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Old Monday 5th May 2014, 08:54   #51
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As per the Cole Valley thread and it's worth it for a double/repeat!!! Last weeks kingfisher couple pictures, hopefully they are now being elusive and nesting somewhere. I still can't believe I saw a couple on two visits, a month apart and in the same spot.
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Old Thursday 22nd May 2014, 03:26   #52
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After my Sunday 18/05/2015, River Cole, Birmingham kingfisher sighting, I was rewarded with a four kingfisher fly pass, sighting in Essex this week! I might have seen four fledglings as first I saw two kingfisher looking a bit lost flying into a bush. Then there was a lot of kingfisher calls and commotion. I then saw four kingfishers flying across a lake, two went straight across and two around an island. I took this to be the two parents chasing off the young. Stunning!! (I know this was not the Midlands but thought it worth sharing/recording)
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Old Saturday 24th May 2014, 09:12   #53
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A great couple River Cole kingfisher sightings this week (and seven sightings during the week away in Essex). Still trying to find one/any on the Rea. I saw a couple on the Bourn earlier this year and then someone reported 2 on the Valley Parkway, I wondered if they'd moved to the Rea. I shall check it out over this weekend.
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Old Sunday 25th May 2014, 20:19   #54
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Kingfisher on the Bourn!! Great!!
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Old Saturday 28th June 2014, 10:37   #55
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Plenty of bird song along the R. Cole and I could hear a few calls that sounded like a kingfisher but I was not 100% sure. The calls were not bright and clear enough. Anyway I took a look at openings along the river and timed it just right on the JMJ walkway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Morris_Jones_Walkway to find the kingfisher on a bank perch and then it flew past me head height a few feet away, making three calls which were not that clear or kingfisher like. (I still wonder if this was one of the pair I saw and if they nested)
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Old Monday 7th July 2014, 21:33   #56
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I had a great KF weekend - one on the R.Cole and a new Juv. on the R.Rea.
My theory is - the female KF who I watched over the winter on the Woodbrooke/Bourne
https://www.flickr.com/photos/888163...n/photostream/
And who I saw with a male KF and were then spotted flying to the Rea in April.
This could be the male from the Rea and I saw a lone one flying in the direction from the Bourne to the Rea and then would suddenly appear with the female KF on the Woodbrooke/Bourne;
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Had junior on the R.Rea somewhere;
https://www.flickr.com/photos/88816303@N08/14584908534/
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Old Sunday 13th July 2014, 17:02   #57
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Kingfisher on the River Rea just down from Wychall Res. Flew up and over me to get past.
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Old Sunday 13th July 2014, 22:40   #58
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S Hares is finding them via BTO, not seen one a long this section - maybe it will visit WGVCP
When: 12 Jul 2014
Where: Bourn Brook Walkway (SP0383)
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Old Sunday 20th July 2014, 10:26   #59
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River Cole Kingfisher pair!!

20-07-2014 05:30
There was a lot of bird song and other birds calling along the R. Cole and I could just hear a few calls that sounded like a kingfisher but was not sure. My instinct knew to check the sounds out and sure enough I could then hear the 'tee chi' call I am use to from a pair of kingfisher. So I waited on a tree hidden bend and was rewarded with two kingfisher flying around the bend along the river together. GREATTTTTTTT!!
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I was looking for KF on the Rea in Stirchley and found families of feeding Chaffinch and LTTs in the trees/bushes along the River.
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Old Sunday 3rd August 2014, 07:58   #61
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River Cole Kingfisher pair!!

03-08-14 Trittiford 07:00-07:45
Within 15 minutes of walking along the R.Cole from Trittiford I saw a kingfisher flying back up the river, head height a couple metres from me. Then found it on a small slab of concrete in the river, which was only an inch above the water which could have only been a couple inches deep. I then heard it fly off. I thought that would be it so headed home. I then got to the bridge over the Cole next to Trittiford pool and heard a lot of quick kingfisher calls, from another Kingfisher behind the pool. Then the kingfisher from down the Cole flew over the bridge and I could hear some commotion/repeated kingfisher calls behind Trittiford. A kingfisher then flew under the bridge, then it flew back again. Then there was real intense calling by 2 birds with the twin pitch call. Then I could sense they were calling and flying and I looked up at the right time to see them go over the bridge at lamp post height and back down the Cole. This seemed to be a territorial dispute!!
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09.08.14 Cole Valley.
As on the Cole Valley thread a three kingfisher fly past 'chi, chi, chi, chi, chi, chi'!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mink shocker!!

