Friday, 15 January 2010

15th January - Sightings

Blackcap - Ladywalk - Chris Cook

Red-Crested Pochard - Curdworth - Chris Cook

- Mediterranean Gull(ad) in roost (J Allen, A Dean) Also 5+ Smew (3m) still though mobile (A Dean et al)
Dosthill NR - Bittern at north end still, Little Egret (J Allen) General access only along public footpaths.
Dosthill - Mediterranean Gull(ad), Yellow-Legged Gull(ad) on main lake (A Dean) Same as Coton.
Ladywalk - Blackcap still (C Cook)
Hams Hall - 5 Chiffchaff by Outfall (C Cook)
Curdworth - 5 Red-Crested Pochard (2M, 3F) either side of A446 bridge on river Tame (C Cook) 3 present yesterday. These are part of a big influx into the midlands. These are presumably birds frozen out of the large feral population in the Cotswold Water Park (Gloucs/Wilts). Access directions below (per C Cook)

Parking is available off the main A446 travelling S just after the dual carriageway ends but it's a bit dodgy.There is a large apron of concrete in a gateway S of outflow but N of the river.It is safer to turn right towards W/O at the lights turn round somewhere then retrace steps so can turn left into the parking area.You then have to walk S over the bridge to drop down onto the footpath past concrete block and on under the M42 road bridge.Start looking from the under the M42 bridge stealthily and walk till can see a small tree on near bank right at rivers edge that has 3 slim trunks.Both pairs were within this stretch.Note they can be sitting on bank at times

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