A quieter day for me yesterday with only a couple of hours up at Fens Pools from 7-9 and an hour down the canal to Wordsley with the Dog from 2-3. The routine of pounding the same sites without producing anything new needs a couple of days elsewhere before focusing once again on local 'notspots'. I spent a much-needed few hours sorting out a new batch of Red wine to ferment and moving 2x25L batches to the next phase - i use single variety 10L concentrate kits with excellent results at 2 quid a Litre
I could also do with a break from seeing what is becoming depressingly common road litter. With an eye for these sort of things i have noticed some subtle changes in the composition of the discarded detritus that the anti-social scumbags that use our roads see fit to deposit for all to see like their own version of a gamekeepers gibbet! We have a newly-opened McD's and KFC on Stourbridge ring road. Since their opening you will find on the major routes out to Kidderminster and Hagley for upto 2 or 3 miles discarded packaging - not the best adverts for these junk-food outlets..... Due to their closure, unfortunately only temporarily, this distinctive rubbish has now been replaced with disposable gloves, wet wipes and face masks
These will be from the same people who just do not give a toss. The mentality is the same just a different product. Some of them will be the same idiots that put their Dog crap in plastic bags and hang it on the fences around the Hagley Fields - a level of idiocy that plumbs new depths. Also of note is a distinct lack of those little Silver metal capsules that druggy Chav drivers are addicted to. I am sure a Social Psychologist could explain all this but in the meantime i followed one bloke back from the fields a while ago and handed them back to him with a warning that i would puncture his car tyres the next time
Rant over - on my 9 mile pre-breakfast session all 3 Warblers were present en-route. Blackcaps were the most vocal with Chiffchaffs and a couple of Willow Warblers supporting. This probably reflects the levels of what is passing thru each day with birds moving on fairly quickly in the current favourable conditions. From my mental notebook it is noticeable, certainly for me around here, that Willow Warblers are very prominent this year. Fens Pools were breezy and cool to begin so i dropped down to the shelter of the Top Pools for an hour. About 50 large gulls were present most were preening and bathing, the usual mix of mainly LBB's but a few Herring and a couple of BHG's - the GBB's that are present during the Winter are absent presumably off to the coast to breed - hence 'maritimus'... A quick scan over the Middle Pool revealed a solitary Sandpiper, no not a.....
but the first Spring wader for me at the site a Common feeding at the far end. On my way around for a closer look i bumped into a local who was desperate to socialise which means that by the time i got there it had gone
A quick look at the Merry Hill Ravens as the male returned with a full crop and although i stopped my bike about 300 yards away he still did not go back but alighted nearby before giving a low trill and flying off to a pylon about half a mile away.
Off at 7 this morning over to Gothersley and the Navigation heronry and try to pick up some new species in different habitats.
Good birding -
Attached: some wood offcuts painted by local children that were by a bridge at the Delph canal and more male Raven stuff.