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March 9th


Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Kittiwake mid-morning (Chris Thomson).


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March 8th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits and 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still (Mike Bourne). Also adult Mediterranean Gull late morning (Jared Tibbetts and Mike Wheeler).


March 7th


Upton Warren NR: 3 Black-tailed Godwits at the Moors Pool on Amy's Marsh - also visted the Flashes (Andy Pitt).


March 6th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits and 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still (Mike Bourne).

Upton Warren NR: 13 Black-tailed Godwits at the Moors Pool on Amy's Marsh (Andy Pitt) then flew off WSW and Yellow-legged Gull (Des Jennings).


March 5th


Bredon Hill: 4 Crossbills in conifers on east side of hill above Elmley Castle this morning (Tim Hutton).

Bedon's Hardwick: Black-tailed Godwit in roost of 25 Curlews this evening (Mike Smart).

Clifton: female Pintail still this morning and 2 Goldeneye (1 drake) (Bob Williams and Peter Humby).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits at midday (Bob Williams and Peter Humby).


March 4th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this morning, plus Water Pipit still in crop field on south side of Wagon Wheel Lane but mobile (heard only) and 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).

March 3rd


Ripple: Great White Egret again in southern marshy area mid-afternoon and Black-tailed Godwit on south pit island (Gavin Peplow).


March 2nd


Grimley: 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).


March 1st


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits and 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still (Mike Bourne).


February 28th

Eymore Wood: 8 Crossbills in larches near gate to Huntsfield Cottage this afternoon (Jason Kernohan).

February 27th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on north pit until 3.15pm when flew towards Camp Lane Pits (Andy & Sue Gibbons). 

February 26th


Clifton: 2 Goldeneye (Gavin Peplow).

Grimley: 4 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits this evening (Patch Hopcroft and Jim Wright). 

Ripple: 2 drake Goldeneye on south lake but again no sign of Glossy Ibis (Edward Betteridge).

Of interest: Little Ringed Plover at Clifton (Gavin Peplow) and Sand Martin at Grimley (Jim Wright).


February 25th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this morning (Brian Stretch). 

Ripple: drake Goldeneye still on south lake this afternoon and 3+ Pintail (Alan Chambers). No sign of Glossy Ibis around lakes and no sign at Queenhill Rough in fields either side of M50 bridge - presumably the same bird reported at Slimbridge WWT this afternoon.


February 24th


Ripple: GLOSSY IBIS again on south lake (Andy Warr) and Great White Egret in flooded field south of south lake (Sarah Loaring).


February 23rd


Grimley: Water Pipit relocated at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits in field west of north pit this morning (Patch Hopcroft).

Queenhill Rough: GLOSSY IBIS again in fields south of M50 bridge early afternoon (Andy Warr).

Ripple: GLOSSY IBIS again on south lake late afternoon (Andy Warr and Kay Donaghy) and female Red-crested Pochard on south lake this morning and still present this afternoon (Andy Warr).

Salwarpe: 7 Crossbills (2+ males) just west of village flew NW calling this morning (Dave Walker).

Throckmorton: 2 Red-crested Pochards (1 drake) on outer lagoon early morning and still present at dusk (RAP).


February 22nd


Bredon's Hardwick: adult Mediterranean Gull at 2.28pm (Ken Heron).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this afternoon and 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Ripple: GLOSSY IBIS again on south lake early afternoon then flew to Queenhill Rough feeding in fields on west side of River Severn south and then north of M50 bridge mid-afternoon before flying back to Ripple south lake. Also Black-tailed Godwit (Andy Warr).


February 21st
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February 20th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this morning and 4 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Mike Bourne and Roger Blackmore).

February 19th

Redditch: female Goldeneye again at Arrow Valley Lake (Stuart Andrews).


February 18th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on south pit this morning, plus Water Pipit still in crop field on south side of Wagon Wheel Lane and 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still at Camp Lane Pits (Brian Stretch).


February 17th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits (Sean Cole) and 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft and Jim Wright).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still (A Sanders).

Ripple: no sign of Glossy Ibis this morning but 4 Pintail on lakes and 250+ Golden Plovers in field north of M50 Bow Lane bridge (Andy Warr).


February 16th


Bredon Hill: 3 Short-eared Owls still along northern escarpment this morning (Andy Warr).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on south pit this morning and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Martin Flack).

