Staffordshire news and blogs Tuesday 17 July 2018
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Still very quiet 

16 Jul 18

Saturday 14th July 2018 Lethergy rules.


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Blues and Hairstreaks 

15 Jul 18

All seen this weekend (White-letter Hairstreaks at Rushall).


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Sunday 15th July 2018 

15 Jul 18

0930 – 1300 sunny, to 26c : Painted Lady, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 3, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Hairstreak 6, Holly Blue, Common Blue 4, Ringlet Hedge Brown abundant, Meadow Brown 10+, Speckled Wood 6, Small Green-veined Large Whites …


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Thursday 12th July 2018 

12 Jul 18

1000 – 1330 becoming sunny, 22c : Small Copper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper 3, Common Blue m, Ringlet 40+, Meadow Brown 20+, Hedge Brown 40+, Speckled Wood, Comma 9, Peacock 8, Small Tort.


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Sunday 8th July 2018 

8 Jul 18

0900 – 1130 hot sunny again, 26c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 38, Heron 5, Teal, Little Grebe 2 adults, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel m, Buzzard, Jackdaw 60+, Pied Wagtail 2, Swift 20+, Swallow 4, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler 3, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, …


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Saturday 7th July 2018 

7 Jul 18

0830 – 0930 sunny, 20c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 19, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Teal 2, Cormorant, Heron, Swan cygnets 6, Bh Gull 51, Collared Dove 4, Grey Wagtail, Swift 25+, House Martin 2, Swallow 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 3.


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Blog Post: A chance to save nature – by Samantha Lyster 

6 Jul 18

It’s a rare situation where national political debate is sparked by women wearing bikinis.


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Blog Post: RSPB Sandwell Valley – What it means to me 

5 Jul 18

It is often difficult to answer the question about why you enjoy a site so much.


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Wednesday 4th July 2018 

4 Jul 18

1030 – 1230 sunny, 25c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 30+, Cormorant, Heron 3, Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Gadwall 2, Teal 2, Tufted 8, GC Grebe, Bh Gull 20 incl juveniles, Sparrowhawk with prey, Buzzard, Swift 20+, …


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Night of the Owls 

2 Jul 18

Saturday 30th June 2018 Extraordinary events this evening.


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Sunday 1st July 2018 

1 Jul 18

0950 – 1220 hazy sun, to 27c : Purple Hairstreak 3 at oaks, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 6, Hedge Brown 3, Ringlet 25+, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood 7, Cinnabar 2, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker 4, Broad-bodied …


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Saturday 30th June 2018 

30 Jun 18

1300 – 1400 hot sunny, 26c : Hedge Brown 2, Small Heath, Meadow Brown 5, Speckled Wood 5, Ringlet 12, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Large White 3, Common Wave, Cinnabar 2, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.


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Swallows 

30 Jun 18

Adult and young Swallows on 28th June 2018 at the sailing club.


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A quick visit to North Wales and RSPB South Stack 

30 Jun 18

Last weekend brought about the need to head to Rhyl for family reasons, so we tagged a couple of nights on the front, found ourselves a hotel deal in Llandudno and did a bit of birding in our one full day that we had.


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Friday 29th June 2018 

29 Jun 18

1100 – 1200 sunny, 22c : Lapwing 37, Bh Gull 31, LBb Gull 20, Heron, Pied Wagtail 3, Swift 10, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler 3, Reed Bunting, etc.


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The Dolomites – Northern Italy 

28 Jun 18

Sunday 24th June 2018 Hardly time to unpack before jetting off again on a very different trip.


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Heavy Metal Time – Cosford Airshow 2018 

28 Jun 18

My annual indulgence to metal birds, managed to get some photos, but missed some good shots especially of the Red Arrows, but still I already have one or two photos of them…


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Thursday 28th June 2018 

28 Jun 18

0930 – 1330 sunny, to 25c : Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, C Geese 200+, Little Grebe, Heron 2, Buzzard 2, LR Plover adult juv.


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Suffolk – The Rest! 

27 Jun 18

We of course went up to Dunwich Heath looking for Dartford Warbler, and were rewarded with a few sightings, not very close but good views through the bins.


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Wednesday 27th June 2018 

27 Jun 18

0930 – 1130 sunny / breezy 18c : Mute Swan + 3 cygnets, Heron 2, LR Plover juv, Oystercatcher, Lapwing 39, Bh Gull 4 juv, LBb Gull 11, Pied Wagtail 10, Swift 20+, Swallow, Sand Martin, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler 2, Bullfinch 2, Reed …


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Sunday 24th June 2018 

24 Jun 18

0930 – 1230 sunny/hazy, 22c : Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, GC Grebe 2, Heron, Lapwing 18, Buzzard, Bh Gull 8 2 juveniles, LBb Gull 10, Pied Wagtail m juv.


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Friday 22nd June 2018 

22 Jun 18

1000 – 1100 sunny, 18c : Ringlet 3, Speckled Wood 6, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath, Large Skipper 2, Latticed Heath, Cinnabar.


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Noteworthy Species Report 

21 Jun 18

An adult Little Gull was present on Ryders Mere this evening, it may be a specimen previously recorded at Slimbridge and Upton Warren as it is distinctive in only having one leg.


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Suffolk- RSPB Minsmere 

20 Jun 18

We spent a week in Suffolk earlier this month, staying just outside Lowestoft.


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Monday 18th June 2018 

18 Jun 18

1200 – 1300 fairly sunny, breezy, 20c : Lapwing, LBb Gull 25, Herring Gull 2, Green Woodpecker, Swift 10, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler 2, Reed Bunting 2.