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Monday, 30 November 2020
Saturday, 28 November 2020
A visit in better light
Gloomy late afternoon
Local birding continues to throw up some nice opportunities. It's been a decent winter to date with the White-fronts, Hawfinches & Crossbills all within a very short drive and more importantly lots of open space.
I've made two visits up to Wolverton where a ring-tail Hen Harrier has been discovered in some fantastic habitat. The ring-tail has been giving some fantastic viewing opportunities from across the meadow in which it has been hunting. The bird on occasions does undertake a much larger circuit but always returns to the same area. With the bird staying loyal to the area there appears to be a stream of admirers visiting the area and from my evidence all were behaving very well and giving the bird plenty of room.
The local birds certainly had a shock when the harrier has appeared above them, I witnessed Snipe, Meadow Pipit & a Stonechat all make hasty departures. Other birds observed include Raven, Buzzard, Redwing, Fieldfare & a male Peregrine whilst other birders have recorded Barn Owl, Redpoll, Kingfisher & Tree Sparrow.
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
25 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 10 White-fronted Geese, 2 Goosander ( 1 drake 1 female) 7 Mute Swan, 550 Greylags, 220 Canada Geese, 9 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 9 Pochard, 240 Mallard, 14 Shoveler, 35 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 90 Coot,120 Lapwing, 4 LBB Gulls, 2 Herring Gull, 30 Skylark, 120 Meadow Pipit, 200 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 30 Linnet, mixed flock of 50-60 finches in sun flower field opposite church inc Goldfinch, Linnet, Chaffinch & several Siskin.
Saturday, 21 November 2020
Greylag Flock on main pit
Very few visits in recent weeks with us being in another lockdown and continued access woes.
Jon added a late Ring Ouzel & Tree Sparrow on his October visit to take us to 140 for the year. The Squire and I had a decent visit last Saturday where sightings included 1 Wigeon, 13 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 8 Shoveller, 375 Greylag, 40 Canada Gesse, Tawny Owl, Sparrowhawk, 30 Meadow Pipit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 10 BHG, 9 LBBG, 4 Herring Gull and 5 Grey Heron. The highlight was the 450-500 Fieldfare on the top fields showing very well in some stunning light.
Monday, 16 November 2020
With the second round of COVID restrictions in place and homeworking now on it's eighth month, I've been very grateful to see some nice birds very close to home. On the back of the Crossbills at the Lickeys, 3-4 Hawfinches have been visiting Tardebigge Church again where I pass on my bike. I've called in four times to date and seen them every time however a degree of patience is needed and the chances of a photo are very slim.
Just a couple of miles down the road a juvenile Brent Goose was found on the Flashes at Upton Warren. The bird has been there for over a week now and looks very settled. Viewing remains from the public footpaths. Also observed was a Stonechat, Dunlin & Green Sandpiper on the visit.
Being born & bred in Kings Norton, Birmingham I've aways loved the Lickey Hills. It does seem a lot more popular these days than when I used to go with my grandparents and parents throughout the 1970's & 80's.
I've been there twice in recent weeks, the first time was to do a circuit with Mrs D and I followed that up with a lunchtime visit with the camera.
This Autumn there are a flock of around 12-15 Crossbills flying around. They are fairly easy to pick up in flight but a bit more difficult to photograph. Thankfully on my second visit I managed to find three feeding that I could watch closely on the ridge the other side of the car park.