Tuesday January 10th
A good grilling produced five Shelduck and a drake Pintail on the Lea Marston side. On the Coton Hall side, 56 Pochard, 105 Shovelor, Cetti's, Chiffchaff and Water Rail. The Gull roost has been poor this winter and continued to underwhelm today. The roost generally disperses in mid-January, so this winter is going to be one of the most disappointing we have seen; not entirely unexpected now that open landfill sites are no longer prevalent in the north of the county. The roost held 185 Lesser Black-backed, 110 Herring, two Great Black-backed, two Yellow-legged, 34 Common and ca.3000 Black-headed Gulls (Alan Dean).
A total of 11 Common Chiffchaffs were between the outfall and Ladywalk double gates today. Also the ringed 'Siberian' Chiffchaff was at the outfall and a second bird was in thick riverside scrub behind the Wincanton building (John Harris). At Sainsbury's, 80 Redwing were on the pyracantha and they roosted in willows by the river (Pete Sofley).
|by Pete Lichfield|
Kingsbury WP (south end)
The usual adult Yellow-legged Gull remains on Bodymoor Heath Water and on past performance it will depart in the next couple of weeks. The Red-crested Pochard is on Swann Pool with five Goldeneye. Three Goosanders, 18 Little Egrets and 17 Lesser Redpolls were all in the same area (Alan Dean).
Peregrine, ca.100 Teal and 50 Wigeon (Pete Lichfield) 25 Stock Doves roosted with the Cormorants (Pete Sofley).
Staffs: Great White Egret on Jubilee Wetlands (RSPB).
West Mids: A Stonechat was at the bottom of Wishaw Lane nr the playing field (Carl Hiles).