Ripple: GLOSSY IBIS along east shore of south lake mid-afternoon then flushed by dog walkers and flew west towards Queenhill Rough (Andy Warr).


February 15th


Clifton: drake Goldeneye on pits late morning and female Pintail still (Bob Williams and Peter Humby).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on south pit this evening (Craig Reed). Also adult Yellow-legged Gull at Camp Lane Pits with large gull flock this afternoon then flew off east and 4 Goldeneye (2 drakes) still, plus drake Goldeneye at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).


February 14th


Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still on lake (Mike Hails and Paul Edlin).

February 13th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits this afternoon (Roger Blackmore).

Shenstone: Merlin at Stanklyn Lane chasing large Linnet flock at 1.40pm (Bob Williams and Peter Humby).


February 12th
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February 11th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits on north pit mid-morning and then at Camp Lane Pits late morning, plus 5 Goldeneye (2 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits and Water Pipit still in crop field on south side of Wagon Wheel Lane but elusive (heard only) (Brian Stretch).

February 10th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits this morning, plus 2 Goldeneye (1 drake) and female Pintail (Jim Wright).

February 9th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this morning and then at Camp Lane Pits this afternoon, plus 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Holt: 2 drake Pintail on Sling Pool (Patch Hopcroft).


February 8th


Upton Warren NR: Great White Egret at the Moors Pool this morning (Richard Baker).


February 7th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on south pit with Eurasian Wigeon flock, plus Water Pipit still along Wagon Wheel Lane in crop field on south side, 2 drake Pintail again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits and 4 Goldeneye (2 drakes) at Camp Lane Pits (Mike Bourne).


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February 4th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits this morning (Roger Blackmore and Dave Jackson) and again at Camp Lane Pits this afternoon (Paul Rhodes), plus 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still (Roger Blackmore). Also Water Pipit still along Wagon Wheel Lane in crop field on south side this morning (Dave Jackson) but no sign this afternoon and 2 Egyptian Geese still at Church Farm fishing pools this afternoon (Terry Norledge).

Holt: drake Pintail on Sling Pool this afternoon (Brian Stretch).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still (Mick Woodward).


February 3rd


Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret again on main pit this afternoon (Gavin Peplow).

Bredon Hill: 3 Short-eared Owls along northern escarpment late morning (Sally Allen).

Clifton: female Pintail still on main pit this morning (Adam Holliday).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits this morning (CL North and Gert Corfield) and again at Camp Lane Pits in field below The Ark by Hippo Pool this afternoon. Also 2 drake Pintail again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on south pit (Rob Williams).

Kempsey Ham: no sign of Short-eared Owlby River Severn late afternoon (Paul Rhodes).

Redditch: female Goldeneye still at Arrow Valley Lake (Stuart Andrews).

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                                                        Female Goldeneye at Arrow Valley Lake. Picture: Stuart Andrews

February 2nd


Clifton: female Pintail still on main pit late morning (Paul Rhodes).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits this morning (Kay Donaghy) and again at Camp Lane Pits in field below The Ark by Hippo Pool early afternoon (Martin Flack) and still present at 4pm (DW & HK Moonlight) and 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still (Martin Flack). Also Water Pipit still in field along south side of Wagon Wheel Lane (Kay Donaghy) and 2 drake Pintail still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits then flew north (Martin Flack).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this morning (Kay Donaghy).

Kempsey Ham: Short-eared Owl over path adjacent to River Severn at c6pm (Philip Chambers).

Ripple: Water Pipit on south lake island this morning then flew off low west and may have crossed River Severn, plus Pintail, Goldeneye and 50 Golden Plover over (Andy Warr).


February 1st


Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret again on River Avon below Croft Farm (Sarah Loaring).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits and 2 Goldeneye (1 drake) still (Patch Hopcroft). Also Water Pipit still in crop field along south side of Wagon Wheel Lane (Mike Bourne) and 2 drake Pintail still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits (Mike Bourne and Patch Hopcroft).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this afternoon (Carol Cholerton).


January 31st


Childswickham: 65 Golden Plover in fields adjacent to Murcot Road (Tim Hutton).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: female Pintail (Terry Hinett).

Westwood Pool: 2 drake Pintail and adult Yellow-legged Gull (Steve Whitehouse) - Private permit only.


