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Old Saturday 13th May 2017, 10:04   #151
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I've been checking it out for the past few weeks as I knew there had to be resident Kingfisher somewhere along the River Cole. Finally found them this morning at one of the usual sites. Great!
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Old Saturday 20th May 2017, 20:07   #152
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The Great Crested Grebes on Trittiford have two chicks. I think I heard a Kingfisher as well. Great!
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Old Friday 26th May 2017, 08:18   #153
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The chicks are so cute :)
A few people have heard a Cuckoo over the Priory Fields which is the same place as last year :)
Still a few little egrets about on Old Mill pond too.
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Old Saturday 10th June 2017, 18:27   #154
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The Great Crested Grebe chicks are still on Trittiford.
I had no luck with a Kingfisher at the Dingles, so thought I best check out Scribbers Lane. I was curious as someone tweeted a KF photo a few weeks back.
Anyway looked over the bridge and what flew out, a Kingfisher. Great.
I walked off and said to myself 'I bet it flies back' so I went back and took another look and just as I did it came flying back to the bridge, it flew up and over and round in an arc. Great!
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Old Saturday 17th June 2017, 20:04   #155
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Little Egrets appear to be summering in the south of Birmingham. The attached was in the Chinn Brook area near Trittiford Pool, whilst another was along the River Cole north of Trittiford.

The Chinn Brook looks a good feeding area: there were hundreds of small fish.

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Old Sunday 23rd July 2017, 12:06   #156
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I'd not checked out Trittiford for a Kingfisher for a few weeks so thought I would take a look early this morning. I was in luck when the Kingfisher flew from the Mill pond and headed towards Scribbers Lane. As I then ran around the pond footpath the Kingfisher went past again flying across the Mill pond calling. I can't remember seeing one fly across the mill pond before. I then ran round the country park next to the River Cole and there was another Kingfisher on the Chinn Brook. Great!
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I did not find any Kingfisher in March/April along the Wonders Walk/River Cole where they nested last year. Recently though there has been some activity. Today was my best sighting of the year at Trittiford. As I walked past the roundabout I heard the call of a Kingfisher going past on the river. Then as I walked over the bridge a Kingfisher flew under. They were then tutting at each other on the river and went past a couple times. Good to see a pair again.
A lady walking her dog stopped to have a look and I told her there were a pair of Kingfisher.
Her daughter had seen a Kingfisher recently as well as a Little Egret.
The lady had not seen a Kingfisher for 30 years! And then it flew past us.
So she had to rush home to tell her daughter. Nice one!
On Trittiford mill pond there were two Little Egrets and two terrapins in the sun.
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Old Wednesday 16th August 2017, 14:38   #158
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Had two patch ticks today in the form of a spotted flycatcher in The Dingles (couldn't relocate it on return walk but it was about 100 metres downstream of Trittiford keeping the river on your left) and a handsome adult yellow-legged gull at Trittiford standing on a rock with around 80 BH Gulls and a couple of LBBs. Other sightings included a buzzard, great crested grebe, little egret, grey heron (3), greylag goose (3), a couple of swifts were still around but didn't see any hirundines, some large mixed tit flocks, mostly LT and blue, nuthatch (3 poss 4), jay and a kingfisher (just upstream of the Stratford Road Bridge) Great! (as zomerset might say)
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Old Wednesday 16th August 2017, 23:32   #159
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Wow excellent patch ticks well done :)
I havent been to trittiford for ages seem to of lost my motivation :( need to get my mojo back lol
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Thanks Donna, my last addition to that list was raven almost two years ago so to get two ticks in one day was amazing. I see there was a spotted fly at Middleton also so I guess there was a bit of a movement. My Shire list now stands at 91 and Cole Valley at 95, hope I don't have to wait another two years to add some more, need to get to that 100 mark. Try and get down there, with Autumn passage now well underway who knows what might turn up? :-)
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Old Saturday 19th August 2017, 18:54   #161
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Had two patch ticks today in the form of a spotted flycatcher in The Dingles (couldn't relocate it on return walk but it was about 100 metres downstream of Trittiford keeping the river on your left) and a handsome adult yellow-legged gull at Trittiford standing on a rock with around 80 BH Gulls and a couple of LBBs. Other sightings included a buzzard, great crested grebe, little egret, grey heron (3), greylag goose (3), a couple of swifts were still around but didn't see any hirundines, some large mixed tit flocks, mostly LT and blue, nuthatch (3 poss 4), jay and a kingfisher (just upstream of the Stratford Road Bridge) Great! (as zomerset might say)
Hi Throstle good you found a KF that far along! I checked the Dingles mid day and the Kingfisher was on the Chinn Brook. It made the twin call a few times. Also a Heron and Little Egrets. Even better was very small fish, tiddlers by the footbridge over the brook. Great!
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Old Saturday 2nd September 2017, 21:26   #162
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Later start than anticipated for the Saturday all-dayer - well 3 hours - forgot I was going to the Moseley Folk Festival on the Friday so slightly hungover on Sat morning.

