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Old Friday 22nd December 2017, 20:22   #776
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This mornings Kingfishers; the Bourn Valley parkway (sat on the brook next to the pond).
Then finally a Kingfisher on the upper Bourn Brook walkway by the grey footbridge.
They are still working on the flood relief.
I've not seen one recently by the QE island.
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Old Saturday 23rd December 2017, 16:43   #777
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First light at Bournville park, several Robins singing or clicking away.
Then on the Valley Parkway boating pond the Swan took off and had to fly round a few times to get height. It went over my head. Very impressive.
I could hear the Goldfinch.
I could not find the Kingfisher until I spotted it low down by the brook behind a tree stump. In the poor light I could just see the blue stripe down its back. Great!
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Old Sunday 24th December 2017, 18:37   #778
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It was a brighter start to the day at Bournville Valley parkway boating pond and the Kingfisher dazzled me with its blue colours as it flew past along the Bourn.
The Swan was back and a Mistle Thrush was clicking away in the tree.
On the Bourn Brook walkway first there was a Grey Wagtail and then the Kingfisher was perched over the brook in its favourite spot just down from the grey footbridge.
Great!
(I had a GSWP in the back garden and could hear a Green Woodpecker calling in the distance)
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The Kingfisher was on the Bourn first thing this morning. Opposite the Woodbrooke.
The Kingfisher was on the Bourn Brook in the usual spot by the grey bridge. It gave a few calls but was not the typical Kingfisher call. A bit weak sounding.
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Old Tuesday 26th December 2017, 18:30   #780
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First light at Valley Parkway, first the Herons came in.
Then the Kingfisher, it flew along the Bourn bends and gave a call as it went past the Heron on the pond outflow.
It sat in a tree and gave a few calls. Very vocal today. Most I heard it calling.
I thought I would leave it but went back for another look, glad I did as 2 Egrets were next to the Heron on the outflow. But they didn't hang around. In the distance the Kingfisher was still calling. It didn't seem to mind the higher flow or muddy water.

Mid-day I went out for a run along the Wood Brook, Bourn and River Rea to Canon Hill Park.
Plenty of Herons around and good to see the Cormorants at CHP.
The Kingfisher was still on the Bourn and one called on the Rea. (I always struggle to find one when the flow of the Rea is faster and muddy)
Ran back along the Bourn Brook. I got to the New Fosse way/QE island and was surprised to see another Little Egret next to a Heron.
Further up the Bourn Brook the Kingfisher was in the usual spot. It also didn't mind the higher flow and muddy water.
(Run 11 miles in total) Great day!
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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 19:36   #781
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At first light, the Heron was already on the Valley Parkway pond outflow. The Bourn water level was really high, muddy and fast. The highest I have seen it. I was not expecting to find the Kingfisher.
As I went past the Heron I heard the distinctive call of the Kingfisher. I could not see it.
Then as I came back I could just see it checking out branches.
Not sure it could really fish in the very high Bourn.
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 19:07   #782
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At first light I could just see the Heron on the Valley park pond outflow.
Then I saw the dumpy body of the Kingfisher checking out branches.
I left them to it.
With the afternoon sun, I checked again and the Kingfisher was still there on the outflow.
I kept a good distance and got a photo.
It didn't seem to mind me. Great!
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 19:50   #783
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Great pic - I love to hear about your kingfisher seeking exploits!

I have only seen one infrequently on my travels in the Sarehole Mill area, but I think your sightings are the other side of Trittiford Mill from me!
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Old Friday 29th December 2017, 20:37   #784
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Great pic - I love to hear about your kingfisher seeking exploits!
I have only seen one infrequently on my travels in the Sarehole Mill area, but I think your sightings are the other side of Trittiford Mill from me!
Hi Julie, Thanks. A few years back in 2014, just when I started out on my Kingfisher craze lol, the River Cole from Sarehole and past the ford was my first regular early morning haunt for Kingfisher. I remember I used to run along the footpath and the Kingfisher would call from the trees on the left after the ford and fly past me and down the river. It was spring and there were a pair and they probably had a nest in that area, but I was still learning then lol (I still am).
I got my first decent Kingfisher photo's of them as well as following.
They were in the same tree for two days running so the second day I was able to return with my camera and get the photo's.
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My early morning Kingfisher today was the regular one on the Bourn. It made me laugh as normally the Heron is in pole position on the pond outflow. But today the Kingfisher had taken that spot.
Later in the day I saw one in the regular spot at Scribers Lane, Trittiford.
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Old Saturday 30th December 2017, 19:48   #785
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At first light today the Kingfisher again on the Valley Parkway boating pond outflow.
Another photo from Thursday;
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I see on BTO, Stuart saw a Kingfisher at Wychall Res.
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Old Saturday 30th December 2017, 20:41   #786
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I see on BTO, Stuart saw a Kingfisher at Wychall Res.
Great!
I wasn't expecting to find one today, given that the Rea was running high and the colour of milky tea! I actually saw it on a small pool a bit further down the path, near the last bench before the footbridge.

