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Old Saturday 14th July 2018, 21:17   #876
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Early morning the Kingfisher along the River Cole.
I checked out the River Rea in the afternoon not expecting to see much. Then in the distance I saw a bird flying along the top of the water, it looked like a Kingfisher. Then I caught up with it and it flew from the side. Then finally I saw it's blue colour. That's about 3 months since I've seen a Kingfisher along this stretch. On my way back there was a Little Egret.
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Old Sunday 15th July 2018, 20:32   #877
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Kingfisher on the River Cole.
I thought I best check the Bourn Brook but no KF but small fish, Heron & a Grey Wagtail.
Still small fish in Manor Farm lake inlet & the Bourn.
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Old Monday 16th July 2018, 20:28   #878
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After the Kingfisher at Trittiford, a Kingfisher, River Cole, Babbs Mill with Little Egrets, Herons, Buzzard, Starlings, Sparrows. 1000s of tiny fish in the Cole, then KF size and too big for Heron.
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Old Saturday 21st July 2018, 20:00   #879
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It was good today to see four Kingfisher fledge along the River Cole.
The first one was out at 6.25 AM, the final fourth one at 7.35.
They hung about with the parents bringing them fish.
My first experience of four hanging about having only seen the odd one before.
One by one they disappeared into the bushes & trees.
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Old Sunday 22nd July 2018, 22:47   #880
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The Kingfisher on the Cole.
Not that many fish on the Bourn Brook but good to see some tiny fish fry and a Stickleback fanning & protecting it's nest by the blue bridge. Also fish & fry by the roundabout where the Kingfisher used to fish for them.
Then Nuthatch in the usual spot & Greenfinch by the roundabout.
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Old Sunday 29th July 2018, 22:11   #881
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The usual KF on the River Cole.
None on the Rea, Bourn Brook or Bourn but KF fish, the most in the Bourn.
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Old Saturday 4th August 2018, 20:57   #882
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The usual Kingfisher on the Cole.
Then finally another Kingfisher on the River Tame, Spaghetti jn. Not sure if it's a resident or a fly through.
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Old Monday 6th August 2018, 20:44   #883
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Yesterday the Kingfisher on the River Cole.
Good news in general for Kingfisher after a difficult spring, I note on Twitter several Midlands Kingfisher reports.
I checked on BTO and for a second time this summer Kingfisher sightings have increased. Though not to the higher historical levels.
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Old Saturday 11th August 2018, 22:43   #884
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After the Kingfishers on the River Cole, I was not going to check the Rea. Good job I did though as the Kingfisher was there. It called a couple times but not full calls. That's 3 weeks since I saw one last here. I'll have to start looking closer and good if a regular is back.
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Old Sunday 19th August 2018, 20:34   #885
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As on the Trittiford thread, the Kingfisher was present, Friday, Saturday and today.
The Kingfisher was on the River Rea, Selly Park yesterday evening at the good old, nest one location. At first it was in the river on some rocks, it then flew to a branch over the river. This Kingfisher does not fly off that far. It was also seen by Andy on Twitter at Ten Acres.
Good news today, again on Twitter, Trevor Jones saw a Kingfisher back on the Bourn at Bournville Valley parkway boating pond. The first since the beast from the east. Great!
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Old Saturday 25th August 2018, 21:24   #886
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After the Kingfisher at the River Cole,
Juvenile Tufted Ducks at Manor Farm Park.
House Martins over Valley Parkway boating pond.
Swallows over Woodgate Valley horse paddock.
The most fish in the Bourn but no KF.
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Old Sunday 26th August 2018, 21:03   #887
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River Cole this morning on the River Cole, Trittiford.

This afternoon a real surprise. The heavy rain made the Bourn Brook fast and brown.
I did not expect to see anything.
Then a Grey Wagtail was on a branch trying to feed on debri in the brook.
As I was looking at the Grey Wagtail, I saw something quickly fly past in the distance across the brook.
I thought I knew what it might be.
So I took a closer look and much to my surprise a Kingfisher flew out and off down the brook.
My first on the Bourn Brook for over 4 months.
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Kingfisher this morning flew past a Little Egret calling on the River Cole down from Trittiford.
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Old Tuesday 28th August 2018, 20:30   #889
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After the Trittiford Kingfisher I stopped at Henley in Arden and there was a Kingfisher on the river behind the High St.
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Old Saturday 1st September 2018, 14:59   #890
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BITTELL....MILL SHRUB.....2pm...

