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Old Thursday 9th January 2020, 16:09   #176
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Take care at Bartley as there are some dodgy people around and if you leave your car for a walk always scan around your car before you return to it in case anyone is hiding behind .
Thanks for the heads up. I always view from the car and only spend around 30 minutes there as aside from the gull roost you can view pretty much everything on there in that time.

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Old Thursday 9th January 2020, 18:12   #177
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Thanks for the heads up. I always view from the car and only spend around 30 minutes there as aside from the gull roost you can view pretty much everything on there in that time.

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In the big field on the far side of the reservoir from school at the right time of year you can get some good birds either breeding or passing through : stonechat, whinchat, yellow wag, wheatear, gropper, willow warb , redstart, reed bunting, whitethroat and lesser, even barn owl .There used to be little owl by Frankley church but not for about 6 or 7 years now.
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Old Saturday 1st February 2020, 12:27   #178
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In the big field on the far side of the reservoir from school at the right time of year you can get some good birds either breeding or passing through : stonechat, whinchat, yellow wag, wheatear, gropper, willow warb , redstart, reed bunting, whitethroat and lesser, even barn owl .There used to be little owl by Frankley church but not for about 6 or 7 years now.
Green sandpiper on the flooded field behind Frankley church, nr to the Waterworks and adjacent building site . Wellingtons essential.

Red kite today over the paddocks at Woodgate Valley ,plus peregrine,grey wag.
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Green sandpiper on the flooded field behind Frankley church, nr to the Waterworks and adjacent building site . Wellingtons essential.

Red kite today over the paddocks at Woodgate Valley ,plus peregrine,grey wag.
Someone working inside Frankley Waterworks has informed me of two water pipits there last week. Obviously this is of no use to outsiders like myself who will never get to see them but it is interesting to know what turns up on private sites.
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Juvenile Iceland Gull seen twice in recent days at Bartley Reservoir.
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Juvenile Iceland Gull seen twice in recent days at Bartley Reservoir.
Green sand and grey wag on the flood btwn Frankley church and the waterworks. A common sand has been seen in the area recently.
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Green sand and grey wag on the flood btwn Frankley church and the waterworks. A common sand has been seen in the area recently.
Green sand again nr . church but no sign of common sand. Juv Iceland gull flew in to the res about 5.15 and was immediately chased round by the other gulls.
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Green sand again nr . church but no sign of common sand. Juv Iceland gull flew in to the res about 5.15 and was immediately chased round by the other gulls.
Firecrest seen last Wednesday along the Harborne Walkway lower path nr. the brook between Gillhurst Rd and the back gate of the WMBC reserve. Today (11/3) it was showing well above the tunnel where the Chad Brook goes under Gillhurst Rd. Also along this stretch; pr. grey wagtail, pr treecreeper, a number of goldcrests, LTTs, nuthatch nest building, pr. buzzards overhead, GSW ,tits,robins,blackbirds etc.
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Great find Keith - hope all is well with you and yours?
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Great find Keith - hope all is well with you and yours?
Having failed to connect with common sand, LRP and yesterday's avocet on my previous daily jaunts to Bartley , today I picked up a couple of reed buntings and my first whitethroat of the year.
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Having failed to connect with common sand, LRP and yesterday's avocet on my previous daily jaunts to Bartley , today I picked up a couple of reed buntings and my first whitethroat of the year.
After a very small passage of black terns and little gulls across the UK in the last two days I visited Bartley but it was not to be, but did pick up LRP on the ramp plus song thrush x2, whitethroat x2, willow warbler, male sparrowhawk ,reed bunting, swallow and a few of the regular gulls.
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After a very small passage of black terns and little gulls across the UK in the last two days I visited Bartley but it was not to be, but did pick up LRP on the ramp plus song thrush x2, whitethroat x2, willow warbler, male sparrowhawk ,reed bunting, swallow and a few of the regular gulls.
Had another daily exercise walk along the south side of Bartley and the only new birds were a pair of shoveler and a singing lesser whitethroat. Also 6x whitethroat singing, song thrush, 4 x reed bunting, 2x willow warbler, chiffchaff, house sparrows nest building, kestrel, several prs of gt. crested grebe, a pair of mallard with chicks, 2 wheatear nr. Frankley church plus grey wag, pied wag, pheasant, fem yellowhammer ,goldfinches, swallows and housemartins.
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Had another daily exercise walk along the south side of Bartley and the only new birds were a pair of shoveler and a singing lesser whitethroat. Also 6x whitethroat singing, song thrush, 4 x reed bunting, 2x willow warbler, chiffchaff, house sparrows nest building, kestrel, several prs of gt. crested grebe, a pair of mallard with chicks, 2 wheatear nr. Frankley church plus grey wag, pied wag, pheasant, fem yellowhammer ,goldfinches, swallows and housemartins.
Hobby over the SE side of Bartley this evening.
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Not sure if this is the right place for this..
A couple of weeks back I saw a dark brown bird by the front of the church, flying away from the pond in the field. It had a white rump and shortish tail. It flew low and was sized between a blackbird and thrush. I’ve looked online and the closest to it I’ve found is a dipper, but they don’t have a white rump.
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Sounds like a house Martin?

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Thank you Julie. It could have been a House Martin. I didnít notice any darker blue, it looked more brown, Iíll have to keep my eyes open incase I see it again
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Thank you Julie. It could have been a House Martin. I didnít notice any darker blue, it looked more brown, Iíll have to keep my eyes open incase I see it again
Green sandpiper.
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Green sandpiper.
Yes this is it! The size is right, I must have mistaken the legs for tail feathers as it was flying off.
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Green Sand and they frequently call when flying off - very distinct, go on xeno-canto and have a listen

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Green Sand and they frequently call when flying off - very distinct, go on xeno-canto and have a listen

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Thank you, will do.
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Dusk walk yesterday
Lots of swifts
Male bullfinch

This Morning
I startled a small deer, probably a muntjac, as I walked through bushes around the edge of res. Only saw hooves and tail as it disappeared.
Saw what I think could have been a nightingale, struggling to find a closer match in my books and online. I got a good look, small slender pale breast, no markings. Pale brown back and wings.

Cormorant flying over water then On platform showing off its wings.

Nightjar in Bromwich Wood, flew up from clearing by badger sets.
Disappointed that I don’t have binoculars as I would have got a much better look!
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Both Nightingale and Nightjar would be very unusual sightings.
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Both Nightingale and Nightjar would be very unusual sightings.
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