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Old Wednesday 8th May 2013, 22:19   #26
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Popped in on Bank Holiday Monday ........ really hot day and some relief to get under the trees.
Being a holiday it was the quietest I have known here and I could even here the Blue Tits calling.Also spotted some Blackbirds an d a lovely Jay flew into the wood from the out of bounds at the top and off into the trees.
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Some pics to show people the great habitat here...knocks spots off the Lickeys....
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Old Sunday 26th May 2013, 20:27   #27
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Including us, there were ELEVEN people on the reserve this afternoon!! Busiest I've ever seen the place. The bluebells are at their very best and we had marvellous views of Great Spotted Woodpeckers busy foraging for their young.
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Not so busy today in the woods, so I set my camera up on the tripod some way away from a pair of great spotted woodpeckers, and then waited myself an even longer way off with the remote control, so as not to disturb their comings and goings. Pics are heavily cropped due to distance, but I was still pretty pleased with them.
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Old Monday 27th May 2013, 20:08   #29
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Great pics John and brill technique.
That tree looks unique - mind you it will be a needle in an haystack to find.
Had a quick 1st visit to look at the lie of the land in Broadmoor Wood - does not look as ancient as this one but there seemed more visible birds.Only took a (too) small lens camera and no bins and the weather was dull and windy.
Putting some pics on it's thread soon.

Hope to have a visit this week.
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"I am very fond of Beaconwood and the area around the bridleway up to Beacon Lane and Monument Lane."......lifted from Broadmoor thread from John......

When I was there some time ago one evening I was passed by a biker 1/2 way around....when I got to exit he came back down the hill and asked if there was a way out at the top as he thought it could be a way home from work for him.

He must have looked at a map and seen a way straight through.
Is there one ?
If I had known there was one I would have not let him know as I do not think bikes should be encouraged and also should he be a member to go in here.

I see on the trusts map of the area there is Chadwick wood north of Beaconwood and connected by what looks like a planted section.....I know the house by the Monument Lane /Beacon Hill junc has a large garden and it's probably theirs....but is Chadwick as well.
Does the Bridleway go through any of these areas ?

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"I am very fond of Beaconwood and the area around the bridleway up to Beacon Lane and Monument Lane."......lifted from Broadmoor thread from John......

When I was there some time ago one evening I was passed by a biker 1/2 way around....when I got to exit he came back down the hill and asked if there was a way out at the top as he thought it could be a way home from work for him.

He must have looked at a map and seen a way straight through.
Is there one ?
If I had known there was one I would have not let him know as I do not think bikes should be encouraged and also should he be a member to go in here.

I see on the trusts map of the area there is Chadwick wood north of Beaconwood and connected by what looks like a planted section.....I know the house by the Monument Lane /Beacon Hill junc has a large garden and it's probably theirs....but is Chadwick as well.
Does the Bridleway go through any of these areas ?

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The Bridleway doesn't go through the reserve, it runs from the road up past the entrance to Beaconwood, right past Winsel Cottage and then through a gate and on past Beacon Farm and on to Beacon Lane, running close to the South side of the reserve much of the way. It is heavily used by horses as evidenced by the hoof prints, mostly from Beacon Farm I suspect.
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A few photos from today:

1. & 2. Greater Stitchwort
3. Male Green Veined White on Jack-by-the-hedge
4. Couldn't resist another pic of the male GSW
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Keith, I've seen those as I pass that field every day. You are right about the Buzzard I've seen him sitting to the left of the field and also right next to the slip road.

Field also attracts plenty of gulls in certain weeks with the tip being very close. Well worth keeping an eye out.
...........and yesterday there were about 100 Gulls...large ones with Adult and Young ones just sitting enjoying the sun about 2pm.

Today I thought they would be gone as it was raining hard and I saw about 20 flying over the motorway as I approached junc 4 from services.
But as the field came into view they looked to be many more today...still sitting in weather only suitable for ducks...lol
Can't stop on the bypass and to wet to park up and walk but there could be some interesting ones in there if anyone is local enough to look when the weather clears.

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Dad (johnlayj) and I took a walk around the reserve today. It started slowly. There was a very cold patch down near the drainage pool.

