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Old Monday 2nd January 2017, 15:21   #451
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Dipped on the Dipper this morning, but I was on site pretty early and it was still dark. Cool location though I will definitely be back!
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Old Monday 2nd January 2017, 16:12   #452
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Described as adjacent to the Selly Oak bypass near the University
Thanks Phil for the update. I've been looking but not seen it since I got the photo.
There were a couple Kingfisher on the Bourn Brook by the blue bridge, chasing each other again. Before that I got this photo of a female Kingfisher, it was making the two tone. Then the repetitive tutting call as they chased. It was very vocal;
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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 17:45   #453
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Dipper was reported today at harborne lane bridge, a bit further up the brook from where it has usually been present. I did not see it myself. From the fosse way bridge i flushed a snipe. Beside the boulder i spotted a water rail. (I will show you Zomerset next time i see you there. It is a chanel going into the reed/mace. Could be a good spot for a photo) Surprisingly no kingfishers.
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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 20:29   #454
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Dipper also reported on the 2nd via Facebook
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Old Friday 6th January 2017, 14:18   #455
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Had a quick look for the Dipper this morning, but no luck. Plenty of likely looking areas for it to be frequenting, but not necessarily easy to view. Two Kingfisher (one towards the blue bridge, one on the railings of the culvert on the by-pass). Four Moorhens spread out along the Brook were a bit of a surprise. also pleasantly surprised by the number of Bullfinches around.

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Old Friday 6th January 2017, 19:15   #456
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Dipper was reported today at harborne lane bridge, a bit further up the brook from where it has usually been present. I did not see it myself. From the fosse way bridge i flushed a snipe. Beside the boulder i spotted a water rail. (I will show you Zomerset next time i see you there. It is a chanel going into the reed/mace. Could be a good spot for a photo) Surprisingly no kingfishers.
Wow that's good, I shall take a closer look. I had a quick look by the blue bridge before it got dark. The Kingfisher was in the tree over the brook where I've got a couple photos. As I watched from a distance it dived into the brook and I heard the splash. The dive was at an angle and very fast. The classic Kingfisher dive! It caught a fish and flew off to another tree where it banged it on a branch.
I then saw what I thought was a rat in the brook but it had a blunt nose so it might have been a water vole. It might have been....good stuff if it was.
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Had a quick look for the Dipper this morning, but no luck. Plenty of likely looking areas for it to be frequenting, but not necessarily easy to view. Two Kingfisher (one towards the blue bridge, one on the railings of the culvert on the by-pass). Four Moorhens spread out along the Brook were a bit of a surprise. also pleasantly surprised by the number of Bullfinches around.

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No sign of the Dipper between 9am and 10 am this morning, at least on the short stretch where it's mostly been reported. One other birder also around and he hadn't seen it either.

2 x Kingfisher, one low over the water heading towards Selly Oak and the other perched in a small tree near the big pipes.

Grey Wagtail by the Fosse Way bridge

Snipe flushed from the undergrowth on the other side of the brook near the Fosse Way bridge, flew off zigzagging towards the electricity pylon.

At least six Bullfinch in the trees along the brook.

I walked back to Selly Oak where I'd parked, alongside the (very) short section of the old canal behind the Scout Hut. Another Grey Wagtail here, and two Treecreeper.
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Old Saturday 7th January 2017, 12:17   #459
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Third attempt to find the Dipper this morning and still no luck, also missed the Snipe too! Walked down to the blue metal footbridge where I did see another Kingfisher, but on the way back flushed a Little Egret from the bank which flew high west towards Weoley Castle. My first "local" record so making up for "dipping" the dipper. Also 2 Goosander went over which have been a bit scarce locally this winter.
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Third attempt to find the Dipper this morning and still no luck, also missed the Snipe too! Walked down to the blue metal footbridge where I did see another Kingfisher, but on the way back flushed a Little Egret from the bank which flew high west towards Weoley Castle. My first "local" record so making up for "dipping" the dipper. Also 2 Goosander went over which have been a bit scarce locally this winter.
I'm guessing you're the gent I spoke to this morning? Good to meet you.

