Here's an interesting bird! It's by no means common in Staffs in Summer but is widespread in Winter around many lakes and marshy areas. We do particularly need April to July (breeding season) information though, and many known sites are to be rechecked in 2002. If you can help with some river valley survey work let Ray know, but ANY breeding season records are invaluable. Territorial breeding birds are easily found when present by a very characteristic "chipping" call and by their "drumming" (sounds a bit like a bleating). One for the early-birds though as they are best heard in the early morning or in the evening.
Speak to Ray to see if you have any sites which need visiting near to you
Check any potential sites during May and June
Report back to Ray if you find any birds, with number of pairs present
Also report ALL counts and localities outside of the breeding season to the County Bird Recorder or to Ray.
Species co-ordinator: Ray Jennett, 12 St. Margarets Road, Lichfield WS13 7RA
Tel: 01543 255195
Last updated 09 February 2002.