Anyways I got 31 species; as follows;

great crested grebe
little egret
grey heron
mute swan
canada goose
mallard
moorhen
coot
black headed gull
herring gull
lesser black backed gull
yellow-legged gull
feral pigeon
stock dove
woodpigeon
great spotted woodpecker
wren
dunnock
robin
blackbird
chiffchaff
willow warbler
long tailed tit
blue tit
great tit
nuthatch
jay
magpie
crow
starling
house sparrow
greenfinch

notable absentees were kingfisher, blackcap, greylag goose, any wagtails, thrushes (apart from blackbird) finches (apart from greenfinch), hirundines and raptors.
But the yellow-legged gull was a bonus.
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Still a nice list and its great the Yellow legged Gull is still there :) Im heading there this afternoon :)
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Old Sunday 17th September 2017, 12:38   #164
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Hi all

Took a walk to Trittiford Mill and back this morning, highlights were;

Pair of buzzards using the thermals above the Dingles on the way there
Great crested grebe surfaced under juvenile gull, caused quite a fuss
Flying cormorant
Little egret flew over my head on the way back through the Dingles
Male bullfinch with excellent plumage

Really great walk!
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Old Sunday 17th September 2017, 14:54   #165
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Took a walk to Trittiford Mill and back this morning, highlights were;

Pair of buzzards using the thermals above the Dingles on the way there
I wonder if they were the same Buzzards we could see over to the east from Kings Norton Park around 12.30.
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Could be - it was about 10.30am when I saw them. We also get some over the allotment in Kings Heath :)
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I got my 92nd patch tick today and a quite unexpected one - great white egret! Walking upstream through Scribers Lane patch when a grey heron and the GWE both flew up from the river (on a stretch where the bank is too overgrown to actually see the river from the path). they flew alongside each other and both landed in the same tree just upstream of the top (disused) ford. The heron didn't hang about but the egret stayed for a couple of minutes before dropping back down into the river - there are plenty of fish in that stretch - gudgeon, roach, perch, chub and trout so it could feed well and be mostly out of sight. It might be worth having a look for it at the little egret roost just down the road from there...I might have a look tonight.
Also at Scribers had great views of a kingfisher catching minnows( by where the kids have put a swing over the river), 3 little egret sitting in a bush with another grey heron. Elsewhere 2 nuthatch (Trittiford and Sarehole), cormorant, 10 tufties( but no pochard) at Trittiford, coal tit Sarehole. Sadly missing out on the hawfinch fest but the GWE has got me walking on air for the rest of today.
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I got my 92nd patch tick today and a quite unexpected one - great white egret! Walking upstream through Scribers Lane patch when a grey heron and the GWE both flew up from the river (on a stretch where the bank is too overgrown to actually see the river from the path). they flew alongside each other and both landed in the same tree just upstream of the top (disused) ford. The heron didn't hang about but the egret stayed for a couple of minutes before dropping back down into the river - there are plenty of fish in that stretch - gudgeon, roach, perch, chub and trout so it could feed well and be mostly out of sight. It might be worth having a look for it at the little egret roost just down the road from there...I might have a look tonight.
Also at Scribers had great views of a kingfisher catching minnows( by where the kids have put a swing over the river), 3 little egret sitting in a bush with another grey heron. Elsewhere 2 nuthatch (Trittiford and Sarehole), cormorant, 10 tufties( but no pochard) at Trittiford, coal tit Sarehole. Sadly missing out on the hawfinch fest but the GWE has got me walking on air for the rest of today.
Wow GWE! Great! Nice one!
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Thanks Zomerset, sadly couldn't get to the little egret roost tonight but will try over the next few nights. GWE wasn't really on my hit list so really buzzing to see it. Just think, reports of GWE and little egret 25 years ago would have the place swarming with twitchers, how times change.
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The probable hybrid Caspian/Yellow Legged Gull from last winter is back at Swanshurst Pool as a 2W bird.

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Thanks Zomerset, sadly couldn't get to the little egret roost tonight but will try over the next few nights. GWE wasn't really on my hit list so really buzzing to see it. Just think, reports of GWE and little egret 25 years ago would have the place swarming with twitchers, how times change.
Hi Throstle, I saw the Great White Egret, it was in a hidden, overgrown part of the River Cole by Scribers Lane! It was big! Lol! Flew up to a tree, so I got to see it's wingspan! It was great! Lol. Really impressive! Great spot!
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Oh that's brilliant Zomerset, so glad you connected. I went to Scribers this morning but didn't see it - so much of the river bank there is overgrown and the river hidden from view. Didn't get Kingfisher either today but had sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 6 or 7 goldcrests with a mixed tit flock, 1 little egret, 2 cormorants at Trittiford, nuthatch, GS woodie.
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Apparently there has been a Hawfinch in a Moseley back garden. Better keep my eyes open. Ears might not be of any use though!

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Great White Egret further along River Cole. An observer saw at Highfield Road bridge which is north of Scribers Lane and I saw it in flight going further north in Hall Green.

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Glad you saw it Des, A small party of us watched the little egrets come in tonight on the off chance the GWE might join them; it was a good theory but sadly it didn't happen. Anyway 18 little egrets in the roost which is a pretty good number for an urban site, also had shoveler at Trittiford which is a long overdue patch tick for me, 93 now. I'm looking for teal, wigeon, sand martin, peregrine, red kite, common sand and tawny owl (all of which have been reliably recorded) to get me over the 100 mark.
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