This weeks sightings from the hide thanks to facebook -
BLACK HEADED GULL, BLACKBIRD, BUZZARD, CANADA GOOSE, CARRION CROW,
CHAFFINCH, COMMON TERN, COOT, DUNLIN, GADWELL, GOLD FINCH,
GREAT CRESTED GREBE, GREY HERON, HERRING GULL, HOUSE MARTIN
JAY, KESTREL, LAPWING, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, LINNET,
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, LONG TAILED TIT, MAGPIE, MALLARD, MOORHEN,
MUTE SWAN, OYSTERCATCHER, PIED WAGTAIL, POCHARD, REED BUNTING,
REED WARBLER, SAND MARTIN, STARLING, STOCK DOVE, SWALLOW, SWIFT,
TUFTED DUCK, WHITETHROAT, WOOD PIGEON, YELLOW WAGTAIL,
Not bad for a small reserve please note the hide is closed all day on Monday's and open from 10-30am until 1pm the rest of the week (can be open on Wednesdays in the afternoon if volenteers are aviadable)
Unfortunately Adrian that's what happens during the summer. Like at Upton warren, we can't get out and cut the grass while birds are breeding. On a positive note the bramble provides a glut of food for migrant warblers and species like blackcap are dependant on it for fat reserves. Many insects are also dependant on rank vegetation, making reserves too 'tidy' is what nature doesn't need, it's a human frailty and that's why farmland is mostly devoid of wildlife, because the farmers want it to look TIDY.:-CI made a visit to Sandwell Valley RSPB the other day and to be honest I was a little worried the place seems to be over run with undergrowth I know it's breeding season just finished (in some cases still going on) but it's the untidiest I have ever seen the place.
It was mostly nettles and brambles they were all over the place but aside from this I had a fairly good day didn't venture into the hide today as time was getting short the species seen were as follows -
Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bull Finch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Collarded Dove, Common Sanpiper, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Gold Finch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, House Martin, Lapwing, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Linnet, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Reed Warbler, Robin, Sedge Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Swallow, Swift, Tufted Duck, Willow Warbler & Wood Pigeon
A total of 42 species seen not really to bad for a small reserve like Sandwell
I don't know whats happened to Sandwell Valley, not much seems to be reported from down there anymore. At one time it was watched everyday by the same regulars.
Is the site still being watched, or have TCH, PMH and DS moved on to pastures new?