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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 20:39   #226
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Hi Zomerset, where is the best place to spot a KF?
Hi Bullfinch Boy - In Redditch, try Arrow Valley Country Park, there were sightings in December. If you want to travel further there is Upton Warren, sightings all year round. Check out BTO or the Midlands > Worcestershire > Upton Warren thread on this site. Learn their call from the RSPB site and then it's time and patience, waiting, looking and listening. I'm pretty lucky in Birmingham as they are on short sections on the river and brooks near me. It was only a few years back I couldn't find any but I read forums and BTO and then went everywhere to find them. Then I found out they were local to me all along lol!
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Old Saturday 20th February 2016, 11:44   #227
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Bourn Brook and River Rea 8.00
As I ran along the path by the Bourn Brook I heard the Song Thrush, the Robin, the tits and sparrows calling
and then I timed it just right and the Kingfisher was making the two tone call only metres away from me on the brook. Great.
On the Rea, I saw the Kingfisher fly along the river and then it doubled back and to avoid me it flew through the trees with it's blue colour standing out against the dull background. Great!
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Old Saturday 20th February 2016, 17:39   #228
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Saw Kingfisher twice today at Kingfisher Country Park near the Leacroft Ave entrance. It is not too far from Redditch for Bullfinch Boy. Far too slow to get any pictures unfortunately. I do the Arrow Valley quite often but have not seen any Kingfishers there nor on the Arrow stretch leading up to it. I am told that they are there though & also in Alcester at the nature reserve. Also saw three herons & what I am reliably informed are ring-necked parakeets. There were a pair feeding on berries & they were happy to pose for pictures. Not something that I was expecting to see!
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Old Saturday 20th February 2016, 20:17   #229
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Saw Kingfisher twice today at Kingfisher Country Park near the Leacroft Ave entrance. It is not too far from Redditch for Bullfinch Boy. Far too slow to get any pictures unfortunately
Hi Boggers, yes I have visited that part, they are all along the Cole there;
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I also check out further up and down the Cole in that area and got;
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Old Sunday 21st February 2016, 08:35   #230
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Triple Kingfisher Sunday

Three Kingfisher this morning on the Bourn Brook, River Cole and River Rea.
Both the Kingfishers on the Cole and Rea I could hear them calling as they flew along the river. I stood on a bridge over the Rea to see the kingfisher come into sight about 20 metres away and it did a slight body roll when it saw me and it continued to fly along giving a single repetitive call as it went into the distance. A Goldcrest was feeding in a tree and a Grey Wagtail landed next to me. (In my garden I saw my fist Dunnock for a couple months since getting pestered by the Robin and a GSWP sent an hour in my conifer, it's not keen on some food I put out for it, I'll try some more) Great!!
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Old Sunday 21st February 2016, 11:09   #231
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Wow Zomerset. Those are some great pictures. I am far too cumbersome to catch the Kingy on camera, must try harder!
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Old Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 16:30   #232
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I went Kingfishing after many months today and for the first time in my Kingfishing life I saw 3 adult kingfishers together. I didn't think that was possible. 1 was sitting on its own andna couple of meters down 2 more were sitting together. I didn't expect to see them hence why I couldn't capture them. Given the season, I didn't have much cover, maybe later in the year when the leaves have grown I can get a better chance at capturing them. Great to see them alive and well though.
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Old Thursday 25th February 2016, 11:44   #233
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River Arrow Kingfisher

Late Sunday afternoon I nipped down the nature reserve in Alcester. Saw a Kingfisher zip up the river, no chance to get a photo.

Early this morning I decided to have another go on the River Arrow in Redditch (near the Arrow Valley Lake) despite drawing a blank every time I have visited. Bang! Managed to get my first ever Kingfisher on camera! Female I think, saw her twice more as I moved back up towards the lake. Not the best picture but I am quite new to twitching plus my hands were shaking!
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Old Thursday 25th February 2016, 17:57   #234
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Early this morning I decided to have another go on the River Arrow in Redditch (near the Arrow Valley Lake) despite drawing a blank every time I have visited. Bang! Managed to get my first ever Kingfisher on camera!
Nice one Boggers, good to get a photo. Great spot from Ali, means there could be 3 or 4 pairs along the Cole in Birmingham, I just seen a pair sat in a tree!!
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Old Thursday 25th February 2016, 18:49   #235
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My recent Kingfisher sighting

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Old Friday 26th February 2016, 16:23   #236
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Back in time this afternoon to see the Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail on the Bourn Brook. Great!
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Old Saturday 27th February 2016, 09:14   #237
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I went Kingfishing after many months today and for the first time in my Kingfishing life I saw 3 adult kingfishers together
Hi Ali, I checked out that area and saw one of your Kingfisher. Great! I don't think it's the pair I saw further along the Cole as mine were flying up the river, away from that spot towards Kingfisher Country Park.
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Old Saturday 27th February 2016, 09:23   #238
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Triple Kingfisher Saturday!

