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Old Friday 10th October 2014, 19:30   #76
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I live quite local so I will try and fit in a visit each week and try to get lucky with my camera. Only have a 300mm lens so will probably have to semi hide myself in a bush and hope no one thinks I'm too strange!
Cheers for the advice guys, I will post my findings over the coming weeks and hopefully have a photo decent enough to share soon.
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Kingfisher Couple on the Bourn

19-10-2014 - Bourn, BVT, Birmingham
I finally got saw them again together!! The kingfisher couple on the Bourn.
I thought I had heard most kingfisher calls but this couple were continuously 'chirping' to each other.
The body language suggests they will part soon.
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Another Birmingham Kingfisher

Sunday 26th October Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 15:30
S.Hares on BTO had spotted a kingfisher on the Bourn Brook walkway back in June. I have taken a look a few times but not got lucky. Same for the Bourne Brook as it passes through Woodgate Valley. Today I'd been out for a bike ride and on my way back thought I'd check out the Bourn Brook just past the University. I'd forgotten about the S.Hares report so was surprised to immediately find a kingfisher perched on the bank. It spotted me so flew to another perch and then flew off, up and over the road and down the brook giving a call as it disappeared. Against the noise of the traffic the call was not the typical kingfisher call but more of a chirp. Still - great to see and hear!! Cheers
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Friday 31st October Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 16:30
I stopped off on my way home from work. I looked up and down the Bourn Brook, I could just see the blue stripe down the back of the Kingfisher as it sat on a perch over the brook in a tree and bush sheltered section. Funny how I'd been checking out the Woodgate valley section of the brook waiting for a KF and one is further along the brook and closer to home. That's two I have now found in this area just over a mile apart. Great!!
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Saturday 1st Nov. Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 16:00
On the Bourn Brook walkway along the brook; kingfisher, pied wagtail, two grey wagtail, LTTs amongst the tits in the weeping willow, a Jay over the brook and several moorhen and mallards on the brook.
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Sunday, 16th November, Sarehole Mill, Hall Green 08:00
This kingfisher fished on the Sarehole mill pond from several perches.
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29th / 30th November.
A bumper Birmingham kingfisher weekend - with 4 sightings at the R. Cole, Sarehole - Edgbaston Reservoir - Digbeth Branch Canal / River Rea and the R. Cole, Kingfisher Country Park, Small Heath. Great!!
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Sunday 1st Nov. Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 11:00
I've been checking for the past few weeks, but not seen the KF on the Bourn Brook since 1st Nov. The rain in November had made the Bourn Brook levels high and the water fast flowing and brown. This morning I felt the need for a quick blast on my bike along the Bourn Brook. I checked all the previous perches but no KF. I then gave up and was cycling back when just out of the corner of my eye I spotted the kingfisher on a perch over the brook. Great!! It was really close to the walk way. I stopped and tried to get a picture but it flew off. Also present several mallards, a couple moorhens, BBs, dunnock, robin, tits and a chaffinch.
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Had one again Edgbaston Res and one at Sandwell Valley today
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Had one again Edgbaston Res and one at Sandwell Valley today
Hi PJ - yeah it's good that Edgbaston Res seems to be a regular. I was so pleased to it. The heron floated past, followed by the kingfisher with it's fast flight. A race to the fish!! I was pleased to see a couple at Sandwell Valley this year. Did you see it on Forge Mill? Here's the fruits of our labour - courtesy of BTO and an extra sighting by GPowell. (red is sightings in the last 30 days)
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KF on TV (and loads of other great birds!!). Enjoy;
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Friday 12th Dec. Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 15:00
Great to get Friday off with a bang - with a kingfisher sighting!! It was fishing on the brook, not far from the traffic and people walking past. It caught a fish and then flew further down the brook so I couldn't see it. I got a really bad photo using my phone.
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Sunday 14th Dec. Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 12:00
Kingfisher on the Bourn Brook!! Nothing better than a local kingfisher and to get a photo. The water was perfect today for this KF, clear, slow and the right depth where it has a number of perches. I looked at the water first and thought yep perfect where's the KF, it was hidden on another perch and flew across to where I got this photo. It then went to fly through the tunnel but changed it's mind and flew back up the brook to the tree lined section. I'm pretty amazed it 's chosen this brook rather than the Rea which is 1.3 miles away. But as I said clear, slow water and another did spend it's winter on the Bourn Brook further up at WVCP back in 2012/2013. (I didn't find the Digbeth Rea KF today)
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Sunday 21st Dec. 2014 River Cole, Kingfisher Country Park, Small Heath 08:00
It was murky light and I was worried I wouldn't be able to see a KF. No worries, I heard the distinctive shrill whistle chi-keeeee a few times and a kingfisher went past. Then it gave a few single calls as it went back. Great!! Heron also present where the KF initially came from, similar to the R. Cole by Sarehole. (No KF sighted on R. Rea, Digbeth or Bourn Brook, Selly Oak)
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Tuesday 23rd Dec. Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 10:00
Kingfisher with fish, great, blue & LT tits, Goldfinch and Greenfinch feeding.
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Thursday 25th Dec. Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 11:00
Kingfisher sat on a perch over the brook for 10 minutes before diving to catch a fish (great!!), 3 Mallards, 3 Moorhens, Wren, 2 Great Tits, Blackbirds
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Saturday 27th Dec. Bourn Brook, Selly Oak 15:00
I found the Bourn Brook Kingfisher again today. I was able to observe it on a few perches along the brook. Great!! Also a couple mallards and moorhens.
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KINGS NORTON NATURE RESERVE.....on the river Rea at the overflow area into Wychall Resa.
I was standing on the wooden bridge and trying to look down stream but could not see at all so stepped down by the metal gated part which gives a bit lower angle....just got the bins up and a King flew down stream followed by another....they looked like they came from around the bricked section that diverts the water down stream.......it was around 3pm and I wonder if they had settled down for the night. Had both in view at same time as they were beak to tail.
My 1st King on the Rea in over 35 years of looking.......hope they are Mr and Mrs of 2015 and I can see them more often.

