Monday, 28 February 2011

Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

A visit to the cold, wet and gloomy Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston. Ironically it didn't start raining until I was waiting to go in. I'm not a fan of animals or birds in cages, all the same, bird species seen today in cages were Blue Fronted Amazon Parakeet, Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Blue Macaw, Yellow Macaw, Green Winged Macaw, Azure Winged Magpie, Temminck's Tragopan Pheasant, Quaker Parakeet, White Cheeked Turaco, Himmalayan Monal, Hill Mynah, Purple Glossy Starling, Superb Spreo Starling and White Crested Laughing Thrush. All other bird species spotted (despite the rain) were Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Starling, Peacock, Peahen, Pintail, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Moorhen, Tufted Duck and Grey Heron. Despite the typical English weather, it was a good day anyway (apart from the Scummers winning at Wembley) A.V.F.C. 1874 :)

Friday, 25 February 2011

Lady Bradfords, Castle Bromwich.

Another walk around the grounds of Castle Bromwich hall and gardens, also had a walk around St Mary and St Margaret's church and graveyard. Bird species of note spotted were Nuthatch (third bird spotting days running I've seen at least one) Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Dunnock and Robin.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Pype Hayes Park and Plantsbrook Nature Reserve.

A walk around in the warm sunny weather today. Bird species of note spotted today were Kestrel, Nuthatch, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Tufted Duck and Cormorant. Also saw a few Grey Squirells including one raiding some of the bird seed I'd put down, it was having a whale of a time with it's unexpected find.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Lady Bradfords, Castle Bromwich.

A trip today to Lady Bradfords hall and grounds in Castle Bromwich. Birds of note spotted today were Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Song Thrush, Wren, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock and Wren. No raptors today, a few Grey Squirrels though.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Brookvale Park, Erdington.

Sixty minute walk around Brookvale Park in the cold, wet and gloomy weather, still saw an excellent mixture of birds though. All bird species spotted today were a flock of 40 plus Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, lots of Wrens all around the park, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, 40 plus Mute Swan, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Mallard, Coot and Canada Geese. Also saw a fair few Grey Squirells as well.