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Old Sunday 13th March 2016, 10:45   #251
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Birmingham Kingfisher Four Sunday

I saw four Kingfisher last Sunday and done it again today with a new one replacing one that's moved on.
I'll keep checking but I think the Bourn Brook Kingfisher has moved to the River Rea. The first Kingfisher was on the usual spot of the River Rea, Selly Park but using different perches and more of the river. It called a couple times. This makes me think it's a different Kingfisher than the wintering one, possibly the Bourn Brook one. There were two chasing yesterday.
The second and third Kingfisher were on the River Cole at the Dingles and Sarehole Mill. No calls though. Great to see one at Sarehole as that used to be my regular spot.
The fourth is hopefully a new regular as I've seen it three weeks in a row at the River Rea, Wychall. Great also the same as at Sarehole, it was sat on the perch where I expected to find it. It gave the two tone call.
A just as good spot and the first time I have seen it was a Jay in the road taking some road kill. Usually I expect a Crow or Magpie and when I first saw it, I had to work out what it was as it was the same size but lighter in colour. Then I saw the colours of a Jay. Great!!
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Old Sunday 13th March 2016, 14:47   #252
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Sunday Kingfisher Seven

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My first nesting pair of kingfisher today. They were going in and out of the nest. I think they're the same pair I saw in December at Small Heath.
Then my first Babbs Mill lake kingfisher. I heard it on the lake before seeing it go down the River Cole behind.
That's seven kingfisher today. Great!
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Old Sunday 13th March 2016, 18:00   #253
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Little Egret

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Looking closely at the photo from today, the Kingfisher has mud on it's beak so they are digging the nest.
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Further along the River Cole I found a Little Egret, there were three Buzzards overhead. Great!
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A Kingfisher in the usual spot on the River Rea, Wychall today. I'm glad I've found it's patch!
The Kingfisher was in the usual place on the River Rea, Selly Park, I think both a male and female went past. The male calling and the female silent. LTTs also present. Great!!
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A pair of Kingfisher on the River Rear this morning and a third hanging around. I guess there will be more chases to secure the territory. Buzzards overhead being mobbed by crows.
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After the River Cole Kingfisher, I checked out the River Rea, Wychall, plentry of tits feeding. Then a Grey Wagtail flew down the Rea feeding on the stones. I could hear the Kingfisher calling down the river valley, I saw it briefly fly off and heard it's two tone call. Great!
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Pair of kingfisher on the Cole and a single kf call on the Rea with fighting blackbirds on the bank. On the way home Kestrels, Buzzards and the usual Red Kites. Great!
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A pair of kingfisher on the Cole, a single Kingfisher on the Rea, Selly Park, making a good cropped, repetitive call as it flew along the river. It flew down the river, caught a fish in seconds and flew back up. The Kingfisher on the Rea at Wychall is not so easy to see. I heard it more than I saw it as it's on a tree and bush hidden canopy. LTTs feeding, a few metres away from the bridge.
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I was back to running this morning and the River Rea kingfisher covered twice as much distance as I did. Seeming to appear everywhere I looked. It made a repetitive call like it was chasing another bird but was on it's own. Meanwhile a Song Thrush sat singing for the duration and I've heard my first chiffchaff tuning up.
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A Kingfisher and Little Egret at Sarehole Mill on the River Cole. A heron at Sparkbrook on the Cole and two more Kingfisher further along. Great!!
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There might have been a Kingfisher over the Bourn, there was none on the Rea, I don't know where they go when the water gets brown and high due to the rain. There were House Martins over the Valley Parkway boating pond. Best was a Buzzard that landed in a tree in my garden and then there were three circling overhead.
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Female Kingfisher along Bourn brook by Yachting Pool
Perched up seemed to know each time I raised my camera
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Perched up seemed to know each time I raised my camera
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Kingfisher later afternoon on the River Rea, Wychall. This Kingfisher has the most covered, secretive stretch of river I have known. No wonder it's taken me a few years to find it regularly on this patch. When I first found it, it was in some trees visible from a bridge over the river. Now I find it on a covered section and just see it fly for more cover. It has flown up to Northfield but recently I've not seen it fly beyond a 30 metre stretch. I thought the Bourn Brook kingfisher had a short stretch of a couple hundred metres but this one has beaten it. Great!!
On the way home from work on the M40 there were the regular Red Kites, with a Kestrel hovering, Buzzard and a Heron flying over. The KF rounded it off nicely. Great!
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Kingfisher mating