Well I was hoping for four Kingfisher today but greatly settled for three.
A new for this year but a repeat of last year a Kingfisher just up from Ackers on the River Cole, then on the Cole again but Trittiford, Dingles, a Kingfisher doing the two tone call, I heard it first and then found it. Then the regular on the River Rea, I could hear it calling and saw it in the distance. Great!! Couldn't find the Kingfisher on the Bourn Brook. (Just had a Nuthatch on my feeder in the garden, not seen it for a couple months, now I realise why - I added some sunflower seeds in the bird food, obvious now! The GSWP just made a visit. Great!!)
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Old Sunday 28th February 2016, 10:16   #239
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Bourn Brook Walkway 8.00
There was a pair of Bullfinch in the trees, then a pair of Grey Wagtail on the brook. I had a look for the Kingfisher at it's usual perch spots but couldn't find it. I didn't see it yesterday either. I stood looking at the brook from the bridge when I could hear in the distance, a single repeated call of a Kingfisher approaching. As the call got closer I looked up to see the Kingfisher flying about 10m above my head. I wondered if it had flown from the canal. It then swooped down to the brook and gave the two tone call and it had a look around it's usual perch spot before flying up and down the brook repeatedly calling. It then flew off up the brook heading towards Weoley Castle. It was certainly on a mission like the River Rea Kingfisher. I assume it was patrolling the territory and looking for a mate. As I walked back along the path I saw the pair of Bullfinch flying to another tree. Great!
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Wychall Reservoir / Northfield - River Rea 4.00
It was time today to try and track down the elusive Wychall Reservoir - River Rea, Kingfisher as there have been a couple reports but I couldn't find it where they stated. The River Rea water was pretty low along Kings Norton park so I didn't think it would be there. So I tried the other end of Wychall and there it was, on a perch over the Rea. It sat there for a couple minutes before some dog walkers disturbed it and it headed up the river towards Northfield. Again it got disturbed by dog walkers. In the end it got a far as Northfield and was on a section, sheltered by trees from the dog walkers. It gave the two tone call and had probably caught a fish. Great!
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Hi Zomerset, thanks for replying. If you had to pick a place where you are most likely to see a KF then where would it be? Most of the areas that you visit are not far for me.

And Boggers where did you find the KF on the Arrow? I have looked loads & never seen one near the Lake. I have been up & down the river running alongside the Lake but have not seen a thing. I would have thought that the KF would stand out easily with its bright colours. Maybe the river is too dirty & there are none on that section?
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Hey Bullfinch Boy, best place I have found is near the man-made lake. I have seen the Kingy there several times now. I have identified one perch that she uses for certain & there are 2 other places that I have seen her where I spook her before I get to catch her on camera. In time I think I will be able to know all the favourite perchspots & find her at will. Best piece of advice I can give is to go early, sunrise really. I went at 4 today (late night) & that is the first blank I have drawn since I found the Kingy on Thursday & I have been everyday since then. There was an abundance of dogs & noisy chidren buggerng about in the river & that meant I was never going to get a blaze of blue in view today. Did see a Bully at the entrance to the lake though, gave us a stunning fly by, showing off it's plump bright pink chest!
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River Rea 7.30
As I ran along the footpath at the side of the Rea, I saw a pair of Kingfisher sat on a rock in the river, through the bushes. They were calling to each other. My first Birmingham pair this year and that's six different Birmingham kingfishers in 3 days. The Bourn Brook kingfisher did another high speed fly through. Great!!
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Bourn Brook 8.00
The brook was quite dark due to the extra water from the rain and snow. I thought I might be out of luck. But then out of the distance came the call and the Kingfisher landed right in front of me. It then realised I was there and flew back up the brook. I then found it further up the brook on another perch. Not so much luck on the Rea or the Cole which had a heavier, dark flow of water.
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River Rea 5.00
Another run this afternoon, I checked the River Cole again but high, fast, dark water.
The River Rea looked better, the water level had gone down since this morning. No Kingfisher in the usual spot though. So I took a run further along. No Kingfisher there either until in the distance I heard the call. I ran back that way not expecting to see anything but there it was a Kingfisher flying down the river. I thought it had continued but when I looked from the bridge it had caught a fish and was on the river bank. A grey wagtail landed as well. Great!!
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Birmingham Triple Kingfisher Sunday

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First Kingfisher back at the regular spot.
Then after a good run along the Rea a second Kingfisher further along.
(this could be the Kingfisher from the Bourn that has been reported a few times in Stirchley. I thought last year there was a second pair on the Bourn but not seen another pair this year. I'll keep looking, they could have been the pair that were seen at Wychall)
The third Kingfisher was the regular on the Bourn Brook. It will be interesting to see where this one pairs up, it might be Wychall. Great!
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River Rea, Wychall, 1.00
Kingfisher on the River Rea in almost the same spot as last weekend. I heard the eerie repetitive call first but don't think there was two chasing. A Grey Wagtail, a cackling Jay, Blackbirds everywhere and Sparrows in the hedge. (Nuthatch amongst the tits and GSWP on my garden feeder, a feeding frenzy which is good to see)
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Have tou seen the terrible!! pictures of a Kingy on the Gloster Birder site (for Mon 7 March 2016)

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Yes - very good. I also like the KF on the garden pond. There's plenty of good sightings there.
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As I ran along the path I thought I could hear a kingfisher calling amongst the bird song. I continued running and could here more kingfisher calls. I took a look along the river and heard a kingfisher calling in the distance, approaching. I turned my head at the right time and saw it go past calling. I thought that was it but later I was stood on a bridge over the Rea and two Kingfishers went past, in a chase. Dodging and weaving, chasing each other. Never seen a kingfisher chase that good. It must be territorial. The kingfisher at the Bourn Brook was not there. I wonder if it was on the Rea being chased?
With that I had to find more so checked out the Cole and there was one at the Dingles flying along the river. Great!
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