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Old Saturday 18th August 2007, 13:04   #51
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Thanks guys. I would also love a wetlands patch (I have been to Beddington Sewage Faarm which is three miles away but it is harder to get to). But I am quite content with Nonsuch.
I would also be content with Nonsuch David

I have just had a quick look at your Website, and Blog! They look very good David, I shall return to them later and have a good read.
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Hi I'm going to try and post some pictures here from this morning's dog walk. Not great pictures, I've deleted a few but here are the best ones.Click image for larger version

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I've named one picture Swallow run because as I stood on the footpath, swallows were flying up and down the lane passing within a foot or two of my head and legs. A nice experience.
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You do yourself an injustice Chris...they are great pictures and thanks for showing us your dog walk patch It looks a lovely place !
I bet your dog get's plenty of walks having such beautiful lanes to walk down!
Can I be your dog walker please
Swallow run sounds perfect after the encounter you had with the Swallows, how exciting that must have been to have them flying by so closely!


Thanks for sharing your walk Chris and I hope you didn't get too wet, it is chucking it down here.
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This morning I had a flock of lark sparrows in my yard!

this spring there were only about five sparrows and now theres over 20! theyre happy little mating machines I'm glad though, because the lark sparrows are getting threatened by loss of habitat in both SA and USA. I wish the dickcissels would build a nest (they probablky have but i havent noticed an increase in theire numbers) and the bobwhites. Also theres an adorable juv mockingbird hanging out in our backyard, and thte barn swallows dont fancy him much! they keep divebombing him!
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Hi David,
I hope you are having a good day and better weather than we are at present..rain all day long here!!

What super birds you have visit your backyard! That is good news with the Lark Sparrows too I have just googled all of your birds and I must say they are super looking birds!

That juvenile Mockingbird will soon get his own back when he matures though won't he, I have just read that they will attack or feign diving attacks on both domestic and wild felines, canines, crows and other birds, as well as humans who venture too close to their nest!!! You keep well away David!

Thanks for sharing your backyard news with us all!
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Just found this thread...great idea Pam.
My local reserve, of which I am a subscription paying Friend, is Rodley Nature Reserve. This is a former water treatment facility (sewage farm) that was converted to a nature reserve in the very late 90's. I don't get down there as often as I would wish as my day off no longer coincides with the day during the week when it is open. Weekends are difficult as I work Saturday and Sunday is usually spent with Sheila.
The road across the top of the first pic is the entrance road and the works you can see are still in use by Yorkshire Water, but the lower part of the pic is all reserve. There are now several ponds for dragonflies etc, which don't show as the picture is an old one from google earth.
They get surprisingly good birds at the reserve, including a spotted crake one year! It's one of the best places I know in the area for common gull, good for gt spot woodpecker and sparrowhawk. Excellent for whitethroat, chiffchaff and bullfinch and if you can remember the kingfisher I had for an avatar...I took the photo on the reserve.
I've also added some views of the main areas as marked on the map.
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That juvenile Mockingbird will soon get his own back when he matures though won't he, I have just read that they will attack or feign diving attacks on both domestic and wild felines, canines, crows and other birds, as well as humans who venture too close to their nest!!! You keep well away David!
Yup, ive learned to keep away! my 20 pounder maine coon cat had the top of his head pecked off all the way down to his skull (literally!! ) and we had a lot of trouble fixing him up.
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Just found this thread...great idea Pam.
My local reserve, of which I am a subscription paying Friend, is Rodley Nature Reserve. This is a former water treatment facility (sewage farm) that was converted to a nature reserve in the very late 90's. I don't get down there as often as I would wish as my day off no longer coincides with the day during the week when it is open. Weekends are difficult as I work Saturday and Sunday is usually spent with Sheila.
The road across the top of the first pic is the entrance road and the works you can see are still in use by Yorkshire Water, but the lower part of the pic is all reserve. There are now several ponds for dragonflies etc, which don't show as the picture is an old one from google earth.
They get surprisingly good birds at the reserve, including a spotted crake one year! It's one of the best places I know in the area for common gull, good for gt spot woodpecker and sparrowhawk. Excellent for whitethroat, chiffchaff and bullfinch and if you can remember the kingfisher I had for an avatar...I took the photo on the reserve.
I've also added some views of the main areas as marked on the map.
your patch looks wonderful, and sound wonderful too!
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Thanks keith. Your reserve looks and sounds really good! Thanks for the pics and description of the reserve, some good birds you have there too! I do remember your Kingfisher Avatar, perhaps you should reinstate it to compliment your post!

I hope you will enjoy reading through the posts and links Keith, they are all brill!
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Yup, ive learned to keep away! my 20 pounder maine coon cat had the top of his head pecked off all the way down to his skull (literally!! ) and we had a lot of trouble fixing him up.
Awgh David, the poor cat Hope he has fully recovered.
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I know Pam, I've had a good look through them...really enjoying this thread
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I know Pam, I've had a good look through them...really enjoying this thread
We have had a varied selection haven't we Keith, it makes for good reading! I am so pleased you are enjoying it!
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Caught up at last . This was a really good idea for a thread Pam, its great to see where everyone does their birding and learn a bit about the areas too, accompanied by some lovely photos.



