Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Kings Norton Nature Reserve

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 5 votes, 5.00 average.
Old Monday 18th November 2013, 12:00   #51
lesser kestrel
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: warwickshire
Posts: 220
Only a couple bramblings yesterday. They're with a small flock of chaffinches.
lesser kestrel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 18th November 2013, 13:02   #52
DaveJones
Registered User
 
DaveJones's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Deepest Brum
Posts: 562
Quote:
Originally Posted by lesser kestrel View Post
Only a couple bramblings yesterday. They're with a small flock of chaffinches.

Is that the Church at Rose Hill?
__________________
Hundred and so and so, so far, but hey..who cares! 2019
DaveJones is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 18th November 2013, 22:05   #53
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
I know last year you could park in Twatling road opp the cemetery and they were in the trees and on the ground.
Suppose they forage around in all the trees around there and up into Warren Lane by the Church as well.
Keith
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 18th November 2013, 23:23   #54
lesser kestrel
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: warwickshire
Posts: 220
That's the place.
Unfortunately a lot of beech and larch trees have been felled.




Quote:
Originally Posted by keithr View Post
I know last year you could park in Twatling road opp the cemetery and they were in the trees and on the ground.

Keith
lesser kestrel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 10:15   #55
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Thursday 21st....had to pick up something at the docs in Wychall lane so had an half hour spare before getting off to work so popped over to Meercroft to see if any of the Goosanders were still there.....there were 4 to start off and were down to 2 but they were back to 4 again ...all female still.
The Kingfisher looks to be a regular visitor as well....always hiding in the mass of branches at the north end....as is the Heron as well.
Others there were...
10 B.H.gulls
3 Tufted
Coot
Moorhen
Mallards
and a 1st for me here ...a Male Sparrowhawk hiding in the branches above where the Kingfisher goes.Could be a colourful pic there some time....

Keith
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 210 055.jpg LOW.jpg
Views:	103
Size:	339.5 KB
ID:	473615  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 210 018.jpg low.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	356.3 KB
ID:	473617  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 210 051.jpg low.jpg
Views:	98
Size:	386.7 KB
ID:	473618  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 210 066.jpg low.jpg
Views:	90
Size:	355.8 KB
ID:	473620  

Last edited by keithr : Friday 22nd November 2013 at 10:18.
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 10:23   #56
DaveJones
Registered User
 
DaveJones's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Deepest Brum
Posts: 562
What Lens are you using for those shots?
__________________
Hundred and so and so, so far, but hey..who cares! 2019
DaveJones is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 10:52   #57
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveJones View Post
What Lens are you using for those shots?
Hi Dave....Its the Canon EF 400 prime ..no I.S. on a 7D.
Handheld...well apart from wedging it it a tree fork....he he.
Keith

Last edited by keithr : Friday 22nd November 2013 at 10:58.
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 11:07   #58
DaveJones
Registered User
 
DaveJones's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Deepest Brum
Posts: 562
Sharpness is good.

Everytime i go here to photograph them, they are well to distant, even with my Sigma!
__________________
Hundred and so and so, so far, but hey..who cares! 2019
DaveJones is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 11:24   #59
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Have you got the Bigma.....these as you can see were in the area to the right ...about as close as you can get.....my problem with this place is the light.I have never been happy with any shot from here.The males are a complete nightmare ...black and white is a real no no. (see 1st post on here).

Don't know if you know Pete Walkden - another local birder - he has taken a few snaps here as well. (500mm)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/petewalkden/

Keith
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 11:34   #60
DaveJones
Registered User
 
DaveJones's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Deepest Brum
Posts: 562
Yeah, the lighting is pretty harsh. Took around 200 snaps of them last week whilst they were diving and preening around the fishing platform. One or two were ok for record shots, but the rest binned!

Is there any access to the far bank, behind the houses?
__________________
Hundred and so and so, so far, but hey..who cares! 2019
DaveJones is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 14:09   #61
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Only if you know someone in the houses.
I have seen some people doing maintenance to the trees on the north end...where King goes.....not sure if we are allowed there but no fence etc stopping you.Entry is from the little pool area opposite old horse meadow.
Will ask someone on the facebook page....
Keith
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 15:07   #62
rollingthunder
Registered User
 
rollingthunder's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: stourbridge west midlands
Posts: 4,386
Sharpness is great, you can't beat birding by the Severn

Laurie
__________________
Chance favours the prepared mind
rollingthunder is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 22nd November 2013, 19:34   #63
zomerset
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Birmingham
Posts: 1,666
Quote:
Originally Posted by keithr View Post
Thursday 21st....had to pick up something at the docs in Wychall lane so had an half hour spare before getting off to work so popped over to Meercroft to see if any of the Goosanders were still there.....there were 4 to start off and were down to 2 but they were back to 4 again ...all female still.
The Kingfisher looks to be a regular visitor as well....always hiding in the mass of branches at the north end....as is the Heron as well.
Others there were...
10 B.H.gulls
3 Tufted
Coot
Moorhen
Mallards
and a 1st for me here ...a Male Sparrowhawk hiding in the branches above where the Kingfisher goes.Could be a colourful pic there some time....

