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Old Tuesday 15th January 2019, 22:04   #951
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On Saturday there was a Kingfisher on the canal at Brandwood End, not far from Lifford. Reported on BTO.
That's a few times, seen along the canal recently.
That could be 3 or 4 in a few miles area.
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Old Friday 18th January 2019, 20:32   #952
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A walk along my favourite Bourn Brook walkway lol.
Looking high and low for the Kingfisher lol.
It was not by the blue bridge or the roundabout.
I had a feeling it would be opposite the old Reservoir.
And there it was lol, yep by the old res.
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Old Saturday 19th January 2019, 13:58   #953
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Kingfisher in the rain just now. Almost perched in the water on the very low branches in the left corner of Mill Shrub at Bittell...
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Old Sunday 20th January 2019, 21:54   #954
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Kingfisher in the rain just now. Almost perched in the water on the very low branches in the left corner of Mill Shrub at Bittell...
Nice one Keith!
I was struggling to find the Bourn Brook walkway Kingfisher when similar to yours it flew out, almost water level.
Earlier had a surprise when a Buzzard flew out of the Bourn Brook, it went around me & off down the brook.
Another surprise 2 Kingfisher either side of the Dogpool Lane bridge at the River Rea.
Little Egrets flying high & fast towards Woodgate Valley.
Another 2 on the River Rea.
My back garden is getting good with 2 Nuthatches on my feeders. A male Blackcap & Male & Female Chaffinch as well.
I also found Greenfinch & Chaffinch along the Bourn Brook.
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Old Monday 21st January 2019, 19:51   #955
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Nice one Keith!
I was struggling to find the Bourn Brook walkway Kingfisher when similar to yours it flew out, almost water level.
Earlier had a surprise when a Buzzard flew out of the Bourn Brook, it went around me & off down the brook.
Another surprise 2 Kingfisher either side of the Dogpool Lane bridge at the River Rea.
Little Egrets flying high & fast towards Woodgate Valley.
Another 2 on the River Rea.
My back garden is getting good with 2 Nuthatches on my feeders. A male Blackcap & Male & Female Chaffinch as well.
I also found Greenfinch & Chaffinch along the Bourn Brook.
2 chiffchaff along the Bourn Brook walkway today ( 21/1) near the blue bridge also kingfisher nearby and little egret between Harborne Lane and Aston Webb Boulevard.
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2 chiffchaff along the Bourn Brook walkway today ( 21/1) near the blue bridge also kingfisher nearby and little egret between Harborne Lane and Aston Webb Boulevard.
Nice one!
Kingfisher again by the blue bridge & along the valley.
Grey Wagtail by the roundabout.
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Old Saturday 26th January 2019, 21:06   #957
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Early this morning the first Kingfisher on the Bourn Brook by the roundabout & Ariel aqueduct. It didn't fly up the brook or under the tunnel, it went up & over the tunnel but under the aquaduct. I guess it then continued down the Bourn Brook.
The second Bourn Brook Kingfisher was on the inlet to the brook where the Welches brook joins from the golf course.
Then in the afternoon I found the River Rea Kingfisher at a regular spot by Ten Acres.
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After the overnight rain Saturday I could not find the Kingfisher on the Bourn Brook yesterday. The water remained brown. I thought the River Rea would be worse but fond the Kingfisher on a slow & shallow stretch down from the Dogpool Lane bridge. Funny enough it was in exactly the same spot as last Sunday at approx. the same time. Great!
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Good walk along the Bourn Brook walkway today.
It was great to see a Kestrel. It flew off towards Weoley.
I couldn't find the Kingfisher until out the corner of my eye I saw it dive in the distance by the big pipes. Great!
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Yesterday the Bourn Brook Kingfisher was by the university. Not seen one on that stretch for ages.
Couldn't find it today so headed to the River Rea.
Found a Little Egret at the far end of Ten Acres and what flew out a Kingfisher. Female as well.
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The Bourn Brook Kingfisher again by the university. I think all the fish are gone by the blue bridge lol.
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No Kingfisher today, Bourn Brook water fast & high after the overnight rain.
Yesterday the Bourn Brook Kingfisher was by the University halls of residence.
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Old Monday 11th February 2019, 20:34   #963
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So Saturday the Kingfisher was down by the Uni.
Today the Kingfisher was back by the blue bridge.
I've never noticed so many Chaffinch. Even had a couple in my back garden.
I must see the Bourn Brook Buzzard every few weeks, Sunday it was sat over the brook in a tree.
It seems to have a favourite spot, down from the blue bridge.
Green Woodpeckers started calling a few weeks back.
Now Dunnock calling everywhere.
