Monday, 5 March 2012

Lower Tame Valley

Black tailed Godwit, Coton pools, Warks.
Black tailed Godwit

Siskin, Whitacre Heath N.R.

Lesser Redpoll

Monday 5th March 2012
The morning began with a walk round Whitacre Heath Nature reserve in the hope of seeing a variety of woodland species including Lesser spotted Woodpecker. No sign of the lesser spot but did see Treecreeper, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin. At Coton a Black tailed Godwit was a nice surprise among the Black headed Gulls in the shallow water near the road bridge. At Cliff pool, Kingsbury Water Park was a Curlew another indication that birds are starting to move back to their breeding grounds. The Curlew will clearly move on to the moors but Oystercatcher were involved in courtship and establishing territory. With the wind strengthening I moved on to Alvecote pools where a check of Mill pool produced 9 Shelduck, a Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe.

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