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Old Monday 11th September 2006, 18:10   #1
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West Midlands/Warwickshire local patches.

I think that us birders who live in the West Midlands/Warwickshire area, which is recognised to be a pretty poor area for birding, need a thread to post on the birds we see so others may also go and see them.
I'll start this off but please post what you have seen in our area.

Brandon Marsh (near Coventry).Monday afternoon (11/09/06) :-

5 Green Sandpipers

9 Common Snipe

2 Stonechats

Spotted Flycatcher

Dunlin

Also an Osprey was seen there Sunday evening catching fish.

At Draycote Water several Black Terns have been seen.

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Old Monday 11th September 2006, 19:59   #2
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Post RFI Birds in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

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I think that us birders who live in the West Midlands/Warwickshire area, which is recognised to be a pretty poor area for birding, need a thread to post on the birds we see so others may also go and see them.
I'll start this off but please post what you have seen in our area.

Brandon Marsh (near Coventry).Monday afternoon (11/09/06) :-

5 Green Sandpipers

9 Common Snipe

2 Stonechats

Spotted Flycatcher

Dunlin

Also an Osprey was seen there Sunday evening catching fish.

At Draycote Water several Black Terns have been seen.

Max.
Do the local birders know what birds I might see at Sutton Park (Sutton Coldfield)tomorrow?
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Old Tuesday 12th September 2006, 08:33   #3
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A Little Egret has been reported at Clayhanger Marsh this morning.

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Old Wednesday 13th September 2006, 07:52   #4
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Yesterday afternoon there was a Hobby at Seeswood Pool,Black Terns at both Shustoke Reservoir and Draycote Water.There was a Med. Gull at Draycote Water.

Anyone heard of anything else in our area?

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Old Wednesday 13th September 2006, 15:59   #5
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I think that us birders who live in the West Midlands/Warwickshire area, which is recognised to be a pretty poor area for birding, need a thread to post on the birds we see so others may also go and see them.
I'll start this off but please post what you have seen in our area.

Brandon Marsh (near Coventry).Monday afternoon (11/09/06) :-

5 Green Sandpipers

9 Common Snipe

2 Stonechats

Spotted Flycatcher

Dunlin

Also an Osprey was seen there Sunday evening catching fish.

At Draycote Water several Black Terns have been seen.

Max.

Hi Senatore,

Great idea, I was wondering if there was a W mids thread to post sightings and exchange info.

I went to Kingsbury Waterpark on sunday (the bird reserve part, not the main park) great views from the hides there. Notable sightings were several snipe, a pair of kingfishers showing really well, 5 gadwall, a few teals and wigeon, hundreds of lapwings and an oystercatcher. Apparently at dusk Little Egrets may come in to roost.

Might go to Belvide on sunday if my permit comes in time.

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Old Wednesday 13th September 2006, 16:10   #6
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Yesterday afternoon there was a Hobby at Seeswood Pool,Black Terns at both Shustoke Reservoir and Draycote Water.There was a Med. Gull at Draycote Water.

Anyone heard of anything else in our area?

Max.

Med Gulls have been spoted fairly recently at Sandwell Valley RSPB recently, though I've yet to see one. Saw the Black-tailed Godwit there 2 weeks ago too, don't know if they've had any more there?

Little Egret also reported at Earlswood Lakes recently too.
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Yesterday 3 Ruddy Shellducks at Ladywalk.

Yesterday 3 Black Terns and a Merlin at Shustoke Res.

Today a Lesser Spotted woodpecker at Seeswood Pool.

Any more anyone?

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Went to Draycote water yesterday- nothing unusual apart from a strange looking goose in among Canada's near the sailing club. White head with distinct two black lines running up the face and down the back of the neck, light grey body and slightly smaller than the Canada geese. Any ideas? Probably an ornamental escapee? I took a photo but unfortunately not digital.
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Yesterday there seemed to be an invasion of Black Terns in our area with 3 at Edgebaston reservoir,25 at Earlswood lakes,28 at Draycote water and 2 at Shushtoke reservoir.

An Arctic Tern was seen at Kingsbury water park.

At the Marsh Lane reserve a Whinchat,a Marsh Tit and a Hobby were seen.

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Old Friday 15th September 2006, 09:34   #10
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There are various groups you can sign up to for the latest sightings:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/warwickbirds/ (bit more lively of late)

and

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/WMBC-WestMidlands/

Check out various web sites for online sightings:

http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/club/hotline.htm

http://www.draycotebirding.co.uk/ (has a sightings page)

http://www.brandonbirding.co.uk/sightings.asp

http://www.warwickshirebirding.co.uk/ (recent reports, but looks like it doesn't get updated anymore)

Apologies for any i've missed.
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Went to Draycote water yesterday- nothing unusual apart from a strange looking goose in among Canada's near the sailing club. White head with distinct two black lines running up the face and down the back of the neck, light grey body and slightly smaller than the Canada geese. Any ideas? Probably an ornamental escapee? I took a photo but unfortunately not digital.
Photo may help? Maybe a bar-headed goose?