Crept past the white posts in the car and spied a KINGFISHER through the hedge....parked up and ran back with camera.
Slowly inched forward as they soon see you and go.....could see it through a tiny hole in hedge and got a few clean shots.....another local chap saw me and i showed him before it flew off....
It is a juvenile so either one has moved in the area or a pair have bred here...hope its the latter as the years weather looked to have really messed them about.
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BITTELL....MILL SHRUB.....2pm...
Crept past the white posts in the car and spied a KINGFISHER through the hedge....parked up and ran back with camera.
Slowly inched forward as they soon see you and go.....could see it through a tiny hole in hedge and got a few clean shots.....another local chap saw me and i showed him before it flew off....
It is a juvenile so either one has moved in the area or a pair have bred here...hope its the latter as the years weather looked to have really messed them about.
Nice one Keith!
Yes apart from the River Cole at Trittiford they are difficult to find.
There was one along the River Rea late afternoon, it was quite loud as it's call echoed off the brick wall. Also a Little Egret.
Lots of fish in the Bourn, Bourn Brook and River Rea.
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Old Sunday 2nd September 2018, 20:55   #893
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River Cole, Birmingham;
I learnt how to get the Kingfisher photo and remembered to use camouflage from the trees lol
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There were also a pair of Bullfinch.

The Little Egrets must still be roosting in Bournville as 3 flew over early this morning.
They are probably in Woodbrooke.
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So what an afternoon!
The Kingfisher are back lol!
After the regulars along the River Cole I checked out the Bourn Brook. The brook looked perfect, clear with fish of course. So I thought sooner or later a Kingfisher will fly past. Then next minute the Kingfisher flew past lol. I then found it further up the brook.
Then I thought I would check out the Bourn, Bournville.
I ran past the Valley Parkway boating pond which had some House Martins over it. Then through Bournville park. Then at Cadburys, I stopped to look at the pool where the Bourn goes under the buildings. I then looked up the brook and there was a Kingfisher sat there.
The first time I've ever seen one there and in Cadburys.
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Another good Kingfisher day!
After the River Cole, a Kingfisher on the River Rea.
Then late afternoon, 2 chasing along the Bourn Brook.
Then on Twitter, a Kingfisher on the Bourn at Bournville Valley parkway boating pond.
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I was at the Bourn, Valley Parkway at first light.
2 Kingfisher went past calling.
The scores on the doors now are;
River Rea 5, Bourn 4, Bourn Brook 3; new sightings.
River Cole Kingfisher still bringing in the fish.
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After the River Cole Kingfisher a Kingfisher on the Bourn Brook. Finally back at the blue bridge.
Further along loads of fish where the Bourn Brook joins the Rea.
Reports on twitter of a Kingfisher at Woodbrooke like I thought.
Then a Kingfisher on the Stratford Canal at King's Norton from Rob Strong.
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The Kingfisher on the River Cole bringing in the fish.
Little Egret and also one on the River Rea.
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After the River Cole Kingfisher, the Kingfisher was along the Bourn Brook. It emerged from the tree hidden Valley section before the blue bridge. It went up the brook inlet junction. That's the 5th time I've seen it and on quite a short section of the brook. That makes it easier to find but it has to emerge from the tree hidden vValley.

Then later on the River Rea, the Kingfisher gave a loud call as it went past.
That's the 6th time I've seen one now back on the Rea.
I think it was heading to Canon Hil park which means it's range might be longer than I thought.
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With the nice weather yesterday and Monday it was good to check out the usual Kingfisher haunts;
Kingfisher present at;
River Cole, Trittiford
River Cole, Babbs Mill - the third time in the same location on as many visits.
Kingshurst Brook lake, Meriden Park - funny there were plenty of fish at the outflow. I said to myself a Kingfisher should be here and then one appeared.
I finally found the real location where the River Rea joins the River Tame but it's hidden by brambles to view. But much to my surprise a Kingfisher called & then flew into view and then another one called. The first one then flew all the way back to Spaghetti Junction & disappeared high up at the nesting bank location.
Having seen 2 Kingfisher chasing on the Bourn Brook, I thought I best check out Woodgate Valley.
And surprise, surprise the Kingfisher was on the brook near the blvd road on the return track where Heron sometime frequent.
Always difficult to find so good to see one here.
There were Grey Wagtails at all these locations.
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