I followed it in with my Bins, there were some Buzzard already on the ground, 18 in total!!!

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Good luck to it!

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Thanks Henry, can't believe I'd forgotten the temperature differential in desert regions and its survived a few frosty nights so far! Cheers, Peter

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Pete Welch wrote:

Was bloomin cold and reminded me of the likely fate of some of these vagrant birds...it was a bit cooler than I imagine it was used to.





I think these birds may be hardier than we give them credit for Pete. Desert Wheatears live in environments which get very hot during the day but conversely freezing cold at night.

One of the coldest birding sessions i've ever done was in the Saharan Desert fringe in Morocco. I had many layers on at dawn and was still shivering. Desert Wheatears were there in good numbers and looked to be coping a lot better than me!

I suspect the shropshire individual has felt similarly cold temps back in it's extant range. So long as it can continue to find food it could do ok. It would be interesting to learn whether it's built up any fat reserves in order to fly back south/east. Any ringers cover the site?


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Went to see the Desert Wheatear this weekend - very instructive bird and also good numbers of Raven displaying in the quarry above and a pair of stonechats near the car park. Was bloomin cold and reminded me of the likely fate of some of these vagrant birds...it was a bit cooler than I imagine it was used to.



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Anyone thinking of going down to see the Steppe Grey Shrike should be aware that the A49 between the A534 and Whitchurch is closed for bridgeworks and caused us to have to take a diversion this morning. We came back from Newport on the A519 up to J15 on the M6 - this was fine.

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A last minute decision saw John Barber and myself heading down to Shropshire this morning to have a look for the Steppe Grey Shrike that has been at Wall Farm, just off the B5062 near Newport, since the weekend.

We arrived late morning and in a gusty wind with little sun we had several good but distant views of the bird.

The overall impression was that it showed more white than a Great Grey Shrike but whoever found it must be congratulated on their powers of observation given it's distant and remote location - a lifetime first for both of us.

We also had a couple of overflying Crossbills.

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It has a dodgy leg Peter unfortunately, got good views in the afternoon but appeared to be limping around a bit. no.gif

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I went to see the crane last night at dusk and it was down in the grass wings unfolded and forward - reminiscent of a falcon shielding prey - not sure if it was injured or whether they roost laid down. Anyway as four of us took our eyes of it for a second it disappeared - don't know whether it flew to roost on the moss or dropped further down into the grass or just moved quickly? Not seen any reports from today.hmm.gif

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29/03/2011 - Phil Owen and I visited Whixall Moss this afternoon, just south of Whitchurch to search for a Common Crane which had been recently reported from the area. The bird showed really well further west from the car park down to where the canals meet. It was best viewed by crossing the footbridge over the canal here and viewing the green grassy field on the other side of the canals by the house. Sadly it appeared injured and we left it with a couple of other more local birders to contact the RSPCA. Other stuff seen along the canal and on the adjacent peat bog: 15 Shovelers 2 Buzzards 1 Kestrel 5 Curlews 2 Lapwings 1 Sand Martin 4 Fieldfares 1 Willow Warbler - my earliest ever 4 Chiffchaffs 1 Tree Sparrow 1 Reed Bunting

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