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Yesterday :-

Black Terns were at Olton Res. (9) and Shustoke Res. (2)

A Black necked Grebe was at Draycote Water

A Gargeney was at Alvecote Pools

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Old Monday 18th September 2006, 08:10   #13
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Went to my local patch on Sunday morning ( Marsh Lane) and when the fog cleared ,other than the usual Gulls,Lapwings,Geese and Ducks there was very little around.Saw a lone Common Sandpiper and a couple of Common Snipe but nothing else.It has been quiet there for some time now.

This weekend sightings elsewhere included :-

Common Scoter,Garganey, Pintail and Redbreasted Pochard at Alvecote Pools.

Arctic Skua and B/T Godwit at Dracote Water.

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Old Monday 18th September 2006, 15:44   #14
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According to Birdguides Birdmap Glossy Ibis have been spotted at both Swadlincote (Derbys) and Burton upon Trent.
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Old Tuesday 19th September 2006, 08:21   #15
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Yesterday 2 Little Egrets and a Green Sandpiper at Marsh Farm Quarry.The Osprey has visited Brandon Marsh again.

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Went to Brandon Marsh yesterday lunchtime and headed to the path opposite the Wright hide to look for Kingfishers.After 30 minutes of not seeing any I headed back down the path when out of the hedge to the left I heard "Pssssttt Are you after the Osprey?".

I joined this birder at the waters edge and had some great views of a fishing Osprey.To cut a long story short the Osprey gave excellent views for the next 90 minutes as it went fishing over all the lakes on the reserve (see pics below).So go and try for it today!!!!

To put icing on the cake I went to the Carlton hide which was empty and saw a Kingfisher on the pole nearest the hide.I have never seen a KF from this hide before(see pics below).

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Went to Brandon Marsh yesterday lunchtime and headed to the path opposite the Wright hide to look for Kingfishers.After 30 minutes of not seeing any I headed back down the path when out of the hedge to the left I heard "Pssssttt Are you after the Osprey?".

I joined this birder at the waters edge and had some great views of a fishing Osprey.To cut a long story short the Osprey gave excellent views for the next 90 minutes as it went fishing over all the lakes on the reserve (see pics below).So go and try for it today!!!!

To put icing on the cake I went to the Carlton hide which was empty and saw a Kingfisher on the pole nearest the hide.I have never seen a KF from this hide before(see pics below).

Max.
Max,

Why not showcase your Brandon pics on the Brandon Marsh photo gallery

http://www.brandonbirding.co.uk/gallery

or record your Brandon Marsh sightings online at

http://www.brandonbirding.co.uk/sightings.asp

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Is the Osprey still there? I might have to find an excuse to go before the weekend if I can. I've seen the one at Loch Garten and also at Rutland Water, but only perched / chasing off crows.

Looks wonderful :)
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Is the Osprey still there? I might have to find an excuse to go before the weekend if I can. I've seen the one at Loch Garten and also at Rutland Water, but only perched / chasing off crows.

Looks wonderful :)
Seen again today, for latest sightings check out:

http://www.brandonbirding.co.uk/sightings.asp

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Wryneck in Solihull

I notice on todays Birdguides Birdmap that a Wryneck was spotted in Solihull - could anyone give me any info on the location as I work in Solihull and could pop down tommorrow to see if its still around? PMs welcome, this would be a lifer for me
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Also a Great Skua spotted at Sandwell Valley :)
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I notice on todays Birdguides Birdmap that a Wryneck was spotted in Solihull - could anyone give me any info on the location as I work in Solihull and could pop down tommorrow to see if its still around? PMs welcome, this would be a lifer for me
The location is the carpark of the National Motorcycle Museum on the M42/A45 roundabout. I got there at 6.30pm and was greeted with long faces. I was told no one who arrived after the message was put out had seen the bird or the finder.

Its a big area and even when I got there the light was fading fast, so the bird may have gone to roost. It may be worth a look in the morning, if you go good luck.

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Thanks for the location, Paul. Sorry to hear you didn't see the bird. Unfortunately, the location sounds a bit unaccessible to me during working hours as I don't drive. Will see if my partner can drive me there if the bird shows again :)
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Max,

Why not showcase your Brandon pics on the Brandon Marsh photo gallery

http://www.brandonbirding.co.uk/gallery

or record your Brandon Marsh sightings online at

http://www.brandonbirding.co.uk/sightings.asp

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Hi Jeff,
Never thought to do that with the pics.Might well do.Won't the sightings be allready reported by others?

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Went to Brandon Marsh again yesterday afternoon.Did not see the Osprey again but it had been seen in the morning.The Kingfisher(s) were showing very well again on the poles in front of the Carlton hide.

Other sites:- Yesterday a Little Egret at Fishers Mill pit

The Wryneck has been seen at the Motor Cycle Carpark on the A45 again this morning.

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