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Woodgate Valley CP & Quinton Meadows (1 Viewer)

zomerset

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26-09-14 17:00 WVCP
Great weather late afternoon for a run down WVCP, plenty of bird song, I then found some commotion on the brook - 2 Grey wagtails chasing each other, then a further 2 flying along the brook, great!!
 

zomerset

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I was always curious if the Woodgate Bourn Brook still has any fish to attract Kingfisher. I had seen one catch a fish on the brook in 2012. I did some searching and found this website and from three surveys on the brook no fish although plenty of shrimp. Interesting how a kingfisher is present this winter further down the brook although by then it is made up of more brooks and not far from the Rea.
http://www.yourstream.org.uk/bourne-brook-between-hole-farm-and-lapal-weir-woodgate-valley-oct-2014/
http://www.yourstream.org.uk/bourn-brook-black-bridge-woodgate-valley-nov-2014/
http://www.yourstream.org.uk/lapal-brook-bourne-brook-tributary-woodgate-valley-oct-2014/
On the River Rea they found stickleback
http://www.yourstream.org.uk/river-rea-longbridge-town-centre-sept-2014/
 

zomerset

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Woodgate Valley CP midday
I was curious if there a KF present, didn't see one but did better than that with a pair of buzzards flying out from a tree right in front of me on the path. They called as they flew off. They were disturbed by the trekking ponies on the other path. Great!!
 

zomerset

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I felt it was time for a run around Woodgate Valley CP. I had done one lap with no luck so I thought a quick half lap to double check. Funny enough the endorphins kicked in, the sun shone and then I saw a Kingfisher take flight from a tree branch over the brook. Great!
 

zomerset

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I've had a couple runs around Woodgate Valley but no Kingfisher yet.
Good to see Pied Wagtails in the horses paddock.
 

zomerset

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Still no Kingfisher but a Buzzard in the trees.
Three Jays in a tree together.
LTTs as both ends.
A Grey Wagtail on the brook.
 

zomerset

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I always check Woodgate just in case for a KF. There was a Little Egret, probably the same one that's been on the Bourn Brook for a few months now. There was a Heron, probably the same one I've seen further along the Bourn Brook. Also of note they have got rid of all but one of the weirs along the brook. I'm told it's to improve water quality. They are working on a new footpath on one side of the brook. Just as I finished the circuit, I heard the possible call of a Kingfisher but I didn't see it.
 

zomerset

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The new cycle path is now complete along Woodgate Valley.
It was good to find Swallows over the horse paddock and then several Swift over the brook with even more Swallows as it started to rain.
Then there were more Swallows over the paddock when I finished my run.
Plenty of tits, LLTs and a Nuthatch feeding.
Some KF size fish in the brook.
 
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zomerset

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I knew it was time to check. In one of the old spots, a Kingfisher sat over the brook at Woodgate Valley. It was from the dual carriageway just after the second bridge & could only have been seen from the mud track.
 

zomerset

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I bumped into Kate today along the Bourn Brook walkway. She saw a Kingfisher along the Bourn Brook at Woodgate Valley last December.
 

zomerset

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Woodgate Valley; seen the Kingfisher twice this week.
A few Jays calling & seen. A Buzzard flew low flying from a tree, chased by a couple magpies.
 

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