after an hour and a half walk along the canal we saw the following colard doves ,wood piegon , juv mute swan on the field , 2 buzzards ,mallards,2 herons in the field , water rail calling , black caps, goldcrest,starlings ,2 grey wag ,2 pied wags, magpie , bhg , jackdaws, 1 raven , crows, 2 nuthatch 10 chaffinch, l t tits , 4 goldfinch, red wings , feild fares, g s woodpecker , morhen,robins , blue tits , great tits , black birds, mistle thrush and floods photos to follow. :flyaway:
pics from gladys
2 Buzzard along salwarpe
3 2nd Buzzard by coney
4 2nd Buzzard by coney
6 Flood bottom of steps
7 Juv mute swan in field flood
8 2 distance Herions
9 juv mute
A Winter-plumaged Dunlin this morning in the floods between Salwarpe and Ladywood was a patch tick for me - it flew off due west.
Other birds noted today included a male Blackcap, Raven, Nuthatch, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipits, Goldcrests, Mistle Thrushes, Water Rail, Mute Swan, House Sparrows, Redpolls, Siskins, Fieldfares, Redwings, Grey Heron, Buzzards and Sparrowhawk.
Various pictures of the floods below:
A couple of Common Snipes flew out from the reedbed area this afternoon. Two Water Rails called from the reedbed and another along the canal.
The setaside field was, again, alive with birds - lots of Fieldfares, Redwings, Meadow Pipits (~30), Linnets (60+), Goldfinches, Pied Wagtails (50+), Starlings (80+), Grey Wagtail, Rooks and Jackdaws.
Other birds seen - 2 Ravens, Buzzards, Lesser Redpolls (4), Stock Doves, Siskins (10+), Mistle Thrushes, Collared Doves (10) and half a dozen Goldcrests.
Good numbers of gulls over - the large ones being mainly Herrings.
Most notable species this afternoon were 1 male Kestrel and a 1w Common Gull. Other species seen included Common Buzzard, 30+ Siskins, Lesser Redpolls, 2 Cormorants, Mistle Thrushes, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Stock Doves, Grey Wagtail, 30 Pied Wagtails, Herring Gulls, Pheasants, Jay, Goldcrest, Redwings and Fieldfares.
An adult Common Gull flew over Salwarpe village this morning. Most of the usual birds seen including Raven, Coal Tit, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Grey Wagtail and singing Mistle Thrush.
Managed a quick hour late afternoon. 200+ Pied Wagtails came in to roost in the reedbed plus a few Meadow Pipits, Starlings, Reed Buntings and one Yellowhammer.
Below is a list of the 95 bird species I have personally recorded in the Salwarpe Valley between Droitwich and Porter's Mill in 2012:
1 Mute Swan
2 Canada Goose
3 Greylag Goose
8 Tufted Duck
11 Grey Heron
17 Water Rail
22 Green Sandpiper
23 Common Sandpiper
27 Black-headed Gull
28 Mediterranean Gull
29 Great Black-backed Gull
30 Lesser Black-backed Gull
31 Herring Gull
32 Common Gull
33 Stock Dove
34 Wood Pigeon
35 Collared Dove
37 Little Owl
40 Green Woodpecker
41 Great Spotted Woodpecker
43 Sand Martin
44 House Martin
46 Tree Pipit
47 Meadow Pipit
48 Pied Wagtail
49 Yellow Wagtail
50 Grey Wagtail
54 Mistle Thrush
55 Song Thrush
59 Garden Warbler
61 Lesser Whitethroat
63 Sedge Warbler
64 Reed Warbler
65 Grasshopper Warbler
66 Willow Warbler
70 Spotted Flycatcher
71 Great Tit
72 Coal Tit
73 Blue Tit
74 Long-tailed Tit
79 Carrion Crow
84 House Sparrow
88 Lesser Redpoll
94 Reed Bunting
Other species reported but not seen by me include Little Egret and Tawny Owl.
It's been hard work birding this patch but the rewards have been excellent - particularly the Hoopoe, Hawfinches, Crossbills, Whimbrels, Dunlin and Med Gull (all personal patch ticks).
