Sunday, 15 April 2018

April 15th

Osprey flew through , also Redstart male , pair Mandarin , Greylag Goose , three Swallows , four Blackcaps Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler (MS).

Monday, 12 March 2018

Saturday, 17 February 2018

February 17th

Oystercatcher north end on far bank , also two Willow Tit. M Stubbs.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

February 13th

Still good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare in surrounding fields along with a few Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush . Kingfisher again seen at north end along with three Willow Tit , two Nuthatch and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Monday, 12 February 2018

February 12th

Cold frosty with temperature's just hovering above freezing . 67 x Fieldfare , 18 X Lesser Redpoll , 12 X Siskin , 2 x Water Rail , 8 X Goosander , 31 X Teal , 12 X Wigeon , 16 X Great Crested Grebe's , and Little Egret . With a supporting cast of 3 X Willow Tit , 5 x Coot , Little Grebe , Sparrowhawk , Buzzard , Mistle Thrush , Redwing , Coal Tit and Nuthatch. Species so far this year 60.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Tuesday 27th March North Staffs RSPB walk.

North Staffs RSPB Tuesday 27th March Bins and Boots Walk - Rudyard Lake 2018 Location: Old Station Car Park, Rudyard. OS Ref: SJ 955578 From Leek take the A523 Macclesfield Road. After 1.5 miles turn left onto the B5331 and after passing under the old railway bridge, turn sharp left up the slope to the car park (free at present but charges may apply). There are no toilets in the car park, but facilities are available at the Dam Head. Latitude/longitude: 53.117954,-2.06771 (Google map) This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. We will explore the wetland areas below the dam along the feeder and around the River Churnet looking for winter migrants as well as the usual woodland and farmland birds. Kingfishers are also often spotted in this area. There is always a chance of seeing goldeneye, wigeon and other ducks on the reservoir itself. Leader - Ian Woodward Time: 10.00 am Price: Free Telephone: 01782 618152 E-mail:

February 10th

Around fifty eight Teal and twenty six Wigeon are around the north end with fourteen Goosanders and nineteen Great Crested Grebe are seen regular at the dam end. Only twelve Tufted Ducks are on the reservoir which seems a small number compared with other local waters . There are two Kingfishers around with one seen at each end of the reservoir , and a couple of Water Rail and Grey Wagtails noted south of the dam. A small flock of Lesser Redpolls along with half a dozen Siskin frequent the alders just south west of the miniature railway station.

Feb 7th

Mark Stubbs had Snipe , Greylag Goose , Siskin , Greenfinch and Great Crested Grebe .

Monday, 5 February 2018

February 5th

Little Egret perched in tree south of dam , also 15 × Lesser Redpoll , a single Greylag Goose three Teal couple of Nuthatch , two Grey Wagtails and a Treecreeper. Fourteen Goosander dam end and three Willow Tit at north end.
Little Egret.
Grey Heron.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

January 14th

Possibly a site first today with a single Hawfinch seen by M Stubbs south of the dam along the stream. Also Goosander and Lesser Redpoll .

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Jan 10th

Water Rail seen again today south of the dam . Also Siskin , Lesser Redpoll , female Sparrowhawk and Goldcrest. At the dam end 21 Great Crested Grebe's and 12 Goosander . At north end two Willow Tit , three Nuthatch , Jay and Buzzard.

Monday, 8 January 2018

January 8th

Three Willow Tit showed well today also Water Rail, Little Egret , 14 Siskin , 12 Goosander and a single Raven over.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Dec 19th

Little Egret in fields south of dam , also 12 Goosander , two Water Rail , Grey Wagtail , Reed Bunting , Jay and Buzzard.

Monday, 11 December 2017

December 11th

Drake Goldeneye at the dam end amongst the sailing boats , also 8 Goosanders.
Goldeneye (drake).

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

December 6th

All at the dam end 22 Cormorant , 25 Mallard , 5 Goosander (2 x drake's), 2 Moorhen , 10 G C Grebe's , Raven , Pied Wagtail , 3 Siskin , G S Woodpecker , Grey Heron , Bullfinch and 2 Nuthatch.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

November 29th

A view above of the north shore as water levels rise for the winter months. At present this area is holding 38 Wigeon and 75 Teal and a single Kingfisher . While at the dam end were 5 Goosanders two more Kingfishers and a flock of 15 Siskin.

Friday, 24 November 2017

November 24th

Around a dozen Cormorants feeding at the dam end and sunbathing on the boats.

Monday, 20 November 2017

November 20th

Six Goosander by the dam this morning 3 drakes , 3 Redheads . Fourteen Wigeon , 61 Teal and 176 Lapwing north end along with three Willow Tit. Also noted single Raven over five Nuthatch , Treecreeper , Buzzard and twelve Cormorant.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

November 19th

A female Merlin at north end of lake late afternoon.

November 18th

Two Willow Tits at north end Staffs Bird News

September 11th

Birdguides report Great White Egret on west bank.