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I thought today might be the day and I was right.
I got to see the Kingfisher courting and mating ritual again.
He sat patiently on a tree perch calling her. She then arrived, not on the tree perch but quite close to the water behind a clump of grass.
He then flew to her, they sat together for a few minutes, then mating took place, behind the clump of grass.
Then he flew off whilst she waited and it took a bit of time for him to return with and give her a fish.
He did sit in the tree perch with it but had to go to her with it, again behind the clump of grass.
They then flew off.
I can't say it was as grand as the pair on the River Rea last year, I didn't see the male upright straight pose, but still great to see!
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The River Cole, female Kingfisher and I had to wait for the male Kingfisher to turn up. It seemed like quite along wait and we were joined by two nesting Robins, then more Robins, then squabbling male Blackbirds, then Pigeons and Crows. Then he arrived and sat on a tree perch quite close to me;
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Then they got together and off he went again to get a fish. It took him around 20 minutes to return with a fish for her. They then moved further along the river together. Great!!
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This afternoon the the River Cole, Trittiford, Kingfisher did a quick fly past. The River Rea, Wychall was not on it's usual perch. Then there was the familiar call and along the river it flew to it's perch. Great!!
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Early morning Kingfisher pair on the River Cole. I watched the male Kingfisher get the female two fish, they were a decent size! They then sat together over the river for a while and the impression I got was she seemed to want him to get more fish. He didn't look too keen on it and in the end she flew off and left him to it. With that I thought I best leave them to it as well. Pretty interesting stuff!!
I then took a visit to the Kingfisher pair on the River Rea and not sure what they were up to. I saw one Kingfisher skimming the river a couple times and then I saw two doing pretty impressive flying chasing each other with body rolls as they flew in and out of the trees. Not sure if these were a couple or a territorial dispute. Then one was on it's own fishing. So again I thought best to leave it to it. Great stuff!!
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Kingfisher on the River Rea this morning on one of its fav spots. Thrush in the same tree as usual singing away. Great!
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Kingfisher on the River Cole late afternoon, Trittiford. Heron, Thrush, LTT feeding.
(Whilst in Essex during the week, looking for and finding a kingfisher, there was a Barn Owl hunting less than ten metres away from me, I was amazed at my luck! http://www.birdforum.net/attachment....2&d=1460493991)
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It dawned on me recently there might be more Kingfisher further along the River Cole on the other side of Trittiford, Scribers Lane due to the reports both on here and BTO. I was right. In the early morning snow, there was a kingfisher flying along the Cole headings towards Majors Green. Great!!
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The sun was shinning so I had a late evening run along the River Rea. There was a Jay, blackbirds, robins, thrush and wrens singing. The Kingfisher was on the stretch where I assume the female hung out. Great!
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The Kingfisher flew along the River Cole, Dingles and stopped to have a wash, diving three times into the river. Great views. Yesterday I found a Mallard nest with five eggs. The Mallard was back on the next today.
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Kingfisher late afternoon on the River Rea in it's usual spot. I thought I might have been out of luck as I couldn't find the one on the River Cole, Trittiford. But I did find a Blackcap, warbling away, plenty of Blackbirds and Robins, feeding. Which were joined by a Thrush and a Heron flew overhead. The mallard sitting on it's eggs is now almost completely covered by river bank growth. Great!!
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It was a reverse of yesterday. Pair of Blackcaps on the River Rea but no sign of the KF. The Kingfisher took some time to appear on the River Cole, past Trittiford. It's a lull since the mating at the start of the month. Several pairs of Blackbirds feeding.
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