January 30th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on north pit early morning and 2 Egyptian Geese again, plus 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Craig Reed). Also Water Pipit still in crop field along south side of Wagon Wheel Lane and 2 drake Pintail still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits on south pit (Pete Lewis).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this morning (Mark Dowie).


January 29th
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January 28th


Elmley Lovett: female Merlin in area early afternoon (Terry Hinett).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits on north pit late morning, plus 2 drake Pintail at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits late morning and relocated at Camp Lane Pits early afternoon (Brian Stretch) then returned to Wagon Wheel Lane Pits late afternoon (Jared Tibbetts) and 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits this morning (Brian Stretch). Also Water Pipit still in crop field along south side of Wagon Wheel Lane this morning (Chris Thomson) and still present this afternoon (Jared Tibbetts). Also 2 Egyptian Geese again by Church Farm fishing pools (Mike Metcalf).



Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this morning (per Neil Duggan).

Lower Bittell Reservoir: Great White Egret at midday but mobile (Pearl McNeil).


January 27th


Bredon Hill: 2 Short-eared Owls along northern escarpment late morning (Peter Allen). 

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again Camp Lane Pits at north end this morning and 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still (Jim Wright). Also Water Pipit still in crop field along south side of Wagon Wheel Lane at 3.15pm (Peter Johnson).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this morning.

Wyre Forest: Mealy Redpoll with c90 Lesser Redpoll along disused railway line near Forest of Wyre bench this morning (Craig Reed).


January 26th


Frankley: Brent Goose flew over from Bartley Reservoir then returned to reservoir (Terry Hinett).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits and also visiting Camp Lane Pits and Water Pipit still in crop field along south side of Wagon Wheel Lane (Andy Warr and Patch Hopcroft).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this morning (Paul Rhodes) and still present at 4pm (DW & HK Moonlight).


January 25th


Croome: 1+ Hawfinch still in trees at south-east corner of walled garden early afternoon but mobile (Paul Rhodes).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on north pit this afternoon and 2 Egyptian Geese again in meadows (Patch Hopcroft). Also 3 Goldeneye (1 drake) still at Camp Lane Pits (Mike Bourne).

Holt: female Merlin around Sling Pool then flew west (Mike Bourne).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this morning (RAP).


January 24th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits late morning (Roger Broadbent).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still (Chris Holder).

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                                                     Drake Smew at Kemerton Lake NR. Picture: Chris Holder

January 23rd


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits and 2 Egyptian Geese again in meadows and adjacent fishing pool (Roger Blackmore, Terry Hinett and Mike Bourne). Also drake Smew again at Camp Lane Pits and drake Goldeneye (Mike Bourne).

Throckmorton: female Merlin hunting Skylarks over fields on south side of landfill site late afternoon (RAP).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose still with Canada and Greylag Geese in field this morning (Terry Hinett).


January 22nd

Croome: male Hawfinch in south-east corner of walled garden (Brian Trott).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this morning (Andy Ambrose).


January 21st

Croome: male Hawfinch in south-east corner of walled garden (Brian Trott).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this morning (Andy Ambrose).


January 20th

Clifton: drake Goldeneye and female Pintail still (Adam Holliday).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits this evening (Craig Reed).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still (Andy Warr).


January 19th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on north pit this morning (Steve Preddy).


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                                American Wigeon
at Grimley on 17th January. Pictures: Mick Colquhoun

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still (Gavin Peplow).


January 18th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on north pit this morning and 2 Egyptian Geese again, plus Water Pipit still along Wagon Wheel Lane in crop field on south side and 3 female Goldeneye at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still mid-afternoon and drake Red-crested Pochard (RAP).


January 17th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on north pit early morning (Craig Reed and Mike Wheeler).


January 16th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Church Farm Pits on north pit (Roger Blackmore).


January 15th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits on north pit early morning (Craig Reed and Mike Wheeler) and Water Pipit still at Wagon Wheel Lane in crop field on south side of lane this morning (Nick Skilbeck).


January 14th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits early afternoon (many obs) and 3 female Goldeneye this morning (Brian Stretch) and 2 still present this afternoon. Also Water Pipit again at Wagon Wheel Lane in crop field on south side of lane this morning (Brian Stretch) and still present early afternoon (Roger Blackmore).


