Where shall we start? After the excitement of Norfolk and Cornwall it was back to the reality of the local scene. Caldecote, Alvecote, Kingsbury and Middleton Lakes all had a winter rather than an Autumn feel about them. A few flocks of Redwing an increase in Duck numbers, Woodpigeons and Starlings en masse but very little else. When I start taking photos of Nuthatches and Robins winter isnt far away.You keep the fantasy alive by searching in little bits of N.Warks. and South Staffs. habitat for that little gem tucked away. Theres got to be a Yellow browed or an R B Fly somewhere.
Friday 31st October 2014
Today began on a far more positive note. The weather was much warmer and there was the possibility of a Shag at Shustoke Res. ? So that would be the starting point of the days birding. The Shag was still there when I arrived but I was lucky, as 5 minutes later it landed on the water and moved away out of sight. I moved on as well, I went to Kingsbury Water Park and took a stroll round to Sita hide. The water level had been lowered and had attracted 4 Green Sandpipers and 6 Little Egrets. Also seen during the week: Raven, 4 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail.
A selection of images taken this week in the Tame valley.
Stonechat, Middleton Lakes
Shag, Shustoke Res.
Green Sandpiper, 2 of 4 birds present on Otter pool, KWP
Brown Rat, Broomey Croft - showing its climbing skills