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Old Sunday 31st December 2017, 14:51   #601
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Made had a trip to jubilee gardens bewdley to see hawfinches ,these birds are usually hard to see in Worcestershire but all you have to do is sit on a park bench and wait. I personally saw 5 but 16 were seen by other observers. While there 2 female goosanders flew south. Went on to visit eyemore wood but drew a blank on crossbillls ,however returning at the top of hill leading down to trimpley resevior a small patch of sunflower /cabbage by a lay-by held chaffinch greenfinch and at least 8 brambling.
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Old Wednesday 10th January 2018, 16:23   #602
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After seeing a couple of reports of Hawfinches at Tardebigge Church, I visited around 10am this morning. The early mist was burning away from the tree tops. Hawfinches in clear view high in the trees between the church and the car park. Occasionally a couple of them would disappear into the Yews to feed, so I didn't get an exact count. I had a maximum of nine birds visible at any one time. Sufficiently stationary that I could get the scope on them.

A couple of record shots attached. The grey blobs in the second photo are all Hawfinches - I reckon there's seven visible in that shot?

Also good numbers of Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch, and a couple of Nuthatches.
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Old Wednesday 21st February 2018, 12:20   #603
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Red Kite over Malvern Hills Science Park just now (c13:10) circling high and heading south.
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Just had a short trip to Hillcourt Farm and Blacklands. 6 pintails :) shelduck, teal and a number of wigeon.

Well worth the visit :)

Struggling with not great campsite wifi!!!!! Will try to upload better pic!
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Back home in Brum - quality of photo not great, but you can see the pintails!
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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 07:21   #606
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Red Kite over the A435 by Coughton Court near Redditch at 07:30 this morning.
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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 07:35   #607
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Two scarce grebes in the county - Black-necked at Westwood Pool and Slavonian at Arrow Valley Lake
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Two scarce grebes in the county - Black-necked at Westwood Pool and Slavonian at Arrow Valley Lake
Slavonian Grebe at Arrow Valley Lake showing well at 11.30 am
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Old Sunday 18th March 2018, 16:20   #609
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Red Kite flew over Salwarpe, just south of Droitwich, heading west early this afternoon
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Red Kite drifted over Aldi in Evesham this morning, heading more or less north.
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Old Sunday 27th May 2018, 19:52   #611
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I read about Nightingales at Croome Park on the internet so thought I would take a visit. It's a National Trust house and park. I asked for directions and was told the wooded area at the far end of the river towards the castle. However as I walked along the footpath next to a cow field/meadow I could hear a Nightingale singing really loudly from a hawthorn bushed, scrub area at the side of the field. So I went in the field to the scrub and listened to Nightingale sing for over half an hour. It wasn't in full song but covered some of the range of Nightingale song, it was pretty loud though which was good. After that I checked the wooded area but could only hear one Nightingale singing quietly in the depth of a scrub area in the wood. Great!
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Old Monday 28th May 2018, 16:23   #612
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Ribbesford wood ,blackcap,chiffchaff, willow warbler, garden warbler, spotted flycatcher, tawny owl and GS woodpecker all seen and heard, I’ll try again tonight for woodcock and nightjar.
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Another visit to Croome park again today. The Nightingales were singing along the wood, near the end of the river. They were not singing that loud or for that long but were right next to the footpath so I could hear them clearly. I saw one of them and it moved quicker than I expected. It would sing for a couple minutes and then call with a high note for a couple minutes and then a low note before singing again. Great!
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Red Kite over the Qinetiq site, Malvern just now - circling low down.
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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 20:19   #615
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A pair of Red-necked Phalarope at Clifton Pits today.
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Black-necked Grebe still @ Tardebigge Reservoir 18.45 at least.
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Bredon Hill

Whilst walking around Bredon Hill yesterday (Monday 20th August) I came across a young bird on the ground. The whiteness of its underparts and the brown on its back and head led me to think Pied Flycatcher. Does anyone know if they are present in the area?

There were also 2 Red Kites in the Eckington area.
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 07:07   #618
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Whilst walking around Bredon Hill yesterday (Monday 20th August) I came across a young bird on the ground. The whiteness of its underparts and the brown on its back and head led me to think Pied Flycatcher. Does anyone know if they are present in the area?

There were also 2 Red Kites in the Eckington area.
Pied Fly could turn up there on passage at this time of year but it would be unusual to see one on the ground - have you ruled out female-type Wheatear? They are a terrestrial species and are regular on Bredon at this time of year.
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Hi Woodchat
Sorry I didn't make myself very clear in the previous post. The young bird was on the ground as though it was being fed by parent birds so it presumably came from a nest nearby. It did not seem capable of flight yet. I was with another birder at the time and we did explore a few other possibilities to Pied Flycatcher. We should have photographed it but the bird looked in distress so we left it alone as soon as we could. I have looked up young wheatear on Google images but the white on the bird's underparts was much whiter than that;almost tree-creeper white if you know what I mean.

It was seen in a wooded section of the walk near Great Comberton.
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Old Sunday 11th November 2018, 05:56   #620
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Saturday morning brambling over Dunley SW calling.
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Old Sunday 11th November 2018, 06:21   #621
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Driving down the A435 in Wythall towards Becketts farm at 4.10pm yesterday afternoon and to my amazement a Swift sp flew across low over the car from left to right heading towards Kings Heath.

Having encountered both Pallid and Common before in the UK unfortunately I couldn't pin the ID down to one or the other as I was driving and the light can play tricks but without doubt it was one or the other.

I'd love to think it was a Pallid but also quite happy to smash my record of a late UK Common Swift by a considerable margin.

The one that got away unfortunately so will leave it as a Swift sp.
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Old Sunday 18th November 2018, 16:08   #622
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Spent a great day birding Worcestershire today.
First, it was a 9am start to arrive at Bredon at 10am to see the adult female Greenland White-Fronted Goose feeding along with 23 Canada Goose.
Then it was off to Clifton where the two redhead Smew were seen, whilst a single Barnacle Goose was amongst the Greylag and Canada Goose flock on the main pit. Other notable birds here were Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Little Egret, Lapwing, Raven, Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit and Skylark.

43 species overall, and 41 at Clifton alone. My first 4 Goose day in the county. It was my first visit to both sites, and Clifton looked a most promising site that I shall surely be back to soon in the future.

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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 14:57   #623
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I have been to Croome many times in the past but have never been birding there before. It was the first time in a while that I took my camera with me.

The bird hide provided great close-up views of Great Tit, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Wren and a very confiding Stock Dove. On the river and lake were Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen. In the parkland was Starling, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush and Redwing.

28 species were seen overall.

Also seen were Fieldfare in a field just outside of Croome, and a Kestrel and the Lapwing flock by Upton Warren on the way home.

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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 15:12   #624
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There's been a Hawfinch at Croome in recent days too Chris.
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Yes Phil we tried around the walled garden area to see if the Hawfinch was around but to no avail.

Below are a few of my pictures from the bird hide yesterday.

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