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                                                                       Female American Wigeon and Water Pipit at Grimley. Pictures: Brian Stretch

January 13th

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits this morning and still present this afternoon and 2 female Goldeneye still (Martin Flack and Andy Warr).

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew still this morning (RAP).

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

January 12th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits this morning and 2 female Goldeneye still (Patch Hopcroft).

Holt: no sign of drake Smew.

Kemerton Lake NR: drake Smew (Maggie Walker, Michelle Davies and Graham Thompsett).

Nafford: Merlin through (Paul Rhodes).

Offenham: male Merlin nearby then flew off west early afternoon (Gavin Peplow).


January 11th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits and 2 female Goldeneye still (Paul Legge).

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool (Liz Clipson and Paul Legge). Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Ripple: Goldeneye (1w) (Chris Wells).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose still with Canada and Greylag Geese and Pink-footed Goose again (Terry Hinett).


January 10th

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool (Craig Reed). Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Ripple: 205 Golden Plover and 3 Goldeneye still (Francis Peplow).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose still with Canada and Greylag Geese (Chris Lane).

January 9th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits on west shore and 2 female Goldeneye still (Mike Bourne).

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool (Mike Bourne). Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake at 8.30am but very mobile then flew off high north-east and no further sign by late morning.

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose still with Canada and Greylag Geese and adult Mediterranean Gull - different individual to the bird present on Monday (Paul Rhodes).


January 8th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Church Farm Pits on north pit early morning (Craig Reed and Mike Wheeler) and still present early afternoon (Terry Norledge). Also 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Craig Reed and Mike Wheeler).

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning. Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake in north-east arm this morning and still present this afternoon (Alan Giles).


January 7th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits along east shore early afternoon and 2 female Goldeneye still.

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning. Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake in north-east arm this morning and female Goldeneye still.

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Mediterrranean Gull early afternoon and adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose still with Canada and Greylag Geese (Terry Hinett).


January 6th


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

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON relocated at Church Farm Pools on north pool (Andy Warr). Also Water Pipit still at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits then flew south towards kale field on south side of Wagon Wheel Lane late morning (Steve Whitehouse and Gavin Peplow).

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning. Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake in north-east arm this morning.

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose still with Canada and Greylag Geese in field on west side of access road at midday (C North).

Of interest: the satellite tracked Greenland White-fronted Goose present intermittently at Bredon and Ripple in late 2018 relocated to Co.Wexford in Ireland on January 2nd.


January 5th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits this morning (Andy Warr). Also Water Pipit again in field on north side of lane in SW corner around willows (Andy Warr) and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning. Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake in north-east arm this morning and female Goldeneye still (Keith Reilly).

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose still with Canada and Greylag Geese in field on west side of access road (Andy Warr).


January 4th


Bredon's Hardwick: Great White Egret flew along River Avon towards Croft Farm at c8.15am (Sarah Loaring).

Grimley: Water Pipit still in Wagon Wheel Lane area in kale field on south side at 1pm then flew further in to field (John Ridley). Also 2 Egyptian Geese again at Church Farm Pools this morning and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Mike Bourne).

Holt: 2 drake Smew again on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning (John Ridley and Mike Inskip) and still present late afternoon (Ed Lea). Please view from main farm track; not from around edge of fishing pool to avoid flushing the birds.

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning.

Upper Bittell Reservoir: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose early afternoon (Stuart Hares) and still present at 4pm. Also Pink-footed Goose flew in with Greylag Geese at 3.10pm and Yellow-legged Gull (4w) in pre-roost (Steve Whitehouse).


January 3rd


Grimley: Water Pipit still in Wagon Wheel Lane area this morning but mobile and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Craig Reed).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this afternoon (Alan Giles).

Upton Warren NR: drake Goldeneye at the Moors Pool (Andy Pitt).


January 2nd


Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake in north-east arm this morning and still present this afternoon and female Goldeneye still (Dave Jeynes).

Westwood Pool: drake Pintail this morning (Wayne Dutton) - Private permit only. 

Wyre Forest: Mealy Redpoll still along disused railway line with large mobile Lesser Redpoll flock (Rob Clipson).


