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Arrow Valley Lake and Park (Redditch)

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Old Sunday 31st March 2013, 14:21   #51
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Sounds like you copped a local superstar !! I've never seen a sign to stay you can't pass any where. I only drop in like you did yourself. Keep posting the pics as they are brilliant.
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Old Sunday 31st March 2013, 20:00   #52
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Hi Neil/Keith,

It is correct that you shouldn't venture past the entrance to the pools. The road leading up towards the farm is not actually a public road, it gives access to the industrial/office units next to the farm, and is also used by the farmer to access his fields.

The sign referred to by the chap Keith met has been damaged (if not knocked down) by the lorries bringing material for the works going on at the moment so may not be obvious.

I'm not sure what will happen with the access as and when the works have finished. The previous fishery manager was happy to give permission to visit provided there was no conflict with the anglers. Not sure what the position will be with guy who is having all the work done, but there was no problem last year - although I only saw him once.

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Old Friday 5th April 2013, 20:47   #53
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Stopped in at the north of park on way to work. At the fisheries there was 2 Oystercatcher, Grey Heron and two nice fly passes by a Raven and Curlew.
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Old Saturday 6th April 2013, 09:13   #54
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The lake was very quiet in terms of wildfowl, Greylags were only species above average numbers.

5 Herons looking settled around the nests. Superb Kingfisher flew underneath me when stood on small bridge on East woodland path. Nuthatches very vocal.

Picked up 2 Treecreeper for first time on west side of park.

Species count for year :- 56
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Old Saturday 6th April 2013, 22:07   #55
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A tentative quick visit today up to the fish ponds which are still in construction....
Loads of Starling and a few Fieldfare along with Crows -Chaffinch and Tits in fields just before ponds....for some reason they ALL took flight ,never to return.Could not see any reason though.
5 Tufted and 2 Coot (3 with me) on one of the ponds with a few Pied wags as well.
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Old Sunday 7th April 2013, 20:35   #56
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Beautiful shot Keith.
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Old Wednesday 10th April 2013, 20:36   #57
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4 Chiffchaff and 4 Goosander at Arrow Valley this morning (Jenny Renowden).
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Old Wednesday 10th April 2013, 20:52   #58
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Nice one Matt, thanks.
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Old Sunday 14th April 2013, 12:47   #59
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Cracking circuit around the lake and park early this morning.

Highlights were :- 5 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Housemartin, 3 Swallows, 6 Sandmartin.

Then drove to Lower Moor but fisherman had beat me to ponds so nothing was about except 6 Lapwing in ploughed field. After passing the turning for the golf course heading towards the Milestone pub there were 2 Red Legged Partridge by side of the road.
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Old Sunday 14th April 2013, 17:05   #60
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Interesting that you had good numbers of Chiffs and WW. Along a section of the Arrow near Alcester yesterday I had 12 Chiffs & 2 WWs in an hour! Unprecedented numbers. Maybe the use the river every year as a route to summer quarters, and it's just that they've all arrived together this year.
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Old Sunday 14th April 2013, 18:31   #61
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Have you had many Blackcaps as I haven't seen any as yet on park but there were reported to me as I walked around today. Hopefully catch them next time.
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Old Monday 15th April 2013, 18:05   #62
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Have you had many Blackcaps as I haven't seen any as yet on park but there were reported to me as I walked around today. Hopefully catch them next time.
No summer ones yet. The overwinterers in the garden only left Friday night!
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Old Monday 15th April 2013, 20:22   #63
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Marked increase in Sandmartins tonight. Great to be out in the sunshine of an evening watching them with Swallows.
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Old Sunday 21st April 2013, 08:20   #64
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First Blackcap this morning (Battens Drive end), a few Common Whitethroats, brief appearance of Sand Martins with 2 Swallows. Heron chicks are starting to pop their heads up out of the nest (right hand one on large island). Best of all was the first Reed Warbler of the year (Reedbed next to the visitor centre).
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2 Whimbrel were reported from AVL today briefly early morning.
Typical I was just down the road (asleep may I add )
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Thanks for updates - I ended up at Upton. Gutted to miss Whimbrel but great to hear of some nice birds arriving and passing through.
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Old Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 19:46   #67
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Pair of Redstarts in meadows this morning. Fantastic views seen by myself and two other local birders. Just hope they stay around for a while.

Looked to be at least 4 Heron chicks on the nests. Plenty of normal woodland birds along east path.
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Old Tuesday 30th April 2013, 20:58   #68
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Warblers and other birders on the increase. Great to see more people dropping in.

Garden Warbler, Common Sand (D.Jackson), 17 Grey Heron (Young now fishing around the lake), Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats. Oystercatcher again reported earlier in week on main island.
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2 Oystercatchers were at Arrow Valley on April 29th (Jenny Renowden).


Are they resident or just occurring much more frequently at AV this year?
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Tough call, they seem to be around early a number of times each week but couldn't be guaranteed. About time you had a Tern influx ?
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Old Monday 6th May 2013, 21:36   #71
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2 Common Tern and 2 Wheatears by Fisheries this morning also treated to a fly past by a Curlew.

Down at the Lake the heronry was as busy as always. 1 Common Sand was about on east side and had a Stock Dove for the first time.
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Old Tuesday 7th May 2013, 15:28   #72
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Tough call, they seem to be around early a number of times each week but couldn't be guaranteed. About time you had a Tern influx ?
It is. Perhaps tomorrow with the forecast rain?
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Two broods of Greylag Geese at AV on May 9th (Jenny Renowden).
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Sorry for the late post Neil,

Last Sunday Male Yellowhammer between the meadow and the bottom end of the lake. Thought worth posting as a local birder told me he has never seen one around the park. Will post photo if I can find out how.
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Red face

Here's the picture. Not brilliant at this size
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