Also 37 Teal down there, 5 Goosander at Merecroft, with a pair of Shoveler and a Little Egret.
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Old Sunday 31st December 2017, 19:10   #787
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Grey Heron and Kingfisher present and correct at the Valley Pool outflow, 3pm this afternoon.
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Old Sunday 31st December 2017, 19:21   #788
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I wasn't expecting to find one today, given that the Rea was running high and the colour of milky tea! I actually saw it on a small pool a bit further down the path, near the last bench before the footbridge.
Also 37 Teal down there, 5 Goosander at Merecroft, with a pair of Shoveler and a Little Egret.
Nice one Stuart! Great to know where the Kingfisher goes to with the muddy water. I can never find one on the Selly Oak section when it's muddy water.
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Old Sunday 31st December 2017, 19:31   #789
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Grey Heron and Kingfisher present and correct at the Valley Pool outflow, 3pm this afternoon.
Hi Rob, which one had pole position next to the outflow? (LOL)
The Kingfisher had it, to itself at first light.

it was good to see two female Goosanders busy diving close to the edge so I could see them at Manor Farm park lake.

There was a female Kingfisher on the upper Bourn Brook early afternoon.
A heron was a short distance away.
A nice male Bullfinch as well.
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Hi Rob, which one had pole position next to the outflow? (LOL)
The Kingfisher had it, to itself at first light.
The Heron was in pole position, with the Kingfisher perched low over the water in a tree a few metres away.

I should try to pop out and do some local sites today at some point, but we've been struck down with the Christmas lurgy - five days and counting - ugh.
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The Heron was in pole position, with the Kingfisher perched low over the water in a tree a few metres away.
Thanks Rob. Hope you all get better soon.

The Kingfisher was on it's own at the pond outflow at first light.
Later at midday I then saw a Kingfisher on the Bourn Brook fly out from the QE roundabout.
Further on there was another one at the Dental Hospital. As it flew past it did a body roll to show it's red chest.
I then checked the Bourn again and noticed the Kingfisher flies between a couple out flow pipes.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/888163...posted-public/
Two Goosander then landed on the boating pond and did some quick fishing they were only there for five minutes. They swam with their heads under the water. I've never seen that before.
I saw one catch a few fish.
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The Bourn Kingfisher was really difficult to find this morning as the light was poor due to the grey skies.
It was close to the brook bank just down from the pond in flow.
It then flew to a tree over the brook.
The clearer water probably gave it a chance to fish over the brook.

Later in the morning I had a look around Elmdon Nature Reserve.
It was a good challenge to find a Kingfisher at a new site to me. I'd seen reports of Kingfisher on BTO.
I thought the brook that runs through the park would be the most likely spot after the lake and sure enough there was a Kingfisher.
A male Goosander on the lake.
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I wasn't expecting to find one today, given that the Rea was running high and the colour of milky tea! I actually saw it on a small pool a bit further down the path, near the last bench before the footbridge.
Hi Stuart, I found the Kingfisher today near where you said on Wychall Reservoir. Thanks.

This morning the Bourn Kingfisher was over a second outflow taking cover from the wind.
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First the Chinn Brook Kingfisher.
Then a Kingfisher on the in flow to the Sarehole Mill pond.
There was a Buzzard low in the trees in Moseley Bog.
Later the Kingfisher was in it's usual place on the upper Bourn Brook, it's now preferring a branch over the brook.
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A miserable day.
On the upper Bourn Brook the Kingfisher was perched over an inlet pipe to the brook.
It was good to find another on an inlet when the brook water was fast and brown.
Last year this patch was a regular haunt for the Kingfisher so good ones hanging in there again this year.
A Grey Wagtail flew past.
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The Bournville Bourn Kingfisher might now be fishing elsewhere.
Not seen it fishing for 2 days.
It flew past this morning calling.
That was 8 weeks in total I saw it along the Bourn including everyday for the last 14 days.
For the majority of those last days it was fishing by the pond outflow or over an inlet to the Bourn.
The Bourn water has been pretty muddy and fast with all the rain.
I shall keep looking.
I presume it's now on the Woodbrooke Lake.
it was good to see it everyday and funny to see if it had pole position next to the outflow instead of the Heron.
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At first light on the Bourn the Heron flew in the same time as I arrived.
It landed directly opposite me on the pond outflow.
But there was no Kingfisher.
So I took a short walk along the Bourn.
As I walked back I heard a few calls that sounded like a Kingfisher.
As I got to the white metal bridge I saw the Kingfisher flying fast along the brook bends.
So I checked out the pond outflow again.
Just as I got to the pond outflow I saw the Kingfisher dive into the water.
Just as it hit the water the Heron moved across the water and tried to stab at the Kingfisher.
It missed of course as the Kingfisher had already flown out of the water and along the brook.
It then flew back to a tree over the brook past the Heron and striked the fish against the tree branch.
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First light the Kingfisher on the Bourn past the pond outflow.
Midday a Kingfisher and 2 Little Egrets on the Hatchford Brook at Elmdon Nature park.
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Finally after all the holiday rain, the water levels were low and the rivers/brooks clear. Great!
This afternoon, a Kingfisher on the River Rea, past Wychall Lane.
Then the Kingfisher on the Bourn and a Pied Wagtail by the Valley Parkway pond.
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On the Bourn Brook by Harborne Lane bridge a pair of Bullfinch, further along a Grey Wagtail.
As I walked back I thought I'd have a closer look just in case, the Bullfinch were still there.
And what flew out of the same tree? Yes a Kingfisher!
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A Kingfisher was back along the River Rea, Selly Park midday.
First time I seen one for a few weeks along this stretch.
Mid morning there were 2 Goosander on the Valley Parkway pond.
I like it how the female looks for fish head down.
I can see they catch minnows in the pond.
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