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Old Saturday 4th February 2017, 12:22   #126
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A Little Egret was a nice surprise on Merecroft Pool this morning. Initially flushed from the path up from Wychall Lane, it was later perched in the tree on the island. Also pair Pochard at the north end. No Goosanders though sadly.
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Old Monday 13th February 2017, 17:17   #127
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A Little Egret was a nice surprise on Merecroft Pool this morning. Initially flushed from the path up from Wychall Lane, it was later perched in the tree on the island. Also pair Pochard at the north end. No Goosanders though sadly.
Just saw your report...brilliant Little Egret and Pochard. ....at lunchtime today the Pochard still present and a little Grebe....the 4 Heron were keeping an eye on me.
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Old Monday 13th February 2017, 20:25   #128
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1 and 2 Pochard
3 Little Grebe
4 BH Gull
5 grebe photobombed by the Gulls.
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A fantastic Great Crested Grebe (trying to sleep)

Little Grebe being harassed by a Coot

Female Pochard....couldnt find last weeks Male.

The Herons are sitting (on) close to nest on island

2 other Heron keeping their distance ( must be last years young)

Couple of Canada Geese....who havent upset the Male Mute Swan...YET.

Only One Gull - a Black Headed...and that didnt stay long.
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Old Saturday 4th March 2017, 13:56   #130
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Female Gadwall on Merecroft Pool this morning. Only the second time I've seen one here. Also Little Grebe still, 4 Herons and Kestrel, Buzzard & Sparrowhawk over (in that order).
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Old Saturday 29th April 2017, 20:13   #131
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Plenty of Blackcap and Chiffchaff around this morning.

The heron nest on the Merecroft Pool island was empty - does anyone know if it's been used this year? I'm guessing not.

Coot chicks on Merecroft Pool, being predated by a solitary Grey Heron. Plenty of other Coots on nests, let's hope some of the chicks survive.
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On Feb 20th One Heron was standing on the nest and the other very close by and I thought they would be using it again but never saw them again since....thought I had a snap but cant find it.
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Shoveler on Meercroft on Friday and a GSW next to Wychall resa.
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Couldn't find the shoveler today but there was a water rail calling from the opposite side of the pool and a few redwing around.
There were at least two more water rails calling at Wychall Reservoir plus 7 Teal & 2 grey wagtails.
I did hear a Kingfisher zooming along the Rea just beyond popes lane, where there was also a decent flock of at least 10 Bullfinches.
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Couldn't find the shoveler today but there was a water rail calling from the opposite side of the pool and a few redwing around.
There were at least two more water rails calling at Wychall Reservoir plus 7 Teal & 2 grey wagtails.
I did hear a Kingfisher zooming along the Rea just beyond popes lane, where there was also a decent flock of at least 10 Bullfinches.
Great day.......unfortunately I cannot hear most birdcalls.......have to rely on sight...and thats on its way out as well.....LOL
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Couldn't find the shoveler today but there was a water rail calling from the opposite side of the pool and a few redwing around.
There were at least two more water rails calling at Wychall Reservoir plus 7 Teal & 2 grey wagtails.
I did hear a Kingfisher zooming along the Rea just beyond popes lane, where there was also a decent flock of at least 10 Bullfinches.
Nice to know the Teal are still there!
I had given up on Popes Lane for Kingfisher so good to hear one passed through. Last year they nested nearby and I saw them regularly there. In 2014 I got a photo of a juvenile there. It was really close at first, then flew off and then came back but not as close;
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Quite an exciting morning started with 3 Goosander on Merecroft Pool, the Water Rail was heard again on the far side and a Raven went over.

When I was by the horse paddock, I heard a weak sounding 'swee' call and saw a large finch species flying over, large head & bill and broad white bars on the underwing - only a Hawfinch!
There have been a lot in the Midlands recently so it wasn't a complete surprise but very happy to find one here. Apparently 5 have been reported in someone's garden in Kings Norton this morning so probably one of those.

It's worth getting familiar with the call as this influx is giving everyone a good chance of catching up with this usually elusive species. Try http://www.xeno-canto.org/389135
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Quite an exciting morning started with 3 Goosander on Merecroft Pool, the Water Rail was heard again on the far side and a Raven went over.