16.08.14 07:00 Trittiford, River Cole
I went from Trittiford to Sarehole for a run without hearing the KF. Less songbirds singing. On my return I waited on the bends where I normally see the KF and sure enough I heard the kingfisher calling and it flew past, gliding round the bends. Then found a Grey Wagtail feeding. Then was very surprised to see a Mink!! Wonder if I can report it to anyone. I then waited for the kingfisher to return. This time I waited on a bridge over the brook that joins then Cole, partly covered by a tree. The kingfisher flying back, decided not to follow the bends of the river and took a short cut up the brook. It came through the tree and straight past my head, so close I could hear it's wings flapping!!
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"Then was very surprised to see a Mink!! Wonder if I can report it to anyone. "

The River Cole used to be a great place to watch water voles when I was a kid; mink first appeared along the river about twenty years ago and I haven't seen a water vole there for many years. very sad.
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"Then was very surprised to see a Mink!! Wonder if I can report it to anyone. "

The River Cole used to be a great place to watch water voles when I was a kid; mink first appeared along the river about twenty years ago and I haven't seen a water vole there for many years. very sad.
I have seen a water vole this year on the R. Cole, further along after Sarehole before Stratford Road. It's in one of the earlier threads somewhere. I'll report the mink to the Ranger.
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17.08.14 07:00 Trittiford, River Cole.
I think there are a few Kingfisher along the River Cole. This morning I saw a kingfisher fly under the bridge going up the Cole behind Trittiford. At the same time I could hear one calling in the distance down the Cole. They were up and down the Cole, I couldn't keep up. I could hear the two pitch call I associate with a pair, then I heard the eery repeated up, down short call as they chase each other. I then got lucky when one stopped in a tree over the river right next to me. Elsewhere the mallard still has seven chicks, I saw the Grey wagtail again feeding on the edge of the river and three heron.
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13.09.14 07:00 River Cole up from Trittiford.
I had ran along the Cole for only several hundred metres when amongst the bird song I could hear a distant Kingfisher calling. As I concentrated on the call I could tell it was flying up the river towards me and about to fly past the longest clear section on this part of the River. Great!! So I should back and waited and sure enough there it appeared flying around the long panoramic bend, under the bridge and out the other side. It didn't fly as fast as I thought they did, giving me plenty of time to get an eyeful!! Great!
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20-09-14 14:00 Meriden Park Lake, Solihull
I did a quick lap around Meriden Park/Kingshurst Brook off the River Cole. I thought I could see a KF perched in a overhanging willow tree. Then sure enough a kingfisher flew by, straight as a dart and gave out a call as it disappeared round the bend.
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05-10-14 17:30 Wood Brook / Bourn - Bournville
Kingfisher on the Bourn, BVT, it disappeared as soon as I saw it. I saw one similar date, same place last year. I heard it call briefly later. Also Grey Wagtail and Jay.
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Hi guys.
Brand new to the forum and birdwatching in general.
I was at leasowes park today and saw a kingfisher in the main pool by the car park and another (possibly same bird) at the very top pool.
Do these guys have a particular active time and does anybody know which of these pools they frequent the most?
Hoping to visit again next week with my camera.
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Hi marko I visited there about 4 times now and have seen it everytime on the main pool just where it enters by the river and on the next pool up I see it on a reed there. Hope you see it good luck
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Hey Sam, thanks for the response.
I must admit I didn't pay much attention to the 2nd pool. Will play closer attention to that one next week.
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Hi guys.
Brand new to the forum and birdwatching in general.
I was at leasowes park today and saw a kingfisher in the main pool by the car park and another (possibly same bird) at the very top pool.
Do these guys have a particular active time and does anybody know which of these pools they frequent the most?
Hoping to visit again next week with my camera.
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Great news - thanks for the report. I shall have to take a look myself.
I know the exact pools you are talking about as I've seen a kingfisher there a number of times. I've seen a kingfisher at Leasowes on all the four pools. I've seen them catch fish on all the four pools. I've even been lucky enough to see a Leasowes kingfisher resting in a tree off the car park pool for over an hour and then settling down for the night in a tree off the same pool. Kingfishers are active from dusk till dawn and as I've seen at Leasowes, will take a rest during the day, if I assume they are well fed. I would think due to the size of the pool, the kingfisher at Leasowes will be mainly on the car park pool. But it will not be visible all the time as it will sit in the trees above the pool. Please see my photo's from Leasowes.
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Car park pool, settling down for the night;
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Hi zomerset.
Thank you for the additional info. Would love to see one of these guys fishing, maybe next week hey..
Your photos are amazing mate, were you in a hide for those or just very still? I do have a throw over hide but I'm very reluctant to use it as I can imagine some very odd looks!!
I know exactly where that first photo was taken, I was stood by that branch myself for a good 30 minutes today as it looked like an ideal perch. Unfortunately only a raven landed on it, he did look very proud on his perch however..
Have you ever witnessed a kingfisher on the connecting streams between the pools, or only the pools themselves?
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Hi zomerset.
Thank you for the additional info. Would love to see one of these guys fishing, maybe next week hey..
Your photos are amazing mate, were you in a hide for those or just very still? I do have a throw over hide but I'm very reluctant to use it as I can imagine some very odd looks!!
I know exactly where that first photo was taken, I was stood by that branch myself for a good 30 minutes today as it looked like an ideal perch. Unfortunately only a raven landed on it, he did look very proud on his perch however..
Have you ever witnessed a kingfisher on the connecting streams between the pools, or only the pools themselves?
No hide used as Leasowes. Just the right lens (now big) and luck. I don't stay still for very long, I made quite a few visits and just got lucky. Yes seen the KF fly down the connecting streams and the other stream as well. The best flying sighting was when it followed the paths to fly down, even turning a right angle through a gate. I think I reported it somewhere either on this thread or forum.
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