About 20 Teal in the resa - dabbling in the surprisingly non frozen shallow water but no Goosanders on Meercroft but the Tufted were up to over 30 ...mainly Males.
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KINGS NORTON NATURE RESERVE.....on the river Rea at the overflow area into Wychall Resa.
I was standing on the wooden bridge and trying to look down stream but could not see at all so stepped down by the metal gated part which gives a bit lower angle....just got the bins up and a King flew down stream followed by another....they looked like they came from around the bricked section that diverts the water down stream.......it was around 3pm and I wonder if they had settled down for the night. Had both in view at same time as they were beak to tail.
My 1st King on the Rea in over 35 years of looking.......hope they are Mr and Mrs of 2015 and I can see them more often.

About 20 Teal in the resa - dabbling in the surprisingly non frozen shallow water but no Goosanders on Meercroft but the Tufted were up to over 30 ...mainly Males.
Nice one Keith, I saw one along there the other day. There are a few about on the Rea and it's tributaries.
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Thursday 1st January 2015 River Cole, Kingfisher Country Park, Small Heath 12:20
My first KF for 2015!! HNY to all!!
I watched this kingfisher fishing on a couple perches. It caught a couple fish!!
Also saw a small flock of starlings and a pied wagtail.
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Mill Shrub-Lower Bittell.
Around midday a King scullking around low in the trees next to road.
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Kingfisher Friday

Friday 2nd Jan 2014
Three Kingfisher sightings today;
No.1 - Bourn Brook, Selly Oak, 11:00
No. 2 - River Tame, Spaghetti Junction, 13:00 - I never imagined I would see a kingfisher under Spaghetti Junction. It was funny because only minutes earlier I said to myself 'I'll never see a kingfisher here, the waters too murky'. And next minute a kingfisher flew past.
No. 3 - River Rea, Selly Park, 15:00 - I first saw it on a section before Canon Hill park - then it flew under the Dogpool Lane bridge, up the River. I know many people have seen KF along this stretch of the River Rea but it could be 10 years since I last saw one here. Usually see them at Kings Norton / Wychall Reservoir. I thought there would be one along this section, guarding it from the Bourn Brook KF above.
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Two Kingfisher sightings today;
No.1 - Bourn Brook, Selly Oak, 14:00 (also bullfinch and finches present, Friday there were goldfinches present)
No. 2 - River Rea, Selly Park, 14:30 - I had a very quick run along the Rea looking for the KF. Surprisingly I found it sat fishing in a culvert pipe that could only have been five or six inches in diameter. (funny how I've looked for KF for years along this section with no luck and have now found one twice in a few days - great!!)
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Must have been a 'fall' of Kingfishers

Saw one at Belvide on Friday, one at Chasewater yesterday and one at Doxey today. Back to work tomorrow so hoping for a sighting along Brierley Hill canal.
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Meercroft this morning as the sun gave way to the freezing fog.
Flew from right behind island and parked itself in bush by gardens.
Waited ages and it would not move and I was SO froze (in the fog) so went home.
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