Sunday, 8 September 2013

Migration around the Tame valley

7th September 2013
After a slow start the birding improved through the Day. Shustoke and Coton pool were very quiet although good numbers of House Martins were seen in both locations. A Ruff in front of the hide at Cliff pool got the day up and running. There were also other migrant warblers in the Elderberries around Broomey croft : Blackcap, Garden warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. At Bodymoor Heath there were a number of Herring gulls, while at Middleton Hall lake and the RSPB car park were two Hobbies an adult and a juvenile.
Ruff, Cliff pool, Kingsbury W.P.
Lesser Whitethroat, Broomey Croft, Kingsbury W.P.
Lesser Whitethroat
Herring Gulls
Hobby, juvenile, Middleton Hall
After a 1/4 of a Pork pie lunch it was on to Alvecote pools. The fields and hedges at the end of Laundry lane are always worth a look and today one section of hedge and a pile of rubble was a magnet for migrants with 2 Wheatears, a Common Redstart and 3 Common Whitethroats with a Spotted Flycatcher not far away and a Hobby feeding over the pools.
Wheatear, Alvecote
Common Whitethroat
At Mill pool there were 2 Dunlin, while on Teal pool were 11 quite confiding Black tailed Godwits.
Black tailed Godwit, Teal pool, Alvecote

Black tailed Godwit
Black tailed Godwits
Black tailed Godwit
Black tailed Godwit
Black tailed Godwit

1 comment:

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