Monday, 26 March 2012

Sandwell Valley 25/03

Well the weather was just to nice, so we had to pop out for a quick spin around the RSPB reserve at Sandwell Valley. We didn't stop long as we had other things to do. Again the weather was great and again the sunshine had brought loads of people out cycling and walking (wonder where they all are when its freezing and wet, like most sensible people tucked up by the fire.)

So what was to see:

Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Rook, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Goosander (2), Mallard, Mute Swan, Pochard, Shoveler (2), Teal, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Robin, Oystercatcher (2), Woodpigeon, Lapwing, Coot, Moorhen, Redshank (1), Bullfinch and Starling.
The Redshank was the surprise we hadn't expected to see that, I have added a photo , not great quality as he was fairly distant from the hide and its hard to keep the camera still with my dodgy shoulder:
The pair of Oystercatchers were nice to see, they appear to be nesting on the island in front of the hide. The 30 or so Lapwings were giving good displays. They are one of my favourite birds (of many!) they always look magnificent and are a real pleasure to watch flying.
We were hoping to see the Snipe again, but with the influx of some of the other birds, they apparently have moved off the island into the marsh, so we will have to see if they are about still about at Upton.

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