Let's hope 2013 is just as good. Happy New Year and good birding to all. :t::king:
A Blackcap between Salwarpe and Ladywood this morning. Other birds seen included 40+ Siskins, Grey Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipits, Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Raven. Water Rail heard
hi, i have never been to coney meadow and would love to go but do not know how to get there. i think i have a rough idea from some details i have picked up, just need somebody to check if you would be so kind. Is it the canal and the reed bed to the right of the big letters salwarpe by roman way in droitwich?
Your best bet (if you are driving) is to find your way to Salwarpe village (where you can park). Follow the Roman Way bypass all the way around Droitwich until you reach to the Copcut roundabout - at this point the bypass is single (rather than dual) carriageway. At the roundabout turn right towards Worcester (main A38), then take the next right (Copcut Lane) which is signposted Salwarpe Village - this is a smallish lane which you follow (don't turn off) for about a mile until you reach the small village. Park next to the churchyard (over the canal bridge). From here, you then walk through the churchyard, through a small gate and decscend onto the canal towpath - continue walking forward along the towpath for 50 -60 yards until you reach the gate / entrance to Coney Meadow on your left. The google earth map below might help Let me know if you require more details. Good Luck - I hope you enjoy your visit! :t:
A brief visit this afternoon, pretty quiet - 3 Mute Swans flew overhead towards Westwood, a Redpoll flew over calling and Siskins were feeding in alders in the gardens of Salwarpe Court. Also seen were two Ravens, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Reed Buntings, Jay, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtails and a steady stream of Gulls overhead.
Just found this thread...had a great time reading all your sightings.Just shows when people take the time to study a place what can be found.
Spent a few hours sitting still (Frozen) today but apart from a Wren and Squiggle nowt turned up....always another day though.
Your patch looks a good diverse one...does it include that large lake I see on the map ?
The large lake you see on the map is probably Westwood Great Pool. Access to this is by permit only so not part of my patch. I used to have a permit for several years but surrendered it as I wasn't really visiting that much. If a decent bird is found at Westwood then access is usually arranged - a couple of years ago a Spotted Sandpiper (summer plumage) turned up and most people got to see it.
Even without a large body of water on 'my patch' , you're right - it is still pretty diverse and I do benefit from the proximity of Westwood due to flyover wildfowl, gulls , etc. I even had a Common Tern once - which must've come from there.
Birder Gladys has found three Waxwings on the patch by droitwich woods along the canal. Well done - patch tick for me!
what a good morning for Gladys,
birds seen;Blackbirds,Redwing,Fieldfare,Linnet,reed bunting,Buzzard,Sparrowhawk,Goldfinch,Chaffinch,Blue tits,Great tits,Collard Doves,Wood Pigeon,Jackdaw,C,Crow,Jays,Magpies,Starings,Mallards,Morhen,Robin Pied Wagtail,Dunnock,B.H.G,L.B.B.G,Green Woody,Wren,Rook and 3 Waxwings
And also WAXWINGS
Fantastic stuff Gladys - thanks for the phone call.:t:
When I last saw the Waxwings, they'd moved over to 'the thicket' part of Droitwich Community Woods - my record shot below is nowhere near as good as any of yours (taken freehand) - luckily, they have a distintive silhouette otherwise they would just look like a pair of blobs. 8-P
Some cold-weather movements noted on a quick walk-around: A flock of 75 Lapwings flew over heading south-west plus 3 Skylarks. Other birds noted today included 1 Kestrel, 2 Blackcaps (both males), 20+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Sparrowhawks (male and female), 2 Ravens (performing tumbling display), Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Rooks, Starlings, Reed Buntings, 6 Buzzards, 4 Cormorants, Coal Tit, Siskin, House Sparrow, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Fieldfares, Redwings, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Collared Doves, Moorhen, Nuthatch and Long-tailed Tits.
I've just flushed a Woodcock from the larch plantation at the top of Gorsey Bank, Droitwich Community Woods. Also Treecreeper, Coal Tit and 15 Siskins.
Two patch ticks in a day? Thats not bad going mate :t:
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