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Old Thursday 7th April 2016, 12:59   #151
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Male Redstart singing and flycatching in the south east corner of the top pool at 13.40. Also Swallow, Blackcap, Willow Warbler.
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Old Friday 8th April 2016, 13:17   #152
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Male Redstart again in the south east corner of the top pool at 13.45, with three male Reed Buntings. Also at least four Willow Warblers round the pool, and a pair of Shovelers, possibly the same pair that were at Netherton reservoir first thing this morning.
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Old Friday 8th April 2016, 17:59   #153
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Little grebe on the middle pool this morning.
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Old Tuesday 12th April 2016, 13:14   #154
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I thought with all the Wheatears being reported this morning I'd see if I could find one at lunchtime. Found a male Wheatear on the bank on the south side of Middle Pool at 13.20. That's a site tick for me. There are also a lot of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs round the pools, felt like there was one in every bush. No hirundines though.
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Old Sunday 17th April 2016, 08:51   #155
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Garden Warbler along Broadwaters, 6 Sand Martins feeding above Fens Pool.
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Old Monday 18th April 2016, 05:37   #156
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Ca1130 yesterday - cool conditions but almost no wind, no hirundines noted at all. A sprinkling of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap but no other species seen or heard. It did yield a year tick in the form of 3 Common Sandpipers on the Middle Pool The Top (Fens) Pool has now refilled following seasonal guidelines from the worlds most wildlife and customer unfriendly organisation: The Canal and River (un)Trust - this is in accordance with making bodies of water unattractive to passage waders whilst harassaing continuous cruisers on the local canals themselves......... #rantover

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Old Monday 3rd October 2016, 05:28   #157
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4 female-type shoveler and 2 eclipse-type Pintail on Fens Top Pool ystda along with a few calling Chiffchaff and a few flyover Redwing.

I only gave it 45 minutes as half a dozen local scramblers thought they were at Cradley Speedway. They kept to the cinder tracks but it's not the sort of background noise i want and thus i left early. There is NO warden presence at the weekends now which sends out the wrong message and spoils it for anybody else wanting to use the place

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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 14:00   #158
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I only live five minutes away but this is only the second time I have visited this site due to its nefarious reputation.
In the hour or so I was there I had the following species -
BHG,Blackbird,Blue Tit,Bullfinch,Carrion Crow,Coot,Cormorant,Goldfinch,GBBG,Great Crested Grebe,Great Spotted Woodpecker,Great Tit,Green Woodpecker,LBBG,Little Grebe,Magpie,Mallard,Moorhen,Pheasant,Robin,
Tufted Duck,Wood Pigeon,Yellow Legged Gull.
Bumped into Saltwells Birder who added Teal and Water Rail to the days list.
Not bad for a winters day in suburban birding hotspot that is Brierley Hill
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Old Friday 27th January 2017, 19:56   #159
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Had a stroll around today, nothing special, couple of Bullfinches and a nice flock of Long tailed Tits. Good to see someone is keeping the feeders going
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Old Sunday 12th March 2017, 00:18   #160
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Chiffchat and Whitethroat this mrning
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Old Saturday 8th April 2017, 12:10   #161
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6 Blackcaps in the bushes by the units at the top of Fens Pool. The beach around, which, is developing well. Motor bikes out early this morning before 8.
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Old Wednesday 4th July 2018, 12:01   #162
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It is over a year since any information has been put on this thread which is a testimony of sorts i suppose

People too busy checking their phones and the internet for other peoples birds, i don't know why i bother as nobody says hello to you anyway - this is why i post local stuff on Twitter rather than on BF now.....

Anyway as there are now returning waders coming thru the region i have been checking several local 'notspots' rather than the easy-peasy honeypots. The water levels are higher than i thought they would be at Fens Pools but the middle has some good edge, the bits that haven't got a cluster of Deliverance County locals overnight fishing to make them too tired to look for any work! And obviously the discarded beer tins.

Shit people drop shit and are shit but here are 3 Little Ringed Plovers i found this morning feeding in a Morroco-style tip habitat - the crap has been cropped

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Old Thursday 12th July 2018, 07:12   #163
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Spent a couple of hours ystda morning with only a Common Sandpiper of note on the Top Pool. A pair of GCGrebes have had a second brood with several small stripey young being carried on the back of an adult plus a late Willow Warbler in song.

