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Forum: West Midlands Wednesday 13th April 2016, 12:34
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
At least two male Redstarts on Netherton hill...

At least two male Redstarts on Netherton hill yesterday evening, with another one at Daphne Pool. There was also a Lesser Whitethroat singing on the hill, equalling my earliest date for that species...
Forum: West Midlands Tuesday 12th April 2016, 14:14
Replies: 213
Views: 64,660
Posted By andythomas
I thought with all the Wheatears being reported...

I thought with all the Wheatears being reported this morning I'd see if I could find one at lunchtime. Found a male Wheatear on the bank on the south side of Middle Pool at 13.20. That's a site tick...
Forum: West Midlands Friday 8th April 2016, 14:17
Replies: 213
Views: 64,660
Posted By andythomas
Male Redstart again in the south east corner of...

Male Redstart again in the south east corner of the top pool at 13.45, with three male Reed Buntings. Also at least four Willow Warblers round the pool, and a pair of Shovelers, possibly the same...
Forum: West Midlands Thursday 7th April 2016, 13:59
Replies: 213
Views: 64,660
Posted By andythomas
Male Redstart singing and flycatching in the...

Male Redstart singing and flycatching in the south east corner of the top pool at 13.40. Also Swallow, Blackcap, Willow Warbler.
Forum: West Midlands Wednesday 6th April 2016, 21:47
Replies: 8,959
Views: 808,771
Posted By andythomas
The Scoter was still active when I left. It was...

The Scoter was still active when I left. It was to the right of the ramp with some Tufties, but spending a lot of time underwater. It took me a while to pick it up when I arrived - I thought it had...
Forum: West Midlands Wednesday 6th April 2016, 20:44
Replies: 8,959
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Posted By andythomas
Common Scoter was still on Forge Mill Lake when I...

Common Scoter was still on Forge Mill Lake when I left at 19:20. That's my first one in the Valley. Also present 10+ Swallows, a House Martin, and a pair of Greylags flew over.
Forum: West Midlands Saturday 19th March 2016, 19:16
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
There were four Wigeon on the reservoir at 7.15...

There were four Wigeon on the reservoir at 7.15 this morning. They flew off and returned while I was watching, but when I returned from my walk round the hill at 9.00 they had gone.

I saw a male...
Forum: West Midlands Sunday 21st February 2016, 19:17
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
Thanks Matt. I used to see Willow Tits regularly...

Thanks Matt. I used to see Willow Tits regularly on Netherton Hill up until 2004, but numbers dropped dramatically in 2005. I haven't seen one in that area since 2011.
Forum: West Midlands Friday 19th February 2016, 19:58
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
Saltwells 2015

My patch total for 2015 was 83 species. Highlight of the year was the male Pied Flycatcher seen in Saltwells Wood in May. I first heard it singing in the wood on the morning of 16 May and put the...
Forum: West Midlands Sunday 7th February 2016, 22:35
Replies: 8,959
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Posted By andythomas
Had a stroll round Forge Mill first thing this...

Had a stroll round Forge Mill first thing this morning. In addition to the above I saw 3 Goldeneye (m&2f), Grey Wagtail and Water Rail calling in the marsh.
Forum: West Midlands Saturday 10th October 2015, 19:27
Replies: 8,959
Views: 808,771
Posted By andythomas
I was down at Forge Mill Lake quite early this...

I was down at Forge Mill Lake quite early this morning and walked all the way round. Just after nine I was standing by the river opposite the farm and a Short-eared Owl flew high over the farm in a...
Forum: West Midlands Thursday 17th April 2014, 12:21
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
Thursday 17th April Common Sandpiper on the...

Thursday 17th April

Common Sandpiper on the reservoir early this morning. Lesser Whitethroat still singing by the Cattle Bridge.

Andy
Forum: West Midlands Wednesday 1st May 2013, 16:07
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
Wednesday 1st May Yellow Wagtail at the top of...

Wednesday 1st May

Yellow Wagtail at the top of Netherton Hill at 13.45, feeding in the recently burnt area. Five minutes later it flew off in the direction of Fens Pools.

