Friday, 11 August 2017
Being as I was in the area attending Ladywood Fire Station Open Day it would have been rude not to visit the reservoir being as it's practically opposite the station and I don't visit this area as often I used to.
Even though I have seen the water levels much lower than today I was still shocked to see them so low, it was more like Edbgaston-On-Sea than a reservoir with parts completely taken by vegetation some of it six foot high, in the one 'corner' where the Coots, Mallards and Moorhens are usually happily swimming around there were foraging Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon and Carrion Crow, very strange ! Let's just hope the birds and wildlife adapt to these unusual conditions, which I'm sure they will.
Even though it was great to pay the reservoir a visit there was unfortunately not a huge variety of birds but that was made up by the fact that most of the birds that were observed were seen in large numbers, especially a colony of House Sparrow who numbered 40-50 of which 30-40 were dust bathing in the sand when I first saw them but that soon come to halt with an appearance of a juvenile Carrion Crow, it was hard to correctly count their number because they were in and out of the nearby vegetation but there were definitely 50+, which is great news.
Birds seen today were, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Wren, Robin, House Martin, Pied Wagtail (juvenile), Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard and Canada Goose.