Keith
Nice one Keith - I will have to stop by and see if I get lucky!!
zomerset is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 24th November 2013, 21:46   #64
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
After seeing my 1st ever Scaup on Bartley Resa this morning I also got a 1st at Meercroft ...a Little Grebe.
There were also 5 Goosander ..up by one...no Males yet.
The BHGulls numbers were up as well..to 30.
Sit quietly amongst the sparse foliage near the waters edge and everything comes to give you the once over.
Coot and Gulls come within feet.The Gulls doing the "shadowing" of the Coot to try and pinch a meal,and end up squabbling with each each other.
The Little Grebe finally caught a fish and then took so long to eat it that a Moorhen started towards it and alerted a Gull which made a grab...The Grebe dived but the Gull got hold of something.when the Grebe surfaced some distance away it did not have the fish anymore.
Also a BLACK CAT staked out the possibility of a meal by sitting in amongst the low branches.

Keith

1...LIttle fisher....
2 and 3...Close Coots.
4 and 5...Shadowing Gulls
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 162.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	324.7 KB
ID:	473894  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 061 low.jpg
Views:	83
Size:	452.5 KB
ID:	473895  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 062 low.jpg
Views:	84
Size:	317.7 KB
ID:	473896  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 068 low.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	408.6 KB
ID:	473897  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 066 low.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	289.4 KB
ID:	473898  


Last edited by keithr : Sunday 24th November 2013 at 21:50.
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 24th November 2013, 21:48   #65
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
And some more.......
Keith

1 and 2..More Goosanders...
3 and 4...Watch out !!!
5...Just before the Cat showed up.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 056 low.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	385.6 KB
ID:	473899  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 058 low.jpg
Views:	83
Size:	331.9 KB
ID:	473900  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 086 low.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	383.5 KB
ID:	473901  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 087 low.jpg
Views:	90
Size:	399.8 KB
ID:	473903  Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 212 085.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	338.1 KB
ID:	473908  


Last edited by keithr : Sunday 24th November 2013 at 21:57.
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 26th November 2013, 22:41   #66
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveJones View Post
Yeah, the lighting is pretty harsh. Took around 200 snaps of them last week whilst they were diving and preening around the fishing platform. One or two were ok for record shots, but the rest binned!

Is there any access to the far bank, behind the houses?
Hi Dave ...I have received this answer Re:the access around Meercroft.....

"There is no public access to that side flanked by the houses along Meadow Hill Road. In addition, access along the dam is only encouraged to the point where the Friends have constructed a fence, although I note that at present the fence does not prevent access beyond it - the Friends need to do some repair work! "


Keith
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 27th November 2013, 08:55   #67
DaveJones
Registered User
 
DaveJones's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Deepest Brum
Posts: 562
Quote:
Originally Posted by keithr View Post
Hi Dave ...I have received this answer Re:the access around Meercroft.....

"There is no public access to that side flanked by the houses along Meadow Hill Road. In addition, access along the dam is only encouraged to the point where the Friends have constructed a fence, although I note that at present the fence does not prevent access beyond it - the Friends need to do some repair work! "


Keith


Nice one Kieth

Long range shots it is then
__________________
Hundred and so and so, so far, but hey..who cares! 2019
DaveJones is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 27th November 2013, 15:51   #68
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveJones View Post
Nice one Kieth

Long range shots it is then
.....now if I could just get hold of one of them boats from Bittell........


Keith
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 27th November 2013, 18:27   #69
lesser kestrel
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: warwickshire
Posts: 220
Dunno whether you check the Worcs Birding web site but 15 crossbills on the Lickeys by the Visitors Centre and 30 brambling by the cemetery on Twatling Road.
lesser kestrel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 27th November 2013, 19:18   #70
DaveJones
Registered User
 
DaveJones's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Deepest Brum
Posts: 562
Quote:
Originally Posted by lesser kestrel View Post
Dunno whether you check the Worcs Birding web site but 15 crossbills on the Lickeys by the Visitors Centre and 30 brambling by the cemetery on Twatling Road.


