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  1. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Very quiet earlier this morning, a few singing Blackcaps and the Common Sand the only birds of note around FML.
  2. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Yellow Wagtail FML on RSPB island.
  3. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Common Sand FML.
  4. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    No Wheatears on Salters or Swan pool paddocks between between 6.30am and 7.15am.
  5. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    And 20+ Sand Martins at 8am.
  6. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    16 Swallows on Swan pool at 7.30am.
  7. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    RBA states 4+ Common Scoter flew over the Valley yesterday, but only 2 mentioned for Forge Mill Lake. Any knowledge of the fly overs?
  8. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Female Brambling under the feeders at the RSPB centre.
  9. steve_zodiac

    Bittell Reservoirs and Hopwood area

    March is as good a time as any for Cranes on the move.......so you never know 🤔
  10. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    You'll hear Siskins just about anywhere. I've always found Swan pool car park to be a regular place, but last week I heard them over the RSPB centre, and there were a couple flying overhead at the bench that overlooks the RSPB island. Redpolls seem to be a bit hit and miss. In 35 years birding...
  11. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Looks good for a third winter GBB Gull. Hughie King or Steve Nuttall are the best people to ask.
  12. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    On Wednesday I had a report of an injured Great Crested Grebe at Swan pool, near to the island. A passer-by had helped the bird back into the water and he said it looked as if the bird had been attacked by a dog. I had a good look for it on Wednesday and again today but there was no sign.
  13. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Dead Grey Heron hanging from tree at Icehouse pools. Also single Oystercatcher on one of the islands.
  14. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Where was the Caspian Gull seen?
  15. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    6 Goldeneye on Swan pool at 10.30am.
  16. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Another Chiffchaff reported, possibly two. One next to the slipway, and one in trees just on the opposite side if the river. Nothing else if note. Loads of people starting to arrive at 10am.
  17. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Chiffchaff singing, north end of FML.
  18. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    White fronts have been on the move across the country today 👍
  19. steve_zodiac

    North Sea Thread

    Wasn't there once a North Sea bird club for birders working on the rigs. I seem to recall reading in Birdwatching back in the eighties about the club, and some of the bird records particularly during spring and autumn migration.
  20. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    I just wondered if it was the Middleton bird because I don't think that's been seen recently.
  21. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    To and from which direction?
  22. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    11.30am - 2pm 2-4 Oystercatchers 7 Barnacle Geese 1 Cettis Warbler in the marsh 2 Wigeon on Icehouse pool 1 Common Gull on rspb island Too many people down there today.
  23. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Not much difference in bird numbers on Swan pool or FML this lunchtime. Goldeneyes still on Swan pool. 10 Herring Gulls 26 Shovelers on FML 23 Pochards on FML 9 Goosander More people than birds today 🤬
  24. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Cold an frosty earlier this morning.....- 4 degrees at 07.30am. Forge mill lake partly frozen. 3 Little Egrets 2 Goldeneye on Swan pool 1 Water Rail in the marsh 32 RN Parakeets from roost and around the RSPB centre. 1 Green Woodpecker A few Redwings about.
  25. steve_zodiac

    Sandwell Valley

    Great White Egret on FML at 9am, just along from the hide near the viewing platform. Then flew low over the trees and looked to be heading towards the Newton meadows. Also 25 Shovelers on FML, and 164 Coot on Swan pool.
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