Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Southfield's Farm, Coleshill.

Great morning to go to Southfield's Farm in Coleshill this morning with it being nice and frosty and with amazing clear blue skies and you won't hear me say this very often but wow, the highlights from today were truly amazing.

Easy place to start today, the amazing sight of at least three hundred Linnet, that might sound like an exaggeration but if anything it's an underestimation, they were everywhere feeding in field that has been winter seeded for the benefit of wintering birds by John who owns the farm, there were that many that when they flew up into nearby trees they actually blocked out the sun, it was easily one of the best sights I've ever seen and it was pleasure and privilege to have witnessed it, also in around the same area there were, Yellowhammer, Siskin, Corn Bunting and Reed Bunting and if that wasn't enough at one end of the field there were at least two hundred Redwing and the other end of the same field there were at least two hundred Fieldfare many of whom were having a bath in a large patch of water that was defrosting in the sunshine, again they are conservative estimates because they were present in huge numbers, as well as the birds you could obviously see, there were some further down in the bushes and trees and also ones nearer that you couldn't see properly but could either hear or see moving around, to see so many Linnet, Redwing and Fieldfare without having to move is something I will very rarely experience ever again, great to be in the right place at the right time, there was also a sizeable number of Song Thrush in among the Fieldfare flock.

It was also brilliant to see and hear so many House Sparrow especially around the farms outbuildings, great to see them in numbers more akin to days gone by.

Birds seen today were, c.300 Linnet, Yellowhammer, Siskin, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, c.200 Redwing, c.200 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Jay, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Pied Wagtail, Mute Swan and Moorhen.

It was also a pleasure to see and speak to John the owner of the farm who does great work to encourage the birds and wildlife to thrive in and around the farm especially at this time of the year, it was nice to give him an update of the birds seen today, you do great work sir, I hope you enjoy reading this report from today's visit to your wonderful farm.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Kingsbury Water Park.

I was originally going to visit Kingsbury Water Park tomorrow but went today instead which even though it was great to visit it didn't stop raining, the rain doesn't bother me per se but it's not ideal for birding especially as like today it was that horrible fine rain which is never great news for the binoculars, either way the flooding of the paths would probably have been the same today as tomorrow, after navigating my way around the lakes and having to wade through three separate paths which were heavily flooded but my luckily trusty boots didn't let me down, I ended up almost at my starting point but the paths were completely flooded and impassable so I had to walk all the way back around which was annoying to say the least, still great to get out and about and sample all the goodness that Kingsbury Water Park has to offer.

Highlight of the day was easy today, namely that of a flock of c.50 Linnet flying directly over my head into a clump of Silver Birch, they were also joined in the flock by many Blue and Long Tailed Tit, this ironically happened straight after the low light of the day which was seeing many Greylag Goose with angel wing, some even were affected on both wings, which is a crying shame because they were all this years juveniles and no doubt happened when people were feeding them white bread while they were still developing, I find it terrible that theses poor birds will never be able to fly because uneducated people insist on feeding them bread. Back to happier sightings, it was great to see many Mute Swan present which included a lot of this years juveniles, there were also plenty of Little Egret and Gadwall seen around the lakes.

Birds seen today were, c.50 Linnet, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Starling, Balckbird, Woopdpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Cormorant, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Greylag Goose and Canada Goose.

Great time of the year to visit your local park or nature reserve or even go further afield, so make the effort and go out and enjoy this country's wonderful nature and wildlife.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Shard End Lake.

Nice to get out on a lovely Autumnal morning blessed with clear blue skies and sunshine.

Somebody or people had clearly been naughty this morning what with the police helicopter, unmarked cars and even seeing a police dog handler out looking for an offender or offenders, too many scumbags about these days.

Anyway back to the all important birding, again like Wednesdays visit to Babbs Mill Nature Reserve I was hoping to see Shoveler or maybe Goosdander on the lake, sadly there was neither just the normal waterfowl you'd expect to see, which none the less were still great to see. Highlight of the day was the highly sight and and sound of four Sparrowhawk flying overhead, I've never seen that many flying together before and they were certainly very loud.

Birds seen today were, Sparrowhawk, Blue Tit, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Starling, Jay, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magoie, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Domestic Duck.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Babbs Mill Nature Reserve, Solihull.

Great walk around Babbs Mill Nature Reserve in Solihull this morning in the lovely Autumnal sunshine, what great time of the year to be out and about rather than constantly complaining it's cold, it's lovely people, so make the effort and get up and go out and enjoy nature and wildlife which has the added bonus of being good for your well being, helps keep you fit and active and last but not least, it's free !

I was hoping to see some Shoveler and Goosander on the lake, sadly I didn't see any but it was great all the same to see a small colony of Eurasian Teal, also on the lake there were at least three Grey Heron while on the River Cole there was a nice sighting of a pair of Little Egret, in the wooded areas there were plenty of Jay spotting collecting acorns, other than the birds seen it was a pleasure to see plenty of Fungi adorning Yorks Wood, at least when the bees, butterflies and wildflowers are gone there are many varieties of Fungi and Toadstools to go out and find.

Birds seen today were, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Wren, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Jay, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Domestic Goose and Canada Goose.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Middleton Lakes, RSPB Nature Reserve.

Great to pay Middleton Lakes a long overdue visit today, same old story, we got there and had the car park to ourselves, the bonus of that being we also had the reserve to ourselves for a good couple of hours before we even saw a human being and hence nobody to flush any birds out from were they were.

Highlights of the day were getting up close and personal to the birds by the bridge where people leave mealworms etc, birds there were Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock and on the way back a male Pheasant appeared very briefly, I say briefly because dog walkers and their dogs scared it off, bloody inconsiderate humans ! Songbird of the day was the sighting of not one Treecreeper but a whole flock of them near the farmers field but that didn't detract from the sighting of plenty of humble House Sparrow, water fowl wise it was great to see a Water Rail near the bird feeders but unfortunately about six fighting Grey Squirrels scared it back into the reeds hence ruining any photo opportunity, also nice to see where plenty of Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Shelduck, Gadwall, Widgeon, Teal, Greylag Geese and one of my favourite water birds, the great looking Shoveler, it was also pleasure to see so many Grey Heron and Little Egret on the reserve.

Birds seen today were, Kestrel, Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Starling, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Pheasant (Cock), Cormorant, Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Widgeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Greylag Goose and Canada Goose.