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Yesterday (Sunday) I visited another local reserve. Saltwells Nature Reserve.
http://www.dudley.gov.uk/environment...nature-reserve

The morning started off dull and dry but soon deteriorated to drizzle and then heavier rain! Undeterred I spent a good couple of hours walking through the woods, Doulton's Claypit and back again through the woods to the reservoir,then a walk back via another route through the woods! Very pleasant indeed. I shall certainly keep this reserve noted in my diary for the arrival of the Bluebells, although I will more than likely make this reserve a regular feature as the ever changing seasons bring new and exciting Flora and Fauna.

Photos 1 & 2 are of Doulton's Claypit, showing the outcrops of the Lower Carboniferous coals and clays. Photo 3 shows the small stream flowing through the woods. Photo 4 shows the reed bed in Doulton's Claypit, where I will hopefully find plenty of Odonata next year!
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Lol Good to see your going to stick in with the odonata next year Pam!!!

Looks a real nice area. I can just see you tip toeing across those tree trunks so as not to get the feet wet!
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Lol Good to see your going to stick in with the odonata next year Pam!!!

Looks a real nice area. I can just see you tip toeing across those tree trunks so as not to get the feet wet!
Ha ha!!! That is the best laugh I have had all day Brian.....as if I would even attempt to cross the stream there! No, the photo was taken on the narrow but perfectly adequate bridge!

I am definately sticking with my favourite new word Odonata, Brian
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Hi Pam
That's a nice looking reserve,and an interesting history too!
Love the Bluebell wood and the cliffs
Great pics, thanks
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Hi Pam,
I love your pics and all the info about another of your reserves this time in Dudley.....(sorry I can't say Dudley withoout practising my Brummie accent !!)
I bet it will look stunning next May when the Bluebells will be out.....you must return and take some pics!
The little bridge reminds me of the Pooh stick bridge....did you play?
This thread is filling up nicely with everyones patches,well done all they are great to see!
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That's a nice looking reserve,and an interesting history too!
Love the Bluebell wood and the cliffs
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Thanks Tony! There were loads of Damson and Apple trees loaded with fruit along the pathway of the edge of the woods, I may go back for a few damsons
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I love your pics and all the info about another of your reserves this time in Dudley.....(sorry I can't say Dudley withoout practising my Brummie accent !!)
I bet it will look stunning next May when the Bluebells will be out.....you must return and take some pics!
The little bridge reminds me of the Pooh stick bridge....did you play?
This thread is filling up nicely with everyones patches,well done all they are great to see!
Think of Lenny Henry saying Dudley, he was born there! I am a Brummie, so I cannot help with the accent
I certainly will take some pics of the Bluebells...should be quite a sight! I didn't have time to play, Ruth...I was too busy looking for the Flora,perhaps next time!

Agreed Ruth, the patches are great to see!!! Thanks everyone!

ps: I forgot to say in my post that 6 Green Sandpipers were reported at Upton Warren on Sunday......I missed them! Oh well perhaps next weekend they may still be there Seems as though it was a G.Sandpiper weekend!
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I promised to add something, so here it is. These are a few pics of my very local patch, that is, where I walk from home without needing the car. Hope to pop to Sutton Bingham later in the week, so will add that as and when. This area really is just countryside, there's no reserve or SSI, simply mixed farming.
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Lovely pics Pam and Wendy. That's not just countryside, Wendy! It is soooo pretty.
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I promised to add something, so here it is. These are a few pics of my very local patch, that is, where I walk from home without needing the car. Hope to pop to Sutton Bingham later in the week, so will add that as and when. This area really is just countryside, there's no reserve or SSI, simply mixed farming.
Thank you very much Wendy for the information and photos! It really looks a lovely place for your local patch. I would say mixed farming is a bonus for the wildlife you have in your area .You chose well when you decided to settle there Wendy!

Looking forward now to seeing and hearing about Sutton Bingham, I hope you have a sunny day when you go! Enjoy!
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They are really beautiful pics Wendy.....puts me in mind of Hardy's Wessex!
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Sutton Bingham.

At last, I managed an hour at SB reservoir. I've posted pictures before of some of the frequent residents, so I'll stick to location today. Not sure what the flowers are, but they look very crocus-like and I wonder if someone has planted them in the grass.

The birds and other wildlife do have to share their body of water with the sailing club and fishermen, but usually it is a very quiet and peaceful location.

You can see more at http://www.geocities.com/suttonbingham/ but be aware that the site has not been updated for more than a year! It's the best that I can find!
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Well having just had a walk locally I kinda almost wished I had had a digi camera with me so I could have up loaded the mas of Amphibious Bistort on the lake. It looked wonderful in the sun.

I thought Wendys flower looked like Soapwort, but see that is a tall plant so must be wrong.
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