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    Bittell Reservoirs and Hopwood area

    Great White Egret on Upper this afternoon. Flew off south but appeared to drop down so may well be on Lower. Skylarks in the fields to the north, and a singing Chiffchaff along the road up to the old farm.
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    Bartley reservoir

    No sign of Pintail this afternoon, but Shag fishing off the dam. Sparrowhawk hunting over the horse paddocks and Raven over.
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    Bittell Reservoirs and Hopwood area

    Lower - Green Sandpiper still present 2.30pm Upper - White-fronted Goose reported at lunchtime, still present at 3.30pm, roosting along the reservoir edge. Not viewable from the dam, need to head for the footpath to the north of the reservoir. Upper absolutely full to the brim with water...
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    Lifford Reservoir and nearby canals

    A single Little Grebe still present late morning today. The other bird disappeared at the same time as the two Great Crested Grebes, when the reservoir was mostly frozen over last week. Hopefully it's moved on rather than perishing.
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    Trittiford mill pond and the dingles bird sightings

    I wonder if the Bar-headed Goose is the Cannon Hill Park bird?
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    Lifford Reservoir and nearby canals

    Hi Maypole Birder. You must have been around Lifford at pretty much the same time as me yesterday. The two Little Grebe were still present yesterday morning, in addition to the species on your list. I recorded 40 species around the reservoir and the nearby canals, a good start to the year on...
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    South Birmingham misc sightings

    Photos posted on Twitter of a Great White Egret seen yesterday in Bournville Park (not by me). Over-wintering Blackcaps in our garden again in the last week - 2 males this year.
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    Lifford Reservoir and nearby canals

    They could well be the same birds. The remnants of a couple of fallen trees are creating some good habitat for them at present. Both birds still present this afternoon, along with a single male Pochard. My first Pochard at Lifford since Feb 2017, according to Birdtrack.
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    Lifford Reservoir and nearby canals

    2 Little Grebe at Lifford Reservoir mid-morning (Sat 19th Dec), my first record of this species at Lifford. 4 Cormorant also present, and 24 Tufted Duck.
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    Shenley Fields Lake - Weoley Castle

    13 Shoveler and 4 Tufted Duck on this micro-lake yesterday morning. Very surprised at the Shoveler numbers.
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    Kingfishers

    You may well be right. Zooming in on Google Maps suggests the side channel goes under Bristol Road and into woodland immediately south of Edgbaston Pool, very close to the outflow channel from the Pool. Does anyone know that outflow channel? Good Dipper habitat?
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    South Birmingham misc sightings

    Black Redstart back on Cherington Road, Stirchley for at least its third winter. I don't know when it returned, but seen well by multiple observers this week. It was feeding happily in the drizzle on the wall outside the usual house around 9.15 this morning.
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    Kingfishers

    A single Dipper on the narrow side channel off the Bourn Brook behind the Dental Hospital around 9am this morning.
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    Shenley Fields Lake - Weoley Castle

    1M 1F Shoveler, Grey Heron, 4 Tufted Duck this morning.
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    Manor Farm Park, Northfield

    Popped in this afternoon to see how much progress had been made with refilling the pool after the sluice work. This has been ongoing since March (I believe it may have started just before Lockdown 1 kicked in) but little sign that it's heading for completion. The sledging hill behind the pool...
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    Bittell Reservoirs and Hopwood area

    Never seen as many Little Grebe in one place as on Lower this afternoon. Must have been at least 15 gathered under the trees at the far end, and odd singles around in other areas too.
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    Bittell Reservoirs and Hopwood area

    Five gull species on Upper this afternoon - the obvious LBBG/Herring/BHG plus a single Common Gull and an adult YLG sat on a buoy close to the dam (as Josh mentioned above). Several very good candidates for juvenile YLG on the water too. Juvenile Linnet x2 in front of the sailing club...
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    Kings Norton Nature Reserve

    Yes, that's as close a match as I've heard so far. Thank you.
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    Kings Norton Nature Reserve

    Thanks for the suggestion. This is one of several possible options suggested - Roe Deer, guinea fowl, Coot, owl, goose were amongst the others. Those who suggested the deer species seemed the most confident, but there as a suggestion from several people that the call didn't have enough of a...
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    Kings Norton Nature Reserve

    Recorded at Wychall Reservoir at 10am this morning. Suggestions on possible ID very much appreciated. I would guess heron or egret of some sort, but I can't find an exact match on xeno canto. https://soundcloud.com/rob-strong/2020-07-15-wychall-reservoir/
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