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Sandwell Valley (3 Viewers)

Feeding Station
Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Tit and Blackcap per Pete Carless
Good Birding YAMYAM
 
Edit:- there were two birds in 2010 no dates, and I missed the 2014 record off the list


Whimbrel

Up till 1999 there had been 20+ records with most of them falling in April/May.The largest flock recorded was Twenty birds on the grassy banks at Swan Pool on the 5th May 1994. Since then we have had birds has follows:-
2000, 29th April x2.
2000, 5th May x1.
2001, 25th April x1.
2002, 1st May x1.
2009, 1st May x1
2009, Sept x1.
2010, March x2.
2014, 10th April x1.
2016, 25th April x1.

Good BirdingYAMYAM
 
The all dayer is only a week away Saturday 7th May, several people have told me they will be in the Valley on the day but it would be good if we had an idea now many people will be taking part and what times they will be in the Valley, possibly the areas that intend on covering would also be of benefit.
Good Birding YAMYAM
 
Common Sandpiper x5, Little Ringed Plover x4, Oystercatcher x2, Goosander x8 and Pochard x 1 male per Pete Carless
Good Birding YAMYAM
 
We have now had fourteen wader species in the Valley this year:-
Oystercatcher
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Golden Plover
Lapwing
Dunlin
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Woodcock
Whimbrel
Curlew
Redshank
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Good Birding YAMYAM
 
April a very productive month with 21 birds added to the year list:-

110, Willow Warbler
111, Mealy Redpoll
112, Ring Ouzel
113, Common Scoter
114, Yellow Wagtail
115, Common Sandpiper
116, Green Sandpiper
117, Whitethroat
118, Redstart
119, Lesser Whitethroat
120, Sedge Warbler
121, Garden Warbler
122, Common Tern
123, Swift
124, Reed Warbler
125, Marsh Harrier
126, Whinchat
127, Tree Pipit
128, Dunlin
129, Whimbrel
130, Cuckoo

Good Birding YAMYAM
 
We had 110 species in April the main Highlights being, a Mealy Redpoll was seen at the Feeding station for over a week, we had our first April record of Common Scoter and is still on Forge Mill on its 25th day, a female Marsh Harrier paid us a brief visit, our only Dunlin of the year so far was seen at Swan Pool and a Whimbrel spent a short time at Forge Mill.
Good Birding YAMYAM
 
The all dayer is only a week away Saturday 7th May, several people have told me they will be in the Valley on the day but it would be good if we had an idea now many people will be taking part and what times they will be in the Valley, possibly the areas that intend on covering would also be of benefit.
Good Birding YAMYAM

I will be volunteering in the hide from 10:00 onwards, with any luck I will be in the Valley for most of the day.
 
Migrants still to be seen this year:-
Hobby
Arctic Tern
Grasshopper Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher
Garganey

Good Birding YAMYAM
 
Birds that have a chance of turning up in May:-

Black Necked Grebe
Spoonbill
Scaup
Quail
Grey Plover
Temmincks Stint
Black Tailed Godwit
Wood Sandpiper
Turnstone
Little Tern
Little Gull
Black Tern
Wood Warbler
Pied Flycatcher

Good Birding YAMYAM
 
Grasshopper Warbler

Come on Mike we need to pin one down for us for the third year in a row :t:

Good Birding YAMYAM

I'm leading the dawn chorus walk tomorrow morning so there is every chance during that. But my birding time has been cut due to illness this weekend - the walk should be a great laugh with a voice like a chainsaw!
 
Sandwell Valley 30/04/2016

My 1st ever visit to the RSPB reserve today. In addition to the Common Scoter on the lake, there was a Lesser Redpoll visiting the feeding station which I thought was a bit late.
Matt
 
Failed on the gropper this morning. Got 8 warbler species around Forge Mill Lake but no gropper. Maybe around Swan Pool but I was in no state to go wandering over there today. At least 3 sedge warblers singing and 2+ reed warblers as well as a singing lesser whitethroat and great views of a garden warbler as I walked home after the dawn chorus walk.
 

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