Whitethroat and Lesser...
Forum: West Midlands Wednesday 24th April 2013, 14:44
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
Wednesday 24th April Female Whinchat on...

Wednesday 24th April

Female Whinchat on Netherton Hill at 13.50, at the Blackbrook Road end of the paddock between the hill and the canal. One or two Lesser Whitethroats singing near the Cattle...
Forum: West Midlands Thursday 18th April 2013, 15:50
Replies: 64
Views: 20,504
Posted By andythomas
Thursday 18th April Male Wheatear on Netherton...

Thursday 18th April

Male Wheatear on Netherton Hill at 13.45, in the paddock between the hill and the canal.
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 22nd October 2003, 18:34
Replies: 113
Views: 21,976
Posted By andythomas
More rules for birdwatchers

Thanks to Colin and Al for their endorsement of rules 4 and 5.

They've reminded me of two more valuable rules.

6. If you must keep a list, make sure it's in the right order. The correct order for...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 22nd October 2003, 15:31
Replies: 113
Views: 21,976
Posted By andythomas
Rules for birdwatchers

1. Any travelling involved to go birdwatching should be on foot or by bike. Cars, buses, trains, planes etc can not be used. Only a twitcher would use up valuable fossil fuels just to go and see a...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 21st October 2003, 18:31
Replies: 12
Views: 2,585
Posted By andythomas
Hi Joey Glad to hear you're joining the West...

Hi Joey

Glad to hear you're joining the West Midland Bird Club (http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/), and I hope you get alot out of membership. There's a branch in Tamworth with indoor and outdoor...
Forum: Lincolnshire Wednesday 8th October 2003, 13:31
Replies: 10
Views: 3,398
Posted By andythomas
Sunday 5th October was a quiet day at Gibraltar...

Sunday 5th October was a quiet day at Gibraltar Point. We arrived at 9.30am to find cloudless skies and a westerly breeze. An early morning fall of finches and thrushes including Bramblings had...
Forum: Lists Tuesday 7th October 2003, 16:30
Replies: 40
Views: 12,440
Posted By andythomas
Easter Island belongs to Chile. According to...

Easter Island belongs to Chile.

According to Avibase, it has 21 species. The list is here (http://www.bsc-eoc.org/avibase/avibase.jsp?region=clei&pg=checklist&list=sibleymonroe).

--
Andy
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 6th October 2003, 19:13
Replies: 45
Views: 4,266
Posted By andythomas
Actually Dartford Warbler is on the Staffordshire...

Actually Dartford Warbler is on the Staffordshire list, due to breeding records from Cannock Chase of an unknown date. Probably mid-late 1800s. No records since. The last one seen in Warwickshire was...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 3rd October 2003, 14:35
Replies: 42
Views: 3,774
Posted By andythomas
Birds were released in England and Scotland...

Birds were released in England and Scotland because there was no sign of the Welsh population recolonising the rest of the UK under its own steam.

Presumably the hope is that the populations in the...
Forum: Yorkshire Friday 3rd October 2003, 10:43
Replies: 2
Views: 2,074
Posted By andythomas
Blacktoft Sands RSPB

I visited this reserve on 21st September after spending the morning at Fairburn Ings. This was my third visit to Blacktoft, my two previous visits being during the spring. The birds seen on this...
Forum: Yorkshire Friday 3rd October 2003, 10:42
Replies: 23
Views: 7,096
Posted By andythomas
Fairburn Ings RSPB

I visited this reserve for the first time on 21st September. Unfortunately we only had two hours there which was not enough time to cover the whole reserve.

Fairburn Ings lies next to the River...
Forum: Yorkshire Friday 3rd October 2003, 09:54
Replies: 23
Views: 3,087
Posted By andythomas
Hi Andrew, I don't know if it's any help, but I...

Hi Andrew,

I don't know if it's any help, but I when I was up in Yorkshire a few weeks ago we saw plenty of Tree Sparrows at Fairburn Ings RSPB...
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