A quick walk round the lake this evening in the showers;
A flock of 20+ Swallows flying around and feeding over the lake with 4 Swifts and 1 House Martin (a patch tick).
2 Tufted Ducks.
2 Great crested Grebes
1 Grey Heron
1 Common Whitethroat (A patch tick)
2 Ravens still
1 Little Egret on the River Cole
Lots of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs
On the Butterfly front, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Large White, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortiseshell, Peacock and Brimstone.
A nice hours walk in the...
Female Goosander still present.
1 Willow Warbler and 1 Raven and 10+ Swallows but otherwise fairly quiet in a cold breeze.
A very interesting report from a reliable birder that an Arctic Tern was present on Tuesday 9th April, feeding over the lake for 15 minutes from 5.15pm until 5.30pm before...
Evening visit 6.30pm until 8pm;
1 Kingfisher (showed well on Scribers Lane Brook)
2 Ravens (Horse Paddocks)
2 Little Egrets
1 Grey Heron
1 Stock Dove
A nice suprise was a Muntjac deer near Scribers Lane and a Fox was in the Horse Paddocks.
Great-spotted Woodpecker drumming
Kingfisher (two seperate sightings, first in the brook towards Scribers Lane, the second in the park by the outflow, possibly the same bird)
3 Goosanders 1 m, 2 f.
The lake 80% or so frozen.
Female Goosander this afternoon at Trittiford. Unfortunately I was stuck for time and didn't get chance to take a proper look at the big number of gulls present. Mostly Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed but you never know, something out of the ordinary from Swanshurst or elsewhere may have...
Driving down the A435 in Wythall towards Becketts farm at 4.10pm yesterday afternoon and to my amazement a Swift sp flew across low over the car from left to right heading towards Kings Heath.
Having encountered both Pallid and Common before in the UK unfortunately I couldn't pin the ID down to...