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Old Tuesday 18th February 2020, 05:26   #1
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Hello from the Warbler Capital of the World!

Hello!

Planning a first time, work-related trip to London and Birmingham in late May.

I have been a “serious” birder (if there is such a thing) for about 5-6 years. I, like most birders, immediately start investigating local species/targets whenever traveling. My only other trip outside of the US has been a too-short Peru trip for birding tour guides. I have led tours around the US - the hotspots, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, California, and mostly in my home state of Ohio.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to visit Birmingham during the UK Games Expo (work), and look forward to seeing a number of new species. I have only just started researching, but targets so far are Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker. I believe those are the only two realistic possibilities from my favorite family of birds...

I look forward to reading about the birding in the area. Let me know if any of you have visited Ohio or plan to! It’s a wonderful destination in the spring - The Warbler Capital of the World!

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Old Tuesday 18th February 2020, 05:40   #2
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Welcome to Birdforum RB, hopefully someone from the Birmingham area will give you a few tips to help you see some of our European birds, not sure whether Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is a possibility in that area. Good luck anyhow
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Old Tuesday 18th February 2020, 06:24   #3
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Hello

Will you have any days off work? if so how many days off?
Or will this just be birding before/after work?
Where in B'ham / London will you be staying?


A couple of starters for you, both of which should be accessible on public transport and would give a few hours interest. I'm not local to either so I am sure others will give more suggestions too:

London:
https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london/

B'ham:
https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and...ndwell-valley/
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Old Tuesday 18th February 2020, 07:38   #4
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This may be useful too:

https://londonbirders.fandom.com/wik...Bird_Club_Wiki
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Hi RB and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

For information about places to visit, you could try looking at some of our articles in The Opus. Here's a link to some sites in London.

Then there are various options for the Birmingham area, depending where you are based: Birmingham is in Warwickshire, and a region known as West Midlands

Birmingham covers a large area so it might be worth posting in the Local Patch section for the Midlands for some specific information and advice, depending whereabouts you will actually be based.

I hope this helps gets your research started, but don't be afraid to come back for some more help if you need to.
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Hi and warm welcomes to BirdForum. I hope you will enjoy it here.
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Wow!! Thank you for all of the thoughtful replies! Will be back here later today to read more closely and reply.

Thank you!
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Welcome to Birdforum! I'm sure you'll find lots to interest you here, and I hope you enjoy your visits. Hope you enjoy your trips.
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Thanks, all! Checking out the suggested threads and trying to find out exactly where I will be. I know the Games Expo is near the Birmingham airport. Looking for QUICK trips near there. London dates and availability are still a mystery. ����*♂️
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https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and...ddleton-lakes/

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You may get a better response if you post two new separate threads asking for information for London/ Birmingham in the thread title.

I'm pretty familiar with both cities having lived in both, but never seriously gone birding in either. So the places I've suggested are where I would go if I had 1/2 a day spare or so.

Also - how are you getting from London to B'ham? If you're on train you could stop over in Oxford & do a pleasant walk along the River Thames (e.g. from the railway station walk upstream (north) & you might even get a green woodpecker. You could stop and have lunch at the Trout Inn (popularised in "Morse") and then walk back. You'd see common birds and have a nice day out.

Late May the days are long (e.g gets light at 5ish and dark 9ish) so you should be able to find some time before/after work.

It would really help if you had an idea of where you're staying and how much spare time you have - as I'm sure there are some small places that locals know about.

When I am in central London I go to St James' Park and Regents park for a bit of light birding entertainment. You will find a reasonable number of the common uK birds made a bit more interesting by the wildfowl collections
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