Just need a few two-barred and Parrot's to jion them
__________________
Hundred and so and so, so far, but hey..who cares! 2019
DaveJones is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 27th November 2013, 20:47   #71
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by lesser kestrel View Post
Dunno whether you check the Worcs Birding web site but 15 crossbills on the Lickeys by the Visitors Centre and 30 brambling by the cemetery on Twatling Road.
Yes I saw it on the Birding in Worcestershire thread from DISCORS.....bloody work means I cant do any spotting this week.....

Keith
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 7th December 2013, 04:52   #72
zomerset
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Birmingham
Posts: 1,666
Quote:
Originally Posted by keithr View Post
Hi Jason....I knew you would see this......

The pic was at 12.16 pm.....but it was already in the bush I think when I got there (1/2 hour before)....and it jumped up into the branches just after and I did not see it come out.
It's a terrible place to get near anything though.....lots of tangled branches so short of hacking everything down and putting up a perch I will have to have a think about getting some better stuff.

Keith

heres the un cropped image.....
Hi Keith, I finally stopped by and took a look, saw the female goosander, actually your earlier photo of male goosander helped me identify some I've seen on a Selly Oak pond. Still not 100% sure as it seems to be all males together. On the subject of kingfisher finally got another really bad photo of my Essex kingfisher;
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread....21#post2883521
zomerset is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 8th December 2013, 22:31   #73
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Popped in to Meercroft today then off to the Resa and River.
Eventually managed to get 8 Gossander at one time.....they kept hiding around the island at times.
A Jay almost landed on my head as I hid in the leafless branches and one of the Herons was keeping an eye on me from the island tree.
BHGulls were up to about 30 still and keeping everything on its toes.

Over at the Resa the water is really really low and nothing on it apart from a Heron at the back of the reeds.
Lots of Long Tailed and Blue Tits in the bushes in front of Resa as was a Wren
As always plenty of Blackbirds,Crows and Magpie about.

Keith
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Canon 219 005.jpg low.jpg
Views:	77
Size:	339.1 KB
ID:	475587  
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 9th December 2013, 18:46   #74
zomerset
Registered User

 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Birmingham
Posts: 1,666
Quote:
Originally Posted by keithr View Post
Popped in to Meercroft today then off to the Resa and River.
Eventually managed to get 8 Gossander at one time.....they kept hiding around the island at times.
A Jay almost landed on my head as I hid in the leafless branches and one of the Herons was keeping an eye on me from the island tree.
BHGulls were up to about 30 still and keeping everything on its toes.

Over at the Resa the water is really really low and nothing on it apart from a Heron at the back of the reeds.
Lots of Long Tailed and Blue Tits in the bushes in front of Resa as was a Wren
As always plenty of Blackbirds,Crows and Magpie about.

Keith
Hi Keith,
When I go from Meercroft to the Resa, I always check out the Rea. There's that Brook that flows down from the Resa sluice and where that meets the Rear, I've seen a kingfisher, quite a few times. Fishing on a block in the Rea. I think looking for fish that go up the slower brook. I've also seen it fly up that brook, stop on the sluice and then go up and over to the Resa. I saw male Goosander on the Selly Oak model boating pond / Valley Parkway. Didn't know what they were until I saw your photo on the Meercroft thread.
zomerset is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 9th December 2013, 20:08   #75
keithr
Relapsus resurgam
 
keithr's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: West Heath Birmingham U.K.
Posts: 2,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by zomerset View Post
Hi Keith,
When I go from Meercroft to the Resa, I always check out the Rea. There's that Brook that flows down from the Resa sluice and where that meets the Rear, I've seen a kingfisher, quite a few times. Fishing on a block in the Rea. I think looking for fish that go up the slower brook. I've also seen it fly up that brook, stop on the sluice and then go up and over to the Resa. I saw male Goosander on the Selly Oak model boating pond / Valley Parkway. Didn't know what they were until I saw your photo on the Meercroft thread.
Hi Jason.....cant believe there was a Goosander on this pond...if its the one I think as they are so shy...especially the Males I find.

Is this the place....http://www.bournville-mypb-club.org.uk/when.html
Keith
keithr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Merecroft Pool, Kings Norton wmtlynx West Midlands 2 Thursday 23rd February 2012 09:52
Rodley Nature Reserve tba20042003 Yorkshire 3 Wednesday 19th May 2010 15:03
Nature Reserve Help Soph Say Hello 6 Thursday 3rd July 2008 06:22
New Nature Reserve Soapy Birds & Birding 5 Tuesday 19th August 2003 12:44
First day at Nature Reserve........ El Annie Birds & Birding 7 Friday 25th October 2002 20:05



Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.25717711 seconds with 38 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 12:11.