Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Sandwell Valley "A Quickie"

Last week we took our partners in crime Jo & Jimmy for a quick whirl around the Valley before going out for a certain persons 70th birthday meal. That person shall remain nameless, Jo!

Anyway we didn't have much time (as usual!!) so we just opted for a quick turn around Forge Mill lake and the RSPB reserve. Firstly I have to say the new visitor centre is making progress and its huge compared to the old one. Looking forward to the opening sometime in the summer I believe.

Anyway the tour provided few photo opportunities, birds to far away or the Sun in the wrong place, I suppose the highlight was the Pintail showing in front of the 'Closed as Usual' hide, no photo worth posting, that falls into the to far away category. So here are a few snaps:
The Wigeon just wouldn't turn to face us!
 Neither would this Gadwall
 This Shoveler was also playing hard to get with the low sun right behoind it
 Bullfinches know how to pose though
 as did this Robin
Apart from these the list was added to by: Goosander, Cormorant, Teal, a very fast fly by by a Kingfisher, Willow Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Pochard, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Dunnock and Corvids. We searched for the Snipe, but on this occasion no luck.


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