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Old Tuesday 24th November 2009, 16:25   #1
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Birding in Worcestershire

Thought that Worcestershire needed its own thread for people to share where they've been birding so thought I'd start one off.

After news of the first record of Glossy Ibis for Worcester was re-found yesterday somewhere down river of Grimley thought I'd go and try finding it again.

Went to Grimley to see if it was there and there was no sign, 5-6 Little Grebe 10 or so Shoveler and 3 Cormorant were the only birds of note.
We then decided to drive to Harrow which is where it was reported near by, walked through Harrow Wood which lead down to the river but it was all flooded near the bottom and so couldn't really get a good view out over the other side or anywhere. Lots of Pigeons roosting up in the trees and a flock of LTT where around, looked like a really good place for woodcock might have to go back earlier in the morning and try again.
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great to see someone finally stated a fourum about worcester,hopefully loads of people reply
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Lickey Hills

All these recent mentions of Crossbills had been getting to me lately. Lickey Hills really are on my doorstep, but I hate the place due to all the ill-behaved dog walkers and general drop-outs that frequent the place.
But, this was my last day off work having had the flu of late so I thought a brisk walk (and boy was it brisk!) would stand me in good stead for tomorrow's return to the office.
It was a squally day with a strong cold northerly wind, but when the clouds passed the sun was bright and, if you could get it behind you, useful.
Remembering that I've only restarted birding this year, after a 30+ year lay off, these little beauties are lifers for me. Hand-held and very windy, these were the best I could manage.
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Old Monday 30th November 2009, 16:04   #4
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All these recent mentions of Crossbills had been getting to me lately. Lickey Hills really are on my doorstep, but I hate the place due to all the ill-behaved dog walkers and general drop-outs that frequent the place.

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Hi Sy what you doing there then - are you trying to avoid me ( wolves 0 Blues 1)
I haven't seen crossbills this century - nice pics
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still very good pics sy v,
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Amazing photos simon, dads had these crossbills I should really try harder to go get them, there only just down the road!

GLOSSY IBIS!!! Today at Holt Fleet on floodwater no further details! Its still hanging around then!
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Amazing photos simon, dads had these crossbills I should really try harder to go get them, there only just down the road!

GLOSSY IBIS!!! Today at Holt Fleet on floodwater no further details! Its still hanging around then!
upton this weekend would be nice Tim
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Glossy Ibis near Holt Fleet today see:-

http://worcesterbirding.co.uk/
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Congrats John will hopefully be up there first thing tomorrow to see if I can connect with it, hope it sticks around!
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Congrats John will hopefully be up there first thing tomorrow to see if I can connect with it, hope it sticks around!

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I never re-found it Brian Stretch did
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Pictures of the Glossy Ibis now online here: http://www.worcesterbirding.co.uk/gl...rshire_71.html

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what a great bird the ibis is,story on blog soon
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Gutted that I haven't been able to get to the glossy ibis so far hopefully it will stick around a little while longer.

Went to Lickey today quickly managed to hear the Firecrest near the Obelisk but could only just see the tops of the trees with the fog so will have to go back and try again another day.
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Gutted that I haven't been able to get to the glossy ibis so far hopefully it will stick around a little while longer.

Went to Lickey today quickly managed to hear the Firecrest near the Obelisk but could only just see the tops of the trees with the fog so will have to go back and try again another day.
so your hopeing the IBIS will stay and im hopeing the firecrest will stay LOL
one of my favorite species firecrests are below waxwings though
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Im hoping both will stay, I've tried twice for the Firecrest so far and heard it today but couldn't get onto it due to being high up and foggy!
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Im hoping both will stay, I've tried twice for the Firecrest so far and heard it today but couldn't get onto it due to being high up and foggy!
shame about this. hope you get it soon(if it sticks)
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Birding at lower park farm north Redditch today.
On the approach road a large flock of Golden Plover numbered 403 with c200 Lapwing also a small flock of 6 Common Snipe were flushed by the farmers dog.
Around the fishing pools were 17 Wigeon and 10 Tufted and good numbers (c100) fieldfare feeding on the grassy banks. A lone Raven flew over.

Please note the fishing pools are private but the fields are viewable from the the fishery approach road.