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Old Monday 11th February 2019, 20:37   #964
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Not so much for myself, but for a friend who comes birdwatching with us and drives us crackers about Kingfishers.

Can anyone recommend a good place to see them in the Midlands? Think if he gets a good view of one, he will much better to go birding with
either way please encourage him, Kingfishers are in decline and are likely to continue in this trend. We could soon be seeing a total collapse in their numbers in the UK

I dont know if they are still there but I used to watch them in the ashwood dale
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So Saturday the Kingfisher was down by the Uni.
Today the Kingfisher was back by the blue bridge.
I've never noticed so many Chaffinch. Even had a couple in my back garden.
I must see the Bourn Brook Buzzard every few weeks, Sunday it was sat over the brook in a tree.
It seems to have a favourite spot, down from the blue bridge.
Green Woodpeckers started calling a few weeks back.
Now Dunnock calling everywhere.
Green woodpeckers are everywhere now but may I ask you. Have you seen any lesser spotted in recent years down there. I know they have seen a massive decline with the growth of greens and greater spotted, this seems to be due to warming. I am assuming you dont have many left but would be very pleased to hear otherwise
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Old Friday 15th February 2019, 22:06   #966
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During the week I saw reports of Kingfisher checking out nest site at Ryemeads & Slimbridge so I hoped I would see the same back at the Bourn Brook.
First there was a Little Egret on the new flood plain then down the brook a Kingfisher went past calling.
Then one stopped by opposite me. Then they were flying up and down calling. Then further along they were together & then flying & calling again.
Then a Sparrowhawk went past.
The Starlings started gathering, Dunnocks calling along the brook & a Kingfisher still there.
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Old Saturday 16th February 2019, 21:51   #967
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What a great morning.
First I checked out the Bourn Brook walkway and saw the shiny Kingfisher fly the complete length.
Then when I got to the River Rea and straight away I heard calling Kingfisher and there were a pair and I got a photo.
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Then straight away the Kingfisher on the River Cole at Trittiford.
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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 18:53   #968
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Yesterday I thought I best check out Spaghetti Junction and the River Tame.
There was a Female Goosander.
Then I thought I heard a Kingfisher but I didn't see it.
Then I got to where the River Rea meets the River Tame and of course a Kingfisher flew out.
The first weekend for some time I checked out all the Kingfisher hot spots.
Good to find 7 in total. Great!
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Old Friday 22nd February 2019, 21:35   #969
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A great sunny afternoon out for a ride on my bicycle,
I found the Bourn Brook Kingfisher by the big pipes.
I then lost it in the sunlight lol,
the same for a Grey Wagtail further along.
Then further along at the River Rea, a pair of Kingfisher again and the 2 tone call.
I left them to it.
At Ten Acres a Grey Wagtail with great colours in the sunlight flying up and catching the insects from the Rea.
Starlings whistling as I made my way back.
Then stickleback in the Woodbrooke / Bourn.
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Another good day in the sunshine,
after the Kingfisher on the River Cole, there was a female Kingfisher on the River Rea.
In the afternoon the Kingfisher along the Bourn Brook by the University.
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Got home and straight out on the bike.
The Kingfisher was sat by the Bourn Brook blue bridge.
Some other walkers had already seen it.
Carried onto the River Rea and the Kingfisher flew past calling.
An enjoyable cycle ride.
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Another good weekend for Kingfisher.
The pair on the River Cole, Trittiford, today, Sunday and yesterday.
A new location for a pair for me, Kingshurst Brook, Meriden Park.
I saw one fly by the dam where I usually see one so I followed the brook up to near the Asda shop and there were two together calling.
They then flew off and one made it's way to Alcott Wood, where it stopped in a tree over the brook.
Saturday also the regulars on the Bourn Brook and the River Rea.
I saw the one on the Rea twice on Saturday, morning and afternoon, both times it was sat in the same place.
The one on the Bourn Brook by the big tunnel under the Ariel Aquaduct.
Then the one on the Rea, flew past today calling.
6 Kingfisher, 12 sightings over the weekend.
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Out on my bike this afternoon along the Bourn Brook.
I didn't see the Kingfisher on my way down but thought I heard it calling,
so cycled back and there it was, sat over the brook opposite the old res.
Two wagtails trying to get the best spot for catching flies.
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A Chiffchaff calling today on the Rea. Yesterday and today the Kingfisher was not at the usual spot on the River Rea. Today I said to myself 'I know where it is' so I went a mile up the river and there was a Kingfisher, it stopped at a few spots and then was gone. Good then to bump into Rob.
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Via twitter yesterday a Kingfisher on Merecroft pool. In the afternoon the Bourn Brook Kingfisher was briefly in the valley up from the blue bridge.
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