Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Sandwell Valley... at Dusk

We managed to pop over to SV for an hour just before dusk in the hope that the GN Diver was still about, but no sign of it. Talking to a couple of RSPB chaps, it had been on Swan Pool that morning but they hadn't seen it since. Never mind, just would have been nice to see one around here. Just have to wait until we go to Mull in May.

Did the loop around the reserve. There were a large number of Goosander about 20+ so that was nice. Lots of Gadwall and Lapwing down the RSPB end and some Pochard hiding under the overhanging trees. Other than those it was the usual suspects on the Forge Mill lake. (Canada Geese, BHGs, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard and Tufted Duck)

Counted 7 Bullfinch on the bushes around the feeder, amongst loads of Blue and Great Tit and the odd Chaffinch. Saw very little as we walked around, fleeting glimpse of a Jay and other woodland usuals, we didn't dawdle though as the clouds were gathering and the wind was definitely up! The visit did bring the year count up to 45.

Be nice to have some nice weather for strolling around, getting a bit fed up of the wind and rain now!


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