January 1st


Grimley: Water Pipit still at Wagon Wheel Lane flood this morning, plus 2 Egyptian Geese still and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits but again no sign of female American Wigeon in area and no sign of any drake Smew.

Holt: again no sign of any drake Smew on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool.

Lower Moor: drake Red-crested Pochard at Aztec water sports lake (Tom Parkin and Edward Betteridge).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning. Also Pink-footed Goose again at 8.30am and female Goldeneye still (Mike Hails).

Ripple: 4 Goldeneye late morning (Andy Warr).

Shenstone: female Merlin alomg Heath Lane late morning then flew towards Stanklyn Lane (Jason Kernohan).

Throckmorton: Yellow-legged Gull (1w) in field between south side of landfill site and A44 (Tom Parkin and Edward Betteridge).

Wyre Forest: 6 Crossbills flew over Lodge Hill Farm this morning (Jared Tibbetts).


December 31st


Grimley: Water Pipit still at Wagon Wheel Lane flood this morning (P Jones, Andy Warr and Patch Hopcroft) and 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits but no sign of female American Wigeon in area and no sign of any drake Smew.

Holt: no sign of any drake Smew on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool.

Pershore: drake Red-crested Pochard at Avon Meadows NR on main pool (Tim Hutton).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning (Alan Giles).


December 30th


Clent Hill: 4 Crossbills in pine trees at Hill Tavern/Four Stones end of hill (Steven Davies).

Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Wagon Wheel Lane flood this morning, plus Water Pipit still but mobile and 2 drake Smew commuting between Wagon Wheel Lane Pits and Holt fishing pool (Craig Reed). Also drake Pintail at Wagon Wheel Lane flood (Jim Wright).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning (many obs). Also Pink-footed Goose at Abbey Park Golf Course with Canada Gees (Colin).

Ripple: 11 Pintail (7 drakes) and 2 Goldeneye (Chris Wells and Andy Warr).

Upton Warren NR: female Pintail at the Flashes this morning and then relocated at the Moors Pool (Dave Jackson).


December 29th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Wagon Wheel Lane flood this morning, plus Water Pipit still but mobile and 2 drake Smew again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits then flew north (Andy Warr). Also drake Smew at Camp Lane Pits and 2 Egyptian Geese at old workings (Terry Norledge). Female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits this afternoon (Andy Warr).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning (many obs) and still present this afternoon. Also Yellow-legged Gull (2w) off visitor centre at 2.50pm then flew to far end (Ian Moore).


December 28th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Wagon Wheel Lane flood this morning (Gavin and Francis Peplow) and again at Camp Lane Pits (Sean Cole), plus Water Pipit still at Wagon Wheel Lane flood and 2 Egyptian Geese still (Gavin and Francis Peplow).

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning (Gavin and Francis Peplow).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning (Alan Giles) and still present this afternoon (many obs).


December 27th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Camp Lane Pits and 2 female Goldeneye still, plus Water Pipit at Wagon Wheel Lane flood (Patch Hopcroft). Also 2 drake Smew still on Wagon Wheel Lane flood early morning then flew off at c8.45am (Jim Wright) and 2 Egyptian Geese again (Jon Lingard).

Holt: 2 drake Smew again on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool at 10am (Jon Lingard) and still present at 1.30pm (Jim Wright).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning (Alan Giles and Malcolm Hyman) and still present early afternoon (Martin Flack). Also Pink-footed Goose early morning then flew off with Canada Geese (Mark Islip) and female Goldeneye still (Michael Colquhoun).


December 26th


Droitwich: Merlin in Coney Meadow/Ombersley Road playing fields area chasing birds over open fields at 11am (Paul Edwards).

Hawford: 2 Egyptian Geese in field near River Salwarpe/River Severn confluence this morning then flew off (Dave Walker).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning and still present at dusk (James Kenny).

December 25th

Grimley: 2 drake Smew still on flooded field on north side of Wagon Wheel Lane.

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning.


December 24th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits along east shore and 2 female Goldeneye still (Gary Palmer). Also 2 drake Smew on flooded field on north side of Wagon Wheel Lane (Mark Gillingham).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake this morning and still present this afternoon (many obs).


December 23rd


Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool at dusk (Martin Gillingham).

Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER still at Arrow Valley Lake in NE arm this morning (many obs) and still present at dusk at south end (Andy & Sue Gibbons).