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Old Tuesday 17th July 2018, 05:17   #164
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There was still a Common Sandpiper bombing around the To Pool early Sunday morning when i bumped into Todd Chater c/w Springer We then had nice views of a passing juvenile Hobby that was being mobbed by a party of about 30 feeding Swifts. The previous day Todd had had a Common Tern which didnt appear to be present the next day.....

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Today approx. 1pm. 10 Tree Sparrows in trees by the path down to Wide-waters. Male Goosander on Middle Pool. 5 Pochard on Fens Pool.
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10 Tree Sparrows is a notable record

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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 06:55   #167
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In addition to good numbers of Tufted Duck 10 Pochard and 2 pairs of Gadwall are currently present as per Todd Chater. There are also usually a decent range of large Gulls present and can include GBBs into double figures so its worth popping in if anybody is passing.

I recorded my first Cuckoo in the West Midands for 20 years on a May morning 2 years ago and jammed in on a Yellow-browed Warbler found by Todd a couple of Autumns ago.....

Since the passing of both Eric Phillips and more recently Tony Pritchard the only birder i ever bump into is Todd. It would be nice if people that are active there, if there are any, would put stuff on here in addition to just texting each other. Its ironic that in a time where communication has never been more widespread certain aspects of birding have got more insular imo.

It is forecast a nice bright day today so i shall cycle up for a couple of hours with scope and camera etc

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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 13:07   #168
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My first visit this year from 11-1230 in quite a biting breeze which moderated by the time i got back.

BHGs total about 150.
LBBs just into double figures.
HGs about 4 in total.
Tufted Duck ca100 with 80 on the top (Fens) pool.
Pochard - i counted 9 (7m2f) but there might be a couple more.
Gadwall - 2 pairs.
Reed Bunting - 2 female type.

Attached - Pochard n Gadwall.

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A Jack Snipe flushed along with a female Teal as per Todd Chater ystda on the Top Pool. Still 10 Pochard but only 2m Gadwall noted, 4 GBBG present

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Todd reports 90% freeze on Fens Pools with little open water in the centre but that means Gulls congregate and yesterday produced no less than 9 GBBs i dont know the ages but nearly double figures is worth a look

Traditionally Netherton Razzer is the last to freeze over as it is the deepest in the immediate area so a visit during these sort of conditions is a must so if you are passing.....

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Old Saturday 2nd February 2019, 06:56   #171
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Todd Chater reports at 1pm ystda -

Ca350 large Gulls inc 8 GBB’s and and adult YLG and the Pochard have increased to 16.
If there is not a cold wind like yesterday i will endeavour to cycle up to Netherton Razzer and round to Fens Pools about midday

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Sat 2nd Feb.

A quick mooch up to Netherton Razzer which was ice free and held about 30 large Gulls mainly LBBs.

An hour and a half over at Fens Pools chatting to somebody i hadnt seen for years - local birder of 60 years covering the pools Brian Marsh

He regaled me with talk of both Bonxie and Long-tailed Skua there the latter possibly the only record for the region? Also him and a mate (he was 12) finding a nest by the Grove pool in a Hawthorn. The nest contained 2 eggs and neither had a clue. Brian turned around when he heard an alarm call to be face to face with a male Red-backed Shrike This was 1964 one year after the oft-quoted last pair of breeding brds in Doultons claypit in 63.....

Fens Pool/Top Pool was the only one with open water, ca50%, and any birds.
About 100 large Gulls had congregated and appeared to be shunning the only 2 goodies, adults each of GBBG and YLGull which obligingly posed for the attached picture

Tip: check isolated Gull in a group it is sometimes the notable species.

The Common Gull seen by Todd Chater earlier on wasnt present. Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Teal, Tufted and Mallard were present plus 2x Buzzard and a Sprawk.

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Sunday 3rd Feb.

An hour and a half pottering about.
Estimated 150 large Gulls on Fens and Middle Pool with a single 1w GBB on Fens and an adult YLG on the Middle giving very close views - 3 pics attached.

No sign of the Common Gull but it has been clocked today (4th) by Todd

Much milder today and for the rest of the week albeit a few spots but i've had enough of hard weather...

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An hour or so up there ystda proved very quiet indeed with large Gulls just about into double figures, no GBB noted, and a total of about 250 BHG on all 3 pools which was about the same number on the Golden Puddle at Withymoor... There was still a dozen or so Pochard skulking under the scrub and both GC and Little Grebe were starting to vocalize

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Adult Yellow-legged Gull and a.....Waxwing reported yesterday.

Considering the paucity of Waxwings this Winter its a nice record and only the 2nd local one i have heard.

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