Roe deer

Blue Tit, Great tit, Coal Tit, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard,
Goldcrest, Redwing, Blackbird, Wren, Treecreeper,
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Magpie, Jay,
Robin, Carrion Crow
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Chinese Water Deer

A quiet evening from the point of view of bird sightings, but as the sun was setting, a fox ran out of the undergrowth chased purposefully by this deer. I have frequently seen Roe Deer at Beacon Wood, but I am advised that this is a Muntjac

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A quiet evening from the point of view of bird sightings, but as the sun was setting, a fox ran out of the undergrowth chased purposefully by this deer. I have frequently seen Roe Deer at Beacon Wood, but I believe this is a Chinese Water Deer.
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Good capture John...and I see the bluebells are doing well.
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3 Fox cubs play fighting in the field as I waited at lights on Junc 4 of M5....I was turning towards Rubery and they were in and out of hedge below bypass.
!st baby foxes I have ever seen.
Hope they dont try and cross bypass or M5.
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2 Kestrel over exit slip road (M5 j4) and field ...3.15pm
Also 3 Buzzard over Alvechurch Highway same time.......also had one in tree on left just past the last house yesterday...it was being "looked after " by a Magpie until it annoyed it too much and it swooped low over the field.Looked like it perched on or around the waterworks structure.
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I visited the reserve for the first time since Summer earlier.
As usual, I saw noone and the paths are lightly worn. Several trees have lost limbs, one or two trees have fallen, probably due to the New Year storms.
Highlights for me today included 2 muntjac deer, and a tree with a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and 3 treecreepers on it all at the same time!
Photo is the view from the edge of the wood looking up to Stock Hill - one of my favourite glades in the county.
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Finding out about the reserve

I’ve been interested for some time about what the Winsel meant and where it officially becomes Beaconwood. The trust page says Beaconwood was cleared and replanted with oak 120 years ago and the Winsel was planted around 1930. This website has a 1921 map that therefore locates ‘the Winsel’ before plantation.

On the map:
A - The Winsel: Using an old English translator I think Winsel might come from Winn (pasture) and sel (good or healthy). Today this is the area where you enter the reserve and the north-facing slope which goes down to the drainage pool.
B – Beaconwood: The part of the reserve with all the bluebells and oaks.

In hindsight this boundary makes sense because the habitat and bird species change at that point (generally from garden birds to woodland specialists). However, please do correct me if I’m wrong!
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I can't id this call. Yesterday on the path between 'The Great Oak' and 'The Great Elm'. It's probably something very common, but I don't know this one!

Could anyone help?
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I cant hear most birdcalls and could only make out the cars.....
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I cant hear most birdcalls and could only make out the cars.....
Sorry for the poor sound quality Keith, can't be helped. The only recording device I had was the voice recorder on my phone. The bird first calls 4 seconds in, the first few seconds are just the A38 and M5 rumbling in the background. Thanks for taking the time to listen to it
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I can't id this call. Yesterday on the path between 'The Great Oak' and 'The Great Elm'. It's probably something very common, but I don't know this one!

Could anyone help?
JTB has come back to me and says general consensus is Great Tit. Thought it'd be a common bird making an odd noise! Thanks John
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Sorry for the poor sound quality Keith, can't be helped. The only recording device I had was the voice recorder on my phone. The bird first calls 4 seconds in, the first few seconds are just the A38 and M5 rumbling in the background. Thanks for taking the time to listen to it
Thats O.K. James.....I find this reserve really heavy going as I can only hear the cars......most bird calls are too high for me to hear.
Glad someone is visiting here as it looks a great place for Redstarts and Flycatchers...
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After deciding to visit more frequently this year, I have visited the reserve 6 times since the New Year.

I have recorded the following...
at least 5 times:
Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Wren, Goldfinch, Carrion Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Woodpigeon, Redwing, Nuthatch, L-T Tit, Jay, Black Headed Gull, Goldcrest
4 times:
Treecreeper, Magpie, Jackdaw
Fewer:
Coal Tit (3), Kestrel (2), Dunnock (2), Raven (1), Mallard (1), Herring Gull (1), Green Woodpecker (1)
Mammals:
Roe Deer (on 3 visits), Fox (once), Muntjac (once)


A greater quantity of data allows for some analysis
> 1. No Sparrows, Chaffinches, Bullfinches, etc, although this is not uncommon for the area
> 2. Only 2 Dunnocks recorded, each time by the gate at the entrance. I wonder why the Winsel scrub habitat isn't favoured by Dunnocks, a species which is widespread in the area?
> 3. Treecreeper, which I am certain must be resident, is not easy to spot and often requires careful scanning of the oak canopy to find.

Overall an enjoyable reserve to visit and has lots of potential. Bluebells growing quickly, but no sign of flowers just yet
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Pictures in the snow from yesterday:

The birds were very active and viewable, but the light was too poor for anything better than record shots.
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Another visit today. Quite a different dynamic to previous visits.

No Redwing, no Goldcrest and only one Great Spotted Woodpecker. Lots of Grey Squirrels (usually very few) and the deer are growing antlers. Bluebells are coming on. Daffodils beginning to flower. Generally far more Spring and less Winter. Hopefully the projected bad weather this weekend won't do too much damage.

Pictures show daffodils on the grassy finger from the private house, and a shot of the bluebells from near the Great Elm.
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