Monday, 13 February 2017
Southfields Farm, Coleshill.
Another visit to Southfields Farm in Coleshill this morning which is one of my favourite places to go birding because thanks to all the great work John the farmer does you always guaranteed to see a great mixture of birds including Yellowhammer, House Sparrow, Reed Bunting and Linnet.
Saying that I never thought I would ever see one of the most amazing sights that I saw today namely that of c.50 Yellowhammer feeding on one of the locations where John leaves supplementary winter seed for the birds, just a pity a Buzzard flew over and 'spooked' them, I did see them on further locations around the farm in among the many hedgerows but that wasn't as good as the sighting of seeing so many feeding on the floor, the other wonderful sight you are guaranteed is seeing and hearing is the hundreds of House Sparrow around the cottage, farm outbuildings and the trees and bushes around that area, for somebody who loves House Sparrows, the sight of them being literally everywhere is truly wonderful as was seeing c.100 Linnet still feeding on the area where John grows plants for the birds, even though the food is supposed to be long gone they are still finding from it there.
At the one location where the supplementary winter seed is located there were, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird and even a cheeky Moorhen feeding while the other location was being monopolized by Dunnock with at c.20 feeding there.
As per usual there were plenty of Tits and Finches just a shame that a lot of the Finches were blighted with the deadly disease Trichomonosis which is caused by people who feed the birds and/or provide water for them but don't clean the feeders and birdbaths, so if you feed the birds please make sure you clean them on a regular basis.
Birds seen today were, Buzzard, c.50 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, c.100 Linnet, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Starling, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie and Moorhen.
Also great to see was a Hare bounding across one of the fields, they sure can run.
After the birding was done it was nice to see John and have a chat and he also treated us to a hot drink, thank you John, it's always a pleasure to see you.