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Perhaps not for this site (maybe Garden site, but I thought I would mention it as it is an unusual occurrence.
I had 27 Blackbirds in my garden today not rare but amazing to see them fighting for their bit of territory. My garden is only 66 foot x 36 feet. I feed the birds throughout the year and at this time I put out the normal seeds but plenty of cheap sultanas, raisins and apples thrushes love them
Over the last few days there as also been 5 Redwing , a Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Blackcap, 5 Goldfinch, Coal tit, 60 House Sparrows, 9 Jackdaws plus the commoner species.

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not loads to talk about nut a few birds seen on my local patch. the lickhill area of stourport. on 19/12 had a site first when 4 teal flew upriver a flock of lapwing passed distantly and an imense flock of 80c cormorant passed over in one flock at 8:19 am

20/12 a jack snipe was flushed from a masrhy field with 2 common snipe, a golden plover was with a flock of 134 lapwing on the riverside fields also 2 meadow pipit in the grass here and a raven flew over, also had the 1st siskin on our feeders this winter

and today only 7 lapwing were in the fields a marsh tit put in a reappearence and shown well(if in a bush) and 2 raven flew over
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Went to Lower Park Farm earlier only briefly as it was on the way back from getting a new pair of Bins for my birthday and mom was in the car! Saw about 10 in the field to the right of the entrance looking at it but there could easily have been more.

Anyone been to look for the possible Nutcracker reported in Hadley? Or anyone know any more details on it?

Also I've decided to do a Worcs year list and an Upton Year list for the first time this year seen as Brian's made a section for it on his website be interesting to see what I can get. Anyone know of anywhere I can view a map that shows the Worcestershire county boundary? And are there many sites out there that are spilt by the boundary to another county that anyone knows of?
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Went to Lower Park Farm earlier only briefly as it was on the way back from getting a new pair of Bins for my birthday and mom was in the car! Saw about 10 in the field to the right of the entrance looking at it but there could easily have been more.

Anyone been to look for the possible Nutcracker reported in Hadley? Or anyone know any more details on it?

Also I've decided to do a Worcs year list and an Upton Year list for the first time this year seen as Brian's made a section for it on his website be interesting to see what I can get. Anyone know of anywhere I can view a map that shows the Worcestershire county boundary? And are there many sites out there that are spilt by the boundary to another county that anyone knows of?
Hi Tim,

Re: Nutcracker. Spoken to the lucky observer of the bird and the description sounds very interesting. As large as a Green Woodpecker (ruling out Starling), brown body plumage covered in silver/'gold' inverted triangles particulary on the neck, contrasting with golden brown and well defined cap to head. Plain brown wings, large bill and conspicous legs. Despite the 'gold' references (which may have been an artefact of the light) it's hard to imagine what else it could have been. It has not been seen today or yesterday.

The Yearlist page is now up and running here: http://www.worcesterbirding.co.uk/wo..._lists_73.html

It will be updated as frequently as possible, but please be patient, particulary during the first few months as lists (& rankings) can change dramatically in a few days!

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Thanks Sy think I have it sorted now, is it me or does the county border split the Wyre Forest in half?

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Re: Nutcracker. Spoken to the lucky observer of the bird and the description sounds very interesting. As large as a Green Woodpecker (ruling out Starling), brown body plumage covered in silver/'gold' inverted triangles particulary on the neck, contrasting with golden brown and well defined cap to head. Plain brown wings, large bill and conspicous legs. Despite the 'gold' references (which may have been an artefact of the light) it's hard to imagine what else it could have been. It has not been seen today or yesterday.

The Yearlist page is now up and running here: http://www.worcesterbirding.co.uk/wo..._lists_73.html

It will be updated as frequently as possible, but please be patient, particulary during the first few months as lists (& rankings) can change dramatically in a few days!

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Sounds like a good description then, lets hope its soon re-found then!

No worries, I've never done it before so I'm really not sure what to expect with how many birds I'll see, guess I'll just have to wait and find out!
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[quote=timmyjones;1685961]Thanks Sy think I have it sorted now, is it me or does the county border split the Wyre Forest in half?

Dowels Brooke, running through the middle of the Wyre Forest forms the border between Worcestershire and Shropshire, so yes the border does split the forest in half.
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Hi Tim,
Another area only partly in Worcestershire is the Malvern Hills. Map with county borders at http://www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk/p...ationMapOS.jpg
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