Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Southfields Farm, Coleshill.
Another great trip to Southfields Farm in Coleshill today which I'm pleased to say was awash with juvenile birds.
Before you even get out of the car you could see and hear huge amounts of House Sparrow which obviously given the perfect environment they live in included an impressive number of juveniles, then literally a few steps into the walk three Collared Dove were spotted and one of those was a juvenile then further down in a wooded area by the river was not only today's highlight but one of the highlights of all time because standing in one spot for ten minutes it was juvenile bird heaven with all of the following spotted, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, to be honest I could only differentiate between the Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler juveniles because I saw them being fed by adults, flocks of juvenile Blue and Great Tit were also seen on four different other locations around the farm, seeing baby Coal Tits made the day for me, what a wonderful little bird !
Birds seen today were, Buzzard, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Starling, Song Thrush, Skylark, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Pied Wagtail, Swift, House Martin, Swallow and Grey Heron.
One of the fields had huge amounts of red and pink poppies while the wildflower meadow is just getting started with large amounts of Oxeye Daisy, Birds Foot Trefoil, Common Knapweed, Cornflower and Red Clover.
In the back garden in the last seven days all of the following juveniles have been seen, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Woodpigeon and Magpie, in among the House Sparrow that visit my garden there is a leucistic female House Sparrow, I shall post a photo if I can get a decent enough image.
I was also at a garden centre near to Coleshill recently and where there were bird boxes for sale in the open area there were Blue Tits who were feeding their babies in one of the boxes, it's the first time I've seen anything like this with my own eyes, lets hope human interference is kept to a bare minimum and they all successfully fledge.