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Old Sunday 21st January 2018, 09:07   #1
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Birds in Fernhill Heath

Being new to this part of Worcester (since May) I have been delighted with the bird species in both my garden and within a 5 mile walk. Notables in the garden since the New Year have been a Brambling. Lesser Redpoll and Siskin and a Stonechat in the fields nearby. Anybody else local fancy exploring the vicinity. 45 species seen in the garden since May and counting. Regards Dave
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Old Sunday 21st January 2018, 13:47   #2
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Welcome to birdforum Dave.
45 species is an impressive count for a garden in your first 6 months. If you have specific locations to recommend that'd be great, else if I'm in the area I'll report back on what I see in Fernhill Heath generally on this thread

Local reserves where you could meet like-minded birders are:
1. Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve, Upton Warren
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Two sides: one with saline water and the other with fresh water. 7 hides. Whooper Swan currently at the Moors and a Barn Owl at the Flashes. Entry free for Wildlife Trust members or 3 if not. If you haven't been it's well worth the trip.
2. Grimley Brick Pits, Grimley, Worcester
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A number of pools and habitats publicly viewable from the riverside footpath.

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Old Monday 22nd January 2018, 07:40   #3
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Yes, welcome to Birdforum.

Fernhill Heath is just a stone's throw from Porter's Mill / Tapenhall area.

During passage periods, this area can produce Whinchat, Wheatear, Tree pipit, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat and Yellow Wagtail. There is a good selection of breeding warblers and, in a good year, Grasshopper Warbler may be present. Little Egret are quite frequent and occasional species include Red Kite, Lapwing, Common Tern, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Curlew and, exceptionally, Osprey and Merlin.

Mandarin Ducks are sometimes found in this area as well as Little Grebes and Little Owls are often present (bred successfully last year). Kingfishers and Grey Wagtails are frequent along the canal and river.

Many of the usual farmland species are present - Yellowhammer, Skylark etc. and Meadow Pipits outside the breeding season.

In late August 2004, a Wryneck was present in a garden at Dane's Green, Claines, for a few days.

All the best and good birding.
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Old Sunday 4th February 2018, 08:20   #4
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Hi

Hi Dave , I'm Phil I live around the corner in Dilmore Lane. It would be nice to meet up .
As you say a good variety of birds in the neighbourhood. Male Stonechat showing well yesterday at the bottom of the lane with plenty of finches ,meadow pips etc
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Old Sunday 11th February 2018, 18:19   #5
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Thanks for the welcome...just trying to manage my way around the site. Dave
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Old Tuesday 6th March 2018, 10:11   #6
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A good flock of Yellowhammer 10 + (several males) on bottom hedgerow of field between Dilmore lane and Jacobs Ladder. Also Skylarks, Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipits.
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Old Wednesday 4th April 2018, 20:45   #7
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Red kite between Six Ways and Hindlip Police HQ this morning.
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Old Monday 16th April 2018, 16:25   #8
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Red Kite over Dilmore Avenue/Cresswell Close. Drifting towards Hindlip.
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Red Kite over Dilmore Avenue/Cresswell Close. Drifting towards Hindlip.
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A very poor record shot of Saturday's Red kite attached - taken on my phone. I can't remember the last Red Kite I saw perched in a tree - probably in Wales about 10 years ago.
Potentially a bird from the same family group as Dave's in Coney.
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