December 22nd


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits along east shore (Rob Clipson) and 2 female Goldeneye still, plus 2 Egyptian Geese still at Church Farm Meadows (Mike Bourne).

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool (Rob Clipson).

Lower Bittell Reservoir: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER showing well near causeway late morning (Stuart Hares) and still present early afternoon then flew off south.

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                               Juvenile Black-throated Diver at Lower Bittell Reservoir. Picture: Josh Toogood


Redditch: juvenile BLACK-THROATED DIVER relocated to Arrow Valley Lake this afternoon (Gavin Peplow and Richard Harbird).

Ripple: 4 Goldeneye on south lake and 3 Pintail (Andy Warr).


December 21st


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits this afternoon and 2 female Goldeneye still (Patch Hopcroft).

Holt: 2 drake Smew again on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this afternoon (Patch Hopcroft).


December 20th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON again at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits then returned to Camp Lane Pits (Laurie Ison and Christopher Bill) and 2 female Goldeneye still, plus 2 Egyptian Geese again at Church Farm Meadows. (Laurie Ison).

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning (Laurie Ison) then flew off north at 10.40am and no further sign by 2.15pm (Christopher Bill).


December 19th


Clifton: 3 Goldeneye still (Bob Williams and Peter Humby).

Grimley: 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits early afternoon (Bob Williams and Peter Humby).

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning (Craig Reed, Roger Blackmore and Dave Collins).


still but no sign of Whooper Swans (Brian Stretch).Goldeneye  and 2 female : female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits this afternoonGrimley



December 18th


Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning.


December 17th


Grimley: female still at Camp Lane Pits along east shore this morning AMERICAN WIGEON and 2 female Goldeneye still.

Holt: 2 drake Smew again on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning.


December 16th


Grimley: female still at Camp Lane Pits along east shore this afternoon, plus 2 drake AMERICAN WIGEON Smew and 2 female Goldeneye still (Andy Warr).

Holt: 2 drake Smew on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool then flew towards Grimley (many obs).


December 15th


Grimley: 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits (Patch Hopcroft).

Holt: 2 drake Smew on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool (many obs).

Ripple: 2 female Goldeneye still on lakes (Chris Wells).


December 14th


Grimley: 2 female Goldeneye still at Camp Lane Pits this afternoon (Patch Hopcroft).

Holt: 2 drake Smew again on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning (Mike Bourne) and still present this afternoon (Mike Hails).

Malvern Hills: male Snow Bunting on Worcestershire Beacon in recent days.


December 13th


Grimley: drake Smew at Camp Lane Pits this afternoon (Dave Jackson).

Holt: drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this afternoon (Dave Jackson).

Ripple: 2 drake Red-crested Pochards on south lake and 3 female Goldeneye (Francis Peplow).


December 12th


Grimley: 2 Egyptian Geese again at Church Farm Meadows this afternoon (Terry Norledge).

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool at 10.30am (Mike Hails).


December 11th


Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool (many obs).


December 10th


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                                           Female American Wigeon (left) with Eurasian Wigeon at Grimley. Picture: Brian Stretch

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this afternoon (many obs).

Kemerton Lake NR: 2 Whooper Swans flew in at 9.55am (RAP).


December 9th


Grimley: female AMERICAN WIGEON still at Camp Lane Pits this afternoon (Craig Reed and Rob Clipson), plus 2 adult Whooper Swans this morning (Patch Hopcroft) and still present this afternoon and 2 female Goldeneye still.

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this afternoon (Craig Reed and Rob Clipson).

Salwarpe: 2 Whooper Swans flew NE towards Droitwich at c.4.40pm (Dave Walker).


December 8th


Abbot's Salford: Great White Egret on both sides of county border (Warwickshire and Worcestershire) this morning then flew off in to Warwickshire and no further sign (Neil Duggan).

Bredon: adult GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (satellite tracked bird) again in field on north-east side of Fleet Lane with Canada Geese late afternoon SO.913.367 (Gavin Peplow).

Holt: 2 drake Smew still on fishing pool on south side of lane to Holt church opposite Sling Pool this morning (Gavin Armitt) and still present this afternoon (many obs). Also 2 Egyptian Geese flew over this morning (Gavin Armitt).


December 7th