When I was by the horse paddock, I heard a weak sounding 'swee' call and saw a large finch species flying over, large head & bill and broad white bars on the underwing - only a Hawfinch!
There have been a lot in the Midlands recently so it wasn't a complete surprise but very happy to find one here. Apparently 5 have been reported in someone's garden in Kings Norton this morning so probably one of those.

It's worth getting familiar with the call as this influx is giving everyone a good chance of catching up with this usually elusive species. Try http://www.xeno-canto.org/389135

thanks for the call tape....but could only barely make out something on the peaks.....damn ears....lol
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Quick visit to Merecroft...Popes Lane...Wychall Road and up towards Northfield.

Merecroft....Little Grebe...Large Gull (Herring ??)

Nothing but a Grey wagtail around Popes Lane.

Kingfisher in trees over River upstream from Road bridge....flew a few times upstream so I followed hoping for a clear view.
A Heron scared the life out of me as I looked over bank into water - it flew up and around into a tree.
As I carried on upstream a Little Egret flew out of the water and towards Northfield....I followed and put another Heron up.
Walked up to next bridge but blanked on everything...walked back through the parkland on opposite bank and the Egret came out of the river and flew high back down stream.
Waited around Wychall bridge but no more sightings.
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A pair of Goosander on Meercroft at the moment....and a mysterious Duck !!....probably a hybrid.
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Pair Goosanders still around and a Little Egret low in tree on right....flew off as soon as it spotted me.
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A pair of Goosander on Meercroft at the moment....and a mysterious Duck !!....probably a hybrid.
Your mysterious duck looks *very* much like the mysterious duck I saw at Rowheath back in September:

http://www.birdforum.net/showpost.ph...95&postcount=4

Shoveler/Mandarin hybrid? Female? White front and the white stripe behind the eye? Bill looks a bit Shoveler-ish too.

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Your mysterious duck looks *very* much like the mysterious duck I saw at Rowheath back in September:

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Shoveler/Mandarin hybrid? Female? White front and the white stripe behind the eye? Bill looks a bit Shoveler-ish too.
Thanks Rob....thats the one.......I had suspicions a Mandarin was in there somewhere......It kept wanting to join in with the mallards but was always on the edge of their games....
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After my shock at Bittell I tried the River Rea, Wychall Lane and straight away a Kingfisher flew out from under the bridge. I was on a role.
Then at Merecroft a female Goosander.
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Goosander (1M 1F) at Merecroft Pool this morning, Water Rail calling, and the mysterious hybrid duck again.
A couple of small flocks of Redwing.

Jackrabbit had seen the Water Rail, and a Little Grebe, earlier.
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Goosander (1M 1F) at Merecroft Pool this morning, Water Rail calling, and the mysterious hybrid duck again.
A couple of small flocks of Redwing.

Jackrabbit had seen the Water Rail, and a Little Grebe, earlier.
Good to see you again Rob. I also had the Kingfisher on the railings by Wychall Reservoir earlier, plus about 10 Teal on the old reservoir itself.

Later on, I did see 15 Goosander feeding on the model boating lake by Bournville Lane police station. Quite a lot for such a small pool. In previous years, these birds have moved around a lot locally so hopefully we should get some more at Merecroft soon.

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Later on, I did see 15 Goosander feeding on the model boating lake by Bournville Lane police station. Quite a lot for such a small pool. In previous years, these birds have moved around a lot locally so hopefully we should get some more at Merecroft soon.
Wow, that is a big group for that pool.

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Just blows my socks off that they go on the boating pool.

One day I might cop the King on the rails...but won't hold my breath.
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Just blows my socks off that they go on the boating pool.

One day I might cop the King on the rails...but won't hold my breath.
I thought it was worth an early morning run to take a look;
Five Goosander on the Bournville Valley parkway boating pond this morning. 3 female, 2 male. Which was great to see. Plus an electric boat with its lights on.
The endorphins had really kicked in so I kept running along the Bourn, Bournville.
I had a feeling I would find something and sure enough there was a Kingfisher on the Bourn before the road bridge. Great again!
The Goosander had gone when I came back.
Still on a high I checked out Manor Farm Park, no Goosander but a surprise Kingfisher on the brook. Great!
There were two Grey Wagtails along the Woodbrooke.
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