The small lake in Manor Farm Park in Northfield is regularly home to Goosanders at this time of year. Only one (F) was present when I was over there just before Christmas, but there has been up to three on occasions.
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Old Saturday 7th January 2017, 15:01   #461
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Not too far away and a very interesting report on RBA, a juvenile Glaucous Gull on grass in Moseley, Birmingham at 11.50am then flew west
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No Snipe or Dipper for me on the Bourn Brook. Three Kingfisher present. Two next to the blue bridge. One on the lower section. Great again to see one diving.
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Gwp calling a free times, a Heron and pair of Bullfinch on the Bourn Brook walkway. One Kingfisher by the concrete block in the early morning mist. Then one up by the blue bridge fishing with another tutting and calling nearby. Great!
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I've heard one before and again this morning, a Tawny Owl hooting & screeching on my road, very close to my house at 4.30AM. Great!
(Recent gardens visits; Bullfinch, GSWP, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, LTT & Thrush. Great!)
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Dipper today at 3.30p.m. fosse way. It was on bourne brook towards the tunnel heading towards student accommodation (Bristol rd-A38) it flew under the tunnel (under the railway ) without pausing. This is only the 2nd time i have spotted it (last time 22nd Dec 16) and check this area regularly. So it can be elusive.
Also kingerfiser flew and perched on an overhanging branch approx. 6 metres away by the blue bridge-highlight of the day, amazing view
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As this thread seems to be the place to post general south-central/west Birmingham sightings:

Report of 15+ Waxwing in the Court Oak area of Harborne this morning

Manor Farm Park, Northfield had four Shoveler (1M, 3F) this afternoon.

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Dipper today at 3.30p.m. fosse way. It was on bourne brook towards the tunnel heading towards student accommodation (Bristol rd-A38) it flew under the tunnel (under the railway ) without pausing. This is only the 2nd time i have spotted it (last time 22nd Dec 16) and check this area regularly. So it can be elusive.
Also kingerfiser flew and perched on an overhanging branch approx. 6 metres away by the blue bridge-highlight of the day, amazing view
Nice one Ouzel. It's hanging in there and elusive. I have not seen it since those first sightings. Great!
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Report of 15+ Waxwing in the Court Oak area of Harborne this morning

Manor Farm Park, Northfield had four Shoveler (1M, 3F) this afternoon.
I was wondering if any Waxwing were local. Thanks for this. Maybe I'll see some at the weekend.
Same for the Shoveler. Good to hear something different at Manor Farm. There was a Kingfisher on the brook end of last year.
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Dipper today at 3.30p.m. fosse way. It was on bourne brook towards the tunnel heading towards student accommodation (Bristol rd-A38) it flew under the tunnel (under the railway ) without pausing. This is only the 2nd time i have spotted it (last time 22nd Dec 16) and check this area regularly. So it can be elusive.
Could its re-appearance be due to lower water levels? There seemed to be a fair amount of water in the brook at the weekend, just wondering whether they'd dropped during this week.

Hopefully it'll stick around and I can track it down over the next few days.
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Dipper today at 3.30p.m. fosse way. It was on bourne brook towards the tunnel heading towards student accommodation (Bristol rd-A38) it flew under the tunnel (under the railway ) without pausing. This is only the 2nd time i have spotted it (last time 22nd Dec 16) and check this area regularly. So it can be elusive.
Also kingerfiser flew and perched on an overhanging branch approx. 6 metres away by the blue bridge-highlight of the day, amazing view
I was in the same area yesterday, but no luck. The only bird of note was a Raven.

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Could its re-appearance be due to lower water levels? There seemed to be a fair amount of water in the brook at the weekend, just wondering whether they'd dropped during this week.

Hopefully it'll stick around and I can track it down over the next few days.
When it flew under the tunnel towards the student accommodation, i walked under the rail bridge and just before the student accommodation go left and you will see s small style. Step over it to view the brook. Start by looking here for it then back to both fosse way bridges and onto harborne lane bridge. It's range is probably longer but this stretch with a bit of patience and perseverance should pay off.Good luck.

If anyone hears any news about the waxwings then please update!
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When it flew under the tunnel towards the student accommodation, i walked under the rail bridge and just before the student accommodation go left and you will see s small style. Step over it to view the brook. Start by looking here for it then back to both fosse way bridges and onto harborne lane bridge. It's range is probably longer but this stretch with a bit of patience and perseverance should pay off.Good luck.

If anyone hears any news about the waxwings then please update!
Apparently the Dipper has been seen in Woodgate Valley, so its range is long.

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I managed to photograph the Bourn Brook Dipper this morning looking upstream from near the big pipes. It then flew upstream. Also one Kingfisher in the same area.
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When it flew under the tunnel towards the student accommodation, i walked under the rail bridge and just before the student accommodation go left and you will see s small style. Step over it to view the brook. Start by looking here for it then back to both fosse way bridges and onto harborne lane bridge. It's range is probably longer but this stretch with a bit of patience and perseverance should pay off.Good luck.

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Thanks for the tip.

Waxwings reported along Croftdown Road in Harborne at 10am this morning.
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I managed to photograph the Bourn Brook Dipper this morning looking upstream from near the big pipes. It then flew upstream. Also one Kingfisher in the same area.
Nice capture - not many seen it let alone got a good pic.
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